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15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 *********************************************** *********************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/01/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Burt Pierard ('59), Tom Verellen ('60), Ray Kelly ('63) Betti Avant ('69), Mark Saucier ('70), Brad Upton ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Maggie Gilstrap ('74) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) To: Rex Davis ('49) & Dick Roberts ('49) Re: The Co-0rdinate Club The building you guys have mentioned was indeed, the Co- Ordinate Club. I have included 3 pictures to prove you haven't suffered a "Senior Moment." One is an aerial shot from (I'm guessing) the 70s (the "Fingernail" was still there) that shows the location relationship to the "Rose Bowl," GWWay & the By- Pass (originally the Thayer Drive extension when the Clubhouse was built). Another is a circa 1962 pic when the building had been boarded up & fell into disrepair. The 3rd is a 1945 pic of the members building their Dance Hall Addition to the Tract House they rented from Du Pont (more about this later). The Club was formed in the Fall of 1943 as a "counter- movement" by the Project Civilian Engineers to the Army Corps of Engineers building the Castle Club (west of Wright, south of Van Giesen) for the private use of their people & guests. The name that was selected was kind of hokey but here it is: "Twelve names were suggested and out of the lot, the CO- ORDINATE CLUB was selected for its significance to the work of the club members, all being construction engineers and accustomed to working with maps and blueprints. The name was chosen above the others, for as the sectional lines on a map or prints so designate definite points or co-ordinates, so should the hearts of the members co-ordinate to provide definite good- fellowship." They held their meetings at the old Grange Hall (Stevens & Van Giesen, later the Richland Lutheran Church) and held their dance parties at the Lewis & Clark gym/auditorium. In March, 1945, the previously mentioned Tract House became available and they rented it for their Clubhouse. The Dance Hall Addition was designed & built by the members with Du Pont contributing the construction materials. The Grand Opening was July 13, 1945, which almost everybody who was anybody in the Village, attended, including Lt. Col. Matthias. The Club survived until 1952 when it folded and the Knights of Columbus leased the building. Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) a class that ends in zero Re: Mark Saucier ('70) It's not that our legislators were being "allowed" to wear team colors as they were given instructions which colors went with which team. The air is very thin on "the hill." -Tom Verellen ('60) ~ in a very soggy Lacey, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ray Kelly (Gold Medal Class of '63) Back in the day, we called a steering wheel knob a "suicide knob" for obvious reasons. -Ray Kelly (Gold Medal Class of '63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: colors To9: Mark Saucier ('70) Mark-It's not so much they had to get "permission" to wear the Seahawk colors it's just that the chairman of the legislature likes his congressmen in ties and a jacket. I don't know what the womens' guidelines are. The governor raised a "12th man" flag outside the capitol building yesterday and wears a button declaring the same. I still like blue and green. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where we have more than double the amount of normal rainfall for January P.S. My brother Howard ('72-RIP) was an equipment manager in college for a retired Steeler. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mark Saucier ('70) Seahawks Fans Thought you all might like something to listen to this week. Click here to listen -Mark Saucier ('70) the 'burgh ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Brad Upton ('74) My brother, Brian ('76), told me there was an article in yesterday's TC Herald stating that the Uptown Theater had been sold and would soon be turned into office and retail space. I spent many, many Saturday afternoons in that place. I'd better get back and watch something in there before they shut it down. -Brad Upton ('74) ~ It's cold, gray and raining in Seattle... but I'll be in the Caribbean for a week by Friday night! *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/02/06 ~ GROUND HOG DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Hiser ('49), Richard Roberts ('49) Dave Hanthorn ('63), Ray Kelly ('63) Carol Converse ('64), Gary Behymer ('64) Caroline Stanfield ('66), Dennis Strege ('71) Mike Davis ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bob Eckert ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Len Rediske ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patricia Berland ('69) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Burt Pierard ('59): Thanks for the information on the old Co- Ordinate Club. I worked in Purchasing when I first went to work on the Project and we had some wild parties at that Club. I know we had to buy a special license because we had underage employees. Tom Verellen ('60): Did you use to live on Duane? And was your brother Jerry and your sister Beth? We lived at 522 Duane and I graduated with Jerry in '49. Mark Saucier ('70): Was your father Jerry? I worked with Jerry in B and N Areas. He was from the Boston area if I remember right. Uptown Theater? What can I say? I spent many an hour in that old building. I'm going to miss it. My mother loved the movies as well as my sister and I did - she went to nearly every movie that we went to. Had to walk there and back because she never learned to drive. Our memories are all being torn down or remodeled. -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland. The nasty wind is blowing but, at least, the sun is shining. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Richard Roberts ('49) To: Burt Pierard ('59) Thanks, Burt, for all of that great information on the Co- Ordinate Club. Please resend to me those web sites for the pictures. Do you have any info on Herby and his Serenaders? -Richard Roberts ('49) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dave Hanthorn (Gold Medal Class of '63) To: Mark Saucier ('70) Re: Steelers song Mark, I have one word for your Steelers song - boring, just like the town it came from. -Dave Hanthorn (GMC '63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ray Kelly (Gold Medal Class of '63) The note from Brad Upton ('74) about the impending sale of the Uptown Theater reminded me of a couple of things. The first is my distinct recollection that when I was about nine, the going price for a movie ticket at the Uptown Theater was a dime. There's been a little inflation in the price of a movie ticket since then, don't you think? Also, I was wondering if anyone else remembers those Friday night horror flicks at the Uptown that started at midnight? I remember one of them was called "The Screaming Skull". It used to be the high point of my week to get scared to death with my friends. -Ray Kelly (Gold Medal Class of '63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) Re: Co-Ordinate Club Isn't that where the old animal pound used to be? I remember getting a dog there in the very early '70s. -Carol Converse Maurer ('64)~ Eureka, CA - all we get is rain! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Uptown Cinema's last days near -Gary Behymer ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Caroline Stanfield Boetes ('66) My little sister, Joy Stanfield Kesel (class of '71) passed away on January 31 in Arkansas. I dedicate this song to her. Alexandra Leaving by Leonard Cohen Suddenly the night has grown colder. The god of love preparing to depart. Alexandra hoisted on his shoulder, They slip between the sentries of the heart. Upheld by the simplicities of pleasure, They gain the light, they formlessly entwine; And radiant beyond your widest measure They fall among the voices and the wine. Its not a trick, your senses all deceiving, A fitful dream, the morning will exhaust Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving. Then say goodbye to Alexandra lost. Even though she sleeps upon your satin; Even though she wakes you with a kiss. Do not say the moment was imagined; Do not stoop to strategies like this. As someone long prepared for this to happen, Go firmly to the window. Drink it in. Exquisite music. Alexandra laughing. Your firm commitments tangible again. And you who had the honor of her evening, And by the honor had your own restored Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving; Alexandra leaving with her lord. Even though she sleeps upon your satin; Even though she wakes you with a kiss. Do not say the moment was imagined; Do not stoop to strategies like this. As someone long prepared for the occasion; In full command of every plan you wrecked Do not choose a cowards explanation that hides behind the cause and the effect. And you who were bewildered by a meaning; Whose code was broken, crucifix uncrossed Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving. Then say goodbye to Alexandra lost. -Caroline Stanfield Boetes ('66) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dennis Strege ('71) Joy Stanfield Kesel ('71) passed away January 31, 2006, after a long and courageous fight with cancer. Her daughter, Caroline, son, George and husband, Woody Kesel ('67), were at her side. Joy was a free spirit, who led a life rich in experiences and her sense of expression and love for family and friends will be greatly missed. Joy always kept her candle burning bright and anyone who knew her had a great "Joy" story. If you were lucky enough to be one of those people, consider your life blessed for having known her. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the non profit Circle of Life Hospice House, 901 Jones Road, Springdale, Arkansas 72762. -Dennis Strege ('71) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Davis ('74) To: Brad Upton ('74) Re: Uptown Theater Conversion It's going be a Denny's -Mike Davis ('74) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/03/06 - THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED - 1959 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 13 Bombers sent stuff: Mike Clowes ('54), Lois Weyerts ('56) Loron Holden ('57), Burt Pierard ('59) Joe Choate ('60), Stephanie Dawson ('60) Tom Verellen ('60), Judy Willox ('61) Helen Cross ('62), Jackie DeVries ('62) Donna Nelson ('63), Gary Behymer ('64) Betti Avant ('69) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: The Uptown Theater. After reading the article in the TCH about the sale, I guess the grand scheme of a couple of years ago has fallen through. You remember that one; Walgreen's was going to swing a deal whereby the Richland Players got the Uptown Theater (plus some additional funds) and Walgreen's would get the Richland Theatre (along with the old Thrifty Drug building) for their Downtown store. Guess the Historical people put a stop to that one. It is a shame to loose yet another landmark of one's youth; what with the tearing down of the gym (and other parts of the high school). Maybe Upton and Davis could put on a farewell concert or something. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ from soggy Mt. Angel, OR (but there is snow in the mountains so far). ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lois Weyerts Harrold ('56) Re: Need info about Hanford H.S. reunion My daughter, Julie Harrold Glenn, is wanting to know if a 20th year high school reunion is being planned for the class of 1986 at Hanford High School. I'm asking you Bombers because many of us had children who may have attended Hanford H.S. She has contacted Hanford and they did not know anything. Please let me know if you have a date for the reunion and who we could notify or tell our daughter to notify so they could receive information about it. Thanks so much ahead of time if you can help us out. [See the RHS '86 in '06 website at: -Maren] Re: Prayers needed for friends of Walt Wendland ('55) as he may be facing triple by-pass surgery tomorrow, Friday, or Saturday if the doctors feel he is strong enough to withstand major surgery. He has been in the ICU unit at Kadlec Hospital in Richland since Monday. We know that Bombers are a wonderful caring group of people. Walt is my brother-in-law. -Lois Weyerts Harrold ('56) ~ Richland where it is windy again and cloudy. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Loron Holden ('57) Re: Input Couple of things: 1. Your check is being mailed to day. 2. Thanks for your effort on behalf of all Bombers. 3. I'm sending the following, If it to political let me know. I understand. There are a lot of Bombers out there who are eligible for this program that is now 5 1/2 years old who have given up on the bureaucracy. There are a number of us who are becoming active in getting this mess straightened out. The EEOICPA (Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act) being administered by NIOSH (National Institute of Safety and Health) is a program to compensate nuclear workers and their survivors who have become ill due to exposure to radiation during their employment, specifically Hanford. Many of us have been turned down for compensation due to current Dose Reconstruction efforts, which have now been proven to be incomplete and inaccurate. The administration of the program is under attack scientifically and politically. As so many of us are RICHLAND BOMBERS pass the word that help is on the way and do not give up on your claims. I will respond to email requests for information or help if I can. -Loron Holden ('57) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) Re: The Co-Ordinate Club First, I have sent you the pics in an off the SS email. (To Rex Davis ('49), who also had trouble bringing the pics up, I sent them to you in an email.) As far as any info on Herby and his Serenaders, I haven't completed the research on all the social activities at the Club. Can you give me an approximate date (at least the year would be helpful) when they played at the Club? If it was between 1945 & 1950, I can check the Villager microfilms (the Villager gave extensive coverage to all activities at the Club). To: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) Re: The dog Pound I believe the Dog Pound (which was originally located north of town, near the Bus Lot) was located across GWWay from the Club (south of the Rose Bowl) during the era you mentioned. Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Joe Choate ('60) Would Bob Eckert ('60), be the same one my horse kicked, and broke his arm? That would have been way back when we Choates lived on the FFA Farm near North Richland. By the way, Bob and myself both have birthdays this month, mine is the 22nd of February. If you have any knowledge of where Bob might be contacted I would enjoy. -Joe Choate ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60) Re: Favorite Uptown Theater Memory After the movie, going down to the Spudnut Shop for a Spudnut ala mode. -Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) To: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Though I barely remember it, my family did live in the South half of an "A" house in the 500 block of the former Duane. My brother Jerry ('49) passed away last year and two of my sisters still live in town. -Tom Verellen ('60) ~ Sad news here the local ground hog drown before it couldn't see it's shadow in Lacey, WA. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Judy Willox (Classic Class of '61) To: Myrna Bolin Turner ('63)(And my best friend always and forever!) Re: Uptown Movie Theater Hey Girlfriend, Our old stomping grounds are being stomped into the ground and there doesn't seem to be a thing anyone can do to stop it! I will miss that old place as every time I pass it I think back and remember the times every Friday night that we had in there--AND outta there! Remember when we would get kicked out for being noisy and going to the Spudnut Shop? Remember when we would to Ray's Delicatessen for bologna after midnight and I would snarf pictures of Brigitte Bardot out of magazines? OR actually buy the magazine if she was in it? :o) Remember what our favorite thing to do across the street was when we got kicked out of the theater? Yeh, I am talking about the Burks Brothers' Texaco gas station where we would go hang out and help clean until closing. Oh how we did have such crushes on those two Burks boys that were there every Friday night, huh? Leo and Russ, you provided us with hours of fun and entertainment. How young we were and how we thought that this was such a neat thing to do--sweep a darn garage up. :o) What did we know at that age except that it did get us close to, and around, someone we adored. "Born Too Late" was the song we sang back then, remember? And remember when the evening came to a close, and we didn't have to walk home--which we often did back then, because that is just what kids did back then; walked everywhere and stayed in shape--along came my Daddy and whisked us off to the Tahitian Room for the coveted hamburger? AFTER midnight now mind you, as we were Catholic. And we always knew why we were going to the Tahitian Room, didn't we? ;o) We didn't care; we had the latest curfew in town and all out of the goodness of my Daddy's heart. Okay, then out of his need to go to the Tahitian Room, but what did it matter to us at that age. We were eating hamburgers and drinking cokes and out so very late for girls our age. That was cool. Remember the time when Bill Burns ('61) and Bill Burnett ('61) came over and sat beside us at the show, and at school the following Monday how Mr. Dunton teased me unmercifully? Thanks Bill, that was misery at the time. Scold him Lynn, will you? ;o) It all had something to do with playing with matches and getting Burn(ed); I remember that. Not as bad as the time he made me kneel at the feet of Stuart Hall ('62) in front of the whole chorus class and sing "Love Me Tender" to him--and on MY birthday no less--but bad enough. I was scared to death that I was caught for smoking! On second thought Lynn, bop him one for me will you? :o) Remember these times! All of you out there who came from Bomberville, as this is all we will have left when that building, with all of the memories, comes tumbling down and becomes something that is so totally removed from what we remembered it being--and meaning to us. Oh, how those walls could talk, but soon all we will hear is their moaning! I grieve for the loss. And thank God for the memories. Bomber Cheers and Tears, -Judy Willox (Classic Class of '61) ~ Richland ~ Where the wind can go away any time now; but enjoying the sun after all the rain! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Greetings from the warmer vibes of Sacramento, CA where I am visiting many dear friends of days when we used to live and work here. Today I visited a lady who is 93 in the fab '40s area for those of you who know this is close to where Ronald Reagen used to live when the governor's mansion downtown was deemed unlivable by Nancy... I used to work with Mabel when she was a baby worker and I was an adoptions worker for the country of Sacramento Welfare Department. And we have visited each other all these years, and she has become my Sacramento mother. She is still sharp as a tack and was telling me about when she used to be a teacher in Appalachia in a one room school house. The camellia and fruit trees are staring to bloom, and that is why I love being here this time of year, although we are having record warm temperatures this year back in Indiana. Last week at this time I was visiting Dutch friends who have immigrated to Canada to be near their daughter and only grandchildren as she married a French speaking Canadian. It was fun to see Montreal, and the snow belt where they live north. But the most fun was to be in a Dutch speaking home again, and relive my time as an exchange student in l962-'63 when I lived in Amstelveen with a Dutch family. I found I could speak Dutch again and even think in Dutch when I was so completely surrounded with it again. I was quite surprised to read that the Uptown theater will be sold, as I remember it well having lived in Richland from '48 until I left home to go to school in l962, and my folks continued to live in Richland until my father died in '99. I do remember when it cost us a dime to go to the movies on Saturday, and the newsreels ran before the previews, and the movies were often cowboys and Indians... "those were the good ole days... -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ Having fun in Sacramento, having left the cold and the house by the little lake for a few weeks. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jackie DeVries Brown ('62) I worked at the Uptown Theater for three years - started at .65 per hour, first as an usherette, then behind the candy counter, even got a little time in the ticket booth. Do you remember Mr. Stiles? He was so tall it seemed like he ran everywhere he went. My dad, Pete DeVries (RIP), was the projectionist for Uptown, Richland, Village, North Star (North Richland) and the drive inn on GWWay (senior moment can't remember the name) - he worked them all at different times. I remember Friday 13th midnight horror movies, and Saturday morning cartoons, it was fun for the kids and a lot of work for employees. Many years later I was across the street at the gas station when the roof fell in, it had leaked for years. So many memories - I feel sad that it is going to be gone. The smell of popcorn will always remind me of the Uptown Theater. -Jackie DeVries Brown ('62) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Donna Nelson ('63) I just found out they're digging the hole for the 60 foot lava lamp to be put in the little town of Soap Lake, WA. My childhood memories of Soap Lake is the foam that we'd see driving by to go to Park Lake from Richland in the summer months. We stayed in the little cabins along the lake. They're aiming for May or June to have the lamp globs moving. My friend can look out her kitchen window at it every morning and should be a great tourist attraction along with the Greek festival. -Donna Nelson ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) "...the day the music died." February 3, 1959 "On a cold winter's night a small private plane took off from Clear Lake, Iowa bound for Fargo, N.D. It never made its destination." "When that plane crashed, it claimed the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, J.P. "Big Bopper" Richardson and the pilot, Roger Peterson. Three of Rock and Roll's most promising performers were gone. As Don McLean wrote in his classic music parable, American Pie, (annotated) it was "the day the music died." -Gary Behymer ('64)...somewhere in downtown Colfax, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Puxatany Phil It makes one wonder how they decide when they pull Puxatany Phil out of his nice heated burrow if he will see his shadow or not. What do they do, check the Farmers' Almanac? Just something I have always thought about on Ground Hog Day (2/2). -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where the winds are comin' *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/04/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 15 Bombers sent stuff: Jim Jensen ('50), Wally Erickson ('53), Lorin St. John ('55) Tom Hughes ('56), Missy Keeney ('59), Jack Evans ('62) Duane Lee ('63) and Eva Steel ('63), Dennis Nalder (65WB) Linda McKnight ('65), Barb Gore ('67), Betti Avant ('69) Sandy Clark ('71), Kerry Steichen ('74), Shawn Schuchart ('78) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* OF INTEREST TO ALL: Fran Rish died yesterday (2/3/06). We'll have more information as it becomes available. We heard that supposedly Rish was playing golf, came home and laid down on the couch--and that was it... BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Randy Buchanan ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tom Crigler ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) Re: Wind To: Northwestern Bombers One of our TV weather channels just announced that a severe weather warning was in effect for the Pacific Northwest...winds from 40 to 60 mph...potential for significant damage. My prayers are with each of you. -Jim Jensen ('50) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) Re: Uptown Theater It's hard to believe they're closing the only movie theater left in Richland. I'm assuming it's the only movie theater in Richland. What's the population of Richland now? Can't imagine not having a movie theater in Richland. What do the citizens of Richland think about the closing? Does anyone care? Will they build a new movie theater? Does that mean if they want to see a movie they would have to go to Columbia Center near Kennewick? I remember when some neighbor friends and I walked down to the Uptown Theater building during construction. We were able to get inside to see what was happening. There was nothing but dirt in the seating area, and they were just finishing the staging area out of concrete (with openings for secret passages). I also remember the Grand Opening (don't remember the name of the film), but there was a brand new '52 Buick Century in the lobby. -Wally Erickson ('53) ~ South of Coeur D'Alene where the sun is peeking through the clouds... does that mean spring is just around the corner?? It's exciting getting ready for the Super Bowl.......... GO SEAHAWKS!!!!!!!!! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lorin St. John ('55) The first movie shown in the newly built Uptown theater (spring of 1950) was "The Petty Girl" staring Robert Cummings and Joan Caulfield. The Uptown was such an improvement over The Richland Theater, The Village Theater, and the North Star Theater (North Richland). I remember one day when the roof of the Uptown was being completed during the final phase of construction; curiosity got the better of me and I went up on the roof to see if I could "help". The workers declined my offer so I went on my merry way.(Funny what goes through the mind of a 12 going on 13 year old). I would like to add our prayers concerning Walt Wendland ('55) with his upcoming triple by pass heart surgery. Walt's Dad was Pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church during our High School years. We went up to Seattle together for our physicals (to join the Navy). Walt passed his. I had to go back a second time because of some question concerning my physical. I passed the second examination. So consequentially Walt was a couple of weeks ahead of me in boot camp. -Lorin St. John ('55) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tom Hughes ('56) Re: Uptown Theater In 1954 I worked part time as an assistant to the projectionist (I was a gopher) rewinding reels and changing arc rods in the projectors. Sometime while I was working there they shut down the theater to install the cinemascope screen and the stereo sound system. I became the electrician's helper. He warned me not to touch any of the wires laying around because he had both 120 volt and 240 volt wires strung and some of them were hot. One day I saw him pick up a wire and look at it for a few seconds. He then put his finger on the end of the wire and I saw him jump a little. He looked at me and said "I guess that one was 220". Every time he hooked up a wire that was how he tested it. (Who needs a stinkin' meter?) -Tom Hughes ('56) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) Re: Singing Valentines THE RADIATIONS are available to perform SINGING VALENTINES again this year. We go just about anywhere, you would not believe!! Cost is $40 and includes a rose and chocolates. Check out the attached poster. Actually, we dress really classy and not like the 'Candy Ladies' on the poster. Call me or e-mail me. -Missy Keeney ('59) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jack Evans ('62) I just received an email stating Fran Rish passed away this AM... you might want to check it for accuracy but it is sad news... he was a special guy. -Jack Evans ('62) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Duane Lee ('63) and Eva Steel Lee ('63) A couple of my friends swear that the Uptown used to have a balcony. I grew up here and I do not ever remember a balcony. Anyone know for sure? We remember coming out to the lobby at "intermission" and the smoke was so thick, you could hardly see. -Duane Lee ('63) and Eva Steel Lee ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dennis Nalder ('65WB) Hi to all the Chief Jo folks and others: One of my students was surfing the web and found my name on this web site associated with the "paddle". I teach science at a Jr. High - so all this fit into a great conversation about schools and the differences in philosophy. My first swat came from Mr. Skoal in the 8th grade - he was not kind. I think we moved too many 7th graders out of the halls. Great times were had by all :~) This activity brought back all kinds of great memories from my days in Richland. I read some of the pages from Sandstorm and recognized many of the names of our old gang. including David Rivers ('65), Terry, Brian, Doug, Skip, Bpner and many more. This brought back many great memories of football and summer "escapes". There seemed to be many gardens with too much good fruit. I remember my first day in 8th grade football when many of us had to walk home with very little clothing - seems like Gary Adrian ('64) and the crew thought we had to much on at the time. I especially remember all the basketball games we had at my cousin's house (Chris Boulange) in Richie Court. These games included Phill Neill ('66) and Ray Stein ('64). Summer leagues at the park were great also. Then we got to play with the players from Carmichael. I read one from the Gunderson girls and reminded me of all the Saturday dances. Terry and I used to not miss many of those. I really enjoyed my time and the people at Jason Lee and Chief Jo. Things did change my 9th year when my mother moved us to Alaska. The good part was I did get to finish football season :~) - because in Alaska there was no football - just basketball - so I had to get into another sport. It all turned out ok. Well, enough for now - The best to you all and hello to all my old friends. Stay safe and stay healthy. -Dennis Nalder ('65WB & 59-62 Chief Jo) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) Re: Memories of the Uptown Theater!! My memories began when Mom and Dad had to consult Parent's Magazine before they would give us permission to go to the movies. If Parent's Mag. said unfit for kids, forget the movie. I remember seeing "Westside Story" and my brother, Michael ('67), and I dancing all the way home with the music in our heads. I also remember the goofy scary movies of that time, where you could figure out what was going to happen next. Though, what about "Night of the Living Dead?" Now that was a scary movie!! I remember sitting in the back row with (??) I'll never tell!!, and getting that blasted flashlight shined in our eyes....... Years later, going to the movies on a Friday night to see "Easy Rider"....... Ah, the smell of popcorn. I loved popcorn so much that I would go to the door of the theater and ask to go in just to buy the popcorn. I think it was 50 cents....... -Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) ~ from Tigard, OR - near the Tualatin River. The rain keeps coming down. About a week ago the Tualatin had gone over its banks and covered a portion of the walking path behind our home. No chance of it reaching our property because we are on a little knoll. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Barb Gore McCleary ('67) Re: Talon Wiser I am trying to locate Talon Wiser who graduated from RHS, not sure when. He phoned me a few weeks ago, interested in some property I have for sale in Benton City. I lost his phone # and need to call him. Please email me. Thank you very much. -Barb Gore McCleary ('67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Sorry Phil, I knew as soon as I wrote your name I had misspelled it. It should be Puxatawney Phil... I will remember the next time. Go Seahawks!!!!!!!!! -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA -where the morning has gotten foggy ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Sandy Clark Chamberlin ('71) Re: 1971 class reunion planning meeting Just a reminder to the class of l971 We are having our first planning meeting on February 7th at 7:00 at the Town Crier in Richland. Please come and give us your input on a date and activities. If you are unable to come but have some input you can call me or email me. Hope to see you. -Sandy Clark Chamberlin ('71) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Kerry A. Steichen ('74) To: Class of '74 Reading the news paper I can across the picture of our own "Mike Davis" promoting the 12 man for the Seattle Seahawks. So I guess Mike was just testing the alumni about his football knowledge. Brad Upton ('74) might think the picture is showing Mike's best side. Go Mike and Go Seahawks -Kerry A. Steichen ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Shawn Schuchart Mabley ('78) Re: Texaco Gas Station Judy Wilcox ('61) mentioned the Burks Bros Texaco Gas Station. I remember my sister, Tami Schuchart Keller ('68), telling me about one of those corner gas stations that would turn back the speedometer on Friday and Saturday nights for the kids so they wouldn't get caught for driving to Pasco and Kennewick. Of course, those same guys that turned back the speedometers were probably sitting in the Spudnut Shop the next morning telling your dads all about their kids' adventures the night before! Fun memories--too bad they're really my sister's though. -Shawn Schuchart Mabley ('78) ~ Walla Walla, WA - Are there any other Bombers here in Walla Walla? *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/05/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 23 Bombers sent stuff and Fran Rish Obit article today: Dick McCoy ('45), Betty Hiser ('49) Marilynn Working ('54), Lois Weyerts ('56) Gene Horne ('57) and Carol Bishop ('57) Judy Willox ('61), Ed Quigley ('62) Tim Smyth ('62), Bill Scott ('64) Dennis Hammer ('64), Linda Reining (64) Patty de la Bretonne ('65), Cathy Geier ('66) Shirley Collings ('66), Bill Wingfield ('67) Pam Ehinger ('67), Nancy Nelson ('69) Robert Avant ('69), Steve Piippo ('70) Mike Davis ('74), Tami Schuchart ('68) Dwayne Bussman ('98) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Travis Strege ('96) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick McCoy (The Tin Can Class of 1945) Re: Theater It is too bad the Uptown is closing. However, my tears were for the old Richland theater, where we kids in hi school spent many happy hours. Really the only place to be other than the rec hall. It was not a palace, but a repository of many dreams. This area has gone daft over the Seahawks, rightfully so. However, there are a few fair weathers including some in my family. I had season tickets for 29 years, yes, I picked this year to quit. I figger I have spent over 15 thousand to watch mostly losers. Still love Krieg and Zorn, but not Largent, the strike-buster. -Dick McCoy (The Tin Can Class of 1945) Win Seahawks!! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Uptown Theater: I don't remember a balcony in the Uptown. Fran Rish: I used to watch him eat (chew) on all that grass. Surprised that there was any grass growing near the Col-Hi benches. Great loss for all the Bombers. I am NOT a sports fan but I hope the Seahawks win - only because most of the people in the Midwest (or East) do not know that we exist on the West Coast. I still go to visit my relatives in Ohio (after 61 years) and when I tell them I'm from Washington they always ask me if I get to see the President!!! As Mollie used to say to Fibber (on the radio): 'Taint funny McGee. Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland - the wind is supposed to R E A L L Y blow today. Sun is shining. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) Re: Uptown theater Do you remember when we could get into the Saturday movie and serial for 5 milk bottle caps? They would have previews before the serial and sometimes a talent show on the stage. I plan to get in another movie at the theater before it closes on March 31st. Wish there was a drive-in somewhere too. I miss those at it was the best nap I could get in the evening!! Don't know why it always put me to sleep for a while, then would wake up for the second movie and go to the snack booth. Re: Fran Rish According to the Herald, Mr. Rish was playing cribbage with some pals and didn't feel well. Went home and still didn't feel well so his daughter called an ambulance. So sorry to hear of his passing. Re: Road 68 For you out of towners--there is going to be a 12 plex movie theater built this year at the Road 68 complex. Wal*Mart superstore is open and a Lowe's is going in next to it and the only thing missing in that area is the theater and a bowling alley!! Oh, and a drug store. A Cousins Restaurant is supposed to go in there also. Tonight (Saturday) is the St. Joseph Art & Wine celebration at the new church in Kennewick and I will be there with my big chocolate fountain! Anyone wanting to rent a chocolate fountain just e-mail me. I have a 34" one and two 18" smaller ones for home parties. Would be fun for Valentine's parties. You know, chocolate is good for your heart! We are keeping Walt Wendland ('55) in our prayers!! Marguerite is good about keeping us up to date. -Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) ~ Oh, my gosh, this is the year of the 70's birthdays!! We should have a show! from windy Pasco (Rd 100). ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lois Weyerts Harrold ('56) Re: Walt Wendland ('55) by-pass surgery Walt was operated on Saturday morning at 8am and finished about 12:30 but had to stay in the operating room with the lung/heart machine still connected until they were sure he was okay. Walt had a double by-pass instead of a triple as one vein would be more work than it was worth the effort and more trauma to him. He looks good. The rehab will be long because of his fragile health before the surgery. His heart is strong and he did not have a heart attack but probably would have if they had not found the problem when they did. He still needs prayers during the long recovery (probably one week in ICU and 3 to 4 in rehab). He is not to have any visitors for at least a week but cards would be great. Contact me for his address or email a message to me and I'll run them off and give them to Walt. I have already done that with those who have sent me messages for him. We value all your prayers and friendships--it means so much to Walt and Ginny at this time. -Lois Weyerts Harrold ('56) ~ Where the sun shone today but then the wind came up and ruined a perfectly beautiful day. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gene Horne ('57) and Carol Bishop Horne ('57) Dennis Nalder ('65WB)... are u the one from Ketchikan? Mom is Virginia... worked at Densow's... Uncle Lyle... bought a pharmacy in Kennewick... and the Dennis that Gene and I ran into on Fremont experience... watching the Band?? Too bad when we knew you in Ketchikan that we didn't know that you knew Terry Davis ('65) and his buddies... Terry boxed for Gene and won the Golden Glove Tournament in Spokane one year... forgot which one... are you still teaching in Idaho... and is your mom still in Ketchikan? -Gene Horne ('57) and Carol Bishop Horne ('57) ~ Loving the beautiful weather here in Las Vegas ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Judy Willox (Classic Class of '61) To: Wally Erickson ('53) I care, I care!! I hate it when they tear a building down, take a street out, put a round-a-bout where one doesn't belong and everything else they do to change this town. But as the old General Electric motto said years ago, "Progress, Man's Most Important Product". Yeh, right! ;o) I specially hate that they have taken away the view of the river with all the buildings out there. And now the natural habitat and landmark buildings like the Big Y Tavern with the stupid new highway they think we have to have. So yes Wally, I do care! And yes, this means one has to go to one of the complexes out at, or by, the mall to see a movie now. Funny how and why this has happened as there was still business at the theater and this is where my kiddo, Paul Hodson ('05) and his girlfriend always went to see a movie. As the paper said, there are business people located near there that want to see something go in there that will garner more business their way. Gotta wonder don't cha--are any of those people Bombers with memories? To: Lorin St John ('55) Add my prayers along with Lorin's for Walt Wendland's ('55) safe passage through his heart surgery and a speedy recovery. Walt is such a wonderful person and I had just gotten his alumni ring replaced in December and want him to be able to wear and enjoy it for a long time to come. Hang is there Walt! To: Jack Evans ('62) and Maren Thanks for letting us know about Fran Rish. Saw him last year at the Bringing Down the House function and it was good to see him. Hadn't seen him since I left school that I can recall and now I am glad that I got that opportunity last March. My prayers, thoughts and solace go out to his family! To: Duane Lee ('63) and Eva Steel Lee ('63) Yep, there was a balcony in the Uptown Theater. Spent a bit of time up there myself. ;o) You gotta remember that was back when, when we kids could seem to get away with smoking--IF we didn't get caught! :o) To: Shawn Schuchart Mabley ('78) Darlin', the name is WILLOX, not WilCox. It is an unusual name I admit, but one that I am fiercely proud of and have recently taken back legally. PLEASE get it right as it upsets me when one doesn't. It could have been those Burks Boys that did the turning back of the speedometers as they had a little brother, Walter, who graduated in 1959 and the rest of them were all young in their thinking. They still are, and I have always loved all those fellows! A great family, those Burks. And since Leo worked out in the area with my Dad, he very well could have told my Dad-- IF I had ever done that. That was about one of the only things I didn't so to Dad's car. ;o) I don't know if there are any Bombers in the Walla Walla area now or not. But I can tell you that in 1968-'69, there were two that I know of. Myrna Bolin ('63) and I lived there then, and we had a lot of fun there too as we did here in Richland. We both moved back to the Tri-Cities about the same time and commenced having just as much fun as we always did! Her mother, Mayme is now living there in a retirement center over on Boyer. I enjoyed Walla Walla, but it was just good to get "home". Bomber Cheers and GO SEAHAWKS, -Judy Willox ('61) ~ Richland, where the weather is suppose to turn dangerous on us soon and I hate that tree branch right over my bedroom in those winds! Looks like it has already started as it is raining and blowing a bit. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ed Quigley ('62) Re: The Coach My condolences to all who knew and loved Rish. I think that my first contact with him was through swimming lessons, when I was maybe 8 or 10 yrs. old. He and Jerry Dudley ('53) were wonderful guys, and my first male "teachers", and somehow, both of them demanded respect without saying a word. Later, I was lucky to be able to be coached by him during my 2 1/2 seasons in football at Col-Hi, and he made it a lot of fun, although he worked our butts off. I'm pretty sure that I had a class or 2 from him, but some of the memories have gotten kinda foggy. It just seems fitting that he was able to continue on doing things he loved, right to the end. What more could one ask? We'll miss ya, Coach. . . -Ed Quigley ('62) ~ From storm battered Salmon Beach, WA! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tim Smyth ('62) If one has to die... good that one goes the way Mr. Rish did. After doing what he liked doing. He was a great guy. -Tim Smyth ('62) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Scott ('64) Re: Uptown Theater memories When very young, sitting through sing-alongs before the main attraction, with people "following the bouncing ball" above the lyrics as they appeared on the screen (people actually sang along in those days; I can imagine the response they'd get now)... seeing a newfangled iron lung on display in the lobby... having my first real date when in 9th grade, taking Debbie Skarshaug ('64) there to see Ben Hur... going to see Hitchcock's "The Birds" with Norm Klusman ('64) and sitting right behind Cathy Mouton ('65), who almost went through the roof when Norm ran a comb across the back of her neck during one of the scariest moments... asking my mother if I could go to see "The World of Suzie Wong" (definitely no)... asking another time if I could see "The Savage Innocents", with Anthony Quinn as an Eskimo (well, if' it's about Eskimos, I guess so)... Joe Doaks shorts... The Three Stooges... being introduced to the newfangled CinemaScope... ah, wonderful memories. Sad to think it's going to be gone. Maybe, as it has been said, you really can't go home again. -Bill Scott ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) Re: Uptown Theater One more light of my youth being extinguished. It was a nice example of Googie Architecture popular in the '50s and early '60s which was mostly lost when it was made into a tri-plex, but they did restore and keep that nice googie style neon sign. Very few examples of googie left, most of them have been either taken down or remodeled so much that they are unrecognizable. Oh well, we will always have the Space Needle, they wouldn't dare change the style of the Space Needle. In the Tri-City Herald Friday February 3, there was an article stating that in three weeks they will be begin construction on a $6 million 12-plex with 1,800 seats off Road 68 behind Yoke's Fresh Market. That area around there sure seems to be its own boom-town. Still, I kinda wonder about building a theater that size in the Tri-City area which has had an empty tri-plex behind Columbia Center sitting there for years, and with the news and complaining last year about movie attendance being down. The first movie I saw there was "The Parent Trap." We moved to Richland just after school was out and for three months I didn't know anyone. I didn't know my way around Richland so I studied my dad's 8 1/2 x 11 Richland map of the Hanford bus routes and walked down there for a matinee. I especially remember is how nice and cool it was in there. We only had a little swamp cooler in that prefab we lived in for three months that first summer that just wasn't enough to do the job. When "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" was re-released, having loved so much when I was nine of ten years old, that I went there already planning to sit through it twice. I never would have thought back then that one day I would own both those movies on a little silver disks. Thank God it was daytime when the roof collapsed. It would have been even more tragic because the "The Empire Strikes Back" was playing and the theater would have been packed. I had seen that movie just a few days before. -Dennis Hammer ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining (64) Re: Uptown Theater have great memories of going to the Uptown---so sad to think it is being torn down. just one more memory from childhood that will never be forgotten, but will only "live" in memories! ;/think the first "adult-themed" movie I saw there was, "Blue Denim"(starred Brandon DeWilde and Diane Varsi)--dealt with teenage pregnancy---saw it with Diana Bennett(64) and her younger sister, Cecilia(66?). also remember sitting in the back of the theater and the usher shining his blasted light in our faces! *grin* someone mentioned a balcony, seem to remember there being one, too, but never went up there---maybe it wasn't open to the public????? so sorry to hear about the passing of Fran Rish. -Linda Reining (64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - we could use some of the wet that is inundating the Pacific Northwest and parts of Oregon---we are way too dry down here in Central CA!!!!! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patty de la Bretonne ('65) Dennis Nalder ('65WB)! Wow, that's a blast from the past. I remember you and Sandi at Chief Jo. You teased me a lot. Can't quite remember what it was you called me.... but it's a good memory. I'm glad you wrote in. -Patty de la Bretonne ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Cathy Geier ('66) Hello Everybody! It is so great to hear everyone's memories. I, too, spent many hours in the Uptown Theater, matinees mostly with Cathy Palmer, who incidentally is in Canada, married and watching her children leave home in success. And then going next-door for Coke's and French fries.. Lovely time then.. My recent move to Sunnyside to escape the school district budget cuts.. has come to an end. I am looking for temporary windowed duplex living in Richland. Maybe you know of some. I garden.. like many of us learned to do living in our sunny area.. flowers! I put out a call for yoga and dance involvement.. and found a great belly dance group in Richland. Contact me for housing and/ or dancing! -Cathy Geier ('66) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) Re: "Tri-City sports legend Rish dies" From Saturday, February 4, 2006 TC Herald -Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Wingfield (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) I am going to friends' house on Superbowl Sunday to watch the Seahawks down the Steelers at friends of ours here in Augusta, GA, who are from Pittsburgh, PA, and needless to say are Steeler's fans. I will be wearing my Seahawk hat my Dad, Truman Wingfield gave me. Or maybe I just stole it from him. GO SEAHAWKS -Bill Wingfield (BRC67) ~ Augusta, GA where it's going to drop down to 30 tonight, but I'll still be playing tennis before the big game. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Re: Movies Linda McKnight Hoban ('65), I remember going to see West Side Story, with Marsha Hopfinger ('67), but it wasn't at the Uptown Theater, it was the one at the South End of town, never can remember what it was called! As for the balcony I don't believe there was one there but again I think it was the other one! It's sad to hear that Richland will have no "Walk In Theater" any more. Here in Lil Ole Omak, WA we have two! Go Figure! I was so saddened to hear about Mr. Rish's death! I know he will be greatly missed. He was such a great man! My heart felt sympathy goes out to his family. Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Nancy Nelson Wyatt ('69) I was saddened by the news of Frank Rish. He was a great guy and big contributor to the community. Remembering the time when we were having the controversy of changing the name of the Bombers. Remember when the Japanese were here and they all were all rallying. Mr. Rish heard it all and then at the last spoke up and said "You started this, you have said things about our country that we would never say about yours." and walked away. My mom and another friend were there and started applauding. The uptown theater will be a loss to the city also. Remember walking to the theater for the Saturday matinee with all my friends (were just a couple of us) haha. Going to the Spudnut Shop afterwards and then walking home. I had just heard from my parents (Clayton and Ruth Nelson) that they are in the process of tearing down the old Community Center also. The rumor had it that were going to put some stores on the 1st floor and then condos on the 2nd floor. What a waste to tear down a historical building just to put more mini stores in. Guess I am spoiled up here as the biggest and newest store we have is Wal*Mart. If we want to go to the stores for clothes and other things, besides Wal*Mart we have to drive 69 miles to Spokane. Well, I don't write much in here but read it every day and save all the emails in a folder. I enjoy reading this and seeing the people who write and wonder "I remember them, I wonder if they remember me." Goooooooo Seahawks. (see dad, I told you they would go to the superbowl some day.) -Nancy Nelson Wyatt ('69) ~ where we are suppose to get another 6 to 10 inches of snow today and tonite ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Robert Avant ('69) Re: Uptown Theater I sure remember Saturday matinees at the old Uptown theater where I believe it was either a dime or a quarter to get in and then of course the obligatory popcorn, candy, and soda. The movies were totally forgettable... but what a great day when you are a young kid. -Robert Avant ('69) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Steve Piippo ('70) Re: Fran Rish . saw him regularly, the last time at Mr. Hogan's funeral. He was wearing a Buckskin Golf cap and we talked and laughed. In high school he was my friend... we would hide out in the old weight room behind the bleachers during assemblies and talk. I was his PE TA and he'd give me the keys to his red Fairlane coupe (Hot car in those days) and tell me to, "go to Albertsons to get some coffee, instant coffee and creamer Peep-o-vitch." Imagine driving Rish's car! That was my nick name Peep-o-vitch. When cut from basketball before Christmas my junior year he understood and became a person who gave me self value, respect and confidence. The man, Fran Rish actually talked with and liked me...made me special. He hired me as Sophomore Basketball coach still calling me Peep-o-vitch. His grandsons are good people who really loved their grandpa, I listened in class. Rish cared about kids well beyond a grade and graduation. Piippo-Strankman and now Rish. I probably would not have been the kind of teacher I was, many ways modeled after Rish, or be who I am today were it not for Fran Rish. Two people missed most: talking with my dad and now, periodically crossing paths with Rish, laughing and chatting. Good he was still walking until the end. With lots of love for Fran Rish and a life time of memories, -Steve Piippo ('70) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Davis ('74) Re: Fran Rish My thoughts and prayers go out to Betty, Carolyn, and Greg Rish. Richland has lost a legend, but more important you three have lost a husband and father. During this time of grief remember you are the fortunate ones. We knew him as a bigger- than-life icon that touched us in so many ways. You got to know him and share his life on another level, like no other. I'm sure this Sandstorm will be flooded with memories of the Coach over the next few days and that in itself will be much comfort to you. Reliving stories and memories of what a resounding influence he was to so many and how so many of us are better people because Fran Rish passed through our lives will keep him close in your heart. But your memories, your stories will be the most cherished of all. Yes, he was an icon, but more important - he was a husband and father. In the past this forum has discussed and debated the name change of our high school from Columbia High to Richland High. Maybe a more appropriate name might have been Rishland High. Fran Rish WAS Richland High. -Mike Davis ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tami Schuchart Keller ('68) To: Shawn Schuchart Mabley ('78) Shawn, the gas station that turned back our miles was at the bottom of the hill from us and it was "Curley" who would do that. And you are right, Im sure he was at the Spudnut Shop the very next morning telling Dad all about it. I always wondered how Mom and Dad always knew everything I had been up to. -Tami Schuchart Keller ('68) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dwayne Bussman ('98) I of course didn't have Fran Rish as a teacher or coach, but he came into Safeway, where I work, once in a while. He was always a nice guy. I am sure that my co-workers are going to miss him coming in. I can't wait to hear stories about him from his former students and players. -Dwayne Bussman ('98) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/06/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers & 1 NAB sent stuff Betty Hiser ('49), Richard Roberts ('49) Jim McKeown ('53), Mike Clowes ('54) Bill Johnson ('61), Ed Quigley ('62) Duane Lee ('63) and Eva Steel ('63) Betti Avant ('69), Brad Upton ('74) Mike Davis ('74), Don Sorenson (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John Cole ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Bennett ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Franco ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lisa Riccobuono ('75) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lori Raekes ('81) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Uptown Theater: I always looked young for my age (WHAT HAPPENED, who is that old lady that stares me in the face every morning?) and was able to get in to the theater as a child until I was about 23 and started feeling guilty. I think it cost 25 cents at the beginning and by the time I was 23 it had gone up to 35 cents. We all have our memories of Coach Rish. All good - I hope. I had no dealings with him other than seeing him at the games. I did collect absence slips the next year after I graduated - he was always on time and very congenial - not like some other teachers I had dealings with. -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland - not quite so breezy and the sun is shining. The wind is bloody cold at night. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Richard Roberts ('49) To: Burt Pierard ('59) Rex Davis ('49) will probably remember the date. I would say between 1948 and 1954. Some of those other guys in the picture might also take a shot at it. -Richard Roberts ('49) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim McKeown ('53) Re: There was a question if any Bombers lived in Walla Walla I'm sure there are several, but those that I know are Bill Jackson ('54), who is the retired Sheriff; my brother, Tom McKeown ('53), and his wife Darlene Card McKeown (54), Lou Ann Paulsen Casper ('54), and Jim Chubb ('50), brother of Ken Chubb ('53). I'm sure there are others. On another note, what a legend Fran Rish was. In our day it was single wing in football, with power plays to the left and to the right... and lots of blocking. In baseball, he was the always looking for weaknesses... in the opponents and his own team. I remember a game in Yakima my Junior year, and I was on the mound against Rabung, who went on to the pros, and we were ahead 3 to 0 going onto the 8th inning. I walked a batter, the next one hit a single and then their top hitter lofted a ball almost over the center field fence. With the score 3 to 2 Rish walks out to the mound, looks at me and says "What in hell do you think you are doing?". I, of course, responded with something very bright like "Pitching"! He then proceeded to tell me that I was falling off the mound with runners on, and I needed to face the batter more. Then he instructed the umpire that I had a bad leg and I needed a few practice pitches, which he gave to me. And guess what? He was right. I changed my stretch position just a little bit, but it made a big difference on my throwing to the plate. We get out of the inning and went on to win 3 to 2. I will never, ever, forget that, as long as I live. Fran is probably giving instructions to Saint Peter right now. -Jim McKeown ('53) ~ from very sunny Sacramento, CA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: The passing of Fran Rish Someone in yesterday's paper mentioned one of The Coach's proclivities; that of chewing the grass along the sidelines (particularly at the Bomber Bowl). He did it elsewhere too, but not at home baseball games (no grass). This habit was commented on by students and adults of the community alike. Even to the effect of being parodied at a pep assembly. I have a vision of Mike Harris ('54) walking across the gym floor wearing a Green and Gold jacket with wads of grass and straw sticking out of his pockets. He told someone that he was Coach Rish and therefore exempt from the "No walking on the gym floor" rule. I somehow suspect that it was a gag; as Mike Harris would not intentionally violate that rule. Re: The Uptown Theater Guess the alleged balcony was put in after I left town. I sure don't remember one. There was a balcony in the other theater in Kennewick (the one that showed all the "B" movies (like the Village). And if memory serves, wasn't the Uptown closed for about a week so they could install the Cinemascope screen and the stereo sound system? I do remember seeing "The Robe" (first picture in Cinemascope) there. There for a brief period in time one could watch "B" movies at the Village; "artsy" and 3-D movies at the Richland and big screen epics at the Uptown. Boy did we have it made in the early fifties. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ the sun is now shining in Mount Angel, OR and the snow (for a while) remains in the mountains. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [I remember NO BALCONY in the Uptown Theater. -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill, aka "Lane", Johnson (Classic Class of '61) Re: Uptown Theater Just for you Judy Willox ('61) Judy Judy Judy Darlin'. I don't know where or what you were smoking, but it wasn't in the balcony at the uptown theater. It didn't have one. Of all the theaters in the Tri-Cities, Liberty in Pasco, Benton in Kennewick, the Village, Richland and the Uptown in Richland, only one had a balcony and that was the Liberty in Pasco. I know because I was a relief rotating Manager for Mid-state theaters, when I wasn't managing the Skyline drive-in in the summers. -Bill, aka "Lane", Johnson (Classic Class of '61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ed Quigley ('62) To: Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) There were 2 theaters in the South end of town, Pam: The Village Theater on GWWay, and the Richland Theater, kinda "kitty corner" from there, across from the Community House (Center?), where they had pool tables, dances, etc. I guess that's going away, too. Kind of sad to see all those places we enjoyed as kids disappearing along with the drive-in theaters (weren't there 5 of them in the Tri-Cities?) we all enjoyed so much as teenagers (I'd be willing to bet that a lot of you, as parents, are now really happy to see them gone)!! :) I only return "home" a couple of times a year now (too cold in winter, too hot in the summer), and although I still get the "warm & fuzzies", a lot of the town really conflicts with my memories, and it's a little bit of a downer, although I still think it was the best place in the world to "grow up"! Down where the Rosebowl used to be looks like crap to me... Fitting, I guess. :( -Ed Quigley ('62) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Duane Lee ('63) and Eva Steel Lee ('63) Re: Uptown Theater It's funny how time plays tricks on us. Half the people that we talk to swear that the Uptown had a balcony. The other half swear that it never did. I called Regal Cinemas in Spokane and they said that they don't know for sure either. All they said was that the original theater seated 1,350 seats. (Compare this to the Carmike Theater that we went to yesterday. Not counting the 3 front rows of seats next to the screen, it only had 46 seats!) I remember running down the long aisles during Saturday matinees. And one of us would pay to get in and "sneak" the others in at the exit by the screen (including Freddie Schafer ('63). We took our grandsons (8 and 7) to the drive-in theater in Milton-Freewater a couple of times last year. It was the closest one we could find. They had a blast. Thought they should see one before they all disappear. Adios from Bomberland, -Duane Lee ('63) and Eva Steel Lee ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Mr. Rish One of my memories of Mr. Rish were actually my late brother Howard ('72-RIP). He was a manager for football, wrestling, basketball, and baseball teams his junior year. I was going to CBC and used to walk down to the field for some baseball games. His spot was just outside the dug out on a chair. When Mr. Rish wanted the steal sign put on it was Howard's job to cross his legs a certain way. I remember him telling me that, so if RHS had a runner on first I would check to see if they were running or not. My sympathies to the family. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA - where it is in the mid 30s this morning but the sun is shining brightly ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Brad Upton ('74) Re: Uptown Theater Sign Does anyone know if they are planning on tearing down that Uptown Theater sign? The sign has a neon tower with a neon atom at the top. It may be the last visible atomic symbol like that left in Richland. It's one of those places I let my eyes wander to when I drive by just to see something familiar that lets me know that I am "home." It should be saved and donated to the CREHST museum. We can find a Bomber contractor to do the job at cost. I'll put in the first 100 bucks. -Brad Upton ('74) ~ currently in St. Thomas V.I. It's 84 and I'm about to watch the SuperBowl. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [See the Uptown sign Brad's talking about in the first three pictures sent by Don Sorenson (NAB) today. -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Davis ('74) My Two Cents Worth They are all gone now. With the passing of Fran Rish Richland has lost the last of the "four giants" that molded the Bomber mystic into what it was for so many years. I'm speaking of Art Dawald, Toivo Piippo, Fred Strankman and now Fran Rish. The influence these men had over their young athletes was immeasurable. The wisdom and advice they passed on reached far beyond the playing fields and courts. The bar they set for us was high, but through their leadership and example the goal was attainable. I am sure that I am only one of hundreds that have remembered one of their "life's lessons" and applied it to some event in my adult life. I look at today's athletes and they are tremendous. The facilities and opportunities they have to tone their bodies and skills are numerous, but quite often something is missing. That "something" is hard to put a finger on, but the athletes that had the opportunity to experience the tutelage of Dawald, Piippo, Strankman and Rish had that "something." We weren't always the biggest team, the strongest team, or the quickest team. We weren't always the most talented team on the floor or field either, but more often than not we won. We did whatever it took and became successful. That's what we took from these "four giants." We learned how to succeed. And that success was definitely not limited to the playing fields. They taught us how to be successful human beings. That was their greatest lesson of all. Thank you Giants! We are better people because of you. -Mike Davis ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB) After reading some of the letters concerning Fran Rish and the demise of the Uptown Theater I thought some folks might like to see these. The football practice is at the old Columbia Play Field. 2087-1-neg-e (1951) Uptown Shopping Center 2087-1-neg-g (1951) Uptown Shopping Center 2087-1-neg-h (1951) Uptown Shopping Center 2230-1-neg-a (1951) Football Practice - Columbia Playfield 2230-1-neg-b (1951) Football Practice - Columbia Playfield 2230-1-neg-c (1951) Football Practice - Columbia Playfield 2230-1-neg-d (1951) Football Practice - Columbia Playfield 2230-1-neg-e (1951) Football Practice - Columbia Playfield 2230-1-neg-f (1951) Football Practice - Columbia Playfield -Don Sorenson (NAB) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/07/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 14 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Hiser ('49), Stan McDonald ('53) Lenora Hughes ('55), Lorin St. John ('55) Lois Weyerts ('56), Tom Verellen ('60) Donna Fredette ('65), Betti Avant ('69) Sandy Clark ('71), 5 Cole Sisters BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jerry Rice ('71) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) I can't afford $100 but will make a contribution if we can save the atomic sign at the Uptown. It would be ashamed to lose that in addition to the theater. Would CREHST want it - and what could they do with it? Could it be put in the John Dam Plaza or at Howard Amon Park? Sorry about the Seahawks. Maybe next year. -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Stan McDonald ('53) Re: Fran Rish I recall Rish as a looming figure during my high school days. One thing is still vivid in my memories. Letterman's initiation. The raw oysters with a string tied around them and the cow's tongue and the swats with the holes in the board that was used. Today, much of that kind of thing would not be permitted. But no one was really injured. I was a yell leader in high school... skinny at 154 lbs when I graduated at age 16. I put on about 40 lbs and two inches in height after high school and the Marines. Wish I had been a couple of years older so that I could have played football under Rish... I did go out for freshman football in college just to prove it to myself that I could do it. I was a "walk on." Rish and Dawald affected many young lives in a positive way. My wife, Dorothy (Class of '53), is in Bratislava, Slovakia since January 10th. My daughter-in-law, Sharon, gave birth to a baby boy in Vienna, Austria on January 23rd and Dorothy went to assist with the other 3 kids (8, 7, and 5) for my son Jason. I am leaving to join them next week until March 15th. Dorothy and I have a trip to Northern Italy planned for 8 days beginning on the 1st of March with an Austrian couple for part of it. Anybody out there in our class have Skype and interest in talking via that mode? Let me know. -Stan McDonald ('53) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) Re: Las Vegas luncheon We had a great gathering on Saturday, February 4th. Those in attendance were: Harvey Irby ('64), his wife, Carolyn (NAB), his father, Harvey Irby, Sr. (NAB), Robbi Hill Karcher ('49), Nancy Moore ('70), Daisy Clark Smith ('54) and Duke Smith ('50), Gene Horne ('57) and Carol Bishop Horne ('57), Barbara Crowder Hopkins ('55) and her son, Randy Bossert (NAB), and Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) and spouse, Bob (NAB). Barbara and her son were in town visiting and the Horne's were gracious enough to bring them. Many of our group were missing and so hopefully we will be seeing them at our future luncheons. We know there are more Bombers here in this area but can't figure out a way to locate them. They are sure missing a great time. My husband, Bob, took photos, but several turned out too dark and he didn't get everyone, so I won't be sending them this time, but hopefully will have some for the next luncheon. Bomber Cheers!!! -Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lorin St. John ('55) As I sit at the computer thinking of Francis Rish and his impact upon my life; many memories flash before me. I was never involved in sports in High School. (I had to work after school was out). I had him for P.E. in my sophomore year for just one quarter ('52-'53). I remember when he called my name for attendance for the first time I just about jumped out of my shorts. As a young kid in the late 1940s I remember him chalking out the Bomber Bowl football field before a game. He was always concerned about his players. He helped them off the field if they were hurt. He knew how to chew his players out if they were not performing. When Richland upset Yakima during the 1950 football season; the players lifted Rish on to their shoulders after the game. That makes an impression on a 13 year old. During the 1952 (Feb) Sub-District basketball tournament; Richland was getting beaten rather badly against Kennewick in a loser out game. Someone in the Richland cheering section started shooting spitballs against the Kennewick players. Rish, being the tournament director, stopped the game and made an announcement over the public address system that if he caught the perpetrator, he would personally throw that person out of the west end of the gym. (the end that had no doors). Of course nothing happened after that announcement and the game commenced. (Richland was eliminated). He always respected opponents and taught his players likewise. Another memory that delighted the student body was during the '53-'54 school year during one of the Pep assemblies; Juricich (the students seemed to always refer to the sports coaches by their last names, i.e Rish, Dawald, Juricich) was sitting in a rocking chair holding a "baby" with a bottle. Juricich was playing the part of Rish. We had just learned that Rish's wife was "expecting". (The picture is in the '54 annual). I had the privilege of attending Rish's retirement in 1983. There were so many memories expressed by so many and I suspect that will be the case during this time. -Lorin St. John ('55) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lois Weyerts Harrold ('56) Re: Update on Walt Wendland ('55) Just got a call from Ginny Weyerts Wendland ('54) at 11:30 this morning (2/6/06). The breathing tube was taken out last night and they had Walt sitting up for 2 hours then and again this morning. His blood pressure is holding steady and his heart beat is good. There is some bleeding yet from the chest incision but is lessened. They have removed all the racks but one that were holding several of the drips he had going into him after the surgery. He is awake and talking and knowing what is going on. He actually talked to Larry and I briefly. Later today or tomorrow he may move to intermediate care rather than stay in the intensive care section. Your prayers are being answered but keep them coming for both Walt and Ginny as caregiver. -Lois Weyerts Harrold ('56) ~ n beautiful sunny Richland! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tom Verellen ('60 - a class that ends in zero) Re: Another two cents worth I would like to add two others to Mike Davis' ('74) list of giants. Howard Chitty from Carmichael, and Al Yencopal from Christ the King. Their contributions formed the basis that other coaches expanded upon. Certainly they all made Richland a better place to grow up and live. -Tom Verellen ('60) ~ near Lacey, WA - where we must be at the end of the tunnel because there is sunlight. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Donna Fredette ('65) Re: The Uptown Theater The Uptown Theater absolutely did not have a balcony. I know because I spent all my time there if I wasn't at the pool or jumping on a pogo stick or riding my bike or roller skating, etc., etc.!! I remember all the free Saturday movies when they made all their money on candy and popcorn! I remember getting to have free donut holes at the Spudnut Shop after the movie. I remember how much fun we had going around to the back of the theater after the free Saturday movie to see the western stars come out back! It was also fun going to the movies at the other end of town and I remember seeing the dracula movies there while my friend spent the movie time at the drugstore next store looking at magazines because she was so scared. We also had a blast at the several drive in movie theaters either sneaking in or going with a date and not watching the movie! I'm sorry to hear that the Uptown is closing and it should be marked by a special occasion. I would love to be there. Is anyone thinking of doing anything? Bomber Cheers! -Donna Fredette ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) My note in Monday's edition ran a sentence that should have had a period in it which I thought I had. My brother managed sports' teams throughout his high school years. It should have read in his junior year and on about "his leg crossing". On my other brother's note about the Uptown Theater, most of the movies we went to in it were the "good ole Walt Disney family movies". They don't make many like that any more. Still lovin' the green and blue. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA - where the sun is supposed to shine most of the week ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Sandy Clark Chamberlin ('71) Re: Last Reminder 1971 Reunion Planning Meeting Just a reminder that we are having our first planning meeting for the 1971 reunion on Tuesday, February 7th at 7:00 at the Town Crier. We need to decide on a date and what activities to plan. Hope to have lots of input and support. Thanks -Sandy Clark Chamberlin ('71) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Five Cole Sisters Happy birthday yesterday to our brother Johnny Cole ('66). Sorry we didn't get this in on time, but our computer was down! You are very special to all of us. Love, Barbara ('50), Patti ('52), Karen ('55), Judie & Jackie ('63) Next year we'll be on time! *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/08/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff: Lois Weyerts ('56), Ray Hall ('57), Jay Siegel ('61) Gail Cyphers ('62), Jim House ('63), Jeff Michael ('65) Michael Botu ('65), Betti Avant ('69), Dennis Strege ('71) Frank Standefer ('72), Dave Fowler ('76) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janice Pierce ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: MaryAnne Greninger ('67WB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cathy Lemler ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lois Weyerts Harrold ('56) To: Lorin St. John ('55) Re: the assembly to announce Rish's baby I had the privilege to play the new baby which happened to be Carolyn. I guess I was chosen since I happened to be one of the shorter girls in school. I felt sorry for Ray Juricich having to carry me so far. It was a lot of fun and Ray Juricich was a good sport playing Mr. Rish. Larry Harrold ('56) and I also extend our prayers and sympathy to Mr. Rish's family at this time of great sadness. He was a fine person and coach. Our three children took swimming lessons from him at his house so even our children have had a connection with him. -Lois Weyerts Harrold ('56) ~ in Sunny, beautiful Richland ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ray Hall ('57) Re: Fran Rish Fran will be missed. Words can't adequately express my feelings towards Rish. I had him for a teacher, boss, and friend. I remember in P.E. glass one day when we were trying to do chin ups. I couldn't do them, someone in class laughed at me, Rish turned around with that look of his and told the person that he wouldn't have anyone laughed at or made fun at while in his class. Nothing was ever said again. He was a very special person that treated everyone the same; I always will remember that. He was my Athletic Director while at Richland High. I agree totally with Mike Davis ('74), Richland has lost a legend. God bless you, Pappy. -Ray Hall ('57) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jay Siegel (The Classic Class of 1961) Re: 45th! I know that I am a month late getting this into the Sandstorm - that just means that everyone in the "Classic Class of 1961" needs to be a bit quicker getting their information into the committee. If there has been a change in your email or snail mail addresses or your telephone number, please send me an email with the new info. I am working on a "Lost Classmates" for the class website but it won't be up until the end of next week. Make sure that you check it and contact any of the individuals that you might know on the list. If you haven't registered with "Club 40" yet, you need to do that as there will be information coming out along that channel also. Until September, Clear blue skies and warm, gentle breezes - -Jay Siegel (The Classic Class of 1961) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gail Cyphers ('62) Re: Fran Rish The passing of Fran Rish is truly a loss for all of us. Much of his reputation was associated with P.E. and his considerable skill as a football coach. He was, however, also in charge of the swimming pool during the summer (the big pool as we called it). Those of us that could float better than we could play ball got to know Fran Rish differently but equally well. Thru his insistence when I was still in grade school, I eventually ended up in life guard training and certification. It was a very tough regime to follow but he was always very supportive, in spite of that fact that at times I was convinced he was trying to drown me. Safety and the welfare of everyone were always uppermost in his mind. It showed in everything he did. Years after high school I would think of him from time to time and remember the influence that he had on me, and all of us. These days I dont honestly remember how good a coach he was, I remember how much he cared, which is the best kind of coaching you can get. -Gail Cyphers ('62) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim House ('63) Fran Rish coached numerous championship teams and impressive athletes. Perhaps none were more impressive than the class of '62. That spring, the Tri-City Herald reported, "Richland completed one of the greatest years in sports achievement." The Bombers won league championships in football and baseball under coach Rish and basketball under coach Dawald. Especially impressive was Doug Lukens ('62) who was the captain of all three teams. John Sonderland ('62) was also a starter on the three championship teams. How many other Bomber achieved that status? Doug and John were not only versatile and gifted athletes, they were also fortunate to date two of the classiest women of the Gold Medal Class of '63. How cool were those guys? -Jim House ('63) ~ Mead, WA (current home of another key contributor on those three championship teams but he was only a sophomore, thus not worthy of mentioning here) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jeff Michael ('65) Re: True Confessions Hey there Bombers and Bomberettes... Ok...true confession time. During my childhood, my Dad did take me to one movie at the Uptown Theater. It was "Bridge Over the River Kwai." It was a pretty special time for me and I really liked the movie. I've watched it a time or two on TV since then. If any of you, your kids or grandkids were at the TRAC Father/Daughter Dance last Friday night, you know what a fun time it was. There were over 1400 attendees! We all had a blast! Yeah, that was me on the stage doing an advance preview of Mick Jagger at the Super Bowl (the highlight of the game). Bummer about the Seahawks. Maybe I'll see some of you at the Bridal Shows coming up next weekend. I've got one in Moses Lake Saturday and Kennewick Sunday. dj jeff Michael ('65) in Pasco where the boats are showing up for the boat show at TRAC this weekend. I'm setting lights for a couple of the dealers and the weather is sweet enough to want to be in/on the water! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Michael Botu ('65) To: Joe Choate ('60) The Eckert that your horse kicked was Donny ('64). He and I were sitting on a fence in the side yard of a house on Wilson street. He jumped down off the fence behind the horse that was tied to a tree branch. The horse kicked him before his feet hit the ground. I will never forget that sound of bones crunching, it still haunts me to this day. To: Patti de la Bretonne ('65) I remember the first time I met Dennis and Sandy Nalder. It was at a party at your house. Dennis and Sandy showed us some new dances and they were very good at them. It was obvious they were well practiced and in a different league than we were at that time -Michael Botu ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: [Washington's] "First Dog" Less than a month ago The Olympian ran an article on the "first dog". The governor and her husband gave the Pomeranian to their daughters for Valentines' Day in 1996. Her husband decided on the name "Franz". For Halloween the governor dressed as Willy Wonka and Franz was dressed up like an Oompah-Loompah. I guess his paw print endorsed the new license plate for animal cruelty. While the governor and her family were in Detroit, Franz was left with friends. Some how he was hit by a car and died. They found out about it on arriving at SeaTac Sunday night. They had a picture of him today and the article was written up like an obituary. Some reporters must have a hard time finding enough news. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where the past few nights have been below freezing but the days have seen warm and sunshine ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dennis Strege ('71) Re: Class of '71 Reunion The 35th reunion for the Class of 1971 will be held on August 4, 5, and 6. Mark it down on your calendars. Updates with more details will follow as they are finalized. -Dennis Strege ('71) ~ Richland ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Frank Standefer ('72) Re: Email address... Hi Maren... Do you have the email contact info for Lois Weyerts Harrold ('56)? I'd like to send her a note for Walt Wendland ('55).. Thanks for the help! -Frank Standefer ('72) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Her email address is right below her name in her Sandstorm entry.... UNLESS you are reading the online version which has all the email addresses stripped. If that's the case, look on the class website to find an email address. -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dave Fowler ('76) The parking lot in the Uptown or it's entrance across from Dairy Queen would be fitting place to re-erect the Uptown sign. It has always brought back memories and it is only fitting that it should be left to accomplish its original job. Some things are better left in place or close to in place as possible. After all it is a heritage we in inherited lets leave it for future generations. Re: Remembering Spalding My Last entry earlier tonight was a little hurried. Being at work on the night shift tonight, during my break I came upon this site. I felt compelled to make a suggestion to relocate the Uptown sign. Anyway, as I went back to work the memories of my younger years flooded back. Maybe its the lack of sleep or were not busy tonight. Who knows? One of my fondest memories were the teachers who so patiently - and I mean patiently - put my feet on the ground. It all started with Mrs. Badget, my kindergarten teacher. What a lovely lady and teacher she was. What a time and surroundings to grow up in. I've often thought about those years and I wish I could say thank you to all the teachers who were there for me. Unlike then, now I can understand and fully appreciate all of them. Attending Spalding, I remember lining up outside in the school parking lot to take our turn to enter a portable trailer and lay down on what today looks like a cat scanning machine. Does anyone know what all that was about? Remembering that I can recall with vivid detail going to the gym to get our vaccinations. I laugh now and appreciate it. Oh the beauty of getting older for you truly see the value of suffering. The sorrow for not being able to say thank you to those that hurt you. I better get back to work -Dave Fowler ('76) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/09/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 13 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Hiser ('49), Wally Erickson ('53) Marlene Richter ('55), Dale Ennor ('59) Missy Keeney ('59), Patti Jones ('60) Helen Cross ('62), Tom Hemphill ('62) Ron Richards ('63), Mick Hemphill ('66) Betti Avant ('69), Mike Davis ('74) Dave Fowler ('76) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gayle Dunn ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Jane Brady ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Karen Moore ('75) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Yvonne Ling ('75) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rob Hausenbuiller ('93) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) To: Dave Fowler ('75): AEC/DOE did a radiation scan to all of the children in the grade schools. My two children went through the scan - I went to school (must have had a day off) and watched them both go through the scanner. Never did hear any results of all those scans. Guess they just wanted to make sure the children were safe from radiation. When I was visiting my sister we did a bunch of remember or remember when, etc. How many of you remember when cars had no heaters. We used to go down to visit my grandparents in south central Ohio - was about 100 miles away and Ohio had really cold winters. About 2 hours before we left we would put bricks on an old wood range and take them out and put them in the floor of the car and start off for home. We always put an old blanket over the bricks so we would not burn ourselves. BRRR -Betty Hiser Gulley 49er - south/government Richland - foggy this morning but the sun is out now. Cold nights and warm days ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) Re: Francis Rish Great memories of Coach Rish at Columbia High School!! I (like Stan ('53)) never had the chance of playing football, or baseball for Rish. But, I did have him for P.E. classes. I mean there wasn't anything he couldn't do... he taught us the use of the trampoline, wrestling, boxing, throwing medicine balls at each other, climbing the rope, running, the list goes on. It seems he always had time for you if you were interested in any of the above. He cared about all the students no matter what kind of skills they had. Not to mention the time he spent during the summers teaching swimming classes. No wonder he was in such good shape. Does anyone know what part of the country Rish came from? God Bless Francis Rish, he was a great person and coach!!! I was looking at my '53 Annual and noticed my friend Bill Lloyd ('54) drew Francis Rish, Ray Juricich (my homeroom teacher), Art Dawald, Gordon Pappas (I played the clarinet in band) and other teachers that year. To: Stan MacDonald ('53) And I thought I was the youngest in our got me beat. It seems a lot of us grew up after high school. I grew 6 inches between my junior and senior year, and 4 inches after high school. I loved playing basketball but was too small at the time... darn. I saw Ray Ehl ('53) a year after we graduated and he was an inch taller than I, he was 6'4". He was one of the short guys in school and heavy set. Stan, I envy you on your trip to northern Italy. We plan on going back again soon, we loved northern part of Italy. If you need info on some places... you can email me. -Wally Erickson ('53) - South of Coeur D'Alene where the sun has been out the last couple of days... even washed my wife's car today. I can almost feel spring around the corner. It seems the officials made some questionable calls. I guess the Seahawks will have to wait for next season, it was great fun while it lasted. Still a Seahawk fan, I can't help it!! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marlene Richter Frank ('55) To Lois Weyerts Harrold ('56) Thanks you for keeping us updated on Walt Wendland ('55). I wouldn't have known about him except for your E-mail as we spend our winters in Arizona. Is he in the hospital in Seattle or Spokane? I thought perhaps he was at Kadlec since they do heart surgery now but have tried calling Ginny about 5 times in the evenings and there isn't an answer. I have known Ginny and Walt since I first moved here in 1954 and see them every Sunday at church. They both are such wonderful people. Sure wish something could be done to help Walt with his back problems. It was nice seeing you at the Club 40 reunion this year. -Marlene Richter Frank ('55) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Marlene -- I believe Walt is in Kadlec. -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dale Ennor ('59) Re: the Uptown Theater Who doesn't have memories of all three Richland theaters. My most vivid recollection of the Uptown Theater was not related to movies at all. Tom Rekonen ('59-RIP) and I had inexplicably found ourselves off campus one spring afternoon. Unable to go home until after 3:15pm, we were enjoying the warm weather by horsing around the uptown business area. As we turned the corner of the theater heading north who got out of her car and started our way... my MOTHER! We jumped back into the recess of the doorways of the theater not knowing what to do but PANIC! We couldn't run back past the Spudnut Shop in time not to be spotted. Just then the door to the theater opened and Mr. Stiles, father of our classmate David ('59-RIP), beckoned us into the cool, dimly lit foyer. He knew instinctively what was happening and bailed us out of a potentially embarrassing situation. As soon as the coast was clear he let us out again and we split. I don't know if I ever skipped classes after that, but do know that if I did I didn't stay in town until the day was over. Mr. Stiles, by the way, was always a gentleman and always so nattily attired. -Dale Ennor ('59) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) Re: Governer's Dog To: Betti Avant ('69) Yes, some of us do silly things with our pets and sometimes, if we are famous or well known, it makes the news. But true animal lovers know that our pets provide boundless unconditional love and affection, joy, pleasure and companionship AND the loss of a pet is most often the cause for deep and abiding grief. My sincere sympathy goes out to Washington's First Family as I know this is a painful loss. -Missy Keeney ('59) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Missy -- Please read the entry from Betti today. -Maren} ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: Uptown Theater One more change in Richland. At least the homes aren't changing. Even the upgrading doesn't seem to change the good old government houses. Saving the Uptown theater sign would be outstanding. Putting it in a good history place where it is visible might be quite a project but worthwhile. I'll put some money in. When the "War of the Worlds" movie came out a few months ago, not knowing what it was about exactly the name of the movie intrigued me enough to want to go see it. Reminded me of all the midnight movies back in school. "Them" was one of the scariest I remember. Vera Smith Robbins ('58) and I went to see "War of the Worlds" together at the Uptown Theater. Walking in the door a flood of memories of movies I had seen there rushed into my mind as well as the students who were always there. "Psycho" being one of those I would have liked to forget. Probably hadn't been in the theater for 40 years. Half way through "War of the Worlds" I realized it was a remake of the one I had seen in school years. More memories. Now the theater is closing I am glad to have had the updated experience with the same movie. No, the movie wasn't as scary as the first time I saw it. No one was screaming either. A few oh no's instead! Theater wasn't very crowded. I was in Uptown Monday at the north end. Right at the walk way on the west side there is a ball on top of the building that says Uptown. Not something I would have normally noticed. The talk about the Uptown theater sign in the Sandstorm is what made me look up as I walked toward a shop in the walkway. I was curious to see if there was any signs on the north end of Uptown. Does not do anything like the Uptown theater sign. The ball didn't even turn. Colors do not seem to symbolize anything. Be interesting to find out who and why it was put there? Anyone know? Bombers Have Fun -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA - where the wind has finally calmed down (boy, does it blow here in the Bomber Range Road area) and the sun is shining. Even some flowers are starting to come up. Spring must be about ready to warm us up. The sky seemed to stay darker longer this winter than it did last year. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) As a kid who grew up in Richland, I am in amazement that some of us are positive that there wasn't a balcony in the Uptown theater and some of us think there was one. I have to state that I am one of the "sure there wasn't one" group... I never visited all of the theaters in the Tri-Cities, just the Uptown and the other 2 that used to be in "Downtown", and I am sorry to see them all going. If it is possible to save the Uptown Theater sign, I'd contribute to saving it, too. I'm going to be coming up to Richland, and I'm sorry I will just miss Mr. Rish's funeral at CUP church. I'm hoping there won't be too much snow, and no ice while I'm there, as I left the midwest at this time to escape that, and I certainly have enjoyed the 60 and above freezing degree nights I've enjoyed around Sacramento this past week while visiting some old haunts, houses, and friends from when we lived here earlier. So I'm hoping for no below freezing temperatures starting this Thursday for a week or so. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ from sunny Roseville, CA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tom Hemphill ('62) Re: Coach Fran Rish Those of us who were fortunate enough to have known Coach Rish will have a lot of fond memories to share. The one memory that stands out for me was in PE class our Sophomore year. Sometime after the winter snow our class was taken outside to the track. As usual, Bobby Card ('62) and I began challenging each other racing around the track. We were unaware that Coach Rish was timing us. When we finished, the Coach told us that we were to sign up for the track team. We both told him that we were playing baseball and would not be able to join the track team. He asked us if we had ever flunked PE before. We joined the track team. How fortunate we are to have grown up in Richland. Lots of great teachers, neighbors and old friends. -Tom Hemphill ('62) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ron Richards ('63) Re: U.S. Department of Energy It's interesting to know that Vicki Kelly (U.S. Department of Energy) is looking after us. [See Vicki's entry in the 2/8/06 Sandstorm] But what do you suppose prompted her visit to How much of her work time is spent reading the Internet? Is it just possible that this is electronic surveillance at it's finest. Perhaps they get tired of reading all the references to bombs on this website. -Ron Richards ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mick Hemphill ('66) Re: Reunion Class of '66 .........Official Notification......... The class of 1966 is planning their 40th reunion the weekend of June 23, 24, & 25 to be celebrated at the Red Lion/Hanford House. Mark your calendars, get back on the diet, exercise... but above all make plans to attend. It will be a reunion to remember. Information will be e-mailed to all classmates. Please pass the word to those not subscribing to the Sandstorm. See you in June, -Mick Hemphill ('66) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: no more hate mail Before I get any more e-mails indicating I must hate dogs-NO I DON'T!!!!!!!!!!. That was not my intention when I wrote my post about the "First Dog", Franz (RIP). The paper here and from what I see in Maren's extras really played it up but that is OK with me. I LOVE DOGS. -Betti Avant ('69) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Davis ('74) Re: Brad Upton's ('74) Erection Request How about erecting the Uptown sign just down the block above the Spudnut Shop. What exemplifies Uptown better than the Spudnut Shop? -Mike Davis ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dave Fowler ('76) 9:31am - 2/8/06 Re: Uptown Sign Thanks Brad Upton ('74): I didn't realize what this sign means to me. It truly is a Richland Icon worthy of historical significant value. You got the ball rolling, I've contacted threw e-mail KNDU, KVEW, Tri- City Herald and the City of Richland. I spent 20-years in the military and for me it has always been a silent welcome. Today, I live in the home I bought from Ray Juricich. I'm sure we all remember his driving lessons. Anyway, I encourage all of our Bomber supporters who want to see this land mark preserved to contact the above agencies. Just send them an e-mail stating what this sign means to you. Again, Thanks Brad I'll do my part! 6:50pm - 2/8/06 Re: Update To Uptown Sign Later today after my e-mail to KNDU, KVEW and The Tri-City Herald, I received an e-mail from KNDU, Cristean Brown. They are interested in this story and wish to speak to me. KVEW and the Tri-City Herald sent a form letter saying they had received my e-mail. If any of you would like to be there when I speak to them, please let me know. I could use support and if you would like to be the spokesperson (so to speak) that's OK with me. Again, send your emails to KNDU. They seem genuinely interested in presenting and following this story. Thanks Again Brad Upton ('74) I guess you don't know what you got until it's gone and they put up a parking lot. 7:15pm - 2/8/06 Re: Uptown Sign No sooner than I sent my last update KVEW trouble shooters gave me a call. They are interested in airing this story if there is enough interest. I guess the ball is in our court. Go Bombers!! Thank You -Dave Fowler ('76) P.S. Brad do you have brother named Brian. Be careful now cause I've got a story of brotherly teasing. *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/10/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers sent stuff: Marguerite Groff ('54), Marilynn Working ('54) Laura Dean Kirby ('55), Larry Harrold ('56) Loron Holden ('57), George Swan ('59) Missy Keeney ('59), Patti Jones ('60) Gary Behymer ('64), Rick Maddy ('67) Brad Upton ('74), Dave Fowler ('76) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jerry Molnaa ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda Woods ('61WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) To: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Good job! Saw you on TV tonight. You approached the powers that be and pled the case for the UPTOWN sign. We now have the new owner on television saying he saw no reason to take the sign down. You make us all proud. -Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) ~ Richland where it's cold at night and fairly decent during the day. And, I personally am very happy to be done with the wind for a while. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) Re: Uptown Theater To: Brad Upton ('74) and anyone else working on saving the sign Has anyone contacted Warren Luke the man who bought the theater? He seems to be a generous person and probably would be interested to know of our desire. After selling the Marineland Village shopping center in Kennewick for 6 million dollars, he might just have a buck or two left to move the sign!! The Herald said he bought the theater for a bargain price of $500,000. When will you be meeting with the media? -Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) ~ Pasco, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) Re: Uptown Theater I can hold off no longer. In regard to the Uptown theater, I am confident in saying there was never a balcony. I have lived in Richland since 1948, so am considered an "old-timer" by many. The theater was a wonderful addition to our life style at the time it was constructed, along with all of the Uptown area. Last week I attended what will probably be my last movie there. I studied the construction to see if I had somehow missed a balcony. No way! In the early fifties, I was involved in a fashion show at the theater and remember the underground dressing rooms. Also, there was a long wide hallway from the theater behind the businesses attached to the south side. At one time the R.J.Skews furniture store utilized this area as a sort of art gallery. I imagine the original intent was the use of shared bathroom facilities for employees. Someone may correct me on this, but it is how I remember it. I'm glad someone is thinking about preserving a symbol of our past and I have written a letter of support to KNDU TV stating my opinion. Does anyone know what happened to the atomic symbol that was above the building that is now the Spudnut shop? It was advertising the eatery, "Fission Chips". (a great play on words) When I was a girl, we often stopped by there on the way home from Chief Jo for a snack. -Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) ~ still in sunny Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Fission Chips was NEXT DOOR to the Spudnut Shop... dunno what happened to the sign, though. -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Larry Harrold ('56) Re: Lorin St. John's ('55) tribute to Rish - 02/07/06 Lorin described a Pep Assembly held during the '53-'54 class year where Ray Juricich was sitting in a rocking chair holding a "baby" with a bottle. Juricich was playing the part of Rish whose wife Betty at the time was expecting a baby. (see 1954 Annual) I would like to point out that the "baby" Ray Juricich was holding is Lois Weyerts ('56), my wife for 48 wonderful years and my girlfriend for 3 years before that. -Larry Harrold ('56) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Loron Holden ('57) Re: DOE Spying Re: Ron Richards' ('63) comments on Vicki Kelley (DOE) of the DOE reading the Sandstorm There is a huge fight going on at the DOE and some advocacy groups about the EEOICPA (Energy Employees Occupational Injury Compensation Program Act). The program has been audited by an independent contractor and found to be so full of errors and unfair rejections that the heat is on Congress and the DOE to clean up this mess. DOE is well aware that many Hanford Employees and their Survivors are RICHLAND BOMBERS (Me included). Are they spying? Wouldn't surprise me in the least. The DOE is a very bad case of the Police, Policing the Police!!! They now have several hundred employees and are spending money at an alarming rate. They have created an entire Industry of claims processing (or nonprocessing), there are 5 1/2 year old claims that have not been settled. For those of you who are not familiar with the program, congress wrote a law in 2000 to compensate employees of Hanford and other Nuclear sites who have or have died of cancer due to radiation exposure $150,000.00. A program that is floundering in bureaucracy. -Loron Holden ('57) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Betti Avant ('69) Re: "I love dogs" Betti, take heart and continue to be of good faith. Often, what we (who dare to) write is not taken in the spirit it was intended. Been there myself. Rest assured, the barbs associated with critical responses will indeed dull with time. Now, for all who love dogs -- and to love a dog is to eventually suffer the agony of losing a dog -- that well known philosopher, George Carlin, once intimated, each time we take on a family pet ... we are also taking on a future little tragedy, I highly recommend reading, "Marley & Me Life And Love With The World's Worst Dog," written by John Grogan. Recently, while prowling the book stacks at Costco, a typical Yellow Lab pup with oversize feet and obligatory red collar sat staring back at me from a book jacket and seemed to be saying, "Buy me!" I did and when I began reading the book, I could not put it down until I had finished. I laughed loudly and often, I wiped away tears near the ending but closed the book with a deep sense of understanding of Marley and Marley's owners that extends out to all dog lovers. My wife, Jeanne, seeing the impact that the book left on me, took it up and stayed up until near daylight to finish it. Since then I have recommended the book widely and purchased copies for friends and relatives who are also fellow dog lovers. It really is immaterial that Marley was a Yellow Lab. It will touch the hearts of anyone who has, does, or will share their life with a dog. Only after I read the book did I discover that it was on the best seller list. As a kid and in my following younger years I enjoyed the companionship of a variety of mutts and breeds. I loved each and received that unconditional love from each equally yet in our own ways. About the time of my mid-life crisis, I became a "Yellow Lab Man." Since that era, I have enjoyed the company and unquestioning devotion of a big "yellar dog" riding shotgun beside me in my pickup. First, there was "Buff," a big burly male whose greatest love (next to me of course) was a cold blustery day in the duck blind and long retrieves. Next came "Gunner," a big goofy guy with a personality like "Odie" of the "Garfield" comic strip (according to my spouse). Buff and Gunner, each, graced my life for their times of nearly 14 years. Now, Darby, a big six year-old yellow female, is my shadow, protector, confidant, and constant companion (lying at my feet as I write this). She has grown tolerant of the elves tugging at her ears. My wife once said that Darby will probably be my last Yellow Lab. When I asked her why? She pointed out that the two before had each lived nearly fourteen years -- How long did I plan on living? I "pondered" this great question of life for a while and concluded ... I plan on being good for at least one more pup ........... maybe two? -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where here, Betti's weather observance (from there) fits perfectly, "the past few nights have been below freezing but the days have seen warm and sunshine," (Almost.) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) To: Betti Avant ('69) Sorry you received 'hate mail' because of your Sandstorm entry. I suspected it was not 'anti-dog' but 'anti-Governor.' To: All Bombers and Bomberettes! The Tri-City Herald will run an ad in Friday's edition for THE RADIATIONS' Singing Valentines. We have decided to give a portion of our proceeds to the HUMANE SOCIETY since pets are an endless source of LOVE for many of us. Cost is $40 and includes a flower, card and chocolates and the wonderful blended voices of THE RADIATIONS in song. E-mail me or call me. -Missy Keeney ('59) ~ Richland ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: Uptown theater and sign Rushing out the door for an appointment this morning [2/9/06], my phone began to ring. Concerned that it might be a client, I quickly answered it. The lady on the phone introduced herself as "Jessica with KVEW 42 news" and said she wanted to interview me about the Uptown theater sign. I agreed saying I would meet her in Uptown. In my rush to be on time for my appointment, I realized that I said "Yes." to a news story. Then I thought about my Alumni Sandstorm entry today. I didn't think I had said anything in the entry that warranted a call from the news. Then thinking about Dave Fowler's ('76) entry today and other Bombers' entries, I realized that the news was already on the topic of the Uptown sign. As agreed, I met Jessica at 1:30pm. In our conversation before the interview Jessica told me -- with a great big Bomber smile & busting with pride -- that she was a 1998 Bomber. We talked for a few minutes about Richland, the Bombers and Uptown. I felt like I was having a conversation with a Bomber, not a news lady. Jessica said "The news station had gotten many phone calls from Bombers and others about the sign". The news decided to do a human interest story about saving the sign. She put the camera on me, asked me a couple of questions, and let me talk. I noticed a man standing over at the side watching. It was Dave Fowler ('76) who was interviewed next. Jessica told us both that she was on her way to talk to Warren Luke (owner Luke's carpet), the newest owner of the theater. The 5pm news started with the story. Jessica said "Luke said, 'The Uptown sign wasn't going anywhere.' and he will maintain it". He said the same on the news. KNDU interviewed Dave and Warren and that was also on tonight's news. Special thanks to Jessica Swain ('98)... she will make great strides in the years to come being a wonderful news lady. She called me right after the 5pm news aired to ask me what I thought. I let her know she did an excellent job. Also let Jessica know that I would be writing a Sandstorm entry and she said she would read it. We also talked for a few minutes about the Richland Bomber website at which time I gave her some history about it. Beware Maren. Jessica will probably email you next about the website. We Bombers can sure stir up Richland. **GRIN** Bombers Have Fun -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA - where the temperatures are due by next week to dip back down as an Alaskan front comes in. Hope the weatherman Nick Allard from KVEW42 TV is wrong. Have gotten to really enjoy his weather forecasting. Some big city TV station will probably snap him up soon. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Tri-City Herald story about the Uptown Theater:] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Interesting review of "100 Suns" "As I looked at each image, I realized that baby boomers like me would see these photos differently than those who lived through World War II. I wonder how Gen-Xs or Ys will see them." Joyce Faulkner Re: Richland Bombers, Richland, Washington -Gary Behymer ('64) ~ located near the Top Notch Restaurant in the 'heart of the financial district' in downtown Colfax, Washington State! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) Re: Uptown Theater The Saturday afternoon movies. The pre- or post- movie Spudnuts. The Morlocks. Watching the Pit and the Pendulum through my jacket sleeve. John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart. The Shaggy Dog. Jerry Lewis. War flicks. Cowboys and Indians... I mean Cowboys and Native Americans. Sal Mineo. Beach Blanket Bingo. Facing the screen, Chief Jo sitting on the left, Carmichael on the right. If there had been a balcony, I know Phil Collins ('67), Ken Webb ('67) Alton Spencer (RIP '67) and I would have found some ill perceived mischievous deeds to use it for. My one and only date with my children's sixteen year old mother before leaving for Vietnam War was in the Uptown Theater - Cool Hand Luke. Hopefully some air time on the Uptown Theater will at least save the sign, at the very least, the cap. The Atomic symbol on top of the theater sign is a dated statement for all of the Tri-Cities. The symbolism needing explanation - there simply would be no Tri-Cities. As sensitive as it's representation being noted, it is our past... and most likely the future of the Tri-Cities. SAVE THE SIGN!! Thanks Brad Upton ('74) for getting us to look up. Kudos to Dave Fowler ('76) for putting your neck on the media chopping block and not ours. -Rick Maddy ('67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Brad Upton ('74) Re: Uptown Sign I'm all for moving it to the Spudnut Shop. As long as we save it. I guess the question we really need to ask is: "Are there any plans on tearing it down?" Maybe the new tenants aren't planning on big cosmetic changes. I could buy it myself, take the W off, and put it in my front yard! Also, Mike Davis ('74) would make an excellent spokesperson for the media. -Brad Upton ('74) ~ (yes, Brian '76 is my brother) Writing from Bridgetown, Barbados...83, sun, light breeze. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dave Fowler ('76) Re: Uptown Sign I guess things move fast. Both KNDU and KVEW interviewed me and Patti Jones Ahrens ('60). The story should air tonight (the 9th). I think our sign will be safe. Both KNDU and KVEW said that they had received numerous e-mails. Thank all of you for pitching in. I wonder if we will ever be privileged to see the radiation scan reports they did on us when we children. Thanks -Dave Fowler ('76) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/11/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Hiser ('49), Ernie Trujillo ('59) George Swan ('59), Jan Bollinger ('60) Larry Mattingly ('60), Ed Quigley ('62) Gary Behymer ('64), Doug Ufkes ('68) Betti Avant ('69), Brad Upton ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda Carter ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Drew Coughren ('86) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) To: Dave Fowler ('76) With the Freedom of Information Act I should think you could request them - but would not know where to start. Things are no longer as secret as they were. If you find out I would like to know since both of my children went through the same thing. -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland - beautiful days and cool nights. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ernie Trujillo ('59) To: George Swan ('59) Re: "I love Dogs" George, again you've impressed me with your post about dogs. My daughter has four dogs and two horses so I quickly forwarded your article to her. As always, I enjoy reading your postings. -Ernie Trujillo ('59) - from Dallas, TX where the Cowboys are still licking their wounds for not beating the Seahawks and making it to the Superbowl. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Seems like yesterday It seems like just last Saturday, me and my little elf buddies were sitting in the balcony of the Uptown Theater watching the matinee serial, "Rocket Dude" (or whatever it was called). You know, the guy with a costume consisting of a bullet head and a skinny scuba tank-like cruise missile on his back. Oh how I wanted one! But, mine would have had a real rocket. His always appeared to be on the verge of fizzling and rather than a fiery jet afterburner his weak willie smoke plume kinda wafted in the breeze or fluttered straight up like smoke from a jalopy badly in need of a ring job. Lowiq, my little elf buddy who did in fact score on his IQ test -- DID TOO! (hey something is better than nothing) built his own "ROCKEeeee------sput" outfit. He told me that stands for "Rocket Elf" since "Rocket Dude" was already taken and sorta describes how well it flew. He actually launched and flew all over the neighborhood and ... through the neighborhood. Some neighbors are still wondering what came in the front door and went out the kitchen window. But Lowiq's secret is safe with me and I will always have a permanent soft spot in my heart for him ... because that's where his pointy helmet, him, and his rocket pack (padded with kitchen curtains) ended up. It was indeed a good thing that very day that I just happened to be trying out the layering principle with my new hunting long johns, hunting shirt, down vest, and WW II sheepskin lined bomber jacket. "Pfffffftt, Pathoo," I still cough up a little goose down and some sheepskin fiber when I exert myself. Anyway, the original Rocket Dude of Saturday Matinees jetted about apprehending bad guys and saving the day. What a hero, what a life! Why, I bet the theater people gave him all the free popcorn he could eat. Come to think of it -- maybe that's what powered his jet backpack and when filming, he would fire it up but by the time the camera got rolling the popcorn had popped and it was just the residual oil smoking -- or ... maybe it never got hot enough and Borville's finest was just too pooped to pop. Nevertheless, I was always in a hurry to finish my Borville Bedandrocker popcorn before the elves mooched all of it and so I could flatten the box and sail it like a Frisbee at the villains on the screen. Sometimes it was hard to sail though because at the last second, Lowiq would hitch a ride on it (all in the name of aeronautical research). Sometimes, an impatient Lowiq just grabbed the box and poured the Borville's over the balcony rail on the serious folks below and proclaimed, "Launch Time!" Then I (by then, the elves were always undercover -- in my pockets ... snickering) would get kicked out and have to walk home in the cold mountain air. Mountain air? Wait a minute. Maybe the rocket fuel has dimmed this aging super hero wannabe's memory. I think that balcony was in the theater in La Grande, Oregon. Oh well, it woulda been cool to have had our own balcony. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ From the suburbs of Beautiful Downtown Burbank, WA, home of NUTSEA (National Undercover Team for Secret Elfin Activities) commonly operating undercover as "Sput Air." ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Yellow Dogs Okay, you've sold us on the John Grogan book "Marley & Me Life And Love With The World's Worst Dog," and we've reserved it at the library (number 6 on the list because it's a new issue). As to how many more yellow dogs you might own, I'm sure Jeanne knows that you can never be without a canine companion, so maybe you should start adopting a pup every six or seven years, so that you don't face that 14-year clock? On the other hand, I know a lady in Boston who was reluctant to get another pug when her third one died, because she was 80 years old. That lady is now 96 and may out-live the second pug she adopted since she was 80. I've no doubt her dogs have something to do with her longevity! -Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) ~ Spokane, where we've been having sunny days, cold nights and pretty sunsets. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Uptown Theater No balcony, no question. I was there the first week they opened and many times for many years. There was no balcony. I think one of the theaters in Pasco or Kennewick had a small balcony. A big bunch of thank yous to all that kicked up enough fuss to call attention to the potential loss of the Uptown sign. Maybe not a candidate for National Hysterical Places but worth saving. Keep the pressure up and remind the new owner of his promise to keep it, from time to time. How quickly they can forget. I am off down I-5 Sat to the pyro version of "spring break". 4 days and nights of pyromania. 3 very large displays Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, (February 17, 18, 19) this year. All together the most material ever fired there in the 3 nights. Saturday display is 32 minutes long. Will be very worth seeing if you are inclined. Visitors are welcome if any alums are in the area of Parker-Lake Havasu City. The city will charge for parking but admission to the grandstand is free. The shoot site is at SARA park right off the west side of highway 95 on the south end of the town. I will be shooting some demos with our new remote wireless firing system that has finally gone into production. It is a possible success as we have more firm orders then are first production run. Over 3 years of research and development and a goodly amount of investment coming to fruition at last. Along with some rapid fire of mid-sized material we will put up a 16-inch deluxe shell. At 46 lbs it will be a real patootie as it launches. If any of you drift by, drop me an e-mail and we can meet for lunch or something. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ed Quigley ('62) To: Pappy ('59) "I plan on being good for at least one more pup .....maybe 2?" Atta boy, Pappy; great attitude! I've had a line of dogs that extends back to my 4th B-day, when my folks presented me with an Irish Setter (ya need a farm for those dogs to run!), and I truly believe that "future little tragedy" you mentioned is a great way for kids to be introduced to all the lessons necessary to get you through Life: love, responsibility and, hopefully, the transition to whatever lies beyond... I've had friends who have lost an animal, and thought that it just hurt too much to have another, and I just feel badly for them, that they won't take that risk, because we all take that risk any time that we give our hearts, whether it's to an animal, or, more importantly, another person! Having just lost a feline companion of 17 years, 2 days before Christmas, I'm still kinda hurtin', although her picture on the computer as a screen saver still puts a smile in my heart(!), but in another couple of months I'll probably haul myself down to the local humane society, and see if I can't find another life to save, knowing full well the future hurt that almost surely guarantees. However, the richness that they add to your life, as you well know, more than compensates for the loss you'll feel at the end of their time with you. -Ed Quigley ('62) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: 'Boomer Bombers' Can someone please update me on where the term "Gold Medal Class of 1963" came from? Is it appropriate to name classes? If so, please consider the following: Those born in 1946 are first year baby boomers. The 'Bomber' class of 1964 has the largest number of members birthed in 1946. Therefore the Class of 1964 would be 1st year 'Boomer-Bombers'. P.S. Next...Someone design a T-Shirt for 'Boomer Bombers'! Re: Walt O'Neil Need help from baseball fans... Noticed that Walt O'Neil passed away. Didn't he play 1st base/outfield for the Braves/Atoms in the late '50s and maybe early '60s. He was a 'long ball' hitter. -Gary Behymer ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Doug Ufkes ('68) Re: Arizona Bombers To all Richland Bombers: It is time for the next AZBs (Arizona Bombers) all class luncheon. This event will be held at 12 noon March 12th, 2006 in the Harvest Buffet at the Harrahs Ak Chin Casino. The address is 15406 Maricopa Road in Maricopa, Arizona. 85239 The Harrahs website has a map quest do-hickey that will give you directions right from your front door. The phone number at Harrahs is 480-802-5000 in case you want to stay over nite or get additional info. All RHS Bombers who live in Arizona or are visiting are invited and those of you who do not live in Arizona are also invited as well, in fact every Bomber in the whole world is invited. If you plan to attend please e-mail me privately as I will need an approximate count for the reservations. -Doug Ufkes ('68) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Could someone scan the picture of Mr. Juricich (aka Mr. Rish) with his "baby" and put it in the Alumni Sandstorm? I was a mere babe myself so I don't have access to it. Thanks a lot. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA - where today the sun is bright in my eyes as I try to write this ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Columbians from '44 to '64 (inclusive) plus a few more are online and you can see the picture in the '54 Columbian at:] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Brad Upton ('74) I wanted to make a correction. I said that Mike Davis ('74) would make a great spokeman. What I wanted to say is that he'd make a great "spokesmodel." I'm so glad the whole Uptown sign issue is turning out okay. Thanks, everyone! -Brad Upton ('74) ~ Somewhere between Barbados and Puerto Rico *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/12/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers sent stuff: Irl French ('51), Jerry Oakley ('51) Stan McDonald ('53), Loron Holden ('57) Ray Hall ('57), Jack Gardiner ('61) Ann Engel ('63), Donna Nelson ('63) Dennis Hammer ('64), Ray Stein ('64) David Rivers ('65), Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol Haynes ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Freddie Schafer ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pat Caldwell ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shanon Laybourn ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Duane Worden ('69) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Irl French ('51) Re: Class of 1951 55th Reunion It is time to begin thinking about the 55th Reunion of the class of 1951. A number of you received an e-mail couple of weeks ago about the reunion and replies are beginning to come in. What is surprising is the number of 1951 Bombers who do not have an email address or at least are not on the Richland Bomber website. Of 247 names and addresses that are available to this writer, only 71 had an email address that received letters about the 55th reunion. The rest had a bad email address or no email address recorded. Here are a couple of numbers that might surprise you on where 1951 grads reside. 66 have zip codes that begin with 99xxx (Eastern Washington) 26 have zip codes that begin with 98xxx (Western Washington) Come-on! We were (I think) on the cutting edge of this modern technology. Oh well.. maybe about 10 years ahead of the time. So let us get our email addresses updated or if you want to remain a secret but receive the Alumni Sandstorm either through email or the website and you know of 1951 alumni that does not use the computer, contact these people and let them know about the 55th reunion. Let's see a number of 1951 Alumni on September 8, 9, 10, 2006 at the Shilo-Inn in Richland for Club 40. The leaders of Club 40 have seen that a block of rooms be set aside at the Shilo for those who wish to camp-out during those days. For more information contact John Irl French Charlotte Dossett Holden Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter -Irl French ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jerry Oakley ('51) My memory is a bit fuzzy, but wasn't there an apartment on the second floor of the theater that was next to the pharmacy in old downtown Richland in the '40s and fifties? I believe it was the Village Theater and a school mate of mine lived there. -Jerry Oakley ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Stan McDonald ('53) To: Wally Erickson ('53) Re: Skiing in Austria I lost your e-mail address somehow. So I am using the Sandstorm to reply. Yes, we are going to spend some time in Austria too. My son is taking me skiing on the 25th at an Austrian ski resort in Semmering about two hours from where they live in Bratislava, Slovakia (capital). We are taking 3 of my grandkids with us... Joshua (5), Isaiah (7), and Hanna (almost 9). Dorothy ('53) is not going along this time. The next day, a former Austrian ski instructor (I could use his assistance... being rusty) and his wife (who live in Vienna) are coming to dinner at my son's house in Bratislava. They are also accompanying Dorothy and I on part of our Italy trip between March 1st and the 8th. We are going to Florence (and rural Tuscany), Bologna, Padua, and Venice. Their friend, Dagmar Bernhard, a Vienna travel agent, made the hotel, flight, and other arrangements for us. I am looking forward to seeing things I have only read about. My brother-in-law, Chuck McDonald, takes his motor home to Couer d' Alene sometimes. Maybe one of these days when I am with them in the northwest, we can stop off and see you in Couer d' Alene. -Stan McDonald ('53) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Loron Holden ('57) Re: Coach Dawald All of the coaches of the 1950s are now gone. I have sent a picture that I have treasured for years to the Bomber pix site today. If you ever had to wait for "Daddy" Dawald to finish his sandwich during the Government class right before lunch, you will appreciate the pix. He still passed me after taking the picture. -Loron Holden ('57) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Didn't see the picture yet, Loron. Did you send it to: -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ray Hall ('57) Re: Fran Rish I went to the memorial for Fran Rish yesterday. What a real gesture of our love for the man. The church was almost full. Many people who knew him were there: former students, former people who were on his athletic teams were there and many more too numerous to mention. It was very emotional for me as the service brought back many fond memories I have for the man, as a student in 1955, to working with him as a coach, and he treated me as a friend. We were very blessed to have him in Richland. I saw many friends from Richland that I have made over the years; too bad it takes a funeral to get us back together again. Guess that is what he would have wanted. GOD BLESS YOU MR. RISH -Ray Hall ('57) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jack Gardiner ('61) Re: Uptown theater During the past week I've attended two of the most nominated movies this year at the Uptown theater. One showing had 8 people in attendance the other only 5. I guess this the reason it is being sold. One other item Back in 1967 I was on a New Years dinner cruise on San Francisco Bay. While standing on a outside deck, I heard this loud voice behind me saying "Gardiner, get back in your seat!!" I turned around and it was Mr Stiles. After talking to him for about 10 minutes, he wasn't the jerk I thought he was while I was growing up. -Jack Gardiner ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ann Engel Schafer (Gold Metal Class of '63) Happy Birthday to my wild and crazy husband. Another year with friends and good memories. Have a great day. Love Ya Ann -Ann Engel Schafer ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Donna Nelson (Gold Medal Class of '63) I wanna tell my dog story since we always had yellow labs because my "X" hunted and "DD" our lab retrieved over 1000 ducks according to him. She also sailed off the top of the 6th floor River park Square parking garage in Spokane, lived and made the Spokesman Review paper. My boys and I had taken a shopping trip to Spokane after moving to Ephrata and we weren't supposed to have a dog in the rental. So, we took her (since she was always part of the family outings) and let her out to use the bathroom before we parked. I purposefully parked high and away from others' cars so she wouldn't be bothered. To make the story short, my son went to the car early and let her out and she headed for the ledge. When I got to the top, he told me he had let her out and she ran to the wall and jumped over. "Sh*t!" was my first thought. I didn't believe it. We looked for 2 hours - driving downtown Spokane and finally asked the window washer by what used-to-be Sears. He said she sat by him for a long time and we found her on a grassy mound where the metal sculptures of runners are in Riverfront Park. We cried and she cried and I immediately called our old vet on a Sunday and asked him to check her out and she was fine and lived to the ripe old age of 14. I won't say what my "X" said.................. -Donna Nelson (Gold Medal Class of '63) Chief Jo Auditorium had a balcony and the Richland Theater ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) Re: Island for Sale For all of you who have driven to Portland on the Oregon side and noticed that island out in the Columbia River with the house and boat dock in the area around Hood River. Every time I drive to Portland I always look over at that house and think how neat it would be to live there, for the Summers, or maybe even all year around. It is called Chicken Charlie's Island or 18 Mile Island and it is up for sale, but at $1.5 million, it is a little out of my price range. OK! It's a lot out of my price range! I found a website that has pictures of the island, the house, both inside and outside, and even some architect's drawings. Even though I will not be making an offer on the property, I found it very interesting to see the photos. Go to the bottom of the page and click where it says "photos of the island" and there are 78 photos to look at. And for a video news report from a Portland TV station. The TV report says the house was built in the mid '70s, but the architect's drawings are dated 1967, and I am sure it has been there at least since I got out of the Navy in 1972. Someone lived on that island for many years before, but I don't know what his house looked like. Who knows, maybe some Bomber will buy it and invite us all there for the Y2K+7 reunion. -Dennis Hammer (Boomer-Bomber class of '64) ~ although technically I am not a boomer having been born in 1945 ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ray Stein ('64) To: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Gold Medal class of '63 I think it's been mentioned here, but the '63 class moniker comes from the Gold Medal brand of flour. The tie is in their class motto "Not Finished, Just Begun". Obviously when you get the flour out, you are "not finished", but "just begun" on your recipe of life. A competing theory says this unfinished class wanted to immortalize the '60's chant - "flour power". Re: Baby Boomer class of '64 Since class of '64 members were born between 9/45 and 8/46 (unless they skipped a grade or were held back), only 2/3 of the class are baby boomers. In fact if you count 9 months from . . . never mind. Anyway, I guess "Boomer Bomber" has a nice ring to it. A bigger concern is that somewhere down the road someone will forget the baby part of boomer and insist that the boomer name was picked to commemorate the "boom" of the atomic bomb blast. -Ray Stein ('64) Boomer Bomber ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: More birthdays for the 12th Here we go again... today's the big day for two '65ers and a Gold medal Dude... the last time I mentioned the Gold medal guy I was answering emails for a week about how lucky I was to know such a wonderful guy... seems I came up with my image of his day with his lady ('63) on HER birthday... guess I laid it on kinda thick because the ladies out there in Bomberland really swooned over the nice birthday this guy gave his sweetie... so I'll be a little shorter and more to the point this time tho I am very sure his Child Bride will make this day a special one for him... the other two kids are from my class and it was my pleasure to spend a little time with them this summer at our 40th... they are both very special people to our little Bomber community and to all they have touched during their VERY youthful lives... in only a few short years these two have made the world a more fun place in which to live... Oh I just can't stand it any more... It's time to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO (age before beauty) FREDDIE SCHAFER ('63), PAT CALDWELL ('65) and SHANON LAYBOURN ('65). David Rivers ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) I have ordered books in the past from I put in the info on "Pappy's dog book" and it popped up. It is available both in hard copy and paper back. I imagine major book stores would also carry it. Pappy, I believe you said you got yours at COSTCO, so would bet other places similar to that would also carry it. I am going to check some stores around here and should be able to find one with it. I don't belong to COSTCO but Fred Meyers has a big selection of books. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA - sunny but frosty Sat. am *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/13/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 15 Bombers sent stuff: Char Dossett ('51), Doreen Hallenbeck ('51) Jim Grow ('51), Sandie Karshen ('55WB) Tom Tracy ('55), Annette Verellen ('56) Gus Keeney ('57), Loron Holden ('57) George Swan ('59), Suzie Gunderson ('60) Carol Converse ('64), Gary Behymer ('64) Dennis Hammer ('64), Betti Avant ('69) Juli McKenney ('75WB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeff Curtis ('69) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Wayne Wallace ('50) & Elva McGhan ('50) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Char Dossett Holden ('51) As an employee of the theaters in 1950 and '51, I know there were apartments over the theaters. I believe the managers and families lived in them. -Char Dossett Holden ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter ('51) Re: Richland Theater Apartment To: Jerry Oakley ('51) You jogged this aging memory, Jerry. I believe the apartment was above the Richland theater, next to the drug store. Mr. Stiles was manager of the theater and his daughter's name was Joy... but I could be mistaken. I think Joy was in our Lewis & Clark class, Jerry. By the way, I've tried several times to email you, but my messages never get through. -Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter ('51) ~ Green Valley, AZ - awaiting seeing classmates at the September Club 40 ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Grow ('51) To: Irl French ('51) Re: Class of '51 Reunion Last fall I was sorely disappointed in the turn-out at the Club 40 function. Honestly, as far as I could see there were only two people from our class so Dorth and I walked out and had dinner elsewhere. I don't know what to say. I know my behavior is bad and Dorth hates to take me out in public but I do try. Is it possible that if I promised to stay completely away more people would show up? Any thing for the good old class. -Jim Grow ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Sandie Karshen Lukins ('55WB) In reading about the Richland theater. There wasn't any balcony. There was an apartment upstairs which had an outside entry. I worked there as usherette in the '50s. Hope this clears it for some of you. -Sandie Karshen Lukins ('55WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tom Tracy ('55) Re: Fran Rish - Another Richland Icon, Coach and Friend He made you feel like he really liked you. We believed he did. He showed it. It helped during the days when were all trying to grow up he made us feel like we were already good, honorable people. One Fall day in 1949, I remember him speaking kindly to me, a grade school boy watching a busy RHS football practice. He made me feel like part of the team coaching staff. "Do you think any of these guys are worth keeping?" stated with his sly grin. I told him, Absolutely, all of them! He had to keep them. Don Fisher, Wilber Meicenheimer, Jerry Marczyk, Jack Dawson, Jack Morrow, Tom Merryman, my brother Bill and others. Don, the All- Stater. This was a championship team. They were my heroes along with some who had already graduated. Real heroes from the '40s until nowand now beyond whom I've never met. Rish brought them all along. We honor him for his persistence and care. Also remember Rish straightening my tie just before we left for the Seattle State Basketball Tournament. "We can't let the people in Seattle think Richland kids don't Keep their ties straight. Now off to Seattle and give 'em everything you've got and more besides! You're from Richland and don't let 'em forget it." Coach Rish had the voice of Dean Martin, all- around athletic ability, a good sense of humor and a winning attitude. Those of us who gathered in the R2K locker room met him when he came in before the basketball games began and greeted us with... "What a Motley Crew this is!" A standard Rish greeting. Rish had the talent to play the piano and sing a few Irish tunes. I think I can still hear him playing "If you're I-Rish Come Into The Parlor... There's a Welcome Mat For You" With best thoughts for his family and all of us who will miss him. -Tom Tracy ('55) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Annette Verellen Parnell ('56) Re: Richland Theater To: Jerry Oakley ('51) The Richland Theater did have an apartment above it. The Stiles family lived in it the years I worked at the theater. ('54-'56) Mr. Stiles was manager over all three theaters, with assistants at Richland and Village. Lots of good memories from those days. -Annette Verellen Parnell ('56) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) Re: Richland Theater My good friend Doug Stiles ('57) lived in the upstairs Apartment over the Richland Theater with his brother David ('59-RIP) and their parents Frank and == Rats, I'm gonna catch heck for not remembering his mom's name now!!!! They were always very nice to me. Doug and I would always go to his house or mine on Cottonwood after school and clean out all the left overs!!! He and I get together as often as possible. He lives aboard his boat with his wife Sally Johnson Stiles ('61). Sally is the younger sister of Neils Johnson ('57). Doug and Sally would drive to St. Helens, OR just for Doug and I to have Spicy Hawaiian Pizza at the Sunshine Pizza place!!! -Gus Keeney ('57) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Loron Holden ('57) Re: Coach Dawald picture (see yesterday's Sandstorm) If you ever had to wait for "Daddy" Dawald to finish his sandwich during the Government class right before lunch, you will appreciate the pix. He still passed me after taking the picture. -Loron Holden ('57) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Betti Avant ('69), Jan Bollinger Persons ('60), Ernie Trujillo ('59), Ed Quigley ('62), Donna Nelson (Gold Medal Class of '63), and fellow Bomber Doggy Lovers Re: Dog Days of ... Winter? I really do believe that sharing one's life with a dog can enhance both longevity and quality of life. Indeed much about living life as a human can be learned from sharing life with man's best friend. During my years of "horsin' around" (owning and riding horses), we had a saying, that I think may have come from Louis L'Amour, the popular western writer and went something like, "There's something about the outside of a horse that's good for the inside of a man." In today's world, I suspect that overall, there just might be more horse ladies than hombres. Likewise, there's something about the outside of a dog that's very good for the inside of a person, especially "yeller dogs in my case." Yes, I found the book, "Marley & Me -- Life And Love With The World's Worst Dog," by John Grogan at COSTCO for about $12.00. I believe my "much younger" sister, Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) found it at Wal*Mart or Shopco for around $15.00. Of course, as Jan points out, there is always the library but I've always been a sucker for a good book in my areas of interest and I always tell myself that I need to own it for future reference. Now Jeanne says that the elves and I need to build an addition on to the house for all of my "Just gotta haves." And of course, only a dog lover could understand measuring one's life in puppy acquisitions. Being about 450 years-old (in dog years) I have had some time to reflect upon this matter. However, I learned something profound about the timing of bringing a new puppy onto the team. When Buff was in the late autumn of his life I thought that it was time to bring on a new recruit so the pup could benefit from association with the old veteran. Gunner reached the equivalence of adolescence just in time for bird hunting season that first year. All feet and energy and competitiveness, he had a tendency to constantly attempt to "one up" Buff on bird retrieves. His prevailing attitude was, "Since I'm younger and quicker, the bird's mine -- If you want it -- come and get it!" Buff and I dealt with this by ignoring him. Eventually, he would get bored from our lack of attention and he would drop the bird and later Buff would go get it and bring it to me. With time and training, Gunner finally got the idea but an overriding problem was there from the beginning. Buff was old, slow, and less agile but steady and methodical, taking his retrieving job seriously. Odie, I mean Gunner, was young, strong, and aggressive but still like a playful puppy. Eventually, I had to take only one dog at a time when hunting. This was painfully impressed upon me (more so on Buff) one day when loading the dogs into the back of the pickup and Gunner was already on the tailgate when Buff jumped up. Gunner in his exuberance knocked Buff back off of the tailgate and onto the ground. After that, I had to endure the howls of displeasure of one dog always being left behind. And, that was one of the downsides of premature pup acquisition. Eventually, Buff passed on and I did not acquire Darby until Gunner's days were done. Ed, I agree, let's not forget the felines. Every night, I sleep safely tucked tightly between a blond girlfriend (with doggy breath) and a fuzzy feline with sharp claws named Murphy. Re: 'Boomer Bombers' Speaking of "premature," Gary Behymer ('64) points out that those born from 1946 on could qualify as "Boomer Bombers." So, being born in 1941 (at the beginning of the war) would make me a ... "Preemie Boomer Bomber?" -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where the weather is giving cold nights and cool sunny days and the elves and I are trying to keep up with the Winter Olympics. How about that guy who was in the pile up at the start of a Nordic ski race today. He got out of the stadium last but still got the silver, finishing inches from the gold. There must have been about one hundred racers because at one point, I heard that he had passed 70 some when he still had several ahead of him. It was like one of those movies where something catastrophic happens to a competitor but they manage to overcome and win. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Suzie Gunderson Chiles ('60) Re: Richland Theater To: Jerry Oakley ('51) My memory coincides with yours. Yes, there was an apartment above the Richland Theater (not the Village Theater). When the Saturday matinee was finished and we left the theater, along with lots of other kids, there was an older man with a suit, tie and hat standing on the bottom step of the stairway leading to the apartment handing out candy to all of us. Mom had always told us, "don't take candy from strangers", but all the other kids did, so we did, too! Then we'd walk through Downtown Thrifty Drugs (right next door to the theater) to spend our leftover $.12 for more candy. Someone told us that he was the Grandfather to the Stiles boys. Rainbows and Butterflies, -Suzie Gunderson Chiles ('60) ~ woke up with grey skies, 17 with crispy grass here in Omak, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) Boomer Bomber '64: I like the sound of that. Nice ring. -Carol Converse Mauer (Boomer Bomber '64) ~ Eureka, CA - where we've had very nice sunny, warm weather all last week ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Chief Jo Honor Roll June of 1961 1964, 1965 & 1966 Boomer Bombers from Chief Jo in 1961. Bill Compton ('64) lonely/only 9th grader with straight A's. Re: Wendy Carlberg ('64-RIP) Remembered I'm trying to update the "Wendy Carlberg Remembered" URL with new photos, notes, etc. Please, if you have something of interest regarding Wendy, please contact me. Her death 10 years ago this March was the key spark to the Alumni Sandstorm and related web sites. -Gary Behymer ('64) ~ within 3 blocks of the Top Notch in Colfax, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) To: Ray Stein #10 ('64) To: Gary Behymer ('64) To: Maren Smyth ('64) Re: 1964 class name "Flour power"--that's, a good one. If they forget the "baby" part of "baby boomers," they might even think we took our name from Dupus Boomer. Heck, these days we can't even agree of where the name "Bombers" came from. Dennis Hammer ~ Boomer-Bomber Class of ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: "Marley and Me" I had to stop at Target this morning for a couple of things so looked for Pappy's book. I found only one on the shelf marked 30% off list price. I immediately grabbed it up with my other purchases and can't wait to start reading it. I have read the "blurb" inside the dust jacket and it has me hooked. There is a website for Marley and Me. So far the read is as good as Pappy said. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where they are saying it may snow by Wednesday ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Juli McKenney Kearns ('75WB) Re: Query on Tony the Atomic Clown Hi, I'm not a bomber but did live in Richland as a child. Was Googling Tony the Atomic Clown and the Prince Sisters Miniature Circus and the only result I've gotten is for this newsletter. I was wondering if anyone could tell me what ever happened to Tony Prince. When was he born? Did he reside in Richland until his death? What year did he die? I found that 8 of the wagons for the miniature circus were up at EBay in August 2005 with a starting bid of $495. They were being sold from a Sedona estate. Could get no other info from the cached page. The auction stated the 8 wagons were the only known remnant of the circus, which is a real shame that all of the figurines may be lost, the tents and their decorations. If, as one of the articles linked to from here states, the figurines were carved by a number of different circus people, that is also quite some loss. Thanks, -Juli McKenney Kearns ('75WB) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/14/06 ~ ST. VALENTINE'S DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Bell ('51), Doreen Hallenbeck ('51) Helen Cross ('62), Dave Hanthorn ('63) Gary Behymer ('64), Linda Reining ('64) Louise Moyers ('65), Jess Daniel ('67) Vicki Steichen ('67), Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dore Tyler ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Roe ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vicki Mosley ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Val Ghirado ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Diane Carpenter ('72) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Clarence Fulcher ('51) & Gloria Adams ('54) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) The Richland Seniors Association is holding their monthly Third-Friday Dance on Friday February 17th from 1:00 to 4:00 at the Richland Community Center. The Easy Swing Band plays wonderful music for dancing and/or just listening. Tickets are always just $4 at the door and pre-packaged finger foods are always welcome but never required. Would love to see some of you there! -Betty Bell Norton ('51) ~ in Richland for 61 1/2 years! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter ('51) Re: Richland Theater Apartment Well, 50% right isn't bad (according to the way I grade papers). At least my statement about Mr. Stiles managing the theater was correct. Wonder why I thought he had a daughter. Anyway, the subject did give my brain some exercise. Re: Attendance of Class of '51 -- 55th graduation anniversary at Club 40 this Fall. While we don't have e-mail addresses for all classmates, I hope that "word of mouth" will get to all '51ers and the majority will show up. No, Jim Grow, we don't want you and Dorothy to stay home -- if I can travel from Arizona to attend, you should be able to come across town, regardless of how many '51ers show up. Just a simple phone call to '51ers in the area will be of great help. Many of us are well aware of our classmates that are in ill health or have gone to a better place, which makes it a joy to exchange memories with those who are left. Re: Arizona Bomber Gathering Doug Ufkes ('68) has been working hard contacting Arizona Bomber Alumni for a gathering on Sunday, March 12th at Ah Chin Casino (between Phoenix & Tucson). I'm told that even some California Bombers will be attending. No special program planned, just a chance to exchange happenings/memories from the past and take a few snapshots (don't forget your camera). Well, there are these two items to add to your calendars -- March 12th and Sept. 8-9-10. See you there. -Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter ('51) ~ Green Valley, AZ - 116 days since last measurable rainfall. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Greetings from Clatskanie, Oregon where I am trying to touch base with my ex mother-in-law (she divorced my now deceased father-in-law, and I promised her I'd try to look her up if I ever made it to Clatskanie... well here I am and she isn't home.... I've been enjoying the Pacific Ocean (looking not surfing) for the past few days and it's been so warm and sunny here, and today I had to get a Lewis and Clark fix at Fort Clastsop. I've got my dates messed up, so I'll miss the salt boilers next weekend... well you can't get it all in. I will be going around Washington state next week to visit my mother, brother, uncle, and some cousins, starting with Bob ('62) tonight... and some non-Bombers. Hope this great February weather holds another week. It makes me smile that I picked now when the midwest and east are in some very cold digits. Incidentally, Carol Rice Forister (also '62) emailed me from New York City, where it is cold and snowing, but as she has lived in South Dakota she says it's not really too bad, and she is having a blast there. She and I had lunch together at the Kansas City airport on my way out west to California which was beautiful last week. So great travels, but shucks, someone has to keep in touch with the family, so I guess it might as well be me... -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ where I am still always looking for whales and usually not finding them. Ed Quigley (also '62) is the property next to you for sale, as you are always writing about them going by your house....and the biggest question is, can I afford the property? ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dave Hanthorn (Gold Medal Class of '63) Re: Village Theater apartment There was some kind of "apartment" (albeit a small one) above the Village Theater, because when the Richland Players took over the theater they (we) used it for dressing rooms and such. It was pretty small though, and so the Players would get a (donated?) moving van or house trailer to park next to the theater to use for dressing rooms also. There was an old wooden stair case up the outside wall of the theater to the "apartment", as well as an inside stair case, as I recall. Re: balcony at the Uptown I vaguely remember a balcony at the Uptown Theater when I was very little, but don't remember a balcony there when I was in high school (and yes, I was still very little). Could it be that the balcony was removed at some point and that is why all the confusion? -Dave Hanthorn of the (highly misrepresented) Gold Medal Class of '63 ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Stiles Family - Purchased the Star View Drive-In during the late '50s or early '60s. David Stiles ('59-RIP) sang with the Montana singing group the "Big Sky Singers'. Their "Ballad of Sidney Kleenex" is a classic. Can't find my copy of their album right now but I remember meeting one or two of the singers at the Loftus 'A' house on Williams. Re: Star View I realize Stiles were not the original owners... but please let my entry remain... mainly to see if there is any response... Here is your own story... These folks were the original owners... -Gary Behymer ('64)...enjoying a 'cheeseburger in Paradise' (Colfax) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining (Boomer Bomber Class of '64) Welcome back, Pappy... have missed your elves and their antics. have had my share of dogs, too, and the BEST dog we ever had was a Visla/Dobie mix... she was a copper color and we called her, Shy-Anne. she had been mistreated by her owners (they had beaten her with a hose, so she was afraid of water... wouldn't even get near our swimming pool)... we had been at a beach in Orange County... they had left her tied up, with no food or water, while they were surfing! we kept feeding her hot dogs, chips and giving her melted ice water in a Frisbee. when her owners came back, we told them how cruel we thought they had been... they said we could have her... she was the best dog! I had rabbits and a cockatiel and the rabbits were constantly in her dog house'... she would just lay there and watch them, never growled at them or tried to get inside her house, til they had left (the Visla is a hunting dog!!!!!!!!). she would also let the cockatiel sit on the edge of her food dish, pull her whiskers, climb on her back'... she just tolerated all the other critters that were part of her new home! IF I could have another dog like her, I would be a dog owner, again and again! she lost her hearing (which was a good thing, cause loud noises always made her "skittish"), was going blind, and had cancer, so we had to put her to sleep when she was 15 years old. we also had rats, guinea pigs, and cats, but by far, the best was Shy-Anne!!!!!!!! -Linda Reining (Boomer Bomber Class of '64) ~ where it is way too blasted warm in Bakersfield, CA!!!!!! It has been in the 70s for the past week, but we are supposed to be back down into the 50s by Friday! yippee ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Louise Moyers ('65) Hey, fellow friends. I am seriously thinking of moving back to Richland. Do any of you know of properties for sale by the owner? I want to live in Richland, and kinda like the ranch houses. Anybody thinking of selling in the near future? Would like to hear. -Louise Moyers ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jess Daniel ('67) Attention Class of 67 Grads: The past Class of '67 Reunion Committee is looking for new committee members to take over organizing and conducting the RHS 40 year reunion in 2007. If you are interested please call Becky Rasmus or Jess Daniel. -Jess Daniel ('67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Vicki Steichen Bricker ('67) Last night my husband, Randy Bricker ('74) and I went to see the last show playing on the last day the Uptown theater was open. It brought back many good memories. Ben Jacobs ('69) and I worked there in 1967 and had a great time together. We will miss this place. -Vicki Steichen Bricker ('67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: You have received a Photo eCard from Betti! -Betti Avant ('69) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/15/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Dick McCoy ('45), Mike Clowes ('54) Missy Keeney ('59), Tom Hughes ('56) Stephanie Dawson ('60), Arlas Klucas ('63) Gary Behymer ('64), Larry Bowls ('64) Nancy Nelson ('69), Dwayne Bussman ('98) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick McCoy (the Tin Can Class of 1945) Re: Stiles I don't know which operator (they weren't owners), had it the worse, Mr. Stiles at the Richland Theater or Mr. Morgan at the Drug Store next door. Both had to put up with a bunch of kids with nothing better to do than to bug them. It was no less than a rite of passage to sneak in to the theater. All kinds of ingenious methods were used. I even saw Charlie Larrabee ('47) walk backward thru the exit door when the first show let out. Then there was the pigeon thing, the bathroom window, the back exit doors, and the legs thru the ceiling... Poor Mr. Morgan was in his top misery when the above let out. Kids would flood into his store, with the main objective of causing as much distraction as possible without buying anything, There were some weird things in the store as well, such as the Lifeboy Soap stunt, and the barred doors. And the switched drinks. And the snowballs -Dick McCoy from the Tin Can Class of 1945 ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: The "balcony" in the Uptown Theater I think some are confusing what is/was the projection booth for a balcony. The booth extended across the auditorium and out several seat rows. This may have given the appearance of a balcony. Hope that clears things up a bit. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) - now in slightly damp Mount Angel, OR, and the weather guessers are forecasting snow in the Portland region to date. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) To: Louse Moyers ('65) I have not ever seen soooo many houses for sale and for rent in the government part of Richland. It should be a buyers market I would think! I love living in Richland. I moved back January 1, 1990 never believing I would want to live here again. Not sorry a bit. -Missy Keeney ('59) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tom Hughes ('56) Re: Dogs To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) This is a little story I got from a friend. WHY DOGS DON'T LIVE AS LONG AS PEOPLE Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year- old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owner, his wife, and their little boy were all very attached to Belker and they were hoping for a miracle. I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family there were no miracles left for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home. As we made arrangements, the owners told me they thought it would be good for the four-year-old boy to observe the procedure. They felt he could learn something from the experience. The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker's family surrounded him. The little boy seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away. The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives. The little boy, who had been listening quietly, piped up, "I know why." Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation. The boy said, "Everybody is born so that they can learn how to live a good life, like loving everybody and being nice, right?" He continued calmly, "Well, see? Dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long." -Tom Hughes ('56) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60) Re: Coaches of the '50s To: Loron Holden ('57) Loron, All of the coaches of the 1950s are NOT GONE. I see and talk with Ray Juricich in church nearly every Sunday, including Sunday, February 5th. He lives in the Charbonneau Retirement Apartments above Costco in Kennewick. And at Rish's memorial I talked with Wrestling Coach Bob Pritchett and his wife, Sue. I graduated in 1960, so I know that they were at Col-Hi before that. However, I certainly do miss Rish (family friend since the early '50s) and Daddy Dawald (my Government teacher). It sure makes me feel my age to see these heroes of our youth passing away. My parents were close friends with the Rish family, beginning in the early '50s. In those days you needed a state liquor card to buy alcohol, and Rish didn't think it was proper for an athletic coach and teacher to have a card, so, on those few occasions when he and Betty entertained, he had my dad (Grover Dawson) go and buy a bottle for him. I remember this clearly, because sometimes I sat in the car while Dad went in to get it. Dad was on the School Board for 13 years. He was one of the founders of the Bomber Boosters and sponsored probably all of the Bomber games on the radio for years. Mom (91st birthday next month, and she attended Rish's memorial) and Dad were friends with all of the coaches, referee Orville Marcum (RIP), sports writer Lee Edgar, and others and their wives. They all would sit together at the basketball games and then have an "afters" party at one of their homes. Karen Anderson Hitler ('61), daughter of Leonard who taught wood shop, and I used to babysit baby Carolyn Rish ('72) together while the parents went to the games. When Col-Hi went to the State basketball tournaments in those early days, the coaches and my folks would drive the team up to Seattle and stay in their hotel. Those were the years of 20 games, double elimination, in 3 or 4 days, culminating in flat and sore "sit-downs" for all of the fans!! Sadly, the year that we first won State (March 1958), my parents didn't go because they were just moving into their newly built house. But I went with friends (I was a sophomore) and remember exactly where I was sitting at the final game and with whom. And I remember feeling so bad for my folks because after attending so many tournaments, they missed the big one. -Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Arlas Klucas Nemnich ('63) The memories of the Uptown Theater have been fun to read. There was no balcony. I worked there off and on from 1963 to 1967. Bill Blankingship ('62), Jalene Henry ('64), Linda Jensen, and some I can't put names to, also worked there. Mr. Stiles managed the theater for most of that time. He was such a gentleman and always impeccably dressed. It was a great place to work while going to college. Thanks for the memories. -Arlas Klucas Nemnich ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Movie Theaters...continue to struggle...Now & Then This clipping is from the Tri-City Herald... though no date... I believe it is March of 1961? Not much has changed... -Gary Behymer ('64)...located in a warm office on the corner of Main & Canyon in downtown Colfax, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Larry Bowls ('64) Re: Richland Theaters I feel compelled to add my two cents to the theater discussion. As a youngster, I delivered the other local newspaper known as the "Columbia Basin News" (CBN). The CBN was a morning newspaper and the newspaper office was across the street form the Village theater just down the sidewalk from Bell Furniture on GWWay. Over the period of time as a paper boy, I delivered newspapers, to both of the apartments located above the Richland and Village theaters. I remember specifically Mr. Stiles being the resident at the "Richland" and even possibly the Village as well at one time or another. In those days, we had to actually walk the route to collect the $1.25 per month or so for the paper. I would have to climb those long steep outside steps to the small landing at the top. Mr. Stiles seemed to loom over me as a giant of a man as I would shyly ask to be paid. I would hastily punch my collection book and give him a receipt of some sort. Descending the steps I found myself looking back over my shoulder only to notice him (Mr. Stiles) still there watching me. In my young mind I questioned his motives for watching me leave. Upon reflection, I think he was concerned about me slipping on those steps. For a 10 year old, it was a long way to the bottom. At a later time, I had a different route delivering the CBN to various businesses in the Uptown shopping district. Of the many businesses there, I delivered to the "Uptown Theater", "BB&M", and my favorite "The Spudnut shop". In those early hours, I recall 5:00 a.m. or so, I could make my own cherry cokes, or hot chocolate and yes, have one of those now famous Spudnuts. Later in my youth, I played little league baseball on the team they sponsored. The motivation for playing well and winning your ball game was at the end of a high speed bicycle ride to the shop, the "winner's treat". No win, no treat! Seems different than the "everyone's a winner" philosophy today. I have a problem with that. I digress, sorry. Now back to the story. I collected the money from the ticket office after it being approved my the manager. Because of my curiosity, I was bold enough to ask for a tour of the projection area or booth. I was led off the lobby to what may be called a mezzanine level but it had no public access. While some detail aspects of this tour are foggy, I can say with some certainty that there was no balcony in the usual sense. I would bet a day's pay (no pun intended) there was not one then, nor ever. Well, its been probably 40 plus years since I've been there so I can't attest to the period since. So that's it from me. Not a totally defensible argument, but such as it is, it is my first hand recollection. Beyond the theater controversy, telling this reminds me of many related things. Perhaps I will reflect on those another time. -Larry Bowls ('64) ~ Where in sunny warm Redlands, CA the temps were in the 80s yesterday. How sweet it is. Sorry Linda Reining ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Nancy Nelson Wyatt ('69) Well, the brain got to pumping thoughts about the movie theater. Where I am at we have the only working outside drive in theater left in the state of Washington. It is the same as the old ones with 1 exception that no speakers, uses the radio. It is old, and really cool. We also have a walk in theater. I used to go to the movies growing up all the time, about every weekend. Now I think back and the last movie I went to at all was here in Colville, WA when I took my daughters to go see ET. Wow that has been a while. I will be coming to Richland around the end of April so hope to see many then. Want to check up on my parents. Remember when it was the parents checking up on the kids. They are getting around good but I want to make sure they are ok. I also want to thank all of the people that do look in on them once in a while or talk to them in the stores when they shop. All are great. -Nancy Nelson Wyatt ('69) ~ Colville, WA - where it was nice enough to go fishing over the weekend and then get hit with high winds and blowing snow which gave us another 4". ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dwayne Bussman ('98) To: Louise Moyers ('65) There are a lot of properties up for sale by owner. I live on Boulder, which is off of Wright just past the 7-11 on the south part of Wright. I see a lot of signs. There are some on Dupertail (sp?). Good luck looking. -Dwayne Bussman ('98) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notice >>Grady Wilkerson ('81) ~ 2/28/63 - 2/11/06 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/16/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Tom Matthews ('57), George Swan ('59) Mike Brady ('61), Bill Scott ('64) Gary Behymer ('64), Dave Fowler ('76) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shirley Davis ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Esther Dawson ('73WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tom Matthews ('57) Re: Uptown Theater I delivered the Spokane Chronicle newspaper for perhaps two years on a route that generated little income. It did have the unusual benefit of a free movie once a month at the Uptown Theater, and once a private concert with a famous singer. There was an unmarked door to the right of entrance that led up concrete stairs to the projection booth where I delivered a paper each afternoon to Howard, the projectionist. The booth did extend across all of the back of the theater and there was no balcony. I usually would sit down for a short time and watch whatever movie was on that week at a window on the left of the two projectors. Howard had added a small speaker next to the window so you could hear over the projector noise. I would collect from Howard once a month in the evening, coincidently it always happened at the start of the feature film. He found my collection schedule somewhat amusing I recall, but had no problem letting me stay for the whole film. The projection booth could be quite interesting at times, especially when film would break or the arc lamp rod burn low at the wrong time. That usually included some language my tender ears did not often hear. Some films ran for more than a week. I can recall two for sure, Moulin Rouge and The Greatest Show on Earth, both 1952 releases. Since I would drop in daily at about the same time, I began to memorize the same short segments of dialog I repeatedly heard. One evening Marian Anderson, the famous black contralto was to perform a concert at the theater. I was surprised when I delivered the paper after school that day to find her warming up and practicing with a pianist. I remember her singing scales and parts of what she was probably going perform so I sat and enjoyed listening for a while. It was only a few years later that she broke the color barrier at the Metropolitan Opera (1955). -Tom Matthews ('57) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Dogs To: Tom Hughes ('56) Tom, that story works for me. The perceptive little boy in it sounds like an old soul temporarily housed in a little earthling suit. Frequently, I have noticed my dog, Darby, intently studying my face. I used to go look in the mirror to see if I had something on it. But, maybe dogs too are just special emissaries from heaven sent to keep us company, teach us of life and love, and take notes for the "Big guy." -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where after a frosty night we have a chilly but sunny day with a forecast for a rain/snow mix on tomorrow. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Drug Store Dick McCoy's ('45) comment about the drug store next to the Richland Theater in yesterday's Sandstorm brought back a memory that I'm not too proud of. I'm not sure if I should tell on myself, but here goes. Occasionally, I would go into the drug store and head straight for the magazine rack and slip a "girlie" magazine into my coat. It's been 50 years since my last dastardly act, but my conscious still bothers me. Too bad it's too late to send the owner a check, but I've made many charitable donations over the years in hopes that it would even the score. -Mike Brady ('61) ~ Kirkland, WA - where it's getting colder and colder! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Scott ('64) To: Larry Bowls ('64) You jogged my memory yesterday. I too was a Columbia Basin News delivery boy, probably around '57-'59. It was always a horrible paper, but I do cherish the memories of those ultra- early Richland summer mornings, riding my bike around the neighborhood, delivering papers in that still, quiet, fresh morning air. But it was hard during the school year, getting up at 4:30, delivering 80-plus papers, then going off to school. Hmm. Maybe that's why my grades weren't better in junior high. -Bill Scott ('64) ~ from beautiful Nipomo, CA, a wide spot in the road on the way north to Pismo Beach ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: SportsTri-Cities: HUNDREDS TURN OUT TO REMEMBER RISH This story was published Saturday, February 11th, 2006 By Jeff Morrow Herald sports editor Central United Protestant Church in Richland was filled with a veritable who's who of Richland -- and for that matter, eastern Washington -- sports history Friday. In one corner stood former football coach J.D. Covington. There were ex-basketball coaches Frank Teverbaugh, Phil Neill and Jim Castleberry. Over to the left was former athletes Cameron Mitchell, Ray Stein, Jim House, Ben Jacobs and Jim Qualheim. Bobo Brayton came down from Pullman. CJ Mitchell and Dick Cartmell -- long known for their success as sports officials -- were there. And there were many more. There were an estimated 500 people, and they had all come by to pay their final respects to Fran Rish at his memorial service. Rish, a longtime coach and athletic director at Richland High School from 1946 to 1983, died last Friday from complications stemming from lung cancer. He was 86. He is survived by his wife Betty, daughter Carolyn Moore, and son Greg. Carolyn, who lives in Richland, was unable to attend Friday's service after she suffered a heart attack Thursday night, CUP pastor David Parker reported to the congregation just before the service began. Doctors at Kadlec Medical Center hadn't released her yet, after putting in a stent. But Parker reported she was doing fine. Fran Rish had always said that, to him, teaching and coaching was a license to steal, because he got paid to do something he loved so much - working with kids. And those in the congregation knew that. That's why they came. "Every now and then a stellar figure walks into our life," said Parker. "That was him. You either called him Rish or Coach. Eighty-six years ago, God sent a comet into the Tri-Cities. Rish was all about the kids. All about the future. God made a huge deposit in this man's life, and (Rish) made that deposit on all of us." Pat Harty, a longtime next door neighbor to the Rish family, spoke to the crowd about all of the stories Fran had told him over the years. Harty felt he knew everyone in the audience because of those stories. Harty stood in front of the crowd with a green and gold Richland football jersey draped over his left shoulder and said "Rish just lived and breathed Richland High School. It's been confirmed. They took a blood sample when he passed away, and he had green blood." Harty also referred to Rish's competitiveness. "Show of hands," he said. "If we played Warball, how many of you guys picked him first?" At least 10 hands shot up around the church amid laughter. Everyone knew how gruff Rish could be. But if you knew him, it was just a facade. "He told me one time 'I don't like you much. You're not much of a neighbor,'" said Harty. "'But we sure like your daughters. Betty and I want to adopt them and make them our granddaughters. We don't want to see much of you. But if anything happens to you we'd like to have them.'" As many would say, perfect Rish. It was always about the kids, Harty said. Last year, Rish was inducted into the Central Washington Sports Hall of Fame at TRAC in Pasco. He didn't want to go, Harty said, but there was a free meal involved. "Rish never wanted any attention on himself," said Harty. "He'd say it was always the kids. 'I didn't do nothing.' He always deflected the credit from him to somebody else." A Tribute DVD was then played showing Rish at different parts of his life with the accompanying music two of his favorite songs -- Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head, and Gee, I Wish I Was Back in the Army. The service concluded with the VFW Post 7952 performing an honor guard with taps, and the national guard giving a presentation of the military flag to Rish's family for his years of military service. Everybody then moved into another room, where they all reminisced about Rish, and just getting caught up with each other. Fitting. In Rish's final act, he was able to get the old Bombers together just one more time. * Sports editor Jeff Morrow can be reached at 582-1507 or via email at -Gary Behymer ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dave Fowler ('76) Re: Whole Body Counter I received an e-mail from Marjo Vinther Burt ('77) in reply to my question I asked about the van that we as elementary school kids went threw. According to the certificate the Marjo sent me it a whole body counter that Battelle-Northwest set up. In big letters the certificate said "FOR CONTRIBUTING TO THE STUDY OF DIET ON RADIOACTIVITY IN PEOPLE" Now, I like most people don't mind taking a simple test. I'm just curious how I scored. Better yet why would they think I had radioactivity in me to begin with. At about the age of seven I was way to young to work "out in the areas". Speaking of the areas, I remember seeing metal containers sitting outside on the porch where we used to leave our milk bottles to be picked up. I asked my father what they were for and he replied "it's for the piss man". To think that for us this was only a normal part of growing up. -Dave Fowler ('76) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/17/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Hiser ('49), Tom Tracy ('55) Terri Royce ('56), Lora Homme ('60) Linda Reining ('64), BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Curt Donahue ('53) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Memories - Wow. When I was trying to get a job with GE I was not quite 21 - you could not go out to the area unless you were 21 (there was still very little information about radiation). You had to take jobs like working in the mail room, making and folding blueprints, driving trucks to deliver P bottles, etc. (That's what one of my bosses called them.) After I transferred to the area, my dad and I used to get those things at the same time (they were delivered alphabetically). Since I did not work directly around radiation I only received them every 3 months, my father would receive them each month. My mother hated the things because they took up too much room in the bathroom when we both had them. -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland - tonight and tomorrow night it is supposed to get into the single digits. BRRRR ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tom Tracy ('55) To: Mike Brady ('61) Most of us would believe you only removed those magazines to keep the younger boys from being tempted. Thanks to you, only Popular Science, Life and Mickey Mouse stuff was left for the unsophisticated browsers of mag racks. The owners may not contest your unauthorized removals, however Hugh Heffner and colleagues might send some of their ladies out to collect a fee for your censorship... They will be the girls with a 5 o'clock shadow and unshaven legs. You'll easily recognize them when they land at the airport... they're flying the French planes...the ones with hair under the wings. During the early to mid-'50s, the only things approaching girlie magazines were the lingerie sections of the Sears & Roebuck Catalog, which were carefully edited with scissors by cautious Moms and Grandmothers all across America. The guilt of publication abuse at my favorite Boise Idaho Barnes & Noble. It had been a long week and I pulled a couple of books off the shelf and found a comfortable overstuffed chair among five other browsers in the popular reading section. The sun warmed the room comfortably. Suddenly I realized my eyes were closed and I don't remember for how long. I did remember I was at Barnes & Noble and that I was going to be embarrassed when I opened my eyes and the other five were staring, glaring or grinning impishly at me. As I slowly opened my eyes, what to my surprise but to find the other five sound asleep. One snoring, two with jaws agape and one curled up in the chair like a kitten. So I cleared my throat, pretending to read with a slight but with a knowing smile on my face listened to the justifications verbalized among those committing browser abuse. Well no one wants to be tossed out of a B&N like a common loiterer. I had to remark to one lady who laughed about their napping. I told her that a small furry creature slipped by and said, "someone's been sleeping in our chairs... and here they are". Mike, Thanks for rattling our memory bank. During homecoming festivities, the long chain of students in Snake Dances victimized the shelves of the Richland Drug Store. You just couldn't let several hundred customers into that drug store at once. We do know that after they left, many people would not be tempted to smoke for some time... at least until the shelves were re-stocked. -Tom Tracy ('55) ~ In Boise, Idaho where its cold, crisp and clear with lots of welcomed snow in our mountains. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Terri Royce Weiner ('56) Re: Dogs To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) I can't even finish reading today's Sandstorm without responding to you, George. I absolutely LOVE what you've said about dogs being special emissaries to keep us company and teach us love. I also must add: to give us comfort. Richard and I have 3 dogs (we're up against the Seattle city limit or there'd be more) and we're amazed daily at what they know. -Terri Royce Weiner ('56) ~ in sunny Seattle where I was back on the golf course last week after a year off for spinal surgery. Yea!! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lora Homme Page ('60) Re: Dogs I think it was Will Rogers who said "If dogs don't go to Heaven, I want to go where they go." Me too. -Lora Homme Page ('60) ~ Richland ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) To: Dave Fowler ('76) Re: the van and testing for radioactivity would be interesting to find out the results and see just how much we "glow". I remember that van, too. really makes me wonder just how much radioactivity we were exposed to as kids growing up in Richland, but doubt we will ever know... can't imagine the government willingly admitting any wrong-doing and they sure don't want any of us putting in claims for health reasons. have always wondered if being exposed as a kid could in some small way be responsible for my female health problems, but no way to prove them... had a gynecologist tell me that he suspected my difficulties with miscarriages, a tubal pregnancy, and an early hysterectomy were probably the results of being exposed, but he said he doubted I would ever find a doctor from Richland who would admit it or even be able to find medical records to prove the diagnosis! just makes one wonder.... To: George Pappy Swan ('59) Re: dogs do you remember watching "The Twilight Zone"... there was an episode about an old man and his dog... the old man and his dog had died (think the actor was Arthur Hunnicutt) and had gone to Heaven... the first gate they stopped at refused to let his dog in, so the old man continued down the road... at the second gate, both of them were allowed in. always thought that was such a neat story... was neat to think that Heaven would allow dogs. -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - we have gotten colder weather, again, and they are saying we may get rain and snow down to the 2500 foot level, which means the "grapevine" could get snow this weekend. *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/18/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff plus one jerk today: Keith Maupin ('47), Missy Keeney ('59) Derrith Persons (60), Judy Cameron ('60) Mike Brady ('61), Gary Behymer ('64) Jeff Michael ('65), Dave Fowler ('76) webmaster at the (NON Bomber} "new Richland HS Alumni Site" BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Charlie Bigelow ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rich Greenhalgh ('59WB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David Belliston ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ellen Thornton ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Keith Maupin ('47) To: Dick McCoy ('45) Dick, I think you should know that some appreciated your practical jokes for what they were usually harmless pranks. During the war years (and I mean WWII) there was a lot of that going on. My dad was one of the Richland Patrol (not police or cops or pigs, but Patrol) who was called by Morgan to remove the giant snowballs blocking all the doors to his drugstore, and the Patrol thought it was hilarious - Morgan didn't. I imagine your parents spent most of your college funds just trying to keep up with your antics. You mentioned the exit/entrances of the Richland Theater. I worked off and on from April 17, 1945, my 15th birthday, until the mid-1950s at the theaters and I am sure I let in free more at the front door than ever sneaked in the back. In 1945, Fay Honey managed the Richland and Mrs. Honey managed the Village. When North Richland boomed, they moved on to the North Star and Mr. Baker took over the Richland. One night, while I was working as doorman, he gave me my first taste of 160-proof Puerto Rican rum. Wow! Theater managers worked six days a week and Baker spent his day off getting tanked every week. Several managers came and went at the Village. The pay was 65 dollars a week for usually six twelve-hour days. The city manager got 100 dollars a week and that was what Frank Stiles earned when he was hired to manage, first the Richland, and then the Uptown. He and his wife Joyce had managed a club in Connecticut that burned to the ground. He had a sister living in Richland and that is why he decided to move here. In 1953-1954 I simultaneously managed the Richland and Village theaters. But that was no life for a family man. Howard Genung, the projectionist, was an engineering genius. When Stereophonic sound first came out he said, "I can build that." And he did, from scratch - in his machine shop. (The Cinemascope lenses were something else.) He was a Mason and he made the symbol still over the door at the Masonic Lodge on Thayer from a sketch I made for him. If you want stories about the theaters in the early days, believe me, I have lots of them. -Keith Maupin ('47) ~ Richland ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) I received this last summer and it is one of my favorite emails of all time. With all the discussion about dogs going on in the Sandstorm, I think it should go in. -Missy Keeney ('59) ~ Richland ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Derrith Persons Dean (60) Re: Pam Randow Coye ('60-RIP) The remembrance service for Pam will be today, Saturday, February 18, 2006 at the American Legion located in Benton City, WA at 2pm fellow classmate, -Derrith Persons Dean (60) ~ Richland ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Judy Cameron Ayers ('60) Re: Coach Rish I have such fond memories of Coach Rish and his wife, Betty. We lived across the street on McMurray from Fran and always admired his connection with kids whether in the swimming pool or on the football field. As a kid myself I took life saving lessons from Fran and was scared to death when it came time to save him in the deep waters of the Richland Pool. He struggled and made us actually save him... I was so grateful to pass his class! He did not make it easy to pass. He also teased me unmercifully all through high school as I was going steady with a football player, Mike Mckeown ('60). Since I lived right across the street from Fran he would always tell me when I ran into him in the halls of Col-Hi that he was watching my house to make sure Mike left before curfew. And he would tease me that Mike stayed "way too long the other night" and that Mike was going to be in big trouble. Don't know if Mike got into trouble but I sure heard about it on my end. He had me scared to death. Didn't want any problems with the football team! He was such a class coach and you could tell he cared so much for every kid that crossed his path. Betty, too, was such a warm gracious lady. So many times on my return trips to Richland I would stop to visit Betty and Fran, or perhaps have a dip in their pool. What a class couple. He will surely be missed. -Judy Cameron Ayers ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Brady ('61) To: Tom Tracy ('55) You're absolutely right Tom, I WAS trying to keep those magazines out of the hands of younger, less experienced boys, but only so I could get to them first! Of particularly interest was Adam magazine. I don't know why they called it Adam. Eve would have been a better choice. Anyway, there was this young lady named Tempest Storm who for obvious reasons really got my attention. For some reason, those magazines don't elicit the same response as they did during my teens. -Mike Brady ('61) ~ in Kirkland, WA - where the sky is blue and the temperature is hovering around 32 ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Bomber discussions on Dogs...maybe Cats & Heaven (;-) Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award (Dr. Bustad is the father of Dr. Leo Bustad ('64)) I am unable to locate the words to the The Cat Song by Joe Keefe ('64) but I'm sure that 'there are not cats in Heaven.' Recorded on Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes No. 3 (1994) -Gary Behymer ('64)...Somewhere in downtown Colfax, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jeff Michael ('65) Hey there Bombers and Bomberettes... Boy, ya just gotta be careful where you go these days. Here I am at the Three Rivers Convention Center Thursday night going about my business (bridal show prep) when up pops another person in the service industry who says "Hi, I read Sandstorm every day." Now doesn't that just have a really nice ring to it? I'm not sure if I should go on to the next topic on my mind. Oh well, I've got a great closer up my sleeve, so I'm divin' in! Girlie mags...wasn't so much I didn't have the cash (well, ok, so I didn't get an allowance; but I did work at the cafeteria!), it was the fear of the-check out person telling me I couldn't buy it, or being a friend of my Mom or Dad that I didn't know, or just the stern glare of "I know what you're up to." So, sometimes, I even bought a Popular Mechanics or Scientific American just to appease my guilt. Often thought of sneaking the magazines BACK on the shelf a week or so later, but was sure I'd get caught! Not only did my Mom NOT remove pages from the catalogs (she got quite a few), but she subscribed to Good Housekeeping (boring), Redbook (more interesting) and (BEST) Cosmopolitan! She also read pocket books like "Lady Chatterly's Lover", "Dr. Zhivago" and "Tropic of Cancer/Capricorn." Guess that's what piqued my interest in reading as well as looking at the pictures! Ya know, I still have a phobia about buying "Penthouse" OTC. Not sure, but I think I prefer a guy (not young) at the checkout counter. Wait, let me think, maybe a girl (not young or not wearing a tight sweater or tank top) is worse. Hmmm, maybe it's best where they have the new, whiz bang, self-checkout stands. Yeah, that's the ticket. How 'bout those SeaHawks. Oh, the real closer...I LOVE DOGS! My Italian Greyhound is lying right beside me as we speak. I love cats, too. And goats, alpacas, horses; cows are kinda boring... There are some goats and a couple llamas (or is that yamas... why else would there be two l's) just down the street from our house. It's county there. I take saltine crackers (that I swipe from restaurants when I get soup or salad) to them. The goats come running across the field as fast as their little legs (there are dwarf) can carry their fat bodies. The yamas don't like saltines... in fact, I haven't figured out what they like, they are a bit stand-offish. Ya'd think, bein' Southerners and all... -dj jeff Michael ('65) in the Columbia Basin where I'll be doin' the ole dog and pony show in Moses Lake Saturday and Kennewick on Sunday. Gotta round up my gear, shave and everything. If you're a Bride to Be here, see ya at the show! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dave Fowler ('76) To: Linda Reining ('64) Re: Radiation Van I like you doubt if any of us will really know the full story. It's probably just as well, my life has always been filled with surprises and found memories of Richland. I wouldn't want to know the future or the cause of my demise. I just thought it was interesting. A story maybe written some day. We could title it "Children Of The Bomb" or the "The Children Of Hanford". Wouldn't the Sand Storm make an excellent resource? I don't remember where my father kept his P-bottles. Looking back I suppose he hid them from us. I can only imagine what his samples would have looked like if we had the opportunity to play with them. I laugh now because I can only imagine what the lab technicians would have thought. I heard somewhere that the native Americans were forced to move on the reservation in 1957. I'm not sure if it was because of Hanford security or Wannapam dam was being built. I would love to tell my grand children, from a historical point of view only, that in the year I was born the last of the native Americans were removed from the last stretch of free flowing Columbia river. I guess it would be a mystique of being really, really old. Not that I am by a long shot. If anyone knows if this is true let me know. The last thing I would want to impress them with is that I was a liar or senile before my time. It is amazing how very little the rest of the United States knows about Washington. I spent 20 years in the Air Force and had the opportunity to meet people from all over. Like all of us young men we would miss home terribly and tell stories about where we grew up. Probably a bit bigger than reality because we missed it so and were there to keep it from disappearing, not only physically but in our minds. One kid asked me if we had indoor plumbing and how did we keep dry. When I told him and the others that yes we had plumbing, that I lived in a desert in Washington and that our main industry was making nuclear bombs and power everyone started laughing. It wasn't until I told them that we had mountains with snow on them all year long that they called me a liar. I didn't elaborate about growing up here they would have really thought I made the whole story up. I learned early that when airmen asked me what Washington was like to tell them it was terrible, couldn't wait to get out of this forsaken part of the world. I figured it would help detour anyone from putting in for a posting that I desperately wanted. It must have worked because I managed to get stationed at Fairchild AFB in Spokane once and McChord AFB in Tacoma twice. When I retired from the Air Force I moved back to Richland with my wife Cheryl, who is a wonderful Australian lady I met while stationed there. Anyway, I was asked to take a Gulf War physical at the Richland VA clinic. The doctor asked the normal background questions and when I told him I was born and grew up here he immediately requested a blood test on my thyroid. You guessed it, hyperthyroidism. That was in 1997, six years later I was diagnosed with a rare lung disease called sarcoidosis. It is really an immune disease that manifests itself in the lungs. Fortunately for me it is rarely fatal and in most cases clears up on its own after heavy steroid treatment. I'm slowly weaning off the prednisone. I can still remember doctor Corrado, the first physician I saw when I retired from the Air Force telling me not take any sickness lightly, we are after all a very unique bunch of people. Wow That Got really long winded. Better save some for a later date. -Dave Fowler ('76) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) I got TWO of the first message... one sent to my earthlink email address and another sent to my cheerful address. This person hurt my feelings, so I decided to put the entire exchange we've had in the Alumni Sandstorm today... as follows: We don't know WHO this is. -Maren ============= wrote: Subject: New Richland High School Alumni Archive If you have not already done so then please take a moment to Register today for the new Alumni Archive for Richland High School! Please click below and select the Register button to make up your login. [DELETED the URL for the Sandstorm -Maren] If the link above is not clickable then just copy and paste it into your browser and select Go. Please click the link below to receive no further invitations to join. [DELETED the URL for the Sandstorm -Maren] =============== vegas68 (ME) responded: I don't know where (or how) you got my email address for this, but I'm the webmaster for the REAL Richland High School Alumni website... I want you to STOP sending email to me... and to other alumni of my high school... You aren't even a grad of our high school. Thanks, vegas68 ================= wrote: Youre a REAL SITE WANNA BEE. If youre a grad then you must have the REAL site? LOL, check us out soon at [URL Deleted - Maren] where we be kickin. ================= Vegas68 (ME) responded: Yeah... and the REAL Richland High School Alumni website is at AND the REAL Richland High School website is at See, if you were a REAL RHS alumni, you'd know that our mascot is an A-bomb (and why). I keep wondering WHERE you are "harvesting" all our alumni email addressees... =================== wrote: Looks like a 3rd grader put that together. When are you going to get a REAL website like ours? They ought to REALLY BOMB that thing you call an alumni site, LOL. ================== I didn't respond to that last comment, but wanted to let everyone know what kind of a NON Bomber we're dealing with at this "new" Richland HS Alumni website... Bomber cheers, -Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/19/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers and 1 NAB sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Dick McCoy ('45), Betty Hiser ('49) Steve Carson ('58), George Swan ('59) Helen Cross ('62), Donni Clark ('63) Deedee Willox ('64), Linda Reining ('64) Linda McKnight ('65), Patti McLaughlin ('65) Dave Fowler ('76), Don Sorenson (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joretta "Sue" Garrison ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lynn Noble ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Katie and Diana Powell ('02) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick McCoy (The Tin Can Class of 1945) Re: error To: Keith Maupin ('47) Hi, ol' buddy. I do remember you working at the Theaters. However, it was more fun to sneak in than to be let in. I stand corrected, it was Faye Honey I was talking about in the first days of the Richland Theater, not Stiles. I guess I let some of the younger correspondents cloud my memory. -Dick McCoy from The Tin Can Class of 1945 ~ Man, t's cold here on Camano Island, WA. Down in the teens. I do expect that this will be the last gasp of the winter. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) To Dave Fowler ('76): I belong to an organization called the International Association of Administrative Professionals - IAAP (formerly Professional Secretaries International). We have a convention each year at a different locations in the United States or Canada. I am always amazed how much the foreign secretaries know about our country while we know nothing about theirs and how ignorant our (USA) secretaries know about our country. Our division is known as Washington/Alaska (WA/AK). I can not tell you how many of our (USA) secretaries will come up and say, "Oh, Arkansas." I always ask them if they don't think Arkansas is a LONG way from Washington? The biggest reason I collect postcards is because I like history and geography (is that still a subject that is taught in schools?). Most people who have not been to this part of the USA can not believe that I live in a semi-arid region (they tell me that if you have 7" of rain or less a year that it is either desert of semi-arid). My father warned my sister and I that we COULD NOT destroy government property (which the P bottles were) or he would get fired. As I've said before, that's a heavy burden to put on children. I don't think we looked cross-eyed at those things. Of course, he never explained what they were for. I didn't find out myself until I went to the area. -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland - was supposed to have gotten down to about 8 last night - the pipes in my kitchen and wash room froze night before last - ran a heater to try to "unthaw" them - about 11pm last night the pipes finally became "unthawed". BRRR ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Steve Carson ('58) I was just catching up on my Sandstorm's and see that Coach Rish passed. Coach had an impact on me and many many other Bombers. Good Bye Coach. -Steve Carson ('58) ~ Chicago, IL ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Maren Re: Bogus Bomber Alumni Site As you may recall, I too received an Email from in my SPAM BOX which I contacted you about. After our exchange, I deleted their Email and forgot about it. However, after reading of what they pulled on you, I felt compelled to address the culprits. I sent the following to them: +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Gentlemen: And I use that term loosely, considering what you pulled on our webmaster for the REAL Richland High School Alumni website (for Richland, Washington) which has been in existence for some years now. I do not know who you are nor do I care, although I believe that I detect a hint of unscrupulous "East Coast Arrogance" contained in your exchange with Maren, our webmaster. However, I do highly resent invasion of my personal E-mail by non-requested offers coming under the guise of "officialdom," which I regard as worse than unsolicited telemarketers calling my personal phone number at anytime. It is my personal belief that your intent is merely to line your pockets by misappropriating someone else's hard work. How else would you zero in on E-mail addresses of our Bomber Alumni. It is also obvious that, "You ain't from around here are ya, boy?" We don't do things like that here in a small city like Richland. We leave that to the "born and bred," self-centered, big city intellectuals like yourself. We have respect for each other and each other's hard work but we have little respect for what you are trying to pull. To put it plain and simple, I just want you to delete my name and Email address from your list and do not contact me again. George Swan (A REAL Richland Bomber) ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ In the meantime Maren, the elves are organizing a rally in your support. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ I am sure that enough Bombers will rally to cover your "six" and leave these guys wondering, "Who let the dogs out?" However, I have a feeling that we are dealing with the unscrupulous here and therefore even if we fire numerous shots across their bow, they will steam right on. At least we will make our disapproval known to them. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Greetings from the home of my brother, Roy Cross ('65) in Kennewick. I've enjoyed a sunny day on the Oregon coast, and traveling down the beautiful Columbia River Gorge country, and traveling among the wonderful snow capped peaks in the distance, while visiting family and friends. I even chickened out in a flash snowstorm in Quincy last night right after the sun went down, and spent the night with the Olympics on TV. So I was so glad to get to sunny Richland this morning where Harry Walker's mother fixed me breakfast. Elsie is my former neighbor and a wonderful role model to all us women at 93, and still going strong. She is also the mother of Harry ('65), Susan ('64), and Jim ('71), and Eddie ('76). It was great to get a chance to chat with Harry and Elsie, and to see Nancy Riggs' ('51) parents, as well as the Finkbeiners today, and my mother. I had a great visit with my cousin, Bob Cross ('62) earlier and hopefully later in Battleground, WA so if I get to see my uncle this weekend too, and manage to get back to the Portland airport, I will have had a great 3 weeks here. Richland is still a great place to be. I managed to get in a short walk along the Columbia River today in the cold, but sunny weather. My favorite spot here. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ in the Tri-Cities... ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) Re: Catching Up Hi Bombers! Having fun once again trying to catch up on the latest news. It seems ever since my husband retired l0 years ago that we are always on the road going somewhere. Last week it was in the 90s here in Southern CA and it was fun getting out in the garden and doing a little work. The last two days it has been storming and today left snow in our mountains here. We needed the rain, so it was cozy having a fire tonight and watching the Olympics. I have wonderful memories of the Uptown Theater. Standing in long lines on Saturday afternoon waiting to get into the matinees and see all the cowboy shows. I remember not a balcony but a stage where it seems they had ticket drawings sometimes with prizes and local talent performances. I am surprised no one mentioned the back row and what use to go on there. I know I wasn't the only one who necked in the back row! I remember the night a bunch of us saw "Psyco". They had just built the new motel and we walked to Hi-Spot after the movie and the boys scared us silly! To Bill Scott ('64) and Larry Bowls ('64): In l963 right after I graduated I got a summer job with the Columbia Basin News. The little office you mentioned down the street from Bell Furniture. I was their advertising secretary. I had to call the hospital every day and get all the birth announcements, and various other places to get news to put into the paper. But my main job was calling the ads in the Tri-City Herald and getting those people to try to put their ads in our paper. I hated that job but I was pretty good at it. I had fun that summer and met a lot of wonderful young kids. But guess what? That summer that newspaper went bankrupt and I never got paid! For all you animal lovers, remember Elvis singing "Old Shep"? I can't tell you how many tears I shed over that song. We might not know if animals go to heaven but we can assure our kids that they are in God's care. He promised not a sparrow fell from the sky but that He didn't know about it remember? -Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) Re: Dogs Mark Twain said it well: "Heaven goes by favor, not by merit; if it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in." Re: Cats OK, let's hear it for CATS. I am a cat-lover. I've had cats most of my life, even though I am allergic to them! A dog is nice (see above), but they try too hard. Give me the independent kitty who doesn't give a hoot what you think. Cats keep you humble! -Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) ~ Burbank, WA, where I am recouping nicely from my hernia surgery last month. Dena Evans ('64) came up and stayed with me for a week after surgery. Oh, am I spoiled!!! She taught me to make Lumpia - yum yum! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:Mike Brady(61) re:Tempest Storm oh my goodness!!!!! I saw her when my first husband had his R&R from Viet Nam in 1968! we were in Honolulu, Hawaii and we were looking for a Country-Western night club called, "The Dunes"... we asked directions from some guys standing on the street... they told us, "go right inside those doors"... we did, but what we found was a strip club and Tempest Storm was coming down the aisle right in front of us with very little on!!!!!!!!! I think I turned twenty shades of red... I was only 21!!!! think she was billed as the "world's greatest stripper" at the time. am sure my husband enjoyed the show, but I couldn't wait to get out of there! we eventually found the County-Western night club... it was at the back of the strip club... the next night, we went around the building and went in the right doors!!!!!!! To: Dave Fowler ('76) Re: "P" bottles I don't know where my dad kept his, either, but I just remember seeing them on the porch---we were never told what it was for... learned years later. To: Maren Re: [Bogus] Richland High School Alumni Archive I get messages from this guy, too, and I would love to know how he got my email address! I keep sending him to SPAM, but he still manages to send me his postings! have never gone to his site---I asked you about him at one time and you said he was NOT affiliated with "us", so I just keep deleting him!!!!!!! too bad he can't be man enough to identify himself! it's obvious that he is NOT a Bomber!!!!! well, maybe if enough of "us" keep deleting him, he will just go away!!!!!!! -Linda Reining ('64) ~ raining in Bakersfield, CA and have also gotten snow on the "grapevine"... they are saying they might have to close it, if this weather keeps up. supposed to get more rain and snow tomorrow, and they say we might get a "light dusting" of snow on the valley floor, which means parts of Bakersfield could see some snowflakes. last time it snowed on the valley floor was in 1998 and everything stopped----nobody knew how to drive in it and nobody had snow tires or chains!!!!!!!!! they closed the schools, businesses, stores, even the post office was closed! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) Dear Maren - First off, I started to send a message to that jerk web-guy about scamming us, but then thought I would wait to see who else would send message. I, too, got an email about that and I just deleted it. I'm sure he or she is just reading our emails on the our website and copying our addresses, hence scamming us. I don't like anyone offending you. I love our website. That person is a jerk. [This is why all email addresses are stripped from the web version of the Sandstorm..... -Maren] To All Pet Owners and Lovers: When my beloved Scruffy died at 15 (he was a Cockapoo mix), my daughter and I took his remains to Dove Lewis Animal Hospital to be cremated, and I wanted to keep his ashes. When I picked up the ashes in a beautiful urn, I later received a condolence card and a copy of the following poem: The Rainbow Bridge: For all of you who have had pets over and over through the years and grieved when they passed on, take heart and be prepared for when we reach the Pearly Gates, the Rainbow Bridge is just around the corner. I know I will be knocked right over by all my best friends who are there waiting for me. -Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) ~ In sunny Tigard, Oregon, where it looks like Spring could be around the corner, until you step outside. BRRRRRR!!! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patti McLaughlin Cleavenger ('65) Re: 18-Mile Island That was fun to be able to see that island and cabin close-up. I was always told that it was originally owned by some doctors in Richland. -Patti McLaughlin Cleavenger ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dave Fowler ('76) Remembering Richland and hearing all of our stories, it reminds of a place so very far away, Woomera, South Australia. After WWII, after the bomb, we were eager to learn all the advances that Germany made. Of particular interest was the guidance and power systems of the rockets. Woomera (where I was stationed) took the task on. They tested all the new developments and remote guidance systems. This town was quickly built and staffed by people secretly working on a DOD project. In the outback, a desert, a secret. You could only live there if you were employed or supported the project. Like us, they grew up in era when the government built towns and made the memories we so happily remember. So it was my children attended the first grade there. If they only knew what their father (an Airman) was working on, a quiet project. If only they knew. I, like my father, sworn to secrecy could not speak. I took a bus to the site as we would call it "The Area". I came home at night. So very far away, the winds blew and it got unbearably hot. A place that was safe because you could not live there unless you were cleared. A place where you left your keys in the car and in the house door. That was in 1995. Woomera, is now only the dust of the past. A place in the outback of Australia that is now silent. Our DOD, NASA and the Australian government has forgotten. Wind now blows threw the doors of a place I once called home. Dust fills the place I once placed my head. Quietly, as the winds talk. I, when I return still hear the laughter of my children. In doing so I remember Richland and my father a reactor operator. What a contrast, one place lived and another died and I have had the privilege to have lived in both. I have lived in the past and in the present at the same time. My children, with pants that seem to fall of their butts, have shared a space in time. Like I, we both remember. Sometimes, in a dust storm when I look out my window at a street light, the past is not very far away at all. I hear my children's and my own laughter. A place I love for it only lives our hearts. My father-in-law, Doug so very much shares in these feelings. Doug, an Australian who was a draftsman for the Woomera project comes to stay every summer. He loves our Bomber Country. When you hear an old man on the Ben Franklin transit say "Goodday" tell him welcome to Bomber Country. He will know and quietly smile. Keep on, for you bring forth the memories that forged me. Memories long forgotten. -Dave Fowler ('76) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB) To: All Bombers I am looking for the fellow in this photo. His name is A. Thompson he was an operator at the REDOX facility in 1966. The photo was taken on August 29, 1966, in the 233-S building. The tank he has on the hoist is an lead lined inner vessel that would contain plutonium solution or in this case neptunium solution. The can he is lowering it into is called a Standard Can. There was a Hanford News article about the new neptunium production record being set. If I remember correctly the code name was Palm. Anyway I spoke to Mr. Thompson about 4 years ago. He was living in some apartments in Richland on GWWay. Can't find him now so that's why I am asking if anyone can tell me where he might be. I have a large version of this photo I would like him to autograph before I have it framed and given to the museum after it is displayed at work. Granted it was 40 years ago but he does look about 35 or so. -Don Sorenson (NAB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notice >>Gail Henderson Renner ('53) ~ 2/10/35 - 2/16/06 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/20/06 - PRESIDENTS' DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Wally Erickson ('53), Wanda Wittebort ('53) Vera Smith ('58), Nancy Mallory ('64) Sandy Clark ('71) BELATED BOMBER BIRTHDAY (2/17): Floyd Melton ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Durward Petry ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy Pierce ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Glenda Gray ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David Bishop ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Don Dascenzo ('69) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) Presidents Day at Marcus Whitman: I have very vivid memories of our class at Marcus Whitman during Presidents Day. First I remember every class had a picture on the front wall of President Washington and President Lincoln. Presidents Day then was two separate dates in February (can't remember when they changed to the one date). Anyway, I remember our class cutting out silhouettes of each President from black paper. Also on the wall near the top was the alphabet (printed & written letters) going around the room. We were taught how to properly write each letter then; obviously none of them ever became doctors... grin. Of course then we had "blackboards"; I believe we saw our first "green boards" at Carmichael... not sure. I've been to several "white elephant" parties, where you take something you're trying to get rid of. At this one party, someone brought a picture of George Washington in the same frame as the ones we had at our grade school class. I told myself I have to get that picture somehow... well I did and have it hanging in my den. The paper on the back of the picture looks old, so I'm sure it's an original. Re: Mr. Morgan I worked for Mr. Morgan at the Pennywise Drug store on Thayer Drive. I started out as a dishwasher; the summer of '51 they started me behind the counter as a "soda jerk". I didn't have any white shirts then, so Mr. Morgan gave me some of his older white shirts (we were about the same size then). My Dad gave me one of his black "clip-on" bow ties (he was the Meat Manager at Safeway). Mr. Morgan and my Dad were good friends. We had to wear these white paper hats; now you get the picture... white shirt, black bow tie, white paper hat and white apron waist high. I felt very uncomfortable my first week. Then, coffee was served on a saucer; remember my first day trying to keep my hand from shaking carrying coffee on a saucer. Later I was able to carry two cup & saucers in one hand, still can to this day. Had fun making sundaes, banana splits, milk shakes, & root beer floats (that was my favorite). We got a free meal working there, I mostly ordered chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes... I haven't had chicken fried steak since. You got real mashed potatoes (they didn't have the imitation then). One of the jobs of the dishwasher was to clean out the potato peeler. It was like an old washing machine with a large coarse sandpaper disc at the bottom of this tub. As it would spin it would take the skins off. But, what a mess cleaning it up... ugh. Mr. Morgan later started some drug stores in the Seattle area, they were called Marvel Morgan Drugs. When I first moved to the Seattle area; I lived in West Seattle. He had one of his drug stores on California Ave. in the Alaskan Junction area. Re: Tempest Storm Shortly after moving to Seattle area, I went out with some friends to make the rounds (it's a guy thing). Anyway, we thought we'd try this "hot spot" on Capitol Hill. There was this most "beautiful" woman I've ever seen; I mean she was perfect in every way... doing what she does best on this handsome "four posted" bed. I still have very vivid memories of that evening and this was almost 40 years ago!!!! And they say your memory is the first to go. Re: Gail Henderson Renner ('53-RIP) We lost another class mate, she was a good person. Glad I saw her at our 50th reunion. God Bless her!! -Wally Erickson ('53) ~ Where it's very cold in Coeur D'Alene area. Not a cloud in the sky, but it's 28 outside. Good time to do inside stuff. I guess that's why I wrote so much this time... sorry. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Wanda Wittebort Shukay ('53) Re: all the traffic about I went to Google and did a search for this and came up with several entries. Maren - I recommend you take a look there. Pappy is right - it looks like an East Coast (saw the name Annapolis) site. -Wanda Wittebort Shukay ('53) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [I took a look, Wanda... looks like there's at least one other school (in California) that has been hit by these guys. -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Vera Smith Robbins ('58) Re: Gail Henderson Renner ('53-RIP) I lived in the same building as Gail. She was a lovely little lady. No matter how she felt, when asked, she always said "Fine" no matter how much pain she was in. We talked one day and I discovered she was a BOMBER! I ended up being her Senior Companion thru Catholic Family and Child Services. I would take her to her doctor appointments or anywhere she needed to go. When she had to go to the Life Care Center, I would visit her. When she went to the hospital, I went to visit her there also. She finally came back to our apartment building to live out her days. As I write this her Memorial Service is being planned downstairs so anyone here in the building can attend. I will miss her. -Vera Smith Robbins ('58) ~ Richland - Where it's pretty dern cold right now! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Nancy Mallory Johnson ('64) Re: Snow Linda Reining (64) mentioned in her post how everything stops when it snows. That is pretty much what happens here -- Jackson, TN. The city and county salt and/or plow some bridges, but never my street. Last weekend and this one we've had snow/sleet, etc. and coooold! My daughter (a teacher) and my granddaughter (1st grade) were disappointed that snow came on a weekend instead of a week day (they could have had a snow day). It doesn't take much to shut things down as southerners are not prepared for snow and ice. Some stores sold out of generators, batteries, heaters, rock salt, etc. It was even worse when we lived in Vicksburg, MS -- that town is all hills! -Nancy Mallory Johnson ('64) ~ Jackson, TN - More snow and sleet could come tonight and tomorrow (a holiday). ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Sandy Clark Chamberlin ('71) Re: 1971 Reunion Planning Meeting To: All interested class of '71ers We are having our 2nd planning meeting on Tuesday the 21st at Town Crier. Our reunion is August 4-6. Come and help us a little or a lot. Thanks -Sandy Clark Chamberlin ('71) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/21/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Marilyn DeVine ('52), Jim McKeown ('53) Jeff DeMeyer ('62), Jim Hamilton ('63) Carol Converse ('64), Linda Reining ('64) Mike Franco ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: William Lane "Bill" Johnson ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sue Shipman ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gil Gilstrap ('79) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David Eugene Keller ('82) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVine ('52) Re: It's fun to be able to put a face with a name Larry Mattingly ('60) and Jackie came to Yuma last week. They had business down here and they stayed with us overnight. We had such a good visit before they headed to Havasu City for a show Sunday night. We thought we would make the trip up just to see the show, but someone mentioned that it was President's Day weekend so we decided not to buck the traffic. On Friday I picked up my "new" 1990 motor home which is 33 feet long (my last one was 27) and we aren't sure how it will do in high traffic. To be more precise: we aren't sure how WE will do in high traffic!! Re: In the "small world" department A dear friend of mine, whom I've known for about 5 years, called me the other day to tell me she was playing Mahjong with one of her oldest friends... Vera Rodda ('52) whom she said has been one of her best friends for 30 years! This summer, Mary will get Vera and me together for a "catch up" session. I'm looking forward to it! To: Dave Rhodes ('52) Email me... my message to you got kicked back by you-know-who. Are you and Alice still coming down? I hope so, but we aren't always here so we need to know. One of the things I remember most about President's Day is back in 1963 when my brother Terry ('52) and I had the Coffee Cup in Uptown... our Mother and I baked 14 cherry pies and sold a slice for 25 cents. With ice cream, it was 35. That was back in the days when Camp Hanford was full of GIs and they loved that "taste of home". Hey, what happened to the "cent" sign on our keyboard?!?!?! -Marilyn "Em" DeVine ('52) ~ in Yuma, AZ, where they keep forecasting rain but it never happens. I'm waiting (very impatiently) to see the water rushing in the washes! We are over 120 with no rain... b-o-r-i-n-g!!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [I think the cent sign was replaced by the ^ sign. -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim McKeown ('53) Re: Gail Henderson ('53-RIP) As Wally Erickson ('53) said, "We lost another good one from the class of 53." Norma Loescher Boswell ('53) kept a lot of us up- to-date on Gail's condition through the past month or so, and many of us sent her encouraging emails and notes, but it was not to be... and she knew that. Gail was the very quiet one among the "rowdies" she ran around with... Culverhouse, Kerstetter, Baker, and the likes. She was just there, you know, and many of us didn't pay much attention to her, much to our loss. I, too, am glad that I was able to spend some time with her at the reunion and other Club 40 functions. Time is so fleeting, and we are blessed to have this "Bomber Fraternity/Sorority" available to us. My kids can't believe how tight Bombers are... they simply can't understand how a bunch of kids that went to High School together, can stay in touch and communicate after all these years. I don't even try to explain it to them, anymore. -Jim McKeown ('53) ~ Sacramento, CA - very sunny but in the 30s ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jeff DeMeyer ('62) Re: Lost Classmates Hello All, This is a updated list of our lost classmates if you know whereabouts let me know. Hebert E Blevens Bruce Brunelle Carol Buchanan Doug Burns Keith Crownover Barry Dahl Richard Dean Carol DeSoto Taylor Ron Dykes Ken Elliot Roger Farber Margart Gibson Tucker Patricia Hahn Clark Hall Linda Hanson Toth Tom Harmon Lyle Hawk Faye Heneghen Dukes Richard Henderson Joyce Herbal Loland Gearld Hooper Lesie Lang Dalton Freddie Lenhart Richard Llyod Patty McCue Hutchinson Ben Miles Barbara Parvis Donnell Paul Pedersen Carole Petterson Graham Babette Petty Nelson Lana Phifer Donnell Steve Schell Rod Shanks Chuck Smith Margaret Smith Suzann Tabbert Llyod Taylor Sue Tomlinson Yount Laurel Vlacil Murry Mary Wamsley Walter Webb Linda Whitaker Dave Wilson Cathy Wilson Valree Workman Offerman Yvonne Wright Darris Yeager Bill Stainkin Don Skidmore Kleo Pomeroy -Jeff DeMeyer ('62) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Hamilton (Gold Medal Class of '63) I don't know if anyone has had this problem, but I am so bummed. So last Saturday the Forever Young and Always Lovely Miss Nancy and I go to the Seattle Home Show. I go up to the ticket seller guy and see than I'm eligible, although just barley, for a Senior Discount. I ordered up one Senior and one Adult ticket. The guy in the yellow coat asks for $16.00 and didn't even ask for my ID. Don't I have a right to be asked for ID when I request a Senior Rate, I don't think I look 60? I bet Ray Stein would have been "carded" jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton (Gold Medal Class of '63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (Boomer Bomber Class of '64) To: Linda Reining ('64) We were suppose to get a very rainy/snowy weekend, but it didn't happen. I haven't had the chance to listen to any weather reports to know what happened, but I'm thinking, by the sounds of it, the system went down south - way down south. We've had sun the whole time, except that the temps have been very, very cold and heavy frost. It's always fun to know what your weather is like. -Carol Converse Maurer (Boomer Bomber Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA - where the sun is still shinning, but oh so COLD! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) Re: snow was in the Lake Isabella (about 45 miles NE of Bakersfield) area on Sunday... weather was sunny in Bakersfield when we left, clear all through the canyon, which is 15 miles of "hairpin" turns (many turn-outs, which I use a lot, though cars go around me like I am standing still... only two lane road through the canyon), within 30 minutes of being in the Lake Isabella area, it was snowing and hailing! at 6:30 that morning, it had snowed enough that the ground was covered, but it didn't stay. I was the ONLY one enjoying the snowflakes and the hail! everyone else was complaining about how cold it was, and I just sat at the picnic table, laughing and enjoying the snowflakes and hailstones! the rest of them were huddled around the bbq pit and warming their "buns" by the fire!!!! maybe my kids and grandkids are right when they say "you don't have sense God gave a goose" I LOVE that kind of weather and see NO reason to "run for cover" when it starts to snow, hail, or rain!!!!!! MUST be some of that Bomber "grit" running through my veins!!!! -Linda Reining ('64) ~ cold and dreary in Bakersfield, CA, but no rain or snow or hail. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Franco ('70) The only thing better than our memories is having them come alive before our very eyes. Sunday night I attended Flo Sinclair's 80th birthday party in Richland. All 10 Sinclair "kids" were there... Duncan ('65), Bill ('67), Rich ('69-not normal), Paul ('70), Mike ('73-fairly normal), Mary, Patti ('77), Pete, John ('83) and Cathy. I think all the spouses were there as well as almost all of the 29 grandkids. I think I got the order right but may have a few misspelled. Flo & Dunc (RIP) ran the Sino Hotel at 1413 Thayer, gateway to Richie Court. It was great to see all of them and share all those stories. The unique element of almost all those great Richland stores is that most of them are true! Anyway, this is one of the great families of Richland. I am sure all of us had a Sinclair as a friend or classmate. Even Mike Hogan ('70) did, who had practically no friends to speak of. Additional legends in attendance included the Ghirardo clan including Kevin ('78), Mary ('70), Val ('72), Gail and Mrs. Ghirardo. Peters Crowely ('67) & Turping ('70), Mike Hogan and wife of 31 years (!!!) Lori Simpson ('70) (Lori... what were you thinking???), and others. Of course the class of 1970 representation brought even extra class (much of it second and lower) to the event. Mrs. Sinclair looked great, always smiling for all those kids and now grandkids. When you see her around Richland be sure and wish her happy birthday. She and her family are one of the greats. And what is this business of Bixler and Cartmell putting on some kind of a fund raising event???? hmmmmmmmmm... Those of you paying Dick may want to use checks, not good giving cash to hoops officials... Bomber cheers to all Mike Franco ('70) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/22/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Ann Bishop ('56), Tom Hughes ('56) Burt Pierard ('59), Patti Jones ('60) Patti Mathis ('60), Helen Cross ('62) Dave Hanthorn ('63), Mike Davis ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dan Noble ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joe Choate ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve Galloway ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Sara "Ann" Bishop Ousley ('56) My husband and I will be in Yuma, AZ next week for a couple days before heading to Kennewick/Richland for a few. Any luncheons going on either place? We will leave Kennewick about the 9th of March..have to be back to Texarkana to teach a class on the 13th. -Sara "Ann" Bishop Ousley ('56) ~ Texarkana AR - cool, cloudy and windy, but thank God no more freezing rain!!!!!! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tom Hughes ('56) Re: Seniors To: Jim Hamilton ('63) You think it is bad when they don't card you for a senior discount? My wife and I went to a buffet with Senior rates. When I asked for two Seniors they carded me but not my wife. She did not let me forget that for several days. She was really teed off. -Tom Hughes ('56) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) To: Jim Hamilton (Gold Medal Class of '63) Re: "Senior Discounts" A few months ago, I was doing a drive-thru at Wendy's and when I got to the window, the sweet young thing said, "Oh, do you want the Senior Discount?" I asked "how much?" and she replied "10% (after tax)." I said, "By all means." I have no idea what their qualifying age is but I must have "looked it." Bomber cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: Pennywise Drugs To: Wally Erickson ('53) You brought up some special memories for me in your Sandstorm entry for me. My dad, Harold Jones, drove bus. He was always on a split shift four hours a day during the work week. Doing errands during the day, dad would have lunch out at times. He always had his favorite places to eat. One of those was Pennywise Drugs as well as Uptown Drug store. At times when I was out of school he would take me on his errands. Out to lunch was sometimes a part of it. I remember eating at Pennywise Drugs a lot. When you brought up the Chicken Fried Steak meal I cannot tell you how many times I ordered it. It's still one of my favorites today. I look for the best places for it wherever I live. JD diner is the best so far in the Tri-Cities. The gravy also makes the it the best or not. Of course I always felt very special when dad took me with him. Another way we must have known each other, Wally. Dad was always talking to whoever would talk to him -- the waitress, dish washer or whoever sat next to him. No wonder I have always been so fond of going out to lunch. Maren calls me the "lunch lady" because of what I have done in Bomber lunches the past five years. Any Bomber who wants to start a lunch in their area is always welcome to email me. I'm there to support as I have in the past. I can be found a couple of times a week eating lunch some where in West Richland or Richland. Rueben Linn ('58) emailed me today regarding his introduction to me of a man who was a POW in the "Bataan Marche". Rueben mentioned that he and his wife had been to lunch at the Fife Bar and Grill in Fife where we use to do the All Bomber Luncheon. On the menu happened to be Rattlesnake. Got a good laugh out of this as Rueben asked me if I had sent the Rattlesnake from West Richland. Thankfully I haven't seen one out here at Bomber Range Road area where I live. Coyotes are another story. My dogs bark at night and I am sure it is a coyote passing our home. They are sighted quite often. Mice are another story. I have had them. As soon as they start a new construction area, here came the mice as they did recently putting in a "Yoke's" market. Re: Australia To: Dave Fowler ('76) If I took the bus I would certainly look for your father-in-law to hear him say "Goodday". My daughter, her husband (he is Australian) and my three grandchildren live in Melbourne. Always enjoy hearing them say different Australian words. Especially when I am called "Mum". My Grandchildren call me Grandma Patti with their thick Australian accent. Grandchildren are seven and twins five. (My Karen is a twin. Unusually she had twins). Wish they weren't so far away. -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ Glad the Alaskan front that crept it's way into Washington state did not bring it's usual snow. Cold temps were enough. Not like the dampness with it in Western Washington, which I am Happy about. Supposed to be 51 today and 32 tonight. Sun is shining and the temps are moving upward. My computer always gives me different temps than the Tri-City news T.V. stations. Ready for spring. Sure am! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) Re: Bierleins The letters about great families of Richland prompted me to write this. Ted and Ruth Bierlein are still living on Warren Court with the help of their daughter Karla ('71). They have problems, for sure, but the family rallies around for support and love. Tom, John ('69), Jim ('70), Karla and Shari do a wonderful job, and it would be nice to send them a letter or card of support. I have Ted and Ruth's e-mail address, if anyone is interested. -Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Well, I had a great trip across the US of A today, starting off with a great view of Mt. Ranier, St. Helens and Mt. Adams above the clouds as I left Portland. I have to tell you, it's hard to beat the beauty of the Northwest... To: Louise Moyers ('65) Have you had any luck finding housing in Richland yet? I saw two houses for sale on Olympia St. (my stomping grounds for my growing up, and in the Swift end of the original ranch houses. I really wanted to go and look at the one at the end of Olympia and Cedar, as my good friend, Billie Cummings Christian (NAB'62) lived there until they left for CA and her family did the first remodel of that place in about l960, so I'd have loved to see it now, all these years, later. Good luck on your move back to Richland. If I had more lives, I'd love to join you, but I'd have to live as close to the river as I could find and afford. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ back home in Indiana, with my 2 cats and my 25 year old son in the house by the little lake, where my husband is still at seminary in Dayton... ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dave Hanthorn (Gold Medal Class of '63) To: Jimbeaux ('63) Re: Senior Carding I had a similar experience recently when I saw I was eligible (first time) for a senior discount. I figured with my "baby face" I would have to prove I was 60, so I had my wallet out and driver's license in hand. The lady didn't even look at it, just says "Oh, we never check ID." I felt like grabbing her by the collar and shouting "Look at the damn license!" but managed to hold myself in check, and just smiled meekly. I can't understand it, I still have pink cheeks, I still have most of my hair, and most of it still isn't gray, and people still tell me I look young for my age. If I would have known they didn't check ID for senior discounts, I coulda been getting good deals for the past five or ten years. -Dave Hanthorn (Gold Medal Class of '63) ~ from Mercer Island, WA where it has "warmed up" to the 30s and the rain is back ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Davis ('74) Re: Mrs. Sinclair's Birthday Bash I would like to wish Mrs. Sinclair a happy 80th birthday. She must be quite proud of being the matriarch of one of the truly legendary Richland families. I'm more proud of the fact that Mike Franco ('70) can actually write an entry expressing his thoughts on the party and Sinclair family. He's got skills! -Mike Davis ('74) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/23/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Hiser ('49), Dick Pierard ('52), Burt Pierard ('59), Patti Mathis ('60), Ed Wood ('62), Betsy Fox ('63), Carol Converse ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Myrna Branum ('57WB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Thomas Peashka ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barb Collings ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jil Lytle ('82) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Jack Morrow ('52) & Pat Ackley ('53) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) I took my mother to the drug store to order her prescriptions, in addition to my own. The pharmacist asked me if I was a senior citizen yet and I asked him how old was a senior citizen. He said 62 - I told him that it would be two years before I would be a senior citizen. I turned and asked my mother how she would feel to have a senior citizen for a daughter and she said: "D----- Old!!" The pharmacist just laughed. (My mother was only 17 years older than me.) -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland. I think our COLD weather will abate a little. HOORAY!!! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick Pierard ('52) Speaking of senior rates, one time I went into a McDonalds and ordered a senior coffee. The person at the counter said I wasn't that old. So I told him I teach at the nearby university and when I would try to make a pass at one of the coeds, the gal would always say "Go away, old man." I got my coffee without further ado. -Dick Pierard ('52) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) To: Wally Erickson ('53) & Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: Pennywise Since we lived right across Thayer Dr. from the store from 1945 to 1956, I have many memories of Pennywise (including working there one Christmas, I believe 1954 or 1955). One Friday during Christmas Season (probably early '50s), my Mom said that Dad was working late and we were going to eat at Pennywise. We sat in a booth (I was facing south) next to the aisle back to the Restrooms. As I was contentedly munching on hot dogs, I realized a large, red, shape had stopped at the end of our booth - I looked up and lo & behold, I saw my Dad in a stick-on white beard, playing Santa Claus (he was working for Morgan). Quite a surprise to me and Mom just snickered. Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [I WROTE TO BURT: I remember those booth seats running North/South... so you must have been facing west???? BURT RESPONDED: I remember the lunch counter (U-shaped, closed end to the north) being along the west wall. As I recall, there were two rows of booths (with the N-S aisle to the restrooms between them) and the magazine racks (N-S also) next to the windows of the east wall. As I recall, there were 3 booths in each row, seats & tables running E-W. I RESPONDED: I lived on Perkins (West of Pennywise) from 1947 to 1964. I have a WAY different memory of the Pennywise floor plan (in the area of the booths, anyway). Here's what I remember; Pennywise Flor Plan I remember being able to look out the front (East) windows while having french fries and a cherry Coke. Burt remembers the view from the booth seating area was to the South (towards the rest rooms) Maybe two such different memories might be because the floor plan changed after the fire in Pennywise??? Maybe Wally ('53) or Sue ('59) Erickson can help out with this... Anybody else remember?? -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) I have made a horrible omission as Kathy Feaster Alley ('75) pointed out in a e-mail to me. I forgot to mention Judy ('75) as one of the Bierlein children and very much a supporter of her parents. I am sorry, guess it was just a senior moment. -Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ed Wood ('62) To: Jim Hamilton ('63) Re: Senior discounts It's just starting, Jim. The next insult is when you're offered a senior discount without even asking! -Ed Wood ('62) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betsy Fox (Gold Medal Class of '63) Re: support group for caregivers in Tri-Cities -- old Bombers taking care of parents Would anyone in the Richland area be interested in forming a support group for those of us taking care of our parents? I came back here to Richland from Missoula to help my mom out -- she is now 96 - and, last August, moved her from her home to Alterra (where she sits at a table with Dawn Bern's ('64) mom, Ray Stein's ('64) mom and Helen Skogin!) Anyway, there are so many issues around that transition of being the daughter of a mom to now being the mom to my mom -- anyone of you in the same position, I'm sure you understand. If there is anyone at all interested in getting together on a regular basis to talk about similar issues, I would be glad to organize it and keep it going --- even have a great place in Richland where we could have it. Also, those people caught in that in between place -- parents needing a lot of help -- your kids are gone (mine are) -- your jobs/careers are winding down --- it's like -- wow, where do I fit these days -- all of the recognizable anchors of being a mom, a professional person with a great career, a wife are gone -- and HOW on earth do you deal with parents who are facing so much loss -- and keep your own self balanced? Anyway -- I live in Richland -- graduated in that very fine class of '63 -- and would really enjoy it if some others would like to join in such a group. My name is Betsy Fox Vance (the Vance part is my married/divorced name). Sooooooooo - give a call - or write -- let's get something up and running -- we could have food - great discussions - support for this stage of life. -Betsy Fox (Gold Medal Class of '63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) Re: Senior Carding To: Dave Hanthorn (63) I've been getting a senior discount since I've been 55. Most places here in California give it out then, but some still wait til you are 62. I've never had to prove my age... neither has my husband. Some places act like they really don't believe us, but don't ask to see ID. -Carol Converse Maurer (Boomer Bomber Class of 64) ~ Eureka, CA where the sun is STILL shinning, but suppose to get warmer and the clouds to come in. *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/24/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers sent stuff: Wally Erickson ('53), Lora Homme ('60) Patti Jones ('60), Jim Yount ('61) John Adkins ('62), Dave Hanthorn ('63) Frank Stratton ('64), Larry Bowls ('64) Linda Reining ('64), Susan Baker ('64) Julie Smyth ('69wb), Anne Mitzlaff ('77) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol Converse ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy Wick ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joan Morris ('66) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) To: Burt Pierard ('59) Re: Pennywise Drug store This is really funny... I was going to email to the Sandstorm about the layout of the dining area. And, I thought no one will be interested in this... so I deleted it!! And then you bring it up, so here it is. Burt, you described it perfectly; the "U" shape counter had at least 20 or more stools on the west side. The booths did run next to the windows on the east side; there were more booths across the aisle towards the counter. On the south side of these booths was the work area for making shakes, sundaes, etc.. In the middle of the "U" shape counter was an island where they displayed deserts in a glass case, and the coffee warmer with cups and saucers stacked. I had forgotten about the aisle between the booths going to the rest room, but Bert you refreshed my memory bank... you're right again. Sorry Maren, I'm sure you're right too; if what you said about Pennywise having a fire. That must've happened after I left Richland the summer of 1956. But, you were right about the location of the Pharmacy at the north end of the building. Is the building still there? And what happened to the Grocery store on the corner of Thayer and Williams. It was Campbell's grocery store, then Mayfair; not sure what happened after that. [Grocery Store burned down in '02.. nothing there now: Pennywise is still there but not a drug store now. Anybody remember when the Pennywise fire happened? -Maren] To: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Working behind the counter and taking orders, I had a chance of meeting a lot of interesting people. It was a fun job while it lasted. I'm sure I waited on your Dad (and maybe you) at some time. I quit after school started, the following summer I worked at Safeway carrying out groceries. That's another story I've already shared on the Sandstorm. -Wally Erickson ('53) ~ Where the temps are starting to warm up again. I won't say any more about spring around the corner again... mentioned that earlier and the rest of us in the northwest know what happened after that. From beautiful Coeur D'Alene area. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lora Homme Page ('60) To: Betsy Fox Vance ('63) Re: Support Group I'd be interested in the support group that you suggested for those of us who are taking care of our aged parents, Betsy. I'm sure we could benefit from each other's experiences. I'll call you. -Lora Homme Page ('60) ~ in Kennewick, that town just across the river and up the road from Richland ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: Pennywise Drugs To: Burt Pierard ('59) and Maren Smyth ('63 and "64) After reading your Sandstorm entry this morning the picture I had of the luncheon counter had already come forward in my mind from when I did my today's entry. This is what I remember: The luncheon counter stools and counter were on the south end. Going in from the parking lot the door faced east you would turn left to get to the luncheon counter which was in the south end of the drugstore. (Walking through the door you would be facing west.) Behind the counter and stools was a long walkway that was east to west for different preparation that went on for serving. In the middle of the counter was where the servers went to the booths. At the west end of the preparation area was the kitchen. I remember the stools so well because I was very short until about my sophomore year. Not easy to climb upon them. Dad and I mainly sat at the counter. If sitting in the booths, which were rows from east to west from the windows to the back wall. Sitting in the booth you would be facing east or west depending on the side you were sitting on. There was only one row. We lived on Rochefontaine when I was four to six. We lived east of where Burt's family lived on the corner of Thayer and Rochefontaine which was east of Pennywise. Our house was east of their family at the end on the north side. When sitting at the counter if I turned east I could see Burt's house and our house at the end of Rochefontaine. I remember your dad playing Santa Claus, Burt. The description of the U shaped luncheon counter for Pennywise was more like what I remembered of the Uptown drugstore luncheon counter. The luncheon counter was in the north east corner of the drugstore. U shaped luncheon counter with stools. Again dad and I would sit on the stools. The booths where you sat, you would face north and south when you sat down. I remember two rows. The entrance to the luncheon counter was on the south side of the luncheon counter and the booths at the back of the drug store. To the right of the entrance to the luncheon counter area were magazine racks. Densows drugs luncheon counter was at the north end of the drug store that had an entrance that was from the northwest corner. Main entrance was from the east. At the entrance was candy and sundry items. Pharmacy was in the back of the store south west of the entrance. (Anyone remember the big picture of cowboys on the prairie that hung over the pharmacy for years? It a Charley Russell print framed by my step grandfather Bruce Jenkins. It now hangs in my home as it has for years.) I spent a lot of time at Densows as it was an easy walk from the house on Birch or "C" house on Kuhn. Was also friends of Judy Harding ('60WB) who's parents owned the luncheon counter for a while. Judy and I would meet there. We were both about ten or eleven. Her parents gave her open invitation to make what she wanted. We had a blast making cokes with every flavor imaginable. The family moved to Yakima about 1953 or '54. When I was in my sophomore year Bob McCord worked there at the main counter. Anyone know the where about of Judy Harding. I lost track of her when they moved to Yakima. Re: Support group to do with our aging parents To: Betsy Fox Vance ('63) I called Betsy this morning to let her know that I would be up for being at the support group. After meeting Betsy on the phone I know she will do well at leading a support group. I feel like living four hours away from my mom, my sister Nina Jones Rowe ('65) is getting the brunt of all the care of mom. My being with mom is on the phone three times a week which is easy even though I do compare notes with Nina a lot to make sure mom is getting the care she wants. She's more wanting of Nina to do things for her. If anyone relates to what I said, or has other concerns with their aging parents, please call Betsy. Betsy's Phone number and email are in yesterday's Sandstorm. We can help each other with suggestions, ideas or just talking with each other. I suggested to Betsy that she set a time, date and place and let's go for it. Now I am going to go eat my wonderful soup that I make. It is waiting for me in the Northwest end of my home. Bombers Have Fun, -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ sun shining, wind blowing warm wind makes it feel like spring is on it's way. Time for yard work. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Yount ('61) Re: Pennywise floor plan I worked at Pennywise from 1959 through 1962. Marens floor plan looks exactly as I remember it from that period. -Jim Yount ('61) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [So, since Wally moved the summer of '56 and Jim worked at Pennywise from '59 to '62, the fire must have happened between '56 and '59... right? -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: Pennywise I lived on the corner of McPherson and Williams from 1949 to 1956 - obviously those of us that lived on the east side of Thayer have a better recollection of the layout of Pennywise than those of you that lived on the west side of Pennywise. I throw my support to the "Pierard" position - though if someone can show me some real research, my mind could be changed. -John Adkins ('62) - Richland --- My newest Grandson Mathew should be on board by now - "mommy" is in labor this morning. (Thursday) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dave Hanthorn (Gold Medal Class of '63) To: Maren ('63, '64) Re: Pennywise Drugstore I remember the layout of Pennywise as you described it. Your brother Tim ('62), Jay Williamson ('63-RIP), Denny Casto ('63) and I used to go there after school to hang out and have french fries and Cokes. My memory is that they had really good french fries there. Another fond drugstore memory was going to Densow Drugstore to get "Cherry Phosphates" at the soda fountain there. I don't know if anybody makes "Cherry Phosphates" anymore, but they were sure good. -Dave Hanthorn (GMC '63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Frank Stratton ('64) Re: Brian Corcoran ('64) An update on a '64 grad and the first graduating class of Christ the King, Brian Corcoran. He had a quadruple by-pass on 2/15 and is resting comfortably at his home in Anacortes. He informed me that he fully expects to be back on his fishing boat this summer to haul in the large salmon he is accustomed to catching in Puget Sound. Plus later this Spring go back to work up in one of the most remote parts of NW Alaska. You just can't keep a good Bomber down. -Frank Stratton ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Larry Bowls ('64) Re: Sr. Discounts and Carding To: Hamilton, Wood, Hanthorn, et. al. To really add insult to injury, the barber shop I use regularly had discounts at age 60. Shortly before Christmas and my 60th birthday I was afforded one haircut at a discount. Earlier this month, and eager to get my second haircut and Sr. discount, I was disappointed to learn that the New Year brought with it a new discount policy. They raised the age to 65. OK, OK. I understand the bottom line corporate mentality, but as "head hair challenged" as I am, I should have been given discounts at age 50. My barber doubles his effective hourly rate when I show up. There should be "low volume" discounts as well, dont you think? -Larry Bowls ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) Re: Senior Citizen discount I turned 60 in January and have been taking advantage of the discount for the past 5 years... really like using it for hotels/motels, and for dinners at the "fancy" restaurants. like Carol Converse Maurer ('64) said, most places in CA have been giving Senior discounts to anyone 55 and older for a long time. To: Betsy Fox Vance ('63) Re: taking care of parents it's not easy being the one to "take charge"... my brother and I did it for our mom and it was difficult. she wasn't ready to admit that she needed help and her last year was difficult on all of us. she spent 6 months with me in CA (which she hated... never liked CA and sure didn't like living down here) and the last 6 months in Kennewick with my brother and his wife... all she wanted was to be back on her 8 acres in Priest River, Idaho, and had a hard time realizing that she could no longer live on her own! it was sad to see my mom go from a fiercely independent woman to totally dependent and fighting it all the way! she had the beginnings of Alzheimers. hope you are successful in your attempts to get a support group up and running... it will help with all the heartaches and having someone else to "sound off" with. -Linda Reining ('64) ~ cool weather in Bakersfield, CA, but they are saying we will "hit" 70s by the weekend. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Susan Baker ('64) Last week my Dad, Dick Baker, and I were paying for our meal in a local restaurant. The young waitress gave Dad a Senior discount and then turned to me and said "He is a Senior Citizen, isn't he?". Dad turned 91 on January 11th. This young lady probably was under 21. Age and looks are all a matter of personal opinion. -Susan Baker ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Julie Smyth Moss ('69wb) Re: Pennywise Drugs Hey All--- I remember Pennywise the same way Maren drew it. But what I remember MOST was having to tell the manager I took a red rubber ball without paying for it. Mom drug me across the park screaming and crying to admit my thievery. -Julie Smyth Moss ('69wb) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Anne Mitzlaff Gerken ('77) Maren and Burt, y'all have one of those unique particular thingys going. I remember the windows on the east side of the building. -Anne Mitzlaff Gerken ('77) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/25/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 18 Bombers sent stuff: Elva McGhan ('50), Ann Clatworthy ('54), Laura Dean Kirby ('55) Lenora Hughes ('55), Alice Hanthorn ('59), Burt Pierard ('59), Patti Jones ('60), Helen Cross ('62), Dave Hanthorn ('63) Roy Ballard ('63), Gary Behymer ('64), Linda Reining ('64) Karen Upchurch ('66), Betti Avant ('69), Robert Avant ('69) Brad Upton ('74), Deanna Lukins ('79), Debbie Mefford ('81) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rochelle Seholm ('97) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Elva McGhan Wallace ('50) Re: Caregivers To you who are seeking Caregiver's support. Check this out. The Neurological Resource Center 712 Swift Blvd, Suite 1 Richland, WA 99352-3578 Ph. 943-8455 The Center has a number of support groups. The Caregivers support group meet once a month at the above address. They also have a library with many helpful items. I was a Caregiver for 3 years and its a very stressful duty especially when its a member of your own family. Good luck to all of you Caregivers. -Elva McGhan Wallace ('50) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ann Clatworthy Hogshead ('54) Re: Club 40 Reunion My brother Jimmy ('46) and wife Faye are visiting with me in Fort Valley, VA. We have decided to attend Club 40 this fall. Unfortunately, we no longer have the registration forms. Could someone please send us two. Thanks lots We look forward to seeing everyone this fall. -Ann Clatworthy Hogshead ('54) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Ann, The form is online. Print the page when you get there. 2006 Club 40 Registration Form -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) Re: Pennywise I remember it the same as Burt Pierard ('59). I lived on Wright and stopped there on the way home from Central UP church for a chocolate coke on Sundays. Prior to that I lived on Winslow and in 1948 I bought all my rolls of "caps" there for my six-shooter. Also "Charms" candy. At that time the aluminum tax tokens were in use. Remember all that? Later this was where we bought Cinnamon Oil from the pharmacy for those toothpicks we used to love. A lot of memories at that store. All good. -Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) ~ Still in Richland ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) Re: Calvin Welsch Was the Calvin Welsch who passed away on the 20th of February the same one that taught Industrial Arts {?} at Col-Hi? I think it was the same one, but I haven't seen mention of it in and wondered if anyone was aware of his passing. I never had him as a teacher, but I remember him just the same. -Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) ~ In Las Vegas, NV where the weather is beautiful, supposed to be in the 70s by the week-end. Linda Reining ('64) is coming from Bakersfield this week-end, so it is even a nicer week-end!!!! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Alice Hanthorn Johnson ('59) Re: "Fries" from Dave Hanthorn ('63) You are right on that Dave, they were GOOD fries. I remember sitting in one of the window booths, and having flavored coke and a side of fries with Pat Hutton ('58) and who ever else stopped by. Our dad introduced me to "Lemon Coke" and I thought I was cool having something no one else was having. That was where I had my first drag on a cigarette, too. It turned my stomach so it was a while before I did that again, College. -Alice Hanthorn Johnson ('59) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) Re: Pennywise Drugs' Floor Plan It should be fairly obvious by now, that we are comparing "apples and oranges." My most vivid memory of the day after the "Pennywise Fire" was that the area we are now discussing was completely gutted, requiring a huge tarp (or tarps) to cover where the roof had burned out and part of the East windows (including the glass east door) had blown out. The layout that Wally Erickson ('53), John Adkins ('62) & I remember was obviously "pre-fire." I guess we are going to have to be known as the "old Guys." The layout that "the Kids" (Maren & contemporaries) described is obviously "post- fire," i.e., how the store was rebuilt. Pennywise Floor Plan by Maren ('63 & '64) The hard part will be determining when, exactly, the fire occurred. I called the Tri-City Herald today but they said they had no cross-reference data base to identify when the article ran. That leaves me to do a microfilm search. I wanted to do that today but I didn't get the time -- will do so tomorrow. In the meantime, I checked with my esteemed Bro Dick ('52) to see if he remembered approximately when the fire occurred (to limit my search). All he remembers is that the fire occurred while he was in the Army (he left town August, 1954). I know it occurred prior to Christmas 1955 as I worked there that season (although for some reason, I have no recollection of the food service area) and had to go back in the South storage area where remnants from the Fire Sale were still stored. I will search the Herald films for that "window" period. Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: Pennywise Drug Store Floor Plan by Maren ('63 & '64) To: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) and Burt Pierard ('59) By the way... Maren is right!!!!!! There was no balcony in the Uptown theater!!!!!!!!! Bombers Have Fun -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ The sunshine is gorgeous today with temperature about 52... maybe the 60 weather will be here next week. I'm just happy that I won't have to rush outside in the bitter cold anymore to keep my pond from evaporating so the fish will live. So far I think all five have made it through the winter. Even found an extra yesterday! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) I remember going to Densow's Drug store's fountain for green rivers. Years later I took my pre-schooler to a soda fountain here in Cincinnati, OH and ordered a green river for him, as I told him I hadn't seen a working soda fountain in a drug store in a long time, so I wanted to share the experience with him. As he was maybe 3 years old in l980, he doesn't remember the experience, but it was fun for me. I hate to admit it, but I don't clearly remember the painting that hung above the pharmacy for years, and I worked there, l959-'62, and again 1963-'64. My dad also collected Charlie Russell's and I'm sorry I didn't save at least one from his collection. (Another one of those hind sight is 20/20 things. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ In the house by the little lake where the sun has been shining and it's been above 50 today. My foster cats are glad I'm home. I ran up to Dayton for a dinner with my husband at the seminary where he will graduate as a 2nd career minister in May of this year. I also went to see the exhibition on Diana, Princess of Wales. As I lived in England when she was killed in l997, it was interesting to see the way her brother portrayed it. I don't think much of him now, nor did I think much of him then. She was a beautiful woman who tried to do something with her life, and should be remembered for that. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dave Hanthorn (Gold Medal Class of '63) To: Maren ('63 & '64) Re: Pennywise fire I can't remember the exact year of the Pennywise fire, but "between '56 and '59" sure sounds about right. The fire was started in the trash trailer (that sat at the south end of the store) by a Perkins Ave. kid (no, not me, although I know who it was) that shall remain nameless. That trash trailer was always full of flattened cardboard boxes that flamed up fast and the fire quickly spread to the south wall of the store. The south end of the store burned entirely to the ground, although the fire was put out before the north end burned all the way down. The drugstore was completely rebuilt after the fire, so that easily explains why the "older" Bombers have a different memory the floor plan than us "youngsters". -Dave Hanthorn (GMC '63) ~ There are 10 kinds of people, those that understand binary, and those that don't, ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Roy Ballard (Gold Medal Class of '63) To: Dave Hanthorn ('63) Dave, Do you know where Casto ('63) is now? I haven't seen or heard of him since high school. -Roy Ballard (Gold Medal Class of '63) ~ Richland ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: On Aging Parents...or What I did on My Summer Vacation... Died 04/14/1992 - Cal Cook Father-in-Law Died 09/20/1992 - Frances Behymer - Mother Died 06/07/1993 - Ivan 'B' Behymer - Father Died 03/15/1996 - Marge Cook - Mother-in-Law My wife, Janis, & are both only children + we had an only child. Both sets of parents NEVER talked about death nor did we. It was a struggle with operations, hospital stays, heart attacks, extended poor health etc. Have a plan... stick to it... make decisions in your 30s to 60s and discuss them with your children or future caregivers. Don't put any demands on your children. Yes, you may end up in a nursing home so make the best of it. IF an in-home caregiver works for you... go with it! It worked for us for 2 years then one parent was in our home for a year and a half. Hospitals are not what you remember as a child. Locally we spent many a night sleeping in a chair or the second bed in a hospital room. The nurses & doctors treated us like 'gold'. If you have a parent in their 80s or 90s... they probably won't get much better health wise than what they are now. So let them eat that piece of pie or better yet, put some ice cream on it. Create memories... relive those good memories and forget the bad ones. Love on them as much as you can... If there is a bunch of 'garbage' in your or their past... give it up... let it go... Forgive... then forget... Please, please forgive... or you can't forget. Bottom Line... Be prepared... Be prepared... Be prepared... -Gary Behymer ('64) ~ located on the corner of Main & Canyon in downtown Colfax, WA... Home of the Codger Pole (;-) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) To: Julie Smyth Moss ('69wb) Re: thievery had to laugh when I read your entry... brought back memories of when my oldest daughter was 5 and we were living in Astoria, OR. we were stationed there while my first husband was in the Coast Guard. most of the townspeople knew most of the "coasties" and their families, so when we had gone into the drug store, the manager called us by name... Traci (who is now 39 years old!)wanted some candy... I had told her "no"... when we left the store, she had her hands behind her back... I asked her what she had and she showed me a handful of penny candy... I marched her right back into the store, found the manager and made her tell him what she had done. he could have handled it in so many different ways, but he scolded her, and loudly told her she could never come back into his store!!!!!!! she was crying so hard, I thought she wouldn't be able to get her breath, but I was so glad he handled it the way he did... too many times people in authority tend to tell little ones that "it's okay" and they never get the message! she still remembers her shoplifting nightmare! -Linda Reining ('64) ~ cool in Bakersfield, CA... by the time you read this, I'll be in Las Vegas with the bowling league and playing the slots that are calling my name! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Karen Upchurch Bowman ('66) For all these years I've wondered what happened to Yvonne Hoover, aka Edwards ('66WB). She was a great friend and way too fun to hang around with, and I miss her. Some of her good friends included Lynda Traeger ('66-RIP), Marilyn Thornton ('64-RIP), Janice Goodenow ('66), Karen Upchurch, and many more. If anyone has information about her, I'd sure like to know. My email's listed on the class of '66 roster. Thank you. -Karen Upchurch Bowman ('66) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: "carding" This isn't really a senior discount story but one of being "carded". After my discharge from the Army in 1977 I went to work for Drs. Pettee and Field. About every other month or so they took us out for lunch. We usually ended up at the then Hanford House so we could go through the buffet. One time the only table they had big enough for our large group was in the bar area. I was probably 28 or 29 but they "carded" me but didn't "card" the high school student we had along with us. I found out later the high schooler's mother worked there. The main reason they carded was because the doctors always ordered a bottle of champaign to go with lunch. I'm still told I don't look my age so I guess I should be happy. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacy, WA where it is a bit nippy this morning ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Robert Avant ('69) Re: Marley & Me As seen on the Drudge Report... Marley & Me tops "best seller list." -Robert Avant ('69) ~ Kirkland WA - "Where the Fidelistas meet to eat." ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Brad Upton ('74) Re: Pennywise Fire Okay, I think we've deduced that the Pennywise fire was between 1956 and 1959. Although Mike Davis ('74) would have been between the ages of 1 and 3-1/2, he did live within walking distance of Pennywise. I'll bet he started it. -Brad Upton ('74), who lived a lot closer, but was very well- behaved. You can ask my babysitter, Donna Bowers ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Deanna Lukins Wingart ('79) 2/26/2006 - Happy Birthday Debbie Lukins Lee ('78) Love from your sis (who is 2 years younger) -Deanna Lukins Wingart ('79) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Debbie Mefford Brackensick ('81) I was at the airport last night with my parents, Jim and Jeanette Duncan Mefford ('54), and my daughter-in-law to be, Kayla Wilkerson ('05), to pick up my son, Joe ('04). He had to fly in from Wyoming were he is attending school to attend a funeral tomorrow. When we got to the airport my mom introduced me to Norma Myrick Nunamaker ('54) and company. I had to write in and say what a wonderful thing these ladies our doing with "Operation Thank You". There were about 50 people there welcoming home a couple of our servicemen. It was so touching to see the look on these young men's faces when they got off the plane and walked in to see all these people cheering for them and saying thank you. It really brought tears to my eyes. So I just want to say thank you to Norma and company for all their hard work and to all the service men and women for all they do. I also wanted to say that my heart goes out to the family of Grady Wilkerson ('81-RIP). He was a wonderful man. Our prayers are with you all!! -Debbie Mefford Brackensick ('81) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/26/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Hiser ('49), Jim Jensen ('50), Doreen Hallenbeck ('51) Irl French ('51), Ray Hall ('57), Stephanie Dawson ('60) Mike Brady ('61), Dave Hanthorn ('63), Jim Hamilton ('63) Julie Alexander ('65), Betti Avant ('69), Mike Davis ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Debbie Lukins ('78) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Both of my girls "took candy" from the old Newberry's (the candy was located at the children's eye level) each at different times in their lives (when they were very young). The oldest one took hers back and the lady told her that she should never do that again - which she didn't. My youngest took hers back and the lady said, "Oh, honey, that's all right." I told the lady not to tell her it was all right but to explain to her that it was definitely wrong. She looked at me as if I had shot her. I tried to explain if she told her it was all right she would do it again and again. So she bawled her out properly. What is wrong with clerks to tell kids that's all right???? -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland - weather doesn't know what it is supposed to be doing. Nice days and cool nights - I can handle that. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) Re: Care giving I've found the recent accounts of care giving have left me with the distinct impression that Bombers have a high regard for their families, both the aging and the afflicted. What a departure from the "news-makers" episodes of self-indulgence, self-adoration and total disdain for the lasting values of life. Gary Behymer's ('64) posting of 5/25/06 hit the nail on the head. I see a great deal of planning and caring among many of my friends and acquaintances. It's heartwarming and it reaffirms my faith in the loving spirit of those who give so freely of their time and resources. I'm not much of a planner - I'm sorry to say. I tend to have things thrust upon me. In my family and extended family long illnesses preceding death have most often been the exception. Since moving to Texas in 1988, two care giving opportunities have arisen. About two years prior to my father's death (at age 91) his mobility and self-reliance began to decrease rapidly. We were fortunate that the house next door to us became available and dad chose to buy it. At about the same time my wife began to struggle mightily with emphysema and during one hospital stay was advised she had no more than six months to live. I stopped working and stayed home to care for dad and my wife. Dad's needs were fairly minimal. I drove him to doctor's appointments, shopping, church... and the like. Typically I would look in on him, visit with him, set up his meds, see that he ate decently and cleaned his place up. My son took care of the yard and maintenance. My wife and I spent more time together than any time since our honeymoon - grin - It was a delight to truly get to know her again. I can honestly say that from that first day until this day - these have been the happiest days of my life. Her six-month "death sentence" passed by over twelve years ago. For a very long time, except for emergency sessions in the hospital (once two months in re-hab), her needs were a lot like my dad's. She needed to be monitored more closely and her sustaining meds and equipment had to be watched carefully. The last three years have been extremely difficult for her and I have attended to nearly all of her needs. The love and bond between us has grown more and more precious as time passes. Twenty years ago I would have viewed the last thirteen years with dread and apprehension. Today it seems to me that those thirteen years have been too short and thirteen more would be a blessing. You're right, Gary. Care has great benefits - to the receiver, but more so to the giver. Bless all you care givers out there!!!!! -Jim Jensen ('50) ~ Katy, TX, y'all - where we are enjoying the longest, coolest, most enjoyable Spring since we moved here. "Spring" in Katy is typically 4-6 weeks around Feb - March. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter ('51) Re: Mailing Addresses If anyone knows of a new snail-mail address for any of the Class of '51 since our reunion five years ago, would you please send it to me. We're trying to get the word out about our class gathering at Club 40 this year. With the high cost of postage we're hoping to have as few as possible returned mailings. New e-mail addresses always welcomed. Appreciate any and all help. Thanks -Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter ('51) ~ Green Valley, AZ ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Irl French ('51) Re: Bryon Myers (Bys Burger fame) I had the pleasure today of having lunch with By Myers at his Workshop Tavern in Redmond, WA. Everything that will be said here has been approved by By. He is looking good and just as loud as ever. When the rest of the crowd discovered that I had worked for him in Kennewick and Richland they all came over to offer their sympathy and wanted to know if he was as hard at the time of my employment as he is now. There was enough bull going around that I could of have stayed all afternoon. He must be getting out of the restaurant business as he has just purchased, a while back, a 42 acre modular-home park between Seattle and Portland and has a waiting list. He has 4 (that right 4) boats. What size I have no idea, except the smallest is a 15 ft fishing boat. He said that the family will not let him take the big one out by himself. Everyone who knows By is aware that a couple of years ago he had to have some MAJOR surgery on one of his legs. He gets around so well that you would not know that one is not his. Everything was discussed. Even the shape of the building in Richland. -Irl French ('51) ~ in downtown Edmonds, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ray Hall ('57) Cal Welsch passed away recently. I think his service is tentatively scheduled for Monday, March 6th. Internment will take place 2:00 PM at Sunset Memorial Gardens, followed by memorial services at 3:00 PM at Central United Protestant Church. He was one of the old timers. I will miss him as I saw him at church in recent years. He will be missed, a very fair and caring person. Einan's Website -Ray Hall ('57) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60) Re: what happened to the Grocery store on the corner of Thayer and Williams. It was Campbell's grocery store, then Mayfair; not sure what happened after that. [Grocery Store burned down in '02.. nothing there now) At the time of the fire (overzealous 4th of July calibrators), the building was a Salvation Army thrift store and also held classes and provided various services to the community. SInce then the Salvation Army acquired the funds through donations, gifts, etc. to build a magnificent building that really classes up the old neighborhood. It is a combination church, classroom, maybe gymnasium and more. I have not been inside; maybe someone else can provide more information. Although I did not grow up in the old neighborhood, my husband and I raised our kids in a converted "A" house at 1508 Thayer 1978-1994. I heard that at one time both Danny Klepper ('60) and Jessie Willoughby ('60) lived there in one side or the other during the school years when I lived on McMurray and attended Jefferson/Chief Joe. -Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Tastee Freeze What about Tastee Freeze at the "bottom of the hill?" I loved their root beer freeze. Never tasted one since that compared. Re: Olympics How about those Olympics? I hate to see them come to an end, although, as far as network television is concerned, a prerequisite for participating is to be mourning your great, great, great, great grandparent who died of unknown cause in the 1700s. Needless to say, I get a little tired of their "human interest" stories. -Mike Brady ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dave Hanthorn (Gold Medal Class of '63) To: Roy Ballard ('63) Re: Denny Casto ('63) I haven't seen or heard from Denny since high school either. I think that maybe Tim ('62) or Maren ('63/'64) Smyth might have some idea where he is now. -Dave Hanthorn (GMC '63) There are 10 kinds of people, those that understand binary, and those that don't. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [I saw Denny registered on 3 or 4 years ago and sent him several emails. He never responded. I heard that his son works out at "the plant", but haven't been able to get ahold of him either. -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Hamilton (Gold Medal Class of '63) Re: Gathering at Pook's Bench on April 1st We are planning a gathering at Pook's bench at 1pm on Saturday, April 1st. The bench is in the vicinity of Anthony's Restaurant, which is near the now politically incorrect Indian Burial Grounds. As someone whose life Pook touched, we would like to invite you to spend a little time with other of his friends. After the gathering, we hope to adjourn to local watering hole for libations and Pook's stories. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at any time. Semper Bomberus jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton (Gold Medal Class of '63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Julie Alexander ('65) I am looking forward to be the next in line to move "back home". It will be an adventure! I will be in the "Three Rivers Area" on March 4th. Three Rivers? While I was in the Tri-Cities last weekend, my sister, Beth ('79), and I were amused to see it wasn't the Tri-Cities any more - or rather that there are those who would like it not to be. Does anyone think it will ever be anything except the Tri-Cities? I did notice on our high school crest that we have three rivers.... hmmmm.... Three Rivers instead of Tri-Cities... [The Snake, the Yakima, and the Columbia? Our Coat of Arms does appear to have 3 rivers -Maren] Re: Pennywise All of your stories are bringing back so many memories. Living in the 1400 block of Sanford, it was a big treat to walk "all" the way to Pennywise for penny candy. -Julie Alexander ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: That was an interesting map showing where Pennywise Drug and Campbell's Grocery sat. I could pan out and see my house at the corner of Torbett and Thayer. I remember the big area surrounding our back yard. They came through and put in property lines, but in those days the area was open with asphalt parking areas. Our back yard ended up small compared to some of our neighbors and it included a power pole and sewer hole. Our front yard also had a power pole with a street light. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Davis ('74) To: Brad Upton ('74) Re: Pennywise Fire Need I remind you that I was a Junior Fire Marshal? I got a badge! Ever think it might have started by the Sun reflecting off that head of yours? Re: Uptown Theater Balcony Use to be a Denny's up there. -Mike Davis ('74) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/27/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Nancy Riggs ('51), Wally Erickson ('53), Tom Tracy ('55) Connie Madron ('60), Rick Maddy ('67), Ken Staley ('68) Bruce Strand ('69), Kerry Steichen ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marilynn Working ('54) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Dick Roberts ('49) & Carol Tyner ('52) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Nancy Riggs Lawrence ('51) Jim Jensen ('50) could write the book on care giving, he is the quintessential care giver. What a beautiful tribute to your wife. -Nancy Riggs Lawrence ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) Re: Map of Richland showing where Campbell's (Mayfair) grocery store and Pennywise Drug were: This is an old picture, looks like it was taken before the above were built. Looking more closely, it looks like the concrete foundations for new homes across the street on Thayer. I'd like to bring to your attention the clump of trees (dark area) in the lower right hand corner of the picture. Those trees were behind an old house on Putnam St. that hadn't been torn down yet. During the summer of 1945 some of us went down there (short two blocks east from where we lived) and play in this old house. We called it the "haunted house" and would play "hide and seek", or cowboys (shoot 'em up stuff) in it. This house was next door to the Stratton's "A" house on Putnam. Lee Stratton (RIP '55) joined us most of the time. To: Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) You mentioned the aluminum "tax tokens"... I'd almost forgotten about those. My Mom got me started collecting old coins; so I was very interested in collecting those tax tokens. I put them on one of those chains (can't think of the right word) that clipped together at the end. Were they "ball chains"... I give up. Also, every now and then you would see one from another state; they were a colored plastic. I can see green, orange and other colors. I still have some of those tokens. You also mentioned the cinnamon for "dipping" wooden toothpicks in; forgotten about that one too. You were right, you had to purchase them at the pharmacy (otherwise they wouldn't be paid for) Re: Shoplifting I was often asked by parents to give their kid the "1,2,3" on why they shouldn't shoplift. I would take them into my office with the parent and make a "big" deal about it, and explain they could go to jail. Many times the parents thanked me. The last Supermarket I managed was in Bellevue, WA in the early '70s. I asked the parents after catching some kid stealing if I could put him, or her to work in the store cleaning. Every parent thought it was a great idea... I had their blessing. So, I would have "Johnny" with cleaning supplies wiping the front of the refrigerated cases. Their neighbors would be shopping in the store and ask "Johnny what are you doing here"? It was very embarrassing for them, I'm sure it had some affect. Probably can't do that today... with all these law suits going on. Just thought I would share. -Wally Erickson ('53) ~ Overcast in Coeur D'Alene area, but warming up. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tom Tracy ('55) Cal Welsch - Another Richland coach leaves us with good thoughts. I treasure memories of his kindness and generosity. He encouraged many to play basketball in church league and RHS cross country. I was grateful for the times he let me, an under-aged, under-sized grade school kid, work out with the older guys on our church basketball team when I was in 5th and 6th grade. He later became cross country coach and asked me to turn out for the long run. He said I should do it... it would be good for me and get me in shape for basketball. I declined due to the distance and lack of interest in running. I could see no future in being tired, until my Father reminded me that Cal Welsch had called him; Mr. Welsch was our friend and had permitted me to play basketball out of his generosity. Who would let a friend like that down? It would be shameful and disrespectful... and besides 'it would be good for me'. I'm glad for the semi-enforced decision to run for Cal's RHS Cross Country team. I got to take road trips with runners like Jim Morton ('56), Ron Holeman ('56), Kelsey Stage ('56-RIP), Dale Stone ('56), Alan Hammersmith ('56), Doug Cole ('56-RIP), George Smith ('54), Jim Fultz ('54), Mike Laybourn ('56), Mike Bradley ('56), Dave Bosso ('55), Ed Friswold ('55-RIP), and Cal Welsch. The legend of the green and gold cross runners from Bob Thomas, Wayne Fisher and others was perpetuated by Mr. Welsch's dedicated coaching. I will always be grateful for his persistence, his disciplined life, his love of athletics and his friendship. Coach Welsch made the two mile runs seem a bit shorter, he had a special way of helping runners feel they could do better than they thought they could. Those who ran for him in '54 and '55 will especially remember the good trips to Spokane and Lewiston. We got to ride with him in his new Plymouth...the one he went to Detroit to pick up as it rolled off the factory line. One can be assured that it was checked, inspected and investigated inside and out by our was his way with everything and he did it in such a respectful manner. I'm sure when they opened the gates at his new residence, they said, "Here comes Cal Welsch. You don't need to kick his tires or look under his hood. He's a cut above the ordinary; a classic, already approved for the new golden freeway." Best thoughts to his family. His work made a difference for a lot of us. -Tom Tracy ('55) ~ with cheers and greetings to all who ran the lawns, golf courses, cinder tracks, gravel pathways, highways and rugged surfaces for RHS Cross Country. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Connie Madron Hall ('60) Re: Calvin Welsch Calvin Welsch sang at our wedding 43 years ago. He had a bad cold that day, but the show went on. We paid him and the organist $5.00 each. The going rate for the minister, Rev. Homer Goddard of West Side United Protestant was $10.00. Since we were underage, we had punch and cake for our reception at the church. There was no charge. Quite a difference from the $30,000+ weddings of today!--not to mention that we are still married. Re: Care giving I have been a care giver for six years now. It is comforting to read in the Sandstorm from others going through the same thing. Sometimes I feel like I'm the only one in the world doing this. Of course, I do know better. We meet people all the time our age who are doing the same thing. While I am very, very busy, and have little or no time of my own, I get much pleasure from the experience and I will not have any guilt feelings when it is over. -Connie Madron Hall ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) My condolence to Kirk Welsch ('66) and the family on the loss of their father. In 1974, Ron Hansen ('67) and I went down to visit Kirk in Oakland, CA. Kirk, artist, chopper pilot (the motorcycle), Bomber cheerleader and wounded infantry veteran of the Vietnam War (Army), among other things, introduced me to red Dobermans. I immediately went home and found Rusty, the one and only dog I ever owned. A wonderful animal. I have never forgotten Kirk's hospitality while Ron and I searched for an apartment in Berkeley Oakland was a tough place in 1974, not that it still isn't. May your dad rest in peace. -Rick Maddy ('67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ken Staley ('68) To: Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60) The Campbells/Mayfair burned almost to the ground in '02. At the time, it was owned by the Salvation Army and was being used as their thrift outlet. The Salvation Army cleared the lot, true, but then constructed a beautiful headquarters building on the site. -Ken Staley ('68) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bruce Strand ('69) Re: JJ Newberry's Someone mentioned the old "JJ Newberry's" store. Remember the diner counter? When I was a kid my Dad took me there and I had my first banana split. Of course, the first was the best! Even after years of being an ice cream purveyor (Farrell's) that banana split at Newberry's was tops. -Bruce Strand ('69) ~ Tempe, AZ -- We're having rain gutters installed as our part of making it rain... We are at something like 131 days without "measurable precipitation." ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Kerry A. Steichen ('74) Re: I am looking for the Bomber European Lunch I am stationed in Europe for the next 6 months working and wondering if there is any scheduled Bomber Lunches. I am in Brussels with stops in Madrid, London and along one in Rome. Let me know if there are any such events, or if there are any stranded Bombers in Europe? I know we can do something different than Denny's, Pennywise or the Uptown. -Kerry A. Steichen ('74) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/28/06 - HAPPY MARDI GRAS Dateline: Gretna, LA - PARADE PERFECT weather - 75 & sunny ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 13 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Hiser ('49), Bill Berlin ('56), John Hodges ('58) James Johnson (60), Mary Judd ('60), Patti Mathis ('60) Gary Behymer ('64), David Rivers ('65), Betti Avant ('69) Barbara Maffei ('71), Brad Upton ('74), Terry Roberts ('74WB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lola Heidlebaugh ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) I remember the aluminum tokens well. Washington also had a green (evergreen state?) plastic token. I have several other tokens - the only one I can remember right off hand are the red ones that Colorado had. Our state tax was 1/3 of a cent - so you would get two back when you bought something (8 percent plus now!!). I also remember when kids used to go to the movies and only had enough for a candy bar/popcorn - but no tokens. My mother used to buy about 6 when we went to the movies and would give them out to the kids who had only enough to buy the candy bars/popcorn, etc. I always felt so sorry for those who had no tokens. -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland - rained last night. Hooray! (Rained enough to mess up the windshield!) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Fran Rish I was not one of the Col Hi "big guys" but I did take swimming and PE from Coach Rish and was always impressed with the way he treated all of us, "big guys" and "little guys". I remember he stopped by our house to talk to my Dad one Saturday and was offered an adult beverage. Coach asked if the boys [my brother and I] were around and when my Dad said we were, Coach had a Coke. I don't think it was an ego/image thing with him so much as doing the right thing. Richland was very fortunate to have him as a coach and a resident for all of those years. I forgot, I took golf from him as well. Re: Getting Carded The Mother of all carding, so to speak, came a year or so ago when we were traveling in British Columbia with my Mom, who was aged 94 or 95 at the time. When I asked the Toll Booth attendant for a Senior Discount for my Mom and she wanted to see her ID. Carded at 94. How cool is that. Actually, you have to be a BC resident to get a Senior discount on the BC Ferries and that is what the attendant wanted to see. Re: Marvel Morgan A couple of other geniuses of my youth and I decided to "boost" some sunglasses from Morgan Drugs and we got away with it. It really bothered me so rather than take the rath of my Dad, I returned them to Marvel. He admonished me, told me about the added cost of selling things due to shoplifting and then bought me a Green River. Later I paid a visit to him at the Marvel Morgan Drugs in Lynnwood and we laughed over that incident. I did not rat the other guys out but they too returned them when I told them what I did. They got the same treatment from Marvel and it is a lesson learned for a lifetime. Re: Campbell Foods I worked several summers at Campbell's #1 in South Richland and from time to time a couple of us were "designated" to work in other Campbell stores. Both Larry Anderson and I learned to be checkers if more help was needed and that got us into the rotation. I can't remember the manager's name but he and his two sons were body builders and very strong. I was a 97 pound weakling so they let me lift the 100 pound bags of potatoes off the truck and I got much stronger, much quicker. They were great to work for and it was an enjoyable experience. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ in Anacortes, WA where I am still in a wheelchair after foot surgery. I will be ready for Club 40 and the Class of 1956 reunion. Dave Priebe, DDS ('57) and wife Norma are enjoying their new house here. I have not seen it yet as I don't think it is ADA compliant. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. From: John Hodges ('58) POSTED: Monday 02/27/2006 7:30:21pm COMMENTS: Howdy. -John Hodges ('58) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: James Johnson (60) Re: Bomber Economist in the news Richard Sutch ('60), of the "Richland School of Economics," professor at the University of California Riverside, was cited in a recent NYT article. Following is the link to the article: -James Johnson (60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mary Judd Hinz ('60) Re: Unusual Couple For the past several weeks, we have been watching a Canadian goose and what appears to be a domestic white goose here on the Yakima River in West Richland. The white goose acts very dominant, and we assume he is the male. He has an orange bill and feet and is slightly darker in the rear. He seems to fly as well as his wild partner and acts just like a wild goose. Is it possible that he could be a domestic goose? They certainly make a strange looking pair. Do we have any Bombers who are wildlife experts? I thought maybe George "Pappy" Swan ('59) would be able to enlighten us. -Mary Judd Hinz ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) To: Connie Madron Hall ('60) Sorry to hear of your struggles. i have not yet had to deal with that as my dad is still quite chipper, so he is my mom's care giver. I try to help when he will let me, but he is pretty stubborn. Re: J.J. Newberry's What memories. They had the best hot dogs in town, bar none. they would roll on those roller things and come out just right. They also had a cigarette machine right by the entrance, where I bought my first pack of smokes, Pall Mall UNfiltered *LOL* -Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: "Just In Case" The following is from a sweet young lady, sitting near the front of Mrs. Linn's (Chief Jo), homeroom class, next to Margaret Weeks & Barbara Gast...the year is 1957-1958... Hi Gary--my father-in-law, Rueben Knirck, was talking about his years working at B and N reactors. He said there was a poem posted all over, kind of tongue in cheek, called "Just In Case," about all the issues having to do with running a nuclear plant. He would like to see if anyone else remembers that or has a copy. Can you help? Gary Behymer ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Stuff Hmmmmmmmm, been thinking about Jimbeaux's ('63) problems with not being carded for the Sr. discount... then read Dave Hanthorn's ('63) joinder... reminded me of a time when the '65ers were having their normal Sunday breakfast at the DI... I think we were in our early 50s. We were relegated to having breakfast there when Brian Johnson's ('65) kids started playing semi-pro ball in grade school I think... (he says we can start coming over to his house again for breakfasts but he didn't invite us last year so I doubt if he was serious)... so there we were... 6-8 of us... all in our prime... youngest looking one there was probably Laura Parker ('65)... The young waitress asked if any of us were eligible for the Sr. Discount... being the honest Richland Grads we were all but one said "no"... the only one to immediately say "yes" was Lyman Powell ('65)... good Christ the King alum that he is... (Harrah ('65) and Parker went there too so no excuses for Powell)... we were merciless in our teasing about his being the only kid we know who still has the first dime he ever got from the tooth fairy and every other cent he's ever received since... I won't say Powell's cheap... why won't I? Of course he's cheap... I have lots of stories to prove it... the breakfast was half price with the discount and it was just too much for him... he finally gave it to Keeney ('65) tho we embarrassed him so badly... This January when a bunch of guys and I went to the Grand National roadster show... Maddy ('67) joined us... we all got Sr. Discounts except Rick... he didn't even ask... So I got my ticket for the April 1st Pook ('63-RIP) Bench trip... how come the Indian Burial Grounds are politically incorrect? I could have family in there... gee... been politically incorrect all my life and I guess things ain't changing real soon... Hope to see a bunch of folks at this gathering... I hadda miss the Baywatch trip and I've been sorry I did ever since... tho Mary Lou Watkins ('63) was kind enough to send me some of the tattoos Ellen W. ('63) had made... they are very cool... So let's meet on the group W bench and walk the dike to Anthony's... do I know where Anthony's is? Not sure I do... -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: "A" house To: Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60) Stephanie--You were talking about raising your family in a converted "A" house at 1508 Thayer. The people who converted it originally were the Bowers family. He was in school administration and one of their daughter's was my best friend in grade school after they moved into the neighborhood. She had, I believe, 2 older brothers and an older sister and 2 younger sisters and a younger brother. It was at that house I learned to pick on the piano. I was taking violin lessons at Jason Lee and they had a piano. I asked her where "middle C" was and from there I could figure things out a bit. I took lessons starting a year or so later. They moved to I believe Arlington, WA after our sophomore year. My oldest niece, Sarah Avant ('94), while in school had friends living in our old "B" house. She didn't know until several years later that was the house her dad and I grew up in. Such a small world Richland was when things like that occur. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA - where the rains have returned and the frogs in the pond across the parking lot keep me awake at night ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Barbara Maffei Walker ('71) Re: J.J. Newberry's I worked behind the counter the summer after I graduated. It closed soon after. It was a lot of fun. I used to ride my bike there and back. Those were the days... -Barbara Maffei Walker ('71) ~ Tucson, Az - where it hasn't rained for a long time either but we do live in the desert. We're not supposed to get that much!!! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Brad Upton ('74) To: Kerry A. Steichen ('74) Kerry, whenever I'm traveling around the world, I just mention that I know Mike Davis ('74) and soon I have a lot of people that want to hang around me. Give it a shot--works every time! -Brad Upton ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Terry Roberts ('74WB) To: The webmaster at: Hey, thank you so much for the info on Densow's Drug Store. My family moved to a Prefab on Willard, just a couple of blocks away from Densow's in the summer of '69. I was 13 years old. I bought my first copy Writer's Digest there, and made countless candy stops as well. In later years, before my parents passed away, I would often pick up prescriptions for them there, and the staff would always ask how my folks were doing. Anyway, thanks for the old pics, and the memories as well. Sincerely, Terry Roberts ('74WB) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` January, 2006 ~ March, 2006