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16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Richland Bombers Calendar website Funeral Notices website *********************************************** *********************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/01/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Shirley Rae Drury ('51), Margo Heiling ('57) Pappy Swan ('59), Derrith Persons ('60) David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ellen Foley ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Don Llewellyn ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carolyn Roe ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Roberta Lawrence ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Michael Furner ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kerry A. Steichen ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) Re: Memories stirred by grade school photos This 1st item below is the misleading official looking piece that came into my mailbox very shortly after I'd registered with the Sandstorm three or four days ago. Thanks to Virginia Poe Morrison ('51), who told me about the Sandstorm web site. The 2nd item that follows is what appears when one opens the link into that fake [RHS] archive. I didn't log in, but clicked on the link {link deleted so nobody will go there.] which had said, "To learn more about Alumni Archive click the link below:" {IF you want to see what the "fake" email looks like, go to and click on the link at the top of the page. -Maren] By the way, Columbia High School was the name from 1949 through at least 1951. 1951's was the last class to go to grade school for 8th grade. My family came from Boise, Idaho, to Kennewick where we (Dad, Mom and brother Larry ('57) lived in my Great Uncle Henry Kramer's fruit packing shed, which had one bedroom and a kitchen area, with an outhouse outside under some trees. There was no housing yet available in Richland. I went to 5th grade in Kennewick, riding a bus into town where school was held in a large square two-story building near where Kennewick HS is today. It later became the district bus barn. Henry Miller's ('51) family were our neighbors in rural Kennewick and later in the Lewis & Clark district. Henry's mom and mine were best of friends until Lou's untimely death in an car accident. We finally got to move to an A house in Richland, 1429 Kimball, where we made great friends with the neighbors. I attended Sacajawea for a few months. I remember being ridiculed by a particularly snooty girl and her hangers-on who were fueled that I wore long brown stockings (a la Idaho). My mother made me wear them because that had been winter wear in Idaho and was okay in Kennewick. It was very painful--my first experience of being an alienated outsider. From there we moved south to Lewis & Clark district into a B house at 220 Douglass. My favorite part of the school day was when Mrs. Baudendistle read aloud to us from wonderful books. The girls at Lewis and Clark were very nice, not like those 2 or 3 at Sacajawea. By the way, the older white-haired lady in the class photos from L&C beside Mr. Carlson (I think) was the main office person, not a teacher. I may be wrong, though. The grade school photos inspired these old memories. Thanks for stirring them. -Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Margo Heiling Barron ('57) To: the Class of '57 It's time to think about our 50th reunion. If you can make it, let's meet on Wednesday, June 14, 7:00 p.m., at the Richland Community Center at Howard Amon Park in Richland to discuss PLANNING, etc. If you know of anyone else in the local area who would be interested in attending, please let them know. I'll bring copies of the current class address list for everyone. Sandy Denberger Koontz and I anticipate our reunion would be in conjunction with the Club 40 held the first week end after Labor Day in September of 2007. The meeting should take less than an hour unless people want to stay and visit. -Margo Heiling Barron (Class of '57 Ahead of our Time) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE WIGGLY To: Jeff Michael's ('65) There is an old saying, "Non Vas Startum Yer Carberator!" ... or something like that. I think it means something like, "Don't let the buggers grind you down!" Anyway that's close enough to get the idea. If you dare enough, to send in your very best ... intentions, ye shall receive responses ... good ones and bad ones. It happens to me too. Fortunately, by now, the good ones, by far, outnumber the bad ones -- so that keeps me keepin' on. Hang in there buddy! And keep on sending in your writings. I like your stuff. To: Betti Avant ('69) Re: EEA-51 DEAL! And the elves said, "Cool!" Oh, Bogart says thanks, he likes it here and he and Lowiq are healed but achin' to get back up there, whatever that means. I hate to contemplate. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where the weather is great but almost too hot for me to work in the yard. So, that gives Darby and I the excuse to just sit in the shade and keep an eye on the elves and consider more intellectual endeavors ... like whatever happened to those giant earthworms (two to three feet long) that used to roam the Palouse Prairie? We sit here with the elves studying an email from my friend, David Mansfield ('59), alerting us about the plight of the big wigglers and some downloads that I searched as a result of that email. Supposedly nearing extinction or thought by some to already be there, one of the Herculean worms was discovered recently (thought to be heading this way). I ponder the possibilities that the giant worms could provide, like "Thar's a whole fishin' trip's worth of bait there in one worm," or that they were "known to burrow as deep as 15 feet," could it be that they, and not Bill Byrd ('59) and I, were responsible for the drainage and drying up of Kahlotus Lake? Then, I notice that Lowkey is highly interested in the natural history part as Lowiq and Bogart are busily conversing and I pick up bits of their conversation pertaining to, "...aerial reconnaissance...," "...close air support...," and "protective measures." Darby, holds her paw over her eyes, mine roll, and I ... groan. Shoot! Now, it's cloudin' up and lookin' like rain. Oh well, maybe that's good as the irrigation water has been off since the big storm toppled over a guys tree and the roots pulled up and broke the line, and the puddle dried up. Hmmm, sounds like a country/ western song. Oh, a PS: --And To: Those who have yet to run away screaming in person, those who missed the puddle pictures of a couple years ago, and those who have written and asked, "What do you look like now?" At the risk of frightening small children and grandchildren of Bombers everywhere, you asked for it -- See the wanted poster picture at: **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Derrith Persons Dean ('60) Re: Bomber Lunches Its that time again!! No reservations needed!! What? - Lunch - what else?? Who? - Class of '60 When? - Saturday, June 3rd Time? - 11:30 am Where? - 3 Margaritas, 627 Jadwin, Richland Come on. . . . lets talk! classmate, -Derrith Persons Dean ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Oh I wish I wuz standing next to this birthday girl Buuuuuuuuuuut... I am doing the next best thing... I am sitting here in a great Hawaiian (more like So-Cal) shirt that would make her husband just drool... .I was on the Central Coast this week end doing the Paso show then just Vegin' at Moro Bay and ran across four of the most outrageous shirts I've seen in a while... now I know this Gold Medal Chick must be way impressed by us Surfer dudes in our great surfer shirts because her boy has some of the best looking ones I've seen... so of course I said gee whiz... next time I see her I'll be sportin' one of these great shirts and her little heart will do a little flip flop... then I realized who I was talkin' about and who my competition was and decided just to be satisfied to be allowed to sit at the big kid's table with the Gold Medal kids so I'll just try out my new shirts on some of the younger chicks... say you... yes you over there... like my new shirt? Don't I look just like the Birthday girl's hubby????? No? Oh poop... guess I'll just hafta be happy being me and wishing CAROLINE ROE DEJ0NG ('63) HAPPY BIRTHDAY ON 6/1/06!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/02/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Anna May Wann ('49), Jim Jensen ('50) Helen Cross Kirk ('62), Charlotte Nugent ('64) Gary Behymer ('64), Steve Tinkham ('89) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rick Reed ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry Felder ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gloria Minard ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lori Simpson ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) Just heard from Frank Lennebacker Ruitenbeck ('49) that another of our classmates has passed away Pat Rutt Kinzig ('49) died May 2nd from a massive heart attack. She lived in Yakima. -Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) Re: Memories It was good to see a posting from Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) in the Alumni Sandstorm of 6-1-06. Shirley might remember that during the school year 1949-50 we worked on the Col-Hi Sandstorm together. On one occasion it was our turn to take all of the copy for a Sandstorm edition to the printer in Kennewick. We had to linger in the shop while the printer did his thing with his Line-O-Type. We proofed the galleys, wrote little tid- bits to be used as fillers and were then allowed to go home. It was an interesting experience and Shirley was a delightful partner in the effort. Bomber Cheers, Shirley!!! -Jim Jensen ('50) ~ from wringin' wet Katy, TX **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Greetings from beautiful Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho where we are lucky enough to be spending time with friends at their cabin at this peaceful place. We traveled between Brewster and Richland a bit. And I tried to enjoy the beauty of it all amidst some in-law tension... I have enjoyed visiting old, dear friends such as Harry and Jimmy Walker who were visiting their mother, Elsie Walker on Olympia St. And sweet Elsie made us some fresh cookies, at the tender age of 93. I hope I can be as nice as she is when I reach her age, but she has always been nice and levelheaded... I also got to visit Mel and Eleanor Finkbeiner and Lorraine and Larry Riggs who all are doing well living in their own homes at advanced ages too. Now we are starting to travel back with a chance that we will be visiting this fair state more this year. So Indiana here we come.... -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ enjoying another big (not little) lake. My son tells me the cats are fine at home. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Charlotte Nugent ('64) My grandson was born seven weeks early so I was here sooner than expected and was able to go to Sunset Memorial Cemetery on Memorial Day with my son and three older grandchildren. It was amazing to see the display of flags. My grandson asked me how long they would be up and I told him that it would probably be through July 4th since they were so beautiful. As it turned out, I went up the next day since I had to find out about what I would need to do to sell my mother's space and all the flags were down by noon. The caretaker told me they display over 800 flags but since they do not have lights installed to shine on them at night, they take them down early on Tuesday. If you have not had the opportunity to be there on Memorial Day, you might want to think about putting that on your calendar for next year. It was truly remarkable. I also had the opportunity to attend the luncheon for the '63/'64 women at the Spudnut shop. It was enjoyable to sit and to spend an hour with such a nice group. I understand many graduates are returning to this area and it is not hard to know why. There is a special hospitality here. Maren, thanks for the time you take to send these messages out every day. -Charlotte Nugent ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Atomic Heritage Foundation - Thursday, June 15, 2006, starts a long weekend of Manhattan Project and Secret City Festival events at Oak Ridge, TN. -Gary Behymer ('64) ~ Colfax, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. From: Steve Tinkham ('89) Wednesday 05/31/2006 11:35:46pm COMMENTS: None -Steve Tinkham ('89) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Bob Lyall ('49) ~ 12/21/30 - 5/25/06 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/03/06 It was the 3rd of June, another sleepy, dusty, delta day... ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Ken Ely ('49), Pappy Swan ('59) Mary Judd ('60), Mike Neidhold ('77) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mick Mikulecky ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan Vandenberg ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ken Ely ('49) To: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) I did not know Frank Lennebacker but I do know his sister (?) Fran ('49). So sorry to hear about Bob Lyall ('49-RIP). My thoughts and prayers go to his family. -Ken Ely ('49) ~ Orangevale, CA where it's starting to heat up **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Just what is under those tarps? We awoke early, that still before daylight, morning ... all three of us. I think that I have mentioned before that I sleep like a sandwich. Darby is always stretched out on one side and Murphy on the other, both tucked tightly against their corpulent compadre'. If I feel the need to turn over, it is a bit like twisting a hot dog in a bun. Anyway, all three of us popped awake, sat up and looked at each other. I could hear a faint chant. Listening very carefully, even my seasoned ears began to pick up the words, "We launch at dawn! We launch at dawn! We..." Something's up! Grabbing my Copenhagen can from the night stand, I tucked a pinch between cheek and gum as I raced into the kitchen and pressed the brew button (on the coffee pot). I still know what's important and where my priorities lie. I dressed hurriedly, poured a large cup of early morning jolt and headed out the front door, led by Darby and followed by Murphy. Rounding the big rose bush (long in need of a trim), we were brought up short by the panorama within dawn's early light. The tarps had finally come off. Only, during the night, two tarps had become one. There, in the now full puddle, sat in all it's glory, a scale mockup of an aircraft carrier flight deck, complete with superstructure. Steam rose from the stack in the coolness of the morning. Brightly colored pennants fluttered in the light breeze and a tiny "Old Glory" wafted from the staff on the fantail, over the ship's name, "USS PAPPY." Wiping a moist eye and clearing my throat, I was overcome (and not just from the dust I had stirred up the day before while chipping dry branches from the aftermath of the mini-hurricane that had blown through a while back). On the aft portion of the flight deck sat an absolutely amazing scale model of a Grumman F-14 Tomcat. It was all beginning to make sense now. You may recall that while Lowiq and Bogart were at the Lacey Pond Frog Races, a stack of lumber, some assorted boxes, and a wooden crate had appeared near the puddle, in my driveway. It is my firm belief that I have Derrith Persons Dean ('60) to thank for this current Elf Escapade. She sent to me, an intriguing video of a scale model, radio-controlled Tomcat going through the whole gamut of lighting up, taxiing out, the takeoff role, flying with wings swept and unswept, and finally the landing and taxiing back to the flight line. "Ahhhoooh!" Really cool stuff! Apparently, Lowiq thought so too! I now understand why that video is often left on my computer screen and my "Top Gun" DVD is often still in the player. It had to be Lowiq because Darby and Murphy are into flying birds but of a different feather. And, Mrs. Pappy has not been viewing them because a whole bunch of years ago, when I was trying to convince Mrs. Pappy that I was a reasonably "Fair Catch," I took her flying. I rented a Cessna 172 and took her on a flight around the Tri-Cities and vicinity. Upon landing, I had to request help in prying her white knuckled grip loose and extract her from the cockpit. Mrs. Pappy is not really into flying ... but she married me anyway. Even now, when we travel by commercial airlines, she demands the window seat ... and then immediately falls asleep leaving me to enjoy the seat in front of me, the cabin ceiling, or the crying kid across the isle. But I digress. Sitting on the flight deck, with the wheel of the front landing gear positioned on the catapult, the Tomcat was astoundingly beautiful in all of it's silver glory, an image rendered even more moving by the blaring of the theme song from "Top Gun," of "I flew through the danger zone" coming from the little speakers mounted on the superstructure. Elves in little brightly colored jerseys and helmets scurried about, readying the aircraft for takeoff. Darby, Murphy and I moved closer, but off to the side of the carrier mockup, as the engines were running on the little plane. Keepsie, leaning out of the flight control center, high above the deck, gave a "thumbs-up signal" to Lowkey, clad in bright yellow, who turned to face the little plane and signaled for it to "run 'er up." More of my suspicions were confirmed as I read the "call signs" labeling the helmets over the faces of the plane's crew. In the pilot's seat, up front, was "Chaos" and in the rear was "Get 'er done." Lowiq was in the front seat and Bogart in the rear. Both smiled at us and pulled their face shields down, probably so I could no longer look them in the eye. Lowkey continued to twirl his index finger in a vertical circle until Lowiq had the throttle wide open. Then, he turned to look at Lowkey and rendered a snappy salute. Lowkey, with great dramatic emphasis, dropped, leaned, and stretched out, pointing down the deck. Keepsie tripped the catapult, made from linked bicycle inner tubes. Now, I know the answer to yet another riddle also! All kids of the neighborhood have been complaining about their bicycle tubes disappearing and a note left on the tire reading, "Thank you for your contribution to the advancement of science and adventure." TO BE CONTINUED -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Reporting live from EEA-51, Burbank, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Judd Hinz ('60) Re: Sunset Memorial Cemetery on Memorial Day To: Charlotte Nugent ('64) This picture can't begin to capture the impressive sight of all the flags at the Richland Cemetery on Memorial Day. I knew that the flags were only displayed for one day, but I had no idea there were over 800 of them. -Mary Judd Hinz ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Neidhold ('77) Hello to all Bombers! Some of you may remember my dad, Jerry Neidhold ('49-Rip), who taught most of this Bomber community how to drive... "Hello Enians" As most of you know my dad passed away in 1997. You also know that my father was a member of the class of 1949 and was a true Bomber all the way to the end. The Bomber Football coaching staff is having a golf tournament is my father's memory and we encourage all Bomber alumni to attend our tournament. Here is the info... WHAT: JERRY NEIDHOLD BOMBER GOLF CLASSIC WHEN: June 17th 8:00 am Shotgun Start WHERE: Horn Rapids Golf Course COST: Entry Fee is $75.00 each... $300 for 4 person team Tee and Green Sponsorships are available for $100 each Entry fee includes 18 holes of golf, a cart, steak lunch after the round, and a tournament t-shirt. Prizes include... Long drive on hole #5, longest "wayward" drive on hole #5, closest to the pin on Hole #17, and a raffle after lunch. Send entries and any questions or if you need any additional info to me. One more thing...if Mike Davis ('74) enters the tourney, he will win because he is the greatest Bomber ever...and Brad Upton ('74) must wear a hat.... -Mike Neidhold ('77) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/04/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Laura Dean Kirby ('55), Nola Davey ('56) Pappy Swan ('59), Bob Cross ('62) Linda Reining ('64), Patti McLaughlin ('65) Sandra Vandenberg ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joe Wood ('48) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Helen Cross ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Heather Ryanne ('92) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) Re: Missing Sandstorm 6/3/06 There was nothing in my Inbox today. NOTHING. I can always depend on Sandstorm, but not today. Do I have a problem? -Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [AOL bounced EVERY Sandstorm on 6/3/06. They bounced everybody on 5/18/06 for the same reason as yesterday and that only lasted 1 day, so we can hope AOL will put your Sandstorm in your inbox today. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nola Davey Meichle ('56) If anyone knows the whereabouts of Andrea Bennett Miller ('58), I would like to get in touch with her. -Nola Davey Meichle ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) FINALLY ... A CONCLUSION OF THE TANTALIZING TARP TALE Re: So, that's what was under those tarps! The Tomcat lurched forward and down the deck with a roar. "Chaos" and "Get 'er done" were snapped back into their seats. At the end of the flight deck, Lowiq hauled back on the stick and climbed toward the angels with a slow vertical roll. and then began an inside loop, coming back down toward the puddle, rolling level with wings swept. Over the intercom, we heard Lowiq's request for a flyby. "Negative, Chaos, the pattern is full!" Keepsie responded. "Full?" "We're the only ones up here!" Lowiq shot back as an airliner on long final for Pasco passed right behind him. Again Keepsie replied, "I say again, Chaos" -- "Negative, the pattern is full of curious tweety birds and waterfowl flying in to see what's going on." "Ha ha ha!" Lowiq answered in his best Tom Cruise impersonation. And then, there they came, zooming in just over "Little Ricky" and Mrs. Pappy's Chevy Lumina, leveling out at about four feet of altitude and passing next to "the ship" as every one of us (elves, dogs, cats, and myself) dove for cover or hit the deck. At the end of the driveway, just short of the street, Lowiq climbed over the guy's van, who delivers the morning paper. "Chaos" and "Get 'er Done" then proceeded to fly low level, on an impromptu slalom course through the neighborhood. That storm mentioned earlier, had left a number of trees down, which just encouraged Lowiq to thread the needle. Like a little silver projectile, the Tomcat flew in and out, up and down, around and over the trees of Burbank Washington. Dogs began to howl and bark while, crouching cats, with upturned eyes ... screeched (Darby and Murphy, used to this sort of thing just shrugged and watched the show), and sleepy-eyed people began emerging from their homes and looking about. Taking the cue, "Chaos" rolled out on the next run and banked over to the Burbank Sloughs. The whole crowd of wee people, one not so wee, a dog, and a cat ran to the fence at the edge of the wildlife refuge and gaped as the Tomcat streaked up into the sky, banked around and lined up on a dead tree. Then the flight crew, "Chaos" and "Get 'er Done" did just what I was afraid was coming. Reminiscent of a miniature display of a Larry Mattingly ('61) "Happiness Show," the little Tomcat created a "Sky In Bloom." They fired very tiny models of Phoenix and Sparrow missiles, then switched to the little Vulcan rotary cannon. The tree disappeared in a flashing cloud of smoke. As the Tomcat performed a rolling climb-out, it released a series of antimissile flares. "Oh boy!" That was all I could think. As the sirens and flashing lights descended on the refuge to put out the fire, the little renegade Tomcat approached the puddle. Dropping in over the roof of my house, Lowiq dropped his tail-hook, cut power, and flared. Thankfully, his trap was good, catching the second wire. Had he bolted and had to go around again, I am most sure that the little jet would have been detected. Lowiq and Bogart shut down, jumped out of the plane, and disappeared. We got everything covered once more with the tarp and the rest of the elves faded into the shrubbery just as people began wondering by inquiring if I had seen or heard anything, what was all the noise and sirens about, and if I had seen any bicycle inner-tubes around? -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Signing off and remaining very quiet while looking for two rascally elves from EEA-51, Burbank, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Cross ('62) I would like to wish my very special and much traveled cousin, Helen Cross Kirk ('62), a very happy birthday!! -Bob Cross ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) Maren, did AOL bounce the Sandstorm this morning(Saturday, June 3rd)? wasn't in my mail---had to go to the site to read it. thank goodness we have that site, cause I just can't start my morning, right, without reading the Sandstorm! *grin* to:George("Pappy")Swan(59) WHEN are you going to start getting these stories published?????? am so anxious to actually "see" the elves and all their adventures in a book with illustrations!!!!! come on, get with it! *grin* Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of 64)......90's in Bakersfield, CA., and I am perfectly content to sit inside, with the ceiling fan on HIGH, the a/c at 78 degrees, and drinking my Diet Rite. *grin* **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti McLaughlin Cleavenger ('65) Re: A sad loss I am sorry to report another sad loss. Ray Stein's ('64) mother (and Judy's ('71) and Dave's ('61) and Gerry's ('66)) died unexpectedly earlier this week. Dorothy was great lady who always had a joke to tell and took all the adversity sent her way with good spirits. She raised a fine, productive family who will miss this matriarch of 90 years. -Patti McLaughlin Cleavenger ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sandra Vandenberg Jeans ('66) Can anybody tell me what color our graduation robes were in '66. I don't remember if we had those fancy colors the kids get these days. My memory has faded.. -Sandra Vandenberg Jeans ('66) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/05/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Lora Homme ('60), Marilyn Swan ('63) Shirley Collings ('66), Rick Valentine ('68) Vicki Owens ('72), Brad Upton ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Richard Rushworth ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lora Homme Page ('60) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: The Tarp So that's what they were doing! I was going to guess a sailing ship to sail the seven seas; well, the puddle. Silly me, nothing so Disneyland for these little guys, I should have known better. A full fledged aircraft carrier complete with aircraft... my! They don't happen to have a "bomber" on there do they? -Lora Homme Page ('60) ~ Still in Kennewick where we had a very short, very hot summer then went right into the rainy season. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) Re: Passing of another Bomber mom, Char Hutchinson Just wanted to let everyone who might have known Leslie Hutchinson Byrne ('63), Dean Hutchinson ('61), & younger sister Jan Hutchinson (sorry, Jan, I can't remember what year that you graduated), that their mother Char Hutchinson passed away in Idaho on May 30th. Les wrote me that her mother had been in failing health for some time. Leslie and I have been life long friends since kindergarten and Char was a dear "mom" to all of us who hung out at her house back in the '50s & '60s. Leslie wrote that they were having services for Char on Tuesday at Central United Protestant Church. Char worked at The Bon Marche for many years and many of you may remember her from her years there. -Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) To: Sandra Vandenberg Jeans ('66) Re: Color of '66 Graduation Robes? The girls wore white and the boys wore blue, Sandy. Nothing at all like the school colors of today. Hope to see you at our reunion in a few weeks! -Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Valentine ('68) Re: Memorial Day Flags Fairmont Memorial Park in Spokane also has a program where you can donate flags for Veterans. They now have over 2100 flags, my dad's and my uncle's flags are among the flags that are there. The flags are named and numbered and are put out in the same location every year so you can find them. Fairmont puts the flags out during the week prior to Memorial Day and takes them down during the week following Memorial Day, so the flags are up for about a week. It has become an awesome site as the number of flags has grown through the years. -Rick Valentine ('68) ~ Spokane, WA where it is raining again today... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vicki Owens ('72) To: Sandra Vandenberg Jeans ('66) I'm guessing that your graduation gowns were the traditional blue for the boys and white for the girls in 1966. It was the class of '72 that decided to splash graduation with school spirit; the boys wore green and the girls gold. -Vicki Owens ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74: The Class with the Greatest Bomber Ever) What?! Mike Neidhold ('77) is making comments about my receded hairline?! I believe I recall seeing a very large forehead on Mike the last time I saw him. Mike, are you sporting a hair piece these days? I'll bet it looks great... they always do. -Brad Upton ('74: The Class with the Greatest Bomber Ever) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/06/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Bonnie Allen ('59), Betti Avant ('69), Mike Davis ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Thomas Fraser ('78) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bonnie Allen ('59) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) George-- Thank you for yet another thriller! I love them and can't wait for the next! -Bonnie Allen ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) To: Vicki Owens ('72) My brother Howard ('72-RIP) was a member of your class. It seems you guys not only went with green and gold gowns but you were able to keep your gown. It was made of some kind of different material than in years past I'm guessing to make it not usable by someone else. For years Howard's hung in a closet at our Mother's mobile home. I'm not sure whatever happened to it after Mom moved to South Dakota. I always wondered why they went with the blue and white? Anyone know? -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Davis ('74) To: Mike Neidhold ('77) and Brad Upton ('74) (charter members of "The Yul Brenner Admiration Society" Boys, this is not the forum to argue hair, or lack of it! Take it to "Hair Club For Men." They are looking for a spokesman. Full Head Always, -Mike Davis ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/07/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Bell ('51), Marilyn De Vine ('52), Brad Upton ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marguerite Groff ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Laurie Hutton ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) Larry Bunch and his (approximately) 18 piece band Swing Unlimited is putting on a FREE 2-hour concert Sunday, June 11 from 3:00 to 5:00pm on the patio behind the Richland Community Center, for listening or dancing! There will be plenty of easy wheel-chair and walker access. Please bring your own blankets and/or chairs as we are not sure if any picnic tables will be in the area. Bring your own picnic dinner if you want, or Art and Chrissie's FOR FUN, FOR FUN food cart (the one across from the Federal Building, during the week) will be there with hot dogs, etc. This event is sponsored by the Richland Seniors Association and the City of Richland. It should be a fun time for all! Hope you can join us. If you have questions, please feel free to call me at 946-5385. -Betty Bell Norton ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn De Vine ('52) Ladies of '52: The other day, over lunch with Bert (Roberta Adkins) Shipman, we got to talking about how long it's been since the "Ladies of 52" were together for lunch. Anybody out there want to remedy the situation? How about Friday, June 24th, during Cool Desert Nights? Lots of people come to town for that event, so we'd maybe have a chance to see some of the ladies we haven't seen for a long time. I'm not sure who used to organize this Lunch, but Bert and I would be willing to spearhead the event, make reservations, etc. if there is sufficient interest. Let us know. -M. De Vine ('52) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) To: Mike Davis ('74) Yes Mike, you still have a full head of hair. Bet I can make a list of several things that you're full of. -Brad Upton ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/08/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Shirley Rae Drury ('51), Paul Webster ('56) Betti Avant ('69), Mike Davis ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Darvis Bergam ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jane Simmons ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Wingfield ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dyanna Cook ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marcia Ehinger ('71WB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Robert Evans ('89) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) Delighted to see mention and notes from Betty Bell Norton ('51), Roberta Atkins Shipman ('52) and Marilyn De Vine ('52) in yesterday's Alumni Sandstorm. Betty Bell was in Sacajawea when I was in 6th grade before I went to Lewis & Clark. I so remember her clear as a bell singing voice. What a gift! Jimmy Shipman was in Lewis & Clark. I have another piece of reminiscence (a poem of sorts with pictures and music) I'm sending to the link where we're supposed to send pictures, although it's not photos and I'm not sure whether or not it's within the protocol or how to indicate the way to there from here. I guess I'll find out. [Shirley -- what you sent to was something I couldn't "get" for the Sandstorm. We'll have to try another way of sending the stuff so others can see it. -Maren] Hope you all have a good day -Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Paul Webster ('56) To: Bill Berlin ('56) Bill, someone mentioned you had an interest in a restaurant (long established) on the Washington coast. I have a friend from the East coast meeting Barbara Brown Webster ('57) and I in Seattle who wants to take a trip to see a real ocean. Where is your place located? We will try to have lunch or dinner there if we get close. -Paul Webster ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) I got to thinking (too late for 6-6-06 post) that the class of 1969 graduated 25 years to the day after D-Day. I had thought about this before, but like I said I didn't remember it yesterday (must have been a senior moment). -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA, where it is abit warmer albeit partly cloudy **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Davis ('74) To: Brad Upton ('74) Yesterday you wrote the following: To: Mike Davis ('74) Yes Mike, you still have a full head of hair. Bet I can make a list of several things that you're full of. Brad, Didn't you use to teach school? Didn't you teach your students to never end a sentence with a preposition?(as in the above comment) What kind of role model are you? Millions of kids look up to you as you travel the world as the "funny guy." Now, we as a society, are going to have to face a generation of children ending sentences with prepositions. What's next - double negatives?... like, "Brad Upton don't got no hair!" or "This comb don't work no good!" Please, think about the message you are sending. Still parting, M. Davis (74) (PS - Neidhold, you teach! Help the guy out!) -Mike Davis ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/09/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Anna May Wann ('49), Grace DeVincentis ('50WB) Doreen Hallenbeck ('51), Nola Davey ('56) Terri Royce ('56), Jeanie Walsh ('63) Linda McKnight ('65), Brad Upton ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol Bishop ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patti Jones ('60) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Dennis Haskins & Shirley Collings ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) Re: Another passing of a Class of 1949 member Just received another e-mail from Glenn and Bonese Collins Turner ('49). A note had been sent to Bob Lyall ('49-RIP), his wife passed it on to Glenn. Lu Blakeney Humphrey ('49) passed away June 8. She was diagnosed with Lung Cancer in February and the Chemo was just too much for her.. Lou was one great and kind lady and my condolences go out to her family. -Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Grace DeVincentis Spice ('50WB) Maren, I had a phone call this evening from my friend Claudette Puleo Stenson that her sister Catherine Puleo Harrell ('55) passed away on Sunday the 4th of June. She was a former Miss Richland. She lived in Pahrump, NV. She died of an embolism. I told Claudette I would let the Sandstorm know. -Grace DeVincentis Spice ('50WB) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter ('51) Re: Bomber passing Bill Mills ('51), died in April in Kentucky. Bill was diagnosed in December with a brain tumor; inoperable. Fortunately, my husband and I visited with Bill and Virginia in Shepherdsville, KY on one of our trips to Indiana. He took us down to his basement where he had a huge model train setup; a true passion of his. Many of us have known Bill since our Lewis & Clark grade school days. -Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter ('51) ~ Green Valley, AZ **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nola Davey Meichle ('56) To: Paul Webster ('56) Are you coming to our reunion? -Nola Davey Meichle ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Terri Royce Weiner ('56) Re: to Brad Upton ('74) To: Mike Davis ('74) Hate to rain on your parade, kids, but let's say "Didn't you used to teach school?" Mike? Think you forgot the letter "d." If we're going to slam compatriots for their use of English, we'd better check our own. Just funnin' you, of course, but I love doing it. -Terri Royce Weiner ('56) ~ in Sunny Seattle where we've just been voted the "Smartest city in the US with 52% of adults having Bachelor's Degree or above." **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeanie Walsh (Gold Metal Class of '63) Re: Looking for lost Classmate Hi Bombers, I have a friend who is looking for a 1959 grad. His name is Timothy Wayne Thomas or Wayne Timothy Thomas........... Anyone know of this person and his whereabouts? -Jeanie Walsh (Gold Metal Class of '63) ~ Simi Valley, CA - Home of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) Hi Bombers Everywhere!! Just came back from a lovely two night, three day camping trip where we did absolutely nothing but ride our bikes and look at the North Santiam River rushing by. It was so wonderful to get away from the house and be carefree. The weekend of July 16-18 is Tigard, Oregon's annual Hot Air Balloon Festival, and my best friend since high school, Donna Fredette is coming to visit us... I am so excited. Also, just wanted to remind all the Bombers out there about our continuous 20% discount on all products you can find at: ~ PLUS FREE SHIPPING ANYWHERE IN THE U.S. Bomber hugs to all, -Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) To: Mike Davis ('74) Re: My sentence written as: "Bet I can make a list of several things that you're full of." Mike, you told me that the above sentence was incorrect. I reread it several times and I'm pretty sure that it is correct. There's is nothing wrong with that sentence. I'm pretty sure that I can make a list of several things that you're full of. -Brad Upton ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/10/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Marlene Richter ('55), Gary Persons ('57) Mike Sams ('65), Shirley Collings ('66) Doug Ufkes ('68), Mike Davis ('74) Shawn Schuchart ('78) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Lee Lester ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marlene Richter Frank ('55) To: Grace DeVincentis Spice ('50WB) Thanks for letting us know that Catherine Puleo Harrell ('55-RIP) had passed away. That was really a shock as I receive emails from her almost every week and an occasional phone call. I was friends with Cathy in high school and then lived in an apartment with Cathy and Phyllis Rugar the summer of 1957. We really had a lot of fun. Cathy loved to dance and laugh. We were so excited when she won the Miss Richland contest in 1957. I have never met Claudette but heard a lot about her. Cathy and Allen were at our 40th reunion. Please give Claudette my condolences. Thanks. -Marlene Richter Frank ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Persons ('57) Re: Original Pearl Harbor Photos I hope Maren can provide a link to some rare Pearl Harbor photos I received in an Email today, along with a brief account of the Japanese attack and damages sustained. I deny any intention (GRIN) to rekindle the Bomber mascot debate, just thought Bombers would find the photos interesting. -Gary Persons ('57) ~ Spokane **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Sams ('65) To: Brad Upton ('74) Brad, Listened to your interview on the radio this morning. Had some trouble understanding you at first but when I put my sunglasses on and the glare went away it was much better and then you were hilarious. Will make a point of seeing your "Mid Life Tour" in July. -Mike Sams ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) Re: UW's Bixler earns All-America status As seen in the 6/9/96 TCHerald ~ "Richland High grad Zach Bixler, playing for the University of Washington, was named an honorable mention PING All-American in men's golf. Teammate Alex Prugh was a third-teamer, while James Lepp was also honorable mention. Bixler, a sophomore, finished the season with a flourish, recording Top-20 finishes at the Pac-10 and NCAA Championships, as well as a career-best third-place finish at the NCAA West Regional. At the regional, Bixler carded a personal career-best and team season-best score of 12-under 204, shooting in the 60s in all three rounds. He recorded seven rounds in the 60s on the season, and was under par in seven of his last 11 rounds." Congratulations, Zach!! -Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Doug Ufkes ('68) Re: summer lunch here in Tucson Hey, all you Bombers, Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter ('51) suggested that maybe we should try and get together here in Tucson this summer for lunch. So how about Sunday, July 16th, at noon, at the Viscount on Broadway, here in Tucson. For all you outlying Bombers and snow birds, I know this is a long trip for you so I am not making this one mandatory (lol). Of course everyone is invited that wants to be there. -Doug Ufkes ('68) ~ Tucson, AZ USA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Davis ('74) To: Brad Upton ('74) Now Brad, your sentence does end in "of" and "of" is a preposition. I realize that you did teach in Pasco and that they may have different parts of speech in that area so I can understand your mistake. Rogaine free, -Mike Davis ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shawn Schuchart Mabley ('78) To: Brad Upton ('74) and Mike Davis ('74) Boys, boys, boys--I feel like I'm watching you boys play a tennis match and I'm waiting for the next volley (which I believe is Mike's). I think I can sum up the feelings of all the entire Alumni Sandstorm readership when I say that both of you have several things that you're full of! -Shawn Schuchart Mabley ('78) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/11/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Mary Triem ('47), Marilyn De Vine ('52) Jeff Michael ('65), Brad Upton ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Darlene Minard ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry Aeschliman ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ted Ogston ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Triem Mowery (a '47 Bomber) To: Gary Persons ('57) Re: Pearl Harbor Pictures Your Pearl Harbor pictures are truly awesome. What a piece of history you have and thanks for sharing with us. I had the privilege of touring that site last year - very moving. -Mary Triem Mowery (a '47 Bomber) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn De Vine ('52) Re: the use of prepositions at the end of a sentence Thank you, Brad.....isn't it time (or way past time!) to challenge some of the silly old "rules" of grammar? How old is that rule and who came up with it in the first place????? The following is off the subject, but sort of an example of what I am talking about: a few years ago, I happened, quite by accident, to turn my TV to the "legislature in session" channel and as they began the session, a fellow started yelling, "Hear ye, Hear ye......." My initial thought of, "good grief!" quickly turned to: "Hey...... wait a minute...... we WON that war!!!! Why are they using that old, old English style of language!?!?!" Flash forward to the past week, and voila! here we are on the Sandstorm site, in the middle of the "ending sentences with a preposition" debate. We need to ditch that old rule. Otherwise, I'll have to re-write my 1st sentence to read: The following is sort of an example of which I am talking".... awkward, awkward, awkward. Re: Bomber graduation, 2006 I am surprised no one sent in a report...... of 7 grand children's graduations, I think it was the best one, yet. Will send my thoughts in a later submission to the Sandstorm. -Marilyn De Vine ('52) ~ getting yard work done, here in Richland, while the weather is cool. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeff Michael ('65) Re: Life on the Leading Edge Hey there all you Bombers and Bomberettes... Those Pearl Harbor pictures are truly awesome! Thank you for sharing them with us, Gary [Persons ('57).] Did a gig for the Regional Chamber Wednesday and met some nice Tri-Cities folk involved in the health and wellness business arena. Some really good stuff going on there. If you're a business person anywhere, I highly recommend Chamber membership. I belong to two here, the Regional and the Hispanic. Both have brought me in contact with super cool folks. Some while back, I spent 4 days videotaping depositions in the case dealing with the Jones family and Kadlec Hospital. I was pleased to see the news in the T-C Herald that Kadlec won that pleading. It is a concern to me that when you call to get referral info on a person from a former employer, that the firm would give glowing remarks on a person that had drug issues on the job. I hope this case has far reaching ramifications throughout HR departments across the country. A family has been devastated by the results of an omission of critical information, if not an exaggeration of fact. It is scary to know that a relatively simple medical procedure could cause so much sadness and pain. Did a bar-b-que for GESA folk last night. Again, some super nice folk. Jessie and his Gang (just some wild and crazy people) got up on their feet and did the Cha Cha Slide. They were great... everyone loved them. There were all ages, genders (both) and cultures having fun together. Made me wanna play "Every Day People" and other similar songs. I played many kinds of music from Latin to Hip Hop/Rap to Country and not one person complained! It was really gratifying. Speaking of gratifying... I was not on a phishing trip awhile ago with my post, but did get some very gratifying responses. Thank you's to all who responded. Today (yesterday) is the T-C Bomber luncheon in West Richland. I'm going to drop by enroute to a gig in Benton City. Yup, staying in town most of the summer. I'll go to San Diego to do a Fourth of July picnic and fireworks show, but then right back to the T-C wedding circuit. Got a wedding in Walla Walla, one in Spokane and one just across the Idaho panhandle into Montana. Should all be fun. I've been working on this ongoing gammer thing concerning things certain people are full of. Ooops, I just ended a sentence with a preposition or is that a dangling participle. Maybe if I put the phrase in quotes like this: "things people are full of", like, maybe then it's not the same, since the phrase is then then a noun being used as an object (substitute, for example...stuff). Now "stuff" might still be dangling, but it at least is not a particle. What would Miss Dodds say instead? Let's see, "I could name a number of things of which you contain a full portion." Yeah, that's the ticket, you contain a full portion of stuff. Yeah, that'll work. That should flush out the whole discussion. play-on, -dj jeff Michael, from the Leading Edge class of '65, on the banks of Oh Columbia where the bass boats are zipping by in a tournament this weekend. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) To: Mike Sams ('65) You had a blinding glare come out of your radio? I guess the '60s are still working their magic on you. Glad you're coming to the show! -Brad Upton ('74) ~ I was wrong, I didn't graduate with the Greatest Bomber ever. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Bill Mills ('51) ~ 08/02/32 - 04/22/06 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/12/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Ken Ely ('49), Richard Anderson ('60) Frank Whiteside ('63), Nancy Mallory ('64) Kim Moore ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ken Ely ('49) I believe it was Winston Churchill who wrote the following: "Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put." I hope this is the final word on that practice. -Ken Ely ('49) ~ Orangevale, CA where it is cool again **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard Anderson ('60) Re: Positions, Pre and Post Claudio: "In mine eye she is the sweetest lady that ever I looked on." Much Ado About Nothing Act 1, Scene 1 Most, perhaps even all, of the scholars of the English language agree that Willy Shakespeare had a way with words; where he placed them is often adduced as where they ought to go (or, at least, where it is acceptable for them to go). So, therefore, let us all resolve that it's OK to stick one of the class of words commonly called "prepositions" at the end of a proper English sentence. If it will make those of you who yet cringe at the practice more comfortable, I offer "postposition" as an alternative word for a preposition which is so placed. (NB--If you adopt "postposition" be certain to spell it thus; if you spell it "post position" you end up with something having to do with horse racing.) -Richard Anderson ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Frank Whiteside ('63) Re: Post-Katrina lunch Okay, now that we have gathered our wits (hopefully), I thought we'd do a Bomber lunch get-together. Place: Quarter View Restaurant, 613 Clearview Parkway, Metairie, LA Telephone: 504-887-3456 Date: Saturday, June 24 Time: 3 pm I'm not sure what other Bombers are still in the region, but if anyone is in the area for any reason and wants to attend, please send me an e-mail. Maren will put this on the calendar. We may try another one this summer a little later. We won't cancel unless we are in the midst of an evacuation! -Frank Whiteside ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nancy Mallory Johnson ('64) I just found out that Vicki Neis ('64) passed away yesterday [8/10] morning. Maybe someone from the Tri Cities can post the obit when it comes out. (I'm in TN). Vicki was a good friend. She adopted two kids from Bolivia. Amanda (married, 1 year old child) and Tony (teenager, I think). Keep them in your prayers. Thanks, -Nancy Mallory Johnson ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kim Moore Boatman ('66) Re: Grammar Rules As a retired English teacher (for some 33 years) I would like to put the whole preposition thing to rest. Everyone is basically correct. The sentence ending in "of" is considered common English and is, therefore, appropriate in all cases unless one is writing or speaking for a formal, academic or legal reason. Are we forgetting that English is a "living" language and thus changes? The rule is still there but rarely used. Sorry if this takes the "sting" out of the ragging that's been going on but we English teachers (even retired ones) have our obsessions. Re: Guy Lobdell ('66-RIP) I have been looking for Guy's funeral notice but have failed to see it here so I thought I would inform others that he passed away June 8th at his home, according to the TCH. I know he had been in poor health for the past several years but when I saw him at a local grocery store several weeks ago he looked so much better. My condolences to his family and friends. He was a good, kind man. -Kim Moore Boatman ('66) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/13/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Shirley Rae Drury ('51), Patti Jones ('60) Helen Cross ('62), Jim Hamilton ('63) Jeff Michael ('65), Brad Upton ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) Re: Grammar Rules 6/11/06 Alumni Sandstorm To: Kim Moore Boatman ('66) Thank you so much for that, Kim. It really makes sense and is a relief to me to stop being so observant of my sentences as I whip out my various and sundry Emails. "As we speak, so may we write." (I just made that up.) -Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: All Bomber Luncheon - June 10, 2006 No "new" Bombers this time. Attendees: Betty Bell Norton ('51) was the oldest graduate there this time. Betty is dang proud of being the oldest Bomber in attendance. She should be... she looks wonderful. Checked the list of past attendees, Betty, and the oldest Bomber was from the class of '49 -- and that was last year. Pat Doriss Trimble ('65) who was teasing about their years in high school a lot with dj Jeff Michael ('65) who talked about being a dj as well as years in Richland. Jeff is doing well in his business here in the Northwest. Good, it will keep him here! George "Pappy" Swan ('59) and his wife Jeanne. "Pappy" was rather quiet (getting over being ill) until the subject of basements in Richland housing started. Ask Jeanne and "Pappy" about their Halloween days some time for good stories and lots of laughter. Fred Klute ('58) gave me a heads up about Father's Day and the luncheons. Thanks Fred... will look for it next year. Whew... I got it right this time. Barbara Stookesbury Long ('60) joined in lots of the conversation. Derrith Persons Dean ('60) is always fun to have at the luncheons. Dave Rhodes ('52) and wife Alice were there... Dave always has a good story about his time in Richland and where he ended up over the years. With a good smile he always tells with his pride about living back in Bombersville... glad Dave and Alice came. Alice has been made an honorary graduate because of all her attendance with or without Dave. Glenn Rose ('58) and his wife Carol were about the last to talk. A few hung out for a while talking about all kinds of things. I started the conversation with introducing myself and doing announcements. One of the announcements cannot be put on the Sandstorm so if your curious email me. The conversation about basements went from one direction to another with all the Bombers having something to say about the basements. Give a Bomber a subject when in a group and who knows where it will end up. Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) was out of town. Jeanne Swan took the pictures. Thanks Jeanne. June luncheon was the kick off for the second year. What a year it has been! Any Bomber coming to future luncheons please know we always do announcements and introductions. We all got a good laugh at one luncheon when I looked up and asked, "now who of you would have stood up and talked like this in high school"? Lots of laughter and comments for a few minutes. Still always a choice whether someone does talk or not. Ran into Leon Howard ('60) yesterday morning at Yoke's market. What a nice surprise. After talking for a while, Leon is planning to come to future luncheons. Holding you to it, Leon! Bombers Have Fun -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) - West Richland, WA right off Bombing Range Rd. Who would have thought this area would be full of houses. Rainy afternoon and evening. Calms the dust down for a while any way. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) In catching up on a few back issues of the Sandstorm, I'd like to point out that a Bomber lunch was also held by 4 brave Bombers in Indianapolis in 2005. I'd like to plan a repeat, but I'm not sure when I might be able to do this. Also, I am impressed with all the history buffs insight into the war with Japan. I think they have explained the situation quite well and in an unbiased fashion. I did visit the Peace Memorial in Hiroshima, Japan in 2002, and I noted the slant that was presented in that the Japanese did not explain why we dropped the bomb. Just the devastation it caused... I've enjoyed being home for 2 days here in a cool, humidless climate. I guess, low humidity is a more appropriate wording of the scene here. It has been pleasant outside. Tomorrow night I will board a train to ride to Washington DC and Chicago with 10 friends I met in Russia when we were there in December, 2004. I'm looking forward to renewing old friendships, and I've always loved to travel on a train, and these cars will have a vista dome. I'll be part of the crew, so that will be fun too. We did love our drive back across the states. Colorado was beautiful as usual, and Utah is awesome. Wish we could have gone to Arches or Canyonlands, but not this trip. We both really enjoyed the drive from Coeur d'Alene to Boise on HW 95. We Washingtonians had never been there before and never heard of Piute (spelling?) Lake before. That whole area is booming with a capital B. Beautiful area, and the Palouse wheat fields extend over there too. We learn something everyday, if we just try to be open to it (learning that is). I'm sorry I didn't get to Sandpoint to hear Beth Pederson ('61) while we were in Pend Oreille. But I don't think she was there at the same time. Hope to be back in Bomber land soon. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ back home by the little lake where some little domestic ducks have come to visit. Not as cute as the half grown Canadian Geese I saw at Columbia Park when I was home 2 weeks ago, but cute just the same. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton (Gold Medal Class of '63) With all the hype and excitement surrounding the World Cup, I can only imagine what Dick Nelson ('59) is going through. While Dick's love of basketball and fishing is legendary, his true passion is "Futbol". The guy sleeps, eats, and drinks soccer. If you don't believe me, just ask him and prepared for him to wax long and eloquently about the beauty of the "purest game of all". He no doubt won't get a descent nights rest until the finals on July 9th, and then he'll start re-watching all the games he videoed on his Sony beta format. jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton (Gold Medal Class of '63) ~ Up here on Finn Hill in Kirkland, WA where I'm betting we'll have better weather on Thanksgiving, that we did today. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeff Michael ('65) Hey there Bombers and Bomberettes... So... the ALL Bomber Lunch was really fun. I especially enjoyed Pappy Swan ('59) swiping the crumbs off the table where he and his lovely wife sat in order to take a "doggie bag" to the wee ones at home by the puddle. My gig Saturday night was great, but a wee bit long. Started setting up around three and got home around three! Boy, they were party people! Gotta say, I'd rather be with party hearty people for 12 hours than sticks in the mud for two hours! Oh, gotta ask Ms. Kim Moore Boatman ('66) for clarification. Were you an English teacher for 33 years or have you been a retired English teacher for 33 years? My math (based on your graduation year) would suggest the former; but there was some ambiguity there for inquiring minds. My math was always better than my English (Mr. Carlson at Spalding was the last teacher to know that, since he was the last one to try to teach me both. But deductive reasoning has lead me to ass-u-me in the past and gotten me in big trouble. But.. wait.. asking questions like this has also gotten me in trouble. Oh well, trouble it is then. And speaking of English... why the hell should I press 1 (or any other number for that matter) to speak in English. And what numbers do I use for Hawaiian or Alutian (they are at least part of the USA). After all, if living here is worth risking your life, why make it like the place you left? (These are all rhetorical questions) -dj jeff Michael, in the Tri-Cities, where Sunday I drove my boat up Oh Columbia to the old town of Hanford. Was tempted to ease up to the shore and go walk around, but there were signs saying "Don't Tread On Me" or something like that in government-ease. But seriously folks, why was there a town of Hanford in the first place? Maybe just because the view of the river and White Bluffs is so spectacular. At least that hasn't changed. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) Dear Mr. Davis, I was correct! I CAN make a list of several things that you are full of. -Brad Upton ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/14/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Norma Loescher ('53), Margo Heiling ('57) Pappy Swan ('59), Larry Mattingly ('60) Kathy Hoff ('64), Kim Moore ('66) Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gus Keeney ('57) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Jimmie Shipman ('51) and Roberta Adkins ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Norma Loescher Boswell ('53) A friend of mine has Hanford era memorabilia for sale and doesn't use eBay. He offers a set of lapel bowling pins, patches, and cuff links... total worth about $300. If you are interested, email me and I will give you a phone number and another email for follow-up. -Norma Loescher Boswell ('53) ~ in rainy Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Margo Heiling Barron ('57) Re: '57 in '07 Reunion Planning meeting A reminder that the 50th reunion committee will be meeting tonight, Wednesday, June 14, 7:00 p.m., at the Richland Community Center at Howard Amon Park in Richland. The meeting should take less than an hour unless people want to stay and visit. -Margo Heiling Barron ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) I have been on the sick, lame, and lazy list lately so I'm a bit behind. To: Gary Persons ('57) Re: Pearl Harbor Pictures I really appreciated your Pearl Harbor pictures and agree with Mary Triem Mowery (a '47 Bomber) -- Truly awesome! Re: Guy Lobdell ('66-RIP) I received notice from Kara M. Squier, Guy's daughter, that a memorial for Guy, will be held on Saturday, June 17th at 3pm. It will be located at the Knights of Columbus off the Bi-pass highway in Richland. His passing came as a real shock to me. I was aware that Guy had been in poor health for the past several years but he had told me that he was doing so much better. He was an active participant in our informal "Marines and Friends" gatherings. I actually got to know Guy through "Alumni Sandstorm." Some of you may recall when he and I got into a lighthearted go-around about two years ago over "clam shovels" vs. "clam guns?" Out of that spoof, Guy and I became good acquaintances, email pals, and attendees at the veteran lunches. We constantly talked of getting together for a private lunch or coffee with our brides but something always seemed to get in the way for us and that particular meeting never came about. As he would have been eligible this year, I was looking forward to getting him and his wife to Club 40. As Bombers, the longer and farther we journey through this life, checkpoints like reunions, lunches, or just reconnecting become all the more important. We just never know when one of us will develop problems or just run out of fuel and go down. Like aviators maintaining radio contact, staying connected is good for all. It is so good to remember -- and be remembered! Guy gave immensely to his country and to his community. To the best of my knowledge, Guy, as a Marine Air Crewman serving in Vietnam, was involved in three helicopter crashes. He was seriously injured in the third one. Later, as a policeman in the Tri-Cities, he was involved in a serious accident in the line of duty. My memory of Guy will always be of him crawling out of his pickup and throwing me a snappy salute and a big smile across the parking lot at Tony Roma's Restaurant as we made our way into another gathering of "Marines and Friends." My condolences to Guy's family and friends. He was a good, kind man, a fellow Bomber, a fellow Marine, and my friend. I will miss him. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where yet another somber, rainy day hangs 'or the puddle. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Aleutian Islands, AK To: "DJ" Jeff Michaels ('65) To call any of the Aleutian (note spelling) Islands you simply press 907 like the rest of Alaska. I was up there last week for 4 days on Dutch Harbor in the City of Unalaska, 792 miles west of Anchorage. We have a contract with them for 2 displays, 4th of July and New Years. I normally will not fly in ANY plane smaller then a DC-9/MD-80. However, the only way to and from Dutch harbor is by boat or Penair Saab 340 aircraft. It is a twin turboprop plane carrying about 36 passengers. The flight in is along several miles of cliffs about 300 feet to the left of the plane, a sudden hard right turn and dive down across the bay and onto the first 50 feet of the runway, instant reversing of the props, and trying to stop before the other end of the short runway. Not hard to figure why the 737s were severely weight restricted during some flights to see if they could make them work there. I heard the decision was that they were just too impractical and not able to get in about 50% of the time. The Saabs can get in over 90% of the time. I am not looking forward to flying in there for New years. It is said to be some of the roughest flying in the world in the winter. I drink very little, so I will have to sock me down with several Dramamine patches. Anyway, it is a rather bleak place, mostly vertical rock cliffs. There was still lots of snow especially at 1000 feet and above. They gave me a nice big 4 wheel pickup to drive and I did have some time to explore a bit. Got up to about 1600 feet on the mountain before 6 feet of snow on the track stopped me. Took lots of pictures, including 2 different artic foxes. Will try to send a few of them to Maren. (Don't worry Richard, I will send them to the picture address []). Rumor has it that Richard may get excited and say bad things if we clog up his e-mail sending pictures to the regular Sandstorm address. [Um, that's not a rumor, Larry... it's true! -Maren] One of the volunteers for the 4th was really jealous of my getting within 25 feet of a fox. He has only seen one at a distance in 5 years on the island. I visited or looked over about 100 old military sites. Many Americans are not aware that the "Battle for Alaska" was fought there with the Japanese. The Japanese forces had bases on Attu and Kiska 300-some miles to the west. They bombed Dutch Harbor frequently. Many of the old bomb shelters are still sticking out of the hills and mountains where they were cut in. The power house for the island is the same old one built during the war. The walls are 3-feet thick. It has 2 roofs. The top one is 5-6 feet thick and the second one underneath is 3-feet thick. It houses several huge diesel generators. They use diesel as it is the only fuel plentiful on the island. They barge it in a million gallons at a time to refuel the fishing and crabbing fleets. Most of the literally hundreds of old military buildings have collapsed over the years from the roughly 110-inches of snow in the winter. Over the years even some of the many tunnels built for defense have filled with snow that has never melted. There are several fish/crab processors there and they can process over 1 1/2-MILLION pounds of seafood a day. This provides the city with an excellent tax base and they go out of their way to provide for the 4500 citizens many of the amenities needed to make life there bearable. One of them is a huge fireworks display that I have designed, and will shoot for them on the 4th of July. It will still be light at 11:55 PM, but they want to do it on the 4th. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" J Larry Mattingly ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kathy Hoff Conrad ('64) It's Flag Day!!! Don't forget to fly your beautiful RED, WHITE & BLUE today. Just got home from a little drive down to Texas where they have the most and biggest (Texas size) beautiful U.S.A. flags everywhere. Way to go Texas! There will be an R2K dinner on Saturday, June 24th at the Hanford House in the Ice Harbor Room. If you would like to attend, please let me or Linda Belliston Boehning ('63) know a.s.a.p. Thank you to all the Bombers that gathered around the Davis and Maiuri families with your love and support. We miss Jennifer very much. -Kathy Hoff Conrad ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kim Moore Boatman ('66) To: dj Jeff Michaels ('65) I knew someone was going to catch that. And I proofread the entry twice but didn't realize what it was implying until after I had sent it. Math was never my area of expertise. The statement should have read, "As an English teacher who retired after 33 years of teaching..." But, hey, I taught middle school for all those years and it does strange things to one's brain. Sorry for the confusion. (And, yes, I know that is a sentence fragment.) -Kim Moore Boatman ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: please put names to faces I don't want to be a pain in the b... I would love to see names to faces in pictures of get togethers. That or when the picture is taken make sure the name tag shows well enough in the picture so one can read it. I know I wrote about this before, but so many of us don't know who is who at these functions. Thanks a bunch and Bomber cheers, -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA home of Kasey Keller goal keeper for the USA who grew up on an egg farm and has a street named after him ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/15/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Bell ('51), Karen Cole ('55) Patti Mathis ('60), Ed Wood ('62) Gary Behymer ('64), David Rivers ('65) Jeff Michael ('65), Jim Heidlebaugh ('65) Robert Avant ('69), Mike Davis ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nadine Smith ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cathy Mouton ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Debbie Lien ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Eileen O'Neil ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jo Heidlebaugh ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) Just a reminder that the Richland Seniors Association's all-ages dance will be Friday, June 16th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the Richland Community Center. The Easy Swing Band will play their swing and big-band music for dancing or just listening. The cost, as always, is only $4 at the door, and pre-packaged finger foods are always welcome but never required. Hope to see you there! Larry Bunch and his Swing Unlimited Band (with about 20 members) played more than 2 hours on Sunday afternoon on the patio of the Richland Community Center to a very appreciative crowd! It was entertaining to watch some little girls from a near-by birthday party come over and listen and dance to the music! You missed some good music! -Betty Bell Norton ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Karen Cole Correll ('55) Re: Catherine Puleo (RIP) To: Marlene Richter Frank ('55) Hi Marlene, I was wondering if you heard any more about Cathy Puleo. I always thought she was one of the loveliest and nicest girls in our class. I was so sorry to hear of her passing. -Karen Cole Correll ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) I would like someone who is in the know about the reunion of 1961 to give me an email. -Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed Wood ('62) Re: Amtrak experiences Janice and I just celebrated our 38th anniversary by taking a long- planned trip on Amtrak from Denver to Glenwood Springs, with its huge pool fed by hot springs near the Colorado River. We've driven to and through Glenwood Springs before, but the attraction this time was the train trip itself, since it traverses much of its path through mountainous terrain that is distant from roadways. This is one of Amtrak's more popular routes in the west, and even features volunteer guides in the Vistadome car narrating features along the way. The wonderful views more than made up for the three hour delay in leaving Denver. Returning from Glenwood Springs was another matter. The departure was delayed by nine hours, which meant that the entire trip was made in the dark, and we arrived home at 4 AM! This is only the second trip we've taken with Amtrak, the first being many years ago to San Francisco. It, too, was delayed such that the daylight travel was over the desert expanses of Utah and Nevada, with the nighttime travel through the Sierras. Have other Bombers had better experiences with Amtrak? I've not been impressed with my experiences. Incidentally, I enjoyed reading comments on the proper use of prepositions. My recollection is that the "rule" was used to explain why sentences like, "Where are you at?" are improper. But in fact, as has been properly pointed out by others, the rule really doesn't exist any longer, if it ever did. But "Where are you at?" is still improper, for the simple reason that the preposition "at" is redundant. "Where are you?" is correct. Adding a superfluous preposition, regardless of its location in the sentence, simply muddies up an otherwise concise and clear question. Insisting on a needless and unworkable rule about prepositions isn't necessary to banish atrocities like "Where are you at?" from our language. -Ed Wood ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Hanford Nuclear Reservation Leaking Radioactive Waste into Groundwater Re: The Catch of The Day: May 2005 -Gary Behymer ('64) ~ Colfax, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Party Time Holy Hotties batman, it's that time again... how could it come around again so fast... seems like just yesterday the dynamic duo was having their joint birthday MONTH and here they go again. Yes you know who I mean... those 2 '65er chicks who broke tradition and graced us with their presence at our 40th reunion instead of flying off to Tahiti or some other exotic port for their yearly fling... wow I'd love to be a fly on the wall this year as they celebrate the end of another decade and the beginning of their 20s... These two make a great pair and you can see them a mile away... beauty, grace and just oooooooooooozing sex appeal... So let the festivities begin!!!!!!!!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY CATHY MOUTON (to be followed shortly by Diane Murphy)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeff Michael (Leading Edge Class of '65) Hey there Bombers and Bomberettes... Guess from Larry Mattingly's ('60) response; I am the king of ambiguity! I was not referring to the "1" that is pressed preceding the chosen area code (unless, of course, you're using a cell phone). But, rather the "1" that so many businesses ask to be pressed; or is pressed by default, if you don't press "Numero Dos" shortly after hearing the greeting from the phone answering robot. I could be crazy (well, I really am), but I'm pretty sure the phone answering robots in France, Germany, Russia or Iran (to name just a few) give you no language choices to continue the conversation in. (There, another effective use of the preposition at the end of a sentence.) So, if we as Americans want to be so inclusive, maybe we should allow more language choices: Hip/Hop-Rap; Hawaiian; Aleutian (or however it should be spelt); maybe Nepalise; Vietnamese; Cambodian and Cheyenne, for example. Most all these languages are well represented in our nation. Guess it was on my mind because I got an email from a friend asking that question (why should I press "1" to speak English). BTW, Larry, I'm glad you got home safely after your Alaska, Bomberland, home trip. Always good to see you. So, to all you good Bombers out there, rock on. -dj jeff Michael, from the Leading Edge Class of "65, where West-Side weather snuck over the mountains to Bomberland the past two days. I actually went to 7-11, bought a bundle of firewood and lit my wood burning stove this afternoon. It was COLD!! Well, for mid-June anyway. Whatever happened to Global Warming? **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Heidlebaugh ('65) Happy Birthday, to my sister Jo Heidlebaugh ('74). I love you. Jim (50) hoo noo? -Jim Heidlebaugh ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Avant ('69) Re: Dutch Harbor, AK Glad to know others have made it out to Dutch Harbor, AK... The highest dollar fishing port in the US. Actually, Dutch Harbor is on the Island of Unalaska and is never called such by the Aleuts as they are not all love when it comes to the Russian and American "owners" who taught them so many valuable lessons. Dutch Harbor and its' huge bunker oil facility were initially bombed on Dec. 7, 1941 in a feint as to initial Japanese intentions. The Aleuts and others on the island were "evacuated" to the SE for the duration of the WWII.Some time I might even tell you about Jimmy BuffetT and his free 3 hour concert at the Elbow Room. 737s can and do land at Dutch Harbor Airport and it is a trip and a half. It used to be serviced by Mark Air (known as Dark Air to the island intelligensia) but has been taken over by Alaska Airlines. I miss those "willawas" and earthquakes that keep life so interesting... Never fed the ducks in Dutch, but used to feed Bald Eagles by the score out at Captain's Bay -Robert Avant ('69) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [ Check out the 4000 foot runway at Dutch Harbor... I've never flown into DH, and always thought Sitka's 6500 foot runway was the shortest. Sitka looks like an aircraft carrier... now I see, so does Dutch Harbor! -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Davis ('74) To: Brad Yul Upton ('74) About the preposition............. Who ya going to believe... someone who taught English for 33 years or me? Give me a break! -Mike Davis ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/16/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 14 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice: Jim McKeown ('53), Marlene Richter ('55) Gus Keeney ('57), Pappy Swan ('59) Michael Waggoner ('60), Dave Cochran ('61) Nadine Reynolds ('61), John Adkins ('62) Frank Whiteside ('63), Jim Hamilton ('63) Linda Reining ('64), Alan Lobdell ('69) Brad Upton ('74), Matt Crowley ('75) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marcia Miller ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon Lovinger ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jan Bell ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim McKeown (the Great Class of '53) Today, June 16th, marks the 50th Anniversary for Edna and I. Although she is not a Bomber... Clover Park in Tacoma, actually... she has never missed a reunion and we lived the first 4 years of our married life in a 2 bedroom prefab on Craighill. We met 51 years ago at WSC, on a blind date, and it was the luckiest day of my life. I thought she was a prude... .and of course, she was not... and she thought I was Nerd... and, of course, she was right. She is a world traveler, and since my retirement 10 years ago, she now has to take me on those trips. As a gift for both of us, we head to Russia for 20 days... she has been there, I have not. -Jim McKeown (the Great Class of '53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marlene Richter Frank ('55) To: Karen Cole Correll ('55) Hi Karen, I do not know if the embolism that took Cathy's life caused a stroke or heart attack. Cathy's sister has emailed me several times so will ask her. I don't know if she had been ill or had any symptoms. Did you see Cathy at our 40th reunion? She still had her black hair and was still as fun loving and pretty. I haven't seen her since then and had been hoping she would be at our 50th. I saw her several times when she lived in Las Vegas but not after she moved to Parumph, Nevada. If I find out anything I will let you know. -Marlene Richter Frank ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) Re: Dutch Harbor Maren, 4000 foot Runway, eh?!! The USS MIDWAY at 997 feet Runway length always looked like a Postage Stamp coming in when it was daylight!! At night it was just a speck of lights down there in the darkness for our traps. (Actually a Controlled Crash!!!) [WHOA! Let me rephrase... Sitka's runway looks like an aircraft carrier TO THE OBVIOUSLY UNDRAINED EYE. -Maren] Thanks to all of you that sent the Birthday Notes! They were real Kicks!! -Gus Keeney ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Ed Wood ('62) I'm always a little behind the times, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn once, so rather than rail travel, I recommend travel by the Wells Fargo Stage. BTW, I'm guessing that you live in Denver, but since you didn't sign off with your location, I was wondering, just exactly ... "Where are you at?" Hee hee! Seriously, the only train that I have ever ridden was the Bullet Train (in the daylight and returned in the dark) between Yokohama and Tokyo. It went so fast, I blinked, saw a green/brown blur going and solid black returning, and then I was there. All I could say was, "Awww Soooo!" Re: The Alaska Peninsula and the Aleutian Islands Interesting discussion! Just yesterday, I watched a Military Channel documentary on the WW II actions with the Japanese in Alaska, a subject of interest, near and dear, to my distant past. In 1970, I lived and worked for the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service for four months in the Pribilof Islands and two months at Cold Bay, located on the tip of the Alaska Peninsula. It was my first job straight out of college so it was a real adventure for me. Aleut village elders on St. Paul Island (Pribilofs) told me of repelling a small Japanese landing there during the war. At Cold Bay, I was intrigued with the left over history of the military installations still evident then (Quonset huts, observation posts, gunnery pits, pill boxes, and wrecked aircraft). I roomed in the former bachelor officer's quarters (BOQ). I made two trips in and out of there from Anchorage on Reeve Aleutian Airways, once on a DC-3 and once on a DC-6. In those days, both were still considered pretty big planes. Both times were in weather that would have probably grounded air traffic in the states. On the two- engined DC-3, we flew about 500 feet above the ground and water all the way, dodging clouds and fog, landing in King Salmon because of smoke in the cockpit, changed planes and went on to Cold Bay. On the bigger four- engined DC-6, the winds at Cold Bay were such that to land, the pilot crabbed in (flying sideways with nose into the wind) until the last second, kicked it straight, and sat down. Sitting in a seat near the wing, I could look nearly straight out to the side, down the full length of the runway, until the last moment before touchdown. Upon deplaning, we could barely stay on our feet in the wind and horizontal rain. I rode with a F&WS pilot on aerial surveys out over some of the near Aleutian Islands but never set foot on any of them, always returning to Cold Bay. Those pilots provided much of the inspiration that drove me to eventually become a pilot myself later (for a few years). I packed a lifetime of adventure into those four months (performing biological surveys, guiding visitors, exploring, hunting, fishing, and prowling history). Obviously, that was one of the high points in the adventures of Pappy Swan. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where life now is a bit tamer but I still have my memories and life is never dull as Lowiq and Bogart once again, launched at dawn in their little F-14 Tomcat, equipped with a FLIR pod (Forward Looking Infrared) attached and were last seen heading toward the Palouse Prairie in search of giant worms reported to be heading this way. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Michael Waggoner ('60) Re: Dutch Harbor I believe that Dutch Harbor was bombed as a diversion, but I believe that it was not a diversion to the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor but rather a diversion to the June 3, 1942 attack on Midway Island. That two Japanese Imperial Navy aircraft carriers were up in the Aleutians rather than joining in the assault on Midway may have helped the three outnumbered U.S. Navy aircraft carriers to win one of the decisive battles in world history, sinking all four of the enemy carriers, stopping the Japanese sweep that began at Pearl Harbor, starting the slow and painful and bloody U.S. push across the Pacific that ended with the atomic bombs, one made with Hanford's plutonium, the other with U-235 from Tennessee. -Michael Waggoner ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave and Nadine Reynolds Cochran ('61) To: Doug Ufkes ('68) Re: Summer Lunch Here in Tucson We have been reading the Alumni Sandstorm for about a month now. We noticed your post about a Bomber lunch in Tucson July 16. Are there many Bombers currently living in the area. We have lived in Tucson for about 10 years now and didn't know there were any Bombers here. -Dave and Nadine Reynolds Cochran ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: that danged preposition I have to agree with Ed Wood ('62) on the "Where are you" - "Where are you at" - - but "I can think of a lot of things you are full of" sure sounds right to me. -John Adkins ('62) ~ Richland - The Cherry Orchardists seem to have lost a good bit of the "Bing" and Queen Anne" crop so watch for high Cherry prices. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Frank Whiteside ('63) To: Ed Wood ('62) Re: Amtrak I can relate to your experiences on Amtrak. I have taken my family to Colorado via Chicago. I have also traveled on my own. Both experiences were totally disgusting. The trains were filthy and nothing seemed to work properly. The air conditioners were broken, and there was no hot water in the bathrooms except in the toilets. Don't ask me how they managed to do that, but I'm glad I didn't want to make a cup of hot tea! It looked a bit strange to see hot steam rising out of a toilet bowl. The ride was hard enough to shake my teeth out of my head. The train staff was not too accommodating most of the time if you could even find them. I wondered if many of them weren't taking naps in the sleeper cars. On one of the trips, we had to sit in the bar the entire trip because they had over booked the train. That wouldn't have been too bad, but the food and drinks were pretty expensive. The dining car food was fair but expensive. We wished that we had brought more of our own goodies. When I rode Amtrak by myself, the train had to stop on the tracks for several hours for some reason that I don't recall. The end result was that as we pulled into Chicago late, the train that I needed to catch to New Orleans was just pulling out, and the next available one was the following day. Needless to say, I, along with many other irate passengers, went to the Amtrak office and "raised the roof." After an hour or near rioting, the Amtrak officials gave us generous food vouchers and really nice accommodations at a deluxe hotel in downtown Chicago. They even took us to the hotel. This was really the best part of the trip even though I got home a day late. I don't think I mentioned that a number of the other passengers were totally sloppy pigs with lots of unruly kids. My English professor always said, "You raise pigs and you rear children." The only good things about the experience were the very cheap price of the tickets and the Chicago layover. Would I do it again? I wouldn't endure such agony again unless the only other choice were Greyhound. Re: "Where are you at?" I digress from the topic of Amtrak to address your other concern. I taught English to middle schoolers in the 1970s and 1980s. My major teaching subject was social studies and English was my minor subject. Sometimes I had to teach both subjects. After being retired for more than six years, I've probably forgotten more than I remember. To those of you that have taken the role of the "grammar and composition police," I say LIGHTEN UP. When I taught English, I acquired the neurotic habit, in my mind, of correcting the spoken sentences of other people. I refused to openly correct them in front of others. The best way to make enemies is to make someone look stupid by embarrassing them in front of other people. It's my understanding that the Sandstorm is a forum in which most of us are expressing ourselves in a colloquial sense and not as if we were writing a scholarly paper in a college class. If I want to be totally bored, I will read some long, drawn-out textbook or take a class with a windbag, monotone professor. As for the colloquial expression, "Where are you at?"---it's likely derived from the New Orleans saying, "Where y'at?" which is New Orleanese for "Where are you at?" which interpreted means, "How ya doing, baby?" If you want a po-boy, the sandwich-maker might say, "Ya want dat dressed, dawlin'?" "Darlin'" and "baby" are simply friendly terms used for both sexes. The New Orleans Saints fans have a saying, "Who dat say dey gonna beat dem Saints, who dat, who dat?" The term "Yats" refers to lower and middle class common New Orleanians who tend to speak this way. They sound as if they have a Bronx accent. As for Cajun, that's another dictionary. Personally, I think we should appreciate the content of the articles instead of mentally making "red pencil corrections." So what if a few words are misspelled and the grammar and composition are not totally correct? The articles are mostly colloquial and should not be scrutinized as if they are composition papers in an English class. If you want to grade compositions and "lern how ta tawk rite," I suggest that you teach an English class and lay off of the simple mistakes that everyone makes writing Sandstorm articles. -Frank Whiteside ('63) ~ Byew Gauche, Lewzianuh **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton (Gold Medal Class of '63), She was 16 on the 16th, which has to make her 60 on the 16th She's the capital "J" in "Joi de Vivre" and has been their poster child as long as we all have known her Happy 60th Birthday to Jan Bell ('64), and may you continue to have the energy to lap the Energizer Bunny every day The Lovely Miss Nancy and Jimbeaux p.s. It's Anita Cleaver Heiling ('63) who is the poster child for "Joi de Vouvre" -Jim Hamilton (Gold Medal Class of '63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:Ed Wood(62) re:Amtrak experiences I have taken Amtrak from Bakersfield, CA to Spokane and also to Sandpoint, Idaho. the first time I took the train was in '91---broke down in Marysville, CA---sat on the tracks for more than 2 hours---middle of the night---missed my connection in Klamath Falls, so they put you on Amtrak bus(what a joke---most damn uncomfortable mode of transportation anyone ever invented!!!!)---take that all the way to Portland, then, find that the train to Portland has left(trains don't wait), get an AMTRAK charter bus to Pasco----what a flippin' mess----this bus HAS to also make a stop in Wishram(below the Columbia Gorge) to pick up passengers, who have been waiting for over two hours for the train that we were suppposed to be on----those people refused to get on the bus---said they were going to wait til the next day---well, you'd think SOMEBODY could have notified the bus driver of that little information, so that we would not have had to drive down the steep, narrow road to the depot in Wishram----I used to live there, and I hated driving down that steep road in a car, let alone a damn bus!!!!!!!!! the gal that was driving the bus did NOT know where the train depot in Pasco was, so she drove around for about 15 minutes----a guy in the back of bus told her she had exactly FIVE minutes to find the depot, or he was taking over the bus---he lived in Pasco and he knew where the damn depot was!!!!!!!! we were supposed to have been in Spokane by midnight----well, it IS midnight, and we are just getting into Pasco!!!!!!!! didn't get to Spokane til THREE in the morning!!!!!!!! BUT, I didn't learn, cause a couple years later, I again took AMTRAK to see my mom in Idaho and it again broke down and I again had to take a damn bus from Klamath Falls to Portland!!!!!!!!!! BUT, this time, I was able to get to Portland in time to get the train to Spokane and into Sandpoint!!!!!!! haven't taken the train since. Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of 64).......would you believe we are having high 70's, low 80's in Bakersfield, CA and it is the middle of June?????? but, the blasted heat is right around the corner---- Father's Day is Sunday and they are predicting triple digits!!!!!!!! ugh! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Lobdell ('69) Memorial service for Guy William Lobdell, class of '66 will be held at the Knight of Columbus hall in Richland, WA on Sat. June 17th at 3pm. All are welcome. -Alan Lobdell ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) I might as well get all the plugs in at once. The Midlife Crisis Comedy Tour will be at The Moore Theater in Seattle on Thursday, June 29th and The Tri-City Convention Center on Friday, June 30th. This is a great show. 4 headliners with over 90 years experience. It appeals to anyone between the ages of 19-90--you won't hear anything raunchy. The show in Seattle is a benefit for Gilda's Club. I hope to see a bunch of Bombers at both shows. Mike, will you be at the show in Kennewick? Come on, all the cool kids are doing it. You want to be popular don't you? Come on, try it. Mike'll be there--he's the 50 year old guy that still has all his hair. Also, I'll be at the Rivercenter Comedy Club in San Antonio July 12-16. The Bite of Seattle on July 21 and The Bite of Portland on Aug. 11-12th. There that should do it--come see the Midlife Crisis Comedy Tour! See what we'll make fun of. I ended that last sentence with a preposition! -Brad Upton ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Matt Crowley ('75) Re: Dutch Harbor Interesting to read the recent account of Dutch Harbor/Unalaska, AK. On a lark I signed up to work the king crab harvest there in the fall of 1980. For six weeks I worked the night shift in one of the processing factories removing the gills from the crabs after they were butchered. Not very fulfilling work, but like I said, it was an opportunity to go out to a remote part of the world free of charge (the seafood company provided free transportation from Spokane and Seattle) and earn some money ($4.90/hour!) That part of the world certainly has its own beauty, but it really was one of the worst experiences of my life. Way too many of my fellow employees were hard core drinkers and partiers, and it seemed that those were the ONLY things on people's minds. That got tiresome really quick. I was glad when the season ended early and I could get back home to Washington. But at least I did get to see something of the Aleutian Islands, and my experience makes for a good story to share with my students. I really can't imagine too many people taking the time and expense to give the Aleutian Islands a try as a travel destination, but birders especially might think it worthwhile. Hey, any former Bombers living out there in that sweep of islands? Don't let the wind blow you off Bunker Hill and into the Bering Sea! -Matt Crowley ('75) ~ Grants Pass, Oregon **************************************************************** **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Guy Lobdell ('66) ~ 1/19/48 - 6/7/06 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/17/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff and 2 Bombers funeral notice today: Ann Clancy ('50), Bill Berlin ('56) Jim Hamilton ('63), Bill Scott ('64) Ken Staley ('68), Shawn Schuchart ('78) Boehning Kids ('85, '87) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Sams ('65) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Dick Boehning & Linda Belliston ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Clancy Andrews ('50) After seeing Pappy Swan's ('59) picture in the Sandstorm, I am convinced he is a leprechaun disguising himself as a Homosapien. Why are the "wee ones" hanging out at this puddle and who is the real leader of this pack? Just a wondering mind wanting to know! -Ann Clancy Andrews ('50) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Dutch Harbor Memories With all the talk and pictures of Dutch Harbor's 4,000 feet, I used to fly in and think this was really something, Paved, long, and wide sure beat our little gravel strips up around Bristol Bay. Sitka too was cool, paved, long, and wide and if you ever flew into Annette Island, then Ketchikan's link to the South 48, you would know of the "hump" about two-thirds down the runway. That was thrilling and was something like a carrier take off, up the ":hump", airborne, a little dip, recovery, gear up and off to the nest stop. I am talking Lockheed Constellation 749s here but it was good "launch" for my little Piper Arrow. At one time I had an interest in Pennair, which was then based in King Salmon and served all kinds of well known Fed Fish and Wildlife and Alaska Department of Fish and Game locations... like Clark's Point, Egegik, Chignik, Nushagak, Lake Clark, Lake Illiamna (are we bringing back memories, Pappy?) and eventually down to King Cove, Cold Bay, Dutch and False Pass. King Salmon was an Air Force Base and the runway was very cool, 10,000 feet and ready for heavy logistics aircraft along with a lot of F-104s and 106s. Those dudes really sucked up the air on take-off so here is Bomber Bill running his Arrow up to 7,000 rpm (not really) just to get some take-off air. I probably flew into Dutch 40-50 times and some times, but not many, I was on VFR. This is what I thought flying was all about so when I landed on my first and only time on a carrier, it looked just like the strip at Peterson Point... only longer. The only two differences were that the carrier had less gravel on its strip and the damn thing kept bouncing up and down. Flying is relative. By the way, Alaska used to fly their 737-100 Combi's in to Dutch on a regular basis. Anyone ever fly into Adak when it was active? I did, but that is another story for another Sandstorm. Wow, fire works in Dutch? How modern is this world getting? I remember the only "fire works" we ever had in Dutch was Saturday night and it was indoors, a little wet and kind of sick the next day. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ Anacortes, WA where the weather is overcast but fairly warm and I am looking forward to the 1956 Class Reunion and Club 40 in September. Are you booked for both or either? Had a great Fly-in a couple of weeks ago, a first for Anacortes. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton (Gold Medal Class of '63) It's anniversary time again, right here in Gold Medal City. Congratulations to Linda & Dick Boehning on 40 years of happily wedded bliss. They're so dang cute together and I'm beginning to think that it's gonna work. Also kudos to Anita & Dean Newlywed who also are anniverserariating on Saturday, although I'm sure how many years, It's like twenty something years of non-stop fun, give or take, I think. Regardless, I'm looking forward to celebrating with the lot of them in July. Hopefully Dick's gunshot wound from that '58 Lafite them Heilings forced on us last year has healed, and we can get back to our main purpose of creating open spaces in their incredible wine cellar. Remember guys, "What happens in the family stays in the family" jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton (Gold Medal Class of '63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Scott ('64) Re: Amtrak I too have my own sad tale regarding Amtrak. Last summer we sent our oldest son back to Richland on the train to visit with his grandparents. For starters, the train was NINE hours late leaving San Luis Obispo (just up the road). Unthinkable. Then he was told at first he would probably have to ride the BUS from Klamath Falls to Portland because of track construction. As it turned out, he didn't. But he DID have to STAND all the way from Portland to Pasco because the train was oversold. Abominable. I can't imagine riding Amtrak again. -Bill Scott ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ken Staley ('68) Re: That Time of year Those of us who grew up in Richland probably all have memories of picking fruit, either for those few pennies a pound as kids, or anticipating those yummy desserts later in the fall. I just returned from picking 40 pounds of pie cherries. Our neighbor has a tree that is never picked, so this year, rather than see them go to waste, I got permission, and in less than an hour, filled my pail to over-flow. I cannot remember seeing so many cherries in my life. Granted, the neighbor does not prune the tree so it tends to look a bit wild. Still, there was so much fruit on the tree that some of the branches were in real danger of snapping... from CHERRIES! One of the very rich blessings of being raised and living in the area is the abundance that nature provides us with this time of the year. May you all take a few moments to find your local orchard and indulge, if nothing more than in a distant memory of youth. -Ken Staley ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shawn Schuchart Mabley ('78) Re: Yearbooks Does anyone know if there is a way to view our yearbooks online? [Class of '78's Columbian isn't online, but MANY classes have their Columbians online at:] To: Brad Upton ('74) I hold in my hand two first row tickets to the Midlife Crisis Comedy Tour June 30. My sister Teri's ('70) birthday was May 30 so I decided this would be a fun birthday gift for her. PLEASE NOTE: '70 is the year she graduated, not how old she is, although there is quite an age difference between us! -Shawn Schuchart Mabley ('78) ~ Walla Walla **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Boehning Kids ('85, '87) Just wanted to wish our parents, Dick and Linda Boehning ('63) a very happy 40th anniversary. If any two people were meant to be together, it would be them. As good as they are a couple, they are better parents and grandparents. We couldn't have picked better ones if we had the chance. Congratulations Mom and Dad. We love you. Paul and Suzanne Christensen Boehning ('85) Corey Boehning ('87) Grandkids: Cameron, Kendra, Cody, Kyson, and Kordell **************************************************************** **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notices >>Judy White Gunter ('51) ~ 3/31/34 - 5/19/06 >>Ken Baird ('69wb) ~ 7/29/51 - 5/26/06 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/18/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Marilyn De Vine ('52), Gus Keeney ('57) Pappy Swan ('59), Larry Mattingly ('60) Janie Walsh ('63), Betti Avant ('69) Robert Avant ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn De Vine ('52) Re: Lunch for Ladies of '52 I've received just 2 notes of interest so will not pursue this get- together. Maybe later in the summer? Meanwhile, I'll be at my "usual" Friday lunch at Sterlings, before enjoying events of Cool Desert Nights. I have charged Dave ('52WB) and Alice Rhodes with the job of reminding me about the All Bomber Lunch in West Richland, next month. To: Brad Upton ('74) Thank you so much for the heads-up on your itinerary! I, for one, have ordered tickets for the June 30th Midlife Crisis Comedy Tour and look forward to the event. I saw you at CBC a few years ago and you are, truly, one of the best! Will you, by chance, be on the Trafalgar cruise to Greece in October? (I'm hoping you will!) Re: The Dance Class Last night the Richland High School auditorium was packed as friends and relatives gathered to enjoy a wonderful program put on by The Dance Class, their annual recital showcasing all ages and abilities of dancers from little kids to parents! The audience just about brought down the house after the "Dancing Dads" finished their routine. Three of my grandchildren took part, ranging in age from 1st grade to my newest Bomber graduate. Bomber cheers to each and all, -Marilyn De Vine ('52)n ~ in calm, sunny, cool Richland. This weather is so perfect for getting yard work done... my roses are being taken over by weeds, but the sod I've put down is doing well. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) Re: Sunny Ogston Anderson ('57) Maren, I got the OK from Sunny to send this in. You can edit out the stuff you need to!!! Thanks, Gus No Gus, we are not on the Sandstorm mailing list. My brother has been bugging me about that for a year. So I guess you can do it if you like. It would be nice to have old friends thinking of you. Thanks, Sunny Subject: Fw: SUNNY'S CANCER IS IN CHECK Date: Jun 17, 2006 4:34 PM ----- Original Message ----- From: thomaslanderson To: Sunny Anderson Sent: Wednesday, June 07, 2006 10:52 AM Subject: SUNNY'S CANCER IS IN CHECK Dear family and friends, Very good news today from the visit to Sunny's oncology doctor. The scans are clear, meaning, in their words, "the cancer is in check." We've been waiting six months to hear that. And Sunny feels very well, more energy at the end of this recent sixth 3-week cycle than ever before, much more like her firecracker self now, eating well, walked the 10 km Race for the Cure on Saturday and spent five hours at the post race party that night. Saw Spamalot with friends last night at the National Theater in DC - - what fun -- and she is even putting on a little weight. All good things. Path forward is to continue the three-drug mix for one or two more cycles; no more than that because too much begins to have an impact on heart function. After that she will have a bone scan to check things out and then change the chemo, more than likely, to a single drug which we know will produce far fewer of the damn side effects. So things are definitely looking up here. She is out on the patio sun bathing believe it or not -- loves the return of warm weather. Your prayers and thoughts are working. Love, Tom, Dad and Grandpa Bomber cheers, -Gus Keeney ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Ann Clancy Andrews ('50) Shoor an' now Ann me dear, don' be a givin' away too much of me secrets now, or I'll be havin' me wee ones ta visit ya ta blow a bit ah sparklin' enchanten' dust on upon yee. It could very well turn ya inta a wee one an' then yee woo' ha' ta' live about the puddle makin' merry fer the rest ah eternity. Hummm, maybe I'll blow a bit on meself now. To: Bill Berlin ('56) Bill, we have to find each other at Club 40 this year and do a "Hey there!" All you have to do is say anything that relates to flying or Alaska and I begin to salivate, shake, and go into a fit of daydreams. My flying adventures and experiences pale drastically compared to many of you Bombers but when it comes to interest and enthusiasm, I rank right up there near the top of the list. I too, once and only once landed on a carrier but it was in a helicopter on the USS Princeton (converted to carry Marine helicopters). Which raises a question? The original USS Princeton was sunk in the Pacific in WW II (according to documentaries that I have viewed on the military or History Channels). Yet, I have verified that it was indeed the USS Princeton that I landed on and trained for a day (about 1960) when we were just beginning to develop the concept of "Vertical Envelopment" in the Marine Corps. Was there a second carrier by that name? Any Bombers know? -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where it's sunny and lovely and I am wondering, "Now days, is it my mounting number of seasons or do today's flu maladies hang on longer than they used to?" I know I'm not supposed to end with that word but the "Stones" or somebody got away with it. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Trains I too have had a couple of absurd experiences with Amtrak. Once in a while I have to run a truck one way to our Spokane facility. Usually I hop a Horizon flight back to SeaTac. But several years ago I decided to take a train just for fun. It wasn't. The heat was stuck in the "full on" position and they could not turn it down. A good Richland summer heat wave couldn't compare. Finally after a lady passed out from the heat, they stopped the train and disconnected something and it was fine until we got into the mountains and had to wait for snow clearing and nearly froze for several hours. We were nearly 8 hours late into Seattle. No apologies from anyone. While I am not a person who thinks anything is much better in Europe, their trains put Amtrak to shame. In my several trips there I have always just bought a first class Eurail Pass. It is even good for the local trains in many cities. And the trains leave and arrive on time or very close to it with few exceptions. In 1991 I rode a business class car from Veinna to Budapest that was as nice or better then any first class seat on a plane. Multi-channel TV/stock reports, swivel seats that reclined, and classy food and beverage service (with real food). The fellow sitting next to me on that trip was a senior VP of Eurail Corp. We talked trains the whole way to Budapest. He was justifiably proud of the system and recited lots of facts about it. One I remember (mostly because I was there a week later) is that the main train station in Zurich handles 900,000 passengers a day on 700 trains. I also have used trains in Japan on 3 trips there. It takes a bit to figure out the zones and kinds of trains, but the ticket computers are cool once you get used to them. The different lines have different colored cars. Trains in Japan are very crowded at commute times, but you can usually get where you are going on time if you plan ahead a bit. They also run very close to "on-time" all the time. For many reasons I don't believe America will ever be close to Europe or Japan in rail service. That is a huge subject that I won't get into. Note to Bill Berlin ('56) Dutch Harbor has had 4th of July fireworks for quite a number of years. However they have been small in numbers. I sent up half a ton of shells by barge 3 weeks ago and will present their first large format, electrically fired, choreographed display on the fourth this year. (weather permitting and the fog doesn't roll in). Re: flying to Dutch harbor. An agent for Alaska Air told me that the reason they stopped 737s into Dutch was that too many times they could not get in and had to return to Anchorage, and also there were apparently some close calls in ice and snow. I saw in the paper a while back that Alaska Air was going to sell the 3 737 combis as they were not as functional and profitable as they were expected to be. Riding the Saab 340 was not as bad as I expected. But, even as hard of hearing as I am, those turboprops are noisy. The Horizon turbos made by Bombardier aren't near that noisy. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Janie Walsh Williamson (Gold Medal Class of '63) Hi all, I'm trying to locate Joe Ford ('63). Last I heard he is living in Richland along the Columbia... If that is correct and if any Bomber has his phone number could you either ask him to call me or send me his number and I will call him... either way I need to connect with him. Thanks -Janie Walsh Williamson (Gold Medal Class of '63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: F-14 Tomcat - to Pappy -Betti Avant ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Avant ('69) Re: Dutch Harbor Memories I defer on the dates when the Japanese bombed the Dutch oil tanks as later than 1941, but Dutch Harbor was the anchor of the defense in the North Pacific. As to the 737s using the runway at Dutch; well that was just a special adventure whenever I flew out. First, cargo rode 1st class in front while all humans were at the back of the bus. Engines started, taxied to end of runway, turn back around (traffic on the road had to stop as the tail stuck out across it), then the pilot performed the only "power braking" maneuver that I can remember... engines screaming he would literally pop the brakes and Mr. Toads flight was off... because of the near constant winds through the mountains climb outs were very close to roller coaster rides... there was seldom a stone cold sober flyer on that plane, but gosh it was fun. -Robert Avant ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/19/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Mike Clowes ('54), Gus Keeney ('57) Pappy Swan ('59), Lynn Johnson ('63) Dennis Hammer ('64), Betti Avant ('69) Juli McKenney ('75WB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David Anguiano ('97) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: From the "Early Returns Dept." Since no-one asked for it, I'll put out the numbers of those who are registered to attend the Club 40 Reunion this coming September. I know you've all been waiting for them with baited breath; so here they are: Class of '45 will have 2; '46 will have 1; '47 will have 2 '48 will have 1 (is there a trend developing here?); '49 will have 4 (nope, guess not); '50 will have 2; '51 will have 11 so far for their 55th; '53 will have 3; '54 will have 9 (those party animals); '56 will have 51 so far for their 50th (does not include those who are coming only for the picnic and picture); '57 will have 2; '58 will have 3; '59 will have 1; '60 will have 3; '61 will have 6 so far for their 45th (does not include those who are coming only for the picnic and picture); '62 will have 1; '63 through 65 are not yet represented. And a reminder to the members of the Class of '66, you are eligible to attend this event. These numbers are those of Bombers only, spouses are not included unless they are also Bombers. Now, if you want to know the names of those who have signed up; go to the Club 40 web page at and scroll down to the Attending block, click it on, and you will see all the names we have at this time. Re: USS Princeton There was a light carrier (CVL) of that name sunk on or about October 24, 1944. Some time after her sinking a new Essex class CV was named Princeton. This latter ship served from the end of the war and for quite some time afterward. I'm sorry, but I haven't been able to come up with the hull numbers for either ship. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ just back from the Silverton, OR Strawberry Festival. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) Re: Sunny Ogston Anderson's ('57) Photos I forgot to add this info on the photos. The top shot is before the 10K and the bottom is after they finished. The lady that owns the house in the first photo is on the left in the bottom one. Sunny's great big smile gives her away with or without the hair!!! Sunny is one of those people that really lived up to her name. This is the email from Sunny's husband letter that came with the photos of the Race for The Cure. I'll see if I can get Sunny to supply the names of the folks in them. Dear family and friends, Here are a couple of photos from the Race for the Cure held last Saturday on the National Mall in Washington, DC. The first shot is of the 11 of us on the steps of Maddy Water's house in Alexandria just before we left to take Metro Rail to the race. Sunny met Maddy in her cancer support group in Washington, DC in 1993. She and her family have been like family to us ever since. Maddy is on the far left in the second photo. The second photo is that of our team at the end of 10 km. We walked it in 1 hr 12 minutes -- not bad considering it took more that 10 minutes just to get across the starting line behind about 25,000 others in front of us, and another 35,000 behind us pushing us on. Four of the women in the group are breast cancer survivors. For Maddy and Sunny the Race marked 13 years. Each year Maddy has special tee shirts made up for our group which we wear proudly all year long. We now have a special drawer full of them. The banner was a big surprise for Sunny -- and me when they unveiled it the morning of the race. Very tearful. Maddy and others made it and walked behind it in the Revlon Walk for the Cure last month in NYC where they raised $8000 for the cause. We carried it throughout the Race on Saturday as well. Take care and stay well. Love, Tom, Dad and Grandpa Keep The Faith, Sunny!!! -Gus Keeney ('57) ~ From Yuma, AZ where it's gonna be around 110 out here in The FootHills this afternoon. Looking forward to being in Richland the latter part of the week!!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Big Wiggleys To: Betti Avant ('69) Thanks Betti. Lowiq and Bogart (as usual) took off without filing a flight plan. There have been reports of a tiny silver UFO flashing by all across the Pacific northwest and of a tiny F-14 Tomcat appearing unannounced at model airplane meets, refueling and taking off, leaving officials scratching their heads as there seems to be no one on the ground controlling it. In addition, SSR's fuel tank seems to be drained of fuel every time I go to mow the lawn despite the fact that I refuel it after each mowing. Rumor has it that they were on a mission of mercy to locate and gather information on the giant Palouse nightcrawler-type worm which is reported to be near extinction. Their mission (which they chose to accept whether asked to undertake it or not) was to locate and render aid and assistance to the big wiggleys. Through the "underground pipeline" we have heard that the worms were stampeding toward Burbank in an effort to seek refuge near the puddle. Intel indicates that the worms may reach the North shore of the Snake River by the year 2050. Of course they will have to burrow under the river bottom or wait for a heavy rain storm to wiggle across the nearest dam or bridge. The most recent report came from a farm near Colfax where a farmer, I. B. Plowing, claimed his tractor was buzzed by a tiny Navy jet which then left a message in skywriting above him which said, "Shallow-up -- Worms need love 2!" -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where it's again sunny and lovely and since all the kids live elsewhere, Mrs. Pappy will treat me to Father's Day Dinner at the Red Lobster. I hope worms or snails are not on the menu. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lynn Johnson Andrews ('63) To: Janie Walsh Williamson (Gold Medal Class of '63) Re: Looking for Joe Ford ('63) You wrote that you are searching for Joe Ford. A few weeks ago I was attending the Oregon Library Assoc. annual conference at the Salem Convention Center and ran into Joe Ford there. We talked awhile, and he said that he is working as a library consultant with his wife and living in Olympia. -Lynn Johnson Andrews ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: USS Princeton CV-37/CVA-37/CVS-37/LPH-37 There have in fact been six navy ships named the Princeton. I had to research this because I was certain that I had spent a few hours on the USS Princeton in early 1970. The Princeton was being decommissioned at the same time we were in the shipyards for overhaul at Long Beach, CA. A First Class Radioman and I went aboard to look for equipment to salvage. All we had to do was put a tag on something we wanted and the yardbirds would remove it and bring it to our ship. It was already quite empty and cleaned out. We did not tag one piece of equipment, but I believe that some or all of our air conditioners came from the Princeton. Those air conditioners were about six feet by two and a half feet and about as tall as a man. They looked a lot like the "Kaiser" air conditioner that Al Bundy bought on an episode of "Married with Children." Our ship was built in WWII and one of the last 8" gun cruisers left so most of the areas of the ship did not have air conditioning. The fourth USS Princeton CVL-23 was commissioned in 1943 and sunk in the battle of Surigo Straits in 1944. A new carrier, the CV-37, on was already being built at the time and was named in honor of the previous Princeton. The Princeton was converted to an amphibious assault carrier and reclassified LPH-5 in March 1959. Here is a website with a lot on info Note the line, "From May until January 1960, Princeton trained with Marine units from Camp Pendleton..." Maybe that was when you landed aboard. The current USS Princeton CG-57 is one of those AEGIS Guided missile cruisers. -Dennis Hammer ('64) ~ Comet/????/Pioneer/Bomber/Hawk/Couger/Squid **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) To my dear brother Howard ('72-RIP) -- the 11 years you have been gone has been a roller coaster. On this day of your passing I just want you to know how much you were loved and you are missed by everyone. I know you are with Dad and Mom and probably talking sports with anyone who will listen. Bye for now and I'll see you again one day. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA looks like rain today **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Juli McKenney ('75WB) Re: Richland Theatre production of "Rocketship X-M" Hi. Was wondering if anyone had information on a production the Richland Theatre did of "Rocketshp X-M" back in the mid 50s. There's a photo in the Hanford Declassified database of their float in the Atomic Frontier Days parade. If I could locate one of the individuals involved in the production I would be interested in talking to them about it. -Juli McKenney (Would have been class of '75 but my family left Richland in the late 60s. '75WB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/20/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Richard Roberts ('49), Gene Horne ('57) Carol Bishop ('57), George Swan ('59) Kim Watson ('62), Carol Converse ('64) Gary Behymer ('64), Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dorothy Keys ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard "Dick" Roberts ('49) To: All who are interested Carol Tyner Roberts ('52) and I saw the "Drowsy Chaperone" last night at the Marquis Theater in NY. A five Tony Award musical that is setting Broadway on fire. If you have one important event still left to take place in your life, I suggest you see this show. It is so entertaining, with new music and lyrics. It's laced with contemporary and vaudeville comedy with a creative gimmick that holds your attention and creates a seamless flow between the musical numbers. Of course, our daughter, Linda Griffin, is in the show so that makes us pretty proud parents. Bomber cheers, -Richard "Dick" Roberts ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gene Horne ('57) and Carol Bishop Horne ('57) To: Gus Kenney ('57) Thanks Gus for the email and the pictures of Sunny and family and friends... Sorry to hear about Sunny... if she is now reading this... keep the faith and hang in there... the class of '57 is behind you all the way... we'll see you next year at our 50th... -Gene Horne ('57) and Carol Bishop Horne ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Club 40 Reunion Hey '59ers! Am I going to be sitting all alone at the Class of '59 table? I promise to use deodorant and keep my mouth shut. To: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) and Dennis Hammer ('64) Re: Anchors Away... back then Thanks to both of you for your responses to my USS Princeton question. Dennis you really came through. Well Done! The USS Princeton LPH-5 has to be the one that I trained on. I have appreciated your knowledge of military history as evident from your Alumni Sandstorm postings. And Bob, I always enjoy your stories of naval aviation when we get together. Dennis shared this picture with me of him on one of the "little" boats that he served on. I trust that he will not mind my posting it here. It might be interesting if we Bomber Vets sent in pics of ourselves in our much younger and thinner military days. I'll dig around and see if I can find one of a skinny Pappy. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where Lowkey, Darby, and I attempt to ignore occasional inquires as to reports of a UFO resembling a tiny F-14 Tomcat zipping in and out of controlled airspace all across the Pacific northwest. I wonder where those two are today? **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kim Watson Kahl ('62) I need to get Betsy Fox Vance's ('63) email address asap... re: elderly parent support group she formed. -Kim Watson Kahl ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) To: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) I tried emailing you, but the note was sent back. You had mentioned being in Silverton, OR for the Strawberry Festival. My husband and I were in Silverton last year for a very short time. Had wanted to go to the tea shop for tea, but it was too early in the day to be opened. We really liked the area though. Does Silverton have a website do you know? I would be interested in learning about the different things going on there. Perhaps we could go to the Strawberry Festival next year. Thanks, -Carol Converse Maurer (Boomer Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA where the sun is shinning. I need to find time to go out and weed. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: "The Legend of the Indian Wrapper" Without looking it up...does anyone remember "The Legend of the Indian Wrapper?" Re: Candy Store List... '50s candy / '60s candy / '70s candy / '80s candy -Gary Behymer ('64) ~ Colfax, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) So, that's what the buzzing in my ear was on my walk Saturday morning. I thought at first it was a bee leaving the flowering plant I had just walked by. It must have been Lowiq and Bogart instead as there was an air show in Olympia this past weekend. I heard this morning they had come by about that same time and "buzzed" the pond a greeting. I'll keep my eyes peeled for any UFO activity and let them know if I spot anything they may be interested in. Elves and Bombers do have fun, -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/21/06 ~ SUMMER SOLSTICE ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Marguerite Groff ('54), Grover Shegrud ('56) Julie Wilson ('62), Frank Whiteside ('63) Jim Hamilton ('63), Gary Behymer ('64) Kathy Hoff ('64), Robert Davis ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan Rushworth ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rob Hills ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Hames ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) To: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Thanks for publishing the registration list for Club 40's September reunion. I went to the web site to see who was signed up from 1954. Gasp!! My name wasn't there!! Realization hit: "I haven't signed up!". My registration is in today's mail! I also realized that some of the registered names were of folks that will be helping their spouses (1956) celebrate their 50th reunion. What's left, may not even fill up a table for '54. So - this is my effort to remind fellow 1954 classmates to get busy and get that registration in the mail. (Besides, as your representative to the Club 40 Board, I feel it's my job). There are many of you living in the Tri-Cities. What's your excuse?? Even though we are not the honored retirees, we always have great fun just enjoying reconnecting with each other. Hope to see YOU there!! To check out the registration list go to: -Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) ~ n Richland, enjoying the summer. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Grover Shegrud ('56) Re: Graduation Last Friday just a short 50 years and a few days after my Columbia High School graduation I walked again, this time as a college graduate. Ok so it was a community college; Edmonds Community College to be exact. With an associates degree; Associate of Technical Art - CIS Network Technology Degree. It seemed a bit more difficult this time to retain stuff but I made it none the less, and with better grades than before. Now it's off to find a job! -Grover Shegrud ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. From: Julie Wilson Benson ('62) Tuesday 06/20/2006 6:10:20pm COMMENTS: I'm living in Brazil, along the Amazon River. Would enjoy hearing from former classmates. -Julie Wilson Benson ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Frank Whiteside ('63) Re: Reminder - First Post-Katrina Bomber Lunch DATE: Saturday, June 24 TIME: 3 pm PLACE: Quarter View Restaurant, 613 Clearview Parkway, Metairie, LA PHONE: 504-887-3456 So far we have about 8 people. If anyone else wishes to attend, please contact me. For directions, use Mapquest or contact me. Remember, the restaurant doesn't open until 3 pm since Katrina. (Pretty hard to get enough restaurant workers when the big fast food chains are now paying $10 an hour plus $600 a month bonuses). See you there! Don't forget your camera, Maren. -Frank Whiteside ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton (Gold Medal Class of '63) Well Kimo Sabe, Me think the Boy with three middle names is having another birthday Happy 61st Birthday to Robert William Alexander Lafayette Hills. jimbeaux p.s. I actually have a Birthday Present for you, and you thought I couldn't top the Carol Doda postcard I gave you last year -Jim Hamilton (Gold Medal Class of '63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Spent 2 great hours in the Pullman movie complex with grandsons Craig & Nicolas watching the new Disney//Pixar flick "Cars." One 'car', Doc Hudson, with voice by Paul Neuman, was a 1951 Hudson Hornet. So what you say! I was foolish enough to pass on my folks' 1952 Hudson Hornet back in 1962 because I thought it was 'ugly.' Not so... I say now and certainly reflect on that big green machine, with but 33,000 miles on the odometer, that my Dad sold to Mike Mathis ('61-RIP) and his brother, ?. The selling price was $100.00. (Note...My folks put but 33,000 miles on this automobile in 10 years. Our vacations were on the Columbia River at our boathouse.) -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kathy Hoff Conrad ('64) Re: R2K Dinner The All Class R2K Dinner is Saturday, June 24th at 6 p.m. in the Ice Harbor Room at the Hanford House. The cost of the dinner is $15.00. If you would like to attend, please let us know A.S.A.P. The class of '66 is also having their 40th Reunion this weekend at the Hanford House. So come down and join us for some Bomber Fun. See you at the Spudnut Shop Sat. morning! -Kathy Hoff Conrad ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Davis ('73) Re: Sandstorm.Subscription Hi, Okay, I've been a lurker of the Alumni Sandstorm for years (too many to count!)... figure I'd best subscribe and fess up. Name: Robert Davis, Class of '73 I only lived in Richland from 1970 through 1973... my high school years -- while my dad worked for Bechtel at the FFTS out at Handford. I ran cross country (not well) and might still have a couple of photos from the period... will have to do some digging. Thanks, -Robert Davis ('73) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/22/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers and 1 NAB sent stuff: Helen Cross ('62), Linda Reining ('64) David Rivers ('65), Bill Wingfield ('67) Sandy Clark ('71), Brad Upton ('74) Kevin Quane ('77), Danny Bates (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Stu Osborn ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) First of all congratulations to Grover Shegrud ('56) on completing such a neat goal and starting on such an exciting new adventure!! Hello to fellow classmate, Julie Wilson Benson ('62). Tell us a little more about your life along the Amazon River. sounds interesting!! I've only spent a night in a jungle camp along the Madre (sp?) River which I believe feeds into the Amazon in Peru, and I thought that was an amazing experience!! We have just returned from an adventure of an 8 day train trip (in a private RR car and sleeper, complete with a chef and dinners on fine china with crystal to Washington D.C. and Chicago. We were part of a group of 21 Russians and Americans. Our being included is because we met some of these people when we made the mission trip to Samara, Russia over Christmas, 2004. I couldn't have enjoyed both cities more, and we had great weather which helped. We went to the Library of Congress in D.C. and met with some congressmen, (one was a woman representative) and in Chicago went to the Methodist Temple and it's chapel in the sky, which was wonderful and I loved the Golden Mile along Michigan Street, along with the boat ride, and visiting the Sear's Tower for the view, and the 95th and 96th floors of the John Hancock Building for it's view. And seeing the Buckingham Fountain during it's color show at 8:45 pm. I know I sound like a travel guide, but who knew these cities could be so clean and fun, and interesting. And full of flowers. Chicago rivals London with all it's flowers now!! And being with interesting people helps. We are hoping to return to Russia again this Christmas to meet with some of these wonderful Christians in the former Soviet Union again. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ back home in the house by the little lake where a cool breeze in blowing in my window, but it says it's in the high 70s at 11:32 at night. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:Grover Shegrud ('56) re:graduation CONGRATS!!!!!!!! just proves we are never too old to learn! *grin* -Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64).......triple digit temperatures in Bakersfield, CA.....thank goodness for air conditioning!!! *grin* **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Party girls Gotta send this a day early since I'm gonna be in the old home town for the next few days... but gotta do the other end of the Birthday girls' celebration... on the 23d Diane Murphy ('65) will catch up to her pal Cathy Mouton ('65) age wise (don't think anybody can run fast enough to actually catch up to her)... so have a blast kids and enjoy your youth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Wingfield (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) To: Robert Davis ('73) Is your dad Leo Davis? Remember me? Are Leo and Bobby still alive and happy in Arkansas? How about your sister, Denise? -Bill Wingfield (BRC67) ~ Augusta, GA, but soon moving to Santa Fe, NM. Any Bombers there in the Santa Fe/Los Alamos area? **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sandy Clark Chamberlin ('71) Re: class of 71 "missing" The Class of 1971 is having their 35th Reunion on August 11-13. We need registrations as soon as possible, so we know whether the wine tour and Sunday brunch cruise will be happening. If you have any questions please call me [phone number removed for Sandy's privacy -- email her for the telephone number. -Maren] or email me. Here is a partial list of those classmates we have yet to find, along with the last city we had listed for them. Can anyone help us locate them? Katharine West Kennewick Gary Turner Portland, OR David Connally Houston, TX Bryan Smith Acworth, GA Patti Neibaur Yunktom, SD Noel Clifford Jones Corvallis, OR Judith Nelson Lynnwood, WA. Ann Reynolds Ogden, UT Steven Preece Hill Air Force Base, UT George "Rick" Weetman Wallace, ID Sharon Rickaby Richland Craig Destree Benton City Larry Stone Tacoma Robin Moore Billings, MT Janice Buchanan McKay Camas, WA Any help would be appreciated. Thanks -Sandy Clark Chamberlin ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) Mike Davis ('74) has been very quiet. I think something is up. I know what it is... He's sitting at home with his tickets for the Midlife Crisis Comedy Tour in his hand! Yeah, that's it. See you on the 30th, Mike! -Brad Upton ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kevin Quane ('77) To: Ed Wood ('62) Re: Amtrak Rule #1 about riding the train is Dont Be In A Hurry. I ride the Coast Starlight about 5 times a year from Seattle to San Francisco for business and for ball games. I've been known to head south arrive in the Bay Area around 9am hit a ball game, go bar hopping or ride the bridge, catch the next train north around 10pm and head home to work. The best part of the ride is relaxing in your seat watching the world go by. What I dont see going one way you see on the return. There is nothing like riding around Mt. Shasta at 7am with a cup of really bad coffee and a shot of brandy. -Kevin Quane ('77) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Danny Bates (NAB) To: Nola Davey Meichle ('56) Re: Carleton P. Craven, Class of '56 You inquired about death of Carleton Craven. There is an obit in the Washington Post April 21, 1980 for a Carleton P. Craven born 08/04/1938, son of James J. Craven, Jr., and brother of Gail Watson. Check of SSN show it issued in Washington state. NB: In Class year 1959, Carl Craven was my classmate at APSU, Clarksville, TN. I'm trying to determine if the obit matches him. -Danny Bates (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/23/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Nola Davey ('56), Helen Cross ('62) Hector Alvarez ('64), Robert Davis ('73) Mike Davis ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Peg Sheeran ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Diane Murphy ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nola Davey Meichle ('56) To: Danny Bates (NAB) Re: Carleton P. Craven, Class of '56 I appreciate what you are doing for me. Carleton had a sister Gail ('54). I am sure we have the right one. To: Sandy Clark Chamberlin ('71) Re: class of 71 "missing" I know I am probably stating the obvious, but try the Internet white pages directory, using just the State. Also, there is a web site (free) called ZabaSearch. You can type in the approximate year of birth and that helps quite a bit. -Nola Davey Meichle ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) I have to throw in my agreement with Kevin Quane ('77) about I've seen some pretty amazing sights from a train over the years, in the good ole US, Europe, especially Norway, and Japan. One of my earliest memories of beautiful scenery from a train was a moonlit night of snow covered trees on a train going from Seattle to WSU in about l965. I can also tell horror stories about the train being late, and having to get off the train to make a call and tell my husband I would be late getting into Chicago by about 12 hours, and having to leave my 2 sons (about 11 months and 3) on the train to do this, in the days before cell phones... one of the scariest moments in my life... But I can also tell some horror stories about missing plane connections and spending hours in airports... I love trains, despite the close quarters. I love to sit and watch the world go by. I continue to hope that somehow US trains will become as efficient as the trains of Europe and Japan, and other places I'm sure. I believe there are some commuter trains that run efficiently and economically? in the North east around New York and Connecticut... -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ where we are enjoying hot, humid air, but very green lush yards and gardens here at home by the little lake. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Hector Alvarez ('64) To: Linda Reining ('4) Re: Your comment on getting old Linda, the best part about getting old is... that everyone is getting old at the same time as you. I remember you well... I think you and were in the same English (Mrs. Macy) and Biology class (Mr. Pritchett). Go Bombers, -Hector Alvarez ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Davis ('73) To: Bill Wingfield ('67) Re: Is my dad Leo Davis? Hi Bill, Yep, that's the guy. Leo and Bobby are still in Arkansas; 20+ years in Hot Springs Village. Golfing, performing with the local theater and generally doing what 'retired' folks do to keep busy. Slowing down a little but still pretty much 'in the swing of things' for all that. After travelling about the country a bit, Denise ended up a bit north... well, an hour north in Little Rock. She's a computer jockey for the Little Rock Police Department. I'll send their email addresses under separate 'cover'. They'd get a kick out of hearing from you. -Robert Davis ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Davis ('74) To: Brad Upton (74) Re: Mike has been quiet Actually, I've been quiet lately because I'm just now recovering from my public bashing of the misrepresentation of the beloved "preposition." Strike me down! Apparently, since grammar and its usage is not my strong point it's time to switch to math............ Okay, let's begin with the basics like counting. Let's count the number of hairs on your head .....1.......2.......3.......4.......5! Hey, that was fun! -Mike Davis ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/24/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers and 1 NAB sent stuff: Dick Harris (49), Mike Clowes ('54) Tom Verellen ('60), Donni Clark ('63) Linda Reining ('64), Jeff Michael ('65) Betti Avant ('69), Allan K. Willey (NAB) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick Harris (49) Summer Solstice - Bonnie and I are in Uppsala, Sweden for Mid-Sommer Celebration on 6/23/06 and have been to museum and park for the celebration by the Swedes of the longest daylight of the year. There was lots of May pole dancing and folk dancing, etc. We have been to Copenhagen, D.M./Malmo, Sweden for the Rotary International Convention and then picked-up by a Swedish Rotarian friend from Uppsala, SW for several days traveling in Denmark and Sweden. We are blessed with great friends! Greetings to all, everywhere! -Dick Harris (49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: Amtrak Noticed a few remarks regarding service by the National Rail Passenger Corporation (Amtrak). Remember this, it is a quasi-government concern (like the post office) and, with the exception of the Northeast Corridor, runs on the rails of private railroad companies. Most of those companies don't care to have their service interrupted by Amtrak. Some of those companies did their best in the '50s and '60s to discourage passenger service on their own lines. Taking all that into consideration, plus Congressional interferrence (reduction of budget primarily), it is a wonder that the trains even run. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ gearing up for a warm weekend in Mount Angel, OR, where the weather guessers promise 90 warm degrees by Sunday. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60, the bizzaro class of '06) Re: Notification to the spelling police Henceforth all sentences must end in a preposition, eh. Furthermore "eh" is hereby a preposition, eh. A bit of thanks to our Canadian friends, eh. Thank you for your attention to. -Tom Verellen ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) Hi Bombers! I spend a lot of time catching up as it seems time never stands still and there is so much to do. Just had to add my experience with trains, all of which has been all good. My first ride on the train was in l949 from LA to Pasco. That was in the days when they still had sleeping berths, black porters that waited on you, and where you ate in dining cars with linen tablecloths. I was only 4 and it was a fun and exciting adventure! I can still remember sleeping in the berth on top and pulling the curtain, so it felt like special hide-a-way and watching the moon and starts and lights dance along outside the window to the tune of "Toot, Toot Tootsie, good-by " and "Chatanooga Choo-Choo", two of the songs my mother taught me when I was little. That train also brought me to a new Daddy and my life in Richland. How special was that! Two years later my Mom and I took the train to Pasco again, this time from Hot Springs, South Dakota. We had to move back to Hot Springs for a year after a fire burned our barn down. It was while we were there that Daddy got word from Hanford to come, they had a job waiting for him there. Daddy was working in the fields and he said I came out running to tell him the news that someone was on the phone from Hanford. So that was another positive train adventure. In 1972 I took all four of my children up to see their grandparents for Christmas. They met us in Portland. I can still remember going up the coast and seeing the snow sparkling on the ground. So many wondrous things to point out to my children. We took several train rides up the coast through the years to see my parents. The kids loved it we got to see so much more then if we had flown. Since then we have taken our grandkids on day trips to Sea World, and Zoos in San Diego and Santa Barbara. We have always had a wonderful time, good experiences. We sit at the table and play games and watch the ocean and the world go by. We live by the Fullerton Train Station and they have train shows every year. We have a new little grandson who now is crazy about trains. Such fun to hear them "Toot" and "Chug" and "Whoo-whoo! Looking forward to lots more exciting Train Adventures! -Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:Hector Alvarez(64) re:classes together I remember you from school, too, but I had Mrs. Jensen for English and I was fortunate enough to never have had to take Biology! *grin* had General Science in 9th grade, so didn't have to take anymore science classes in high school. maybe we had Government together with Mr. Dawald or US History with Mr. Blankenship. either way, I DO remember you---you were one of the cool kids! *grin* Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of 64)........triple digits have arrived in Bakersfield, CA........supposed to be 105 today(Friday)and stay this way all through the weekend and into next week!!!!!!! this is NOT my kind of weather---am already anxious for WINTER to arrive and summer JUST started!!!!!!! ugh! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeff Michael (Leading Edge Class of '65) Hey there Bombers and Bomberettes... Just saw David Rivers ('65) limping around the car show over by DQ. We shot a few for a bit, looked at some cars (and girls) and I headed out. Busy weekend for me, three weddings in three cities (well, Grandview ain't quite a city, but it's got a real nice wedding facility at Ashley's Catering). Walla Walla Saturday and Spokane Sunday. Guess I'll be pooped come Monday!! To: Kevin Quane ('77) and Helen Cross Kirk ('62) I likes da way you travels! I've used the "Coaster" between San Diego and Santa Anna a few times. Amtrak has a nasty habit of dropping one or two of the late, but not real late trains down the coast. Have had to sit in San Juan Capistrano for an hour to catch the last train. Nice coffee shop at the station, though, that is good. I rode subways and trains, including the Bullet, while in Japan. It is true, they DO have "stuffers" at peak travel times. I would have enjoyed the bullet train more if the circumstances had been different. A friend of mine and I had ridden our motorcycles South of Tokyo to camp on the beach for a weekend. On the way back, my friend was knocked off his bike by the rear view mirror of a truck coming at him in the center of a tunnel. He had nowhere to go but down. His left shoulder was dislocated. Another friend that had gone double-up with us rode my bike back to Tokyo. I helped my buddy get on the train to get back ASAP. Every minor dump brought tears to his eyes. Back at the base, the medics put a screw in his shoulder for a few weeks while it mended, then took the screw out. Gives me shivers thinking about it! Trains and subways in other European countries have always been good and not so crowded. I had a metro pass in Atlanta for a week once. That was really cool. I toured "the Underground" and many parts of the surrounding area above ground vie trains and busses. The Russian subways were a bit scary. After seeing so much of the infrastructure in disrepair, I did not get warm fuzzy feelings about being in an underground tube! But, I did fine. There were no trains in Libya, only busses. Now there was a truly scary ride above ground! I much preferred to use my Lambretta scooter of Carmen Ghia convertible. The I only had to fend off the taxi cabs. There is just no thrill like getting trapped on a round-about and unable to get to the street you want for several spins. This was common in Tripoli and fairly frequent in Tokyo. Ya know, I haven't set foot in a Ben Freanklin since I got back to the Tri-Cities. Methinks I should give that a try...maybe while GWWay is all messed-up. Have a great weekend! -dj jeff michael (the leading edge class of '65) where the skies are so blue and the river is so fast; or is that the wispy clouds are so fast and the river is so blue, along the banks of Oh, Columbia. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) All this talk about Amtrak got me thinking about Greyhound. A few years back I flew to Spokane and spent some time with my cousins in Cheney. We went to their time-share in Newport, Oregon for a few days. They dropped me off in Richland on their way back to Cheney. I took the bus from Pasco to Cheney so I would be back up there to fly out. The driver was a real stand-up comedian. There were several people already on the bus but for those of us who got on in Pasco he went through all the rules. No this and no that and when he was summing things up he said if there is something I didn't mention that sounds like fun to you, don't do it because it's illegal too. We went through Connell in case someone was waiting for the bus. When we got to Ritzville he stopped. He said since we were ahead of schedule anybody who wanted to go into the convenience store could (he wanted a cigarette break himself) and no one got off or on so it was on to Cheney. The one thing I noticed about the bus from the last time I rode it it seemed the seats were larger and there was more leg room. Not too long before I left Kansas Greyhound was cutting back their routes and some cities weren't going to be stopped at any longer. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where it's supposed to hit 90+ by Sunday **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Allan K. Willey (NAB) I am trying to locate Ann Pearson Burrows ('50). I have art work done by her mother Thelma Pearson from Lincoln City, OR and would like to update my Bio. on her. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Mrs. Pearson was a contemporary of my Gr. Grandmothers Edith Willey and Harriet Chapin McKinlay Hackwood who were both Wa. St. Artists. Thanks, -Allan K. Willey (NAB) ~ Lynnwood, WA ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/25/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Dick Harris (49), Dick Pierard ('52) Ray Loescher ('57), Pappy Swan ('59) Dennis Hammer ('64), Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Julie Smyth ('69wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Phil Belcher ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick Harris (49) Correction on E-mail address. Hi to all from Uppsala, Sweden! -Dick Harris (49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick Pierard ('52) As I read the accounts of unpleasant experiences with Amtrak travel, I feel badly about the situation, especially since I have ridden trains in Europe, Japan, and Australia and know what a nice way of getting around they really can be. Here in the Northeast train travel can still be pleasant in spite of all that the freight railroads and airline industry do to undermine the quality of service. But when the big auto copies and oil industry did everything they could to destroy what was once an excellent U.S. network of passenger trains and an administration in Washington insists Amtrak has to make a profit, it is quite understandable why Amtrak is fighting an uphill battle. I fear it will lose in the end and we as Americans will be worse off culturally. -Dick Pierard ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray Loescher ('57) Re: Fred Latendresse ('57) Anyone seen Fred? He was supposed to move to Kennewick sometime this year. -Ray Loescher ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Okay all ya'alls, "Toot toot" and "Chug" and "Whoo-whoo! Eh. To: Tom Verellen ('60) Have you ever noticed that when you are around others in "theirs" or if they are from a "furin" location and in "yours" that they speak kinda funny? I worked three years in a row with a team of Canadian fisheries research biologists at some of the mid-Columbia dams, eh. For me, it was a lot like being in other parts of our country or like many times before when I was around someone from elsewhere. Even after short close associations with them, like three months or so, I begin to pick up bits of their expressions and speak a little like them, eh. When in Marine Boot Camp and Infantry Training Regiment, I "buddied up" with a guy from Texas, named Starnes. In field training, we were fox hole buddies so we soon learned that we had the same outdoor interests. It just seemed that we formed a natural bond of friendship without even trying. Then, I realized that I began to drawl, ya'all. We found out that we were both being assigned to Kilo Company, Third Battalion, 5th Marines. Then we went home on leave, me back to Bomberville, Washington and him to Texas, with his insistence (just as we parted), that we go for "co' bers" when we returned to Camp Margarita on Camp Pendleton. At the end of my leave, I reported in to the company clerk, got assigned to third platoon and asked which platoon Starnes was in. I was stunned when I learned that Starnes would not be reporting in. He had been hit and killed by a car when hitchhiking in Texas. Now, all ya'lls, for all these here years, I have always wondered what Starnes meant by "co' bers?" Just two or three days ago, Marine Captains, Jim House ('63) and Brad Wear ('71), with "Texas time" in their repertoire, once again provided training for this 'Ol Sergeant, when they informed me that co' bers come in six packs and in Washington that translates to "cold beers." I know, that seems so simple now. Anyway, last night, I sat on the front porch at sundown and hoisted a "co' ber" to Pvt. Starnes, USMC (RIP). Then, although I drink very little in my seasoned years, I drank a co' ber for him, too. Semper Fi, Starnes! Rest in Peace, Buddy. And then, there is my Marine Buddy and adult-lifelong friend, Crazy Otto Wilde (Wildeman) from McCall, ID who married a Lovely Canadian lass and settled in Canada, raised two beautiful girls and flew helicopters until retiring. I think he still sneaks into the air in a whirlybird once in a while. The point is - I am no longer his "Buddy." I'm now his "Mate," eh. To: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) Finally, I get to meet you and your spouse Gary in about two months. I am looking forward to that and wandering about the sands and shops of the Oregon seaside. I am so excited that I "Toot toot" and "Chug" and "Whoo- whoo! Those terms aptly describe the sounds of Pappy in his seasoned years, but, I'll be travelin' by car and maybe bringing a bike (pedal pumpin' type). From reading the experiences of other Bombers, if I came by choo choo, I would probably be late or arrive by bus. -George "Pappy" Swan ~ Burbank, WA where Lowkey has been reading "Sandstorm" over my shoulder as usual, so now, I am beginning to understand what looks like tiny railroad tracks running along the scenic route past the puddle, around the garden, over the flower beds, and through the rain forest (sprinkler running on the shrubs). I keep hearing little "toot toots" and although I "puff and chug" a lot, its not me tooting (usually), and my days of "Whoo-whoo!" are long gone. Reports of Lowiq's and Bogart's cross-country joy ride continue to filter in along with tales of gas siphoning at a lawn mower near any driveway, long stretch of lawn, or quiet street where a tiny Tomcat could set down but takeoff quickly. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) Re: Atomic bomb monument Quite by accident, while looking for informantion on Stiltsville, the houses built on stilts a mile out in Biscayne Bay, Florida, (I was trying to find out if they had survived last years hurricanes), I ran accross this information on Tinian Island, where the "Enola Gay" and "Bock's Car" took off with the "Fat Man" and "Little Boy." The B-29s were too low to the ground to bring the bombs under them, so two special pits were constructed to lower the bombs into. The planes then rolled over the pits and the bombs hydraulically raised into the planes. The two pits have now been restored with plexiglas covers built over them. -Dennis Hammer ('64) ~ from a Bomber on safari in Lion Country **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Re: New Orleans Lunch - 6/24/06 -Maren Smyth ('63 & 64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Julie Smyth Moss ('69wb) Re: Vacations To: Gary Beyhmer ('64) Bathhouse Vacation? And I laugh about our once-a-year-Sunday-after-Mass vacations. I'm sure it was once a year when Mom had had enough of seven kids and Dad, to boot. So we'd all pile in the 1952 Oldsmobile station wagon "Woodie" and go to the Indian Reservation and watch the Indians spear fish. Mom stayed at home and had a good three hours to herself! No spa, no manicure or pedicure---just joyful silence. Maren-if you have any corrections, you're older than I, so your re-memory should be better about this. -Julie Smyth Moss ('69wb) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Ju -- the "woodie" was a 1949 Pontiac... the car I learned to drive on.. and the only "vacation" I remember was Mom telling us we were going on vacation and we went to Benton City to pick peaches at Chalky ('45) and Sue Conway's place. BENTON CITY!! And we believed her!!! -Maren] ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/26/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Grover Shegrud ('56), Tom Verellen ('60) John Adkins ('62), Dave Hanthorn ('63) Deedee Willox ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betty Hiser ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cyndy Brooks ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Roxanne Southard ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Grover Shegrud ('56) To: Dennis Hammer ('64) Closer to home at Wendover Airfare Base, Wendover Utah you can see the atom bomb pits for the crew training used before Tinian. You might have to talk nice to the airport folks to get out to the pit(s) but well worth it. My Boy and I took a ride on the Collings B24 Witchcraft yesterday out of Payne field Everett; WOW! another summer adventure to remember. Two years ago we took the B17 flight (it took two years to save up enough rebate and found money to afford the flight). A bit of trivia: Who built the Boeing B29s used to drop the atom bombs on Japan? No prize, answer later. -Grover Shegrud ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) I was married to one of those good ol' Texas gals for a while, yeh hah (I'm hoping yeh hah is now a preposition). So y'all got that right, eh. TV near Lacey WA eh -Tom Verellen ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: Class of '66 Call for Pictures For anyone from the class of 1966 with photo's from the 40th reunion - and a desire to share those pictures with your classmates. Send them to me via E-Mail, or contact me and we will arrange an alternate method. I would like to get these pictures into an order and produce the DVD within a couple of weeks. -John Adkins ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sharon Brooks Sims ('62) To: Cyndy Brooks Cowman ('68) Enjoy your anniversary trip and a very Happy Birthday. Love Sharon & Randy -Sharon Brooks Sims ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Hanthorn (Gold Medal Class of '63) Re: the woody Maren and Julie, That ol' Pontiac woody brings back a lot of good memories for me too. I remember when your Dad would load it up with neighborhood kids and take us to Kennewick to see a Tri-City Braves baseball game at Sanders Field. I remember when your brother Tim ('62) would load it up with neighborhood teenagers and take us to "buck night" (a dollar for a carload) at the drive in movies. And I remember several epic trips to Yakima to see the mighty Bombers crush the Cadets or the Pirates in great basketball battles. That old car was a huge beast of a car with a "straight eight" engine that certainly didn't get out of single digits in the miles per gallon department, but with gas at 25 cents per gallon, everybody would chip in their pocket change and we would have enough to go wherever we wanted to go, including to A&W for a TeenBurger and a large root beer in a frosted mug. We had a blast in that old woody, and I will always remember it and the Smyth family as an important part of my youth. Thanks for the memories. Bombers have more fun, -Dave Hanthorn (G.M.C. '63) from sunny and hot Mercer Island *************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) Re: New Orleans Lunch To: Maren Great pic of you and Julie! Re: Tinian Island To: Dennis Hammer ('64) Great article on Tinian Island. Thanks for the URL. -Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/27/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Ken Heminger ('56wb), Paul Webster ('56) Derrith Persons ('60), Helen Cross ('62) David Rivers ('65), Anita Fravala ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ruthann Hutchins ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Brain Thompson ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ken Heminger ('56wb) Re: B-29s To: Grover Shegrud ('56) In reply to your question "Who built the Boeing B29s used to drop the atom bombs on Japan"? They were built by the Boeing company and assembled by Glen L. Martin Co. Omaha, Nebraska... BTW... are you still a Pogo fan... (grin) -Ken Heminger ('56wb) ~ Great Falls, MT **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Paul Webster ('56) Re: Jim Badger ('56-RIP) Sixty-nine years ago (6/27/1937) the earth welcomed one James Clyde Badger and then God broke the mold. As the class of 1956 gets ready for their fifty year anniversary in September, I am betting Jimmy will be there in memory celebrating a special time with all who knew him. There is not a week that goes by that I don't think of a Badger happening of one sort or the other. I suppose it is true that we die a little with the lost of each good friend but in Jim's case the memories he left me keep him alive and young forever. Today, Jimmy Boy, I will celebrate your birthday with a wee dram of Scotch Whisky and think of the good and even the bad times we had. -Paul Webster ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Derrith Persons Dean ('60) Re: Bomber Lunches Good morning to all!! Cool Desert Nights!! Wow what fun!! So many people from so many places! Now about next Saturday... Yes, July 1st! Its the first Saturday of the month and that means LUNCH for the class of '60! If you're going to be in town, come have lunch! We would love to see out of towners! Lunch is at 11:30 Where you might ask... 3 Margaritas, 627 Jadwin, Richland Class of '60 come on down!! Come on... let's talk! classmate, -Derrith Persons Dean ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) This past Sunday afternoon, after church, I took a blanket and went and relaxed in the shade of a big willow tree down by our little lake. It was beautiful, no humidity, about 82 and a slight breeze and a blue sky. I could see the fish, and watch the birds busy and happy about. It was so pretty and like a mini wild life refuge place. And this morning it was so nice out, as again there is little humidity and it's not yet 80 and sunny, with blue skies. When the weather is nice here, it's so nice, because everything is so lush with all the rain we get. (WE get a pretty good downpouring about once a week.) I had spent Saturday night at our local Relay for Life tent walking in off hours, so we always had someone on the track, so it was nice to just relax and enjoy the peaceful day on Sunday, no lawn mowers, or kids enjoying their swim pools around for a change. Now today I am back on track, as we will be leaving soon for a marathon trip to Vermont to see Warren's 88 year old uncle in Vermont for the 4th of July, some of my Dutch friends in Montreal, then to Fargo, ND for a family reunion on Warren's side of the family, then either fishing in Canada with friends, or heading straight out to Washington state, as Dorothy, Warren's mother in Brewster, WA faces some surgery, probably in August... and we may spend some more time out in the west to get some more things settled. I'm always happy to come out west, but I have to tell you, it is so nice around here these warm, lazy days of summer... -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ W. Harrison, IN in the house by the little lake, where no ducks are currently residing. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: What a wonderful time! I can't believe it's already Monday and the boys aren't back in town no more... but for 4 days we were with a vengeance... Thursday was the usual gathering at the DQ... lotsa guys and gals there to visit with and remember all the good ol' days... then off to Uncle Burt's ('59) for home made pizza and good conversation... Terry Davis, Cecelia Bennett, Ricky Warford, Terry Werner (all '65), Mills ('64) (aka Jo Miles, aka Jo Jo Poo Baby) and Missy Keeney ('59) and I ate and ate... we called Keeney (Jack '65) and found he couldn't make it this year... but it gave Missy and Jack a good reason to chat for a while... Friday morning we all met at the Spudnut Shop and half the town was there... Darlene ('64) and I took our obligatory Darlene behind David photo and I made the mistake of suggesting we have at least a dozen of them from past years... Between then and dinner Saturday night Darlene made a point of counting our photo sessions and very nicely called me "A BIG FAT LIAR!"... After giving all the girls a brotherly peck on the cheek, the boyz n I headed for the dock for the yearly river trip... Mills is a wealth of historical info and kept us all spell bound with his stories... by the way... you might want to check out his latest publication I believe it is in Jr. Scholastic... below the 5 word 4 letter each crossword puzzle with the huge boxes and the coloring picture of the giraffe (sorry Mills... since I can't tell anything about the boat trip... what goes on on the boat stays on the boat I gotta say something so yer it, son)... seriously... it is a scholarly work and you oughta contact Mills about it... when I got back to clean up, Pete Overdahl ('60) had left a message but no number so we missed each other... (no wait... that was Saturday)... After the nap time we headed for the Mexican restaurant that changes its name... there were the Roe girls ('63 '64), families and their other halves, with Lamont ('63) doing his best surfer dude... he does it so well... later he would wear a great shirt from one of "our" favorite stores (yeah... ain't it cool I shop at the same Laguna Beach store he does... I'm bad... I'm Nationwide)... The sorry 7 tagble filled up with the usual crew with only Heidlebaugh, Harrah and Keeney missing... Patti Snider ('65) was there and it was great to see her... we then watched the car parade while Davis turned in for the evening at about 7:30... then it was off to the '66 40th to see old friends and make new ones... what a great time... at about midnight it was sleepy time so we could all get up and do it again... Saturday morning brought more Spudnuts and JoAnn Bucholz ('65) made the day a little brighter by joining us... After that it was cars and lunch and a lot of hot weather... At 6 I joined the all-class kids at... oh get this... oh geeeeeeeez... Special invite from Ms. Hoff ('64)... eat your heart out Hills ('63)... course after seating us she went over and sat with her... shudder... husband... oh well... it's the thought that counts... Darlene chided me about overstating the number of the same picture we've taken and we had a wonderful dinner... if you haven't been since 2000 the food alone is well worth it! From there it was over to Beaver's for a really nice party... the whole gang was there except for Parker ('65), who had her son drop in on her the night before for the weekend... so much for plans... then it was another trip to the class of '66 who seemed to be having a wonderful time... their program was out of this world... but I'll let them tell you more about that... Well I know I've missed a lot in the telling but I gotta say it was the best yet... they all are... thanks to all of you who make Richland such a special place!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Anita Fravala Griffin ('73) Re: Trains Reading all the comments about trains, I had to put in my two cents worth! My husband was temporarily working in the Corvallis/Eugene area for about 14 months before being transferred to Scottsdale, AZ. We tried riding Amtrak before deciding that it was quicker to drive since the trains were always late, and continually getting later and later. However, I rode the Sounder commuter train between Sumner and downtown Seattle for several years and it was great - 35 minutes to get downtown - can't drive that even on a good traffic day. Now we are winding up our whirlwind trip to Italy (my son/daugher-in-law live in Florence) and we have taken the Eurostar several places. It's always on time (usually early). Too bad the U.S. can't get their act together and take a page out of Europe's train manual. -Anita Fravala Griffin ('73) ~ in Florence, Italy where it's supposed to be in the mid to upper 90s through tomorrow and there is no "conditioned air" over here. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/28/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Dick Wight ('52), Shawn Schuchart ('78) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vickie Bigelow ('76) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick Wight ('52) Re: Sandstorm submissions I'm a faithful reader of the Alumni Sandstorm, and an occasional contributor, and enjoy MOST of the stuff sent in. However, as I approach senility and am becoming more of a Curmudgeon, I am increasingly irritated by the personal - not general interest - entries submitted, which Maren graciously includes. Why not send those kind of entries directly to the INDIVIDUALS who are interested, rather than as a general Sandstorm posting? Most times their email addresses are posted anyhow, if it is a response to a previous SANDSTORM. I try to practice what I preach as some of the "regulars" can attest. Regards, -Dick Wight ('52) p.s. I see young folk peddling Krispy Kreme donuts at makeshift parking lot stands aRound Yakima, but not a Spudnut to be found. Balderdash! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shawn Schuchart Mabley ('78) rE: All Class Reunion? David Rivers ('65) said something in yesterday's Sandstorm about an all class reunion: "At 6 I joined the all-class kids at...... if you haven't been since 2000 the food alone is well worth it!" Which led me to wonder if there was an all-class reunion such as the one they had in 2000. I never heard about the 2000 one until after the fact, and I looked at the Bomber site last week to see what reunions were coming up and didn't see anything about an all-class one. I'm wondering if there's a different place I'm supposed to be looking at to find out this information. -Shawn Schuchart Mabley ('78) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Where did you look "on the Bomber site"? If you go to there is a list of all the 2006 reunions... and right below those, there is a link to: "R2K (ALL Bomber Alumni Reunion) Website" which is at: -- Of course, I just checked and the site doesn't even have any pictures from the 2005 reunion -- and the 2006 date isn't there either... Maybe the R2K committee will get more information to me next year so it can be listed with the other reunions. It generally happens the Saturday night during same week end as Cool Desert Nights -- mid-June -- around summer solstice time. -Maren] ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/29/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Carol Tyner ('52), Dona McCleary ('54) Ray Wells ('54), Tom Verellen ('60) Hector Alvarez ('64), Linda Reining ('64) David Rivers ('65), Mike Davis ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dorothy McDonald ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary Hunt ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Tyner Roberts ('52) Re: Rotarian of the Year Last night at the annual "demotion" dinner for our local Rotary, my one and only, Richard L. Roberts ('49) was honored as their Rotarian of the Year. I'm very proud of him. He has given real meaning to what retirement is all about. Rotary is a fine group and he has enjoy the friendship and community spirit shared by all of the members. -Carol Tyner Roberts ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dona McCleary Belt ('54) I have scheduled the Richland Public Library Gallery Room for: July 26, 2006 for assembling of Picture Boards for our upcoming Club 40 Celebration in September. We have the room available from 9:30am until 3:30pm. Anyone that would like to help with this project is welcome! Please bring your photos or articles of interest that would make for the enjoyment of all. I'm looking for good photos of Rish, Juricich or Calvin Welch for memorial boards. I would appreciate your help, all Bombers and friends. Looking forward to seeing you...that day! -Dona McCleary Belt ('54), Club 40 Historian **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray Wells ('54) I am in complete agreement with Dick Wight ('52) on his 06/28/06 "Sandstorm Submissions" contribution. If a Sandstorm submission is not of general interest, then send it directly to the individuals involved and don't put it in the Sandstorm. -Ray Wells ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) To: Dick Wight ('52) I couldn't agree with you more. I just get so upset because in my life time I will only be able to read so many words and I don't want to waste any of my "word quota" reading entries that exceed my grumpy threshold. So in the future you Bombers (and you know who you are) just ask yourselves: is this entry really necessary? will it benefit all of man/woman kind? I believe that a self regulating system will do the job and not be an added burden to the editors that are doing a super job. Flattery (and cash) will work wonders and crow doesn't really taste that bad. TV ('60) -Tom Verellen ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Hector Alvarez ('64) In ref. to Dick Wight's ('52) comments about using this site to respond to other Bomber's e-mail, I respectfully disagree with him, those responding e-mails add subjects to chat about and I may add very informative. After all we are recalling events that took place during those years we were together in the prime of our life. By the way on 6/28/06 we only had two e-mails posted. Dick, if I get a chance to meet you, I'll buy you a beer and talk more about it. Note: I do write directly to other Bombers when I don`t want everybody reading it. Go Bombers, -Hector Alvarez ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) re:flooding on East Coast my step-mom lives in Seaford, Delaware and has had some flooding in her basement and her yard---now they are worrying about a dam bursting that is near the Nanticoke Hospital(she lives about 15 minutes down the hill from the hospital)and having to evacuate. any Bombers in the area? Earl Bennett(class of 63)---how are you doing? have you had any flooding in your part of Virginia? Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of 64)....guess I best be glad I am only having to deal with triple digits and high humidity in Bakersfield, CA. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: The Skinny Not being one to share my woes very well, but not having been able to hide the fact that I have a bit of a walking (and typing) of late while I was in the ol' home town last weekend I thunk I'd best share the latest with you just in case inquiring minds wanna know... the use of the cane was a necessity not just to be cool like slow walkin' Jones slow talkin' Jones... I experienced a bit of trauma back in '68 when those little Cong types aimed a 122 Rocket at my little bod and managed to drop that sucker just about on my little pointy head... because it hit in the sand I was standing (ok running very very fast) in most of it went up in the air... the concussion also took me up in the air... I had some corpsman bandage my arm and leg... dusted myself off and said I got 4 days left and I ain't goin' to no tent with a big red target on top... so I toddled on back to the land of the Big PX thinking very little more about it... figured I just had me one a them there John Kerry injuries for which Marines frown on making any fuss (didn't know John Kerry from Jane Fonda back then... come to think of it can't tell them apart today)... at one time many years ago I was given the option of therapy or surgery and I chose therapy which didn't do no good nohow... 'bout a month and a half ago lost all feeling in my arms, legs, hands and feet... saw my Doc and after seeing the pictures he said "oh gawd David yer f_ _ked"... I thunk that sounded a little undoctor like but ok from an old friend like him... anyway saw the surgeon yesterday and he's gotta do a lamination of my necktie at C-3 thru C-7 or something like that... at least that's what it sounded like... so on the 10th I go in... not sure if I want one of my Jerry Garcias laminated... but anyway... that's alls I knows... thanks to all who asked and be sure I'll be home again next year hopefully without the silly cane (ya know when everything first gave out my first thought was I can't dance at the street dance or '66's reunion... it's all about priorities... ain't it!) -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Davis ('74) Re: Sandstorm Submissions Easy solution - skip the ones you don't want to read! -Mike Davis ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/30/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 18 Bombers sent stuff: Shirley Rae Drury ('51), Dick Wight ('52) Pappy Swan ('59), Larry Mattingly ('60) Mary Judd ('60), Patti Jones ('60) Marilyn Stewart ('62), George Barnett ('63) Jim House ('63), Roy Ballard ('63) Linda Reining ('64), Carolyn Moore ('65) Donna Fredette ('65), Jeff Michael ('65) Patti Snider ('65), Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) Shawn Schuchart ('78), Dawn Boggs ('86) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ralph Myrick ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol Wiley ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: KC Hammill ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sherri Ray ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Teri Schuchart ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lori Killand ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chris Eckert ('80 or '81) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) Re Dick Wight's ('52) note of 6/28 My! Dick stirred up a little excitement by his "near-curmudgeon" remarks on 6/28. According to his wishes, I sent him a Private Message (PM) regarding them and liked his response so much, I'm including, with his permission our correspondence for today's Alumni Sandstorm. This is what he wrote: I'm a faithful reader of the Alumni Sandstorm, and an occasional contributor, and enjoy MOST of the stuff sent in. However, as I approach senility and am becoming more of a Curmudgeon, I am increasingly irritated by the personal - not general interest - entries submitted, which Maren graciously includes. Why not send those kind of entries directly to the INDIVIDUALS who are interested, rather than as a general Sandstorm posting? Most times their email addresses are posted anyhow, if it is a response to a previous SANDSTORM. I try to practice what I preach as some of the "regulars" can attest. Regards, -Dick Wight ('52) p.S. I see young folk peddling Krispy Kreme donuts at makeshift parking lot stands aRound Yakima, but not a Spudnut to be found. Balderdash! This is what I PM'd him: Hello, Dick! Isn't it balance that's needed here? I find some of the "personal" messages interesting, as well as the reminisces. Those about the car rides in "Old Woody" the other day were so vivid. I don't know any of those young (compared to us) people, but what a picture that correspondence painted! I thoroughly enjoyed it. And how can one tell what will strike a chord and result in a jam session of conversation. I suppose making a date for a private luncheon should be private, but, then, other persons might feel free to ask whether they might join in if they read of it. So, junior classmate by one year, perhaps we should "lighten up," h-m-m-m? Besides, the state of irritation is really bad for your psyche, and digestion. I can't find your picture in the 52 senior section, but found you in the '51 juniors. Unfortunately, someone flourished their signature right over your face, so I tried to fix it for you. (I'll send the photo to the pix section) If I knew how to use the Deep Paint program I have, I could do better. Somehow your eye surround is too dark on your left side, but I couldn't fix it just using Paint. You were a cheerful looking fellow, not like anyone who might turn crotchety with 50+ years on you. Cheers, Shirley Rae Drury Crume (52) Here is Dick's interesting response: Well shucks, Shirley - I took a few spoonsfull of Pepto Bismol and guess I Gotta agree with you. Stifling free speech ain't good for anyone! I left Class of '52 precisely on 2 Jan. 1952 - with Dutch Haag's help I graduated mid term (hence wasn't in the '52 yearbook) - joined the Coast Guard on 4 Jan. '52 - stayed in until summer 1986. My wife and I attended reunions starting with our 30th...earlier I didn't know we were having them! My father was the Richland fire chief, retired there, and died in Richland in 1978. I was in command of a ship homeported in Port Angeles at the time - one of our classmates dug up my address after reading Dad's obit, sent me some stuff, and I kinda' re-connected with the Col-Hi gang for our 30th in '82. Been to each one since. I "hung out" with the CAP cadet kids, learned to fly while in high school and like many of that bunch thought I would join the Air Force. Quite a few did. A lifelong "best friend" guy was/is Dick Meyer ('51) who became a USAF general. If all goes well we'll be at the next reunion....let's see.....'52 and add five year increments.... 2007????? Wow!! Best wishes to you! Dick. p.S. thanks for the photo! I'm fat and ugly instead of skinny and ugly, but I still have hair! And should I send in stuff about me and my '38 Chevvie, drag racing thru downtown at 1 a.m. on a summer night in '51? Or how we carefully got full glasses of water turned upside down on tables at the drug store diner using paper napkins as sealing agents? How did we DO that? Tried it for an hour last night and just made one HECK of a mess! I almost ended up in divorce proceedings! Then I wrote back: Ho!, Dick, What a kind fellow you are! Yes, by all means I think your shenanigans should be memorialized. One of my dad's happiest times was recalling with his brother the things they used to do in the hills of Idaho in the 1920s. My brother Larry (class of '57) and I would laugh and laugh and I can still recall so fondly Dad's face, telling his stories in the circle of friends and family. In fact, I would like your permission to send in some of our exchange. Your letter is so informative, and fun besides that! One principle I remember learning from tiny Mrs. Hazel Broderson, the Sandstorm advisor, was "names, names, put names in the paper, and not just the same ones each time, either." My friend from then and now, Virginia Poe Morrison ('51), enlightened me just a short while ago about the existence of this Col-Hi site, saying also something to the effect that the same people speak to each other on it. I guess I'm still a crusader, feeling that everybody should be encouraged to participate and have a voice therein. Fondly, from South Kennewick, where the temperature at 1:11 am is 72, down from around 100 earlier, Shirley, From: Dick Date: 06/29/06 11:38:20 To: Shirley Crume Re: a P.M. to a possible curmudgeon Thanks for the kind words! Of course use anything you'd like! I "backed off" my curmudgeon stance anyhow! Ha! Dick Meyer ('51) and I have LOTS of tales to spin....a race thru town at midnight chasing a carload of soldiers, and the unfortunate (for us!) encounter when we caught them....and SO on! Best wishes, Dick Wight ('52) So that's my long entry for today. You, whose reading time, eyesight and patience is limited, remember you CAN always scan and skip. 'Best to all, -Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick Wight ('52) Re: submissions Well, my comment of 6-28 about personal submissions generated some various responses, most of which tend to put lumps on my carcass! I just took a big dose of antacid, withdraw my curmudgeon remarks (thanks, Maren for spelling it right), and suggest that free speech is the best kinda' speech. Write on! Bomber cheers! -Dick Wight ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: "Submissionally" correct? Oh no, oh no, ooooh nooooo! And yet another quandary arising for this seasoning Bomber to fret over! Just when everything seemed so ... laid back in my tarnished "Golden Years." Now, I have to worry and ponder over whether to send or not to send a posting to "The Sandstorm" or would some have the name changed to -- "The Bulletin board?" Submissions to Sandstorm occasionally drop off, but thanks to Dick Wight ('52) and Ray Wells ('54), we have something to chew on once again. And Tom Verellen ('60) has cleverly, once again, stimulated our synapses so well. For now, before we hit the send button, we must stress over yet more of "Life's Great Questions." Will it be of general interest? Hmmm, is this entry really necessary? Will it benefit all of man/woman kind? Oh, the stress of it all. And, if we send it ... and it is not found to be of interest to all, will we be guilty of heaping strenuous stress and strain on some of our fellow Bombers? And, I am visualizing Bombers of all ages shying away from writing in or if they do write, hesitating to push that "SEND" button. For my own part, I now question myself and agonize over the question, "Are elf antics of general interest?" Ummm, I have to admit that elf stories are not really necessary and probably will not benefit man/woman human kind. Oh lordy, lordy, if we extend that line of questioning to everything that Bombers write to "Sandstorm," we have one major, potential, emotion eliciting, downright dilemma of stress infliction here. Writing to Sandstorm will be like entering a crap shoot because, some Bombers can be pleased all of the time, all Bombers can be pleased some of the time, but never, never, even on a Sunday, can all Bombers be pleased ... all of the time. Let's see, its been about three years or so since I began reading and then finally got up enough nerve to write to "Sandstorm." Within that time, I believe that this very issue was visited at least two or three times during my relatively short participation. As I turn 65 tomorrow and approach ever closer to the half century mark since graduation as a Bomber, my wife (13 months older than I) welcomes me to the maturation milestone of "Medicare," the category she calls, "older than dirt." But now, I am wondering if Medicare covers treatment for PTSDODM, (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder of Decision Making)? I fear there could soon be a major rush of senior Bombers filing for benefits covering stress disorders brought on by the rigors of PTSDODM, all because they worried themselves sick over whether to send or not to send an entry to Sandstorm. On this one, I have to side with my friend, Hector Alvarez ('64) and that man of few words who always says it very well, Mike Davis ('74), "Easy solution -- skip the ones you don't want to read!" So simple, it is brilliant, because as pointed out by several Bombers before ... that's what that "scroll down" technique is for. But then again, to quote my much, much younger and often outspoken sister (to me anyway), Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63), holding her shaking head in both hands, as she lurks in central Utah, "Who gives a rip?" -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where I am tickled that Bombers always come up with some thought that goes begging a comment. Now I feel all better and refreshed, because like the words to that old song, "The stress is gone!" (okay ... maybe was it a thrill or something like that). You know, its getting tough to remember, because as a seasoned Bomber, I am reminded that life is like a river -- when I was young ... my hormones were raging, but now ... the river is still there but with barely a late summer flow. At least, as Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) always says, "Bombers (do) have fun!" **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Why I read the Alumni Sandstorm Like many have said, one of the highlights of my morning is reading the 'Storm. And as I have said before, we owe Maren, and Richard too, a big "thank you" for keeping this net up and running so we can all enjoy it. With all due respect for everybody's feelings and reasons for reading the 'Storm, here are my reasons: I certainly enjoy reading about the early days of Richland and Bomber history from those who lived it first hand. And of course I enjoy reading about my era of "Col Hi" circa '58, '59, '60 and maybe a class or two before and after. But more then that, I like reading about where folks are now and what they are doing and the achievements of their hopes, and dreams, and success's and yes, even failures. As well as those of their children and grandchildren. There have been numerous times when Bombers were able to help other Bombers with information about a variety of subjects, not the least of which was care of the elderly. The travelogues are always interesting. Bombers are everywhere and constantly moving about this world and we get to see small parts of it through their eyes. I like the humor of some of the writings about real and "other" situations. I consider it a great medium for people I know, or can closely relate to, to express themselves. There are some surprisingly talented authors out there in Bomberland. There is a wonderful spontaneity in the content of the Alumni Sandstorm, and I would hope to see it kept just as it is for the future. OK, soap box mode off.... Couple of notes if I may.... Channel 13 will run a special on Entertainment Fireworks at 10:30 PM Friday June 30th. (At least that is when they told us it would be on). They spent several hours filming at our facility today, and we are anxious to see what they actually use. Reminder: The largest fireworks display in a 6 state NW region in many, many years will be fired on the 4th by Entertainment Fireworks. The place is Quartermaster Harbor, near the South end of Vashon Island, in Puget Sound Washington. Over 4000 shells and nearly 3000 other effects, including some giant 16-inch shells. Over 250 of the shells will be large format, (larger then those fired in an average display). While it would be only partially visible from Tacoma, you would see more from the area near ferry dock near the Tacoma zoo, and all of it from the park on the island, on south side of Quartemaster Harbor. For those of you who can get there, it will be unforgettable. While I am really looking forward to my adventure on a N Pacific Island, my only regret is missing by far the largest display fired in the NW. Snivel.... "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly ('60) ~ From home where I need to get busy and finish packing my tools and clothes for my 8 day 4th of July trip tomorrow to Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Judd Hinz ('60) Maybe I have more time than others, or maybe I'm just nosy, but I enjoy reading all the chit chat back and forth between Bombers. As Hector Alvarez ('64) said, often times it brings up related subjects to discuss. We wouldn't have much to read in our Sandstorm if we only submitted items of general interest. I want to know what fellow Bombers are doing, and a good way to find out is by reading their messages to each other. I can skip the ones that don't hold my interest. -Mary Judd Hinz ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) To: Tom Verellen ('60) and Dick Wight ('52) Re: Entries in the Sandstorm I have been reading the Sandstorm now for over six years. Use to do entries more often. During the years I have read everything that everyone writes. Do I retain it all? NO. Amazes me what I do glean from who ever writes. Have found in the Sandstorm some of the best writing. Be it a birth of a child or travel of today it is of interest to me if it is from a Bomber. As other Bombers have been told when they try to limit the writing of Bombers, "scroll through it". No one says you have to read it. In all the luncheons I have hosted in Western Washington and now in Richland, as well as reunions I have attended there has been no complaint about information written. Actually from writing Sandstorm entries I have gotten to know many Bombers. How would I know what is of interest to other Bombers if I do not put it in the Sandstorm? What's pertinent for me to read may not be pertinent for another Bomber. Maren and Richard know what they are doing. If they don't want something in the Sandstorm they will let a Bomber know. I know I have had a couple of things sent back. Maren has always edited for me. Can't help making a few errors in my busy days. **grin** It takes a lot for a Bomber to do their entries. Many are working, traveling or taking care of kids and grandkids and still take time to write in. I certainly appreciate any thing they write in their busy day. Keep writing in, Bombers. Maren always appreciates being paid. Have you paid for the year? I always pay more than what is due for the year which I now understand is $24.00 a year. I've heard others say they do also. Rarely hear a complaint about the price from the Bombers. Mostly heard Bombers who pay more than what is due per year. The reward is tremendous to all of us. Paul Phillips ('49) once said at the Fife luncheon if "Patti wasn't doing these luncheons I wouldn't have seen two Bombers that I have not seen for 53 years". There wasn't a dry eye in the group of Bombers. I feel the same about the Sandstorm. There are many Bombers that I would have never known where they were if it had not been for the Sandstorm and reunions. Now I will move on to a subject that was tons of fun as all Bomber functions are. Re: Class of '66 reunion and R2K What a hoot. Didn't think I would know many of the class of '66. Well I didn't but knew a lot by the time it was over. Met up with some siblings of Bombers that I had known when I was in school. Had a nice talk with your brother, Howard Kirz ('60). '66 committee did an fabulous job. Red Lion did an outstanding dinner for R2K. Thanks Kathy Hoff Conrad ('64) for organizing another good Bomber reunion. Missed you being there, Jeff Michael ('65) on the weekend. Even missed you at Cool Desert Nights. Dang. Judy Willox ('61) was at her Bomber table filled with Bomber stuff selling her stuff right outside the door of the reunion. At the end of the evening a group collected around her table. I realized that quite a few of us had attended the Fife luncheon. For those in Western Washington area who have attended the luncheons, here is who was there for those who use to attend the luncheons. (wish you had been there also): Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54), Nick Nelson ('56), myself ('60), Judy Willox ('61), Alan Stephens ('66) and wife Nina, and John Zimmer ('66) and wife. Wish we had gotten a group picture. Bombers Have Fun -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA has lightly rained all day. Had to check for a moment to see if I was back in Western Washington. Thursday of the Cool Desert Nights my air conditioner went out. So busy with all the fun decided to call someone to fix it on Monday. My mistake. By Monday the temperature was up 100 and 105 degrees. Since I work at home and had tons of work to catch up on, I learned very quickly how fast the temperature in the house can build up. Felt like old days in the government houses. Even my fan with ice in a metal bowl didn't do much. Escaped Tuesday and Wednesday in the truck air conditioning, errands and any place with an air conditioner. Wednesday went to the Spudnut Shop to be at the classes of '63 and '64 luncheon. Thanks ladies. What a good time. Air condition got fixed that afternoon. Won't wait like that again. Now have a company that will come out twice a year and go over the whole heating/air conditioning system to make sure everything is working properly. Still learning over again about living in the wonderful desert. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn Stewart Stephenson ('62) This is to all those Cranky old Duffers who don't want to read personal exchanges in the Sandstorm, and you know who you are, SCROLL PAST THEM. I personally love to read about all my classmates and what they are doing and the exchanges between them have at times been hilarious. Keep them coming, they are all good, it helps to keep in touch with each other and isn't this what the Sandstorm is for? -Marilyn Stewart Stephenson ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George Barnett ('63) Re: Brief Ditto Hector Alvarez, and keep it brief. Bye Geo -George Barnett ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim House ('63) Dick Wight ('52) and Others You shouldn't let the Sandstorm irritate you, just use the scroll and page down features if you don't like what you see. It won't be easy for the editors to distinguish personal v. general interest, especially since many of us like to hear about others' experiences. No doubt I am one of your worst offenders. In the past six years I have essentially written my own obituary covering my days in grade school through college and military service. I publicly chastised my wife for desecrating my Bomber blanket and sought advice as to how to cope. I even quoted from a letter I had written to my mother that I previously intended to keep private. Certainly all of that was personal, but I hoped others would see it as another commentary on how, for many of us, growing up in Richland and feeling the Bomber spirit was a great experience. I admit I have used the Sandstorm just to get a reaction from the guy who lives down the road. I also frequently include a cryptic message to my classmates. Even as I type this I hope my special friends in Laguna Hills, Boise and Olympia know I am thinking of them. I have shared my personal feelings in eulogies for fellow Bombers (some who I assume would not fall within your "general interest"). I can guess other topics not suitable for YOUR Sandstorm. Birthday/Anniversary announcements and corresponding best wishes are personal but I find them refreshing examples of Bomber friendships. Travel experiences, group lunches and reports of mini reunions are always positives for me even if I don't know the participants. One friend wrote about his family visits to a nudist camp. It was not a picture I wanted to see, yet like things I still learn at reunions, it enlightened me about what others had experienced growing up in Richland. Personally, I like to see the banter among friends when I read the Sandstorm with my morning muffin. Who lost the most hair, lacked athletic prowess, etc. are amusing to me even when I have not met the participants. I recently learned that an old neighbor is now living in South America. If it were not for the Sandstorm I would have missed the best burger in Colfax. I wish someone would tell me where I could get a good one in Finley. I am not one to share my illnesses or planned medical procedures with this audience. Nonetheless I know of instances where a "personal" note in the Sandstorm led to an outpouring of comfort and helpful advice to those who were suffering. In two instances a note in the Sandstorm led me to correspond with "new friends" I never got to meet before they died. A poem about the loss of a puppy came to me via the Sandstorm at just the right time. I do not see a need for the editors to make the distinctions you and others suggest. I think the writers will eventually police themselves. Critics already drove away the Sandstorm's Sports Reporter, a feature I miss. Our small band of Richland Marines have agreed to tone down the "Semper Fi's" as some classmates see us as representing evil or at best, political. Our Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Marine Corps birthday thoughts may not have been in the general interest. As always, I will have second thoughts once I hit the send button. Is this too personal? Will it irritate someone? If it is in the Sandstorm tomorrow, I will probably just scroll past it. Bomber Cheers, -Jim House ('63) ~ Mead, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roy Ballard ('63) To: David Rivers ('65) David, to you I wish all the best and if there is anything that Nancy and I can do, just call. When you say laminating, what is the actual procedure? I will have to have C 4, 5, and 6 replaced in the future after replacing the lowest in my back. Take care and the big guy above will watch over you. Roy -Roy Ballard ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) re:personal Sandstorm entries I agree with Mike Davis(74).......skip the entries that are of no interest to you! I, for one, like reading the personal entries----like knowing that something one said or did "touched" somebody else and they want to share with the rest of us. that's what "warm and fuzzy" is all about. to:David Rivers(65) sorry to hear you will be having surgery---take care, my friend, and Bomber prayers and thoughts will be with you. I, too, walk with a cane, but mine is arthritis in hip and knee---man, if I had known I'd be this crippled in my old age, I would have resisted jumping out of trees and off the ranch house roof when I was a kid!!!!! *grin* course, I kinda like using my cane---allows me to park "up close and personal", get lots of comments, as my youngest daughter painted rabbits all over it, and I don't get "the finger salute" for taking too long to walk across the street!!!! *grin* -Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of 64)....still having triple digits and high humidity in Bakersfield, CA.....heard that Lynn(Noble)Paden(72?) is having flooding problems at her home in Virginia---they are soon moving to Colorado----hurry, Lynnie, and "fly the coop". *grin* **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carolyn Moore ('65) I would like to get ahold of Curt Godwin and I have misplaced his phone number. Would someone please send me his home number. Thank you so much! -Carolyn Moore ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Fredette ('65) I agree with Hector Alvarez ('64) and Mike Davis ('74) and David Rivers ('65) you are a kick in the pants! Except I don't agree with you about John Kerry. So that's my two cents worth!! Bomber Cheers! -Donna Fredette ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeff Michael ('65) Re: Things that make you go "Hmmmm" Hey there Bombers and Bomberettes... So, thanks to the educational value of the Sandstorm still active in my life, I have a clear and concise definition of "curmudgeon"; one who dislikes other folks having fun unless everyone is specifically included. Hmmmm. As for myself, I enjoy David Rivers ('65) passing on Birthday greetings for us all to share. I get a kick out of the teasing between Upton and Davis (both '74). I'm glad these folks are still having fun with life. Guess I was always pretty much on the sidelines looking in. In fact, that was the perfect preparation for my career...I stand on the edge of the dance floor and try my best to do, say and play those things that will allow others to most enjoy themselves. I pretty much say: if you don't like this song, leave the dance floor and let those who do enjoy it have fun. Skip this one, there will be another in about three minutes! The Sandstorm is like a can take what you want and leave the rest. Or, you can sample everything. Or, you can even purposely try stuff you've never tried before...just for fun! So, please, express yourself through this forum. Share your thoughts with us all. Remember, our teachers always asked us (when caught talking or passing notes) "is there something you'd like to share with the class?" Who knows, maybe someone will have a solution for Upton's hair challenge or Davis' phobia about reunions. And if you don't like stories about little people, just skip to the next item you do like. Mostly, in the words of the great philosopher, LeAnn Womack, I Hope You Dance. -dj jeff Michael ('65), where we have a cloudy morning on the banks of Oh, Columbia after several days of triple digit sweltering heat. It's really a pleasant relief. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Snider Miller ('65) In reference to what to put in this great Alumni Sandstorm or to send to individuals, I vote for making sure I have a choice what I want to read. Scrolling past certain articles is not problem with me. To: David Rivers ('65) I would have never noticed you had a cane until it fell my way, didn't hurt though..... I will be keeping you in my prayers as you have the surgery and that your recovery is fast and that the surgery will be successful. It was great seeing you and the others. Bomber Cheers, -Patti Snider Miller ('65) ~ in Richland, 75 and the humidity is very high tonight at 8:53pm **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) Re: posting freedom Time out and wait a minute! For the past year I have done little posting, being pretty consumed with establishing my first medical practice and our first farm. But I have continued to read the Sandstorm when time has permitted. But now I am compelled to respond to what I see going on in the Sandstorm recently. People, people, people. If you think a posting is too long, or on a subject in which you have no interest, don't read it. This is kind of an obvious solution. I can't imagine limiting anyone as to the length of his/her posting. And frankly, some of the longest ones often turn out to be some of the best in my opinion. So skip 'em if you don't want to read 'em. But don't suggest that we start limitation rules. What a shame that would be! This is an open forum for people who share a common background -- much of which can not be talked about in "x" number of words. -Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) ~ Haven Farm - 18 miles east of Lewiston, Idaho -- where, thank God, the rain came today, and temperature dropped from over 100 to around 80. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shawn Schuchart Mabley ('78) I also have to respectfully disagree with Dick Wight ('52) regarding the Sandstorm submissions. Many of the entries that he may feel are inappropriate for the Sandstorm are the ones that I get the most enjoyment from. While the bantering that goes back and forth may be worded directly to one person, by putting it in the Sandstorm they are inviting all of us to participate with them. I have never met the people who write regularly to the Sandstorm, but by their entries I am beginning to feel like I know them and may eventually meet some of you and become friends. Along the same line, never having known any fairies or leprechauns, I tend to skim or skip over entirely those entries, yet it's obvious that Pappy's entries are enjoyed (and even anticipated eagerly) by many. So keep the conversations going and let us all enjoy or choose to skip according to our individual preferences. -Shawn Schuchart Mabley ('78) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dawn Boggs Brackensick ('86) Re: Mid-Life Crisis Comedy Tour Mid Life Crisis Comedy Tour featuring Richland Native Brad Upton ('74) will be appearing in the Three Rivers Convention Center [in Kennewick] on Friday, June 30 at 7:00pm. This show will include: Brad Upton Tri-Cities own Brad Upton comes back to town with the Mid-life Crisis Comedy Tour. Brad has headlined at numerous comedy clubs. He's also opened concerts for Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, the Smothers Brothers, Tim Allen, Rita Rudner, the late Rodney Dangerfield. Come out for a night of laughs and support a fellow alumni! -Dawn Boggs Brackensick ('86) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` May, 2006 ~ July, 2006