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16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Richland Bombers Calendar website Funeral Notices website *********************************************** *********************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/01/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers sent stuff: Mary Triem ('47), Shirley Rae Drury ('51) Pappy Swan ('59), Tom Verellen ('60) Jay Siegel ('61), Ed Quigley ('62) Marilyn Swan ('63), David Rivers ('65) Linda McKnight ('65), Shirley Collings ('66) Linda Thomas ('68), Brad Upton ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Richard Anderson ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Triem Mowery (a '47 Bomber) To: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) As I sit here writing my post, I am enjoying having a ceiling fan directly overhead. The compressor in our heat pump died, repairman sent for parts and it will be fixed Monday (5 days w/o a/c). Thank goodness for ceiling fans! We are seriously thinking about the "contract (contact)" plan the man suggested and that you signed up for. No cooking going on in this house until a/c is back on - see, there is almost always a silver lining! -Mary Triem Mowery (a '47 Bomber) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) Re: Continuing a thread I'm asking myself, "Is this of general interest? and answering, "Who knows?"--to Roberta Adkins Shipman ('52) and Jimmie Shipman ('51)--Well, bless their hearts!! Look who's sending me Email!! I am having a fine time with Alumni Sandstorm! You are the 7th and 8th with whom I'm reconnecting, or getting newly acquainted! How about that! Roberta, thank you for the Columbian work and the loans. I loaned my senior one many years ago to someone who never returned it, moved away or some such thing. Our kids loved to look at my annuals, and would say to me things like "Oh, Mom, weren't you pretty!" Note the emphasis on the past tense, They'd also laugh about our clothes, but now our umpteen grandkids think those styles are "cool." I remember once when the fellows decided to wear their trousers (were they jeans?) until they could stand alone. I recall the boys being very amused with themselves, comparing their dirty pants. Anyone remember that? Roberta, I married a Jimmie, too, but he was a Texas transplant who was never known as James or Jim or Jimmie because where he came from people were called by their middle names, so to his family he is still Cecil. He might have been one of those soldiers Dick Wight ('52) and his buds chased through the streets of Richland to their regret, but for the fact that JC never participated in things like that. He was a girl-shy, staid, righteous, mature, lonesome, musically talented Texan, transplanted from Fort Worth to Korea and its front-line horrors to Camp Hanford, where he at once upon arriving put in for a transfer which was not accepted. I have a picture of him from those days I'll send to the pix section. Cheers! -Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) ~ I'm beginning to suspect I talk too much and too often **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Westerns Did any of you, who like good westerns, see "Broken Trail" starring Robert Duvall and Thomas Haden Church on TV last Sunday and Monday (a two-part mini)? I liked it ... a lot. And, I found the book Broken Trail, by Alan Geoffrion at CostCo for $8.99. Anyone interested in it, look for a white medium-sized paperback with a picture of the two actors on it. I just found it so have not read it but the description on the cover sounds like it follows the movie (or vice versa). Anything that Robert Duvall is in, especially westerns, are a "must see" for me. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where I am wondering what all of that rain, yesterday, was all about? It was not even in the forecast, but useful. Today, the sun also shines. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) To: Dick Wight ('52) I should have learned long ago that sarcasm doesn't always come across the way it is intended, but I am too old to quit now. I thought I would tell you that I read the Sandstorm directly from the Internet and hence there are no e-mail addresses included and I am too lazy to attempt to find them elsewhere. And because in my own mind "I am the center of the known universe," therefore all wish to behold my every utterance: I found this growth in my left armpit. At first I thought it was just another tick infestation but no it was just a warty looking thing which I named Louie Louie. Because that is one of the three songs that I can play with that armpit, along with Stardust by Hogie Carmichael, and a medley of Cajun tunes by Buckwheat Zydeco. I didn't want anyone to think I had a hogie in my armpit that would be disgusting. Buckwheat or Zydeco, let's not even go there. So Louie Louie was the only choice. -Tom Verellen ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jay Siegel (Classic Class of 1961) Re: My two-bits! I would like to encourage anyone who is able to make it Quartemaster Harbor on Vashon Island for the 4th to do so. I spent the past two days working on setting up the show and will be working on it for the next four days - it is going to be a display that everyone who watches it will be able tell our grand kids "I remember the great show of 2006 at Vashon Island.....". Clear blue skies and warm, gentle breezes -Jay Siegel of the Classic Class of 1961 from beautiful downtown Poulsbo! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed Quigley ('62) To: Jim House & "the small band of Richland Marines"... Whether or not we agreed with the action you guys were involved in (or may still be involved in), you guys EARNED the right to "fly" your Semper Fi's, and mention of the special days which commemorate your service to our country. If others object to that, let them scroll on by, but as for myself (who objected to our involvement in Vietnam, and indeed, Iraq!), I salute you, and have nothing but respect for you guys, and the sacrifices you made in our name. Your pride in your duty is commendable, and the brotherhood you display warms the heart! -Ed Quigley ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) Tongue-in-cheek, I can't help but send a big Thank-You to Dick Wight ('52) for getting some life back into the Sandstorm. (You little ol' pot-stirrer you!!) It tends to get kinda bland every now & again & he certainly did liven things up, even if I choose to disagree with him!! On another note, albeit a personal note, I want to publicly send warm birthday wishes to my "much, much older brother" George "Pappy" Swan ('59). Today (July 1st), as he reads this, he turns officially "older than dirt" on his 65th birthday. Happy Birthday Pappy!! I will personally toast this oldster next week with a bottle of Huckleberry wine as he & wife Jeanne & my whole family, plus numerous friends gather around a roaring campfire at a weekend reunion of sorts at Moon Lake in the High Uintah Mountains of Utah. -Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) ~ Salt Lake City, UT **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Hector ('64) right on... (sorry... such a worn out phrase... but "you go girl" didn't fit... "You go Marine" doesn't work either)... thanks to the MANY Bombers who contacted me directly and thru the Sandstorm. I love the Sandstorm and of course I don't read every word... but I can if I want to... gotsta remember... this boy refused to read a book till he was 21... so I'm still not the fastest reader on the block... but I do know how to scroll... Ballard ('63)... they are doing a lamennectomy (dunno how to spll it and spell check doesn't either) on those areas... going in from the back so no fusing... should get rid of the problem and still have good mobility... when I saw the pictures of my spinal chord being jammed like that I was surprised I could move at all! Oh... Donna ('65) I'll admit it... I can tell Kerry and Fonda apart... by their hair and teeth! Short and sweet. -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) Hi Maren - Thanks for all your hard work on the never-ending sagas of the Sandstorm. You are the Best. Richard, you are too!! To: David Rivers ('65) Hang in there, big guy!! My prayers are with you before, during and after your surgery. I think you really should get round the clock nurses to bring you chicken soup, doncha think????? Re: Canes Oh, and yesterday I bought a cane at Rite-Aid. Don't need a cane quite yet, although the big "Six Oh" is only a few short months away, but couldn't see spending $30-70 dollars for a "hiking or walking stick". We are going out to mine for gold and precious metals, or rusty old bottle caps, and I don't want to trip over some rocks along the river bed, and fall on my whatzizz, hence my new "walking stick/cane!" To: Mike Davis ('74) You are a man of few words, and right on. I can't start my day either without the Sandstorm. I sometimes even get up in the middle of the night to read it. Wonder if that could be an addiction??? To: Dick Wight ('52) Please share the story of chasing the soldiers or any other stories you may have. I love all the old stories of our youth... and our folks' youth. I remember a story my dad used to tell about growing up in Lewistown, MT. My Grandpa (Daddy's dad) was chief of police, and my dad was kinda wild growing up... I even have pictures where he looks a lot like James Dean... Anyway, Daddy couldn't get away with a thing with his dad being the Chief... the cops used to come to the back door of Grandpa's house and tell on my dad all the time... One time he got stopped by the cops, cruising the drag, without the proper muffler on his car. Dad went and bought a muffler, went cruising on Main Street, and passed the cop that stopped him before, and held the muffler out the window of the car... "See, here's my muffler!" down shifted and let his pipes sing... So, folks, let's hear some more of those stories... and if you don't have time to read all of them, scroll through, but save them to read later!! Bomber hugs, -Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) Re: Brad Upton ('74) Dennis ('66) and I saw Brad Upton's comedy show tonight [6/30] at the Three Rivers Convention Center by the coliseum. He was the final act with three preceding comedians, and he was by far the very best. We had never attended any of Brad's shows, but we could have listened to him all night. He is truly a great comedian. If you ever have the opportunity to see him perform don't miss it! Thanks for the fantastic show, Brad!! -Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) ~ where it is still a very warm 81 at 10:30 PM in Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Thomas Richardson ('68) While catching up on the news from the website, I saw an entry where individuals could not remember sand storms---I too remember the wind, the tumble weeds attacking the back of my legs (back in the days when we were not allowed to wear pants to school--unless the weather was frigid and we wore them under our skirts/dresses)..but I do remember the sand storms-- rather a brown than grey fog and one that was not only visible but found its way into my eyes and my mouth--gritty pieces of real estate, probably enriched with nuclear additives as well. The thing that bothered me the most was knowing, the daily ritual of dusting at home would require copious amounts of pledge furniture polish and dust rags! -Linda Thomas Richardson ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) Re: Submissions. A word of advice: It is probably best to skip over anything from Mike Davis ('74). -Brad Upton ('74) ~ I've got a show tonight [6/30] in the Tri-Cities! Thank you Dawn Boggs ('86) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/02/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 16 Bombers sent stuff: Doreen Hallenbeck ('51), Karen Cole ('55) Gus Keeney ('57), Pappy Swan ('59) Nadine Reynolds ('61), John Adkins ('62) Dave Sowden ('62wb & '63wb), Jim Hamilton ('63) Donna Fredette ('65), Jeff Michael ('65) Ken Staley ('68), Brad Upton ('74) Anne Mitzlaff ('77), Mark Gerken ('77) Mark Gerken ('02), J.J. Crigler ('02) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jamie Worley ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter ('51) Re: continuing thread To: Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) Hi Shirley -- you struck a memory thread of mine -- perhaps someone like Dick McCoy ('45) or Jimmie Shipman ('51) can verify -- but the fellows wore corduroy pants, not jeans in our days at Col-Hi. Another thread seems to believe we use to autograph those cords -- am I right or wrong? Girls, of course wore dresses/skirts. Were you one of the gang that played kick-the-can on the Lewis & Clark playfield in off-school hours? There were quite a few of us: Jim Lawrence ('51-RIP), Bob Flake ('51), Joyce Liebel ('51-RIP), Buz Jochen ('51), Paula Doctor ('51), and some who have left this aging memory. Hope to see you at the unofficial '51 Class Reunion in conjunction with Club 40, Sept. 8, 9, 10. Shirley, am glad you're reading the Alumni Sandstorm. Maren does a terrific job. -Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter ('51) ~ Arizona sunshine being absorbed in abundance. The monsoons have officially begun and we truly appreciate the rain. Green Valley, AZ **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Karen Cole Correll ('55) As long as we are writing personal things, I just have to tell about my Father-n-law. My husband just flew his Dad to Nebraska for his 80th all school reunion. He's 98 years young. He writes memories twice a week on his computer and has an email list of over a hundred people. His stories are so interesting. He comes from a large, long lived family. Three of his older brothers 92, 95, 96 (ten years ago) took their 89 year old sister and drove the Al-Can highway in a 32 foot motor home. They argued over who got to drive! My Father-in-law flies around in a powered parachute (with his other son) grows mammoth walnuts, writes biographies (as well as his autobiography,) and entertains everyone in hearing distance with his stories. Last fall he toured the Boeing plant where he was a foreman working on the B29 during the war. He wore his original badge with his picture, and carried a small tool that he invented for working on that particular airplane. Boeing personnel were delighted with him. If anyone is still reading, you can tell this man is very special to me, and I am constantly awed by his talents and capabilities. I didn't mention that he's also an accomplished artist and woodworker! That's all until one of my siblings has a birthday. My sister Patti ('52) just celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary! -Karen Cole Correll ('55) ~ Nine Mile Falls, WA Hot! Hot! Hot! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) Re: Mid Life Crisis Tour Saw Brad Upton ('74) and the troops tonight [6/30] and they were all great. In my book, Brad was the best by far!!! Keep it up, Brad!! -Gus Keeney ('57) ~ Going to start warming up tomorrow here in Richland, Might head for Columbia Crik!!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Richard Anderson ('60) Happy belated B-day Richard. I did not realize that we shared the day. So you were almost a firecracker too? Actually, I have tried to ignore my birthdays, except for the 16th, 21st, and 55th. The first two were highly anticipated for obvious reasons but all three seemed to take forever to arrive. The years since have raced by at hyper-warp-speed. Oh, the third one was when I retired from the feds in anticipation of discovering those portions of life experiences still waiting in the wings. To: The whole Bomber family, Re: This is the dawning of the age of vicarious, the age of vicarious ... vicariiiiiousss ... vi... Oh, sorry! This is especially to those approaching the age where you finally get cheaper seats at the theater and good deals at the restaurants. Those past that age, already know and those younger ones, well ... just file this away in the back of your memory bank 'cause yer time will come (quicker than you want) and then you can pull it up and say, "I remember when Ol' Pappy said in Sandstorm... Know what? Turning 65 ain't all it's cracked up to be. When I got up this morning, I didn't feel a bit different -- except for feeling well rested, as my b-day present to myself was ... sleeping in. Aging does not really bother me, at all. After all, age is just a state of mental software accompanied by some hardware beginning to wear out a little earlier than anticipated. Slowly wearing out is okay with me, up to a point. But, when my usefulness has expired, I would definitely prefer a sudden crash where all systems shut down simultaneously. Oh sure, when it comes to afflictions, I have some minors that would like to make it to the majors but between me and the Docs, we're managing to keep 'em under control. And, in general, I'm a fortunate son who can still get out there and do stuff! Some of that stuff is getting a bit harder and a little slower to do. So as I like to say, "I try to take care that my mind doesn't write any more checks that my body can no longer cash." So, aging for me, is just something else that brings with it a good excuse to write about it. I admit that if one took my joking about aging seriously, I should have been relegated to the "Do Not Fix" junk bin, long ago. But, when I wore a younger man's clothes, I never dreamed that I would live this long, so now I must deal with the aftermath of the remorse of survivor's success. However, I would rather joke about it than dwell on it. There are still a lot of things to do, places to go, and people to meet that I would still like to experience before I sign off someday. It's just gonna take a little longer and could be a little bit tougher. But, along the way, that awareness brings with it the offer of hope, laughter, anticipation, occasionally a little sadness, love, "something to think about," looping back through each other's lives, new friendships, lasting friendships, joy, peace, contentment, memories, ... and, that phenomenon of being somewhere or seeing something that I've never ever experienced before (you know ... that "Vu jade" thing). And, that list can go on and on and... I know that I'll probably never make it to a lot of the items on my list of "Things To Do" but it gives me something to contemplate. For example, I have just about given up on climbing Mount Everest, walking in a volcano, a date with Sandra Bullock, or Meg Ryan, or (oops -- sorry Mrs. Pappy -- mere fig newtons of my imaginative fantasy world, oh ... too much ... okay), or flying with Snoopy in a Sopwith Camel (or taking a nap with him on his dog house). However, there are other, lesser mountains and other dogs (sorry Darby -- okay, just you), and other airplanes. Yep, I think that I am (actually, I have been making a slow and steady approach to) realizing that, "This is the dawning of the Age of Vicarious!" So, I think, to hold it off a bit longer, I'll go shopping today (with the best thing that ever happened to me -- Mrs. Pappy) ... for a mountain bike (no just for me -- she doesn't do bikes), a Kevlar combat helmet (with Marine green camo cover of course), hockey goalie mask, knee pads, elbow pads, welder's gloves, and some of them there fancy, Spandsex (I think their called) -- those padded butt, bike-ridin' skivvies. You know, not too long ago, I tried roller blades. Yep, roller blades. Did I tell you that, I gave my roller blades to my granddaughter (after the soreness vacated my butt)? Pillows and inner-tubes tied on didn't even help in the uncontrolled landings. Onward through the fog of old fogyism! -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where today the thunder just clapped overhead for my 65th or else that certain Bomber friend of mine is trying to make my skies bloom with happiness and I got my name in Sandstorm, received b-day cards, e-b-day cards, (thank you all very much -- I was so overwhelmed, if you will, allow me to thank you all here), and my Medicare card just arrived (thank you Uncle Sam). I even got an e-b-day card from "Midway USA" one of my shooting suppliers. Ummm, no, I don't think the fact that I have spent much of our retirement funds with them had anything to do with it. Hmmm, I wonder if Cabela's will remember me? "I can see clearly now, the rain is gone (actually it never came -- just the thunder and a few drops). Gonna be a bright, bright, briiieght, ... sunshiny day (Emphasis added)." Lets see, in doggie years, I would be around 450, right? And ... I don't feel but a day over 65. Life is good! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nadine Reynolds Cochran ('61) Re: George Pappy Swan ('59) What a milestone. Happy Birthday 1 day late. Pappy, I think you are being too modest with stories of your hunting exploits (turkey hunging). Dave and I remember hunting, fishing and digging clams with you without being allowed to stop until everyone had a limit of what ever we were after. Hope you have many more wonderful birthdays. Re: Stories From Our Youth Linda McKnight Hoban's ('65) story of her father's experience with the police reminds me of one of my husband's, Dave Cochran ('61) experiences with the Richland police. Dave drove this wonderful powder blue '49 Ford coupe. One Friday night after taking in a movie at the Uptown Theater he was taking me home when someone challenged him at a stop light. It must have been on George Washington Way because it was a 4 lane road. When the light turned green, he punched it and we were off to the races. Of course, Dave beat the other driver in this little drag race through town. He then took me home. When he was quietly driving up Van Giesen on his way home one of Richland's finest pulled him over. Thankfully he had already taken me home because they hauled him down to the police station for a couple of hours for drag racing through town. My parents probably would not have ever let me see him again if I had been taken to the police station. It seems like after that the police were always on the lookout for that powder blue Ford. Eventually Dave sold that car to a Morman Missionary. I am sure the new owner wondered why every where he went there was a policeman in his rear view mirror. -Nadine Reynolds Cochran ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: Swan's and Swan-Beddo's I can only cringe at the thought of pouring Huckleberry wine over Swan's. -John Adkins ('62) ~ Richland - and it looks like it's gonna cook today **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Sowden ('62wb & '63wb) To: Ed Quigley ('62) Thank you for your recent tribute to the Bomber Marines. There are no doubt more of us than you know. I acknowledge we were lied to about our involvement in Nam and can agree with your views on that war. I was to blind to believe it at the time. I hope and pray we are not being deceived about our current military action and would much prefer we meet the enemy on their soil than ours. Please do not forget 9-11. While I grieve every loss of life and injury, the current war still has more civilian casualties than military and I am not aware of any other war in U.S. history that matches this record. With that in mind I do disagree with you on this war, However, I do applaud and appreciate your attitudes, appreciation and support for the men and women now serving not only in the Marines but in all branches of service. I assure you it makes a difference to those in uniform. In loving memory of my brother John Sowden ('54 or '55) another Bomber/Marine Semper Fi & Go Bombers -Dave Sowden ('62wb & '63wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) Lucky Girl and Luckier Guy Happy 40th Anniversary to Mary Lou and Van Rhebeck. he's not a Bomber, but he appreciates what makes us tick and would have made a good one. Too bad no one has figured out a way to bottle your love for each other, it would make the world a better place. The Lovely Miss Nancy & Jimbeaux p.s. I think I have the date right, in that I wasn't invited to the nuptials -Jim Hamilton ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Fredette ('65) Re: Those Sand Storms To: Linda Thomas Richardson ('68) I do remember the storms but not the sand!!!!!! hahahaha only the tumble weeds but I was never attacked by them!!!! Even though we too could only wear skirts or dresses! I remember being sent home from school at Carmichael because we all decided to wear all black one day!! Actually we were given the choice to go home and change or take off our black tights and so that's what I did. Funny huh. It was because of where we lived on Chestnut Street I think that we didnt have sand blowing into our house. I do remember loving the dusting though because that was my job and I took all afternoon doing it because my Mother let me take as long as I liked and I read all the magazines in the house while dusting with Pledge!!! I love wind storms to this day and I guess I was so used to them that they didn't bother me. I still love the wind over here in the Seattle area. Thanks for the memories! Bomber Cheers, -Donna Fredette ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeff Michael ('65) Hey there Bombers and Bomberettes... To: Tom Verellen ('60) I definitely am, like, way positively sure, that your post about "Louie Louie" was not of general interest. In fact, I'm thinkin' it was way TMI and should have been not included (censored) by the editor(s)! Like you, I've found sarcasm or tongue-in-cheek humor is sometimes taken the wrong way... especially in the written word, although, frequently, even in in person vocalization. (Especially, if no one is really listening!) I, too, am not likely to quit, although for a different reason. It's not that I'm too old... just to stuck in my ways; ie, stubborn. To: All (Of general interest, although not compelling or earth shattering, and perhaps having no long term value to man/woman kind). I've now discovered why I started using my signature intro. (Oh, if only Miss Dodds could see my crammer, punctuation and spelling now!) It's to alert you all that it is me about to spout stuff into cyber-space stuff that you might want to overlook. To: Dick Wight ('52) Since I'm sure your comments were not directed to me in your original post (I'm NOT the one Carly Simon sang of), I do wish to thank you publicly for brightening my mornings (and sometimes even, later in the days) with your subject matter. But in the future, just to minimize confusion, would you please address your "not of general interest comments" privately to the email addresses of those parties that you wish to share your most intimate thoughts with. But, then, look at all the fun we woulda missed out on having. summation...keep on keepin' on. To: All (again, welcome back, having skipped over that last part to Dick) In the words of the famous philosopher, Bob Seger, "Rock 'n' Roll Never Forgets". dj jeff Michael, off to San Diego to play "Born In the USA" and other great patriotic tunes for Armed Services YMCA members and families as a prelude to the musical fireworks on the shores of San Diego Bay the night of the 4th. Have a blast this weekend, and "God Bless the USA". **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ken Staley ('68) Re: The Shelter Belt Like my classmate, Linda Thomas Richardson ('68), I too remember the sand blowing through and across town. As I drive around Richland now along the By-Pass, I see what the City is doing to the Shelter Belt (the jungle of my youth) and can't help but think; "There was a REASON the planted all those trees so closely together." And grieve for the trees they've removed. -Ken Staley ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) I met several new and old (wait, not old, FAMILIAR) Bombers last night at the Convention Center in Kennewick. Thanks to all of you for coming to the show! I don't believe Mike Davis ('74) was there... that's okay, I've had my heart broken before. I'm guessing he was stuck to the Laz-Y-Boy. -Brad Upton ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Anne Mitzlaff Gerken ('77) Mark Gerken ('77) Mark Gerken ('02) J.J. Crigler ('02) Re: Brad Upton ('74) Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) said it EXACTLY right in yesterday's Sandstorm. Midlife Comedy Tour has three very good comedians, but Brad was GREAT! We agreed with Shirley, we could have listened to him go on and on. We all had points when we hurt from laughing so much. Thanks, Brad. Great show. -Anne Mitzlaff Gerken ('77), Mark Gerken ('77), Mark Gerken ('02), J.J. Crigler ('02) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/03/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Shirley Rae Drury ('51) Marilyn De Vine ('52), Karen Cole ('55) Tom Verellen ('60), Linda Reining ('64) Mike Davis ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ray Hall ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy (the Tin Can Class of 1945) Re: Cords To: Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter (whew!) ('51) You were right about the cords. We wore few jeans. Cords and sun-tans (no, we weren't naked, sun-tans were pants). Yes everyone wrote on them and we wore them without washing till they could walk without us. -Dick McCoy (from the Tin Can Class of 1945) Go BroncBeaverBombers\ **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) Re: Musing on Doreen's thread To: Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter ('51) I was just thinking that I've never known another person named Doreen. That brings me to muse about names again. Most of the Shirley's I've met are from my generation, named for that adorable child star Shirley Temple. The Rae in my case is after my father, a Raymond Michael. When our last son was born, in '70, the other children were old enough (17, 16, 15, 9, 4) to think they had a say in naming him. We had regular family sessions over the matter, with no agreement in sight even down to his 5th day in the hospital, (I delayed that long in order to recoup before facing that busy household.) Jim and I did not agree about names, usually we alternated naming the offspring, but this time we had camps divided mostly along the gender lines. The OB nurse kept coming in with her clipboard, saying "You have to give him a name." On that last day, Jim found one we hadn't even discussed, which at that time no one was naming their sons, JUSTIN. It means the just and upright one. So I was delighted and named his middle name after my father, but a short form, RAY, which means kingly. Dr. deBit heartily approved, saying "A man with a name like that can hardly go wrong." And he hasn't. Doreen, I don't think I often played Kick the Can in the L&C playfield. You lived close to it (I remember your room's walls lined with posters,) but I lived way over at 220 Douglass. In our neighborhood, we rode bikes every day, sometimes played baseball. Nobody wanted me, I was terrible. I don't think I've ever connected bat with ball down to this day. How I admired Ann Yale Dawson ('51-RIP) in our PE classes. SHE was an athlete, and beautiful, like Doris Day, blonde, freckled, with a turned-up nose. We could ask Clarence Fulcher ('51) about the trousers, I really think they were denims, but could be wrong. I remember his contagious grin, he chortling about whether his would yet stand by themselves. BTW, I just looked that up to see whether I spelled it right, to discover it is an interesting word, to wit: (My copy of the definition was made in Paint from a screen shot, so will probably have to be treated as a picture, if Maren or Richard will kindly insert the URL here.) Cheers--and I'm enjoying all the correspondence -Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn De Vine ('52) To: Brad Upton ('74) Thank you, thank you, thank you for bringing your Midlife Crisis Comedy Tour to the Tri-Cities! Wow... you four guys (my term "guys" is generic and includes the woman) are TERRIFIC!! Loved it! Haven't laughed so hard or so much in years! It was a pleasure to get to thank each of you personally, after the performance. Please come back every year! To: Karen Cole Correll ('55) Wow... your father-in-law and his family sound awesome! The thing I've noticed about growing old, is that I prefer to be amazed at what I can STILL DO, rather than look at the things I can't. (Or, know-better-than- to-try!) Last year I took a great 7,000-plus mile trip in my motor home, half of which was with my good friend, Shirley, who lives in Texas, but whom I had met when we both lived in Alaska. This year, my trip was shorter (over 4,000 miles) but it was just me and my dog, Lucky. For now, I'm enjoying boating on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. As you well know, and Gary's family exemplifies: LIFE GOES ON!!!! Bomber regards, -Marilyn De Vine ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Karen Cole Correll ('55) I've had several queries concerning my Father-in-law's stories. His granddaughter has set up a website with some of his stories and pictures. -- Click on Hickory Bill His stories span almost 100 years of Americana. Thank you to all of you who have shown such an interest. -Karen Cole Correll ('55) ~ Nine Mile Falls, WA Still hot! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) To: Jeff Michael ('65) I assume that you were being tongue in cheek about using sarcasm at least that is the way Louie Louie took it. BTW what is TMI? Jeff I want you to take this in the constructive air in which is given, but dude, you have got to brush up on your brown nosing skills. The fine, hard working, thoughtful, dedicated, intelligent, editors are performing a magnificent body of work (and I'm pretty sure that is the general consensus in Bomberville). (See how I combined a statement that might seem to be sarcastic but it really isn't.) Something else you may have missed is that I am giving Dick Wight ('52) a bad time: By sending him personal messages that are over the edge, which was exactly the thing he was objecting to in his entry a few days ago. He is holding his own and not responding. This is I believe one sided banter. Thing is I don't know if I have gotten it out of my system or not. Only time will tell. -Tom Verellen ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:George("Pappy")Swan(59) re:aging I love your writings---you have such a fun way of putting things. loved the picture of you and your granddaughters---the senior eye chart was too cute. I turned 60 in January and I never in my wildest dreams thought I would ever "be that old"! I remember when I was a kid and I would see "old" people---always said I never wanted to get "that old", but I think we are younger at our "old age" than they were at theirs, if that makes any sense. I can remember my grandmother always seeming "old"----she was active, but she always just looked "old". maybe it's because we have more things to keep us young---back then, grandma's didn't wear shorts or pants(always dresses, slips, girdles, nylons, and heels----even in the heat!!!!!), old men didn't wear shorts, either. and you would never see them playing tennis, swimming, riding bikes, rollerblading(tried that, fell on my you know what and never did it, again), or any of the other crazy, zany things we seniors do now. *grin* re:sandstorms ooooo, I remember those---that sand was like having a thousand needles stinging bare skin! to this day, I don't like the wind---puts my teeth on edge! give me the rain any day, but the wind I can do without! used to live in the Columbia Gorge--it blows 24/7, 365 days!!!! even blew campers off the road! re:shelterbelt that was our playground, too, when we lived on Elm---hid many times in there while playing hide 'n seek and my brother and his buddies built many a fort in there. sorry to see it torn down. Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of 64).......Bakersfield, CA---triple digits are still here. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Davis ('74) To: Brad Upton ('74) Sorry I missed your mid-life crisis. I had a mid-life crisis of my own that night... deciding which comb to use. (you wouldn't understand). Anyway, congratulations, sounds like a great show! -Mike Davis ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/04/06 ~ HAPPY 4TH OF JULY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 14 Bombers sent stuff: Ken Ely ('49), Jimmie Shipman ('51) Shirley Rae Drury ('51), Marilyn De Vine ('52) Wanda Wittebort ('53), Dave Sowden ('62wb & '63wb) Donna Bowers ('63), Gary Behymer ('64) Linda Reining ('64), Jeff Michael ('65) Bob Grout ('66), Shirley Collings ('66) Linda Thomas ('68), Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Penny Mitchell ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gale Waldkoetter ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Rice ('75) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ken Ely ('49) To: Carol Tyner Roberts ('52) Congratulations to Richard ('49) for being selected "Man of the Year" by the Rotary. I know he is your "Man of the Year" every year. To: Pappy Swan ('59) FYI and all others who may be interested, Robert Duvall's "Broken Trail" will be re-broadcast on AMC on Jul 6, Jul 18 and Aug 6. Check your local listings for times. My all time favorite western mini-series was "Lonesome Dove" with Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones. -Ken Ely ('49) ~ Orangevale, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jimmie Shipman ('51) Re: Cords To: Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter ('51) Every word Dick McCoy (the Tin Can Class of 1945) said was correct. I'd just like to add a few words. The biggest thing with the cords was to keep them out of your mother's washing machine and get as many autographs as possible. I don't remember how long I wore mine before my mom snuck them out of my room and washed them. -Jimmie Shipman ('51) ~ in Richland where it hot **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) To: Wanda Wittebort Shukay ('53) Hi, Wanda, if you go to the All Bomber site you'll be able to access the Columbians for any year (at least all the ones I checked so far) to access the annuals for that class. Neat, huh? That was a good idea to check the photos. I'm going to do that now for the '51 annual. I wore the white shirt-blue jean uniform, too, with black and white saddle shoes, white anklets, jean cuffs rolled. That was fun! My mom's wringer washer got clothes clean, but was labor intensive. You had to feed the material through the wringers into the rinse water (standing in tubs alongside the washer) after the clothes had been agitating sometime in the belly of the washer. And those wringers were dangerous to fingers and arms. And, of course, the clothes line was essential. But washers were prizes compared to how my grandma washed clothes out in the yard of her home between Boise and Idaho City alongside Moore's Creek with no electricity there until I was in 7th or 8th grade. She boiled water, carried it, used scrub boards, the whole pioneer thing. Thanks, Shirley [And also from Shirley today:] From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. Monday 07/03/2006 7:38:03am COMMENTS: 'just found the guest book and am mailing addresses I found there to my brother, Larry Drury ('57) who does not yet belong, but I've been encouraging him -Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn De Vine ('52) Re: shelter belt WHAT!?!?!?!? Take out the SHELTERBELT????? No, I think they are just adding a noise-barrier. Folks out that way have been complaining for years about not having one similar to that installed north of Van Giesen many years ago. I have no idea how much good the barriers do. When I lived on Birch, near Swift, the traffic was noticeable (especially in the quiet of the evening) even that far into town. Senior moment: HmmmI know I had a couple of other items to address this morning, but can't remember what they were... Oh, yeah, the CORDS. My brother, Terry ('52), was in on that. Mother was not happy, but we got through it! (She was a WHOLE LOT more upset when I went home for spring break from college, with a modified "DA". Holy crimonitely!! She just about stroked out over that one!! Wow!) Anybody know how to spell "crimonitely"? My spell check had no suggestions. (But you know what I mean!) When I signed off, I thought of another thing: where do those "cool spots" come from out on the River? -Marilyn De Vine ('52) ~ in Warming-Up-Richland. Be safe this 4th of July. I think we'll be down at the Columbia River for fireworks with kids, grandkids and extended family. Someone suggested watching them from the boat, but I can't even IMAGINE trying to get back out of the water in all of that crowd AND in the dark! We were out on the River yesterday and the day before... as well as one day last week. Wonderful!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Wanda Wittebort Shukay ('53) Shirley sparked my curiosity. I only have annuals for '52 and '53, pulled out '52 and lo and behold. Most of the guys are wearing white cords, but if you check male group pics like the Letterman's Club, you will see that Jim Blake and Everett Waining are wearing jeans. Jack Morrow white cords and in the group picture it's a mix. -Wanda Wittebort Shukay ('53) ~ I know we gals wore blue jeans and our dad's white shirts (tails out and sleeves rolled up). At a lost of the outdoor events such as snake dance, pep rallys. Mothers must have hated those white cords - can you imagine trying to keep them clean with the equipment they had to wash clothes with. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Sowden ('62wb & '63wb) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Aging Being a man of few words, I just tell them "I was young, healthy and good looking but I got over it". They can fill in the blanks. -Dave Sowden ('62wb & '63wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Bowers Rice (Gold Medal Class of '63) I wonder if others are seeing the same thing I am seeing in St. Louis. My daughter can find almost no one in her neighborhood that has children who play outside. I am wondering if this is a St. Louis phenomena or if it is in Richland and other places. To be fair, it is hot, and humid here, so that could be an excuse, but even when its nice, most children can be found in front of the TV or video games. That seems unusually sad. I remember whole days being outside and playing kickball, making tents, selling lemonade, walking to Pennywise for candy, walking or biking to the BIG pool from Perkins Avenue or just sitting on the porch, reading or playing. Instead, here, I rarely see children in their yards, unless I drive to a park. I see children being entertained by handheld's or DVD's- what ever happened to imagination? Is this just here or all over. I have such fond memories of Richland-even when its hot we were out. [Donna. All we had was ONE swamp cooler at 1205 Perkins. It was in our folks' bedroom. Probably hotter inside than out back then. My personal hottest day was 116. Front page of the Tri- City Herald that evening had a picture of an egg that somebody fried on the sidewalk. It wasn't all that hot. We were outside all day running thru the sprinklers. -Maren] -Donna Bowers Rice (GMC of '63) ~ in hot, humid St. Louis. (For all of you Brad Upton (74) fans, I babysat the little stinker, so it gives me great pleasure when I see all the banter about him and his shiny little head. He was cute and funny even then when he was 5 years old. Brad-where will you be August 15-28, we will be in WA/OR. August 14-28 and I would love to see you perform (especially after all these great accolades in the Sandstorm)? And do you do all the "growing up as a Bomber stuff"? We are bringing my daughter with us and it would be so fun to have her see that). **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) You Can Call Me Johnson... 'In a land far far away'... well... maybe not so far... July 4th,2006 will be spent at the Johnson Parade. This is certainly 'small town' America... with maybe 25 to 30 great people who live there. Johnson is located just a few miles outside Pullman, WA on the way to Lewiston, ID. Several thousand people will park along the road... walk into town... and watch a great parade. You get two views of the entries... Yep... once they go all the way thru town... they turn around and come back through (;-) The parade begins at 10:00 PM! If you can access your car fast enough... perhaps you can make the Albion parade which starts at noon... Have a great Independence Day - Celebrate good times!! -Gary Behymer ('64) ~ Colfax, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:Tom Verellen(60) re: what is TMI----Too Much Information. *grin* Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of 64).........Bakersfield, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeff Michael ('65) Hey there Bombers and Bomberettes... Notes to Tom V.: TMI is Too Much Information... what is BTW? Have I been insulted (assaulted) again? [I know that one! BTW = By The Way. -Maren] By the way, I think "one-sided banter" is an oxymoron; one I've not encountered before. Maybe we could share some of our favorite oxymorons with other Sandstorm writers. What duya think? I'd make reference to "military intelligence" if there we were in private company... wouldn't want to get Rick Maddy ('67) or David Rivers ('65) too excited. Speaking of David "Festus" Rivers... I hope this "medical procedure" is highly successful. I look forward to Indian Wrestling with you next Cool Desert Nights. Hmmm, is Indian Wrestling no longer in the PC Funk and Wagnall's? Well, anyway, God Bless the hands holding the surgical implements and successful recovery to you. Does the VA cover this rotten development? Well, gotta run... fireworks time is almost upon us. Have a blast this 4th... but in the words of the great cop philosopher... be safe out there. -dj jeff Michael '65, in sunny San Diego, where it is overcast and still hot today. Gotta start that run north tomorrow... turn down the thermostat in Bakersfield, please, Linda R. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Grout ('66) Re: Summer Trip to Richland, 2006 -Bob Grout ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) Re: Happy 4th of July Outstanding presentation. -Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Thomas Richardson ('68) Re: Sand storms and Wind It's great to hear others remember the effects of the sand and those productive storms... it gave me pause to reflect how those tiny grains also infiltrated our hair (apologies to those males who may never have had the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of long, thick hair or hair at all, for that matter) the evidence came out during the shampoo; the layer of mud that came with the first application of water and shampoo and then disappearing or clogging the drain-- It has probably been over twenty years since I have been to Richland and prior to that another twenty... I had truly forgotten the wind---not that it was a matter of if the wind would blow each day, but rather how much and for how long... the discipline of my mother who never left the house and certainly not a hair appointment without a can of extra hold hair spray and various styles and colors of "Wind Bonnets" -Linda Thomas Richardson ('68) ~ Harrison, Arkansas, where we pay particular attention to the wind--especially those 100 mile per hour ones, occasionally accompanied by thunder storms that frequently move real estate! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: A Webshots Photo eCard -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/05/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers sent stuff: Anna May Wann ('49), Mike Clowes ('54) Pappy Swan ('59), Patti Jones ('60) Patti Mathis ('60), John Browne, Jr. ('61) Ed Quigley ('62), Mary Ann Vosse ('63) Linda Reining ('64), Linda McKnight ('65) Linda Thomas ('68), Vic Marshall ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon Panther ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paul Tampien ('64) *************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) Re: Special request In receipting dues for Club 40 I have a special request from Patricia Thornburg Way ('52). She wants to know if someone has reunion pictures for classes of 1951 and 1950. Says she would gladly pay for a copy. Since she did not send in an e-mail address I assume that she does not have a computer to access our Bomber website and links. If anyone can help her please e-mail me and I will give you her address. Had a wonderful visit this last weekend with Jean Williamson Dreher ('49) and Petra Odman Jerzerick ('49). Poor Petey's husband just sat back and listened to us "old" ladies reminisce about growing up in Richland. What one of us couldn't remember the other two did. What fun!!. Jean dug out her photo albums of prior reunions and had fun showing Petey how everyone has aged but us (Don't I wish?) Then traveled on to the Tri-Cities to attend a great niece's wedding in Kennewick. Had fun visiting with relatives and then the drive home. Of course had to stop and get fresh corn on the cob and Bing cherries. What a way to pig out. I can't really say I miss the 3 digit weather you were having, but isn't that why we have a/c? I'm a little late but congrats to Richard Roberts ('49) for his "Man of the Year" award!!. Good going!! Happy 4th to everyone!! -Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) ~ From warm sunny Bothell, weather just perfect, not too hot to play golf. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: From the Entries Just Keep Pouring In Dept. In order to keep track of the numbers, I had to go to a bigger piece of paper. The latest count for the Club 40 weekend (September 8 - 10) stands thusly: Class of '45 - 2; '46 - 1; '47 - 2; '48 - 1; '49 - 5; '50 - 2; Class of '51 - 17 (they might make a party of it yet); '52 - 8; Class of '53 - 4; '54 - 10; '55 - 2; '56 - '56; '57 - 5; '58 - 5; Class of '59 - 4 (Pappy is no longer the lone eagle of this class); Class of '60 - 5; '61 - 9 (Wassamattau?); '62 - 1; '63 - 1; Class of '64 - 1 (Yes, Maren will be here); Classes of '65 & '66 - 0 (Come on kids, you can join the big folks now) Even Pappy's considerably younger sister will be there (paid for by the Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) Committee). But, we are still missing several of the "usual suspects" (you know who you are). Jump on over to The Club 40 website at and look up the names. While you are there, print out your own registration form (separate but equal forms for '56 & '61) and sign up. Someone would like to see you. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ just back from the horseless and bandless Mount Angel 4th of July parade, and waiting for the fireworks tonight. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Not o'er the hill, just ridin' up that long ever steeper grade To: Linda Reining ('64) and Dave Sowden ('62wb & '63wb) On aging: Ain't it fun? Dave, when you say, "Being a man of few words, I just tell them 'I was young, healthy and good looking but I got over it.' They can fill in the blanks," it reminds me of another "Pappy-ism." "I used to be young, slender, and not to hard to look at, but now, when ladies smile at me, I have to wonder -- Do they still find something about me attractive, or ... merely amusing?" To: Ken Ely ('49) Thanks for the info on the rebroadcast of AMC's Robert Duvall's "Broken Trail." Maybe I am getting old or just more technologically challenged. I managed to thoroughly boggle my effort at recording that show the first time. I agree about the all time favorite western mini-series being "Lonesome Dove" with Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones. Others must have too. I noticed a big surge in the wearing of knee high boots outside of the jeans by horsemen after they saw "Gus" wearin' 'em thataway. Secretly, I have always thought that I was born about 150-200 years too late. I coulda been a mountain man, a cavalry trooper, or a real cowboy. Maybe it was 'cause I always wished that I coulda come ridin' "hell for leather" in to a rendezvous or a saloon, yellin' "Whiskey fer my men and beer fer our horses!" Hmmm, but then I might have missed out on the airplane. Naw, I think that I was there for all of those things -- reincarnation, ya know. To: Gary Behymer ('64) While you "didn't has ta be called Johnson," in a land far far away, did you happen to see a tiny F-14 Tomcat zipping around yer Johnson Parade? I'm still trying to track those two little guys down. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where you might ask how hot is it? Not only has it been hotter than a firecracker on the 4th of July, it's been so hot, our chickens have been layin' poached eggs. So, I'm headin' fer cooler climes to match wits with the wily Rainbow Trout (and a Grayling or two, if lucky) in the high Uinta Mountains of Utah fer a few days. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) To: Mary Triem Mowery ('47) Re: Air Conditioning Thats a long time to be without air conditioning in this heat. If I had known sooner about yours I would have gotten you over here for a break. Had plans already for the holiday weekend. Your only five minutes away. Hope yours is now fixed? Hope to see you at the All Bomber Luncheon sometime soon. Re: Club 40 weekend For Bombers who are attending Club 40 in September the All Bomber Luncheon will be happening on Saturday of that weekend. Already have some reservations for the luncheon. Reservations will be necessary. The announcement always appear the week before and the week of the luncheon. We were quite a good size group last year and will be looking forward to the same this year, if not more. Re: Fourth of July Happy Fourth of July Bombers and Families. It is about time to get very loud here at Bombing Range Road very soon. Doggies will run into the bathroom to hide while I sit in a comfortable chair watching all the goings on. Thank goodness it will be cooled off by then. Don't get me wrong I love the heat when I can be outside. Not when it builds up in the house. Bombers Have Fun Patti -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) I was hoping someone could help me out. A few months after 9/11 there was a beautiful tribute on the internet showing the planes going into the towers, our flag, an eagle, some jet pilots, all with the back ground music of "I'm Proud To Be An American". I downloaded it and went back to it on occasion. Well, i must of done something, because now it is completely gone from my computer. If anyone has that download, I sure would appreciate you sending it to me. One more thing, I got some e-mail names from the class of 1960 site and they all bounced back. Are these e-mails current? -Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Re: Oh, crimanently! Sure wish I could remember the super hero who used this particular expletive... anybody? The "crimonitely" is pretty good, though-- looks like it relates to a mineral (eg kryptonitely). Deconstructing "crimanently" is pretty straight-forward: there's Crime; and it's Anent (ie real close). Just the kind of situation to get a super hero's blood pumping, no? ^..^ -John Browne, Jr. (class of 1961: The last class to read the same upside-down & backwards) (Some lightning this A.M. as the annual "Around the Island Run" set out from Quartermaster Harbor at around 5:45, with 6 or 7 small hydros and a few "cigar boats" and converted rumrunners making the dash for morning glory before breakfast...) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed Quigley ('62) To: Donna Bowers Rice ('63) I don't think that the phenomena of "missing children" is peculiar to the St. Louis area, but I don't know whether I lay the blame on the TV/video games, or whether it may be due to protective parents. I live in Tacoma, and I've noticed the lack of kids here, also. I was "home" (Richland) the weekend of the reunion (by the way, when did everybody get so old looking? :) ), and Saturday morning, I took my 2 year old "pup", and started walking down to the car show, and a couple of little girls (5-6 years) came running out of a back yard, and asked if they could pet my dog. They were pretty smart kids, and I wound up talking to them for about 10 minutes, and it hit me that Richland is still a pretty small town; if I did that here in Tacoma, I'm pretty sure that there would have been a parent or a cop, out there to find out what I was doing. It's a shame, but I understand, whenever I watch the news on TV or pick up a newspaper. -Ed Quigley ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Ann Vosse Hirst ('63) Re: Kids Playing Outdoors To: Donna Bowers Rice ('63) No, it's not something that is happening only in St. Louis. We've seen it in Renton, WA and Liberty Lake, WA. When our boys were growing up in the '70s and '80s, kids did play outside, much the same way we did when we were kids growing up in Richland. But as younger families moved in to the neighborhood, we started noticing that kids did not play outdoors anymore. I agree that this started when video games and computers became part of households and TVs became babysitters. In the late '90s we moved to Liberty Lake, WA where very few children played outside except for riding bikes between houses to play inside, or to go to the park for organized play. A small percentage of children walked to school, most being driven to school by Mom - one little girl was driven to school every day and she lived one-half block from the school. And we wonder why there is such a problem with children being overweight these days! -Mary Ann Vosse Hirst ('63) ~ in Surfside, north of Ocean Park, WA, where the fireworks on the beach put on a pretty good show for us every evening. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) re:Lonesome Dove--------LOVE that movie/series---just watched it, again, on the Hallmark channel Sunday night. re:wringer washers---my great aunt had one of those and she had very long hair---which got caught--luckily my great uncle heard her screams(they lived on a farm in Minnesota)and was able to come to her rescue. hers was electric, so he pulled the plug and got her hair untangled---from then on, she always wore a kerchief around her hair when it was time to wash clothes. my mom had a regular washer, but no dryer, so we always hung the clothes outside--wasn't a problem, except in the winter---those clothes would be stiff as boards. *grin* also had pants stretchers(remember those)that she put the jeans on, then hung them on the clothes lines; also had wooden folding racks that we put the clothes on when it was raining--the utility room and kitchen in the Ranch house would be full of clothes and drying racks. I don't remember writing names on cords, but do remember writing on jeans. also remember wearing my dad's white shirts, with the tails hanging out and the sleeves rolled up. also remember wearing black and white saddle oxfords and then when they came out with brown and tan and then a style called, "wedge"(?)---I think that was the name---they looked like the saddle oxfords, but the soles were thinner. to:Marilyn De Vine(52).......crimonitely---think it is spelled "criminitly". *grin* either way, knew what ya meant. *grin* re:kids playing the summers, don't see many here in Bakersfield, CA, but think that is because of the bad "air" that we have---we have days when they give health advisories and warn anyone with breathing or chronic health problems to stay indoors---especially elderly and young people. have two grandsons with asthma, so on those days they are not allowed outside---not even to swim in the pool. we keep them indoors as much as possible on those days. I do see more kids outside during the winter months, though---have healthier "air" during the cooler months. we get a lot of smog from the Los Angeles area and since we are a valley, that brown haze just hangs in the air. re:frying eggs on sidewalk.......have a girlfriend who lives in Lake Havasu City, AZ and she said she has done that---went out at 10 in the morning and actually fried an egg on her driveway!!!!!!! to:DJ Jeff Michael(65) re:turn down thermostat in Bakersfield, better enjoy those cool temps in San Diego cause we are supposed to get to 100 today(the 4th)and be in the 90s all week, and then "hit" 100 by Saturday. IF you really cared, you'd bottle some of that San Diego weather and drop it off here on your way home!!!!! *grin* Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of 64) hot, hot, hot, Bakersfield, CA........thank goodness we have air conditioning! swamp coolers don't work down here--too much humidity! as much as the heat bothers me, keep wondering how I survived in Richland---we never had "air"---just window fans, and hoses on the roof---to this day, I have NO idea how my mom thought that would cool off the house, but she put a "soaker" hose up on that roof everyday during the summer! s'pose I survived cause I didn't know any better----was more fun to be outside with friends or swimming in the BIG pool than worrying about how hot it was. and, I do seem to remember that it cooled off at night--when it was too hot in the house, we'd just sleep outside. geez, ain't NO way I'd let my kids/grandkids do that in this day and age! we really did have a much better childhood than kids now! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) Thanks to Bob Grout ('66) for the great pictures of Richland. Wow, the Columbia sure looks choppy, must be all the boats out. Gotta get a Spudnut..... With all the talk about looking at the annuals on the website, makes me questions, where's the '65ers annual? I lost my annuals years ago, and wish I at least had the Columbian from '65 or could look at it on line!! [Talk to your '65 webmaster, Linda!!! -Maren] Hope you are all having a great Independence Day!! -Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Thomas Richardson ('68) To: Donna Bowers Rice ('63) Perhaps one of the blessings of living in the "Bible Belt'--and a small town as well---While we share the heat and humidity of Saint Louis, and I can only relate to my friends and immediate family, my grandchildren do play outside frequently and often ask to go outside. I am the one who is apprehensive and want to make sure they are not out of sight or abducted! My oldest grandchild (age eight) lives in a housing development that includes a lot next to her home that allows her to play hide and seek with the neighborhood children and still makes "mud pies" YUMMMM--I didn't know children still knew those were in existence! They ride bikes, roller blade, play softball and basketball. We do have organized sports-- even here in the Ozarks--and are blessed to live in a community that supports our kids and activities! -Linda Thomas Richardson ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic Marshall ('71) Re: Playing Outside To: Donna Bowers Rice ('63) Your entry today triggered memories of growing up (well, isn't that one of the primary reasons for this site's existence?). I remember that my folks were particularly adamant about us kids being outside as much of the time as possible- during ALL seasons, but particularly during the summer. They found many reasons why we should be outside instead of inside. Now some 40 years later I think I understand the real reason. With 8 raucous children they simply wanted some peace and quiet!!! During the summertime, I recall spending most of the day at the "big pool". We only lived a couple of blocks away and season tickets were a bargain for large families - you ended up with essentially free child care for your entire family from 1PM to 8:30 or 9 PM for about $30 per season. Throw in swim team and swim lessons in the morning and you could look forward to not seeing the little buggers except for meals and bedtime!! My dad was big on keeping the house as cool as possible in the summer. 2 essential elements of his "plan" were to keep inside cooking to a minimum and reduce or eliminate any unnecessary "in and out" of the house. My dad did a lot of work with Cascade Natural Gas and we had about every gas appliance you could get- furnace, stove, outdoor light-post and even a stationary natural gas barbeque (quite advanced for those days I imagine). But he got them all at cost and thought natural gas was god's true gift to the earth. Anyway, my parents grilled everything outside from mid-May through Labor Day. They even had a freezer outside stocked with hot dogs and cube steaks and stuff like that. We even had bread and cupcakes and stuff like that out there that could be defrosted in a few minutes in the Richland heat. We kids could come home and were allowed to cook our own "lunch" to accommodate the varied schedules we had (little league, summer reading program, parks craft programs, or just plain goofing around....). The older kids were expected to help out the younger kids but the inviolate rule was - STAY OUT OF THE HOUSE!! As kids will be- once we understood that we were NOT supposed to be in the house- much of our attention was focused on finding reasons and excuses to do just that. And with 8 little urchins and their friends around the house- the traffic in and out was torture to my folks. The two best excuses for needing to be in the house were- "I need a drink" and "I need to go to the bathroom". What parent could ever deny their children such basic biological needs? Well it worked for a while but eventually age and experience won the day. There was not much my folks could do about the bathroom thing but we were "forced" to go the bathroom before we left the house and told not to expect to be back in to go until some appointed hour (lunch or dinner time, etc), Funny thing- we actually believed our folks when they told us stuff like that and we all learned to regulate our bodily needs so as to conform to the schedule. Besides, you were at the pool most of the day and, well, we won't go there... As to the being thirsty thing- my Dad initially wanted us to drink from the hose but got way too many complaints from us of the water tasting like rubber or whatever taste that is that comes from water issued from a hose. Eventually my Dad solved the problem - he installed a drinking fountain outside mounted to the wall of the house!!! Once the "rules" had been sufficiently established and reiterated with us- heaven help you if you were caught inside the house for anything but a truly valid excuse (severe bleeding was acceptable- but that raised a whole lot of other issues if it were the result of something else you weren't supposed to be doing). At any rate, we were expected to pretty much live outside during the summer. From early morning swim team practices to late night neighborhood games- it seemed like we were outside all the time. And since you usually went through your first "burn and peel" early in the season- we all had tans that George Hamilton would have died for. Does anyone remember the speculation of what type of oil would give you the deepest tan? Gosh, we lived for the sun!! Amazing that any of us survived what with all of the things you can't do today!!! Anyway, although there were some organized sports- particularly for the boys- we pretty much relied on each other to make our own fun. Being raised a proper Bomber- we literally lived for basketball and I remember spending hours during every season working to advance my mediocre basketball skills. I was not a natural and worked to overcome poor eyesight and terrible coordination but it didn't really seem to matter. In Richland, you were literally expected to be the best at basketball you possibly could- regardless of skill level or ability. One of the big things I miss as I age and I allow my body to become even more "out of shape" (actually my body has a shape but it's just not the one that it should be) is the joy that a couple of hours on the court with a basketball and some other kids could bring. Many times the games were "pick up" at the park with kids you may or may have not known but we all seemed to socialize okay without an adult there to tell us the rules. You tended to learn the proper rules and mores from the "older kids". Funny thing, I don't remember ever being bored, either. There were always things to explore, field trips to make (riding our bikes out to the shelter belt or down to one of the rivers), entrepreneurial activities (like Kool-Aid stands or Neighborhood Carnivals), or games and sports to be played. No adults were needed come up with the ideas or organize these activities- although our folks might help out with some of the details. The parks did have a recreation center open during the summer (ours was Columbia playfield) where you could check out equipment and games but I don't remember that we ever expected anyone to "make our fun" for us. I'm not sure if that has served me in my adult life but I certainly can't imagine that it ever hurt me. In many ways I feel sorry for today's kids growing up. On the one hand we organize and regulate their activities for them to insure that they always have something to do and at the same time saddle them with this great need to succeed and be recognized for every thing they do (how many of you had a bedroom full of "trophies" you got simply for participating in an activity?). We don't really give them much time to "be kids" - as we remember that stage of life. As advanced as we all thought we were I guess times were a bit simpler. Of course, we had the dreaded "bomb" somehow lurking about hanging over our heads but most of us did not really worry too much about it. After all, we had all been drilled on what to do in case of an air raid and knew that there were adequate Civil Defense Provisions at the local Civil Defense shelter (mine was the basement of Christ the King school). Beyond the constant threat of total nuclear destruction, we really had pretty care free lives. It would be nice if we could get the responsibility for being kids back to where it belongs- the kids themselves. I have a sneaking suspicion that is exactly what the current generation will do if and when they realized that we have robbed them of that one time in their lives when they were expected NOT to be responsible or productive and instead focused on tapping into their imaginations and need to have "fun" It seems to have worked fine for generations before this one and I would hope that the power of self-guided play and imagination will win out in the long run. Anyway, I've rambled long enough. I know I am excluding a lot of the angst and childhood cruelty that went with growing up but don't know that dragging up those memories is anything but a "bummer" I don't know if it was growing up when I did or it was growing up in Richland that was so magical but I can only hope that the class of 2025 will look back on their childhoods with as much nostalgia and affection as we all do... Thanks for the chance to do a little walking down my own memory lane... -Vic Marshall ('71) ~ Beverly Hills, MI where the temperature and the humidity are expected to be about equal today (low 90s) but I have come to realize that this is NOW what I think of summer weather as... ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/06/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Mary Treim ('47), Peter Kay Wheadon ('56) George Brinkman ('60), Jay Siegel ('61) Betty Neal ('62), Donna Bowers ('63) Jim House ('63), Dennis Hammer ('64) Mike Franco ('70), David Flaherty ('76) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David Barger ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Treim Mowery (a '47 Bomber) To: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Yes, the a/c is now running - but OH! the bill for repair! WOW....thanks for the concern. -Mary Treim Mowery (a '47 Bomber) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Peter Kay Wheadon ('56) My son sent me a Father's Day card which showed a Dad in a "Dad's Museum". One of the items displayed was a pair of shorts in a frame on the wall, and it brought back a memory of a short-lived episode in Bomber history. As I recall it, and my wife reminds me that recall is a dangerous and unreliable part of my mind, we students were vocal and persistent in the demand that we be allowed to wear shorts to school. After a period of persistence, the school board relented and said OK. I, and a very few others, made a dash down to "Dawsons" and bought the "must have" shorts. The next day we showed up at school thus attired, knobby knees and all. Gee, I think I wore mine twice at most. I hope Dawsons didn't order a truckload in in anticipation of the new rage in men's dress. Does this ring a bell in anyone else's memory? -Peter Kay Wheadon ('56) ~ from Sydney, Australia where it is 60, the dead of winter and we're loving it. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George Brinkman ('60) & Betty Neal Brinkman ('62) Re: Proud to announce Betty Neal ('62) and George Brinkman ('60) are proud to announce the latest edition to their family. Carley Elizabeth was born to their youngest daughter and son-in-law last night at 8 pm. Carley weighed in at 7 lbs exactly and promises to put smiles on Granny and Papa's face often. -George Brinkman ('60) & Betty Neal Brinkman ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jay Siegel (Classic Class of 1961) Re: Vashon Island Show! These are personal feelings that I want to share with my "Bomber Family". The show that Larry Mattingly ('60) wrote about a couple of days ago is now history, and it was truly historical! We started setting up on the 28th of June, and each day was spent in a steel "bowl" that made the 80 temperatures seem nearer to 100. Yet, in spite of the heat, we all found time to make occasional jokes and enjoy each other's companionship while working. The bare deck slowly become covered with sandboxes with thousands of tubes buried in them. These tube varied from 2-1/2 in tubes a little over 1' long to 7' tall, 400 pound 16" tubes. Slowly & steadily the deck of the barge took on a personality - the big guns (8" to 16") dominated the view of the deck, not many, just a couple of hundred tubes! It was a sort of mini skyline. Then there was the "main body" - the sprawling "suburbs" of the show - almost 2000 "homes" strong covering half of the deck. On the 2nd of July, the product arrived - somewhere in the neighborhood 6000 pounds of shells, mines, comets, candles and cakes were carried up the precarious ramp from the dock to the barges and deposited in the appropriate stack of boxes. We were all anxious to get started nesting the shells - a process whereby individual shell set atop the tube from which it will be fired. I impatiently helped setting out shells and more sand was spread and the final sandbox was filled. It was now time to start setting up the finale - the part of the show that I was there to work on - we preceded to put together racks that contain the tubes from which the shells in the finale, over 1000 of them are to be fired. It was miserably hot but the dozen or so of us labored away with one goal in site - 10 PM on the 4th of July. Shells were dropped, wired, covered with foil and circuits checked to insure that when it was time for a particular shell to fly, it did. We arrived in Quartermaster Harbor at about 8 PM - the deck of the barge was a hive of activity with each person concentrating on their job, but making time to help a friend on theirs when they needed it. There was a growing excitement in the atmosphere- everything was coming together and on time! At 9:30 PM, a boat came along side the barge to bring our guest fire fighter and to take off those who weren't needed to actually fire the show. Those of us who stayed aboard put on our safety gear and nervously chatted as we awaited the on the clock to complete its journey to the appointed firing time. The lead pyro gave the countdown over the radio 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and a row of brightly flashing coloured strobes then the first group of shells shattered the silence as they lifted off, then broke across the sky with sound and colour bringing an audible "yes" from those of us on the barge. For the next 27 minutes the world, to those of us on the barge, became a series of "whoomps" as shells lifted, followed by the vibration of the deck and then a patch of sky painted with lights, sounds and motions. At 27 minutes, 12 seconds into the show, the lead pyro gave the warning "FINALE" and in the next 29 seconds over 1000 shells took flight creating a fiery kaleidoscope in our little world - the roar became almost unbearable as shells took flight dozens at a single moment. My wife, who was watching the show from the shore said that it appeared as if the barge was suddenly enveloped in coloured flames. As the last shell broke, the lead pyro shouted "ear protection off" and with the deck still vibrating, we could hear the voices of the people who had watched the show cheering, car and boat horns sounding. To those of us who had spent the last week away from our families, getting little sleep and muscles sore from doing physical labor that we weren't used to: this was our reward! Yes, we enjoy "being up close-and-personal" with the effects; but that cheer from our audience is what it is all about. A comment from the fire person, who was completely awed, was "I looked at the finale and saw the face of the devil"! I thought to myself, "No you saw the face of God!". To accomplish what we did without Devine Intervention would not have been possible. To take a group of individuals from every walk of life and bring them together for one week to accomplish this task called upon each of us to put forth tremendous effort. The fact that this as done with no serious injuries and few mishaps attests to the professionalism of those who did the work - but to have impact on those who watched it required something else. Before we load the 16" shells, each person working the show signs a shell and adds a message. I feel that my message fairly well expressed the feelings of us as we returned to Tacoma to go home - "God does love pyro"! I am truly sad that so many people were not able to share this experience with me. -Jay Siegel (the Classic Class of 1961) ~ from Poulsbo, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Bowers Rice (Gold Medal Class of '63) To: Vic Marshall ('71) Re: children outside! Well said, we are so overly competitive, we don't give our little ones a break. My youngest daughter, who had to compete with an older sister who just did everything well as a child, and remembers that well, has a philosophy that does not fit in this world right now. She enters her children in many activities with no expectation for success. She even coached a soccer team with her philosophy of everyone learning to play and have fun. It was interesting to watch the parents be competitive FOR their children when the children really just wanted to have fun (1st grade). Her sister-in-law's boys are in competitive sports where they are on traveling teams with their names imprinted on their team gym bags with all the "right" equipment in 3rd grade, already. Is it the same elsewhere? In her neighborhood, her best friend down the street, whose 5 year old daughter was running away from home had the police called on her for being a bad mother. She was watching out the back window as her daughter stood on the sidewalk crying, trying to decide if she really was going to run away and a male neighbor saw her and called the police. I am sure the male neighbor thought it might not look good to accost a child crying so that was the reason he called the police (he evidently didn't know where the child belonged). The whole incident was just bizarre, but also a symptom of how fearful we are about everyday happenings. When we were young this whole incident would never have happened because everyone in the neighborhood knew where these children belonged and thought nothing of getting involved before calling the police. I can remember my brothers and I being upset and threatening to leave home in order to get our way. My mom simply found a stick and tied a sandwich in a red handkerchief (ala Hobo-style) and let us walk down the street. Now-a- days, that would have been 3 calls to the police. What a shame!! Talking about air-conditioning-here in (pre-air-conditioned) St. Louis, when the weather was so hot and muggy many families just took blankets to Forest Park (which is a huge park in the middle of the city) and everyone slept in the park. The hills were covered with lots of families sleeping next to each other. This city has always been fairly segregated (even now) so I wonder if the park was segregated for sleeping arrangements. Anyone else in the midwest aware of that? They just got through doing a piece in the paper about all the wonderful memories of people playing together in the park before they all bedded down. Amazing!! I don't think that ever happened in Richland. The other thing I am so grateful for in Richland is the fact of our ecumenical upbringing. The church we now belong to here in St. Louis is ELCA Lutheran, but when the Missouri Synod broke away from the main Lutheran group in the 1950s, the minister and some elders actually had a knock-down fight that was published in the Post-Dispatch. I can't imagine that ever happening in a Westside, Central and Eastside Protestant church in Richland, let alone Richland Lutheran where my husband, Mike ('60), grew up. And I never remembered Dr. Homer Goddard telling women they could not talk before the church at Westside Protestant Church (Presbyterian sponsored). Yes, we truly grew up in a unique environment in Richland and until you have lived elsewhere for a long time, you do not realize just how unique it was and still is. I am truly grateful for these experiences, and for all the people I grew up with. -Donna Bowers Rice (GMC '63) ~ St. Louis, MO where it is actually tolerable this morning. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim House ('63) To: Donna Bowers Rice ('63) Re: Children in St. Louis I moved from Richland to St. Louis in 1955. I was quite sophisticated, having completed more than three years study at Marcus Whitman. I understood the proper use (and misuse) of a doorbell. However I noticed an unusual custom in St. Louis. When you went to visit a friend you did not ring the doorbell or knock on the door. You merely stood in front of the house and hollered you friend's name, e.g. Ohhhhhh Mary Lou, ohhhhhhMary Lou! Your friend would come outside, invite you in, or in M.L.'s case, hide pretending not to be home. No matter how long you hollered, the parents would not intercede. That was the normal practice in St. Louis and the suburbs. Maybe kids there today don't know the procedure. Please check with your older (our age) native St. Louis friends to confirm that practice in the '50s? Hopefully this new kid bragging about being from the Atomic City wasn't a victim of a cruel hoax. -Jim House ('63) ~ Mead, WA (but it's a dry heat) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) Re: Robert Duvall movies Would like to recommend two other Robert Duvall movies. "Secondhand Lions" in which a kid goes to live with his two eccentric Uncles in Texas played by Robert Duvall and Michael Caine. Throughout the movie they tell him stories of their past adventures, and you never know until the very end if the stories are true or not. I thought they were true and wife thought they were tall tales. I have watched it a number of times and all the extra stuff on the disc. Have to buy the movie some day. The other one is a western called "Open Range." Kevin Cosner even played a good role in this one. Robert Duvall played Robert E. Lee in "Gods and Generals." I thought he did a far better job playing that part than Martin Sheen did in "Gettysburg" even though overall "Gettysburg" was a very good movie and "Gods and Generals" was slow moving and boring. Re: Shoes (or, from the Al Bundy dept.) Does anyone remember boys/mens leather shoes called, I believe, snapjacks? The tongue was hinged at the bottom and pulled forward. This loosened the shoe so you could put your foot in, then the tongue is snapped back, wire springs somehow slid up the sides of the opening where the laces normally would be, tightening the shoe you were ready to roll, er, walk. I never owned any, but a friend had a pair. This would probably be about 1954. I thought it was a heck of a good idea, but I guess the market didn't agree with me. A search on the Internet revealed almost nothing about them. Re: Air conditioning I remember the sprinklers on the roofs. They were usually on buildings with livestock, especially chickens in them. I remember them on the large commercial operations, not the family farms, but on the small farms the chickens usually roamed free and could find shade. I think they disappeared in the early '60s. -Dennis Hammer ('64) ~ Lost in the '50s ~ Like Pappy, I think I was born too late. I feel I can relate to the people in some of the westerns showing the dying days of the Old West in such movies as "Shane," "Monte Walsh," "McLintock", and a few others I can't think of now. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Franco ('70) Re: Playing outdoors Interesting reading all this and I agree with a lot of the points made concerning why kids aren't outside more these days. Obviously video games, safety concerns, lack of open space and heavy traffic all affect things. One point that I think is a big factor is the size of families today. Today most have one, two or maybe three kids, living in much bigger houses. many kids with their own bedrooms with television, etc. (how many of us even had "family rooms" when we were grade school age?). When we were young many of us had 5, 6 or more kids under one roof (Richland families I think were particularly prolific at offspring production!). Most of us shared bedrooms with one or two others. For many of us our homes were where we ate, slept, studied (well some of you did!). Almost ALL the fun stuff involved being outdoors. I remember Paul Sinclair ('70) sharing with me his experiences years ago when he started his first youth baseball camp as a coach, I think in Kennewick. I am sure the details may not be exact but:..... On the morning of the first day things were a little confusing and he was struggling a little with paper work getting kids registered, etc. So as he was sorting things out with a few of the parents, he noticed the kids were sitting on the grass waiting for things to get going. Paul dragged a couple bags of equipment over and told the kids to warm up, go play "work up" or something until he was finished and ready to get some drills going. After continuing with his clerical chores for five or ten minutes, Paul looked over and found most of the kids were still sitting and waiting. The point is that many of our kids today depend almost completely on outside structure for most outdoors activity. A lot of that has to do with safety related reasons I am sure, but most of us in Richland remember a typical summer day as getting on your bike, heading out to the pool, the river, ball fields, tennis courts, etc. The "play day" started when you got on that bike and was only interrupted by a return home for dinner. I am sure other kids were better than I was but I remember only rarely telling my mother where I was going and most of the time we barely knew ourselves where the days adventures would take us. And that is the way it was every day. Most of us didn't go to a lot of camps, take long vacations and there were no elite team tournaments every week. I was reminded of that last weekend seeing and playing tennis with Rex Davis ('49). We used to head down to the park every morning for day of tennis and some A&W root beer. As much as we would like to recreate that today, most of us could not stand our kids being out and about, whereabouts unknown for 6-8 hours every day. I don't remember my parents ever worrying themselves sick over where I was, but I think there were other factors there! -Mike Franco ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Flaherty ('76) Well I've been down in the Gulf, Shark Fishing the last few days (caught a few) so I have missed some things on the Sandstorm. First, Happy (belated) Birthday to Vickie Bigelow ('76) it's so nice to know you are so much older then me! I also found the comments about "personal" stuff to be rather funny... isn't it ALL personal? I like the bantering of Upton ('74) and Davis ('74) -- the count-your-hair thing made me laugh out loud - the poetic meanderings of David Fowler ('76) and pretty much anything by Pappy Swan ('59). We all can pick and choose what we read... can't we? Besides sometimes the "personal" stuff can push a button for the rest of us to have a say. So I say ... personal away... I have the ability to skip and skim read and not one tree died for it! I'd sure love to read some inputs from the '73-'78 classes... let's see um I could say something controversial and see if I could get the ball rolling... hmmmm ah... "our chicks were better then yours!!!" well naw... we all had great girls in our class... um ... who was the best prom queen of the '70s?... that might be fun but... no... might hurt somebody's feeling... wouldn't want that although Michele Crites was... well... stunning. Who had the best car? What was the wildest fight... I seem to remember a fight when I was a sophomore that was legendary... that would have been Upton's ('74) class, do you remember that one? (it might have been '73) I remember Jim "Tater" Ellensworth ('74) hitting Chuck Peoples ('75) for some high school slight in Gym Class. I remember putting the boxing gloves on with Don Bigelow in my basement... I woke up several minutes later!! I think Don is now like a 500th degree blackbelt. Anyway, love to hear from that '70's crowd... make it as personal as ya want! -David Flaherty ('76) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/07/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: John Richardson ('58), Joretta "Sue" Garrison ('58) Steve Carson ('58), Alice Hanthorn ('59) Patti Mathis ('60), Tom Verellen ('60) Nadine Reynolds ('61), Linda Reining ('64) Brad Upton ('74), Lisa Lysher ('79) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Richardson ('58) To: Peter Kay Wheadon ('56) Down Under Re: Shorts If my memory serves me correctly, the shorts that you referred to were called "Bermuda Shorts". They were extremely popular for about one summer and were to be worn with long calf high socks. I remember that Jim Templeman ('56) and his close friend whose name I do not recall rented Bermuda Short Tuxes and wore them to the Jr. Senior Prom. They wore red cumberbuns, red bow ties and the long red socks. I used to work part time for Grover Dawson and another one of the really popular flops in the '60s was the "Nehru Jacket" remember that one? -John Richardson ('58) ~ Longwood, FL where the temp is in the 90s and so is the humidity. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Joretta "Sue" Garrison Pritchett ('58) Re: '40s and '50s I've enjoyed the memories of growing up in Richland. I grew up on Roberdeau, directly across from the south end of Pennywise Drug. Our back yard connected with homes on Gunnison Court. There were no fences around yards, so all the back yard areas were open and kids played out there daily. At one particular time there were 56 kids in our neighborhood. We played games of all sorts--Monopoly, hide-and-seek, steal-the-flag. And most games included kids from ages 7 or 8 into high school. There was a basketball hoop and we played "21". There was a larger field west of our yards where the garbage truck went through in the older days. We drove our little trucks (yes, even the girls) over piles of dirt and dug holes and tunnels--probably would have gotten in trouble, even then, if our folks had known how deep some of those holes and tunnels were. I remember that there was a bus system in the early days, but I seldom rode it. As teens, we were allowed to walk to town for a movie--in groups, of course. We took younger sisters and brothers. But no one ran around alone. We seldom left our neighborhoods because there were dozens of kids and everything we needed right there. We held carnivals (moms made cookies, and we sold them cookies when they paid to come to our carnivals--ha). We held talent shows. On hot summer nights, lots of neighborhood kids brought sleeping bags out to the back yards and had "sleep-outs." One thing was very different during those times. Parents looked out for ALL the kids, and kids obeyed EVERY parent. If another mother told me to do something, I "hopped to it." If I got hurt, every mother came running to help. -Joretta "Sue" Garrison Pritchett ('58) ~ Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Sue, Hey, old neighbor!! Our house was the closest (right across the street) from the basketball hoop/playground which made our house the neighborhood first aid station. We got lots of action after the dirt was replaced with black top under all the swings, teeter totters and the slide. Those head puncture wounds really bleed. Many (if not all) ran to our house to get patched up. Somebody help me out: did the basketball hoop start out with dirt like the playground equipment get the black top at the same time? Maybe they were only supposed to put black top under the basketball hoop and got carried away? -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Carson ('58) To: Peter Kay Wheadon ('56) I recall the Bermuda Shorts revolt. When I tell my grandkids about it they get the giggles. I seem to recall that this was a motivating issue for a skip day but could use some backup on that. -Steve Carson ('58) ~ Chicago, IL **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alice Hanthorn Johnson ('59) Re: The 4th I really gave some thought to the Vashon Island Show, but being alone and not having someone to go with to enjoy, (Kids had a date I was invited to and girl friend in Oregon visiting family) I decided to stay here. The home I was at is up on the hill above Marysville (N. of Everett) in a cul-de-sac. About 8:30 some more serious pops started to go off and I thought "they'll use up the odds and ends they bought locally and put the kids to bed before the sun sets and we will be left watching the Everett city shots... ... ... NOT so! from 8:30ish through 11:30 or so the whole valley erupted in a show that was unbelievable! I even spotted some of the "new" fangled shaped shots. squares, circles and even a heart. WOW. for "back yard" shows it was amazing! and yes the sky was in bloom. Not coordinated to music or all the wonderful set things but as an over all experience it was good. I was proud to tell of knowing (well in the same school as) a real pyro hope your show went well, Larry! I still feel special remembering the GREAT show you did just for us Bombers in 2000 at R2K! THANK GOD for a country where we can celebrate our freedoms! and HAPPY BIRTH DAY the USA. -Alice Hanthorn Johnson ('59) ~ Marysville, WA 8am and still cool 64* on my way to volunteer at the Arlington Fly-In ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Alice, Hey, old neighbor!! I spent the 4th at the home of friends who live 1/2 hour SOUTH of me. Having repaired most of their Katrina damage, they're back in their house which is complete with cover for two boats and is on a canal or waterway of some sort. The fireworks set off by neighbors across the water were pretty as they reflected off the water. I watched and remembered spreading out our blanket on the hill in the Bomber Blow to watch the fireworks. There was no great finale this year and it was no comparison to the fireworks show that Larry Mattingly ('60) presented for us for R2K in 2000. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) I have been reading about the lack of air conditioning and the many inventive ways people stayed cool, and it rang a bell. I rented a house for many, many years that had none, and it was okay for me but my boys couldn't stand it. I would just sit in the front room with a fan blowing on me, but they wanted to be off in their rooms, where a fan just didn't seem to do it. My son Jim would open his bedroom window up all the way, stick his TV In it, and then go outside with folding lawn chairs and watch like he was at a drive in. Of course, that was before West Nile virus reared its ugly head. Then a tent was pitched, and they would sleep outside. Of course, they always didn't stay outside. I would always hear one or the other come in for a snack and a nice soft bed. -Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) Congratulations to Betty and George and the parents; for the new granddaughter. The best part of getting older. -Tom Verellen ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nadine Reynolds Cochran ('61) To: Jay Siegel ('61) Thank you for your wonderful picture description of the fireworks setup and display of which you were a participant. I have always loved the fireworks and have fond memories of my parents taking us to the park by the Desert Inn to watch the display on the 4th. I remember in those days not all of the display launched into the air. Some of the fireworks were whirling designs of light on the ground. Usually the last of the finale was a bright sparkling display of red, white and blue in the form of the American flag. Do you have any pictures of the barge after everything was set up but before the show? Another memory from the hot summers in Richland was the truck that came through all the neighborhoods spraying DDT (I think) to kill the mosquitoes. There were always kids riding their bikes in the fog emitting from the truck. My parents would not let us participate in that adventure for which I am now thankful. [click here to check out the mosquito fogger in the southend. -Maren] -Nadine Reynolds Cochran ('61) ~ From Tucson, AZ where the rain has finally started falling and settling the dust. Beautiful sunshine in the morning, hot by lunch 95 to 100 and exciting thunder, lightening and rain in the late afternoon to cool the temp to the 80s for the evening. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:Donna Bowers Rice(63) re:kids' sports my grandkids play sports through the YMCA or through a church league and neither is competitive. the kids play just for fun, no scores are kept, they learn the rules of the game, sportsmanship, and how to just have fun. the only problems have been some parents---we played one team that had one kid on there who was very aggressive, after knocking one of our team members down, numerous times, the last resulting in a black eye, our coach "called the game"---he was threatened by one of the parents on the other team--that father wanted to meet him down the street and "beat him to a pulp"!!!!!!! our coach didn't lose his cool, just told the dad that this was a "fun" league and he was setting a very bad example for his son and the rest of the kids. that didn't do much to dissuade the father---he kept threatening all the way to the parking lot! it's so sad that some parents have to ruin things for kids---I have a granddaughter who has many disabilities and sports for her is a major hurdle, but by playing in these type leagues, she plays in every game and it helps build her confidence---you should see the smiles on her face when she is lucky enough to make a goal, connects the bat to the ball, or makes a basket-- the other kids cheer for her, too! makes this grandma's heart swell with pride and I have a hard time keeping the tears from flowing! as for "the right equipment"---have a family friend whose 8 year old daughter has been in "pro" cheer leading since she was in 1st grade---she goes to competitions all over CA and Nevada and the pressure she is under is staggering! IF they don't win first place in their competitions, she spends hours crying and her mother is very disappointed also! it is just so sad---why can't they just be content to learn how to cheer and have fun??????? I just don't understand "the drive" to be "the best" at that young age!!!!! I still say we were very fortunate to have grown up in Richland and in the era we did---we had moms who were in the house(most moms didn't work outside the home), we had neighbors who knew us(sometimes, they knew us too well), and we didn't have to worry about people hurting us--we could roam the town without fear of being abducted or abused. it is so sad that now police are called because we are so afraid of our actions being misunderstood---I understand it, but I sure wish it was different. kids are growing up with too many fears. Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of 64)......temps have cooled down to the 80's in Bakersfield, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) Re: Kids playing outside My wife and I have lived on a cul-de-sac for the past 9+ years and can't believe our good fortune. It reminds me of Richland. The bus stop where my kids get on the bus is the largest in the Shoreline school district with 22 kids getting on at our stop. The neighborhood is full of kids and they usually wind up in our back yard. Two nights last week 8 or 9 of them decided to spend the night under the stars in our back yard. Their ages were between 2nd and 7th grade. Many nights the doorbell will ring and a kid will be at the door organizing a "neighborhood game" and out in the street they all go. I know this is rare in this day and age, but I wanted to let you know that is still does exist in small pockets. I think part of the reason that people are so protective is fear. Unfortunately, there have always been molesters, abductions and bad things happening. Statistically I don't think it's any more prevalent than it's ever been... it's just more publicized. The local news can't wait to send out a fleet of satellite trucks to clog up a neighborhood and open their news story with "Breaking News on 7. A Child disappears!" Fear and sensationalism... you hear it enough and you start to believe it. As far as kids not getting exercise... I know two families that DRIVE their kids to the bus stop. Not to school... to the bus stop. It's a 9 house walk to the bus stop and they drive 9 houses!!! It makes my head want to explode! The parents are too lazy to walk to the bus stop with their kids so they drive. I can't even comprehend it. -Brad Upton ('74) PS. A heartfelt thanks for all of your kind comments about our show on Friday in Kennewick. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lisa Lysher Fuller ('79) Re: Pets and Summer To all Bombers, hope everyone has a wonderful fun summer. I wanted to send an entry in to kind of remind everyone to please watch your outside pets this summer, for our temperatures outside are getting hotter each day and dogs and cats that stay outside during the day need lots of shade and water to help them. If you're wondering why I'm sending a little reminder out, it's because I work with a local animal rescue group called Columbia Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.). We are a small volunteer non-profit group with only about 4 foster homes (no shelter) dedicated to helping unwanted, abused or abandoned pets find forever loving homes thru adoption. This year so far, we have done so many emergency rescues of cats and dogs its been unreal. Just to give you an example: just recently I was called to do an emergency rescue on a very young abandoned dog about 6-7 months old. We got the call that some kids were chasing it down the street with sticks and a lady saw it and helped the dog. An ad was placed for the owner but no one came thru to claim the sweet little girl thus we were called. Even though I'm a foster home and am currently full, with many fosters, I made a place in my home and went and picked the dog up to help it, why? Because it turned out this little girl is pregnant and due to have a litter pretty soon and the family that helped her couldn't keep her. She is such a sweet girl, even though she's been running thru this heat lost and not knowing her home, she is now with me in a safe place, staying cool until she gives birth, then when her puppies are 8 wks they will be up for adoption and she will be ready for her new home. Another one that hits you, just rescued a sweet 5 month old Great Dane mix puppy that was dumped out in the country to defend for itself, skinny, weak and starved, how do we know, cause it was witnessed and a call came to us. This big boy will be an awesome friend for someone it's just sad that he had no choice in what happened to him. And here's the latest, a very sweet dilute calico young cat, abandoned to defend for itself, came into one of our foster homes and just gave birth to 8 babies, yes 8 babies. This is just an example of two sweet dogs and a momma that got lucky cause we stepped in to help. Not all rescues have a happy ending though, last year I had to have a beautiful European bred 2 year old purebred German Shepherd put down due to abuse and starvation. I tried and tried to help him for several months but in the end he couldn't be saved, in my 4 years of rescue work, this one always hits me the hardest. Hot temperatures are hard on outside pets, most try to dig out or find cooler places to lay, my two big boys have a nice underground tunnel started next to our shed. Be safe and have fun this summer and remember your best friend. If anyone is ever interested in being a foster home for our animal rescue group, you can get a hold of us at our email address on our website or by my home email address, we are desperately looking for homes that are willing to help us provide a little love and attention. Here's our website: Thank you for reading this and checking out our website. -Lisa Lysher Fuller ('79) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/08/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Ken Staley ('68), Betti Avant ('69), Shawn Schuchart ('78) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Deanna Sue Lukins ('79) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ken Staley ('68) To: Larry Mattingly ('60) I just returned with my 5 year old granddaughter from the display in Columbia Park and thought of several of your entries about past displays. Like Maren...I recall spreading out a blanket in or around the Bomber Bowl and watching that display. The ONE thing I clearly recall is that those who set off the display did so with something akin to road flares. And that the audience (looking backwards is always difficult when the distance of time makes it further) was not all that far away from the grounded display. That memory must give you the willies! How has the electronic revolution made your job easier/more challenging? -Ken Staley ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) I remember Roberdeau Park. I lived at the corner of Torbett and Thayer and we were always at the grocery store or Pennywise Drug store. My cousin, Jean Bruntlett ('62) lived in the 1400 block of Perkins. One summer, I'm thinking either '58 or '59 my cousins flew out from South Dakota for a vacation. That's the only year I recall them coming to Washington for a visit. One night Jean, my cousins, my brothers, and I went to Pennywise to get some candy in most likelihood. In running through the grass on the way back to Jean's house my younger brother, Howard ('72-RIP) tripped and fell. We thought he was OK but his knee was bleeding pretty good. Jean, being the oldest got the task of carrying him all the way back home, about 1 1/2 blocks. My uncle was a doctor (OK an eye doctor) but as I recall he used my aunt's dining room table to look at his knee. I don't know if he put in any stitches or not, I know we didn't go to the ER. In the next day or two we all piled into cars and drove to Westport for a few days. What great fun; the older ones went out on a fishing boat and we played around the cabins or the beach. My mother got mad because they used all of my car sick pills and she had to buy some more before we headed back to Richland. I found a jellyfish our last morning there but I wasn't allowed to bring it home, darn I thought he'd make a great pet. A few summers ago I went with Jean, her brother John ('54), and his wife to their timeshare in Newport, Oregon. The youngest of those cousins met us there with his wife and 2 daughters. Jean brought along a pack of pictures from that visit he made with his family that year (he was probably 3 years old). It was great fun reminiscing. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shawn Schuchart Mabley ('78) Like Brad Upton ('74), I too was lucky enough to have lived for 10 years on a cul de sac in Puyallup with my children. I was able to get a chance to know all of the kids in the neighborhood as they played outside my house. I learned which kids I needed to give extra attention to and which kids I needed to make sure had adult supervision around when they played because some of the older kids had a tendency to play way too rough (or downright mean) with some of the younger kids. If you have children and are in the market for purchasing a home, I would say it's well worth the extra money to find a home in a cul de sac--the benefits to the children are enormous! -Shawn Schuchart Mabley ('78) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/09/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Larry Mattingly ('60), Janet Voorhies ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Bomber Bowl fireworks To: Ken Staley ('68) From Dutch Harbor, City of Unalaska, Aeutian Islands, where the North Pacific meets the Bering Sea. The weather socked us in on the 4th and 5th with winds, rain, and fog. Even the eagles weren't flying. We finally got it fired on the 6th to the delight of the city folks. Cleaned up the mess yesterday and fly to Anchorage today. Dinner with friends on an island in Big Lake Tomorrow and fly home Monday. Yes the flares we used (and still do when we hand-fire) were road flares. And yes I do have to chuckle once in a while about the safety distance. I can remember shooting on the 20 yard line and the audience was on the 50. Now days we would need 420 feet for what I was shooting then. We still hand-fire some shows, but most of them that my company fires that are of any size are fired electrically. There are several very nice push- button/stylus touch type systems out there. Some of our systems were designed by me and work very well at their price level averaging about $6500 per system. The two top line computer systems world wide are over $30K. Parente in Italy has a system for about $53K minimum. Guido tells me they sell quite a few of them. However, along with 2 partners I founded the FireLinx, Inc. compao shoot fromny and we are manufacturing a totally solid state, computerized, remote wireless system that is way beyond the present state of the art. It sells for about $20K and we are sold out for this year's production and will make the first system delivery in 2-5 weeks. You can read about it at: We have come a long ways from the days in the late '50s and '60s. Light weight plastic mortars, higher quality pyro materials, more vivid colors, choreography to music, and electrical firing have made fireworks much more entertaining. But sometimes I do sit and remember those days.... "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Janet Voorhies McCord ('61) Re: Posting for a friend A friend, Sally Albers Stearns ('61 grad of Grandview), attended Richland's schools but moved during her high school years. She is trying to locate some long-time family friends, Iva Martin (unsure of grad year) and Keith A. Martin ('59). I was able to find where Keith had attended his 40th reunion and had listed Concord, CA as his resident state, but had no other specifics listed. Was unable to locate anything for his sister, Iva Martin, but think she was 2-3 years older than Keith. Anyone have any up-to-date contact information for Sally would be greatly appreciated by her. (Hope that Keith reads the Sandstorm and will respond.) Please forward private email to Sally at [Sally's email deleted... if you want it, send a note to Janet and she'll give it to you. -Maren] Thanks in advance, -Janet Voorhies McCord ('61) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/10/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Shirley Rae Drury ('51), Nola Davey ('56) Marlene Maness ('57WB), Helen Cross ('62) Ann Engel ('63), Jeff Michael ('65) Patti Snider ('65), Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) Margaret Gilstrap ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jerry Oakley ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dale McLean ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Rulon ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) To you youngsters out there who've been submitting memories of growing up in Richland, and experiences of living in cul-de-sacs in more recent times: Thank you. What a nice picture you project of untrammeled childhood and the view of life through a child's eyes. That's important to consider, even for us who are now dealing with great-grand children. Jim and I every Friday look after an almost 2 1/2 year old smartee whose mom consumed lots of fish oil during her pregnancy. This child passes the eligibility test for kindergarten and has a seemingly unlimited vocabulary, so she keeps us engaged. We've practiced that transition phrase that I used to use on our kids, "Say good bye now to (whatever).." when we need her to move on from one activity to the next. Last Friday on our regular around 2 blocks walk at her speed and interest rate, she used it on me, to my delight. I was showing her three crows high in a tall maple, when she says to me, "Say goodbye to the crows..., bye-bye, now." She's on to my psychology! I'm including a photo of her. Cheers, -Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nola Davey Meichle ('56) Would the person (NAB) who was helping with finding an obituary for Carleton Craven ('56-RIP) please get in touch with me. Also, does anyone know when and where Bob Hamrick ('56-RIP)died. Thanks, -Nola Davey Meichle ('56) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Nola, Found the name of the "NAB" in the 6/22/06 Sandstorm. His name is Danny Bates (NAB). -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marlene Maness Mulch ('57WB) Re: The Olden Days The sights and sounds of our early years leave a lasting impression. I'm from the Panhandle of Oklahoma and still feel nostalgic when I recall the smell of rain on the dry grass, lightning bugs, the taste of wild currants and the big purple mulberries. My grandmother ran a little caf that still had an outhouse in the '40s. She raised chickens and would wring their necks when chicken was on the menu. (The dreadful smell of singed chicken feathers!) I went back a few years ago and that side of the street had been blown away by a tornado. There's a new book about the Dust Bowl - "The Worst Hard Times" by Timothy Egan that gives a graphic description of those trying days. My family was in the worst of it and couldn't leave because they didn't own a car. Those of you who came from all over the country may want to share some of the memories of your childhood in far away places. There's something about getting older that makes you want to reminisce about the "olden days"! -Marlene Maness Mulch ('57WB) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) We just returned from driving up to Vermont to see Warren's uncle where we had a great 4 days. We loved all the little towns and the scenery all the way there and back. Visited some friends who have a B&B in West Virginia along the way, and saw some great lakes country in western Pennsylvania when we went to see some antique stores in Hawley, PA. I just wish I had more days to travel every time we go, as I didn't get up to see my Dutch friends above Montreal which I would have loved to do. We are home for a few days to see our son, and then go up to a family reunion in Fargo, North Dakota. (I know you can hardly believe it, Maren, but I love to go to North Dakota.) I guess it's my parent's roots that pull me there, and it was so funny to learn that Warren also has family there. I will also go and see my parent's home town of Towner, North Dakota, while we are so close. I haven't been there since I was 12 years old. My brother, Roy ('65) who sadly doesn't read the Sandstorm, and I walked into the drugstore of the town, then, and the druggist said I don't know your name, but I know who you are. And I said how do you know that I just arrived last night. He said you are Mrytle Dokken's daughter. That's my mother's maiden name. And I keep looking more and more like my mother each year.... I wonder how many drug stores there will be in that town now... But Warren and I love looking at all the little towns and places as we drive. I wish I were younger and I'd try to become a travel agent to promote American tourism, as I think we have so much across the country to offer. There isn't anywhere I've been that there wasn't something I wish I had more time to see.... And later in August we will be in Washington State to try to help Warren's mother up around Brewster, WA to recover from the surgery she needs, and to try to help her move to a retirement home in Wenatchee... don't know how long that will take... So I will be visiting my old haunts in Washington again, and seeing family and friends again. We will have a Cross Reunion right down the road from where the Bomber picnic has always been for the last several years... Battleground, Wash., and this year, when we were hopeful maybe we could get to see the picnic, it's been moved... to wherever that is. I haven't looked it up yet. But I am hopeful to make a Bomber luncheon. My first in the state of Washington... So as I have wash and packing, etc. to do, I'd best sign off. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ W. Harrison, IN, in the house by the little lake with the foster cats who the neighbor will be feeding... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Engel Schafer ('63) To: Donna Bowers Rice ('63) did you get the email I sent you the other day? -Ann Engel Schafer ('63) ~ from sunny and hot Vancouver USA 90 today **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeff Michael ('65) Hey there Bombers and Bomberettes... Yup... back safely from SoCal. Have to say, the 4th of July Fireworks on the bay were pretty spectacular! From where I was playing the music on the Naval Training Center beach, we watched 4 displays that were on the music sync track. Then there were 3 more that could be seen around the area at various municipalities. Some of the shows included the new "shapes" displays. How the heck do they do that?!! An explosive device that explodes in the air and makes a perfect cube or heart shape. Pretty amazing. Back in town Friday night after the 1200 mile drive and doing a wedding in Pasco, we got a special treat. The venue was outdoors just off Rd 68 and Burden. After the ceremony was long since over and the reception pretty much wound down, we were given a special freebie fireworks display. At the close of the Dust Devils Saturday night home games, one of Larry Mattingly's ('60) guys shoots off a small show. It was really nice. The remaining people at the wedding really enjoyed it and so did I. Next Saturday, we'll be off to Montana to do a wedding in Trout Creek. This will be the first time I've worked in Montana. And since our granddaughter, Maxine, is with us, her first time in the State. Should be a great time for us all. Any Montana Bombers... check the Bomber Alumni frame on the 2djs trailer license and give us a honk. dj jeff Michael ('65) ~ Back in the Tri-Cities where it is an overcast 95 today. Last night was a cool 68 under clear skies with a nearly full moon... simply gorgeous! I came home from the wedding and sat on my deck just soaking it in. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Snider Miller ('65) On Saturday, July 8, I went to the alumni Bomber lunch at JD's in West Richland. I had never been to one and thoroughly enjoyed the stories and meeting with others who I have seen their names in the alumni sandstorm and now have a face to put with them. Come on Class of '65... let's see some of you at the next one that Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) has. Thank you Patti for the welcome and having the place reserved and the tables arranged. You make it easy, we only have to show up! Appreciate all your hard work. Bomber Cheers, -Patti Snider Miller ('65) ~ in Richland where it is 86 at 9:30am **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) Re: AKC German Shepherd Is there a Bomber (or friend of a Bomber) looking for a wonderful dog? Polly is an AKC registered German Shepherd. At 13 months old, she is a loving, gentle, beautiful dog with VERY unusual but sought after markings. She is all black, with a reddish undercoat. She has longer, thicker hair than most German Shepherds, and is bigger than most females, already at about 90 pounds. BUT she is afraid of the dark. Since we live on a farm, our dogs must live outside. (Too much mud/dirt, etc. in the house otherwise.) But when we leave Polly out at night, she barks. This is the ONLY problem with have with her. She is housebroken, and has the sweetest personality you could ever want in a dog. All shots current. We had planned to breed her. With her coloring and size, her pups will be worth quite a lot of money. However, if the new owner does not want to breed her, we will pay of the cost to have her spayed. She needs love, a fence, and to be indoors at night. She will love devotedly in return. If you are interested, please e-mail me direct. If you are within driving range, we will work something out. If she would need to be shipped via airlines, we would make the arrangements. Obviously we don't want to put this dog down! And we don't want to be reimbursed for what we paid for her. We just want her to have the happy home she deserves -- but it can't be with us, sadly enough. Thanks for helping us find a home for Polly. -Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) ~ Haven Farm - 16 miles east of Lewiston, Idaho **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Margaret Gilstrap O'Hara ('74) To: Larry Mattingly ('60) Who are you coming to see in my neck of the woods and is the name of the Island "Saddle Back"? If you like (and have the time) you should come out to Crooked Lake for a visit. I have a spectacular view of Mt. Susitna (Sleeping Lady) from my deck, not to mention a full bar. Your friends will probably know me from Bill's Cat House and I am in the phone book. Give me a call if you would like to come out. -Margaret Gilstrap O'Hara ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Lee Bond ('60) ~ 12/21/41 - 7/8/06 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/11/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers and 1 NAB sent stuff: Marilynn Working ('54), Ed Wood ('62) Shirley Collings ('66), Don Sorenson (N A B = Not A Bomber) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rex Hunt ('53WB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry Christenson ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janice Johns ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John Heffner ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) I received the sad news today from Shirley Strege Bigelow ('54) that Durward Petry ('54) passed away this weekend in Baker City, OR. He had not been well for some time, but this was still a sudden passing according to his wife. The services will be Thursday, July 13th in Baker City. Shirley said she and Charlie ('54) will be going. I will never forget Durward at our 50th class reunion in 2004, when he came walking toward me with a bouquet of 50 roses in a vase and handed them to me with the remark "I wasn't able to buy you flowers when we went on a date to our school dance 50 years ago, so thought I would make up for it tonight"!! I was floored!! They were so beautiful and they sat on our table for a long time. Durward was a very devoted family man and will surely be missed. -Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed Wood ('62) Re: American travels To: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Your comments about North Dakota (one of the two states I've never visited) brings to mind a book you may enjoy reading. "Blue Highways", by William Least Heat-Moon tells of the author's travels through America, avoiding the interstates and major highways. In so doing, he sees things missed by high speed travelers and his experiences are similar to that which you shared with us. I don't know how you've managed your incessant travel program. In the last three months we've had trips to California, Chicago, our Amtrak trip to Glenwood Springs, a week in Oregon, a great trip to the Galapagos Islands and Peru, plus two short trips and one long trip to Keystone, Colorado. This week we're off to Creede in our RV to enjoy the summer repertory theater for a week or so. Janice and I realized after our last trip that we planned entirely too much travel this year. We need a breather between trips to catch up on things, and to enjoy our home in Colorado. We've already planned next year's travels, and have scheduled (we hope) a more relaxed set of trips. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to the Galapagos. This was a special photography tour sponsored in part by National Geographic Magazine. Attached is an example of how close one can approach the wildlife. More examples are on Just click the "View pictures" button, then "View as a slide show". There's no need to sign in. -Ed Wood ('62) ~ Morrison, C) where we had an abnormally low "high" yesterday of 62. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) Re: Pete Moore ('70) from 7/10 TCHerald "Lawyer prepares for second leg of Pacific Crest Trail trek" -Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (N A B = Not A Bomber) Re: Children's Activities from the '50s To All Bombers, Have been really enjoying the stories of your childhoods. Found some pictures from the '50s you might enjoy. I have included an aerial photo for those who like them. I have others but am having trouble locating them. -Don Sorenson (N A B = Not A Bomber) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/12/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers and 1 NAB sent stuff: Missy Keeney ('59), Derrith Persons ('60), Betty Neal ('62) Helen Cross ('62), Dennis Hammer ('64), Patti McLaughlin ('65) Rick Maddy ('67), Betti Avant ('69), Don Sorenson (N A B = Not A Bomber) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jan Bollinger ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Debra Belliston ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) Re: Pictures To: Ed Wood ('62) What amazing and wonderful pictures! What were the large bones in, I believe, picture #19? Were they whale bones? Thank you for sharing your pictures. -Missy Keeney ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Derrith Persons Dean ('60) July 12th This must have been a really good day way back when . . . . Happy Birthday to . . . Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) I hope your birthday is all you want it to be... May God's peace and joy be yours always. -Derrith Persons Dean ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Neal Brinkman ('62) To: Ed Wood ('62) Wonderful pictures, Ed. Thank you for sharing them with us. The Galapagos Islands are on my list of places to visit in the future. -Betty Neal Brinkman ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) I agree with you, Ed Wood ('62), we are realizing we need more time to enjoy our life here too... we will be up much of the next 24 hours getting ready for our next trip to Fargo, North Dakota... leaving Thursday am... I hope to get to those islands sometime soon. I've always heard they are so interesting... I'm glad I went to Peru before I got high blood pressure, as I've not had luck getting it back down, maybe it was always high and I just didn't know it... See you at our 45th reunion in Richland next year??? -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ West Harrison, IN in the house by the little lake where it's rained all day and boy did we need that rain... our lawn was already going dormant... as we don't water grass out here... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) Re: Playing Outside For those who missed seeing the "Hi and Lois" comic strip Monday. I seldom read it myself, but I just happened to see it last night, and because of our recent discussion on kids playing outside thought Sandstorm readers might like to see it. -Dennis Hammer ('64) ~ from the Wild Frontier Kennewick outpost of the mighty Bomberville **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti McLaughlin Cleavenger ('65) Re: Class of 1976 reunion Hey! I haven't been paying attention (working WAY too much). Did I miss the reunion of the class of '76? I would love to see "my kids." I taught most of them because I taught some in 7th grade at Carmichael and some in 9th grade at Chief Jo. -Patti McLaughlin Cleavenger ('65) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [You're in luck, Patti. The Class of 1976 - August 11-12, 2006. Go to and click their reunion link for more info. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) Re: THERE WILL BE A TEST I took off on a trip May 15 to WA, OR and ID and arrived home on July 1. I'm here to tell you six weeks is too long. I drove into Richland, went to the Spudnut Shop sometime around June 20th and they were out of Spudnuts for the day... there is nothing anyone can say that will make me feel better. [Ya gotta get there before NOON, Maddy!!! -Maren] Here is something for the kids to enjoy: Place the states where they belong 3rd grade level... I found this interesting. I have driven in every state with the exception of five and cannot pass this test... yet. I never did test well. My grades never reflect my intellect, no matter what my teachers, the judge, previous Sandstorm Online posts that were allowed by Maren or my Marine Corps drill instructors tell you. State flowers. At the end you can view each state flower individually. This is an Independence Day site. -Rick Maddy ('67) ~ Huntington Beach, CA where the temps are close to perfect **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) To: Ed Wood ('62) I enjoyed your slide show of your trip. It must have been a wonderful experience. Bomber cheers, -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA awaiting the rain they keep saying we are due for **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (N A B = Not A Bomber) Re: More Children's Activities Maren, Found some more. -Don Sorenson (N A B = Not A Bomber) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/13/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Jim Bobo ('56), Ed Wood ('62) Linda Reining ('64), Glenda Gray ('66) Dennis Strege ('71), Don Sorenson (N A B = Not A Bomber) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lorin St. John ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Glen Rose ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Terry Klute ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Bobo ('56) To: Nola Davey Meichle ('56) Re: Bob Hamrick ('56-RIP) Nola, my memory(?) says he was in Tacoma and worked at the Postal Service. He still may have a brother in the TCs. Also there was a Kent H. that was a year or two ahead of us. See you in September. -Jim Bobo ('56) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Maybe that would be Kent Hamrick ('53)? -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed Wood ('62) Re: Galapagos photos Thanks to all who wrote that they enjoyed the photos I took in the Galapagos in May. Yes, photo #19 was indeed a sea lion enjoying the shade provided by a Southern Wright whale skeleton. The entire skeleton was on the beach, bleached from the sun. It looked almost as if it had been carefully laid out by a paleontologist. One interesting note. The entire island group is a national park protected by Ecuador. Everyone must have a park naturalist accompany any visit to any island, and obviously everyone must follow the park naturalist's directions. For those caught visiting an island without a naturalist - three months in prison for the first offense. For the second offense, you are simply deported. But they keep your boat. Talk about serious consequences! -Ed Wood ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:Rick Maddy(67) re:placing States on map well, I flunked 3rd grade!!!!!! said the bus would come to take me home! only got 41 of the 48 placed properly! did you notice that this map omits Alaska and Hawaii???? couldn't place all those New England States! *grin* put this in "my favorites" and am going to see how well my grandkids do (they are in middle school). *grin* re:David Rivers(65).......has anyone heard how his surgery went? he was scheduled to have it Monday(the 9th), I think. Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of 64)......Bakersfield, CA.........temps have been 105 and up since Saturday and supposed to be this way for the rest of this week and through the weekend!!!!!!!!! arrrrrrrgh **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Glenda Gray ('66) My prayers and love go out to the Rulon kids (Bill ('64), Becky ('66) and Penny ('69))... Virginia Rulon passed away July 10th after a full life of wife, mother, and secretary at CUP Church. -Glenda Gray ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis Strege ('71) Re: 1971 Class Reunion The Class of '71 reunion is a little more than 4 weeks away and you don't want to miss it. It is time to get your registration forms mailed in so the final arrangements can be made (and paid for). If you lost your form you can get a form online at See you August 11. -Dennis Strege ('71) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (N A B = Not A Bomber) Re: More Summer Stuff Maren, Another installment. -Don Sorenson (N A B = Not A Bomber) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/14/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Jim Jensen ('50), Dona McCleary ('54) Patti Jones ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Thora Metcalf ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) Re: Paperwork It's not clear whether I can attend Club 40 activities this year, but I'm trying to line up a few things just in case. Thanks to a Sandstorm posting I followed directions and downloaded the 2006 Club 40 Reunion Registration. For planning purposes I need to know about the information concerning the Shilo Inn which is usually provided with the annual Club 40 package. It seems I've lost whatever was sent to me in the mail. I don't believe that I sent in my 2006 dues. If someone can help me on the Shilo Inn info then I can send in a complete registration (including dues). Any and all assistance will be appreciated. -Jim Jensen ('50) ~ Katy, TX **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dona McCleary Belt ('54) Dottie Killan is requesting that anyone with Columbians for 1966 thru 1972 to please contact her at [phone number deleted for Dottie's privacy. Email Dona if you need Dottie's phone number. -Maren]. She is looking for pictures and history on Fred Strankman. He also taught at Chief Joseph Junior High from 1955 thru 1966. Mr Strankman ended his career at Hanford High School. The information effort is to name the gym at Hanford High in his name. I do not have an email for Dottie... so any one with info could email to my account and I will pass it on to Dottie. Thank You. -Dona McCleary Belt ('54), Club 40 Historian **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: All Bomber Luncheon July 8, 2006 I thought very seriously about not doing the luncheon during July and August because of everyone's travels and doings during the summer. So glad I didn't. We still had a good size group. Lots of laughter and fun. Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) our photographer was away. George "Pappy" Swan ('59) and wife Jeanne who took pictures last month were away. No pictures this month. Looking forward to one of the photographers getting back for next month's pictures. When I arrived at the restaurant early the tables weren't set up. Derrith Persons Dean ('60) and I began to set up. Hannah the owner was very apologetic because when she joined us to do the set-up. A couple was along the wall which I felt we were squeezing out as they finished eating. They were watching every move we made. Deanna (I found in a few minutes what her name was) had done a lot of set up for group set-ups from what she said. Finally I turned to them trying to be apologetic asking them if they would like to move? When they said "no", I blurted out "Are you Bombers?" Deryl ('73) grinned after thinking for a minute he said he was. Deryl then with a smile introduced his wife Deanna. She very proudly said, they were celebrating "one year of marriage". Congratulations Deryl and Deanna. We asked them to join us which they did. Deryl didn't know about the Richland All Bomber website... he knows now. Nice surprise to have Marilyn De Vine ('52) and Gus Keeney ('57) off the road long enough to be in Richland and join us. Marilyn brought brother Terry ('52) along at the last minute. David Rodriguez ('69) announced, during announcements and introductions that he hosts a yearly picnic at his home for West Richlanders. What started out to be small group has now grown to 150 per year. David has a goal this year of 200. No, not everyone can attend. David is very clear that it is people who have lived in West Richland through the years. If any West Richlanders are interested please email me for David's email address. Betty Bell Norton ('51) announced what was coming for the Senior Center in Richland for seniors. Always great to have Betty let us know what is next. Thanks Patti Snider Miller ('65) for your entry the other day in the Sandstorm. Others from the class of '65 have attended the luncheon before so looking forward to being there with you next month Patti. Really enjoyed meeting you and our conversation. The rest of the group had plenty to say but I wasn't close enough to pick up any of their good conversations. I know there was plenty of talk and laughter because David Rhodes ('52) and his wife Alice were right in the middle of it. Dave can keep a whole group going for quite a while with his tales and laughter. Fred Klutz ('58) and David Rodriguez ('69) seemed to have quite a conversation going. The September luncheon will be during Club 40 weekend. Reservations ahead of time can be made by emailing me or Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) Reservations are not required but will help Hannah (the owner) be prepared. Will you be at the luncheon in September, Maren? Would love to have you there. [Yes!!! Looks like I'm finally going to make one of "your" lunches, Patti!! -Maren] Bombers Have Fun -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) West Richland, WA. ~ Tried to rain today. Only lasted a couple of minutes. My doggies (Gunny and Jonesy) are coming to me on the computer letting me know it is time for bed so best go get them tucked in for the night. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/15/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68), Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Judie and Jackie Cole ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) Re: Found a home for Polly To all you Bombers who wrote to me personally with suggestions for things we could do to keep Polly (13 month old AKC German Shepherd) from barking at night -- thanks ... but we had already tried all of those ideas before deciding that we would have to find her another home. Our farm has lots of water on it with two creeks and ponds -- so the dogs are just too grubby to be sleeping inside at night. We had tried leaving a light on for her, playing the radio, etc. She had covered shelter at night, so that wasn't the problem either. She just is afraid of being out in the night Anyway, we are happy to report that today we are taking her to her new home, in a rural area outside Pullman. She is going to a couple who have retired from wheat ranching (their son took over the farm), but have kept 7 acres. They (especially the wife) are a stay at home couple, who take their two present dogs with them everywhere on the place. When they garden, the dogs are with them. When they go in the house, the dogs are with them -- night and day. This is great news -- the folks really know and love dogs (as we do). We are so glad not to have to put Polly down. But we would have done that before giving her to 'just anybody'. The idea of having her neglected or mistreated was far worse than the idea of putting her down. All's well that ends well. Thanks for caring, all you who wrote. -Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) Haven Farm - 18 miles east of Lewiston, ID **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Maren, I don't know if you want to use this or not for the Sandstorm. It is great fun and relaxing. I got it from a fellow '69er. -Betti Avant ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/16/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Mike Clowes ('54), Gary Behymer ('64) Bob Grout ('66wb), Shirley Collings ('66) Rick Maddy ('67), Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barbara Isackson ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Margo Compton ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Scott Hartcorn ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: the "Here We Go Again" Dept. The latest count for the Club 40 Reunion in September is as follows: Class of '45 - 2; '46 - 2; '47 - 3; '48 - 1; '49 - 5; '50 - 2; Class of '51 - 21 (Hey, they might make a party of it yet); Class of '52 - 14; '53 - 6; '54 - 14; '55 - 2; Class of '56 - 67 (The numbers are getting better); '57 - 7; Class of '58 - 5; '59 - 8; '60 - 6; Class of '61 - 10 (Come on guys, it's your 45th); '62 - 2; Class of '63 - 1; '64 - 1; Classes of '65 & '66 - 0 (You know you can now sit with the big folks don't you?) More of the usual suspects are beginning to appear on the lists (see and scroll to the attendees list for their names. You can also get a registration form for the party from there also. Registration for rooms at the Shilo can be obtained by going to Shilo Inns website at You can register on line or get the 800 number and phone it in. If you register online, be sure and tell the desk clerk when you check in that you are with Club 40 to get our rate (lower than what they list). If you use the 800 number you might be able to get the Club's rate then. See you at the Party, -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR, where it is cloudy and somewhat muggy, but this is the wetside. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) One of those just in case you forgot scenarios... Trinity - July 16th, 1945 Bomber Luncheon in Spokane today... Sunday July 16th, 2006! If I can find a 'carrot cake' at this late date I'll bring one for little James House. DATE: Sunday, July 16, 2006 COFFEE: 11:30 AM LUNCH: 12:30 PM PLACE: The Cathay Inn (Chinese and American menu) ADDRESS: 3714 North Division (Look for the tall sign on the east side of the street.) PRICE: Most lunches $5.95 - $7.95 Expecting to see James, Rick, Ray, Vera, Gay & Carol H. & a host of others! -Gary Behymer ('64) ~ ...located somewhere in downtown Colfax,WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Grout ('66wb) Re: Fw: May we always REMEMBER Re: Oldsmobile Classic car show All you Richland Bombers (alumni) need to see this Oldsmobile Classic car show near Spokane and Idaho area. click on the web-site and it tells you all you need to know. I read the sandstorm and I notice you Guys just had a luncheon in the Spokane area. There's a Firemen who I work with (Bud Guyer)Disney Fire Dept who is going to be up there from Southern CA area. Information Only If your interested -Bob Grout ('66wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) Is there a reunion this summer for the class of '81? Thanks ~ -Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) Re: Rivers Talked to the Sarge (David Rivers ('65)) this morning. He is alive. He can wiggle his toes, answer a phone and can still feel the important body parts. Said he is doing fine. Recovery time now with R&R at home. -Rick Maddy ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Bomber regrets I'm sorry out there. That link I sent Maren isn't what I thought it was. When my fellow '69er sent it to me all I had to do was click on it and a cute little picture and audio came up not what came up today in the Sandstorm. If there are any people out there who can read the site and tell me what one would need to click on to see the "horse quartet" let me know and I'll pass it on, thanks. I'm not even sure what language that site is in? [The following came about 3 hours later.] Maren, I wrote a note earlier about that link I had sent you and couldn't figure out because it was in a foreign language. I played around with it a bit and now I know how to get to the "cute" thing I was aiming at. One needs to click on Morogsfajen, then For de minsta, then the picture with 4 horses behind a fence. I tried it this way and it works. Sorry about the confusion. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/17/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Dale Ennor ('59), Marilyn Swan ('63), Linda Reining ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Denny Lytle ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dale Ennor ('59) To: Betti Avant ('69) Betti: Your site is a Swedish news and information forum containing everything from a TV guide to financial data. It looks like it could be quite useful to someone in Sweden. -Dale Ennor ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) To all class of '63 Bombers; Where are all of you gonna be in September? If I can come all the way from Utah, even after a month-long trip through California & Oregon, & still end up at Club 40, am I going to be the only member of the "Gold Medal" class of '63 there? I am the only one signed up at this time for the weekend! I KNOW that many of you live right there in the old home town! Well actually, I see that Maren is also gonna be there & she claims to be both '63 & '64. Good on ya, Maren!! OK, I've thrown out the challenge, are any of you other '63ers gonna come through? -Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:Rick Maddy(67) re:Rivers THANK YOU for the "heads up" on David! kept waiting for one of the "donut delinquents" to write in and tell the rest of us how he was doing, guess they figured they'd leave it up to him to let us all know he was "alive and kicking". *grin* so good to hear that he can answer the phone, wiggle his toes and feel all the other important body parts! *grin* re:link from Betti Avant(69) tried that link and couldn't figure out anything---glad you sent in how to get the picture. couldn't figure out anything with that language---was "Greek" to me. *grin* Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of 64).......guess I best not complain about the triple digit temperatures in Bakersfield, CA., when parts of Southern CA are burning away. they have already lost parts of "Pioneer Town", which is where they filmed lots of Westerns in the 50's and also used it for the Gene Autry Show and Roy Rogers and Dale Evans TV shows. so sad. the fire is threatening homes and businesses in Big Bear, too and last I heard, those people were on alert to evacuate. two fires have merged, so it is really a huge fire, with no fast end in sight. fire fighters from Kern County(Bakersfield)are down there, too, along with others from surrounding counties and cities. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/18/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Bill Berlin ('56), Pappy Swan ('59), Patti Mathis ('60) David Rivers ('65), Tami Schuchart (68), Shawn Schuchart ('78) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Maren: I did not get a Sandstorm on 7.16.06 or 7.17.06 -Bill Berlin ('56) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Bill--You and every other comcast subscriber. We've heard from lots of you and we're working on it. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Where are you folks? To: Carol Hirsch Chartrand ('59), John Worrell ('59), & Roger Gress ('61) Roll Call! We have been trying to get in touch with you folks. If you read this -- please contact me by my personal email. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA -- in the rear, with the gear, at the puddle, which I think I will once again enlarge to effectively hold and submerge a short, portly Bomber, 'cause it's gonna get hotter and hotter and ... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) To: dale Ennor ('59) I have lost your e-mail address so I hope you will read this. I was very sorry to hear of your mother's passing. no matter how old we are, when our parents die we feel like orphans. She sounded like a wonderful women. -Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: The skinny Sorry I haven't been more attentive to my Sandstorm duties the past few days... surgery went according to plan on Monday. One of my good friends did the anesthesia which put my mind (and everything else) to rest... He is one of the best diagnosticians in the state and maybe the country... doesn't need the money he makes from his "day job" and has saved the lives of several close friends since I've known him so I felt in very good hands... the surgeon was... is reputed to be the best and I knew if he wasn't Bruce (gas-guy) wouldn't have let him touch me. when they finished everything that could go right did and I was out the next day... the incision is the full length of my neck so the muscle is very "tender" as the docs like to say... I say daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaang it hurts... but only in polite company... I have post-op visit tomorrow so will know more after that... sleeping a whole bunch and watching bits and pieces of movies... dreams were not as excellent as I was told they would be so no Bomber-babes need worry about staring in any of them... mostly just kinda strange dreams... but I'm not gonna go back for seconds... When Maddy ('67) called he sounded more like am reporter from the Daily Planet than himself... said he was sorry I answered the phone... just wanted my "machine"... nice talkin' to you too Rick! I have no clue what parts he thinks I can feel... he has such a warped mind... I can't even tell you how he spends his days and nights in Huntington, CA... too many young minds read the Sandstorm... Rick did mention that there was some query as to why private docs instead of the V.A. To me it was a no brainer for many reasons... but first was time... it took 7 days to get OK from insurance... the doc said this was emergency stuff as was doing more damage each day... I don't know why it all went to hell so fast after 40 years but it did... So let's just say it hadda be done right now! ... do wanna thank PJ Lyons ('64) for offering her nursing services... Mary Lou ('63) has made a few overtures but she sounds like she'll make me behave... shudder shudder... well to all who have sent their well wishes... thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tami Schuchart Keller (68) Has anyone posted pictures from the class of '66 class reunion yet to the Sandstorm site? I was out of town for a while (I even got to go to Richland for a while) and am beginning to think I missed them and have deleted that particular Sandstorm issue. I came home to 200 emails and I was pushing delete a lot. If these were posted and I missed them can you direct me to a site I can see them on? -Tami Schuchart Keller ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shawn Schuchart Mabley ('78) In response to the link sent by Gary Behymer ('64), is that behind the naming of "Leslie Groves Park?" -Shawn Schuchart Mabley ('78) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/19/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Gary Persons ('57), Fred Phillips ('60), Jan Bollinger ('60) Patti Jones ('60), Donni Clark ('63), Rick Maddy ('67) Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Karla Snyder ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Persons ('57) and Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) Re: Spokane Bomber Lunch 7/16 Our group of 14 Bombers and spouses had the Cathay Inn pretty much to ourselves on Sunday, which was no doubt a good thing, as we probably got kinda noisy kinda often! We were glad to see Gary Behymer ('64) from Colfax again, and Derrith Persons ('60) from Kennewick. Gary brought several publications dealing with Richland and Bomber history, and Rick Valentine ('68) brought some interesting memorabilia: two black dial telephones bearing the Whitehall phone numbers. Gloria Falls Evans ('58) and spouse Jim brought the birthday cake to mark the July and August birthdays of Gloria, Jan Bollinger Persons ('60), Gary Persons ('57), and John Bruntlett ('54). Other Bombers were Denny McDaniel ('60) and spouse Kathy, Karen Cole Correll ('55) and spouse Gary, Jean Bruntlett ('62), and Jim House ('63). There were some hilarious memories shared by some great story-tellers, but I think pilot Gary Correll got top honors for his Pan Am yarns. We won't mention any names associated with stories about rolling steel balls down the floor in study hall, or throwing apples at cars and being taken to the station by the Chief of Police, or water-balloon sling shots (catapults?), or remarking traffic lanes at night with toilet paper, then playing the Good Samaritan to pull cars back onto the road (at no charge, of course). Jim House recalled an April Fool's edition of the Sandstorm in 1962, claiming that the basketball team was guilty of throwing games for a price. The following article was published in the 4/1/2000 edition of the Alumni Sandstorm but many were not aware of the Sandstorm at that time, so we're posting Jim's entry and the link to the original article below. 04/01/00 Alumni Sandstorm From: Jim House ('63) Re: 1962 Bomber Basketball Allegations Thirty-eight years ago, the Sandstorm published serious allegations about the Bomber basketball team. Like many Bomber teams of that era, the 1962 edition should have been undefeated. The team had two of all time greatest Bombers. The rest of the squad was composed of young men every Richland Mother hoped her daughter would marry (OK, I made that part up). The loss in the State semi finals was difficult to explain. Some classmates cruelly blamed it on the cheerleaders, not the beloved team. Ultimately, the 3/30/62 Sandstorm suggested criminal activity. Go to the Alumni Sandstorm web site to see the slanderous story about the great '62 Bomber team. I still refuse to discuss it. -Jim House (63) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ -Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) and Gary Persons ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Fred Phillips ('60) Sadly, my good friend ,Ray McMillan ('61), died this morning [7/18/06], at his home in Cypress, CA. Although he was healthy and kept himself in shape, he suffered a massive heart attack. I talked to him on the phone a month ago and he was doing fine then. Still being Ray, still being cool. Damn. -Fred Phillips ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: Aging parents To: All Bombers Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) sent me the following today. Please take a few minutes of quietness to reflect on your parents, friends and all who are aging. So well said. Great big thanks to Ann for sending this on to me. The words did not show up on the Main Server: 1. US and Canada. Click on 3. USA (Massachusetts) and they did. Bombers Have Fun -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA ~ Where life is good as the temperatures sail towards 100 again. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) Hi Bombers! Just got back from a wonderful but short trip with our granddaughter. We picked her up in Minden, Nevada and traveled up to McCloud with her. Camped at an RV park (we got an RV this spring, fun, fun, fun!), for a few days. We hiked, read books, watched DVDs, went to all the little stores in McCloud (an old historical lumber town) and did the dinner train ride complete with a wonderful dinner in the old restored dining cars and melo-drama. Went to the Shasta Caverns at Mt. Shasta and through Mt. Lassen on the way home. We are looking forward to Pappy Swan's ('59) much younger sister's visit in three weeks (my good friend Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) and then we will be traveling up the coast of Oregon in August. Does anyone remember who had the restaurant in Lincoln City and what the name of it was? And yes, Pappy, I am looking forward to meeting you at last! I wonder if we ever met when we were in High School but probably not because we were so much younger! Ah the joys of summer in West Richland and Richland! Besides all the things we have mentioned before I remember the Book-mobile! I loved to read, so to have the Library on wheels to stop right in front of your door and to spend as much time as you wanted in it was pure heaven, then! Later the little house on the end of my street and right on the main highway became a Post Office and Library. That was fun too. It was a little cubby-hole that I sat in and spent my time picking out an arm full of books to lug home. They changed the books every month so there were always new ones. And does anyone remember the great summer reading programs at the Richland Library? I remember that every summer there was a theme and every time we read a book we got to add something to what we were building. We also had booklets to fill out and a big party at the end of summer. I never minded the heat when I was young. The summer sun was a great opportunity to get a tan (we are probably all paying for now), and I loved to mow the lawn, wash the car, read on the grass etc. all in my bathing suit. I loved the smell of mowed grass. I loved to lay on the grass and listen to the hum of the bees, dragonflies, airplanes humming overhead and watch clouds change and move. I loved to open my window wide at night and listen to the crickets chirping, the frogs croaking, the whole night singing and the cool breeze on my skin. It was a wonderful time in my life and I think so few children get to enjoy that today. Well it is back to work for me today at the little house in La Mirada, CA where it is very hot. My garden is suffering. Have wonderful summer days! -Donni Clark Dunphy, the golden class of '63 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Donni -- Where's McCloud??? -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) Re: For The Health of It I know David Rivers ('65) is right. But we (Online Sandstorm readers) had waited almost a week without word... so, I made the call... but I had written down the questions before calling him and therefore I can only imagine how much of a reporter type call it must have sounded... in hindsight... and I'm talking to a brilliant lawyer, mind you... and in the words of the infamous Fredrich August von Hayek, "Many of the greatest things man has achieved are not the result of consciously directed thought, and still less the product of a deliberately coordinated effort of many individuals, but of a process in which the individual plays a part which he can never fully understand." Welcome back Mr. Rivers. Get well soon. Semper Fi, -Rick Maddy ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: vacation Pappy--I hope your fishing trip was successful. Did the "little ones" go with you as I haven't heard "hide nor hair" from them? I had heard there was an air show of some sort in the Everett area and thought they may be headed there. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA - where it's supposed to "warm up" (80s) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/20/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Shirley Drury ('51), Shirley Segrest ('52) Lenora Hughes ('55), Mike Bradley ('56) Pappy Swan ('59), Patti Jones ('60) David Rivers ('65), Donna Fredette ('65) Jeff Michael ('65), Linda Thomas ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Geoffrey Rothwell ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Drury Crume ('51) Re: The Wheels of Life Maren, I'm sending two pix to the pix site. Hope the one especially isn't on the edge of appropriateness. Actually, it's a sad fact of life for many. -Shirley Drury Crume ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Segrest Telford ('52) Re: Missing Sandstorms Maren, For some reason I have stopped getting the alumni sandstorm???? -Shirley Segrest Telford ('52) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Shirley, Comcast is still messing with our Sandstorm delivery. We're working on it. Read the missing issues at -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) Re: Las Vegas Luncheon Hello my friends, it is once again time for a Bomber luncheon in Las Vegas, NV. It has been awhile since our last one, so hopefully we will have a nice turnout. PLACE: Road Runner located at 9820 W. Flamingo Rd. WHEN: Saturday, August 5, 2006 TIME: 12:00 Noon Please come and enjoy all the memories we share. I am looking forward to seeing everyone! For information please e-mail me To: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) J.D. Boyd ('55) owns the Bay House Restaurant in Lincoln City, Oregon. Hope you get to go eat there and hopefully J.D. will be around and you can have a chit-chat with him. -Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) ~ In hot and humid Las Vegas. Had a great thunder storm night before last and enjoyed every moment of it! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Bradley ('56) Re: Missing Sandstorms Have not seen any messages for over a week? -Mike Bradley ('56) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Mike, Comcast is still messing with our Sandstorm delivery. We're working on it. Read the missing issues at -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Fact Finding Mission Recently, I returned from a fact finding mission to Salt Lake City where we were visiting my much younger sister, Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) and fishing in the high Utah Mountains. I learned many facts about myself. I caught no fish, but the trip was nevertheless, a success -- I got a bite ... and several naps, and I learned and experienced many things for a guy who has reached the age of a newly qualified Medicare member. Now, at this point, I find myself valiantly trying to catch up on emails under Private Murphy's close supervision. I am also reflecting on new life experiences (for me) while on this trip, such as keeping up with two women (my sis and my wife, Jeanne) on shopping sprees. Soon, I was holding my own and finding my own delightful deals at stores like "T. J. Max," "Kohl's," and the diverse offerings of "Big Lots," and the "Dollar Store." Almost immediately, I became the Tim Allen of male shoppers, "AwwOhhh!" I was really caught up in the spirit of shopping. Then, I threw out the ultimate challenge for them to accompany me to none other than the fairly new big boys candy store, "Cabela's" near Utah Lake. We spent most of a day there, prowling the Bargain Cave, browsing ... well, everything, dining on a wild boar sandwich at the lunch counter, and silently mouthing unheard conversation to the very large fish in the aquarium with head pressed tightly against the glass, OK ... me anyway (until the clerk's strongly suggested that I terminate terrifying the fish and move along). I was profoundly proud of the treasures that I had purchased ... until I discovered that my wife and sister had thoroughly outdone me. We had a serious discussion of our compulsion during the drive back to Salt Lake City. That night, we attended a meeting of the SA (Shopper's Anonymous). From now on you may hear me introduce myself as, "Hi I'm Pappy and I'm a ... shopaholic." "Hi Pappy," the group will respond. When we left Burbank for Utah, I had began considering the purchase of a mountain bike. My health is still pretty good although my left knee went south on me some time back, so I can't run anymore but I still walk and hike when I can. Maybe the mountain bike will make it easier. I just bought it yesterday and I have already lost 10 pounds. OK, I'm counting the weight loss from the time of returning from Las Vegas back in March but it is most likely due to racing to keep up with my fellow shoppers and wrestling sale items out of the hands of other lady shoppers. Some of them are surprisingly strong and my cuts and bruises are healing nicely. I must admit, Cabela's was a tough assignment -- but somebody has to keep them in business. I found that it is kinda true, you know, that statement about riding a bike, "Once you learn -- you never forget." During my school years in Richland, I had been most proficient at riding my 3 speed Schwinn (with coaster brakes). During my test ride of my new mountain bike, yesterday, I mounted up and began riding in circles in the parking lot of the bike shop. Soon, I was performing figure eights and ... almost popping wheelies. Faster and faster I rode, laying over in the curves like a Lance Armstrong wannabe. But Sharyl Crowe was nowhere in sight, just passing motorists with puzzled looks on their faces gazing at me as they accelerated to get out of the area. Satisfied that this was the bike for me, I decided to take her in for a landing. But, the bike would not stop. As I, with a growing sense of an emergency situation, applied the brakes, it just kept going. I kept applying the brakes ... but the pedals just turned backwards. Each time the bike circled past the front of the store, I was briefly aware of the bike guys waving their arms and yelling something about, "Squeeze!" Well, I was already squeezing the bike seat with my legs as tightly as I could. Finally, a really brave guy dived in and caught the bike as I flashed by. "Are you ... really ... serious about becoming a mountain biker?" he asked. "I'll take it!" I blurted out. I left the shop with my new steed amid shaking heads and comments like, "You might want to start out riding in the funeral home parking lot." Those guys ... what a sense of humor. As I drove down the road to REI, my next stop, I realized that I forgot to have an accessory attached to my mountain bike. The words of bike purchasing advice from my friend, David Mansfield ('59), came back. He said, "I forgot to tell you to make sure you get a bike with the Universal Rear Adapter Hub (URAH). I didn't when I bought my bike and had to go back to the bike shop and get one. You can't install the training wheels unless you have a URAH." Oh well, I can always do a URAH later. Entering a REI store is an experience similar to entering Cabela's and nearly next to Nirvana. There, I was greeted by David, a friendly bike riding Guru, who I had thoroughly bored to tears over the past weeks with my information quest and fact finding missions for bike knowledge. David's wife is a Bomber so we hit it off well. Soon I was heading out the door with a large bag of accessories such as a helmet resembling Lou Gossett, Jr's head in "Alien Mine" or "Enemy Mine" (whatever the name of that movie was where he was like a Bug Man from outer space), a ding-dong bell to attach to my handle bars (David indicated that, for me, it was mandatory as it was to warn unsuspecting pedestrians and alert fellow bike riders that I was in the area ... so that they could leave). He said something about getting a call from the bike shop. He also recommended that I might want to consider padded mountain bike shorts (rather than Spandex -- at least until I lost an enormous amount of weight). I love the sense of humor of the bike riding community. I also took his advice and purchased a pair of padded briefs to wear under regular shorts. Both, bike shorts and padded briefs promise to make bike riding like riding a horse with a padded saddle. And, finally with a psychedelic flashing red light to attach to the rear of my bike, I ventured into the world, perhaps not a mountain bike rider as of yet but at least at this point, a proud owner of a mountain bike. I visualize the pounds melting off already! -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA - where, yes, Betty Avant ('69), the elves are safe and sound but still making rapid appearances and disappearances here and there in their tiny Tomcat but that's another story ... for another time. They'll have to return to base someday for maintenance and possible brig time. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: Ray McMillan ('61-RIP) I was very saddened to read Fred Phillips' ('60) entry last night about Ray McMillan ('61-RIP) passing away. Ray, Fred and I go back to about 12 years old bowling at the Atomic Lanes. With Ray's class reunion during Club 40 in September, I had so looked forward to seeing him. We had kept contact off and on through the years. Last time we spoke Ray was visiting his sister in Kennewick. A call from Fred that he was there with Ray, lead to some pretty funny conversation for the next half hour about old times. My living at Browns Point, WA at the time made me want to get in the car, drive to Kennewick to be with both of them. The three of us had not been together at the same time for years. This would have happened at Club 40. I called Fred immediately. Thank goodness he was still up at midnight. Fred could not think very well nor could I. Here's to you Ray? You will be missed! My prayers are with you and your family. After hearing about hearing about Ray I knew I needed to so something for myself today. Working at home brings to much thought time at times. Read on about my day today. Re: Mrs. Donna Foust-Burroughs To: All Spalding students and any Bomber who knew her. A ways back (I won't tell how long ago, Maren. It does tell what a busy lady you are though) I emailed my Spalding class pictures that I have to Maren. As soon as Maren saw them she emailed me that she had also had Mrs. Donna Foust-Burroughs for fourth grade. After a few emails we decided we should go visit her. Didn't happen. About a week ago Maren was putting my pictures on line. Sent them to me for any additions of names, corrections so on. This went into a lot of emails because I spelled Mrs. Foust's name one way and Maren spelled it another. Took a few emails including getting Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) involved. Jan was a neighbor of Mrs. Foust. Thought she would know the spelling. She did not. Jan did know a neighbor that lives next door to Mrs. Foust. She emailed her. Meanwhile I took out my Fourth grade report card. I spelled it wrong. From there lead to my going to visit Mrs. Foust to invite her to Club 40. I drove into town not sure where I was going but the errands I had to do. Right outside of town decided to go see Mrs. Foust, un-announced. The house seemed to be all closed up so I didn't think she was home. She opened the door seeing me standing there, then opened the screen. I introduced myself she immediately lit up with joy, a great big smile that only Mrs. Foust could give. Opened her arms and threw them around me saying, "I remember you". Invited me in. We talked for about an hour and half about everything from her daughters (Joy and Jill) to what has gone on through the years for both of us. One of the things I learned from her is that the Spalding teachers meet every Monday at Old Country Buffet. Students are welcome to come and have lunch with the teachers. Which I will do on Monday. I invited her to come to Club 40 in September as well as the other teachers. I will be taking the registration forms on Monday to lunch for all of them. Not knowing who all of the teachers are at this time I opted not to say anything about paying for the teachers. Emailed Club 40 president Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) about this subject. Bob said, "that students who invite them usually pay for the teachers". Will do another Sandstorm entry after I attend the Spalding Teachers' luncheon on Monday. At that time I will get more teachers names who want to attend. If there are any students who had Mrs. Foust and would like to donate to Mrs. Foust being at Club 40, please email me. To: Club 40 Re: Paying for teachers I would like to suggest a fund being set up for any teachers who want to attend Club 40. They gave to us, now let's give to them. Maren is waiting the Sandstorm, *tapping her feet*, so best sign off and deliver to Maren. Mrs. Foust also recognized Maren's name and who she was. Will be a great reunion for them at Club 40. Bombers Have Fun -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) - West Richland, WA ~ definitely a great place to live. I think I'd better get back to playing Scrabble to keep my spelling at an A+ level like it use to be. In grade school, I did outstanding at spelling Bees. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Oh Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeez OK... we're impressed... Maddy ('67) can read... he who spends his time in tents... in weird places like the Ozarks... Rick... we've been there and done that back in the '60s... you and I did it in the beautiful jungles and sandy beaches of Vietnam... while Keeney ('65) (who also did the Vietnam gig), Harrah ('65) and Krugel ('65) to name only a few did it in countries like Holland, Sweden, France, Mexico, etc... We wore goofy bracelets made from old shell casings and flair tubes... washed our faces in bowls made from large flair tubes and wore enough mystic stuff around our necks to keep us and others safe... we looked like witch doctors while the others wore love beads for similar reasons... Rick... it was yukky then... get a house... decorate the walls with old Hamms cans like Keeney did in that first prefab over by the other Junior high (You know... the one Hamilton ('63) and those guys went to... can't recall its name) and get out and smell the suntan oil... Surf's up, dude... Eddie would go... You can never spend any time with the guys any more cuz you always gotta go someplace to be in a tent... I'm looking forward to seeing you in October... but I ain't stayin' in no tent... And hey man... call me any time... without notes, Dude it's OK... as Keeney once said in another context... I ain't somebody famous like Ray Stein ('64) (If I haven't told you the story Ray, remind me to... you were there but I don't think you heard it... it was a classic Keeney slam on Davis ('65) (Knox)... Hey dadio... I'm on a roll here... I can actually type again and almost walk and chew gum at the same time... tho I did lose my balance as I was heading for room #1 in the doc's office today where I was released to drive and all kindsa stuff... yeeeeeeeeeeees... I just tried to do two movements at once and over I went... but I was cool... very cool... I said in a very loud voice... "oh sure... make fun of me... poor old war vet who can't walk so well... I'll get all of you or my name ain't Rick Maddy from such and such a street in Huntington Beach California"... Well, as I recall some folks get tired of us Bombers having private dialogues in a public forum... so for them I'll throw in... remember when Wilson was the end of town (well not the end end... just the end of that part) and it was all deserty beyond that and the Chief Jo apartments were still on visible stilts??????????? Wow I just flashed on walking Myrna Melling ('65) after a sock hop thru the field to the North of the Chief Jo apartments trying to keep her boy friend Brian somebody from catching us while he drove around and around in his '49 Ford coupe... we were probably in 7th or 8th grade and he was probably and old man of 17... dirty rotten letch... but at least he wasn't a big fat liar! How simple life was... we were sooooooooo in love... held hands all the time and I thought it was the greatest excitement I'd ever know... "Hand making out" in the movies... good thing our sex organs aren't in our hands... don't tell me you never held hands like that cuz you know you did... it was soooooooooooooo sexy and romantic... and safe... safe safe safe... (unless some 17 year old named Brian caught you... then maybe not so safe... ) -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Fredette ('65) To: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Thank you for the wonderful message about aging parents. I cried my head off. To: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) Well said, it was a wonderful childhood and I couldn't have said it better! Bomber Cheers! -Donna Fredette ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeff Michael ('65) Hey there Bombers and Bomberettes... Got to and back from Montana with a stop in Cour d' Alene Sunday night. I have to admit, I have really been blessed in the work I do now. In the "old" days, I always had a day job as well as doing the dj thing. Even had a second job when I was a radio guy. Seemed like all I did was work when my kids were growing up. Now, I get to work mostly on the weekends, with some prep and marketing during the week. I have chosen to travel free for my clients. I like to get gigs in towns I have never been to, like Trout Creek, Montana. We had a wonderful drive thru Spokane, Sandpoint, ID and into the Big Sky country. The people were super nice, the wedding went well and we went parasailing on the lake on the way home. So cool. Also saw Lake Pend Orielle. It is SO BIG! I had never seen it before. The parasail was really cool, too. The same granddaughter that bungee jumped with me did the parasail, too. She is quite the adventurist. Now, it's back to digging the backyard pond. We hope to add water this weekend or early next week. My gig this Saturday is in Grandview...not so big a drive. Then, we add plants, and finally fish. Probably be early August before the fish get in. I've been so jealous of the other pond folk that write to Sandstorm...just had to go for it. Actually, it was a garden when we bought the house and I'm just not the gardener these days. I'm much more a water person. In fact, my buddy found some water skis and a knee board at a garage sale for real cheap. Now, I have to dredge up the courage to try them. Gonna get that granddaughter to help me. She's gonna learn to drive the jet ski, too. Sure was glad to hear from Maddy ('67) and Sarge Rivers ('65). For a lawyer, Rivers, Esq seems like a pretty straight guy. Guess it's that Bomberville upbringing. He not speak with forked tongue (just exaggerates a bit, methinks). Well, I hear the call of the shovel/must dig. Mama Cass Elliot and Neil Diamond said "I Dig, therefore, I Am." -dj jeff Michael ('65) ~ in the Tri-Cities, where the Dust Devils are playing hard to climb above Boise in the baseball farm league club. The kids have looked pretty sharp at times. It's not easy to play/practice in triple digit heat. But, after all, it's a dry heat. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Thomas Richardson ('68) While my dad (Jim Thomas) was not the Chief of Police in 1962, he was one of the officers---possibly apprehended some of those vicious criminals Jim House ('63) was referring too--and my sister, Jeanie Thomas ('62), must have been one of those cheerleaders who contributed to the State Basketball loss! While dad passed away in February of 2003, I will remind my sister in our next conversation that she failed us! -Linda Thomas Richardson ('68) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/21/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Mike Clowes ('54), David Mansfield ('59) Dave Sowden ('62wb-'63wb), Marilyn Swan ('63) Linda Reining ('64), Rick Maddy ('67) Linda Thomas ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Phil Groff ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) To: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) re: Teachers at Club 40 Perhaps in our private correspondence, I did not make it clear to you the policy regarding teachers attending The Club 40 Reunion. The Club welcomes teachers to this event, but feels that the invitation to the teacher should be made by a class or group of students (i.e. Spalding, Marcus, Carmichael, etc.). There are probably exceptions to this; but it is not the general rule. In the past, classes have invited one or more teachers, and have, as a class, paid for those teachers. This works out very well. It is less of a hassle to the Treasurer, as no separate fund must be maintained. One must remember that not everyone in the Club knows all the teachers in the Richland School system. Not every one was a member of Mr./Mrs./Miss So-and-So's 5th grade class at John Ball. Now if the members of that class wish to invite and pay for the attendance of this teacher, they are more than welcome to do so. I trust this explains the policy. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR, where the weather guessers are going for record temps this weekend. Hey, it may be a dry heat. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Mansfield ('59) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Bicycle Accessories No, no, no! Do not get a bell! Get a fully rechargeable battery operated, pistol gripped Bull Horn. Most bicycle shops stock them but make sure you get one with at least a 90+ decibel rating. They come in a variety of colors so you can get one to match your new bike. Bicycle etiquette requires that you announce your presence when overtaking a pedestrian. Yes, when bicycling, one should always let the pedestrian know you are approaching and what you are going to do. The best way to do this is when you are three to four feet behind the pedestrians, pull the Bull Horn out of the retainer storage clip, press the trigger and say, "INCOMING, TAKE COVER!" I also have some good advice for you on the proper use of "Toe Clip Pedals" that I will share with you at a later date. -David Mansfield ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Sowden ('62wb-'63wb) Re: Jim House's ('63) entry of 7-19 Did they ever find Doug Lukins ('62) or are they still looking for him? If so, what is the bounty on him? -Dave Sowden whb ('62-'63) ~ From South western North Carolina where it is so hot and humid we just sit and hug the air conditioner. Are there any Bombers in this area? I'd like to hear from you. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) Re: Pappy's New Adventure I am still recovering from my "much older brother's" visit to see me & my kids & join us in our yearly family & friends reunion at Moon Lake here in Utah. After the great reunion weekend & before he heads home, he begs Jeanne (Mrs. Pappy) & I to please, please take him shopping. Now how many of you would believe after reading Pappy's Elf stories that anybody would have to drag him shopping? What an imagination this guy has in his aging years!! He was up, ready & tapping his foot to get on the road for non-stop shopping at any mall he would see!! He could keep up very well with any woman shopper that I've ever known. It took me days after he left, and I'm still trying to recover to my former self. This guy could hold his own at any grand opening or bargain basement sale ever held. I am sitting here, shaking my head as I just found out, after reading the Sandstorm that he has gone & bought a new mountain bike. And it won't be just a mountain bike, he'll have to have every gadget ever made for a bike. Helmets, noise makers... you get the picture. Look out here he comes... that's a very scary picture in my mind, because I remember falling off my new bike at about 50 years of age. That was because I'm sooo short, my feet could barely reach the pedals & that was with the seat down as far as it would go!! And so it goes. -Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) ~ from somewhere near HOT Salt Lake City, UT where tonight I will be heading east up I-80 to Evanston, Ft. Bridger & Mountain View, Wyoming & then south into another area of Utah's High Uintas (Marsh Lake) to camp & 4-wheel for almost a week with my daughter & her family. Life is as good as you make it!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:Shirley Drury Crume(51) re:Wheels of Life Shirley, since I have an arthritic hip and knee, I have a scooter, but mine doesn't have this little "upgrade"---might just have to improve it. *grin* to:George(Pappy)Swan(59) re:bike was laughing so hard when I was reading about your bike experiences(I still say they need to make bikes with padded tractor seats for all us "oldsters"--we need that little bit of extra comfort.......*grin*). your antics always make my day just a little brighter. to:David Rivers(65) so glad you are up and about and writing into the Sandstorm, again. I miss reading your antics, too. take care and be careful---at our ages, falling down is not a "fun" thing! *grin* re:"Hand making out" yep, it was SAFE and I wonder if kids now days do that? they all seem to be in such a hurry to grow up! we had life so much easier! wish I could take my grandkids back to "my time" and MY TOWN and let them experience life the way we all did! it was safe, and secure. not all of us had great families, but we just adjusted and got our "family" from our friends, who always seemed to "be there" and accepted us, no matter our short-comings or faults. now, kids worry if they don't have "perfect" hair, nails, bodies, and designer clothes--guess our "designer" clothes would be laughed right out of town------Penney's, Sears, Montgomery Wards, CC Anderson's, Newberry's, Woolworth's. STILL say we had a better childhood and I wouldn't change any of it! ["WOOLWORTH'S"??? Where'd THAT come from??? -Maren] thanks to all of you who contribute to this wonderful publication, that takes me back to times when life was simpler and gives me a chance to laugh, cry, and to be happy and proud that I am a BOMBER and that I still call Richland home, no matter where I "hang my hat", now. -Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of 64)......triple digits and high humidity in Bakersfield, CA., are just plain miserable!!!!! we have had 103 and higher all week and are supposed to "hit" 109 on Saturday!!!!! I am soooooo ready for Winter! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) I really don't mind reading the conversations between people. I usually just scroll by anyway unless it is Mike Davis ('74) and Brad Upton ('74) going at it. David Rivers ('65) reminded me again of a happening at Zip's in the mid-summer of '67 after graduation. Phil Collins ('67) and I were sitting in Phil's car and a much older Bomber from the class of '64 or '65 came up to the car, said he had just returned from Vietnam and heard we had joined the Marine Corps... was that true? We proudly said yes... blah blah blah... God, Country, apple pie... why do you ask... and, by the way, where exactly is Vietnam? He says, whatever you do don't go. Head for Canada, the Ozarks, wherever, but don't go. I wish I could remember who the Bomber was, but cannot. It was by far the best advice I never took. Not sure if Phil remembers his name or not. Rivers' ('65) comments always remind me there are many, many, many Vietnam era Vets in our midst from Bomberville and as many from other wars and peacetime service. I'm just more mouthy than many as most of you know. Many simply refuse to talk about it, think about it and would prefer it just went away. I have always honored their position. I have never been to the VA psych and maybe it is because I am somewhere between anger and suicide that I don't let it rest... lest we forget the bummers in life and nothing is learned. Like "Remember The Alamo." Nevertheless, I really just wanted to make a correction that Rivers ('65) mentioned and also comment on the older Bomber vets that he knows and the one that came up to Phil and I. I got tired of sleeping in a tent in my silk camo pajamas with that WWII reproduction trench knife between my teeth and shotgun for a pillow, so, I bought a canopy for my Ford Ranger. I'm getting way to old to be climbing in and out of this camper shell. I just learned that on this last six week trek into the PNW. One man tents and the ground are OUT of the question. I leave again in Sept. for MO. One more time in the Ozarks. I think the only reason my family lived in those hills was to hide from something. And everywhere you go, state to state, the country folks have stories of some 900 pound, eight foot yeti like monster with bristled red hair and size 29 quad E Chuck Taylor's that smeared snot and saliva while fanging on their car window trying to take a bite as they were doing sixty miles an hour on some dirt road down in the holler. Out "there" traveling alone, I have always preferred the alien spaceship abduction group. At least they let you go to deal with the horrors for the rest of your life with the option of never having to tell anyone. Traveling alone, having a weak moment, a.k.a. psychological problem and getting the heebee-jeebees, or whatever that is called, is when I pull into the Yates Motel with half the lights blinking off and on. The new truck canopy will take care of several psychological problems. I'm stoked. -Rick Maddy ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Thomas Richardson ('68) In response to David Rivers ('65) I think the Jr. High near Keeney's ('65) house was Carmichael--by the way, what happened to Keeney? And is Terry Davis (or is it Terry Knox?( still acting..professionally? When was the last time Rick Maddy ('67) was in the Ozarks? After living here for over twenty years I find it beautiful and quite pleasant... maybe he left it a better place! -Linda Thomas Richardson ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Jim Byrd ('54) ~ 10/3/36 - 7/13/06 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/22/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Steve Carson ('58), Missy Keeney ('59) Pete Overdahl ('60), Rick Maddy ('67) Gary Turner ('71), Kellie Walsh ('77) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paula Vinther ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chuck Crawley ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Carson ('58) To: Phil Groff ('58) Happy Birthday, Phil (8/21). The email I have for you does not work. Give me a holler when you get a chance. -Steve Carson ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) To: Linda Thomas Richardson ('68) and anyone else who cares "Keeney" (Jack) ('65) is living in Rainier, Oregon and is as ornery as ever! (It must be genetic). He has not moved in to the 21st century (no computer) so we have to communicate by smoke signals or pony express. Actually, I think he has a telephone there in Ray-near Oh-ree-gone but he doesn't use it much. -Missy Keeney ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pete Overdahl ('60) Re: Mrs. Louise Fellows (Teacher 7th Grade) This week I was at the Red Cross in Richland giving my 11th gallon of blood and who was taking the sign in information but Louise Fellows my 7th grade teacher from Chief Joseph Jr. High in 1957. We had a wonderful visit and she is so sharp and looked great. We talked about former students she has run into from time to time. She remembered that I was a policeman and retired. She said she had read it in the newspaper. I asked if she still lived in the same house on Van Giesen in Richland and she said "Yes." She was talking of one of her teacher friends who was 97 years old. Before I left she said to remember ("Old Teachers Never Die, They Just Fade Away") I hope others have fond memories of her as I did and all of our teachers who helped us along the way. -Pete Overdahl ('60) ~ Where I have heard it might get up to 110 this weekend here in the Tri-Cities. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) To: Linda Thomas Richardson ('68) Hi Linda, I love the MO Ozarks. I know it quite well as a matter of fact. I'm not exactly sure of what you mean by, "After living here for over twenty years I find it beautiful and quite pleasant... maybe he left it a better place!" Most recently, I was there in July 2003, July of 2004 and will be there for the month of Sept. 2006 unless the world collapses into a huge mess. I find it quite beautiful and quite pleasant myself!! My Missouri background is mostly southwestern; Ava, Branson, Mansfield, Springfield, Nixa, Ozark, Rogersville, Fordland... My mother was born in Ava, Douglas County in the home ten miles out of town (1927) and so were her four sisters and five brothers. My mother's parents, my grandfather and grandmother, were both born near Ava (1893 and 1891) My grandfather's family: my g-grandparents were born near Ava in Douglas County (him 1868 her 1875) both buried in Dogwood Cemetery; gg-grandparents (him 1846 her 1852) are both buried in Greenhill Cemetery, Christian County MO, he was with 16th MO Cav. (Union), lost an eye, died at the age of 54; ggg-grandparents (him 1819 her 1820) both buried in the Fordland Cemetery, Webster, Co., MO; gggg-grandparents (him 1798 GA her 1799 NC) both buried in Panther Valley Cemetery near Fordland, MO - came to Missouri in 1854. My grandmother's family: my g-grandfather (him b. Jan 20, 1849 in Branson, Barry Co. - her b. Aug. 20, 1856 Douglas Co., MO), both buried in Union Chapel Cemetery, Christian Co., near Fordland, MO; gg-grandparents (him 1823 her 1826) buried in unmarked graves Ragsdale Cemetery, Christian County, MO, near Rogersville, he was with 24th MO Volunteer Infantry and was killed by CSA coming onto family property on Dec. 16, 1862; ggg-grandparents (him 1796 NC her 1809 TN) both buried Walnut Shade Cemetery, Taney Co., MO; gggg-grandparents (him ca. 1776 NC her 1787 NC) both buried on their farm north of Seligman, Barry Co., MO. and, no, my gggg-grandmother was not 9 years old when my ggg-grandfather was born... these people were just like today, early death, divorce, second and third marriages, sometimes just lived together, or on any given day didn't come back home, never to be seen or heard from again. I left Missouri exactly as I found it, Linda. Fascinating and full of cousins and aunts and cousins and cousins. I have never lived in Missouri but have had it flowing in my veins for more than 150 years. Been there several times through the years. A place where fireflies are sometimes called pixies. Shine was the drink of the day. Hard core hillbillies. The salt of the earth. I'm as proud of my heritage as anyone should be... good or bad. My father's family; I have my dad and four sets of Maddy grandparents buried in southern Iowa all within about twenty-five miles of each other. My dad told my mother that Iowa gave Missouri a huge chuck of southern Iowa in the olden days to raise the IQ of Missouri. And text is the worst form of communication. -Rick Maddy ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Turner ('71) I recently returned from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa where I was honored to be one of the basketball officials for the National Special Olympics Games (23,000 people in a small college town-an amazing, inspiring week.) One of the basketball venues was in the small farm town of Huxley - Ballard High School, home of the Ballard... BOMBERS! Other than the Winnipeg CFL team and, of course, the legendary Bay Area Bombers of roller derby fame, these are the first Bombers I have seen. I asked about the origin of the name, but got no explanation other than "alliteration." Apparently "Bears" was already in use. No mascot or logo... just Bombers. Anyway, how many other "Bombers" have we RHSers run into out there in the rest of the world? {Check out -- there are 16 or 17 other Bombers listed at the bottom of the page. -Maren] -Gary Turner ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kellie Walsh Patterson ('77) To: Frank Stratton ('64) Just curious, were your folks successful in fighting the Park District from pulling up the grass up Hunt Point? Replacing the grass with gravel is just unthinkable. -Kellie Walsh Patterson ('77) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/23/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Shirley Rae Drury ('51), Marilynn Working ('54) Mike Bradley ('56), John Adkins ('62) Dennis Hammer ('64), Betti Avant ('69) Brad Upton ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Peggy Adair ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) Re: The Missouri Heritage To: Rick Maddy ('67) Thank you for the best explanation I've ever heard or read of the Missouri Connection(s), although I'm awash and agog with grandparent, gg, ggg and gggg information. I still can't process the 9 year old giving birth, OR NOT, it seems. One of my dearest friends who is 83 hails from Missouri, married another Missourian in the early '40s and moved out here to the Tri-Cities away from the fertile hotbed of cousins, etc., but has always regaled me with stories, which background I never understood to the depth your letter supplied. I never fully knew what a wrench that was to her to leave that wonderful support system. Of course I intend to forward your information to her. Ha! She may be one of your cousins, several times removed! Here in the early A.M. I cannot think of her maiden name nor her home territory except that in order to go to high school, she had to leave her immediate family to go to live with her mom's sister's family in St. Louis, an alien place to a sweet country girl. My friend is in assisted living near Portland, OR, but computes as she can on her PC, as her maladies allow. Thank you for making history live! I'm up with an ear infection, ruptured ear drum. Can you imagine? Doctor says I'm too old for this, and I'd forgotten how much an earache hurts! -Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) ~ from the Tri-City heat wave, a nice 70 now at 2 A.M., but 107 expected. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) Not sure why I'm not getting the Sandstorm for at least 3 days! [Marilynn, I dunno either. Let me know if the Sandstorm is still missing the next few days. -Maren] Is there anyone in the Tri-Cities who does or who knows someone who paints murals on kids' bedroom walls? Email me and I can give you the details. Re: Cul-d-sacs When my girls were grade school into Jr. HIgh we lived at the end of a cul-d-sac and all the neighborhood kids congregated at our house. Even the high school kids would come over and play pool in our living room. I inherited a 16 year old brother when my folks died in the '60s. We gave him one of the bedrooms upstairs with my 4 daughters and he transferred to our high school in Fountain Valley, CA. Thanks heavens he became active in drama and sports and his friends and high school neighbor kids came over too. We had converted our 25' living room into a combination pool room and recreation. We all loved it, as well. I became a pretty good pool player too!! There were 8 houses on our street and we all got together on holidays and bar-b-cued in the street at the end of our driveway. I was always thankful that our girls and my brother wanted to hang at our house. We were very active in Bobby Sox softball with the girls and everyone else's girls on our team came to our house. Times have changed, but it really doesn't have to, if only parents would provide the things (other than video games) for the kids to want to stay home and be involved in. And.... if the parents were involved too. I miss those times, because I know those were the times when my family was really happy and together. -Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Bradley ('56) Re: Grand Coulee Dam Just to let everyone know I am getting close to moving back to Eastern Washington. In concert with some partners, I purchased the Columbia River Inn in Coulee Dam, WA which is located just across the street from the Grand Coulee visitor center. So I would like to remind everyone to visit Grand Coulee Dam and see the brand new Laser Light show. Ellen and I will be moving there next year. It isn't Richland, but I could not find anything to buy in Richland that was as good as the Columbia River Inn. Last weekend I rented a boat and went out to the Steamboat Rock area. I left very early in the AM, the wind was non-existent, the sunshine was wonderful and the fishing was great. It is really a beautiful area. I once told my old classmate, Harvey Chapman, that I was moving home. Well Coulee Dam, Washington is not Richland, but it is close. It even has former government housing. So one and all come visit the dam. -Mike Bradley ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: Teachers at Club 40 and Club 40 policies To: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) I sure would like to get a copy of the club 40 policies - how could I do that? -John Adkins ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) To: Rick Maddy ('67) et. al. Re: MO Ozarks and Civil War genealogy About two years ago I posted this site from the National Park Service where you can look up veterans from the Civil War, both North and South. You may have to check back as they seem to still be working on it. At that time they did not have my ancestor that served in two Pennsylvania units; then they did have him in the 188th Infantry, and now they do not have him there at all, but do have him in the 3rd Heavy Artillery, from which the 188th was formed. They tell how to do it, but have not sent for any pension or service records. I already had pension records on three of them. I now know I have at least 5 ancestors in the Civil War. I'll try not to bore everyone by quoting an article by a gg-grandmother that had to have been written between 1901 and 1913 and published in the "Post Office Book Volume #3"--whatever that is. She was living in the Arkansas Ozarks in 1861. "On account of my husband's union principles he had to leave the state and go North. He joined the union army under General Seigle, left me with five children, the oldest one J.M. Miller, was 16 years old. On September 19, 1861, James had to leave home. He started North, but was captured by the Confederates. That left me with four children, the oldest 13 years of age." "In the fall of 1862, I loaded part of my household furniture into a wagon drawn by oxen and started North. I cannot describe the troubles and trials I had to undergo (with a sick child in rain and cold) before we landed in Rolla, Phelps County, MO. I lived in Rolla until the war closed. I lost three of my children, the 2nd oldest one that was home, and my dear little babe that was born in Rolla." "As the war clouds began to clear away my husband was discharged, and James came home also, and my husband went to Howell County, picked out a homestead four miles northwest of West Plains, home steading 147 acres. We landed on our homestead on the 24th day of December 1865." This account raises some questions: Her husband Alexander Miller served as a sergeant in the Phelps Regiment named after its colonel John S. Phelps who later became governor of Missouri. I have his pension papers and he was only in this unit for six months and it was early in the war. She indicates he came back after the war. Now I wonder if he was also in another unit and did not put that down on his pension application. (I'm sure the only thing they were interested in was the pension and never dreamed that some descendants 150 years later would want to know about their Civil War service.) Even more puzzling is her son James (my ancestor). She says he was captured by Confederates, but does not say that he spent most of the Civil war in the 188th Pennsylvania Infantry. He was at Cold Harbor, Petersburg, and a number of lesser known battles. The 188th was held in reserve to go in following the first wave of the infamous Mine explosion at Petersburg, but even if they had been called in he was in the hospital at that time with gunshot wound in the leg. For which he later received a pension of $8.00 a month. I have an aunt who said he switched sides during the war. I had thought this was probably wrong, but with this information I am wondering if the Confederates had forced him to join their unit. One of these possible units was involved in a skirmish, after which a huge number of their unit were missing. I am wondering if James and maybe some others took it as an opportunity to "skedaddle" and he went North to Pennsylvania and joined up with the union when he turned 18. (it doesn't help that they had common names) Another family, Hays, homesteaded in the Arkansas Ozarks, with the father serving in an Arkansas Union unit. I don't know if the two families knew each other before the Civil War, but they had adjoining farms in Howell Co. Missouri, so both families moved from the Arkansas Ozarks to the Missouri Ozarks because of the Civil War. There was two marriages between the kids, (one was James) and the cemetery in which a lot of both families and their descendants are buried was on land donated from the Hays farm. It was called the Hays Cemetery, but now known as the Lone Pine Cemetery. -Dennis Hammer ('64) ~ Hope I didn't bore anyone with my family history and genealogy puzzles. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: H-O-T!! I awoke this morning at 4:45 and couldn't get back to sleep. I turned on the radio and it was already 73 in downtown Olympia, not wonder my "bod" wanted out of bed. I went for my daily walk and now I'm miserably hot. Time to get out my fan and turn it on (I don't have AC). -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey WA, where the heat is on and it feels humid, too **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) I'm glad Maddy ('67) enjoys the Upton/Davis entries 'cause I have a good one today! Last week I was in San Antonio (wonderful in July) at the Rivercenter Comedy Club. Last Saturday, Tedi Parks Teverbaugh ('76) and her son Nick, drove 4 HOURS from Ft. Worth to have lunch, attend the show, spend the night, and go back to Ft. Worth the following morning. It was great seeing an old friend and her 6'4" son! Nothing like old friends... Remember last month when I was in Kennewick? I remember an old friend that couldn't make a 4 MILE trip to visit! -Brad Upton ('74) P.S. What's the temp in Richland today? 110? ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/24/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Dona McCleary ('54), Harvey Chapman ('56) Margo Compton ('60), Roy Ballard ('63) Mike Davis ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Elva McGhan ('50) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barb Crawford ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pete Hollick ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rick Allen ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy Hartnett ('69) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Gene Keller ('50) and Pat Badger ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dona McCleary Belt ('54) This Wednesday, July 26th, 2006, from 9:30am till 3:30pm, I've reserved the Richland Library Gallery Room to organize picture boards for the upcoming Club 40. We could use anyone with good organizational skills to help to make this year's picture boards a success for all of our classmates. -Dona McCleary Belt ('54), Club 40 Historian **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Harvey Chapman ('56) To: Mike Bradley ('56) Mike, you're getting close, my friend. I travel through there frequently. I have property north of there but have yet not built. I'm sure looking forward to seeing you. Best wishes on your new venture, Mike. Always Your Friend, -Harvey Chapman ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Margo Compton Lacarde ('60) To: Brad Upton ('74) Really wanted to see you while you were in San Antonio where I live. Saw you last time you were here. However, had gone to Alabama to see my son during that time. Maybe next time. -Margo Compton Lacarde ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roy Ballard ('63) To: Mike Bradley ('56) Harvey Chapman ('56) was over last nite and we were talking about 4 wheelers. He lives right across the street from me, so if he doesn't already know about you and your wife moving and buying the motel, I'll pass the word along. -Roy Ballard ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Davis ('74) To: Brad Upton ('74) Re: Kennewick Show Couldn't find the way! My hair was in my eyes. Something you can't understand! -Mike Davis ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/25/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Dick Harris ('49), Mike Bradley ('56) David Mansfield ('59), Shirley Collings ('66) Linda Thomas ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Deanna Case ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Wayne Campbell ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pam Buckner ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betty Noble ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve Porter ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mark McAllister ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick Harris ('49) Re: Recent Trip to Denmark and Sweden I have posted a diatribe regarding our recent trip to the Rotary International Convention in Copenhagen, DK and Malmo, Sweden last month and a two week trip in Denmark and Sweden with Swedish friend, from Uppsala, Sweden. It can be found on: We had a fantastic time. One of those experiences of a lifetime of having knowledgeable friend pick us up in her car and arrange for bed and breakfast accommodations, museum and other special things to see. We were in her town of Uppsala for the Mid-Sommer celebration (summer solstice- longest daylight day of the year). This is a big deal in Sweden and most enjoyable. Enjoy! -Dick Harris ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Bradley ('56) To: Harvey Chapman ('56) Thank you sir. -Mike Bradley ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Mansfield ('59) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Bicycling Tip No. 2 Now that you have been riding your new mountain bike for a couple of weeks, you are no longer a novice. I am sure that you have noticed your speed has picked and you have even learned a few new maneuvers associated with your increased skill level. You now are ready for the first of many equipment upgrades. TOE CLIPS It is now time for toe clips. Toe clips are a modification to the pedals that allow you to increase the energy applied to the crank, resulting in more speed. Toe clips are a small little basket attached to one side of the pedal allowing you to slip your foot into. This device allows you to attach both feet firmly to the pedals providing an integrated man/machine interface. As you pedal down with say your right foot, the left foot pulls up, increasing torque to the crank. Toe clips are also safety devices. Much the same as "run away straps" are to snow boards. Should you have an accident and get thrown over the top of the handle bars, you will be firmly attached to the bicycle eliminating a messy "yard sale" along the bicycle path which could potentially injure a pedestrian. Further, on regaining consciousness, one does not have to spend a lot of time looking for the bicycle either as it is still firmly attached. Please keep me apprised as to your skill level development. Bicycling Tip No. 3 will be posted at the appropriate time. -David Mansfield ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) Re: A Look at the Man Who Discovered Kennewick Man Article from 7/24/06 TCHerald Do you know that Kennewick Man was actually discovered by Will Thomas, a '93 RHS graduate. Through the last nine years Will's name has not been mentioned very often, in fact, hardly ever since his famous discovery, but what a find for archaeologists. Will we ever know the real ancestor of Kennewick Man? Congratulations, Will, for being in the right spot at the right time! Re: Teen Chef Refines Skills in Richland Article from 7/24/06 TCHerald Information is provided about yet another Bomber talent in this article. Tressia Nowlin is a 17-year old recent RHS graduate who placed 3rd at a recent Los Angeles "Best Teen Chef" competition. She is currently working at the Tagaris Winery making asparagus and pancetta, crisp flatbread and meze plates for a hungry crowd. A benefactor, Dee Tadlock, has offered to pay for her schooling. Options are the Art Institute of California, which offered her a $500 scholarship, or Italy, the Johnson and Wales College of Culinary Arts, the French Culinary Institute in New York or the Art Institute of America. We are very proud of you, Tressia! -Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) ~ Richland, where the temperature has been over 105 for way too many days! It is still 100 at 9:00pm. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Thomas Richardson ('68) It is amazing how much we Bombers and Bomberettes still have in common after all these years! I was pleased to know Jack Keeney ('65) still has not changed (I would have been disappointed!); and Pete Overdahl ('60) is a retired cop... wasn't his dad a cop too? My dad, Jim Thomas, was a city cop in Richland, my brother Jim ('60) is a retired cop, two of my nephews are employed with the Arkansas State Police & the Arkansas State Patrol. You would think by the third generation they would have learned! Rick Maddy's ('67) geneology is impressive... especially since I have cousins who have done extensive research on both sides of my family... all of whom are in the same general vicinity... especially my mother's... mostly in Missouri and Arkansas... most of my dad's was Arkansas, Texas and Missouri. Now I will have to dig out the papers and see how many lived, died and were buried in those same counties and probably cemeteries! Many of mother's were in southwest Missouri, Kansas and Iowa... I currently live in Northwest Arkansas... about thirty miles from Branson, Missouri. Should your travels to this area and require medical attention, Rick, I can recommend a few excellent nurses... both of my daughters are registered nurses... the oldest is a nursing supervisor and the youngest is an ER nurse... at Skaggs Hospital in Branson, MO... both VERY good looking (they get that from their mother, of course) and both very married! Both are married to paramedics... what is the deal with the fascination with medicine... I think it must be the love of a stressful job... almost as bad as those cops in the family! Thank goodness those genes passed me by! -Linda Thomas Richardson ('68) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/26/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff and 2 Bomber funeral notices today: Pappy Swan ('59), Fred Phillips ('60) Peg Sheeran ('63), Gary Behymer ('64) Shirley Collings ('66), Ken Staley ('68) Bruce Strand ('69), Tedi Parks ('76) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gloria Falls ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barbara Sharp ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judy Moyers ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Life as an aging, bike-riding, shopper To: David Mansfield ('59) Re: Bicycle Accessories "No, no, no! Do not get a bell!" you said. "Get a fully rechargeable battery operated, pistol gripped Bull Horn." Well, I already had one, of older technology, which takes a "bazillion" C-cell batteries to operate. I tried it. I went back to the ding-a-ling bell. I was too easily distracted (and temporarily blinded) by the large fluted horn blocking my view as I inadvertently mowed down innocent pedestrians panicking in herd-like reaction to my impersonations of fog horn and siren sounds suddenly erupting behind them. It's old and those features are no longer reliable, but the speaker works. Perhaps, I should have sounded my warning at a greater distance. However, a generous ten feet should have been quite sufficient as I was only wobbling along at 20-30 mph. But, it was kinda fun to see how high they could leap. Your good advice (Tip No. 2), for me concerning the proper use of "Toe Clip Pedals" arrived a bit late. My bike came, already equipped with small little baskets on the pedals. Deciding that they were rather small with openings too large for holding berries that one might pick along the trail, I finally deduced their use. I figured out that they were somewhat to bike riding as stirrups are to horse ridin' and I verified that when I fell off and my bike drug me through a Tack Weed patch similar to a horse ride of my youth when my rump bounced through a Prickly Pear patch with a foot stuck in the hangy-down thing on a saddle until my boot pulled off. Nevertheless, they do work, as my bike stayed with me in the manner that runaway straps retain snowshoes or skies. I had a ski come off once on a downhill run. The run away straps not only kept my ski with me but the ski caught crosswise on the uphill side of two trees, leaving me dangling upside down on the mountain. I would have been there all night (or perhaps, a few days), surviving on jerky, Ju Ju Mints, cheese and wine from my Boda Bag but, fortunately, a friendly porcupine wondered by and chewed through the run away strap. I landed in a snow drift, on my head, so all was well. I thanked Porkey, retrieved my ski and stayed on the Bunny Slope from then on. But, I digress (a bit). Now, that I am progressing nicely with bike riding, I eagerly await your Tip No. 3 for senior cyclists. My primary objective in purchasing a mountain bike, was to generate a rapid weight loss program. A mere week and a half and It seems to be working. See a pictorial record of my progress at: To: Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) Re: Pappy's New Adventure Liar Liar, shopping cart on fire! OK, so I did invent a new dance I call the "Shop Hop" which emulates the sliding shuffle of shopping down an isle, selecting items, fending off aggressive lady shoppers, and flinging them into the shopping cart (No ... the items ... not the ladies), all to the tune of "Whistle while you shop." With my new mode of transportation, I can pedal all over, to any mall of my choice, and fill my ATV trailer that I will have attached to my bike. This way, I get the double bargains of sales and exercise. Yes, my much-younger sis, when it comes to shopping, you are now by comparison ... a wimp. You said that you fell off of your bike once because it was too tall for you? Hmmm, wonder if my bike is the right size for me? I slipped off the seat the other day and landed on the bar. My voice has just about lost it's squeakiness. I must remember to thank David at REI for talking me into those jell padded bike ridin' shorts. Oh, and thanks a lot for taking me fishing on my recent visit. Getting that one bite made the whole week's trip a success. Now, I see that you cunningly saved your secret fishing spot until I was long gone. PS The fact that this posting cleverly coincides with your return from your secret fishing spot (where I would probably have caught some fish) is purely coincidental. To: Linda Reining ('64) Re: bike I enthusiastically agree on the need for padded tractor seats on bikes. I plan to visit the local John Deere dealer soon. I wonder if "WOOLWORTH'S" would stock them? They used to stock everything. What do you think Maren? Does...Woolworths...still exist...anywhere? [Woolworth's In Richland? Somebody tell me where. -Maren] -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where we are experiencing a cold snap. The daily high temperature has dropped from 111 plus to a mere 102 today. And lately, several Bombers have written to me saying, "Pappy, stop taking yourself so seriously. Lighten up and make fun of yourself occasionally. It's good for the soul and the blood pressure." OK, I will try. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Fred Phillips ('60) Re: Ray McMillan ('61-RIP) Hi Maren, Here's the death notice for Ray McMillan ('61). It's not much, but that's how Ray wanted it. Ray was one of the coolest guys ever to walk the halls of Col-Hi, cruise the Uptown or hang out at Zip's. He could have been the role model for The Fonz, and that's a fact. -Fred Phillips ('60) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [See the memorial page for Ray at **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Peg Sheeran Finch ('63) Re: Bicycling Saw David Mansfield's ('59) entry this morning - talking to George "Pappy" Swan ('59) about toe baskets... thought I'd send this picture from last week in Seven Springs, PA, where my husband, Dick Finch (NAB), won the gold medal in the road race for 70+ at the USA Cycling National Masters Championships (like the Old People's Lance Armstrong or Floyd Landis race). He also got Best All Around Rider in his age group. It's his 4th USA jersey... Proud of him, and just sharing. The road race was a killer... 30 miles of steep hills in heat and humidity. -Peg Sheeran Finch ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Murals Someone mentioned murals last week. Here is one my wife did last year for a friend. It's 12 feet long and 6 feet high... covers the entire end of a dinning room. (There's a bit-o-glare but you can get the idea of what it looks like...) is another mural my 1965 Kennewick Lion wife of 38 years did for our 1st grandbaby (Rachel). -Gary Behymer ('64)...close to the Top Notch. (Burgers) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) Re: July 25 TCHerald Article Will Thomas ('93), the man who found Kennewick Man a decade ago during the annual hydroplane races, talks on July 19, 2006 about the discovery near the Columbia River. The hydroplane races are this weekend. Will be you be attending, Will? -Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) ~ Richland, where it is HOT, HOT, HOT! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ken Staley ('68) To: Linda Thomas Richardson ('68) Climbing the family tree is a hoot! It's an amazing collection of fruits and nuts! And every family has them. My Great Great Grandfather married twice. Wife #1 gave him five kids... 3 boys, two girls. Wife #2 gave him SIXTEEN kids... 13 BOYS!! Yep... SIXTEEN BOYS!!! One of those ancestors listed his occupation in the 1840 Census as "Keeper of the Alms House" in Hagerstown, MD. I get visions of Mr. Bumble from OLIVER TWIST! I'd LOVE to reasearch and write that story!. My father's father's folks came from England to the Chicago. His mother's folk came from England as well. They all immigrated in the 1700s from Kent. The two families couldn't have lived more than 50 miles apart... but had to land in Ft. Dodge, Iowa to get married! Trust me, climbing the family tree is a real treasure hunt! -Ken Staley ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bruce Strand ('69) To: Steve Porter ('69) Happy Birthday! (July 25) wherever you are. -Bruce Strand ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tedi Parks Teverbaugh ('76) Re: Brad Upton's ('74) show in beautiful San Antonio, TX Yes, the show at the RiverCenter Comedy Club was great. It was good to have lunch with Brad on the Riverwalk (across the street from the Alamo!!) and see his show later that evening. It was well worth the eight hour round trip to see an old friend. Brad is a true professional and a very funny guy. He appeals to everyone (my 22 year old son thought he was great). As for Mike Davis ('74) well, his excuse for not seeing Brad is lame at best. Whats the matter, Mike?... You couldn't go to Kennewick to see your old friend, Brad? Was it due to a hydraulics failure on your Lazy Boy Recliner? Not again... Poor BooBoo. I also enjoyed my recent visit to Richland. Mike Davis actually took a walk on the wild side and had lunch with me at Jackson's, and David Adams ('73) got me drunk on Cosmos at Anthony's... nice place, by the way. They have TVs in the men's restroom... (but, don't ask me how I know that.) Looking forward to the upcoming reunion for the Bomber Class of 76 in August!! Will be great to see my buddies for life: Lynne Teverbaugh, Rhonda Rose, Carol Barnard, Julie White, Vickie Bigelow (we'll miss you, Tricia Clossey). It will be good to get The Band back together. See ya soon, Bombers. -Tedi Parks Teverbaugh ('76) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notices >>Ray McMillan ('61) ~ 3/15/43 - 7/18/06 >>Vicki Neis ('64) ~ 1/20/46 - 6/20/06 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/27/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Jim Jensen ('50), Wally Erickson ('53) Janet Wilgus ('59), Tom Verellen ('60) Nadine Reynolds ('61), Betti Avant ('69) Lori Simpson ('70), Lisa Lysher ('79) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Max Sutton ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ellen Bohringer ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) To: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Murals Your esteemed spouse's murals (posting of 7/26) are great! I was particularly drawn to the beautiful dining room scene. It has a mystical, inviting quality about it. Thank you for sharing. -Jim Jensen ('50) ~ from thoroughly soggy Katy, TX. Got an inch and two- thirds yesterday and heavy, heavy rain off and on all day today. More of the same due tomorrow. The "Home, Home on the Range" observation: "...and the skies are not cloudy all day." Doesn't - pardon the expression - hold water. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) To: Dick Harris ('49) I read your letter about your trip to Copenhagen and Sweden. We enjoyed our trip to both countries and Norway last fall. We fell in love with Stockholm; it's a beautiful city with water everywhere. I would like to add something to your letter if I may. We were very impressed with all the bicycles in Copenhagen. There's over ONE MILLION bicycles for a population of only 500,000 plus. Those that live outside of the city have a bicycle they ride from home to the railway station; and a second bicycle from the station to work. That's why you see so many bicycles locked up near stations and the work place. They have separate bike paths on both sides of the road between the parked vehicles and sidewalk. Another thing you don't see is very many heavy set people in Copenhagen. Too bad the Americans can't do the same. Maybe, we'll start riding bikes more when we have to pay $7.50 a gallon, like they do! I was very impressed... couldn't pass this one up. -Wally Erickson ('53) ~ It's really been HOT around most of the northwest. Near record temperatures. We have beautiful bike paths near Coeur D'Alene going east to the 4th of July pass and west to Spokane. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Janet Wilgus Beaulieu ('59) Re: biker finishes the STP!! With all this conversation about bicycling and races and such, just wanted to add this for information. Greg Beaulieu, son of Tom and Janet Wilgus Beaulieu (both class of '59) made that long trek, the STP, from Seattle to Portland last week. He finished the 204 miles in a little over 12 hours!! This was his first really long ride except one on Bainbridge Island this spring. Have to tell ya, it's a long, long way!!! Greg is a graduate of Leland High School, San Jose, CA, class of 1987... son of Bombers. Also, after the race he was celebrating with some friends and he was wearing his Richland HS Bomber T-shirt. Some fellow comes up to him and says, "You know what that means, dontcha??" Of course, he said, "I sure do." Turns out it was a Bomber from class of 1957, Floyd Melton, and he said he knew his uncle Gary Wilgus ('57). Greg said they treated him so well and he was happy he got to know such a fine family... several of the Melton relatives were there. Another additional bit of info, Pappy take note here; Greg's wife, Courtney, was telling about the finish...,she was watching and waiting and looking for her guy... all these little sinewy 135 pounders come racing through and there right behind them is "My big guy!!!" "My man made it in great time!!!" Incidentally, Greg weighs in at about 215 or so!! Number 2689 was quite a happy fella!!! His buddy came in about 2 hours later. So to all you bikers of all sizes and ages... enjoy and be safe!! And Peg Sheeran Finch ('63), I know you are proud of your MAN!! Whooeee!! -Janet Wilgus Beaulieu ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) That guy from Kennewick passed away waiting for the boat races? -Tom Verellen ('60), Mottoless **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nadine Reynolds Cochran ('61) Re: Bicycles To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Dave and I am glad to see you are having so much fun with your new bicycle (and losing so much weight to boot). One thing that bothers us is why would you need a little bell or a bull horn. We thought mountain bikes were to be used "off road" in much the same manner as a "dirt" motorcycle. If you were putting the mountain bike to proper use, why would there be people walking around requiring a little warning bell to let them know of your approach? Dave and I have mountain bikes too but they haven't had much use as the prickly pear, cholla, barrel, etc. cactus are too plentiful and hard on the tires. Re: Woolworth in Richland To: Maren There used to be a Woolworth in the Uptown shopping center. It was at the opposite end of the center from the Uptown Theater. It was replaced by Newberry's. You are making me feel really, really old since you don't remember it. [So, the reason I only remember J.J. Newberry's being on the NW corner is because I'm too YOUNG? How can Linda Reining ('64) - in the 7/21 Sandstorm - remember Woolworth's in Richland if I'm older than Linda? I also remember the tile(s) IN the sidewalk directly in front of the NW main entrance that said "NEWBERRYS". The tiles are still there today. -Maren] -Nadine Reynolds Cochran ('61) ~ Tucson, AZ where we had an all time low of 89 last Friday. We have also cooled down from 110 to low 100s. A little rain storm in the evenings can drop the temperature 25 to 30 degrees for a few hours which makes for good sleeping. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Woolworths Maren asked where in Richland is there a Woolworths? There used to be one in the Uptown shopping center - on the GWWay side, it seems about half- way down but no more. I googled Woolworths and found stores listed in England and Austrailia. I then found a history of the chain and I guess they suffered loss of revenue so in 1997 they changed their name from Woolworths to Foot Locker as their corporate name. It was such a great place to find things one couldn't find elsewhere. Gone are the days of the five and dime. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where at least it has cooled off the past couple of days **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lori Simpson Hogan ('70) Re: "Woolworths in Richland?" I don't recall a Woolworths in Richland (only Newberry's) but there was one at Columbia Center Mall, for many years until they did the remodel. It used to be down where The Old Navy store is currently located. -Lori Simpson Hogan ('70) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Columbia Center Mall was just barely getting started when we moved away in 1964. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lisa Lysher Fuller ('79) Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM - Barbara Sharp Lysher Porter '61 I may be a day late in getting this in the Sandstorm but not forgotten. Happy Birthday 7/26 to my mom Barbara Sharp Lysher Porter... another day younger right? Hope you have a great birthday and anxious to see you in September. Love, your daughter, -Lisa Lysher Fuller ('79) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/28/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Ann Clatworthy ('54) Marilynn Working ('54), Michael Ragland ('57) Burt Pierard ('59), Pappy Swan ('59) Carol Converse ('64), Linda Reining ('64) Shirley Collings ('66), Pam Ehinger ('67) Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Laura Dean Kirby('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon McDermott ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy (the Tin Can Class of 1945) Re: Katy, TX To: Jim Jensen: ('50) Hi ol' buddy. Just wondering. Is Katy, TX named after the old K&T railroad? -Dick McCoy, from the Tin Can Class of 1945 Go To Club 40!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Clatworthy Hogshead ('54) Re: Grandma biker... Thought I'd join the biking set... got my license last March and have been driving everywhere. I have a fused ankle and a knee replacement so it was a challenge shifting. It's never too late. Only one problem, it does not help the weight problem -Ann Clatworthy Hogshead ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) Re: Missing Sandstorms Again, I am not getting my Sandstorm for 3 days this week. Someone replied to my request about the mural painting and I didn't see it. Is it possible for you to send me a copy now? Thanks, -Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Marilynn, I didn't get my own copy, but you can read all missing Sandstorms at -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Michael Ragland ('57) Re: Woolworths I seem to remember a five and dime in downtown Richland. Not sure, but I think it was Woolworths. It was located on the corner of Lee and what is now called the Parkway, kitty corner from CC Anderson's. The sign had a red background with gold lettering. Can no longer remember what was directly across from CC Anderson's. -Michael Ragland ('57) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Michael, We found "Diamond 5 Cent to 1 Dollar" store directly across Lee from CC Anderson's in 1950 -- we believe the sign colors were as you remember them, but it was Diamonds. Kitty corner from CC Anderson's at the time was a hardware store - maybe Murray's?. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) Re: Penneys & Newberrys Pics All these pics are dated 20 May 1952, and apparently Robley's main motivation was the Penney's Grand Opening (most of the pics are inside Penney's) but there are a few of Newberrys' construction. -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Peg Sheeran Finch ('63) Re: Bicycling Peg, in all seriousness (I actually get that way once in a while), I send my congratulations to your husband, Dick Finch (NAB), for his competitive bike riding accomplishments. I have met this guy, folks, and he stays in physical shape to a degree that would easily put most 20 year-olds to shame. Just look at him and his fellow competitors in that picture (Tuesday's Sandstorm, 7/25). My weight probably equals two of them. Unfortunately, my height probably equals half of one of them. If I can lose 10 pounds from my bike riding efforts, I won't try to do cartwheels but maybe a somersault and jump for joy (perhaps an inch or two off the ground). Today, I made it around the block ... it was also a killer, a genuine "Pappy prostrator." Dick is also a highly accomplished Turkey Hunter. I believe that he was the first Washington State Hunter to take all three sup-species of wild turkey in our own state and he did it again in one or two subsequent years. At any rate, Dick, I salute you. You give the rest of us aging folks some genuine inspiration. Too bad that you are not a Bomber so we could really lay claim to you but you are married to one (a star at that) so that'll do just fine. To: Wally Erickson ('53) You do indeed have beautiful bike paths near Coeur D'Alene going east to the 4th of July pass and west to Spokane. Before my knees went on strike, I ran a lot of fun runs, and even Bloomsday once, in your area. The Wenatchee area, where your own "much younger sister," Susan Erickson Kuntz ('59), lives has a very nice bike/hike loop also (about 12 miles). That whole development including the waterfront parks was pretty much the "brain child" of Jim Pope, (now retired from the Chelan County PUD) who attended Richland Schools and lived across the street from me through jr. high school years. And, the Yakima area has a riverfront trail system that can be seen from the freeway but I have not tried it yet. Wally, I guess that if I can drive through there to hunt and fish in the Colville area, someday I will have to stop off for a while and do your trails on wheels. To: Janet Wilgus Beaulieu ('59) My congratulations to your son, Greg Beaulieu, my kinda guy, especially since it sounds like he is built a bit like me. I once set out to lose weight. To track this progress, I calculated my pounds per inch of height and planned to watch the declining ratio. But, then I realized that as I aged I seemed to be shrinking but not losing. Well, you see where that idea went... Once again, realizing that I was becoming the "Incredible Shrinking Senior Citizen," I went back to tracking my weight by simply punishing my scales. To: Tom Verellen ('60) That guy from Kennewick "could" also have passed away when he fell into the river during the annual canoe races (predecessor to today's hydro races). Boating Safety -- he should have always worn his deer bladder life preserver. Or, maybe he was just trying to invent the first North American bicycle (with elk antler handle bars, willow frame, a goose down-stuffed muskrat skin padded seat, and dried beaver pelt wheels) and ended up in the river ... 'cause he had not perfected the brakes yet and his drag log failed to catch on anything. We know so little about early man's recreational activities. The bike was apparently washed down stream of the race site as it has never been located. Key Word: "Could" To: My old "outdoor endeavor" friends, Nadine Reynolds Cochran and Dave Cochran (both '61) Re: Bicycles You wrote, "Dave and I are glad to see you are having so much fun with your new bicycle (and losing so much weight to boot)." Thank you very much. Yes, I lost about four pounds simply by removing the boots. You further questioned my need for a little ding-dong bell or a bull horn. OK, fair question. Keep in mind that although I am fairly new to this mountain biking thing, I have extensive experience as a backpacker. And, considering that my bike may be asked to negotiate either paved trail, old defunct logging road, or somewhat gentle mountain trails, I must (like a Boy Scout) be prepared. You may have heard that really smart hikers carry pepper spray, talk loudly on the trail (as if deranged), and wear jingle bells on their hiking shoe laces. The purpose of all of this, of course, is to provide a courtesy call to bears that we are passing through their "Hood." Evidence ("Sign" as the old mountain men referred to it), that other hikers have previously entered the "Hood," will be exhibited in the form of bear droppings containing numerous jingle bells and giving off a distinct odor of pepper. So, my theory is to boldly announce myself to the bears in the hood. Then, when they answer the dinner bell, I will get the drop on them by hitting them with a frighteningly unfamiliar sound. They will be so amazed and stupefied that they will allow me to pass without provocation. I mean, how many bears have heard a ship or air raid siren deep in the woods? Besides that, in the solitude of the wilderness, I just can't pass up an opportunity of scaring the occasional "surviving" hiker. PS, We did have some fun hunting, fishing, clamming, etc. in the old days! Re: "Woolworths in Richland?" Pardoners, I'm sure as shootin' that there was a WOOLWORTHS in Richland ... just as I am sure there was a balcony in that thar theater! But, it has been a few winters since I rode through those memories. [Sorry, Pappy. No Woolworths and no balcony. -Maren] -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where we have had a whole bunch of threes (numerous days of three digit temperatures) so I am inside meditating in front of the air conditioner and I'm thiiiiinking of a name for my new mountain bike... still thinking... I don't want to rush into this 'cause I would have no excuse to stay in out of the heat. And, when not in use, I have my bike locked up with a logging chain in case Lowiq and Bogart should return unexpectedly from their cross country joy ride. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) All this talk about Woolworths - Um.... I really don't remember there being a Woolworths in Richland. I just remember J.J. Newberry's. Maren, I don't remember there being any tiles out front of the store either. {Burt Pierard ('59) didn't remember any tiles either. I told Burt on the phone that if I lived in Richland, I'd be down there looking for tiles so he drove down to what is now JoAnn's to look for the tiles and... TA DA... the Newberrys tile(s) are still there. He said they were huge and he doesn't know how he never saw them before. Maybe somebody in Richland will go take a picture and send it to the Sandstorm. -Maren] I'll investigate the next time I'm in Richland, which will be our 45 class reunion. They had a Woolworths here in Eureka, CA the first time we lived here, about 17-18 years ago. Also, while we were living, for a short 5 weeks, in Watertown, NY, I remember going into Woolworths. It reminded me of Densow's up on Wright, next to Campbell's Market. Wow, Jan, I really DON'T remember there ever being Woolworths at the Columbia Center Mall either. To: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Murals Gary, your wife is very talented! Really enjoyed seeing the murals that she did. I especially liked the tree one. -Carol Converse Maurer (Baby Boomer Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA where we've been enjoying the sun and warmth. While Linda Reining ('64) has been ROASTING, we've only been up into the mid-high 60s. Took our grand daughter back up to Wenatchee last weekend and it was 110 there on Friday. Way too hot!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) re:Woolworth's maybe I dreamt it? *grin* but, I can "see" that big sign saying, "WC(I think those were the beginning initials)Woolworth's" and was almost positive that it was in the Uptown shopping center. it was my grandmother's favorite "five and dime", I might have been 6-7 years old when we'd would go there---as for the Columbia Center, I don't remember shopping there til after 1969---I moved away in '66 and then came back in '69 and remember going there and thinking we had "finally arrived" cause we had a huge, shopping mall! *grin* to:Gary Behymer(64) re:murals loved the one your wife painted in the dining room---reminds me of a painting by Thomas Kincaid---I love his cottage scenes---I have a "throw" of one of his cottage paintings and your wife's mural reminds me of that exact painting. great job! also liked the "Pooh" mural----"100 Acre Wood"(Home of Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Owl, Gopher, and Tigger.....*grin*). Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of 64)......Bakersfield, CA...........we had a power outage on just our street and the blasted "PGE" took over 24 hours to fix it!!!!!! ONLY 12 houses were affected--- probably why they were in NO hurry to fix it!!!!!! power went off at 7:30 Tuesday NIGHT and within half an hour, it was over 90 degrees in the house! we waited til midnight to see if power would be restored----NOT--- we slept in the camping trailer with the generator running all night--- got up at 5:30 Wednesday morning and showered by flashlight--- interesting---trying to put on makeup in the dark is a "fun" sight!!!!!!! then, went to the Indian casino in Porterville(about 2 hours away)and gambled for four hours---hoping power would be restored by the time I got home---NOT---was still off til after 8 Wednesday NIGHT!!!!!! had to throw away about $500 worth of food from fridge and freezer--what a "flippin" mess!!!!!!!! talked to homeowner's insurance and will file a claim--also file a claim with PGE, but won't "hold our breath" that they will reimburse!!!!!!! and, this @#^* State keeps building and building, but they absolutely refuse to build MORE power plants and now "the governator" says we can look forward to "rolling blackouts"!!!!!!!!!!!!! grrrrrrr we are on our THIRTEENTH day of temperatures above 100 degrees!!!!!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) Re: Worker Says Quincy Site Wasn't Safe ~ Travis Watts ('93) was Killed. 7/27/06 TCHerald -Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) ~ Richland, where it is 101 at 5:20pm **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Sorry Maren, You just don't remember it! I can sorta remember my Dad taking me there to shop for a gift for Momma! So if I can remember it so can you! Cause you're Older! Hee Hee! Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger The Blue Ribbon Class of '67 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Close your eyes...And go back The following link was sent to me by a 20-something one time coworker. I thought it was really interesting as some of the things we as alumni remember were talked about. Enjoy if you would like to. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/29/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Ann Clancy ('50), Jim Jensen ('50) Betty Bell ('51), Wally Erickson ('53) Pappy Swan ('59), Pattie Crigler ('59) Jack Gardiner ('61), Patricia de la Bretonne ('65) Sandy Clark ('71), Dave Fowler ('76) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vern L. McGhan ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tom Hughes ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Clancy Andrews ('50) Re: Woolworth Five and Dime I believe it was in my Junior year ('49) that I was a student in Mr. Haag's "Orientation" class.Thru this class and I assume with the co-operation of the school and business in Richland, students gained employment. My place of employment was at Woolworth's Five and Dime located across the street from CC Andersons in what is now the Parkway. This is burned in my memory because I was assigned, alone, to the toy counter at Christmas time!! All those little toys and gadgets lined up in the assigned spaces and hundreds of little hands in all of them. I managed to make the sales and keep the merchandise restocked. What an experience! The only thing that kept my strength up was hot cashews and coconut bon-bons from the candy counter. Remember those? Hope this resolves the Woolworth's question. I know I was not Uptown at Newberry's. To: Ann Clatworthy Hogshead ('54) You go girl! Ann Clancy Andrews ('50) ~ Sacramento, CA where after 12 days of over 100 heat, peaking at 116 in nearby Roseville, the Delta breezes are on there way and we might cool down to 99! AMEN!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Ann -- We're still looking for any location for Woolworth's in Richland. We searched the Hanford Declassified Document Retrieval System (DDRS) at: -- VERY interesting web site!! See the entry in tomorrow's Sandstorm from Burt Pierard ('59) for information on the building located across the street from CC Anderson's. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) To: Dick McCoy ('45) How Katy, Texas got its name. Apparently Katy WAS named after the K&T (Kansas and Texas), part of the M(Missouri)-K-T railroad. The origin of the name, however, isn't positively documented. To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) If, while rambling through the woods aboard your new conveyance, you find it imperative to make a pit stop...please avoid petting or otherwise harassing Smoky and his buddies. Happy cycling!!! -Jim Jensen ('50) ~ Katy, rain yet, just 800% humidity. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) Another reminder that the Richland Seniors Association All-ages dance for the fifth-Sunday will be Sunday July 30 from 1:00 to 4:00 - same day as the Boat Races. If you don't want to be out in the heat, come in to the beautiful Riverview Room (Richland Community Center) and dance and/or listen to the EASY SWING Band with Bob Leveque, Clark Hodge, Bob Ragsdale, Dave Nelson and John LaChapelle! Should be a fun afternoon, and as always the tickets are only $4 at the door. And another reminder! Bert Wells will be presenting another one of his great senior-oriented fun afternoons on Sunday August 6 from 2:00 to 3:00 in the Riverview Room at the Richland Community Center. We had over 100 people last September at his last performance and they insisted we have him back again. He has also presented several programs at 4 or 5 of the other retirement homes since he did ours. They had heard how good he was and invited him to their facilities. We will have a reception for him afterwards for visiting and reminiscing with him. Please join us! Tickets are only $4 at the Community Center or $5 at the door. Hope to see you there! If you have questions, or want more tickets or information please call me -Betty Bell Norton ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) To: Pappy Swan ('59) Re: Coeur D'Alene bike trails If and when you do come this way and would like to do a bike ride; let me know and I will be glad to join you. I gave out bad information on the bike trail going east.. I said to the 4th of July pass; should have said "Lookout pass" instead. The bike trail is 74 miles long from Plummer to Mullan (about 10 miles west of the Idaho/Montana border). It follows part of Lake Coeur D'Alene and continues along the Coeur D'Alene River to Mullan. It's a beautiful bike trail and is paved all the way. It's another "rails to trails" bike trail. It's very easy, I've taken my grandkids on this trail and the Spokane to CD'A bike trail. We've done it in smaller segments... about 20 miles round trip. The Spokane bike trail follows the Spokane River, also paved. You're right about the bike trail in Wenatchee... interesting about who helped plan it. I did take my bike once when visiting with my sister Susan (they live above the bike trail in East Wenatchee). It's like you said it's 12 miles round trip; the day I rode my bike there, it was above 90... it's a fun bike ride. Jim Pope did a great job!! Re: Pictures of JC Penney's grand opening I remember when your purchases at Penney's were cash/check only. It was about 1960 when they came out with a credit card. I thought this would put Penney's way ahead of all the major retailers. During that time Penney's was the place to buy sheets, bedding, linen, etc.. My first wife was a great sewer....grin (English spelling); so we were there often. To: Ann Clatworthy Hogshead ('54) That's one beautiful "tri-cylcle" you have!! Have you taken it on any long trips. Looks like you have room for one more. Have you been to Sturgis, SD?? I went through there once just after there had been somewhere between 300-400,000 motor bikes for their annual reunion in August. The place was all cleaned up, you wouldn't have known they had that many bikes there just a few days before. It's pretty amazing!! -Wally Erickson ('53) Thank goodness it's starting to cool down some in Coeur D'Alene. I just got back from an Erickson family reunion in South Dakota; last weekend the temperature in Pierre, SD was 116. Now, that's HOT! Those in parts of southern California, Nevada and Arizona; can relate to these HOT temperatures. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Ann Clatworthy Hogshead ('54) Re: Grandma biker bike As Tim Allen said, "Awwwwwooooo!" Re: Newberry's, Woolworth's, and balconies AH HA! If the tiles are there, the Woolworth's and the balcony could have also... been there. Key Words: "could have" ehhh? -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where the weatherman says that relief is just a day or two away when the temperature is supposed to plummet into the 80s. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pattie Crigler Cole ('59) To: Ann Clatworthy Hogshead ('54) (Biker Babe!!!) Congratulations on getting your motorcycle license!!!! You're right, it's never too late! I sent you a personal email, but don't know if you got it. Anyhow, we are now back living in Washington State on the Olympic Peninsula (Port Ludlow). Love it here being close to family, but do miss a lot about Virginia. (Please go to the Brookside Inn and have a Belgium waffle for me!!!!) -Pattie Crigler Cole ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jack Gardiner ('61) Re: Woolworth I don't remember the name of the store, but there was a 5 & 10. It was across the street form the Village Theater. Every Saturday I would buy a 3 foot bag of popcorn for 10 cents, before entering the show. -Jack Gardiner ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patricia de la Bretonne ('65) The only 5 and dime store I know of in Richland was the Mart in downtown Richland when I was a kid in the '50s. -Patricia de la Bretonne ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sandy Clark Chamberlin ('71) Re: Class of '71 - 35th reunion - August 11-13, 2006 Hey you guys, there's a rumor we might have to cancel our Saturday night function if more of you that we have heard are coming don't get their registrations in. We'll be out $$ whether we have it or not. So please hurry!!! -Sandy Clark Chamberlin ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Fowler ('76) Re: It's Been Awhile So, I sit here as usual reading the Sandstorm entries and feeling guilty for not writing in such a long while. My 30 year reunion is coming up and still I've made no plans. Times a wasting and some might call it procrastination, Really, I have a good excuse! Really, I do! As I read Linda Reining (64) latest entry I can put the pieces together and they are truly complicated. How can a power outage in Bakersfield, CA effect a 30-year reunion in Richland? I'll try and make it simple and get to the point. I work in a power plant in Hermiston, OR that was previously owned by Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) not to be confused with Portland Gas and Electric (PGE). Very important for you stock owners. Anyway, PG&E a utility home based in California with its corporate office in Bethesda, Maryland. Created a subsidiary U.S. Generating Company to house its generating plants. Enron came along and in its greed bought all the power and sold it back to the western states at a huge difference in price, illegal price manipulation. Simply put PG&E was forced by contract with the state of California to buy back the power it produced at a given rate, at a rate three times the amount it sold it for. It doesn't take an accountant to figure out that at that rate PG&E went bankrupt. PG&E was forced to spin off it's gas line and power production into separate entities. These doomed for the chopping block went into their own bankruptcies. PG&E went back to its bankruptcy scaled downed company to the basic. Taking care of California power needs. Staff was cut and jobs were lost. 401Ks went upside down and everyone suffers, to this day in fact, and that includes the customers of California. No company in their right mind wants to compete with PG&E, it almost totally bankrupt a DOW stock company. Wouldn't touch that market with gloves. So the west still suffers from the Enron debunking. PG&E has had a slow road, skeptical road to financial recovery. The plot thickens my friend! In the aftermath of Enron, the need for power grows. Naturally, California leads the way, we will follow! The need for power increases and so does the cost. Company's eye the market for a profit. When the market is right a power plant is built. Not so fast! As in all commodities transportation is a huge consideration. In the power industry that means power lines. Currently the power lines (Grid) are reaching there maximum capabilities. So, who shoulders the cost of upgrade? BPA says "Not I! Let the power producers pay the cost of transportation." The Power producers say "Not I! It is not profitable." A stand still in total quagmire. Californians will see rolling black outs! Until the price of power increases, ditto for Natural Gas. So the existing power plants sit in a "Generation 1 alert", meaning no maintenance that might cause a power plant to trip off line. The temperatures of summer increase with the same effect of a cold winter. Stress on all mechanical equipment. To put it simple, it is like your car. When will it break down? On the road in the dead of summer or winter, naturally! We, power plants standby, silently awaiting the eventual outcome and hoping that the temperatures become mild. What about my 30-year reunion? No, time off. Night and day shifts are fully manned. Waiting, for an outcome that if it comes will be quickly reconciled. The western grid will not collapse! For me, that means the ruthless schedule will not be compromised. No time off for my 30-year reunion. Linda Reining ('64) may sit in unbearable heat in Bakersfield, CA but I will be in a power plant in Hermiston, OR missing my 30-year reunion. I truly sympathize with you, Linda. I'd rather be at work than sitting in Bakersfield without air conditioning. To the class of '76: I sure wish I was lifting beer instead of a wrench. If not in person then in spirit. "The sprit of '76 continues on". Pappy: I read on with amazement, you truly are gifted my friend. I've not yet met you in person. There is always a seat open on my boat for you. I don't fish seriously, although I've had a good season with the catfish. Just knowing where with a worm at the bottom. If you're interested we'll meet on the dock. I'm back before the afternoon heat. J. J. Newberry's: Now I'm a little young to remember the "Before Newberry's'" era. In fact I have vague memories of Newberry's. In the youth of memories, when fact becomes obscured I remember a time when eating at the lunch counter I asked my father if we could sit in a certain section. My father replied "Not there son, that section is for the darkies". Not to offend anyone it is the way and the words I remember. To me history is to be remember in its uncut version. Let us learn from our mistakes and grow in our in ways that are right. That for me is to remember the good, pain and appreciate an uncut version of history, my life as it truly was. Was there truly a "darkies section at J. J. Newberry's? -Dave Fowler ('76) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Travis Watts ('93) ~ 12/20/74 - 7/25/06 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/30/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 15 Bombers sent stuff: Ann Clancy ('50), Irl French (51) Nola Davey ('56), Jim Russell ('58) Steve Carson ('58), Burt Pierard ('59) Pappy Swan ('59), Derrith Persons ('60) Patti Jones ('60), Donna Nelson ('63) Linda Reining ('64), Susan Baker ('64) Larry Bowls ('64), Donna Fredette ('65) Patricia de la Bretonne ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Allan Cross ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gregor Hanson ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marti Jo Drewery ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol Boyd ('72WB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Diane Hartley ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** NOTE Re: F. W. Woolworth's Richland Library research found: 1) There has NEVER been Woolworth's in Richland 2) First Tri-Cities location: 4th & Lewis (Pasco) in 1961 3) Second location: Columbia Center Mall in the 70's. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Clancy Andrews ('50) Re: Woolworth vs Diamond Well Bombers, Sherlock and Mr. Watson (Maren and Burt) have gone into the vaults of Richland history, leaving no page or picture unturned, and have sent pictures showing a sign that I will admit sure looks like it could be "Diamond" along with Diamond Inc. listed in the phone book. A picture speaks a thousand words and I rest my case. I was at Diamonds during the toy counter Christmas rush! Good detective work guys! -Ann Clancy Andrews ('50) ~ Sacramento, CA where the delta breeze has arrived but too late for the 130, at last count, who lost their lives due to the heat wave in California. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Irl French (51) Re: Prayers and thoughts This is to let all the classmates of the class of 1951 to extend all their prayers and wishes to Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter ('51) and daughter, Gale, for a quick and god speed recovery to Doreen's husband, Gene, who had MAJOR surgery a couple of weeks ago. Gene was in the process of recovering nicely when he had a setback recently and ended back in ICU. Most know that Doreen and Gene live in Green Valley, AA. This is about 20 miles south of Tucson. Green Valley does not have a hospital so the commute is a long one. For those who have forgotten, Doreen has always been an organizer. She was one of the main players in the 50th reunion of the class of '51 and was the one - along with Charlotte Dossett Holden ('51) -- who got this writer to work on the 55th reunion. I have had the good fortune to have lunch with Doreen and Gene each spring during the 5 years that I have been going to Tucson. God Speed for a speedy recovery, Gene. -Irl French (51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nola Davey Meichle ('56) Re: Class of '56 To: Members of Class of '56 or Anyone: Does anyone know about the deaths of the following and, if so, do you know where I can find an Obit.: Peggy Sullivan Burdsall, Dorris Morris Riggle, Lester E. Parker, Mary Jane Page Howell, Shirley Blackburn Womack, Karl Warburton, Michelle McGruder Peterson, Shirley Eckert Eakman, and Don Wagster (died in Alaska). Would Alvin Strege's sister please get in touch with me. -Nola Davey Meichle ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Russell ('58) Re: missing my Sandstorm "fix" I rarely have much to say, but I sure do need my Sandstorm with my morning coffee. It hasn't been coming in for about a week. What do I need to do to get it back? I'm sure it's Comcast, but I haven't a clue who to complain to or what to complain about. You'd think with all the SPAM one gets without asking for it that messages sent to multiple recipients wouldn't be the trigger. -Jim Russell ('58) ~ from beautiful downtown Mountlake Terrace, WA ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Jim, Our records indicate that your Sandstorm is being sent and we have not received any bounce notice for your email address. Check with your ISP to see if they know what the problem is. In the meantime, you can read the Sandstorm daily at -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Carson ('58) To: Dave Fowler ('76) I appreciate your explanation of the power problems. Sorry you will miss your reunion. -Steve Carson ('58) ~ Chicago, IL - 93 this Saturday morning at 11am **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) Re: Was there ever a Richland Woolworth's Store? The possible locations of the alleged Richland Woolworth's appears to boil down to two locations, i.e. the Uptown Newberry's' site (before it was Newberry's) or the Downtown site across Lee Blvd. from C. C. Andersons. I have been expecting Mike Davis ('74) to jump in with a claim that the Woolworth's' site was where the present Denny's is located, but he disappointed me. I believe the May 20, 1952 pics of the Newberry's construction that I submitted in the 7/28 Sandstorm, successfully discount the claims for that site. I have also included pics of the Newberry's name in the floor tiles outside the front doors of Jo Ann's (the business on that site today) which still exist. I contend that the Downtown facility was the "Diamond Store" from time zero of the Government WWII construction until at least April 23, 1952. As documentation, I submit copies of the applicable Phone Book pages from 1945 to 1947 where the facility was referred to as "Diamond Stores, Inc." and consistently had the same phone number, "153," and was addressed as "Lee Blvd." after 1945. In the 1947 Phone Book, it was referred to as both "Diamond Stores, Inc." and "Variety Store." Both listings referred to "Lee Blvd." & "153." In both 1948 Phone Books, it was simply referred to as "Variety Store" at "Lee Blvd." & "153." One might think that the store could have changed to some other name in 1948 but lo and behold, I submit an April 23, 1952 picture taken looking SE across the Greenway with the store name (partially obscured) of "Diamond," or at least, it isn't "Woolworth's." Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Jim Jensen ('50) Got 'er covered Jim. Smokey and I are on very good terms, same as I am with Yogi and Boo Boo, as, already, I often drive Lil' Ricky (my mini ol' beater pickup), 1990 Ford Ranger named after Ranger Rick, on the mountain roads. My little feathered friend that gives a hoot, Woodsy, often flies interference for us. It's Smokey's big cousin in the light brown great coat, ol' Grizz, aka Forrest Grump, that we all keep an eye out for. But, you are right about being cautious, because bears do ... do it in the woods. To: Wally Erickson ('53) Re: Coeur D'Alene bike trails You're on Wally. Next time I get up that way and if I can squeeze it in, I'm up for sampling your bike trails with you. If I get a chance to do it, I will check in with you ahead of time to see if we can put together a bike ride suitable for we Bombers in our Golden Years. To: Dave Fowler ('76) Re: It's Been Awhile Dave, about that seat that is open on your boat -- do you have shade or should I consider purchasing a rather large sombrero? After thirty-some years as a fisheries biologist, I don't fish seriously, either. As a matter of fact, to illustrate how serious my fishing is anymore, I have attached my latest article for my "gun club column" (Pappy's Parting Shots) titled, I Fish, Therefore, I Am ... A Hunter. It is about a thousand words (roughly a full typewritten page) long, so hopefully Maren can put it in the "Farmed out" section with a URL*. Thanks Maren, if that is possible. Dave, I am definitely interested in wetting a line with you and if I can see my way clear, I will get in touch with you. To: Those on my Bomber list for receiving my "PPS" Articles: I am a bit behind on sending them out but will get them out to you soon. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where the temperature is only pushing 90 today but it is supposed to be a bit more tolerable over the next few days. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Derrith Persons Dean ('60) Re: I do remember . . . . re 5 and 10 cent store I worked Christmas seasons at the 5 and 10 cent store. It was in the Uptown on the GWWay side. It was lots of fun working there. I worked the old time cash register, push in the right numbers and hit the enter button. We had to add the tax separately. I remember the candy section, it was right by the register... we had to weigh it and the ribbons we had to measure. We did inventory in January, then I was out of work until the next year. I can't remember the managers name. It was not Woolworth's. There was a Woolworth's in Columbia Center at one time. Things change with the times. [The 5 & 10 cent store in Uptown started out as McKay's: -Maren] My mother worked at J. J. Newberry's one year for the Christmas season. In the toy section. It was on the Jadwin side right next to the main store. I do remember the tiles. -Derrith Persons Dean ('60) ~ The weather is cooler today!!! YAH **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: Club 40 To: Bombers who can attend Club 40 Dona McCleary Belt ('54), Historian for Club 40, did an outstanding job of organizing what needed to be done at the Richland Public Library to bring all the information together for the Club 40 picture boards. The boards will be on display during Club 40 week-end [September 8-9-10]. At first it didn't look like there would be many Bombers helping out, however, they came and they worked to get everything done. For the Bombers who have not come to Club 40 weekend, Dona has done a wonderful job gathering lots of Richland history pictures. Picture boards are displayed through the weekend. Many pictures go back into the '40s. The group working on organizing on the boards would have rather have been looking at the pictures. Pictures are always welcomed for the Archives. One thing that is needed are Annuals. The following is a list of what Dona has obtained: 1953, 1954, 1957, 1961, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1970, 1977, 1978, 1986 Needed are: 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976. Years up to 1986. 1986 through 2006. If any of you have extra annuals you would like to donate they can be delivered to the All Bomber Luncheon - Richland any month or they cam be given to Dona McCleary Belt ('54) by emailing her to make arrangements for her receive them from you or bringing them to Club 40 in September. Club 40 board is gearing up for a wonderful 19th year reunion. Many months each year are spent readying for the Club 40 weekend. Good place for reunions, mini-reunions or meeting Bombers of all the years. Maren has added two new links at where you can click to find the Club 40 website. Scroll down to reunions. One click and you're there. Easy to go in and find all information to get you signed up for the reunion. Board always appreciates early sign-ups. -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA ~ Where the sun shines so many days of the year I am not going to count any more. Temperatures are taking a ten degree drop at least for "Rumble on the River" weekend. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Nelson ('63) Re: Woolworth's I'm going to add my 2 cents to the Woolworth conversation. My Grandma and Grandpa Bolke lived on the corner of Symons and Hunt and we'd walk to the corner of GWWay and Symons to catch the bus with tokens to ride downtown to CC Anderson's and Woolworth's. Except, I thought it was on the same side of the street as CC Anderson's. Guess the entry today from (?) who worked there is positive proof. Thanks.... Yah, we'd walk across from the side door at CC Anderson's to cross the street and go into a 5 and dime store. Thought it was Woolworth's. The Wenatchee World ran an article the other day that said the latest study conducted by the Center for Disease Control Agency for Toxic Substances indicated that "men" have a slightly higher risk of developing hypothyroid disease if they were growing up in the '40s and '50s in the Hanford area. The Microsoft building site where Travis Watts ('93) died was empty of workers the day after the accident. It's a half a block from my school building and I just happened to drive by on my way to Ephrata to see my granddaughter compete in a swim meet. -Donna Nelson ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:Ann Clatworthy Hogshead('54) re:bike way to go! my brother and sister-in-law(Tim, '71WB and Neila(Culverhouse) Reining, '73?)both have Harley's--they rode them to Wallowa, Oregon. had a blast, though my sister-in-law said hers wasn't all that comfortable for that long of a distance---hers is a "roadster"---Tim says he is buying her a bigger one, next year. yours is the ONLY type of motorcycle I'd want to be on---like having that "extra" comfort around my legs and body----feels/looks safer. *grin* course, right now, the only "daredevil motoring" I do is riding my motorized scooter around the swap meets. *grin* to:Dave Fowler('76) re:power outages thanks for explaining it, but still makes me madder than a wet hornet that we have to suffer through rolling blackouts and power outages when they keep building more and more houses and not enough power plants to keep us all "lit up"!!!!!! grrrr we had a mobile home park here in town who had been without power for OVER 36 hours and the residents of that park are retired/elderly!!!!!! can you imagine????? they are supposed to be able to file a claim with PGE for loss of food, but they aren't going to do anything about giving them a break on their bill!!!!!! grrrrrrr Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64).....we finally cooled down to the 90's and we have a breeze blowing, so it's making it much nicer than the past 14 days of triple digit temperatures! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Susan Baker ('64) There was a 5 & 10 in Uptown on the GWWay side. It was located in what is now the Antique Mall by Dr. McCartney's office. It might have been connected with a company called Kress Or Kresges? I just remember the sign said "5 & 10". Mom would take me there for Doll Clothes and a candy treat. I usually chose the novelty glass bottles with the little round candies. I think I might still have one of the candy bottle telephones. This store might have been in place before Newberry's came in. It was the closest thing we had to the big dime stores in Seattle. [ Sounds like the old McKay's location. -Maren] The day Newberry's opened, Mom picked me up from Jefferson at lunch time. We went to the new store for Hot Dogs. That was one of my Mom's favorite treats. Kennewick had one or 2 Dime Stores also. One of theirs could have been a Woolworth's. Yakima also had 2 or 3. Seattle had 2 huges dime stores located on either 2nd or 3rd. One was called Greens and the other was Newberry's. It is a shame that most of those have disappeared. Those of you who went to WSU probably remember FONK'S in downtown Pullman and Moscow. Gary, does Fonk's still exsist in Colville? -Susan Baker ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Bowls ('64) Re: 5 and 10 stores, Woolworth and Newberry's My recollections are that the original 5 and 10 store (wasn't that its name?) was located on the northwest corner of Lee Blvd. and Parkway downtown. I believe this became Payless Drugs (not real sure) before it was relocated. C.C Anderson's was across Lee Blvd. to the south. The hardware store (Richland Hardware) forerunner to Trustworthy Hardware was directly across the parkway to the east on the northeast corner of Lee and Parkway. The 5 and 10 store was a favorite place to spend my 25 allowance (when I got one). Later, as the allowances increased, the Thrifty Drug lunch counter became a favorite for "real" sodas and milk shakes. Then came the venerable "Spudnut shop". Those were the days, when living and growing up in small town America was a great experience, and an experience I'm proud to recall. -Larry Bowls ('64) ~ Redlands, CA - where I may have detected a slight relief from the heat. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Fredette ('65) To: Dave Fowler ('76) No, there was not a darkies section in Newberry's in the '50's or any other time. We did not think like that in Richland that I remember!! Bomber Cheers! -Donna Fredette ('65) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Donna, I agree with you. Perhaps Dave is remembering the headlines from the 1960s that went like this: Woolworth's lunch counter, Greensboro, NC, site of a 1960 civil rights sit-in. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patricia de la Bretonne ('65) or was it just The Dime Store? -Patricia de la Bretonne ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/31/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Curt Donahue ('53), Wanda Wittebort ('53), Gary Behymer ('64), Ray Stein ('64), Rick Valentine ('68) Dave Fowler ('76) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jerry Boyd ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Stan McDonald ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marilyn Stewart ('62) BOMBER LUNCH Today: 1940's Ladies & Spouses BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy (The Tin Can Class of 1945) To: Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter ('51) and family Our prayers are with you. To: Jim Jensen ('50) Thanx for your quick answer re Katy, TX. The reason I asked is that there is a Katy trail in Missouri along the old road bed of the MK&T railroad. Re: the Diamond store vs Woolworth It sure took you a very long time to figger that one out. Why didn't you ask me? -Dick McCoy, from the Tin Can Class of 1945 Come to the magnificent Club 40 party, all you eligibles. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Curt Donahue ('53) Re: Dime Store My recollection (maybe flawed) is that the store across from C.C. Anderson's was a Ben Franklin Five and Dime. -Curt Donahue ('53) ~ Federal Way, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Wanda Wittebort Shukay ('53) Burt, the pictures of Uptown and Downtown are great. What year were those taken. Do you have any more. I recommend "The Bombers" furnish some of these to the Herald or Hanford and they could post them on their web site. Neither has any in their history of Richland. The reason I'm writing in is my Mother "Boots" Wittebort worked at a store (I don't remember the name), but it was on the side of the Uptown I believe facing GWWay. I still have a picture taken in the store of me in 1951. Mom went to work for JJ Newberry after it opened. I was still in high school and remember it well. Mom became an asst manager there. I know she worked there until my family left Richland in 1957 for California. I believe my brother Chuck Wittebort ('61) has some pictures of her in the store. She loved her job. But, as for the other store that she worked at first, my memory doesn't allow me to remember the name. I can picture the store manager and the inside of the store tho. It was like a 5 and dime store. -Wanda Wittebort Shukay ('53) "Memories, memories, how sweet it is". **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Annuals/Yearbooks I believe I have yearbooks from 1950, 1951 & 1952 and several of your missing 1970s... I'd be happy to donate whenever I can dig them out of my stacks of books... I sold 1/2 of my yearbook collection last fall... 3,250 yearbooks from all over the country were loaded in a 26' U-Haul truck. I had packed them in 'archive' boxes... 238 boxes to be exact. -Gary Behymer ('64)..somewhere near the Top Notch (Burgers) in Colfax, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray Stein ('64) To: Donna Nelson ('63) Thank you for your entry about the Wenatchee World article: "The Wenatchee World ran an article the other day that said the latest study conducted by the Center for Disease Control Agency for Toxic Substances indicated that "men" have a slightly higher risk of developing hypothyroid disease if they were growing up in the '40s and '50s in the Hanford area." The "latest study" is the Hanford Birth Cohort Study. It compares people who grew up in Adams, Benton and Franklin counties (Hanford) with those from Mason, San Juan and Whatcom counties (non-Hanford). Here's the actual statistics (pg. 6) on the occurrence of hypothyroidism - physician verified: Hypothyroidism Category Occurrence Percent Female (non-Hanford) 23/275 8.4 Female (Hanford) 10/185 5.4 Male (Hanford) 10/291 3.4 Male (non-Hanford) 4/385 1.0 Looking at the data, you might think that a more appropriate conclusion would be: "Study finds highest incidence of hypothyroidism in non-Hanford females". You can read the study at -Ray Stein ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Valentine ('68) Re: 1950s Uptown Tour To: Maren Loved the Uptown tour, did you notice the offering at the Uptown Theater was JOAN OF ARC, Staring Ingrid Bergman and Jose Ferrer, by Technicolor. Nothing like a history lesson with my Sunday morning coffee. -Rick Valentine ('68) ~ Spokane, WA. Where it is cooler this morning than it has been all week **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Fowler ('76) Re: Impressionable Young Minds I caught the tale end of Bomberville as it passed from a sleepy town where all was good. When the secret going on in the "area" was not a topic for discussion. Passing quickly as a nation changed and in a less amplified way so did Richland. I was only in the first grade when JFK was shot. Innocence of a special place and its youth emerging. The civil rights movement, Vietnam and the space race filled the news hour. In my home 5:00 PM took on a dreaded nightmare. I had two older brothers serving in the Army, 1968 and 1969, Vietnam. In those days that time of day was solely reserved for either one of two activities, watching the news or reading from a small selection of Hans Christen Anderson. I was eleven years old, not old enough to fully realize the impact all of this. But, old enough to understand it's seriousness. I would have rather been outside playing! So it was I witness the events and put them together in my young mind. Together, history unveiling in the youth of a fractured fairy tale understanding. It was not by coincidence, that diversity was limited to the accents of our countries dialects. General Groves, in those days did not integrate the diversity of the races. Richland in those days, was a race of mostly whites. Now, I'm not in a seat of judgment here, just observation. I'm sure, perhaps dogmatically, that the thoughts and beliefs of the nation was well represented in Richland. Was racism an issue? No, I don't believe so. After all I didn't grow up with diversity of races. Were there thoughts and words reflecting all sides of the issue? Yes, and as child I heard and stored them. Sometimes, in a fractured fairy tale fashion. Thank you, Donna and Maren. I always hoped that what I thought I remembered was incorrect. Adult conversation of family and neighbors, conversations not intended for young ears. But as we all know, "Little Pictures Have Big Ears". Watching the news, words were not allowed to be spoken during the hour, hearing adult conversation and somehow seeing the dinner table being depleted as my brothers left to go to Vietnam. From the friendly backyard BBQ of neighbors where children played until well after dark. To the quiet hour as my father sat quietly watching yet another war. This time as a bystander, his sons and the youth of Richland slipped into his world of atrocities that only a war can bring. We landed on the moon, RFK and Martin Luther King left our presence in flesh, the race riots continued and Walter Cronkite kept repeating "And That's The Way It Was". I silently slipped from youth in a world of turmoil. Somehow in Richland a hold of past never left. A town and its people silently working on atomic uncertainties. Innocence of youth, never knowingly compromised. Jack held Jill's hand, a kiss of long ago stolen on a cool summers night. Memories we speak so reverently about. The fractured fairy tale of a youth in its memories confused by media. Yet we can talk across the barriers of time and generations. Yet another fractured fairy tale set straight, and justly so from those who were there. Did The Richland Woolworth's have a "Darkies" section? What a silly question to ask! Write on ya young ones! If it ain't right we'll let you know. The line from my pole casts silently upon the Yakima river. A river that has seen so many things. Giving up only memories, for sure, words that must be listened to carefully. A tug on the line and it reminds me. Pappy, I'll be off during the week of August 7. I have a top that provides shade providing the current and wind cooperates. Bomberville, Ain't It Great! -Dave Fowler ('76) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` June, 2006 ~ August, 2006