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16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Richland Bombers Calendar website Funeral Notices website *********************************************** *********************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/01/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Mike Clowes ('54), Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cathy Rice ('77) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: The "Here We Go Again" Department The latest from the accounting department: Class of '45 - 2 Class of '46 - 2 Class of '47 - 4 Class of '48 - 2 Class of '49 - 8 Class of '50 - 3 Class of '51 - 26 Class of '52 - 21 Class of '53 - 16 Class of '54 - 25 Class of '55 - 10 Class of '56 - 106 Class of '57 - 15 Class of '58 - 13 Class of '59 - 15 Class of '60 - 19 Class of '61 - 36 Class of '62 - 6 Class of '63 - 1 Class of '64 - 4 Class of '66 - 2 Class of '74 - 1 Time is winding down, so it you haven't already, fill out that registration form and get it in the mail today. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ with yet another warm weekend in sight **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) To: Kellie Walsh Patterson ('77) Re: "smearing" Ah yes Kellie, I do remember the "smearing" tradition. The only time I got a bit of it was I was the older one. Walking home from Chief Joseph with a girlfriend in the dress I had made in Home Ec. and a brand new light weight sweater a 6th grader came charging at us from his front yard. He always was one to be a brat. He only got a bit on the back of my neck, but my new sweater got it. My mom was none too happy and thankfully the lipstick came out. I never did it to anyone but I know several who they went overboard with the lipstick on. Traditions... something to look back on, huh? -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA - 46 this morning ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/02/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers (including 1 from Oklahoma) sent stuff: Reuben Linn ('58), Nadine Reynolds ('61) Jamie Worley ('64), John Fletcher ('64) Greg Alley ('73), Tommy Dee Thomas (Frederick, OK Bomber) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda Lester ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gordon Mumford ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Reuben Linn ('58) To: Dennis Hammer ('64) Thank you very much for the entry and web-site for the "log cabin" in Portland. In 1953 I was lucky enough to attend the National Scout Jamboree in California. Our group from Richland boarded a special train in Kennewick and the first leg of the journey took us to Bonneville Dam where we toured the facility and boarded a large rusty steel barge which we rode down the river to Portland. On docking, we got on buses and, complete with police escort, we were taken to the log cabin and a rose garden. I don't remember if they were together but I believe they were. Following the visit, we were escorted to our waiting train and continued our journey. I remembered the building but in later years was never able to find anyone who knew where it was so I could return. The site gave me that opportunity; thanks for sharing. -Reuben Linn ('58) ~ in sunny Tacoma where the sun has been shining for days and days and days... we need rain! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nadine Reynolds Cochran ('61) Re: Lancasters My recollection is that Lancasters was on the GWWay side of the Uptown shopping center south of Penney's. This was one of my Mother's favorite stores. We called it our "Wish Store". Mom fell in love with a Schumann (German) china pattern. The china was scalloped in shape with a pretty pastel pink, green, yellow and cream mottled background bordered in gold. The focal of the design was an off center splash of flowers accented in gold with gold leaves. Mom scrimped on groceries and saved any extra money she could get her hands on (I hid my allowance from her too - just Joking) to buy this china. She bought it a piece at a time over many months, maybe even years until she acquired a complete set of this china. Every Christmas, Birthday and Mother's Day we kids pooled our money to buy another piece of the china. Then one day a new lamp appeared on those glass shelves in Lancasters. Even though it was electric it was styled after the old fashioned hurricane (oil) lamps. It was about 30 inches in height. The bottom globe could be lighted separately from the top and the top globe was illumined by a 3 way light bulb. You guessed it, the pattern and colors of the lamp were almost the same as the china pattern except the switch and base on which the two globes sat was of ornate brass instead of gold. This set off another scrimp and save campaign until that lamp was finally taken home to light our home. I remember well going with Mom to drool over the beautiful lamp and pieces of china. Bless Mother's heart. When she went home to be with the Lord, she left the set of china and the hurricane lamp to me. Every special dinner occasion at our house is graced with Mom's china and the lamp has a special place in our living room. Both are reminders of what a special and determined Mom I had. -Nadine Reynolds Cochran ('61) ~ Getting ready for the trek from Tucson to Bomberville and the Club 40 reunions to see old friends and reminisce **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jamie Worley (The Magic Class of '64) Re: Grandparents I am a little late writing about having grandparents in Richland, so please bear with me. I am one of the lucky ones who had their grandparents living close by. My dad's family had been hard hit by the depression as had most. My grandfather Worley found work in Seattle in the early '40s working for an engineering firm. Seattle was a long way away from home when home is in Colorado. In 1943 he had heard about a need for engineers in this place called Hanford. He ended up working on the B Reactor. My grandmother and their youngest daughter moved to Grandview. When duPont left after the War and GE came in as the primary contractor, GE would not hire "Pop," as we called him. At age 65 he was too old. Rather than retire he started Worley Surveying and Engineering in Kennewick. In the early '50s my grandmother and grandfather moved to Kennewick. Unfortunately my grandmother died in 1955 at age 65. Much too young as we all know. However, Pop lived a long and productive life. He died in March of 1972, two months before his 88th birthday. He had played nine holes of golf that day, gone to the office to sign his payroll checks and was sitting in front of the TV watching the 5:00 news doing the crossword puzzle when he had a massive heart attack. I miss both of my grandparents to this day. I realize how lucky I was to have them so close by. Worley Surveying and Engineering in Kennewick exists to this day. -Jamie Worley (The Magic Class of '64) ~ Seattle, where the weather has been absolutely gorgeous. Best summer ever. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Fletcher ('64) Re: Kathy Wersen Alder ('64) Hello Sandstorm, I sent an entry earlier this week using the link in the Sandstorm; but I suspect you didn't receive it. So here it is again: Kathy Wersen Alder ('64) has moved from California to an adult foster care home in Portland, OR. Kathy has progressive supranuclear palsy, a horrible disease with similarities to Parkinson's disease. There is no treatment and no cure. For more info you may go to: She moved to Portland to be near her sisters Becky Wersen Fletcher ('65) and Linda Wersen Hoffman ('66). She would love to hear from her friends. Kathy doesn't use e-mail. Please send light hearted cards or notes (think Amelie!) to: Kathy Alder [address removed for Kathy's privacy. Send me an email and I'll send you her address. -Maren]. Kathy has a wonderful sense of humor. She might not be able to reply in kind, but I will be sure to let you know that she received your mail. You may also e-mail me at the address below and I will deliver the message. My office is close to Kathy's residence and I have lunch with her on the days I'm not traveling. -John Fletcher ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Greg Alley ('73) Re: Fats Domino That is some good trivia on Fats Domino coming to the roller rink in 1957. The discussion of the bands coming to the rink in the '60s has been rehashed a few times. A fellow younger Bomber who I talk music with all the time went recently to the Richland Roller Rink with another Bomber who has a connection to the place. The room in the back has a wall with lots of signatures on it from some famous or not so famous. It's a storage room with some parts of the walls covered but some still visible where apparently the musicians probably dressed. He took some pictures and you could still see some of the names and some were faded. It included the Animals, Jefferson Airplane, Them (possibly with Van Morrison), Country Joe and the Fish, and others. A lot of names of probable northwest or local bands. Some of those bands still tour today and some never made it. I just remember in the mid '60s I wanted to see Paul Revere and the Raiders there and I couldn't go. I still love music and go to concerts and buy music and now see how hard some of the old acts toured to make it. They hit about every small town in America then. -Greg Alley ('73) ~ Its Labor Day weekend and its cooled off a bit. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tommy Dee Thomas (Frederick, OK Bomber) To: Bomber Mascot Page webmaster, Maren Re: Bomber Mascot Page I'm not aware if you still bother to read emails concerning your "Bombers" mascot page. However, I would like to inform you that the Frederick [Oklahoma] "Bombers" do have a mascot and have for over 20 years. Your remark about the Bomber Bowl, rubbed me the wrong way. If you would have done thorough research, you would have found out that the mascot is a Bomber airplane vehicle and was adopted by the school around 25 years ago. The Bomber "Bowl" you mentioned is mearly the name given to the Football Stadium. I am aware however of the fact your website hasn't been updated since 2005. Considering this, I felt you needed to know about our mascot. -Tommy Dee Thomas (Frederick, OK Bomber) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/03/06 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Dave Sowden ('62-63WB), Carol Converse ('64) Linda Reining ('64), Betti Avant ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Sowden ('62-63WB) Re: Rock & Roll To: Greg Alley ('73) Re: Fats Domino and other concerts Artist signatures on the wall at the Roller Rink, thats interesting. That wall might be worth some money. I just got a reminder from Larry Aeschliman ('60) of all the good entertainment at the Kennewick Social Club up in the Highlands. He mentioned Duane Eddy and the Bluewoods. I think I remember Conway Twitty, or was that an impersonator? I also remember being there on a few occasions but I dont remember the names of the bands. Anyone want to throw in a memory of an early rock & roller at either place? We would love to hear about it. Also my parents were not real impressed with the reputation of the Social Club, I think I remember one fight between two guys one night; but otherwise, I don't recall any problems when I was there. Was it a bad environment for an impressionable young mind? Of all the woes I have encountered in life I can not associate any of them to the music or the environment of those days. Comment from anyone? -Dave Sowden ('62-63WB) ~ Forest City, North Carolina; where it has cooled off considerably and the rain has returned, in part due to the recent hurricane further east. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) To: Jamie Worley ('64) Ok, Jamie, where did you come up with the "Magic Class of 64"? I like it though. I remember the surveying company over in Kennewick. My ex-father-in-law had several dealings with your grandfather. Seems that I met him once also. -Carol Converse Maurer (Baby Boomer Class of '64) ~ The fog is back in good old Eureka. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of 64) Re: Kathy Wersen Alder('64) was saddened to learn of Kathy's illness. I remember Kathy from steno in Mrs. Burns' class, our Senior year. she was a neat gal and always had a smile on her face and willing to help everyone, no matter how trivial the task seemed to be. we didn't "run" in the same circles, but it is so sad to think that a devastating illness is "robbing" another classmate of their independence. I walk with a cane, and sometimes use a motorized scooter, due to arthritis in my hip, but at least I am still able to have my independence--can't imagine having to be "robbed" of so much at our young ages. just not fair! John (Fletcher, class of 64), I am not sure that Kathy would remember me, but please let her know that I remember her and wish her the best. -Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of 64)......the heat is still "alive and well" in Bakersfield, CA!!!!!! I am MORE than ready for Winter!!!!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: High School Football Well, I really know it's September. Friday night they cut from the 9th inning of the Seattle Mariner baseball game on the radio to the local high school football pregame report. School doesn't even start until the 6th, but football season got into full swing across the state last night. From what the sports' guy on the radio said on Thursday the preseason #1 in 4-A is Pasco. Have they opened their new high school yet? (Second comment, a few hours after my previous post.) The local FSN station was covering the Texas game and the sideline reporter showed viewers a couple of interesting "gadgets". One was a pill that all the players took before the game that has some kind of sensor in it so they can monitor the players' body temperature. Another was like the "cool suits" racecar drivers wear. They wear a special shirt under their jersey that has several connections built into it. While on the sidelines they can attach hoses to them and circulate a cooling agent through them. It's better than having "overheated" ball players where it's too hot to be playing football. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where it's supposed to be close to 90 for a couple of days (ugh!) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/04/06 ~ LABOR DAY Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Mike Clowes ('54), Dale Ennor ('59) Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Richard Johnson ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ray Kelly ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rick Southam ('80) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: The "Last Dance" Department The following are not the absolute final figures, but are the last to be presented before next weekend (I'm sure there are better things to read). Class of '45 - 2 Class of '46 - 2 Class of '47 - 4 Class of '48 - 1 Class of '49 - 8 Class of '50 - 3 Class of '51 - 28 Class of '52 - 21 Class of '53 - 16 Class of '54 - 26 Class of '55 - 11 Class of '56 - 106 Class of '57 - 15 Class of '58 - 13 Class of '59 - 15 Class of '60 - 19 Class of '61 - 39 Class of '62 - 6 Class of '63 - 1 Class of '64 - 4 Class of '65 - 0 Class of '66 - 2 Class of '74 - 1 A reminder to those who go to the Club 40 web page hoping to see their names: that list (as well as these figures) is of those attending the Club-40 evening functions. If you want to know who else is attending your particular reunion, please contact your class's reunion committee as they will have all the names. We thank you for your patience. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ in a cooler than forecast Mount Angel wondering what happened to the other 4 Bombers who submitted to yesterday's Sandstorm. [Now Bob, just this once I decided to count first AND last names to see if you were paying attention. -Richard] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dale Ennor ('59) Re: Rock & Roll To: Dave Sowden ('62-63WB) I, too, remember the magical night of Fats Domino's appearance at the Roller Rink in Richland. Couldn't believe at age 15 I was able to get away with being out until after 1am! I don't know if it was the Kennewick Social Club I attended on a few occasions -- was it in the vicinity and across the street from where the Tri-City Braves played semi-pro baseball? If so, I recall seeing the Wailers on one of those nights. -Dale Ennor ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) Re: 60's Nostalgia Site This was sent to me by a friend in Post Falls, Idaho, but it was created by a guy in Yakima. It is REALLY fun! Turn up your speakers, and enjoy. (Use the stop button in the middle of the three buttons, lower left hand corner of the page, if it's going too fast for you to read and savor. Click it again when you are ready to re-start.) Enjoy, all you who remember the 60's -- or wish you did. :-) -Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) ~ Haven Farm, 18 miles east of Lewiston ~ Lovely day so far (noon), but is supposed to get up to 102 ... again. Ugh. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/05/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers and 1 NAB sent stuff: Wally Erickson ('53), Marilyn Swan ('63) Roy Ballard ('63), Bill Wanamaker (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carolyn Halstead ('61WB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeanie Hutchins ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) Re: Back to school in the '50s! Thinking back what we took with us the first week of school. Usually the first day the teachers had a list of items for us to bring. The basic items for grade school then was the "3 ring binder" with large rule paper, ruler, pencils, pink eraser; I'm sure I've left something out. It was very simple then. Remember pictures of President Washington and Lincoln in each classroom with an American flag? I can still see the alphabet near the ceiling of each classroom. We had "blackboards" then; we saw the first green boards at Carmichael. Our Mom wrapped the sandwiches in wax paper with a small used jar for fruit; put into a brown paper bag. Now parents can buy Oscar Meyer "lunchables" at the grocery store. Now you see some parents taking their kids to the electronic stores for I-pods, calculators, computers, or what ever. And that doesn't even include their own cell phone. How things have changed. -Wally Erickson ('53) ~ South of Coeur D'Alene where it's finally cooling down in the evenings. My favorite time of the year. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) To: Dave Sowden ('62wb & '63wb) I remember seeing Fats Domino back in the late '50s or early '60s, but I always thought it was at the Social Club in Kennewick. Maybe it was at the Roller Rink. But I do remember it being a good show. My friends & I went to a lot of dances at the Social Club & we had a good friend, Pam Fleming, that had moved from Richland to Pasco in our sophomore year. She introduced us to a lot of the kids from Pasco, so we got to know a lot of the kids that went there & we had great times!! I think probably our greatest thrill as "teeny boppers" was getting to meet the Fleetwoods of "Mr. Blue" fame. The girls from the group were standing behind the bar/fountain area & we started talking to them & talked them into getting Dave Troxel, their male singer to come out & talk to us & sign autographs!! At that time, we all loved their music & what a thrill that was for us. If I remember correctly they were from Tacoma & I still love their music today!! And that's my 2 cents worth. -Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) ~ much younger sister of that old guy, Pappy Swan ('59). He's even taking me to Club 40 , so I can sit by myself!! (Still only one from '63.) I have to be nice to him though as I am their house guest for another week. I am enjoying sitting in my lawn chair watching him work around his yard. It's good for the soul!! And I have seen NO elves!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roy Ballard ('63) Re: Fun I'm reminded of all the good times that had at Zip's. There was the time that Lew Lloyd tried to circle the food parking area that we all tooled when we were looking for friends. Well, not to get off the track Lew was (from what I've been told) going to try and go all the way around the tooling area at 60 MPH. Well Arlene's Flower Shop got in the way and he plowed that cherry '56 Ford into the side of the shop and took off, what a night. And the night that Ron Hansen jumped into that jacked up '57 Chev with the straight front axle. He was in one of the food take out parking slots and backed out. Only problem was Louie's nice yellow 'Vette was parked right behind him. I think the cracks went all the way to the back of the car, oh what a night. The night that everyone was looking for Pete, that pretty much emptied Zip's when someone said they had seen him. Great times from Richland Hi. What has happened to the things that we had, now the kids have to go out in the desert, they can't hang out at the drive ins. No more drive ins, no more good Zip's drive ins, A&W is gone, but I did have great times at Richland Hi. Now the school district.. Oh well no sense in getting into that subject. Remember the good times. There are still a lot of them, now in our older years. -Roy Ballard ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Wanamaker (NAB?) My name is Bill Wanamaker. I lived at 6708 West Argent Road in Pasco, WA from 1950 to 1962. I noted an entry from Judy Foley Cross ('73) about Bernie Pigg (his wife was Lois) who had a boat car. I have pictures of it! I don't know how to get in touch with Ms. Foley but would like to share info with her. Can you please give her my info? Thank you, Bill (brothers are Dave and Tony Wanamaker) -Bill Wanamaker (NAB?) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/06/06 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Bill Witherup ('53), Bill Berlin ('56) Tom Verellen ('60), Richard Anderson ('60) Patti Jones ('60), Jamie Worley ('64) Linda Reining ('64), Pam Ehinger ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vernon "Bud" Van Dusen ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Thomas C. Hann ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janell Johns ('71) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: John Heffner ('66) & Melanie Dukes ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Witherup ('53) The Seattle Times Sunday edition, September 3, 2006, has a book review in the entertainment section {see Book Buzz} of AMERICAN WORKING-CLASS LITERATURE: AN ANTHOLOGY, edited by Nicolas Coles and Janet Zandy, Oxford University Press, and especial mention in the review is of my essay "Mother Witherup's Top Secret Cherry Pie". -Bill Witherup ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) My good friend Dave Priebe, DDS ('57) sent this to me, probably to dig me a bit on our Col-Hi Class of 1956's 50th reunion. Anybody remember their parents or relatives saying things like this? -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ in Anacortes WA where my gas tank is full of supreme and my head full of Bomber memories and vectored for Club-40 and the 1956 50th reunion. Comments made in the year 1956: "I'll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way ...." [Sadly, the wet blanket people at have applied the NFL (No Fun League) treatment to the quote. Visit to see the remainder of the citation. Boy, you'd think the Snopes folks would have some sort of sense of humor. -Richard] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) Wally [Erickson ('53)], you forgot your Big Chief tablet. The Fleetwoods were from Olympia; Fleetwood was the name of the telephone exchange back then. Too bad even the oldies stations around here don't play late 50's or even early 60's except a few hits once in a while. It's a sadder world for it. -Tom Verellen ('60) ~ almost autumn near Lacey **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard Anderson ('60) Re: Club-40 attendance cancellation Well, yesterday I was sitting in the Torbett McDonalds having coffee with Bomber dads Carl Frick and Lloyd Chalcraft (a typical day) when Bob Frick ('60) joined us. Shortly afterwards, who was to join us? Bomber dad Loris Brinkman and son George ('60) and his wife Betty Neal Brinkman ('62). The boys, George and Bob, regaled themselves with lies about their days on the Bomber hoops teams of 1958-1960 (both were fair-dinkum players) while the Bomber dads set out to tell their own stories. Anyway, it came out that while George and Betty had signed up for this year's Club-40 activities, more pressing matters presented themselves: it is Loris's 95th birthday and he wants to go fishing at Twin Lakes -- starting Friday -- so it is off to Twin Lakes that Clan Brinkman goes. George and Betty send their regrets. -Richard Anderson ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jamie Worley Hills (The Magic Class of '64) To: Dave Sowden ('62wb & '63wb) Re: Kennewick Social Club I don't know if it was called the Kennewick Social Club, but I do remember exactly where you are talking about. What a wonderful place. I didn't see Fats Domino, but I did see Bobby Vee. I've been in love ever since! (The nights have a thousand eyes, and a thousand eyes ....) I can remember going there so many times with my friend Carole Longston ('63) and several of her friends. It was nice of her to include me since I was the youngest in the bunch, being a part of the Class of '64. Carole and I lived just a few houses apart; she on Harrington Road and I lived on the lower ditch road. That was when there was Zip's Drive Inn, the Flumes, floating down the Yakima River, and the irrigation ditch. The Bootery was the other shoe store that had x-rays for shoes. It was right across the alley from Robinson's, facing GW Way. I'm surprised we all don't glow in the dark. I think one of my favorite memories is of Holly Anderson and me floating down the Yakima River. Thinking we would not be spotted we confiscated my little brother's 6-foot rubber dinghy, filled it to the brim with food, extra clothes, soft drinks, mirrors, towels, lipstick, you name it, we had it. Now this dinghy was meant to hold one small little boy and nothing more than a 20- pound dog. Between my house and Twin Bridges there was only one deep spot in the Yakima and we were in it when Holly saw several guys from our class (last names seem to me, at my rather old, old, age to be Reynolds, Bailey, Adrian, Brown, Alberts, and Chapman(?), if I am leaving anyone out please raise your hand). They were standing on the road and again in the one high spot from the road to the river. Not wanting anyone to see us without make-up, our size 6 bathing suits since we were sooooo fat (I'd die for that suit and body today), and our messy hair, we promptly sank the boat. Boy did we look fine then. We lost everything except the boat and the two of us. I think we would rather have lost the two of us. Someone wrote in several months ago and said she thought those of us who lived in Richland in the 50's and the 60's had all the fun. Well, you can have fun anywhere but those of us who had the privilege of living in Richland right after the War through the 60's did indeed live in a very special time and place. Although we didn't realize it at the time, we lived in a town that will never be duplicated again. It was a marvelous little city in which to be raised. Uptown must have been one of the very first malls -- ever. Remember the Friday night movies, the licorice seat, and always the Spudnut Shop afterwards? When I look at Richland now I realize that the town that I grew up in and the town I loved is gone. It was an historic place and I wonder why it has been bulldozed down and let go. Were the grade schools so bad that they had to completely razed? They would have made wonderful apartments, or condos, or places for small shops, or many, many other things. Granted, we can build better and larger homes today. But, for us, our alphabet homes were everything. I thought everyone everywhere had alphabet homes. We all had good back yards, we all had grocery stores, drug stores, and a gas station in our neighborhood. Our Jr. High Schools carried so many wonderful memories. Chief Jo against Carmichael. Carmichael was the best three years of my life. At Carmichael I had the best teacher I have ever had, including college. Her name was Nina Johnson. She could have taught algebra to my dog. Unfortunately, my sophomore year was the year for geometry. My teacher might have been able to do every geometry problem on the face of the earth, but she could not have taught my dog to sit. The real difference between teaching and doing. The most special thing about Richland is that if you didn't meet someone in grade school or junior high you always met them in high school. You got to know everyone at one time or another. It may be Richland High now but it will always be Col- Hi for many of us. It's too bad we had to be teenagers to go there. I like the movie "Peggy Sue Got Married" and have great fantasies while I'm watching. To: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) I've always called the Class of '64 the "Magic Class of '64". Magic is one of my favorite words. It just came from me. If I remember correctly, I think we used it at our last reunion. The Class of '64 will always be magic. I am ever to thankful that I was part of this incredible group of friends. I'm also very glad you met my grandfather. He was a special kind of guy. What kind of work did your father in-law do that he would have met Pop? My best to all, -Jamie Worley Hills (The Magic Class of '64) ~ Seattle ~ another drop-dead beautiful day in the Northwest. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of 64) re:back to school in the 50's I remember taking the 3-ring binder, but I also remember the large pencils for those in the "lower" elementary grades(they were fat and had a huge eraser on the end); also remember the "Indian" tablets---had a picture of an Indian chief on the front(think we had to use these til we were in 3rd grade); scissors that were blunt--couldn't be pointed/sharp; ruler; the big, pink eraser; also remember when we got into junior high and we had to have a protractor and a compass(when I first saw that on the list, I thought they meant an actual compass, which I couldn't figure why I'd need one of those for Math class........*grin*); first time we were allowed to buy "college-rule paper"; and we were allowed to use ink pens with the disposable cartridges--think they were made by PaperMate--- my favorite color was turquoise and we are actually allowed to use it! *grin* also remember the pictures of Presidents Washington and Lincoln(are they allowed to do that, now?)and the written alphabet above the blackboard(my youngest daughter is a second grade teacher and she has the alphabet above her "blackboards", too, but now, they are "white boards"-- blackboards cause too much dust--not sure which is worse, the dust from the chalk or the smell of those markers they use for those boards!!); also remember the chemical symbols in Science class(they were at the top of the ceiling)---IF you were "smart" enough, you'd look around the room for the chemical symbol during the tests(*grin). also remember saying the "Pledge of Allegiance" each and every morning, before starting class--we would stand at our desks, with our hands over our hearts, and recite the pledge. I think the innercom would be turned on, and the principal would announce that the pledge was going to be cited. remember the "PeeChee" with the multiplication tables on the inside cover? if it hadn't been for that chart, am sure I would never have remembered my "times tables". *grin* re:what has happened to things we had I have fun memories from Zip's, too. also A&W---we have an A&W here in Bakersfield, but it isn't the same----it is in connection with another fast food restaurant---no carhops, just a drive-through, but they STILL make the BEST rootbeer floats! we do have a Sonic, and when they first opened, the girls came out to your cars on rollerskates, but they don't do that anymore----too many spills and falls, so now, they just walk to your car with the tray and hook it onto the window---just not the same! I miss all the things from my teen years and really believe that my kids and grandkids are missing out on a lot, but no way to turn back the hands of time, so just have to keep my memories alive and bore them with all the tales of my youth! *grin* do have "one, bright spot", though----my 12-year old granddaughter LOVES "American Graffiti" and "Grease" and wishes she "had been there, done that". *grin* Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of 64)......still having triple digits in Bakersfield, CA!!!!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Re: Jerry Coffee [Pam, I found a "Jerry W. Coffee ('66)" who posted to the Sandstorm back on September 7, 1998. Is this whom you have in mind? -Richard] Last I heard from Jerry, he was in Texas. Was wondering if he's out there in Bomber Land! Jerry, give me a holler if you're still out and about! Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/07/06 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Wally Erickson ('53), Bill Witherup ('53) Betty Neal ('62), Carol Converse ('64) Deedee Willox ('64), Mike Sams ('65) Jeff Michael ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lisa Peterson ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) Re: I should have said "back to school in the 40's"; instead of the 50's! Maybe that's why I don't remember the "Big Chief" tablet?? I do remember the "Pee Chee's" in high school. I'm not sure about our desks in grade school ... didn't they have holes in the top of the desk for the "ink bottle"; or am I thinking about another grade school earlier somewhere else? Playing tag on the "monkey bars" during recess and lunch was fun? I don't remember washing my hands afterwards. I liked Jack London books; he wrote great animal stories making you feel you were there. -Wally Erickson ('53) ~ There's lots of smoke (pollution) in the air from all the fires in Washington, Montana, and Idaho. The weather's cooling down each day here south of Coeur D'Alene. The lake is getting colder now with the cool evenings. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Witherup ('53) As a writer interested in the labor movement, I would like to read entries from those who came back and worked at Hanford, in whatever capacity, and what some of their experiences were, either pro or con, with whichever craft union one might have belonged to. As most of you know who were in Richland in the early days, we children were not privy to what our parents did at Hanford. My first union job was during the summer of 1953 when my father got me a job with the Laborers and Hodcarriers union (which still exists in Pasco). Sometimes I help to teach a course in Labor Heritage at the Laborers and Employers Training Center in Kingston, Washington, and there are usually laborers from the Pasco local, or from the Spokane local. The experience of having grown up in Richland and/or Pasco and Kennewick, also included the facts that our parents who worked at Hanford belonged to the craft unions, unless they were in management. Thus our standard of living was pretty good. I would guess that the children of merchants and postal employees also had parents who earned a decent living. By the way, the little review in Seattle Times of AMERICAN WORKING-CLASS LITERATURE, which includes an essay of mine, misconstrues a little bit my relationship with my father. I loved my father (and mother) very much as can be shown if you were to read the obituary poem to my father in "Down Wind, Down River: New and Selected Poems", which I had with me at the 50th reunion in 2003. Cordially to all, -Bill Witherup ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Neal Brinkman ('62) Re: Twin Lakes Fishing Trip Richard, you had to rub it in, didn't ya, that I'm female and this fishing trip to Twin Lakes is a male trip only. Carl Taylor ('60) along with George will take Brink fishing for his 95th birthday. I will be attending Club-40 alone. But I know I'll meet up with fellow classmate John Adkins, and he always has a kind word for me. Nice to talk to you on Tuesday. -Betty Neal Brinkman ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) To: Bill Berlin ('56) Thanks for letting us in on the "Comments made in 56". And thanks to you, Richard, for giving us the address so that we could finish up. I read the whole article that Snopes put out and found it funny. Boy, they are surely "wet blankets", lol. -Carol Converse Maurer (Baby Boomer Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA., where winter is settling in. [And, a few minutes later]: Another addition- To: Jamie Worley Hills ('64) Now that you mentioned it, I do seem to remember that our last class reunion was the "Magic Class". I think I like that better than "Baby Boomer". I enjoyed reading all that you said in the 9/6 Sandstorm. Soooo very true. The 50s and 60s were such special times for us and very unique at the time. I, too, wish that they didn't have to tear down all the old buildings that hold so many memories to us. Here, in Eureka, they try to save all the old homes and commercial buildings. There was a time back 20 years ago, I guess, that they did tear down, but the people stood up to be heard. The City Fathers listened. I guess some cities don't listen. My ex-father-in-law worked for the City of Richland for many years. That's how your dad and he knew each other I think. I could be wrong though. -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) To: Jamie Worley Hills (The Magic Class of '64) Re: Teachers I agree. Nina Johnson was the best teacher I ever had. I wept over math, but flew through algebra. Thank you Mrs. Johnson. I loved her and loved algebra. -Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) ~ Burbank, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Sams ('65) Re: Obituary My brother, John T Sams, passed away Monday evening, Sept 4th. He would have graduated as a Bomber, Class of '71, but the family moved to Spokane during his high school years. He fought a short 8-week battle with a very aggressive form of cancer. His last weeks were spent at home with his family and they will all celebrate his life with his friends this Saturday with a wake that he personally prepared. Everyone is invited to come to his home at 1623 Alder in Richland from 11:00am to 3:00pm (and probably longer) to sip his favorite Scotch and tell stories and look at pictures of his life. Please dress as he always did (backyard casual) and bring a friend. -Mike Sams ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeff Michael ('65) Re: Passing Trains Hey there Bombers and Bomberettes ... Looks like I will just miss the Club-40 events and the All Bomber luncheon this Saturday. I'm scheduled to meet with Bill Berlin for some coffee Saturday AM, but might have to cancel (dang it, Bill). I was going to head south after our visit. But now, I've been called to shoot video Sat, Sun, and Mon. Don't know the time or place (somewhere in Richland) yet, but the subject is fun. As you guys know, I sometimes shoot depositions for the record. This time, it is a practice deposition. We'll shoot, play back, shoot again for three days. Could be fun. Now, we expect to head south Tuesday AM. I hope y'all have a great Club-40 and a explosive Bomber luncheon. Meanwhile, I still struggle with a pond in the back yard that doesn't want to hold water! Dang!! I thought this would be easy. I mean, if Pappy Swan can have a pond by accident with elves ... well ... I'll keep working at it. Hope to see you in late October when I'm back in town for a week or so. dj jeff Michael (Leading edge class of '65, flawless hold-outs on Club-40 ... a whole class in denial!). -Jeff Michael ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/08/06 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Sandra Witherup ('59), Tom Verellen ('60) Jay Siegel ('61), Tom Hemphill ('62) Donna Bowers ('63), Rick Valentine ('68) Vic Marshall ('71), Kelvin Soldat ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shirley Armstrong ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Adele Paulsen ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sandra Witherup Hankins ('59) My brother, Bill Witherup ('53), has scheduled a performance on Eugene Debs. Cafe Allegro, Seattle, Washington The Gene Debs Labor Ensemble Presents: Bill Witherup performing "Eugene Debs Speech to the Court" from "American Working-Class Literature: An Anthology", edited by Nicolas Coles and Janet Zandy. Oxford University Press, September 2006. Dennis Otterstetter, a life-long union reformer, will lead a discussion at the end of the program on the "Situation For Labor Today". Other performers to be announced later. The Cafe Allegro is on the alley at 4714 University Way NE Tel: 206.633.3030. Date: September 18, 2006 Time: 7:30-9:30pm Suggested donation $10.00 The Cafe will have coffee, tea, and condiments for sale. For further information on the event go to <>. Thanks! -Sandra Witherup Hankins ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) To: Wally Erickson ('53) I never thought of a Big Chief tablet as being a new fangled writin' and printin' do-hickey. I had assumed that they had been around for years. Red background cover with the profile of a Native American in feather headdress printed in black, newsprint paper pages, wide lines. I can't remember if they had the lines with the dotted centerline as a guide for lower case letters. We kids in the fifties had it easy and didn't even know it. Speaking of such things: does anyone remember using the small hand-held slate/blackboard things that students used to practice writing and ciphering (two of the three "R"s)? I have seen them in movies and in museums but I have no idea when they went out of style. Were they called "laptops" or maybe "blackberries"? Humm. -Tom Verellen ('60) ~ cool mornings and yellow leaves making an appearance around Oly. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jay Siegel ('61) It is with much sadness that I must miss the reunion this weekend. Circumstances dictate this once again. I will be there in thought. Share the experience and enjoy each others company. Clear blue skies and warm, gentle breezes, -Jay Siegel, The Classic Class of 1961 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Hemphill ('62) Re: Visit with Bill Finney ('62) Thanks Bill and Heather for the visit and tour of your home/business, the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast. You have done a great job renovating your beautiful, historic, old home to create your B & B. I highly recommend to anyone who wants to get away from their crowded city life and spend a relaxing couple of days (or more), to plan a trip to Joseph, Oregon and stay at the Bronze Antler B & B with Bill and Heather. You can get all of the information from their web site <>. Thanks again Bill and Heather. We will see you the next time we visit Joseph. -Tom Hemphill ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Bowers Rice (GMC '63) I have an interview Friday to go over the draft sent by ORAU where my father's exposures to cancer were found to be less than 50% of the cause of his death for the Hanford Employee Compensation Fund. I have done a lot of research and reading (over 40-50 yrs. of ICRU/ICRP Journals and several Health Physics journals) on this subject. I am by no means an expert and I have found little if any help from labor unions, the government, or anyone in my search. What I am struck by is the gap between the ICRU physicists that make your measuring devices for documenting radiation exposure and the physicists that use their instruments to measure with. The ICRU people lament the fact over and over again that there are not enough cancer subjects to make sure their instruments measure correctly -- they say that no threshold should be assigned and that LNT does not mimic the current cancer deaths of radiation. I am watching as so many of you are turned down by the DOE for cancer deaths here in Richland and elsewhere -- what a huge group of statistics they are denying (better than the one time drop of the bombs in Japan which is used as the probability basis for the math for deaths caused by radiation AND for which there is an ongoing reevaluation as the deaths increase over time). My father's cancer was skin cancer and of course the deaths in Japan were not many due to skin cancer so they originally gave it a 0 value multiplicand, which was later changed in the 80's to 1, as more and more Japanese succumbed to cancer. Skin cancer can show up 20 years after the fact. My dad died of a hangnail 7 years after he had a moderate + exposure to that thumb. A split in his thumbnail erupted into a crusty, exudative lesion that was found to be amelonotic melanoma (less than 5% cure rate) which spread throughout his body to several organs and bone and he succumbed 1 1/2 years later at age 59 to lung cancer. I don't know too many people that have died of a hang nail. Genetically he should have been long lived, his dad died at 78, his mom at 94, and his brother is still alive at 86. I might also tell you he worked in an area where weapons grade plutonium was separated and he had six over-exposures besides his regular chronic exposure. Using the Monte Carlo method as the basis for the math analysis is just as it is named -- "Russian Roulette" -- for those that died too early. During my reading, I found several things out: 1) dosimeters of the 50's, 60's, and 70's had a limited ability to measure all radiation in all directions causing serious underestimations of exposure; 2) quadratic equations are fine for high energy exposures, but not for low level, chronic exposures; 3) the TIME of exposure is absolutely critical (they only caught the overages of radiation at lunch and at the end of the day so that means if the accident happened one minute after entering the plant that the over-exposure could have lasted for up to 4 hours) which verifies their theory that high radiations treatment to kill cancer does not cause cancer as that radiation is supremely time sensitive; 4) distance is a factor they ignore in worker radiation exposures; 5) in vivo analysis of PU239 has been found to be suspect both because they used no trace isotopes and because when it is deposited in fibrotic tissue it does not clear to other tissues so you would not get high levels in urinalysis; 7) neutron doses were not counted and caught correctly (they use fast neutrons to kill tissue tumors at present) and particularly in my case in the extremities neutron dosimetry was poor -- as of 1991 a 3-level skin dosimeter was recommended -- ours at best was 1-level and caught penetrating radiation only and not all of those due to angulation -- the deaths at Chernobyl taught us that one; 8) the "nuclear soup" that the rods were placed in was extremely highly radioactive and defied analysis from plant to plant as to just what nucleotide was the most damaging (and my dad worked with this). When you are denied compensation it is usually due to not enough whole body radiation BUT cancer mutagenisis is on a cellular level so why are we letting these people turn us down due to poorly based mathematics and incomplete radiation analysis? I would appreciate any comment prior to my call on Friday morning and I keep wondering when the government is truly going to stand up for its people. For any of you who are going through this analysis for their parents, you can no longer read the ICRU Journal online, you have to be a physicist member, but reading through the years is absolutely fascinating. -Donna Bowers Rice (GMC '63) ~ from St. Louis, where it is so nice and I am so glad the hot,sticky summer is gone. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Valentine ('68) During a recent trip to Richland, I had the chance to do some basement scrounging at a fellow Bomber's parent's house. (I love basement scrounging.) One of the fun things I found were four old dial telephones with WHitehall numbers. Hope these pictures bring back memories of growing up in Richland. <> Also had to do the Spudnut shop while I was there; went for Spudnuts and coffee on both Friday and Saturday mornings; the place was packed both mornings; the Spudnuts were as good as I had remembered!!!! -Rick Valentine ('68) ~ visit my homepage at: <> **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic Marshall ('71) Re: John Sams ('71WB-RIP) My dad let me know of John's passing last night. John did not attend RHS -- rather he was a Lewis and Clark (Spokane) graduate. We used to see him at Regionals and kidded each other about the typical high school rivalry stuff. Although he did not attend high school with us, he always considered himself a Richland resident -- maybe not a Bomber -- but he was close enough in my book. We would inevitably call him to come down to our class reunions -- and most of the time he did -- so I nominate John for honorary inclusion in the Bomber Fraternity. We tried to call him on August 10th (last month) to come down to our 35th reunion but we could not reach him. I guess now I know why. I want his family to know that he was remembered and talked about by those of us who knew him just weeks before his untimely passing. I was lucky enough to attend Christ the King with John and live in the same neighborhood. We spent many hours (like most Richland kids) playing basketball and dreaming of growing up to play for Dawald. His dad built the boys (Mike, Chuck, and Dick) a great basketball court in the backyard and it sure got a workout through the years. One of the unique aspects of Richland back in the 60's and 70's had to be the preponderance of GREAT backyard courts -- most were half court or bigger and complete with striping and great backboards. I can count five in my extended neighborhood we played on a regular basis. I also got to play with John on our first foray into organized baseball -- Richland City League. We played for the Amber Chiefs. I don't remember that we won many games but we sure had a heck of a lot of fun. We went on to play little league together, as well as Christ the King sports (touch football, basketball, and baseball). I was never the athlete that John was but we hung together anyway. Childhood friends and memories are some of the most special we get to have and most of my formative years (1-8th grades) were spent with John as one of my best friends. I'm not sure if any of the Sams remember me but I DO remember all of them -- from Mike to Patty. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers during these difficult days. I know John is in a better place --I can't make the memorial but I will down a Scotch or two Saturday night in his honor. By the way -- it was 3 years ago yesterday that we lost one of the nicest guys Richland has ever known Big G (George Dana ('70RIP)). Hope you had a beer for him, Mike (Franco and Hogan both ('70)). Any of my fellow CK classmates that read this -- please send me your e-mail address, so I can keep in touch. Next year will be our 40th year since "graduation" from CK. Maybe we can get together like we did for our 25th. My Bomber Best, -Vic Marshall ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kelvin Soldat ('71) Re: Death of Gary Dennis ('71) Sad news to pass on. Gary Dennis ('71) passed away yesterday (Sept 6). He drowned at Lake Chelan while on vacation with his wife Lori and friends. I had just talked to Gary two weeks ago up in Sequim where he currently lived telling him about the RHS Class of '71 35th reunion. He asked me many questions about who was there and how he wished he could have made it. There will be more to follow but just wanted to let everybody know now. -Kelvin Soldat ('71) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/09/06 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Bill Witherup ('53), George Swan ('59) Helen Cross ('62), Barb Hogan ('72) Teri Hirzel (HHS '76), Marjo Vinther ('77) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bob Clancy ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Erlynn Belliston ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Ann Vosse ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Bazemore ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Witherup ('53) Re: Sept 8th item from Donna Bowers Rice ('63) I have done library research for a clinical psychologist here in Seattle, who was formerly a cytologist, and lived down-river from Hanford at The Dalles. His thyroid went down when he was age 8. He knows as much about the effects of radiation on mammalian biology as anyone. He might be able to explain to you how such cancers as your father had, metastasize. His name is Frederick Wayne Nelson, and his practice is here in Seattle [contact Bill for further information -Richard]. We did together over ten years of research on radiation effects from Hanford, though the literature itself has not been published. -Bill Witherup ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Tom Verellen ('60) Re: Pappy's memories of SHHSBTs Tom, I remember well the "small hand-held slate/blackboard things" (SHHS/BTs). The acronym is pronounced somewhat like a librarian hissing at noisy students. As you described, students used them to practice writing and ciphering (two of the three "R"s). Actually, in my case, it was all three "R"s, 'cause the teacher and I had to be able to read what I had "writ and ciphered" in the little one-room Kansas schoolhouse of my very early years. It is with some sadness and pain that I remember them, though. You see, the small SHHS/BTs were, in their day, "high tech" precursors to today's "Blackberries" and, in the buzz words of those yesterdays, they were simply ... "the berries"! Today, only the students whose parents can afford to provide their kids with laptops and Blackberries have it easy. The rest, having only large cumbersome desktop computers, are at a distinct disadvantage ... like myself in the distant days of my more diminutive decades. The latter "almost" qualify (under today's standards) as members of the select group of students within our and previous generations who had to walk to school, uphill... both ways (in raging blizzards, year-round). I was one of those poor unfortunate souls whose Kansas farm family could not afford to equip me with "The Berries" (an SHHS/BT) so I had to do my writing and ciphering on a coal shovel with a good sturdy "clinker" from the cinders in the shaker box beneath the coal stove. We couldn't afford chalk, so I always got marked down in penmanship because the teacher had great difficulty reading my black letters and numbers on a rusty shovel. By now, if some of you younger Bombers are failing to follow this ... it's OK, it's a generation gap thing. Anyway, there I would be, writing and ciphering my homework on my coal shovel by the light of flickering flames coming from the door of the potbellied stove (by kerosene lamp during more prosperous times). I remember one time when Gramps heard me muttering memorizations of "pi r^" and he said, "Boy, what are they teachin' ya at thet thar school? Any fool knows that pie are round and cornbread are square!" Lugging my daily homework (uphill through the snowdrifts) to school was (by today's expressions) ... "a real bummer" and like "carrying a load". Furthermore, it actually placed a greater financial burden on my parents than those of the SHHS/BT-owning students because we often were required to turn in our homework but not get it back for a few days. So, dad had to buy, beg, or borrow several ... coal shovels. Man, even in the grades, when I had homework in several subjects, I felt like a college student ... carrying a real full load. We probably all, at one time or another, used the excuse, "My dog ate my homework!" It never worked for me. The teacher knew my family and the fact that I had no dog in those days. I always had an excuse though; I could say with some validity that I had to dig my way through the uphill snowdrifts and my homework rubbed off of the shovel. I did, however, have a pet turtle. Turtles don't eat much, but they could conceivably nibble a lot of holes in paper. It was a moot point anyway since I did my homework on shovels. Wait a minute ... I didn't have a pet turtle. It was a pet rooster. My memories delude with the decades. I hated that rooster. I got him as a pet baby chick at a feed store in Wichita when my mom and Aunt Elsie won the Grand Prize singin' "Yippee Ki Yea" on Country Clem's Radio Show. They won 50 baby yellow chicks and the feed store guy threw in a baby black chick for me. Trouble was, that chick grew into a mean and nasty, low- down, ambushin', and back-floggin' rooster. He would lie in wait for me as I wandered about, muttering to myself, in the barnyard. The stork had just arrived with my much younger sister, so I had to play by myself or with the cows and chickens. That dang rooster did not play nice! When I least expected it, he would race across the barnyard, jump up and grab my by the seat of my britches with his feet, and flog the dickens outta me with his wings. I always went runnin' to the farmhouse screamin' bloody murder with the rooster floppin' and crowin'. Did I mention that I hated that rooster?! But, I got even. When I got a little older, I would sneak up and drop Gramp's ol' WW-I "Doughboy" helmet over him. He always looked like a two-legged turtle running around. See, I get my stories confused nowadays. Gramps finally had enough of that ruckus and that rooster went to "hen house heaven" as he was too tough to eat. So, in retrospect, I am in complete sympathy with today's non- laptop/Blackberry-owning students. And, maybe I actually had it easy, shoveling my homework to school. Lugging those desktops to and from school today, must be another full load. Of course, nowadays most of the kids have cars and I was barefoot, and ..., and .... -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA, where there are cool mornings and yellow leaves making an appearance here too, and the Club 40 Reunion is finally here. That means that my time of the year is just about here ... when I spend vast amounts of time afield with me "Darlin' Dog, Darby". **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) I hope everyone has a wonderful time at Club-40 this weekend. I am sorry I can't attend, but the boat is calling my name at the San Juans, and we will be sailing off tomorrow by this time for a week of R&R, I hope!! I have been driving a lot in the state in the past month, and the smoke from the forest fires seems to be everywhere. I just feel like our beautiful Washington is burning up. I keep hearing that these forest fires are under control; hope so. It looks like things are looking up for my MIL. She is finally starting to feel settled in independent living in Wenatchee, and just had another doctor's appointment and, thankfully, she will not need to have any surgery!! And she has finally decided to sell her house with the million dollar view of the Columbia River in Brewster, so things are moving forward. My husband has been guest preaching in Tieton, at the Methodist church, and we will be there on Sundays at least through the end of the month. I am looking forward to the San Juans, but I still am thrilled to go by Vantage, as I do almost weekly as I go down to see my mother in assisted living in Kennewick. In fact, this week I got to see my brother, Roy (65) and his family also, and my 89-year- old uncle Bob and his wife, Louise. And I got to spend time with Elsie Walker again. She is certainly a role-model for all of us in growing older gracefully. Hope to make a Bomber luncheon yet ... before we head back home by the little lake. Off to a week of floating. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barb Hogan Ham ('72) Re: John Sams ('71WB-RIP) To: Vic Marshall ('71) Hey Vic, That was a nice piece about John Sams. He was a really neat guy. All of the family were. They were good friends of ours from the neighborhood and school. I knew John since he was only a year older than me. Dick was a friend of my brother Mike and our whole family. We had one of those basketball courts. It's funny how many of us CK kids still feel the passing of one of our friends so deeply. John worked with my sister Shannon and he was one of the nicest and politest people that I knew. May his family always know that he is in our thoughts and prayers and know that he is playing ball with some of the kids from the neighborhood right now. Also he's up there with his dad, mom; and my dad, Danny, and some real cool other people. Take care and God Bless. Hi Mike and Mary, My thoughts and prayers go out for you and your family. I sent a card to Dick, but it's for the whole family. Mary and Patty, Chuck, and extended families. I'm thinking about you and hope you all know he's doing okay now and hoping you have the strength to carry on his legacy. I can't be at the memorial because I have to go to Spokane to see Danny's cousins, or I would be there. Take care and just think what a neat group of people came from our neighborhood.. There must of been about 60 kids at least in just our little corner of the world. Great Days and Memories we will always carry in our hearts. Love ya, -Barb Hogan Ham ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Teri Hirzel Kessie (HHS '76) Re: RHS DECA Bomber Cookbook My name is Teri Kessie and my mom is Dorothy Stamper McGhan, Class of 1954. She is out of town so I am writing this for her. The Richland High School DECA is creating a Bomber Cookbook and would like to include recipes from alumni. If you have a recipe (or two) they could print, please e-mail them to <>. They would like to start production soon in order to sell for Christmas gifts. All recipes received by September 15 will be included in the book. Please include your name (including maiden name if appropriate), the year you graduated, and any fun story about the recipe. Thank you for your support. They will post information about purchasing the book when it is complete. -Teri Hirzel Kessie (HHS '76) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marjo Vinther Burt ('77) Re: Sept 8th item from Donna Bowers Rice ('63) [her father's cancer] Donna's story reminded me of something I'd long since forgotten about. I worked at Hanford as a Radiation Monitor for about 3 years, from 1981-84 -- mostly in the 300 Area labs. First of all, let me say that I am NOT suggesting her dad did this! But his story made me wonder about a few of the people I used to work around. I remember that many times I would enter a lab and discover that one of the technicians (an "old-timer" who'd been there for years) had "forgotten" to wear his dosimeter(s) while working in a glovebox or a hood. I'd find his badge (which also held the whole-body dosimeter) hanging on a chair, or swung around to his back, and his finger-ring dosimeters lying on a counter or desk. When I'd confront him about it he'd act like it had been unintentional, and put the dosimeters back on. After reporting him to his and my supervisors, I learned the real reason: he didn't want his true exposure to be recorded because that often meant he'd get pulled from the lab (due to exposure limits that were administratively imposed) for several weeks at a time. The guy told me that he didn't care, because "it takes 30-40 years for that kind of cancer to develop, and I'll be dead by then anyway!" I couldn't believe it! I heard stories of other such technicians who did this as well, but most of the people I worked with were very careful and diligent about wearing the dosimeters. I also remember a younger guy who would purposely expose himself to beams of radiation (when a door or port to a hot cell or glove box was opened) by standing in front of it in a Superman pose. I think he thought it impressed the women (yes! -- your obnoxiously arrogant and ignorant actions are just so enticing to us). We RMs hated working with him, and would routinely report him to supervision. I think he finally got fired. I wonder if any of those techs ever developed cancer ... they KNEW the rules -- and the reason for them - but blatantly ignored them anyway. -Marjo Vinther Burt ('77) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/10/06 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Gloria Adams ('54), Marilynn Working ('54) Tom Verellen ('60), Roy Ballard ('63) Linda Reining ('64), Jeff Michael ('65) Lynn Noble ('72WB), Greg Alley ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Doreen Hallenbeck ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Connie Dean ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Donna Fredette ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janet Devine ('69) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Doug Sansom and Betty Conner ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) We were contacted by the Dept. of Labor about Clarence's cancer. We were asked to begin the process of filing a claim due to his work in the "hot" labs at Hanford. I just wanted to say they have been responsive in a very timely manner. They sent us the forms to complete, called within a week for the phone interview, and we heard from the Seattle office within a week after that requesting additional information. They told me they now have a system set up to deal with these claims and are acting upon them in a timely manner. This is a far cry from those who have filed claims in prior years, only to wait years to hear anything from anyone again. This may lead to absolutely nothing as far as a monetary settlement is concerned but thought I'd let you know they are honestly working on these claims now and not just passing them around or ignoring them. -Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) Re: Club-40 celebration We had a fun night last night at the Club-40 celebration. Even got to dance with my hubby!! Boy, with that big crowd, they are going to have to find a bigger hall to have this in next year. How about the 3 Rivers Convention, Colosseum or TRAC? I know somebody is checking into that possibility. Too bad some of the classes had to sit outside. Hope they didn't run out of food. I didn't hear that they did. Dessert was delicious. Sure missed some of our regulars that couldn't be here. Shirley, hope you won a lot of money!! Millie Finch Gregg is recuperating after knee replacement and is recovering fine. She will be home Sunday, the 10th, and will go directly to Life Care in Kennewick for rehab. Eagle in Richland didn't have a vacancy at this time. Talked to her daughter, Sherry, today with Millie in the background at the hospital in Seattle and they said it is going slow, but with a lot of physical therapy, she will be walking again without the terrible pain she was suffering from before. Look forward to having you back close to home, Millie!! Sure wish that my sister, Zoe Working Fruehan ('56), could have been at her 50th last night!! I talked to a lot of her classmates to see if they remembered her, and a lot of them did. She passed away in 1998, way too soon!! -Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) ~ Pasco, where I am receiving a lot of donated items for a yard sale for the TC Cancer Center Guild next Friday and Saturday and anticipating a LOT of work from the volunteers to make it a big success!! Counting on the weather cooperating, too. The nice middle 80's feels so good!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) To: G "P" Swan ('59) We had always wondered who had dug through all of those snow drifts. Following in your footsteps was the only way all of us ever found our way to school. And now I and many others know who the lucky guy was that had a shovel, and a rooster with a helmet. -Tom Verellen ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roy Ballard ('63) To: Donna Bowers Rice ('63) Re: Hanford and Radiation To start, I'm very sorry for the loss of your father at such an early age. My dad also worked at Hanford and was a radiation monitor for many years; he had the opportunity to go all over the state at times to check radiation levels as compared to those of Hanford's. He had told me many times that the findings that he had were that levels at Hanford were lower over all than those of other levels around the state, a lot from natural causes. He also worked in a lot of very hot spots. (I remember him telling me of the time that he had to go to, I believe, Idaho Falls, that had a reactor blow and help clean up. He also told that in that incident of having to retrieve a body that had been impaled on the ceiling and of how they had to retrieve that person, going through the steps of one guy taking in a ladder and then coming right back out and that he was over his limit when he got out and the steps followed in the retrieval of that person, with all the guys that helped having received their max levels.) My dad knew of all the bad things that could happen in the job that he did, but he chose to do the job anyway, because he like most all of the people that worked at Hanford, thought that it was for the country. My dad also wanted his body donated to Hanford to be studied after his death, by the way my dad died when he was 57. His thoughts were that he was doing his part, probably as was your father. I had worked out at Hanford off and on during my working years as a carpenter, and I felt as my father did, I was proud to do my part, as little as it was. Also, my father-in-law died at an early age from cancer of the liver, he also worked at Hanford for many years. My thoughts are that our parents did what they thought was the thing to do at the time, was it the correct thing had they known after all was said and done, maybe not. I guess that my point is that we can't always go back and try and be compensated. I'm sorry that a lot of our parents passed away earlier than we would have liked, I know that I feel that way, because I miss my dad and father-in- law, but then, life goes on. -Roy Ballard ('63) PS-- I guess that a person has to do what they feel is right, that is why I wrote this little note. Thank You **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of 64) to:George(Pappy)Swan('59) LOVE your stories----I can always count on you to start my day off with a laugh or a tear--this time, I laughed til I WAS crying! your stories are just too funny and you write so descriptively, that I can "see" everything you are writing/talking about! keep 'em coming! by the way, how have the elves been? haven't heard anything about them in a long, long time! re:Bomber cookbook hope this is very successful! would be lots of fun to read recipes from former alumni. Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of 64) cooler temperatures have finally arrived in Bakersfield, CA---only going to be in the 80's for most of the rest of this weekend and into next week. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeff Michael ('65) Hey there Bombers and Bomberettes... Hope y'all that are old enough enjoyed Club-40. I'll make it one of these days. I was in the lobby of the Hampton Inn just Saturday, meeting with Bill Berlin; he qualifies for Club-40. Noticed quite a few old Bombers zoomin' around. Course, they were much older than me, so I didn't know any of them/you. Speaking of Bill Berlin; quite an engaging fellow with a colorful history and present. We had, in my humble opinion, a very pleasant visit over a cup-o-joe. And on the much older than me subject, I really enjoyed Pappy Swan's post Saturday about the old fashioned Blackberries of days gone by. I have never had a Blackberry or a Personal Slate Board for that matter, but in my school days, quite a number of raspberries were cast in my general direction. By the way, Pappy, I think you overlooked giving credit where credit is definitely due ... the boyfriends of those in-betweener girls. You know, the ones who don't carry PSB's (or shovels), but their families can't afford more than an iPod Shuffle. I mean, just think about it ... having to carry TWO desktops, monitors and daisy-wheel printers to and from school, uphill and into the wind (both ways) through inclement weather, etc., well ... you get the picture. No wonder the schools are turning out record breaking sports jocks every year. The kids may not be so hot at WASL, but they can lift twice their body weight in computer peripherals and not lose a beat! Train Whistles ... Now you guys (a non gender-based reference to all you folks) know I don't wax reminiscent very often. I rarely even wax my car and NEVER my legs. And I can't even spell the "R" word. But I've been wanting to post this little tidbit ever since I came back to the Tri-Cities (or did I already?). I grew up on Cedar Ave, just two blocks east of the shelter-belt. West of it is, of course, the By-Pass Highway and a ways farther west is the train tracks. Now that is the item I speak to today. Well ... not exactly the train TRACKS, but more the train WHISTLES. Like, do they ever change those things? I swear, they still go running back and forth every day at the same times as they did when I was a kid. And they sound just the same. Is there some federal ruling by OSHA or somebody that a train whistle must have that same certain frequency and timbre? Does the company that built train whistles in the late fifties own the patent and still control the pitch? Isn't that a monopoly? Or is that a bored game with little pink houses that all look the same (and have alphabet letters for descriptors)? Like ... I sit on my back deck in Pasco and hear the SAME train whistles today that I heard the day I snuck out my bedroom window with my pack of clothes in a blanket to run away from home with Mary Cordella McFall! We used the train whistle to let us know it was time to make our move and head for our Great Escape down the shelter belt. By the way, we got almost to the Yakima River bridge at the "Y" where we had to leave the cover of the verdant undergrowth and forestation and got picked up by one of Richland's finest and toted to the Police Dept. Come to think of it, that siren didn't sound like the ones today. In fact, that was actually a "black and white". Do you hear what I'm sayin'? Like, they don't even have cabooses anymore, but the whistles sound the same!!!! Well, not that they remind me of by-gone times or anything like that. So, where am I going with all this? Just off to San Diego. Maybe I'll see ya in October. I'm doing a wedding up in Leavenworth ... sounds like fun. dj jeff Michael, the Leading Edge Class of '65 ~ enjoying this beautiful fall day with just the hint of fall in the air. And I gotta say, that's a whole lot prettier than the smoke from a distant fire that's been hanging around the past week or two. Blessings to all those folks impacted by the forest fires this summer. -Jeff Michael ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lynn Noble Paden ('72WB) To: Vic Marshall ('71) I sent you an email a week or so ago but didn't hear from you, Vic. Has your email address changed from the one you listed on the alumni page? I was going to send you a photo of Becky's son, Greg. I'm very interested in knowing more about the CK reunion. Is it for Class of '71 only? I stay in touch with Sharen Manolopolous, Remy Neill, Terri Zangar, Vicki Owens, and occasionally Becky Van Kirk, and Barb Hogan. I know that all of them would be interested in reuniting. Keep us posted, please. Also, I vote to include John Sams as an honorary Bomber alumnus. I was given that prestigious status as I graduated from Corvallis High in Oregon. -Lynn Noble Paden ('72WB) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Greg Alley ('73) Re: Frontier Tavern It looks like the Frontier Tavern is history. It's being gutted out and fixed up and the sign says it will be a candy and/or a chocolate store. Last time in there about two years ago it was pretty run down. The ceilings were a mess and the bathrooms horrible. I don`t know how far back that place goes as it is a really old building. No Mike, it was never a Denny`s. I would like first dibs on the old sign that says Frontier Tavern with the covered wagon on it or the sign below that says parking in the rear. -Greg Alley ('73) ~ in cooler Richland where the moon is bright at night and the sunrises and sunsets are pretty colorful, thanks to many forest fires. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/11/06 ~ WE REMEMBER Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dick Avedovech ('56), Larry Mattingly ('60) Sandy Carpenter ('61), Betti Avant ('69) Michael Davis ('74), Shannon Weil ('82) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jan Wingfield ('68WB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John Ingram ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Heidi Davis ('00) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick Avedovech ('56), now known as Diane Renee Avedovech To: the Class of '56 I want to thank everyone for making me feel so welcome to our 50th high school class reunion. Your kindness and willingness to spend time with me helped create the most wonderful reunion experience I have ever felt. I had so much fun, I cant believe it! I feel most indebted to Nola Davey Meichle, Karol Brimhall Smith, Lois Weyerts Harrold, and Carol Kibler Payne Kerlee for encouraging me to come when I had some doubts. This Class of '56 is indeed a group of people who have tremendous class and I feel proud to have been a part of it. To: Mike Van Wyck You did a great job as MC for our program and I very much appreciated the work, planning and the ability to deal with unforeseen glitches so smoothly with your sense of humor. Thank you everyone. -Dick Avedovech ('56), now known as Diane Renee Avedovech **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: J Larry Mattingly ('60) Any Bomber Alums in Louisville, KY? I will be there on vacation visiting relatives and poking around some of the sights. Sept 16 to 25. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sandy Carpenter Lee ('61) I really enjoyed the Club-40 Reunion with all of you, and especially with our Class of '61. It was great! -Sandy Carpenter Lee ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Hey Pappy, I, too, was wondering what the "little ones" have been up to. Since your much younger sister Marilyn didn't see them while she was sunning by the pond I figured they must still be out of town in their little Tomcat?! Speaking of snowdrifts, Richland got its fair share when I was growing up. In the 8th grade it had snowed most of the night. I had to walk from Torbett and Thayer to Chief Jo in thigh-high snow. Of course there were no pants allowed and my snow boots only came about half-way up my lower leg. No one had gotten out and shoveled their walks at that time of morning so I think I was the trailblazer along Torbett and Stevens. Now my mail carrier drives from box to box along a single row at my apartment complex and doesn't even get out of her truck unless she is leaving packages at the office (talk about lazy). -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA ~ where there is a "nip" in the air (45 @ 0700) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Michael Davis ('74) To: Boog Alley ('73) Sorry to hear the Frontier is closing. I think I was only in there one time. That was when Brad Upton had a table set up in the corner trying to sell hair plugs. By the looks of things, I don't think his contract as spokesman was renewed. PS: I think it may have been a Denny's once, Boog. -Michael Davis ('74) ~ [Uh, Mike, I believe the PS is supposed to follow the signature; but, I know you are an education engineer, so, if you put it preceding your signature, it must be right. -Richard] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shannon Weil Lamarche ('82) Re: Any Bombers in Michigan? Well, it looks like we have to move again. We hate leaving Kansas City as it is the closest we'll ever get to Bomberland, but my husband's company (GM) is finally calling us to Detroit (of course!). Any Bombers in the Detroit Metro area who could give advice about neighborhoods, schools, etc. I know the test scores don't tell the whole story. Thanks in advance! -Shannon Weil Lamarche ('82) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/12/06 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Bill Johnson ('61), Bob Grout ('66WB) Michael Davis ('74), Brad Upton ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Baird ('46) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill (AKA Lane) Johnson, "Classic Class of '61" Re: Lions (KHS) convention [reunion?] To the lady that spoke with me on Friday night at Club-40 about doing an oldies show for the Lions convention next March in Kennewick. We never did get to speak on Saturday so if you would contact me directly at <> we can get connected and I will contact you and discuss it with you. Thanks, -Bill (AKA Lane) Johnson, "Classic Class of '61" **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Grout ('66WB) Great avenue in watching the Space Shuttle: <> -Bob Grout ('66WB) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Michael Davis ('74) I may be a day late but it still comes from my heart ....... Happy Birthday to my beautiful niece Heidi Michell Davis Mortensen. I cannot believe you are 24 years old. I can remember when you used to "mess" yourself. I love you very much. Uncle Mike Davis ('74) -Michael Davis ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) I did go into the Frontier once -- and only once -- with Mike Davis ('74)! Remember that night? We were 21 and we vowed to drink in every bar in Richland in one evening (there were about 7 or 8 at the time). We did it and ended the evening at The Bridge in West Richland!!! -Brad Upton ('74) PS-- We ate at Dennys afterward. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/13/06 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Bill Berlin ('56), David Rivers ('65), Greg Alley ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Leon Howard ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cathy Clugston ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Peggy Standefer ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paul Hodson ('05) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steven Adair ('08) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Class of 1956 50th Class Reunion and Club-40 First let me thank profusely all of those who organized, so very well, both events. Seeing so many of my classmates of 50 years (or more) was priceless and we listened to both CD's on our way home. My wife Sandra graduated from Franklin HS in Seattle in 1957, so the music was from her era too. She was so impressed with the turnout for both the Class of '56 and C-40 and the organization that went in to those events. Whilst I touched base with so many people from my class, I missed so really key people ... my cousin Bev Jochen ('52), Gus Keeney, Pappy, Em Dow, to name a few. I was not able to track down Harvey Chapman ('56) because he moves too fast and with a broken foot I was not too mobile. We had to leave early from a couple of events because my foot kept swelling up due to all of my walking and standing activity. I have only been walking a couple of weeks but I wanted to be upright for the Reunion and C-40, but there was a price to pay. Can you believe Carol Brimhall Smith's voice? She was always the thespian in school with more artistic talent in one finger than I had in my whole body. The only instrument I could play was the radio, but I was amazed she is still in such "great voice". Good to see my '56 buddies Bob Roller, Joe Ben Hodges [right?], Vern Huskey, Bernie Qualheim, Bill Hartley, John Irwin and too many to mention and get to meet Jeff Michael ['65] in a semi-business meeting at my hotel on Saturday. I am sure glad I came over and whilst moving back to or living in the Tri-Cities is not my cup of tea, I can see why a lot of you live there or want to come back. Just the same I missed some '56 classmates that I used to hang with ... like, John Cowan, Bob Koger, Bill Weston, Jim Green, Jim Crose, and certainly those that have passed on to the Big Col-Hi in the sky. All in all, it was a very emotional time for me and I greatly appreciated it too. Bomber best, -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ Anacortes, WA ... where the weather is sunny, nights getting colder, but life is better today than it was before I went over to Richland. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Our Future is growing up...are we off the hook yet???? Well here it is....there we were....17 and full of ourselves...we had the answers to all the questions....a year later, Ricky Warford ('65) and I would be sitting on the curb of Mac Hall shaking our heads in horror....we knew nothing were equipped for nothing and were being sent out into the world of the big people....Well the birthday boy is beginning to encounter the same feelings we had back then...his dad and I were buds since we were 15 and have remained so ever since...I've watched him grow and turn into a stand up guy with the same work ethic and determination his dad has....he has always been part of the much so that once when we were having our Sunday sorry 7 breakfast and were told that the birthday boy couldn't eat where we were eating because he was not 21 we all got up and went to another eating establishment....don't tell us one of us is unwelcome.........he went with Roy ('63) to pick up the big bomb which we proudly display at our reunions....he is another generation and he and those with him are our future....soon we will look to him for the answers we thought we had so long ago....Thanks to all the young men and women who carry on our proud heritage as BOMBERS.......Thanks to this young man for being my pal...just like his older brother and his Pop Doc 40..........HAPPY BIRTHDAY STEVEN ADAIR ('08) -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Greg Alley ('73) From: Greg Alley ('73) to Mike Davis ('74) Who is this Michael Davis guy? Is he the real Mike Davis? The respectable man-about-town, decorated teacher, family man, Finley PA announcer, and all around superstar. Or is he the out of control, Brad-bashing, Denny`s-loving, all around comedy central star of the Sandstorm? It's a mystery. -Greg Alley ('73) ~ It's just a warm Tuesday here in Richland where I attended the football game Friday at Fran Rish Stadium where the Bombers won again and are 2-0 for the young season. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/14/06 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ David Mansfield ('59), Jeff DeMeyer ('62) Gary Behymer ('64), Mandy Holmes ('97) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sheila Ramerman ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vicki Owens ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Melissa Holmes ('92) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Mansfield ('59) A big thank you to Patti Jones Ahrens ('60), Vera Smith Robbins ('58), and Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) for hosting last Saturday's Bomber Luncheon over Club-40 weekend. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. The last time I attended this affair was in May. If the group continues to grow, we need to get Patti a "Bomber Bull Horn". I could hardly hear her over the chatter of all the folks, truly a "Bomber Happening". It was a real treat to meet our esteemed Webmaster, Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) at the luncheon. I am so glad you made the trip Maren. I do apologize Patti, I checked and I have been remiss in my emailings. However, nothing has been going on here in Eugene Towne. The fall "slug races" are about to start here in Eugene, so there should be some newsworthy items to pass on to you shortly. -David Mansfield ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeff DeMeyer ('62) Re: Lost Classmates (Class of '62) Hello, My name is Jeff DeMeyer.I am looking for our lost classmates from Richland High School year of 1962; also I need anybody that moves to e-mail me their new addresses and all other pertinent info to <>. Herbert Blevins, Carol Buchanna, Doug Burns, Sid Cowin, Keith Curtis, Barry Dahl, Richard Dean, Carol Desoto Taylor, Ron Dykes, Ken Elliot, Roger Farber, Margaret Gibson Tucker, Patricia Hahn, Clark Hall, Linda Hanson Toth, To0m Harmon, Faye Heneghen Dukes, Richard Henderson, Joyce Herbel Loland, Mike Holcomb, Cecil Howard, Gearld Hooper, Lesie Lang Dalton, Freddie Lenhart, Richard Lloyd, Doug Lukins, Mike Mageehon (Now Knowen As Quinton Jessop), Phil Maxfield, Patty McCue Hutchinson, Bill Maxwell, Ben Miles, Paul Petersen, Carole Petterswon Graham, Babette Petty Nelson, Kleo Pomeroy, Steve Schell, Rod Shanks, Chuck Smith, Margaret Smith, Bill Stainken, Suzanna Tabbert, Llyod Taylor, Sue Tomlinison Yount, Laurel Vlacil Murry, Walter Webb, Linda Whitakerr, Dave Wilson, Sharon Workman Brackensick, Valeree Workman Offerman, Yvonne Wright, Darris Yeager, Jerry Liddell, Melinda Maple, Lana Phifer Donnell, Cathy Wilson, Don Skidmore. Any info is welcome. Thank You, -Jeff DeMeyer ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Take a peek at the two Robley Johnson prints on eBay (;-) ROBLEY JOHNSON Twilight PHOTOGRAPH Manhattan Project ROBLEY JOHNSON Desert Sky PHOTOGRAPH Manhattan Project -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mandy Holmes Taylor ('97) Re: Reunion planning - Class of '97 Hello from Southern California! I hope things are well with everyone. I am -- at least for now -- the main (pretty much only) planner for my 10 year reunion next year. I know, I know, 10 years isn't that much for most of you. Unfortunately, I am not living in the Tri-Cities area and could use some help and/or recommendations for places or vendors or anything that may be useful in planning an event. The tentative dates are mid/late July or early August. Also, is there a contact at RHS that helps with reunions, or are alumni pretty much on their own? I was not in student government, so I have no idea if the class has any money anywhere or really how to get started. Thanks for any suggestions. Feel free to send me an e-mail directly, or if you wish, post to the Sandstorm. Go Bombers! -Mandy Holmes Taylor, Class of '97 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/15/06 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff and 2 Bomber funeral notices today: Dick McCoy ('45), Darvis Bergam ('57) Deedee Willox ('64), David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Bill & Forrest Goodenow Terry ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy (The Tin Can Class of 1945) Hey gang! Kudos to Robert Carlson, Ann Thompson, Judy Willox, Dona Belt, and all the rest. Super. The Club-40 party was fantastic! It was certainly the largest ever. Being so big, we had a bit too much on Friday night, but heck, that is better than too little. I still claim the best ever was the 1951. In those days we had a hospitality room, and the Class of 1951 cleaned out all our provisions. It was like an alligator in a chicken coop. They have proven to be one of the best classes ever. I had a dance with the wonderful Maren Smyth, a tricky two step, each of us with only one arm, my other with a coke, and Maren's with a camera. She is some hoofer, and I am going to ask for a couple of spots in Dancing with the Stars. -Dick McCoy (The Tin Can Class of 1945) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Darvis Bergam Bobo ('57) What a great '56 and Club-40 reunion last weekend!! Thanks to all who did all the hard work and the planning. It was my first time to attend "Club-40" and it was so fun to see so many classmates from other years. I am looking forward to '57's 50th next year. Hope to see lots of you there, too!! -Darvis Bergam Bobo ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) RE: ALERT I got one of these emails and smelled a rat, not a Bomber. Since I know there is a "knock off" alumni sandstorm that is not our official Alumni Sandstorm, I deleted it immediately. Do yourself a favor and delete anything that you don't recognize. RE: Club-40 On a happier note, we enjoyed Club-40 last weekend. Friday night we were entertained (I was more than entertained -- I was delighted) by a young man who tap danced. Now when I think tap dance, I think Lawrence Welk ... However, this youngster did the cutest routine. I must have taken 5 pics of him dancing. Then a little girl played the shadow while Bill Johnson sand "Me and My Shadow" and it was great. Club-40 had a raffle, but I didn't win anything -- oh, yeah, that's right -- I didn't buy any tickets (they were sold out by the time I got there). Someone said something nasty Friday night and it just stunned a lady from Sacramento. Saturday was the swing band -- so good, and there was a couple who have obviously danced together a very long time. It was a pleasure watching them. My friends Maren Smyth ('63-'64), Jean Armstrong Reynolds ('64), Dena Evans Harr ('64), Larry Holloway ('64), and Barb Eckert Holloway ('61) were there and it was a nice evening together. Maren came all the way from Louisiana, Jean from Arizona, Dena from Oregon; the rest of us live here. I took lots of pics both nights. Maren, I think you should stay another month! -Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) ~ Burbank, WA. Yes, there is a Burbank in Washington. lol At Club-40 a lady asked me where I was from. When I said Burbank, she started telling me where she used to live in California. She was amazed that there was a Burbank in Washington. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Behymer does it again Gary ('64)....that ain't no Project....that's just a picture of sage brush cuz there wasn't nothin' else to shoot at the time. Good grief...passin' off a picture of dust balls as the Manhattan Project and NO I don't need any more Kippy Lou ('62) records ...just in case you were it looks like you got some relative in Ioway hawkin' your stuff now...cleanin' out the ol closet you'll be trying to sell us some yearbook from Barstow class of 52 as a must see must can fool me once son but not...uuuuuuuh...not 28 times.....well maybe 28 times but NOT 32 times! But I must say that Dave Hanthorn ('63) turned me on to some great "Cruizin'" CDs and I owe him bigtime...he mentioned the one from '64 since it featured "KJR Seattle channel 95!" but they have them from 55 thru 69....each featuring a different DJ from a different town...that got me thinkin about the Real Don Steele Who played second fiddle to Lynn Bryson ('57) when we were kids...then moved to Yakima then to Portland, LA and Syndication as "Live from the 60s" one of my favorites of all time.........I have now managed to snag a bunch of the original Live shows from a former DJ in Pasco.... So...No more funny stuff, Gary! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notices >>John T. Sams ('71WB) ~ 4/14/53 - 9/4/06 >>Gary Dennis ('71) ~ 9/18/53 - 9/6/06 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/16/06 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Marie Ruppert ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Suzie Gunderson ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Karen Kleinpeter ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cathy Moore ('80) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) Re: Club-40 Weeknd Lunch '06 Hopefully you will get all 13 pictures. Maren took many more than I did this day. -Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Look for a link to the pictures in tomorow's Sandstorm. -Maren] ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/17/06 Dateline: Gretna, LA - forecast 86 today ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff and one Bronc funeral notice today: Phil Belcher ('51), Terri Royce ('56) David Mansfield ('59), Mary Judd ('60) Sandy Carpenter ('61), Jeanie Hutchins ('62) Maren Smyth ('63 & '64), Pam Hutchinson ('68) Denise Payne ('79wb), Jacob Spencer ('97) TY Reddington ('10) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** FROM THE EDITOR: Many thanks to Richard Anderson ('60) for editing the Alumni Sandstorm while I attended Club 40 festivities in Richland. I was able to relax and enjoy Richland. -Maren BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dena Evans ('64) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Paul Hirst ('63) and Mary Ann Vosse ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Phil Belcher ('51) Re: Interesting information about USPS The USPS provides free Priority Mail shipping supplies for customers sending packages to U.S. military personnel overseas. I found this interesting and thought others might want to avail themselves of this chance. -Phil Belcher ('51) ~ in West Paso where its turning very cool. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Terri Royce Weiner ('56) I -- having been a professional writer-editor -- am just a bit burned that my overly long bio in the 50th reunion booklet was edited so thoroughly that it (a) didn't made sense any more and (b) totally whacked off my mention of having gone back the UW for a certificate in poetry- writing a couple of years ago. I don't know, maybe my ramblings about dogs, kids, etc. were more important than the work and dedication (not to mention publication) that I put into going back to school at age 60. I, however, have cut copy all my life and would have liked the chance to have done so this time. The fact that poetry was way at the top of my bio should have been a clue to its importance. In this electronic age, is there a problem in sending back a too-long entry to the writer for thoughtful editing? Giving a word-count in instructions would have helped, as well. This, of course, is not to detract from all the hard work the committee put into the reunion. It's a huge undertaking and I applaud those who gave it their time and energy. -Terri Royce Weiner ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Mansfield ('59) To: Joan Eckert Sullens ('51) Joan, please send me an e mail. The old email address I have for you is not current. I tried looking you up on the Club 40 attendees list but I couldn't find your name. It was good visiting with you and Mel outside the Spudnut Shop on Saturday morning. I told Nonie that I ran into the two of you and she asked me what Elderhostel trips you have been on recently. If you told me, I claim another senior moment, because I can't remember what you said. So, help me out here or I will not be able to get another "week end pass" out of Eugene. -David Mansfield ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Judd Hinz ('60) Re: Mrs. Foust Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) invited Mrs. Donna Foust Burroughs, our 4th grade teacher from Spalding Grade School, to join us Friday night at the Club 40 reunion. She is an absolute delight, and looks fabulous. Donna is still living on Sacramento Blvd., right across from the old school. She is pictured here with a few of her former students: Mike McKeown ('60), Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63), Keith St. John ('60), Donna Foust Burroughs, Maren Smyth ('64), Patti Jones Ahrens ('60), Mary Judd Hinz ('60). -Mary Judd Hinz ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sandy Carpenter Lee ('61) Re: Photos of Class of 1961 45th Class Reunion Hope you all enjoy these recent photos taken at the Class of 1961 45th Reunion. It was soooo much fun and we're so glad we attended. Looking forward to many more great reunions with you all. -Sandy Carpenter Lee ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeanie Hutchins Simon ('62) Re: Club 40 Weekend Many thanks to all those who worked so very hard on organizing our very enjoyable Club 40 weekend!! Connecting with childhood and long-time friends was simply great. The older we get, the more we treasure these special times together! -Jeanie Hutchins Simon ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) I've been playing mad "catch up" since I got back to Louisiana. To: Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) Re: ALL Bomber Lunch - West Richland 9/9/06 Got all your pictures from the All Bomber lunch that you sent. I have combined them with those I took and they can be seen at the website. Re: Club 40 - 2006 I want to thank all those who donated to the fund that paid for my plane ticket so I could attend Club 40. I wouldn't have been there but for all of you. I think I had more fun at this one than ever before. To: Burt Pierard ('59) Thanks for the hospitality! I always have fun when I stay at your house!! To: Larry Osterman ('51), LaVerne Osterman Newstrom ('51), and Ronnie McClellan ('56) What an "old neighborhood" trip! Haven't seen Ronnie in about 50 years but recognized him immediately. Had a great visits with Larry and "Vernie", too. See pictures on the website. To: Mrs. Donna FOUST Burroughs See the entry from Mary Judd Hinz ('60) about "Mrs. Foust". I can't believe how much fun it was to see her again since I haven't seen her since I was in 4th grade at Spalding. To: Dick McCoy (Tin Can Class of '45) Thanks for the dance!! Been hoping somebody took a picture for us! Bomber cheers, -Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. From: Pam Hutchinson ('68) Sunday 09/10/2006 12:12:54am COMMENTS: This is a great website. I will retire from the Richland School District this year after 35 years of teaching. Great memories of being a Bomber. Once a Bomber, always a Bomber. -Pam Hutchinson ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Denise Payne Sitler ('79wb) I actually left Richland the summer before my senior year, but because I grew up in Richland I will always consider myself to be part of the class of '79 from Col-Hi. I have a story that I thought some might find amusing. I got married at the very end of my junior year and my husband Bill whisked me away to the east coast in Massachusetts, (it took me years to learn how to say it and spell it,). I entered the local high school in Westfield as a senior. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that Westfield High was called the Bombers!! Their colors are black and red. Westfield is #14 on the list of "other Bombers" I have tried over the years to figure out what their mascot was, but no one seemed to know. But it appears that the B-17 bomber is the mascot, I only found this out when my son joined the wrestling team. I just thought that some might enjoy this story. I miss Richland and I haven't been very good with keeping in contact with people I grew up with. But I do enjoy the stories on the Sandstorm, and it proves to my kids that I'm not making up stories, for instance, Chili and Giant Cinnamon Roll lunch day. They didn't buy the stories though about walking to school in two feet of snow up hill both ways! Thanks for letting me share. -Denise Payne Sitler ('79wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. From: Jacob Spencer Gunter ('97) Sunday 09/03/2006 5:19:21pm COMMENTS: Lived in UT for 4 years, then MI for the last 5 years. I am doing what I stated I would do in my senior yearbook. I have a wonderful wife and baby boy. I look forward to coming home to WA. Talk to you soon. -Jacob Spencer Gunter ('97) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. From: TY Reddington ('10) Tuesday 08/22/2006 5:15:09pm COMMENTS: MOO!!! -TY Reddington ('10) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Mary Weir ('40) ~ 10/25/22 - 7/16/06 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/18/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Patti Jones ('60) Nancy Nelson ('69), Dave Sowden ('62wb & '63wb) Kathy O'Neil ('63), Rick Valentine ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jackie Sheard ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) In the Saturday edition of the Sandstorm I mentioned that my favorite party of Club 40 was 1951. We've been around a long time, but not that long. I was thinking of the Class of 1951. It should have read 1991. Dick McCoy ('45) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) To: All Bombers Re: Club 40 The weekend began with so many familiar faces whom have attended Club 40 before. One of the funs of attending every year. This was the sixth weekend for me since induction of the class of 1960 in the year 2000. Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54), president and Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) get a loud hurrah for their ever present work. Goes for the board and volunteers also. Provides a great place for many who are meeting for the first time in 40 or more years. The original group of Bombers who started Club 40 certainly knew what they were doing 19 years ago. Club 40 is going into their 20th Anniversary. How about some history from our Upper Class Dick McCoy ('45) and Ann Wann Thompson ('49) and whoever helped the beginning of Club 40? You must have been a hoot with all the kick off. So many highlights of the weekend or any Bomber get-together is meeting the Bombers who write into the Sandstorm. More stories. Re: Mrs. Donna Foust Burroughs Maren and I began talking about going to Mrs. Foust's home together to see her all these years during a reunion. Did not happen. Early this summer I sent in pictures of Spalding classes. Again Maren and I began talking about seeing Mrs. Foust again. Decided having her attend Club 40 would be a good thing. Finally I told Maren when I found her address that I would just go to her home and invite her. As written by me earlier in the Sandstorm I did and she accepted. On the corner next door to Mrs. Foust is the ranch house where the Jewelry sign was already in the yard. Home still owned by Mrs. Leonora Jackson. From there spun into Mrs. Jackson and her daughter Mary Jackson Richards ('66) would attend also. Many things transpired with my contact with Mrs. Foust from there. Maren Smyth ('63 and '64), Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) and myself took care of fees (Thanks Jan, you were missed). President of Club 40, Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) introduced her on Friday night. From there was students as you can see by the pictures who had her as a teacher. Very unusual for a teacher to have four students with them at once after all these years. [Look, Patti! There are SIX students in the picture!!! -Maren] Went by to see Mrs. Foust on Tuesday after Club 40. She was still elated. This also was the week of her 78th birthday. Re: All Bomber Lunch - West Richland 9/9/06 What a great time for a luncheon. We had Bombers from as far away as Guelph, Ontario, Canada which was Betty Neal Brinkman ('62). The chatter of all the Bombers probably could have been heard at a distance. When I got up to speak for announcements it took a while to get everyone quiet. From what David Mansfield ('59) said about the bull horn guess they never did quiet down. Usually we do announcements and introductions but with this group they wanted to talk and that is what they did. Attendees: Gloria Falls Evans ('58) and spouse Jim; Mary Rose Tansy ('60) Utah; Glen Rose ('58) - spouse Carol is away taking care of grand children; Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Gretna, LA so glad to have her with us; Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) Utah; George "Pappy" Swan ('59) and spouse Jeanne; Pat Doriss Trimble ('65) and spouse for a short while; Della Bean Ferris; Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) our great photographer whom we appreciate so much for taking pictures and sending them in. Brenda Bean Church ('59) and spouse Doug; Ralph Bean ('58) and spouse Barbara, Spokane; Betty Neal Brinkman ('62) Guelph Toronto, Canada; Bonnie Allen ('59), Neill Creek, WA; David Mansfield ('59) Eugene, OR: Marilyn "Cookie" Baird Singletary ('60); Dave Rhodes ('52) and spouse Alice; Rosalie Geiger Hughes, Boise, ID; Lora Homme Page ('60); Carol Chartrand; Barbara Isakson Rau ('58); Ruth Miles Bruns ('59) and spouse Henry, Goldendale, WA; Fred Klute ('58), John Irl French ('51), Western WA;, Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49), Treasurer of Club 40 from Western WA; Barbara Stokesberry ('60); Jean Williamson Dreher ('49), Moses Lake area; Daryl Johnson ('73) and spouse Deanne, celebrating their first anniversary this week; John Browne, Jr. ('61) Vashon Island, WA; and Vera Smith Robbins ('58). Bombers kept coming so I missed that a lot of you did not put your class year or whether spouse. Tried to put in as many that I knew the year. A Bomber said during the luncheon "we are out growing the place". I believe this is true with the numbers last month and this. We had about fifteen more because of Club 40. Some who normally attend we're off at reunions and so forth. I am excited about the growth and hope it continues every month. JD Diner holds approximately 50 in the room we are in. Also enjoyed introducing my 16 year old cousin who is dating Jamie (small world story). Jamie ('07) is our waiter (excellent waiter who can deal with all of us Bombers) and mother Hanna owns JD diner. Best coffee shop in the area by my opinion. I have gotten to know Breanna Boak ('08) and more of my cousins since returning to the area. Many you wouldn't know they are my cousins because of our last names. Breanna's grandfather is my Uncle Jim Boak which many of you might know from Hanford. His wife and my Aunt are Kay Boak who worked in Uptown Thrifty for about 30 years. I have found many Bombers who know her since I returned. Many cousins from both sides of the family here but most wouldn't know are my cousins because of last names. Re: Marketing class RHS Breanna and Jamie emailed me tonight that the class is still needing many more recipes for their cook book which will be sold by Christmas time. The teacher has given them another week and half to get them in. Let's show the teacher and students what the Bombers can do. You can send the recipes to my email address: waterbird7@msn and I will make sure they get them. -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA - the temperatures have cooled off a bit but fall is in the air. Waiting for the leaves to start dropping off the trees. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nancy Nelson Combs ('69) Re: '65 Class Reunion I was wondering if anyone had a group picture for the Class of '65 that was taken recently at the reunion. My brother, Bob Nelson ('65-RIP), was in that class and it would be great to have pictures of his classmates so I may give it to my parents. As you might remember, Bob was electrocuted while he and 2 friends were gopher hunting on Mother's day in 1969. Memories are still there and never forgotten his friends he had. Hope to be in Richland the weekend of the 22nd. Hope to see some of you. -Nancy Nelson Combs ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Sowden ('62wb & '63wb) Re: Farewell Marine For all you leathernecks out there or anyone interested, here is a tremendous web site giving honor to our fallen Marines. This is not intended to offend any member of any other branch of service for it has been said "All gave some, and Some gave All" This site was very well done by the mother of a Marine in Yakima. Semper Fi and Welcome Home -Dave Sowden ('62wb & '63wb) ~ From the foothills of the Smokies where it is just beginning to feel like fall is on the horizon **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kathy O'Neil Childs ('63) To: Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) and Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Re: Club-40 Weekend Lunch '06 Pictures Thanks so much for sending the pictures of the Club 40 lunch. I loved seeing them. It allows those of us who aren't able to attend to keep in touch through pictures and emails. The pictures were wonderful and worth all your effort! -Kathy O'Neil Childs ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Valentine ('68) Re: More WHithall Thanks to every one who emailed me about the WHitehall phones, the stories were great, thought I would tell a story of my own. I have a dial phone in my living room. A couple of months ago my neighbor's phone was not working, so he came over and used my phone to call the repair service. While he was here his 15 year old son came looking for his dad. After careful scrutiny of the phone from just about every angle he said "That's really cool, how does it work?". To: Both the folks that offered to adopt one of the WHitehall phones The phones were packed and mailed on Friday evening... I appreciate the money you sent for the phones but I returned your checks in the boxes with the phones... the phones are on me... I hope you enjoy them. Does anyone out there in Bomberland know when they quit using WHitehall and started using 94? -Rick Valentine ('68) ~ Spokane, WA - Where the weather has turned unseasonably cool... ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/19/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Mike Clowes ('54), Missy Keeney ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Lonergan ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) To: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Thank you for the kudos, Patti; but you forgot someone who did most of the work despite having to prepare for her class' 45th. So a "tip of the presidential hat" to Judy Willox ('61) for all the time, effort and energy she puts in to helping make the Club 40 weekends possible. And to those of you who couldn't find seats on Friday night, my apologies, but there were more present than had been guessed at. We do know how many have paid to attend; what we don't know is how many will show up at the door. With that in mind, next year the seating arrangements will be different, the round tables will be gone and rectangular ones used. With this arrangement you might even be able to talk to someone across the table and hear them. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ It's raining this morning in Mount Angel, OR but not to worry as Octoberfest ended Sunday. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) Re: Mike Davis ('74) I'm sure Brad Upton ('74) will disagree with me but... sometimes Mike Davis is the only one who gets it. Bomber Hugs, -Missy Keeney ('59) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/20/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Marla Jo Lowman ('55), Larry Mattingly ('60), Judy Willox ('61wb) Jim Hamilton ('63), Susan Baker ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bruce Killand ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marla Jo Lowman Kenitzer ('55) Re: Sending Pictures to the Sandstorm To Maren: After reading the various reactions to the whip-lashing one Bomber got for not following the rules for sending pictures, I want to personally thank you for not hanging me out to dry the first time I sent pictures. As I remember you responded by email to me personally, not via the Alumni Sandstorm, and explained (in decent language) that I needed to send pictures to a different address and that I needed to identify the people. For new users of this forum and even newer users of digital cameras, its easy to make a mistake. So... Thanks Maren for not making me feel like a bumbling fool who couldn't read or follow directions. I know how frustrating it must be to have to repeat instructions, but sometimes new readers aren't aware of the "rules". Re: Club 40 We had a terrific time at the Club 40 affair. We had seats in the overflow area Friday night and still had a great time. The suggestion of rectangle tables is a winner, looking forward to next year already. -Marla Jo Lowman Kenitzer ('55) ~ in the Sunny Sierras **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Small world of Bombers Greetings from Panera Bread company somewhere near Lexington KY... they have free WiFi... Recently working a display for the Alaska State Fair, I was training a new assistant who is really fired up to be a pyrotechnician. I said something about being from Richland and he says oh you must know my mother-in-law, Betty Curd, from class of '60! Sam Amato is one of the most promising trainees in the last 10 years. He will do just fine and we are glad to get him as we expand our operations up there. Whoops they want to close up... More later... "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -Larry Mattingly ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Judy Willox ('61wb) Re: Thank-You's Abound To: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Thank you my Dear President for the wonderful praise you left for me in yesterday's Sandstorm. And thank you for ever being present when I may need help with things, including the "store". I always said that we make one heck of a team, and this years reunion soundly proved that! Other then the usual, "Oh oh, where do I sit?" routine, it all went very well. As you stated, that is always gonna happen unless we have the accurate account by the registrations. Hint, Hint: Register people. It really does help us all. :o) To: Connie Dean O'Neil, Derrith Persons Dean, Marsha Lawell Hathcox, Kaye Ivers, Rita Brackenbush Sevcik (The classy '60's Gals) The biggest heartfelt thanks I can muster up to you gals, for all the help you provided for the "store" that weekend. It is the generous time and help of you all that made my weekend the greatest and allowed me to enjoy my 45th reunion. THANK YOU SO MUCH!! And the Club also thanks you for all the help with the registration desks this year! You are all great! Also my thanks to those of you who volunteered their time and help in the tearing down and loading the trailer Sunday. I know I am going to miss someone here, as my attention was elsewhere it seems. But thank you to Pete Overdahl ('60), Danny and Marjorie Qualheim Haggard ( '57) and Larry ('57) and Dona McCleary Belt ('54) for their help. If I missed anyone, forgive me, as you are no less thanked then those above. And then, thank you to those of you who volunteered their help. Barbara Isakson Rau ('58), Fred Klute ('58) and Barbara Stookesberry Long ('60). And again, if I missed anyone here, you are no less thanked then those mentioned. Finally, thanks to all the committee members of the three classes honored this year; 1951, 1956, and 1961 for their diligence in bringing together their successful reunions and joining the club reunion this year. Class of '56--what a resounding success! Class of '51-- you pulled it off well, and Class of '61--I love ya guys! Shall we start planning for the 50th? ;o) Last, but certainly not least, a big thank you to all the classes this year who had reunions and allowed me to bring the "store" and be a part of them. These were the classes of 1966, 1971, 1976, 1986 and, of course the classes who joined us at the Club 40 Reunion weekend; 1951, 1956 and 1961. A BIG thank you to you all for helping to keep the success of the Club 40 "store" going. Bomber Cheers and Love to All, -Judy Willox (Classic Class of '61) ~ Richland ~ where the weather is cooling fast and Autumn is on it's way. And I love it!! And 'tis the season to "GO BOMBERS"!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) Who ever it was last year that said that Dean Heiling ('63) looked like Kevin Federline should be ashamed of themselves. Our Dean Heiling, who does now have a gotee and a blond wife, is the poster child for perpetual youth, but he doesn't look anything like Kevin Federline. OK, maybe a little if the light is right and you've been locked up in his wine cellar, but he would never wear one of those stupid hats. Happy Birthday [on 9/21] Dean, "You da' Man" The Lovely Miss Nancy and her Boy Toy Jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Susan Baker ('64) This is just a quick note to let my fellow Bombers know that my Dad and I will be living in Gig Harbor, WA. I have taken a job as Office Manager/Real Estate Agent with Vision Realty. The office is located on the Harbor. Dad, Richard C. Baker came to Hanford in 1943. He and my Mom lived in Yakima until 1945 when a house became available for them in Richland at 1511 Mahan. In 1948 we moved to 1738 Davison. Dad built a home at 2044 Hudson in 1961. That house will now be sold. We are moving to be closer to my children and grandchildren. Rich, his wife and 3 of my grandchildren live on the southern end of Key Peninsula. Angela and her family live in Virginia. Dan and his family are in the process this week of moving to Boise, ID. Angela and Dan will now be only a direct flight away. We leave Richland with many memories. This will be a new adventure which we are looking forward to. My number will be in the phone book if you are coming thru Gig Harbor or just email me. -Susan Baker Hoover ('64) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/21/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber WB funeral notice today: Marilyn De Vine ('52), Donni Clark ('63) Roy Ballard ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ann Clatworthy ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Waggoner ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dean Heiling ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn "Em" De Vine ('52) I'll add my vote that Club '40 was great this year... as ALWAYS! It is so nice to see and visit with folks we don't see often. Hey, I even got to dance a couple of times! -Marilyn "Em" De Vine ('52) ~ in much cooler Richland. I've gone so far as to turn off my underground sprinklers, a decision on my part, which, admittedly, may be w-a-a-a-y premature Life is good ~ ! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) Hi Bombers and Bomberettes! Check-in and catching-up as it has been a full summer! One of the highlights was having Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63), Pappy's much younger sister, visit us for a week here at our home and then travel through California stopping at the Sequoias, the Gold Country, Yosemite and the Redwoods. In the Gold country we stopped to see another Bomber from our class, Judy Shibly Cozad ('63), and hubby Jerry (NAB) and had a wonderful visit with them. We not only saw their dream home but stayed in their Captain's Quarters which is like a B&B, were treated to a day in the gold country and the play "Joseph's Amazing Tech. Coat". Then we met up with some other Bombers from our class on the Oregon coast. We had a great time. There is nothing like getting together with Bombers and sharing our childhood memories and laughing till all hours! Bombers are the Best! (Maren, can you fix this. So sorry, don't know how to do that yet, and have been meaning to e-mail you anyway. How much do I owe you, what is your new address and how are you doing since last year. So sorry I am late with all of this but last year was a tough time and I am just now trying to catch up) By the way, my husband and I spent some time looking around the Columbia Gorge area. Can anyone give me some info. or insight to a great place to live around the Portland area and coast in that area. Pros and Cons? Re: Fairs Larry Mattingly ('60) mentioned the Alaskan Fair. Does anyone go to the Benton County Fair anymore? I use to love it when I was at home. I have come to the conclusion as I get older that some things just never cease to amaze me, a few of them are, fireworks, seeing a deer, the smell and scent of a new baby and the Fair! Now there is more of course, I just mentioned a few, but these things just never grow old. Anyway, even though living in L.A. has it's draw-backs, I have to say that the Pamona Fair is one of the best! We had so much fun taking our two new little grandkids to see just the baby animals, eat, go on the rides, eat, go see the honey-bees and pony-rides, eat and get ice cream. That's is all we did. We are going back just for us! Re: School Days My mother use to wake me up every first day of school and sing "School Days, school days, good old golden rule days"! I loved school! I loved getting a new box of colors, although I envied the kids that could afford the big box with all the colors. I remember the first time I walked into Spalding School. There was a lot of wood and it all seemed like it was gleaming and it smelled so good. The rest of my school years were spent at Jason Lee and that was a brand new school. We didn't have the wood and we did have white chalk boards but we had our own auditorium, gym, art room and a music room. Does anyone remember the Standard School Broadcast? Every Thursday morning (correct me if I am wrong) we listened to that. Re: The Kennewick Social Club I went there a few times. The first was for the class of '61 graduation nite. I was going with Ronnie Miller ('61) and his class had their party there. But the most special time there was the night Jimmy Clayton was suppose to be there. Does anyone remember that night? He didn't show up. Got sick, I think. But I had a wonderful time. I changed clothes with Mary Napier ('63) that night. She didn't like her dress, and I loved it. I danced all night and it seemed for us girls in the class of '63 the songs were made just for us that year. We were just 16 and there were so many songs out there like "Happy Birthday Sweet 16", "You're 16, You're Beautiful and You're Mine" etc. etc. etc. Mary gave me the dress! Where is Mary, does anyone know? To: Donna Bowers Rice ('63) and others who have written in their concerns over the Hanford compensations. I would just like to say it would be my guess and some first hand knowledge that many people have received some compensation and choose not to disclose it. First of all it is personal, second, it is somewhat controversial. When we were growing up our parents wanted what went on in the family to stay in the family at least mine did. So there a lot of things that I talk about today that my parents chose to keep quiet about. It is a sad thing for everyone who lost loved ones due to abuses or mistakes made by their work but like Roy said, his father, my father, were doing what they chose to do and knew the dangers or accepted it as what they had to do in life. My father was a patrolmen. I was so proud of him. He always wore a gun (in those days) and I felt so protected. Well I have said enough must get back to gardening and dieting. I'd like to blame Marilyn for the weight gain but she said I couldn't! So for now from the little house in La Mirada where we are having some Indian Summer Day's without the brilliant blue skies. It's is hot! -Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roy Ballard ('63) Maren, Does anyone out there in Bomber land know how the primary process can be changed so that a person can vote for the person that one wants to vote for without having to declare a party affiliation, before a person can cast a primary ballot? I have heard so much grumbling about the process in the state of Washington. -Roy Ballard ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Rocky Manning ('74wb) ~ 1/2/55 - 9/15/06 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/22/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber and 1 Bronc funeral notices today: Betty Bell ('51), Nancy Stull ('59), Sandy Carpenter ('61) Tommy Hemphill ('62), Ron Richards ('63), Gary Behymer ('64) Linda Sargent ('67), Vic Marshall ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy Coppinger ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: JoAnne Bucholz ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bert Hammill ('70WB) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) Thanks to all those that helped with Club 40 - it was a great 2 days, and I look forward to it again next year! -Betty Bell Norton ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nancy Stull Jewell-Knutson ('59) To: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) Wherever you move, keep in mind State Income Taxes. Oregon will tax your pension (if you are fortunate enough to have one) and Washington has no State Income Tax. Yet. If you want to live in the Portland area (with the rain) you might want to consider living in Vancouver, WA. Portland is just a hop, skip and a jump over the river. Paul (Knutson '59) and I love Portland -- Culture, clothes, coffee, good restaurants and no sales tax. -Nancy Stull Jewell (Knutson) (59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sandy Carpenter Lee ('61) To: Roy Ballard ('63) Roy, I don't know you from school, but was in the Class of '61. In answer to your question regarding voting, I too was concerned and almost didn't want to vote in the primary election. I wrote to our County about it and got back this reply: Dear Mrs. Lee; Thank you for taking the time to let us know of your frustration on the pick a party Primary Election system. The purpose of the Primary Election is to nominate candidates for the General election in November. Although candidates are not elected in the Primary, they are voted on to move forward to the General Election. The blanket primary that was enjoyed by this state for so many years was declared unconstitutional by the courts in 2004. The decision by the courts has been appealed and upheld more than once. This is the third primary election Snohomish County has done under this system. Please know that any choice you make on your ballot is secret and private. There is no way for anyone to know how you have voted. You may choose to skip the party section on your ballot and only vote in the non-partisan area. You may also choose not to return your ballot. I appreciate your concerns with the primary election system; I hope I have been able to help answer your concerns. Sincerely, Wendy Mauch Election Supervisor, Snohomish County Auditor's Office I was glad to hear that we will not have this concern in the general elections. It is none of their business, and I don't like having to specify either. It completely takes away our privilege of voting for the individual, rather than the party. Hope this helps. -Sandy Carpenter Lee ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tommy Hemphill ('62) Re: Living near Portland To: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) Donni, you asked about pros and cons of areas to live around Portland, Or. and the Columbia Gorge. We live in Vancouver and love it. We have lived in Oregon, but the tax structure is not good for retirees, because of the high property tax and state income tax. You can get a lot more house and property for your investment in Clark County and it is even better just north in Cowlitz County. You may consider looking at homes in Kalama, which is just a few miles north of Vancouver & Portland and close to Longview & Kelso. Good luck and let us know if you are in the area so we can get together for a visit. -Tommy Hemphill ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ron Richards ('63) Re: Primary Election Re: Roy Ballard ('63) Roy: Primary elections in which one can vote for whomever he or she wishes, regardless of party affiliation, are known as open primaries. They were ruled unconstitutional a couple of years ago. The decision was not totally without merit because primary elections are held so that the various political parties can choose their own candidates. Your time to vote across party lines is in the general election - where it would be wise for you to do so if you want to return this country to a sound footing. -Ron Richards ('63) ~ from Sitka, Alaska, where I am awaiting my wife's arrival for our annual cruise down the Inside Passage to Port Angeles. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Richland historical buildings Johnny Pierce work/owned the Uptown Barber Shop for many years (1951 to ?) ...then I believe his son moved into that shop/job? Is Johnny still alive? How about the shop itself? -Gary Behymer ('64)...located within a block or two of the Codger Pole... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Sargent Evans ('67) To: The 1959 Classmates of Judy Sargent I would like you to know that my sister, Judy, has been valiantly fighting brain cancer for the past year, but sadly it has made a very aggressive return. She does not have long to live and I will be going to Tucson to be with her and her family next Thursday. I am taking notes and letters from friends and family that I will read to her. If any of you would like to send me a funny remembrance or just a short note, please email me by September 27th. I know she will appreciate your kind thoughts. Thank you. -Linda Sargent Evans ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic Marshall ('71) To: Rex Hunt ('53wb) I am continuing to chuckle over heifer dust and I dont really know what the heck heifer dust is. If you find time- I, for one, would like to know a little more about heifer dust. About as close as I ever get would be heifeweisen beer- actually that would make sense- you use the Heifeweisen beer to clean the heifer dust out of your mouth!!! -Vic Marshall ('71) ~ Beverly Hills, MI **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notices >>Charles McElroy ('49) ~ 1/3/32 - 9/11/06 >>Betty McKenzie Fletcher ('42) ~ 2/2/25 - 9/18/06 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/23/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: ShirleyRae Drury ('51), Ed Quigley ('62) Helen Cross (62), Dave Hanthorn ('63) David Rivers ('65), Betti Avant ('69) Vicki Owens ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Hamilton ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: George Zielinski ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve Simpson ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Karen Strand ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Robert Posenauer ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: ShirleyRae Drury Crume ('51) Re: Richland's historic buildings Thank you, Gary Behymer ('64) for the link to Richland's historic houses in the 9-21-06 Alumni Sandstorm. I enjoyed that and the home page which is the website for the East Benton County Historical Society. There are more pictures and stories for the entire area than I could absorb in a sitting. I live only about a mile and half from the museum and have never visited it. Isn't that pitiful! However, I have seen the inside of the 1908 home at 529 Kennewick Avenue, where our friends and co-grandparents of 3 grandchildren live. It is so beautiful! This is the home page link which shows that home among others in Kennewick's historic homes: I used to visit the library at 89 Lee Boulevard, which building dates from 1909. And, of course, The Richland Theater was a favorite place to go for our group of about a dozen girls. The nights at that time were so non-threatening, MaryAnn Burnett Gray ('51) and I sometimes would walk each other home across town. She lived uptown in an "A" house between Symons and Thayer on Johnston, I lived way downtown on Douglass in a "B". Re: Teenage Embarrassment I remember an embarrassing event that resulted when my mother and Mrs. Vera Robinson, our friend and neighbor, mother of Bob Robinson ('51-RIP) hatched a scheme that I would be Bob's first date. We would go to the movies. I guess I was more experienced, although it couldn't have been very. I never dated as I remember until I was a sophomore, so it might have been that year. He was nice, like my brother, and considerably smaller than me. It would have been okay although I felt awkward at the theater with schoolmates looking at us, but our too-interested mothers were worse. Re: The Codger Pole This is an addendum to my earlier-today post. I just opened the other link Gary Behymer ('64) provided in this morning's Alumni Sandstorm. It's just great!! It's a travel log of unusual places and sights throughout the state and it explains what the Codger Pole is that Gary lives near. -ShirleyRae Drury Crume ('51) ~ Remembering, from Kennewick, where it is only 50 at 10am, but promising to get to 71 later. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed Quigley ('62) Re: Primary Elections To: Ron Richards ('63) and the rest who favor the current "style" of the primaries. . . Since this type of primary election seem to be (at least to me!) to keep the power in the hands of the 2 main parties, how 'bout if they pay the cost of the elections, and save us independents from having to pay them? -Ed Quigley ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk (62) I have just learned that Nancy Riggs Lawrence ('51) mother, Lorraine Riggs, passed away this past week in Richland. I have tried to scan former Sandstorms I've missed, but if this hasn't been posted in the Sandstorm, please do so. (Sorry this is all the information I've had, except a service will be held tomorrow at 2pm in CUP church chapel.) I was sad to not be able to visit with Lorraine again after 40 years, but I know she will be welcomed into Heaven by our Lord, who will say "Well Done, Faithful Servant", as she truly lived a life of expressing God's love. She is a wonderful role model to all of us. My condolences to her husband, Larry, and her daughter Nancy of course. -Helen Cross Kirk (62) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [ Tri-City Herald death notice indicates Einan's is handling things. There's nothing at as we go to press. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Hanthorn ('63) Re: Primary Elections -Dave Hanthorn ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Sooooooooo many birthdays!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 9/23/06 Holy Bombers Batman... we gots a ton of birthdays... looks like I slipped up on JoAnne Bucholtz ('65) yesterday the 22nd... sorry kiddo... but HB none the less... today we have an upperclassman wearing his Weejuns... or maybe his wing tips... or his black Converse... he always was so swaaave in his dress and Terry Davis ('65) idolized him... maybe he was wearing Bates floaters (is that the right time frame?????... only thought of them because I ordered an official pair of USMC desert boots (with their own emblem on the heel... when I was in Vietnam we couldn't get ANY boots and certainly not with an emblem on them... anyway, this particular pair is made by Bates... I believe their are two companies that make the official boots... whoooptee doo... ) sooooooooo the other two birthday boys I've known since grade school... one very early and one since 6th grade... the guy since 6th grade is an "official" Sorry 7, which only means he was in the original picture way back when... since some of the Sorry 7 are not Official born-in-Richland types official kinda loses its meaning... but I won't go into that again... the big kid taught me all I know about trolling for sophomores as seniors... he has allowed me to join in on many of the big kids' games (paint my nose red and call me Rudolph)... now if he only looked like Mary Lou Watkins ('63) I would really be jumpin' for joy... but he cool he cool so I'm very happy and privileged to call him a pal... the kid who is since 6th grade is coming to Vegas with a bunch of other Sorry 7s to drive some of my hot rods to a rock-a-billy car show out at the race track the weekend of the 13th... I haven't seen much of the early grade school guy since hi school but I know he's out there being a Bomber with the rest of us... he has a different name tho and not to pry but there are several guys who have different last names than in school out there from several classes and I'd love to get the inside skinny on those... so since I'm at a laptop (and having a heck of a time typing on it) since my computer blew a fuse in the office (getting someone to put in a new receptacle is kinda like getting stuff done from the gubmint... so who knows when it will be fixed... if not by Monday the secret electrician will fix it himself)... I'll sign off now and wish JIMBEAUX HAMILTON ('63), STEVE SIMPSON ('65), AND GEORGE ZELINSKI HORN ('65) A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY IN THE 23rd!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Party Declaration for Primary I have lived in other states where you had to "declare" a party affiliation to vote in the primary. I never did like it but I felt an obligation to vote. In one such place I couldn't remember which party the candidate I wanted was in and guessed wrong when I was handed the ballot. I asked about it in Kansas and was told that's the way to "weed out" a party's candidates if there are more than one and the higher ups want their candidate in. I still don't like it and for the primary I chose to vote the nonpartisan ballot just because -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA (I turned 21 the year they lowered the voting age to 18, my BD was on election day that year) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vicki Owens ('72) Re: Howard Chitty Gymnasium At the Richland School Board meeting on June 13th, 250 signatures were presented to start the process of naming the Carmichael Middle School gym in honor of Howard R. Chitty. The Richland School Board has now invited more input at their 26th September meeting. I can't imagine any reader of the Sandstorm who hasn't heard of Mr. Chitty. He was a Richland icon. He taught at Carmichael for 29 years (1954-1982). He loved working with students both in and outside of school hours. He introduced many of us to lifetime sports such as golf, swimming, bowling, skating and fishing. He brought both the wrestling and golf programs to Carmichael, coaching both of those in addition to football, j.v. basketball and baseball. He even initiated the Letterman's Club and ran the school store! Outside of school, Mr. Chitty began a conservation camp for kids. And I'm sure I'm not the only Bomber who learned to swim at the Chitty's "Swimland"! His dedication, dynamic personality and enthusiasm touched many of our lives. Naming the gym for him would pay tribute to a man who dedicated his life to inspiring thousands of future Bombers. The Chittys are now gathering letters from those of us who knew Howard Chitty and can share how he influenced our lives. You can mail your personal letter (before September 23rd) to: The Chitty Family 1415 Judson Richland, WA 99354 or email: Those letters and messages will be presented at the School Board meeting on September 26. Also, anyone is welcome to attend the School Board meeting on September 26, 2006 at 8:15 PM at the Richland Administration Office. At that time, a community committee could be formed to review public opinion before making a recommendation to the School Board. The Howard R. Chitty Gymnasium would commemorate more than three decades of significant athletic contribution to the Richland community. Thanks in advance to all of you who can take the time to remember an exceptional teacher and coach by sending your words of endorsement. -Vicki Owens ('72) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/24/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Missy Keeney ('59), Doug Ufkes ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Roy Cross ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Alan Lobdell ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ron Frymier ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dan Wade ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) Re: Primaries To: All those who are concerned about "picking a party" in the primaries. In Washington State we used to pick candidates for partisan offices during the Party caucuses and not in primaries at all. The "purpose" of the Primary is to pick the candidates who will run in the General Election where you do not have to pick a party. Some people believed that if all the voters could vote in a State Primary (rather than have to attend precinct caucuses to determine their candidate) there would be greater voter participation in the Primary. I guess, what I'm saying is, just pick a party and VOTE! You'll have an opportunity to cross over and choose from all the parties in the General Election if you so choose. I know it is confusing to some people but it really does make sense, at least to me. -Missy Keeney ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Doug Ufkes ('68) Re: November Arizona Reunion/Lunch Bombers, does anyone know how to get hold of Kathy Graham ('61) and invite her to the November 4th reunion/Lunch? I forgot who she came with before. Also someone gave me Larry Baker's ('58) name has or can anyone contact him to let him know about our reunion/lunch on November 4th? I also do no have e-mail for Annie Parker Hoyle ('57). Can someone let her know of the upcoming event? Finally a Richland Bomber recently moved to Marana, AZ from CA but I have not heard from him, can't remember his name, and lost his information somehow, if I remember correctly he graduated around 1968 or '69. -Doug Ufkes ('68) ~ Tucson, Arizona USA ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/25/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Bill Berlin ('56), Dave Hanthorn ('63) Betti Avant ('69), BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Hector Alvarez ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Richard McAllister ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy Nelson ('69) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Deedee Willox ('64) Armand Loiseau ('53 Bulldog) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: The Oyster Run Sunday was the annual Oyster Run here in Anacortes and estimates of upwards of 16,000 motorcycles were in town for the event. Man, some guys really have a lot of money in their bikes and others just ride their "dogs" but everyone has a great time. They actually BBQ oysters for the event, (they go well with beer), thus the name. There are a couple of events during the day but mostly it is just about seeing motorcycles, taking to the owners, eating (anything that goes well with beer) and having a great time. It was the usually boring Anacortes weather, upper 70s, lots of sun and no clouds and a great day to ride (and drink beer). Lots of Canadians come down, or over, for the event, eh. The ferry from Sidney, B.C. to Anacortes yesterday (Saturday) was full of motorcycles from Victoria and Vancouver Island. Even saw a couple of guys I had not seen in several years since I lived in Victoria and whom I used to ride with (and drink beer). What is really cool is that there is not a lot of trouble, no added police and in general just a good time. I got up at 5:00 AM guess...and bikes were starting to come in that early, or maybe they were just going home. I used to oil up, wash up and polish up my old Harley softtail roadster but with a broken foot, that was not going to happen so I lent it to the neighbor kid. He had it looking like it was right off the showroom floor in a few hours and this AM (Sunday) he was off to the event at 7:30 AM. I told him he could have all the oysters he could eat (but no beer) and I would be checking him out around 11:00 AM. Folks from all over Washington, Oregon, Idaho, British Columbia, Alberta, Alaska and California were there. A lot of people tour the Northwest this time of the year and center on the Oyster Run during their travels. Re: OK, now for the Washington State Elections mess. The Constitution says "one man, one vote", not "one man, one Republican vote" or "one man, one Democrat vote." What drove Washington State to do the party line vote in the primary was a law suit by the two idiot major parties and they made it stick with the idiot WA Supreme Court, who couldn't pick their noses let alone make a Constitutional decision. The two Parties did not like the cross-over voting that went on during the Primary because they could not get a firm handle on who was for each of them and who was not. A lot of voters simply did not vote during the Primary, I am one, in protest of being forced to declare for one party or another. Usually I am fairly conservative and seek out more middle-of-the- road candidates but this time there was no middle of the road. What this effectively does in Washington State is to control any new party or a party that feels that the partisan politics of the GOP or Dems is not for them, but it is coming. I am hearing of the formation of the All American Party, or something like that, so if anyone knows anything about it, let me know. Maybe I will start it, who knows. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ in motorcycle/hog heaven a/k/a Anacortes, WA and still thanking all of those people who worked so hard on our 50th Graduation Reunion and Club 40. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Hanthorn ('63) Re: Primary Election I want to make a couple of small corrections to my explanation of the primary election in Washington State that appeared in the Sept. 23 Sandstorm: The type of primary we had prior to this year was called a "blanket primary". The "blanket primary" was struck down in the State of Washington by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals based on a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in a prior case from California. Other than those two corrections, my explanation seemed to "pass muster" with a former Attorney General of the State of Washington, and a (now retired) prominent Seattle attorney who is very knowledgeable about the legal case (of course being lawyers they wanted a lot more legal detail in the explanation, but I will spare you that). Like I said before, I hope my explanation helps you understand the change a little better. To: Missy Keeney ('59) Re: Party Caucuses Missy, sorry to differ with you, but the party caucuses were not used to pick party candidates for office (except, indirectly, the Presidential candidates). The way the caucus system worked, the parties held precinct (neighborhood level) caucuses, at which anyone could participate, but had to proclaim their allegiance (at least for that one night) to the party holding the caucus. At these precinct caucuses, delegates would be chosen to attend the district and/or county caucuses. Sometimes (but not always) people that wanted to run for these delegate spots would have to proclaim which Presidential candidate of that party they were backing. At the district and/or county caucuses delegates would be chosen to attend the state convention. Almost always, the people that ran for delegate to the state convention would have to declare their preference for Presidential candidate. Finally, delegates at the State Conventions would chose the delegates to the National Convention, and people running for those spots always had to declare their Presidential preference. I know from firsthand experience that this is how the caucus system worked, since I went through that very process in 1976 when I had the honor of being elected an alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention in Kansas City. For all State, County, and local partisan and non-partisan races, we have used the "blanket primary" system up until this year to select candidates to run for public office in the "general" election in November. There have been some efforts made here in Washington to do away with the Caucus System to select the Parties' Presidential Candidates and replace it with a Presidential Primary, but as far as I know (and I may be incorrect here) we will still be using the Caucus System in 2008, and will have a primary election like the one we had this year to select each parties' candidates for all the other elected offices. -Dave Hanthorn (GMC '63) from Mercer Island, where I am still missing the warm days of summer even though the rain has stopped for now. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Anyone so inclined to vote for their favorite college mascot has their big chance. "Butch T. Cougar" of WASSU is in the running again this year. This is the end of the 2nd of 11 weeks to vote. Go to if you want to cast your vote. You can vote once a day and for the first 11 weeks it is head-to-head against another mascot. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA mid 70s today and sunny ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/26/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Jim McKeown ('53), Burt Pierard ('59) Pattie Crigler ('59), Bob Cross ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Helen & Carol Evans ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim McKeown ('53) It's been interesting reading all of the entries about the "blanket" primary and the party primary. The Ninth Circuit Court did rule that the open primary was unconstitutional due to the case here in California. When Davis was running for his second term, he was behind in the polls to the mayor from L.A., a Republican moderate, but ahead of another Republican, Simon... The Democrats encouraged everyone, Republican and Democrat to vote for the 3rd place, Simon, therefore making Davis the favorite if he were to run against Simon. That's exactly what happened, in a close race, many Democrats voted for Simon, the two Republicans combined for something close to 70% of the total vote, and Simon won... and the rest is history... Davis won handily over Simon in the main election. So, in this case anyway, it makes sense to have a split primary... but it is tough on us Independent voters. -Jim McKeown ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) To: Dave Hanthorn ('63) Re: Your response to Missy Keeney ('59) about Primary Elections Sorry Dave. I agree with most everything you send to the Sandstorm but you completely missed the boat on this one. You are much too young to use personal experience to challenge what Missy was saying. Check out the "" link below for an excellent summation of the history of how the MAJOR PARTIES HAVE SELECTED THEIR CANDIDATES FOR THE GENERAL ELECTIONS IN WASHINGTON STATE SINCE 1889 STATEHOOD TO PRESENT. (If the link doesn't work, Copy & Paste it into your Browser Address Box.) In summary, "From 1890 to 1907, candidates ... were nominated by party conventions or by petition." These laws were similar to most other states at the time. In 1907, the State Legislature implemented a "Open" Primary Election System (where Party Affiliation is disclosed at time of voting by choosing the ballot of ONE party) to encourage the public to take over this process from the Party Bosses. This is essentially the system we have returned to for the last year or so after the "Blanket" (see definition below) was thrown out in court. By definition, other Primary systems were "Closed" (party affiliation must be declared at the time of Registering to Vote) and the "Blanket" (able to vote for either party in each race - adopted by the Washington State Legislature in 1935, the only state to do so until recently in Alaska). The point of all 3 of these systems is to select CANDIDATES for the General Election. The problem with the "Blanket" is that it is not a system for the Parties to select their own but merely served as a kind of "Preliminary Election" and allowed many abuses (deliberate "cross-overs" to try & select "weaker" candidates to run against their chosen people, etc.). Considering the purpose of the Primary is for the PARTIES to narrow their candidates, the only question I had for years was how the "Blanket" system survived challenge as long as it did. Even more absurd is the concept of the "Top Two Blanket" as if that had anything to do with the Parties selecting their candidates for the General. In fact in many races, Democrats would be frozen out of the General Election in Eastern Washington and Republicans would be frozen out in King County. Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pattie Crigler Cole ('59) To: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Oyster Run Hey Bill, next year why don't you let us know about the Oyster Run BEFORE it happens...maybe we can have a Bomber/Harley get together in Anacortes. -Pattie Crigler Cole ('59) ~ Port Ludlow, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Cross ('62) rE: Elections I am thinking that it is time to have a change to the election process. Each office should have a box labeled "None of the others". If "None of the others" wins the vote, then all the parties must choose someone else for their party and a new vote will be taken for those offices that had "None of the others" win the election. This could go on until the political parties actually submitted a candidate that the voters actually wanted to vote for. I know that in some cases, this could go on for quite a long time (based on pasT elections) but maybe the major political parties would get the idea and get someone to run that actually was a good candidate. I almost always vote in the general elections but each it is getting harder and harder to cast a vote in some races because all the candidates are not up to my standards. I think our political system is in crisis and needs a major shake up. -Bob Cross ('62) ~ in Battle Ground, WA where the weather this weekend was great!!!! The weather people say that this should last until after next weekend but who believes the weather person? ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/27/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Dick Pierard ('52), Ed Quigley ('62) Dave Sowden ('62wb & '63wb), Dave Hanthorn ('63) David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol Crose ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick Pierard ('52) I am glad to see the discussion about primaries. I lived in Indiana for many years, where from time to time I was involved in managing precinct elections and I saw the evils of an open primary system. There a voter at the May primary asked for the ballot of one of the two parties when she or he signed in at the polls. We knew that a lot of people selected the ballot of a party other than the party they one normally identified with so they could vote for the weaker candidate and thus skew the general election in November in favor of the person they really favored. I found it frustrating that there was really nothing we could do about this "cross-over" vote. In my opinion, a closed primary (you select the party when you register to vote and you must change the registration in advance of the election if you wish to vote for the other party's candidates) is the best way to do things, as that does impact (probably not as much as I would hope) the ability of party bosses to control the choices of candidates. I realize that prevents the "Independents" from casting a vote, but the primary is a device for party voters to have a say on their parties' candidates, not simply a "pre-election." -Dick Pierard ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed Quigley ('62) To: Pattie Crigler Cole ('59) Excuuuuuuuuuuuse me, Jennie; but some of us who would be interested in the Oyster Run, actually like to ride our motorcycles, rather than spend our lives trying to get them to run! :) So, rather than make it a "Bomber/Harley" event, how 'bout making it a "Bomber/motorcycle" event? -Ed Quigley ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Sowden ('62wb & '63wb) Re: Fred Coffman To all Bombers and Bomberettes from the 1950s Re: Anyone have an e-mail address or any other way of contacting Fred Coffman ('56)? I believe his is living in Kennewick. Anyway I recently came across some old pictures of Fred and my brother John Sowden (RIP '52wb I think) and Fred's brother Bill Lusty Coffman ('53wb, I think) and I would bet money Fred and Bill both would enjoy seeing them. John and Bill joined the Marines together in 1952 and I believe both served in Korea I know John did. John was 17 and Bill was just 16 at the time of enlistment. I have a few more if I can get in touch with Fred. -Dave Sowden ('62wb & '63wb) ~ From the foothills of the Smokies where the weather has cooled to the comfortable 70s. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Hanthorn (Gold Medal Class of '63) To: Burt Pierard ('59) Re: Primaries Burt, you are right, I was not referring to ancient history (prior to 1907) and I seriously doubt that Missy was either. As far as being "much too young", I am pretty sure that everyone that reads the Sandstorm is "much too young" to have a living memory of events prior to 1907. I apologize to you and Missy for not having said "for the past 99 years we have not used the caucus system to choose candidates for the general election". Rather than having "missed the boat", what I wrote was pretty much in agreement with everything you said in the last paragraph of your SS entry. For example, what you called the "top two blanket" primary and referred to as "even more absurd" is what I was referring to when I used the phrase "harebrained ideas" for a possible replacement for our old "blanket" primary that was thrown out by the circuit court. -Dave Hanthorn (GMC '63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Primaries Oh brother... here we go again... everybody has "the" answer and everybody has totally missed the boat as Uncle Burt ('59) says (since he voted in the first one he thinks he should know)... OK... here's the real skinny... a blanket primary is where at nap time you hafta bring your own blankie and the school furnishes the graham crackers and milk... the 9th Circus (if you knew some a those guys and gals you'd see that wasn't a typo)... said they were unconstitutional because not all blankies are created equal and some kid's feelings were getting hurt because their blankies were not as new and fresh as others and it might stunt the growth of the little psychies of the children with the JC Penny blankies and allow the children with the Neiman's blankies to artificially excel over the others... as such... nobody could bring their own blankies any more and they all hadda use official Washington State blankies issued by the state to each school district. Naturally there was no moola in the state budget for blankies and so the kids all hadda take naps on the cold hard floor. As none of the children were able to have their blankies and there was no suitable substitute... all of the children suffered from Blankie withdrawal but did it pretty much equally so it was ok... A party primary is kinda like a party college... like I remember Playboy used to vote ASU one of the highest ranking party schools in the nation... a party primary is where the kids don't have to take naps at all... they just lie there whispering to each other "are you asleep?" and giggling so the teacher is the one who suffers in that case but since they all suffer equally it is ok too.So... next topic... -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/28/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Burt Pierard ('59), Pattie Crigler ('59), Mac Quinlan ('62) Donni Clark ('63), Roy Ballard ('63), Linda McKnight ('65) Brad Wear ('71), Shawn Schuchart ('78) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Jensen ('50) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Darlene Napora ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Toni Hausenbuiller ('98) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) To: Dave Hanthorn ('63) Re: Primaries Sorry Dave. I can't accept your apology since it is I who should apologize to you. I have to admit that I didn't take the time to read your appended 9/23 entry (which was an excellent, thoughtful discussion of the subject) and as usual, I agree with essentially everything you had to say. The only correction (actually a clarification) I would add is that, to my knowledge, Washington was the ONLY State to have a "Blanket" Primary for over 65 years until Alaska & California recently changed to it (subsequently leading to the concept being thrown out). By the way, Missy Keeney ('59) was, indeed, trying to refer to the system in place in Washington before Primary Elections were instituted, she just didn't realize how long ago that was. Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pattie Crigler Cole ('59) To: Ed Quigley ('62) Re: Oyster Run A Bomber/"motorcycle" event sounds good to me!! BUT, I do ride my Harley... it has never let me down! -Pattie Crigler Cole ('59) ~ Port Ludlow, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mac Quinlan ('62) Re: Old Motorcycles It's funny how reading the Sandstorm brings back old memories. Things you haven't thought about for 20-30 years or more. Usually I just smile to myself, but after reading Ed Quigley's ('62) entry about motorcycles that don't start, I just had to share my experience with an old Triumph. The summer I got home from the service I bought an old Triumph Bonneville. Besides leaking a lot of oil, it was hard to start. It once took me an hour and a half to get it started by pushing it up and down the hill on Newcomer road. Not too long after I bought it, a friend called and asked me to go on a ride with him next Saturday morning. When he said that he wanted to start at 6am I knew I could never get my bike running in time, so I told him I wouldn't go. I must have got my arm twisted pretty good because I reluctantly said I would go. That Friday night I started pushing the bike down Newcomer until it started. I rode it up into our backyard, filled it up with gas and let it run all night long. The next morning it was still running and we had a great ride. A few weeks later I sold it to a kid in Kennewick. Triumphs were notorious for leaking oil. There was a joke that you could take a clean fresh block of steel, stamp the letters "Triumph" into it and oil would leak out of it. I never thought that was very funny, but I have to admit it wasn't far from the truth. -Mac Quinlan ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) Hey Bombers, just wanted to say thank you to all who sent me information about where to live in the great Northwest! I will keep that information, be in touch and who knows maybe some day we will join you in that area. I wanted to let everyone know just in case you missed it that while I was up in Washington I picked up the Premier Issue of the Mid-COLUMBIAN. A brand new magazine about Eastern Washington. It had several stories on the Richland area and the mailing address to order it is none other than West Richland. It is KIONA Publishing, Inc., P.O. Box 5605, West Richland, WA 99353-4027 Just thought with all the wonderful Bomber stories out there and how many of you love to write that you wouldn't want to miss this read and write! -Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) ~ from the little house in La Mirada, CA where it is a beautiful day and I am weeding! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roy Ballard ('63) Re: Primaries again and maybe something else, David? Well, Well, Me thinks that one great person has finally got the whole thing right on the primary problem... Hurray for David, no offense to anyone, but I thinks David's address on the whole subject seems to be the correct one. Everyone seems to think that we all cheat when it comes to voting, me thinks that!!!!!! Just like the Washington Supreme court and there decision on unions and the money that they spend without a vote of the members. Uh, Oh we got another subject if anyone wants to chime in............. -Roy Ballard ('63), antagonizer **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) Uh-oh! Here comes the discussion or argument about Harleys versus those other bikes... So here's my two cents. There is nothing that compares with the sounds Harleys make... that rumbling sound... and then that screaming eagle sound... and of course for us Harley babes, there is nothing like the vibrations... need I say more?? Good... good... good vibrationssssssss!!!!! Bomber Harley Cheers, -Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Wear ('71) Re: Class of '71 Raffle The Class of '71 will be holding a raffle to raise funds for our 40th reunion. We will be raffling off for the winners choice, their choice of either a 1970 Corvette, or a custom built Chopper. We will raffle off 200 chances at $100/ticket. It will be open to all interested parties. Pictures will be posted next week for your review. Questions contact Brad Wear ('71) - -Brad Wear ('71), Combat Customs **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shawn Schuchart Mabley ('78) To: Ed Quigley ('62) My husband and I have been married 21 years, 20 of which we've been hauling his Triumph and his Harley around wherever we move even though they don't work. My 13-year-old son has been hearing his father promise to take him for a ride on the Harley when he "fixes it this Spring/ Summer/Fall" because "that's my next project." I'm sure my son will be buying his own motorcycle (preferably a brand that runs) before he ever gets to ride on his dad's Harley. Well, I'm sure I'll be blasted by all you Harley-lovers out there, but my experience with them hasn't been very good! -Shawn Schuchart Mabley ('78) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/29/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Ann Clatworthy ('54), George Swan ('59) Tom Verellen ('60), Fred Schafer ('63) Ann Engel ('63), Helen Cross ('62) Larry Crouch ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kay Mitchell ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Clatworthy Hogshead ('54) To: Ed Quigley ('62) Re: Patti Crigler Cole ('59) and her Harley I can attest to Patti's expertise on her "never fail" Harley... Carl and I rode with her and Billy to the Mid-Atlantic reunions a couple of years ago and there was neither a problem with her bike nor Billy's. They always started up and stopped on command. Of course at my age, a three wheeled Gold Wing Honda is the way to go... and keep upright. There is an after manufacture accessory that can make a Gold Wing "sound like" a Harley. We passed that one up, too expensive, but it was tempting! Can you picture it???? Two old duffers on a trike coming along side a rumbling Harley Hog and switching on their "Harley" exhaust system?? Kazooooom! Rumble Rumble! Imagine the look on that Harley riders face! Oh well, maybe he wouldn't even hear it... -Ann Clatworthy Hogshead ('54) ~ Fort Valley, VA where it is warm, balmy and breezy... if only the gnats would leave us alone! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Big Screen Movies I seldom go to see movies in theaters anymore. Generally, I'll wait until they're available on VHS or DVD. But, every so often, a movie comes along that just begs to be seen on the "Big Screen." "Saving Private Ryan" and "Open Range (among a few others)," made my personal list for that category. I added another one to that list, this past weekend. It was so good, in my opinion, that I went to see it again today. It's called, "Flyboys," and is based upon the true story of the Layfeyette Escadrille of WW I, the name that the French gave to a unit of American flyers. Those flyers voluntarily came to fly for France, prior to the U. S. entering the war. It is well done. Even the special effects are pretty realistic. But then, how many Nieuports and Fokker Triplanes are still around for use in a film? Now, I like flying and I like to read true accounts of aerial combat. So, even though it is "Hollywood," it gives a visual experience of what those Knights of the Air went through flying wood and fabric (with no parachute) in the infant days of flight. Oh, and there is a bit of a love story that fits nicely. I'm no critic, but I give it two thumbs up (since I only have two). Re: Want to try shooting? On another subject for those of you living in or near the Tri-Cities, there will be an "Open House" at the Rattlesnake Mountain Shooting Facility this Saturday 9/30 from 9:00am -- 3:00pm. It is sponsored by the Tri-Cities Shooting Association in association with Benton County Parks. The TCSA Ranges are located on highway 225 between Benton City and Horn Rapids Dam Park. If you or your family members like to shoot rifles, pistols, or shotguns (or would like to learn how to), all shooting disciplines will be up and running. There will be a hunter sight-in at the High Power Range, trap shooting, regular shooting at the Rose Iris Public Range, a cowboy action shooting match, shooting of .22 rifles at our plinking range (bring your own or use ours), Mountain Man muzzle loader shooting, and practical pistol shooting. There will be free demonstrations, shooting, prizes, and refreshments. And, there will be a drawing for a chance at five free memberships and five gift baskets! I will be the Range Officer on the trap range. For more information go to -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where now I lay me down to sleep with visions of biplanes and triplanes buzzing through my head. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) New form of primaries: Voting equipment: a pasture large enough to lay flat enough placards (of identical size and shape) one each for all or any prospective candidates. Better yet let the candidates themselves be confined laying (so they couldn't move either into or away from the line of fire thus skewing the results) in the pasture. Then let loose a recently overfed cow, horse, goat, whatever; (except donkeys or elephants because of the obvious party affiliations) into the pasture. Letting nature take it's course the winners and losers would be chosen in a truly unbiased process. Now comes the difficult choice: are the candidates that are first hit on the regular ballot or eliminated. There are several schools of thought on this very subject. Surely there is a court somewhere that would probably love to make a determination on the constitutionality of a hit or a miss. The smell would, however, remain as sweet. I know, where was I in 1776 when this kind of critical thinking was sorely needed. I must have been doing something else. -Tom Verellen ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Fred Schafer ('63) and Ann Engel Schafer ('63) Re: Great one lost Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Gary Adrian ('64) family, another of the good guys has left us. Gary you touched many lives and everyone who knew you is a better person for it. You will be missed but never forgotten, the Adrian family should be very proud of your life as all of Bomber Land is. Rest in peace, Gary Adrian... you lived a wonderful life and left us too soon. Ann & Fred Schafer -Fred Schafer ('63) and Ann Engel Schafer ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) I had to laugh when I read Shawn Schuchart Mabley's (78) little blurb on dragging around her husband's things that don't work. I share your frustration, Shawn, as we have hauled around a l931 (I believe) Model A that hasn't run since l984, if memory serves me right, and have even paid for covered space to keep it in, when it wasn't available in our garage. It sits there now under it's canvas cover, so people can keep asking what is under that cover I guess. And I don't even hear getting it running under my husband's current list of "to do" projects... need I say more. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ back home for a week in Indiana in the house by the little lake, where we have a wonderful green lawn, because it rained 7 inches in the last few weeks here, and it's raining off and on again today. But Indiana is beautiful too. I noticed that yesterday when I was out driving in the sunshine... I think Pat Boone wrote a song about Indiana once... But next week we are coming back to Washington State as my husband will be preaching some more in Tieton, and I have hopes of making a Bomber luncheon yet... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Crouch ('71) Re: Motorcycles Ok Ok I have had enough, where did all you guys get your scooters, I have been riding since I was 14 we started in the shelter belt with a Hodaka 90 and rode all over the place. When and if I had a bike that wouldn't run I or my Dad fixed it and off I went. My wife and I now ride all over on our old Harley and we have NEVER walked home, we have broken down once or twice but here is the interesting part about scooters, in over 40 years of riding I can't ever remember being broke down and having another rider pass me by, it does not matter where I have been they always stop and help you get going. I ride a Harley and have been helped by Honda and BMW riders before, likewise I have helped many a rider of any make bike. Ask yourself when the last time you stopped for a broken down car on the road!!!! All bikers are somehow tied by a special bond that unless you ride you will never know or understand and Harley Riders are the cream of the crop when it comes to helping. Here in Denver area we have Banditios and H.A. and Sons of Silence and all famous for there deeds but they will all stop to help a fellow rider every time!!!! P.S. did you know that bikers give more $ and gifts to charity than ANY other group in the USA, just a side note. -Larry Crouch ('71) ~ Remember LOUD pipes save lives............... haha............ plus they set off car alarms ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/30/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Marilyn DeVine ('52), Pattie Crigler ('59) Ed Quigley ('62), John Adkins ('62) Jamie Worley ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tami Schuchart ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVine ('52) Re: Photo of Ray Hubbard ('52) & Marilyn "EM" DeVine ('52) Hi All I've had fun reading all the stories about "Harleys" and want to add my 2 cents worth. The picture of Ray Hubbard ('52), me and our first 2 kids was taken in Ellensburg, WA in about... oh dear! That must have been 1959 or 1959! Bomber Cheers, -Marilyn "Em" DeVine ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pattie Crigler Cole ('59) To: Ann Clatworthy Hogshead ('54) Re: My Harley Thanks Ann for the kind words!! To: Larry Crouch ('71) Re: Motorcycles Larry, you are so right about motorcyclists helping each other. My mother and I were in North Carolina visiting grandkids several years ago when I had a bad flat tire (on the car!). Got the spare on, but couldn't drive back to Virginia on the spare. It was late on a Saturday afternoon and we were to leave for Virginia the next morning. We went to a tire shop... the only one in town. They were really busy and the guy told me there was no way they could help me until Monday until he saw my Harley bumper sticker. He asked if I rode a Harley and I said "Yep!" He put me ahead of everyone else and I was out of there in an hour. Moral of the story: Get a Harley bumper sticker whether you ride or not! You're also right that LOUD pipes save lives!!! We have seen deer pay Hondas no never mind when they pass, but when a Harley passes with the loud pipes, they take off! -Pattie Crigler Cole ('59) ~ Port Ludlow, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed Quigley ('62) Re: Motorcycles. . . Well, Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) mentioned the sound of a Harley, and I have to admit that I've never owned one, but HAVE definitely "lusted" after that "sound", ever since seeing "The Wild One" starring Marlon Brando, back in 1954 at the Village Theater, for 12 (consequently, the same movie that instilled in me a love of leather jackets!)! In a fit of madness once, I even contemplated toting a boom box with the sound of a Harley blasting out of it. I got my first piece of "jap scrap", a 125 cc Honda CB92R, the summer of my senior year ($400 or so), and immediately replaced the mufflers with a set of megaphones that you could hear for blocks! I've had a bike of one flavor or another, most of my life. The ONLY time I've been road-sided was a few years ago when I got a new tire in Kennewick, and they installed the wrong size inner tube, pinching it between the tire and the rim, and causing a blow out at 60 mph, west of Prosser; thank God it was the REAR tire, as there were 2 up, and I think it added a few grey hairs to both of our heads (only on the sides of mine, darn it!), and I came pretty close to needing a change of underwear. . . Nothing like being on a bike that suddenly starts acting like a snake! Until the Harley step-up to the Evolution engine, back in the '90s (?) though, I'm pretty sure that their showrooms were the ONLY showrooms that I'd ever been in, where BRAND NEW bikes had cardboard under them, to catch the oil leaks! As for the biker brotherhood, Larry Crouch ('71) is right; everybody pretty much seems to be willing to lend a hand to others when problems occur. And I still love both getting and giving "salutes" from other bikers! Do you remember the "You meet the nicest people on a Honda!" ad campaign that pretty much transformed the biker image, back in the '70s? By the way, do any of you happen to know when the Annual Antique Motorcycle Event on Vashon Island takes place? -Ed Quigley ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: Class of '66 Photo Album Class of '66: I have mailed all of the class of '66 photo albums that I have orders for. If you haven't received your photo album by the middle of next week, please contact me - something is amiss. Now that the orders have been filled, I will be depositing the checks you gave me for your photo albums. Re: Club 40 Photo Album Club 40: I didn't think it was fair to the class of '66 to pick up a new project while theirs was still pending - BUT NOW - Send me your photos from the Club 40 reunion. Please in JPEG format. You may transmit them to my e-mail address or write them to a disc and mail them to me. The more pictures I get, the better the Photo Album turns out. If you need my mailing address, please e-mail me and I will send it to you. Let's make this a good one Class of '56: Get those picture in - I will put a special section in the Club 40 album just for you. -John Adkins ('62) ~ Richland - Fall is upon us - and I'm lovin' it. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jamie Worley (A very sad Magic Class of '64) Maren, Just received word that Gary Adrian, class of '64, passed away on the 27th. I have no more news than just that. I'll let you know funeral arrangements as I hear them. Jamie Worley (A very sad Magic Class of '64) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` August, 2006 ~ October, 2006