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16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Richland Bombers Calendar website Funeral Notices website *********************************************** *********************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/01/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Larry Mattingly ('60), Roy Ballard ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Duane Lee ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Phyllis Maffei ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Bikers and travels The only motorcycle I ever had was a Honda 50. Bought it for $100, put $100 in it to make it run right, and sold it after 3 years for $250. Almost all riding was on trails in the woods and fields. With a pack full of camera and munchies I would putts along, sometimes with a friend who had a Honda 90 or sometimes alone. Countless weekends, weather permitting, we were out there. If it rained in Western WA we would go east. We would park the motor home and make a bit of a camp and off we would go. Sometimes our wives would go with us but often they were content to stay in camp and work on hobbies. Never in a hurry, but we saw a lot of the interior of Washington State. Got some great pictures of wildlife and nature scenes. While we were always careful not to tear up the landscape, many trail bike riders were not. Alas most areas are now closed to motorcycles and even small trail bikes. I still like to hike a bit but don't have much time for it any more. There is an annual HOG party out at Ocean Shores every year, my company does a fireworks display for them. Nice bunch of folks. Our pyros always come back saying they had a great time. Jackie and I are finally home for a while. We were on the road for one thing or another all but about 15 days since the 4th of July. I may have to hop up to Anchorage for a couple of days to meet with a potential client but it will be a quick trip. We spent almost 3 weeks going to Orlando, Nashville, and Louisville. Went to a pyrotechnic convention in Nashville and Tanya Tucker was the special guest one night. We were in Louisville KY area to visit my relatives, some of them I had not seen in 35 years. Had a great Ohio River Valley storm while we were there. WOW... I had forgotten what they are like. When you hear the CRAAAACK at the same time you see the flash, it is CLOSE! Even the local folks duck. It went on for hours. At one point officials said they recorded 5000 lightening strikes in 60 minutes. For a good 4 hours the sky did not stop flickering for more then a second or two. About midnight we were sitting on the covered patio and eating popcorn and sampling some of the wines I picked up along the byways and hinterlands. No way you could sleep with that spectacular thundering. After 3 hours the 6-inch rain gauge overflowed and still it poured. The power of that storm was impressive. The next morning they announced 9.88 inches of rain in 6 hours, 12 dead, and over 1000 homes flooded. We saw perhaps 50 vehicles stalled in 3-4 feet of water. If I had my druthers I would almost rather have a good ole "Termination" wind, bad as they were. We drove around NW KY and visited the "Kentucky Horse Farm" near Lexington. All about race horses. It is a living museum. We watched trainers, breeders, and farriers, actually at work. Winding through the hills on a narrow hiway with no shoulders, we got a whiff of mash cooking... around the corner and down in the hollow was the Four Roses Distillers. We stopped and they gave us a great tour from bottom to top and back again. Included was a sample of the stream of "white lightning" coming directly out of the still. 180 proof, and it only takes a sip. Whheeeze. When Seagram's bought them out many years ago they abandoned the brand. Then 3 years ago a Japanese businessman bought it from Seagram's and they are rebuilding the brand. They had preserved the secret formulas for the 5 different yeasts used at Four Roses. Bourbon flavor is a combination of the yeasts, the oak barrels, the limestone water, and the precise mix of grain, which must be at least 51% corn. Most brands use only 2 or 3 yeasts. I brought home a bottle of Single Barrel, 140 proof Four Roses Straight Bourbon. For now the brand is only available in KY and Japan. Now to find the right occasion to sample it. You have seen the "whiskey half barrels" for sale at home centers? Now we know why they have so many. A barrel is only used one time and then is sold for planters. They are white oak and do make nice planters. During our wandering in KY we visited numerous cemeteries and court houses to satisfy Jackie's lust for genealogy info. She is a master of that work. We now have pictures of the grave markers on 5 generations of Mattinglys beyond my father, and reams of info. We took a bunch of pictures on the trip. Jackie says by the time you read this she should have some posted on our web site. For those who may want to see them go to: We got back in the house at 11pm Monday, and I flew out again at 6am on Tuesday for a one day trip to help set up the new FireLinx office and Lab facilities in Tahoe, NV. We also brought another BSEE on board with the company who has some special talents for some additional products now in the planning stages. At last, after a gazillion $ and 3 1/2 years of R & D we are in production and will be delivering units to clients in January. Even with stepped up production rates our first 6 months production runs are sold out. We have tested, tortured, changed, and improved, over, and over again. It looks good at this point and we have high hopes, but I am still nervous to get through that first year of use in the field. Coming back from Reno Thursday on a 6:30am Southwest flight, the pilot noted that fall has arrived... the annual fall haze is in the air all over the NW. We were at 38,000 feet and it was easy to see it in all directions. We have lots of small displays scattered all over 5 states, but the next big display is the annual affair the Friday after Thanksgiving. Again this year we will see it grow in budget and we hope to have enough room for all of it on the 4 barges, on beautiful Lake Coeur d'Alene in North Idaho. Any who may want to see it drop me a note for more info off this net. I spent yesterday repossessing a motor home I had sold. It is a 84 Pace Arrow 31. Runs good and has a new interior but needs a little electrical work. Anyone interested will find the price more then reasonable, contact me off this net. I do have the title and it is clear. Off to work on my neglected yard and gardens. Despite all that I have more tomatoes then we can eat. From home near sunny Tacoma. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roy Ballard ('63) Re: cycles??? After seeing the picture of Ray Hubbard ('52), Marilyn "Em" DeVine ('52) and family on their Harley, many years ago, it brought back memories of people riding cycles in Nam. Once saw a family of 6 - or was it seven, all on a Honda 90 step through. I believe that there were two kids in front of dad, one behind and then mom holding two kids. But then it may have only been 6. Just a thought of times gone by. -Roy Ballard ('63) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/02/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff and 2 Bomber funeral notices: John Adkins ('62), Fred Schafer ('63) Gary Behymer ('64), Jamie Worley ('64) Bob Grout ('66wb), Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kay Conrad ('60) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today Charlie Bigelow & Shirley Strege ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: Roy Ballard's ('63) Cycles in Nam Yep Roy - I think I seen the same family - on their way down to the stream to open up the car warsh. -John Adkins ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Fred Schafer ('63) It was a frustrating, depressing and learning experience (it is hard to go from care receiver to care giver which many of us are going through as our parents age). After many tries our Mother, Alma, is now in a 24/7 Alzheimers unit. None of us kids lives in Richland so Mom's condo is now for sale. It is a 1,000 square foot two bedroom condo at 1309 Goethals #F. It's near Uptown across from Mormon Church... new kitchen floor, new living and dining room carpet, nice neighbors (they all watch out for each other). The condo fees are only $174.00 a month which includes property taxes. Good investment for the future or somewhere for a Bomber's parent. Asking $65,000. Will lower price for a Bomber or Bomber friend. Listed at Century 21, Realtor is Michael Staudinger. From sunny Vancouver USA -Fred Schafer ('63), Kay Schafer Reed ('66), and Art Schafer ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Manhattan Project Atomic Bomb WWII Brick Nuclear It Just Doesn't Get Much Better Than This! No, it's not my listing but this gentleman won a bet with his wife that he could sell a brick on eBay... I bought one myself... the certificate is great. I did ask him if he could locate one from a "B" house on Mahan and an "F" house on Hains (;-) -Gary Behymer ('64)...somewhere in Colfax, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jamie Worley ('64) Re: Gary Adrian ('64-RIP) Maren, Gary's obituary is in the paper today. The service is on October 3 at 3pm, First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue, 1717 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue 98004. Memorials may be made in Gary's name to the lst Tee Golf program for kids through the Make A Wish Foundation. -Jamie Worley Hills (A Sad Day For The Magic Class Of '64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Grout ('66wb) Re: Vietnam Era ('60s & '70s) Music This is really a great site that I thought you all might enjoy. -Bob Grout ('66wb), Viet-Nam Vet (Riverine Force) USN **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Motorcycles All of this talk about motorcycles got me thinking once again. When I was living in Glendive, MT we had a doctor who lived out in the country. During the summer he would wear his "spandex" shorts and bicycle to work. One night he came in to see an ER patient. He made a habit of bringing his sons with him when he made rounds or came for an ER call. That particular night he brought his 2 oldest boys with him - probably about 4 and 1, I'm thinking - on his motorcycle. While he was seeing his patient the sky opened up and starting pouring along with a lot of lightning. There was a lady leaving the facility just after he went across the parking lot to get on his cycle with his 2 youngsters in tow. She asked where they were headed and when we told her she said she'd follow them home and make sure they arrived OK. I found out later the youngest one fell asleep on the ride home. It rained and thundered most of the rest of that night, but thankfully the doctor and his boys came through it OK. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA - fall is really here I believe **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) and one from Einan's website. >>Gary Adrian (64) ~ 1/17/46 9/27/06 >>Alvin Strege ('56) ~ 11/29/38 9/27/06 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/03/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Carole Staples ('54), Carol Converse ('64) Bumbling Behymer ('64), Shawn Schuchart ('78) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: George Brinkman ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Katie Riggins ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carole Staples Gardner-Emmons ('54) Re: Ken Gardner ('54) For anyone who went to school with Ken Gardner ('54) - Ken developed a circulation problem in his right leg and has had two vascular surgeries over the past few months in an attempt to correct some blood clot problems; however, they have proved to be unsuccessful, and just this last Monday Ken had to have his right leg amputated. He is still in the hospital here in Orlando and may be transferred to another hospital in a few days for a couple of weeks of rehab and eventually a fitting for a prosthesis (sp?). If anyone would like to contact him via e-mail or to send a card, you can contact me for either address. I'm sure he would like to hear from you. -Carole Staples Gardner-Emmons ('54) ~ Orlando, FL **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) To: Larry Mattingly ('60) Those pictures that you guys took on your recent trip back east were great! All those pics at the cemetery has me wanting to get back into genealogy. I'm totally through with both sides of my family and am now working on my husband's. -Carol Converse Maurer (Boomer Class of '64) - Eureka, CA - the sun is shining for the first time in a couple weeks. We are definitely in winter mode **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) My error on the Manhattan Project Atomic Bomb WWII Brick Nuclear... Here is the new location and as I mail this note... there are 3 bricks for sale. Click here for new link -Bumbling Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shawn Schuchart Mabley ('78) I also agree with Larry Crouch ('71) regarding the helpfulness of bikers. Here's my own personal story of being "rescued" by a bike "gang." When I was in the 8th grade I went back to Marinette, Wisconsin (I believe for one of my father's class reunions). My Uncle Bob took me camping with some of my cousins over the 4th of July weekend. The camp was being heavily patrolled by State Patrol who told us that the Hell's Angels were expected to be staying at the campground during the same time period. The next day the bikers roared into the campground and set up a picnic by the lake. The weather that weekend was unpredictable. The sun would come out and I'd go to the lake to swim and within a few minutes it would cloud over again, get cold, and I'd head back to my tent. I probably passed by this group of bikers about 10 times, always in fear of their reputation (especially since I was in a bathing suit, which I'm always embarrassed by anyway). Anyway... a Catholic priest drove from Marinette to visit my Uncle Bob, and they proceeded to get drunk. Near the end of the day, I was walking back from the lake to my campsite when the priest and my uncle pulled up next to me and offered me a ride. I was afraid to get in the car with them because I knew they were drunk. I kept telling them, "No thanks, I prefer to walk, I need the exercise, etc." I was standing well back from the car as I was talking to them. Anyone walking by would have assumed that these were strangers that were trying to get me in their car. Then the bikers roared up behind us on the road and came to my rescue! Three of the bikers walked up to me and asked if I was okay, were these men bothering me, etc. I told them one of the men was my uncle who I was camping with for the weekend but that I really just wanted to walk back to the campground. I think the bikers were surprised to see the drunk priest, who was just as surprised to have these bikers asking him what was going on. Anyway, I was allowed to walk back to the campsite and I always think fondly of the day the Hell's Angels came to my rescue! -Shawn Schuchart Mabley ('78) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/04/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Jimmie A. Shipman ('51), George Barnett ('63), Larry Crouch ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gloria Davis ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jimmie A. Shipman ('51) Re: Club 40 Reunion, 2006 Hi, Maren Don't know if you want these are not. They were taken Friday September 9th. God Bless -Jimmie A. Shipman ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George Barnett ('63) Re: Headed to Richland For anyone interested, I'm headed out this morning Tuesday the 3rd of October for Richland. Unfortunately the reason this time is my mother's health, (or lack of it I should say). Mom is being cared for by hospice at her home, and the prognosis is not good. She may pass before we get there. Returning to Richland has always been a joyous occasion, returning from Viet Nam (Xs 3) class reunions, vacations, weddings. This time I do NOT look forward to the situation. My brothers and sisters have done the bulk of the final care for mom so far, now it is my turn if not too late. Perhaps I may see some of you while there. Until then, Bye Geo. -George Barnett ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Crouch ('71) Re: Harleys WOW... This is embarrassing after my last little rant I took my old scooter out for a putt and the voltage regulator burned up had to push it home... the old scoot lasted until I got few blocks from home, by the way that's why they call them Hogs... they must weigh a ton, actually 650lbs. But got it put back together tonight and set off every car alarm on my street (had to charge battery at high RPM) so I am happy again. -Larry Crouch ('71) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/05/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Jim Jensen ('50), Larry Mattingly ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janis Cook ('68) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Morris Massey ('54) & Carol Horstman ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) To: Jimmie Shipman ('51) Just went through the pictures you provided in your 10/4/06 posting. Outstanding!!! Your contribution allowed me to become more familiar with Bombers I had only "read" and not seen. Thank you for sharing the Club 40 Reunion of 2006. -Jim Jensen ('50) ~ Katy, TX where, after three days of Autumn weather (9/24, 25, 26) we are back to the 90s with an occasional heat index of 100+ **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: News on Drugs from Canada Hot off the wire this AM. Prescription drugs ordered from Canada in small qualities (90 day supply) will no longer be intercepted and confiscated. Department of Homeland Security this AM instructed Border Patrol and Customs Agents that the policy has changed and they are to stop intercepting these prescription meds ordered from Canada. The new article sited numerous complaints that elderly citizens were having to go without necessary prescription drugs as they could not afford the US prices. I feel fortunate that I don't take any, but I have several friends who spend significant $ on daily meds. I hope this eases the expense for folks. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly ('60) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/06/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Patti Jones ('60), Gary Behymer ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Collins ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Harvey Irby ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Willie Mitchell ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pam Pyle ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: Club 40 To: All Bombers Maren Smyth ('63 and '64), Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) and myself invited Mrs. Donna Foust Burroughs (our old 4th grade teacher at Spalding) to attend Club 40 in September. She sent her pictures which Maren added to the Club40 2006 pictures site at: The following is what she wrote in the card: Dear Spalding School Students 1951-57, A special thanks to Patti Jones Ahrens, Maren Smyth and Jan Bollinger Persons for inviting their old Spalding 4th grade teacher, Mrs Foust, to the Richland Bombers 40th Club Reunion at Shilo Inn 9/18/06. I was accompanied by a new 40 year graduate. Mary Jackson Rickard ('66) and her mother Leonora, my neighbor since 1951. What a tremendous joy to see my former students all grown up and filled with happy memories of Spalding School. I am still basking in this happy homecoming! Hopefully even more of you will be able to attend this gala affair next year. The food was most delicious and the fellowship simply wonderful. Thank you for the privilege of being your 4th grade teacher and friend. God bless each one of you! With Much Love, Donna Foust Burroughs P.S. Helen Cross Kirk, thank you for your special memories. Sorry you weren't able to be there. If any Bomber wants Mrs. Donna Foust Burroughs address or phone number please email me. -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) When you get there: Control F - Then type Richland -Gary Behymer ('64) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/07/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff: Millie Finch Gregg ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jessie Willoughby ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jon Boisoneau ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Millie Finch Gregg ('54) Re: Looking for a place? Hi Bombers - I have a granddaughter )who happens to be a Bomber Cheerleader) who is going to be Sweet "16" in November. Her parents and us grandparents are looking for a place to have a little party for her, with her friends (mostly all girls). They will be playing music but I assure anyone, it will be very well supervised. If anyone knows of a place we could use, rent for a nominal fee, etc., please let me know. You can reach me by e-mail or by phone. Thanks so much, -Millie Finch Gregg ('54) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/08/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Shirley Collings ('66), Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan Sherwood ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gene Burrill ('67WB) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) Re: Detroit vs. Yankees Game Did you know that the pitcher for Saturday's game, Jeremy Bonderman, is from Pasco? Re: Funeral Notices I owe John Adkins ('62) a large debt of gratitude for handling the funeral notices the last two months for me while I was recovering from a broken back. (Be careful that you don't get caught up in your pant leg and fall to the floor ESPECIALLY if you have Osteoporosis!) Thank you so very much, John! -Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) Richland where it feels GREAT to be up and about again! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: football Well, the "Dawgs" like the "Cougs" last week against USC almost pulled it out in L.A. no less. What a great game. I had it on the radio while watching the Yankees and Tigers. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where it is a beautiful fall day in the 60s and sunny ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/09/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Ann Clancy ('50), Jim Hamilton ('63) Bob Grout ('66WB), Denise Payne ('79) Rick Jones ('79) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: 10/09 Doug Martin ('80) WE REMEMBER: Pook Smith ('63-RIP) died 10/9/05 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Clancy Andrews ('50) Re: Fw: Dear Abby Extra Text of forwarded email -Ann Clancy Andrews ('50) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) It's been a year since Pook left us with nothing but his amazing spirit and all of those incredible memories. Now he's comparing notes with Gary Adrian ('64-RIP), another friend who drove down the road of life with the top down. I miss them. jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Grout ('66WB) Re: Great article on the Tri-cities On -Bob Grout ('66WB) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Denise Payne Sitler ('79) Hello everyone from the east coast. I was wondering if anyone remembers "the man in the Black Cadillac" that in the late '60s early '70s that we were told to be on the look out for? Does anyone know how the story of the black Cadillac got started? I also was wondering when it was that the school system started serving Chili and Cinnamon rolls for lunch and when they stopped serving them? Also are there any other Bombers in Massachusetts that anyone knows about? Have a great day. -Denise Payne Sitler ('79) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. From: Rick Jones ('79) [This name is NOT on the '79 class roster that I have. -Maren] mailto: [This is NOT an email address. -Maren] Sunday 10/08/2006 6:01:31pm COMMENTS: those were great years hope to here from you -Rick Jones ('79) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/10/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Lenora Hughes ('55), Carol Converse ('64) Betti Avant ('69), Nancy Nelson ('69) Brad Wear ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeanette Haberman ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) Re: Las Vegas Lunch, 10/7/06 The Las Vegas Bombers had their luncheon of Saturday the 7th of October. Had a minimal turnout, but it was a nice get-together. Everyone enjoyed the chit-chat as usual. I'm sending a few photos of those that were there. Maren, thank you for being so patient with me! I am not all that computer "savvy", but I do try. Attendees: Nancy Moore ('70), Jim Nelligan ('50), Ginny Nelligan (spouse), Roberta "Robbi" Hill Karcher ('49), Harvey Irby ('64), Carolyn Irby (spouse), Gene Horne ('57), Carol Bishop Horne ('57), Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55), and Bob Bejarano (spouse) Greeting to everyone out there in Bomberland, wherever they may be. Bomber Cheers! -Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) To: Bob Grout ('66WB) Thanks for giving us the address for the article of the Tri Cities. It was very interesting. I've decided that the next time I'm in the Tri- Cities for my class reunion, I must take the time to travel around the whole of the 3 cities. Didn't realize just how much it has changed. I haven't been to West Richland since living in Richland. I haven't seen the newer section of Pasco either. We have good friends that live over in Kennewick that we visit. We pass along Columbia Center Boulevard in amazement at the changes and the TRAFFIC is something else. All I say to my husband is "I'm really glad that we don't live there any longer." Of course, we live in a small city of 28,606. To: Denise Payne Sitler ('79) I graduated in '64 and I remember eating Chili and Cinnamon rolls each Thursday. Boy, were they good!!! -Carol Converse Maurer (Baby Boomer Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA The sun has been shinning for a past couple days and in the mid 60s. Very nice indeed! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Does anyone know if the Terry Richard who wrote The Oregonian article is any relation to the Richard gal from Richland who played softball for the "Ducks"? Just curious, I can't remember her first name at the moment. She was a senior the year I lived in Eugene. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA sunny after morning fog and cooler (for now anyway) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nancy Nelson Combs ('69) Re: Friends If any of you in Richland and surrounding area know my parents, Clayton and Ruth Nelson, please keep them in your prayers and if you can go visit, I would really appreciate it. We just found out that dad is in kidney failure and not sure what the percentage of shut down there is yet. I will be going down the end of this week for a while to give mom a break. She has been taking care of dad by herself. I have been trying to get a home health nurse to come in a couple of hours a day. Dr. has approved it so now just trying to find a good one. If anyone has any suggestions or ideas please let me know. Thank you -Nancy Nelson Combs ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Wear ('71) It's been a little quiet in the Sandstorm the last few days, probably because George "Pappy" Swan ('59) and I have been elk hunting up around Bumping Lake. We survived the earthquake that rolled through us, but it did shear off a rock cliff just around the bend from our camp. Pretty impressive to say the least. No elk yet, but we're not through yet either. More to follow. -Brad Wear ('71) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/11/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Patti Jones ('60), MaryMike Hartnett ('61) Jim House ('63), Susan Nussbaum ('63) Donna Bowers ('63), Gary Behymer ('64) Jeff Michael ('65), Gary Davis ('77) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jefferson Saunders ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Thank you Bob Grout ('66WB) for the outstanding article in the Oregonian. Great article on the Tri-Cities On My sister Nina Jones Rowe ('65) was raving about the article on Monday when I spoke with her by telephone. We talked for quite a while about all the changes on the east side of Washington State and Oregon. The more I have read and see, it would take a lot of weekends to see all the changes. I have only begun in my two years since I have moved back. Many of the little towns like Dayton, WA are growing tremendously. A Bomber in a Sandstorm entry mentioned the new Mid-Columbia magazine recently. I received a copy through the mail. It is written so well and packed with places to visit that I couldn't put it down until I finished reading the magazine. One of the most interesting articles is about a restaurant in Pendleton named Raphael's. A fine dining restaurant that know one thought they would make it. The night they opened they served 240 people. Menu has everything from Duck to Buffalo. Dined at the Cedars restaurant in Kennewick that the article talks about last Sunday night with a friend. The last time I ate there was not long after they opened in about 1975. Food and service is still excellent as is the view of the bridges and the Columbia River. Being a full moon night made the view even more spectacular. Would be easy to take a week long vacation here. Discover all the little towns again that are now packed with Antique stores, coffee houses, eating at it's finest, wineries and much more. -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: MaryMike Hartnett Peters ('61) Re: Larry Coryell ('61) to appear in concert at Battelle Auditorium Maren, Could you put a note in the Sandstorm about Larry's coming back to Richland to perform At Battelle Aud. 10/24/06 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are available at the Bookworm in Kennewick & Richland for $10.00 or at the door for $12.00. Please, if you can, it would be great. -MaryMike Hartnett Peters ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim House ('63) To: Brad Wear ('71) and Pappy Swan ('59) RUN BAMBI, RUN!!! S/F, -Jim House ('63) ~ Mead, WA (Where we had 23 dear peacefully grazing by our back deck this morning and I am amazed that my wife knows name the of each of one) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Susan Nussbaum Reeb ('63) and Lolly Phillips Schultz ('57) Re: All Bomber Luncheon in Boise (first one!) Reservations (email responses) by Thursday, October 19, 2006 WHEN: Saturday, October 21, 2006 WHERE: Marie Callender's, 8574 W. Fairview, Boise, ID 83704 TIME: 11:30 a.m. PRICE: Wide variety of menu items and prices We thought it would be fun to have a Bomber gathering in Boise. If you agree and are available on October 19 (prior to the BSU/UofI game on TV that afternoon), please plan to join us. Bomber spouses and friends are welcome, as are out-of-town Bomber visitors. We're hoping to hear from many of you Richland Bombers now living in the Boise area! -Susan Nussbaum Reeb ('63) -Lolly Phillips Schultz ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Bowers Rice (Gold Medal Class of '63) To: Brad Wear ('71) and Pappy Swan ('59) I remember Bumping Lake as a child. I have wonderful memories of a huge log cabin on the opposite side of the lake that could only be reached by boat. It had a massive fireplace, that was the only heat source so the upstairs loft was cold and we all hurried downstairs to get warm in the morning, as my grandmother made breakfast for us on the old iron stove. There was no electricity... only oil lamps at night. The lake was clear as a bell and not many were even on the lake as it was far back in the woods at that time. Many years later, when my brother Cliff ('61) was into backpacking (and he had all the gear) we backpacked into the high mountain lakes above Bumping with our 1 year olds in tow. Our son MacGregor will be 38 this year and Skye will be that age also, so this was many years ago. I have such fond memories of that trip and would recommend the hike to anyone; as the lakes are so beautiful, the huckleberries plentiful, the solace and peace outstanding. Since I live out here in the midwest (for the past 20 years) and go south quite often, I find nothing to compare with those memories of the Cascades. We took our 5 year old grandson to Mt. Ranier this year. He just kept saying "Wow!" over and over. It is such a pleasure to expose our grandchildren to the beauty of the Pacific Northwest and always so amazing to me that so few people here have truly explored it other than the main attractions. The main vacation destination for almost everyone here is Florida and the Carolinas and quite frankly I do not get it... other than the warm weather!! I do enjoy living back here due to the proximity to the rest of the country because there is so much history back here. If I could talk part of my family into leaving the midwest/south, we would be back in a heart beat. It just amazes me that they like it HERE best. I guess when the PNW gets into your blood, you just think that that is God's country and the best place to live!! Hope you guys got your elk and maybe even some fish while you are at it. -Donna Bowers Rice (GMC '63) ~ St. Louis. MO where the trees are turning and we are about to get cold weather. The trees in my yard are totally green. How about those Cards!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: A Bomber in Pullman Here is Prairie Home Companion from Pullman Washington 10/07/06 A great time was had by all... listen to the broadcast if you have a couple of hours. Janis & I did the evening program with Garrison Keillor and the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band. A great 2 1/2 program... We were one of the younger couples in attendance. -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeff Michael ('65) Hey there all you Bombers and Bomberettes... Well, I've been laying low the past several weeks... heard Pappy and Brad were out hunting, so I totally left that neck of the woods! I read all that stuff about the back-up editor and even kept my mouth shut... so unlike me. But I've been waaaay busy down here in So Cal. If you care to go on the www and google "vantuna" you can have a look-see at the yacht that I am helping restore. She's got quite a history from 1961 to the present. And she will have new and improved life in about a year when we get her finished. Meanwhile, I'll be back in Bomberville next week for a couple weeks. Got a wedding to dj in Leavenworth and a Christian rock concert to work sound for in Walla Walla, We're still looking for renters for our house, furnished with many nice amenities, beginning 1Nov. It's about 3000 sq ft on a 1/2 acre in West Pasco. It has views of the Columbia... it's just behind the west end of Chiawana Park. Length of rental, price, etc. are all negotiable. We expect to be back in March or April, but could continue to stay in our RV. We would also consider sale or rent to own situations. We're pretty darn flexible. What actually tripped my trigger to post a message was the comments from Carol Converse Maurer ('64) and others about chili and cinnamon rolls. From a consumer's point of view, I loved that meal. From a dishwasher's point of view (Alex Clark ('65) will back me up) that was a murderous day. For one thing, more meals were sold that day than most, increasing our work load. Second, chili mixed with crackers and given some time to dry is very akin to natural adobe. If we got behind and started stacking bowls without rinsing them really good, we would create leaning towers of Piza that would harden like the real one! Then there is the issue of the syrup on the buns. It tends to leak out onto the plate and harden also. If we missed a spot in the rinse and the plate went through the boiling hot dishwasher, it would nearly take a chisel to get the plate clean again. Whew. And did we get any more time to get the work done than say a mashed potatoes, green beans and ground beef patty day? Well... no, our next class still started at the same time every day. And if we left a mess for the sweet kitchen cooking staff to clean-up... well, it was not a desirable outcome. Oh, David Rivers ('65), is that new quarterback for the Denver Broncos one of your off-spring? On the off chance he is... how 'bout some player family tickets for your best friend (no... not Heidlebaugh... ME)? I've only seen him in a football helmet, but behind that grill he reminds me a lot of you when seen through bars. dj jeff michael ('65) ~ in Sunny San Diego, CA where the coastal highs are about the same as Bomberville, but the lows are in the mid 60s. I get to drive my boat to and from work three more times, then bring it back home. After the clocks reset the end of October, coming home after work on the water in the dark in a small craft becomes marginally safe. I'll sure miss those 15 mile runs on the bay each AM and PM. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Davis ('77) Re: '77 in '07 Is there anyone working on the Class of '77 30-year reunion? If so could someone please contact me. If not, those interested please email me. -Gary Davis ('77) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/12/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Larry Mattingly ('60), Patti Jones ('60), Jay Siegel ('61) Gary Behymer ('64), Jim Heidlebaugh ('65), Robert Avant ('69) Larry Crouch ('71( BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Clancy ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Roma Harrold ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shirley Sherwood ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Eric Schmidheiser ('81) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Restaurants and houses Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) mentioned Raphael's Fine Dinning in Pendleton. We have done a number of fireworks displays for the Wild Horse Casino up on the hill just East of Pendleton. As a tradition, every year a couple of longtime friends from NW WA and one from Texas would fly in and join us for dinner at Raphael's the night before the show. The food, the decor, and the people are superb. It is only little over an hours drive from the Tri Cities and well worth it. It was an old house that had been very tastefully converted to a restaurant. We were quit sad to hear it had burned down a few years ago, but delighted to hear it was rebuilt. We did dine there this last spring and they really did themselves proud. It was every bit as nice and the food and people were as if nothing had changed. I don't know if it is Guide Michelin 5 star but if not it's close. I highly recommend it. I note Jeff Michael ('65) says he would rent their house for a period of time. I have been there several times and it is beautiful home. For someone on short assignment or waiting for a house to be built, you could not ask for a nicer place to live, or a nicer landlord. But then, Bombers are nice people. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: Mid-Columbian Magazine I was asked where to order it today in an email. The following is where it can be ordered: Mid-Columbian Magazine Kiona Publishing P.O. Box 5605 West Richland, WA 509-627-0456 -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA - Where fall has taken on so many hues of color, always interesting to get to the next day to see what the colors are. Sunsets are full of clouds of pinks, reds and interesting shapes. Projections by the weekend of a day of rain (don't know when to believe the weather people until the day comes). The fall mums are blooming slowly. Hope this is a sign of Indian Summer. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jay Siegel (The Classic Class of 1961) Re: Looking for the site I believe that it was a Bomber who sent in the web site that sends packages to service persons in Iraq - if it was a Bomber, please send the URL for the site to me. Clear blue skies and warm, gentle breezes -Jay Siegel (The Classic Class of 1961) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Listen to Satan script... In the latest issue of Columbia magazine is a nice 7 page article by Michelle S. Gerber entitled "Preserving Hanford's History - Lest we Forget." (Would be glad to send you a copy upon request.) -Gary Behymer ('64))...somewhere in the Devil's 'speed trap'! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Heidlebaugh ('65) Re: offspring To: Jeff Michael ('65) Jeff, don't give up on the "family tickets to the Broncos games. That quarterback named "Rivers", well who knows... since I've moved to Vegas, sure its a little town, but, lots of kids, come up to David Rivers ('65) and call him "DADDY" -Jim Heidlebaugh ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Avant ('69) Re: CUP Spaghetti Sauce Hoping for some help here from the troops who used to attend CUP as "young adults". Does anyone remember the spaghetti sauce recipe we used when we had(strangely enough) the Annual Spaghetti Feed at the church. Of the many and varied recipes I know and can remember; that ain't one of 'em and I would just like to have it. -Robert Avant ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Crouch ('71) Re: Hunting To: Brad Wear ('71) ... and Pappy Swan ('59) Brad, sometimes when I go hunting I call it shoot and release makes me feel better, I feel like a great sportsman if I come home empty handed, heck it was just shoot and release I tell them. Like on TV. We will be back in Kansas scouting this weekend, hope we see a lot of birds. Good luck Brad and Pappy. -Larry Crouch ('71) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/13/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers and 1 NAB sent stuff: Alan Lobdell ('69), Mariann Littell (NAB = Not A Bomber) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Wanda Wittebort ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David Edgar ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Julie Alexander ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jerry Gilstrap ('83) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Lobdell ('69) To: Brad Wear ('71) and Pappy Swan ('59) I'll be up in the Bumping Lake area from the 27th to November 5th Elk hunting. Just above you on the Nile ridge (Little Bald). I hope you don't get all of them! By the way Pappy told me how he came to know my brother but I was never sure how you met him Brad? Alan Lobdell ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mariann Littell (NAB = Not A Bomber) Hi, I was surfing the internet and found an entry on one of your Web Pages by Ralph Myrick ('51). I would indeed like to reach him via email. He mentioned that Tony Bolf was a friend of his. Tony Bolf was my husband's uncle and I would like to contact Ralph regarding Tony. Thank you. -Mariann Littell (NAB = Not A Bomber) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/14/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: John Adkins ('62), KC Hammill ('63) Dave Sheeley ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Adkins ('62) I have about 50 pictures so far from the Club 40 week end. I need more pictures from more people who attended club 40. Class of '56 get those pictures in. I want JPG file pictures - you may send them to my e-mail address or contact me and I will give you my mailing address for your pictures on CD. -John Adkins ('62) ~ Richland - great fall weather we're having ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [John -- I've added some pictures to this page since I first put it online: - You'll let us know when we'll be able to purchase the Club40 '06 CD, right? If the CD is gonna be 10 bucks as it has been in years past, I'll send my $$$ right now. I'm still hoping that SOMEbody got a picture of me two-steppin' with Dick McCoy ('45). Thanks for the dance, Dick. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: KC Hammill ('63) To: Jay Siegel ('61) Here are three URLs I got through Family Services here at the Maine Air Guard For a BIG list of different organizations: A cute one: And for one that supports TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors): Hope these help! -KC Hammill ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. From: Dave Sheeley ('67) Friday 10/13/2006 8:17:46pm COMMENTS: Selling real estate in Omak, WA. Life has been great... looking forward to 50 more years -Dave Sheeley ('67) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/15/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Jim Jensen ('50), Patti Jones ('60) Gary Behymer ('64), Linda McKnight ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sherrill Wiater ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Karla Bierlein ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rob French ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) Re: Washington Link It may have been addressed in a previous Sandstorm posting, but just in case - quite by accident I ran across "The Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History.": I browsed the site for about ten minutes and came across an number of accounts and pictures that held great appeal for me. I'll be going back on a regular basis. Anyone else? Bomber Cheers, -Jim Jensen ('50) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: All Bomber Luncheon - Richland - October 14, 2006 The following were in attendance: Glen Rose ('58), Patti Snider Miller ('65), Lorin St. John ('55), Derrith Persons Dean ('60), Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63), Gene Ruppert ('65), Mary Judd Hinz ('60), Burt Pierard ('59), Pat Doriss Trimble ('65), Dave Rhodes ('52) and spouse Alice (Honorary Bomber), Barbara Isakson Rau ('58), Fred Klute ('58), Judy Willox ('61), Nick Nelson ('56) and myself. Cook, Janey, and Hannah (the owner of J.D. Diner) agreed recently to make the chili recipe that my family has made since 1957. About a week ago Janey said she "would make the recipe for today's luncheon". She did. Janey said she "only made one batch which serves 12". Almost all the Bombers had the special of the day, Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato sandwich served with the Chili. Hannah gave Glen Rose ('58) and I a small dish when we got there to try it. I immediately let Janey and Hannah know it was great except a little too much chili powder for me. Glen took a while before he gave his opinion. He finally admitted it was better than his recipe and liked the amount of chili powder. At announcement time I asked if the Bombers liked it? Lots of yes and show of hands. Then Janey came out from the kitchen and all the Bombers let her know it was great. Conversations from there lead into the chili and cinnamon rolls served at Richland High School. Janey and Hannah let me know before I left that many of the customers also had the chili and liked it. J.D. Diner may become famous again as it use to be when the Barrs owned it. I'm delighted because I can go have the family chili any time I want if they continue to serve it every day which seemed to be the talk from Janey by the time I left. Will keep everyone updated. The recipe will be at the end of this entry. Many, many conversations transpired during the luncheon. Here are a couple of high lights: Pat Doriss Trimble ('65) and her husband had returned from their trip to St. Louis, MO where they were with a gathering of the Scottish Clan. How about a Sandstorm entry, Pat... telling us about your trip. Might be some other Bombers who are of Scottish descent who want to join in. Same goes for you Mary Judd Hinz ('60) telling about your trip to Belize, Guatamala with your fantastic photography of your trip. These were the two main trips that I heard of during lunch. There might have been more. First time attendance for Lorin St. John ('55) who is now living in the area after moving up from Arizona. Gene Ruppert ('65) also moved back into the area recently. I asked a question about who had digital camera with them. Mary Judd Hinz ('60) said, "I do" and immediately took pictures. Good pictures, Mary. About six Bombers straggled and kept talking in the parking lot to some where past 3:30pm. One of those luncheons that did not want to end. -Patti Jones Ahrens ~ West Richland, WA - Where Mothers, Dads and children are out walking, biking and enjoying the gorgeous fall weather. Guess summer is too hot and the weather is now bringing everyone outside to play. After the luncheon took a drive out Keene Rd. (now open) from Bomber Range Road to Benton City. As we came to the end of the road the trees we're majestic with all their distinct colors. Being on the hill coming into Benton City gave a sweeping gorgeous view. Worth the few minute drive. ============================================ DAD'S CHILI CON CARNE Taken out of the Tri-City Herald about 1957 Recipe came from Texas Won Chili cook off in Pasco about 1980 6 Tablespoons Butter 6 Medium sized onions. Chopped Fine 3 Pounds Ground Beef 2 6 ounce cans Tomato Paste 3 28 Ounce Cans of Diced Tomatoes 3 15 l/4 Ounce Cans of Kidney Beans. Two is OK 1/2 Teaspoon Tabasco 2 to 4 Tablespoons Chili Powder 1 Tablespoon Salt 2 Teaspoons Accent Heat Butter in a large sauce pot; Add hamburger... break into small bits with a spoon. Add Onions Cook over medium heat until lightly browned. Mix in the next four ingredients: Tomato Paste, Tomatoes, Kidney Beans, Tabasco Sauce. Mix in the last three ingredients: Chili Powder, Salt and Accent Cover and simmer about 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Serves 12 ============================================ -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Cougars Hunting Bears... While at the Top Notch Cafe (World's Best Burgers) this morning, in downtown Colfax, WA (Eastern, WA most known 'speed trap' or so says Satan (Prairie Home Companion 10/07/06-Beasley Performing Arts Center)... I came across 2 former Cougar football players... 1965 grad & 1968 grad... who when asked if they were going to the Cougar game today (Saturday) against the CA Bears indicated they were Cougars Hunting Bears (;-) Bottom line... they knew Alan Flansburg, great WSU end from Palouse and Ray Stein ('64)... along with Debbie Lyons ('65). It is a small world... -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) To: KC Hammill ('63) Thanks, KC Hammill, for finding sites to send packages to our troops. A couple of years ago, I picked three places to send packages through I received two extremely touching thank you letters from the recipients. The third package went to a battle zone deep in Iraq where I can only hope the package was received. One soldier wrote and said the item in their box that they continued to appreciate was the UNO game I sent. She said she could hear the soldiers playing it every evening. She could hear them shouting out "UNO!!" So, send what you can everyone. There are so many sites, and the companies who are sponsors of will mail for you their prepackaged items, and a portion goes back to AnySoldier to keep it going. The biggest items needed are wipes, deodorants, etc. to try to stay clean. God Bless our Troops. -Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/16/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Mike Brady ('61), Gary Behymer ('64) Ray Stein ('64), David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judith Porter ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave Hanthorn ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Carol & Claire Rediske ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chuck Felder ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Brian Belliston ('81) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Senior Fitness FYI... For any of you who live in the Bothell, WA area or have parents that do, we just opened a Fitness Center at the Bothell Senior Center a few weeks ago. The equipment is geared for seniors. It is much safer than traditional machines because they have hydraulic resistance and you get concentric resistance each way and you don't have to worry about weight adjustments. We also have treadmills, bicycles, elliptical machines and dumbbells. We are presently open from 7:30 to 10:30am Monday and Wednesday and 2-4pm on Thursday. As membership builds we expect to be open at least 40 hours per week. As you probably know, seniors gain the most amount of strength in the shortest period of time of any age group... so start pumping! -Mike Brady ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Geroge W. Smith Help! I am searching for an address for a Geroge W. Smith who would have been a Hanford worker?... 1951 or so??? (Take a peek in those old phone books.) -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray Stein ('64) Ok people, we need to spice up this Sandstorm a bit! Whenever conversation lags, you can always talk about the weather. So here goes. Recently my friend, Jim House ('63) released the results of his study on Global Warming. He looked at weather data from Mead, WA to find out which occurred more recently - a record high or a record low. His study only looked at October and showed that record lows were more recent than record highs on 23 of the 31 days. Yikes!!! An Ice Age is coming!!! Now, even though Jim drives cars that get a bizillion miles to the gallon, I know he has past ties to the oil industry. So I looked at every single month. Well, bundle up folks, cause on 221 days of the year (61% of the time), at zip code 99021, the record low occurred more recently than the record high! There's got to be some alarmists out there that are offended by these data, unless of course they remember the mid '70's when Time, Newsweek, etc. said that "scientists were agreed" that the world was cooling. There, that should start something. Also, Gary Behymer ('64) has reminded me about my own painful $50 traffic ticket, when I made the L-turn into Colfax, went down the small hill, and was "trapped" by a cop hidden among the grain buildings. Anyway, I have recounted my experience in a palindrome (the letters read the same forwards and backwards). If you don't know about Colfax and it's rural roots, you may not know what POG means. That's GOP spelled backwards and is a derisive term for any gathering of grain farmers, who are likely to belong to the party of Lincoln and meet to mix grains for their herds. "Had a hi-tek citation? I, ya. So go past A-OK Colfax. I'm . . . a . . . was . . . poc(k)o a poc(k)o at a speedy L-trap. Radar? Never ever even radar. Partly deep, sat a OK cop, A OK COP! Saw a mix-a-flock-oats (a POG). O' say I? No, it a ticket I had - AH!!!!" -Ray Stein ('64) "No Sandstorm rots DNA, son" **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Big kid birthday Ok... gotsta say first that the Sorry 7 (less a few)/'65ers had a blast in Vegas this weekend... pix aren't ready for publication yet so I'll say more later... 'nuff to say that a new tradition may have been started... for several years the boys have been saying that they would come to Vegas to drive my cars... well finally happened and just at the right time... the yearly "Rock-a-Billy Rod Reunion" was this weekend... unfortunately Vegas was also hit with a 10 year rain storm... but we still made the gig and it was magic... almost as good as I believe takes place at 25th reunions and then just gets better and better... the boys drove hot rods and even 2 street legal dragsters out to the speedway for a great day of fun and frolic... film at 11... now for the big day... 'nuther one a my upperclassmen heroes was born on October 16th back a couple a years... he has been an inspiration and a great lead to some very good old time rock n roll... As with Pitts ('63) this guy's taste in music are very much like my own... (gotta add here that this weekend Ricky Warford {'65) became a died-in-the-wool rock-a-billy fan... guess he thunk rock n roll started with Elvis)... so anyway I wanna take this time to wish Dave Hanthorn ('63) a Very special HAPPY BOMBER BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/17/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers and one NAB sent stuff: George Swan ('59), Dave Hanthorn ('63) Jim House (63), Carol Converse ('64) Nancy Wick ('65), Kevin Linn ('81) Don Sorenson (NAB = Not A Bomber) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Ray Stein ('64) and Jim House ('63) Re: A slumbering Sandstorm Okay Ray, you have stirred me out of my sore muscle syndrome and slumbering, recovery effort induced by trying to keep up with that kid, Brad Wear ('71) and my nearly lifelong buddy, Bill Newby, Shorecrest Hi ('66). We played at being rambunctious ridge-runners (chasing elk and deer) over the past week and a half. All of us, being a little older than we used to be, also tried the "hide 'n wait in ambush" technique (to no avail). We strongly suspect that a certain retired individual who studies weather trends around Mead, WA may have gone over to the other side and warned our quarry of our intent. So, we are strongly considering that come next hunting season, we will contact Judy, Jim Houses' ('63) wife, and seek first name introductions to the obviously overabundant population of "Dears" in Jim's back yard. Per Elmer, "Be vawee caful Jim, dey will eat yoh petunwas 'n woses!" Meanwhile, back to Ray. I must thank you for jerking me out of my sloth- like stupor as I am elated! I read, reread, and reread your palindrome. After about a half hour, suddenly, I got it! Remember that I am "well- seasoned" (Another term for "old," attributed to Bonnie Allen ('59)), and currently in a high state of fatigue, sore knees and muscles, and misty- minded. I had tried to decipher your palindromes before (also to no avail). This time, it all came together. I was so happy that I had achieved a mental milestone that I tried to compose one about Jim House's "dear deers" ... but I soon gave up. Obviously, "it ain't easy!" So, I must ask, "How long did it take you to compose the one about rotting Sandstorm DNA, let alone the one about the POG of Colfax?" -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where after a couple of days of re-hydrating rain (that would have been nice when the forest fires were raging), it really feels like fall and the puddle is once again, like me ... full of it. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Hanthorn (Gold Medal Class of '63) I was never part of the "in crowd" back in my high school days, but I know that after all these years I have finally "arrived" having received good birthday wishes in the Alumni Sandstorm from our "best Bomber birthday greeter", David Rivers ('65). Thanks David, you brought another smile to my face on my "big day". -Dave Hanthorn (GMC '63) from drizzly Mercer Island, where the winter rains have apparently come to stay. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim House (63) Thanks to Ray Stein ('64) for expanding the sample to demonstrate my point on global warming. However, rather than rely on reports from scientists or climatologists, I simply call on my own experiences. The hottest time I can recall was the summer of '61 in Richland. The record highs for four consecutive days (June 16-19) occurred in the summer following our sophomore year and have not been surpassed (can I say it has been colder?) for 45 years. I remember that June very well. The classy women of the Gold Medal Class ('63) could be seen lounging at the Lagoon displaying the latest swim wear fashions and other attributes that Vice Principal Lyda so fervently guarded at Col-Hi. Whew, my forehead is getting a little warmer now as I reminisce. -Jim House ('63) ~ Mead, WA (Where the record high for this date occurred in 1927 and it has been colder for 79 consecutive years) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) To: Jim Jensen ('50) The website that you gave us to browse is very interesting. I read some articles for about 1/2 hour before saving it to my favorites. I was thinking most of the time that that site would be great for my 13 year old granddaughter and her school projects. To: Ray Stein ('64) I have to agree with you that we've been really slack in the Sandstorm of late. I was attributing it to 'back to school', 'change of seasons', etc. etc.? Burr! more record 'lows' than 'highs'? I really don't like that. I'm so cold blooded and living here on the northern coast of California really doesn't help me heat up any, haha. Ok, Ray, your submittal for 10/16 was a hoot! Come on, folks and join in. -Carol Converse Maurer (Baby Boomer Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA where we got our first real rain yesterday. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nancy Wick Hamilton (65) Need a little help from the Bomber Nation. Can anyone provide input, both good and bad, on a Family Adult Home in Richland or Kennewick/Pasco. An additional rub is that they would need to be able to administer a diabetes regime. -Nancy Wick Hamilton (65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kevin Linn ('81) Hello, My name is Kevin Linn, class of 1981. I am working with Coach Redden on a new website celebrating Richland Bomber Football and I was hoping to tap into the Sandstorm audience for some help. What I need are pictures of Bomber football games from years past. Any pictures you can send me would be wonderful, hopefully with names and years associated. These pictures will only be used on the new website with your permission, of course. I am also looking for stories, history, old programs, or anything else associated with Bomber Football. If you have any pictures you would like to share or if you any question, please send them to me at Thank you very much for your help. -Kevin Linn ('81) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB = Not A Bomber) Re: Physical Fitness To All Bombers, After reading the October 16th Sandstorm I thought I would send in some older Bombers in action. -Don Sorenson (NAB = Not A Bomber) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/18/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Jim Jensen ('50), Rex Hunt ('53wb) Marguerite Groff ('54), Marilyn Swan ('63) Gary Behymer ('64), Jamie Worley ('64) Jeff Michael ('65), Anna Durbin ('69) Robert Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jack Lowrey ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bob Chiles ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Keith Hunter ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Robert Hinkle ('75) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) Re: Basketball Pictures To: Don Sorenson (NAB). Your 10/17/06 pictorial offering was much appreciated - as are all of the many you have furnished. The 1952 March of Dimes girls B-ball pictures displayed some great forms... uhh... the shooting techniques weren't bad either. Bomber Cheers, -Jim Jensen ('50) ~ Katy, TX where we are awash with generous quantities of water. Unlike the north and south sides of Metro Houston (12+" of rain) we only had to contend with 6"-7" of rainfall from the latest storm. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rex Hunt ('53wb) Re: Cherished Moment I have been taking my wife to Stanford University Medical facilities for a while. Was there last several days and while waiting for a procedure to be done, I accessed a computer to try to catch up on the Sandstorm. I found that by typing in the search box "SANDSTORM/BOMBERS" I can go directly to it. I Had just typed in the words in the search box when I was called in to speak with the doctor. Expecting to return within moments to continue. As the doctor finished explaining the outcome of the procedure on my wife, I was approached by a security officer and under the threat of arrest of being a terrorist, I was asked to explain why I was accessing a web site dealing with some desert terrorist group. It was good for a laugh and an amusing anecdote -Rex Hunt ('53wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) Re: Ken Gardner ('54) On 10/3/06 Carole Staples Gardner-Emmons ('54) put an item in the Sandstorm regarding Ken Gardner ('54) having had his right leg amputated. A few days later I sent her a note and asked for Ken's address and email to share with anyone who had possibly missed her entry. She responded saying that Ken had been transferred from the hospital where he had surgery to another one for Rehab. She wasn't sure how long he would be there. She also included his home and email addresses. His wife takes any letters and email messages to him at the hospital. He is probably at home by now. Sorry to be so slow in forwarding this information to the Sandstorm. Carole did say that Ken had already received notes from some of his friends and was really enjoying them. Email me if you want the addresses and I will send them to you. -Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) ~ In Richland where it's cooling off; but not as COLD as it's going to be!! I'm already wishing for Spring. Then I remember my dad telling me that "you're just wishing your life away!" At 70, I best not do that. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) I'm finding that I'm pretty sentimental and at the same time pretty nonjudgmental in my "older" age. As of late, I have exchanged a couple of emails with Bill Johnson ('61). It has come to my attention that maybe we haven't given him the applause he deserves for the great music he gave us at Club 40 this year. I don't know if any of you bought his CD that was for sale at Club 40, but if you didn't you're missing out on some great music!! It has some really good songs on it. I was brought up on Country/Western music, but that certainly isn't the only music that I listen to. I love all kinds of music, just wish I could carry a tune, but that doesn't keep me from "trying" to sing. I am just really enjoying listening to Bill's CD & perhaps many of you would enjoy it too. I thought he gave us a great performance at Club 40. His voice is very smooth & he has great control & he is very easy to listen to. (And no, he didn't pay me to say all this ...... I just think he should get a little more recognition from his Bomber family.) OK, not trying to sound too hokey, all you guys & gals that attended Club 40 this year, how about a round of applause & thanks for Lane Johnson!! And while I'm at it, the guys that played Saturday night (John LaChapelle & crew) were a very talented group too. -Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) ~ from the chilly (45) & rainy Salt Lake City, UT area. Where it's looking like a good wintery snow for the opening of the deer hunt this weekend. But I won't be in the mountains, as my 22-year old grandson is getting married on Saturday!! Can I be that old? YIKES!!!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) My Avista natural gas bill was higher this year over last... yet this year was warmer... by 3 or 4 degrees over September 2005. Shouldn't the volume of gas used go up in some type of relationship to the lowering rather than the raising of temperatures? NOW... I did NOT have Mr. Gentle for the 'honors' math course but something is not quite right. After reading Mr. House's ('63) expose on global cooling I'm thinking maybe all of this has to do with 'perception'? In a 'cold' winter I have to shovel more coal into that 'B' house furnace... which requires a lot of energy on my part... also requiring greater food intake which makes everything feel a lot warmer. Conversely if it is 'warm' winter... very little work has to be done to feed the furnace. Perception from 'both' sides may indicate a warm winter? Bottom line... would someone mind stopping by the house to carry up the garbage can of 'clinkers' to the street? -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jamie Worley Hills (The Magic Class of '64) Re: Gym Floor Several years ago there was a call for money to replace the gym floor. In exchange we were supposed to get a piece of the old floor. I wrote the president of the school board regarding the issue since the floor was to be replaced by other means than the collection of volunteer funds. I thought that not too long ago - in the last six or nine months maybe - that I read that they were going ahead with the floor replacement and we that sent in money were to receive a piece of the floor. Did anyone ever get their part of the old gym floor? Or am I dreaming? -Jamie Worley Hills (The Magic Class of '64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeff Michael ('65) Hey there Bombers and Bomberettes... To: Ray Stein ('64)... I always respected your athleticism and your mental skills. You were a classmate that "set the bar" very high when we matriculated together at Col-Hi. But this palindrome... it's got a good melody, but you just can't dance to it. I give it a 3.14 on a scale of 10. As for Global Warming... well, Al Gore and I haven't seen eye-to-eye on very many things over the years. I really believe that if you stand back from global weather patterns far enough, you will see a perfect model of the chaos theory. Sadly, most folks just aren't willing to look through a macro enough lens to se the lack of a pattern. And besides... it makes about as much difference to me as whether Pluto is a planet or not. As long as Uranus stays intact, I figure we'll be OK. -dj jeff Michael ('65) ~ back home again in the Tri-Cities. Drove up the 5 and had a crazy idea along about Ashland, OR to go see Crater Lake on the way home. Haven't been there since I was a kid. Well, I have been there again but did not see the lake. It was snowing like crazy! We were towing my boat home, but still went as far as the East Rim drive... which was closed. Made a U-turn and came back down, dodging the snow plows. The lake was fogged in... no could see. What an experience that was! Be here about a week, then south again for the rest of the winter. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Anna Durbin ('69) Re: Need Help on Power Door Locks Do any of you car experts know whether a 1990 Thunderbird would have had power door locks? Or whether it would have had a remote controller for the doors? Or how I could find out? I'm looking to see if a lying witness was lying about this detail. Thanks. -Anna Durbin ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Avant ('69) Re: Zinmeister and the Treacherous Eighter From Decatur or Patron Saints for Protestant Boys I have been toying around with this subject for quite some time and have decided; despite the advice of highly paid pollsters and other of tender sensibilities, that the time is now. Not having been Catholic and therefore missing the exciting goings on at CYO and Mass I had for a long while resisted the notion of a "patron saint" as quaint and not really of any relevance to a good Protestant boy such as myself. I now stand before you as one who has to "confess" that a patron saint was a very real person to this kid during the mid 60s through the mid 70s. Not only a patron saint, but also a door opener to the wonders of life beyond Richland and the glories of literature beyond those of Mrs Davis' Honors English. This person who helped and guided youth during the turbulent 60s and 70s? The beacon of light of reading and learning? Why, Hugh Hefner of course! And before I defend him further, I need to allow for two points. First, I looked at the pictures. Secondly, his "philosophy" had absolutely no relevance to reality. Now, that being said, his magazine was definitely a source of education for guys my age. No matter how much Dostoevsky, Conrad, or even Shakespeare I read I always looked forward to getting a hold of a copy of Playboy. In those pages were beyond the photos really funny cartoons that gave you some adult insights into some subjects, learned discussions and panels on Jazz and Rock that really opened my eyes and ears to some new sound, and most importantly for me; the fiction from writers I had never heard of and would never forget. Mostly I looked forward to finding a story by Jean Shepherd. I think the first one I read was "Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories". I never laughed so hard in my life to that point. I must have reread it more than 4 times in the space of 4-5 days. It led me to look for much more of his writings and to enjoy everyone one as much as the last. It also opened up other writers to me that I had not really heard of before. The first Alex Haley I read was his interview with Malcom X. Talk about an eye opener. That qualifies in my eyes. So as Hugh Hefner; that old ephebophile, enters old age I really want to say thanks for the education and for the "good" stuff you could find Playboy. I even miss the airbrushing...oh well, it is fun getting older -Robert Avant ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/19/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers and 1 Bomber Mom sent stuff: Kay Mitchell ('52), Frank Haggard ('55), Evelyn Bubnar ('55) Nancy Stull ('59), Patti Jones ('60), Helen Cross ('62) John Adkins ('62), Linda Reining ('64), Bob Grout ('66wb) Betti Avant ('69), Rita Kretzschmar (Bomber Mom) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeanie Turner ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry Davis ('80) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kay Mitchell Coates ('52) Re: Vera Smith Robbins ('58) Hi Maren I would like to hook up with Vera. Please let me know the year of her graduation or her e-mail address. There was an article in the TCH on Sunday regarding Vera knitting hats for troops to wear under their helmets. I have a ton of yarn and lots of time so would like to get on the bandwagon and help with this project. Maybe there are other knitters or chrocheters out there in Bomber land that would like to help also. It is a great way to get involved in helping our soldiers. Thanks -Kay Mitchell Coates ('52) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [For more info. see entry from Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) today. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. From: Frank R. Haggard ('55) & Evelyn Bubnar Haggard ('55) Wednesday 10/18/2006 8:38:12pm COMMENTS: Great webpage. Evelyn and I just celebrated 50 years together with a cruise to Alaska. She has retired from marriage and family counseling but I'm still practicing dentistry parttime. Sorry to see so many gone. -Frank R. Haggard ('55) & Evelyn Bubnar Haggard ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nancy Stull Jewell-Knutson ('59) To: Anna Durbin ('69) My '73 and '79 Thunderbirds both had electric door locks; neither had remotes. The '79 had factory-installed CB radio. -Nancy Stull Jewell-Knutson ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) To: All Bombers Re: Tri-City Herald about Vera Smith Robbins ('58) The following article was in the Tri-City Herald Sunday October 15, 2006: Here's the picture that went with the article: Let's give Vera a great big hurrah for all she is doing for our soldiers. [I went to the website listed in the "blue box" in the article And found where you can get instructions for crocheting the hats:] To: Ray Stein ('64) Re: Tri-city Herald-Operation Weed Another article in the Tri-City Herald Sunday was in the 50 years ago about "Operation Weed" that happened then. This brought back a flood of memories for me. Only in Richland would the high school students go out and find tumble weeds. If I remember correctly a lot of the town people also turned out for the clean up. Then there was the campaign in 1954 where the signs all over town said, "Don't be a litterbug, Be a Jitterbug". In 1968 I was living in Los Gatos, California. For my sons 5th birthday I gave a party at Vasona (a park with a lake) for him. Soon after we all gathered the kids wanted to go down to the lake. Parents we're in agreement so down the hill to the lake we went. The kids we're having such a good time that they didn't want to go up the hill. I looked up the hillside to see tons of paper and junk. I gathered the kids telling them that the child that picked up the most litter when they I arrived at our tables would get a prize. When they arrived in all their excitement the hill was the cleanest I had seen it in the six years I lived there. In the back of my mind was "Don't be a litterbug, Be a Jitterbug". -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ the whole tri-cities is lit up with the beautiful fall colors. Every day is new with the colors changing for fall. A drive out to twins bridges which I had not seen in years gave a different look at the colors. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) I have often been without access to the Internet these past few weeks, and have often been out of my cell phone range, especially up in Brewster, WA. But here we are in Lynwood again, after having spent a fun evening trying to help our friend's daughter who is an entreprenuer, get some product ready for shipping to QVC today. We were so fortunate to finally get into to Whistler, B.C. on our time share and to spend it with friends last week. As many of you know, it's just an extension of the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. And perhaps an expansion. It is beautiful up on the peak. I even braved the chair lift to get up there, and it was well worth it. We were treated to the added beauty of the fall colors, and we were so glad we were able to make it, and to make it with good friends, even though they are not Bombers, they are from Washington... And I must say driving over to WSU from I-90 through Steptoe, I really felt like I'd come back home driving through all those wheat fields. And then the fall colors on Stevens Pass were as wonderful yesterday. I'm sorry we can't rent Jeff Michael's ('65) house, as we will be leaving in January, but it has been a wonderful experience to get to spend these days back here in Washington. I can't remember when I got a chance to write to the Sandstorm last, but I don't think I memtioned that I got to have lunch with a lifetime friend of mine, Carole Johnston Berg ('62) in Seattle a few weeks ago. Since she is also from the class of '62, we figure we've known each other for a long time, as we both were taken to CUP church for as long as we can remember. She is very proud of her 3rd grandchild, and first grand daughter just born this summer. Carole looks like time has stood still. (and she still looks so well put together.) She is still teaching at the same junior college, and her husband Russ is consulting at Boeing. And at the WSU game I attended last Saturday I ran into Gregor Hanson ('65), and his younger brother, Todd ('68), his wife and Gregor's son. I felt like I'd run into a family member, as Gregor and my brother Roy (also '65, even though he won't write into or read the Sandstorm) were always together when they were teenagers. I remember driving them and their dates many times, and I can't remember who the 3rd boy was. Could it have been Greg Markel (also '65). So Warren is still going to be preaching at Tieton, WA at least till the end of this month, so maybe I can see Karen Kleinpeter Kroger ('63) still. Karen, my cell is [deleted for Helen's privacy - Maren], give me a call. Also, I hope to see Cathy Wood ('62) again, maybe at next week's game at WSU. I understand there will be a Cougar breakfast up there 7-l0:30 we hope to make. So, maybe I'll be within my cell phone zone more from now on.... -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ Oh, I forgot I also missed mentioning that Carol Rice Forister ('62) had a birthday on October 9. and I missed that too. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: Bomber Gym Floor To: Jamie Worley ('64) I was given a gift of a piece of the Bomber floor by my wife, all that time ago. I think it was July of this year the pieces (three - one for me - one for my son - and one for my daughter) were delivered to us. Two were with yellow paint on them and one was with green paint. and each one one was burn engraved with its significance. Yes indeed they are fulfilling their commitment. -John Adkins ('62) ~ Richland - it's gonna be 65 today in Bomber land. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:Rex Hunt('53WB) re:your entry of 1-18-06 had to laugh when you said security had approached you when you had typed, "Sandstorm Bombers" and he wanted to know why you were accessing a terrorist site. I keep waiting for all of us who wear our Bomber shirts to the luncheons to be detained for questioning. especially, the ones that say, "Nuke 'em" and "Proud of the Bomb". *grin* wonder what the other people in restaurants think when they see us put our "bomb" on the table. *grin* Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64)......cooler temps have finally arrived in Bakersfield, CA and I am, once again, a "happy camper"! LOVE this weather. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Grout ('66wb) Re: Disneyland Hi Alumni: Pictures of Main Street Disneyland and Our new Name Tag for all Cast members. I have been stopped by a couple of People from Spokane yesterday. Great way to break the ice, and have Guest bring up a conversation from there home Town. -Bob Grout ('66wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) To: Robert Avant ('69) Ah yes, big bro (by 6 minutes), I remember you reading Playboy. You even at that time told mom you were reading it for the articles not the pictures. I'm glad the magazine was good for something besides...... well you know what I mean. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA lots of nice needed rain this morning and yes Pappy the pond is full once again (actually just a space for the water running through the parking lot a place to go and settle so it's not flooded) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rita Kretzschmar (Bomber Mom) Hi, Is it possible to add this to your newsletter? It is sponsored by the RHS Instrumental Music Boosters. Proceeds go directly to student accounts. Marching Band students are currently raising money for their November trip to Orlando. Thank you. -Rita Kretzschmar (Bomber Mom) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/20/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers and 1 NAB sent stuff: Bill Berlin ('56), Betti Avant ('69) Nancy Nelson ('69), Don Sorenson (NAB - Not A Bomber) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carolynn Hamilton ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marilyn Baird ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Leo Webb ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sue Oberg ('79) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Sad Alaska Story I know that Pappy was, in his working days, a "fish cop" or that is what we referred the agents of the Alaska Fish and Game Department (ADF&G) to when I was up there. The work those people do is fantastic and get much of the credit for the sustained large runs of salmon in Bristol Bay and the maintenance of certain wildlife populations. Disgruntled commercial fishermen will argue that the ADF&G was the reason for their bad season but in reality prediction of the size of the returning run that can be as high as 50.0 million fish is marginal at best and the essence of their effort is to protect propagation levels for future runs. Right Pappy? Well there is a sad story just out where the top Brown Bear guy in the ADF&G, my friend Larry Aumiller, has just quit his post as Manager of Brown Bear Population for Western Alaska because the current ADF&G honchos want to open up the McNeil River Sanctuary to hunters. I don't know how many Bombers have had the opportunity to go out to Western Alaska and visit the McNeil River Falls, but it is a sight to behold. I have one picture of 31 giant Alaska Brown Bears fishing in the river and the falls and it was Larry Aumiller who is responsible for their preservation and growth in numbers and now they want to hunt them where the feed. Larry was a little skinny guy who used to joke that he would not make a good snack for one of his bear clan, but he always respected the speed and power of these creatures, especially moms with cubs. He named them all and knew them instantly and his motto was "there is never a docile Alaska Brown Bear". In fact, the job, as I recall, was not even full time as Larry would either stay out in Bristol Bay and be a Winter Watchman or go into Anchorage and work there, tending his bears from May until late September. He had a great sense of humor too. For those with sensitive eyes or with small children around, protect them from this story but it is indicative of Larry's sense of humor and love of his bears. One year he sent out New Year's cards and it was a picture of one of his bears with his rear end to the camera and in his mouth at the other end was a freshly caught salmon. The bear had eaten so many rich salmon that bear scat (look it up) was oozing from his rear end while he ate more and more salmon and Larry's caption was "Oh well, in with the new and out with the old. Happy New Year." I sure miss that wildlife (and wild man) kind of humor. Then there was the story of Larry's Mail Order Bride... but we will save that for later. If you get a chance, tell the ADF&G their hunting plan for the bear sanctuary stinks and losing Larry Aumiller stinks ever worse. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ in Anacortes, WA where the weather has turned gray and some rain and where I have eight McNiel River bear pictures that I took some thirty years ago on my office wall. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Computer Question Perhaps there's a "computer geek" or two out there who can answer a question for me. I purchased a new computer in Dec. 2004. At that time when I bought it at Circuit City it was recommended I also purchase a protection plan. I thought it sounded like a good idea so do so for 2 years. I have gotten a notice that it expires in Dec. 2006 and it is time for renewal. Is this something one should renew or just let it slide? Thanks a lot. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where the rains continue once again **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nancy Nelson Combs ('69) HI! For all you that I contacted last week about my dad Clayton Nelson. Just a little follow up. Got him in a fairly new facility Eagle Rehab and Assisted Living. He was doing pretty good but ended up in the hospital again last Sunday. I was told he had 3 to 6 months. Will be making a regular path from Colville to Richland on the Highway now. His Cancer has come back and is now in bladder and liver, along with the kidney failure. He would love company if any one out there remembers him. I think he is going back to the rehab today or tomorrow. I will be down again tomorrow til Sunday. Then will be back down on the 4th for how long don't know yet. Was hoping to make the luncheon last Saturday but had to get back home. Maybe one of these days I will make it. -Nancy Nelson Combs ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB - Not A Bomber) To: Jim Jensen ('50) Re: Form Photos Found some more form pictures. Could not find the bikini forms, sorry. -Don Sorenson (NAB - Not A Bomber) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/21/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Jim Jensen ('50), Gary Behymer ('64) Ray Stein ('64), David Rivers ('65) Rick Maddy ('67), Rick Valentine ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sandra Witherup ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Connie Foster ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lucy Foster ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marsha Jepsen ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jenny Anguiano ('98) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) Re: Form Pictures To: Don Sorenson (NAB) Your contribution of 10/20/06 is noteworthy... lovely ladies and reminders of some worthy endeavors - an unbeatable combination. Thank you!!! -Jim Jensen ('50) ~ Katy, TX (A rain-sodden suburb of Houston) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Photo of Leo Bustad (1964) -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray Stein ('64) Re: Gym Flooring Some time ago I also made a contribution to the "Get Floored" campaign run by the Bomber Boosters. This past summer I picked up my piece of Art Dawald Gym from John McKoy (husband of the Richland Girls Head BBall Coach). The board and the engraving is first rate. I made a small stand for it and drilled a hole for my "RHS Original Floor" pen (given to me by Maren). Later in the summer, another Bomber offered me an engraved board from the "Old Gym". Only trouble was, it said Richland High School, Art Dawald Gym, and the dates were 1948-2006. Call me old school, but my diploma says "Columbia High School", I never heard the old gym called Dawald Gym, and after 1963 I thought the old gym was just a practice facility. Anyway, I respectfully passed on the engraved piece, but asked if I could have some of the unengraved pieces that looked pretty rough. I cobbled together enough flooring to fit into a picture frame and went to Harrington's Trophys to get some custom engraving. Norma Callahan ('56) (sister of my classmate Marilyn Callahan ('64)) was very reasonable and only too happy to put Col-Hi on "my gym" board. When Jamie Worley ('64) wrote to the Sandstorm asking about her flooring, I was sure that someone in Richland would step up and offer to take care of it for her. Hopefully that's been done off line. -Ray Stein ('64) Mead, WA - where already in this 21st century our temperatures have set 13 record highs and 27 record lows. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Sittin' and a thinkin' How good it is to be a Bomber... As I said earlier... last weekend some of the Sorry 7 hit Vegas for the Rock-a-Billy Rod Reunion held out at the speedway north of town. As transplants to NW Washington they brought something with them that we don't normally see... think ya calls it rain... it was awful... it was everywhere... it was wet... I had promised to meet them at the Donut Delinquents at 7 am... Heidlebaugh and Michelle, my paralegal, showed up on time and the rain wasn't too bad at my place... we headed for the other side of town and found that the freeway was closed from the wet stuff... it was a real ordeal trying to get to the other side of town... we finally made it... all the delinquents were gone and only the rain soaked Sorries were left... we managed to hit a lake sized puddle with Michelle's car... the lake went into her carbs and she was dead in the water so to speak... we had a nice breakfast and after drying out the open engine cars headed BACK TO MY SIDE A TOWN to pick up the cars the boyz would drive to the show... (took a long time... 'nuff said)... off we went to the speedway with the boyz roaring through town in two gasser style dragsters, a '49 ford custom and a '37 Plymouth custom... I had pulled out several roadsters earlier to drive which were no longer an option... we got there and they had a nice spot for us all to park together with the delinquents pretty close by. The boyz had their eyes opened to the way the other half lives... there was girls with tattoos everwhere... well I'm sure they were in places we couldn't see too... cute little gals all dressed in '40s dresses and '50s styles... boys with hair so high you couldn't even measure it... the rock-a-billy music was loud and fast. Ricky Warford wanted to know what kinda music it was... Rock 'n' Roll before Alan Freed thunk up the new name... Ricky wasn't entirely convinced... asked him if he'd heard a Sun Records or maybe Buddy Holly... told him all them boyz was rock-a-billy till it got a new name... he says Roy Orbison wasn't no rock-a-billy... I said ever hear him sing "oobie doobie"? He had and that convinced him. So all in all Ricky Warford ('65), Carl Beaver Beyer ('65), Jimmy BFL Heidlebaugh, Terry Werner ('65), Steve Simpson ('65) and David Rivers ('65) had a grand time... oh... you should know... Heidlebaugh and I don't drink beer... but Jimmy got the beer... good stuff I'm told too... only one problem... needed a church key to open it... one of the delinquents taught the boyz to open beer with a plastic lighter and another had a church key so we wuz fine and dandy... it was grand... I'm sending a few pix to the place I'm spozed ta send them so you can catch a glimpse... dang I love being a Bomber! To top things off... this week I got a visit from John ('64) and Janine Rightmire ('65) Corrado... we had lunch and John presented me with the scale from his Dad's office... we are talking history here folks... I'm willing to bet that most of you reading this as well as most of your folks were weighed on that very scale... it was out at Hanford from 1942 till he moved it to his office where it served for years and years... love that stuff! (Ain't for sale Gary B ('64)!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) To: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Product Insurance Hi Betti, I'll comment on your question. For the longest time I was getting the three year plan on my new microwave, the five year plan on my digital camcorder, four years on the dishwasher, three years on the Commodore 64, five years on the digital camera, three years on the LCDHD, insurance, insurance, insurance... I finally started adding this all up and decided I could buy a new widget every year, or something like that, with the insurance money I had put on consumer products for protection. Did I mention the two year plan on the vibrating foot massager with attachments? In 2003 I bought a $1,600 HP notebook computer, no insurance. In early 2005 my screen started fading. Broke. I had it repaired and got a bill for $1,000, but besides a new liquid crystal screen I had a bunch of new software added to it when I took it home that I didn't have before. Nevertheless, I wish I had just tossed it in the garbage... I now own an outdated $2,600 notebook worth about $50 at the garage sale and there went the widgets for a couple years. It is a crap shoot. A Las Vegas moment. A question of to buy or not to buy. I suppose it depends on bank accounts and/or if one is feeling lucky. At what point is the definitely buy because of the initial cost and type (particularly Chinese made electronics) of the product; $100, $500, $1,000... etc. etc? -Rick Maddy ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Valentine ('68) To: Betti Avant ('69) Betti, let it slide, if your computer has made it two years you are probably home free. Most problems will occur right away or within the first couple of months. Companies Like Best Buy and Circuit City love the service renewals, because they very seldom have any claims on them. You also have to look out for the dreaded phrase "That was not covered by your service plan"... -Rick Valentine ('68) ~ Spokane, WA where Fall has arrived, the leaves are turning, the weather is turning colder and YUK, next weekend Daylight Savings ends. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/22/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Carol Bishop ('57), Larry Mattingly ('60) Sharon Greer ('62), Jim Hamilton ('63) Gary Behymer ('64), Linda Reining ('64) Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Trisha Saucier ('77) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Bishop Horne ('57) This message is to George "Pappy" Swan ('59) who I understand worked for the Alaska Fish and Game... I was wondering if he knew Al Cain... he was in Ketchikan when we lived there and he was transferred... I think to Anchorage... a great guy and family... Thanks, -Carol Bishop Horne ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Product Insurance To: Rick Maddy ('67) I agree with you and generally do not buy product insurance, except on my computers. The Dell laptop I am on now cost just over $1,200 including the 3 year immediate fix in place insurance. I have always paid for this and never used it. It really seemed like it was not needed until a couple of months ago. My less-then-a-year-old hard drive failed totally. It is my fault that I had not backed it up recently and so lost most of the data. However, when I finally got hold of the service person for my zone, who actually lives in Calgary AL Canada, she had a new hard drive delivered to me the next day. I changed it out in about 5 minutes and loaded all the software they sent with it and was back in business in a few hours. And of course now I have new "push button" back up drive that I use every 2-3 days. Being a bit of a handy man with tools I have managed to fix the couple of appliances that have given me problems. But I have much of my life, and what I do wrapped up in this puter and so keep it well insured. (and backed up). So my conclusion is that insurance is something vital items should not be without. We each have to make a judgment on how vital something is. You have my sympathy for your "Huupy" that went bad. We have had 3 HPs in our 12 computers on the LAN at the office, 1 of the 3 worked well all the time the other 2 were constantly giving us problems of one sort or another. We just recently phased the last one out. My partner Ken is a computer guru of the first magnitude and so we use all custom built machines now. They have served us well. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly ('60) ~ From Anchorage where winter is close. It is chilly with lots of snow on the higher elevations but none on the low ground yet. Some prediction of snow in some low areas tomorrow, but I will be on a southbound bird by then. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sharon Greer ('62) Hi Bomber Alumni, For some of you this is ancient history but when GE left Hanford in the mid '60s many of the Bomber families transferred with GE to south Mississippi where GE was the prime contractor for the rocket test site (now Stennis Space Center) for the Man on the Moon project. My parents transferred with GE and built a home in Pass Christian. I was in college (WSU, U Mass, UGa) so did not move to Mississippi. After college I went to work for Mobil Oil in Houston and was in the oil patch until the big bust in the late '80s. At that time I got a job with the Naval Oceanographic Office at Stennis Space Center and moved to Pass Christian, beautiful small town on the Mississippi Gulf. Pass Christian and the rest of the central Gulf Coast was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. We knew it would be bad but no one was prepared for what became a nightmare. The weather bureau was telling us storm surge of 15' with winds of 140 mph. That is bad but not a major risk if you are on high ground back off the beach. By the time they realized that the storm surge was possibly twice the predicted 15', it was too late to get out of harm's way. I am on high ground and stayed with my three cats since I cannot take them to a shelter with me. When I saw the neighbor's house float by I knew the predicted 15' storm surge was not correct. I had 4 1/2 feet of water in the house for about 1 1/2 hours but the house stayed put on its slab, the window boards held, and the big live oaks stayed upright. I spent the storm in a dinghy in the front yard and my cats floated around in the bedroom on my temper-pedic mattress. My father was not so fortunate. He was located where the wave action could get to him so his house was beat to pieces by waves and debris from houses seaward of him. I thought he was at a neighbor's house on higher ground but he was home. He is 91 years old and he sailed out of his bedroom window on his temper-pedic mattress just as the house was collapsing behind him. The wind and waves pushed him into the woods and other wrecked houses. He managed to get off into the debris and get to shallow water where he waded up to dry ground. He eventually made his way to a neighbor and spent the rest of the storm with them. I wasn't able to meet up with him until the next morning when I found him at the wrecked fire station with a whole lot of other people who were also looking for survivors. It has been a year, and I have repaired my house (not much furniture yet) and my Dad is preparing to rebuild his house to the new standards. I just retired from the U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office yesterday and now have the full-time job of getting my Dad's house built in this chaos. I am also helping this beautiful little historic city get it's self reinvented. It will be a long hard job but well worth the effort. I never thought that I would consider my self fortunate to have only had 4+ feet of water in my house. Most of my friends and neighbors are still struggling with gutted houses, living in FEMA trailers, not enough skilled help, not enough materials, and no end in sight. Many grateful thanks to those of you who have helped us in our time of need. If it wasn't for the Good Samaritans, Faith-Based Volunteers, and Charity Organizations, we would be lost. Many from the Tri-Cities have come to the Mississippi coast to help, and many others have donated supplies, books, school supplies, and cold hard cash. We thank you so much. I am looking forward to a good year and will enjoy being able to read the Bomber news now that I am retired and will have time for such things. -Sharon Greer ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) One of the things that make me most proud of being a Bomber is how we will rally around one of our own when they are in a time of profound need. Some one who I can call a friend and is known for being generous to a fault and more loyal than a cocker spaniel, has obviously fallen on some tough times. While he will always come to the aid of anyone who beckons, he has never seeked anything in return. He has put his life in peril going one on one with General Giap's minions and taking me to chorizo omelets and pumpkin bread in a chopped, dropped and flamed 50 Merc. But he now needs us all, and he's not going to ask for any of our assistance. I'm not sure how many of you looked at the latest pictures submitted Saturday by David Rivers, but he needs some serious help with his hat. It's heart breaking to see our man in Vegas, wearing something that looks like he lifted it off Brintney Spears on one of her really bad days. I mean it just needs a little camo and Ted Nugent "might" wear it. I'm surprised that the Sorry Seven let him out in public with it. I guess that was "The Emperor's New Clothes" they were reading in Elton Anderson's study hall instead of "Beowulf", or maybe "Catcher in the Rye". If any of you, have even so much a modicum of love in your hearts, you will contact me at for David's mailing address to send him a new hat. I'm afraid if we don't do something, he'll be back out on an off ramp with a handwritten sign asking for another, as that has to be where he got his present effort. We owe it to David, who knows you, too, might be only "this close" to looking like you grew up in Kennewick. Semper Bomberus jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) ..more news from the Top Notch... where Cougars prowl... children are about average... and a gaggle of Bombers showed up. Seen sitting at the table (L-R) Bill Compton ('64), Leo Bustad ('64), Gary Behymer ('64), Ray Stein ('64) & Too Tall House ('63). Note... All the 1964 grads present were part of Mrs. Linn's - Grade 7 Section 6 - Chief Joseph class (;-) -Gary Behymer ('64)...from downtown Colfax, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:Ray Stein(64) the pictures of the floor pieces were great----still refer to high school as COL-HI--will ALWAYS be that name to me!!!! don't think "Dawald Gym" happened til after we graduated---I remember having a discussion in Mrs. Burns' Steno(senior year)class on changing the name in honor of Mr. Dawald----don't know if our class got to vote on it or not--can't remember. "senior moment". *grin* to:David Rivers(65) LOVED the pictures, but wish you had put names with them. *grin* the "Spudnut Racing" was sooooooooo cool, also the picture of "the bomb"! *grin* -Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of 64)........we've had some rain, lightning and thunder storms, which affected power in certain parts of town{we were without power for over 6 hours}, but now, we are dry and temps are slowly crawling back to the high 70's. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Thanks Thanks to those who responded both personally and through the Sandstorm regarding my question about a renewal on my protection plan. I felt the only thing they really wanted was my money and since I have been unable to find a job for the past 11 months funds have been a bit tight to say the least. Have any of you dealt with McAfee's new upgrades for their virus scan? I upgraded to it in August and had nothing but trouble getting a scan to work properly. I contacted them, chatted with several others, got numerous answers, and it worked for awhile and then became a real headache again. My scan would run all day long and never complete. I finally said enough of this and cancelled my service but unfortunately it was past 30 days so I couldn't get a refund. My internet service has a virus scan and spyware so downloaded theirs. You guessed it- the virus scan is McAfee, but it is like my service was before I upgraded it. I haven't had a "lick of trouble" with it at all. Ah, the wonderful world of computers, something I said I'd never own until I went to my 30-year reunion in 1999 and got one a few months later. Now, I don't know what I did without one, such is life. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/23/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Marilyn DeVine ('52). Fred Schafer ('63) Susan Nussbaum ('63), David Rivers ('65) Patti McLaughlin ('65), Bob Grout ('66wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jean Eckert ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tim O'Neil ('76) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn DeVine ('52) I'm home again from a wonderful, in fact, AWESOME, cruise through the Greek Islands and parts of Turkey. It was one of the most awe-inspiring trips of my life! Seeing the ancient ruins, touching them, and hearing their history from knowledgeable tour guides, walking in the very towns where the Disciples and Apostles preached and spread Christianity probably on the very stones on which those holy men walked. I had not realized they traveled all over those Islands. We were excited to visit the famed Blue Mosque (which isn't blue, by the way), Churches and Monasteries, not to mention shopping in the fabled Old Bazaar and Spice Market in Istanbul, and the Plaka in Athens. Oh, and the incredible Turkish Carpet Market in Istanbul, where I think everyone in our tour group spent more money than they had intended! Then there were the jewelry stores... mind boggling! This was the end of their tourist season and most merchants were willing, in fact eager, to let us haggle over prices. I was gone 15 days although the actual cruise was 7 days. We were blessed with no rough seas! To honor my English ancestors, one morning I got up very early and stood on the bow of the ship as we passed slowly, with a guide tug, through the Straits of the Dardanelles. It was an incredible experience and I'm so glad I got to see that wonderful, ancient, historical part of the world (whether I would get to go was in question for a while due to a specific health problem). I am happy to be home safely with family and friends, in Richland where the fall colors are glorious! I had 95 emails waiting when I got here and many had bounced back to the senders. Sorry for any inconvenience... if you are one who got "bounced", write again, please. I will send a photo or 2 later... when I once again figure out how to send them. Until then, be safe and happy, everyone. -Marilyn DeVine ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Fred Schafer (Gold Medal Class of '63) Yes, Jimbeaux, please send me David's address. I, too, was shocked by the hat. Took up a collection of $19.63 for a new hat. So tell David the check's in the mail. -Fred Schafer (Gold Medal Class of '63) ~ from sunny Vancouver USA where we wear proper hats **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Susan Nussbaum Reeb ('63) Re: Boise Bomber Luncheon ~ 10/21/06 The Boise Bomber luncheon was small in numbers on Saturday, but those of us who got together had a wonderful time visiting for three hours! Lolly Phillips Schultz ('57), Rosalie Geiger Hughes ('57), and I were not acquainted prior to yesterday, but we quickly became good friends. Although I heard from several other Idaho Bombers, they couldn't attend Saturday's function. We hope to have some of them join us at our next gathering, which will probably be scheduled in another month or two. -Susan Nussbaum Reeb ('63) ~ Writing from Boise, Idaho, home of the BSU Broncos who beat the Idaho Vandals 42-26 yesterday! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Sue, Let us know the next lunch date... and TAKE PICTURES! -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: I'M CRUSHED I can only say thank god my name isn't Terry Davis fka Terence Paul Angel Davis... nka Terence Knox ('65)... a shot like that from Jimbeaux ('63) would put him in a tail spin from which he might never recover... I remember the day I had to drive VERY fast from Vegas to L.A. because Ray Stein ('64) had called Terry to tell him he and his family were in town and wanted to drop by and see where Terry was shooting... the boy came unglued for fear he'd get tongue tied and demanded I come over (as if it was just down the street) to hold his hand... sooooooooo if someone as upscale as Jimbeaux was to suggest that Terry's chapeau needed replacing, he might just curl up under the bed and never come out again... geeeeeeez what would the cinema world do without him!!!!! As it is... the boy is off in South Dakota making some kinda western where he plays the Mayor of the town and actually has to ride a horse... (the last time this happened the director made them put a hat... not unlike the one I have I am sure... on to hide the fear in his eyes... I don't make up Terry stories... I may tone them down a bit... but never make them up)... after this movie, he is off to San Fran to make another in which he has a line he is very anxious to speak but which cannot be printed in these pages... it is so well suited to him that I vividly remember an incident when T, Erin and I were shopping and a rather large lady objected to T being in the changing room with Erin... it was not pretty... soooooo... I must thank Jimbeaux for his comments... actually, that hat was not cheap... my paralegal had purchased the almost exact hat (same maker) for 5 bucks last year... The L.A. Roadsters had them this year with their hat bands for only 5 times what she paid for hers and I just had to have one... now I'll have to rethink my Christmas cards because in all the picture choices I've been trying to pick from I happen to be wearing that hat... ohhhhhhhhhh the agony... as you who know me are aware... I am a very self conscious lad and prone to blow with the wind... I can never side step fashion and criticism sends me off the deep end... I am a follower thru and thru... not a free spirited bone in my body... strictly follow the crowd and a slave to what others think... oh if I could just break out of my shell... just once... So Thank You Kahuna of the fashion scene... please forgive my transgression and pleeeeeeeeeez don't ban me from the big kid's table... and if I get a slew of hats in the mail... I KNOW where you live!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [David -- I LIKE the hat! Don't pay any attention to Jimbeaux. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti McLaughlin Cleavenger ('65) Re: Clayton Nelson (Bomber Dad - RIP) We've lost another of the great ones. Clayton Nelson, father of Bobby ('65-RIP) and Mel (61wb-RIP) and Nancy ('69) died Sunday afternoon. He came at the very beginning of the Manhattan Project and helped to build the Atomic City; and he stayed to take care of it. He gave help to so many. He was a Shriner and a member of the Richland Family. He was a good friend to my family. I am so grateful to the Sandstorm. I have not been reading it regularly lately, but I happened to glance at one on Saturday morning which had a note from Nancy about her dad's being at Eagle Rehabilitation. So I went there that afternoon. Clayton was still conscious and knew I was there; he grasped my hand firmly. But he soon slipped into a coma. I am so glad that I got there in time. I sure will miss those big bear hugs and the best beer ever made. We are going to have to step up to the plate and admit that we are the "older generation." Say "hi!" to everyone, Clayton. We'll miss you down here. Nancy says that she THINKS the service will be on Thursday. She and Ruth and the rest of the family could sure use your support. -Patti McLaughlin Cleavenger ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Grout ('66wb) Re: Former POW John Buck dies November 11th is coming up soon. Veterans Day. Interesting article that I received from our Mobile Riverine Force Assn. Don't forget the Vets. -Bob Grout (WB-66 USN Veteran Feb-67-Nov 1970) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/24/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers and 1 NAB sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Lenora Hughes ('55), John Adkins ('62) Paulette Lawson ('63WB), David Rivers ('65) Jeff Michael ('65), Jim Heidlebaugh ('65) Bob Thorson ('69), Don Sorenson (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim "Pitts" Armstrong ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve Rector ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) To: Nancy Nelson Combs ('69) Nancy, I see in the Sandstorm where your father passed away on Sunday. I am so saddened by that news. You know that he and your mom and my mom and dad were good friends for a very long time. I have lost your email address and would love for you to contact me so I can email you personally. God be with you and your dear mom. Lovingly, -Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: The Rivers hat I guess I agree that the Rivers Hat is really ugly - but by golly it looks good on you, David. I'm the one that should talk, being the subject of much character assassination for my myriad of golf hats. As my buddy from Juneau said "John, you need to get out more - without your hat on", and my grandson that took two good looks at my gray WSU hat and "ralphed" into it like he had a bucket in front of him - what a guy. I guess it's just a guy deal. -John Adkins ('62) ~ gonna get close to 70 in beautiful downtown Tri Cities today. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Paulette Lawson Sicilia ('63WB) Re: Jim Hamilton ('63) Oh, shame on you, Jim Hamilton! Comparing David Rivers' ('63) choice of noggin topper to having grown up in Kennewick!!! How could you? Let me remind you that those of us former Richland residents who ended up in Kennewick or Pasco were dragged kicking and screaming from the security and familiarity of our homes by our parents! Though I don't recall Kennewick ever being noted as a fashion hot spot in Washington state, I'm certain that no one ever committed any major apparel faux pas. Perhaps Mr. Rivers has some sort of style choice disorder or you may just have to accept the fact that he was desperately seeking attention. An example of really tasteful and dignified apparel was exhibited a few weeks ago by my two girl friends and me (all 3 of us KHS '63 grads). They had joined me at my place in Arizona and we wore matching pink t-shirts that said on the back "2nd Annual Vintage Girls Gone Wild-Just a Lil' Bit". I won't reveal what our fashion statement was the year before in Mexico because you may be aware that "What happens in Cabo stays in Cabo". Since this was not your first reference to people who grew up in Kennewick or Pasco, I am issuing you a challenge. It would be interesting to know how many people/families moved from Richland to Kennewick or Pasco as opposed to those people/families who moved TO Richland from those places. I moved to Kennewick in the middle of eighth grade, joining many other former Richland students then and over the next four years. So, Jim, are you willing to take on this challenge or do you accept that the Tri-Cities was really just one big happy family? And David, you obviously feel confident in your fashion choices. You're not afraid to wear something that says "I'm hip, I'm cool, I'm a happenin' fool". So keep on displaying that Mr. Weird Hat Wearing Guy That Couldn't Care Less attitude! -Paulette Lawson Sicilia ('63WB-Lion) ~ -Centennial, CO. where the sun is shining brightly over the snow capped Rocky Mountains. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Still shaken....not stirred......... Well... just to show there are no hard feelings with the Gold Medal (isn't that flour? I thought Behymer was the class of '64)... I gotta wish one a them real big kids a special happy birthday... this is a kid that knows hats... never seen him wear one (and wait a minute... isn't Freddie take up a collection for a new hat ('63) the guy who published pictures of himself wearing one of Ann's cute little shorts outfits at some luau the class of '63 had a while back????????)... so anyway... the birthday boy would know a cool hat when he saw one... I know he would... not that I would ever take exception to any advise given by Jimbeaux... tho I must say he shook me up so badly I did forget to wish Lucy Foster ('65) a happy birthday on the 21st... (time is a fluid kinda thing... just because the 21st appears to come before the 22nd does not make it so in the real scheme of things... pay no attention to that little man behind the curtain... I AM the great and powerful Oz... I mean haven't you ever heard of Dr. Who????... we time travelers can do wonders with time... )soooooooo... to the Louie Louie man hisself... the ultimate Wailer fan and the guy who has always had his finger on the pulse of the Northwest Sound... HAPPY BIRTHDAY TODAY TO JIM "PITTS" ARMSTRONG ('63)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeff Michael ('65) Re: David's Hat Gosh... I'm so excited that we have a new hot topic to challenge our mental capacities... and a hot hat model that can handle the critiques of the runway watchers. After all, Ray Stein ('64) didn't get very many takers on his Sandstorm DNA thing. So, for myself, I thought the chapou made a classic statement about the wearer. First, a fellow that was slender... after all, the hat was nowhere near 10 gallons. Then there is the part about the bent over front and back, sorta like a guy who has had his back against the wall and his nose to the grindstone. As for frayed on the edges... how well do YOU no David? So, in short (sorry, David, but we're not all built for basketball), it is a good fit. And I was not surprised to see David following in the footsteps of James Dean, Steve McQueen and Clint Eastwood. David may not be the actor that Terry Davis ('65) is, but he knows how to pick a strong role model. On a personal note, we have renters for our less than palatial estate. They move in before the dust quite settles from our hasty departure. We're in the boxes and toting process just now. What fun!! Y'all will be able to be back safely using the roads and rivers in Bomberville in a few more days. -dj jeff Michael ('65) ~ where this crisp fall day was just downright beautiful! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Heidlebaugh ('65) Re: Hat Well... stood on the sidelines for a couple days, and not my style to judge others' clothes, but I have to defend my friends, damn few. Regarding David Rivers' ('65) hat, what hat? -Jim Heidlebaugh ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Thorson ('69) Am sending an open invite to Ray Stein ('64) and Jim House ('63) to join me and some other older roundball enthusiasts. We play Mondays at Mullan Road Elementary School 6 - 7:30 and on Wednesdays at the Salvation Army, same time as Mondays. I have met Ray (some years back at a CV football game), but not Jim... look forward to you joining us if you choose to. -Bob Thorson ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB) To: Mary Triem Mowery ('47) Found this Richland Villager article reporting about a Tea Party you were in charge of. -Don Sorenson (NAB) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Mary Beth Sturgis ('49) ~ 7/17/31 - 10/19/06 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/25/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Jim Jensen ('50), Pappy Swan ('59) Pitts Armstrong ('63), Jim Hamilton ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barbara Franco ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) Re: Tea Time Don Sorenson's (NAB) 10/24/06 clip from "The Richland Villager" showing Mary Triem Mowery ('47) participating in a Girl's League Tea is yet another example of Don's resourcefulness in producing older tid bits of Richland history. I enjoy all of your offerings, Don. By the way, isn't that Joan Long ('47) seated at the opposite end of the table? Bomber Cheers, -Jim Jensen ('50) ~ Katy, TX where we have temporarily stopped dodging rain drops and are lolling in sunny, pleasant, autumnal weather **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Bill Berlin ('56) and Carol Bishop Horne ('57) Re: Alaska and Old Hats Well, I have scratched my way up, slid down some, and crawled back up (when foolish enough to hunt downhill) a few mountains lately, trying to get a fleeting glimpse of an elk or deer. Also, I have trudged out afield in search of the most elusive rooster pheasants (especially this year). And, have been made to look foolish by those little quail that have the most humbling effect on me after I flatly miss a perfectly good shot and they later can be heard laughing, yes laughing. Have you ever paid attention to a little rooster California Quail's call, "Ha... Ha... Haaa!" Some naturalists would say that they are calling the flock back together. I say they are laughing at me and my bad shooting. I am even hearing their taunting call in my dreams. Likewise, I am sure that Darby, my yellow lab, hears the same and feels profoundly embarrassed for me, as she jerks and twitches, while whimpering in her dreams. Last night (and late into this morning), Darby and I slept for twelve straight hours. We slept deeply, in an effort to recover from our upland bird hunting, opening weekend-induced fatigue, partially from trying to stay up with kids like Brad Wear ('71). I even dug out my neoprene knee braces (complete with metal side-hinges), padded my hunting boots with special insoles like "Super Feet." And, "Yes, I'm jellin' like Magellan!" In addition to a lot of water (two cents plain), I now carry sports drinks complete with electrolytes, and I readily slurp down those energy jells. I have to. I need to. I freely admit that I'm no "spring chicken" anymore, but I also am a driven soul who will be out there "Doin' what I love doin' 'til I can't do it... no more!" If it makes ya feel good... DOO IT! Within reason, of course. So, Bill and Carol, I hope that explains why I have not gotten back to you on this Alaska thing until now. I have to set the record straight. I did not work directly for Alaska Fish and Game (AF&G). I worked for the Bureau of Commercial Fisheries (BCF) and the Bureau of Sport Fish and Wildlife (BSF&W), both sister agencies within the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USF&W), in those days (all federal agencies). I had stints with the BCF in the Pribilof Islands (studying Fur Seals) and the SF&WS working out of Cold Bay (studying wild geese). I was never a fish cop. Believe it or not, Washington State Fisheries said that I was a half inch too short to be in enforcement. I passed the written and oral exams to become a wildlife Agent (Game Warden) with the Washington State Game Department (now known as Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife), but declined that position in order to stick it out with the feds. In 1970, I was offered a permanent job with AF&G to work on Afognak Island at a hatchery, but declined. Had I been single at the time, I probably would have taken it and most likely would still be in Alaska? Life is full of what-ifs! So, I was a Biological Technician while in Alaska, eventually becoming a Fisheries Research Biologist and a Unit Diving Officer throughout the rest of my career. I was with the BCF in the mid 1960s and in 1970 when the BCF was re- designated as the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), and placed within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). I finally secured a permanent appointment in 1974 and spent the remainder of my career back in the Columbia Basin working on improving fish passage at hydroelectric dams on the Snake and Columbia Rivers. I am sorry to say that, although I knew a number of people who worked with AF&G, I did not know either of those whom you asked about. My time in Alaska (other than passing through Anchorage for connecting flights) was way out west, in the Pribilof Islands (working with Fur Seal Research), and on the Alaska Peninsula (studying Emperor and Black Brant Geese). Those times rank up there as high points of my life as does my time in the Marines. Bill, it is hard to say what is behind the reasoning for AF&G's decision to allow bear hunting on the McNeil River without knowing the situation. As they say, "Times are a changin' all over." For every action, there is always a reaction, and even in supposedly "wilderness areas," man's impact is felt. Just as people who begin buying, building, and moving in near an airport soon protest the noise from airplanes; People do a similar thing in the expanding suburban areas and then wonder why coyotes and cougars are eating their pets. Often they have also voted against the hunting (therefore controlling) of predators. Protection of wildlife through "hunting bans" is a benevolent undertaking, on one hand, but on the other, it usually produces new problems through overpopulation, and encroachment on and loss of habitat for the protected species. Is it possible that the bear population up there is getting too large for what the particular area can carry? A classic story in wildlife biology was that of the Kaibab Deer Herd in the Southwest many years ago. The predators were killed off in large numbers in a well meaning effort (but poorly understood at the time) to protect the deer. As a result, the deer grew big and sported large trophy antler racks ... and then overpopulated (BIG TIME), ate themselves out of food, and died off in huge numbers from starvation and disease. However, overprotection of predators can create some nightmare events also. I predict that we, "Ain't seen nuthin' yet!" in suburban areas in regard to problems with bear, cougar, and coyotes, let alone skunks, raccoons, and rodents (and others). The reintroduction of wolves and Grizzley Bears into certain areas will be interesting, as again generally, those responsible for the reintroduction of such will not be the ones who will have to deal first hand with the aftermath. I am reminded of the old story (maybe true--maybe not) of a public meeting where sheep ranchers were complaining about protected coyotes attacking their sheep. The attending environmentalists proposed rather than shooting the coyotes, they should be caught in live traps and the males castrated, before again releasing them. An old rancher stood up and said, "Lady, you don't seem to understand, the coyotes aren't mating our sheep, they're eating them!" To: David Rivers ('65) Stick with your "cover!" Anyone who has a beloved, old, beat up hat or cap will appreciate what goes into the creation of a favorite old "cover." It takes many years and "miles to go before you sleep" for a favorite comfortable old "cover" to acquire that kind of character. If old hats could just talk... or maybe it's a good thing that they can't, in some cases. Semper Fi! -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where the mid-afternoon sun is shining, I'm yawning, and thinking about pulling my beat up old "David Rivers-type" hat over my eyes and going back to sleep. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim "Pitts" Armstrong ('63) To: David Rivers: ('65) Thanks for the birthday wish. I see Larry Coryell ('61) is performing in Richland. Don't forget he was lead guitar for The Checkers, The Dynamics and Grant Ross and The Royals. They played at that well known venue, Chief Joseph Jr-Hi back in '57/'58. The Dynamics were an important part of the development of "The Northwest Sound" in the early sixties. Regards, Pitts -Jim "Pitts" Armstrong ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) It was not my intent to disparage any of "Exiles" who were dragged kicking and screaming across the Yakima River Bridge by their parents. I too, was dragged kicking and screaming across the bridge but it had a lot to do with an unplanned visit to Fred English with Pook and Norman Hill. There are any number of these exiles whose ranks include, Paulette and Melanie Lawson, Phill and Benny Nelson, John and Kathy McMahon, Cecile Phillips, Mitchell Fouts, Bruce Berlin, Kent Jonson, Paul Sterling, Bill Purcell, Jamie Phillips and Randall Dennison, who spent their "Formative Years" in Richland, but you don't see them wearing stupid hats. jimbeaux p.s. I hope there isn't gonna be "rumble" up at the Social Club or at Stop & Go over my comments. -Jim Hamilton ('63) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/26/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers and 1 NAB sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Mary Triem ('47), Jim Jensen ('50) Marilyn De Vine ('52), David Rivers ('65) Jeff Michael ('65), Fran Teeple ('68) Don Sorenson (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sally Sheeran ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Triem Mowery ('47) Re: Social Tea To: Don Sorenson (NAB) Thank you so much for that OLD picture of a faculty tea held while I was an active Bomber - that's almost 60 years ago! I have read your many contributions to the Sandstorm and think we must honor you as an honorary Bomber, what say guys? -Mary Triem Mowery, a '47 Bomber ~ From cooler these days Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) Re: Sad and Happy Occasions To: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) I once again ran across your 8/19/06 posting concerning the death of Samantha Semmern ('02-RIP) and your experience in seeing the wreckage at the scene. In re-reading your account indicating that Samantha's car was struck by a drunk driver I felt a deep sadness that the young woman's life was senselessly destroyed. It brought to mind the deaths of two young women, Dorothy Cravens ('50WB) and Wanetta "Tex" Willoughby ('49), which occurred during my high school years - separate automobile accidents were the cause. You said that once your car had been struck by a drunk driver and that you had difficulty in recovering from the incident. My sister, Julie ('57wb-RIP), was killed in automobile accident. Life is difficult enough without having a drunk driver adding to the peril we face on our roads. I agree that we should never drive after drinking (I don't drink) lest we regret the consequences of our actions for the rest of our lives and take innocent lives in the process. I hope you have been restored, Patti. In a lighter vein, thinking back about the year 1949 always brings to mind the height of my afternoons at dear, old Richland High. Between the 4th and 5th periods one of the most breathtakingly beautiful Senior girls extant would glide past my locker - causing me to halt in mid-book change and simply enjoy the fact of living. Jo Messerly ('49), a curvaceous wonder, with long, dark hair cascading over her shoulders, provided all of the excitement I could handle. As she passed - each day - I noticed the slightest hint of a smile on her lovely face. We got to know each other somewhat (and me a mere Junior), but alas she married Freeman Rice ('46-RIP) and the last time I saw her (outside the Atkinson & Jones office in North Richland) she invited me to meet her beautiful, baby daughter... big brown eyes, just like her mother. Jo will never know how I looked forward to every afternoon... or did she smile because she knew? Ah, memories... -Jim Jensen ('50) ~ Still in Katy, TX **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn De Vine ('52) To: Pappy Swan ('59) Thanks for your input on hunting the bears at McNeil sanctuary in Alaska. I never did make it out there (wanted to, just didn't get to) in all the years I lived in Alaska. I was thinking maybe the uproar is BECAUSE it has been a "sanctuary" and supposedly the bears know it and feel "safe" there. As you say, there is always more to a situation than readily meets the eye. I agree with you that a lot of stupid things (my words, not yours) have been done, over the years, by well-meaning, uh, what shall I say?uh, "tree-huggers"?... who really didn't understand nature and the consequences of some human actions. I for one, am not in favor of hunting the bears at McNeil, but have no idea of the actual situation so I won't write to my former Governor or Congressman and protest the plan! Hopefully, "reason" will prevail. Thank you for your logical explanation and also for the humor in your hunting stories! Best regards to all Richland Bombers, wherever you may be. -Marilyn De Vine ('52) ~ in beautiful Richland, where fall colors deepen as nights cool. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Thanks Pappy Pappy ('59) hit the nail on the head. Ya don't mess with a Marine and his cover... reminds me that Chris LeDoux used to sing a song called "the hat"... may have been called the "Cowboy Hat" but since Chris wrote and performed it Cowboy would be redundant... I never missed Chris when he'd be here during NFR... something about a real Gold Buckle NFR Bronk rider wailin' Rodeo Honky-tonk that does the soul good... in fact...the only time in my life I've ever stood in a line (at K-Mart no less) to get an autograph was to get Chris'... Had him sign his biography which had been signed earlier by the author... those shows he put on were the best... every bull rider in the rodeo would be there in the audience... they could barely see over the bar (you'd think they'd be great big guys) but I don't think I'd wanna get between them and the bar when they were thirsty... so Chris would sing that song about this certain cowboy and his hat and the way the cowboy backed down a gang of bikers with the story about his hat... Pappy you were right on... Thanks to all who came to my rescue... gotta lotta nice comments about that hat... Mary Lou ('63) said it was "hot"... I'll live a long time and never lose the warm fuzzy that gave me... woooowee... And DJ Jeff was right... we sure can turn something little into an awful lot of fun here in Bomberville... thanks Jimbeaux ('63) for a great time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeff Michael ('65) Hey there Bombers and Bomberettes... Overheard at last night at my house: Donna (wife of a Bomber), "Hey, Honey, isn't that your friend David Rivers?" Myself, looking out the window, "No...I don't see anybody at all." Donna, "No, silly, on the TV in the Ford ad!" Myself, "Hmmm, looks kinda like him, but he doesn't sing or play guitar that well. Nope, that's not David... but I'm almost positive it is his hat." -dj jeff Michael ('65) ~ enjoying another gorgeous fall day of packing boxes and toting them to the storage place. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Fran Teeple Wolf ('68) To: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Computer question Betti, to add a little to Rick Valentine's ('68) reply - let it slide, good advice. After two years of computing, if the computer spits up or dies, you will be money ahead to buy a new cpu with the money you saved from buying service agreements. If you want to put money into the computer, buy a read\write cd or dvd. A good cd read\write can be purchased for under $50 if you shop around. Back up your data files, especially your personal items like the address list, pictures, etc., or your whole hard drive. And if you do have to purchase a new system, don't overlook re-furbished equipment from a trustworthy company - like Dell, Gateway or HP. -Fran Teeple Wolf ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB) Re: Fire Prevention Month 1954 All Bombers, Check your fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms. Do you have an escape ladder in your homes second story? Practiced your escape plan and know your rally area? Check door before opening. Stay low. Give your home the "once over" for fire hazards. Check all electrical cords for wear. Too many things plugged into one outlet? Combustibles away from your house, garages and sheds? Check for incompatible chemicals, old oil rags, gasoline storage. Do your circuit breakers work properly? How about the furnace or fireplace? Read the paper lately? The list is not complete what else can you think of what to check? -Don Sorenson (NAB) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Al Thomas ('59) ~ 4/18/41 - 10/20/06 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/27/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Gary Behymer ('64), Linda Reining ('64) Linda McKnight ('65), Brad Upton ('74) Betti Avant ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Don Sorenson One (1) vote yes for Don Sorenson as an "Honorary Bomber"! -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:David Rivers(65) re:Chris LeDoux the song is, "This Cowboy's Hat" and I love that song--also like his song, "Cadillac Ranch". have you heard Garth Brooks' tribute song to Chris? "Good Ride, Cowboy"---it's a tribute to Chris' rodeo career. good song. by the way, like your "ratty" old hat, too. reminds me of the one Toby Keith wears! *grin* Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of 64).......cooler weather in Bakersfield, CA has finally arrived---it's in the 70's. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) Hey, I didn't know David Rivers ('65) was a country boy at heart, but then I did some listening to that rockabilly sound, and then today, David writes that he got Chris LeDoux's autograph.....mighty impressive there, David....... The only country autograph I want is Alan Jackson's. Am pretty partial to that country sound, must be because I'm from Montana. The only autographs I do have are Louis Armstrong's (when he played at Columbia High School in Richland, remember anyone?), Shirley Muldowney's, and then of course my greatest hero, John that guy, so does my hubby!! Anyhoo, I love your hat, David, but think it needs a little work. Maybe a few more days of wearing it in the hot, Vegas sun, with the sweat in the brim, and then you could work out the front of it. I do like the hat on "your paralegal". She looks pretty cute in her hat. Bomber cheers and guitar twangs... -Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) Speaking of stirring thing up.... Has anyone seen or heard from Mike Davis ('74)? BTW, any hat that Mike puts on his head becomes an ugly hat. -Brad Upton ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: answer for Mr. Sorenson I thought of an answer to your query. Make sure candles, matches, and lighters are out of children's reach. When living in Kansas a 6 year old awoke before his mother and siblings. He found a candle and a lighter and lit the candle. When it sparked a fire he got out of their mobile home and was found crying underneath a nearby tree. Unfortunately the smoke detector's battery was dead and the mother and his brother and sister died needlessly. The husband was at work so wasn't there. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacy, WA - feels more like winter than fall today ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/28/06 ~ FALL BACK Sunday at 2am ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Anna May Wann ('49), Missy Keeney ('59) Jim Hamilton ('63), Gary Behymer ('64) Betti Avant ('69), Greg Alley ('73) Mike Davis ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Anna May Wann ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paul Phillips ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paula Bergam ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) Happy Birthday to my twin Happy Birthday to Paul Phillips ('49) may we both have many, many more. Can you still jump rope? Another vote for Don Sorenson! -Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) ~ From Beautiful Bothell, WA where the leaves are turning (and falling off the trees) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) Re: Chorus Events The Rolling Hills Chorus of Sweet Adelines is holding our annual show on December 1st and 2nd this year. It will be in Sunnyside on Friday night and in Kennewick on Saturday. The show is titled "So Much to Celebrate" and will feature the Franklin Handbell Choir, our quartets and the Columbia River Chordsmen. I'll provide more details about the show later but all you Tri-City area Bombers should put it on your Calendar. We have put together a 30 minute condensed version of the show and are offering it to businesses and community organizations for their Holiday parties. Check out the link and if you know someone who needs to arrange entertainment for a big Holiday dinner or party, contact the person on the poster or contact me and I'll put you in touch. This is a secret so don't tell anyone, but our own Burt Pierard ('59) will be playing the part of Santa Claus! He is just perfect for the part!! -Missy Keeney ('59) ~ Richland and my favorite time of year!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) For any of you Bombers who haven't made the trek back to God's Country for a while, I would encourage you to check out and find out what they've done to all of old rabbit hunting grounds. I'm pretty sure that the compost from all of those Oly labels is the secret. jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: The Rolling Memorial -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Clock Changes [FALL BACK] Reminder-Sunday at 2:00am the clocks jump back an hour. You'll get that extra hour of sleep you lost in April. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA - where the trees that haven't changed are getting bare **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Greg Alley ('73) To: David Rivers ('65) Re: Chris Ledoux Thanks for writing about Chris. I got to see him 3 times, all in the area around the Tri-Cities. He was always fired up and fun and he did write some good songs. There was an organization called Sunfest that sponsored music events in the area but as soon as Westinghouse left the big money went away for this group. They had the '50-'60-'70s festival in the summer at the thumbnail in Howard Amon park and a pickin' in the park country show. That's where I first saw him and the last time was before he passed away I saw him at the Benton-Franklin fair. He sang two of my faves, "Life is a Highway" by Tom Cochrane and "Tougher than the Rest" by Bruce Springsteen. Both songs fit him well. Maren, do you have the new Jimmy Buffett album, er ah CD? Just checking as I know you are a Buffett fan. [Yes, I have Jimmy's new CD, "Take the Weather With You"... I'm a Parrothead. Thanks for asking. -Maren] I have had a good run on some old favorites in the past couple months. New music from Bob Seger, Bob Dylan, and Elton John. They're not washed up yet. -Greg Alley ('73) ~ In fall Richland where the mornings are cool, the afternoons are nice, and the evening are getting dark too early. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Davis ('74) Re: Brad Upton ('74) and Ugly Hat of my head If there is anyone who should consider a hat it's you, Brad! By the way, Brad, I just started studying the solar system with my fifth graders. Man, there are some impressive spheres there! Shine on, old buddy! -Mike Davis ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/29/06 ~ FALL BACK at 2am TODAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Mike Clowes ('54), Gary Behymer ('64) Judy Campbell ('64). Pam Ehinger ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: James Daugherty ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: The "Look Out Below!" Dept For the 800 and some registered members of Richland High School Club 40; the DustStorm will soon be on its way to a mail box near you. There may be a few minor glitches, but all in all it is a reasonable issue. I do want to warn the squimish among you that there is a picture of Dick "Tin Can" McCoy ('44, '45 & '02) on the front page. Other than that, it is safe to show your grandchildren. To all those who gathered at the Richland Public Library on Friday the 27th, a hearty thank you for all your help in folding, spindling and otherwise mutilating. The hearty members of the group adjourned to the Roundtable for pizza following. No David Rivers hats were destroyed during any of these operations.. And a belated "Happy Birthday" to those fearsome twins from the Class of '49, Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann and Paul Phillips. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ back in Mount Angel, OR looking at all the leaves that fell since I mowed the yard. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: More facts you should know but will soon forget In Tom Alkire's ('64) book "There's More to Fishing (Than Catching Fish" acknowledgements are given to Bill Compton ('64) & Leo Bustad ('64). Now you know (;-) ***** The following was received by Britt Nederhood a 1964 (WHB). Britt was in Mrs. Linn's 7th grade class & graduated in 1964 from Sunnyside with Bruce Whiteside who is a 1964 (WHB). See top row 3rd from left... Thanks for the pictures and the chance to see some old friends in their maturity. (All five of you guys have hardly changed since seventh grade.) [] Three or four years ago I did email Ray Stein a few times and thought I might be able to catch up with him in Richland over a holiday, but I dropped the ball and never made it. Hopefully, I'll find an opportunity to get together in the near future. I did retire from the Olympia School District last July, but went back to work half-time in October. (That was a mistake.) I'd hoped to be traveling the state, visiting friends and taking pictures for a history project... maybe next year. If you ever get to Olympia be sure and look us up----we have plenty of room if you'd like a place to stay. Britt Nederhood PS: Each year I promise myself a trip to a Cougar football game, but I've only made it back to Pullman once since I graduated in 1967. I'm overdue. ***** -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Judy Campbell Mires ('64) To: David Rivers ('65) Hey David ~ Chris LeDoux? Oh my gosh... he is my idol... saw him many times... every time he got near to Spokane... Saw him at Silver Mountain, at EWU, and twice at the Casino... that last time I saw him was after his surgery... his performance was as energetic as ever. What a performer... what a human being... Garth's song for his friend was spot on. I miss Chris... there will never be another like him. -Judy Campbell Mires ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) I too Vote to accept Don Sorenson! Good Luck to Don. Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/30/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers and Don Sorenson sent stuff: Marla Jo Lowman ('55), Betti Avant ('69), Don Sorenson BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Karen Cole ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betty Pyle ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ray Stein ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John Thompson ('82) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marla Jo Lowman Kenitzer ('55) Re: Sacramento Bomber Lunch ~ 10/19/06 We had a good turn out for our luncheon. The weather was great and as always, we talked for hours. We were pleased to welcome Tom and Darlene McKeown and Jack Paquette (a Col Hi student during his sophomore year and a friend of Jerry Dudley ('53). We heard from some of our former attendees that couldn't make the luncheon for various reasons, but hope to see them next time. Those in attendance were: Jack Paquette (WB); The McKeowns: Tom ('53), Darlene Card ('54), Jim ('54), and Edna (honorary spouse); Jack Sinderson ('53) and Jan Nussbaum Sinderson ('55); The Everetts: Charles ('53), George ('55) and Wanda (Spouse); Bernie Bernhart ('52); Pete Hollick ('55) and Jenine (Spouse); Harold Kenitzer ('54) and Marla Jo Lowman Kenitzer ('55); Deanna Case Ackerman ('55); and The Finney sisters: Pat Finney Risser ('56) and Sandy Finney Harvego ('60). From the Sunny Sacramento, California Area Marla Jo Lowman Kenitzer ('55) and Sandy Finney Harvego ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: another vote I agree with making Mr. Sorenson an "honorary Bomber". He has shared so many wonderful pictures of Richland. Most of them are from long before I was a Bomber, however. Some even done before I was born or just an infant. Thanks, Don, for the pictures and keep 'em comin'!!!! -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson Re: 1956 Halloween Party at the Public Library To: All Bombers, Anyone recognize these little goblins? -Don Sorenson N A B ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/31/06 ~ HAPPY HALLOWEEN ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber WB funeral notice today: Jim Jensen ('50), Mike Clowes ('54) Missy Keeney ('59), Fred Schafer ('63) Ann Engel ('63), Dennis Hammer ('64) Susan Baker ('64), David Rivers ('65) Patti Snider ('65), Rick Maddy ('67) Brad Upton ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rex Davis ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bob Mattson ('63 & '64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) To: Bomber friends of Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Re: Where/How Is She? I had not seen a posting from Betty for quite a long time so on June 16, 2006 sent an email to her asking about her health (she had talked of health issues a couple of postings prior to that date) and expressing the hope that she would soon resume her contributions. Does anyone know how she is? -Jim Jensen ('50) ~ Katy, TX **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: More on the DustStorm. It is in the mail, even as we read. I do hope that we have your correct address and don't get your copy returned. That does cost us an additional 90 cents; to say nothing of the additional costs to mail it to your new correct address. So, if you have moved, or are planning on moving, please let the Club 40 Data Base Manager know. That would be our Treasurer Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49). She is very good at keeping the data base up-to- date. By the bye, this information (your address current or new) will not be given or sold to any other organization whatsomever. That is in the Club's by-laws. Add my vote in making Don Sorenson and Honorary Bomber. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ even more leaves are falling in Mount Angel, OR **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) I vote we make Don Sorenson an HBE (Honorary Bomber Extraordinaire [or however you spell it?)!! -Missy Keeney ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Fred Schafer and Ann Engel Schafer (Gold Medal Class of '63) Re: two more votes Two more votes for Mr. Sorenson as a Honorary Bomber. Keep those great pictures coming. -Fred Schafer and Ann Engel Schafer ('63) ~ from sunny Vancouver U.S.A. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) Re: Photo of Tree Growing in Solid Rock found. The Alumni Sandstorm in August contains my entry about a tree in Wyoming growing out of solid rock. Part of my entry reads: "Somewhere between Cheyenne and Little America the freeway will split and between the Eastbound lanes and Westbound lanes there is a tree growing out of a solid granite rock." "The last time I was there was 1977. . . It was dark the first time we went by and on the way back I was afraid we would miss it again. We got there just after the sun had gone down, however, there was enough light to take silhouette of the tree and rock. The photo came out very good, maybe even a little artistic. I wish I knew where that slide was, I would scan and sent that one, but I have boxes and boxes . . . of slides all over the place." Well, I found the photos and am sending a copy of a photo taken in 1977. I posted a photo of the tree I took in the '50s, and now I am sending one taken in '77 so that they can be compared side by side. -Dennis Hammer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Susan Baker ('64) I am here in Albuquerque, NM celebrating Danielle McGrew Sengel's birthday Oct. 30. Danielle went to Chief Jo while her Dad was stationed at Camp Hanford from 1958-1961. Danielle and I have continued our friendship all these years. We Have also been enjoying the company of Betty Brill who was teacher's aid at Marcus Whitman in the late 1980s. Betty moved to Albuquerque and I gave her Danielle's phone number. They have been friends ever since. I will be heading back to my new home in Gig Harbor, WA and my job as a Real Estate Agent for Vision Realty. Sharon Sasser Warren(64) is handling the sale of my home in Richland. -Susan Baker ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: birthdays... some late some right on the money I admit it... I goofed up again... ya see it's like this... In my practice... I have people who know where I'm s'pozed ta be all the time. If it's Monday and I'm s'pozed ta be in court... they point me towards the court house, give me my files and off I go... If I've got a deposition... they point me that way... it's all regimented and it is hard for me to get lost... but on my personal stuff... I just have this list... in order to do what I'm s'pozed ta do I gotta look at the list at some time proximate to the activity in which I am to participate... with birthdays... I gotta list... it tells me who has a birthday when... I am very good at looking at my list a week or so ahead of time... now if I am thinking clearly enough to put a yellow sticky on my computer monitor I USUALLY get the birthday right... On the 24th, Pitts' ('63) birthday, I saw that I had birthdays of two good buds on the 30th and the 31st... did I put a yellow sticky on my monitor????????? NO! So... I missed #10 in your program's birthday just as clean as a whistle... tho I have mentioned him at least once in the last week or so I know it doesn't count cuz I did miss saying Happy Birthday in the Sandstorm and for that I am sorry... a wonderful friend to all and idol to many I'll try and do better on Ray Stein's Birthday next October 30th... but I did remember a class of '64's birthday and I'm glad for that... A Marine and a friend for about as long as I can remember this guy, too, is a friend to all who meet him and one of the nicest and funniest guys at Col-Hi... What ever you call him... Bob, Bobby or Tuna........ Bob Mattson is just a wonderful guy to know... so HAPPY BIRTHDAY RAY STEIN ('64 ON THE 30TH) AND BOBBY MATTSON ('64 ON THE 31ST)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Snider Miller ('65) Hi everyone! Found a fantastic place to eat and have fun, Rosy's Ice Cream and Diner, a new spot across from the Hampton Inn in Richland. Two Bombers run it with their Mom. Darin Nelson ('96) and Chris Nelson ('99). They have a soda fountain area, they have a banquet room for parties, Karaoke for adults as well as children. They even have dress up clothes for the kids' birthday parties. They also have the 'old tunes' playing, too. It is so fun and the food is great! I invite you all to check it out. Bomber Cheers, -Patti Snider Miller ('65) ~ in Richland where it is 48 at 6:30am and the leaves keep falling **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) Re: Gramps, Missouri, Lewis and Clark, Sacajawea and a Tatanka I made my third trip in the last four years down into southwest Missouri and back without incident. This was the second time I have gone alone. I left August 30 and returned October 3. A bit squeamish about long travel like this alone. I get paid by the VA to not use my hands. A simple flat tire in areas where there is zero cell phone service could cause me very much trouble. Oh, the adventure, the adrenalin... the junkie. Traveling alone, of which I have posted comments before... probably several times... isn't for everybody. I find it very refreshing having to not consider the needs of a passenger, human or animal. You simply cannot leave them in the truck in a 100 and 98% humidity weather situations. Nor in Phoenix when it is 110 in the shade... it's a dry heat. I don't need to go to the Home-Ec. baking class to learn that you might want to remember you got somebody besides you in your vehicle after parking. I could go on and on about worrying about the comforts of a passenger and what THEY neeeeeed. The downside... hey, look at the moose with the pure white twins!! Did you see the big brown hairy tarantula on the road I just swerved to miss? Of course not. I'm driving, they are sleeping, and it is seventy-three miles to Durango. Everything is 73 miles to, particularly in southern Kansas and Colorado. In the real West, towns, gas stations, campgrounds and hotels that don't look like the owner has preserved their mother sitting in a rocking chair can get quite spread out on America's roadways. So, I go alone. If I want to share a moment, I will send a photo. The rest of it I will take to my grave. Besides, who can afford to leave a job, family, the goldfish, or anything else for five weeks to drive around in America in the sweltering heat and live in a tent without a TV or air-conditioning? Not many. Who in their right mind would want to? Alone, I have the luxury of my Ford Ranger with a canopy and a fold in half, tailor made, mattress with light blue ticking. No tent this year. Can you spell KOA? I count my blessings. GENEALOGY: Springfield, MO. I'm looking for family on this trip and checking out the places they lived. Back at the campsite I get into this conversation with my neighbor with the long and tall thirty-five footer, dwarfing my Ranger... or is it little-peopling my Ranger... with the push-outs and a loud running generator shooting exhaust fumes into my campsite that I'm having a hard time reading cemetery stones. Well, he says, go get yourself some shaving cream and a sponge, wipe 'er down real good, wiper 'er off real good and you will be able to read anything. A genius, I'm thinking. The next morning I'm out in Ozark la-la land hoping my GPS guidance system batteries are going to last like that bunny does. I'm carrying a serious plastic bag with several cans of shave cream, large sponge, small bottle of water, a not-big-enough drying/wiping, and eventually scrubbing towel hanging out of my back pocket and a family size bottle of liquid deep woods deet. I'm thinking I must look more like the window washer guy for a city high rise than some guy trying to read a cemetery stone. I forge my way through the unknown territory into the country cemetery. I've already destroyed my $125 NB walking shoes two days prior by using a half can of bug spray on them and the rest of me too before trekking through dense grass and lovely chiggerweed heavily laden with farm road dust that settles everywhere with no rain in sight. Sort of like going bird hunting with your basketball shoes on half way through the season. Now with shaving cream all over everything, my fingers on my left hand are stuck together by drying soap on a hand that is only good for holding a can of beer and maybe two or three other things on a good day. The digital camera is secured, but hanging off the right wrist waiting for some sort of juggling act. The empty 16 oz. plastic water bottle on the ground and the scrubbing towel now looking like a snowstorm drift with piles of pillowed shaving cream stuck to it adds up to a helluva mess. And my three gallon jug of water is 500 yards away locked in the back of my truck. What would Davy Crockett do? From then on I'm taking people's great ideas with one eyebrow raised and with that are you kidding me look on my face. I drove back into Springfield to the art store and bought me some sidewalk chalk. Dry. Practical. Chalk eventually disappears off the headstone over time with a bit of rain like the granite, sandstone and names. My ggg-grandfather's last name is Cornelison. I found his stone rather amusing, for lack of another word. He is buried ten miles north of Branson, MO yes, long before the Oak Ridge Boys and Andy Williams came to town. Actually before Branson was a town with a name. The stone maker, apparently either short on measurements (we have all done this), a stencil or brain cells, could not fit the whole surname onto one line, so, the last "N" in Cornelison is dropped to the lower left under the C. Dying on Sept. 23, 1873, the trees are beginning to turn colorful, the horses rocking back and forth on their hind legs too keep the blood flowing to their little brains, now and then the sound of a grinding or a clinking rock off their shoe, an odd noise coming from the drying, rattling, leaves making the close proximity and unfamiliarity of their own kind that much more uneasy, a nervous snort and accompanying spooked whinny, Coonrod's creaking buggy, the bereaved family standing tightly close near the stone to cut a chilled breeze, crying, blowing noses as the preacher man says a few words over the deceased loved one... and all you can see is that carried over "N". I don't know. At what point is laughing out loud inappropriate at a funeral service? Doesn't somebody in the family go into town and say, "HEY, make another stone and try making this one one letter larger to the right, left... right, moron!" Nope. 133 years later, there it is, and fading little by little, day by day. LEWIS AND CLARK: Taking a break from family matters and cemeteries. A rather interesting trip for me. After forty-five years of living where Lewis and Clark came to, I finally went to check out where they came from. I figured it was time. 200 years to the day of their return to St. Louis. Besides, I had spent seven years in their elementary school in Richland. Erased history, revisionist history or the fact that almost all the national park's gift shop souvenirs are now made in China didn't matter. The fact that York was the first black man to visit Pasco and nothing is named after him didn't matter. I was going to check this out. Lewis and Clark and another September 23. This one is 2006. The new 200th anniversary statue... Captains Clark and Lewis and Lewis' dog, Seaman (who was Scannon until 1987), jumping ashore onto the bank of the Mississippi River in St. Louis, MO, a village with five streets, on this date in 1806. WOW! Until seeing the statues I had forgotten about the dog and the story of the Indians... I mean Native Americans... stealing Seaman... I sometimes forget politically correct when telling people about the days when I played Cowboys and Native Americans on the Lewis and Clark Elementary school yard that was right across the street from my parent's house on Downing Street... okay... the Indians stealing Seaman, a very huge Newfoundland breed. Clark and Lewis go to the Indian village and basically threaten all of them with their lives and give them the U. S. military 'we are the good guys' warning that the Zippos are coming out for an old fashioned village burning and ethnic cleansing if Seaman isn't front and center riki-tiki within ten minutes... and nine of those were already gone... the dog was quickly returned. Something like that. I'm sure Seaman was looking tasty, but also like excellent breeding stock because of his shear enormous size. And young black dog meat, at least what I've been told, is sweeter near the bone. The men actually preferred dog to many other protein choices later in the expedition. I'm surprised they didn't have Seaman stew complimented with various roots gathered by Sacajawea instead of munching on their candles during those starvation diet days. Nevertheless, Seaman, survived to have his likeness placed on two... not one... TWO city landmarks (St. Louis waterfront and in St. Charles' Frontier Park). When it comes to honorary city statues, Seaman two... York and the other twenty-eight plus men, zero. One observational note... Captain Lewis never mentioned the color of Seaman, but historical artists have made him a popular solid black. Not all dogs of this breed are of solid color and when they are, not just black. Of course, when you are one of two (York and Sacagawea) unofficial members of a party, not counting the dog or any children born in route, what do you expect... your likeness on a statue? At least contemporary accounts give great credence and a bit of the so called 'stroke of luck' that seems to accompany American history more often than not to, one, Clark hired a married man, two, Indian women with babies do not accompany war parties and three, a never seen before black man needed closer examination... obviously and preferably alive. In favor of American history, they both belonged there, even if one disappeared from historical record after being freed from slavery by Clark and the other departing without fanfare, possibly dying in Wyoming, maybe Idaho, of old age with her people whom she had been kidnapped from at the age of twelve (I've also seen ten)... only to fade into the dense fog of legend, obscurity and subjective history; an unknown heroine left to the whims of historical revisionists. The fact still remains that we know so little about them ONLY because of the big three... it was 1806, York was black and Sacajawea was Indian. At least Captain Clark took "Pomp" (Shoshone for first born) to St. Louis and gave him an education. Myself, guilty of revising without objective, documented, observation, I would only guess Sacajawea died young. My position being of a maternal nature... a formal education proposition or not, I would find it rare for any woman to give up a child after enduring what this mother and son bonded over the course of almost two and a half years on an expedition into the unknown. Equal in scope as the landing on the moon. "American Heroine Gives Up Baby" is the headlines? Nevertheless, at the very least, without judgment, and in my own opinion, Sacagawea deserved that and much more for this baby (Pomp) from not only Clark, a twice married man with several (7 or 8) children, but the American people. May she rest in Peace. Traveling east and somewhere around Boise + or a few miles Sacajawea becomes Sacagawea (Suh-cog-uh-way-uh). Then the j became a g flip- flopping a few times. Clark spelled Sioux twelve different ways. Therefore, for myself, Tsikikawias will always be pronounced Sacajawea, as in the park and the Richland elementary school. Although, I have bit the bullet somewhat to appease the revisionists, the politically correct, the linguists, old Hippies and those that actually believe her brother called her Sacagawea by now calling a buffalo, Tatanka. Across the Mississippi River in Illinois there is a long stretch of area where Clark and the men stayed for 154 days while preparing to leave. I will probably get this wrong too. I had never heard of some of these places during the ninth grade history lesson. Maybe that was when I was daydreaming... I mean, my ADHD was kicking in... I simply cannot recall. Nevertheless, these towns on this twenty mile or so stretch sort of have a "thing" about where the fort was... sort of like trying to figure out Surf City in southern California. The Wood River's mouth is something like three miles further south from the earliest maps, the Missouri has changed it's entry into the Mississippi repeatedly over 200 years and then we have the Mississippi... that monster... a few channels dug, a new dam. Locals will just have to get over the bickering and move on with their lives. The actual Camp River Dubois (DuBois) location is unknown, but the interpretive center with replicated fort is good enough... at least I thought so. The beautifully conceived, yet with unfinished skin and gift shop full of Chinese made goods, 150 feet high Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower (viewing tower) is wonderful with its scenic panoramic view... over the high voltage wires... looking out at the Missouri River emptying into the Mississippi River. Hopefully they won't have to move the tower any time soon. Aside from the interesting historical L&C places that still exist, for example, Cahokia Courthouse where Clark wrote to President Jefferson a few times, the Holy Family Log Church, the Jarrot House, Clark's grave (and many of his family too) in Bellefontaine Cemetery, not far from where he, Lewis and the dog jumped out of the boat, to name a few, one pounding question about Camp River Dubois keeps popping up. At what point does a camp become a fort when logs are used in the scheme of things for protection? Does size really matter when deciding what is a fort or a camp? A Marine goes to a camp. Camp Pendleton, for example. Army goes to a fort. Fort Lewis, for example. At Camp River Dubois we have the Army calling a fort a camp, or at least what I thought looked and felt like a fort... a very small one indeed... but it still looked like a fort. Nevertheless, one of the most impressive Lewis and Clark spots I visited wasn't even on their agenda... Godfrey, Illinois. I read there is a statue of Sacajawea on the grounds of the Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, Illinois, not too far from Alton, IL, a city right there on the banks of the Mississippi River, where the last Lincoln and Douglas debate transpired, their seventh, on October 15, 1858. Not just any ordinary statue, but a piece sculptured by Glenna Goodacre. Ms. Goodacre also designed the Sacagawea (there is that g again) on our one dollar coin. Most interesting too was the fact that in both cases, the L&CCC statue and the $1 golden Sacajawea coin, the model was the Shoshone Indian, Randy 'L He-Dow Teton. What an incredibly beautiful college campus, besides. I should wrap this up... shouldn't I? I could go on and on and on... and do. Homeward bound is a good thing. Dodge City to visit Boot Hill, Wyatt, Bat, Matt, Kitty, Chester, Burt Reynolds... just another theme town America. I happened to be driving through Garden City, KS and decided to pay my respects to the Cutter family in the Valley View Cemetery. What's one more grave? This family murdered in their farmhouse and played out in a movie named "In Cold Blood" from a book written by Truman Capote was the loneliest grave I visited on my travels. And I visited some lonely graves, believe me. I photographed several. Broken. Stones stacked next to a tree. Unreadable. Squashed into the ground by lawn mowers. I will not be buried. Hard to explain. No flowers... no nothing. I wished I had brought some, but I wasn't on that kind of mission. I still had a thousand miles to drive. Flowers weren't on my mind. The Grand Canyon, the north end, always waiting to be included in a good joke, always beautiful, even when a controlled grass fire at the south end smokes up the entire canyon. And then dropping $200 in Vegas, getting out alive and leaving what happened there... there. A long stretch of desert, again, and home. Awesome trip. A couple photos of what I'm talking about if Maren can humor me and post them. -Rick Maddy ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) To: Mike Davis ('74) Since you are studying the solar system with your 5th graders out there in Finley... I was wondering what you're telling them about Pluto. Planet/no planet? Since Pluto wasn't discovered until 1930, I'm guessing the Finley text books don't mention it anyway. Also, how do you stop the kids from laughing whenever you mention Uranus? -Brad Upton ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Ronnie Pollard ('68wb) ~ 1949 10/26/06 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` September, 2006 ~ November, 2006