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16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Richland Bombers Calendar website Funeral Notices website *********************************************** *********************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/01/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Mary Triem ('47), Marie Ruppert ('63) Gary Behymer ('64), Larry Holloway ('64) Linda Reining ('64), Patti Snider ('65) Pam Ehinger ('67), Betti Avant ('69) Mike Davis ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judy Willox ('61wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Micki Lund ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Triem Mowery ('47) To: The President, Vice President, Secretary,Treasurer, Board Members and Class Reps of Col-Hi's Club 40 I received my DustStorm in today's mail and enjoyed it to the point where next year's arrangements for the annual meeting is discussed. HEY, WAIT UP - - - the class of 1947 will celebrate their 60th, yes 60th anniversary next year and a few of us are starting to get our act together to contact members for this occasion. Of course, we will not know until closer to the actual date just how many of us will come - BUT, BUT, BUT - we sure would like to have designated seating arrangements. Please reconsider. From the founding mother and member of the founding class of Club 40. -Mary Triem Mowery, a '47 Bomber **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) Don Sorenson is as much a Bomber as any of us who graduated. He attended schools here and has contributed so much information on the history of Bomberville. I remember chatting with him during an R2K basketball game when he recognized my husband, Lance ('60wb), as a former classmate. Lance was asked to leave school and not return shortly before the end of his junior year at Col-Hi. It had something to do with ducks being released during study hall in the auditorium. Anyway, if Lance is a Bomber so is Don. -Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: WSU Dad's Day (4) nice tickets to game 5 at Martin Stadium WSU Cougars verses the Arizona Wildcats (Dad's Day) November 4th, 2006 at 2:00 PM. If you don't take all 4 how about 2? I can meet you at the corner of Main & Canyon in Colfax to give you the tickets (;-) These are on the WSU side... on about the 15 yard line. -Gary Behymer ('64)...somewhere in Martin Stadium Section 3 Row 14 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Holloway ('64) My wife, Barbara Eckert Holloway ('61), is in the Kadlec Hospital and has been for over a week. She had some complications with the temporary hookups for her dialysis that they put going into her heart. She had to have a ventilator put in her lungs to help her breathe... her bp and pulse rate were very low and almost nonexistent. She has had dialysis almost every day and is doing much better now and should be released from the hospital this Thursday. -Larry Holloway ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:Rick Maddy(67) re:postings of 10-31-06 LOVED it! you write so descriptively(is that even a word?????), that I can actually "see" all the things you are describing. *grin* to:George(Pappy)Swan hey, Pappy, where's the stories on the elves? are they hibernating for winter? or are you? *grin* miss reading of their exploits! Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of 64)........Bakersfield, CA.......where the temperatures are still warmer than I like, but should start cooling off, now that we have reached the end of October! *grin* **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Snider Miller ('65) Hi again! To be added to my entry yesterday: Rosy's Ice Cream & Diner is opened from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. -Patti Snider Miller ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger ('67) Re: Ronnie Pollard ('68WB-RIP) I am so very sorry to hear of his death. He was a very funny guy in school. We had some great times! I would like to send my deepest sympathy to his family... I know he'll be missed by many! Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Pompeii's Pillar To: Rick Maddy ('67) I enjoyed your entry regarding the Lewis and Clark expedition. Have you ever been to the only known remanent of their journey? East of Billings, MT on I-94 there is a rock high above the river. It bears the name of Sacagewa's son, Pompeii - "Pompeii's Pillar" and is engraved with such and the date they were by there. I have never been there, but living in Glendive, MT for 4 years I went by the sign pointing the way on my treks to and from Richland. I think I have read the rock is made of sandstone, hence it was soft enough to be carved into. In 2003 one morning in Jan. (after I had fallen on the ice a few hours earlier going in to X-ray a patient) they were having their morning radio trivia show. The question was-what was Lewis' first name? I was the first caller with the right answer and also even though it wasn't part of it knew Clark's name as well. I won a free hamburger and fries at McDonald's. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA - the frost is on the pumpkin's here **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Davis ('74) To: Brad Upton ('74) Re: Response to your 10/31/06 Sandstorm entry Well, Brad, I believe Pluto was discovered in 1932 and when I talk about that funny named planet I just say, "Neptune looks a lot like Uranus!" Textbook? What's that? -Mike Davis ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/02/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers and Don Sorenson sent stuff: Betty Bell ('51), Hal Smith ('56) Patti Jones ('60), Patti Mathis ('60) John Adkins ('62), Carol Converse ('64) Betti Avant ('69), Don Sorenson BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Norma Loescher ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tom Beaulieu ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) To: Jim Jensen ('50) Re: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Jim, I clipped out your remarks about wanting to know how Betty is, and took the article down to the Richland Community Center where I figured I would find her. She was delighted to know that you thought of her and wondered about her. Somehow she has lost her connection to AOL and is working on getting it back again. At that time she will write you, but in the meantime please accept her thanks for thinking of her. To: Ron and Mary Re: The Richland Seniors Association Halloween dance on Sunday, 10/29 Jack tried to get the pictures on the RSA web site, but had a problem with it. They will be on it shortly, but in the meantime just go to and you will find a lot of pictures of other dances, picnics, board members, etc. There is lots to see there! I will let you know when Sunday's pictures get on there as there are some really good ones! -Betty Bell Norton ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Hal Smith ('56) -- [URL also sent by Fred Schafer ('63)] Re: Nuclear Cleanup Site Has Cities Cleaning Up Financially While surfing this morning for crossword puzzle sites. i ran into this article. I checked the Tri-City Herald, but didn't find any reference to it. Looks like our home town is getting some long overdue recognition. -Hal Smith ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) I've had so many responses of memories from Bombers that I have sent the following "forward" to. Decided to put into the Sandstorm for everyone to read. I know I certainly had my prayers answered a lot of times during school! I not only love the story --- I love the last quote!! WET PANTS There is a nine-year-old kid sitting at his desk and all of a sudden, there is a puddle between his feet and the front of his pants are wet. He thinks his heart is going to stop because he cannot possibly imagine how this has happened. It's never happened before, and he knows that when the boys find out he will never hear the end of it. When the girls find out, they'll never speak to him again as long as he lives. The boy believes his heart is going to stop; he puts his head down and prays this prayer, "Dear God, this is an emergency! I need help now! Five minutes from now I'm dead meat." He looks up from his prayer and here comes the teacher with a look in her eyes that says he has been discovered. As the teacher is walking toward him, a classmate named Susie is carrying a goldfish bowl that is filled with water. Susie trips in front of the teacher and inexplicably dumps the bowl of water in the boy's lap. The boy pretends to be angry, but all the while is saying to himself, "Thank you, Lord! Thank you, Lord!" Now all of a sudden, instead of being the object of ridicule, the boy is the object of sympathy. The teacher rushes him downstairs and gives him gym shorts to put on while his pants dry out. All the other children are on their hands and knees cleaning up around his desk. The sympathy is wonderful. But as life would have it, the ridicule that should have been his has been transferred to someone else - Susie. She tries to help, but they tell her to get out. You've done enough, you klutz!" Finally, at the end of the day, as they are waiting for the bus, the boy walks over to Susie and whispers, "You did that on purpose, didn't you?" Susie whispers back, "I wet my pants once too." May we remember to look for the opportunities that are always around us to do good. -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ Not quite ready for the cold temperatures that have been around for the past three days. Trick or Treaters didn't care. Where I am in West Richland is full of children. What fun! All the costumes and doting parents was worth the cold opening the door. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) Oh Mr. Rick Maddy ('67) thank you so much for your vacation entry. I myself have often thought of leaving it all behind for a while and seeing what's out there, but the coward that I am, have never done it. Thanks for living my dream... and sharing it. -Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Adkins ('62) for Brad Upton ('74) and Mike Davis ('74) I can't remember, are there any rings around Uranus? -John Adkins ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) To: Rick Maddy ('67) I must say "WOW"! I thoroughly enjoyed reading your Sandstorm entry of 10/31. I felt as though I was on the trip as well and could just see all that you were describing. Carol Converse Maurer (Baby Boomer Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA. - I see a bit of rain on the window and the forecast is for rain for the next several days. Guess it's that time of year. How was everyone's Halloween last night? We didn't have many kids at all this year. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Extra Research I looked up some more info. on "Pompey's Pillar. It is indeed made of sandstone, but bares the name of W. Clark and the date he was there not Pompey's name. I guess there is a trail from the bottom to the top and has a nice view of the surrounding countryside. From reading parts of the L&C sites in Montana it says much of Montana is just like it was when they were through there 200 years ago. Little did they realize at the time they were in Montana they still had a long ways to go to get to the Pacific Ocean. That was some amazing journey!!!!!!!!! -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA ~ still a bit frosty this morning but it's supposed to rain for the next several days, ah western Washington in the fall **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson Re: 1950's Columbia High Pictures To: 1950 Bombers Any familiar faces? -Don Sorenson N A B ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/03/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Marilynn Working ('54), Richard Mumper ('62) Roy Ballard ('63), Gary Behymer ('64) Linda Reining ('64), Rick Maddy ('67) Betti Avant ('69), Brad Upton ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) Re: Pompey's Pillar A few years ago my husband and I driving across the state of Montana headed to Glendive (my birthplace) for a family reunion, we stopped at the pillar. I walked up the many steps that go near to top where William signed his name. We took pictures from up there and on the way up and of the signature. A nice venture!! It is a ways off the freeway but I recommend you stop and check it out. There is a lot of information and history all around there. -Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) ~ at new house in Pasco where we are waiting for a few days of rain. They say it will warm up into the 50s again. Don't want that freezing rain!!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. >>From: Richard "Dick" Mumper ('62) Wednesday 11/01/2006 10:32:09pm COMMENTS: Still taking in O2 and solid food -Richard "Dick" Mumper ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roy Ballard ('63) To: Patti Snider Miller ('65) My wife Nancy ('67) and I along with a good friend Jackie Sheard ('61) ate last night at Rosie's. We had eaten there when they were in the other location just to the west, but sitting there was a true delight. I had a Reuben and the gals had French dips. I ended my dinner with their great A&W root beer float, the mug was twice the size of the mugs at Dales old A&W on Lee. By the way Jackie told us of the times that she used to mix up all the Root Beer at A&W, it took about 150 pounds of sugar to do the job. Well, back to Rosie's, what to me made the night was while eating we listened to all of the old tunes of out years in high school. What an evening. Oh, again tonight we are going to go back to Rosie's with the Conrads, Kathy Hoff (older) and her hubby Keith, great company. Dinner should be great again. Re: Pompeys Pillers Nancy and I had stoped there a couple of years ago and it was very interesting. There is a wooden walkway all the way to the top, but watch out for those little devils with the buttons on the end of their tails, (rattlers) they are around. -Roy Ballard ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Click on the URL... move your mouse about... and left click as you move the mouse (;-) -Gary Behymer ('64) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [What a hoot. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) found a cool site for music from "our" years----so much fun going back and listening to all the "oldies". have fun, searching this site. (IF, for some reason, this link doesn't work, then try: Briarcliff Manor High School Class of 1960 Reunion Juke Box) Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of 64)........Bakersfield, CA---we are still using the a/c in both house and vehicles! am sooooooo ready for cooler weather. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) Travel To: Betti Avant ('69) Betti, I have driven by Clark's signature several times in my lifetime. My brother-in-law and sister, Jerry (KHS '64) and Sheila Maddy Kell ('66), just did recently stop. Even as a kid, my dad, taking a different route to Iowa every three to five years, always drove past doing 75 ARE WE THERE YET, daddy!?! I have never seen it. Last time on that highway was in '03... I think I was doing 75, too. No excuses. My travel fever, my gypsy ways I move every five years on the average I believe come from driving past all those places as a kid. Nevertheless, I also remember the hum of that Ford V8 engine as a child, falling asleep in the back seat of the family car to its hours of never-ending gentle roar, and hearing it for a solid three days... a life time on the road for a five, seven, ten... and still sometimes for this fifty-seven year old with a V6. To: Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) Patti, I can say for sure that the United States of America is a fantastic place. From the diversity of its people to the ever-changing landscape, I am absolutely addicted to driving around in it. Woody Guthrie told us in song about our beautiful America. I do hope some day you just pack it up, shove a wad of saved cash in your pocket and just go. When your money dries up faster than you expected, just turn around and go home. $5,000 and five weeks. Big jug of water, a small ice chest, a pound of jerky, package of dried fruit, a cell phone and Motel 6. No stove, no coffee maker, no kitchen sink, no nothing. You will find food and coffee... you are in America. You are not camping... you are surviving (there is a difference). After six months from returning home, you will reflect upon what you did, what you experienced... and it is incredible. A feeling, unexplainable, never to be found in any book, photograph or travel guide. My children don't like me being 'out there' alone. They worry. Naturally. Goes way beyond just my handicaps. But my son has a Spanish/Cuban girlfriend that lives in Compton, CA... I dread him going into that town... voted the number three most dangerous city in the United States behind St. Louis #1 and Detroit #2. So, touch! Let nothing stop you. As far as women traveling alone... I've actually met many. Met several world travelers while living in Kihei. And met women traveling alone camping in KOAs and national parks. Just like our fellow alumni from Indiana (is it IN?) with the pond... a fellow traveler... I momentarily have forgotten her name... but you know who I'm talking about. She is on the road to everywhere. There is risk walking out of your house... just up the ante a bit and go. AND never forget that American women are the freest women in the world. Jamestown, VA will be 400 next year. I'm thinking about going there again. I drove to Virginia in '03 and '05. I would describe Virginia as a fantastic place, one of the most interesting states per square mile, but I can also describe about every fifty miles of road with the same word... FANTASTIC. To: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) Thank you. -Rick Maddy ('67) ~ from sunny Huntington Beach, CA... I'm here for the weather. Never been anywhere in my life that I didn't question the sanity of people living there... why (never ask why) this place!? **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: one more little tidbit for Mr. Maddy ('67) I looked up some info. on Sacagawea. He thought she perhaps died at a very young age. I found a blurb about her in reading up some more on L&C. She died in 1884 on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming at the age of 94!!! The article also stated she couldn't believe the golden grain growing in the ground could actually become flour. OK, no more L&C and Sacagewea for now. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacy, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) Who's going to be in Las Vegas soon? I got invited to the HBO Comedy Festival and will be appearing at Caesar's Palace, November 17th at 10:00 PM and November 18th at midnight. Everybody in the comedy world will be there. Comic Relief 2006 is also happening that evening at Caesar's. Most of you have probably never seen Mike Davis' ('74) impersonation of Elvis, but it's a classic. I'm hoping for an appearance by the King. -Brad Upton ('74) P.S. To John Adkins ('62): I'm not sure if there are rings around Uranus. Mike would know. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/04/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Pappy Swan ('59), Bob Rector ('62) John Adkins ('62), Dave Hanthorn ('63) Mike Franco ('70), Vic Marshall ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Betti & Robert Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Darren McIntyre ('82) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) NEWS FLASH! U. S. Navy phases out F-14 Tomcat Fighter Another era in the history of aerial combat flies off into the sunset. But, wait...This just in. Reports of a last flying "Rogue" Tomcat continue to come in. Some suspect that it may actually be, yet another "Top Secret" project. This particular F-14 has somehow been reduced in size and is able to streak low through neighborhoods, big city streets and sky scrapers, highly controlled airspace, and even in and out of mini-malls. Sparse reports surfaced throughout the summer and into the fall as authorities mapped its progress across the nation by tracking a trail of "misappropriated gasoline" events, apparently siphoned from lawn mowers and various lawn implements. Actual sighting reports are now coming in. In early September, Two very wet and moss covered "good ol' boy" duck hunters stumbled from a swampy area of the deep south with terror written across their trauma ridden, scraggly bearded faces. They were mumbling, nearly incoherently, something about a "Silver-winged Teal," looking a lot like a miniature Tomcat Fighter, strafing their duck decoys and sinking their duck boat with a rocket attack. Local Game Wardens would like to meet and thank the aircrew of that tiny Tomcat. It seems that they have been trying to catch these two poachers for years. As a result of that little air strike, the frightened poachers freely admitted to hunting before the season opened and completely confessed their past transgressions. One of them, Billy Bubba Bungle, was heard to mumble, "Dang Game Department don't fight fair no more! Now, thar trainin' the ducks ta fight back!" Lately, at night, a faint light glows from the window of the ready room at Burbank International Airport (BIA). Inside, on the wall chart, a red line of map pins maintained by Keepsie, now points the way back toward BIA. Her boys are coming home! Local elves finally admitted to receiving, via "Elfin Mind Mail" (emmail), a notice from Lowiq (the pilot) and his RIO (back-seater), Bogart (mini-shades of "Maverick" and "Goose"), that they are homesick for the Puddle and are homeward bound. I suspect that these local elves have known the changing location of the tiny Tomcat...all along. Stand by for further Elfin news. To: Bill Berlin ('56), Marilyn De Vine ('52), and David Rivers ('65) Re: Bears and Hats It occurred to me that perhaps the bears, at the McNeil Bear Sanctuary in Alaska, are becoming all too familiar with humans. Are any of them wearing hats? After all, Yogi and Smokey wear hats, and didn't Boo Boo also sport a nifty little lid? As David will attest, the Marine Corps Bulldog wears hats. To Marines, they're known as "covers." The USMC Bulldog's "cover," of course, is at his own personal discretion (Doughboy-type helmet, Camo-covered steel pot, "Smokey Bear-type" campaign hat, soft "Utility" cover, or contemporary camo Kevlar helmet. A Marine bulldog can pretty much wear anything that he desires--Just check out some Marine tattoos. But, that's another story. And finally, I too, vote for making Don Sorensen (WB) an honorary Bomber (HB) for his multitude of valuable contributions to the Sandstorm and Bomberdom in general. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) - Burbank International Airport (BIA), Burbank, WA where we, Sergeant Pappy and his lonely hearts club band of brothers and sisters, Corporal Darby, Puddy (civilian cat--he's a lover not a fighter), Lance Corporal Murphy, and notable local elves including Keepsie, Lowkey, and Meditor (ancient elfin Mastah), warmed by generous Leprechaun Libations, sit waiting, scanning the friendly skies for the first glimpse of a tiny homeward-bound, silver bullet. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Rector ('62) Re: Sacagawea's grave and coins at grave sites To: BettI Avant ('69) We pulled into the Indian cemetery to see the grave of Sacagawea about thirty years ago. All the graves were mounded and covered with pennies stuck vertically in the dirt. It was a hot afternoon. The tour office was an old pick up truck and the tour guide was asleep with his bare feet sticking out of the window. We all got a chuckle out of the scene. We finally made enough noise that the "guide" awoke and came and pointed out the grave that was supposed to be that of Sacagawea. There were no markers so we could just took his word for it. Her son, Jean Baptist, is buried in SE Oregon. I did the math and it appeared he was 55 to 60 years old when he died. Anyway, about the coins: I haven't picked up a hitchhiker for twenty years but a few months back I picked up two Indian boys on the Washington side of the Dalles. I figured they were just going down to one of the "homesteads" down the road. However, they were Yakima Indians headed for Wapato so I took them all the way and we talked the whole time. Fascinating! (1) First, practically all of the Indian Spirits live in Oregon... not in Washington. *centered in the Ochoho Mts? (2) At high school graduation, each had been given a special feather (adorned with beads etc.) that had been crafted by a relative. If they by chance would let this feather touch the ground, someone would die... or at least something very terrible would happen. I asked where they had put their feathers and they would not tell me exactly where, but they were in safe keeping so as never to be able to fall to the ground. Next, if they take good care of these feathers, they will receive a nicer feather in the future... also made by a relative. I said, "OK, so is the nicer feather a bald eagle feather?" They laughed and said, "we really don't know." (meaning they had no idea how to identify bird feathers) (3) About a fourth of the way up Satus Pass from Yakima, we rounded a corner where the boys pointed out the burial place of a long ago lady witch doctor. Usually Indians are buried with family but she had no family so was brought up to this hillside for burial. When Indians drive by, they can throw out a quarter to the spirit of the witch doctor and ask for "a special favor". I told them about all the pennies stuck in Sacagawea's grave and they said that it was from people who were asking for "a special favor". I said, "should we stop here and go pick up some change?" They laughed again and said, "No, that would not be good." I thought it interesting that a penny used to be enough for a favor, but now they had to throw out quarters... inflation I guess. (4) The boys were going to join their uncle and go hunting on the reservation for meat for someone's grandmother. They must enter the hunting areas through a check point and give their I.D. number or name and the guard will check the computer. They must also check out when they leave, so they know everyone got out safely. The biggest Indian boy admitted that he got lost for one whole afternoon and didn't find his way out until almost dark. He said, "I was really scared... then he grinned... I'm not a very good Indian." -Bob Rector ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: 2007 Club 40 I noted with some interest Mary Triem Mowery's ('47) plea for tables for her classes 60th reunion. I had just earlier read the club 40 Presidents article in the "DustSorm" in which Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) said only the 50th year reunion class will have guaranteed seating together. Of course there are other classes to be considered, specifically every even 5-year class does or may have a class reunion. This is the case with the class of '47 (60 years), the class of '52 (55 years) of course the 50 year class of '57 and the class of '62 with it's 45th year. I certainly did see some problems occur for classes other that the 50 year class of '56 at the 2006 weekend, in fact the table I was at inside was moved to patio because we failed to recognize the green and gold balloons were intended for a special class grouping. If I understand the planning for 2007, the tables are to be reconfigured into "line" tables rather that the round tables of the past. If that is the case, it seems to me a pretty simple clerical function to count up the number of registered members and spouses of a class and reserve a section of seats for them. As I have said to Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) in an e-mail, "It would be sad, indeed, if classes "bolt" the club forty weekend because class seating can not be obtained". I encourage everyone with an interest in this matter to contact the Club 40 administration to find a solution other than an attitude of fend for yourself. -John Adkins ('62), class of '62 reunion committee member **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Hanthorn (Gold Medal Class of '63) To: Linda Reining ('64) Re: Oldies music site Hey Linda, thanks for giving us that great website with all the old songs. I have a pretty good collection of oldies on CD, but that site has stuff I haven't heard in over 40 years. Funny thing, I can still remember the words to most of those old songs, even though I can't remember what I had for breakfast this morning. -Dave Hanthorn (GMC '63) - From cold and rainy Mercer Island, WA where the winter monsoons have definitely arrived, brrr. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Franco ('70) Happy birthday (10/31) to Rex Davis ('49). We played tennis last summer and he still has that perfect form. For those of you who didn't know it, Rex came out of retirement a while back to coach the Pullman High School tennis team. Happy B-day, coach, and good luck with that coaching job over there! -Mike Franco ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic Marshall ('71) Re: A Father's Love The link below was forwarded to me by a good friend. It chronicles a father's love and devotion to his son - and to go through the whole thing is a humbling experience. It was very inspirational to me. I wouldn't normally post something like this, but it was pretty darn impressive You either need to cut and paste or hit your ctrl key and right click on the link Enjoy!! -Vic Marshall ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Ray Sheeley ('69) ~ 5/27/51 - 10/19/06 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/05/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45, '46, '02), Bonnie Allen ('59) Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Charles Cox ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judy Cameron ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Curtis Gunter ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy ('45, '46, '02) Re: Seating, Club 40 I thoroughly agree with John Adkins ('62), we can certainly figure out seating for the "special classes" at the 2007 party. Take note, AKA! -Dick McCoy ('45, '46, '02) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bonnie Allen ('59) Re: Another episode of the "Elves" To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Thank you for another episode of your "Elves!" Glad you're back--we've missed you and your wonderful stories. -Bonnie Allen ('59) ~ Mill Creek, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Home There's no place like home 'eh Lowiq and Bogart? I knew you'd return one of these days to good ole Burbank, WA, USA. To come home is one thing but to do it as "heroes", I must say I for one am impressed. I'm awaiting your tales of adventure and missions. Welcome home, buddies. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where after the past several days and several more predicated the pond is getting full once again ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/06/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Ralph Myrick ('51), Pappy Swan ('59) Patti Jones ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Becky Rulon ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gerald Stein ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ralph Myrick ('51) To anyone that wants to read it I was talking to some old timers, me included in the old timers, about memories of years gone by. "Muscles", Sonny Robinson's name come up. He lived at the bowling alley and when he greeted you, it was always, "Hey, hey". He always had a smile on his face and everyone knew him and still talks about him. The merchants in town and bought him a bicycle and watched over him. As a matter of fact, we all did. Then, I think they left for California. Do any of you that remember him know what has become of Muscles? Also, we were coming back from Walla Walla. Went there to pick up some wine from my son Neal ('83), I think, and I recognized Jane Russell mountain. Do any of you, especially the Cougars, remember it? This is an old timer memory. I can't believe all these years have gone by. Wow! -Ralph Myrick ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swam (Swami, Sweeney, Swain, ... or Swan) ('59) To: Bonnie Allen ('59) and Betti Avant ('69) Re: Another episode of the "Elves" (coming "Home") First, Bonnie, you wrote and said that it was not you who misspelled my last name in your posting to Sandstorm. No problem. As you can see from the examples above, many times, over the years, there have often been unintentional or inadvertent efforts made to corrupt "Swan" to something else. [Bonnie's right. I did that when I was "filling in the blanks"... Bomber apologies to both George and Bonnie. -Maren] I once wrote to the Topeka, Kansas State Offices to get an additional copy of my birth certificate. It came back with George "Swann" on the certificate but the envelope was addressed to George "Swan." Go figure! Once a lady even asked me if I was related to Lynn Swann, the Football star? So, as you can tell, I am used to it and see the funny side of it. Thanks to both of you for welcoming the Elf stories back, but keep in mind that the two rowdy elves are not home ... yet, merely headed this way. So, Betti, don't get ahead of the story. When I was a kid, I would sit spellbound around the pot belly stove in Aunt Gladys' General Store in Riverdale, Kansas, listening to my Gramps tell yet another "Big Windy." Sooner or later, an eager listener would attempt to volunteer some information. Gramps would stop. And then, after a long pause, he would hit the spittoon next to the stove leg with unrivaled accuracy. And then, with one eye all squinted up, like Popeye or a patch-less pirate, he would regard the interrupter and ask, "Now who's tellin' this story? However, the elves asked me to assure you that "they thank ya fer yer support." -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) - Burbank, WA where......Let's see now where was I in this story.....Oh! Ya!...Burbank International Airport (BIA), Burbank, WA where we, " ... ," warmed by generous Leprechaun Libations, sit waiting, scanning the friendly skies for the first glimpse of a tiny homeward-bound, silver bullet (regarded by some as a Silver-winged Teal). **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: Fallen soldier memorial Appeal. Carol Rose spouse of Glen Rose ('58) who in Texas with her daughter-in-law and grandchildren. SON returning soon from IRAQ. Carol called me yesterday asking me to do this Sandstorm entry for her. The following is what she requested. 4th Infantry division is building a memorial for fallen SOLDIERS. They are asking for donations to complete the memorial. Request is that the donations be in by November 15, 2006. Please send donations to: Four id.Association Fort Hood Chapter, P.O. Box 5009 Ft. Hood, Texas 76544 Mark contributions 4th Id Memorial A little bit about Carol from Patti. She has been attending Bomber functions in the Richland area with Glen for the years they have been back in Richland. This is the first time I have ever heard Carol in the six years I have known her to request anything. We pray Carol will be returning home soon. Carol can be reached by phone by emailing Patti. As we approach Veterans Day pray for the SOLDIERS and the War be over. -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/07/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Shirley Drury ('51), Ray Wells ('54) George Swan ('59), Linda Reining ('64) Brad Upton ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marilyn "Em" DeVine ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dan Haggard ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Weaver ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Julie Smyth ('69wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Drury Crume ('51) Re: Sending "Thank You!" to Linda Reining ('64) for the music site she recommended the other day. Linda said: "IF, for some reason, this link doesn't work, then try: Briarcliff Manor High School Class of 1960 Reunion Juke Box)." I had no trouble accessing the site nor downloading the music I want to keep. I like to include a song with the Email I send, if it's not too long a piece of mail. There are so many tunes on the site, I only made it so far through the 1st year listed, 1960, I think it is. Greetings, everyone, -Shirley Drury Crume ('51) ~ Kennewick, where the weather has changed drastically since last week... when it was below freezing for 3 or 4 nights. This night past it was 61 and is now, at 7:20 AM, 67 with light rain. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray Wells ('54) To: Ralph Myrick ('51) Re: "Muscles" Yes I remember Muscles. He did have a sense of humor. I was standing near him one day at the old recreation hall as he was having a conversation with a Camp Hanford Soldier. After exchanging a few comments with Muscles, the soldier said to Muscles, "You are not very bright are you?" and Muscles responded, "No, I'm not, but then I'm not in the Army either!" -Ray Wells ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Maren You can calls me Ray, you can calls me Jay, you can even calls me Swam, just be sure to calls me fer chow time! To: Ralph Myrick ('51) I remember "Muscles," Sonny Robinson and, "Hey, hey!" He was probably the most upbeat guy that I have ever met, and he was just livin' life. I too, have often wondered what happened to him? Brad Wear ('71) and I went to Walla Walla last Saturday to attend an early luncheon to observe the Marine Corps Birthday (November 10). The theme focused on Iwo Jima Vets, of which there were about 8 or 9 in attendance (all from the eastern Oregon/Washington region), and a large number of vets who served in the other island campaigns of WW II. In addition there were both men and women marines, and vets from the other services who had served in WW II, Korea, Vietnam, and the conflicts since. There were at least 125 people who attended (including some spouses). In short, Brad and I felt that we were literally surrounded with history makers. However, to look at them, they are just the guy down the street, on the next farm, or the lady in that office over there. Semper Fi Going and coming, we too, saluted Jane Russell Mountain, although, in my day we had other names for it, as I am sure you did also. Brad was a Cougar and I was a Dawg, but I had worked the canneries in Wally World. I guess that makes both of us old timers. I too, wonder about all these years that have gone by. Wow! Where'd they goooo? -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) - Burbank, WA where the drizzling gray skies continue. And, Eemail has it that the little Tomcat is currently grounded (somewhere in a Midwest town) under some thick arborvitae, as the two man crew searches for lawn mower gas (a scarcity at this time of year). **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:George(Pappy)Swan(59) re:elves YEA!!!!!!! the elf stories are back!!!!! missed those little guys, so glad you are telling us of their adventures, again! *grin* re:last name spellings mine was always spelled right, but pronounced wrong. it is pronounced, "wrening", but it has always been mistook for "raining"----am sure it's the German spelling that confuses people. when I was a kid, I tried to get my dad to change the spelling to "Rening", but he said it had always been spelled "Reining" and that's how it was gonna stay!!!! I can remember Mr. Haig practicing through grad rehearsals on pronouncing it "just right", but on graduation day, you guessed it-----he said, "Raining"!!!!! -Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of 64).........Bakersfield, CA----am still waiting for cooler weather. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) Re: Jane Russell Mountain You "older" Bombers were so much more elegant with your language. I know exactly the hill you speak of, but we called it T** Mountain. No imagination there. I'll bet the Native Americans had a name for it too! -Brad Upton ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/08/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Jim Jensen ('50), Ralph Myrick ('51) Nola Davey ('56), Floyd Melton ('57) John Richardson ('58), Burt Pierard ('59) George Swan ('59), Patti Jones ('60) Bob Grout ('66WB), Mike Davis ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barb Eckert ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Spencer Houck ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) Re: Mr. Sorenson I join others in casting my vote for Don Sorenson (NAB) to become Don Sorenson (HB) = "Honorary Bomber" or some other appropriate appellation. Lucky to be A Bomber, -Jim Jensen ('50) ~ Katy, Texas...Maren's favorite town in the whole USA ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Yeah, Jim. Katy's my favorite town TO HAVE MY CAR TOWED TO! -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ralph Myrick ('51) To: All Bombers This is an ABP for Gillian Langley Tracey. Do any of you know what has happened to her? Harvey Montgomery ('50), is her uncle and I mentioned I heard she had died. Harvey said that her sister died but know about Gil. Is there anyone out there in the Bomber network who can verify Gil's death. Harvey wants to know and I would like to be able to give him the truth. Harvey and I are blowing out lines again this year. This makes about five years or so. Our ages total 149 years. Sometimes I wonder what people think seeing two rather senior guys doing this kind of work. We have been working for three weeks and tomorrow is the last day. This is kinda neat because I get to visit with some Bombers. Jim Eagan [Jim Eagen ('53)??] is one and is doing just fine. I didn't get to see Ruth Ann Kurt because I wasn't with him for that job. Another guy that some of you softball players might remember is Wes Liechty. He was a great pitcher right along with Jimmy Jones and Eddy Fainer (spelling). I don't know if you all knew that Jimmy passed away. Wes got sick right after his wife died. He is able to get around with a cane. Darn, I hate to see this happening to guys we knew. There were some other Bombers we did, but the old mind isn't what she used to be. -Ralph Myrick ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nola Davey Meichle ('56) To: Class of '56 I still have four class pictures left over from our reunion. If anyone wants one, they are $10.00 each. Also, could Carole Staples Emmons ('54) please email me. Thanks. -Nola Davey Meichle ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Floyd Melton ('57) Happy Birthday Dan the man Haggard on 11/7. Good to hear you are still celebrating the day of your birth and may you do so for many years to come. -Floyd Melton ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Richardson ('58) Re: Russell Mountain I along with numerous other Bombers also worked at Wally World canning company in the late fifties. There was a group of us that drove back and forth every day and we always kept a keen eye out for "T---y Peak" as it was known at the time. As for the Native Americans having a name for it; I guess that will have to go unanswered but it is my guess that they probably built it. No telling what is buried under there. Re: Muscles As I understand it, I believe that he moved to California with his Mother. Several years later they came back to Richland for a two or three week vacation and when the businesses at the Uptown found he was back they all chipped in and bought him a bike to ride. In earlier years you would always see him riding around town on his bicycle. One day as he rode past I yelled out "Where you going Muscles?" and he yelled back "I dont know but Im late". I also remember Saturday mornings at the Uptown Theater. He always sat in the front row and when things got exciting he would yell "Hey, Hey" and throw his hat up in the air and go running after it. Those were the days, no worries and just having fun. Bomber Cheers -John Richardson ('58) ~ Longwood, FL where we could use some of that rain that you have been getting. We are having drought conditions here. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) To: Brad Upton ('74) Re: Jane Russell Mountain I'm pleased to see that you have finally aged enough that I am no longer considered to be an "older" Bomber, since we also referred to the Mountain by an extended variation of the name that you knew. We called it T*TT* Mountain. Observe that to be anatomically correct, the "older" Bombers should have called it Jane Russell (after a mastectomy) Mountain. Some musings about the Mountain: it would only look "right" when traveling West towards Wallula and sunset was the best viewing time. Brad, do you think the Indians might have put the pile of rocks on the tip and painted them red? Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Linda Reining ('64) Re: Names I must confess, after all this time of communicating with you, I figured your name was pronounced, "Rhein-ing" (Like the Rhein River.) See, an old dog can learn new tricks! I will remember now, as Wrens are one of my favorite little birds. To: Brad Upton ('74) Re: Jane Russell Mountain Kudos! Now I see why you are such a successful comedian and a lifelong friend of the famous, Mike Davis. All the time, I was just thinking it and dancing around it, but you just went right for it! You said, "I'll bet the Native Americans had a name for it too!" I'll bet they did. I have read that The Grand Tetons of Wyoming were named by lonely French Fur Trappers. As a young lad, I was so inspired by the lonely little hill sitting on the skyline west of Walla Walla that I once made a planned stop. I re-piled the rocks on top and applied a fresh coat of pink paint. Ah, the satisfaction that comes from service to "Fellow Man!" Re: Elfin Air Force Sighting - Tiny Tomcat Returns Our boys are indeed coming home! In fact, they are now in the Tri-Cities area, apparently going for one last long, local joy ride. So, local Bombers, lock up your lawn mowers... unless you care to contribute to the final phase of this errant elfin aeronautical adventure. Apparently, Lowiq and Bogart radioed in with the message, "If Bombers will leave their lawn mowers sitting out near a street, sidewalk, or driveway, we thank ya fer yer support, over and out!" My friend, Dennis Hammer ('64), highly familiar with military history and equipment just happened to be driving north on highway 395 when he recognized what many would merely have, more than likely, regarded as a tiny UFO, a wayward Frisbee, a blowing foil burger wrap, a freshly liberated erratic hubcap, or a silver-winged teal away from water. Dennis managed to snap a picture at just the right time which will verify the validity of his sighting. Go to the photo below for photographic proof. ~George "Pappy" Swan - Burbank, WA where I am theeenking, "What a time to decide to put my new "Microloft" sheets on my bed, as the outside temperature was 68 but the inside temp was 76 when turning in last night. With the air conditioner and numerous fans running in my room, I fantasized that I was on the deck of an aircraft carrier as I listened to the overhead sounds of a Tomcat doing periodic flybys. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Vera Smith Robbins ('58) Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) Re: All Bomber Luncheon Richland Reservations (preferred) by Friday, November 10, 2006 Reservations can also be made by phone WHEN: Saturday, November 11, 2006 WHERE: JD Diner, 3790 Van Giesen, West Richland, WA 99353 Used to be Coney Island (Light green building just past the Yakima River bridge heading west from Richland on the right side) TIME: 1:00 P.M. PRICE: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served all day. Prices range from $4.50 - $13.95 (add drink, tax, and tip) Bomber spouses and friends are welcome! Looking forward to also seeing out-of-town Bomber visitors. Bombers Have Fun, -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60), Vera Smith Robbins ('58) and Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) Message from Patti: We have had our rain and wind the past few days and more expected. Nothing like Western Washington. I have had many emails regarding different things from people in Western Washington. In all my years of living there I have not heard the fear from the people living there as I have the last three days. Western Washington is due for the next round of rain. Pray for all that the stormy weather is over. -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Grout ('66WB) I understand it's raining a lot up in the Pacific Northwest. Here's a couple of [Disneyland] pictures to keep you from being down. We need some of the rain down here. 96 Today and the holidays are coming soon. -Bob Grout ('66WB) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Davis ('74) To: Brad Upton ('74) You Carmichaelers called it T** Mountain, but the more sophisticated, knowledgeable students from Chief Jo called it T** Ridge. -Mike Davis ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/09/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45, '46, & '02), Ann Pearson ('50) Betty Bell ('51), Judi Pearson ('54) Hal Smith ('56), John Richardson ('58) Bill Scott ('64), David Rivers ('65) Robert Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Lou DeMeyer ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dick Boehning ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kandy Smith ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dick Pierce ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tom Schildknecht ('70) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Bill Scott ('64) & Cherrie Tempero ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy ('45, '46, & '02) Re: hooray!! I know we cannot do politics in this spot, but I can say I am ecstatic this morning!! -Tin Can McCoy ('45,'46, '02) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Pearson Burrows ('50) and Judi Pearson Parker ('54) Re: Thelma Pearson - Art Teacher (RIP) Over the years many of you have asked about our Mother, Thelma Pearson. You have expressed your fond memories of her and she had fond memories of her students. She taught art at Jefferson, Carmichael and Chief Joe during the 1940s and early 1950s. Mother passed away on November 6th at almost 96 years old. She continued to paint until she was 92 years. -Ann Pearson Burrows ('50) -Judi Pearson Parker ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) To those of you that were at the Richland Seniors Association's Sunday Dance on October 29th, some of the pictures are now on the web site: Great bunch of costumes! There are also a lot of other things on that site - check them out! Also, the Richland Seniors Association is sponsoring their Annual Holiday Craft Bazaar on Saturday November 11th from 10:00 to 3:00 at the Richland Community Center at Howard Amon Park. We have 38 vendors and a great variety of items. Hope to see you there! (Sorry, Patti [Jones Ahrens ('60)], guess I'll have to miss this luncheon too! See you next month, maybe.) -Betty Bell Norton ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Hal Smith ('56) I am writing to ask for the help of my fellow Bombers to join with me to stop John Richardson ('58) from ever again begging for rain on our website or any other public forum. Yesterday John typed an entry and at the bottom signed off and complained about our drought conditions. Shortly after his plea came the holocaust Article on recent Florida weather Bombers unite... STOP HIM!!!! -Hal Smith ('56) P.S. p.s. John you haven't been in Western Washington recently, have you? **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Richardson ('58) Re: Rain Boy oh Boy, be careful what you wish for. Yesterday I wrote that we could sure use some of that rain that you have been getting in the Tri-Cities and about 2:30pm a storm cell passed over Central Florida that spawned one or more tornados and dumped 4 to 6 inches of rain in about three hours. I should have run out and bought a lotto ticket.. To: Mike Davis ('74) Re: T***y Peak So much for Chief Joseph sophistication: I believe that you will find that a (T** Ridge) as you called it is something you find on a Razorback Boar Hog. Can you guess where I went to Jr. High? Blue and White Fight, Fight. To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Itty Bitty T***y Peak You are correct regarding the name of the Grand Teton Mountains in Wyoming; they were indeed named by a French fur trapper. As regards your service to your fellow man I salute you and your paint. I am quite sure that Lowig and Bogart flew several circles and roll overs around said peak thus giving them an excellent Elfin eye view of your paint job on this prestigious peak. I think that you my friend should lead the charge in having a contest to come up with a permanent name for the Peak that so many of our fellow male Bombers of superior taste and lechery have come to hold dear to their hearts. Go for it Pappy, your fellow Bombers are depending on your sage intellect to help resolve this problem. Last of all, I and so many others in the Bomber family welcome back your tales of the Elfins. -John Richardson ('58) ~ Bomber Cheers to all from Longwood, FL where it is 76 and sunny today. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Scott ('64) Re: Sonny [aka "Muscles"] To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) As was pointed out in the Sandstorm some time back, the beloved Sonny is believed to have died while riding a city bus in Los Angeles, date unknown. By the way, you must like that nickname "Pappy", but me, I will fight forever to avoid embracing geezerhood, and no matter HOW old I get, anyone who ever calls me "Pappy" had better start running. -Bill Scott, Boomer Bomber Class of '64, from beautiful downtown AND uptown Nipomo (the town's too small to separate them), California, where the temperature yesterday was a scorching 96. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: more birthdays... and so close to the Big Birthday Gotta confess... I missed Jimmy Weaver's ('64) birthday on the 7th... Thanks to Maren I got the word in the Sandstorm and sent him a note... he was amazed that I knew his b-day... guess he doesn't read the paper... Jimmy and I have been friends since he was in the 2nd grade... I used to hang around his sis Cheryl ('65) all thru grade school... Jimmy and I stay in touch but sis has gone on to bigger and better things... BUT... there is a birthday I didn't forget... this guy is one of the main stays of the Gold Medal class of '63... he and his wife ('63) keep things running smoothly... he is also an advisor to the lovelorn. No kidding... this guy has great advise for picking up chicks... I know cuz he gave Rob Hills ('63) a bit of advise at lunch when we were all there for Pook's ('63-RIP) send off... and Rob was able to snatch Kathy Hoff ('64) away from me with just the mention of a stairmaster... I've decided that I will ask the birthday boy if he will tutor me in the art of wooing... I hope his lady doesn't mind him giving away some of his secrets... I promise to use them wisely... While Jimbeaux ('63) was an excellent teacher in the art of trolling for sophomores, I think most of us have outgrown that game... well not outgrown it maybe but certainly could find ourselves in a world of hurt if we tried it now and I really doubt we'd have much success... tho I do remember a particular teacher (that's all I'll say... no mention of his subject of study) who used to come unglued when Myrna Melling ('65) and I would walk by him very suggestively with my hand glued to her backside... oh what fun we had... but back to the birthday boy... I sure hope that Dick Boehning ('63) has a WONDERFUL BOMBER BIRTHDAY ON THE 9TH........ PARTY RIGHT INTO THE MARINE CORPS' BIRTHDAY DICK!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Avant ('69) Re: Sarah Palin Interesting that Sarah Palin with her Bombers in her background was able to mark finish to one of Alaska's most popular Democratic politicians. She was a very impressive mayor of Wasilla when I lived there and I have no doubt about the job she will do in the belly of the beast (Juneau). -Robert Avant ('69) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [ Sarah is the daughter of daughter of Sally Sheeran Heath ('58) and Chuck Heath ('56-Sandpoint, ID). -Maren] ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/10/06 ~ HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARINES ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Richard Roberts ('49), Jerry Boyd ('52) George Swan ('59), Sandy Carpenter ('61) Marilyn Swan ('63), Dennis Hammer ('64) Gary Behymer ('64), David Rivers ('65) Jim Heidlebaugh ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Johnson ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carl Dvorak ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dee Shipman ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Fred Meeks ('73) HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARINES **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard Roberts ('49) To my liberal fellow Bomber [Dick McCoy ('45)], Yes, but thank God for the president's veto power. I'm convinced after all of these years of political observation, that whoever is in power, they too will soon screw up and the other party will take over. That will probably happen in the next two years. I didn't want to put this in the Sandstorm as it would start the break down of the policy to keep politics out. I'm surprised that Maren printed your comment. Cheers, -Richard Roberts ('49), A Conservative ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Not a break down -- just a LITTLE deviation ... my way of apologizing for not reminding everybody to VOTE on the 7th. This is about the most deviation y'all are gonna get out of me. *GRIN* -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jerry Boyd ('52) To: Ralph Myrick ('51) Re: Your question on Jill Langley Tracy, I will pass on the information that I know about. Jill was at the Class of '52 reunion in 2002 and she looked really good and has remarried and her last name is now Jacobsen. They were living in Richland at that time. I do not have your current e-mail address! -Jerry Boyd ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: John Richardson ('58) Re: Itty Bitty T***y Peak Ummm, no John. I cogitated on that one fer a while and I have come to think that the name of that little upside down cone-shaped hill should be left to the fantasies and memories held dear within the hearts of each and every fellow male Bomber of superior taste and lechery. Besides that, look what happened the last time you suggested a new idea. It were a gully washer! We better leave well enough alone. To: Bill Scott ('64) Actually, I am kinda proud of my nickname, "Pappy." It was given to me by my fellow, Grunt Marines who thought that with my dark "high 'n tight" haircut and clean shaven dark beard (in those days), and probably some other unattractive features, I looked much older than the average eighteen year-old. Most of them did not need to shave then, but were required to anyway. At first, I wasn't sure about it, but then when I learned who Gregory "Pappy" Boyington was (High scoring WW II USMC Fighter Pilot), I gladly kept it! Incidentally, I got to meet him once at an air show. Besides, when growing up, my nickname was "Shorty." My wife, Jeanne, still gets it all mixed up and tells people that I was called "Stubby." Hmmm, suppose she's really mixed up? I must say that I like "Pappy" better. And nowadays, I definitely look like a "Pappy." And, age is a state of mind anyway, so as long as I can keep pokin' around my mountains and marshes... age and geezerhood are just Fig Newtons of somebody's imagination. Aging is as inevitable as death and taxes. So its more fun to make the best of it, and my vain days of worrying about what I look like or if I am regarded as an old duffer are long gone, if they ever existed. So, yep... I like the nickname. It makes me feel younger! To: All Marines and our Navy Corpsmen, everywhere Re: In observance of November 10, the birthday of the United States Marine Corps. One of our more famous Bombers is James N. Mattis ('68). You can read his official biography in the "Famous Bombers" section found in the Alumni Links on Maren's Sandstorm site. Jim is a Lieutenant General (three stars), U.S. Marine Corps and is the Commanding General, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, which basically includes the 1st Marine Division and supporting elements, based at Camp Pendleton, CA. As an old Marine, I am more than "proud to claim the title" of "Friend" of Jim and his brother, Tom Mattis ('66), also a fellow Marine. I believe that Jim, is one of those Marines destined to be prominently remembered throughout our country's history. He has been described as being the finest leader the Marines have produced since Korea. He also has a wonderful sense of humor. And, you know how much I appreciate humor! At a recent (early) observance of the Marine Corps Birthday at Walla Walla, WA, Tom distributed copies of a birthday greetings letter to Pacific Northwest Marines from his brother, General Mattis. With Tom's kind permission, I am providing Bombers with a copy of Jim's Marine Corps Birthday message at the following link: The birthday of the United States Marine Corps is also most appropriately right next to Veterans Day. A hearty thank you to all U.S. Military Veterans. ~George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~Burbank, WA were I too am wishing all Marines and our Navy Corpsmen (whom we regard as fellow Marines) who have served and those currently serving, a Happy Birthday. Semper Fi, Marines! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sandy Carpenter Lee ('61) Greetings from rain & flood soaked Gold Bar, WA! Thanks, Patti [Jones Ahrens ('60)], for your request to pray for all of Western Washington's rainy weather to be over... we have HAD it, and then some! We live along the Skykomish river which reached it's crest a couple of nights ago; we only dodged that bullet by about 30" as the flood waters covered our neighbor's property and ran across our road. My brother, Gary's ('64), home was also spared, even though it sits right on the edge of the river banks. The only thing that saved it was the fact that after the last bad flood he had the Corps of Engineers come in and lay some big boulders all along his bank... and this time it held. Standing in his living room, though, during the crest, it felt as if we were in a houseboat and water looked eye level. It was a fearful but awesome sight. Several houses in our development were engulfed with flood waters, and 3 houses were lost in the next development down from us on the bend of the river. It was really pretty scary to be on flood watch for 2 nights in a row, putting as many belongings as we could higher on shelves, and trying to have ready what we'd want to haul out the door in a moment's notice. But the Lord was good and answered our prayers, and we got thru both nights. For a time we were cut off from neighboring communities because flood waters were over the main highways in and out. We feel so blessed to have so far escaped the flood, but so very sorry for all of those who have either lost their homes, some their loved ones, and many of them facing the hardship of clean up now. Please pray for everyone over here, and that the rains will be over. More is forecast for this weekend, and we surely don't need any further drenchings. -Sandy Carpenter Lee ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) To: Bill Scott ('64) Re: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) In support of "my much older brother", I have to tell you that "Pappy" just fits this OLD story teller. And whether we like it or not, we're all gonna be old geezers to somebody younger if we should all live that long!! Aging gracefully is the secret!! Pappy didn't always go by that moniker, in fact I grew up calling him "Shorty". I should have been the one called "Shorty" as I never got much taller than an even 5 feet & I'm sure shorter & wider now as that old devil "gravity" has taken it's toll! Actually, he has gone by other names, but I shall not embarrass him here as some of them sort of relate to "Shorty". And I have to remember that this is a family forum. As we have aged we have now become even stranger names to each other. He is now "Goober" to me & I am "Loopy" to him & that folks is our family secret. -Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) ~ "Pappy's" much younger sister. Salt Lake City, UT. where it's chilly (41) & a blustery fall day. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) Re: USMC Birthday & Iwo Jima Memorial Service With the Marine Corps birthday today, and with the recent motion picture "Flags of Our Fathers," I thought some fellow Bombers, especially Marines, might be interested in seeing these photos I took on board the heavy cruiser USS Saint Paul off Iwo Jima. On April 6, 1969 the ship passed near the island of Iwo Jima and the ship's Marine Detachment held a memorial service. I have posted the photos of the service in the order they were taken. I also scanned a page from the Saint Paul's cruise book for 1969. Ships have cruise books the way schools have year books. It looks like the ship's photographer had a better position than I did, but I was standing close to where he was. -Dennis Hammer ('64)~ U. S. Navy ('68-'72) USS Saint Paul CA-73, USS Ashtabula AO-51 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Pictures from WSU game ...these photos from Leo Bustad ('64) -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: 231 years of tradition unhampered by progress To all my Marine brothers and sisters I say Hail and Fare Well. From the first time we set foot on those yellow foot prints our lives were for ever changed. We wondered if we would ever carry the proud name of Marine as the days slowly dragged by. We learned that we could do anything... anything for a finite period of time tho it often seemed to be measured in terms of forever. Our DIs nurtured us thru the hard times and the good... guiding us to be far more than we ever believed and to endure far more than we ever believed possible. We learned not to be Sh_t Birds for we would pay dearly... we learned to endure more pain than we thought we ever could to avoid being a dreaded "pick-up". At the rifle range we learned about Maggie's drawers and wondered at the PMI, as he almost seemed human. After the range the demeanor of the DIs changed... we wouldn't find out for some time to come that they were now far more afraid of us than we were of them. They had taught us all they knew without holding back tho it meant they had armed us with the same tools they possessed... the Lore of the Corps is full of stories of some boot who realized in a moment of anger or frustration that he WAS the baddest Mutha in the valley and performed FUBAR on some DI off his guard... on graduation day we were bursting at the seems at the splendor of ourselves in the uniform of the day... (we would later look at those pictures after we had tailored our uniforms to see how baggy we looked at graduation)... no matter how grungy we might allow ourselves to be in utilities... when we put on a dress uniform we would always be AJ Squared Away... After ITR we would go to the corners of the earth... many straight to the Nam and others waiting for the inevitable orders that would take us there... From the moment we stepped on the yellow foot prints we would never be the same... our lives would always be changed and we would be brothers and sisters for eternity... I won't even try to call roll of all the Col-Hi Marines... no matter who I mention someone will be left out and I have no intention of ever leaving a Marine out... At R2K, Number 32 ('63) and I had big plans of getting all the Marines in a picture... we managed to remember when there were maybe 5-6 left on the field... almost exactly the way the '65er's Sorry Seven came about... we were going to have a picture of all the kids in our class who were born in Richland at the Hospital... we remembered when there were just a few of us left after breakfast... Even then two of the seven weren't born in Richland... but who the heck cares... WE are BOMBERS... so again... to all my MARINE Brothers and Sisters... I wish you HAPPY MARINE CORPS BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!! (as a little added attraction I'm sending pictures of the car I drive to work often... it is sitting in the lot right now and I'll be driving it on the 10th too!) -David Rivers ('65), S/Sgt USMC **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Heidlebaugh ('65) Happy Birthday Marines! Semper Fi -Jim Heidlebaugh ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/11/06 - VETERANS' DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff: Gus Keeney ('57), Pete Overdahl ('60) Katie Sheeran ('61), Helen Cross ('62) Dave Hanthorn ('63), Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Bill Scott ('64), Kathy Hoff ('64) Linda Reining ('64), Patti Snider ('65) Bob Grout ('66WB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bev Coates ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jack Sinderson ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Don Eckert ('64) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Jerry Boyd ('52) & Patsy McGregor ('54WB) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) To all you Vets on this Veterans Day. Thank You!!!! -Gus Keeney ('57) ~ from Sunny Yuma, AZ where it was close to 90 today!!!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pete Overdahl ('60) To: Ralph Myrick ('51), George Swan ('59), John Richardson ('58), and so on. Re: Jane Russell Mountain, etc., etc., etc. When I first started on the Patrol with the WSP in 1967 I was assigned to the Walla Walla detachment where I spent my first two years before returning to the Tri-Cities and retirement in 1991. Yes, we drove often by landmarks rather then by road numbers. Names like Ells 40, Calhoonsville, Minnick Hill, Bergevans Flats, and Nine Mile Hill. No one knew how Nine Mile Hill got its name, as it didn't measure nine miles from anywhere. But it was the highest hill between Wallula Junction and the small town of Touchet. It was quite steep and we covered our share of accidents on this hill. And yes we were very much aware of the hill with many names that was on the north side of the crown of the Nine Mile Hill. And yes it had it's easiest viewpoint if you were Westbound on SR #12 at the peak of Nine Mile Hill. The pink or reddish paint was kept in view by different interested groups. The one I remember best was the time a sign was painted brown & white as most DOT signs were for public landmarks or people like Lewis & Clark. Well as the informed public so informed us that this new sign on the north westbound shoulder of the roadway was placed there by some of the Whitman College students in Walla Walla. The sign brought the attention to what was named "Mammary Mountain". It became an appropriate landmark until the DOT felt it was a fictitious sign and removed the official landmark sign. . -Pete Overdahl ('60) ~ Where we went from Fall to Winter back to Fall and almost spring trying to find a happy medium in temperature. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Katie Sheeran Johnson ('61) Just got back from Alaska and haven't been reading the Sandstorm so I don't know if anybody knows that my sister Sally's ('58) daughter Sarah Palin is the new Governor of Alaska. First female Governor of that state. It was a wonderful experience standing outside in -5 or so degree weather waving signs. We froze but sure was fun and we're all so proud. A lot of people said "she hasn't a chance" but she did it. Just think, Sarah's sorta a Bomber...... -Katie Sheeran Johnson ('61) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Katie -- I know your parents would be SO PROUD of Sarah. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) We have been enjoying our trips back and around Washington State, and we managed to avoid the flooding. However, we weren't able to avoid the deer. We hit a deer driving to the Pullman game on Nov. 3 just outside of Dusty. And last night coming home from Spokane, a deer almost walked into my husband's car door, outside of Davenport, at about 5 pm. So we are trying to keep our eyes open..... We were able to spend a few days at beautiful Lake Pend Oreille earlier this week, and it is still lovely. We will be joining my brother, Roy ('65) and his family complete with my only ne ices and nephew for Thanksgiving. I am thankful to be able to be with family for another holiday. And I'll also get to see my Mother again. Since football season began we've stopped by for a quick visit before the games. We are enjoying being in Tieton this few months, where Warren is preaching at the Hiland United Methodist Church. He loves preaching, and I love having a home outside of our car after the last 3 months when that was so. I'd hate to say how many miles we've racked up in just the state of Washington since we arrived August llth. But I think it's over 5,000. However, as we've gotten to see more or our favorite state, they have been miles well spent, and they have also been miles we've driven to see some good friends we don't often get to visit. (Glad we got to over Chinook Pass and see Mt. Ranier before the flooding.) Maren, will there be a December Bomber luncheon in Richland? As I can't make the one this weekend, I am hoping for the December one. Or all that is left to me is the one in Sacramento maybe in January, unless I can get the Indiana Bombers together for one this next summer. [Supposed to be every 2nd Saturday so today, 12/9, and 1/13 -- Check the All Bomber calendar -- link towards the top of every Sandstorm -- for Bomber lunches in other locations. -Maren] My thoughts and prayers for all the people and families who have been affected with the disastrous flooding in Washington and elsewhere. Yes, we do need to be careful what we pray for. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ home in Tieton for a little while, hoping the foster cats are safe back in Indiana **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Hanthorn (Gold Medal Class of '63) Re: Veterans' Day Here's a big shout-out to all my fellow Bomber veterans on "our" day (and especially these from class of '63: You have all earned the gratitude of our nation for your service. Some of our sacrifices were small, while others were enormous, but we all did serve when our country called on us, and for that we should be rightfully proud. And the best way for us to show our pride is to honor those "kids" who are wearing the uniform today, and serving so heroically during these dangerous days. So hail and fair-thee-well all you vets, and be safe and come home victorious to all that are serving now, and may we all have peace for our remaining days. -Dave Hanthorn (GMC '63) ~ From wet and soggy Mercer Island, WA which at least hasn't suffered any of the Western Washington flooding. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Re: Help from Bombers to settle a discussion OK... My sister, Tere ('65) and I say that there was NO covered bridge between Richland and Kennewick when our Dad took us to Tri-City Braves games. Our much older brother, Tim ('62), says there WAS a bridge. Tim is currently in the Denver area, had had dinner with Ed Wood ('62), but had already left Ed, so he couldn't ask Ed about the bridge. Now, we KNOW we had to go over the Yakima River and both Tere and I remember the covered TRAIN bridge, but still don't remember a covered bridge for cars. So, how did we get to those Braves games? Bomber cheers, -Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Scott ('64) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: "Pappy" Now that I know the source of your nickname, I can understand why you would indeed be proud of it. Right on! I guess I was just irritated a long time ago by some of my classmates, as early as the 30-year reunion, already talking about having a "senior moment" or complaining about their accumulating aches and pains like some ancient rest-home specimen sitting on a park bench. Gimme a break! Old age is inevitable for sure, but it wasn't pleasant turning 60, and I'm not going to go down easy. -Bill Scott (Boomer Bomber Class of '64) ~ from beautiful Nipomo, CA with the beach on one side, mountains on the other, and the 101 freeway running through the middle of town. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kathy Hoff Conrad ('64) Re: Veterans' Day "Thank You" to all of our Veterans for serving our great country! Your sacrifices are greatly appreciated - you are our Heroes! A.C.E.S. (American Citizens Encouraging Support) designed (by Bombers) an ornament to raise funds for our Welcome Home bags, to send Care Packages over seas and to the wounded in the hospital. The ornament reads: LAND OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE and lists all branches of the service including the Merchant Marines. See attached photo. The cost is $10.00 each (includes S&H). They would make a great stocking stuffer for your favorite Veteran!!! Please email me if you have any questions. Our web site is Thank you for supporting our military as they continue to protect our freedom. Don't forget. Proud to be an American and a Bomber! -Kathy Hoff Conrad ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to: All the Vets, past and present, and especially to those serving, now....THANK YOU!!!! to: George(Pappy)Swan(59) re: nicknames the Marines are good ones for giving nicknames---my dad was called, "Sarge" from the time he was in the Marines til the day he died. I used to watch, "Baa, Baa Black Sheep"(aka: Black Sheep Squadron)with Robert Conrad and loved it! and, from my understanding, "Pappy" Boyngton was a young man when he got that nickname. to:David Rivers(65) re:car cool car!!!!!!! if I am not being too nosey, who is "Chesty"? and, since I know NOTHING about cars, what kind of car is that? sorta looks like a Plymouth Barracuda, but am not sure. Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of 64).......we are finally getting cooler temps in Bakersfield, CA---no rain, yet, though it is predicted for this weekend, and temps are down in the 60's. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Snider Miller ('65) Just want to say thank you to all the past and present servicemen and women on Veterans Day! You all are my heroes! Prayers for all who are in Iraq and surrounding areas, please be safe. -Patti Snider Miller ('65) ~ from Richland where we are fortunate to have pretty nice weather and lots of beautiful leaves falling **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Grout ('66WB) Excellent information for Viet-nam Vets Hi Maren: Nov 11th is coming up this Saturday. If any Veterans are sending pictures of their tour of Duty for Viet-Nam for remembrance. Here is mine. 1968-69. Just in case. Mobile riverine force (Mekong Delta) -Bob Grout ('66WB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/12/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers sent stuff: Jim Jensen ('50), Rex Hunt (53wb) Bonnie Allen ('59), Ned Barker ('59) Tom Verellen ('60), Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Carol Converse ('64), Dennis Hammer ('64) Doug Ufkes ('68), Betti Avant ('69) Robert Avant ('69), Gale Waldkoetter (72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Duane Cross ('79) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) Re: A Bridge to the Braves Stadium To: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Re: Your 11/11/06 posting. If your Dad took you to the same Braves Stadium that existed in 1950 (and before) then you didn't cross the Yakima River via a covered bridge. The ONLY vehicle bridge used in crossing the Yakima enroute to Kennewick was a virtual "extension" or continuation of George Washington Way and it was not a covered bridge. In a day when there were very few signs on roadsides you would continue along the "Kennewick Highway" (sic) after crossing the bridge and eventually hang a right where a sign indicated the Braves stadium would be found (can't remember the actual name of the baseball field) [I remember that! It was Sanders Field. -Maren]. It was a fairly short trip, but took a while because the roads were narrow and traffic was fairly heavy. Now if a covered bridge was built after 1956 and was torn down before 1981 - then I know nothing about it (always close with a caveat). Bomber Cheers, -Jim Jensen ('50) ~ Katy, TX - It's late Autumn or early Winter, right? Then why was it 89 with high humidity during the afternoon of November 9th? **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rex Hunt ('53wb) To any one that may care: My Dear wife of 50 plus years passed away about 2 hours ago around 1:00am November the 11th. I sit here with dreadful heaviness. Too stunned to even cry. I have been forced out of our bedroom while the Coroner does what ever a coroner does. I am relegated to sitting here as I ponder what shall I do. She was my Radius. Without her I feel so out of balance. Like a wheel that has lost its hub. I feel so lost, so small. So inadequate, so helpless. I have no direction. She was my Lode star. -Rex Hunt ('53wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bonnie Allen ('59) Re David Rivers' Car To: Linda Reining ('64) The car in question is a "Henry J." It is written on the trunk--or shouldn't I be such a smart alec? -Bonnie Allen ('59)~ Mill Creek, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ned Barker ('59) Re: Veterans' Day To all of you who have worn the uniform in service to our country, just wanted to say thanks for standing up and being counted to help defend our country. Next to serving one's God, I truly believe service to one's nation is the noblest profession. I hope you'll have a moment today to reflect on the many sacrifices our soldiers are making today as well as those that have gone before us and even those personal ones. It's great to be counted among so many upstanding VETERANs!! -Ned Barker ('59), US Army (Ret) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) I am attempting to exercise some seldom used brain cells here, if they are correct the first bridge over the Yakima between Richland and the "Y" was a two lane steel girder type with the steel works over the roadway. That would give the appearance of a "covered bridge." That's it brain, cells expended. Nap time. -Tom Verellen ('60) ~ near a soggy Lacey **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Re: Covered Bridge Well, for starters, I used the wrong terminology. I was talking about the trellis thingys that cover a bridge... the steel frame work. I often tell people that "Between my brother and I, we know everything. Just ask me a question." They ask me something I don't know, so I just say "Oh, that's one my brother knows." So, my brother, Tim ('62), was right about the bridge... Yes, there WAS a bridge with steel frame work over the top of the bridge... in fact there were TWO bridges -- one was north bound and the other was south bound... one had steel frame work and the other was a "wooden bridge" that didn't have anything over the top of the road. AKA ('54) suggested they might be the Bailey Bridges??? ALSO, the steel frame work over the one bridge was removed at some point in time. I'm thinking it must have been removed in the very early 1950s and that's why I don't remember it. Tim was born in '43 and may well have a memory of the steel frame work... I was born in '45 and don't remember it at all... younger sister, Tere was born in '47 so she doesn't remember that at all either... Trying to find out when the steel frame work was removed... stay tuned. We've got quite a few pictures of the '48 flood and the '49 Ice Jam on the Yakima/Columbia convergence area and I'm getting them labeled... they'll probably be ready for tomorrow's Sandstorm. Re: Changin' The Subject A good friend sent me this on Veterans' Day in an email. BE WARNED: this is politically incorrect: Bomber cheers, -Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) To: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Re: covered bridge I don't remember there ever being a covered bridge between Richland and Kennewick. I know that I didn't get out of Richland very often, but I don't ever remember one. My mother and I would travel over to Pasco to visit with friends once in a while. To: Bill Scott ('64) Re: aging I wonder just how many of us turning 60 this year had a hard time with it. I didn't have a hard time, but every once in a while I do think about the number of years prior and the number of possible years ahead and I'm not ready to think about that at all just yet. [I keep wondering where the last twenty years have gone. And when I turn 80, will I be wondering where the last forty years have gone? -Maren] Thinking of all the Veterans today. You all did and still do us proud!!! -Carol Converse Maurer (Boomer Bomber class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA where we've had rain, but not as predicted. Sunny today, where it was to be rain. Can't complain. Just really cool after a few days of almost 70. Think I've said it before that our "summer" is in October. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) To: "Pappy" Swan ('59) and Bill Scott ('64) You two remind me of a saying I heard only once about 20 years ago, but since have used it myself from time to time: "Getting older may be hell, but it sure beats the alternative." Re: Massive Monolithic Mammary Mountain Musings Jane Russell Mountain -- I don't know where I have been all these years, but I have never heard nor have I noticed Mt. Jane Russell even though I have driven that road many times. I guess the next time I make that drive I will have to "keep an eye pealed." Grand Tetons -- Yes, I have heard for years that the Grand Tetons were named by French fur trappers, and that viewed from the Idaho side they look a lot more like what they were named for than viewed from the Wyoming side. I do know that "grand" is the French word for "big" and he word "teton" is supposedly a French slang word for... well... They didn't teach us that word in French class. Dagmar bumpers -- A little off the subject (well maybe not too much off) those bullet-shaped protrusions on the bumpers of a lot of the cars made in the '50s, especially Cadillacs, and most especially the 1955 Cadillac were at the time called "Dagmar bumpers" or "Dagmars." They were called that after early TV star Dagmar (real name Virginia Ruth Egnor 1921-2001). I guess if those cars were made in the '70s or '80s they would be called "Dolly Parton bumpers." Re: "Come back Shane! Come back!" The Grand Tetons played a staring role as the backdrop in the great movie "Shane." I just saw in today's paper that Jack Palance died. He was the last of the stars in that movie still living. I first saw that movie at the Gem Theater in Athena, Oregon, and was younger than the kid in the movie. I just about wore out my video tape of that movie, and now have it on DVD. Interesting that he played a bad guy in "Shane" and was shot, a good guy in "Monte Walsh" and was shot; and both movies were made from Jack Schaefer novels. The newspaper article did not say, but he was a B-24 Liberator pilot in WWII. In 1942, while training in the US the plane crashed and burned. He was badly injured (hospitalized for two years) and his face burned, giving his face that drawn look that seemed to add to the characters he played. -Dennis Hammer ('64) ~ OK you geologists, I'm sure those geologic features are not really monoliths, but is sounded good that way. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Doug Ufkes ('68) Re: Arizona Bombers Reunion/Lunch - 11/4 Twenty one Richland Bombers attended the November 4th Arizona Bombers reunion. Bombers from many different classes and we all had a great time. Eighty two of our classmates, ranging from the grad years 1950 to 1994 live in Arizona either full time or part time and we try to have a reunion 2 or 3 times a year. Thanks go out to Owen Jorgensen ('56) and his daughter for taking charge of the photos which will be posted soon. Any Arizona Bombers reading this are invited to join our group, just email me. -Doug Ufkes ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Maren, I went to my fair share of baseball games in Kennewick. There were 2 ways one could go and the only bridge I remember was by where the Yakima and Columbia Rivers joined and it wasn't really a bridge just the road above the rivers. You could turn off where you turn off now to go to Columbia Center, take a left by the middle school, by Fred English, take a right and travel a mile or so, one more left, and follow that street to the ball park. The other way you veered to the right instead of left and the "blue bridge" and went up and over the cloverleaf, took a left, than a right on the street to the ballpark. The first one is the one we used the most often and I recall the smell of mint growing in the fields on hot summer nights. Hope this helps. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA - rain and winds again today **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Avant ('69) Re: Covered Bridge Hmmm... I guess because you were on a bridge across the Yakima River on the way to the ball game and since the car you were in probably had a roof you could possibly count that I guess as a "covered bridge". I would not try that theory in public too many times though. BTW though were some great games to go to. -Robert Avant ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gale Waldkoetter Skaugstad ('72) To: Katie Sheeran Johnson ('61) Congratulations to Sarah! My husband, Cal, and I worked with the Palin campaign here in Fairbanks, and we are ecstatic about her win! Sign wavers braved -10 on Election Day, but it didn't affect their enthusiasm. Alaskans are eager for the positive changes she will bring to state government. Cal is a sport fish biologist with the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game. We particularly look forward to the changes she will make to get the department back on track! Go, Sarah, go! -Gale Waldkoetter Skaugstad ('72) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/13/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 18 Bombers sent stuff: Evelyn Kingsley ('49), Phil Belcher ('51) Marilyn "Em" DeVine ('52), Jim McKeown ('53) Ann Bishop ('56), Gus Keeney ('57) Larry Mattingly ('60), Mac Quinlan ('62) Dave Hanthorn (63), Kathy O'Neil ('63) Maren Smyth ('63 & '64), Carol Converse ('64) Linda Reining ('64), Doug Ufkes ('68) Ken Staley ('68), Betti Avant ('69) Ron Belcher ('75wb), Anon **************************************************************** **************************************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol Carson ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marc Franco ('66) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Evelyn Kingsley Spradlin ('49) To: Rex Hunt ('53wb) I offer my sympathy at the loss of your wife. I went through the loss of my husband of 51 years 4 years ago. You go on automatic pilot for these first few days making decisions you never wanted to make, trying to keep yourself from falling apart at the seams while being of some support to the rest of the family. Your friends and family will get you through this part. The paper work seems endless for a time, but you do that too because you have to. Grieving takes time but it is necessary. In a few weeks real life begins again and you have to find your own way, you will, it is painful but your memories will fill in some of the lonely times and friends stick with you so don't hesitate to call on them to share some time with you, go for coffee, lunch anything to occupy your time. I still miss my husband but I can say every day I do not regret one moment I spent with him, he was the light of my life, the father of my children and my best friend and I thank God I had the time with him that I had. I am sure you will find that feeling too. God be with you. -Evelyn Kingsley Spradlin ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Phil Belcher ('51) Re: Vote Yes Include me on the yes vote for making Don Sorenson an honorary member of the Bombers. He devotes a lot of time for our site and richly deserves the honor. -Phil Belcher ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVine ('52) To: Rex Hunt ('53wb) Re: your wife's death I send my most sincere sympathy! It will get worse, for a while, but take heart&it does get easier with time. Bombers care! -Marilyn "Em" DeVine ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim McKeown ('53) To: Rex Hunt ('53wb) Rex, I apologize for not remembering you... you evidently would have graduated in '53 with the rest of us. I'm assuming, like so many others, your parents moved on and you graduated from some other high school. I can't even imagine the pain you are going through right now. I haven't even lost either one of my parents, let alone a spouse or child, but I do feel your pain. It is very evident in your note. I don't know if she was sick or it was sudden, but it really doesn't matter... as you say she was your life, and your compass. We have a tendency to rationalize that "she was sick, or getting along in years, or, sometimes she doesn't remember things"... But when it comes right down to it, she was your wife, your love, your life, the best thing that ever happened to you... so all of the other things really don't matter. Life is so damn short, in the scheme of things, that we all try to do the best we can in the very brief time we are on this earth. Your wife did that and more... I can tell. I'm sure she saw in you someone who loved her, so you were a good guy in her mind. Life goes on, I guess, and she will be missed by all of her family and friends, and time has a way of softening the loss without losing the many remembrances. I took a poetry class at Wasu, believe it or not, poetry 101 or something like that, and I learned to love some of the beautiful pieces that we studied. One, I believe by Thornton Wilder, went something like this: The warm sun beams through the clear air upon glistening leaves. And the birds sweep in long arcs over the grass. They seem to say, "this might last forever!" But it doesn't. But it lasted for more than 5 decades with you, which IS forever, as foreverness is allotted to us. The highest tribute to your beautiful mate is not grief but gratitude for her life, her espousal of all things good, and her love of family. Your wife, released from the toils of age and modern medicine, is restored to clarity... and the beauty of her life. Take care of yourself, my '53 classmate. -Jim McKeown ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Bishop Ousley ('56) Maren. every time I try to send an entry, I get the "sign up for Yahoo" site. [I have no idea what that's about. You're the first person to mention the problem. -Maren] I wanted to express my sympathy to Rex Hunt ('53wb) for the loss of his wife. I can't even imagine the shock and pain associated with such a loss... although half of us married folks will face that one day. I will pray for God's peace and comfort to engulf him and carry him through the next few days and months. -Ann Bishop Ousley ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) To: Rex Hunt ('53WB) We who have been through this understand your grief, Rex. We are very sorry for your loss. As time goes by, you forget the grieving and just remember the good times. It does get better, believe me. A Big E-HUG from me and all the others who have been there. -Gus Keeney ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Rose Tipped Hills I lived in Walla Walla for a time while employed by SRO Entertainment. I managed their interests in Walla Walla and Spokane. This included theaters, bowling alleys and some rental properties. This was late '69, to early '71 when I was transferred to Seattle. But during my time in Walla Walla one of the Whitman College students who worked for me part time was on some kind of informal committee to get the rose colored paint on a particularly shaped hill west of Touchet. They actually got color chips and bought a paint that was supposed to hold up well on masonry. This apparently was some kind of tradition somewhat infrequently served by students at Whitman. From the time before I have a good memory until about late 1947 which was well over 4 years, my Mother was in the TB hospital near Walla Walla. The building is still there just down the road from the "old Fort Walla Walla". Anyway, I traveled to Walla Walla every Sunday with my dad all those years and with all the hunting and other activities I am totally familiar with that area. I can remember trains running on an old track that has been gone since the 50s. I also remember we quite often would "accidentally" hit 1-3 pheasants between Touchet and Lowden and the kitchen at the hospital would cook them for the 6-8 ladies in Mom's ward. I was never allowed in the building but developed a fine appreciation of properly cooked pheasant eating on the sun porch. But I digress... They finally announced that the rocks placed on the tip as it were, of that hill had been properly colored. And I think at that point I noticed it for the first time. I remember the sign someone put up. And I have seen tourists taking pictures of the hill. Several months ago I noted the color is nearly worn off. Re: Yakima Bridges And And of course in all that time we had to cross the Yakima River bridge to get out of town. It was never a covered bridge but was always open to the sky. The possible exception was when the river was frozen hard with thick ice that jeopardized both the hiway and RR bridges. I have related this to the Sandstorm in the past. We actually stood on the river bank and watched in winter of '48? or was it '49? Anyway the Army dropped charges in the river that were supposed to float down and blow up under the ice and clear the river. As I remember several well placed charges did nothing to the ice but took out one or more support pillars from the bridge. The only way out of town was Bomber Range Road. But to their credit, the Army put a Bailey Bridge across that river in only a couple of days. It had a superstructure that was a network of triangles that was maybe 10 feet high. That may have looked like a covered bridge to someone's memory. I am off this coming Friday for Thanksgiving week in a motel in Coeur d'Alene, ID. This is our annual 4 barge display the day after Thanksgiving. Again this year it is still growing. More of everything. Giant 16-inch shells and more then ever fired in long simultaneous lines, or new this year, walking back and fourth from over 1000 feet of boardwalk. The boardwalk effects are mine to design and make work. It is a pure technical challenge and I relish it. For those of you who want to see this large format fireworks display, please contact me off this net for directions and advice. Hey Wally, you up for dinner again? Just me this year. Anybody else in that area want to join us for an informal dinner some place in CDA Monday or Tuesday evening? From my office at home near Tacoma on a windy, chilly, rainy, bleak, gloomy day. I flew to Spokane and back Sat for a meeting and it was beautiful over there. Bright warm sun, but bit chilly in the open wind. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly ('60), aged like a fine wine. Better every year. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mac Quinlan ('62) We were in grade school, on vacation. I don't remember where we were going, but I remember my mother pointing out Jane Russell mountain to us. I get a chuckle every time I see the red-neck Ford commercial of the guy that uses his new truck to pull over what looks like a two-hole outhouse. I was cleaning out some drawers last week and ran across this newspaper clipping. I enjoyed it so much I thought I would share it. Question: Why do our high school experiences occupy such a prominent place in our memories? Answer: During high school, we develop the most vigorous adult bodies we will ever have. At the same time, we possess the least amount of common sense we will ever have. This combination produces many memorable moments! On a more serious note. Most of the dads that worked at Hanford couldn't talk about the things they did. Most never said a word to anyone, ever. My dad did tell my mother one thing he did shortly before he died. In the early '50s he and two other guys were the first to open a spent nuclear fuel rod. They did it on a wooden picnic table in the Nevada desert. They thought they were taking all the necessary precautions, but long term exposure limits weren't as well understood as they are today. The other two men that were with my dad were Dick Chaulky (sp) and Al Callan. I don't know if the families of these two men know this story. Do their names sound familiar to anyone? If they do, please let me know how I might get hold of their relatives. I was told they died of leukemia also. -Mac Quinlan ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Hanthorn (Gold Medal Class of '63) To: All Re: Nancy Johnston ('66 WB) Nancy Johnston and I dated during my senior and her freshman year (I know, I know, but I was 17 and she was 15, so it wasn't really a big deal). I lost touch with her when I went off to WSU after graduating. Checking the online Columbians, I see that she was at RHS for her sophomore year, there is no 1965 online Columbian, and in the 1966 Columbian she does not appear. She is not listed on the Class of 1966 website. I would really like to know what became of her, and to find out if anybody knows how to get in touch with her. One of the best things about the Sandstorm is getting in touch with old friends and reminiscing about the good old days. Bomber friends forever, -Dave Hanthorn (GMC '63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kathy O'Neil Childs ('63) To: Rex Hunt ('53wb) I want to express my condolences. I was deeply moved by your touching entry in today's Sandstorm. My thoughts and prayers and with you and your family. All the members of my church remembered you in their prayers at Mass tonight. You are part of our "Sandstorm family" and we all feel your loss. -Kathy O'Neil Childs ('63) ~ Los Altos, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Re: Covered Bridge or not Here's the pictures that prove that my brother, Tim ('62) was right!! Bomber cheers, -Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) To: Rex Hunt ('53wb) I am so very sorry about the passing of you wife of 50 years. We Bombers all care!!!!! You are in my prayers as you go about the preparations of the next days. -Carol Converse Maurer (Boomer Bomber Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA It's raining today. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:Maren Smyth(63/64) re: politically [IN]correct item man, I wish we'd get a president who actually had "the balls"(can I say that in here? *grin)to really do this!!!! would make our country a hell of a lot better!!!!!! to:Bill Scott(64) re:aging didn't bother me to turn 60.....just glad I was here to do it! *grin* only ages that I ever cared about were: turning 16---getting that all- important driver's license; turning 18--no more curfew; and turning 21---could, legally, go into a bar and drink. *grin* I do wonder HOW I got here so quickly from 18, though!! seems like it "was just yesterday" that I was 18 and graduating! but, my body lets me know I ain't that young, anymore! *grin* to:Rex Hunt('53WB) re:passing of your wife am so sorry to her about Cheryl's passing. you have my prayers. we will miss her at our Bakersfield Bomber luncheons. she always kept us laughing---we liked her teasing you. take care, friend. Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of 64).....we had rain in Bakersfield, CA for a bit yesterday and temps are in the 50's, so am a "happy camper". **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Doug Ufkes ('68) Re: Arizona Bombers Lunch - 11/4/06 -Doug Ufkes ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ken Staley ('68) Re: from the "I knew him when" department. Lt. General Jim Mattis (USMC - RHS '68) has served this country for many years. Now it appears that even Hollywood has taken interest. The directors there have decided that the battle of Falluja in 2004 is screen worthy. They have picked none other than Harrison Ford to portray General Mattis. I asked if he had any creative control over the project and he said none. His only concern was that the directors get the hard work and effort of his troops right. "The movie and book take as their starting point the killing of four civilian contractors in Falluja and the ensuing decision to order an assault on the city by US marines. That first assault, which was abruptly stopped by the White House, was led by General Jim Mattis, who will be played by Ford." -Ken Staley ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Ball Field You're right Maren it was Sanders' Field. Sometime after you left, I'm thinking mid 60s another name was added to it and it became Sanders- Jacobs Field. Mr. Jacobs as I recall was still alive and was very instrumental in bringing baseball to the Tri-Cities. It almost makes me "sick" to see where that field was is now. It's nothing but restaurants, stores of every type, and who knows what else. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA - trying to stay dry but today will be impossible so will cuddle up and watch the Seahawks **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ron Belcher ('75wb) Re: Rain Hey, Lately, I've seen mention of rain over there on your side of the mountains. I was born and raised in Richland, and I now reside near Salem, Oregon, and I can sure tell you guys that you have nothing to worry about getting a little rain. Here's a link showing the results of the recent Pineapple Express storm. Clink on the link, then scroll up or down to see the pics. IFish is a great forum for people who love the outdoors, and best of all, it's FREE. -Ron Belcher ('75wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Anon Re: David Rivers' ('65 car Yup... Bonnie Allen ('59) is quite correct... ..go with that, a good historical "Allstate" might be more collectable...unless one is going to modify it of course... ...even better site on Henry J's...we're talking a really ugly car here... which of course makes it that much more "appealing"... (I suppose...) -Anon ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/14/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers and Don Sorenson sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Marilyn De Vine ('52) Bill Witherup ('53), Mike Clowes ('54) Sally Sheeran ('58), Jim Armstrong ('63) Jim Hamilton ('63), Frank Stratton ('64) David Rivers ('65), Betti Avant ('69) Bruce Strand ('69), Don Sorenson BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ken Neal ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shirley Collings ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Michael West Rivers ('68WB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Jo Garrison ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) Re: Game Ida and I attended that awful game Saturday, and I feel that there is no redemption even if they by a miracle beat the Cougs. The Seahawks and the basketball team did save the weekend. There was one great event at Husky stadium. They called for all vets to assemble at the east end at halftime. There were about 7 or 8 hundred of us. We then walked around the track to rousing cheers from the stands. We even got a standing ovation from the thirty or so Stanford fans. And the students! Great!! -Dick McCoy, from the Terrific Tin Can Class of 1945 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn "Em" De Vine ('52) To: Katie Sheeran Johnson ('61) Re: Sarah Palin Sarah and my eldest daughter were neighbors in Wasilla. Keri wrote to me as soon as Sarah wonshe is so excited about having an "old" friend set a new record: first female Governor of Alaska! I personally, don't envy Sarah... in general, politics is a tough game. But somebody has to do it, and I can only wish her all the best! To: Doug Ufkes ('68) Re: All Arizona Bomber Lunch in Phoenix Great photos! Thank you so much for getting those together and into the Sandstorm. It looked like everyone was having a wonderful, fun time. On Saturday I went to the Bomber Lunch at J.D.'s Diner in West Richland for the first time. It was fun. Dave Rhodes ('52) and I ('52) were the "ancient" ones! Still, Bombers can always find things to talk about. We have that automatic link. It was fun to re-connect with several people I hadn't seen since Club 40. To: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: (from last month, or so) HOW'D THEY DO THAT?!?!?!?! Referring to the awesome graphics which I hope everyone took time to see and experiment with! It was SO STRANGE! Prayers go out for all those suffering from the flooding on the West side. If it happened to me, I don't think I'd have what it takes to dig in and clean it up! Bless their hearts, one and all! -Marilyn "Em" De Vine ('52) ~ in a momentarily sunny Richland. My 7 year old grandson is coming to help rake leaves this Friday because he has a day off from 1st grade. Lucky for me, he LOVES raking leaves. I hope the weather cooperates. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Witherup ('53) Re: The Movie "Shane" -- Tricks of the trade Alan Ladd, as are many film actors and actresses, was short. Therefore he was usually shot from ground up to make him look taller. Had he been standing next to Palance, he might have come up to Jack's navel. This reminds me of how important movies were in Richland in our youth - which was pre TV, of course - I am talking about the 1944-1953 time period. I was an usher at both the Village Theater, and, senior moment, what was the other one? One of my main jobs was to try to keep jaspers from smoking in the lobby. Then there were always the back row neckers. I remember there was a great to-do when that French actress, another senior moment, appeared nude in a film. Standing room only. Then there were always the jaspers trying to sneak in the exits. I remember walking home in the late evenings,or sometimes took my bicycle, and in spring and summer the ripe smell of the Columbia and all kinds of flowering plants. It is the landscape and riverscape I miss mostly about eastern Washington, and the subtle tones of the spring desert. Re: Thelma Pearson (RIP - November 9th) James McGrath, art teacher and Columbian advisor from '52 to '57 was fond of Thelma Pearson. McGrath is alive and well in La Cieneguilla, NM, but does not have a computer so I will forward the message to him. McGrath still paints, writes poetry, and teaches seniors, though himself a senior. Other former Washingtonians who live in New Mexico, Donna McGregor Salazar ('57). Donna recently lost her husband of some thirty years, but she is doing ok. -Bill Witherup ('53 and co-editor, along with the late Marilyn Richey, of the 1953 Columbian) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: Yakima River Bridges Let's see now; neither of the bridges were covered. The one on the downstream side (for northbound traffic) is a truss bridge and was probably in place long before the government moved in and took over. The other open bridge (for southbound traffic) was more than likely built by the gummint to ease the increasing traffic. Neither of these bridges survived the flood. [That's not true, Bob. The Ice Jam was AFTER the '48 Flood and BOTH bridges are in the January, 1949 Ice Jam pictures. -Maren] They were replaced by the Bailey bridges which were only one lane wide and real fun to drive across. As I said before, don't know when the Baileys came down, but it was sometime between '55 and early '58. The sides of the Baileys looked more like trellises than the truss bridge and were harder to see through. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sally Sheeran Heath ('58) Re: '48 Flood So thankful for the pictures so many of you have. The big flood provided something good for the Sheerans. Maren's dad, Walt Smyth, and a couple of other good Samaritans helped our family haul cement blocks from one of the destroyed buildings to our home on Long Avenue where the men constructed a real basement after doing the miserably dirty job of removing the coal bin and furnace. -Sally Sheeran Heath ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Armstrong ('63) Re: Flood of 48 Good pictures. I remember the Dutch Mill. I think if you were to look under the brush, etc. you can find the remnants of the foundation it was on. Thanks Maren Regards Pitts -Jim Armstrong ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) Was in Iowa over the weekend to make sure that Central Time Zone Grandchillins are being properly spoiled, when low and behold I found mention of the Gold Medal Class of 63. Were everywhere. jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Frank Stratton (Magic Class of '64) To: Rex Hunt ('53wb) After having lost my wife of 33 years 18 months ago, I was told that those painful memories will soon become treasures for life and that has come true. My heart felt sympathy for your loss. -Frank Stratton (Magic Class of '64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Nuther one Hope all the Vets had a good Vet's day. I was away from the ol computer all that day and the day before so didn't have a chance to write anything though I did make several calls to wish Vets a happy day... hope that counts. But today I'm writing about a birthday... known this kid for all of his 57 years. Well maybe not all... there may have been a period of time before he was dropped on his parents' doorstep or before the aliens dropped him off that I didn't know him... not sure... can't recall that far back... since I'm a whopping 3 years older than his I may have some memory lapse... this kid was very typical of his type... I'll describe the traits and if you are still in the dark I will explain further... For example... when this kid was little he used to wander off... all the time... his older brother always hadda go fetch him wherever he had wondered... one time he decided to wander to the Uptown when he was about two... he followed Billy Libke's ('57) Grandmother... unfortunately... Gramma Libke understood red and green but the boy didn't... she crossed on green... he crossed on red... the car threw him right over the top and he landed with only scratches... tho some say he's been a tad addled ever since... Then there was the time Allen Green ('65) suggested he turn in a false alarm... he was rewarded with a stick of gum that time because the firemen felt sorry for him... then Allen suggested he take an air rifle... stick it in the dirt and pull the trigger while looking down the barrel... I recall the time his family was traveling to Portland and he got out of the car when the rest of the family went to the rest room... they were many miles towards Richland when his folks noticed it was awfully quiet in the back seat... the Dad looked back... and the boy was nowhere to be found... his older brother wuzn't sayin' nuthin' either... And then there was the time... at Halloween time when his brother suggested the boy jump on his back... they were down in the basement on the concrete floor... the boy took a flying leap only to have his loving bro move in perfect "Lucy" style and the boy did a Charlie Brown... right on his flat little head... the boy jumped up and screamed... "I'm blind... I'm blind"... It was rather bad timing as just at that moment Terry Davis (Knox '65) knocked on the door to walk with the older brother to Chief Jo to the Halloween carnival... because his little brother had suddenly gone blind... the older brother did the right thing... told Terry he had to tend to his little blind brother... So if you haven't guessed it by now... the "type" I'm talking about is "little brothers"... So to my little brother, Michael West Rivers ('68WB), I say: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MIKEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65), the best older brother a kid could ever have! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) OK, I concede about the "covered bridge". It's just that I think of a covered bridge as those old wooden ones you see mainly back east. The bridge Maren showed pictures of is how she described the covered bridge, sorry. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA - where last week's Olympia paper showed a chum salmon swimming in the river across the roadway to I imagine get to the other side ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [You're absolutely right, Betti. That's EXACTLY what I think of when I think "covered bridge"... like "The Bridges of Madison County". As I said later, I goofed... did NOT mean 'covered bridge"... I meant a bridge with steel frame work over the top of the road. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bruce Strand ('69) Re: AZ Bomber Lunch Thanks Doug Ufkes (68) for the pix of the recent Arizona Bombers luncheon. I'm sorry we missed it. My step-daughter was in town for our niece's wedding and we were running around doing wedding prep stuff. (Lunch would have been better&) -Bruce Strand ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson Re: What Your Fathers Did To: Mac Quinlan ('62) You're right... Bomber Fathers really did not talk about what they did. From the janitors to the folks who shipped the actual product. Very little if any information got out. However the one common theme of those stories that did get out was the jargon used to describe events. All of the nick names, acronyms, building numbers, dpm's, cpm's, mrep's, doorstops, candle snuffers, trombones, export water & etc. etc. This would leave many a head scratching. It is an interesting story about your father and the spent fuel rod. Highly unlikely it was a spent rod. However the rod could have been involved in a test. There is a story about two plutonium spheres that were very near a blast and they sent out a patrolman to guard it shortly after the blast. Or it could have been a recovered rocket used to sample the cloud or a space close to the cloud. That might have been a spent rod. Another acronym used at the Test Site. Maybe? I have sent in a couple of pictures of spent fuel and of a ruptured slug. The glow I believe is called a Chernkov effect. Some of the Bomber Scientists can explain it better than I. You might want to contact the Test Site Museum folks in Las Vegas and ask them if a spent rod is somewhere in their vocabulary. Just a thought. -Don Sorenson ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/15/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Bell ('51), Sally Sheeran ('58) Larry Mattingly ('60), Suzie Gunderson ('60) Sandy Carpenter ('61), Helen Cross ('62) Jim Hamilton ('63), Roy Ballard ('63) Dennis Hammer ('64), Lois Clayton ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janet Tyler ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John Campbell ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mick Hemphill ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barbara Maffei ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Greg Alley ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) Just a reminder that the Richland Seniors Association and the EASY SWING BAND will have their all-ages third Friday dance on Friday, November 17 from 1:00 to 4:00 in the Richland Community Center. Tickets are always only $4 at the door, and pre-packaged finger foods are welcome but not required. Hope to see you there! -Betty Bell Norton ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sally Sheeran Heath ('58) Re: Mothers in the '40s To; Those of you who moved to Richland in the early '40s Maybe there's a lucky few with a mom still living. Those women deserve a tribute for what they had to put up with - leaving families far behind, and going west to barren desert... the sand, bugs, snakes, etc. But, on the other hand, there was camaraderie, faith, good jobs, and a help-your-neighbor attitude which was hard to beat. You have to kind of envy them even with all our luxuries. -Sally Sheeran Heath ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Ex reactor fuel rods I am sure there was a wide variety of work on fuel rods. While I have no idea what kind of fuel rod a given person was working on, it is a bit unlikely it was ex-reactor, except in an possibly unusual case of extremely short exposure or very low neutron cross section exposure. The highly radioactive products of fission built up rapidly and lasted a long time. During part of my tenure at Hanford I was a tech working on a project for Reactor Safeguards. We were heating up spent fuel elements until the cladding split to simulate loss of coolant and then catching the various radioactive elements as they came off in special filters for later measurement. Some of the rods we tested were fresh and some were ex-reactor for a period of several years. Even the elements that had been out of the reactor for 3-4 years were still very hot. As I remember direct readings at 10 feet were in the range of 75 rads. Even a few minutes of exposure at that level could be lethal. I have no idea what the dose was at 1-2 feet but it was way higher. As I remember something around 450-500 rads whole body exposure was the low end of lethal. We were working in a hot cell of course. But the most dangerous part of the test was transferring the fuel rod from the transport cask through a pipe in the wall and into another short pipe into the cell. We pushed it with a rod through a small hole in the back end of the cask. We had to stand to the side because of the radiation beam coming out around the rod. Of course we had 2 RMU (Radiation Monitor guys) constantly measuring exposure levels. It was very interesting work but a bit ticky at times. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly ('60), aging like fine wine **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Suzie Gunderson Chiles ('60) Re: Journaling I have been doing some catching up on scrapbooking pictures from my childhood, and journaling about them. I can not remember the Speech teacher's name at Carmichael in 1957. He always said he was of French descent, and I think his last name started with a "B". I was also wondering if anyone remembers Lynn Lowery. She would have been a 1960 grad, but moved away before we entered high school. Any help will be appreciated. -Suzie Gunderson Chiles ('60) ~ in Omak,WA where it snowed on November 1st, but didn't stay around **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sandy Carpenter Lee ('61) Yes, I remember the Dutch Mill, too, and there now grows a stand of trees where it once stood. I also remember parts of a story that went along with the history of the building, and that was about the poor soul (don't know who he was) who was electrocuted while turning off the lights during the flood. He was standing in water. Does anyone else remember hearing that story? Also remember that ice jam of '8-'49; that was such a bad year. It was the year that our family moved into the "R" house on Davison Rd. Across from Jefferson School. It was one of the first few houses sold in that new housing project and we were so excited to move into it. The fact that it was right across the street from the school made it that much more attractive, too; we kids didn't have far to go home for lunch. But I remember that when the floods were threatening our city, they were building the dike night and day. The used our front yard which was not yet landscaped to take the dump trucks full of dirt to the dike area, and the back yard to take the empty ones back. There was noisy truck traffic all day and night for quite awhile. But we didn't care, because we knew they were building those dikes to save our city and homes. Years later, my brother and I enjoyed riding our bikes on that dike all the way down to Riverside Park; it was a real adventure. Richland was a wonderful place to grow up. -Sandy Carpenter Lee ('61) ~ Greetings from windy, rainy, flood soaked Gold Bar, WA! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Holy Cow!! I missed my cousin, Duane Cross's birthday. Happy Birthday, late from me Duane. I will be in the Tri-Cities on TG, maybe I will see you at your dad's. I went to an Anne Murray concert this past Sunday evening in Yakima with some non-Bomber friends. It brought back lots of oldies, but goodies memories. Somehow Anne, who is about my age has managed to not gain weight. Without binoculars, she looked great,and sounded pretty good too. Still love "Snowbird" and lots of others she sang. It was fun, and we had some snow driving to Tieton, but it was gone by morning. We will be going up to see the Cougs battle it out in the Apple Cup, and I hope they can pull it off and win this time... I still say football looks tough and my sympathies to the players and their mothers, as I know I'd worry if my son were out there. Congratulations to Katie Sheeran Johnson ('61) on your daughter's win in Alaska!! Remember the good ole days with Fran Rish at the Richland Swimming Pool, like almost 50 years ago?? [The new republican governor of Alaska is the daughter of Sally Sheeran Heath ('58) - that makes her Katie's niece. -Maren] Happy Thanksgiving to all. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62), A Bomber, A Coug, and a Huskie,and a Hoosier too I guess... *************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) This is just so weird, but today I found out that on the first of July 1963, the population of the United States was 189,241,798 people. This is exactly the same number of people that I've personally talked to who were present in the parking lot at Zip's the night that some Big Frank guy drove his Parent's '56 Ford through the wall of the flower shop next door. He was turning some hot laps in a counter clockwise direction and took a hard right and ended up amongst the begonias and gladiolus. Don't recall the guy's name, but he was highly venerated by the Lost Cause Class of '62, until one of their own did something more notable. I think it was probably Bobby Irwin's turn to be on top. Just can't think of the driver's name. Jimbeaux p.s. I'm going through my notes to tally up the number of people in the Boy's Gym back in December of 1960, when one of our own entered the Bomber Chronicles, due to a warm up pants malfunction. I'm already over the 189 million mark and I'm only up the "Js". The Gym must have been a lot larger than I recall. -Jim Hamilton ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roy Ballard ('63) Re: Dutch Mill and others Pitts, How are you doing these days? I was talking to Tony last night and we were talking about the Dutch Mill (couldn't remember the name), but the slab and the foundation are still there. On another subject, last night was surfing the channels and came upon a story about a guy flying from Chehalis, WA (over on the coast) to some where in northern Idaho and was buzzed by a bunch of UFOs around Yakima were he landed and told his story. This took place around 1947, wonder if any of the older Bombers remember anything about this? They also talked about two jet liners and an air force plane encountering a UFO about the size of an air craft carrier over Alaska, but I don't remember the year that this took place, but somewhere in the '80s or '90s I would guess. Just a wondering...... -Roy Ballard ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) To: Bill Witherup ('53) Re: The Movie "Shane" and tall actors In the commentary on the DVD of "Shane" they said that in the funeral scene the director wanted to make Alan Ladd look taller and told them to get a box for him to stand on. The prop man yelled, "Bring me a Man- maker." After which they didn't get any work done for the rest of the day. They also said that Jack Palance had not done a western movie before. After he arrived on the set he did not work for some time, so he would spend hours getting on and off his horse or practicing his quick draw, and got to where he was quite fast on the draw. I recently read that Paula Prentiss said the reason she and Jim Hutton were teamed up so many times is because they were both tall. Just saw the John Wayne movie "Island in the Sky." Two of the tallest actors ever are in that movie. James Arness plays the pilot of one of the search planes and Fess Parker plays co-pilot of another. Fess Parker does not even have one line of dialog in that movie. Within two years James Arness would become Matt Dillon on "Gunsmoke" and Fess Parker would become "Davy Crockett". After my parents got a TV in 1955 they stopped going to movies. I was ten years old then and any movies I saw after that I had to go with friends or by myself. To: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Blowing up ice Your comment about the Army dropping charges into the Yakima river in a failed attempt to clear the ice reminded me of something. After the Titanic was sunk by an iceberg it was decided to patrol the shipping lanes with naval vessels and use the ships guns to destroy the icebergs. The naval gunfire had almost no effect at all on the icebergs. In WWII someone remembered that and come up with the idea to build aircraft carriers out of ice. They experimented with it and found that if sawdust were mixed with the water before it was frozen it was even stronger. They actually tested it by building a barge out of it on a lake in Canada with a refrigeration unit to keep it frozen. However, they never did get that desperate, and with the war coming to an end, it slowly sank into the lake. -Dennis Hammer ('64) ~ from Kennewick, a suburb of the mighty Bomberville **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lois Clayton Colton ('72) Re: Carmichael yearbooks I just inherited Carmichael's yearbooks/annuals from 1962 to 1975. I may be receiving earlier ones in the mail, but not sure. I thought my mom, Doris Clayton, said that the pile went back to the second year that Carmichael existed. Well, time will tell if I get any more. I'll be gone for about a week, but after that I'd be happy (unless overwhelmed) to scan some particular page for someone. Just tell me what I'm looking for, name, class, page (if possible), group, etc. My father (RIP) taught there, as many of you know. He did not obtain any annuals after 1975. -Lois Clayton Colton ('72) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/16/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers and Don Sorenson sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Jim Jensen ('50) Reuben Linn ('58), Shirley Atwood ('58) Larry Mattingly ('60), Lora Homme ('60) Patti Mathis ('60), Pete Overdahl ('60) Jack Gardiner ('61), Jim Armstrong ('63) Don Sorenson BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patti McLaughlin ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Wally Erickson ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) Re:Moms Amen, Sally Sheeran Heath ('58). The early Moms were put in a difficult situation. There were no stores except the small Nelson & Dam, and no gas for the cars. One had to travel by bus downtown, then take the Twin City line to Pasco (ugh) or Kennewick. No TV and little radio. All new friends, and schools that were pretty desolate. You have to be one of the Sheeran Clan, a great bunch. Pat ('48-RIP) was of my school days friends, and I dearly miss him. It was great seeing Katie ('61) at the Club 40 this year. I would love to say hello at Club 40 next year. -Dick McCoy, of the Terribly old Tin Can class of 1945 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) Re: The Dutch Mill To: Sandy Carpenter Lee ('61) You mentioned a man being electrocuted at the Dutch Mill during the flood of '48. It was Vernal Nield ('46-RIP), older brother of my boyhood friend (pre-WWII) from Salt Lake City days - Gary Nield ('49). I believe someone said Nield's was the only death attributed to the flood. -Jim Jensen ('50) ~ Katy, TX where we ain't had a drop of moisture for about a week... little misty in the a.m. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Reuben Linn ('58) To: Suzie Gunderson Chiles ('60) The Carmichael drama/speech teacher you are seeking a name for is John Bouchard. (Not sure the spelling is correct.) One summer, '56, '57 or '58, he joined those of us working for Walla Walla Canning Company in the pea season for a few days where he ran the night-shade machines. Since I worked near his station as a "tub boy", I got to know him, although I never took any of his classes. Nice fellow. See how my three summers stuffing peas into cans provided valuable information for later use! Good times even working 12 hour shifts for well under $1.50 an hour. -Reuben Linn ('58) ~ in sunny south Tacoma where the wind blew the sun away or drowned it with the rain. I know it will come back; probably in about March next year. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Atwood Sun ('58) To: Suzie Gunderson Chiles ('60) His name was Mr. Bouchard. Not sure if that is the correct spelling. -Shirley Atwood Sun ('58) ~ Chatsworth, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Speech teacher To: Suzie Gunderson Chiles ('60) Our Carmichael Speech teachers name was John Noel Bouchard. He moved to California a couple of years after we were there. I did see him briefly in an airport in the '70s but we were both about to board our planes and had about one minute. He had not changed, I recognized him instantly. To: Dennis Hammer ('64) Re: Aircraft Carriers You are right about the research to make an aircraft carrier out of ice blocks. It was on the History channel quite some time back and then again recently. They actually did freeze some blocks impregnated with wood chips for prototype research and, had a full set of plans. The blocks were going to be something like 15 feet thick and virtually impossible to penetrate with a torpedo. But the war ended and the ice was allowed to melt. The wood chips are apparently still on the bottom of the lake. I thought it was kind of a strange tale but they made a pretty good case for it. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly ('60) ~ My remark "aging like fine wine" was intended to describe the class of '60, not just me... I am just aging... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lora Homme Page ('60) To: Suzie Gunderson Chiles ('60) If I remember correctly, the speech teacher's name at Carmichael was Buchard and I remember Lynn Lowery. She moved to a little farm in Sunnyside when we were sophomores, I think, where I visited her a couple times. They had a little tractor that she was allowed to drive around the farm and we had great fun, her at the wheel, me hanging on behind her. I lost track of her after that and don't know where she is today. If you find her will you let me know? -Lora Homme Page ('60) ~ in the Tri-Cities where it's chilly and gray and the wind is supposed to blow again today. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) To: Suzie Gunderson Chiles ('60) I do remember Lynn lowry, but I have no idea what happened to her. Spent one evening over at her house putting this goo on the end of a straw and blowing plastic bubbles. They were apparently the rage back in the day. The only teacher I can think of is Mr. Follet. probably wrong, but hope this helps. -Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pete Overdahl ('60) To: All Veterans As our Veterans Day has passed once again we have read many articles and viewed wonderful photos of our Veterans both past and present. I am proud to have served and know many others who have served as well in the Armed Forces. I want to thank all of you. I had the good fortune twice to attend luncheons sponsored by local Marines. Lt. Gen. Jim Mattis, USMC ('68) was present with his mother, brothers and many friends. What a dynamic and proud man! And he has one thing in common with all of us, he is a Bomber ('68). When we finished these visits I left with my chest size 10 inches larger then when I arrived. I thanked General Mattis and others who I had the pleasure and honor to sit with while enjoying the camaraderie. I only wish all branches of the U.S. Military were as proud of their branch as are those men and women who have served in the USMC. I served in the USAF and spent three years in Germany ('63 - '66). I will be meeting with a fine group of friends I served with in Las Vegas this coming February. We met in Pittsburgh after 20 years and now at 40 years. I guess what I am saying is be proud and pat your own back if no one else did and don't ever forget those whom you served with and why you served. Happy Thanksgiving and as those proud Marines leave you with their Semper Fi and God Bless. -Pete Overdahl ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jack Gardiner ('61) To: Suzie Gunderson Chiles ('60) The speech teacher at Carmichael in the early days was John Bouchard. Great teacher. He helped me immensely during my 3 years at Carmichael. -Jack Gardiner ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Armstrong ('63) To: Jim Hamilton ('63) Re: Zip's Hey, Hammy, that would be Lew Lloyd that missed that fatal turn. His Ford was pretty quick too. Pitts ('63) -Jim Armstrong ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson Re: Fuel Rods To: Larry Mattingly ('60) Thanks for the information on your work. I've got some pictures of the inside of the facility you described. I always wondered how you guys got the fuel out of the casks. I was told one time they used to inspect the failed elements at the 100 area. The story goes they would build a trough and flush it to a waiting pool of water. Then a kind of a long telescope device was used to inspect it. A fellow by the name of Lou Turner apparently was responsible for getting the building you worked in the 300 area. You might have met him. Don Sorenson ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/17/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Mary Triem ('47), Bill Witherup ('53) Steve Carson ('58), Nancy Stull ('59) Larry Mattingly ('69), Suzie Gunderson ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kim Moore ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barb Hogan ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Brian Hogan ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Triem Mowery ('47) To: Don Sorenson, HB Don, you forgot to add "HB" to your name in your SS entry of yesterday! -Mary Triem Mowery, a '47 Bomber **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Witherup ('53) Tripping down Memory Lane, ta-da, ta-da, I would like to hear from my former classmates the typical weekday and/or Sunday menus at the dinner table. (1944 -1960). Archaelogist always study the midden heaps of past civilizations to see what the tribe or clan consumed, and what utensils might have been used. The Witherup family was big on potluck roast, ham or fried chicken on Sundays, overcooked, cardboard liver on weekdays, stew, mashed potatoes and gravy, peas and green beans; cottage cheese. My father's favorite breakfast when he got off graveyard, or before going to work days was poached eggs. We tadpoles had oatmeal, cream of wheat, or Wheaties, the breakfast of champions for breakfast. Lunch, in a brown sack, unless you ate at the cafeteria, was either velveta cheese on Wonderbread, or Tuna sandwiches on Wonderbread. Perhaps a pkg of chips, and or a sweet pickle, maybe a cookie. If we took our lunch, mother always sent along a (dime?) for half carton of milk. Mother always packed a substantial lunch for pappy, as he burnt off a lot of energy working shifts. Always a thermos of coffee along with the sandwiches and/or cookies, or a piece of pie or cake. My mother's speciality, however, was deserts, especially cherry or peach pies. I have written about this in "Mother Witherup's Top Secret Cherry Pie" which is now in the anthology: AMERICAN WORKING-CLASS LITERATURE, edited by Nicolas Coles and Janet Zandy. Oxford University Press 2006. This can be ordered for the Richland Public Library, which, I understand, is having a remodelling. I seem to remember that Safeway was the main store we shopped at, down on the corner of Thayer & ? (senior moment). Like to hear from some of you what you et and supped? Also, for clothing,and this was in the early days, our family shopped from Sears and Roebucks and the Monkey Ward catalogues. -Bill Witherup ('53) ~ high and low hurdler who now has that artritic waddle! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Carson ('58) To: Ruben Linn ('58) Ahhhhh the pea harvest. What a positive experience that was for most of us. I worked at the Rodgers Cannery in Milton Freewater. Phil Groff ('58), Dave Shine ('58) and a couple of non-Bombers rented a garage in '56 and slept on the floor. The next year we rented a house in Walla Walla that was owned by one of the prison guards and had a memorable 3-day party when we were rained out. I worked on the stacking line (casing the peas & loading pallets) 7pm to 7am 7 days a week and one fine evening Tom Barton (our American Lit teacher and Thespian advisor) showed up on my line. I was shocked to see him and it was that experience that influenced my decision not to pursue a teaching career. -Steve Carson ('58) ~ In Chicago where the Bears are running **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nancy Stull Jewell-Knutson ('59) Did anyone see the Veterans' Day Parade in W. Richland last Saturday? It was great fun, a wonderful parade, except for the wind. No rain, fortunately. The highlight of the whole thing was the 16 grocery cart drill team from Yokes. Can you imagine?! They must have spent quite a bit of time practicing. For those of you who've not yet returned to Richland, Yokes recently built a super supermarket in W. Richland, the only such store in town. Pricier than Winco, but a great store, nonetheless. And the drill team was superb! -Nancy Stull Jewell-Knutson ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('69) To: Don Sorenson Re: Failed fuel inspection Actually the project I was on was different from that of the 100 area production reactor fuel failures and I think also from the work going on in the 327 hot cells. We were in a small remote building in 200 W area for our project. Just myself and an engineer and during a run we would have another tech and an RMU present. It was a pretty small program. The 100 area failures were for a variety of reasons that, as I understood it at the time, did not include "loss of coolant" conditions. We put our test rods in a quartz glass tube with a induction furnace coil around it and pulled a vacuum through the filter system. We then heated the rod up on a prescribed rate curve to simulate what would happen if coolant was lost for some reason. As soon as the cladding split we would get a radiation alarm on the filters and shut the furnace down. We then let it cool down, clean the mess up, install a new filter system and put in another element and go again. We generated a lot of data and photographs and I am not sure if I knew at the time who was the sponsor and got the data. While I did not work at 327 hot cells, I was there once. The work I saw at the time was cutting a 1/2-in fuel rod and polishing the face of it and then mapping it with (hope I spell this right, it has been 40 years).. electronphotomicroscopy. That is they would take hundreds of pictures with an electron microscope and make a 6-foot diameter photo mosaic so they could see the results of the fission process. Not sure what they were looking for. There were several cells and other work going on at the time. The long scope you referred to was like a telescope with controls to turn the view as well as the focus. I was at PRTR during the period when they had the rupture of the fuel rod. After they figured out which of the 85 tubes it was in, they pulled it and put it in a small section of the storage pit under about 12-15 feet of water. After they located the rupture with that scope, (or one like it) many of the people in the building got to put on SWP clothes and go out and look at it through the scope. I did not know what to expect, but it was a jagged split. Hard to judge, but I would guess about 1-in long. The relatively small amount of fissel material that washed out of the split sure made a mess in the piping. The reactor was down for months getting it cleaned it up. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly ('69) ~ from wet Tacoma, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Suzie Gunderson Chiles ('60) Re: Searching Wow! Once again the Bombers have come to the rescue. I want to thank all of you who responded to my query about Mr. Bouchard, and Lynn Lowery. I got the answers I needed. The Alumni Sandstorm is so valuable! Thanks again. -Suzie Gunderson Chiles ('60) ~ Omak, WA - wind and rain, but no snow. I don't know how that bullet missed us, but it did. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Betty Jochen McAllister ('46) ~ 6/6/28 - 11/14/06 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/18/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Bill Berlin ('56), Patti Mathis ('60) Linda Reining ('64), Pam Ehinger ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy Riggs ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Peggy Hartnett ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lynn Schildknecht ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Veterans' Day I just spent a couple of weeks over on Kauai and during that time I was invited to come to Honolulu to the U of Hawaii/Louisiana State football game (the Rainbow Warriors ripped them). The recently retired AD at Hawaii is a fraternity brother of mine and we thought that would be a good way to connect. I noted in the Honolulu Advertiser that there would be a big Veterans' Day celebration at Pearl Harbor on the Friday before the game, so I went down early to take that in. All of the services were decked out in today's uniforms, both dress and combat, and those going back through Nam, WWII and WWI and it was pretty impressive. The Marines were front and center as it was their 251st Birthday and they were celebrating the opening of the Marine Corps Museum as well... Semper Fi. Probably the most impressive display was the Air Force flying uniforms from years past, which is a hands-on testimony of how far our technologies have come. I was very impressed that the US Coast Guard was also included, as well we should be, and it is neat to see that they still wear spats in their parade whites. I love it... Semper Paratus. All in all, I am jealous of Jimbeaux Hamilton ('63) because he got to go to Iowa and I was stuck with Kauai. How does this guy luck out like that all the time? Must be the extensive brain power of the Bomber Class of 1963 as opposed to us "old guys" who are supposed to be wiser. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ back in Anacortes, WA where the day we got home we had a wind storm that was up to 80 mph across my front deck. 24-hours without power was the result. It was hard enough adjusting to a temperature differential of -40 between Hawaii and home, but no TV? **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) Re: meals We had a schedule of meals, of sorts. Always, always, there was hamburgers on Friday night. The buns toasted and a slice of dill pickle on the side. Thursday always consisted of tuna casserole. Had to be something quick, as my parents went grocery shopping on that night, always, and had to be ready at 5:00 when my dad got off the bus from work. Sundays we had a big fancy breakfast, but dinner was usually Swanson's chicken pot pie, in front of the TV set watching Lassie. That was quite the treat, as TV dinners were the new thing!!!! Whatta sweet life it was. -Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:Bill Witherup(53) re:what we et and supped (I know you asked for former classmates, but figured since you included the years 1944-1960, I qualified. *grin*)we ate: potroast; mashed potatoes with brown gravy; peas or creamed corn; meatloaf(and mom and I took turns eating the raw hamburger with onions, eggs, and bread crumbs in it); porkchops; fried chicken; bbq'd hamburgers and bbq'd hotdogs(in the summers---too hot to cook in the house); and, when my dad was working graveyard, we'd get a real treat----my mom would make us waffles or we'd have creamed peas on toast, and once in a while she'd make fried "mush"(it's the Norwegian version of "grits"---fried, white corn meal in a cast-iron skillet, drizzled with melted butter and sprinkled with cinnamon, then cut into slices and eaten, warm). school lunch was always a peanut butter and strawberry jelly sandwich on Wonderbread, an apple or an orange, a cookie(usually a home-made peanut butter one), and on "special days", hot lunch at the school cafeteria of chili and cornbread, or turkey and mashed potatoes and gravy. breakfast, at home, was a bowl of Rice Krispies or Shredded Wheat, or Cream-of-Wheat, or Oatmeal, or eggs, bacon, and toast. pancakes and French toast and waffles were saved for weekends, when she had more time and we had more time to eat. *grin* when it was time for "school clothes", my mom would get out the Sears catalog or the Montgomery Wards catalog and we'd sit down and pick out clothes and shoes. I rarely remember going to a store and buying my clothes, til after I was out of high school. my mom also sewed a lot of my clothes, so the material was always bought at Penney's or Newberry's. Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of 64).......cooler weather has finally arrived in Bakersfield, CA---we are having 60's during the day and 50's at night. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) My deepest sympathy to Penny McAllister D'Abato ('67) for the loss of her Mom. You'll be in my prayers. Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/19/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Bill Witherup ('53), Rex Hunt ('53wb) Bonnie Beardsley ('56), Floyd Melton ('57) Keith Hunter ('63), Rick Valentine ('68) Steve Huntington ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Don Ehinger ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Rose ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Richard Trujillo ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Wilson ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Lahrman ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Witherup ('53) Further food for thought: yes, I had forgotten hamburgers and tuna casserole, and Rice Krispies - we listened for the snap, crackle, and pop. And forgot hot dogs, too. Sister Sandra ('58) reminded me that we also took Spam sandwiches, and Bologna sandwiches to school. Spam is one of the archetypal foods - does anyone know for certain when it first came out? Second World War or before that? And how could I have forgotten potato salad and iced tea or lemonade on Sundays. My best pal in those days was Cecil Bell ('53) and some of us jaspers who went to United Protestant were at the Bell's on Sunday afternoons. The late Mrs. Bell was an iced tea and lemonade specialist, and there was usually potato salad and/or hot dogs and hamburgers out on the back lawn. I did not mean to exclude anyone when I said I was interested in the time period 1944-1960 - but of course my time was pre-TV dinners. During a period when finances were really tight we had margarine instead of butter, the kind where you had to mix in the orange colored dye. My dad did not like margarine, because he preferred to put butter on his cookies. Also, during this period, my mother substituted powdered milk for real milk, and we protested this. Gag. But had to live with it for awhile. Aging gracefully (hah) in Seattle -Bill Witherup ('53) ~ And, hey, ain't I making nice not talking politics! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Don't think for a minute that I didn't notice. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rex Hunt ('53wb) Re: Sheryl I wish I could express the warmth I feel toward all Bombers. The out pouring of support, the tenderness of all the responses I received regarding the loss of my LIFE'S MATE. Today (Saturday, November 18) at 2:00 all her friends, her Family, my family and our family will gather to pay tribute to the Joy she brought each of us. I am sorry none of you ever got to know her. She was a delightful treat to be around. Again, a big THANKS to you all. -Rex Hunt ('53wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bonnie Beardsley Sandahl ('56) I've kept somewhat in touch with John Bouchard. As of last Christmas he was alive and well in Spokane. -Bonnie Beardsley Sandahl ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Floyd Melton ('57) Re: A Different Christmas Poem Maren, I don't know if you would want to put this in the Sandstorm or not but if so, go for it. [Floyd -- No, we don't put the kind of stuff you sent in the Sandstorm. I did was Googled the first line of the poem for you and found a website with the poem, so I'm giving everyone the URL of the website where they can go read the poem if they want to. - Maren] -Floyd Melton ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Keith Hunter ('63) Re: Vacation I'm out in Kauai taking a vacation from being retired.. Needed something to do.. Are the any Bombers in Kauai? -Keith Hunter ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Valentine ('68) To: Linda Reining ('64) Ahhh Fried Mush... My Grandmother used to make Fried Mush. I haven't thought about Fried Mush in years. We used to eat it with Maple Syrup or Strawberry Jam, but the secret to great Fried Mush had to have been the old black cast iron skillet... -Rick Valentine ('68) ~ Where the weather has turned cold and the wind storms have covered us in Pine Needles! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Huntington ('73) To: Penny McAllister D'Abato ('67) I just wanted to send a note to send my condolences on the passing of your mother. I have been away from the Tri-Cities for ages, and living overseas now for a few years, but it was an immediate pull back to Richland to see her picture and splendid obituary. Your parents were great people, and good friends with my mom and dad years ago. I still remember your father speaking at my mother's funeral in the same Jadwin chapel where you celebrated your mother's life today. I hope that you were surrounded there by all the family that has grown from their love, and the people that she had touched in her life. Best regards, -Steve Huntington ('73) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/20/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers and Don Sorenson sent stuff: Diane Avedovech ('56), Tom Hughes ('56) Dale Ennor ('59), Michael Waggoner ('60) Jim Hamilton ('63), Linda Reining ('64) Pam Ehinger ('67), Betti Avant ('69) Barbara Krogness ('87), Don Sorenson BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vernona Chappelle ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Laurie Fraser ('79) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Diane Avedovech ('56) I had to respond with some memories of my own of my family in the late '40s. I can remember my mother pulling a wagon with my baby brother in it walking about a dozen blocks to a little neighborhood grocery store where she used coupons to buy milk and other things. What I remember about the milk was that she used the cream putting it into an empty bottle and would shake it hard for (what seemed to me) a long time to make a small amount of butter which she could not buy at the store. I also remember the milk trucks later, and the glass breaking in the winter leaving a solid milk icicle on the porch. We didn't want to use the gas which was rationed, so walked everywhere. That never seemed unusual then at all, but just normal. I always begged to ride in the wagon with my brother, but I was "old enough to walk" which I did. No big deal. We lived in one of the first "B" houses then and later moved into an early "H" house just around the corner. Our "B" house did not have a lawn then and dad paid someone to bring over a huge load of top soil which my mother shoveled and raked over the sand. She got terrible sunburns from that! Another thing I remember is when dad had to go out and mow the lawn in the summer when the mosquitos were so thick. He would wear long sleeved shirts taped at the wrists, gloves, long pants and a hat with mosquito netting over his head and then mow the lawn in the heat. I used to love going down the partial basement to watch the coal being delivered in the chute. Dirt and dusty as it was, it was fun for me. However we did end up with a chimney fire once and the fire trucks were there to provide neighborhood excitement. -Diane Avedovech ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Hughes ('56) Re: Michael Peterson ('77) My Granddaughter, Jessica, just told me that [our own] Michael Peterson ('77) is scheduled to appear at the Victorian Country Christmas Festival at the Puyallup Fairgrounds. The Festival runs from November 29th thru December 3, 2006. Michael will be appearing several times a day at the Pepsi Holiday Jubilee Theater. Hope some of the Bombers in the area can get out to support him. -Tom Hughes ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dale Ennor ('59) Re: SPAM To: Bill Witherup ('53) A couple of years ago a local radio station in Kalispell, MT learned that SPAM was celebrating a birthday believe the 65th and invited callers to suggest how it got its name. One suggested "Spiced HAM," which would have been my guess, another "Scientifically Produced Artificial Meat." Someone called Hormel, the producer of SPAM to inquire. They learned the name means absolutely nothing! Apparently Mr. Hormel, upon "inventing" the meat was shopping for a name and sponsored a contest with $100 going to the winner. A relative of one of his officials got the brainstorm while playing golf and won the prize. While many think of SPAM in the same vein as canned dog food, I have always been fond of it. A dear friend of mine who spent the last eight months of WWII in a German concentration camp after his bomber was shot down swears by the stuff. Red Cross packages included a can of SPAM and it was considered a delicacy compared to the normal diet of sawdust-spiked black bread and cabbage (to this day he chokes at the mere mention of cabbage). During a period when Red Cross packages didn't get through to the camp he said he lost considerable weight. Go SPAM! -Dale Ennor ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Michael Waggoner ('60) We have geese here. [Boulder, CO? -Maren] We often see a few dozen in a flock. This morning I saw a flock of several hundred, maybe a thousand. Does Richland still have the huge flocks of thousands, even tens of thousands of geese, flying between the fields of wheat or corn and the Columbia? -Michael Waggoner ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) Here we go Buckaroos, it's that time of year. We've decided that this will be the 21st Annual, Gold Medal Class of '63 Chowder, Caroling and Marching Society Christmas Party. It will be held on Saturday, the 16th of December commencing about 10:00am in Olympia at Plenty (a restaurant in downtown Olympia at the corner of 4th Avenue West and Columbia Street). Word on the street is that Mary Lou will be making a cameo and demonstrating her "Put the doggies to bed dance". No seriously, Mary Lou is bringing that Orange County Christmas cheer, that will so fit into a rainy December morn. Brother Leo Webb ('63) has secured the room from last year, but needs a head count to insure that there are chairs and service for everyone. If you are planning on attending, please give Leo a heads up, or people are going to have to sit on someone else's lap. We'll be sending out directions in the near future. jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:Bill Witherup(53) re:further food for thought have NO idea when Spam came out, but was so glad that neither my mom nor my dad liked that stuff, so we never had to have it.. have never understood who invented it or why---has a taste that really takes some adjusting to. *grin* the only time I've eaten it is when it has been cooked and sliced, thin, and then added to Top Ramen noodles, along with thin, sliced scrambled eggs, thin, sliced green peppers and green onions, with soy sauce added and it's called, "Sai Mein"(a Phillipino friend made it when we lived in Astoria, Oregon)---can't imagine eating it on a sandwich---didn't it make the bread soggy? had forgotten about potato salad---we'd have that in the summers every Saturday or Sunday, especially on picnics. always had radishes(hate those things)and black olives in it---I always picked those two things out, much to the chagrin of both my mother and grandmother---depending on which one made it! *grin* I don't remember drinking a lot of iced tea, but do remember jugs of lemonade or koolaid--typical drink for summer and/or picnics. now, when we drink lemonade, we add ice tea to it. YUM *grin* I remember the margarine package that had that little orange dot in it and it had to be squeezed til the white stuff turned yellow. my brother and I would "fight" over who got to squeeze the package. I also remember drinking powdered milk. UGH! might explain why I hate milk! only way I will drink milk,now, is in a milkshake! *grin* my grandmother would put crushed potato chips on top of her tuna casserole just before popping it into the oven--not sure how long she left it in, but the chips would get brown and "toasty". my oldest daughter makes tuna casserole, but we eat it, cold. tastes much better. *grin* I remember TV dinners, too, but we didn't have them, often. they were pretty "pricey" for no more than you got. think Swanson's was the only one that made them, then, and they never had enough to fill up my dad, so they were rarely bought. Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of 64) cool Bakersfield, CA---no rain, but they keep predicting it. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Re: Don Ehinger ('55) I know I'll be a day late... so what else is new for me! LOL! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Uncle Donny! Dang you're getting Old! LOL! Ha Ha! Love You any way! I don't have your email address so that is why I'm wishing you the best day ever in the Sandstorm! Love You Very Much! Bombers Rule Your Favorite Niece -Pam Ehinger. The Blue Ribbon Class of '67! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: spam Bill and any others interested. Here is a link for Spam I still like to eat it once in a while, but it is saltier than I remember it. One can even get a low-fat version now. Here's an early Thanksgiving wish to all of you out there, gobble-gobble. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where I need my water wings once again **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. >>From: Barbara Krogness ('87) Sunday 11/19/2006 1:36:26pm COMMENTS: Nice website. Looking forward to 20 years in 2007 -Barbara Krogness ('87) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson Re: Pictures for Larry Mattingly ('60) Maren, Could you post these for Larry? Thanks -Don Sorenson ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/21/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Jim Jensen ('50), Shirley Rae Drury ('51) Jim McKeown ('53), Wally Erickson ('53) Richard DeFord ('56), Mary Ann Vosse ( '63) Pam Ehinger ('67), Shawn Schuchart ('78) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rosemary Qualhiem ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John Crigler ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) Re: Ye Olde Spam All the Spam chatter started me thinking. After we moved to Richland Mom used to fix Spam with mashed potatoes and green beans about once a week. Eventually, at my Dad's urging, she breaded the Spam and fried it. After a time it just sort of "grew" on us. When rationing stopped so did the Spam. My wife fixed it a dozen times or so shortly after we were married (1957). Haven't tasted it since. -Jim Jensen ('50) ~ goin' through a dry stretch in Katy, TX... but it's nice and cool!!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) I hope this is the right address for a newsletter entry. I crashed our computer BIG Time this morning and am using the library's with a unfamiliar keyboard just to let people know who are usually in Email touch with me. Our pc whiz son is going to look at it, but I did such a job on it I fear it may have to go into a shop. The library access is good and I'm grateful for it. Meanwhile, perhaps I'll get to some of the chores that have been accumulating. Thinking of you, -Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim McKeown ('53) Well, I'm a day late, but Happy Birthday to our younger baby brother, Mike McKeown ('60), who turns the big 65... He also just became a Grandfather... his daughter, Samantha, gave birth to a baby boy last month, so he really is probably feeling the age today. Since brother Tom, has no computer, this is from the two of us. Happy Birthday big guy!! -Jim McKeown ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) To: Bill Witherup ('53) Okay Bill, you got my taste buds going. Yes, I remember those days very well. Our Dad was the Meat Manager at Safeway. We ate very well.. if you know what I mean. We always had "pot roast" on Sundays. Mom cooked the roast in the "pressure cooker"... hardly anyone uses them anymore, the meat was very tender. I would lay on our parents bed listening to "Inter-sanctum" and "Mr. District Attorney" on their Zenith radio. Of course that was before TV. I could smell the pot roast cooking all the way upstairs. Our Mom was very particular about how the table was set. During Thanksgiving (we'd have relatives over); our Mom would have the "lazy Susan" in the middle of the table with condiments, etc.. I wonder if that's how they came up with my sister's name (Susan ('59).....grin. Our Mom made the best pies in the world... it's all in the crust! I loved her fruit pies, especially apple and cherry. Guess what we had for dinner tonight? You guessed it, roast beef. Our Dad loved oatmeal in the morning (winter time); I was a "breakfast of champions" kind of kid... that's before Cheerios. I loved peanut butter and mayo sandwiches. I think my wife married me because she liked her peanut butter sandwiches the same way, she thought it was an omen... grin. The Safeway was located across the street from "CC Andersons" and "Thrifty Drugs" on Goethals Drive. The theater you were thinking about earlier was the Richland Theater next to Thrifty Drugs. There's now a Mexican restaurant near the location of the original Safeway store in the '40s. The store you were referring to was probably "Campbell's Market", later Mayfair Markets on the corner of Thayer and Williams near Pennywise drug store. {..which was Randall and Doyle's Groceteria BEFORE it was Campbell's. -Maren] Does your Mother still live near the Coeur D'Alene area? Next time you're in the area, email me. We tried getting together once before, but you ran short on time. Since we're on the subject of food... this is a good time to wish all my Bomber friends and classmates "Happy Thanksgiving". -Wally Erickson ('53) ~ South of Coeur D'Alene, ID enjoying clear skies for now. I'm looking forward in seeing Larry Mattingly ('60) for dinner and see the spectacular fireworks show the day after Thanksgiving at the Coeur D'Alene resort. If you haven't seen the fireworks show put on by Larry and live in the area, or Spokane area... I highly recommend it!! Afterwards the resort lights up over 2 million lights on the famous boardwalk (longest in the world) and surrounding area. Mr. Hagadone (the owner) will be lighting his evergreen tree (tallest Christmas tree in the world... twice as tall as the one at Rockefeller Center in New York) on his property across the lake. Parking is a premium, so you need to plan your schedule earlier to see the beginning of the show due to traffic. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard "Dick" DeFord ('56) Re: Early Days of Hanford. Reading about the early days at Richland has brought back many memories. I started 1st grade in the Hanford grade school in the town of Hanford, WA. I remember a man giving me a dime for a candy bar. My Mom became very upset with him because she would have to use a sugar stamp allowing me to buy the candy bar. That stamp allowed for the purchase of five pounds of sugar. The man prevailed and she relented, after a while. My dad would walk to work saving his gas stamps to buy gas for our monthly trip to Dayton. He wrapped tape around the tires to protect the tubes. We lived in a home made trailer on the back of a truck bed that had been cut off and a hitch welded on. Fortunately there were bath houses available. When they closed the Hanford trailer court we moved to Kennewick. Started 2nd grade there. What a grand and glorious day when we moved to Richland. Our first house with indoor plumbing. My Mother started 1st grade in the Richland school. My Granddad rented the area that included the riding academy. The house was across the street where a nursery is located. I understand that his well is used to water the plants. -Richard "Dick" DeFord ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Ann Vosse Hirst (Gold Medal Class of '63) Re: Our own Michael Peterson ('77) Our own Bomber Michael Peterson will be at the Victorian Country Christmas Festival in Puyallup this year - several performances. Check it out -Mary Ann Vosse Hirst (Gold Medal Class of '63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Re: Spam Well Bombers There is a SPAM Queen in Bomber Ville! I was the Spam Queen of '98! Yeppers that was me! There is the Manly Man Fest. in Roslyn, WA and I was voted as their Queen! I was on National TV, CNN, Paul Harvey, King TV, those are the ones I remember being there! It was one the Greatest times I've ever had! Lots of picture taking of the Queen with nice looking guys & gals! I had so much fun!!! Just a FYI! Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shawn Schuchart Mabley ('78) Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) mentioned the Swanson's Chicken Pot Pie. I too had those and get a craving for them now and then. I've tried all brands of chicken pot pies on the market and haven't found any to compare to Swanson's, which I haven't seen in our grocery stores in Walla Walla. I've also tried to make it homemade but my best memory is still the Swanson's Chicken Pot Pie - must be due to the memories attached to it rather than the actual taste! -Shawn Schuchart Mabley ('78) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/22/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers and Don Sorenson sent stuff: Curt Donahue ('53), Bill Berlin ('56) Larry Mattingly ('60), John Adkins ('62) Donni Clark ('63), Freddie Schafer ('63) Joe Ford ('63), KC Hammill ('63) Linda Reining ('64), Tara Billings ('91) Don Sorenson BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ellen Spitaleri ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sandi Cherrington ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dawn Bell ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jo Clark ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Brent Christi ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Brad Wear ('71) 11/22/63 JFK Assassination **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Curt Donahue ('53) To: Wally Erickson ('53) Re: Peanut butter & Mayo Sandwiches I have been verbally abused my whole life for eating PB & Mayo sandwiches by more people than I can count. I'm nearly overwhelmed to hear of someone else liking them, too. That made my day and it's only 7:18am. -Curt Donahue ('53) ~ Federal Way, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Spam It does not surprise me that AOL got Spam (the meat product) mixed up with SPAM (the cyber product). It wouldn't surprise me if they got their URL mixed up with their URINAL (or can I say that in a family publication?) Does anyone in Bomberland know which state eats the most Spam? It is Hawaii. Go to almost any lunch counter or small cafe in Honolulu (HNL for Jimbeaux) and you will find some kind of Spam being served, mostly fried Spam sandwiches. I just read an article in the Honolulu Adversiser on Hawaii's love for Spam that has its roots all the way back to WW II and it is still consumed in very large quantities on all of the islands. I even tried one in Lihue (LIH for Jimbeaux) just to try it again. Not bad but pretty salty. Someone mentioned "pressure cookers" and I think that maybe brother Bruce (Kennewick '61) and I had at least 150 (my Mom told me a billion times not to exaggerate) pressure cooker dinners over our Richland years. My Mom was a big advocate of the cooker until one day she was making Turkey soup in the unit and one of the bones jammed the safety value (the little metal thing on the top of the cooker that whistled steam whilst cooking) and eventually it blew out of the rubber Plan B safety value all over the kitchen. Ceiling, walls, counters, floors, breakfast table... you get the picture. Brother and I dove in and helped clean up the mess but life was not worth living around my Mom for several days after that. Oh yes, end of the Berlin family pressure cooker meals AND Turkey soup. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ in Anacortes, WA and wishing everyone in Bomberland a very happy Thanksgiving. To escape no less than six family T-day dinners, we are going to Canada, where Thanksgiving has passed and I can have an Alberta grown beef steak. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: food of my youth and old time radio My mother was one who believed that all meat should be well done. As a result at times it was shoe leather. I can distinctly remember the first time in my life I really enjoyed a slice of beef. Once upon a time the Col-Hi Thespians had a progressive dinner ('58-'59?). I can only remember we were at Stephanie Dawson's ('60) house for one course and the main course was at the Mary Lou DeMeyer's ('59) house. Her dad was the butcher at Campbell's. Someone handed me a plate with a nice hunk of steak rare-medium-rare. I remember thinking wow, I am going to have to eat fast before this cow gets away. But, I put lots of salt on it and figured I would get that piece of raw meat down one way or the other. Now I don't know what heaven is really like, but they will have to go some to beat that steak. I have eaten most of my beef medium rare ever since. While I haven't eaten it in probably over 20 years, I loved Spam in my younger days. Breaded and fried, broiled, sliced right out of the can, with horseradish mustard and a slice of Walla Walla onion in a sammich, Uummmm. Tuna casserole, pimento cheese sandwiches, large bowls of Cheerios cereal, succotash cooked slow all day with a hunk of back fat, and gallons of milk every week in a 2 1/2 gallon box delivered to our door. And of course Kentucky style fried chicken on Sundays. I got to pick out the live chicken at Dimmicks, out at the Y. Boy did that place stink. We also had salmon coquets on Fridays, and that is where I drew the line. Yeeck... no threats in the world could make me eat them. After weeks of "no dinner for you" on Fridays they finally gave up. I still rarely eat fish. However crab, scallops, shrimp and of course lobster are favorites to this day. Mom was maybe average in most cooking, but she made an unbeatable chocolate pie. Remember the green Coke bottles with the city molded into the bottom? The guy in our group with the furthest away got a nickel or dime from everybody else in the group. I was an avid radio listener. Johnny Dollar, The Shadow, Lone Ranger, Fibber Magee, Jack Benny, Great Gildersleave, George and Gracie, and of course "Could This Be you?". I installed an earphone plug in an old plastic radio and I put up a big antenna on the roof. I often fell asleep listening to some far-off station and would wake up all tangled in the earphones and cord. I kept a log of over 300 standard broadcast stations I listened to over the years. I still listen to a scanner with police and aircraft and a couple of other misc things when I am working late at night. I finally got to attend a Bomber lunch. It was at Ripples in Spokane this past Sunday. Big crowd. I was a bit late and missed introductions. I never did get to meet some of them. But class of '60 was well represented. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly ('60) ~ from a motel room in chilly Coeur d'Alene. ID. Old and cheap, but it is clean, the owners like us, and it has high-speed internet. We are ahead of schedule in the set-up of the large display Friday night. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: Thanksgiving Later today, I will be boarding an airplane (assuming I can meet all the security restrictions) and fly off to North Carolina to visit two of my grandsons and their parents will be there too. I take this opportunity on this last morning in Richland (well for a couple of weeks anyway) to wish "ya all a very nice Thanksgiving". For Pam Ehinger ('67) and all you other Spam enthusiasts, I am sure my oldest son will treat me to the (by now) famous "spam, spam, spam, spam and cheese sandwich" while I am in his clutches. -John Adkins ('62) ~ Richland - looks foggy here this morning and probably some frost around too. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) Hi Bomber family! I have had a fun Autumn except that it has been blazing hot in Southern Calif. Wish it were cool and crisp! We spent a day in Apple Hill in the Gold Country with our oldest granddaughter who lives in Nevada. It is a fun place to go in the fall with kids, only beware of eating too many goodies. Especially the apple cider doughnuts! We went back for thirds on those. We also had a cousin's pirate party for all of our little ones. So much fun! They decided they wanted it to be a yearly event. We led them on a Treasure Hunt for buried treasure and pirates attacked them at one point. They loved that! Speaking of food with Thanksgiving in a few days, tomorrow I will start making my Mom's traditional Turkey, giblet gravy and stuffing, with all of the trimmings, Real whipped cream and butter and my Mom's wonderful pumpkin pie, the Best! Yum. Besides some of the food remembered in the '50s, already mentioned, I have a few others I bet many of you will remember too. My Mom made the most wonderful Swiss Steak. It melted in your mouth it was so tender. And then of course there was Pork Chops breaded and pan-fried. We didn't have tossed salads like we do today but who remembers the Pea, Cheese and Pickle salad with mayonnaise. I actually found a children's CD with a song about that salad. Another one my Mom made all the time beside the Carrot and Raisin one was the Carrot and Pineapple Jello one. But my favorite salad was Wilted Lettuce Leaf Salad. My uncle would bring huge heads of wilted lettuce to us from his garden and Mom would fry bacon, crumble it, stir sugar, vinegar and onion in the grease and then pour it over the lettuce. Oh! How wonderful it was not to know about calories and cholesterol then! We also ate a lot of Campbell's soup in those days, Chow Mein in the can over noodles and remember when Chef Boy Ar Dee Pizza came out (spelling?) We made that at all of our slumber parties. My Mom's best pies were her apple, pumpkin and her lemon meringue. I always loved Pecan so I make pecan pie also for Thanksgiving. I won first prize for it at a church carnival years ago. Another favorite dish we had was what my Dad called (pardon me) S**t on a Shingle. It was dried beef in gravy on toast. Who can forget that! And my Mom made the most wonderful Navy Bean Soup with ham. These two Daddy claimed came from the Navy along with the name! Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving this year with loved ones, friends and family. I am so grateful for all we have. Our country, our families, our childhood, Bomber friends, to name a few. God bless you all this year. Wish you could have a piece of pie with me! -Donni Clark Dunphy '63 from the little house in La Mirada that just got a new paint job after 25 long years! It has been so hot here, hoping for some cool weather for Thanksgiving so we can have a fire. GOLDEN MOMENTS I remember when I was small Turning the paddle round and round, That slapped the foaming cream until It formed a fluffy golden mound. Then mother cut her fresh-baked bread And spread the butter, thick and sweet, And lightly sprinkled it with salt And we would share this morning treat. I remember Easter sunshine Breaking through the dawn's pink sky. Sunrise service at the old cross, Down the hill waited Mother's pies. Puffy clouds of white meringue Floating on a sea of yellow. Lemon shivering, quivering pudding Tart and sweet and "oh" so mellow! I remember harvest bounty. Crisp, ripe apples filled the trees. First we'd pick, then peel, then plop them While we'd sing some harmonies. Mother's kettle boiled and bubbled. Scents and old hymns filled the air. Cinnamon in golden liquid, Warm sauce and cream and table prayer. Thought I would share this. Wrote this for a cookbook a few years ago. The cross in the poem is the cross on Flat top in West Richland. Is it still there? -Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Freddie Schafer (Gold Medal Class of '63) Ah yes I remember Spam well, day before payday a can of Spam and a box of Mac & Cheese was lunch and dinner. It also found its way into bean soup and scrambled eggs, with some gravy and toast it became S.O.S. -Freddie Schafer (Gold Medal Class of '63) ~ wishing all of you lots family, friends, food, fun and football this weekend. From Soggy Vancouver U.S.A. where we are about to break an 80 year old record for rainfall this month **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Joe Ford (Gold Medal Class of '63) Folks; This is apropos the Spam recipes and other Spam-related entries in the Sandstorm. Go to this site for a real Spam adventure. The Spamarama is a kind of Texas Spam Cookoff, and friends who know about it speak well of the tasty morsels offered there. My personal favorite is the Spam Daiquiri. Best to all for the holidays. -Joe Ford (Gold Medal Class of '63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: KC Hammill ('63) Re: Christmas at Arlington Maren: Don't know if this "PUSHES" your editorial policy or not, but here it is: -KC Hammill ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) FYI re: AOL bouncing entries for 11-20-06 I have AOL and my Sandstorm for Monday wasn't bounced. I got the article about SPAM from Betti Avant in my Sandstorm. [AOL LIED to me... -Maren} Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of 64)......sun didn't shine at all today(Monday)---also had fog and don't think it got warmer than 50- something degrees all day. this is MY kind of weather, except for the fact that we are getting the dreaded tule fog, already. drove home in it Sunday night and didn't go faster than 35 mph for the entire 12 miles from the bowling alley to the house. was foggy Monday morning, too, but not enough to cause school delays. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. >>From: Tara Billings Sisco ('91) Tuesday 11/21/2006 1:36:38pm COMMENTS: Krista Pedersen ('91), where are you????? I'm getting married. I would really love for you to be here. (January 27th, 2007). Email me if you ever read this. Love, me. -Tara Billings Sisco ('91) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson Re: Hanford Construction Camp Children To All, What I wouldn't give to spend a day watching the goings on in that dusty frontier. Don Sorenson ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/23/06 ~ HAPPY THANKSGIVING ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff: Floyd Melton ('57), Bill Lattin ('58) Burt Pierard ('59), Dave Mansfield ('59) Ed Wood ('62), Carol Converse ('64) Linda Reining ('64), Pat Doriss ('65) Pam Ehinger ('67), Mike Davis ('74) Anne Mitzlaff ('77) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gayle Dawson ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Floyd Melton ('57) Re: Peanut Butter Sandwiches It is wonderful to read about all of you that love Peanut Butter and Mayo sandwiches. I am one that always gets those crazy looks and people calling for the straight jacket people when I fix my favorite. I love Peanut Butter, miracle whip, and dill pickles or chopped up celery sandwiches. I tell everyone not to comment until they have tried one. As a teenager I remember coming home after work late at night or some other activity fix one of those sandwiches grab a bag of chips (remember those boxes of chips with three bags in them?) and go to my room in the basement for a feast washing it all down with a bottle of Pepsi. And I didn't gain a pound. Those were the days. -Floyd Melton ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Lattin ('58) Maren I have a good friend who knows that I grew up in Richland... he is a retired professor from OHSU and he continues to keep up on the latest in medicine. He passed me an article that appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, December 1, 2004 entitled "Thyroid Neoplasia, Autoimmune Thyroiditis, and Hypothyroidism in Persons Exposed it Iodine 131 From the Hanford Nuclear Site" and the conclusion is that the risk of thyroid disease from the exposure to the release of iodine 131 between 1944 and 1957 is not increased from that of the general population. It is a 13 page paper so if you would like to see a copy go to This is good news. -Bill Lattin ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** [MY error, Burt -- NOT Don Sorenson's. I "fixed" Don's text. -Maren] ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) To: Don Sorenson (HB) Hi Don. Please don't interpret my following remarks as a deterrent to helping us historians by continuing to share your many hours of research, but your latest posting brings up one of my (and other historian's in town) pet historical peeves, namely, the casual use of the term "Camp Hanford." For the record, there was a "Camp Hanford" and a "Hanford Camp" and they were not even remotely connected, in either location or time period. Hanford Camp was the Construction Camp on the old Hanford Townsite from March 1943 to February 1945 (when 100-F Reactor went critical). Camp Hanford was the Army Camp in North Richland from June 1955 to January 1966 when Richland purchased the property from the General Services Administration. I realize that I am on a "Don Quixote" type mission here but I have had some successes. I got the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center design changed (they were going to have a "Camp Hanford" Theater) and I'm working on getting a Picture Board caption changed at B Reactor. I have also lodged a complaint with the Declassified Document Retrieval system (DDRS) about their hundreds of incorrect captions (naturally, they are ignoring me). Just putting "Hanford Camp" in their Search Engine is a Crap Shoot -- you have an equal chance of getting pics of the Construction Camp, the Army Post, or even the North Richland Trailer Camp (circa 1948 to 1953). Enough ranting and raving. Like I said, don't let this deter you -- keep that good stuff coming and have a Happy Thanksgiving (that wish is also extended to all the rest of you in Bomberland). Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Fixed it so it's right now.. Also changed the archive: -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Mansfield ('59) To: Wally Erickson ('53) Wally: I am testing my memory now, but are you the person who sent a message to George "Pappy" Swan ('59) way last summer regarding the rails to trails, Coeur d'Alene Trails? If you are, I believe you said that you lived close to the end of the trail at Plummer, Idaho. Several of us class of '59ers are planning on bicycling the trail next summer. I would appreciate any thoughts or suggestions you might have on riding trail. I was thinking of starting at the top of the trail in Mullen and cycling down to the end there at Plummer. The total distance is about 74 miles so the brochures say. Currently I am thinking that three riding days would be about right. What are your thoughts on this? Each of the folks I have discussed this with in our group seem to have different opinions as how long this ride take. "Pappy" Swan for instance, has assured me that he will only need one day for the trip. Go Marines! His proposal was, breakfast in Mullen and lunch in Plummer, arriving in time for the first seating. Patty Crigler Cole ('59) said she could finish the ride in sixty minutes, 90 minutes top if the traffic was heavy. However, after reading the brochure, I explained that Harleys and all other motorized vehicles were prohibited. So I/we would appreciate your thoughts on our proposed ride. Further, are you trained in first aid, CPR? -Dave Mansfield ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed Wood ('62) Re: Progressive dinners Larry Mattingly's ('60) reminiscence about progressive dinners brought our holiday celebrations to mind. Like many others, we would have progressive dinners at Thanksgiving and occasionally other holidays as well. We'd begin with appetizers at one home, the main course at a second and dessert at the final. But we at the last home we would also have entertainment, whether it be skits, musical performances, or Wilbur Kattner's magic tricks. Richland being as small as it was at the time, this was easy to do, since distances between homes was no obstacle. Also, since nearly everyone was a recent transplant, with no relatives close by, I suspect this means of "family" celebration was more common in Richland than anywhere else. Does the tradition still live in Richland? -Ed Wood ('62) ~ Morrisonm CO **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) Re: Peanut butter & Mayo Sandwiches Well, I've never had peanut butter & Mayo in a sandwich, but I grew up with that combination on sliced bananas. I still make those quite often. Instead of using Mayo, though, I use Miracle Whip. I also grew up on that instead. I just cut a banana in half and then slice the 4 pieces down the middle and apply the mixture to each one. Very good. I'm still not sure about the sandwich though. Re: Spam I also grew up having spam once per week. Same with chicken liver. But, my mother would put the spam in a loaf pan and add brown sugar to the top of it and bake it. I always liked it. Haven't had it since leaving home though. Also like liver, both chicken and beef, but since I found out just how high in cholesterol it is, I haven't had any in years. Re: pressure cookers My mother cooked a pork roast each Sunday. I mostly just did it in a roaster on top of the stove, but at times she used the pressure cooker as well. Put it in before church and was done when we got home. I've always made tuna casserole with potato chips. The first time that I ate it with noodles instead of potato chips, I was very uncertain if I would like it that way, but I did. My kids love it with potato chips. Actually, they know no other way. -Carol Converse Maurer (Boomer Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA Happy Thanks Giving everybody!!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) re:favorites foods I like peanut butter and mayo sandwiches, too. when my youngest daughter was little, she didn't like bread, so her favorite "sandwich" was: 2 pieces of bologna(that was her "bread"), peanut butter, cheese, and strawberry jelly---pb&j was spread on the 2 pieces of bologna. also like lime jello with cottage cheese and crushed pineapple, and also like the orange jello with carrot strips and pineapple. my dad loved Chow Mein, so we would have that on Friday nights, if he wasn't working. think it was made by Chun King or something like that----noodles in a can came with the chow mein--they were stacked together, if memory is right. oh yes, "SOS"(sh*t on a shingle)was a favorite, too. I still make that, but we use hamburger meat instead of chipped beef. thanks, Bombers, for all the memories of good foods. *grin* Happy Thanksgiving to Bombers, everywhere! we will be celebrating at my oldest daughter's home--will be about 20 of us here for ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, rolls, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, apple pie, and peach/strawberry/raspberry pie. YUM! *grin* Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber classs of 64)'s cold in Bakersfield, CA-----having days of 50's and nights of 40's---am loving it!!!!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pat Doriss Trimble ('65) To: Curt Donahue ('53) Peanut Butter & Mayonnaise sandwiches! Personally, I can't stand them, but my husband (Bill - Mt Rainier Class of '65) loves them! The past 35+ years he's always added several slices of Dill Pickles (homemade or Vlasic Kosher Dills)!! He also enjoys cold Spam sandwiches with Mustard & Mayo! He thinks I'm weird because I occasionally fix myself a scrambled egg sandwich!.... Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! -Pat Doriss Trimble ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Re: PB & Mayo Hey Curt! That is all my mom gave us to carry to school, both my younger sisters and I! In fact I still eat them today! Love them! May even add a touch of Mustard too! Just a bit of a tang to it! Throw in some soda crackers for some crunch! I can hear people gagging! LOL! Try it you might like it! Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Davis ('74) Re: 11/22/63 JFK Assassination Is it time to start the Kennedy debate again? - 43 years later. For years and years I was a firm believer in the conspiracies. In fact, whenever a new one came along I was convinced that is how it happened. I've read a lot of books on the different conspiracies and how that day in Dallas might have happened. The books made for good reading, but that's all they were. When the hard facts are presented they can't really hold water unless you believe everyone including your neighbor was involved. My final proof came on the Peter Jennings show when they presented computer evidence that yes, the one bullet theory could have, and DID happen. Case closed - one lone nut brought down the greatest man of his generation. -Mike Davis ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Anne Mitzlaff Gerken ('77) Re: '77 reunion entry Class of '77 is working on the 30th reunion. The second weekend in August. People are working on address updating and FINDING! Please send me your mailing address and e-mail address and anyone else you have so people may be contacted. Send it to my e-mail address, NOT to the Sandstorm site. Thank you to all who respond. -Anne Mitzlaff Gerken ('77) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/24/06 ~ "SHOP TILL YOU DROP" DAY Dateline: Richland ~ where the wind howled all Thanksgiving Day ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 14 Bombers sent stuff: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dick McCoy ('45), Ralph Myrick ('51) Wally Erickson ('53), Millie Finch ('54) Sally Sheeran ('58), Jack Gardiner ('61) John Adkins ('62), Mac Quinlan ('62) Rosalie Lansing ('63), Susan Baker ('64) David Rivers ('65), Betti Avant ('69) Bruce Strand ('69), Brad Upton ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nola Davey ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary Christian ('67) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Dave Vallely ('60) & Evelyn Evans ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) Hey Bombers, today is one of the great days of the year: happy left-over day to all!! And I got three for you. 1. I got this the following bit from a trade newsletter. It is from a Broadway musical, and the author and the musical were not named. I have been going nuts trying to... And make this moment last, Because the best of times is now, is now, is now. Now, not some forgotten yesterday. Now, tomorrow is too far away. So hold this moment fast, And live and love As hard as you know how. And make this moment last, Because the best of times is now, is now, is now. A very true sentiment. If someone can identify the above, please let us know. It serves me right after providing, in my Club 40 articles, all those lines from long-ago tunes. [Mais oui, monsieur: "The Best of Times" by Jerry Herman from "La Cage aux Folles" <> -Richard] 2. Congrats to grand pappy Mike McKeown ('53), and for attaining a much needed maturity and medicare. [Mike, the "Lion of Acacia Avenue", is Class of '60 (or maybe he WAS 11 when he graduated?) -Richard] 3. And to Jim McKeown ('53): as a twin, you also deserve a rockin' chair. -Dick McCoy, with cane, from the Tin Can Class of 1945 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ralph Myrick ('51) Some more memories lightened up by a Christmas carol I heard watching the Macy's Day Parade. The carol was 'Hark the Herald Angels Sing'. This took me back to Marcus Whitman, 1945-48. I believe Miss Brown or Smith, a looker, was our music teacher if my memory serves me correctly. The two songs that I hated to sing was the one mentioned. The "dayo, dayo" (sp?) got to me. I hated it. Another song that used to bug me was, 'A Froggie Went a Courting'. I believe it started out like: A froggie went a courtin' He did right, with a sword and a pistol Beside his side Uh huh, uh huh. I hated the "uh huh, uh huh" part. Of course, I couldn't carry a tune in a bushel basket. I remember Miss Brown or Smith ask me to try to sing in the bass, or what ever you call it, part of the choir because my speaking voice was getting lower. I said OK so I went in with her to the piano. She said she wanted me to sing the scales. When I got to re she told me, "That will be all. Thank you for coming in to try." That ended my singing career right then and there. -Ralph Myrick ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) To: Curt Donahue ('53) Re: Peanut Butter & Mayo sandwiches You're welcome! I tell my friends it helps the PB slide down easier ... grin. I understand the reaction you get when you tell someone how you like your PB sandwiches ... they go like "ugh". They don't know until they've tried it ... right, Curt?? Re: Regarding the "Lazy Susan" My sister Susan ('59) is not "lazy"! I just wanted to throw that in. Susan said she's gotten used to the comparison. -Wally Erickson ('53) ~ South of Coeur D'Alene where we're getting a little snow ... not a lot. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Millie Finch Gregg ('54) Re: Remembering what we ate back in the 50's Okay Bombers, I have been reading about this food we used to eat, and it makes me hungry, even on Turkey Day. The peanut butter and mayo sandwich wasn't complete for me until I added mustard. When I told my kids that I used to eat that they thought for sure I was nuts -- but it is delicious. Of course I also in time learned to like it with Walla Walla sweet onion on it. Also the fried mush. One of the favorite winter-time meals when my dad was working nights is that Mom would cook cornmeal mush and we would have that and bread/butter for supper (usually after a Bomber ball game). Then she would take the leftovers and put them in a rectangular dish and the next morning would slice it up and fry it and we would eat it with butter and syrup - yummy! We also had our share of hamburger gravy, tuna gravy, or chipped beef gravy all on potatoes and it was very very good. Sure beats all the fast foods of today. Anyway, lots of good memories and I wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving Day and many more to come. -Millie Finch Gregg ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sally Sheeran Heath ('58) Re: more good food Of course, you all feasted on these two great dishes: soda crackers smashed up in ketchup; and for dessert, a big bowl of graham crackers and milk. Re: iodine exposure Thanks, Bill Lattin ('58), for getting info on the iodine 131 scare. Seems there's just as much cancer of every sort even up here in Alaska's relatively clean, unpolluted air. -Sally Sheeran Heath ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jack Gardiner ('61) It's that time of year again, time to bring out the Cinnamon Bear CD. Play one episode each day between Thanksgiving and Christmas .... enjoy!!! -Jack Gardiner ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: great sandwiches of our time I have suffered the slings and arrows of society for most of my life for my habit of "peanut butter and pickle with mayo" sandwiches. But I endure. For those others who devour these sandwiches, I suggest (during the proper season, of course) a thin slice of Walla Walla sweet onion is a great addition to a peanut butter and pickle sandwich; if you are not able to get Walla-two's try Vidalia or some other sweet onion. -John Adkins ('62) ~ Richland - but currently in Raleigh, NC looking forward to a 3-turkey day. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mac Quinlan ('62) To: Curt Donahue ('53) Re: Peanut butter and mayo Did you ever try adding sliced bananas and lettuce along with the peanut butter and mayo? Give it a try, it's delicious. -Mac Quinlan ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rosalie Lansing Haag ('63) Re: Peanut Butter and Mayonnaise -- SPAM I have been reading all the foodies writing in and I could hold my peace no longer. I love peanut butter and dill pickle, or banana. I have only had Spam once in my life and that was all I would ever want in my life. However I truly understand what we grow up eating we tend to love. My mother was the ultimate Natural or organic-Martha type. We never knew what she was going to invent or read about in the new Good Housekeeping or Journal magazines. Also, we lived next to Donna Bowers Rice ('63), and those lovely women shared a love for good food. We kids were certainly the grand recipients. I can say that I have followed this lovely woman's footsteps. However the solids are always the never changing favorites that we sever at Thanksgiving and Christmas. I never quite have been able to excel at pie crusts like my mother or Grandmother Lansing. But my sister-in-law Bonnie Barton Lansing ('62) is the best. This year we are spending the holidays away from home again. We are on an assignment in San Ramon, CA (east of San Francisco 30 miles or so). It is pure sun and beauty here. If only we could transport the live oaks back home to Richland. If there are any Bombers in this area let me know. I am still cooking all our favorites except in much smaller portions. Oh how I miss the kids -- all 10 of them -- and my momma and my brothers Dean ('60), and Craig ('62), and all those kids too. Will be back home to live again in a year or two. We are on a big job for Chevron; yes, one of those nasty oil companies. A late happy turkey day to all!!!!! -Rosalie Lansing Haag ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Susan Baker Hoover ('64) I'm so happy to find out that I wasn't the only one to grow up on peanut butter and Miracle Whip sandwiches. Until now, I hadn't found anyone who had ever had that combination. Everyone I have talked to has thought that sounded disgusting. We would add ham to the combination. Those sandwiches were our fishing sandwiches. Mom always felt it was safe to carry the peanut butter on those hot days. The Miracle Whip went in the ice chest and we would stop at a local butcher shop for the cooked ham. My dad always had peanut butter sandwiches in his lunch. Mom made those sandwiches every day from September of 1940 until Dad retired in 1977. They were safe if no refrigeration was available. -Susan Baker Hoover ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Calling all Bombers to be there on Dec 2, 2006 I have not mentioned this in the Sandstorm earlier because it was supposed to be a surprise (I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving). Kenny Johnson ('65) is riddled with cancer. Gary Webb ('64) and I had planned to have a gathering for him at Gary's on the 15th and hoped all who can will come. We've had to move it up because of Kenny's condition. Gary is working in Minnesota and wasn't scheduled back till the 15th but as life has a tendency of doing -- things change and we must adapt and overcome -- I would like all of you who know Kenny to join us. The time and date are December 2, 2006 at 5:00pm. We have not nailed the room down yet but will have it set Monday I am sure; at that time I'll let you all know through the Sandstorm of the place. If you know Kenny at all you will want to be there. If you don't know Kenny, please come and meet him. I want Kenny to know how much he is loved and appreciated. Thank you all for just being Bombers. I can tell you from what I hear from others, we are very lucky to share what we share. Please come and join in this celebration of the love Bombers have for one another and the love we have for a very special Bomber, Kenny Johnson. -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: sandwiches I recall when I was younger I loved ketchup. I had it on my baloney sandwiches at that time. I never really liked mustard and still don't. One day in grade school we were playing in the neighbors' yard during, probably, spring break. She had leftover ham and was going to make us all a sandwich. When asked what I wanted on it -- you guessed it, I told her ketchup. The only time until then that I knew about Miracle Whip it was used in tuna and egg salad sandwiches. My mom always crushed potato chips on top of her tuna casserole, it gave it something extra. The other thing I loved that she made was homemade bread. She would use the extra dough and make cinnamon rolls, yummy! The only thing I ate, but looking back as to why my brothers and I liked it, was "creamed tuna fish" on toast. It was probably like your SOS, but used tuna. Those were the days, huh? -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA, where, Pappy, you can tell the little ones the pond is overflowing. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bruce Strand ('69) For you PB & Mayo fans -- try PB, 'Miracle Whip' and pickled jalapeo peppers (the ones in the jar). Years ago my daughter (a WSU grad, but I won't hold it against her) made one for me; turns out to be a great taste sensation worth checking out. -Bruce Strand ('69) Maren Try putting mailto: in front of the address in the: Send Alumni Sandstorm entries to: entry [in the footer] of the newsletter. That way it links it to and launches the e-mail client without doing a copy and paste. At least it does on my system. The note-senders e-mail addresses have the mailto: in front of the address and they are hyper- texted to link. Just a thought. [Bruce, this is a Garbagesoft problem (Garbagesoft makes *terrible* application software); most email and browser applications are smart enough to figure out that address@domain.tld is an email address and doesn't require the addition of the mailto: prefix in order to work properly. But not Garbagesoft! -Richard (but I suppose that we could add the prefix to the footer addresses; it's not like it would take either of us more than thirty seconds to do it)] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) To: Mike Davis ('74) You wrote: "... one lone nut brought down the greatest man of his generation." I was always under the impression that was you. -Brad Upton ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/25/06 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Wally Erickson ('53), Jim McKeown ('53) Wanda Wittebort ('53), Mike Clowes ('54) Thora Metcalf ('59), Sandy Carpenter ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Charles Solomon ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Fran Teeple ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Cantrell ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary Turner ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Debbie Nelson ('77) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Leon Rice ('82) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shelly Strege ('98) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) Re: Fireworks at Coeur d'Alene Resort The weather cooperated considering we've had some snow in the area. The snow stayed away during the day, so it was a clear evening for the fireworks by Larry Mattingly ('60) and his crew of 20 or more. Larry had four large barges, and near the far end of the boardwalk he shot off special firework displays that were awesome!! I know it seems like I'm repeating myself ... but, again, it was a fantastic, stupendous show! Larry's very good at blending in a lot of different "bursts" at the same time. It's amazing how everything comes together to make it so spectacular!! Thanks Larry for another great show. There was another Bomber there with her family: I'm almost certain (senior moment) that it was Patti McLaughlin Cleavenger ('65). Re: Peanut butter & mayo/Miracle Whip sandwiches Actually I've used both; most recently Miracle Whip ... you get that extra "tang" from the "MW". I haven't tried bananas, although I've heard it's pretty good ... the others I've seen mentioned I'm not so sure about, maybe one day I'll try them. It was good to see so many of the above speak out. I thought we were a very small minority ... interesting. To: Dave Mansfield ('59) Re: Bike trail from Mullen to Plummer Yes, it was me ... you have a great memory. I'd be glad to give you any information you might need. You're wise to start from Mullen and come down, although since it was previously used by the railroad the incline is very minimal. All 74 miles are paved and run along the Coeur d'Alene river into Lake Cd'A and beyond. You would be able to ride it in one day. You could have breakfast in Wallace (not far from Mullen), and maybe have lunch at Harrison on Lake Cd'A ... and continue on toward Plummer. It's important everyone have an extra bottle or two of water; some trail mix, raisins, or energy bars would be good. It's important everyone stay together. I would like to join your group when you decide on a date ... it'll be great fun! I have an Expedition and bike rack that can carry four bikes. I always have an first aid kit with me and bike tools; as far as "CPR" ... ummm, I have practiced on some females, but when it comes to a guy ... I'd be happy to show someone else how to do it ... grin. How many do you think will participate? Have you considered having a vehicle or two at each end unless you can find some volunteers to drive vehicles to the other end. Just a thought. Wally Erickson ('53) ~ South of Coeur d'Alene where we're still getting snow in places, especially at the higher elevations. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim McKeown ('53) To: Dick McCoy ('45) Dick, Deputy Editor Richard is correct. Mike was born 2-1/2 weeks before Pearl Harbor on the 20th of Nov, 1941 ... and graduated in the Class of '60. Also, as much as I would like to claim that brother Mike is a twin, just the thought of that idea gives me the "willies"! Brother Tom and I were in the Class of '53, but not twins. Tom was the "cool" one: DA haircut, leather jacket, looked like Farley Granger; so everyone called him "Farley". I was the "nerd" looking one. From "Happy Days", Tom was "Fonzi" and I would, then, of course, be "Richie". Oh well!! -Jim McKeown ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Wanda Wittebort Shukay ('53) All this crazy talk about peanut butter, mayo, etc. sandwiches, makes me laugh and remember my first summer here in Virginia in '79. Went to an afternoon (la dee da) tea. They served all these little sandwiches (no crusts). They were cucumber sandwiches. Hell, when I was a lil tyke, cucumbers were cut up with onions and marinated with sugar and vinegar (that was in West, by God, Virginia). My idea of a sandwich is bologna, lettuce, mayo; or good old bacon, lettuce, tomato. Oh, okay -- tuna salad or chicken salad. THO, I guess when we are yunguns and hongry, we will et anyol' thing. -Wanda Wittebort Shukay ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: Sandwiches Known to be Strange All this talk about peanut butter sammiches with various things added to give flavor, taste, and a reason to consume them got me to thinking about what my mother considered my "favorite" sandwich: liverwurst and butter on Langendorf white bread, with slices of green pepper to keep it fresh (now there's a contradiction: liverwurst and fresh). It beat a dish of bread chunks, sugar, and milk, but without the sugar high. Re: SPAM The History Channel re-ran the program explaining Spam, if one can explain it. Seems the name is an acronym of "Shoulder of Pork And Meat". Brought about by not wanting to throw out the parts of the hog left over from making hams by the geniuses at Hormel. And you thought five days of turkey leftovers in various guises was being frugal. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ it was sunny this morning in Mount Angel, OR, but that has turned to rain again. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Thora Metcalf Ziegler ('59) Re: peanut butter sandwiches Has anyone else tried peanut butter and mustard? Try it, you'll like it. -Thora Metcalf Ziegler ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sandy Carpenter Lee ('61) Betty Avant, you are exactly right about creamed tuna fish on toast, we still like that at my house. My husband likes it on toast, but I like it the way we always had it at home, on crushed up soda crackers. BUT, you have to have those good little petite frozen peas with it. Then there is the Spam question ... do you like it, or not. I liked it the way Mom always fixed it, like a little ham. She would carefully score the little thing, and place whole cloves on it; then pour a mixture of brown sugar and orange juice (or pineapple juice) over it to make a kind of glaze. That was pretty good, but as far as eating Spam plain ... that wasn't for me. And someone was right when they said that crushed up potato chips over the tuna noodle casserole was the way to go ... it is good! Well, all this talking about food, the day after Thanksgiving when your tummy is stretched anyway, and you have all the good leftovers in the fridge. Is downright DANGEROUS! I'm making myself hungry. Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving; we did. The fact that my oldest grandson, Ian, was shipped out of Iraq yesterday and is coming home (to his home at Ft. Hood, TX) is something to really give thanks for. Now we are waiting to hear that he makes it all the way home safely; should hear by late Monday night. We give thanks for what our grandson was able to do over there, and for all the military people who are over there making sure that we are safe and able to enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving. -Sandy Carpenter Lee ('61) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/26/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Jim Jensen ('50), Marguerite Groff ('54) Judi Pearson ('54), Carol Bishop ('57) Gus Keeney ('57), Missy Keeney ('59) Linda Reining ('64), David Rivers ('65) Betti Avant ('69), Kathi Roberts ('77) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Roberta Adkins ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Berlin ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Eleanor Attwood ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: CB Lih ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jill Walser ('81) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) Re: Outs and Ons To: ShirleyRae Drury Crume ('51) Hope your angst over computer problems is soon eased and that you will be back on line with your interesting postings. To: Betti Avant ('69) Your 11/24 posting about enjoying ketchup on everything took me back a few years. I can remember putting it on hamburgers and any sort of fried potatoes, but not much else until one afternoon in Manila (Philippines). I was on special assignment 1969-1970 and through some of my local friends had enjoyed such delights as "chicken adobo," "beef adobo," (it's in the gravy y'know) and various concoctions/ creations of "local" rice and admixtures. That interesting afternoon a few of my friends convinced me that we should stop in at a "restaurant" (no signs... old, 1890's frame house) for the best fried chicken on earth. Inside the eatery was equipped with a dozen or so round tables enhanced with oilskin table coverings. The place was full and patrons seemed to be having a good time. One friend ordered for all of us (in Tagalog). A short time later a waiter brought a huge platter bearing about 8-10 pounds of chicken. He also provided us with large plates, a big stack of paper napkins and four big bowls of ketchup. No flatware and no other condiments. We had our choice of beer or cola. The chicken was steaming hot. About an hour later the chicken and ketchup were gone. I feasted upon the best tasting chicken "dish" in my life time. I've tried to match the setup many times since, but have never achieved the same taste. I vote for traditional Philippine chicken and ketchup... whatever is in it. -Jim Jensen ('50) ~ in Katy, TX where my son and I had a traditional Thanksgiving meal... hope all Bombers did the same. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) I'm feeling a little left out. Not sure what's happening, but I have not received a Sandstorm since Thanksgiving Day. I've been going to the web site [] to read what I've been missing. Hopefully Richard or Maren can find out what the problem is. Don't know if it's or some problem with my computer. I'm sure I'm OK with my dues. I seem to be receiving all my other e-mail, including the junk stuff. Just wanted to add my two cents about sandwiches. I've enjoyed the discussions of Peanut Butter and Mayonnaise. I haven't had one in years; not since I've been more aware of calories!! Here all the time I thought people would just think I was weird. That was one of my favorite sandwiches. A friend, Carol Berry Bradley (moved after 9th grade) and I used to make peanut butter sandwiches and then fry them until crispy (in butter). Those were great too. About peanut butter and banana sandwiches: Several years ago when we lived in Michigan, brother Bill Groff ('61 RIP) was in the Air Force, and came to stay with us for a few days. I came home from shopping one day, and my 5 year old son, Steve Tompkins ('77) came running out of the house and told me he had just had the best sandwich ever. "Uncle Bill showed me how to make a peanut butter sandwich with bananas on it!" That's actually the first time I heard of that particular sandwich. Still haven't tired it. Belated Thanksgiving wishes to one and all. Hope you all had a great day. -Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) ~ Richland, not enjoying the cold!! Looking forward to Spring. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Judi Pearson Parker ('54) To: Jim McKeown ('53) Jim, You were never a nerd! Just the opposite. You obviously didn't see all of the girls who were trying to get your attention. You were one of the greatest guys in school. -Judi Pearson Parker ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Bishop Horne ('57) Nobody has mentioned peanut butter and marshmallow sandwiches... that is our favorite.. -Carol Bishop Horne ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) Re: Sunny Ogston ('57) The following is Class A Bummer News. -Gus Hello-I am trying to get a hold of Annie Parker Hoyle ('57) as my Sister Sunny Ogston Anderson ('57) is not doing well with cancer and Annie has moving in with her daughter and now does not have email and have not been able to call her by phone and know that she went to a meeting of the Bombers of Phoenix, AZ and was looking for help on a phone number as they have been friends since the age of eight-they lived across the street on Cottonwood--My sister fighting with everything she has but not looking good and want Annie to be able to say her good byes if that is possible- can leave msg. on email [Ted's email removed for his privacy -- contact Gus for Ted's email. -Maren[ or cell phone [cell phone number removed for Ted's privacy -- contact Gus for Ted's cell phone number. -Maren]... any help would be a "God sent"-any way want to thank you for taking the time to read this---Ted Ogston ('62) -Gus Keeney ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) To: Dick McCoy ('45) The song you are referring to is "The Best of Times" from La Cage aux Folle and was the theme song for our Rolling Hills Chorus 25th Anniversary show last year. Just a reminder that the Rolling Hills Chorus annual show "So Much to Celebrate" is this coming weekend December 1st and 2nd. Check out our web site at -Missy Keeney ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) Maren, this site is NOT ours, right? [deleted so nobody reading the Sandstorm will even GO to that fake site. -Maren] not sure how they got my e mail, as I don't remember going to this site. -Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of 64) is cold in Bakersfield, CA----and, I am loving it! saw on the news tonight that Seattle got snow! they don't expect it to stay around, but it was making a lot of havoc for local drivers. I remember it snowed in downtown Seattle in '67 when I was pregnant with my oldest daughter-- we lived not too far from Pike Street. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Be there on December 2nd... Hampton Inn 5pm - Kenny Johnson All right Gang... we have a room and we are a go. The "Kenny We Love You" gathering will take place next Saturday, December 2, 2006 at 5:00 pm... Steve Simpson ('65) has sent out something called "Evite" to many people but I'm sure many have not received it... I am asking Steve to send the site to the Sandstorm so all who wish to attend can let us know... I'm trying to get a head count for food and drinks... It won't be fancy... on Friday Davis (Knox '65) and I will make a Cosco run for drinks and paper plates and napkins and such... I've asked the Adairs (Jimmie and Kathie) to order subways and they need 24 hours in advance... I hope you kids who want to come and didn't get a direct email will not be offended... I know sometimes kids who don't get an email or letter about the Sorry 7 yearly gatherings have felt I left them out... NOT SO... my pea brain can only do so much... I send to a bunch of kids and hope they will pass the word... We're Bombers... that's what we do... right... we keep in touch and let people know what's going on... I've received emails from Bombers all over the world about this get together... one guy canceled a huge trip and is coming in from Europe to be with Kenny... I am thankful to and for all of you! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) All this food talk got me hungry, too. I've been on a diet to lose a few extra pounds. My dentist invited me out for dinner on Friday night. It was a pasta and seafood place in Olympia. At this point of my diet pastas and such are a no-no. I'm allergic to shellfish and don't really like fish. They had some salads listed but I have had those all week so was looking for something else. I found a steak, but it was a 10 ouncer. I settled on Lasagna and asked if I could get half a portion. She said they can't really cut it in half but then added they had a "kid-size" portion. I said that would be OK, and when it came it was just the right size for me. I'll see tomorrow how much it sabotaged my diet, not too much I don't think as I didn't eat the bread that was brought to the table when we sat down. By the way I think the cheapest item was about $15.00 or more, but she was paying- grin. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where we may get some snow in the next few days **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kathi Roberts Freedman ('77) Re: Patricia Aeschliman Roberts ('57) My name is Kathi Roberts-Freedman (class of '77) and Pat is my Mother. She passed away on November 18, 2006 after a three year battle with cancer. She will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC where we buried my dad (Lionel "Robbie" Roberts ('52) just two years ago. As arrangements are finalized I will send that information through. I know she loved reading the Sandstorm and was really looking forward to her 50th reunion. -Kathi Roberts Freedman ('77) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/27/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers (one Anon) sent stuff: Ralph Myrick ('51), Jim McKeown ('53) Millie Finch ('54), Rosalie Geiger ('57) David Mansfield ('59), Larry Mattingly ('60) Jim Hamilton ('63), Linda Reining ('64) David Rivers ('65), Jim Heidlebaugh ('65) Lynn Noble ('72WB), Anon BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Andrew Eckert, Jr. ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ralph Myrick ('51) To all those who had or knew Helen Skogen. Helen is still going 100 mph. The loss of her eyesight has not stopped her one bit. My wife, Judy, and I like to visit her, but it is hard to catch her at home. I was thinking, it would be neat if any of you want to send or a message or send a Christmas wish, send it to me and I will make a booklet and give it to her. Former teacher, Marcia Clements is not doing so well. She is waiting for a liver transplant. Talking to her, you would never know that she is ill. If any of you who had her as a teacher or knew her want to send a message to her, I will make a booklet for her. She needs all of your prayers. We all know that God is in control. Hope you all have had a happy Thanksgiving and are getting ready for a very Merry Christmas. -Ralph Myrick ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim McKeown ('53) To: Judi Pearson Parker ('54) Wow!! What a great response from a real FOX, of the class of '54. I'm in awe. I did get a second opinion on whether I was a nerd or not... I figured my wife of over 50 years would know. Her response was "I like nerds"! I'm not sure what that means... I think it's a compliment. Oh well. Judi, I saw your picture with the rest of the gang in Arizona, I think, and I would have picked you out easily. You haven't changed that much. -Jim McKeown ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Millie Finch Gregg ('54) To: Judi Pearson Parker ('54) I agree with your comments regarding Jim McKeown ('53) - he was anything but a nerd. I think all of us girls in the class of '54 were fixed on his being! *LOL* You still look good today too, Jim. Your wife is very lucky. To: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) I have gotten the Sandstorm everyday and I have Charter - so must be something else. To: Billy Griffin ('54) and Carol Ritz Griffin ('56) What a great picture and article in today's TCH regarding your 50th anniversary. Congratulations. Maybe I will fix my famous peanut butter/mustard/mayonnaise sandwich. It has only been about 55 years since I had one. -Millie Finch Gregg ('54) ~ Pasco... here we woke up to the white stuff falling from the sky. Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rosalie Geiger Hughes ('57) Greetings, Bombers: A few of us Bomber alumni living in Boise have made contact, and we would like expand our acquaintances with other Bomber alumni who may be living in the greater Boise area (Boise, Meridian, Eagle, Nampa, Middleton, Star, Emmet, etc.) If people here might be interested, we will try to have a luncheon or some kind of get-together at least twice a year. Personally, I would like to make contact with any former Richlanders living in this area who worked on the "Project" during the 1940s, even if they did not attend high school there. If you live in southwestern Idaho, or if you know anyone in this area who either attended high school in Richland or lived there during the 1940s, you're welcome to e-mail me. -Rosalie Geiger Hughes ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Mansfield ('59) To: Wally Erickson ('53) Re: Bicycling North Idaho Thanks for the information on the "rail to trails", 'Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes'. You my friend are a bicyclist out of my league. Wow, riding the trail in one day, no way I could do that! I am sure my three wheeler could make the trip okay. I just got it back from the shop after having a roll bar welded on. Now I am not afraid of the curves, but I just don't think I could pedal it that fast. Of course, gravity would be helping some with my 200 plus pounds, err, check that, ... a trim 200 plus pounds. :o) Right now I am thinking we will ride either the third or fourth week of this coming July. I need to sit down with a calendar and think this out a bit more then check with the rest of the folks. I will email you and keep you in the loop on what we decide. And, yes, we would like to have you join us. It is going to be a fun time. Oops, I mean as Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) always says, "Bombers have more fun." -David Mansfield ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: CDA [Idaho} Display and food Home again and getting my life back to normal after 8 days on the road for the CDA display. After using over 3 miles of shooting wire and nearly 3/4 mile of 25 pair cables, working in rain, freezing rain, snow, hail/sleet and icy winds, we were 100% ready to fire 4 hours before show time. After getting an estimated time for the show over 20 minutes away, a few minutes later the call "5 minutes" came over the radio. Two weeks of design and preparation, a week to set it up, and 9 minutes to shoot it. Actual show design was by our Spokane and Eastern Manager Rich Vaughan. He picked the product and then left the boardwalk to me to configure, set-up, wire, and fire. All went well and the crowd, and the sponsor loved it. There were a number of Bombers that were there in various places in the large crowd. I got several very nice e-mail compliments from them. I will thank them personally. I am grateful to Wally Erickson ('53), for his gracious invitation to join with him and his family for Thanksgiving dinner. I drove down lake to Wally's beautiful home with a million dollar view and we went from there over to his daughter's home high in the foothills. A fire in the fireplace, the snow falling on the trees, nice folks and good food made for a very pleasant afternoon. Leaving Wally's house that night to go back to CDA and my motel I came around a corner on the side road to find a beautiful, large 4 point buck deer standing in the classic pose. I stopped and we looked at each other for several minutes. It was snowing hard and he was not more then 8 feet away in the edge of the headlights. Finally he walked right up nearly to my open window, turned slowly uphill, and disappeared in the falling snow. I have to agree peanut butter and mayo sandwiches in all their variety are comfort food. I prefer mine with sliced banana, a refrigerator dill pickle, and ice cold Diet Coke. My version of "SOS": Saut a large chopped onion, a double handful of quartered or sliced mushrooms, a liberal amount of fresh garlic, in butter, with a small glug of extra virgin olive oil, and red wine or sherry. Depending on my mood I may add fresh thyme and basil and sometimes sage. Add enough very lean hamburger, or ground pork for the number eating. Add a can (or 2) of Campbell's mushroom and/or celery soup. I prefer to add wine rather then water if it is too thick. When meat is nearly done add a cup or more each of frozen peas and whole kernel corn. Serve over your choice of variety breads (toasted), or any of several pastas, along a glass of your favorite wine. To me, this is real comfort food and I fix it about once every 4-5 weeks. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly ('60, the class that is like fine wine, improving with age.) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) Someone sent us a Im >From Bomber Country bumper sticker a few years back and we broke it out in Venice for a Kodak moment. Yes, as you can tell the Lovely Miss Nancy is in a family way, but not to worry... the picture was taken in May of 1969 when we were living in the Bel Paese. Semper Bomberus jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) re: foods love fried peanut butter sandwiches--we add a slice of cheddar cheese, too. also peanut butter and bananas--try them fried---good, too. peanut butter and just about anything taste good! *grin* peanut butter on: celery sticks, carrots sticks, sliced cucumbers, dill pickles, banana slices, pancakes, waffles, french toast, toast, English muffins, in a milkshake, in a pie, in frosting, in cookies, in ice cream. *grin* -Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of 64)....Bakersfield, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Be there on Dec 2nd ~ Hampton Inn 5:00pm ~ Kenny Johnson All right Gang ... we have a room and we are a go. The "Kenny We Love You" gathering will take place next Saturday, December 2, 2006 at 5:00pm. Steve Simpson ('65) has sent out something called "Evite" to many people but I'm sure many have not received it. I am asking Steve to send the site to the Sandstorm so all who wish to attend can let us know. I'm trying to get a head count for food and drinks. It won't be fancy. On Friday Davis (Knox ('65)) and I will make a Costco run for drinks and paper plates and napkins and such. I've asked the Adairs (Jimmie and Kathie) to order Subways and they need 24 hours in advance. I hope you kids who want to come and didn't get a direct email will not be offended. I know sometimes kids who don't get an email or letter about the Sorry 7 yearly gatherings have felt I left them out. NOT SO. My pea brain can only do so much; I send to a bunch of kids and hope they will pass the word. We're Bombers, that's what we do -- right? -- we keep in touch and let people know what's going on. I've received emails from Bombers all over the world about this get- together; one guy canceled a huge trip and is coming in from Europe to be with Kenny. I am thankful to and for all of you! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Heidlebaugh ('65) Re: Birthday Milestone One of our own has reached a milestone. Almost an adult. #60 in the program... #1 on the charts... Birthday wishes to my friend! Happy Birthday, David Rivers ('65). -Jim Heidlebaugh ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lynn Noble Paden ('72WB) Re: Article on Vicki Owens ('72) Hi Maren: I thought our school mates would like to read this article about Vicki. She's an amazing, giving and courageous woman and I'm so grateful and honored to have her as my friend for 46 years! -Lynn Noble Paden ('72WB) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Anon HAPPY BIRTHDAY, David Jo! -Anonymous ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/28/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('02, '46, '45), Diane Avedovech ('56) Steve Carson ('58), Pete Overdahl ('60) Donna Fredette ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy ('02, '46, '45) We are diggin' out of a good ol' two-dayer here on Camamo Island, WA. The snow has now stopped, and now the cold into the teens will begin tonite. I have lost one beautiful sweet gum, and the other has been pruned by mother nature. To friend Jim McKeown ('53) I'm sorry I had you so young. You are actually up there with your table mate at Club 40, the beautiful Norma Loescher Boswell. No more happy birthdays for me. -Dick McCoy ('02, '46, '45) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Diane Avedovech ('56) Re: Peanut butter Here is another concoction with peanut butter that was taught to me by children in a Mexican orphanage that I worked with in the early '60s. They take a tortilla, spread peanut butter on it, then sprinkle sugar over that and roll it up to eat. I got addicted to them while in Mexico. I learned a lot from those children - a great deal more than peanut butter-sugar tortillas. -Diane Avedovech ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Carson ('58) Re: Sandwich input: Peanut Butter was meant to be combined with MIRACLE WHIP, not mayo. Mustard on occasion to tune up the taste buds. -Steve Carson ('58) ~ Chicago, IL **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pete Overdahl ('60) Re: Recipes It has been interesting reading from everyone who likes Spam, Peanut Butter & Mayo sandwiches plus all the extras from bananas to Jalapenos and other such questionable goodies. I am sure someone out there in Bomberland has drafted or assisted in a Cook Book for some organization. Well I think it would be a great fund raiser for the Alumni Bombers. Our Club 40 is giving back scholarships each year for students that qualify. I know this would be a money maker and it would go back to a great cause. I am sure someone has a connection on printing the final product. We could set a date for the collection of recipes and then try to come up for a date to release for sale. I am sure someone has a recipe for a Bomber Burger. -Pete Overdahl ('60) ~ We had about one inch of snow yesterday and gone today, but we hear the West Side of Washington got hammered. Maybe make a "Snow Cone" **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Fredette ('65) To: David Rivers ('65) Happy Birthday to you [11/27]! You are a very kind & generous person not to mention loving. I wish for you to have a wonderful birthday yesterday and a really great year ahead. Thank you for always remembering everyone else in your life. Love to you, -Donna Fredette ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/29/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Doreen Hallenbeck ('51), George Swan ('59), Patti Jones ('60) Mike Brady ('61), Sandy Carpenter ('61), Dennis Hammer ('64) Susan Baker ('64), Donna Fredette ('65), Betti Avant ('69) Denise Payne ('79) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janis Ervin ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joe Campbell ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Howell ('68WB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rick Polk ('70) BOMBER LUNCH Today: Girls of '63 & '64 BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter ('51) I happen to be a proud owner of six Christmas ornaments designed by Betty Jo Woods Gimarelli ('51). I surfed the internet under "Portland Ornament" and found her current Portland ornament, plus a link to some of her Seattle ornaments. By going to and clicking on "about us" you can read about Betty's designs. She has been doing this since 1986. For our 50th class reunion Betty gifted her classmates with a specially-designed RHS ornament. Thought perhaps some Bombers would be interested in seeing her works on-line. -Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter ('51) ~ Green Valley, AZ where they predict a few night time temps below freezing, if you can imagine that! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Pappy's Secret Letter To Santa Hmmm. Ummm, somebody hinted that I could send a letter to Santa through a tall elf named Maren. So, here goes... Dear Santa, Define Good? Pappy PS My runway elves and I have installed a large flashing strobe light on my roof (which we are keeping clear of deep snow for you) so you can find my house. Also, the elves painted large international orange letters "PLH" (Pappy Lives Here) on the roof. And, the cookies and milk and Reindeer kibbles 'n' bits will be ready. Would you like the milk warmed? Hot Cocoa? Hot Toddy? Hot Schnapps (like snowshoe Grog)? Hot Yukon Jack with a twist of lemon? Would the reindeer like their kibbles warmed? My chimney is pretty small and has a rain cap, so I will leave a ladder propped against the roof for you. Is it too late to get on your good side, Santa (in case I currently don't fit your definition of "Good?") If I have been good enough, can I have a giant "Tickle Me Elmo" suit (in my size)? Please don't tell anyone. Oh, and watch out for a certain tiny airplane in this area flown by two pointy-eared, former toy makers. It was supposed to be home (Burbank International Airport) by now, but you know how those elves are. Apparently, lawn mowers are all put away, but now, snow blowers and generators are being left out and are quite vulnerable to TSD (tiny siphoning devices). So, the aerial joy ride goes on! -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Have to add my words in about sandwiches. My favorite peanut sandwich was peanut butter mixed with honey. Do not know how mom did it, but she seemed to have a touch with mixing the two together. Haven't been able to quite do the same. Also mixed with jam at times. It's been so many years since I ate spam I have no memory of it now. All the Bomber entries about Spam made me want to buy it and try it. Haven't done it yet. My now favorite sandwich is Jenny-O-Turkey Ham with mustard, on whole wheat bread. To: Sally Sheeran Heath ('58) Thought at times I was the only one that liked ketchup on different things. Through out the years I have always gotten comments on my putting ketchup on so many things. Crackers and ketchup is one thing I haven't tried. Thanks for the idea. Even like ketchup on a good steak. Then I really hear about it. To: Pete Overdahl ('60) A cookbook done by the Market Class at Richland High School is due out in the next couple weeks. I know some Bombers who have submitted recipes for the book. Your idea is a for a Bomber cookbook is a good addition to the high school cookbook. The question is who is going to organize the cookbook you mentioned in the Sandstorm. get it ready for print and manage the sales? To: David Rivers ('65) Happy Birthday!!! Yes, I am a couple of days late writing the Sandstorm. I always say the best birthdays last a couple of weeks. So keeping yours going. Always funny remembering you and the bicycle group on Birch. Always leading as you do now! Keeping everyone together. Always out in the front! Maybe going in circles from block to block or a destination to find another tike to ride with the group. Somehow keep remembering you with a white flag on your bike. Do you remember and what it was about? Still rallying everyone together will be nice to have you back in town this weekend rallying everyone together for a good cause. -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) West Richland, WA ~ Brrrr...need I say more? **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Peanut butter on Graham (sp?) crackers, ummm! -Mike Brady ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sandy Carpenter Lee ('61) Greetings from Snowy Western Washington Someone was right when they say that we got dumped on. A devastating snow storm hit us yesterday, crippling highways all over the area, and keeping people from getting home from work. They actually closed I-5 in places! And our main road into Monroe, WA (522) was closed. Schools all over are closed today, and people advised to stay home if they don't have to go out. Problem on the freeway was a thick coat of ice under the snow, and people were abandoning their cars right on the freeway. We got calls from 3 family members last night saying they wouldn't get home from work, and would just sleep in their cars in mini mart parking lots. A lot of people who went to the Seahawks game last night ended up staying in hotels, as well as people trying to get home from work. This is the worst road conditions anyone in this area can remember. Needless to say, we are all hunkered down, and very glad we ran our errands yesterday before the storm hit. We are also setting records for the wetest month in our area's history. We have all grown web feet over here! Well, might as well go out and enjoy it, so we're going to take a walk in the snow. -Sandy Carpenter Lee ('61) ~ Goldbar, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) Peanut butter--When I was a kid in the '50s I used to put peanut butter on my hot dogs. Then in the '70s at a church wing-ding in the park I was telling some kids about it and they just could not grasp the concept. So I put some peanut butter on my hot dog and to my surprise, it still tasted good, but I haven't eaten it that way since. Those kids really freaked out when they saw me eating it. I thought that was amusing because at that time there was a TV commercial for Armour hot dogs with the jingle: "What do kids put on Armour hot dogs? Mustard, ketchup, lots of relish too, pickles, onions, even peanut butter too." Fried mash potatoes--My parents used to (I think it was left-overs) fry mash potatoes in a patty about three times as thick as a hamburger patty. I checked on the Internet and found that you are not supposed to grease the pan or it will stick. They cooked them until brown on each side. That was something I really liked. Fried apples--Is another I really liked, but few people seem to have heard of. I don't know the recipe, but they were sliced and lots of sugar was put on top. My mother is now a health food nut so she would never even think of doing that again. Spam--In the movie "Battleground," about a squad of the 101st Airborne in Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge; near the end and things are looking disparate, James Whitmore who plays the sergeant sees his shadow on the snow bank. This shows that the fog has lifted and he looks up and here come the Allied planes dropping by parachute all kinds of supplies. It then shows the soldiers opening up the supplies and passing around stuff like blankets, ammo, etc. Then four or five soldiers are shown unrolling a tarp and two cases come out each labeled "SPAM." They just look disappointed, drop the tarp, turn around and walk away. TV dinners--When they first came out, the trays were stamped in such a way that they were smooth and could be washed easily. My parents would wash them, put left-overs in them, put foil over them and freeze them for later use, making their own TV dinners. Reconstituted milk--I used to have milk with every meal, then, in the Navy one morning I got my usual cup of milk and it tasted bad, so I went over to the scuttlebutt (drinking fountain), poured it out, rinsed it, and went to a different milk machine. That one tasted bad too. Then I found out it we had ran out of the fresh milk and started to use the reconstituted milk. I never drank milk again. -Dennis Hammer ('64) ~ Kennewick, where it was so cold last night that a couple guys went outside for a smoke break. The flame on the match froze and they couldn't blow it out. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Susan Baker ('64) I feel like I'm living back in Richland. Until last night the snow had sort of made a circle around Gig Harbor like it normally does in Richland. I waited and waited for that fluffy white stuff to fall on the tall evergreens around my house. Finally, around 7:00pm the snow arrived. It was coming down so heavily I just knew I would have a wonderland around me when I awoke this morning. Ha, Maybe an inch. I can see the grass sticking thru the snow. I called my son, Rich, who lives on the South end of Key Peninsula to see how the roads were out that way. I caught him on his cell walking back from the emergency bus stop. He had to walk out about 3 miles on ice to get her to the bus stop. The sun is shining but the wind is blowing which isn't allowing the ice to melt. We are hoping that the conditions will change by the time Mikayla comes home from school. -Susan Baker ('64) ~ reporting from Gig Harbor, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Fredette ('65) Re: Peanut Butter Ok, you have all had your fun with peanut butter and mayo or miracle whip and I watched my ex eat those all the time but come on now you know peanut butter goes with butter and jelly or jam... especially raspberry jam!!!!! That is the one and only way to eat peanut butter and jelly on bread or toast. When I was younger it was with Wonder bread!! The other most wonderful sandwich in the world was tomato and lettuce with bacon or without and lots of Best Foods mayo and salt and pepper!! The best in the world. Well maybe those egg salad sandwiches that my Mom used to make for my lunch and it used to drive Maretta Nelson crazy watching me smack those down!! No maybe it was the Oscar Mayer hot dogs with beans and brown bread after church on Sunday with lots of Heinz Ketchup!!!!!!!! You know I did write into the Sandstorm on David's Birthday so really I was not late!!!!!!!! And I did not say yesterday. Ha Bomber Cheers, -Donna Fredette ('65) ~ where it is frozen solid tonight here in Redmond and the Seattle area with lots of snow everywhere and people walking away from their cars on the freeway after a seven hour drive on a skating rink! The Seahawks won as well in the snow!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: mustard I said the other day I never really liked mustard. I got thinking about it and there was one thing I liked mustard on; a mama burger at A&W. As I recall it was mustard, dill pickles, and onions. Does that sound right? Up to that point I never liked dill pickles either I had to have sweet ones. Now I'll eat both but still prefer sweet. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where today we never got above freezing I don't think **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Denise Payne Sitler ('79) Hello everyone, I have what might seem to be a stupid question. When I was growing up in Richland in the '60s and '70s I swear the park near the river was called "Riverside Park", but when I went back a couple of years ago they were calling it the "Howard Amon Park" (I think that is what they called it). Am I losing my mind or was it always called that? I'm still hoping that there are some fellow Bombers here in Mass. I'm actually in Western Mass close to the Connecticut line. Thank You, -Denise Payne Sitler ('79) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [You're right, Denise. Check out the time line for Riverside Park at: -Maren] ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/30/06 ~ Hurricane Season Ends ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff and 2 Bomber funeral notices today: Laura Dean Kirby ('55), Gloria Falls ('58) Mary Rose ('60), Jack Grouell ('61) Donni Clark ('63), Roy Ballard ('63) Gary Behymer ('64), Donna Fredette ('65) Betti Avant ('69), Darlene Napora ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeanne Turner ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jan Klusman ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sandy Clark ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) Re: Peanut Butter I'll take my peanut butter sandwich with Miracle Whip and Dill pickles on white bread, please. Have you tried peanut Butter spread nice and thick on a fresh crisp leaf of Cabbage? Add a sprinkle of salt. It's similar to stuffing celery. I never thought of making a "Ham" baked out of Spam, but "back in the day" you worked with what was available. I just like it fried. Loved corn meal mush fried with Maple syrup and butter. My mother never threw away any kind of food and we always had "Potato Patties" made with the left over mashed ones. She rolled them up in foil and refrigerated them, then sliced, and floured them before frying in butter. We ate lots of fried apples, because the apples were free where they fell from the trees in orchards... too wormy to eat whole, but delicious fried with butter, brown sugar and a little cinnamon. My folks were great at finding free stuff, especially fruits. We would drive up to Sunnyside to the cannery and put up dozens of cans. When we arrived in June of 1948 we stayed on Winslow with another family and at that time there were remnants of a peach orchard still in most of the yards. They were really wonderful. In Illinois, where we were from, we didn't get a lot of fresh fruit, certainly not the beautiful Bing cherries that were grown here. We did have about three acres of tomatoes that we grew for seed. I haven't tasted a tomato that good since. After Safeway built their "new" store on Cullum, the old building (where Three Margaritas is now) was a grocery store called "Wild Bills". My dad went there and bought cheap meat. We tried horse meat, buffalo and bear. I wouldn't eat that stuff now, but as I said, my parents were conservative (cheap). We visited the Peterson farm up the valley for chickens. You watched while they scalded and plucked them. Feathers everywhere, and the smell was not pleasant. Late Happy Birthday to David Rivers('65) and a late vote for Don Sorenson to be an honorary Bomber. -Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) ~ in cold and gloomy Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gloria Falls Evans ('58) Doesn't anyone like peanut butter on pancakes anymore... that is the best - with sugar free syrup. -Gloria Falls Evans ('58) ~ Spokane, WA. Very cold here today. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Rose Tansy ('60) Spam: Had to respond on the Spam issue. I remember my father taking Spam sandwiches, a Twinkie, and a thermos full of coffee in his black lunch box to work every day. I think it would be very difficult to eat the same thing every day - day after day, but as I remember he did. Peanut Butter: My favorite was always toasted bread, well buttered, and spread with peanut butter and honey (not mixed, Patti). I still eat those today. As soon as we get our kitchen back (presently remodeling) I am going to try some of the other peanut butter concoctions. Especially with mayo and slices of sweet onion!! Growing up I remember eating LOTS of corn bread and beans for dinner during the week. During the summer we always had fresh vegetables from the garden. During the winter we had things my Mom had canned. My mother had a lush garden. (During the Jimmy Carter days she even grew peanuts.) On Sundays we always had a big dinner with fried chicken, pork or beef roast, or meat loaf. Lots of mashed potatoes, gravy and vegetables. I remember homemade pies on Sunday too. When I go to visit my brother, Glen ('58), or sister, Ginger ('55), we almost always have corn bread and beans. We still love them!!! -Mary Rose Tansy ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jack Grouell ('61) OK - I decided to share my favorite: peanut butter and cranberry sauce sandwiches - very healthy and delicious. Also - something my cousin Bill and I used to make when we were very young: canned milk and sugar on white bread. -Jack Grouell ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) Hi Bombers! Well it is easy to see we all love to eat! And remembering what we ate when we were young is fun. I wasn't going to mention peanut butter but after all the talk of peanut butter and mayo I thought I just had to try it even though it sounded icky when I was young. I made some toast this morning and put my usual peanut butter on it and put mayo on one corner just to try it. I have to admit it was really good! However I won't be eating it that way due to the calories. No one mentioned my favorite when I was a kid, peanut butter sandwiches with crushed potato chips on them. Now I got that idea from someone at Jason Lee. But it is good! Peanut butter on graham crackers is yummy too. So is leftover frosting on graham crackers! To Pete Overdahl ('60) I think a Bomber cookbook would be not only a wonderful fund raiser, best seller in Richland, but such a fun thing to have. I have thought of it myself but hesitated to mention it as it would require a lot of work to make it nice. I would help from a distance but I think you would need lots of volunteers. We would need history for the recipes to make them interesting and listening to all the Alumni Sandstorm entries that would not be hard to find. We shared a wonderful Thanksgiving with our children here and then went up to Minden, Nevada and ate up all of my daughter's leftovers as well as mine. It's back to the diet! Ran into wind and snow coming home along 395 below the Sierras. It's that time of year. It has even become really cold here in the L.A. area. -Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) ~ from the little house in La Mirada, CA that is waiting to be decorated for Christmas! Must get busy on that tomorrow! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roy Ballard ('63) Re: Travel I made a trip over to Mt. Vernon on Monday to take my kids and my grand children to the other family. Nice trip! Did get into some pretty heavy snow just north of the Duwamish (sp?) River or Arlington and those people over there can't drive in snow.. spent the night in Anacortas at my favorite motel, the Cap Sante Inn. They had a lot of snow and ice all over the place. I got up at 1:30 and got some hot coffee and decided to head home. Out in the truck it said the temp was 17 at the motel. I decided to go in to Mt. Vernon instead of the back way through Conway on Highway 20 and the temp in Mt. Vernon was 11 at 2 o'clock in the AM. I got on the freeway and headed south, the road was icy so I ran with the trucks at about 45mph, but it was pretty icy and packed snow all the way back to Arlington and then the road was pretty good for the things that had been coming out of the heavens. I-5 was really pretty good the rest of the way to I-405 and I cruised at about 50 to 60 that far and then made the turn off to 405. Then it got pretty bad especially in the north bound lane of 405. I ran from the cut off on 405 to I-90 in 4 wheel drive at anywhere from 30 to 45 all the way to I-90. The real bad area was the Bothell and Woodinville turn off in the north bound lanes, it was bumper to bumper with all kinds of cars and semis pretty much stuck there. I think by that time I had had only 2 cars pass me, by 3:00 I had made the I-90 freeway and the road was pretty nice until I headed down the hill to Issaqua where I was following a Chevron tanker truck headed east, so I kept my distance and followed along. That was a real bad area trucks and cars left all over the place. By that time I had seen about a 150 cars and trucks parked along or on the road all the way from Mt. Vernon. Finally just past Issaqua I got around the tanker and headed for North Bend and some more coffee and some breakfast at Mickey Ds. That destination was made at about 4:00 am. Enjoyed my breakfast and left Ds at 4:30 and headed toward the pass to see how it was. I ran in 4 wheel drive to the lake on the other side of the pass and then the road was pretty clear, still a lot of cars and trucks on the side of the road, but it was a great drive so far. I make this trip pretty regularly and early in the morning is the best time due to the fact of very few cars on the roadway. I stopped at the Safeway store in Cle Elum and filled up with diesel and headed toward the rest area just down the road. That was at about 5:30am. I got to a friend's house on Killmore Road west of Ellensburg at just before 6:00 and had coffee with them. By this time I'm about coffeed out. Stayed there until about 7:30, it was about 12 out with a little snow coming down. It snowed all the way from North Bend to just past the top of the pass. The rest of the trip was just a trip. It did get down to about 11 on the way from between Ellensburg and Yakima on I-82. But other than that it was a very quiet and uneventful trip. I did the same trip when the Skagit river was about to go into the town of Mt. Vernon just a few weeks ago. But I still wouldn't live over near Seattle for nothing. I've been trying to get my good friend, Tony Sharpe ('63) to move back over here to Richland when he retires, but his wife... well that is another story. Hi Jan. -Roy Ballard ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) I guess we will have to 'tighten up' our 'spam' filters after all of the past few weeks discussion on what was call 'pig snouts' at our house. While I no doubt have already shared this story before, please to indulge a 60 year old for a few more sentences. In the summer of 1968, I worked for Roger's Walla Walla... you know... home of little Chief Twice Nice. (No fooling) The fellow who worked the radio room with me was a teacher + had served in the Korean War. (War my friends... not a conflict!) His battalion was set up along a river with the Chinese on the other side... during the early evening obscenities were being shouted back and forth from one side to another. Well into the early morn-hours this continued UNTIL someone on the Chinese side screamed, "Americans eat Spam." That caught the Americans off guard... laughter could be heard up and down the river bank. The Chinese had won this battle and rest was finally achieved. ***** Re: 1962 Cougar... Carmichael Jr.H.S... Richland WA on eBay ***** Re: Onion Add On Addition to my earlier entry (;-) I'm not sure if it were a 'southern' comfort but 'B' Behymer would enjoy a fine Walla Walla sweet onion sandwich with a little butter on it... from time to time. In the same vein... He treated himself to buttered popcorn in a glass with milk poured over it... Ate it with a spoon. Neither were favorites of mine. 'Jungle juice' (A heavy cool-aid syrup that you added cold water to...) or 'fizzies' were favorite treats of kids in our neighborhood. -Gary Behymer ('64)...somewhere near the Top Notch. (They don't serve 'spam'. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Fredette ('65) To: Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter ('51) Thanks for the website on the ornaments! [] To: Betti Avant ('69) You are totally right, Betti! Those burgers at A & W were the best with mustard!!!!! The only thing better was the root beer in those frosted mugs!!! Nothing better in the whole world! Bomber Cheers! -Donna Fredette ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) I have been asked to let all of you know out there about a book a fellow '69er has recently published. His name is Alan Lobdell and it is a book about he and his wife's struggles when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. It is written from the husband's point of view and is very enlightening. He gave me a website but I can't always get it to work but if you google Reko, go down to online store, and click there a list of books should come up. The title of the book is "A Man's Torn Heart, the Loss of an Angel to Breast Cancer." -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Darlene Napora Shuley ('69) Re: sand storms The other day, it was very windy in Austin, TX and I heard some folks at the grocery store complaining about all the dust in the air. I started thinking about the sand storms in Richland. Walking to grade school back when girls were required to wear skirts or dresses, I can recall the feel of stinging legs and chewing gravel at times. There was a real trick to slitting your eyes enough to avoid most of the sand & whatnot in the air and still see where you were going. I have seen some old photos from when I was a toddler and the front yard of our house on Wright Avenue was covered with sand. Since I haven't lived there for over thirty years, I was wondering if Richland still has those sand storms or if maybe all the irrigation, trees and development have put a stop to those? -Darlene Napora Shuley ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notices >>Nancy Campbell Richardson ('47) ~ 6/8/28 - 11/25/06 >>John Barnard ('01) ~ 9/16/82 - 11/25/06 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` October, 2006 ~ December, 2006