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16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Richland Bombers Calendar website Funeral Notices website *********************************************** *********************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/01/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Diane Avedovech ('56), Steve Carson ('58) Dale Ennor ('59), Missy Keeney ('59) Jim Armstrong ('63), Rick Valentine ('68) Robert Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shirley Pittman ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lynn Johnson ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chris Williamson ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Diane Avedovech ('56) Thought I might add a little something to the discussion of using Miracle Whip vs mayonnaise in peanut butter sandwiches. Personally I had never tried these sandwiches until it was mentioned in the Sandstorm. They are OK but I much prefer my homemade strawberry jam with peanut butter in sandwiches. Probably because I was brought up that way. However, the differences between Miracle Whip and Mayonnaise is that Miracle Whip is a white salad dressing, not a mayonnaise. They are both emulsions of oil in water but the vinegar concentrations are quite different as well as the sugar concentrations, etc. The formulations are quite different. White salad dressings have a greater concentration of vinegar to them which of course is a flavorite and adds significantly to the peanut butter sandwiches. By the way, I am now making my strawberry jam a little healthier using Splenda instead of sugar, and it still tastes pretty good. -Diane Avedovech ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Carson ('58) Interesting entries on the food we grew up with. Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) reminded me of the fried mush and local free food. It has taken me 40 years to reacquire a taste for asparagus. My Dad would take us to the area that is now Columbia Park, roughly where the driving range is and we would cut "wild" asparagus. It was always stringy and tasteless and would gag you if not careful. Thanks for the validation on PB & Miracle Whip but dill pickles? I also remember Spam sandwiches for lunch, best with a fresh tomato and Miracle Whip. -Steve Carson ('58) ~ In Chicago waiting for our first snow storm. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dale Ennor ('59) To: Gloria Falls Evans ('58) Oh yes, peanut butter on pancakes. I haven't converted anyone but my wife to this delicacy; however, people no longer look at us oddly when we haul out the jar in a restaurant (they do, however, wonder about our adding freeze-dried coffee to the local brew to make it palatable . . . why can't the average cafe make decent coffee?). Still, only at home can one have the perfect pancake: one with jullienned Spam strips added before turning the "cakes." This is especially true for homemade sourdough waffles, the delight of any Sunday morning. -Dale Ennor ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) To: Gloria Falls Evans ('58) In my 'not so humble opinion' NOTHING that is "sugar-free" EVER qualifies as "the best!" -Missy Keeney ('59) ~ Richland Brrrrrr **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Armstrong ('63) Re: Food combos A food combo we liked out at the Olde Ag Farm was a sixteen ounce BOTTLE of Pepsi and a bag of Planter's Peanuts. Very refreshing after mixing cattle feed by hand all morning, 3 pts. sugar beet pulp,1 part barley, and 1 part bone meal and start mixing with a feed shovel. Couldn't see or breathe for the cloud of bone meal. Those were great times. Pitts ('63) P.S. That combo went down good with a Lucky. lol -Jim Armstrong ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Valentine ('68) To: Gary Behymer ('64) I worked at Roger's in Walla Walla the Summer of '65 and Smith's in Milton Freewater the Summer of '66 and again the Summer of '67. The Summer of '67 we could not find a place to live in Milton Freewater and several of us guys commuted to work daily from Richland with Dave Downing ('68) but that is another whole story, Dave you out there? I always laugh when I am at the Dollar Store, all the knock offs we call name brand wannabees. They carry two other canned meat products we always refer to as Spam wannabees. To: Darlene Napora Shuley ('69) Just wanted to say Hi... It's been a long time since Sandstorm/ Columbian days. -Rick Valentine ('68) ~ Spokane, WA where it is snowing this morning and we have about two inches so far, and I am listening to a Bing Crosby Christmas album on my computer... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Avant ('69) Re: Food After all the recent articles on Spam and possibly toxic mixtures of peanut butter, mayo, and ketchup with other edibles I am forthwith cancelling my subscriptions to Bon Appetit and Epicurous and will start eating regularly at a place called Mom's. Though I will admit to really liking the taste of 1000 Island dressing and cottage cheese. Beyond that I believe my taste buds must need realignment to stay a true Bomber -Robert Avant ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/02/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Bill Witherup ('53), Barbara Seslar ('60) Tom Verellen ('60), Sandy Carpenter ('61) Marilyn Swan ('63), Betti Avant ('69) Darlene Napora ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Randy Rice ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Witherup ('53) I forgot the instructions on how to send an entry other than this way, so remind me again. Norma Loescher Boswell ('53) wrote me that my food thoughts generated a lot of menus. Perhaps someone with the energy to do it can put together a Richland Bombers cookbook circa 1944 - ? I bet it would be a big seller. Photos from the era could be included and it could be a cultural history as well. I have too many writing projects of my own to pursue such an idea, so I send this on as a freebie. Norma would be a good editor had she the time to do it. Anyone familiar with anthropology knows that food is one of the main areas of cultural study. re: peanut butter on pancakes. I never saw such a thing until I saw laborers at the Laborers and Employers Training and Trust Fund, in Kingston, where I sometimes help teach a course in labor history, put peanut butter and syrup on their pankcakes. One of them immediately dropped dead from a cholesterol attack. By the way, I will be in Spokane at the Laborers and Employers Training and Trust Fund center December 11 - 16, helping with the course in Labor Heritage. I don't have the address yet, but if you write me back later at my email address I will be able to give the specifics. I will be visiting my mother also, who is now in a nursing home in Spokane. My brother Mervyn Jr. ('61) lives in Spokane, sister Constance ('63) in Post Falls. To the alumnus in Austin, Texas, hey, my good friend Eileen Welsome, author of the Plutonium Files (1999) and The General & The Jaguar (2006) writes for the Texas Observer. Oh, back to food, or did I mention this already. My father used to put butter on mother's home made cookies. She thought this was excessive, but then those guys and gals who worked at Hanford burned up a lot of physical energy in their own internal reactors, and so needed lots of carbo and protein. BILL'S 2nd ENTRY: I had not read the back issues, so I see that someone else has already suggested the cook book idea. Re: Peanut Butter David Kessler ('53) and I walked to school together - had peanut butter and bananas on toast for breakfast every morning. One of the main food sources of the sixties among the hippies was peanut butter and blackstrap molasses on whole grain bread. Then, too, people who inhaled the forbidden herb used to clean out the peanut butter jar with a spoon. -Bill Witherup ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barbara Seslar Brackenbush ('60) Re: Peanut Butter Snacks My Mom used to spread peanut butter on a slice of bread, add a couple of tomato slices and place under the broiler until the peanut butter melts. My sister and I would eat them while walking to school in the morning in Oregon. We thought they were great. -Barbara Seslar Brackenbush ('60) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) Re: Food stuff of the past Our family used generic "salad dressing" looked like Mayo but tasted different, I don't really recall seeing Miracle Whip until the mid fifties. A cousin made a sandwich with peanut butter, "Sandwich Spread" (which had minced pickles included), and iceberg lettuce. It was OK if you used a lot of peanut butter and scant Sandwich Spread. Spam: Army "K" rations had a can marked "spiced ham" it tasted worse than Spam, hot, cold, or in the can forty years old. I suppose that taste would depend on how hungry you were at the time. I thought the only reason they still made Spam is so we could show our children how tough it was when we grew up. But then what do I know? -Tom Verellen ('60) ~ somewhere near a thawed Lacey, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sandy Carpenter Lee ('61) To: Steve Carson ('58) Just wanted to comment on your asparagus writing. We used to cut lots (boxes) of asparagus along the irrigation ditches around the Tri Cities, and Dad always taught us to cut it at the ground level, and not snap it off. That way it would reproduce itself next year. Also, when you get it home and prepare it for cooking, always cut the ends off just where it starts to get tender, not where it is woody and hard to cut. If you do that, you don't get the "stringy" stuff; also, if you cook it or steam it until it's just tender, and not over cooked, it is yummy and not at all tasteless. I was raised on this stuff, and it was always good. AND, if you wanted to chill it and serve it as a salad, it is delicious with Miracle Whip on it...NOT Mayo, but Miracle Whip. I don't get asparagus wild anymore, and have to make due with what we find in the markets, but manage to get some every summer so I can make it in this salad. It's also good cooked and in a cream sauce over crumbled soda crackers. By the way, I think a cook book is an excellent idea. -Sandy Carpenter Lee ('61) ~ from Snowy, Cold Gold Bar, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) **SPAM- ALOT** Ok, so there hasn't been enough discussion about SPAM, I will just have to add my 2 cents worth. My much older brother, Pappy Swan's ('59) & my mom (she always liked me best!) Millie, always made a mean concoction of Spam, fried potatoes & onions. Hey, it was good & I even made my family eat it especially when we went camping & they loved it. Great Camping meal!! Growing up we ate fried SPAM for breakfast, SPAM sandwiches & I loved the idea that one Bomber sent in about scoring it & inserting cloves & did they mention maybe halves of marachino cherries. Weren't we an inventive bunch of people? Must have been all that nuclear energy floating around!! Another camping meal item mom made & I still love 'em this way is Van Camp's pork 'n beans, some brown sugar, ketchup, chopped onions & you can even throw in a little chopped green pepper. I made 'em last summer in a huge crock pot at our friends & family reunion up at Moon Lake & there wasn't a bean left!! They are way good!! I'm sure there are more elaborate recipes for baked beans but they are so good this way. Not too long ago Leslie Hutchinson Byrne ('63) told me she had baked homemade oatmeal cookies & that she remembered that my mom & I always baked the best homemade oatmeal cookies. That made me laugh because they were just the recipe off the back of the Quaker Oats box. Maybe it was that crappy oleo we used to have to use that made them so good!! Maybe that was why Pappy turned out to be such an extreme personality as his favorite after school snack for years was oatmeal cookies & orange juice by the gallons!! Ah .................. memories. Didn't we just grow up in a great place & time? I think so. -Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) ~ from snowy, freezing, artic cold Salt Lake City, where it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!! ****************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Here is a website for Alan Lobdell's ('69) book I mentioned the other day. It is It includes a little information on the book, the author and his wife, and an order form if you want to order one. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where for the first time all week school is starting on time and Olympia just missed the one month all time total for rainfall **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Darlene Napora Shuley ('69) Re: Book by Alan Lobdell ('69) I received and read Alan Lobdells book this past week and thought that he did a wonderful job with a heart-wrenching subject (his wifes breast cancer). I especially liked the bullets at the end of each chapter with salient points about everything from emotions to doctors & insurance. This book would be especially helpful for men who are going through the same fight with their wifes cancer, but definitely worth reading. To: Rick Valentine ('68) Hey Rick! It has been many years (39?) since we worked together on the Sandstorm/Columbian. I recall that you were a great photographer and I used many of your photos in the Classes & Sports sections of the Columbian. I hope you have kept up with the photography, which has changed dramatically over the years. I also hope that life has treated you well! Bomber Cheers, -Darlene Napora Shuley ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/03/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Jim Jensen ('50), Tom Hughes ('56) Sue Garrison ('58), Missy Keeney ('59) Larry Mattingly ('60), Marilyn Swan ('63) Paulette Lawson ('63WB), Bill Wingfield ('67) Pam Ehinger ('67), Denise Payne ('79) Kristin Wendland ('90) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) The culinary commentaries are truly interesting and I'm happy that so many Bombers have shared them. Way back in 1951-'52, when I worked in the "areas," my Mom went all out to provide lunches that were tasty and substantial. At the time there was a beef product that came in the same shaped can as Spam... can't remember the name. I loved the taste and Mom provided sandwiches consisting of that product and either a spread named "Lunch Box" (had sweet pickle bits, etc. in it) or mayo. She tossed in a piece of fruit, a piece of sponge cake (with icing) and a thermos of milk. All of the veggies in our lives were served at the dinner table. -Jim Jensen ('50) ~ Katy, TX where, on November 30th, we had the most dramatic temperature drop in memory @ 7:00am it was over 70 and by 8:00am is was 44. That night the wind chill factor was 26. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Hughes ('56) Re: Victorian Country Christmas My wife Agnes, my granddaughter Jessica, Agnes' Dad and I went to the Victorian Country Christmas at the Puyallup Fairgrounds yesterday. Expected to spend one or two hours there. Arrived at 10:30am and got home at 9:00pm. There were three very large buildings full of booths selling everything that you can imagine that was either Christmas related or that could be used as gifts. Someone said there were over 800 booths in the three buildings. The highlight of the day was a wonderful performance by Michael Peterson ('77). We even went back and watched a second show. It was obvious from his stage presence that he is a great guy with enormous talent. After each show he met with the audience and shook hands with everyone and gave autographs to anyone that wanted one. It was a great way to spend the day and well worth the $8.00 admission. I got a few photos but the lighting was not the best for pictures and I did not want to use a flash. I am including one photo of Michael on stage and one of him with Agnes and Jessica. -Tom Hughes ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Joretta "Sue" Garrison Pritchett ('58) Re: ABC House Ornaments Have WE got a DEAL for you!! The Richland Seniors Association sells Richland alphabet-house ornaments for $5 each ($6 if mailed). But for December 2006, our Board wishes to make them available for $1 off the regular price. They are now $4 each ($5 if mailed). You may use the usual form (check it out on Richland Bombers website)--just pay $1 less than advertised. Or contact me and I'll email a form to you. Available for this special sale: A,B,C,F,H,R,Ranch,Prefab,Precut). (This offer does NOT include Richland Bomber and Hanford Falcon ornaments--which are still $5 each ($6 if mailed). Ornaments may be purchased at the Richland Community Center Gift Shop (run by Richland Seniors) or through the mail. Proceeds from Gift Shop sales benefit the Richland Community Center. -Joretta "Sue" Garrison Pritchett ('58) ~ Richland -- just TOO cold!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) I don't think I could handle Alan Lobdell's ('69) book right now as my sister, Patricia ('63), began her battle with breast cancer in August. Maybe, when she is pronounced cancer-free and has her beautiful hair back (and she will be and will, DAG NAB IT! Pardon my language), maybe then I'll read Alan's book. There is a web site that has been set up for Patricia where you can check on her progress, see photos and leave her a note. Check it out! Re: Rolling Hills Chorus You missed a great show in Sunnyside Friday night but hope you made it to Southridge on Saturday. Burt Pierard ('59) is the most awesome Santa ever! Who knew?? (Actually, I did!) -Missy Keeney ('59) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) What fun to follow the thread of food in early Richland. We are finding that our favorite foods were perhaps not so weird and strange after all. Someone mentioned "Sandwich Spread". Mom used it on our sandwiches for several years. It was like Miracle Whip with finely chopped pickles, onions, and I don't know what all. I loved it as a youngster but lost my taste for it in the early teens and have not seen it since. My favorite cookie is the standard oatmeal variety but I add so many chopped walnuts and raisins that I can hardly stir the stiff mixture. I don't remember who told me about it, but when cookies start to get a little stale in the cookie jar, drop in a slice a bread. It will keep them fresh for another day or two. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly ('60 ~ The class that ages like fine wine). Another dreary but dry day in western WA. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) In yesterday's Sandstorm I mentioned the Van Camp pork & beans that Mom used to make when we went camping. I left out the most important ingredient & that was the BACON, fried up & crumbled into the mix. I suppose it is a "poor man's" recipe for baked or crock pot beans, but it's worth trying. From yesterdays's Sandstorm: "Another camping meal item mom made & I still love 'em this way is Van Camp's pork 'n beans, some brown sugar, ketchup, chopped onions & you can even throw in a little chopped green pepper. I made 'em last summer in a huge crock pot at our friends & family reunion up at Moon Lake & there wasn't a bean left!! They are way good!! I'm sure there are more elaborate recipes for baked beans but they are so good this way." Actually a Bomber cookbook would be a great idea, but you would need a central location & lots of volunteers to put one together. -Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) ~ SLC, UT where the sun is shining today but the temps are in the 20s in the daytime & teens at night **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Paulette Lawson Sicilia ('63WB) Re: Rice Krispies and Spam Reading Bill Witherup's ('53) entries brought back many memories of the Witherup family. Our family, the Lawsons, lived across the field from them on Perkins. Connie ('63) and I were good friends throughout grade school and junior high and attended confirmation classes together at CUP. The mention of the Rice Krispies reminded me that one year for Christmas, Connie got a set of the Snap, Crackle and Pop hand puppets- why that stuck in my mind, I have no idea! Connie, if you still have them, I'm sure they are collector's items! As for Spam, my Mother convinced my sister Melanie ('60) and brother Gary (NAB) and me that Spam was a special treat that was only served on the evenings she and dad had steak. She fried it in oleo and brown sugar so it was rather gooey and hid the real taste of the mystery meat. Needless to say, once I discovered the true origin of Spam, I ranked it right up there with potted meat, another one of those childhood delicacies I have never subjected my family to or eaten again. Bill, my best regards to your family. I remember your mother as a wonderful lady who played the organ beautifully! -Paulette Lawson Sicilia ('63WB) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Wingfield ('67) Re: A great reading book about the Manhatten Project My wife and I recently moved from Augusta, GA to Santa Fe, NM. We are both working at Los Alamos. I was told a good book was titled "109 E. Palace" by Jeanine Conant. It's is more like a great book. But they don't mention our Hanford enough. "109 E. Palace" is the address in Santa Fe where all of the workers in Los Alamos checked in and had their mail addressed to. It's a great book about Robert Oppenheimer and what it took to build the Atom bomb and his life. Great book. -Bill Wingfield (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ~ Sunny but cold Santa Fe, NM **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Re Spam Well in my family Momma use to chop it up and put celery, dill pickles, mayo and make a sandwich spread! I still do that on occasion, but I put some garlic powder or fresh garlic, and a bit of mustard in to add some tang! It's very good too! Or we use to fry it with eggs and fried potatoes. I still eat the Peanut Butter & Mayo with a touch of Mustard. Ex hubby use to call it a "Don't ask" Sandwich! I can come with all sorts of combos with Mustard & Mayo! That's what we grew up on back in the '50s and '60s! OH The Good Ole easy days! Life was slower! As the song says "Those Were The Days!" Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ps Hey I haven't heard from the planning Committee for our 40th reunion! Did Ya all forget ME? I'm still here! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Denise Payne Sitler ('79) Hello from the East Coast, I'm watching the weather out there and can't believe how cold it is. Out here in Western Mass last night we slept with the air conditioner on because it was so sticky and warm. It is getting colder now though. I was doing a search on google this morning, on a murder in Western Mass. and archives from the sandstorm came up in the search, weird Huh? Anyway I came across an old entry from a Mina Joe Payson (I don't remember the maiden name or the graduation year, I was to excited seeing her name). [That would be Mina Jo Gerry Payson ('68) -Maren]. Am I wrong remembering that she was the orchestra teacher at the high school around '75, '76? I was in the ninth grade, and we used to walk to the high school for orchestra. I really remember more for an incident that happened one day when she signed a note that I needed for another teacher at Carmichael. She had me stay for some reason after orchestra and she wrote a note explaining and signed it "MJP" . Mr. Jantz my math teacher did not accept the note because it was her initials instead her name written out. We got into a pretty good argument which is amazing because I was normally very quiet and shy in front of teachers. long story short, I was able to transfer out of his class. I really enjoyed Mrs. Payson as a teacher, I only had her for I think a year or so and then the Carmichael hired their own orchestra teacher. Is Mrs. Payson still in the area and does she still read and contribute to the Sandstorm? Just curious. Who had Mrs. Hogel at Lewis and Clark, another beloved teacher. I still play the violin and currently working on finishing my Music Ed degree at UMass, because of some of the music teachers that I had in Richland, and my experiences with the Tri-cities youth orchestra. Thanks for listening, -Denise Payne Sitler ('79) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kristin Wendland White ('90) On the topic of peanut butter, has anyone ever tried peanut butter on your tuna fish sandwich? Sounds awful, and when my husband first introduced me to it, I couldn't imagine eating it. Needless to say, I can't eat a tuna fish sandwich without peanut butter anymore, it just doesn't taste right! -Kristin Wendland White ('90) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Don Casad ('48) ~ 12/3/29 - 5/3/06 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/04/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Sally Sheeran ('58), George Swan ('59) Irene de la Bretonne ('61), John Browne, Jr. ('61) Sandy Carpenter ('61), Barbara von Olnhausen ('62) Donna Nelson ('63), Rick Maddy ('67) Betti Avant ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sally Sheeran Heath ('58) To: Joretta "Sue" Garrison Pritchett ('58) Sue Garrison - You're still Joretta to me! -- no "L" house ornaments? -Sally Sheeran Heath ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Santa's Elfin Receptionist in charge of "Letters to Santa." Dear Santa's Helper: Thank you for the quick and timely response to my letter to Santa. I have considered your recommendation and consulted my old dusty copy of the "Random House College Dictionary." Please tell Santa that, despite what he has heard via the elfin grapevine, I am most assuredly morally excellent, virtuous, and a righteous dude, i.e., "a good boy." OK, so I am a good older boy. Oh, and those other little indiscretions shouldn't matter... much? Should they? References can be provided signed by Darby's paw print. In addition, I have completed my new omni approach control system, complete with my special OHS-TWTPH GPS (Over Here Santa-This Way To Pappy's House) GPS System. It should lead Santa, from miles out, directly to my rooftop, no matter which direction he is coming from. That's in case he cannot read the giant PLH (Pappy Lives Here) on my rooftop due to fog or the crowd of elves, myself, Darby, Murphy, Puddy, and assorted squirrels and birds (suffering from insomnia due to the ruckus) that will be eagerly anticipating his arrival while imbibing in hot noggin toddies. A quick recharging system with step-down transformer will also be available for Rudolph's nose. Since you have indicated that Santa is burned out on the standard "milk and cookies" bribe, I have gone that extra kilometer for him. From my recent culinary research readings of "Sandstorm," I have come up with the ultimate "Santa Snack," in the form of a grilled "warm n toasty" peanut butter, Mayo & Miracle whip, sliced pickles, raw cucumbers, and Walla Walla Sweet Onion, thinly sliced spam with poked-in cloves, tuna fish, and long-sliced bananas, all on a sesame seed pumpernickel bun with a side of sardines (And various other ingredients that escape me at present). Thank you Ronald and all gourmet-minded Bombers. This delightful sandwich will be served to the Jolly One with a large bowl of my much younger sister's famous "Moon Lake Beans" (named for the after-consumption effects of environmental destruction ... not the lake). Now, those are some good beans... but I won't forget the BACON. After dining at Pappy's fine but temporary open air rooftop pit stop establishment, Santa will be sent on his way with take out, including "from the back of the box recipe" oatmeal cookies, gallons of OJ, and a large bottle of "Smooth Dissolve" Tums. Now, that should convince the jolly old elf that Pappy is a pretty good ol' boy and persuade him to put me back on the "GOOD" list. PS The Tickle Me Elmo suit should be in size XXXXXL, El Gordo, or in France, I think it translates to "Humungo." -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where the outside temperature is in the mid-twenties, but the toasty home fire burns in the Franklin Fireplace (not as efficient but more esthetic) appreciated by Darby, Puddy, and Murphy (and Pappy), all stretched out in front of the warmth with visions of large meaty bones, kitty snacks, and sugar plums dancing through our heads. And, when I occasionally rouse from my snoozing, I'm theeenking... I shoulda gone a huntin'........... Not! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Irene de la Bretonne Hays ('61) To:Denise Payne Sitler ('79) Yes, Mina Jo Gerry Payson ('68), the music teacher at Col-Hi in the '70s still lives in Richland. When I was teaching English at Col-Hi she also taught there and my son Michael ('79) and I thought she was a terrific band director, though she only stayed a year or two! -Irene de la Bretonne Hays ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Re: Spam what Am Food'll get ya talkin'... so, my spam recollections are with me, again. The only one I remember fondly involved slabs on top of a pan of scalloped potatoes that were made crispy by a quick flirtation with the broiler. The commingling of grease (aided by the Velveeta) that suffused those spuds still gives me a little twinge of salivary gland- memory. My favorite location for nut butter (after the PB&J on WW toast) was on a burger patty- on the far side from the mustard- next to the lettuce. It must be something about animal & vegetable grease, together... Ever since we got this 2hp blender, though, the prevailing nut butters are almonds, hazels & occasionally cashews. It's fun to mix up a fruit smoothie right after grinding up some nuts- just to clean the blender, a little... Way back before food stamps, when gov't largesse consisted of various products prepared by companies with USDA contracts (concocted as a way to distribute surplus farm production and keep prices up, a little) and doled out to local agencies, schools, etc- & finally, to individuals (we called it "Kennedy Food" back in The Day), one might receive these gold, gov't-issue cans of powdered eggs, "mystery meat" (aka "Round Spam") & both powdered & canned milk, among other blessings (eg rolled oats, flour, corn meal, bulgar, etc- and Real butter!- sometimes). A fun way to treat oneself & the kids, before bedtime, was a beverage made up with a 1/4 cup of canned cow, a tsp of Hires root beer concentrate (from those little 3 oz. bottles), and hot water to the brim. Somebody called them a "hot brown cow", once- and the name stuck... chow ^..^ -JH Browne, Jr (61- the last class to read the same upside down and backwards until 6009) on a little island of warm people & frosty edges... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sandy Carpenter Lee ('61) Re: "R" House Ornament To: Joretta "Sue" Garrison Pritchett ('58) I was going to order a couple of these ornaments ("R" House) for my brother and I, but when I looked at the ornament on the order page, it was not like the original "R" House; this is one AFTER it had been remodeled. What a disappointment; it was not at all like our original "R" House. Why didn't they pick a house that was like the original one? Do you know? -Sandy Carpenter Lee ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barbara von Olnhausen ('62) Re: Spam Years ago my son's Boy Scout troop had a camp out called "The Great Spam Cook Out" where cooking groups were given a can of Spam and had to come up with a recipe for the judges (Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters brave enough to attend the event). My son's creation (invented primarily because a kind-hearted neighbor donated a jar of Sweet 'n Sour Sauce to "drown out" the taste of the Spam) was: saute until browned - Spam (diced into very small chunks to minimize their taste), mushrooms and onions in butter and garlic. Meanwhile parboil broccoli and sliced carrots. Mix all gently with enough Sweet 'n Sour sauce to hold it together. Served on a bed of Minute Rice on his mess kit plate with (of course) a circle of plastic forks artfully arranged for the tasters. As he presented it, he told the Scoutmaster, "I give you Spasm on Rice!" He won the contest for originality, taste and appearance (3 out of the 4 judging categories)! Re: [teacher shall remain nameless here. -Maren] (definitely NOT my favorite teacher): In college my Calculus professor tried to talk me into switching my major from Bus Admin to Math after our mid-term tests. I started laughing and he asked what was so funny. Told him that my 9th grade Algebra I class teacher told me "do not strive for any higher math class because you just can't do it." Guess it was the teacher and not necessarily the intellect! -Barbara von Olnhausen ('62) - Redmond, WA where you have definitely needed long johns the last few days! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Nelson ('63) OK, I usually just read but here's a food that I ate for years after going on a Girl Scout camp out at Columbia Park:... "a foil dinner". It's pieces of hamburger, carrots, potatoes, onions, salt and pepper. Wrap in up in foil and put it on the barbecue. Yummmmm. I just fixed it gain this summer and it's still good. My Mom did the Sunday dinner every Sunday with pot roast, carrots, potatoes and onions. Loved that gravy!!! For dessert sometimes, we'd put white bread in a bowl and put canned Bing cherries over it. And our first pizza at home was made after my sister Jan ('60) went to a party and she made it with fried bacon and black olives over a homemade crust. It was really good. Ate those peanut butter, pickle, and mayo sandwiches for years. -Donna Nelson ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) If anyone is interested at looking at your tax dollars at work here are the charts from the Department of Veterans Affairs for Compensation and Pension Benefits (hopefully you can get to this). -Rick Maddy ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Peanut Butter When I first moved to Montana in 1987 I noticed all the techs in the lab ate peanut butter on their apples. It didn't seem to matter what kind of apple it was. I tried it a few times and it's not bad. On my diet last week one of my "snacks" was a tablespoon of reduced fat peanut butter. Safeway had my brand on sale this week so I picked up a couple of jars. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where it has warmed up some ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/05/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Barbara Farris ('59WB), Gary Behymer ('64), David Rivers ('65) Denise Payne ('79) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David Douglas ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janine Rightmire ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Art Snyder ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barbara Farris DeFord ('59WB) Re: Food All this talk about food hum! In the early '60s when we still lived in good ole Richland, we would take our kids to the A and W root beer place and they had the family burgers Papa, mama and teen burgers. I don't think I have ever had any better tasting burger than that! Also when Dick "56) and I were dating I think it was Zip's that had these burgers that were so good, but they dripped so much when you were eating them you almost needed a bib! Boy oh boy were they good! Those were the good ole days. -Barbara Farris DeFord ('59WB) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Maps Of War For those of us who have spent a significant portion of our lives over here, the shear amount of change in civilizations that has taken place over the last several thousand years is incredible compared to what has happened in North America. I thought you might enjoy this presentation, which is an interesting history lesson in 90 seconds, particularly as times get even more tense over the next few (historically speaking) months. -Gary Behymer ('64) ~ Colfax, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Oh what a night! Oh what a night... late December back in '63... That's what it was like... lemme start at the funny start... Davis ('65 Knox) and I were spozed ta fly into Richland Friday and run get the beer and stuff for Kenny's party... I was waiting for Terry having lunch with Cecelia Bennett ('65) and Jimmie Adair ('65-'67)... waiting for Terry to say he was coming in... Riiiiiiing (actually not ring... ding dong the witch is dead is what plays)... I see it's Terry... I answer... "Don't be mad"... ok... the start of nearly every conversation with Terry so ok so far... "Don't be mad at me or Michelle" (my paralegal)... now I'm concerned... Michelle made my reservation in the name Terry Davis... oooooooooops... so no Terry for another day... fast forward to Saturday evening at about 4 pm. Now ya gotta picture this... we always count on the girls (yes we still think of you as girls) to set stuff up but this was a guy time... Mike Caldwell ('64), Jimmie Adair, Carl Beyer ('65), Steve Simpson ('65), Terry Davis Knox, Bobby Cummings, Ricky Warford ('65), Mickey Hemphill ('66), Steve Haggard ('65) and yours truly are in this beautifully decked out room provided by the Hampton with the makings of a huge party... now get this... We set the place up all by ourselves... yeah Cecelia and Ann Coffman ('66) came a little later to help and Kathie Moore Adair ('70) did make all the deviled eggs and salads BUT we set the room up with the food line and the beer/pop/water buckets and the wine near the sink with a cork screw and everything and plates and plasticware and all that stuff all by ourselves and it looked just like the girls or grownups had done it... honest... I don't make this stuff up, ya know... So people started arriving right on time... Uncle Burt ('59) and Missy Keeney ('59) showed up as Santa and an Elf... people just kept coming and coming... it was way more than I could have dreamed... shortly, the man of the hour, Kenny Johnson ('65) arrived with Lori and their entourage and the party got in full swing.. I have to add here that one of our Jr. High buds from Chief Jo had alleged that he would be there... i didn't believe it... But right on time Denny Nalder ('65 always will be) arrived from Boise... he had b-ball practice in the morning then drove right to Richland... Denny was our pal and team mate all through Jr. High... he went on to Alaska to become a star athlete and was listed in Sports Illustrated in 1965 as one of the top 500 b-ball players in America with Lou Alcinder (sp) and Lyne Shackelford (sp)... The room was totally filled with love and laughter... Kenny got to hug everybody (even Keeney ('65) wow lucky boy... people came from all over Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada and California just for Kenny... 2/3 of the dynamic USMC trio (Kenny, Kerry Pittman ('65) and Gary Webb ('64)) were able to make it... Gary was stuck in Minnesota or (Caldwell says) Tennessee... whereever it was, it was snowed in... I can't tell you how huge Kenny's smile was all night long... the last of us finally left at about 11:30 when I realized the Hampton staff needed to clean up... I know I am forgetting stuff... like Keeney playing 5 songs on the Banjo... 3 he said he know... one he improvised on and one Stump ('66) reminded him of... It was magic... it really was... gonna try and send the address for some pictures Simpson has posted... I'm sure there will be many more to follow... We love you Kenny and a HUGE thanks to all who attended and all who tried or wanted to attend!! [NOTE about pictures: I know there are more pictures out there. Once everybody who took pictures sends them to I'll let you all know where you can go check them out. -Maren[ Re: Sweet 16 De Ja Vu All Over Again It's birthday time for my sweetie pie... yes indeedee... we were together all thru school this girl and I right up until graduation night... then all of a sudden there was a glitch in alphabetical order and I didn't get to walk with her to get my diploma... bummer... had it all planned out too... but we've never lost track of each other unless you count that little spell between 1965 and 2000, but what's a couple of years between true friends... right? I've been so very lucky to know this girl and her family... I just hope she's enjoyed knowing me as much as I've enjoyed her... so right here right now I wanna wish Janine Rightmire Corrado ('65) the happiest of birthdays... and a special one it is too... Love and Kisses -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Denise Payne Sitler ('79) To: Irene de la Bretonne Hays ('61) I couldn't believe it when you mentioned your son, Mike ('79)... we were friends - not super close, but friends. He was a percussionist right? We went to an "arts camp" at a college I think it was in Cheney, before our junior year. I actually have quite a few pics of him at the camp. He probably doesn't remember me (I left the summer before my senior year and moved here to Mass), but say hello to him for me. Is he still playing the drums? He always had his sticks with him, and was hitting various objects. Thanks for answering my entry. -Denise Payne Sitler ('79) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/06/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Ralph Myrick ('51), Irene de la Bretonne ('61), Sandy Carpenter ('61) Jim Hamilton ('63), Dennis Hammer ('64), David Rivers ('65) Linda Sargent ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Terry DeVine ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marsha Lawell ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lamont DeJong ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda McKnight ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ralph Myrick ('51) I have been watching combinations of sandwiches all of you have been writing about. I thought about it and I have come up with some of my own. My sister Norma ('54) and I would mix powered sugar with peanut butter, roll it into balls, roll it in powered sugar again, put it in the refrigerator to firm it up and then eat it. Talk about a sugar high! Some of the sandwiches I concocted where grape jelly and bacon, jalapeo jelly and bacon, bananas and peanut butter, mayonnaise and banana, honey and peanut butter, sweet pickles and peanut butter, sliced apples, mayo, salami or ham or both. My mother, Ola, loved sliced onion (with lots of butter) sandwiches. I imagine there were more, but this is all that comes to mind. Great idea that you all had. -Ralph Myrick ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Irene de la Bretonne Hays ('61) To: Denise Payne Sitler ('79) Yes, my son Mike Hays ('79) is still working those sticks! He lives in Spokane and plays in a wonderful blues band called The FatTones (see He was voted Best Blues Drummer again this year by the Inland Empire Blues Society and the band and band members received several other awards including Best Blues Band. They play at clubs and other venues throughout Washington. I'm sure he will remember you; I sent him a note asking and will let you know. Your name is quite familiar to me. Were you ever in one of the classes I taught at Col Hi? -Irene de la Bretonne Hays ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sandy Carpenter Lee ('61) To: Barbara Harris DeFord ('59) Yes, I sure do remember how good those A&W Burgers were; so much so that my husband and I went to an A&W in the Spokane area on Division St. This past summer. I was disappointed to see they don't make the Baby Burger anymore, but the Mama Burger is just as good as it ever was. I remember A&W fondly, too, because when we were in high school, I would get to drive the family car (a 1955 Chevy DelRay Club Coup) on Wednesdays, and we would go there for lunch. We would pile the car full of all my girlfriends and truck on down to A&W for burgers. Sometimes I drove my grandmother's 1941 Olds, that had a wolf whistle installed under the steering wheel... boy did we girls have fun whistling at all the boys! Hey, another GREAT burger was By's Burgers down by the old Richland Cleaners off of Goethals Drive, I believe. Does anyone remember how good those were? Those were the best burgers in town, in my estimation. Before going to the drive-in movies, my folks would always pick up a bunch of burgers and shakes on the way. Yumm! -Sandy Carpenter Lee ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) Recently I was waiting in the Minneapolis airport when I start chatting up some E-7 wearing half of a chicken sandwich on his sleeve, he being from the 101st. Having done some time with the Screaming Eagles, I found him very interesting. Here's some SFC, who not only was a Master Blaster with a CIB, but he also had an MBA. A friggin' MBA. Now back when I was wearing the suit, one was lucky to find a senior NCO who had finished the eighth grade, much less High School, College or Grad School. I'm sure there are not too many of us "Vet-rens" who never had First Sergeant that thirty or forty years later, we recall as possibly the funniest single human beings ever. I still get a smile that lasts until after lunch when I remember Walter Dallas my "First Shirt" when I had my first set of green tabs in Italy. J.V Voyle was the First Sergeant at 3rd Ranger and was truly one of a kind. Here was a soldier, I mean a SOLDIER'S SOLDIER who thought the lowest point of civilization was when they let women in the NCO Club. I think he still lived in the barracks, even when he had three up and three down, and thirty five years for pay purposes. While the E-7 at the airport was definitely a today kind of guy, Sergeants Dallas and Voyle were not. Impressive as he was, knowing Price Theory and Resource Allocation, and probably having had read Proust in the original French. This in itself doesn't make him a REMF, the CIB says other wise, but I doubt his "charges" will remember him as entertaining. My guys made Malapropisms an art form. They had no more knowledge as to the proper conjugation of a verb than they were aware of the nuances of an Oregon Pinot. Even Mrs. Boswell, could not have made them comfortable with predicate nominative and subjective complement. The times they are a changin jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) Re: I'm Gettin' Nuttin' for Christmas In the mid '50s a grade school friend had a record of a silly song we really got a kick out of; it was probably even a 78. In 2002 I put an entry in the Sandstorm to see if anyone could help me find the lyrics. The reason I know it was 2002 is that from time to time I would look for the lyrics and Google would find my post. Well, I finally found the lyrics. They were on a website called the "International Lyrics Playground" that has the lyrics for almost 31,000 songs with more being added all the time. The lyrics to the song I was looking for, "Somebody Goofed," were only added to the site three months ago. You can search by title or browse alphabetically for the title. There is a section of Christmas songs, including the great holiday classic "I'm Gettin' Nuttin' for Christmas." -Dennis Hammer ('64) ~ from a Bomber outpost near the Kennewick Lion's Den **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Mo birthdays 12/6 Ahhhhhhh... this is a special day for me... One of my all time favorite big kid heroes is having his birthday along with one of the Bomber babes of '65... kind of a twofer... The big kid is married to one of the sweetest (hottest) nicest (hottest) most wonderful (am I going too far?) Bomber babes of '63... These two (the big kid and his bomber babe make the coolest couple... I love seeing them at least every year and more often if possible... I have become a real Hawwiian/California surfer shirt lover as a result of this guy's tutelage... see... I can still learn new tricks... not many but a few... so anyway... I just want this guy to know that he has been a huge influence on my life and I think he is the ultimate in cool. The '65er chick is one of the kids that is always there to support Bombers of all years... if there is a gathering she will be there if she can... she's a Sady Sady Married lady so I gotta be a little careful with my words here and in fact just to play it safe I'd better hold way back. This is a HUGE Bomber HAPPY BIRTHDAY to LaMont DeJong ('63) and Linda McKnight Hoban on December 6th... the Day before number 32 and Bo Belinsky's birthdays!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Sargent Evans ('67) Re: Judy Sargent ('59) With much sadness, I want to let friends and classmates of my sister, Judy Sargent Scott ('59), know that she passed away November 27 after a valiant battle against a glioblastoma brain tumor. Even when her body would no longer work, her sense of humor was intact, and she made all of us laugh when we really wanted to cry. She follows our brother, Alan Sargent ('56-RIP), who passed away April 19 of this year. She requested no funeral or memorial service. However, she told us she wanted to be a star named "Juba" and I am very happy to say she now resides in the constellation Pegasus, which I know makes her very happy because she truly loved horses. We believe she and Alan are shining down on all of us. An obituary will follow in the TCH. Thanks to all of you who sent encouraging emails to her throughout the last year. She truly enjoyed them. -Linda Sargent Evans ('67) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/07/06 ~ PEARL HARBOR DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Gloria Willett ('56WB), Mary Lee Lester ('58) Susan Nussbaum ('63), Gary Behymer ('64) Linda Reining ('64), David Rivers ('65) Brad Wear ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Hoff ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ed Borasky ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim House ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jerry Spears ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Karma King ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Davis ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gloria Willett Green ('56WB) It's been quite a while since I have sent in an entry, but I had to get into the sandwich discussion. I love peanut butter, miracle whip, and sweet pickle sandwiches. I also like mustard, sweet pickle and sweet onion sandwiches. My favorite, however, is one my Mom used to make while we lived in Richland--and still did for many years. Start by caramalizing sliced onions in bacon grease (I use olive oil now, but bacon is better). Scramble an egg. Spread toasted bread with miracle whip then assemble sandwich with egg, onion, sweet pickle, tomato and lettuce. My husband and I still eat these often for lunch--especially in the summer when he has tomatoes in the garden. . . . speaking of which-- we are still eating fried tomatoes and red tomatoes out of the garden. Will picked them last week before our first freeze. A few ripen every day.. -Gloria Willett Green ('56WB) ~ [somewhere in Arkansas, I think. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Lee Lester Yarborough ('58) Re: "I'm getting nuttin' for Christmas" This song is on a new Christmas CD I bought for my grandkids. My 6 year old granddaughter wanted to know what "snitched" meant. Ensuing discussion involved when to tattle and what boys always got into trouble in her class. It's song #13 and she likes to listen to it. My favorites run a little more traditional. -Mary Lee Lester Yarborough ('58) ~ West Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Susan Nussbaum Reeb ('63) Rosalie Geiger Hughes ('57) Re: Boise Bomber Luncheon WHEN: Saturday, December 9 WHERE: Goodwood Barbecue (off the connector near Costco/Edwards Theaters) TIME: 12 noon RESERVATIONS: Contact Susan or Rosalie Those planning to attend as of today: Susan Nussbaum Reeb ('63), Peggy Johnson Tadlock ('63) and Noah Tadlock ('61), Rosalie Geiger Hughes ('57), Tom Tracy ('55), Ron Pollock ('53), and Wanda Howard Jones ('49) and husband Bill Jones (NAB). Bomber spouses and out-of-towners are welcome to join us! -Susan Nussbaum Reeb ('63) ~ from here in Boise, Idaho, where the Boise State Broncos and thousands of Bronco fans are preparing to head to Arizona for the Fiesta Bowl on New Years Day! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: The times they are a changin by Uncle Jimmy Hamiliton ('63) Starting last April when I built a web site for the 511th Military Intelligence Company that I served with from April 1969 until August of 1970, I have come across 28 former members who are now part of my 511th Alumni Sandstorm (;-) Included therein are 3 former commanding officers, one who came to Colfax to spend 5 days hunting in this area. (Colonel Thomas Dooley) After he spent 30 years serving our country, he went back to school for 5 years. (Taking 2 years of boat building, one year of diesel mechanics, one year of small engine repair and a year of electronics. Why? So he could refurbish a 34' sailboat and later a 32' boat with a diesel engine. Whoops...sorry I got sidetracked...Our 'Top" sergeant E-8 Guy Buckles finished college after he retired...completed his masters & now has his PHD in psychology. He has taught for years. Salute to all who have served this country! Re: Colfaxians FYI two Colfaxians that attended grade schools and/or junior high in Richland are: Robert Smith & Ronald Sloot. Both men are 44 years or so in age? -Gary Behymer ('64)...located in downtown Colfax, WA... just a little bedroom community for Pullman, WA where Cougar basketball is getting a 'bit' better these days! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) re:food Ralph Myrick('51)wrote and said that they would take peanut butter, mix it with powdered sugar, then roll it into balls and roll into more powdered sugar, then chill til hard, then eat. we use honey to mix with the peanut butter. YUM! someone also mentioned peanut butter on a hamburger---have done that, too, but we also add strawberry jelly to the hamburger, with just a squirt of mustard and a dab of Miracle Whip! sounds yuck, but it is good! *grin* use the strawberry jelly instead of the ketchup. also peanut butter on apple slices----like it on the Fuji or Gala's. another good combination is a marshmallow cream and peanut butter sandwich. YUM to:Dennis Hammer(64) re:music site thanks for that site---love being able to find lyrics to songs that I can only remember a few words to. *grin* Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of 64)........cold weather has finally arrived in Bakersfield, CA---temps have been in the high 20's and low 30's at night and mid 50's during the day. last week, we broke a record for cold that was set back in 2004---IF we had gotten any moisture that night, they say we would have gotten snow IN town! last time it snowed here, was 1998 and we got enough to make a very small snowman, have a snowball fight, and make snow angels. was the first time my grandkids had seen snow. we watched the huge flakes come down at 3 in the morning--- schools were closed, lots of businesses were closed, even the mail didn't get delivered that day---NOBODY knew how to drive in all that white stuff! wasn't so much the white stuff as it was the ice---lots of fender- benders and cars slipping and sliding on the streets! no snow tires OR snow chains, so traveling was "hairy". *grin* only lasted for that one day, then traffic, business and life was back to normal, but we sure had fun that ONE day! *grin* **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Too tall Jones... or is it tall Paul? Dec 7th... a day... Tall is the word for today kids... can you say tall? The two birthdays for today remind me of the time Bo Belinsky (NB RIP also born on Dec 7th) told me about meeting Gene Conley ('48) and Wilt the Stilt (NB) at the same time... he said it was like standing between two redwoods... The first Bomber is a name which rings the bells of freedom and Bomberdom just by being spoken... When he goes to the blood bank to donate blood he has to ask which arm as one gives crimson and gold and the other green and gold but his heart pumps both with equal ease... often referred to by number only... no not Bond... not James Bond and not 007... Number 32... some people are unaware that he has another name... why just the other day Mary Lou Watkins ('63) (how I love to say that name) was telling me... no wait... I'm not allowed to share that... well anyway... this guy is a Bomber thru and thru and to some of us he's Skipper (no not Gilligan's skipper) and to some he's Cap or Cap'n... but all who know him love him... Which is not to say that the next birthday boy is not every bit as much a Bomber and every bit as much loved by his fellows... he too was a b-ball player and towered over the little kids such as I... tho I think Brian Johnson ('65) may have given him a run for his money on the height end... This guy is a friend to all and always has a good word for his fellow Bombers... So on this... December 7th 2006... let us wish Jim (#32) House ('63) and Jerry Spears ('64) a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Wear ('71) Re: Educated Troops To: Jim Hamilton '63 Jim, you're right about today's military personnel and how highly educated they are. It's a long way from most of the Marines I had as a platoon commander, and a company commander. I know that 2/3s of my platoon were non-high school grads. It was off set with several that had rotated back from Sea Duty, Barracks Duty, and Embassy Duty. The best of the best. I was always amazed at the number of Air Force officers that had MBAs. Then I found out they were on missile silo duty and it's all they had to do for days at a time. My First Sergeant Napoleon Berry Jackson was an amazing guy, non high school grad, but an attorney today. I hired my second First Sergeant, Tom Cathey, also a non-high school grad and given the choice of either jail or the Marines in 1958. One of the best decisions I ever made, for both of us. The number of college grads that make up the enlisted ranks would surprise most people. My old neighbor who was a full ride scholarship to Notre Dame is an E-6 with the 4th I.D. and has been to Iraq twice. The sophistication of today's military almost requires it. -Brad Wear ('71) ~ in Kennewick, WA where it's getting warmer. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/08/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Jim Jensen ('50), Wally Erickson ('53) Steve Carson ('58), Missy Keeney ('59) Larry Mattingly ('60), Jim House ('63) Gary Behymer ('64), Rick Maddy ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bernie Qualheim ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Anita Cleaver ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bethany Hagan ('00) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) Re: Servicemen Jim Hamilton ('63) had some interesting service-related experiences (12/6 posting). Gary Behymer ('64) and Brad Wear ('71) (12/7 postings) apparently had somewhat different "luck." During my Air Force career of 22 years I encountered some individuals who exhibited the characteristics Jim described. Overall the men and women with whom I served were nothing like the men Jim met while on active duty. My career began eleven years before fellow Bomber Hamilton graduated from high school so my perspective is undoubtedly different from his. A few illustrations: My first son-in-law was an Air Force member for one enlistment. He met our daughter about one year prior to his discharge. He had only one year of college at the time, but was a member of the MENSA group. After leaving the service he was employed by a major pharmaceutical firm and within a year advanced to a position in research as a pathologist. I enlisted during the Korean Conflict and was assigned overseas as a radio operator after completing a 27-week course of training. A number of the individuals I initially served with were only high school graduates. Many fellow members were veterans of World War II who had been recalled to active duty. I met a few men who had not graduated from high school. In the second half of my career I held supervisory positions in Procurement (i.e., purchasing and contracting). Most of the individuals I worked with (civilian and military) were either college graduates or had attended college. After leaving the Air Force I was employed by an Architect-Engineering firm as a purchasing agent. During my service-related procurement experience contractual relationships with A-E's were always extremely satisfactory and our counterparts were regarded with high esteem. On my first "A-E day" I was duly impressed with the plush carpeting, paneling, recessed lighting, etc. throughout the three story building in Denver. I later learned that the Boston and New York offices were far more upscale. Within two weeks I felt certain that only four of the thirty-six individuals working in procurement would have been worthy to work in any of offices where I served in the Air Force. All but five in the Denver office had four-year or advanced college degrees. The MIT graduate was brilliant - the Harvard MBA mediocre. The Northeastern and NYU graduates were excellent performers. The University of Colorado graduate was a loser. I guess our impressions are determined by our environments. BOMBER Cheers and a heartfelt thanks to all those who served. On this day, a special thanks to my many relatives who fought to save our liberty during World War II. Re: Sandwiches In a recent posting I described the sandwiches my Mom always prepared for me (while working in the areas - c.1951-2) as some sort of beef things which came in a can similar to the Spam tins. Despite increasingly more frequent memory lapses I finally recalled that the beef things were canned corned beef - which I enjoyed. I haven't noticed canned corned beef in many years. The only corned beef I have seen bearing an identifying label was parked in a meat counter cooler. It had a "meaty- red" hue - nothing like that brownish stuff I saw in cans. -Jim Jensen ('50) ~ Katy, TX where it is staying cool, but no snow yet. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) Re: Sandwiches It seems this peanut butter thing just won't go away... so, I'd like to add another PB combination. My wife makes our tomato, bacon and lettuce sandwiches with peanut butter and Miracle Whip. It's the only way to eat a "BLT"!! I'll share with you another item I've just recently added to my meat sandwiches; is "sliced yellow peppers" with lettuce. It really gives the sandwich some "snap"!! You can get the sliced yellow peppers in a jar at your supermarket. Re: Holiday movies If you don't believe in "Santa Claus", then you should watch "Polar Express", or "Miracle on 34th Street". There's another one with Jimmy Stewart (can't think of the name), where the bell rings on the Christmas tree at the end?? Home Alone is a fun movie to watch also. If you haven't seen "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" with Steve Martin and John Candy... you've got to see it (Thanksgiving holiday), it's funny!! I was never a Steve Martin fan until I saw this one. All of these are great family movies. These come to my mind, although there are several great movies for the holidays. -Wally Erickson ('53) ~ We still have several inches of snow and cold temperatures in the 20s/30s here and around the Coeur D'Alene area. Some snow still on the evergreen trees. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Carson ('58) To: Gloria Willett Green ('56) At last another supporter of Miracle Whip. All this Mayo talk was getting to me. Your list matched my experience and I will be trying the scrambled egg recipe. -Steve Carson ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) The Radiations sang a great arrangement of "I'm Gettin' Nuttin' for Christmas" at our show on December 1st and 2nd. Word has it that it was the 'favorite' for many of the children (big and small) who attended. Due to a glitch, we had no video or pictures this year. "Bummber!" (That's Bomber for bummer) -Missy Keeney ('59) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Even though I was never in the military I have been rather disgusted at some of the comments about the men and women who are putting their lives on the line for us and what we stand for. About 15 months ago I got a phone call from an Army Sergeant who wanted to meet with me to talk about simulating some explosive devices for training sessions before his group shipped out to Iraq for the 2nd time. I met with and did a live fire demo, for several Sergeants with a lot of hash marks, and a Major. Time was short for them, so after I did the demo I put them in contact with a supplier as we don't carry much of that kind of item in stock. They liked the fact that they were not terribly powerful as explosives go, but the bark of a large salute up to 30-40 feet is nearly painful. 4 of the 5 Sergeants had college degrees and the Major had a PhD. They were a very impressive group of professional warriors. As an aside: I have a pyro friend who is using these same materials to train Marines at Camp Pendleton. He has a goatee and wears Arab clothing to work. They have nicknamed him Achmed The Feared. At about the same time, I lost a "best friend". He was a retired Sergeant of 33 years. He would have stayed longer but the General he worked for in Intelligence retired. He had 2 CBI, one from Korea and another from Nam, a Bronze Star, a Silver Star, 2 purple hearts, and bunch of others. Bud was in the Marines in Korea at Chosan and transferred to the Army after that war. I never knew why. He loved the service and never had a harsh word for it. He had a 9th grade education, but his intelligence belied it. We both loved to shoot and burned up incredible amounts of ammo in the 18 years we were friends. His use of an M-1 was staggering. He had several, and with his favorite he could shoot 3-4-inch groups at 500 yards from a bench at 77 years old. His last words to me a few hours before he passed away from a brain tumor were, "look in on my old lady once in a while". So Carolyn and I have lunch every few weeks. She has a small business and is heavily evolved with her church. So she is Ok, but still misses Bud. They had a great marriage. He was a fine a man as any I have met in my 65 years. Also, last year I helped clean up the apartment of a deceased cousin who was the last of her part of the family. One of the leftovers from that was a full set of parts for satellite TV. Dish, stand, cables, and two receivers. I am about to toss them out. If any Bomber can use them please contact me off this net. I can get them to the Spokane area on our company truck, or I will meet someone near Portland on I-5, or I will be in Ontario, OR on the 11-12 of Dec. They are free to anyone who can use them. You just need to subscribe to the service. "Happiness is the sky in bloom", -J Larry Mattingly ('60) ~ From office at home near chilly but sunny Tacoma WA. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim House ('63) To: David Rivers ('65) Thank you, as always, for the birthday wish and the reference to your friend, Bo Belinski. You may recall, that just before he died, Bo sent me a copy of his autobiography and inscribed the following: "Keep in touch with your B-52s (Bombers)". I have heeded his wishes through the Sandstorm, Spokane lunches and other get-togethers with fellow Bombers. I am equally proud to share my birthday with two great champions, Mike Davis ('74) and Larry Bird (NAB French Lick, Indiana '75). One only wonders if, as a freshman, Bird could have competed with the Sophomore Davis for playing time on the great Bomber Championship team of '72. -Jim House ('63) ~ Mead, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Your age by chocolate math Re: Trading Cards... Any of you 'guys' remember trading baseball cards? Some of us still collect them (;-) I'm making an effort to trade some John Olerud cards. Ah go ahead... take a peek to see how crazy I really might be... Click to take a peek -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) Re: Educated Troops Interesting about the educated troops. They are much more educated today it just isn't about the ability to pull an M16 trigger anymore... but if and when the draft starts and young men and women start being scooped up out of the street... which also brings the war protestors out of the college campus doors like bees coming out of a hive that has just been hit by a stick The educated military wanes among the non-drafted troops and becomes a bit skewed factoring in the scooped up drafted. Although I joined the Corps for four and was not drafted, I still did not help the Bell curve much in holding up the educated troops department, at least among the oh-300s but I don't need to tell Sandstorm readers that. Nevertheless, on the other end of the combat vet's fodder stick, my skipper (company commander) in Vietnam was Capt. Fred Smith, founder and CEO of FEDEX, now FEDEX-KINKOS. And, we really don't have to look much farther than our own Bomber Alumni USMC general (Class of '68) for today's... and yesterday's... intellectual military in leadership roles. One story about the skipper. I found this book on the history of the company I was in and started having the guys I do know sign it for me. I look up FedEx on the internet and just picked out one of the many email addresses and wrote "I have this book. blah blah, and I would like the skipper to sign it... blah blah can you please forward this email to him?" About a month later, I get this email from the skipper... "Maddy, send the book with this number on the package." Sent the book and had it returned signed in expedited fashion. The skipper must have paid for it because when I asked the lady who filled out the paperwork how much I owed, she said nothing. A lot of combat vets don't talk about war ever again after coming home because it is simply a loss of appetite for the soul... but the skipper, after all these years, still does enjoy hearing from his' men... even this PFC. -Rick Maddy ('67) ~ Huntington Beach, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Judy Sargent Scott ('59) ~ 4/17/41 - 11/27/06 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/09/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers sent stuff: Ann Pearson ('50), Dave Brusie ('51) Gus Keeney ('57), Deedee Willox ('64) Linda Reining ('64), David Rivers ('65) Dwight Carey ('68), Betti Avant ('69) Robert Avant ('69), Mike Davis ('74) Shawn Schuchart ('78), Jennifer Herb ('83) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ruth Miles ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Pearson Burrows ('50) Re: Canned Meat To: Jim Jensen ('50) Hey Jim, they still sell canned corned beef... and still in the slightly triangular cans that you peel off the top with a key!! My husband used to buy them by the case at the commissary. He loved corned beef sandwiches!! So good w/mustard and/or mayo, pickle, onion etc. Another favorite from Richland days was dried beef that came in decorated juice glasses. (I call them juice glasses cuz we always used them for OJ afterwards) Have a great Holiday... -Ann Pearson Burrows ('50) ~ in sunny, dry San Diego area. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Brusie ('51) To: Dick McCoy ('45) Happy Holiday Season old Buddy!!!!!! -Dave Brusie ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) Re: New Email address I have changed my Email address to the one above. -Gus Keeney ('57) ~ From windy Yuma, AZ. I was awakened this morning at 2:30 with the wind howling and something banging in the area of the boat. I got up and secured the Stbd. entry door. While I was out there with the almost full moon, it was gorgeous with all the stars. The moon is so bright it's almost like daylight here at this point. I guess I'll try to go get some sleep now at 3:30!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) Re: Your age by chocolate math To: Gary Behymer ('64) That doesn't work anymore. However if you change number five as follows, it will work. 5. If you have already had your birthday this year add 1756.... If you haven't, add 1755. -Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Deedee--We can't blame that on Gary!! He submitted the correct text to the Sandstorm and (because I recognized that Math as something very OLD that I'd seen many MANY times in the past, I googled "Your age by chocolate math" and used the first URL that google found. OOPS! -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:Wally Erickson('53) re:Holiday movies the movie with Jimmy Stewart that you were trying to think of is, "It's a Wonderful Life"(also stars Donna Reed). I watched "Miracle on 34th Street", twice Saturday night---the colorized version(which I don't really like when they do that)and the original black and white version (which was shown immediately following the colorized version)--both were shown on TCM(which is Ted Turner's network and he is the one that started colorzing all the old classics---said it would get the younger generation to watch them----bah, humbug---not nice to mess with the originals... *grin*). I love that movie----young Natalie Wood, Maureen O'hara and John Payne, along with Edmund Gwenn as Santa. took all 7 of my grandkids to see "Polar Express" the year it came out in the theaters and even the two oldest, who were in their late teens at the time, liked it. Tom Hanks did a great job portraying 5 different parts. now, if someone would just make "Cinnamon Bear" into a movie, Christmas movies would be complete!!!!!!!! *grin* re:foods does anyone remember eating, "toad in the hole"? you take a piece of bread, cut out a circle in the center, put the bread in a buttered skillet, break an egg into the hole and either have it "sunny-side up" or "over-easy". we eat them with syrup on them. YUM Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of 64)......we are having warm days and cold nights in Bakersfield, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Oh what a night! [December 2, 2006] [This is David's entry from the 12/5/06 Sandstorm added the URL with 102 pictures. -Maren] Oh what a night... late December back in '63... That's what it was like... lemme start at the funny start... Davis ('65 Knox) and I were spozed ta fly into Richland Friday and run get the beer and stuff for Kenny's party... I was waiting for Terry having lunch with Cecelia Bennett ('65) and Jimmie Adair ('65-'67)... waiting for Terry to say he was coming in... Riiiiiiing (actually not ring... ding dong the witch is dead is what plays)... I see it's Terry... I answer... "Don't be mad"... ok... the start of nearly every conversation with Terry so ok so far... "Don't be mad at me or Michelle" (my paralegal)... now I'm concerned... Michelle made my reservation in the name Terry Davis... oooooooooops... so no Terry for another day... fast forward to Saturday evening at about 4 pm. Now ya gotta picture this... we always count on the girls (yes we still think of you as girls) to set stuff up but this was a guy time... Mike Caldwell ('64), Jimmie Adair, Carl Beyer ('65), Steve Simpson ('65), Terry Davis Knox, Bobby Cummings, Ricky Warford ('65), Mickey Hemphill ('66), Steve Haggard ('65) and yours truly are in this beautifully decked out room provided by the Hampton with the makings of a huge party... now get this... We set the place up all by ourselves... yeah Cecelia and Ann Coffman ('66) came a little later to help and Kathie Moore Adair ('70) did make all the deviled eggs and salads BUT we set the room up with the food line and the beer/pop/water buckets and the wine near the sink with a cork screw and everything and plates and plasticware and all that stuff all by ourselves and it looked just like the girls or grownups had done it... honest... I don't make this stuff up, ya know... So people started arriving right on time... Uncle Burt ('59) and Missy Keeney ('59) showed up as Santa and an Elf... people just kept coming and coming... it was way more than I could have dreamed... shortly, the man of the hour, Kenny Johnson ('65) arrived with Lori and their entourage and the party got in full swing.. I have to add here that one of our Jr. High buds from Chief Jo had alleged that he would be there... i didn't believe it... But right on time Denny Nalder ('65 always will be) arrived from Boise... he had b-ball practice in the morning then drove right to Richland... Denny was our pal and team mate all through Jr. High... he went on to Alaska to become a star athlete and was listed in Sports Illustrated in 1965 as one of the top 500 b-ball players in America with Lou Alcinder (sp) and Lyne Shackelford (sp)... The room was totally filled with love and laughter... Kenny got to hug everybody (even Keeney ('65) wow lucky boy... people came from all over Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada and California just for Kenny... 2/3 of the dynamic USMC trio (Kenny, Kerry Pittman ('65) and Gary Webb ('64)) were able to make it... Gary was stuck in Minnesota or (Caldwell says) Tennessee... whereever it was, it was snowed in... I can't tell you how huge Kenny's smile was all night long... the last of us finally left at about 11:30 when I realized the Hampton staff needed to clean up... I know I am forgetting stuff... like Keeney playing 5 songs on the Banjo... 3 he said he know... one he improvised on and one Stump ('66) reminded him of... It was magic... it really was... gonna try and send the address for some pictures Simpson has posted... I'm sure there will be many more to follow... We love you Kenny and a HUGE thanks to all who attended and all who tried or wanted to attend!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dwight Carey ('68) All this military talk has me engaged for a rare entry to the Sandstorm. I have no real thoughts about how educated the troops are today compared to years past. There's no doubt they need to be, with all the absolutely amazing technology they are using today. My military experience was a life-changing trip and very eye-opening to a hick boy from a nuclear city in Eastern Washington. I was drafted by Al Yencopal (A wise and great man to have known!!). I was #262 in the lottery that started when I was in Advanced Infantry Training, so I probably never would have been drafted. As far as education is concerned, I am convinced the military draft of the Vietnam era made the 4-year degree almost a requirement on your resume today. People in school were given a deferment to the draft, so many completed their schooling out of fear of going to Vietnam. Pure fact, and most will agree - that was one of - sometimes the only - major driving forces to complete. Vietnam was a very unpopular war in the 1967- 1972 time frame, and the military draft was grabbing the raw, easily influenced kids in the 18-26 year old range. What an experience, where you were placed in the middle of every type of individual from throughout America - and I mean every type. Some had never been outside their city block in downtown New York, never learned how to be quiet in the woods, never shot a gun. However it happened, the draft had a heavy affect on America as far as the corporate world. It is tough today to advance very far without a degree, especially in my (soon-to-be-former) IT career. In the "Seasoning" of a young life, I understand where people are advocates for the draft today. After raising 4 wonderful children, I wish the military had a part in helping with discipline, rigor, learning how to scrub toilets with toothbrushes, waxing floors, and many other characteristics that help people in every aspect of their life. In a world where the teachers can't even raise their voices, much less line them up against a wall and hit them with a "Big, Holey" paddle, the military could help "Impress" our young people, and they could be a great help in their service to our country in many areas - as an example - border control. Wow - that's a discussion - "Holey" paddles. I did become familiar with a couple, is all. Once for running in the hall. Mr. Barnard called me the "Galloping Ghost" as he hit me. Gene Bernard - "Uncle Bernie" - had one, too. Two of the greatest. All for now -Dwight Carey ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Education in the Military I joined the WACs in January of 1974, right after the Vietnam War wound down. To qualify even at that time females had to be high school graduates whereas the males were still being accepted without a diploma. There was one gal I met while at Ft. Campbell who actually got in without her diploma, but she worked on and got her GED while in the Army. Times are different now, one can actually get money for college once they get out just by enlisting. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Avant ('69) Re: Christmas Movies The movie with the bell at the end is "It's A Wonderful Life" with Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed, Ward Bond, Lionel Barrymore, et al. It is Frank Capra's celebration of what America really was after it had endured the Great Depression and emerged as the great super power after WWII. My favorite character is of course Clarence, the trainee angel. You might think it is one of my all time favorite movies. You would be right. Along with "Casablanca" and "The Maltese Falcon." -Robert Avant ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Davis ('74) To: Jim House ('63) I'm honored to share my birthday with you too, Jim and it's funny that you compare me with Larry Bird. Many have often said that we had similar "game!" Happy Birthday, neighbor! -Mike Davis ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shawn Schuchart Mabley ('78) Re: Chocolate Math To: Gary Behymer ('64) Thanks for giving me some short-lived hope! I did the chocolate math and was thrilled when I saw what my age was. I never remember my age but my kids have been telling me my age and it was older than what the chocolate math came up with. Wonderful! Then I noticed the chocolate math was for the year 2004, so I really am as old as my kids keep telling me I am. -Shawn Schuchart Mabley ('78) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Shawn--We can't blame that on Gary!! He submitted the correct text to the Sandstorm and (because I recognized that Math as something very OLD that I'd seen many MANY times in the past, I googled "Your age by chocolate math" and used the first URL that google found. OOPS! -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jennifer Herb Fernandez ('83) I may be a relative young'un, but I've enjoyed remembering many of the Richland businesses from my childhood. Tomlinson's Dairy - I liked that it had a cow on top, that it ONLY sold dairy products (does anyone do that today? Or use glass bottles?), but most of all that "whole" milk was called "4%". We would go to the drive- in window and get some "2%" and some "4%", and for the longest time I thought these were the only types of milk. :-) Mr. Toivo Piippo (RIP) - I also had him for "Health" when I was at Chief Joseph. I thought he was very funny our first day, when he talked about how he got hooked on coffee (and didn't like it, at least at first), and that one day someone at the school stole his coffee mug, and that was when he realized that he truly was addicted. So he said to us that now he had a "backup plan", and proceeded to show us coffee cups in every cupboard and drawer in the room. Each new location cracked us up, and the volume of it just got sillier and sillier. (I was a little less impressed when I figured out that he gave this exact same speech, word-for-word, to all his new students, for years!) Interestingly, I went on a student trip to Europe that his wife (Laurel Piippo) led. I believe she was a teacher at Kennewick High, and I don't think any teachers at Col-Hi were leading a trip that year, so I went with the Kennewick students. Sambo's - I remember the tiger butter!! I was so disappointed when it became a Bananas, although I do believe they kept the "Little Black Sambo" wall paintings up for a while. It didn't make sense to have them there, but I was happy that they were still there for a while. Tastee Freez - Wasn't Grigg's Hardware next door? I remember that Grigg's was where you went for pretty much everything. We even got our Christmas trees here. PennyWise on Thayer - I remember this!! It was my favorite place to bike to and buy comic books. I would go there on the way to biking to Col-Hi. Col-Hi to Richland High - I was there when they officially updated the name. Everyone in Richland called it Richland High anyway, so they finally changed the name. I remember they took a vote of all the students at the time as to whether we thought the name should be changed, and pretty much everyone said yes. Ernie's Printing - These were the nicest business owners ever. When I was little, I wanted to write my own neighborhood newspaper, and I remember having an official meeting with Ernie (RIP) about it (I had found him in the Yellow Pages). He agreed to print the newspaper in exchange for an ad for Ernie's Printing, and he also demonstrated how printing is done, and taught about blue pencils and stuff. He was the best; and I recommended him as long as they were in business.. The Camel's Nose at Uptown - My favorite place to spend any money I had. This was a local, Hallmark-sort-of gift shop, and they had a wide selection of my then favorite cartoons, the animals by Boynton. The Octopus's Garden - This was a neat plant shop. I think I just liked it because of the name. I always tried to get my Mom to take me to the "Octopus place." The Bootery - I think I remember that name right. It was the children's shoe store at Uptown, and I got all my shoes there. They had a platform with kid's seats, and you went up a couple of stairs to get up there. The best part was the stair "banisters", which were two wooden baseball bats. I LOVED this place. I would play on those baseball bat stairs for ages. I'm the youngest of five Bomber children. I still have my "Richland Bomber" gym shorts, with the mushroom cloud on it (no one in California believed me when I tell them that my high school "mascot" was a bomb, we were called the "Bombers," and that we had a mushroom cloud as part of our logo--at least until I trotted those out. Now I just send people to the Internet.). When I took Latin at Richland High (yes, they still taught Latin!!), I remember the teacher bragging about how Lindsay Wagner (later The Bionic Woman on t.v.) took his class, and how he got to "teach the Bionic Woman Latin." I loved Miss Pfennig for Honors English. She was so creative; we did things like write and give Cicero speeches--you know, after that scene in Shakespeare, what if someone came up and tried to sway the crowd the other way, what might he/she say?-- and after we read Lord of the Flies, we had a Lord of the Flies party, with a cake that had Miss Piggy's head (the Muppet) on a stick. She also encouraged us to come to school in appropriate costumes for whatever we were reading. I was Calpurnia (Caesar's wife) for Halloween that year. The thing that has stuck with me to this day, however, was my resulting carefulness with grammar and spelling. She was tough on grammar, and she would knock 5% off your grade for EVERY grammar or spelling mistake. If you mispelled the same word three times, that would decrease your paper score by 15%! Students learned pretty quickly to pay attention, especially to "its" and "it's". She was the one who taught me the appropriate use of "its" and "it's", and to this day it's one of my pet peeves when people do it wrong. Also, she had us memorize the "Quality of Mercy Is Not Strained" speech from Merchant of Venice, and I remember it to this day--it's lots of fun to come up with all the words when someone mentions "mercy" and "Shakespeare". Oh, and to John Maples, who is looking for Bomber memorabilia (great idea by the way, and very personal), you can probably find it on I don't see anything up there right now, but you can put in a "wish-list" of item(s) and they will email you if any appear. Also, there IS a current Bomber merchandise site that might have some good stuff: The sweatshirts look the most retro, but I have to admit that the newer, glow-in-the-dark T-shirt is pretty funny. If you know any 21-29-year-olds, the glow shirt would make a GREAT shirt to wear to clubs, even if they've never heard of Richland. No one else will have one. -Jennifer Herb Fernandez ('83) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/10/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Jim Jensen ('50) Irene de la Bretonne ('61), Nadine Reynolds ('61) David Rivers ('65), Betti Avant ('69) Denise Payne ('79) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cathy Wood ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry Wersen ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeff Michael ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Loretta Jensen ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Vallely ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) To: Ann Pearson Burrows ('50) Hi there. I love corned beef sandwiches, and I haven't had one in ages. Thanks for reminding me! To: Dave Brusie.('51) And happy holidays to you, too.I haven't seen you at Club 40 in a while. Be there next Sep. I miss your sis, Bonnie ('45-RIP), every time I mention Club 40. -Dick McCoy ('45) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) Lots of interesting, chatty things going on in the Sandstorm... can't wait to read my daily ration. To: Ann Pearson Burrows ('50) My thanks to a classmate for dispelling the clouds of ignorance that hover around my thoughts and remembrance. Corned beef still available in cans??? I had forgotten about the slotted key used to open the can. I'll be hunting down the triangular canned delicacy. [Still available... have a can in my cupboard right now... WITH a key. -Maren] To: Dwight Carey ('68) Your posting about being swatted by Mr. Barnard (12/9) who called you the "Galloping Ghost" gave me a great laugh the first time I read it and I keep chuckling in recollection. Thank you for sharing. I wonder if Mr. Barnard was making some sort of connection between you and the "original" Galloping Ghost, Red Grange - a running back for the Illinois football team way back when? To: Betti Avant ('69) Interesting that you served as a WAC in '74 at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky and presumably other locations. I had the privilege of serving with WAFs, but never knew a WAC until meeting some of those ladies while attending a language school at the Foreign Service Institute in Washington D.C. in 1966. My classmates and I often shared luncheon tables with WACs who were either assigned to the Pentagon or associated with the Language School and/or other facilities. I met a lot of really sharp ladies. One girl on special assignment to the UN as an interpreter was fluent in four languages (other than English)... couldn't have been older than mid-20s. I met two WAC MPs with a special interest in parachuting. Weather permitting (and duty) they rarely missed a weekend engaged in that occupation. Those two looked like they could make good account of themselves in any situation - combat included. -Jim Jensen ('50) ~ from chilly Katy, TX **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Irene de la Bretonne Hays ('61) To: Jennifer Herb Fernandez ('83) Thank you for sharing your story about talking to Ernie at Ernie's Printing. My dad was Ernie (de la Bretonne) of Ernie's Printing. I'm glad that your experience made you think of them as "the nicest business owners ever." Since his death in July, I have heard a number of stories that illustrate his generous nature. He was especially happy to help out young people. -Irene de la Bretonne Hays ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nadine Reynolds Cochran ('61) Re: Foods Linda Reining ('64) mentioned "Toad in a Hole" sandwich. My mother must not have thought that name too appetizing because we always called those sandwiches "One Eyed Pirates". Another food we had for breakfast on the weekends was eggs au la goldenrod. This consisted of boiled eggs in cream sauce. Mom would separate the egg yoke from the white, cut the white part up in chunks and put it in the cream sauce. She would then put the yoke through a strainer and it would come out fluffy looking somewhat like the finely grated cheese of today. She would toast and butter bread, pour the egg white cream sauce over the toast and top it with the fluffy egg yoke. It looked very pretty and tasted great. It was one of my favorites. Sometimes Mom would fix a variation of this for dinner. In that case she would add Vienna Sausage to the egg white cream sauce. Vienna Sausage, you will remember, was another canned meat. Small little wieners in a can. When our son was very, very small, I used Vienna Sausage in some dish I was preparing and he was horrified. He thought it was a can of little boy private parts. My husband Dave ('61) and I just cracked up over his distress. I am sure that to this day he will not eat Vienna Sausage. You know what they say about first impressions. -Nadine Reynolds Cochran ('61) ~ Tucson, AZ where we are getting Gus Kenney's ('57) wind from Yuma, AZ **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: More birthdays... 12/10/06 Here it is... birthday time again... we've got two '65ers and a celeb from the gold medal class of '63... I've known the two '65ers since grade school... .one is a girl and one is a boy... I know I used to walk to Spalding with the guy... .not much of a walk for me... across Acacia... and there we were... I've been trying to remember when I first met the girl and darned if I can... just always known her and always been good buds... The celeb was a sock-hop regular... a real rock n roller... he had a band when the rest of us just dreamed of being in the band... he also had three... count em... three great looking sisters... what a lucky devil... I dated two of his sisters over the years... both great girls... I ain't mentioning any names so there... gotta protect the innocent ya know... I have a couple of great memories about being at his house... one was being parked outside and listening to "Out of Limits" before they had to change the name from "Outer limits"... the other was coming out to my car from visiting his youngest sis and finding a "sympathy" card on the front seat from an unhappy ex... not sure who the card was showing sympathy for... me or the Birthday boy's sis... So now it's time to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO Larry Wersen of the famous Chessmen ('63), Loretta Jensen ('65) and DJ Jeff Michael ('65)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Christmas Movies Was the movie about Ralphie and his red ryder BB gun called "A Christmas Story"? About 10 years ago I was invited to a coworker's house for Thanksgiving dinner. One of the cable channels had that movie on for 24 straight hours. Every 2 hours it would start all over again. Once a year of that movie is enough for me! -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where it's spitting rain once again and is supposed to for the next several days (ah western Washington in the fall and winter) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Denise Payne Sitler ('79) To: Irene de la Bretonne Hays ('61) I'm trying to remember if I had you for any classes, but I can't remember what you taught. I almost think that I did have you for something but I'm not sure. Did Mike remember me? He probably won't we really didn't spend a lot of time together outside of that summer camp that year. I checked out the link you sent, he still looks like the Mike I remember. It has gotten cold here in Mass. but it is supposed to warm up to 50 tomorrow again. This weather is really nutty. Speaking of peanut butter, I never tried the combos I've been reading about, but for the record my fav. is peanut butter and honey, I get a lot of odd looks when I mention that, but it really is a nice treat especially with a glass of cold milk. Any one on here know my Mother, Mae Scoonover? Just curious. Thanks, -Denise Payne Sitler ('79) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/11/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff and 2 Bomber funeral notices today: Ralph Myrick ('51), Mike Clowes ('54) Joretta Garrison ('58), Irene de la Bretonne ('61) Shirley Collings (66), Betti Avant ('69) Robert Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Qualheim ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Evelyn Evans ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ralph Myrick ('51) Betti mentioned watching "A Christmas Story". This certainly brings back memories while living in Gamerco, NM. Takes place in the late thirties and early forties. The school I went to was exactly like the school that Ralphie attended. They all called me Ralphie and, I, too, wanted a Red Rider BB gun. Just like Ralphie's mother, my Mother told me the same thing every time I had ask for one, "Ralphie, you will put your eye out", and didn't get one. If you remember, as far back as that, all the comic books had this beautiful advertisement of the Red Rider BB gun. I believe it about $5.98 or something there abouts. Of coarse $5.98 was a lot of money then, but I still wanted one. We even had a kid stick his tongue to a four inch pipe used for a swing. And, as you might have guessed, I never did get the BB gun like Ralphie. However, when I was sixty, Christmas morning we all got up and I found this long flat package all wrapped under the tree. It was the Rider Ryder BB gun that I had longed most of my life. Judy used to hear me tell this story and that was her Christmas present to me. I wonder if some of you had early Christmas memories. Merry Christmas to you all and a good night. -Ralph Myrick ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: "Toad in the Hole" From somewhere, we got a recipe for this dish, and have it quite frequently. But it is not "One Eye Pirates/Jacks". Here it is: About one hour before serving, pre-heat oven to 450. With a fork, prick 1 pound fresh sausage links and place in greased square (almost) baking pan. Bake the sausages for 15 minutes or until browned, turning once during cooking. Meanwhile, blend 2 eggs, 1 cup of milk, 1 cup of flour or Bisquick, 1/2 tsp. thyme leaves and 1/4 tsp. salt until mixture is smooth. Set aside. When links are browned, pour off all but 1/4 cup fat. Pour batter into pan, return to oven and bake for 25 minutes or until crust is brown and puffy. To serve cut into squares and have it with your favorite veggies and maybe a salad. Syrup or (gasp) peanut butter can be added. They are also great when cold. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ windy and showery Mount Angel, OR **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sue Pritchett, aka Joretta Garrison ('58) Re: ABC House Ornaments The SALE continues. The Richland Seniors Association sells Richland alphabet-house ornaments for $5 each ($6 if mailed). They are now available for $1 off the regular price. They are now $4 each ($5 if mailed). You may use the usual form (check it out on Richland Bombers website)--just pay $1 less than advertised. Or contact me and I'll email a form to you. Available for this special sale: A,B,C,F,H,R,Ranch,Prefab,Precut). (This offer does NOT include Richland Bomber and Hanford Falcon ornaments-- which are still $5 each ($6 if mailed). We DO plan to make additional house-ornaments, but must first reduce our current inventory. Ornaments may be purchased at the Richland Community Center Gift Shop (run by Richland Seniors) or through the mail. Proceeds from Gift Shop sales benefit the Richland Community Center. -Joretta "Sue" Garrison Pritchett ('58) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Irene de la Bretonne Hays ('61) To: Denise Payne Sitler ('79) Yes, Mike DID remember you and said to tell you hello. He really enjoyed that summer camp you both attended at Eastern Washington University in Cheney. I taught several classes you might remember. The most popular was: Free To Be: Images of Women and Men in Literature and Society. Another popular course was: Minority Lit, or Literature of Minority Cultures in the U.S. Both of the classes were different from the typical English class, and, according to the students, very helpful and also fun. I also created another new course called Writers Workshop. Maybe you were in one of those classes. Happy Holidays to you, Denise--and to any other students, friends, and colleagues out there from the years I taught at Richland (Columbia) High). -Irene de la Bretonne Hays ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins (66) A friend just sent me a message to try this site for a cute Merry Christmas greeting: "Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night." -Shirley Collings Haskins (66) ~ Richland where it is pretty chilly but no snow. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: WACs To: Jim Jensen ('50) It may have been the WACs when I joined, but that changed. They decided we were all soldiers and they dropped the WAC moniker probably sometime later in 1974. I was at Fts. McClellan, Sam Houston, and Campbell. I did my OJT for my speciality at the "old" Madigan Hospital. It was something when I worked there last year as a contract tech. as one civilian had been there for 30 years about the time I would have been there for those 6 weeks. He had seen the old and new of radiography as I had and some of it isn't easy. In fact he has a room he never rotates from unlike everyone else who are on a 2 week rotation. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Avant ('69) Re: Christmas Movies Redux The pix with Ralph, his "old man", et al. is indeed a "Christmas Story." It started life as a short story by Jean Shepherd (of whom I have written about before). It literally became a Christmas classic, because it was a great story very well done on the screen. From time to time I still catch sight of "A Christmas Carol" with George C. Scott who played the very believably malevolent Ebenezer Scrooge. You would literally recoil if he said "Bah, Humbug" to you as he was a big man and he could look quite mean when he wanted to. -Robert Avant ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notices - one scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Dell McVicker ('56) ~ 7/7/38 12/2/06 >>Cindy Fankhauser ('79) ~ 7/3/59 12/7/06 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/12/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Dick Pierard ('52), Sandy Carpenter ('61) Helen Cross Kirk ('62), Susan Nussbaum ('63) Bob Mattson ('63 & '64), Dennis Hammer ('64) David Rivers ('65), Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janet Martin ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Burt Pierard ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rick Morrell ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Becky Alexander ('77) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lanette Powell ('79) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick Pierard ('52) I want to convey birthday greetings to my esteemed Brother Burt ('59). We are two genuine dyed-in-the-wool survivors and also very pleased with the election last month. -Dick Pierard ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sandy Carpenter Lee ('61) Yes, old memories of Christmas... we all have them, I guess. One that stands out in my mind was the year I wanted a new bicycle; I think it was the Christmas of 3rd grade. I was one of those late believers who just kept on believing in Santa Claus, no matter how much evidence there was to the contrary. One night soon after dinner there was a knock on the door, and my Dad went to open it. When he did, in walked Santa... saying "Ho, Ho, Ho... and what do YOU want for Christmas?" Well, immediately, I recognized his voice as one of my parent's dear friends, and said, "You're not Santa, you're Ray!" Well, Santa, didn't say a thing, and went right on talking with my brother. We both got in our gift wishes, and soon he was back out the door and on his way. After he left, my Dad said to me, "Boy, oh boy, Sandy, you shouldn't have said that... you may not get that new bike you want." then he added, "But, you never know, Santa's getting old, and he may not have heard you." But those thoughts lingered all through the night as I wondered if I would get my new bike. Next morning I crept out into the living room before anyone was up, and THERE it was... a brand new Schwinn bicycle. Years later I found out that I was right, though, it was our friend Ray who had played Santa. I will forward this story on to him in an email, as I'm sure he remembers playing Santa for us, and he will be able to tell us if indeed he DID hear me. -Sandy Carpenter Lee ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) I finally was able to attend a Richland Bomber luncheon last Saturday, and it was really great to get to put so many names to faces. I still find it hard to believe that there are so many people who were in Richland at the same time I was growing up, and I somehow didn't know them... I wasn't able to talk my brother, Roy Cross ('65) or my neighbor, Harry Walker ('67) into joining me, but I had a good time anyway. Time has gone by so swiftly since we've settled in Tieton, it's hard to believe we will be leaving Washington State shortly after Christmas, and begin our trek home by going south first to visit our son at South Lake Tahoe. It would be impossible to say what I've enjoyed most about spending time in Washington State again, except getting to spend some more time with dear friends we don't see too often has been great. And I have loved driving by and seeing Mt. Rainier, or Mt. Adams or Mt. Baker, let me tell you, that just doesn't appear on the Indiana skyline. We survived an all day power loss with our wood stove and candles, and heating water to use our well. It's been a neat Advent/Christmas season spent with the great families of Hiland UM church. We had the 55th celebration of candle lighting at our church last night. It is put on mostly by kids from the high school and I was very impressed with them. These kids do know the Bible Christmas Story. I am sorry I haven't gotten to see more friends, like Cathy Stevens ('62), but I am hoping to finally catch up with her this coming Sunday. it's been so neat to get to be here for this fall. It's gone so fast, I'm not going to believe it's over until I wake up out of the state on my way home to the house by the little lake in Indiana. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Susan Nussbaum Reeb ('63) Re: Boise Bomber Lunch On Saturday afternoon, eleven people met at Goodwood Barbecue in Boise for our second Boise Bomber luncheon. Those who attended are Wanda Howard Jones ('49) and husband Bill, Ron Pollock ('53), Hoyt Roberts ('55) and wife Lois, Tom Tracy ('55), Rosalie Geiger Hughes ('57), Noah Tadlock ('61) and Peggy Johnson Tadlock ('63) [photographer], Mac Quinlan ('62), and Susan Nussbaum Reeb ('63). It was fun to make new Bomber friends and to meet their spouses, too! We're planning our next gathering for sometime in early April. If you know of others in the Boise area who might like to join us, please send me their names. We'll confirm a date after the first of the year. As I write this note at holiday time, I'm reminded of how blessed we were to grow up in a very special town, to maintain and make new friendships through our unique Sandstorm, and to connect in person through our well organized class reunions, annual Club 40 events, and alumni luncheons throughout the country. Life is good for Richland Bombers!!! -Susan Nussbaum Reeb ('63) ~ Boise, Idaho, where I'm decorating the Christmas tree and smiling while recalling some of the fun discussion from today's Bomber luncheon. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Mattson ('63 & '64) Re: CTK Sister I was looking through the Oregonian's Obituaries checking on a friend who passed away, when I noticed this name. We knew her as Sister Martin Francis, she died December 7 at age 87. Entered the Holy Names Novitiate in 1940. A Christian burial will be at 2pm in the chapel of the Convent of the Holy Names at Marylhurst. -Bob Mattson ('63 & '64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) Re: "You'll shoot your eye out." I have "The Christmas Story" playing on the DVD behind me as I write this. I first saw the movie in the theater, our daughter and I liked it, but my wife hates it. I bought the two-disk 20 year anniversary edition a few years ago. That school building looks a lot like the grade school I went to except it was made of yellow brick instead of red. You can buy those leg lamps on the Internet, but they are not cheap. They do come in different sizes, and even small ones for the Christmas tree. You can even buy a stocking version for Santa to fill in case your wife won't let you put it in the window. My wife would probably break it if I tried to put one in our window. I did get a BB gun for Christmas, not the Red Ryder, but the Daisy Eagle. I got to pick the one I wanted out of the Sears or Wards catalog and I picked the second most expensive one. They were out of that model, so they sent me the most expensive one. I was a little disappointed as the Daisy Eagle had a pistol grip and a blond plastic stock. I had wanted one that looked more like the Winchesters you saw the cowboys use on TV. I still have in the closet, but don't know if it still works; It has been at least 35 years since it was last used. Re: Slide show My wife's family has been having a Christmas eve get-together and gift exchange since before we were married. It used to always be at her oldest sister's house, but the family has grown so much that now we have to all chip in and get a conference room at a Motel. Last year I scanned a lot of the old pictures of these parties from past years going back to 1971. I wasn't even there for Christmas 1971, I was in the Indian Ocean. Some of those kids from the early years are now grandparents. The old photos had faded quite a bit, but the software was able to really improve the color. I used the quick fix as it did a better job than trying to fix them myself. It is not as good as the original color, but a lot better than the faded photos as they are now. I named the photos starting with the year first so they are shown in order. Some years have a few, some a lot, and some no pictures at all. The digital photos from the later years were easier to work with. I thought people might watch it, but it was a much bigger hit than I expected. I am already set to do it again this year, I found some more old pictures and added the photos taken last year. All I need to take is the computer, monitor, and the mouse. Something I could really use a laptop for. -Dennis Hammer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: two birthdays... one of them I missed!!!!!!!!! arrrrrrrrrrrrrgh OK... since I was remiss in failing to acknowledge a birthday on the 10th of one of my long time buds and amigos I gotta start with him... I still correspond with this dude and enjoy seeing him when I'm in town... my favorite story about this guys took place one night when we were in Heidlebaugh's ('65) Duesenburg (actually a '40 Chevy) trying to find a Kegger out in the hinterlands... the birthday boy was riding scout on his 250 scrambler... all of a sudden he pulled up short... spun a nice brodie and came back to tell us... he had found... "fresh tracks" it was just like out of an old western and I still get a huge grin on my face when I think of it... I feel awful I missed his birthday on the 10th! The next guy needs no introduction. He's the guy who had the great eyesight to know when one of the little specks on the Bomber Bowl field were out of place during the picture taking at R2K... was got us all in our correct positions so the magic picture could be snapped... while I'm pleased with my Bomber Tattoo and Think Maren's ('63-64) is great I think his is the baddest Bomber tattoo around... He makes a great Santa and I got pix to prove it... So HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Mike Botu ('65) ... on the 10th and to Uncle Burt Pierard ('59) on the 12th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Well, those of you out there who have voted for "Butch T. Cougar", thanks. For any who didn't, don't despair--he has made it all the way to the finals against "Testudo" of Maryland. You can vote once a day this week to get Butch the win. The website is Let's give Butch our support!!!! -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA (no I didn't attend WASSU, but would have liked to) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Ron Mitchell ('62) ~ 6/5/44 - 12/9/06 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/13/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Anna May Wann ('49), Betty Bell ('51) Kay Mitchell ('52), Millie Finch ('54) Burt Pierard ('59), Rosalie Lansing ('63) Gary Behymer ('64), Kevin Quane ('77) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) Thanks to the Sandstorm, Bomber luncheons and Susan Nussbaum Reeb ('63), we have located one of our lost classmates, Wanda Howard Jones ('49). We did not know where she was, so she did not get invited to our 50th reunion. She attended the Boise luncheon, but looking at her picture she looks too young to have been one of our classmates. So glad we found her; now she will be invited to our 60th in a couple of years. Also want to wish "Santa Claus" Burt a belated Happy Birthday. He really does make an impressive Santa Claus, but he should have smiled for the camera. Santa is suppose to be a Happy Guy. Guess he hadn't had his Spudnut for the day yet. Just kidding  love ya, youngster!!! -Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) It is time again for our Friday dance - Friday, December 15 from 1:00 to 4:00 at the Richland Community Center. As always, the EASY SWING BAND plays great music for dancing and/or just listening. Tickets are only $4.00 at the door, and pre-packaged finger foods are welcome but not required. Hope to see you there! -Betty Bell Norton ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kay Mitchell Coates ('52) Re: A Christmas Story The saga of Ralphie in the Christmas Story movie is part of our family history. Richard ('52) and I have 4 grandkids, all two years apart in age, and when they were little they all formed an early "addiction" to that movie. Early on, it became a tradition to gather during the holidays and watch the movie they fondly referred to as "sticks his tongue out". They loved watching it at any season of the year. Now they are all grown up, 3 of them in college and one married. We will all gather this Christmas and watch the newly acquired DVD, laugh at the same old scenes and be horrified as always when the boy gets his tongue stuck on the flagpole! We have introduced the film to the next generation and this year my great-grandson will be enjoying it with us. My favorite scene was when the furnace burped up all the black smoke and it came rolling out of the register - my dad reacted to that situation just like Ralphie's dad. Oh, how the old A house stunk after one of those blow-ups! Re: Spam My mom also baked spam with cloves and brown sugar on top - it was quite good. I always put peanut butter on my spam sandwich. May have to go buy a can of spam and try that again. It was yummy! Re: BB Gun My great grandson has ordered up a Red Ryder BB Gun for his most wanted Christmas present from his grandpa Jay (Coates - '72 WB) They are impossible to find up here where we have only one ACE hardware store and no sporting goods stores, so my Richland son Doug purchased it in Richland for his brother. I was able to pick it up when we were there last weekend, so now his Christmas wish will be fulfilled. Sure hope he doesn't shoot his eye out!!! -Kay Mitchell Coates ('52) ~ Valley, WA where our 6 inches of snow has melted down to about an inch and we can now see bare places in the landscape. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Millie Finch Gregg ('54) Re: Christmas Memories All of my memories of this holiday as a child are wonderful. The one that stands out the most though is when we were living at 200 Cullum in 1/2 of an "A" house. You know the bedrooms were upstairs. Well, we had an uncle and an aunt visiting with us, so they along with my brothers, mother and me were all upstairs. Daddy was working graveyard shift and mom and dad had decided we could not go downstairs until my Dad came home, which you know was later in the morning for a kid. Well, the funniest thing happened, as soon as we heard his foot steps, my uncle and aunt zoomed ahead of us and slid down the bannister before us kids. I can still see that today and remember how we all laughed and we didn't wonder anymore who were the bigger kids. Have a wonderful holiday. -Millie Finch Gregg ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) Re: My Birthday -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rosalie Lansing Haag ('63) Tis so nice to be a Bomber. On Sunday the 10th got together with Frank Stratton ('64), Denny Smith ('63),and Lucy Foster Smith ('65), Dave Whittenbrock ('63) and his very lovely wife, forgot her name, dang I hate it when that happens. Anyway a good time was had by us all. We plan on meeting again so any of you here in the Walnut Creek area, get in touch. Re: Food Again you guys have hit a good memory. Canned corned beef, those sandwiches were so good. Mom could never fix creamed corned beef on toast, because Daddy would have no part of it after the war. You all know the big name for it SOS (s--t on a shingle). Have all my Christmas cards out in front of me, guess I should stop messing around with these great memories and get busy fast. To: David Rivers ('65) Thank You for being such a faithful friend and Bomber. We all love you and all your memories and the good pictures you have shared. What a champ!!!!!! -Rosalie Lansing Haag ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: WSU Mascot - BUTCH in Finals! Let the Fur Fly! After 11 weeks of head-to-head regular season mascot action we've finally reached the playoffs. The six mascots with the best win/loss records are in the playoffs. But who will become the 2006 Capital One National Mascot of the Year? You decide. It's time to vote. Please consider voting for BUTCH... the WSU mascot! P.S. PLease forward this to your mailing lists (;-) Vote early and YES you can vote once per day! -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kevin Quane ('77) Re: Cindy Fankhauser ('79-RIP) I knew Cindy as a kid. Jimmy Hogan ('76) and I used to play together. We were best friends. Then Cindy moved to my neighborhood... she lived on Mahan. She was always a friend... she was always special. When I was told she was special, I always thought of her as an angel. Now, she is a real angel. And her sister, Carole, can verify that. Sorry I am not there, but Kevin Quane remembers her. She is my special friend, and now my special angel. -Kevin Quane ('77) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Howard Thompson ('58) ~ 9/23/39 - 12/5/06 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/14/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Rex Davis ('49), Patti Jones ('60) Jackie DeVries ('62), Jim Hamilton ('63) Donna Nelson ('63), Linda Reining ('64) Shawn Schuchart ('78) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dick McCoy ('45, 46, '02) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carole Novotny ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary Hylbak ('66) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Dick Coates & Kay Mitchell ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rex Davis ('49) To: Burt Pierard ('59) A belated Happy Birthday to you. That was a great picture of you as Santa!! The picture of the Bomber Birds in the yard was unique. Hope your day was a delight and that you have many more to come. -Rex Davis ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: All Bomber Luncheon Richland As Helen Cross Kirk ('62) mentioned in her Sandstorm entry, she made it to our luncheon. Had been a long time coming that she said she was "going to attend". We were all glad that she got a break to join us. As all luncheons go, it is not easy to visit with everyone. Helen was introduced to the group as she was leaving to the awe of everyone as they remembered her Sandstorm entries which tells of her extensive travels. The following were in attendance: Glen Rose ('58), Gene Ruppert ('65) Dave Rhodes ('52), wife Alice (Honorary), Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63), Betty Bell Norton ('51), Helen Cross Kirk ('62), Vera Robbins ('58), Fred Klute ('58), Missy Keeney ('59), Burt Pierard ('59), Pat Doriss Trimble ('65) Mary Judd Hinz ('60), Barbara Isakson Rau ('58), Kathy Hoff Conrad ('64) and myself. Yes, George "Pappy" Swan ('59) and wife Jeanne you were missed. The Richland High School Marketing Management Class cook books were on hand to sell by Jamie McCullum ('07) (our outstanding waiter for the Bomber luncheons), the son of Hannah the owner of JD diner. Almost every Bomber bought one. The cook book is $7.95 and can be obtained through Jamie at JD Diner or at the high school through the class. [OR on the web at: I have read most of the cook book which is chocked full of good recipes. Even a couple of recipes that I have been looking for. The cookbook has some different recipes that go right along with the Sandstorm entries of late, about different foods. Did not recognize some of the ingredients so will have to do some exploring at the grocery store. Re: December birthdays Amongst the Bombers there seems to be many in December. Two in particular are Burt Pierard ('59) (as was announced in the Sandstorm today) and Nick Nelson ('56) on the 19th. Nick's is easy for me to remember as my dad's was the same day. What a place to celebrate. Happy birthday to both of you. May your birthday bring you all you want and much more. This is a day late because of my time of doings, even though most of it was written yesterday. Gave me opportunity to say something about the Bomber card Burt received. What a good surprise on a Bomber birthday. Hope you were wide awake when you found it Burt. Re: The get together for Kenny Johnson ('65) What a night. Did not get to stay long at the Kenny Johnson gathering, as some of us left early to see Missy Keeney's ('59) group sing and Burt Pierard ('59) play Santa... both outstanding. I think Burt should play Santa every year as the little children would certainly enjoy. Well, we adults did too. Missy's group from their costumes to the singing bring lots of laughs. Bombers in the area: If you haven't seen them take time for an evening of light heartedness. Burt was a great addition. I had not ever meet Kenny but did get to say hello to him as we were leaving (you are in my prayers, Kenny). Words could not say enough for what David Rivers ('65), Terry Davis ('65) and all those who put on the gathering did for Kenny. All the pictures brought tears to my eyes. Especially the one that it looked like David was giving something to Kenny or was it the opposite. David Rivers ('65) could you fill in us Bombers who do not know all the connection during school and the years until now of all of you and Kenny. Have spoken with many Bombers who do not know who are curious. To: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) You are right about Santa smiling. I can vouch for the evening for Santa. Getting someone with a camera came first. Getting them centered at the Christmas tree next. Pictures taken Missy and Santa rushed off to the evening of singing and Santa. Burt as Santa walked through the auditorium onto the stage. He did smile as he said Ho Ho Ho. Merry Christmas to everyone. Bombers Have Fun -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA - Temperatures have sailed up to 50s during the day and are to dip back down to 30 again by Saturday. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jackie DeVries Brown ('62) As kids we ate peanut butter and mayonnaise sandwiches or peanut butter and dill pickle. Now I eat dill pickles with peanut butter, don't need the bread. To: Denise Payne Sitler ('79) Just wanted to let you know that I know your mother. I have lived around the corner from her for years. I worked with her at Fred Meyer in Eve's Buffet, she is one of the dearest, nicest friends I know. As a matter of fact I saw her in Fred Meyer last Friday evening, I had to stand in line for a hug. Everyone was glad to see her, and she looks really good. Bomber cheers. -Jackie DeVries Brown ('62) ~ from windy, but warmer Tri-Cities **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) You know as Christmas approaches, among my favorite memories are of the years I spent working at Dawson Richards. Grover Dawson was an amazing boss, and provided me and everyone who ever worked for him with some pretty intense mentoring, before there was such a word. In the course of three days, I think everyone in Richland walked through the doors. One summer I got involved in picking the Christmas wrap and thought that everything should be wrapped in a black and white hound's- tooth with a red ribbon. Grover pointed out that it wasn't such a great idea, because for a lot of families much of their Christmas came from the store and it would look nicer if there was a variety of packages under the tree. A great man Grover Dawson, left his mark on Richland and this little buckaroo too. jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Nelson ('63) To: Betty Bell Norton ('51) I'm fortunate enough to work with Peggy Hinkins in Quincy. She and her family moved to Quincy this summer. When we were talking about the Tri- Cities yesterday at lunch, your name registered with me from the website. Peggy said you have the energy of the bunny!!! She's a great addition to our teaching staff. We need to organize a lunch in Wenatchee's been a while. We used to eat the stuff out of the brown cans from the commissary the first year I was married cause my husband's Dad was Navy. I compared it to "Deviled Ham" and really loved it. Kept us from starving!!! -Donna Nelson ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:Burt Pierard(59) re:birthday yard how cool! makes me wish I lived in Richland and could have my lawn decorated with gold and green flamingos. *grin* re:Christmas memories my favorite Christmas memory has to be when I was 7 or 8 and I had asked Santa for a "Tiny Tears" doll. I was sitting on the couch, in our 3- bedroom prefab on Rossell, and I heard jingle bells outside the front door. I looked at my mom and then at my dad, and they both told me to go to the door. I was so nervous, but I opened the door, and there on the porch was that doll and her trunk, which was full of clothes for her! I never saw anyone, but I could hear jingle bells off in the distance. figured out years later(and my mom confirmed it)that "Santa" had been Betty Noble(mom to Dan, Larry, Patsy(RIP), Betty(63), Becky(RIP), and Lynn(72). I had that doll, her trunk, and all her clothes til I was 12 years old! wish I still had her!!!!!!! Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of 64).......cold weather has finally arrived and is here to stay! fog has also descended, but not the tule fog, so won't find me complaining one bit! *grin* **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shawn Schuchart Mabley ('78) Re: Cindy Fankhauser ('79-RIP) Cindy brought joy to so many people, including me. I was a year older than her but remember her like it was yesterday. While seeing her obituary brought the sting of tears to my eyes, it also puts a huge smile on my face thinking about her wonderful spirit. How lucky her family was to have her in their lives. Re: Christmas Memories On Christmas morning Dad would take pictures of us 4 daughters coming down the stairs (of our "a" house on Kimball) in our new pajamas we had received on Christmas Eve. The house would be dark except for the Christmas tree lights, and we girls would be rubbing the sleep from our eyes. The tree was surrounded by presents from Santa (of course, Tami and Teri always got the best stuff like the life size wooden dolls and the doll play pens) along with some wrapped presents from family. After unwrapping presents and playing with our toys for a short time, we were always ready for a nap. It wasn't until years later that I realized that my Christmas morning memories happened at around 1:00 a.m. or so after my dad had gotten home from swing shift and Mom and Dad had put the finishing touches on everything. No wonder we kids were so tired and ready to go back to bed! When my kids were little I started this tradition. It seems like I was never able to go to sleep before 1:00am anyway on Christmas Eve, so at least I then could sleep in on Christmas Day. I also remember traveling this way in the summertime. Dad would get home from swing shift and finish loading the car, then wake us kids up, lay us down in the station wagon, and drive for hours in the dark while we slept comfortably without bickering. We always stopped very early at a motel with a swimming pool and had plenty of hours to swim while Dad slept until we started out again on our journey in the late night/early morning hours. -Shawn Schuchart Mabley ('78) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/15/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Jim Jensen ('50), Floyd Melton ('57) Barbara Powell ('58), Pete Overdahl ('60) David Rivers ('65), Daniel Laybourn ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dorothy Stamper ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Smith ('58WB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marsha Goslin ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) Re: Resilience Personified To: The Rt. Hon. Dick McCoy ('45,'46,'02) Many happy returns, Sir! Hope to see you around the pool again one of these days. -Jim Jensen ('50) ~ Katy, TX where the birds, trees, shrubs, etc. have no notion what season it is. When we had a temp of 26 the pear trees leaves were deep green and shining. Now the temp is upper 70s during the afternoon and leaves are multi-colored and chasing each other to reach the ground first???? **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Floyd Melton ('57) For those of you who have not heard, Ronald Mitchell ('62) passed into the next life Saturday, December, 2006. His funeral was Tuesday, December 12th. -Floyd Melton ('57) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Floyd -- see the funeral notice for Ron at: Ron's funeral notice was in the 12/12/06 Alumni Sandstorm. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barbara Powell Beaudry ('58) Happy Birthday to Carol Novotny ('58). I would love to have her e-mail address... does anyone know where she is living now? Happy birthday, Nick Nelson ('56). I saw your Mother a few years ago and she looked so good. I lost my Mother October 7th. She would have been 92 this Jan. The Richland luncheon sounds like so much fun. I hope I can attend next summer when we are back in Yakima for the summer. We are now in Phoenix for the winter and happy that we are missing all of the cold winter of the PNW. Golf weather is perfect except for a few days of an hour or so frost delays. Happy Holidays -Barbara Powell Beaudry ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pete Overdahl ('60) Re: Food Memories ~ The Circus Drive Inn All this talk about food and things we ate and liked. This really reflects back on when my folks opened "The Circus Drive Inn" near Burks Texaco on Williams Blvd., and across from Curley's 76 Station. My Mom had a great menu and every lunch hour, car loads would race down the hill from Richland High and a lot would have the same thing every day and Mom would have them ready. I remember the most expensive burger was the Big Top Special, 2 hamburger patties, 2 cheese, home made relish, lettuce, tomato, pickle, ketchup, mustard for 48 cents and 16 oz milkshake was 24 cents, and she made soft ice cream with flavors I have never seen since. She made her own Turkey Sandwich from full size turkeys and a Roast Beef Sandwich and real Roast Ham. I remember I was 13 when I started to work there and 16 when we closed it. My brother Jim ('57 RIP) also worked there except when he was pitching for the Bombers, hunting or fishing. Me I just worked and got bigger by the day. But it was great experience. I can remember so many of the guys and gals who ate there and would buy a burger from us and go over to Tim's Burgers and buy a drink so they could sit inside and eat them. Tim's was By's Burgers 2nd restaurant named after the owner By Myers' son. I hope a lot of the Bombers from about '54 thru '57 remember it. It was a little white concrete building with a Big Circus Clown on the roof. I wrote this after dinner tonight so I wouldn't get hungry all over again. -Pete Overdahl ('60) ~ Rainy in Richland the last couple of days and wind. The cascades are being snowed on Big Time. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: 'Nuther very special day OK... I'm sitting here with a runny nose and tearing eyes feeling sorry for myself... Actually broke down and drove a car with a heater... My Partner's secretary gave me some kind of cold medicine that is working but not sure I'll stay awake all day... and then I remember it's a special lady's birthday... wow instant cheer up... I've know this sweet person virtually all my life at least since a VERY early age... in fact so early that at our 25th reunion low those many years ago, Tony Harrah ('65) commented on what a lovely couple the birthday girl and I would make... we looked at Tony, then at each other and burst out laughing... "naaah" we said... known each other way too long to start something like that... She and her husband... (sorry I almost hadda throw in... She and her man... who called himself Dan, were in the next room at the hodown... but I caught myself just in time...) were at Kenny Johnson's ('65) party, as were so many of Kenny's friends... for the record, Kenny is a '65er which makes him a Sorry 7 and we've known him all thru school... Kenny is and always has been just the best friend anybody could ever ask for... so that's the connection for all who have asked... he's a Bro, man... what else can we say (Also a Marine)... By the way... Kenny and Jack Keeney ('65) called me last night and left a Banjo tune on my voice mail... as if I wouldn't know who did it... duh. So back to the birthday girl... here's wishing a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Marsha Goslin Brehm ('65) on the 15th!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Daniel Laybourn ('70) Re: Relative needs help... Can you share with me Mrs. Buteau's first name? Thanks. George Buteau --- Does anybody out there happen to know the answer to this question? She taught Kindergarten (AM), 1957-'58 at Marcus... -Daniel Laybourn ('70) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/16/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Nola Davey ('56), George Swan ('59) Marilyn Swan ('63), Linda Reining ('64) David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joan Campbell ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jack Keys ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tim Smyth ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Terry Davis ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ruth Russell ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Raekes ('79) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nola Davey Meichle ('56) To: Barbara Powell Beaudry ('58) Carol lives in Spokane. She is married to one of my '56 classmates and if you will email me personally, I will give you more information. To: Pete Overdahl ('60) Yes, Pete. I remember the Circus drive up. My brother, Howard worked there. -Nola Davey Meichle ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Publish or Perish To: My much younger sister, Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) OK, Mom may have liked you best, but the Bomber Marketing Management Class must have liked my recipe for cooking wild goose better than yours for your "World Famous Boston Clam Chowder." Because, my recipe is in there and yours, as "Borat" would say, is too... Not! So, please tell Mom that I am published and you are not! Neener, neener ... neener! But really now, a guy has to watch out for his little sister. Since her Clam Chowder recipe, somehow got left out of the cook book and for those who like clam chowder, especially when you can't get to the beach for fresh clams, below is my much younger sister's world famous (but non- published, hee hee) recipe, per her: BOSTON CLAM CHOWDER 3 (6 1/2 oz.) cans minced clams I cup finely chopped onion 1 cup finely diced celery 2 cups finely diced potatoes 3/4 cup butter (the real stuff) 3/4 cup flour 1 quart half-and-half 1 1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. pepper 1/2 tsp. sugar 1/2 lb. sliced bacon Drain juice from clams, pour over veggies in medium saucepan, add enough water to barely cover veggies and simmer, covered, over medium heat until potatoes are tender (about 20 minutes). In the meantime, melt butter, add flour and blend for 2 minutes. Add half-and-half stirring until smooth and thick using wire whisk to blend. Add clams & cream to undrained vegetables and heat through. Season with salt, pepper and sugar. Fry bacon until crisp, drain, cool, and crumble. Add crumbled bacon on the top of the bowl when serving for an accent of flavor. If you have a hungry family, better double the recipe. We never make a single recipe of this chowder. This chowder was supposed to be one that is similar to the Boston Clam Chowder served at Bratten's Seafood Restaurants here in Utah many years ago. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where there are lots of wild geese now but few clams. No clam digging allowed in the puddle! PS Thanks, Sis, for paying for my copy of the cookbook so that we could both have a copy of "our published" recipes. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) I just received my cookbook in today's mail & just wanted to let everyone know that the Bomber cookbook the Marketing class at RHS has published is a pretty good one. Has a lot of really great sounding recipes in it! I was a little disappointed though that my Boston Clam Chowder recipe that I sent in didn't make it in there. It is really a good one & I can't really take credit for it, because it has been around Utah forever, but is one of the best I've ever tried ....... without a doubt! There are so many good recipes, I can't wait to try a lot of them. But I gotta say fellow '63er Earl Bennet [Earl's last name ends with TT -- there was a typo in the cook book. -Maren], I am going to try making your Hamburger Bean Glop! Maybe it's just the name but that is one recipe that really caught my eye!! If you go to you will find a link to order this cookbook, have some great recipes & at the same time help these kids out. -Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) ~ Salt Lake City, UT where it was 55 today, but a cold front is moving in with snow forecast for the weekend. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) Maren, am sending this to you, as I am not sure if it's appropriate for the Sandstorm. you can use your discretion as to whether or not to print it. it's a free site to send a thank you card to our troops in Iraq---the Xerox company will send them, for free. all you have to do is pick out a postcard, fill out a short form, then click on send and it will be sent to our troops. you can't choose a soldier, but it will be sent to those fighting in Iraq. thanks and Bomber hugs, Linda -Linda Reining ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: A star is born I know... that beginning is a bit much... specially for this birthday boy... but he is a legend in his own mind so I think it is probably appropriate. Yes this is the day the little Angel was born (in Richland, Heidlebaugh ('65) and even shared a hospital room with Tony Harrah ('65) to prove it)... not just figeratively... I've had people ask me if he's from the south... with a name like Angel they figure it must be something like Billy-Bob or one of those kinda names... Well his folks did come from Oklahoma so there could be some truth to it... but I don't remember Tommy Hammer ('65 RIP) or any of the other Oklahoma kids having names like Angel... this kid and I go back to 6th grade where he decided I was a threat to his power structure the first time he saw me... took him years to admit that... He kept that thought in mind even tho Brian Johnson ('65) whom I have known since at least 2nd grade told him I was ok... so we had our little love-hate relationship from then on... I truly believe that my only thought was to be buds... not to compete... but then we do tend to attribute higher motives to ourselves so I can't be sure... All I know is we've lasted this long with a small two year lapse when he told me to stay out of his F-ing life... ahhhhhhh the good old days... The good news is he is healthy and getting his career back on track... I told him the other day while we were in Richland that there comes a point in time when some of us are lucky enough to stop pretending we do what we do and our proffessions become a part of us as natural as breathing... that is what each of us aspires to but only a few actually achieve... I told him that he had reached that point (just before almost flushing his career down the toilet... hey call it like we see it)... yes... I truly believe he has captured what all true artists seek... the point where the fabric of our craft is almost indistinguishable from our "other" self... I am able to admire my friend in a new light. When we were kids I admired him because he "seemed" to have it all... now I admire him for the man he has become. I trust we can make it thru almost anything from here on out and I'm glad we stuck it out with each other! Ok... for Terence Paul Angel Davis Knox ('65)... here's a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY! on the 16th of December! -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/17/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Ralph Myrick ('51), Tom Hughes ('56) Rosalie Lansing ('63), Dennis Hammer ('64) Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda Rislov ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Donna Young ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Corey Boehning ('87) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ralph Myrick ('51) Just remembered two more foods that I like. One is a snack. Get an apple and cut into eighths or how many pieces you want. After, apple has been cut into pieces put on a paper towel or plate. Then, go the pantry and get a jar of peanut butter and then get a spoon. Take peanut butter, spoon, and apples slices into TV room. Place apples on side table and put peanut butter between your legs. Now, take the spoon and get a gob of peanut butter, then, swipe it on the apple slice. Place it in your mouth and get the full taste of apple and peanut butter. Yum! Next one is fried apples. Best cooked in electric skillet, but can be in regular one. Take bacon and place it in the skillet to cook. While bacon is cooking, peal about six or eight apples. I half the apples then cut away the seeds and core. I use an electric slicing machine to slice my apples. When apples are all sliced, I continue to cook the bacon until done. Then, I pour off some of the grease. Take the sliced apples and dump into the skillet with the bacon grease. Put top back on and cook apples. Stir them occasionally until apples get soft. The steam produced by the apples will help cook them. Take lid off and continue to cook until the water from the apples has evaporated. Now is the time to sprinkle brown sugar over the apples to your taste. It doesn't take much. Continue to stir and flip the apples. When water is all gone they are ready. Cook up some eggs and biscuits. Your breakfast is ready, eggs, bacon, biscuits, and fried apples. Wow! If there are fried apples left, place them in a bowl and put into refrigerator. For a sack, take apples out, put cheddar cheese over the apples and eat. Just like apple pie. They taste better cold than warmed up. Eat away! -Ralph Myrick ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Hughes ('56) Re: Washington wind storm Last Thursday we had a little wind storm here in the Puget Sound Area. Nowhere near as traumatic as Katrina was to New Orleans but bad enough for this area. In our area in Auburn there were continuous winds of 70mph with gusts up to 90mph. Over a million households were left without power in western Washington. We were out for a whole day but thankfully my generator kept us going with no problems. I am enclosing some pictures of the damage done just in my yard. The motor home cover is 30 feet long and was tied down in cement blocks weighing 80 pounds. The front two legs of the canopy structure ended up sitting on the roof on Agnes' Barbie Doll Shed. Her Steel frame Gazebo was turned into a pile of scrap metal. -Tom Hughes ('56) ~ Auburn, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rosalie Lansing Haag ('63) To: Terry Davis Knox ('65) I wish you a belated Happy Birthday. You are my hero too. I am so happy for you. I have prayed for so long for you to come out on the other side and now it is time to flourish as a proud and awesome survivor of life's hard lessons. Go you golden boy go. Thank you again, David Rivers ('65) for your updates. Hope you're getting well too. It's cool here in the San Rmon valley, but I still went for my swim outside today. How wonderful is this life. -Rosalie Lansing Haag ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) Re: Tall Ships A year and a half ago there was some discussion in the Sandstorm about the "Lady Washington" and tall ships in general. I mention that I had climbed the mainmast on the Argentine Navy training ship "Libertad" and said I would have sent in a picture if I knew where it was. Well, I found the slides I took, scanned six of them, and spent days removing dust and lint from the images. While in the Navy my ship arrived in Keelung, Tiawan June 10, 1970. In the afternoon I looked outside and there was a sailing ship moored ahead of us. I was told by others who saw her arrive that there sailors standing on the yards. Yards are the horizontal spars mounted on the masts that hold the square sails. Now I have had a lifelong interest in sailing ships, in fact I cannot remember not being interested in them. So, of course I had to go aboard. I asked if we could climb the rigging and was told we could but a member of their crew would have to go with us. Two of us got a crewman to take us up the mainmast. I don't know how many others actually climbed the rigging but I suspect it was very few. It was the Argentine Navy's training ship Libertad. Built in the 1950s and at a little over 350 feet she is one on the largest of the tall ships and is quite fast, having won several of the tall ship races. Currently it is being overhauled and facilities for female cadets being added. Today sailors sometimes "man the rails" or line up along the rails when the ship enters a port. Used to they would "man the yards" or stand on the yards. Today this is done as a salute, but my understanding is that in the old days it was done to show the ships peaceful intent; showing that the crew was not manning the cannon. A picture of the crew of the Libertad doing this can be found at: -Dennis Hammer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: New Email Address Greetings to all from Lacey, WA. I have a new email address. My how those winds played havoc with the area. My complex was without electricity for about 6 hours Friday morning, but it's almost 4:00 on Saturday afternoon and parts of town are still out. My favorite grocery store was open albeit on generator power. I think I'll wait until tomorrow and hopefully they will be at full power. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/18/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Rex Hunt ('53wb), Gloria Adams ('54) Alice Hanthorn ('59), Missy Keeney ('59) Ann Engel Schafer ('63), Freddie Schafer ('63) Donna Bowers Rice ('63), Bomber Boys Basketball Reporter (BBBR) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carole Clark ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan Nelson ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Brad Upton ('74) has an Op-Ed in Sunday's Seattle PI Opinion section of the Sunday edition of the Seattle Times/PI. It concerns race and comedy and what a comedian can/cannot say or do. Great stuff. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rex Hunt ('53wb) Having read all the peanut butter stories, yet none mentioned my favorite way of eating peanut butter. This is what I served my girl friend just prior to asking her to marry me over 50 years ago. Ritz crackers smothered in peanut butter covered with a slice of apple and smoked Gouda and washed down with a chilled Champaign while over looking a calm ocean from a forest covered cliff. The lady could not turn down such a gourmet Chef. And in commemoration of that August moment, A feast we shared every September 1st for 50 years. -Rex Hunt ('53wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) To: Dennis Hammer ('64) Thank you for sharing the pictures of the tall ship. They were great. It must have been quite a thrill to make that climb. I remember when we lived on Magnolia in Seattle. One year they had a gathering of the tall ships in Elliott Bay. The view from our home was Elliott Bay, Queen Ann Hill and downtown Seattle. We watched the tall ships come in with the sailors standing at attention along each side of the ship. It was so very impressive!! It gave you goose bumps. We went down to the waterfront and walked along and saw all of them. They let us on board a few and we were both amazed and thrilled. It was like going back in time and I loved it. Those sailors were all so very proud and really strutted their stuff for us. To the person who sent the recipe for the breakfast dish with sausage and bisquick, etc. That was really delicious and we thank you for sharing the recipe. Clarence ('51) could have eaten the whole thing if I'd let him. To the person who told us about the Angel Network: Thank you. We immediately adopted a soldier and it was very much appreciated by him. He said it helps them all when they get any kind of support from home as there's so many negative things they hear about what's going on here. They need to feel they're supported, even if the war is not. They're just doing the job they've been given to do. We're snowed in up here in the mountains. We have several feet of snow and then it rains and melts the top and then it freezes over and then it snows again. We won't see the ground again until March or April. The Naches River runs about 50 feet in front of our home and parts of it are beginning to freeze over. Our bank is high enough that our home never floods so we don't worry about that. It's truly a winter wonderland. We're snug and warm in our little home in the mountains, with a fire in the fireplace and all the Christmas decorations up. We love it. We actually do get plowed out to the county road and then we can get to hiway 410 so we can get to town (40 miles) when we want to or need to. I don't write often so I'll wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday season now. -Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alice Hanthorn Johnson ('59) Re: PNW Storm Hi Bombers! Just a note 'bout what we all are talking about here on the west side of the mountains. "The storm" you have seen photos from places south but it hit Mercer Island HARD. tho whole island was with out power untill today (12/17) The downtown has power back this afternoon, but most residential is still off. My brother, Dave ('63) had a tree go down and it drug down the power lines, he has a lot more "war" tales and will tell them and has photos to go along with. Just wanted his friends to know he and Noi are ok, they are using a generator during the day to cool the freezer and run the house heater, to keep the ol barn from getting unbearably cold. The phone line is ok and he has an old phone... needs just phone line power to work, so he isn't totally isolated. Wishing every one a special Bomber MERRY CHRISTMAS! -Alice Hanthorn Johnson ('59) ~ Sunny but cold here in Marysvill today **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) Re: Power outages When Burt Pierard ('59) and I traveled I-90 to Seattle on Saturday afternoon, North Bend, Issaquah, Mercer Island, Kirkland and many other Western Washington areas were without power and had been since Thursday night. Temperatures were dropping and Puget Sound energy was predicting that it was going to be several more days for some of those folks before power was restored. Pretty scary time of year to be without power. Makes me think of those people in war zones where they still do not have reliable power after all this time. Fortunately, Burt's daughter's family had power restored and my daughter's family in Spanaway had their power restored Saturday mid morning. It was heartening to see people reaching out to provide shelter, food and tips on safely staying warm to others. May all your Bomber Holidays be filled with warmth and love and music. Pray for peace. -Missy Keeney ('59) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Engel Schafer (Gold Medal Class of '63) and Freddie Schafer (Gold Medal Class of '63) Re: Olympia Lunch And Chowder Meet (as Jimbeaux Calls It) -Ann Engel Schafer ('63) and Freddie Schafer ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Bowers Rice (Gold Medal Class of '63) Speaking of storms-we recently experienced a bad one shortly before the most recent one in Seattle, we had over a million without power, Seattle had over 1 1/2 million. I was worried about my mom so I called about 6am and again at 12 pm because she was without power from sometime in the early morning hours. I don't think everyone is aware of how difficult it is to get power back on after such a huge storm. There were people here in St. Louis that were without power for up to a week and a half to 2 weeks, and that was with crews coming in from all over the midwest to help. So I was a little amazed that my family and cousins in the area were just thinking things would get better in 2-3 hrs. Moral of the story: read the newspapers and realize that "big" storms may mean far longer than the usual to correct the problems and call all your family and especially the elderly because everyone assumes that the other person has called them. Even just being without power for 3 hours really shows how anyone needs to prepare for things better. Many people here cleaned the power generators out of all the stores because they were without power for so long-especially those in rural areas because the power companies go by fixing the most outages to the least so you might want to plan ahead depending on where you live and how big your trees are. I hope and pray that everyone is getting their power back on and the clean up is not too difficult. One cometary here had so many downed trees, and no budget, and good people from all over came and cleared it, sort of like when they were sandbagging when we had the Big Flood. Makes one really appreciate "good hearts" and thinking of others. -Donna Bowers Rice (GMC '63) ~ Chesterfield, MO - where we have had temps in the 60s after that disastrous but beautiful ice storm and where they say "in St. Louis if you don't like the weather just wait a bit!" **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bomber Boys Basketball Reporter (BBBR) Re: Inaugural Game at Renovated Art Dawald Gym Well, we settled down nice and early to take in the new digs -- NB the steps leading from the upper level to the first (top) row of seats of the lower section of the moveable seats are a work in progress; in fact, they are dangerous; everybody is working otterishly to correct the problem -- and ran into Brian Neill ('98) (coach of the sophomore team), his wife Marci, and ..... 9-1/2 month old Ian. Hmmmm, this makes Philip Neil ('66) no longer "Coach Neill" or "Daddy"; rather, he is now "Grampa Neill". Brian reports that Gramps is slowly working his way into the rotation. Sadly, there was a basketball game. The opponent? Kennewick, has its best team in years. Bombers have a size problem: we have only three legitimate post players, all listed at 6'4", one senior, Jesse Hall; one junior, starter Joe Biddle; and one sophomore, Cody Shepherd. Unfortunately, Joe had hurt his right hand and was in street clothes. So Bombers were reduced to shooting threes (TCH reported they threw up 30 of the things during the 32 minutes of the game). They fell easily at the start of the game and some more during the fourth quarter, which made things interesting; but, in the intervening possessions Kennewick did pretty much as they pleased. The final score, 55-57, wasn't really indicative of Kennewick's overall superiority. Coach Streufert let loose with a couple of impassioned diatribes during a couple of full timeouts; didn't do much good really, truth be told. The first "counting" game (the league is now a mixed 4A/3A) is Tuesday at Wa-Hi. It could be an interesting contest. We'll be there. "Go You Bombers!" -BBBR ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/19/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Dick Pierard ('52), Donna Nelson ('63) Frank Whiteside ('63), David Rivers ('65) Pat Doriss ('65), Patti Snider ('65) Greg Alley ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nick Nelson ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tony Harrah ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lisa McCurdy ('86) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick Pierard ('52) I was really grateful for Missy Keeney's ('59) report on the storm situation in Seattle. We were concerned about our own family members there and was glad to learn that they are all right. Here in Boston we have only had one snow so far this year, perhaps a half-inch at most, and the daytime highs are in the 50s--at lest 10 degrees above normal. This global warming is doing crazy things. When we are we going to start being concerned about it?. -Dick Pierard ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Nelson ('63) I have a new group of heroes I'd like to recognize and they are the linemen who have worked so hard to restore power for us here in WA. My son is one and has worked from 4 am Thursday and all weekend in the Quincy area because of a wind storm. He spent a week on the west side too a few weeks ago. Winds registered 135 mph on Mission Ridge early Friday morning. I'm very proud of him and the group he represents. -Donna Nelson ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Frank Whiteside ('63) Re: PNW storm My sympathies to those of you suffering through the hardships of the Northwestern version of Katrina. As survivors of Katrina, we know how rough things can get. My power was off for only 8 days and, luckily, we were in a fleabag roach motel above Lafayette (LA) about 50 miles. Never enjoyed a roach motel so much in my life! Fortunately, the Chief of Police in the town rescued us and invited us to stay in his home the last day. Worse than the minor damage at home was the stench of opening the fridge and nearly passing out from the fumes of my beautiful frozen filet mignons and shrimp. We were able to save the fridge. Many people just stuck them on the curb. Don't know which is worse, 95 with 100% humidity with no electricity or freezing to death in the dark. Hopefully, some of your frozen foods will survive with the outside temperature. I'm more of a cold (light wind) weather guy than a heat and humidity fan. Anyway, hang in there! We are in the 70s lately which is nice. The humidity is still high though. Lots of morning fog. I guess you are well aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide from heaters at this point. We lost a number of people from the same thing (putting generators INSIDE). Be tough, Jimbeaux! You know where to go to escape. -Frank Whiteside ('63) ~ still on foggy Bayou Gauche, LA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: I remember Such fond memories. I will always remember when we were kids, Kenny Johnson ('65-RIP) was just tiny... he had these huge horn rimmed glasses that were always on the verge of falling off his nose... he was everywhere... wherever or whenever something was going on Kenny was right in the middle... had this crooked little half smile that always made you wonder if he knew something you didn't... like maybe there was a "kick me" sign on your back and you hadn't noticed it... or maybe he just had some answers you didn't... Because of my own silliness and whatever I stayed away from Richland for 20 years after leaving... just the one visit after boot camp to see the class of '66 graduate... then no more trips home... finally made it for our 20th reunion... my participation is best left unvisited... But I returned for the 25th and have never missed a trip if I could help it... I remember being over by Peter Joe Carroll's ('65) mom's house kind of across from that coffee shop by where the Town Pump used to be... the road going to the Hampton Inn... There was a big guy talking to everyone and talking to me... I couldn't place him... finally I asked someone who he was... Kenny Johnson! We hugged and caught up on 25 years as fast as we could talk... from then on I was able to visit with him at least once a year... sometimes more often... always as he had been... right in the middle of everything... that's how I will remember him. Kenny Passed the morning of the 18th and is now at peace. Today, the 19th is the birthday of my friend and mentor. I suppose I met this guy after 8th grade since he was a Christ the Kinger... EVERYBODY knew him but me... but we soon became all but inseparable... He was my lifeline to the world... since I didn't read (my choice... long story) I hadda learn what I could via the old ears... This guy read everything... probably still does and he writes like crazy as well. When he learned I hadn't taken Geometry (actually I took it but the lady who taught it told me if I'd get out she'd give me a D... if I stayed it was an F) he told me I hadda go back and get it so I could go to college... dang... so in my Sr year I signed up for 2nd semester Geometry... Bad move... I walked in and here were all these little kids at these little desks... the teacher (about 22 years old) was going on and on and everybody but me was nodding their heads in agreement... I walked up to her after class and she gladly signed a paper to let me go back to my 2nd PE... Warford and the boys were sure glad to see me and I them... The birthday boy told me we needed to take the SAT to get into college... he didn't tell me we hadda sign up for it tho... so I got on the bus with him and all the other kids... but since I wasn't signed up I hadda wait outside till the rest of them finished taking the test... could go on forever but I'll just say: HAPPY BIRTHDAY Tony Harrah ('65)!!!!!!!!!!! And... last but not least... a fond happy birthday to Pook Smith ('63-RIP) -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pat Doriss Trimble ('65) Re: Kenny Johnson ('65-RIP) The heavens gained a bright new star today! Our classmate, Kenny Johnson ('65), passed away this morning (the 18th). Funeral arrangements are pending (see David Rivers' note). -Pat Doriss Trimble ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Snider Miller ('65) To: All the people on the west side I hope that all the electricity gets turned on for all and that everyone is safe... you have all been in my prayers. Would like to wish all Bombers a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year. Thanks to Maren and staff for this wonderful Alumni Sandstorm! Bomber Cheers, -Patti Snider Miller ('65) ~ Richland where it is icy, icy, icy... 24.8 at 7:30 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Greg Alley ('73) Re: Bomber Hoops I attended the first game in the refurbished Dawald gym against Kennewick. Its pretty nice... its kinda different but the same in many ways. The ceiling stood out the most because now it has steel railings going across and huge ducts for the heating and cooling. The coolest new feature was all the banners of all the state championships hanging from the roof. The bleachers are real nice and they are made of hard plastic, steel, and wood and are green and grey and brownish. Lots of room in the aisles with hand rails. I would like to know the capacity of the gym but I`m pretty sure there will never be 5,000 people in there again for a game. Lots of different smells and looks as some of the construction is not finished. I wish Rish was still here so he could comment on what they did to HIS gym. -Greg Alley ('73) ~ In foggy and cold Richland where they added another stoplight by the old community house and navigating GWWay takes a little more time now. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/20/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice: Wally Erickson ('53), Missy Keeney ('59) Dave Hanthorn ('63), Frank Whiteside ('63) David Rivers ('65), Ken Staley ('68) Betti Avant ('69), Brad Upton ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Anne Collins ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lyle Hawk ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David Rodriguez ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) To: Donna Nelson ('63) Re: Lineman in Richland and the rest of our Great country! Donna, good for you in recognizing the lineman in your area. Shortly after graduation from Columbia High, I went to work for GE. I first started out in the "mail room"; that's were I got to better know Harold George (RIP '52) and Gene Mikulecky ('53). It was great job experience in covering all the areas and going into all the different buildings. I'll explain more about the buildings later. Anyway, after leaving the mail room, I went to work outside Richland for the "power company". You know the guys that climb telephone poles and keep the power going. Starting, I was the "gopher", or "grunt"... the guy that sends everything up to the lineman. My first week they'd asked for a small section of wire; they would tell me "okay, Wally we haven't got all day" (I'm sure they were grinning about it)! I'm telling you that small wire you see hanging from the poles is about the size of a man's small finger. After a week cutting the wire with "side cutters"; you got so you could cut it like cheese. Now they have "fiberglass buckets" on the trucks; you hardly see any lineman climbing the poles with "spikes" strapped to their boots. Those guys are out in the hot sun or cold with no protection all day!! Every time we have a storm I think of the linemen. We have a tendency to take it for granted, but I'm telling you it's hard work. Thanks again Donna for your thoughts. I heard linemen came from as far away as Missouri!!! WOW... that's a real commitment. Now, back to one of the buildings I mentioned earlier. The building was in the 300 area; there were several men working these machines "canning Plutonium"!!!!! I have a very clear vision of this... it was the last time I went into that building!! It looked like someone working in "HELL"!!!!!! No other way to describe it. Re: Art Dawald Gym Did I miss something? Were any of Mr. Dawald's family there for the dedication?? Or, is the dedication at a later date? Re: Dawson Richards I remember Mr. Dawson... I knew him thru my parents. He was a "classic" person and very personal. When Mr. Dawson went into retirement, George Anderson ('53) took over the business. I remember George working there part time while going to high school. George was one of those guys that everyone liked. His parents and siblings moved across the street from us (and next door to the Websters) on Putnam St... I had a crush on his sister Diane ('55) [before high school]. I stopped to see George during our 30th class reunion; he was owner of Dawson Richards then. I remember reading in the Sandstorm George sold the business. Does George Anderson still live in Richland? What business is in that historic location now?? Just curious. To: Larry Mattingly ('60) Hey Larry, I got a email message from the Coeur D'Alene resort... guess what?? They're showing your fireworks and light show the evening before Thanksgiving. I'll forward it to you. Those of you that live in the area... you missed it. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!! -Wally Erickson ('53) ~ Our snow's gone... got blue skies with temperatures in the 20s. We're suppose to get some snow this coming weekend in Spokane and CD'A area. I want to wish my classmates and every Bomber a "Merry Christmas" and a "HAPPY NEW YEAR"!!!!!!!! CHEERS!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Missy Keeney ('59), Re: Recovery and loss To Donna Nelson ('63) I agree, Donna! Hooray to the linemen and all the other crews who have been working tirelessly to restore power and open roads. One of the radio stations was suggesting that people offer the workers hot cocoa or coffee and treats and I thought "Huh?? Now how are they going to do that without power?" Nice idea tho'! Re: Kenny Johnson ('65-RIP) Sad to hear of Kenny's passing. I think it is awesome that David Rivers and others provided Kenny with an opportunity to know how much he was cared about. Also, makes me realize how important it is to tell people how much they mean to me. Maren, What day were the pictures of the Kenny Johnson party published in the Sandstorm? Bomber Tears, =Missy Keeney ('59) ~ In Spanaway, WA for the Holiday **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Hanthorn (Gold Medal Class of '63) RE: Western Washington windstorm, To all of you who are concerned about your fellow Bombers in Western Washington, all of us that I know about are doing just fine, and I am sure that all of us would agree that compared to Katrina, what we are going through is just a minor inconvenience. Our neighborhood is still without power after five days, and it is my guess it will be another two or three days before it is restored. I am writing and sending this Sandstorm entry using the generator that I "needlessly" bought in December of 1999 to be prepared for the "Millennium Bug" that never materialized. I am also sending some pictures that I hope Maren will put online and make a "link" for you. [Here ya go, my old Perkins neighborhood friend. -Maren] The first group of pictures are of the big pine tree in my yard that snapped off about 15 feet above the ground and crashed into my neighbor's yard, taking down the power line that went from the power pole to their house. The top of the tree ended up hanging on the power lines that go from pole to pole along the street. The tree hit the power line to the house with such force, that it bent the two inch diameter steel pipe that is the "utility mast" on their roof, before yanking it out. It also pulled so hard on the power pole (like a wooden "telephone pole) that it pulled on the power line that went across the street to another neighbor's house and yanked her "utility mast" out of her house. It also nearly pulled the "power transformer" off the pole (you can see it barely hanging there in some of the pictures) and ripped the power lines that go from pole to pole of the crossbar and left the insulators dangling and splintered the crossbar in the process. Another neighbor used his van to pull the top of the tree off the power lines and out of the street. The next batch of pictures are of several other houses in the neighborhood (all within one block from my house) that had trees come down on them. The interesting thing to note, is that fir trees come up roots and all when they tip, but pine trees just snap off, even big ones like the one in my yard which was a good three feet in diameter at the base, and over two feet in diameter where it snapped. And don't be fooled by the pictures, this tree was not hollow or rotten or dead. It was a living, healthy tree, but it just couldn't stand up to that 80 mph (I'm guessing) gust that broke it off. And finally, the last of the pictures are after the start of the clean up and some close ups of the damaged power pole and the damaged "utility masts". All of this cleanup and fix-up work has brought the neighborhood closer together, as we help each other out and share tools, food, light, etc. I am the only one with a generator, and I am sharing that by letting my neighbors keep their frozen food in my freezer and letting them recharge their cell phones and rechargeable lights at my house. I am sure that this kind of thing is going on all over Western Washington, and although the storm has brought out the bad in some people (looters, scam artists, etc.) it has brought out the good in far, far more. Bomber Cheers, -Dave Hanthorn (GMC '63) ~ from a darkened Mercer Island, WA where they are forecasting more wind tomorrow, but nothing as serious as what we have just been through. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Frank Whiteside ('63) Re: PNW storm heroes Accolades to fellow classmate Donna Nelson's son and his fellow utility workers. They are truly HEROES. They are responsible for our very survival during periods of harsh weather. Few people recognize the peril that these seriously hard working guys go through. The guys today do so much more than just hooking up a wire. They are highly skilled technicians who risk their lives on a daily basis and even far more during adverse conditions. They are worth far more than they earn. During storms, they should receive hazardous pay as well as overtime. We could use Donna's son and his fellow workers down here in Katrinaville. My son is a multiple-skilled Bellsouth technician--everything from hanging lines, rewiring houses, businesses and schools, going underground in the French Quarter and downtown, re-working huge street communications boxes, fiber optics, DSL and whatever else he is required to do. The technology and skills are overwhelming and changing every day. The training is ongoing. These guys are NEVER finished. For long periods, only a few handfuls of them were expected to get telephone, DSL, satellite, etc. communications restored to downtown, the Quarter and other totally devastated areas, many of which still have no power or communications today. He has worked mostly 12 hour + days--13 days on and 1 day off. The money is good, but the price is high. Forget any real family or social life and the toll on his health. Yet, he has turned down management offers and works excruciating schedules under horrible conditions. His life is in jeopardy in many areas. For a long time, the Bellsouth guys had to be protected by the National Guard and Federal Marshals. Ditto for the Power Company and other utility guys. Times have changed since my dad hooked up telephones in Chicago during the Al Capone days. At least the gangsters only shot at their enemies. So, please, the next time a utility guy comes out to help you at home, don't scream at them for not getting there sooner or fixing your problem fast enough. They are only the pawns in a game in which they have no control--like harassing the checker for the price of groceries. My son and Donna's son and all their fellow workers should be everyone's heroes and treated in such a manner. -Frank Whiteside ('63) ~ not nearly as foggy and wet today **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: When did that happen? Ok... so call me old call me a throw back... I admit it... I have one CD in virtually all of my cars... Actually it is several CDs with the same music... Beach Boys... yup... there is one Roadster that has something like the best surf guitars but otherwise it's the Beach Boys... there is no other CD I can just leave in the car and let play over and over and never get tired... I've tried... drove to California in a car with the best of the Eagles... almost broke the CD after I got there... anyway... that's not what this is about... In school we had (all '65ers) Georgie Asal, Rodney Brewer (not sure that one counts... I mean Rodney counts but not sure the name is in the same category) Eddie Christopherson, Danny Collins, Johnny Crowder, Bobby Cummings, Terry Davis, Jackie DeSoto, Jimmy Flemming, Freddie George, Tommy Hammer, Jimmy Heidlebaugh, Jimmie Adair, Ricky Hall, Louie Hogan, Eddie Jeffs, Kenny Johnson, Kenny Knox, Bobby LeClair, Billy McKay, Ronnie Mickelson, Tommy (TW) Minchue, Denny Nalder, Charlie Nevens, Tommy Plankers, Billy Simmons, Ronny Sledge, Danny Stromstad, Chuckie Trujillo (ok... I know only his family members called him that but we did too when we made fun), Ricky Warford, Danny Warner, Bobby Wedberg... and the girls had similar names ... Now it's Ken, Dan, Ed, Bob or Robert... Richard, Terence and the like... what happened kids? When did you guys take on grown-up names? When I go home... I'm the only one who still adds the "ie" or "y" to your names... thank goodness you still answer... anyway... just an observation... wonder when all that happened? Re: Funeral Notice Services for Kenny Johnson ('65-RIP) will be held at Einan's Funeral Home in Richland on Friday, December 22, 2006, at 1:00 PM. Viewing will be held on Thursday the 21st from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. I have a trial on Thursday (even have to miss the Firm Christmas Luncheon) and am pretty sure I cannot get to Richland in time for the services. I will, however be with you all in spirit. Take care, -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ken Staley ('68) The Harbinger of Christmas: As a child, what was it for you? What was the trigger that 'officially' told you Christmas couldn't be far away. In our small town of 25,000 (when I was but a lad) they hung Christmas ornaments - tinsel and plastic candy canes if my memory isn't too shot - but that wasn't the true sign of Christmas. Storefronts got their tempra Christmas characters, festooned with holly and pine - and in the middle of the desert, both seemed exotic - but that wasn't the real clue either. And yes, Santa. In those early days, Santa came to JJ Newberry's. Now THAT was a sign that Christmas was almost upon us, but there was an earlier clue - and one that we wouldn't miss. I heard a snippet of it again just the other day and all of those memories of Christmas past flooded through me like I was Ebenezer young again. As I coasted through town on some meaningless chore or other, the radio snapped to with a version of "The Cinnamon Bear"! I recalled those days in the back of a new 1955 Oldsmobile, parked outside of Densow Drugs while one parent or the other ran inside, glued to the radio as the "Adventures of the Cinnamon Bear" paraded across our imaginations to herald in Christmas. In my youth, the true herald of Christmas wasn't a song, or Santa's arrival, but "The Cinnamon Bear" nightly. -Ken Staley ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Birthday Greetings Happy birthday to a fellow '69er, David Rodriguez. You probably wonder why I remember your birthday and I really don't know to tell you the truth. In Mr. Ross's 5th grade class at Jason Lee you beat me out for 3rd place in the class checker tournament. The rest of the girls were having a jacks tournament and I felt I was better at checkers. Have a good one, Dave. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where we are to have some more rain tonight and there are still some without electricity **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) My power just came back on about 30 minutes ago (9:00 PM on Tuesday). 5 nights of dark and cold. The novelty wore off about 20 minutes into it. I've never looked forward so much to doing the laundry. There are a lot of big trees down in our neighborhood but they seemed to miss everyone's house around here. They brought down a lot of wires and we had to make a lot of detours, but overall mostly an inconvenience. I went downtown on Saturday night and saw homeless people looking for shelter so my situation didn't seem so bad. -Brad Upton ('74) P.S. It was nice of Mike Davis ('74) to offer to snuggle up with me to keep me warm. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Kenny Johnson ('65) ~ 1/27/47 - 12/18/06 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/21/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: George Swan ('59), Missy Keeney ('59) Helen Cross ('62), Mike Franco ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joanne Rolph ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeff Osborn ('82) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: CHRISTMAS IS CANCELED! Re: Confession Before anyone else discovers this and exposes me, I wish to come forward and apologize at large. If your Christmas is disrupted this year, it could be my fault. Due to my one-man efforts in a mass letter writing campaign to convince Santa and his helpers that I have indeed been a good boy, I received the following notice: PLEASE NOTE: CHRISTMAS IS CANCELED! Apparently, YOU told Santa that you have been GOOD this year ... HE DIED LAUGHING! -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where my winter world is deteriorating as the elves are now ticked off at me because Santa won't be coming, so they're throwing snowballs at my house (and there's not even any snow) and Great, Great, Great, ... Gramma Elf got runned over in the rain by a deer. I am hoping it is all just a bad dream ... otherwise ... who was that kissin' momma under the mistletoe? Come ta think of it though, that message from the North Pole was supposedly sent for forwarding via my much younger sister. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) Re: Cinnamon Bear To: Ken Staley ('68) Hey, Ken! Right on about The Cinnamon Bear. I gave it to my Grandchildren a few years ago when it was discussed in the Sandstorm and it's a tradition now to listen to it in the car during the Christmas season. Gee Whilikers! I totally forget from year to year how much I love that silly story! I bought it through but I'm sure there are other sources. -Missy Keeney ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Dear Fellow Bombers and Sandstorm readers, I just want to wish everyone a blessed Christmas, and add my agreement to the idea that the least we can do is to be nice and appreciative to the people who do so much to keep us in our accustomed lifestyle. I admire all the families who have gone days without power, and I agree that when a learned person comes to hook up back up, we should be thankful. (We were without power for one day here in Tieton due to a traffic accident, and I can sympathize with families who have gone so long without what we now consider as necessities. It has been great to be in the great state of Washington these past four months, and to have had a little more time to visit with family and friends who we don't often see in Indiana. I'm so glad I finally got to make it to a Bomber lunch in Richland, West Richland. It was fun and nice to put a few names to faces. I'm sorry I missed Missy Keeney ('59), as we have written off Sandstorm. (Elsie Walker at 93 is doing very well. She is truly a role model.) I will try to set up another Bomber lunch back in the Indiana area. Any Bombers who read this, please let me know where you would like to meet for a lunch, and we'll work on a date. Lunch out sounds good to me anytime I can work it in. So I must admit I feel a little sad at leaving this state and heading out, but we will see our sons and friends along the way to brighten our days. I did finally get to see my childhood friend, Cathy Wood Stevens ('62). She is doing well in the Prosser area. And I've heard that Carol Rice Forister ('62) and her husband, Gary are driving to Seattle to spend Christmas with her son as we speak. So I won't see her in Kansas City on our way back, but we will stop in Texas for sure. As I will be off line for about a week, I will add Happy New Year to my greetings, but I may get on a computer sooner than that. Living without a lot of things we've gotten used to hasn't been hard, but I did break the habit of getting online whenever I wanted..... God Bless, -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ as we head back to the house by the little lake eventually. Oh and I will return for the Class of '62 Reunion in September, 2007!! I've already told several people about it, but I will try to tell more... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Franco ('70) I am sorry I missed sending birthday wishes to Jim Qualhiem ('70). Jim is one of the true greats in the Class of 1970. Some of us set the bar kind of low, but Jim was always near the top. Happy Birthday, Q! Happy holidays to all Bombers out there. Our clan is in San Luis Potosi Mexico, on our way to Guadalajara for a few days then the last week of the year we will be in Puerto Vallarata. We escaped Seattle Friday morning last week with a million of our neighbors without power. I would like to say I felt guilty about that, but I didn't! Maybe Mike Davis ('74) will analyze what that says about my character. Anyway, solidifying our relations with Mexico and the tequila industry. Happy Holidays to all! -Mike Franco ('70) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/22/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Floyd Melton ('57), Sandy Carpenter ('61) Donna Bowers ('63), Marilyn Swan ('63) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Bob Chiles ('58) & Suzie Gunderson ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Floyd Melton ('57) For all those who believe in the Christ savior of the world a very Merry Christmas and to those who do not believe, a very Merry Christmas also. I read a short writing called Marry's Dream. In her dream she saw a birthday party for her son Jesus where there were no gifts for Him and where he really wasn't known or even mentioned and where he would have been intruding. I hope we do not find our party for Christ like that. There may no be gifts under the tree for Him but we all can give him gifts by being more understanding of others, considerate, serving others, having more love for those around us and just being better people. May we all give gifts to Him this Christmas and through out the New Year. Merry Christmas all you Bombers and a blessed new year. -Floyd Melton ('57) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [And remember, folks, the 25th is ALSO Jimmy Buffett's birthday. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sandy Carpenter Lee ('61) Re: From Rain Soaked, Wind Blown, Dark, Dreary Gold Bar, WA Yes, our weather this "fall" (because winter just started today) has been horrendous, to say the least. We weathered the past few big storms ok, but like during the floods, some of our neighbors did not fare so well. Just down the street from us a neighbor got a huge tree through his roof, and it came to rest on his heavy pine headboard in the bed he was sleeping in. He was one very lucky guy! His neighbor also got a tree down on his house. Now more people are removing trees that look like they might do the same; it is a good wake up call for those of us who love trees around our houses. We also just completed an early Christmas trip to see our kids in the Portland area, and many places along the way looked like a war zone, with trees and lines down. We are very fortunate here to have only had the power out for a few hours the night of the big storm; but other areas still have no power, and won't have until Christmas or after. We are also losing people AFTER the storm, as you may have read, to carbon monoxide poisoning. People who don't know any better, have brought generators into their home or garage, and are dying from it. Also, one lady brought her BBQ in to warm up the house for her kids. They lived to tell about it, but it's a wonder. Please, educate your families that those items should be left outside and never brought in the house. Hopefully, the power will be restored to all of these areas soon. And we over here in Western WA are all very grateful to the many linemen who have come so far to help restore power. Many of them are very tired and working many long hours; but we all appreciate the help. Many thanks from all of us Washingtonians! -Sandy Carpenter Lee ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Bowers Rice (Gold Medal Class of '63) Dear Sandstorm, Well, I am so happy to report that my 83 year old Mother, Carolynn Bowers received notice that she will be receiving the $275,000 compensation for my Father's early death due to cancer at age 59. More than 50% of the cancer was caused by the exposures at Hanford. It has truly been a labor of love researching this and to get the news just prior to Christmas was very special. I have volumes of research and found it very difficult to get the information I needed to prove my case. At fist they had turned me down because they were trying to say that his rare cancer was just a melanoma, but because of where he worked, and what he did, the latency of the kind of cancer he was exposed to and all the different chemicals he was exposed to I finally won out. It also has been a real education reading all those synopsis of the ICRU and ICRP Journals. I just recently read "The Plutonium Files" by Welsome and I just wish I had read it 5 years ago when this all began because it gives you perspective (i.e. all those urinalysis our dads took didn't even measure PU239) and the desire to use investigative techniques as she did - I am only sorry I didn't have my own radiation physicist to walk me through what I had to ferret out by myself. It's been a joy, and my Mother will be taken care of better now for it. What a nice Christmas present!! She is here with me in St. Louis surrounded by her grandchildren. My Dad won't be, but now all those medical problems he experienced down through the years can be explained by what I read-what a brave and wonderful man he was to go back to work after knowingly being overexposed several times and finally we now have THE REST OF THE STORY! Sincerely, -Donna Bowers Rice (GMC '63) ~ in cold St. Louis, MO and where all have enjoyed the wonderful picture of the "Chowder heads of '63" and the pictures of the Mercer Island War Zone after the storm (thanks David - and I hope things are getting better for you)!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) To: "My much older brother" George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Santa says to tell you "HO HO HO"!! As Mom always said "you'll believe anything"!! (even an email canceling Christmas?)!! To: This Big Family of Bombers I want to wish a Very Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year to one & all!! For those traveling far & wide, may you have good roads & safe travel & hope you don't have to go through Denver!! Wherever your destinations take you may you have glad tidings & great fellowship with family & friends & if you so desire good spirits, but not while you're driving! -Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) ~ from the Salt Lake City, UT area where we have more snow coming tonight, but nothing like the Denver area has just experienced!! ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/23/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff: Dave Rhodes ('52wb), Jim McKeown ('53) Gus Keeney ('57), Sally Sheeran ('58) Patti Jones ('60), Judy Willox ('61wb) Jackie DeVries ('62), Roy Ballard ('63) Carol Converse ('64), Deedee Willox ('64) Linda Reining ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chuck Holtz ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Craig Lansing ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Blankingship ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sheila Stambaugh ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sandy Riggins ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Rhodes ('52wb) I wish all of you everywhere a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year. -Dave Rhodes ('52wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim McKeown ('53) Merry Christmas to Bombers everywhere, especially the class of '53. Go to for a very special Christmas show... you'll love it. -Jim McKeown ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) Let's keep Sunny Ogston Anderson ('57) and her family in our prayers and prayer chains. See the note below from Tom: From: Sunny Ogston Anderson's Husband, Tom. Subject: Sunny Medical Update 18 Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2006 22:21:27 +0000 Dear family and friends, Not a lot of time to write today, things are happening fast -- all good -- with many visits from VNA, Hospice and GUH doctors and nurses, dozens of phone calls with three land lines and six of our cell phones working constantly. Pain control will be by patient controlled pump, stomach fluid buildup drain to be implanted, meds being vetted to fewer (sometimes less is more) and more effective, use ambulance for transport to/from hospital when needed, and so on. Sunny sends her love and heart-felt thanks for your prayers, thoughts, cards, emails, telephone calls, visits, flowers, meals, reading to her, holding her hand and just being here by her side. She is smiling and has just finished our last Christmas card. You guys are a God send, and by your actions, you help me, too. Mentally, we are on the upswing today and feel much more in control of the path forward. Thank you for that. Love, Tom -Gus Keeney ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sally Sheeran Heath ('58) Re: Alaska's new governor Thanks to all you Bombers who sent us notes of congratulations on our daughter Sarah's victory as Alaska's governor. Gotta give credit to my sisters, Kate ('61) and Peg ('63), who came up to help campaign. They were waving signs on the highway in dark, freezing mornings and throughout the day. If you ever want to run for office, you'd better sign them up to help. -Sally Sheeran Heath ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) To: David Rivers ('65) Sandstorm entry 12/16/06 Everything I have wanted to do during the holidays has not given me time to respond regarding your Sandstorm entry December 16, 2006. After speaking with my sister Nina Jones Rowe ('65), decided it was time. When I read your entry David, for Terry Angel Davis Knox ('65) birthday I almost burst out laughing. I read your statements about the Oklahoma boys three or four times to make sure I wasn't misreading your thoughts. Talking with my sister Nina Jones Rowe ('65) tonight confirmed I did read it right. By now everyone is probably wondering what this is about. You mentioned Tommy Hammer ('65 RIP) and the Oklahoma boys. Being as Tommy is my once removed cousin, decided to let you know the family history. Tommy was definitely not an Angel, as we all knew. He could be a lot of fun though. Being a bigger sister to him like you as a neighbor, he was always teasing me. When he was around my dad Harold Jones (RIP) Bus Driver, he usually towed the mark. I've done genealogy off and on during the years. Much more seriously the past three years as I have written about in the Sandstorm. From all of my knowledge of our family came from the town I was born in, which is Koshkonong, Missouri and towns close by. Tommy's mother Genie Hammer moved to Richland with my mother, brother Joe Jones Winterhawk ('58) and myself to Richland. Later years Genie and I talked about how I sat with her, or on her lap or next to her, since as I was two when we moved to Richland. Genie was like another mother to me. My Dad was in the Navy in the south Pacific. Genie said, when we talked about that train ride to Richland when I was 2, that I thought every soldier in our travels was my daddy. In all of my genealogy findings I have found not a single family member from Oklahoma. A good percentage of my family was born in Koshkonong or towns close by. So for the future Tommy is from Richland but family history is Missouri. As I keep discovering the extensive family history I still might find some one from Oklahoma. Would not be surprised as Dad came from a family of 13 and Mom from a family of six. Typical of the era. For Bombers who do not know Tommy Hammer ('65 RIP) he was taken from all of us in January 1969. So young and full of life. Thanks David for bringing Tommy into the holidays. I'm sure your recent doings for Kenny Johnson ('65 RIP) and his passing away have brought a lot of thoughts about your classmates. Not an easy time during the holidays to have this happen. Re: Genealogy Glen Rose ('58) and I have talked often about his family being from Arkansas. Glen's wife Carol took out a road atlas one night and we found that Glen [born in northern Arkansas] and I were born 25 miles apart. His sister Mary Rose Tansy ('60) was born in southern Arkansas as the family lived there for a while so Mary's birth place and mine aren't close. Their sister Ginger Rose Reed ('55) probably has the key if we are related since she is the family genealogist from what I hear. Another conversation rose at times with Mary Judd Hinz ('60) about her having been born in Missouri. When we finally discussed it, Mary was born in Willow Springs... by the map about 45 miles from where I was born. Brings me to wonder how many other Bombers were born in the same area? Koshkonong is right in the heart of the Ozarks. Nine miles from Arkansas border. Yes, I can fall into speaking the southern language mainly because so many of the relatives lived in Richland. A couple of the Aunts, Uncles and many cousins are still here. So many, many of the family have passed away through the years. By the last names Bombers will not always know they are cousins to me as one Bomber found out one night. I heard his conversation with someone else and asked if he was talking about so and so. He said, "yes". I then let him know they are my cousins. He was talking about Tommy's sisters and knowing them. Bombers Have Fun God Bless and Merry Christmas to Bombers and their families. -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA where I have the window open in my computer room listening to the freezing rain outside. No the window won't be open but a few minutes. Too cold. Wanted to hear the rain as we do not get it often here. Love the sound. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Judy Willox ('61wb) To: Floyd Melton ('57) What a beautiful sentiment Floyd and how well you said it. I wish all humanity could live by those words. What a peaceful and beautiful world this would be! To: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) And I can go one better on ya gal. My Mother's birthday is on the 25th and she was/is an angel, and was the angel of her Mother's eye. She was a good woman and I will say here, Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas Mama, and I miss you so much! To: All Tri-Cities Bombers It is not too late to still get Bomber wear or other items for the Bombers you want to please for Christmas. I mailed a large box out today to Bothell and it will get there in time, but I am afraid it is too late for mailing now to get there in time. That is why I am allowing you to get in touch with me via the above email and leave a phone number and I will call and allow you to come over and pick the stuff up and save time and postage right now. Also, will the lady who was looking for some 3X shirts for her husband and who is spending the winter in Utah or Arizona email me please. I had a some problems with my computer and am unable to bring up your email and the address I needed to get in touch with you. I do have some 3X shirts in for him. After Christmas I will have the stock in place for the store site to be revised, so stay tuned for some new designs and neat things to come. Sorry I was not able to get this done, due to circumstances beyond my control, before Christmas. And finally, to All Bombers Everywhere: May you have a most beautiful, peaceful and blessed Merry Christmas and a wonderful Happy 2007 New Year to follow. I am enclosing a link to my Christmas card to you all. It is beautiful and it is my Mother's favorite Christmas carol. I can just hear her singing it now. I love you all. Beautiful Bomber Cheers, with a bit of sadness weaved within, as this is the day we say our final goodbyes to Kenny Johnson ('65 RIP). May he rest in eternal peace, and may his beautiful wife Lori find her peace and strength to go on. God bless you Lori! -Judy Willox (Classis Class of '61) ~ Richland ~ where it is turning bitter cold again, but at least we have power. My heart goes out to those who are without right now. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Judy... I didn't know your Mom, but I DO know Larry Bowls ('64). He shares the 25th with Jimmy Buffett and Larry holds a special place in my heart since 9th grade when I lost a contact lens in the hall and Larry got one of those big dust mops from the janitor's closet and swept the ENTIRE hall outside Mrs. Clair's classroom in search of that contact lens. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jackie DeVries Brown ('62) I would like to wish all Bombers a very Merry Christmas and Peace in the New Year. -Jackie DeVries Brown ('62) ~ from cold and frosty Richland, where the days are starting to get longer. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roy Ballard ('63) Re: Wall of Fame Maren, I met Mike Edwards today, he is the new A.D. at RHS and we talked about putting back up the wall of fame and trying to bring it up to date. The two gyms and foyer all look great and all the trophy cases are now recessed in to the big gym wall. We should start trying to put it back together next week. The foyer and the smaller gym are now both on the same level. There are banners hanging from the ceiling trusses for all the state championships of all sports, from '58 to '05. The foyer floor in almost done except just inside both the north and south ends, where at the north end there will be a B-17 in the floor and the south end will have the R and mushroom cloud in the floor. The R and mushroom cloud that is on the big gym floor has a huge R and mushroom cloud on it about 10 times the size of the old one. And as the small gym, well I believe that there are 3 full basketball courts in that gym. The weight room is state of the art, hard to imagine a better one in the big 9. -Roy Ballard ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) I just want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year! from here in Eureka, CA Be safe over the holidays. -Carol Converse Maurer (Boomer Bomber Class of '64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) To: Floyd Melton ('57) I couldn't agree more. We get so busy during the Christmas season that we sometimes relegate Christ to the back of our minds. And Jesus really IS the reason for the season. My husband and I agreed not to purchase presents for each other this year. We have everything we need, and most of what we want. And lets face it, no matter how much 'stuff we have, we always want something else. But more than anything else, I want Jesus in my life. There is NO better way to live. To: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) On December 25th, I have someone more important than Jimmy Buffett (I know, it's a matter of perspective *LOL*), and that is my precious Mother who went to be with Jesus in 1983. And though I'm not in a hurry, I look forward to joining her. There are no perfect mothers, of course, but she gave it everything she had! Re: The big storm in western Washington We were in Mountlake Terrace for my granddaughter's skating program. We planned to come home on Wednesday, but blew a head gasket. (The grandkids were delighted to have us for another day - *LOL*). My sister-in-law was driving to the Tri-Cities to see her family on Thursday, so we hitched a ride with her. It took us 4-1/2 hours to get to Ellensburg. We got rerouted from Cle Elum on Highway 10 (?) the back way into Ellensburg. Of course that highway was just as bad, if not worse; one lane each way and compact snow. There was a lot of traffic coming toward us as well, so we thought perhaps BOTH sides of I-90 were closed. When we stopped at Ellensburg, we heard that there was a wreck on the west bound side as well as the east bound. What a mess. But we got home eventually (7 1/2 hours later), safe and without harm. Praise God! We are still waiting for our car to be fixed. I have been reading "The Power of Praise" in which the author maintains that we are to praise God, not only IN our circumstances, but FOR our circumstances. So I praised God for bringing this mess into our lives. It was amazing, because I didn't fret over the car or the roads or the weather. Just left it to God to take care of. I always say, "trust God and tie up your camel." -Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) ~ Burbank, WA where I am enjoying the kids and grandkids who are here for Christmas. When they leave, more are coming. How great is that?!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) ....tree is decorated, presents are under the tree, cookies are baked, candy is made, ham is ready to be baked, lefse is waiting to be made, and we have Jesus' birthday cake ready to bake and decorate. Merry Christmas to Bombers, everywhere!!!!!! -Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of 64)....daytime temperatures are in the low 50s, we've had freezing nights, ice on windshields, and rain has arrived in Bakersfield, CA, with snow in the mountain areas. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/24/06 ~ CHRISTMAS EVE ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Curt Donahue ('53), Harvey Chapman ('56) Dave Hanthorn ('63), Donni Clark ('63) Rosalie Lansing ('63), David Rivers ('65) Betti Avant ('69), Robert Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marilyn Groff ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave Miller ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Art Schafer ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Curt Donahue ('53) To: Floyd Melton ('57) Well Said!! My wife and I attended a showing of the movie "The Nativity Story" yesterday and I hope, and believe, that it will become a Christmas tradition. It is very well done and treats the entire Biblical account with reverence and respect. Those areas depicted that are not described in Scripture were treated in the same way also. I encourage all to see it when the opportunity arises. Mona and I wish for all people everywhere, especially Bombers, that the peace Christ won for us with God through His birth, death and resurrection will extend through all aspects of our life between and among all peoples, nations and tribes. Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year! -Curt Donahue ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Harvey Chapman ('56) To: Roy Ballard ('63) Roy, I read with interest your observations on the new Bomber gym. It really sounds great and I look forward to seeing it myself. Hopefully the next step will be a rejuvenation of the football and basketball programs to their past level of excellence. It wasn't so long ago that every school and athlete in the valley respected, admired and feared the Bombers coming to their town. It hasn't been quite the same for some time. I am speaking from a fan's perspective rather than that of a past Bomber athlete. I do recognize the problem isn't wholly a coach thing but to a significant extent an administrative problem as coaches are many times hampered by restrictive school policies. Somehow, in the past they overcame these obstacles and created the dynasty known simply as "The Bombers". On the high note I understand the football program is experiencing significant positive changes. My hat is off to all the fine young athletes who have, in the past, donned the green and gold. I certainly wish success to future Bombers and would hope they always experience a level playing field. -Harvey Chapman ('56) P.S. I've had to stop going to dinner with my Kennewick relatives. Replaying every recent game with them is just to painful. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Hanthorn (Gold Medal Class of '63) FINALLY!! A power line crew (from Portland, OR) came by at 4pm on Friday, December 22nd, and replaced the downed lines, the transformer, and the cross bar and insulators on the power pole at the end of my driveway and made some repairs to another pole up the street and had my and my neighbors' power turned on by 6pm. Many cheers for the linemen, many raspberries for Puget Sound Energy, who must be on the top ten list of customer un-friendly companies. For the record, we were without power for eight full days, and it was already "no fun" by the second day. This was easily the longest I have been without power in the nearly 40 years I have lived here on the "wet" side of the state (previous was 4 and 1/2 days). I don't recall having the power out for more than a few minutes when I was growing up in Richland. Here is a list of some simple things we take for granted each day, but really, really miss when they are gone: 4. Having the light come on when you flip the switch. 3. Having clean air to breathe (rather than the smell of wood smoke, candle wax, and gasoline for the generator). 2. Sleeping in your own bed (rather than on the floor or couch in front of the fireplace). 1. Taking a hot shower (rather than a "sponge bath" or "camp bath"). I hope all is well with all of you and yours, and that each of you has a very Merry Christmas and a most prosperous and Happy New Year. Bomber Cheers, -Dave Hanthorn (GMC '63) ~ from Mercer Island, WA where the lights are on and all is well that ends well. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) Re: Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas to all Bombers wherever you are! I'd like to share a Christmas Memory. It was when I was 15. I lived in West Richland and sometimes I hated it. I hated the wind that blew the dirt that stung my legs and the scarfs I had to wear to school that messed my hair up. I hated the fact that all my friends lived in town and that because my dad worked shift work and we didn't always have a car, that I couldn't participate the way I wanted to in many things. Sometimes I thought West Richland was just a dingy little town of trailers, Quonset huts, and little houses. On this particular night I was babysitting on the hill above my house. It was one of the first, brand new, split level houses to be built. It had 3 levels and glass windows all around it. Outside of the kitchen was a veranda that overlooked the town below. I heard the church bells from Bethany United Protestant church pealing out carols and even though it was cold and snowy I just had to slip outside and hear them. I tugged my sweater down over my hands and leaned over the rail looking below me. I was transfixed on the scene below. It looked like a scene right off of a beautiful Christmas card. The snowfall that we had had covered the whole town transforming it in a way I had never seen it before. The homes glowed with inviting yellow lights. The Christmas lights sparkled and danced on the houses. The Yakima river wound around the town like a silver ribbon. The snow glittered like diamonds from the light of the stars and moon. And the sky itself, was dazzling and brilliant against a backdrop of black velvet. God whispered to my heart "Be still and know that I am God". It was so peaceful, so beautiful and seeing my little town from this new perspective gave me a better appreciation for what I had. I wish I could say that from that moment on I didn't complain anymore and appreciated every thing I had... but I was young and didn't learn this lesson so fast. Do we ever really appreciate all we have until it is gone? I have never forgotten that moment in time and every year I stand on that veranda in my mind and see once again how God can change and transform things with his love and peace. I have learned through the years to count my blessings and be content with what I have and be grateful! I wish you all much love, and peace and joy this season. For those of you who have lost loved ones this year may God be with you and give you His comfort and peace and wrap you in His loving arms. You are all a blessing to me. I enjoy so much all of your entries and stories. God bless you all. -Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) ~ From the little house in La MIrada, CA where there are tamales, and cookies and love to share and a Birthday cake for Jesus too. Merry Christmas! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rosalie Lansing Haag ('63) I as a grateful Bomber girl am just amazed at how wonderful we are to each other. No where else will you find this much love and concern for each other, even though we may have never met. What a joy to have this vehicle to share our intimate lives. Donna Bowers Rice ('63), You smarty pants. I just love you so. We live in the same "A" house at 1330 Perkins. Boy how much I loved this family. But, Donna girl, You never ever cease to amaze me with your intelligence. I mean wow... you have done just an amazing job. I love your Momma so much and sure hope she lives it up. Give her a giant hug and kiss from me and my sweet Momma who loves you so much, too!! We are all alone here in San Ramon this Xmas season, but God has so blessed us with this family from South Africa who works with my hubby. They have 3 just beautiful little kids. We are just in love with them, so we will be spending our day with them eating South African food. They are blond and beautiful. And speak 4 languages. About the school: The new principal was a neighbor of mine. His name is Sergio, and for the life of me I can't remember his last name. I'm thinking Garcia... help!!!! Anyway if he isn't doing a good job for our kids I will run down to that school and wring his neck. Boy I sound tough huh!! May God Bless and keep us all and may he surround and keep our soldiers over in Iraq and Afghanistan in his gregeous arms of love and safety. And may all of them come home to us soon. -Rosalie Lansing Haag ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Just sittin' around wadn't doin nuttin just sittin' around... and in walks Mr. Dunahee... Well not exactly... was sittin' around tryin' to find "The Christmas Story" and instead I watching some stupid movie about giant, killer Rhino beetles... Where is "The Christmas Story" this year? The other day the lovely Ms. Rosalie ('63) asked how I remember so much stuff... I figured I'd surprise her with Brother Craig's ('62) birthday on the 23rd... whipped that info out like the Great whatever that Johnny Carson used to do... then... when the chips are down I forgot both his and Bill Blankingship's ('62) birthdays when the 23rd got here... oh well... can't be perfect... But I can wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful new year... thanks for another great year of love and laughter... I look forward to many more with all my Bomber friends. Take care! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Holiday greetings to all of you out there. This is always a special time of the year and we won't be having a white one, but that's OK by me. Happy birthday to Jimmy Buffett, too. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where at least the sun is partly shining **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Avant ('69) Re: Time flies My daughter, Sarah ('94) just gave me a new grandchild. Mother and son are doing great! Now that's a Merry Christmas -Robert Avant ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/25/06 ~ MERRY CHRISTMAS HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JIMMY BUFFETT ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Jim Jensen ('50), Bill Berlin ('56) Ray Hall ('57), Linda McKnight ('65) Rick Valentine ('68), Mike Davis ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry Bowls ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jay Coates ('72WB) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) Re: Sharing To: Bombers Everywhere A heartfelt Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I have truly enjoyed another year of reading your thoughts, recollections, aspirations and hopes - and yes, some sorrows along the way. Your postings have given me smiles, caused raucous laughter, brought tears to my eyes (and heart) and have allowed me to walk down memory paths with you - many of which we had in common. In a world when we wish for happy constants in our lives I find one every day in the Sandstorm. I sincerely appreciate what Maren and Richard have wrought and all of you have given life. Love to all, -Jim Jensen ('50) ~ Katy, TX **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) First let me wish everyone a very happy and blessed Christmas Day... a politically correct Christmas Day. When you get as old as Harvey Chapman and I, you have something like 60 - 70 Christmas Days to remember. Most vivid in my mind was being in Viet Nam, away from home, hot, dirty, tired and scared. I made it out but some of my buddies did not, so it was a great Christmas for me. Now that electricity is on in most of the Pacific Northwest [we were out 48+ hours], I always hark back to the time when I was once again in Viet Nam. Again it was hot, very hot, humid, very humid, and no shower in a couple or more weeks, MREs for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We stripped down to our skivvies and used our helmets to catch some rain water, thus the famous "Marine bath"... if we were lucky. All around us were guys who wanted to kill us just as much as we wanted to kill them so life was a second to second thing. Even my cigarettes were soaking wet in their pack (I never smoked but it was a "manly thing" to have a pack the on the helmet). I was sitting there in the cabin of my river patrol boat, where it was probably 110F and no movement of air, and it came to me that no matter what happened to me in my life after this, if I got out alive, it would never be this bad. When our electricity went out recently in the big wind storm (101 mph over my deck at one point) our routine was disturbed but we did not suffer, but not like those Viet Nam days. When I had my heart by-pass, it was not as bad as those Viet Nam days. Sleeping on the cold floor of an old cabin in Alaska was not as bad as Viet Nam. Man and boy, nothing was that bad nor will it ever be. Please remember our valiant men and women in the military, overseas, Iraq or at home on Christmas Day. And don't forget our police and firemen too. If there is room left in your heart... those power line guys too. To: Harvey Chapman ('56) Just an observation on Bomber sports, it seems to me that since Hanford HS came into the picture, RHS sports have taken a hit. As you will recall, when we were Bomber Brats, we had the whole town to draw from and could even recruit from Hermiston, OR (Norris and CW Brown). Just the same, I would think that a school as large as RHS would do better athletically. Merry Christmas to all. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ Anacortes, WA where there is no wind, no snow, no ice, no flooding and lots of electricity. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray Hall ('57) Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. As we are with our families and friends please take time to realize the reason for the season. GOD BLESS YOU ALL, -Ray Hall ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) Merry Christmas to All Bombers Around the World!! May all your dreams come true, and the New Year include prosperity for all. Bomber Hugs, -Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Valentine ('68) Merry Christmas To All and To All A Good Night... -Rick Valentine ('68) ~ Spokane, WA where it snowed yesterday so we will have a White Christmas! P.S. Happy Birthday to Jimmy Buffett... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Davis ('74) Re: Harvey Chapman's ('56) words Harvey, I agree that things have somewhat changed in the athletic community as far as Bomber dominance goes. People could sit and argue for hours on the reasons for this. In fact, today's athlete is far more conditioned, and bigger and stronger than the "old" ones so they should be better and more successful one would think, but that is not the case. The biggest difference, regardless of conditioning or ability, we just knew how to win - whatever the cost. But the biggest difference of all is the talent that remained in the crowd than on the hardwood. For example, in the late sixties to early seventies you may have found the legendary Mike Franco ('70) in the crowd. He played his role well - screaming and hollering and supporting his buddies on the floor. Little did people know the game Franco had himself. Often he could be found at the sandlots around town playing in pick up games, displaying his unique "hoop talent." I am not ashamed to say I often would try to catch glimpses of him playing. I will say this .. most of his game was definitely "above the rim!" Then there is Boog Alley ('73) - one of the all-time great Bomber fans. Still to this day you can see the Boog in the crowd watching his beloved Bombers. He's entering his fifth decade as a Bomber supporter. But, not everyone knows the story of "Springboard" Alley on the hardwoods of Christ the King in the late sixties. Never claimed to be a defensive stopper, but give the kid the ball and I guarantee you got a hoop!. The name "Springboard" generated from his uncanny ability to just float in air on those baseline jumpers! Defying gravity. There's couple legends for you that you may never see on the "Wall of Fame," but nevertheless made Bomber Hoops what it once was. Move over Bird Neill ('72), Ray Stein ('64), Brian Kellerman ('79) - we got Franco and Boog!!! Merry Christmas to all! M Davis ('74) Re: Christmas Letter Hello Friends, Since we now live in this exciting age of computers I thought, "Hey, what a wonderful way to let our friends know how the year has been for us!" You know what I mean - one of those Christmas letters that people send, usually with photos of how wonderful their year has been and just how perfect their lives are. Yeah, the one's that make you think, "Who the hell cares?" Well, here's ours... enjoy!!!! What a year of travel! I think our family must have covered the entire globe. We saw the majesty of the Pacific Ocean, the rugged beauty of the Rockies, the breath-taking sight of the Grand Canyon. Not to mention the amber waves of grain across the Great Plains and the thunderous power the mighty Mississippi. We took in the festive atmosphere of New Orleans during Mardi Gras, rode the Gateway Arch in St. Louis during World Series time and toured the White House as personal guests of the Bushs. And we did all this from our lazy boys in our living room. It is amazing what you can see when you browse through a few travel magazines. Actually I'm kidding! We did do some traveling this year. I was personally at the grand opening of the new Wal*Mart in Pasco. I kid you not! As a family we even took a few trips to see my younger brother in West Richland. Yeah, boy that was something! Just now getting over that! The kids are doing well. I think? I saw one of them in the hallway the other day. I think it was Nikki ('02) and she looked like she was doing okay. Rick ('0) passed his test and is now an official card dealer at one of the local casinos. He's doing quite well and it does a papa proud to talk about his son, the dealer!!!! Bonnie (HHS '77) continues to grow in her job managing the Sears store in Walla Walla. In fact, there has been some recent board meetings in the corporate offices in Chicago. They are contemplating making a name change to "Sears, Roebuck, and Bonnie." Just waiting for board approval. I continue to work with wildlife in my fifth grade classroom in Finley. The kids have me right where they want me and they let me know what I can do each day. It's great to be appreciated! Our garbage day is still on Wednesday. They tried to change it to Tuesday earlier this year, but we'd have none of that - no way!!!! Bonnie bought us a new set of knives, forks and spoons this year. That was quite an evening arranging those babies in the silverware drawer. I planted a garden last summer, but I didn't water the plants and everything died! We got a pet this year. A cat that definitely thought he was the king of the neighborhood. He would want out each night to establish his dominance among the tomcats and impress the ladies. He had a pretty good thing going until he was hit by a truck. I guess there is a new king in the neighborhood now. We had a great Fourth of July this past summer. We all got our lawn chairs out and set them up on the driveway to watch the neighbors' fireworks. Too cheap to buy our own! One of the neighbor boys did about set himself on fire - that was something! Got a new iron last month! It's got three different heating levels. Well, as you can see our year was fulfilling and joyous. We hope you all had a reasonable year and that you had the opportunity to make a memory or two. Have a wonderful Christmas! -Mike ('74), Bonnie (HHS '77), Nikki ('02), and Rick ('04) Davis ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/26/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Michael Waggoner ('60), Betti Avant ('69) Mike Franco ('70), Jeff Johnson ('78) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vera Smith ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Michael Waggoner ('60) Congratulations to Donna Bowers Rice ('63) and her family for finally securing compensation for her father's early death from radiation exposure at Hanford. It is a national shame that fairness for such hard- working and patriotic Americans takes so long and requires so much digging up information that should be made freely available, when in so many other areas we spend money like it was going out of style. Yes, because of fear of Nazi and then Soviet A-Bombs we may have had to cut some corners in the earlier decades of the work at Hanford, but we should now take care of those hurt by those shortcuts. And we should be careful that we minimize the hazards to those now working to defend our country, whether in Iraq or in weapons plants. -Michael Waggoner ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: new grandson and grandpa Grandpa Robert Avant ('69) was "bragging" on Saturday about his latest grandson born on December 22nd. Here's a picture of grandpa and baby "Sami". His older brother called him Sami while still in the womb, so Sami became his middle name. His mama is Sarah Avant ('94). Robert now has 4 grandkids with 2 more on the way next year. I at least have some little ones to spoil. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Franco ('70) Re: Bomber hoops - Mike Davis ('74) comments on 12/25 Boog ('73), I, and others never had 10% of the talent of the legendary Bear, Stubby, Mike Hogan and others... but we were right there when it came to "training table" time!!! And we are still there!!!! It is interesting to talk about why things were the way they were, and why they changed in Richland hoops. I know Hanford opening had little immediate effect. The decade of the '70s was the greatest in Bomber basketball history and I think Hanford was open than. My two younger sisters went there... and they never, ever got delivered home on a Saturday night by the Richland Police... I never trusted that school! Anyway, things do change... Phil Neill's ('66) best buddy Ed Pepple at Mercer Island (M.I.) had a losing season last year. You don't see M.I. in the semis every year like in the past... they have lost their recruiting edge. Maybe Cartmell's refereeing had something to do with that! Anyway, today's elite club programs, summer leagues, year round coaching really have matched and surpassed what the old Bomber program had going for it. Now EVERYONE has all that focus, not just a few. It really comes more down to talent than ever before. And talent seems to win more often than it did before. In the decades of the '60s - '80s we would watch the tournament in Seattle and see at least one or two really talented teams get dumped early. Now it seems the winners are almost always the most talented. Today we would NEVER see teams like the '73 - '74 Bomber teams get to the championship game. Just my opinion, which is of course, correct. Happy New Year to all Bombers everywhere! -Mike Franco ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeff Johnson ('78) Merry Christmas to all Bombers! Kristmas in Kuwait! I am the guy without the beard! -Jeff Johnson ('78) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/27/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Pappy Swan ('59), Pattie Crigler ('59) Margo Compton ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marilyn Schultz ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeannine Hughes ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon Chapman ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patti Eckert ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Len Huesties ('70-RIP) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ray Nelson ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: A lump of coal Oh boy, Christmas can sure bring out the hidden sides of people that you didn't know were there. My very own, much younger sister finally convinced our mother that Mom always liked me ... second best! I'd go outside and eat worms ... but, like snowbirds, they all went down for the winter. Furthermore, I uncovered a plot in which sweet little Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) was attempting to blackmail me by passing herself off as an agent for Santa by checking up on me to see if I had been good this year. She tried to put the squeeze on by shaking this poor old senior citizen down for dough. But, I saw right through her dastardly plot. Now, I ask you, isn't Santa supposed to know who has been naughty or nice? That's like, "Why do psychics have to ask questions?" She actually asked how much it was worth to me for her to keep her mouth shut. Ha Ha Ha (enter Pappy's confident laughter)! Santa knows a good ol' boy when he sees one. Ummmm -- He does ... doesn't he? Meanwhile, back at the fireplace on Christmas morning, I was feeling preeetty smug as Santa did leave me presents after that big lumpy stocking. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where now, the snow falls but melts before it reaches the ground painting the landscape into a soggy picture of winter wonder mush. P.S. Did anyone else get coal in their stocking **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pattie Crigler Cole ('59) To: Mike Davis ('74) Re: Christmas letter [12/25/06 Alumni Sandstorm] Best one I have ever read!!!!! -Pattie Crigler Cole ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Margo Compton Lacarde ('60) Re: Compensation I am glad to hear someone got the compensation so rightly deserved. My sister and I fought the government for five years after applying for the compensation for my father who died from bone cancer. We were denied any. -Margo Compton Lacarde ('60) ~ San Antonio, TX ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/28/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Neal ('62), Mac Quinlan ('62) Frank Whiteside ('63), Pat Doriss ('65) Betti Avant ('69), Kevin Linn ('81) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ron Stephens ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Robyn Richardson ('78) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Neal Brinkman ('62) Re: Like to announce George ('60) and I would like to announce the birth of our fifth grandchild. Elizabeth Lynn was born on December 26th in Joliet, Ill. Proud parents are our second daughter Diane, and her husband Steve. We were able to go to Joliet to help out with their 2 and a half year old son, Thomas. How blessed we are. -Betty Neal Brinkman ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Frank "Mac" Quinlan ('62) Re: House Calls After reading the entries about babies and then the entry from Mike Franco ('70) I got to thinking, when was the last time anyone can remember getting a house call from a doctor? Dr. Franco used to be our family doctor and the last time I remember him coming to the house was probably '58 or '59. By that time I think most doctors stopped making house calls or at least I don't remember any. Does anyone remember seeing a doctor at their house after that or was Dr. Franco the last one in Richland to make house calls? -Frank "Mac" Quinlan ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Frank Whiteside ('63) Re: My "first best friend" I want to put a word in for my "first best friend," Don Peyton ('63WB). He can use all the prayers and encouragement he can get in his fight with pancreatic cancer. We go back to my earliest days on the Southside when my family lived on Barth St. We had a lot of good times together as little grade school kids. I remember that his dad was a scoutmaster and put up a big tent on the side of his house. I still have pictures of us in early elementary class pictures somewhere. Anyway, if fellow Bombers would put in a good word for him, maybe together we can get him and his family through this ordeal. I'm pulling 100% for him and hope you will too. I last saw him at the 40th reunion in 2003 and plan to see him at the next one as well. I know you can beat this, my friend. -Frank Whiteside ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pat Doriss Trimble ('65) There was a Death Notice in Saturday's (12/24) Tri-City Herald for a fellow Bomber -- Jim Walker, age 60. Jim died on December 22nd... I'm surprised nobody notified you! Jim was a member of the RHS Class of '65. Einan's is handling funeral arrangement (nothing posted in the Tri-City Herald, yet)! [Nothing on the Einan's website yet either. -Maren] -Pat Doriss Trimble ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: coal in stocking Hey Pappy, I didn't get any coal in my stocking.... hey wait a minute I forgot to hang up my stocking!!!!!!!! I'm not even sure where my stocking is anymore because I've moved a couple of times in the last year and a half. Are you going to bust the Elfin New Years' Eve Bash? Have a good one everyone. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kevin Linn ('81) Re: New Bomber Football website Well, after a couple months of fun we've finally put the new Bomber Football website online. Please check it out at and let me know what you think. We've gotten a great deal of help from the alumni and just want to tell you how much we appreciate your support. We still need lots of pictures of anything you have that is football related. I would like to thank Lorin St. John ('55) for letting me use his amazing document with all of the scores from football games since 1912. If you haven't seen that, you're missing out. Others who have provided me help are Daniel Laybourn ('70) , Jim Qualheim ('70), Carolyn Rish Moore ('72), Gary Schauer ('84), Ryan Rader ('81), Dennis Soldat ('81) and Coach Rick Redden. Please let me know what you think. Thank you, -Kevin Linn ('81) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/29/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Floyd Melton ('57), Sally Sheeran ('58) Ed Quigley ('62), Linda Reining ('64) Pam Ehinger ('67), Ken Staley ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chuck Lange ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dot Egeland ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Floyd Melton ('57) To: Frank Quinlan ('62) Doctor Guard a pediatrician in Richland for years made a couple of house calls to our home in the latter part of '69 for our son Mark ('87). He was a great doctor for all six or our children. He left Richland in the '90s to go to Seattle to do Research. -Floyd Melton ('57 - Our year is almost here) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sally Sheeran Heath ('58) Wow, Kevin Linn ('81) and whoever helped him, did a great job on the football website! [] -Sally Sheeran Heath ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed Quigley ('62) Re: House Calls To: Frank Quinlan ('62) Hey Mac, In '64 I came down with a severe sore throat that brought tears to my eyes every time that I swallowed, so my parents put in a call to one of my favorite people, Dr. John Baugher. Anybody who knew him, knew that he was kind of eccentric, and never got up before noon or 1:00, if he could help it. As a matter of fact, that was the main reason that my mother went to work for Dr. Lih, instead of Dr. Baugher, when she left Kadlec hospital; his office hours started around 3 p.m., and she wanted to be home in the evenings. Anyway, he put in an appearance at around midnight, that night, and stayed for an hour or so after diagnosing me with mononucleosis, entertaining my parents and me with some great stories about his life in the Navy! I've always wished there were more doctors like him. -Ed Quigley ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) re:lump of coal no lump of coal in my stocking, but did get body spray, stuff to make my feet and hands soft, nail file, and make-up sponges---think Santa is trying to tell me something??????? *grin* re:house calls we had Dr. Putra(he was in Pasco)as our family physician and the last time I remember him coming to the house was after my brother, Tim(71WB) was born, in '53, when we still lived on Rossell. by the time we had moved to Elm Street, in '55, he was no longer making house calls. he had become our doctor when we were living in the Navy homes(my dad had been laid off from Hanford, so we lived there, til he was rehired)in Pasco and my mom kept going to him, even when we moved back to Richland. Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of 64).........we are having snow in Tehachapi, on the grapevine and in Frasier Park, and rain and icy winds in Bakersfield, CA!!!!!!!!!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Re: Doctors that make house calls To: Frank Quinlan ('62) Frank, I've worked for many different doctors in my many years as a nurse. Believe it or not doctors still make house calls! I'll admit I don't know about the docs in Bomber Ville, but docs in Cle Elum, Ellensburg, Omak, Grand Coulee still make house calls! Granted it's not to treat colds and flu, but more like an elderly patient that is very sick and can't get out of bed or leave the house. But they do still come to their homes! Reading about all the grand babies I guess I should toot my own horn too! My daughter gave me a new granddaughter, Kali, on September 15th and my son who is in Iraq but made it home in time for his son's birth! Jame John Walsborn, Jr. was born 11/21/06! This makes 6 grand kids and I also have 2 great grandsons! Happy New Years to all the Bomber families out there in Bomber Ville! Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ken Staley ('68) Re: This time of year I have a few memories... I do hope at my age that it is more than one and not the same one playing in a loop ... of taking down the Christmas tree... by now dry as day old toast... and carting it down to a (then) vacant lot across from the main Fire Station at GWWay and Swift. I remember watching the pile grow for a few days and then, one evening, watching the entire thing go up in flames. Looking back now as an adult, it puts forest fires - and those who fight them - in an entirely different perspective. -Ken Staley ('68) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/30/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Shirley Drury ('51), Bill Berlin ('56) Gary Christian ('67), Betti Avant ('69) David Rodriguez ('69), Nancy Nelson ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Phil Gant ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Drury Crume ('51) Re: Remembering Dr. Baugher Our Jay, 2nd son, third kid, was ill at home with double pneumonia just before he reached 1 year old. Dr. Baugher came by every evening as late as 11pm, checking on him for several days. I didn't realize that was his normal routine until reading Ed Quigley's ('62) post. Dr B. was a dear man, so good to a young (22) mom and her 5-year-older but inexperienced- with-children husband. Jim spent the time from when Mike (1st born) was 10 months old until Kathleen (2nd) was 10 months old on assignment with the Army in Europe. Jay had begun walking, but had to learn over when he recovered. We moved to Kennewick when those first three were in 2nd, 1st and kindergarten, when our 4th, Lora - whom some of you met at the 2006 Reunion - was 1 month old. We still live in that same house, although it has seen some renovating. Br-r-r-r, it's cold tonight, 22, but dry. I enjoy people mentioning where they're currently living in their posts. Best to you all! -Shirley Drury Crume ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: More on Coal at the Holidays Lots of talk about a lump of coal in our Christmas stockings, but the dusty, grimy, black fire fuel remains as a gift at New Year's Eve too. The Scots hold what they call "Haug Minhea" (or something close to that spelling) and the story goes that if you are invited to a New Year's Eve party and you arrive before midnight, you can bring a lump of coal. Arrive after midnight and you have to bring a present, probably a bottle of single malt adult beverage. The true Scots all show up BEFORE midnight.. say December 29... so there is no present to purchase. Ah, the wee wise lads they are. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ Anacortes, WA but will be spending New Year's Eve in Victoria, B.C. and I am bringing a lump of adult beverage. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Christian ('67) Re: Google earth image Since I am now officially medically retired, I find I have a lot more time on my hands. Was using Google earth to pan around the Hanford area. Was looking at 200 east where my dad worked and 300 area where I worked for a few years. I was also researching some about the Army at Hanford during and after the war. Using Goggle earth, I was able to find a couple of the old gun emplacements. But was very interesting was the discovery of an old abandoned air strip just off highway 240 due east of Rattlesnake Mt. With the army forming a ring around Hanford in the forties, I assumed it must have been an Army air stirp. I have never heard anything about any air strip at Hanford. Anyone know anything about one? See image. -Gary Christian ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Bomber Football Website I, too, enjoyed the Bomber Football web site... it was very well done. I even down loaded the Bomber helmet for my wallpaper. Have a good new year everyone. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rodriguez ('69) I was catching up on the Sandstorm and wanted to thank Betty Avant ('69) for her Happy Birthday to me on December 20th. Wow so many memories... yes I did go on to be crowned Checker Champion at Jason Lee, if I'm not mistaken I think I beat Raymond Richardson in the finals. I know it's been beat into the ground but we still have spam in the mornings, enjoy it with blueberry muffins. Does anybody remember those great marble games we used to have during recess. I remember the girls jumping rope, playing jacks or even hop scotch. I got my first hack in grade school from Mr. Davis for being disrespectful and calling him by his first name. I also seem to remember listening to National Geographic or something like that over the intercom, it wasn't everyday but it was used as a learning tool every once in awhile. So many memories of friends forgotten or past. For those of you who haven't seen the change that Jason Lee is going thru, you will be rather surprised as it now will sit toward the back where the play ground use to be. Once the old school is torn down the new play ground will sit more to the front. Well enough said for now... I hope everybody enjoyed their X-Mas and to all a Happy New Year. -David Rodriguez ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nancy Nelson Wyatt ('69) Re: House Calls I guess that is the advantages of living in a small town. My family doctor made a house call just this past March. He even saved gas and rode his motorcycle out. He is not a young or new doctor. He has made a cd of his favorite songs, some he has written and all proceeds are going to various children's needs. He and his wife are also foster parents of 6 kids. So yes doctors still make house calls, at least here. -Nancy Nelson Wyatt ('69) ~ where it is cold and 11 with about 9" of snow on the ground. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/31/06 ~ NEW YEAR'S EVE ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Shirley Drury ('51), Millie Finch ('54) Paul Worrell ('57), Larry Mattingly ('60) Mary Lou Watkins ('63), Rick Maddy ('67) Shirley Collings (66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Grace DeVincentis ('50wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Wayne Wallace ('50) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Doug Hildebrant ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John Allen ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mikel Boatman ('99) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** FROM THE EDITOR: Know Don Peyton ('63wb)? Check out this website for progress on Don's illness. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Drury Crume ('51) To: Nancy Nelson Wyatt ('69) Where is this lovely, snowy and cold (11) small town where you live and doctors make house calls (on motorcycles, yet), Nancy? (If you care to say, that is.) Re: My entry of yesterday I assure you our 2nd born IS the child of my husband, Jim, although rereading the entry, I think my memory of how old Kate was when he returned from Europe must be faulty. (Imagine that! When we get past 73, we do have a great many memories to keep organized.) We did not know I was pregnant when he left, BUT, that still does not equal 10 months gestation. None of our other 5 were late. Not that anyone (except me, Jim and the offspring involved) is likely to even care about such details. Keep warm, All! SRDC ('51) -Shirley Drury Crume ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Millie Finch Gregg ('54) Re: Phil Gant ('54) Birthday {12/30] Hope you had a great day Phil - isn't it a great age to be?? Take care and hope you had a great holiday. -Millie Finch Gregg ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Paul Worrell (Col-Hi grad '57) Re: Fiesta Bowl [New Year's Day) Greeting to all you Bombers out there and Happy New Year. May all of you and your families have a terrific 2007!! We're here in chilly Boise, ID waiting for Monday to roll around so we can watch our Boise State Broncos play Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl New Year's day. You may or may not know that Boise State has the Blue Turf in their stadium. If you haven't seen it, tune in the MPC Bowl tomorrow, December 31st and watch Nevada and Florida St. play on the Smurf Turf!! Cheer the Broncos on for a BIG WIN over Oklahoma!! GO BRONCOs!! Best wishes to you all, -Paul Worrell (Col-Hi grad '57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) It wasn't a dream, it was real. There I was in the last seat in the 32 passenger Saab 340 aircraft bouncing and tossing around like a dog shaking a rag doll. We were at something around 22000 feet hurtling through the stygian black tunnel of darkness, jerking in 3 dimensions. There is a rumor that some of the worst flying weather in the world is over the Aleutian islands in winter. I was thinking I was glad it was only "some" of the worst and not "the worst" because it was really ugly. Knowing it might be a bad ride I had downed 2 Dramamine before boarding. We were headed for a stop at Cold Bay, an outpost and refueling station part way out from the mainland in the chain. The lower we got the rougher it became. The pilot made an announcement that nobody heard because of the noise of the turboprops, the howl of the winds and stuff rattling in the overhead bins. Outside the windows it was blacker than black. The saving grace of the moment was that superb pilot who set that plane on the runway in near blizzard conditions, unbelievably smoothly. Setting on the ramp the plane shook and bounced, and threatened to break away in the wind, while we dropped a passenger, and some freight boxes for god-knows-who on that icy, windswept, and desolate island. Two guys came dragging a fuel hose and grounding wire from a building. They had face masks on as the snow and ice was moving horizontal at least 40 MPH. One of them stuck his head in the open door and shouted to be heard. "Hey Cap, how much you want"? The reply was "fill em up". 25 minutes later, turbos roaring, off we went, bouncing around, into the black mass. At this point we were only 4 1/2 hours behind schedule. I gave up trying to read, deciding survival was more important. My morning had started in Anchorage when after 3 hours of sleep, from getting in hours behind schedule from Seattle, I heard it. Somewhere in the fog was a horrible shrill noise. About the time it ran down I realized it was my "guaranteed to wake you" alarm clock at 3:45 AM. I was trying to get my one eye to function normally, the clock radio began blasting out some hard rock, and I finally pushed enough buttons to make it quit. 20 minutes later I stumbled out into the cold wind to the hotel van for a ride to the airport. Pennair had 5 flights leaving in a span of 20 minutes for Dutch Harbor, with two more already on the way and more coming later. When I asked a fellow in a Dutch Harbor shirt what was up, he said "Cod Fishery is on". "These are boat crew and processor workers". A little Asian lady who could only speak broken English was caught with several big knives in her carry-on. She kept saying and gesturing urgently, tears running down her face, "my knife, cut fish", "my knife, cut fish". To their credit the cops finally decided to just give her a receipt and put the bag down with checked baggage. Her face was a picture of joy when she found her bag at Dutch Harbor. Daylight was presiding over the mass of clouds, fog banks, huge weather fronts, and smaller storm cells. I calculated we were about 40 minutes out of Dutch Harbor where I was headed to do a very large fireworks display at midnight New Years eve. By now my mid-section was sore, and that night I found massive bruises across where the seat belt hit me despite being as tight as I could make it. Still, we bounced. I kept thinking, is this a fool's errand? Normally, having pretty much "been there, done that" in fireworks, I relish the challenge of setting up and firing a display of high entertainment value under difficult circumstances. But this? Maybe it is foolish. Still we bounced around horribly. My thoughts rambled all over the place, from my great- grandchildren's voices in a Christmas call, to my 65th birthday coming up next week, to what in the hell are you doing out here? Suddenly a ray of brilliant sunshine struck the clouds in a prismatic burst of wonderful color. I could not help thinking, that was a positive sign, and I should proceed with confidence. Five minutes later I saw the sun again, on the other side of the plane. Huh? Say what? Then the announcement, we could not land at Dutch. Socked in solid and cross winds above the max. And so back to Cold Bay we went. Incredibly that pilot did it again, and set the plane on the runway like running your hand over silk. Remember the way we would throw up our coats with our arms in the sleeves, in the wind as kids, and the effect of the wind hitting it would be more than you could stand up to? If I had done that while inching our way over to what served as a terminal, I would have gone the length of the runway. We were on solid ice. But they could not stay on the planes for what may be hours without auxiliary power for heat. But apparently it was not available for the 7 planes on the ramp. So we finally got inside. Near as I could tell over 200 people in a little over 1400 sq ft. I heard at least a dozen different languages. Small world, I spotted a guy who had been a customer of mine when I had the Equipment Rental business years back. He is part owner of a supply business to the fishing industry. So the nearly 3 hour wait disappeared in our conversation. He was in Unalaska for the 4th and did not know it was me doing the display. He couldn't believe I was really going to try to do one for New Years. Said I had to be certifiably nuts. "All aboard" came the cry and we fought our way back to the 7 planes parked in the wind and blowing snow. The pilot said with the 50 MPH head wind it would be a short take off run, but would be rough for the first 10 minutes. That was the understatement of the day. But we bounced, shuddered, and slid violently sideways for a couple more hours to Dutch Harbor. We flew around some dense fog banks, circled once and finally got over the outer marker and hung on while the pilot flew the plane down and onto the runway. No messing around, he reversed the props, hit the brakes and stopped that plane only a little ways past the halfway point. And that is a short runway. Several of us shook his hand getting off the plane. He could fly my plane anytime, anywhere. Baggage claim was like feeding time at the zoo. Over 200 passengers coming off of those 7 planes arriving 10 minutes apart trying to look for their luggage in an area only slightly larger then a large living room. But Gina from the City Of Unalaska was there with a nice welcome hug and the keys to the 4x4 pickup they provide me while I am here. I got settled into the Grand Aleutian hotel and met Gina and her husband Ted for dinner at the smallest Chinese restaurant I have ever been in. But the cook knew what he was doing, the food, a couple of bottles of Bud, and good company helped to somewhat dissolve the day. Tomorrow/Thursday I will start with a crew of 4-5 volunteer citizens I have never met, with no display fireworks experience, and build a nearly 800 item display from scratch, on a lowboy trailer. Right now as I write this, the howling winds are literally shaking this large 3 story hotel. Fool's errand? Maybe.... But I am going to try to pull it off. Stay tuned. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly ('60) ~ From Unalaska/Dutch Harbor 892 miles west of Anchorage, where the wild winds are now pushing icy snow into deep drifts. 7 AM Thursday Temp 22, Wind 30-40 MPH with gusts up to 50, with visibility 100 feet or less. Blizzard warnings are out for the island. Internet is down, hope it is up tonight so I can send this. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Lou Watkins Rhebeck (Gold Medal Class of '63) Re: Doctor Corrado's house calls Dear Bombers, We lived next door to the Corrado family for years on Johnston. Dr. Corrado would always make house calls for us, and was more of a friend than our doctor. Since he knew us growing up, he had trouble giving us shots... told my mom that it made him queasy! So he had Dr. Baugher come over occasionally to treat us. That always terribly embarrassed me, since he usually brought Peter, who was always in my class at Jefferson, and usually had a comment on my crying. However, one time I remember (I think... probably was only about six) I was ill with something. I heard my mother calling Al to tell him, and knew he was on his way from next door... so I ran and hid in my closet. My dog picked up on the confusion and tried to bite him when he came in... but being the wonderful and sweet man he was... he sat on my bed and offered me a quarter if I would come out... think that probably worked. (No comment, Jimbeaux!) Our neighborhood on Johnston was the best... so much of what I remember involved a gang of kids running in and out of all the homes... playing until late at night, building forts, sledding and skating at Chief Joe, parents sitting in back yards on summer evenings while Peterson, Corrado, Compton, and Watkins children ran wild. Those years were a great and solid base for all that came after for me. It gave me great confidence that I was loved and valued by not only my family, but an entire neighborhood. It must have done something... why else would I endure the Great & Famous Northwest Blackout to meet classmates in Olympia this December to march, carol and chowder... or something like that! -Mary Lou Watkins Rhebeck (Gold Medal Class of '63), friend and confidante of Weihermiller, Jimbeaux, #32, Big Moose, Carole & Rosey... at home in Laguna Hills, CA... that would be WAU south of L.A.!... will be 72 today... don't move here, you would hate it! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) To: Gary Christian ('67) Gary Congrats on the retirement. I've been 'retired' for almost 40 years now and enjoy every minute of it. Interesting about the air field. We can only imagine what landed there from time to time, but we probably shouldn't talk about it. If we had known the field was there we would have most likely done our best to use it as a drag strip instead of the highway. -Rick Maddy ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins (66) Re: David Rodriguez' ('69) thoughts about jump rope, marbles, etc. As a 5th grader at Jefferson, I became the WA State Jacks Champion. I don't believe ANYONE plays jacks anymore. Roger Bergdahl ('67) was the WA State Marble Champion at the same time. We were sponsored by the VFW and had to travel to the Seattle area to defend our titles. I know I didn't come in 1st place again, but I don't recall Roger's placement. I found this wonderful resolution for the New Year and thought it worth sharing: What amazing gifts the New Year brings! An entire year's worth of wonderful opportunities, given to us one sunrise at a time. Many of the moments ahead will be marvelously disguised as ordinary days, but each one of us has the chance to make something extraordinary out of them. Each new day is a blank page in the diary of your life. The secret of success is in turning that diary into the best story you possibly can. Have pages on understanding and tales of overcoming hardships. Fill your story with enthusiasm, adventure, learning, and laughter. And make each chapter reflect time doing these things: Follow your dreams. Work hard. Be kind. Do what you can to make the door open on a day that is filled with inspiration in some special way. Remember: Goodness will be rewarded. Smiles will pay you back. Have fun. Find strength. Be truthful. Have faith. Don't focus on anything you lack. Realize that people are the treasures in life, and happiness is the real wealth. Have a diary that describes how you're doing your best, and...the rest will take care of itself. ~ By Douglas Pagels Wishing all of you a world of love, peace, health, happiness, goodwill and fun! -Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) ~Richland where we have been having rain lately but no snow. About 35 in the day and 25 at night. AND I AM VERY THANKFUL I AM NOT IN DENVER TRYING TO CATCH A PLANE HOME FROM THE HOLIDAYS!!! ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the YEAR. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` November, 2006 ~ January, 2007