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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 ~ 01/01/07 ~ HAPPY NEW YEAR ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Dick Wight ('52), Larry Mattingly ('60) Deedee Willox ('64), Gary Behymer ('64) Nancy Nelson ('69), Jumbo Davis ('82) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mark Perkins ('75) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike FitzPatrick ('80) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick Wight ('52) Re: Dr. Corrado stories My stepmother Edna "Eddy" Wight was a surgical nurse at Kadlec Hospital - dad was (at the time) a battalion chief on the Richland fire department. "Doc" Corrado, and also Dr. Lih, were family friends. In the fall of '53 or '54 (I think!), my folks and these MDs and wives all went to Seattle for a U of Washington football game. I was stationed on a Coast Guard icebreaker in Seattle, age 19 or 20. They fetched me off the ship and took me to the game, then we all went to dinner at Canlis Restaurant, in those days a posh (and expensive) dinner club that over looked Lake Union (or was it Lake Washington?) As we waited for our table in the piano lounge, we all had a drink or two. I was thrilled - in uniform as was the custom of the day (we couldn't have "civvies" onboard ship) - and though I was underage, I was "served" without incident). When we ordered dinner, we ordered steaks. Filet mignon, as I recall, and I was a little "let down" that they didn't have a nice big T-bone. Dr. Corrado corralled our little oriental kimono-clad table server and ordered me a second filet, insisting that "young sailors had to eat right!". I obligingly ate it - ha! As I recall, Dr Corrado was one of several volunteer MDs that helped my Dad get the first emergency medical response service going in Richland. The volunteer MDs, some retired or semi-retired, manned a center that had a radio link to the emergency response people from the fire department, to give them on-scene advice and instructions. New subject - my wife Ruth and I sold our home in the mountains west of Yakima (Oct. '05) - wandered in our RV for a year - just moved into a house we purchased 15 miles south of Branson, MO (2 miles inside Arkanasas). Guess we are Ozarkians or Arkies now! -Dick Wight ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Hanford Landing strip Yey!!... the internet's up... 152 e-mails... sheesh. To: Gary Christian ('67) There were several sets of anti-aircraft batteries around Hanford when they were still using the 90 and 120 MM AA rifles. They often towed targets for the gunners and also had an early model target drone. The landing strip may have been used for that. I remember hearing an explanation of the gunnery at the park one 4th of July. They operated in sets of 4 guns moving, pointing, and firing simultaneously. While most of the gun sites have been bulldozed over, you can still pick out some of them in aerial photos. I can remember hunting with my Dad on the bluffs across the river from Hanford and seeing the flack bursts in the sky and seconds later hearing the rumble of the guns. These guns were in use before the advent of the Nike Ajax missiles at Hanford. Those sites were I believe, across the river near Saddle Mtn, just South of 200 East and 1 or 2 on the top of Rattlesnake Mtn. The Saddle Mtn. and I believe 200 E sites have been bulldozed over. Working long hours but hope to be ready to fire the display at midnight on the 31st. Weather permitting. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -Larry Mattingly ('60) From Dutch Harbor - Aleutian Islands, AK. Blowing and snowing since I got here. Temp in the 20s. Well over a foot of snow, but hard to measure with the wind pushing it around. Lots of 3-4-5 foot drifts. Visibility difficult at best. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) Re: 2007 Wow! How can it be 2007 already? My mom used to tell me that the older you get the faster the years go. I thought that was just dumb! How can time get faster for some while it stays the same for others? What a skeptic! Now, at almost 61 (January 22), I understand what she meant. The year 2006 has not always been kind to us, but I can truly say the God has carried us through the hard times and blessed us with the good. I am thankful for both, as I know God is working in my life for my ultimate good. May 2007 bring you love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control. Those are the fruit of the Holy Spirit. May 2007 also bring you prosperity, good friends, loving family, and the ability to face another year without fear. -Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: eBay item... ...of interest to one or more Richland Bombers 1945 Richland Washington 10k Gold High School Ring -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nancy Nelson Wyatt ('69) Re: "My Town" To: Shirley Drury Crume ('51) My town is Colville, WA. We live about 69 miles north of Spokane and 40 miles South of British Columbia. I live 7 miles south of the main town. It was 5 last nite but the ice crystals on top of the snow shined and was real pretty. We are expected to get more snow this next week. To: David Rodriguez ('69) I remember playing jacks too. Won a big super ball and gold jacks in the tournament at Jefferson Elementary. My granddaughter still plays jacks and I will sit with her even today and show her some of the games. Wishing everyone a Happy New Year and may all your dreams and wishes come true. -Nancy Nelson Wyatt ('69) ~ going snow mobiling today for the New Years Eve poker run. Will be fun again. *************************************************************** *************************************************************** >>From: Jumbo Davis ('82) Re: Bomber football web site I really enjoyed looking through the history of Bomber football. The stats you were able to get together was very entertaining. One that was very impressive was the run of the '81 - '82 team. They, other than week three against the Kennewick Lions, throttled most of their opponents. This was a team that knew they had a state title coming for years in advance. Other than two players from Chief Joseph, the starting line- ups consisted of 20 positions that were Carmichael grads. While at Carmichael they were never scored on. They compiled 192 points in ninth grade. (192-0). A couple other stats that may never want to be remembered was the '64 - '65 team that had back to back brutal games. Week two losing 53-0 to the Borah Lions, then the next week losing 60-0 to the Eisenhowere Cadets. Can you imagine Coach Fran Rish's talk after those games? The first year they were called Bombers in '45 - '46 they only managed 13 points all season. They did get a win against Hermiston 7-0 in week two, but then managed to compile one of the worst seasons in Bomber history losing (301-13). I did notice some very impressive teams in the late '40s to early '50s (Jack Dawson ('52) era). I would really like to see a web site like this done for the Basketball program. I think maybe Mike Davis ('74) really might like to head up this program. [Check this Basketball site out: Website put together by our own Dan Laybourn ('70) with stats provided by Lorin St John ('55) -Maren] Re; Harvey Chapman's ('56) comments on the talent of the program The talent went down when the NINTENDO took the kids out of the back yards. All we had, and all the generations before us had were friends as entertainment. Who was having people over for 3 on 3 basketball tonight? or when are we meeting for a whiffle ball tourney? What park or street are we playing football in tonight? Now the friends get together for NBA LIVE, MLB 07 or MADDEN 07 and ask what couch are we sitting on tonight, mine or yours? -Jumbo Davis ('82) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/02/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Wally Erickson ('53), Marla Jo Lowman ('55) Mac Quinlan ('62), Frank Whiteside ('63) Bill Wingfield ('67), Larry Crouch ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve Piippo ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) Re: Boise State vs. Oklahoma Univ. What a great football game!!!!!!!!! One of the most exciting football games I've seen in a long time. We from Idaho are so proud in how the Boise State players and coaches played the game. They definitely had more "heart" and they believed in themselves more than the other team. I'm one proud Idahoan (or, should I say "potato head")! Tom Tracy ('55); I know you live in Boise... did you see the game? What a great moment for Boise State... do you think they should be given the chance to play for the National Championship? For those that didn't see the game; it was Boise State, 43 vs. Oklahoma, 42 in "overtime"! What a game to remember for years to come. Thank you Boise State for making us Idahoans proud!! -Wally Erickson ('53) ~ Still have some snow in and around the Coeur D'Alene area. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marla Jo Lowman Kenitzer ('55) Re: Alumni Get Together in Northern California A dozen Bombers were able to meet and greet this Holiday Season, and to wish Phil Gant ('54) a happy XXth Birthday (we cut him open and counted the rings). His brother Charlie ('53) was here from Richland, also, Norma Loescher Boswell ('53). The other party goers: Jim McKeown ('53) & Edna (spouse); Jack Sinderson ('53) and Jan Nussbaum Sinderson ('55): Pete Hollick ('55) and Jenine (spouse); Harold Kenitzer ('54) and Marla Jo Lowman Kenitzer ('55); and, of course, the birthday boy and his wife, Patti. After a day of golf (good old California weather) and shopping for the non-golfers (who cares about the weather) we met at the McKeowns for wine and finger food then on to dinner at a local restaurant. The next evening we attended Phil's birthday party - lucky Phil, his wife is a fabulous cook and graciously served over 50 people a complete evening's worth of food from finger foods to a full buffet and finally a delicious birthday cake - most of which she "whipped up" in her newly remodeled kitchen. Phil's daughters kept the wine glasses full and it was a really great party. -Marla Jo Lowman Kenitzer ('55) ~ Sunny California - well, it is getting colder but golfers will brave extremes to chase that little white ball **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Frank "Mac" Quinlan ('62) Re: Rattle Snake Mountain To: Larry Mattingly ('60) When I was a Boy Scout someone arranged for us to take a trip up to the top of Rattle Snake Mt. to visit the radar station. It was a very tight windy single lane road up the side of the mountain. I remember it being a pretty good drop off on either side of the mountain in some places near the top. We'd been up there a while and someone was explaining how the radar worked and how far it could see planes, when all of a sudden horns started going off and people started running everywhere. The guy that was giving us the tour had us go outside and pointed down below towards the base of the mountain. We go to see the big concrete doors open up and a Nike missile come up out of the ground. It turns out that a canvas covered Piper Cub had strayed over the Hanford area. After that they stuck us back in the truck and ran us back down the mountain. Looking at the mountain after that always brought back memories of that incident. I used to be able to see the road up the (south?) side, but the last time I was back I couldn't see it. I just figured by now it was all grown over or it was taken out. Does anyone have any information on what happened to that Nike installation? -Frank "Mac" Quinlan ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Frank Whiteside ('63) Thought the "Buzzwords" might be an amusing link in the Sandstorm. Buzzwords link -Frank Whiteside ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Wingfield (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Happy New Year to y'all. -Bill Wingfield (BRC-67) ~ Santa Fe, NM where they supposedly have 3' of snow in our driveway. Donna McGregor Salazar ('57), is this true? We are visiting our good friends in Seabrook Island, SC where it is sunny outside and about 65 chilly degrees at 8:30am. I feel so bummed out missing all of that white stuff. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Crouch ('71) Re: Kansas Ice Storm We survived... just got back form three day survival adventure in Saint Peter, Kansas... three days no heat, no power, only 50 mph winds and ice storms. We cooked on our road-trip grill and used the outhouse... our house never got below 30 so we did survive. I made new list of must haves: gas heat, and Generator set... I might get one big enough to power the whole town!!! I had never seen an ice storm... it was weird... 10 outside and it was raining... in Colorado that's snow, everything in town was coated with about 2" of clear beautiful ice. Although destructive to power poles, it was so beautiful. On a full-moon night every tree left standing was illuminated by moon and ice. Instead of going hunting for pheasants, I put out feed and salt licks with some of the locals at one of the shelter belts... it was strange... loaded with birds, coyotes, raccoons, every creature was in there... all right next to one another just trying to hang on I'm sure. After the storm passed they all became hunters and prey again. -Larry Crouch ('71) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/03/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers and Don Sorenson sent stuff: Millie Finch ('54), Tom Tracy ('55) Sharon Panther ('57), Mac Quinlan ('62) Susan Nussbaum ('63), David Rivers ('65) Brad Wear ('71), Kevin Linn ('81) Don Sorenson (N A B) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dick Lohdefinck ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tobe Roberts ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Scott ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Millie Finch Gregg ('54) Re: New Year's Football Games There was every kind of "Bowl" game possible yesterday, but the best of all was the Fiesta Bowl (Idaho vs Oklahoma). Wow, what a game and Wally Erickson ('53), your comments in yesterday's "storm" were right on - they have made all of the NW proud and I for one think they should be allowed to play for a National Championship. It was an excellent game and one of the best in a long time. Happy New Year to all and I pray for Peace, and Health this year for everyone. -Millie Finch Gregg ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy ('55) To: Wally Erickson ('53) You are correct in all counts about the Boise State Bronco Football Team. Prior to the game, I enjoyed the delicacy of an Idaho Baked potato with butter, salt and pepper. Then I stood in various positions in front of the TV to be prepared if they needed me to step in and help out. I sometimes helped by flinching, gritting my teeth, tensing my shoulders or exclaiming Allllllllll Riiiiiiiight! I was just explaining the overtime procedures to my granddaughter, when the last interception by Oklahoma wiped away the tie score. Oklahoma tailgaters used their remote ignition starters to warm up their motor homes in the parking lot. Some folded their blankets and prepared to cheer their Sooners' acceptance of the Fiesta Bowl Trophy. One BSU player needed a few minutes after the game to propose to his girlfriend on National TV. Another motivation indeed. Boise loves football. Oklahoma fans didn't know of the coaches, parents, Boise's community who had previously drilled positive actions and compiled confidence into the tradition at Boise State. It was just like I'd seen in the attitude from the days when I refereed games in Boise for Kids' Optimist football, Jr. High, High School and for BSU's founding football coach Lyle Smith. Confidence building is a tradition. Becoming a friend of coach Tony Knap was a privilege. Tony Knapp, who coached BSU and then UNLV was a true gentleman who once remarked to me, "I've been saved so often by the courage and determination of our BSU players and the 'Polish Patron Saint' just when it looked like we had lost...". Tony built a tradition of confidence ...and he came from up your way in Coeur 'D Alene. He was a modest, but inspirational coach... just like others who followed. Our Coach Petersen added a new dimension to confidence and class, time management, faith and courage last night. He used every moment remaining. Players here learn to believe intensely in themselves and their team mates. This team showed us it is still a "GAME"... not a god to worship, or a dragon to slay... but a GAME to enter with enthusiasm, anticipation, skill and faith after diligent practice sessions...especially in each Friday's 2-Minute Drill. The two minute drill plays remind us of the exotic "Statue of Liberty" plays we attempted in the sand lot games in the evenings on Iry Street with near Marcus Whitman with Bill Griffin, Kenny Plumb, Joe Valdez, Ralph Myrick ('51), Gerald Hostetler and others during the late '40s after we watched our heroes like Mel Thompson, Don Fisher, Don Marczyk and many others... (I just wish we'd have had a chance for Boise State to execute at least one "Drop Kick" and a few other techniques... to show the world the supplementary index of Boise State's Expanded Play Book). However, I believe Oklahoma experienced enough surprises to make the long ride home extensive enough to digest the sound spanking they got when BSU's Broncos took the wheels off their Sooner Wagon. BTW, Oklahoma Sooners are the most gracious tailgaters ever. When you walk through the massive motor homes in the parking lots at games, you're invited to share their delicious barbecued ribs, steaks and hamburgers. My favorite uncle lives in Oklahoma City and gives me Sooner tickets when games are played on the West Coast and took me to a traditional OU/Nebraska game. The toughest football in America... until last evening. I think we saw more of that last night. Both teams and coaches displayed classic examples of sportsmanship; a tribute to sporting events, officials, fans and participants alike. (Reminds one of RHS' best events). I have to agree with Commentator Lou Holtz, former coach of Notre Dame: "I have never seen any team better prepared in my lifetime of football than that displayed by Boise State University." Wally, I'm not sure the NCAA's other teams would want to see BSU open its "Play book Index of Extraordinary Events and Strategies for the Football Field" against them. But if they want to challenge this team... we welcome them! If such a game is scheduled, opponents will also put Idaho Potatoes on their pre-game menu. Complete with butter, sour cream, salt, pepper and a dab of honey on the side... to compensate for the BSU advantage. Yes, I am also proud indeed. Although I do prefer to maintain a commanding lead from the start. So, If you ever buy a ticket to a BSU game... you may be required to take a defribilator for heart restoration, a sack lunch-you won't have time to go to concession stands and a very good bladder so you won't miss a moment of the action. In the meantime, keep a sack of spuds handy, eat a few Spudnuts at Richland's Spudnut Shop or have a friend send you a dozen. -Tom Tracy ('55) ~ Boise, where they're still honking horns, high-fiving everyone on the sidewalk and waving Blue and Orange flags. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sharon Panther Taff ('57) Re: Class of 1957 The Class of 1957's 50th reunion will be held September 7, 8 and 9, 2007, in conjunction with Club 40 activities. The 50th reunion committee has planned a bus tour of four local wineries, on Friday, September 7, starting at 9:30 a.m. and ending at 3:30 p.m. in time to get ready for the Friday night Club 40 gathering. Saturday, September 8, from 1:30-4:00 pm, the Class of 1957 will gather at the Richland Community Center, Riverview Room, located at 500 Amon Park Drive, for a short program, class picture, memorial remembrance, some songs by the Bomber band, and social hour or two. Saturday night, September 8, the Class of 1957 will attend the Club 40 dinner and entertainment program with music provided by The Easy Swing Band. We are planning to have a booklet with brief comments from 1957 classmates on what they have been doing for the past 5 years, or 50 years for first timers. Mark your calendars and come for our 50th reunion on September 7, 8, and 9, 2007. Be watching for registration details. -Sharon Panther Taff ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Frank "Mac" Quinlan ('62) Re: Trip up Rattle Snake - Fiesta Bowl After thinking about it some more, it wasn't a Boy Scout thing, but the rest of the story is accurate... I think? NOW - to the Fiesta Bowl - The Boise State Broncos didn't just hang in there by the skin of their teeth, they dominated most of the game!! I have to admit, I thought we'd get taken to the cleaners, but the coaches and players have said for years that Boise could play with the best of them if ever given the chance. I guess it wasn't all hype, they backed up what they said. If you missed the game, you missed a good one! -Frank "Mac" Quinlan ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Susan Nussbaum Reeb ('63) Re: Fiesta Bowl Just had to add my comments to those of Wally Erickson ('53) regarding Boise State's incredible win of the Fiesta Bowl. I attended the tailgate party and the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, AZ, and it was by far the most exciting New Year's Day of my life! Some twenty thousand people from Boise headed to Arizona for the big game. The outdoor tailgate party, which consisted of hundreds and hundreds of people, was well organized and loads of fun. Fans were given snacks, necklaces in their teams colors, pom poms, and seat cushions. Face painting and other fun activities were going on. Huge screens were provided outside, showing the other bowl games to the crowd. This party began at 12 noon and ended at 5 p.m. It was a beautiful sunny day and around 70. The crowd then headed over to the new Glendale stadium. After being patted down (there were lines for males and lines for females), we entered the huge new state-of-the-art stadium. Our mouths dropped open as we looked around at the impressive facility, which held some 73,700 people for the game. One thing we found pretty amazing is that there were no long lines for the women's rest rooms. Apparently there are 79 rest rooms at the stadium, and this was much appreciated!!! Prior to the game, we were entertained with various activities that were going on down on the field, and we never found ourselves bored or tired of waiting for the game to begin. The game itself was indescribable if you were a Boise State fan in the stands. Both the team spirit and the fan spirit were overwhelming. Our wonderful team never stopped playing their best, even though they were out-sized and less experienced. Emotions ran high, and it was an awesome feeling to win the game with such a dramatic climax! The fans went crazy!!! An additional highlight was watching popular Ian Johnson propose to his head cheerleader girlfriend following the win! We from Idaho are extremely proud of our team and our fans. Who would have thought that so many people from Idaho would take the time and spend the money at holiday time to travel in force to support their team! It was a terrific showing from an area the size of Boise! I highly recommend attending a Bowl game if you get the opportunity. It's a great way to begin the new year . . . especially if you're a BSU Bronco! -Susan Nussbaum Reeb ('63) ~ from Boise, Idaho, most of the year and Sun City, Arizona, in the winter months **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Travel well, Dear Friend He was born on December 10, 1946. From that day on he would make his mark in many of our lives. When I mentioned his birthday last year (way last month) he wrote me to tell me he had hoped he had lived down the fresh tracks story and was amazed it lives on... and more important to this story, he never let me know he was ill... In school he was one of the fastest kids around. His mother used to shop for his clothes and to say the colors were vibrant is an understatement. We made fun and we weren't always kind about it... but he was one of the boyz... he took it with style, grace and a huge smile... never got angry about it... In Jr. Hi the coaches always said he had the best football name in years... not that he wasn't a talented athlete too... I was always glad to see him when I would come home and he was always glad to see me... made me feel that way deep down... I will really miss him... we will still refer to some rather loud articles of clothing as "Botu Stye"... just as we always called shirts with long collars and fat ties "Mr Piippo" shirts and ties. He'll always be with me... in all the stories and memories... he was my friend, you see. I could tell you about how he painted Snuffy Smith and "lil brown jug" on the right front quarter panel of my car... how he helped me put in a set of massive front springs in my car when my dad got mad because we had cut the front coils with a torch to give it the right rake (said we could have blown the car up... hey Dad... we didn't and it looks cool... get over it!)... so I had the first "gasser" look in town... no power but had the look... I could go on and on... but instead I'll let you who knew him remember your own stories... God Bless you, Mike Botu ('65 RIP 1/1/07) =David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Wear ('71) To: Larry Crouch ('71) Larry Dale, get used to the ice. It is an annual event in Texas, and Georgia as well. You are right about how beautiful the ice is in the moon light. I've seen it too many times to count. Glad I'm back in the Tri-Cities and do not have to put up with it. I've had friends in Oklahoma who have been without power for three weeks from ice storms. -Brad Wear ('71) ~ in balmy Kennewick where it was 55 today. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kevin Linn ('81) To: Jumbo Davis ('82) Jumbo. If you and Mike want to help me gather information I would love (and was hoping) to build a similar website for Bomber Basketball. I have the infrastructure already built for football so it wouldn't take too much to do it. I just need help gathering the information that goes in it. Let me know! [Kevin -- check out that bomber Basketball website... -- what other information would you need/want? This site was put together by Daniel Laybourn ('70) with information provided by Lorin St. John ('55) I'm sure Lorin would provide the same information to you for a new website... Do we really NEED one given the site Daniel put together??? -Maren] Thanks to everyone who has commented on the site. It has been very fun connecting with fellow Bombers. -Kevin Linn ('81) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (N A B) Re: Rattlesnake Mt To Frank "Mac" Quinlan ('62) I was on Rattlesnake earlier last year. The road is still there and narrow! The buildings that are still on top have their roofs tied down with cable. The buildings are mostly empty, some large tools abandoned in place. One building has the outfits name painted on it. At the base of Rattlesnake the launchers, of course, are gone. The rooms below are still open and quite safe. A few of the bunk bed frames are still there along with some old Civil Defense material. There is a full size basketball court (no back boards) and right below it is a ball diamond. The above ground bunk houses (empty) are still there and are looked after on a quarterly basis. There is also an old Army vehicle maintenance building that is used by another federal agency Fish and Wildlife, I think. Watching the doors open would have been cool. Two years ago I met a fellow who just retired from the CIA. During the '50s he was stationed in Othello and manned the radar station. This radar was so good they could see trucks moving along the highway from Walla Walla to Hermiston. Also the fighters stationed in Moses Lake would hug the ground to hide from the radar then pop up to surprise the radar guys. Lastly, I did hear some parts of an old Nike missile were found 10 years ago. Not recovered but buried rather than deal with outside "parties" on what to do with it. Surprisingly they found it several miles away from Rattlesnake. Thought youd like to know. -Don Sorenson (N A B) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/04/2007 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Larry Mattingly ('60), Helen Cross ('62) Donna Bowers ('63), David Rivers ('65) Dwight Carey ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry Holloway ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paula Jill Lyons ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nina Berland ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Fireworks, Snow, and Wind Well, here I sit reading a book I found in the local grocery store ..... I have to credit the 4 local volunteers. They could be on my crew anytime. Show them once and they not only did it right the first time but they did it quickly. After some very long days, we were ready to fire 4 hours ahead of show time. I tested the 300 firing circuits and not one problem showed up. Great workers. However, high winds and near zero visibility spoiled the evening. No show was possible at midnight. So we scheduled it for 8 PM the next evening. Virtually the same conditions at 5 PM when they canceled. Actually, it cleared up enough to see them but we were firing close under a mountain and the winds would have pounded the shells into the cliffs above us. And there were some overhangs of snow that did come down later in an avalanche across the road, and into the bay. If we can shoot tonight, Tuesday the 2nd, I will move the site down a couple of hundred feet to a safer location from potential slides. The wind and drifting snow have turned the place into a surreal landscape of deep drifts and windswept scoured areas where a few weed tops show. Many drifts 3-4 feet deep and some as much as 8 feet. I dug the 4x4 out of 3 feet of snow on one side and 2 feet on the other this AM. Driving can be treacherous as the blowing snow blinds you and the drifts on the road make you feel like you ran over something. It is about 3 miles from the hotel to the building where the gun trailer is locked up. I had to clear a 4 foot drift from the door to get in this AM. From one end to the other the main road is only about 4 miles long. The city has many pieces of snow removal equipment in a wide variety for different purposes. The snowplow drivers have good job security here in the winter. Some take their machines home and catch a few hours' catnap before getting back on the road. It is a constant battle with the elements. Four hours after 3-5 pieces of equipment clear the main road, it looks like they never did it. Daylight starts at 9:40am with the clouds getting lighter. It is after 10:30 before it gets close to full light. As soon as my camera batteries charge I will go out and take some pictures to send to the Sandstorm's picture address. About 2:00am I was typing on this laptop and looked out the window to see 2 fishing vessels going out to sea in the 4-5 foot rollers. I had lunch yesterday next to 3 crewmen from a Coast Guard boat that was in for a few hours for some re-supply. They had been in 40 foot seas for 2 days. Both the fishermen and those who keep watch over them have my admiration. While they consider it their duty, I consider them very brave souls. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Greetings and Happy New Year!! And congratulations to Boise State. It was a fabulous game. And I agree, it is a really fun experience to get to go to a bowl game, as we WSU Cougs have been blessed to do several times in the last 8 years, but alas, not this year. We are all doing our best to remain in form for the next time this will occur by visiting and encouraging each other. (I wore purple to a Christmas party in W. Seattle, and a fellow Cougar fan chastised me for my choice of color. He said he could just see a big W on the sleeve.) Greetings from Roseville, above Sacramento, and from South Lake Tahoe where we spent a few days with our son who lives up there and works at their hospital in food preparation. So far we have had all dry roads on our travels south from Tieton, where my husband preached his last sermon on Christmas Eve day. In fact, when we attended church down here on New Year's Eve day, I have to say it was nice not to be responsible for how the service went. It means that we should try harder to work other services into our schedule when we are preaching. We have to say we loved our 4-1/2 month sojourn in Washington State, and loved getting to see as many "old friends" who we don't usually get to see. And I loved just being in Washington, as I think it is a beautiful and interesting state. As we still have family and friends there, we will return, probably before the Class of '62 45th reunion, also to be held in conjunction with Club-40 events this coming September. We are looking forward to our journey back home to Indiana, and wondering how long we will find "dry roads", as I saw snow on Route l0 in El Paso, Texas, on the weather channel today. So we'll just play it by ear, as we head east, and be thankful we've had dry roads so far. I'm on a new diet for 2007. So far I've managed to get in my 30 minutes minimum of exercise every day, and not over-eat ..... I'm so bad on drinking enough water, but I am trying ..... so good luck and God be with us in all our New Year's Resolutions to be more healthy and kind as we go along in this life. Sorry, I won't make the Bomber Richland luncheon on the 13th of January, but I was so happy I was able to make the December one. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ On the road again .... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Bowers Rice (GMC '63) Re: Boise State 43 - Oklahoma 42 OT To: Susan Nussbaum Reeb ('63) We watched the game and were thinking of you and just how proud you must be of your team as well as the things they said about Boise. It was a 1st class operation with the members of the team sharing their pride in the city, the college, and the region. Mike and I thought Boise just played with such great heart (being the smaller of the 2 teams) and when your quarterback threw the interception at 1-1/2 min. we just could not watch, so we turned off the TV. Imagine our surprise when we woke up the next morning -- we were just elated and could not get enough of the replays of those final minutes. I am sure you all will treasure this the rest of your lives and it is well deserved. Having lived in the Midwest for over 20+ yrs. now and seeing the Midwest's craze for football, and experiencing the South's allegiance to football (via my daughter's 5 yrs. in college as well as living in Ala.), I can't tell you what wonderful fun to watch your area of the country come into its own in football. It was much like Gonzaga's entry into the NCAA's basketball hierarchy -- YOU WILL BE REMEMBERED NOW!!! To: David Rivers ('65) I was shocked and saddened to read about Mike Botu {'65RIP). My 83 year old mother was a friend of his mom's (she is here in St. Louis with me now) and I babysat Mike a couple of times when I was in junior high. I hope I can find out what happened to him. I just cannot believe he is gone and I am saddened by his passing. He always had a smile whenever I saw him and he was full of energy and spunk as a child. Sincerely, -Donna Bowers Rice (GMC '63) ~ St. Louis ~ we have sunshine and it's 53; pretty abnormal for this time of year. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Ohhhhhhhh goodie...nuther birthday Oh yeah...this is a fun one...She's a friend, she's a lady, she's a love...she's just cool....she's everything a girl just oughta be....I could describe her in so many ways....sweet kind thoughtful brave clean and reverent.....and sexy...always sexy.....just about as fun as anyone I know....I always look forward to seeing her when I come home and always hope that she'll be in town.....We've talked and talked about her moving to Vegas and being my secretary but never been able to time it right...course there's that little "test" she keeps missing by one answer.....(inside joke....she'll kill me for this)........Naturally she's an "older" woman...I always did dig those older chicks....but not that much fact this birthday could make us the same age....but of course I'd never pry and ask such a personal question (except the one on the secretary exam).....but after she turns real red from all this she's gonna have a huge smile on her face and say: "Thanks Davie"...prolly the only person in the world who calls me anyway...just gotta wish a wonderful and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Paula Jill Lyons.....Love you, PJ! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dwight Carey ('68) Re: Rattlesnake Mountain To: Frank "Mac" Quinlan ('62) and Don Sorenson (NAB) Interesting notes about Rattlesnake Mountain and the missile silos. I also got to go up to the top on some kind of field trip -- probably Boy Scouts. We were shown the telescope, and believe we even got to look through it, a big monster that probably doesn't compare to today's versions. I don't remember it being a radar unit, but maybe it was?? The action you saw regarding some type of drill where the silo doors opened up must have been exciting. That would be down at the bottom. I was there in 1973, working for Battelle on a summer job at $3.00 an hour, walking the entire reservation with some type of Geiger counters checking out rabbit droppings and owl pellets. We had offices out by the former missile silos, in several buildings at the base of Rattlesnake. We never got to go in the silos themselves, or bunkers -- or whatever was behind those big doors -- but, we got to see some nice country that's been closed to the public for over 50 years now. Rattlesnake Springs was something to see -- the spring comes out of the mountain, and disappears before going under the Vernita highway. Site of a homestead that has never been given back to the farming family that was moved out in 1943. There is a large elk herd out there now, giving the bordering farmers problems. Almost 600 elk. Have always wanted to go back out there, but haven't made it. Nice memory! -Dwight Carey ('68) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/05/2007 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Betty Bell ('51) Shirley Rae Drury ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pam Ehinger ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) Just a note to let you know I became a great-grandmother for the 10th time yesterday afternoon. My granddaughter, Melissa Henry (Richland grad) had baby Madison, 5 lb 7 oz at 4:44pm Jan 3rd. Her mother Paula Norton Henry (also a Richland grad) is our youngest daughter. Everyone doing fine! -Betty Bell Norton ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) Re: Dutch Harbor Fireworks Show Thank you, Larry Mattingly ('60), for the update on your challenge in setting up your performance. I (for one) have been concerned, and your letter shows I have good cause. It seems that everyone has safety in mind. Yet I am so glad we do not live there. Such old-fashioned dedication to your commitment you show. I applaud you for it and for the writing talent application that shows us so vividly your surroundings. Your composition teachers did their jobs well! Of course, it's obvious the pupil was exceptional! I'm fighting some kind of virus I've contracted into the 11th day after it first visited. Today I may try to see our family doctor just to check whether what I'm experiencing is normal. The lymph glands at the back of my neck are so swollen and painful, and my calf muscles and the ones back of my thighs hurt when I move and sit. However, 2 aspirin will alleviate the symptoms until their effect wears off. Just moaning and groaning around here, even in the beautiful weather we've had for two days. -Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) ~ Kennewick ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/06/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff and 6 Bomber funeral notices today: Marguerite Groff ('54), Bill Berlin ('56) Gene Johnson ('57), Larry Mattingly ('60) Gary Behymer ('64), Denny Nalder ('65) Linda McKnight ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry Mattingly ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lora Homme ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patricia Rediske ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marguerite Groff ('54) On January 12, I received the following e-mail from Kathy, wife of Jack Moorman ('54). "Just a note to let you know that Shirley passed away on December 31. Services will be Saturday 1/6 at 10:00 at Einan's there in Richland. You may already know this, but wanted to be sure." That would be Shirley Moorman Stewart ('54), wife of Lionel Stewart ('52). I was waiting for the obituary, but none was published. I just went to Einan's web site and didn't see an obituary. So, I decided this was the best way to share such sad news to both Shirley's and Lionel's classmates and friends. A belated "Happy New Year" to one and all. -Marguerite Groff ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) To: Larry Mattingly ('60) Sounds like winter in good old Dutch Harbor. Used to fly in there a lot in the winter months and your story sounds pretty typical for this time of the year. I remember taking off from Port Heiden with three very large men who were meeting their King Crab boat at Dutch and I was sure I was over grossed and the take-off pretty well proved that. Now there is an old flying adage, if a plane is heavy going up, the going down will be less of a problem and in this case it was a good thing. Landing at Dutch in a huge wind I thought that we were going to flip when we hit the runway but these three very large guys were just what I needed to keep the wheels on the ground. Not a fun flight but business as usual in Dutch Harbor. I have been stuck out there for so many days that I considered running for mayor during one long stay. Hello Mayor Larry??? Re: Boise State Broncos Great game. Maybe the most entertaining in many years and BSU deserved this win. I remember when it was Boise Junior College (BJC) and they were a farm club for the University of Oregon. A lot of top name Ducks came over from BJC over the years. The Broncos QB is from Oregon, Ontario I think, and was rejected by the U or Oregon so he went to BSU. Good thing too. I love it. The Western Athletic Conference (WAC) did very well during the holidays with BSU, Hawaii winning and Nevada losing by a point. The Mountain West's BYU ripped Oregon too. No more patsies in these leagues but they still "don't get no respect" from the BCS or the big guys. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ Anacortes, WA where the weather continues to be changing by the hour and our electricity has been out some nine times this year. We are having Maui weather... not weather LIKE Maui but weather that makes you want to GO to Maui. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gene Johnson ('57) Howdy from "Wild Horse Plains" Montana. I haven't been on here for the last couple of years, lots of things happening. I just found an entry from Sharon Panther Taft. Hi Sharon, and Dave. The reunion sounds interesting. Hard to believe it's been FIFTY, years. Maybe we'll see you all in September. -Gene Johnson ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Success at last The weather appeared to be cooperative tonight, Tuesday the 2nd, so I had the semi tractor hookup and pull the trailer the mile or so to the shoot site. The wind was only a stiff breeze and it was snowing moderately. I had given each crew member an assignment in final preparations to fire. We fired several salutes over the space of 15 minutes to be sure all in the town would know the display would be tonight. I had the 12 year old son of a crew member push the buttons to launch the salutes. That made his day. We could barely see them gathering along the bay through the snow fall. 30 Minutes after the warning salutes, we commenced firing. Patterns in the sky and multi- levels of effects worked as designed. There was a great added effect in that 1000 foot high mountain right behind us covered with white glistening snow that reflected the colors and lit up the whole bay. The show was a great success. One of my best efforts in many years. The crew of 4 who had worked so hard for long hours not really knowing why they were doing some things, were really excited. There were good hugs and heartfelt words. When the last echoes of the finale salutes had rumbled off into the distance I realized it had stopped snowing and was crystal clear with little wind. Word came down from city leaders that we had "raised the bar", and that I should immediately submit a long term contract proposal. I have made several firm friendships here in the icy middle of the North Pacific/Bering Sea. Having been invited into some of their homes and met their families, I felt a bit of a kinship with them. Like many Richlanders, they are from all over the US. N Carolina, Oklahoma, New York, Florida, Nebraska. My best friend here grew up in Quincy, WA. The residents of Unalaska have the same hopes and dreams and the willingness to work for them as many of those I grew up with. Nice people, and I look forward to coming back for the 4th. Maybe except for that plane ride..... Now if I can clean up the mess and get off this island before the weekend, I will be in the Anchorage/Palmer-Wasilla areas for a couple of days of business meetings. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly ('60) ~ From the Grand Aleutian Hotel at Dutch Harbor, AK where I will go to bed relieved and quite satisfied with the day. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Michael Carraher (Class of 1964) Front page of The Spokesman-Review for Wednesday January 3, 2007 has a photo of Doctor Mike Carraher -Gary Behymer ('64)...somewhere near the Top Notch, Colfax, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Denny Nalder ('65) Re: Let's talk more about BSU:~) I teach in the Boise school District and am very proud of the progress our University has made on the football field. I have had the privilege of teaching and coaching several of the players when they were in the 9th grade and they were all very neat young men. The coaches and staff at our school follow our former students closely. Of course our most famous alum is Jake Plummer - He visits us when he is in town. But what I am really proud of is the way our fans, students and players conducted themselves during the whole season. So many times fans and students get out of hand after a big victory and destroy property and leave a bad taste in the communities involved. There was a huge party in Boise after the victory and nobody was arrested and there was no damage to property. Very classy of our community. In all the interviews I saw, all the players, fans and coaches were very gracious and represented our city well. Good job Boise. Go Broncos -Denny Nalder ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) On December 30, 2006, I became a Grandma for the fourth time. My son and daughter-in-law had a baby girl, Victoria Rose Jackson, 8 lbs. 13 oz. 20-1/2 inches long. Mommy, Victoria, and Daddy are doing fine. Hubby and I are taking soup over to the new parents tomorrow. Haven't seen Victoria since New Year's Eve... wanted to let the new parents settle in some. Will send pics later. She is adorable!! Bomber hugs, -Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notices >>Ed White ('69) ~ 10/1/51 - 8/29/06 >>Pat Aeschliman Roberts ('57) ~ 1/12/39 - 11/18/06 >>Carol Shanks Caldwell ('57) ~ 12/30/38 - 12/12/06 >>Jim Walker ('65) ~ 11/13/46 - 12/22/06 >>Shirley Moorman Stewart ('54) ~ 9/26/36 12/31/06 >>Mike Botu ('65) ~ 12/10/46 - 1/1/07 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/07/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Donna McGregor ('57), Barbara Sharp ('61 & '62) Brent Van Reenen ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna McGregor Salazar ('57) To: Bill Wingfield ('67) Re: Your inquiry on the snow situation in Santa Fe, NM on 1/2/07 Finally did some catching up on the Sandstorm. Sorry so late - you may even be home by now and know all about it! You betcha! You probably did have 3', and maybe more, of snow in your driveway. Another storm came through last night. Our area just caught the edge of it, but further south to Santa Fe and beyond got a lot more. My daughter's boss couldn't get out of his driveway - further south than Santa Fe. These were record snowfalls for a lot of New Mexico. Here in Espanola we got a total of about 19". That's not a lot for some places in the country, but for here it is a LOT!! Our elevation is over 5800', Santa Fe's is 7000'. So, yes, Bill, there was a lot of snow in your driveway and if you are not home yet there is probably still a bunch of it there. Hope all had good holidays~Cheers~from northern NM. -Donna McGregor Salazar ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barbara Sharp Lysher Porter ('61 & '62) As a displaced Richland Bomber, and now a 30 year settled-in Okie, I must say the Fiesta Bowl was one of the most exciting games we have watched in years. Going into the game my husband, a true Okie whose grandparents made the "run", said don't count Boise out! And although he is a OU fan, (I personally like OSU) our evening was spent admiring the coaching abilities of the Broncos. Bob Stoops may have gotten his team to the Big 12 Championship, but he was just out-coached by Boise!!! And I just loved the last play in the game, what a kick! So, to all you Broncos fan, GREAT GAME, and maybe see you next year in another bowl game... P.S. in Oklahoma, where I think sometimes Football comes before family, we also go to every high school football game. Some of the teams have problems coming up with enough players to field a team, but when they do, watch out, you'll see traditional Okie football, rough and tough and loved by all! -Barbara Sharp Lysher Porter (classes of '61 & '62) ~ Here in Earlsboro, Oklahoma, where a second stop sign may have to be put up this year. Traffic is increasing, a little............... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brent Van Reenen ('67) Re: '67 in '07 - 40 year Reunion or Club 40?? What is happening with the 40 year reunion for the Blue Ribbon Class of 1967?? If anyone knows, let me know. My new wife, Susan, and I have just moved from East Wenatchee to Everett to take care of her ailing parents. Let me know what is happening. -Brent Van Reenen ('67) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/08/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: John Campbell ('63), Jim Adair ('66) Marsha Hopfinger ('67), Sherri Daugherty ('67) Kathie Moore ('69), Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kath Carlson ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Campbell ('63) Re: Seahawks My wife and I were fortunate enough to see an outstanding Seahawks game last night. The fans certainly got their money's worth. It was like a roller coaster ride. We needed 4 miracles: Our patched-up defense to contain T.O. and Dallas' other receivers, Romo to muff the ball on the field goal, Babs to catch him, and Stevens to step up and catch passes! Sometimes you just got to get lucky. Let's enjoy the ride as far as it goes. A belated happy New Year's wish to all my fellow Bombers. -John Campbell ('63) ~ in rainy Seattle P.S. Looking forward to seeing my old classmate George Barnett ('63), who has kindly offered to show my brother Rush ('52) and me around Tucson later this month. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Adair ('66) and Kathie Moore Adair ('69) This is a Prayer call, the more the better. We have a good friend who is a Bomber. He has a brain tumor and is having surgery on Monday the 8th. Please Pray for him; to keep him safe, to guide his surgeon and to be with his family. Thank you so much from windy West Richland. -Jim Adair ('66) and Kathie Moore Adair ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marsha Hopfinger Sork ('67) Re: Blue Ribbon Class of '67 in '07 - 40 Year Reunion The 40th class reunion of the Class of 67 will be held this summer. Here is the information available so far: Date of the reunion: July 27 and July 28 2007 Location: Hampton Inn, Richland Room reservations: This is a busy weekend in the Tri-Cities. If you need a room reservation, I recommend you do it now. Hampton Inn rates are $91.00 Cityside and $101.00 Riverside. To get this rate, give this confirmation number when making the reservation: R67. Any room left in the block of rooms we have reserved will be released July 6, 2007 if it has not been reserved. Reunion program: Here is what we know so far about reunion events. On, Friday, July 27 we will have a room reserved for a welcome gathering. This will be a casual gathering for people to mingle as out-of-town classmates start to gather. On Saturday, there are many events scheduled in Howard Amon Park which is right next to the Hampton Inn. The art show and other community events are sponsored by the Hydroplane Race planning committees. Saturday night July 28, we will sponsor a gathering at the Hampton Inn for the Blue Ribbon Class of 1967. This will be a casual affair that will allow class members to reconnect. The evening will offer heavy hors doeuvres and drinks in an environment that will be conducive to great conversation. We have a large room with a beautiful patio attached that is just a few steps from the river. It will be a fun evening. We may also offer a golf tournament. Contact Data Base: We are preparing an invitation to be sent to class members. We will contact by US Mail and/or e-mail, depending on personal preference. This is where we need help. We have a list of addresses used for announcing the 35th reunion. This US Mail list needs to be updated. We made a data base of e-mail addresses posted on: We are requesting updates from people who have posted their e-mail address on the site. We are depending on each person who reads this to notify friends who dont see it about our need for correct information. Please contact Marsha Hopfinger Sork to update any information you have about our classmates. When you send an e-mail please have the subject line read: Class of 67 contact info update. Feel free to contact me with suggestions or questions. Regards, -Marsha Hopfinger Sork ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sherri Daugherty Elliott ('67) To: Brent Van Reenen ('67) Hi Brent... I am glad you asked the question... I hope there is going to be a reunion! Those of us out of towners need to make reservations and such... so we need dates and so forth. We are fine... David and I living in Laguna Niguel, CA (now suffering from a beautiful day of 71 temperatures... ha!) Dad is still in Milton- Freewater... has had major by-pass surgery and two knee replacements on the same knee. He is wearing out... his heart is not good. Mom passed away last March... the day before my birthday. We were all with her and she actually knew us in the ending moments... a real miracle after suffering with alzheimers for so long. She was only 77 years old. I will be going to Walla Walla in February... to take care of my sister... she is having her thumb joint replacement surgery... I guess that's what getting old is all about... sucks. Greetings to Susan and a hug for you. -Sherri Daugherty Elliott ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Seahawks I don't know if what I sent went through, so here it is again. How about them Seahawks Saturday night? I found it interesting as John Madden said the final play would be a "hook and ladder" just like Boise State used. Alas, it was a "hail Mary" and didn't work for the Cowboys. The Seahawks will have to play better next week in either Chicago or New Orleans to make it into the next round. Seattle has the most "rabid" fans no matter what the weather man brings. Go Seahawks!!!!!!!!!!!!! -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where we already have more rain for the month than normal and the stats. are only through the 6th, oh my ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/09/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Missy Keeney ('59), Donni Clark ('63) David Rivers ('65), Mandy Holmes ('97) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joan Eckert ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda Reining ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pearl Drotts ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Funderburg ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) Re: Montgomery Ward I am looking for a picture of the Montgomery Ward storefront. It was on the Jadwin side of the Uptown south of Newberry's (now Joann's). -Missy Keeney ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) To: All Bombers wherever you are Another Reunion/Lunch! First time Southern California - L.A. area. Jeanie Walsh Williamson ('63) and I are putting together a special get- together for all Bombers and their families. Jeanie (who is on the Simi Valley City Council) has put together a tour of the Ronald Reagan Library and Air Force One on Saturday, April 28th. We will meet at ll:00 at the Library for the tour and then go to lunch. We will work out the lunch details when we know how many will be coming. Jeanie already has some places in mind. If there are any Bombers coming from out of town and need a place to stay, Jeanie may be able to block off some rooms at a near-by Hotel also. If you are interested in coming please contact me and let me know. You have time to put it on your calendar now and I will give you an up date next month as to how plans are going and answer any questions you have if I can. If you know Bombers who are not aware of the Sandstorm, please let them know also. They can contact me by phone. It was a very warm 87 here in sunny CA today! -Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) ~ La Mirada, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Hey Girl... it's yer birthday! So... I'm sitting here thinking... shall I finish the Brief I'm spozed to be working on or should I say Happy Birthday to a '64 (class not age... yet) Bomber Babe... uhhhh... gee... hard choice... now if the phone would just stay quiet for a minute or two... This is one a them down home country Bomber Babes... the kinda beautiful lady ol Brother Buck would sing about when he had a tiger by the tail... Yup... A Bakersfield girl... prolly hanging round the Crystal Palace waitin' to see the Smokin' Armadillos... I always mean to stop in and say howdie when I'm there for the hotrod reunion... but with all that nitro in my nose and the tearing in my eyes I haven't made it yet... course she's always gonna get together with me on one of her bowling trips to Vegas... we've come close a time or two... But no matter what... it's time to say: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO Linda Reining ('64)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) P.S. to Roy Ballard ('63)... Hope you are recovering well and lemme know if there is anything I can do (Like have Adair ('65-67) run and fetch for ya!!!!!!!!) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mandy Holmes Taylor ('97) Re: '97 in '07 Reunion help Hello Bomber brothers and sisters! Greetings from warm and windy Southern California! I've written about this before, but I thought I would ask for help again. I am planning my class reunion (only 10th this year) and am at the stage of making decisions as far as location and activities. I'm looking at Water Follies weekend--yes, I remember it's always busy that time of year, which is why I want people to come home! I have a couple of proposals from hosts, but wanted to know if anyone knew who I might be able to contact regarding class finances. I am unable to contact my class president--yes, I've tried--and was not in student government in high school. So, I don't know if the class has any funds. I am unable to, and don't feel that I should have to, pay for everything myself. I can front some costs, but not too much. I also do not live in the area and wouldn't be able to travel there for some time due to work and school obligations. Also, if anyone knows any class of 1997 Bombers, I would appreciate it if you would forward the information on to them that I'm looking for them. I am specifically looking for my class president Chad Kreutz. So far, I'm the only one that I know of trying to organize anything and I'm not getting very many responses. That could be due to the lack of a committed venue and date, but I can't really commit unless I know how many might be coming. I hate that Catch-22 thing... Other than that frustration, life is good here. I am on my way back to graduate school full-time with only 3 (maybe 4) quarters left until I have my MA! I hope everyone is well, healthy, and following their dreams. Be good to yourselves and each other. Bomber cheers, -Mandy Holmes Taylor ('97) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/10/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Paul Worrell ('57), Larry Mattingly ('60) Patti Jones ('60), Kathie Moore ('69) Jenni Rew ('97) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Paul Worrell ('57) Re: Fiesta Bowl Wooooooow, what a fantastic football game!!!! Thanks to all the Bombers that cheered for our BSU Broncos. That was the most exciting and stunning game I've ever seen. It had excitement, action, drama and yes, romance. What more can you ask for? With an estimated 17.3 million viewers world wide, the Boise State Bronco football team has put the 'little' guys' on the map and perhaps will get the recognition and respect of the 'naysayers' out there in sports land. Everyone (well almost) in Boise and the state of Idaho can't say enough about the players, coaches, and entire staff. We are so very proud of all of them. Yep, BSU BRONCO'S are # 1. Greetings to all Bombers wherever you are around the globe. -Paul Worrell ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Travel fun Besides entertaining people with fire, one of the more fun things I do in life is travel and meet people. While in Anchorage this week on business I got an e-mail from Sally Sheeran Heath ('58) to come by for a visit with her and husband Chuck ('56-Sandpoint, ID). So I called first and drove out there Saturday PM. Sally and Chuck are gracious hosts and I was greeted with a hug and telling me I was staying for dinner. The Seahawks game was on the first TV I had watched since leaving home before dawn on the 26th. Great game but a bit wild. Two of Sally's daughters showed up with their children and also a son-in-law Todd, husband of the Governor. Nice fellow. Part of our discussion was about the wedding that didn't happen. My mother, Louise, almost married their father, Clem Sheeran. They called it off 2 days before the wedding. There were probably other reasons but we think mostly neither really wanted to give up their home. Sally's husband, Chuck, is a great hunter and does some interesting work for a wildlife department. I could listen to him for hours. Thanks Sally and Chuck for a wonderful evening. I spent the next night at the home of a pyro friend on an island in Big Lake about 55 miles from Anchorage. Normally I go to the landing and call for someone to pick me up in the boat. Not this time. There are 28 inches of ice on that lake. So I drove out on the 4 lane plowed road (20 inches of snow) that runs diagonally the length of the lake. Taking the 2nd left I motored right to his island and parked where his dock usually floats. It was a strange sensation. I bought a couple of steaks on the way and we bar-b-qued them on the grill. It was really cold on the deck of his 3 year old beautiful log home. Last year I helped him replace the posts holding up the roof of the front deck and 2nd story. The 6 new posts were native Alaskan hand-carved totems. I checked his fancy digital home weather station. No wonder, it was -28 below zero F! I said a quick prayer this morning (Monday the 8th) before trying to start the car after 15 hours in that cold wind. It was groaning but fired-up on the 3rd try, and I was off to a couple of appointments after a few minutes of warm up. I negotiated a renewal of our contract with the State Fair, so I will be back up in August if not before. I note that at least half of the pickups I see are carrying a snowplow blade on the front. Alaska has lots of really nice folks, and the scenery is hard to beat. This was one of my best trips ever, but I will be glad to be in my own bed at home Tuesday night. I was saddened to read of the passing of my former sister-in-law, Carol Ann Shanks ('57). She was a good woman, a fine mother, business person, and she was a lady. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -Larry Mattingly ('60) ~ From NE Anchorage AK... It is only -7 below 0 on the deck here at 11 PM. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Reflection through the New Year coming into 2007 have shown me again and again how thankful I am to be back in the Richland area. So much to do and explore. Have not even began to do all I want to. Amazed that Entertainment newspaper is full monthly of things to do every week. The arts have grown over the years in the area. Our worst weather is not ever like Western Washington. Maybe having a few less huge trees is a blessing. Looking forward to the luncheon on Saturday. -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kathie Moore Adair ('69) Re: Surgery Thank you for all of your Prayers. I know there were some, had to be more than just me. The golf ball size tumor is out. They think they got it all and that it is benign. He should be fine. In Intensive Care for now. Thank You all again. Thank God. -Kathie Moore Adair ('69) ~ from the wind blown city of West Richland... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jenni Rew Hoskins ('97) To: Mandy Holmes Taylor ('97) Re: '97 in '07 Reunion Hey Mandy, It was good to hear from you. It's great that you are doing so well. Good luck with your Masters. Hey I may be able to help you with Chad Kreutz ('97). I think he's married and possibly living in Seattle. But his mom lives in Pasco and her name is Kathy Scott. Hopefully that helps you track her down. Good luck planning the reunion. You're a brave girl. -Jenni Rew Hoskins ('97) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/11/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers and 1 NARB sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Pappy Swan ('59), Betti Avant ('69) Ed Schable (NARB - Not a RICHLAND Bomber) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Russell ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bob Lysher ('81) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Old vs. Seasoned OK Bombers, I now have undeniably, irrefutable, and indisputable proof that I am no longer just "seasoned" but "old!" And, it cost me $100.00 to prove it. Yesterday, I appeared in traffic court. I appeared to explain to the judge just why I had been happily driving "Lil Ricky" (my little rickity ol' huntin' and fishin' pickup) all over the state of Washington for six months on expired license tabs. To cut to the nitty gritty (age dating old term) of this story, I just plain forgot. I thought that I had taken care of it. My wife, Jeanne, and I have a system. The notice arrives in the mail. She sends in the payment and when the new registration and tabs arrive, I apply them and thereafter drive happily around with my left blinker constantly on. However, we were in Utah on a fishing trip last year when Ricky's tabs came due (driving the car not Ricky). We forgot and the notice got misplaced. About a month ago, one of Franklin Counties finest finally tagged me (so to speak) and awarded me a ticket for $193.00 since my tabs were over two months expired. However, the good news is that the judge exhibited a sense of humor when I told him that I was indeed guilty... guilty of driving with expired tabs and being old and having a bad memory. After the court room laughter subsided, he completed his own laughter, and said that he sympathized, but by state law he could only reduce the fine to $100.00 and since he was no spring chicken, he was going to pay more attention to his own tabs. The story ends there but I must admit to a prologue. On the way to traffic court, a "lady driver" pulled right out in front of me, from a side street on the right. After hitting the brakes and standing Jeanne and I on our nose, I continued on to court in a private (under my breath) rant about crazy drivers ... as I then sheepishly noticed that my right blinker was still on after just changing lanes prior to the ladies... now, not so offensive left turn. So ... watch out for ranting old guys, driving rickity little pickups with either blinker on, they're everywhere and a new crop is constantly coming of age! -Old George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Just happily goin' down the road in Burbank, WA in a fog and thinkin' "Laugh at yourself and the whole world will laugh with you and who cares if they laugh at you... they're laughing." **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: snow Well, the kids got their wish today. We probably got a couple of inches of "white stuff" and they canceled school. Friday is a professional day and Monday is a federal holiday so they have more time off in the next few days. School is already set to let out in mid June and will probably be later with the snow days. They already have at least 1 or 2 days to add on to the end of the year. It is interesting, too, that there are several school districts in the area and not all have Friday off, but all have Monday off. The same was true at Christmas break, most were scheduled to start break on the 18th, but the 15th was canceled due to weather and other schools didn't start their break until the 21st. I don't remember missing many days of school growing up in Richland due to the weather do you? This small amount of snow (I'm guessing no more than 2") caused them to cancel school today (1/10). The big worry now is for it to freeze in time for the evening commute. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** NOTE: Since Ed sent this to the page webmaster -- NOT to the Sandstorm as an entry -- I'm leaving his email address off, but figured this exchange would be interesting for some of us. -Maren ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~`` >>From: Ed Schable (NARB - Not a RICHLAND Bomber) mailto:NOT Re: Bomber Mascot Web Page Fellow "Bomber", Your web page on the bomber heritage of your school is really cool. I am a graduate of Argenta - Oreana HS in Illinois. I find it interesting that there are only 15 that were found nationally. Also interesting is the change of mascots. I have always thought that the bomber is an original and strong mascot. Anyway, cool site. Ed S. PS If you are into finding strange or unusual mascots, some weird ones in Illinois are: Fisher (Bunnies), Hoopeston Area (Cornjerkers), Rockford East (E-Rabs), Teutopolis (Wooden Shoes), Cobden (Apple Knockers), Effingham (Flaming Hearts), Vandalia (Vandals), Centralia (Orphans) ..... Just off the top of my head -Ed Schable (NARB - Not a RICHLAND Bomber) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I wrote to him: Ed, As far as I know, we are the only Bombers with an atom bomb as a mascot, though .... You have to admit that an a-bomb is much more powerful/stronger than a plane. Bomber cheers, Maren Smyth, class of '64 Richland Bomber ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Ed answered: Maren, Indeed the a-bomb is quite intimidating. A friend informed me of a bomber you may or may not have on your list. The Midwest City Bombers in Oklahoma. -Ed Schable, class of '91 A/0 Bomber ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Midwest City Bombers are #10 on the web page list. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Donna Gulley Jorgensen ('58) ~ 2/17/40 - 1/4/07 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/12/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Gus Keeney ('57), Tom Verellen ('60) Sandy Carpenter ('61), Carol Converse ('64) Chuck Crawley ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Earl Bennett ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) To: Pappy Swan ('59) AAAAAmen on the tag thing, Nuf Said??? I had to rush in last month and redo my drivers license that expired in June!!! Luckily, I didn't get caught. There is a whole herd of us OFs (Old Folks) down here in Yuma, AZ. Now that the "Birds" are here, it's way more of a challenge to get anywhere. It'll slack off after April!! -Gus Keeney ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) To: G. P. Swan ('59) Sorry Pappy, I'm not sure that forgetting to do the tabs automatically qualifies you for "oldness". I carry a bicycle on the rear of my RV which semi obscures the license plate. So I never got an official reminder from any state sponsored uniformed person because they never saw me doing something very stupid and speeding is impossible (four cylinder Toyota). My grandchildren did mention it several times but in my mind I didn't feel overdue. Turns out that when I did actually check the dates on the tag I had been driving expired (the tags not me) for three years. Living a life of crime in ignorance. Only in retrospect, I enjoyed living life on the edge. Consequently since I don't recall getting "old" you probably aren't.... Now where was I? -Tom Verellen ('60) ~ snow bound near Lacey, WA.. drifts nearly 2 inches deep and a cold north wind in the low 30s. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sandy Carpenter Lee (Great Class of 1961) Re: Snow Days ToO: Betti Avant ('69) Yes, Betti, I can remember a few missed days of school, but not very many. The ones I'm thinking of were when we were in grade school at Jefferson Grade School. We lived across the street from the school, so it wasn't very far for us to go. But, if they closed school because of the weather, you still couldn't go. That particular day the whole family stayed home, and I remember it fondly because my folks taught us how to make and pull taffy candy. We made all kinds, vanilla, peppermint, etc. And it was soooo good! Turned out pretty good, too. Sure wish I still had that recipe. Another thing my Dad would always make every holiday season was Butterscotch Suckers, and he made the sticks out of toothpicks! They were very good, and I do have that recipe. Maybe something for our school recipe book. Cheers, -Sandy Carpenter Lee (Great Class of 1961) ~ a very snowy Gold Bar, WA (we had a total of 8" here) where schools are closed **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) Re: Snow To: Betti Avant ('69) I don't remember any school closures for snow or wind. Most of us walked to school and the buses, I think, always ran, perhaps a bit late getting there. We are having a cold snap hit us with temps in the high 20s to low 30s the next few nights. It took me a long time to scrape the windows on the car this morning. The snow/rain is to start this afternoon or tonight. It's predicted that we will get snow down to the beaches. If there is snow when people get up tomorrow, they will all be outside taking pictures and all the kids will be playing. It's been almost 20 years since Eureka has gotten any snow to speak of. -Carol Converse Maurer (Boomer Bomber Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA The sun is out and it looks lovely, just VERY cold! Linda, I hope this cold gets down to you. You can be a happy camper, as I heard southern CA was quite warm yesterday. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Chuck Crawley ('67) Re: Bomber Mascot Web Page Not to mention the Bay Area Bombers... but that was Roller Derby -Chuck Crawley ('67) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/13/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Carol Bishop ('57), Missy Keeney ('59) Cheryl Weihermiller ('60), Dave Hanthorn ('63) Leoma Coles ('63), Linda Reining ('64) Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Luda Stambaugh ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pat Ruane ('75) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Bishop Horne ('57) Re: Snow in LV We are expecting snow today in Las Vegas and cold weather too... kids will love it... lots of snowmen will be built and then melt away by noon... To: Sally Sheeran Heath ('58) Re: Alaska Governor I was wondering if you know a Ray Matishowski... worked for Senator Murkowski... Ray is from Ketchikan and went with our daughter in High School and somewhat after... nice guy... and political too... we were wondering about him and if he is still in the political field... -Carol Bishop Horne ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) To: Sandra Carpenter Lee ('61) BUTTERSCOTCH SUCKERS!!! Gotta have THAT recipe!! -Missy Keeney ('59) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Cheryl Weihermiller Wagner ('60) Re: Richland Street Names Of course there were the ranch house trees, but who were the other streets named after? ie VanGiesen, Goethals, Lee, Wright, Jadwin, etc. Thanks to sister Ellen's ('63) connections, I learned the source of Carmichael's non NW historical naming, for a school board land donor. -Cheryl Weihermiller Wagner ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Hanthorn (Gold Medal Class of '63) To: Chuck Crawley ('67) Re: Bomber mascots If you are going to talk about pro sports teams like the Bay Area Bombers, then you can't leave out the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League (didn't that franchise used to be in a different city?) Bomber Cheers, -Dave Hanthorn (GMC '63) from sunny, cold, and snowy Mercer Island, where I would like to get rid of some of this global cooling before worrying too much about global warming. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Leoma Coles ('63) I haven't been on line for ages, except at my local coffee house. My computer was soooo messed up, and I finally spent 6 1/2 hours last week and got my computer totally re-programmed. I was on the phone with "India" at Dell what seemed forever... now, I can really enjoy my computer again, and just wanted to wish Mr. Earl Bennett ('63) a very Happy Birthday! Wow, those birthdays sure come around fast these past few years, and I have a hard time believing that we are now "over 60" LOL.. Well, everyone out there... Take care, -Leoma Coles ('63) ~ Salem, OR where it's so cold, that it's not even over 20 out! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) re:snow days I don't remember missing any school for snow or any other type of weather. they kept saying Bakersfield might get snow flurries Friday, but we didn't get them(last time it snowed here, was January 25th, 1999, and we got enough snow to stop the town in its tracks---schools closed, businesses closed, even the mail didn't "run", but we had fun making snowmen, snow angels, and having snowball fights)!!!!! darn!!!! yes, I LOVE the cold and I LOVE the snow, but I realize I don't have to drive in it and I don't have to shovel it, and it's been over 30 years since I had to drive in it, so I might feel differently IF I had to do all that, but I still LOVE it and I still miss it!!!!!!! *grin* it's cold in Bakersfield-----it is only 29 degrees right now and they are saying parts of Kern County could get down to 16 degrees by Saturday night! now, I know that's COLD and freezing, but I still LOVE the cold!!!! I can always get warm enough, BUT I can NEVER get cool enough!!!!!! *grin* they are advising that we all protect our water pipes and let water trickle out of the backyard spigots---I remember doing that in Richland, only it was the kitchen faucet that we would let water trickle out of. we keep the heat in the house at 68, which is GREAT for me, but my daughter goes around with a sweatshirt on all the time!!!! her kids inherited MY hot blood---she has to practically threaten them with their lives to get them to wear jackets or sweaters when they are outside!!!!! *grin* Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of 64).........Bakersfield, CA.......where it's COLD and yes, Carol Converse Maurer('64), I am a "happy camper"!!! *grin* **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Snow Days I know we had snow days growing up in Richland, but I don't recall very many. I know in the winter of '64 - '65 we had a big snowfall and school wasn't called off. I walked in knee deep snow from Torbett and Thayer to Chief Joseph, no one had gotten out and cleaned off their sidewalks. In those days the boots we wore came just above the ankles and pants weren't allowed. I was taking chorus that year and we had been working on Handel's Messiah. We were to join with Carmichael and Columbia High in a Christmas program to sing that song. Alas, when the snow hit they canceled the concert and we were pretty "bummed out" about it. One of the first things we made in Home Ec class in the 7th grade was molasses taffy. We wrapped it in waxed paper to take home and share with our families. I put mine in my purse, we had an assembly later that day, and by the time I got home the taffy was hopelessly stuck to the paper. Mom put it in the freezer for a while and we could then peel the paper off, yummy!!!!!!!!! -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where at noon it's still below freezing- brrrrrrrrrrrrr ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/14/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers and Don Sorenson sent stuff: Mike Clowes ('54), Bill Berlin ('56) Michael Ragland ('57), Bonnie Allen ('59) Patti Mathis ('60), Larry Mattingly ('60) Sandy Carpenter ('61), Donna Bowers ('63) Bill Scott ('64), Don Sorenson (N A B) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan Baker ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Sharing... From The Editor: **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) To: Cheryl Weihermiller Wagner ('60) The street we have known and come to love were named for engineers. There is somewhere on the Bomber web page a listing of just who is whom. To: Dan Hanthorn ('63) Didn't that team used to be in Baltimore? -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ In chilly Mount Angel, OR; no snow but plenty of frozen mud-puddles. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Richland Street names A lot of those mentioned in the 1/13/07 Sandstorm were Engineers during the building of the Panama Canal. Not only was I told that by my Dad but having traversed that body of water many times, you see their pictures in the museum in Panama City. Re: Winnipeg Blue Bombers Nope. The Blue Bombers of the CFL have been there for years. Having kicked there a couple of years, I know they were there in '61 and '62. Not sure where the "Bombers" side of the name came from but you only have to play a game or two in November in Manitoba to realize where the "Blue" comes from... "blue" as in frozen blue. Re: Bomber Mom Violet Berlin, Mother of Bill ('56) and Bruce (Kennewick '61) will turn 98 on 1/23/07. She lives here in Anacortes at the Rosario Assisted Care Living Center and is doing pretty well... even exercises in class three times a week. Re: Boise State Football I am still thinking they should be #1. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ Anacortes, WA where we still have 4" of snow on the ground, could play Hockey Night in Canada on my front street and keeping my beer cold is NO problem. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Michael Ragland ('57) Re: Medicare and Social Security A "heads up" to Bombers nearing retirement age. If you do not sign up for medicare when you become eligible, the social security agency penalizes you when you do sign up. Not whining, but when I turned 65, I was still working full time and insured under a group policy with the company that employed me. Naturally, Medicare and Social Security were far from my mind, as I am healthy and was fully insured. When I resigned from that company and began doing consulting work, I attempted to buy a private policy. Being a Washington resident, I applied for a LifeWise of Washington policy, a private plan that is affordable. I was rejected due to the fact that I was medicare eligible. Cool. I applied for Medicare and learned that, because I was eligible a year earlier, I would have to pay $78.00 per month in premium, something that I would not have been subject to had I applied six months prior to turning 65. That premium increases with the cost of living on an annual basis. It also increases as you further age without applying and receiving Medicare benefits. Not sure I understand the logic here, but it is what it is. Re: Seahawks On a happier note, the Seahawks are playing in Chicago this weekend where the temperature and snowy conditions are more favorable than here. Most of the media thinks the Hawks have no chance, but play offs are play offs and even in their decimated condition, the team will play with heart. Not necessarily guaranteeing a win, but I think we have a great chance. -Michael Ragland ('57) ~ from cold Edmonds, WA where it is currently 25 and the heat wave is coming. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bonnie Allen ('59) To: Leoma Coles ('63) If you learn to use the "Chat" feature with Dell it will make your life a little easier. Before Christmas I spent many hours with Verizon and Dell. Verizon was a snap, I think the reps I was talking to were just down the road. Dell is another matter. When I tell them "I can't understand you." they think I can't understand what they are telling me to do. This is not the case... I can't understand what they are saying! I know they are speaking English, but their accent is so bad I don't understand them. When they type the words, I can understand them much better than when I am talking to them. If you use the "chat" feature, they also have a remote control program where you give them permission to remotely control your computer. It's pretty weird, because you can watch them doing things inside your computer. But they do it, and you don't have to and you can learn by watching them. Unfortunately, all three Dell people I was working with had different solutions to the problem. -Bonnie Allen ('59) ~ Mill Creek, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) All this talk of snow days has jiggled my memory. I don't remember not going to school because of snow, but I sure do remember being sent home early because of it. I must of been about 7 or 8 (sitting in someone's class, lord knows whose) when the teacher announced all of the parents had been called to pick up their children, as school had been canceled do to a blizzard. Well, as luck would have it, my mom was without a car that day. I didn't live far from the school (Marcus Whitman) and convinced the powers that be I was certainly capable of getting home on my own. I started out in the right direction, made a wrong turn somewhere, and by the time I realized it, my hat had blown off, my scarf was gone and I was soooo scared. In my panic I plowed up the sidewalk of a house that had their lights on and begged for entry. When my sobbing resided, I realized my home was right across the street. How lucky we were that homes back then were safe, and small children were always returned to their parents. Sweet. -Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Street names Original streets in Richland were, if I remember correctly, named after US Army officers, most were Generals and many but not all, were Corps of Engineers. General Goethals for instance was responsible for a major part of the building of the Panama Canal. We all know George Washington. Some where there exists some typewritten sheets with a 1-2 line history of these men. I saw it maybe 5-6 years ago. Can't remember who had it. How about it, Burt? Was it you that showed it to me? I'm sure it was a Bomber Alumni. Ok I know that only narrows it down to a crowd. Somebody fess up and enlighten us with a bit of history. [Larry -- you PROBABLY read it online. -Maren] Tree streets and Mountain streets came later in additions. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly ('60) ~ from home near Tacoma where it is 15 on my deck at midnight. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sandy Carpenter Lee ('61) Re: Butterscotch Suckers This is for Missy Keeney ('59) and any others who want to know how to make BUTTERSCOTCH SUCKERS Mix 1 1/2 cups sugar 1/2 cup water 1 Tbsp. Butter 1 tsp. Vinegar Boil to hard crack stage On waxed paper or buttered foil pour sucker size puddles onto Sucker sticks. Allow to harden and peel off foil. These are really good; and so easy! -Sandy Carpenter Lee (Class of '61) ~ In Gold Bar, WA where the snow hasn't even begun to melt And it is a brrrrrish 22 this morning. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Bowers Rice (Gold Medal Class of '63) To: Dave Hanthorn ('63) Global warming is brought on by the change in the CO2 cycle among other things and what that does is cause extremes of weather, both hot and cold and dry and wet. I am sitting here in St. Louis hearing cracks like thunder as big branches of trees pop off due to the ice storm we have here. This is just the beginning of several below freezing days with more ice storm to come. I have big trees in my back yard and I am wondering if they are going to be falling into my house after the next storm that passes through. Thankfully it is not windy or I think this could be worse. Nature is certainly beautiful, but also frightening. We have over 60,000 without power and this is just the beginning. We lived in the PNW for most of our lives and never experienced ice storms like they get back here. Hope all of you keep warm and happy & curl up with a good book... looks like a lot of people here will be in for a few days... sounds like there are problems all over. -Donna Bowers Rice (GMC '63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Scott ('64) Re: Richland street names To: Cheryl Weihermiller Wagner ('60) Many of the prominent Richland streets, including, I think, most if not all of the ones you listed were named after engineers of the Army Corps of Engineers. -Bill Scott (Boomer Bomber Class of '64_ ~ from uncharacteristically frigid Nipomo, CA where it's expected to be about 20 tonight **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (N A B) Re: Looking for Dave Crawley To: Chuck Crawley ('67) Is your fathers name Dave Crawley? I've been looking for him for a while now. If not, do you know a Dave Crawley? Re: Chldrenofthemanhattanproject Web Site To All Bombers, Tried to access the Childrenofthemanhattanproject this a.m. No luck the web site is expired. I know the Atomic Heritage folks had some plans to take over the site and make some changes, however I wonder if that plan feel apart. -Don Sorenson (N A B) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/15/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Shirley Rae Drury ('51), Wally Erickson ('53) Tom Hughes ('56), George Swan ('59) Jan Bollinger ('60), Carol Converse ('64) Dennis Hammer ('64), Brad Upton ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol Cross ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ronna Jo Lynch ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Freeman ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Sharing... From The Editor: **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) Re: Question to Bill Scott ('64) Bill, how did you make that little degree mark? (20) I only can show it here because I copied and pasted from your entry. I don't have anything like that on our keyboard, and have been sending weather reports cumbersomely spelling out "degrees F." -Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) ~ from Kennewick where there's ice all over my truck at midnight and 15 F. Br-r-r-r ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Shirley, Bill probably didn't do the degree mark (). I usually replace "degrees" with the mark whenever I see it. Google "keyboard characters": For a degree mark: use the number key pad on the right side of your keyboard. Make sure NumLock is on. Press/hold the ALT key & type 0176 ON THE KEY PAD... release the ALT key... TA DA!!! . Website has a whole bunch of other characters. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) To: Maren Re: New Orleans Saints The Saints played a great game against the Eagles. It's great to see New Orleans get this far into the play offs. Hope you'll root for the Seahawks Sunday... it would be fun watching the Seahawks vs. Saints!! Actually, the Seahawks are lucky they got this far; with all of their injuries. It's been an real "ugly" season for the Seahawks this year. I would think most of the Bombers would be rooting for the Seahawks; since they're a Washington/northwest team... grin. Seahawk cheers.. -Wally Erickson ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Hughes ('56) Everyone who signs up for Part B of Medicare pays the premium. Doesn't matter when you sign up. -Tom Hughes ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Stressful communication To: Bonnie Allen ('59) Re: "Unfortunately, all three Dell people I was working with had different solutions to the problem." Oh, the miracles of modern technology! I wonder how many of the afflictions suffered by modern man are stress-induced through the guilt- ridden attempt to use modern conveniences? Consider those of us who have lived through the onset of the age of information, but are finally realizing that we're just aren't wired that way? I still agonize over the fact that I have never learned to program my VHS Recorder and I don't even want to go to that place where DVD devices are discussed. Show me the button! Just show me the buttons and tell me which ones to push, when and where. Don't confuse me with too much info! It pushes me dangerously near the brink of mass mental mayhem. Like, "Why can't I learn to do all that stuff that my cell phone can do?" Or, maybe they should issue a kindergarten kid with each device, to explain it to me. I feel a sense of being left at the starting gate in today's quest for more. More information, more speed, and more...more. Now, everything has to be faster and offer more! Faster computers, faster cars. If it is faster, it is supposed to be better. But, when speed limits pretty much top out at 70 mph, why is the speedometer capable of registering 120? Am I going nowhere ... fast. And, I wonder how many other seniors really use all of those bells and whistles pushed at us on today's devices. I wonder. I considered meditating and cogitating further on this great quandary, but I can no longer bend my knees into that sitting position. And, when I hum (as in Ahhhhhuummmmmm), I am subjected to a fit of coughing. Besides that, the pathway of life just doesn't look as long as it used to. I don't want to spend all that time learning to use my new cell phone. When I buy it, why can't I just push a button and talk? And, why do email servers inevitably screw up about the time I need a really important exchange of information? So, in an effort to regain and secure inner peace for seniors such as I, while enjoying a slower pace, I am considering reviving the "Pony Express." However, I will call it "Hosses Unhurried." My bad knees no longer allow me to get my toe into the stirrup and vaulting over the horse's _ _ _ like "The Young Riders" is totally out of the question. However, I have secured an engine hoist so that I can be lowered into the saddle like the knights of old. And, I have had a seat belt installed on my old saddle. Speed is not of the essence. I figure that I can deliver a letter between Bomberville and Saint Jo, Missouri in about...oh, six or eight months (one way), dependent on weather and ol' Dobbin's grazing time. But, just think of the joy derived through reviving the drawn out anticipation and finally receiving a letter from the folks back home or way out west. The beauty of it all, is that seniors will no longer suffer the frustration of dealing with these modern, hi-tec, stressful, communication devices ... and ol' Dobbin and I can come out of being put out to pasture. Get yer cards and letters in early folks. I figure I can carry six in each side of the saddlebags after loading 'em with some jerky and Copenhagen fer me and grain fer ol' Dobbin. Sorry, no parcel posts or freight allowed. Any of ya'll old guys interested in applying contact "Ol' Dobbin, Burbank, WA." We're an equal opportunity outfit so ladies are welcome to apply too -- send picture of horse. -George "Pappy" "Ol Hoss" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where it's cold at night (single digits) and not much warmer during daylight burning time. Ummm, oookaaay, ol' Dobbin just pawed out the message that the "Hosses Unhurried" service will begin ummm, when the weather gets a little warmer. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) Re: Spokane Bomber Lunch - Sunday 1/21 Our November lunch was held at Ripples on the River for the first time and the great majority of those attending voted in favor of making it our permanent lunch location. Alums appreciated the extensive menu and the food received many compliments. The service could have been better in some cases and we have requested that the tables be set in banquet style instead of rounds for future lunches. My apologies for not reporting much earlier regarding the vote and the great turnout of 30+ Bombers and guests at that lunch! However (here comes my excuse . . . ), as many of you know, I had been having some health problems at that time, and after my biopsy came back positive, I was in chemo treatment the very next day! So I've had what they call "chemo brain" ever since, which sometimes makes it difficult to string two sentences together. However, I'm feeling kinda perky now and won't have another treatment until after the 22nd, so I expect to be feeling perky at Bomber lunch time, too. In any case, there WILL be a lunch and we hope it is one where we conversation revolves around everything BUT my health. (It's okay to talk about my hat, or wig, or near-bald head, though.) All Bombers, spouses and guests are welcome! -Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) -Gary Persons ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) Re: Seahawks So sad that the Seahawks lost. My husband and I hurried home from church this morning so that we could see the last of the game. How exciting to turn on the TV and see that they were 2 points ahead. They gave a good fight for the title though. There is always next year. We love 'em anyways! -Carol Converse Maurer (Boomer Bomber Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA where it's STILL very very cold! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) Re: Snow days I have been wondering about this since the early '80s when my daughter started Kindergarten. I don't remember school ever being canceled because of snow. I went to grade school and junior high in Athena and Milton-Freewater, Oregon where they have more snow than in the Tri- Cities. I do remember one time in grade school parents of at least one classmate came to pick him up and were getting assignments from the teacher for the next few days because they lived on a farm and were going to be snowed in. Re: Street names ~ I first learned in the '70s that the streets were named after Army engineers while working in the area as a mechanical and piping designer from Bomber dad Bob Noland (RIP). I have thought for years that the streets must have been named by someone from the South. One on the longer main streets is named after Robert E. Lee, but George B. McClellan has only a one block long street named after him. I didn't even know McClellan street existed until they had cut-backs out in the area; so for a couple of years I was trying to make a living delivering pizza and had to learn all the streets. -Dennis Hammer ('64) ~ (Time Magazine's Person of the Year for 2006) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) Hey Detroit Bombers! This coming week I'll be at Joey's Comedy Club in Livonia, Wednesday thru Saturday. I get back on Sunday morning and have 2 shows that night opening for Joan Rivers at the Skagit Casino. I'm sorry to say that I'm not expecting Bomber Legend, Mike Davis ('74) to be attending any of these shows. -Brad Upton ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/16/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 13 Bombers sent stuff: Richard Roberts ('49), Ralph Myrick ('51) Em De Vine ('52), Gus Keeney ('57) Steve Carson ('58), Mary Rose ('60) Ed Quigley ('62), Donni Clark ('63) Marilyn Swan ('63), Gary Behymer ('64) David Rivers ('65), Cathy Geier ('66) Doug Ufkes ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Stephanie Dawson ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barry Byron ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary Telfer ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gene Gustafson ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lucinda Barr ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard Roberts ('49) Re: Degree sign, Dang, Maren, you are so smart! -Richard Roberts ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ralph Myrick ('51) In 2002, I notified the Bomber crew about the compensation that the government was giving to those who think that radiation, or other substance, was responsible for their relatives' deaths. I submitted my dad's. He worked at the 100F area. Dr. Yang did the diagnosis of the cancer and took out some of dad's lung. However, more than seven years had passed since Dr. Yang had seen him. His office told me that records are destroyed after seven years. No hope there, however, Kadlec had records. Sent in all information that Dept. of Labor required and in 2005 I was told that they denied my compensation. They figured that working in the area was responsible for 46.38% of his cancer. You need 50% to qualify. I recently heard that a new law was passed and that you could resubmit your claim and that they were paying. I went to the Dept. of Labor in Richland and made an appointment with a counselor. During the time I spent with her, she told that a new law was passed, but only for the following sites: Amchitka Island Ames Laboratory Gaseous Diffusion Plants located at Paducah, Kentucky Portsmouth, Ohio Oak Ridge, TN Iowa Ordnance Plant Linde Ceramics Plant Mallinckrodt Chemical Works Nevada Test Site Pacific Proving Grounds Y-12 plant The reason that I am notifying any of you that had relatives at one of these site go to the nearest DOL offices and check to see if you qualify. I say this because my nephew said that his granddad worked at the Nevada site and when they submitted his name they got full compensation. It is worth a try. The powers to be are trying to get Hanford as one of the sites. Keep watch. -Ralph Myrick ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn "Em" De Vine ('52) To: Pappy Swan ('59) Yeah, I feel the same way about some of these "new fangled" things! For instance, this morning I was trying to play a new CD/radio/tape player and my 7 year old grandson finally pushed the right button. For reasons unknown to me, the front controls are for the CD and the top controls are for the tape player. I got the radio to play just fine. I talked with Jerry Dudley ('53) and he says he's not doing all that great. Actually, he was looking for Ray Hubbard ('52) so I gave him the information he needed to get in touch. Re: Butterscotch suckers We didn't have much luck with them. Maybe because I was looking at the C. instead of F. while it was boiling and got it up past 250. To: Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) Sorry to hear about your bad biopsy and subsequent chemo but glad you are feeling better. Good luck! I got a good report from my recent biopsy, now I'm just waiting to hear about the Pap test. It's amazing to me that so far I have escaped Ca. There was so much of it in my female line of ancestors, and even my eldest daughter has had cervical Ca and lots of skin cancers, which, luckily, are somewhat easily removed. I've always figured that if I live long enough, I will have it. One fun result of my biopsy is that I drew "tattoos" on my grandson with the pencil they used to "mark the spots" for the needle aspirations. And he drew one on me. It washes off and I got permission from the parents! Granddaughter, Jordan hasn't decided what picture she wants, yet. Re: weather I feel so badly for those thousands of people (millions?) who are suffering so much from this cold, stormy weather. It hasn't been all that bad (relatively speaking) in the Tri-Cities, but I surely am tired of the cold!! I think we are all ready for spring to come. Bomber regards to each and all, -Marilyn "Em" De Vine ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) Hello All, Awful News this Morning. Sunny Ogston Anderson ('57-RIP) passed way this morning [1/15/07] in her sleep at 04:45. May God Bless Tom and the rest of the Family. -Gus Keeney ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Carson ('58) To: Wally Erickson ('53) I am sure the Seahawks will enjoy their time off. The game could have gone either way but my Bears pulled it out. Seahawk fans must have felt a little like Dallas did last week. Love the Seahawks but in Chicago BEARS RULE. We are looking forward to the Saints and that will be a great game next week. -Steve Carson ('58) ~ Chicago, IL **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Rose Tansy ('60) I have been reading all of the entries on how cold it is in various parts of the country. I think we have you beat here in central Utah. When I got up to let the dogs out this morning at about 7 am, it was 5 below. About three hours later it was zero. It has been like this for several days. Sometimes during the day it gets up to about 15 to 20 and it feels like a heat wave. Re: Donna Bowers Rice's ('63) entry on ice storms I lived in Kansas in the mid 1980s and we experienced all kinds of weather that I wasn't used to. We lived on a hill overlooking the towns of Leavenworth and Lansing. When we had lightening storms it was unbelievably beautiful. The entire sky lit up as far as you could see. We only had one big ice storm while I lived there - that was enough, but it was also beautiful. We were without power for about 4 days and had to go to work. Boy was that fun. We took cold showers and stayed warm by the fireplace. We used a little camp stove to cook on. We also experienced a tornado (my first and only). We were told that we only received the side winds. One of our barns was lifted up and moved over 6 feet. It was bowed out and all of the beams were broken. The insurance company didn't even ask any questions. They just looked at it and sent a check. A very exciting place to live!!! (I was a lot younger then!!) -Mary Rose Tansy ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed Quigley ('62) To: Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) Hey Shirley, for the 7% discriminating enough to have a Macintosh [ :)], press "shift>option>8" and you'll get the sign! -Ed Quigley ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) Hi Bombers! I am looking for a little help again. My husband and I are planning an Alaska cruise this year and I know that many of you have written in before with all of your wonderful suggestions on which is the best cruise to take etc. etc. I wrote down Dave Brusie's ('51) and Ed Wood's ('62) names before as having some good ideas but now I have misplaced all of that information. Could any of you who have been to Alaska send me some tips and infoRMATION that you have. Someone mentioned Lindblad Tours? I also know that there are some other Bombers who would also like to go to Alaska. It would be fun to all go together! Thanks for any help you can give. -Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) ~ from the little house in La Mirada, CA where the sun is shining but it is burrrrrrr cold out side! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: "My old foogy, much older brother" Just thought I would you give you a tip about getting on that horse... you do not need an engine lift! A good sturdy step stool will do! I know this as my youngest daughter's ex-husband had a Dodge Ram pickup that had a lift kit on it & it was so high in the air that she had to take my sturdy little step stool with us to Lowe's to pick up some supplies one day! It was the only way I could get in that truck & what a hilarious sight that must have been!! It wasn't as much that I am so old, as much as I'm so dang short!!! So just get yourself a good sturdy step stool & you'll be in business with reviving that "Pony Express" ("Hosses Unhurried"). On second thought, I think you're already out there in that pasture somewhere!! Sisterly thoughts from "your" much younger sister" that Mom always liked best!!! -Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) ~ Southwest of Salt Lake City, UT in frigid temps, 10 at the moment. Glad we aren't having the ice storms Donna Bowers Rice ('63) spoke of in the St. Louis, MO area. I'm looking forward to Spring or maybe just maybe a warm beach in Mexico ....... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: eBay Item: Robley Johnson's Desert Scene -Gary Behymer ('64) P.S. No it is not mine... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Well it's like this......................uhhhhhhhh... no... I cannot tell a lie... I blew it on Ronna Jo Lynch's ('65) Birthday and I admit it! HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANYWAY RJ!!!!!!!!!!!! I will tell ya tho that I bought a bunch of original Real Don Steele Live from the 1960s recordings from a former Pasco DJ (I mean a bunch) and have been putting them on CD... What great memories... As I've mentioned 100 times before, Don was the second string jock to Lynne Bryson ('57) back in the day... Lynne's theme was Straight Flush by the Frantics... no clue what Don's was... he left in the early 1960s for Yakima... then to KISN in Portland where he was the Boss Jock and then back to his home in L.A. where he was also the Boss Jock and eventually syndicated his Live from the 1960s show with the help of MG "Machine Gun" Kelly who has taken over the show since Don's death and added the 1970s to the playlist (what's wrong with the 1950s I ask????)... I hear so many songs that put me right back to where I was the first time I heard them... I remember Butch Manthei ('65) always sitting in Zip's back in '64 playing "Pretty Woman" over and over... and Bobby Cummings ('65) listening to "Last Kiss" by J Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers in the same year on the same juke box 6 months before it became a hit... we would always tell him it was cowboy crap... till it hit the top ten... then we changed our tune... I remember being at a restaurant in Walla Walla when a bunch of us went to see Pierre Remillard ('65WB) and we played "You've lost that Lovin' Feeling" over and over... Never forget when we were sophomores during the first days of our first year in Hi School and the banner for the Mixer had "Beachwood 45789" written on it when I first met Kathie Roe ('64) and Kathy Hoff ('64)... I was swoooooooning... Then last night I watched a movie called "16 Blocks" with Bruce Willis I loved it... found the ending to be a little tear inspiring... first name I saw on the screen was Jimmy Van Wyck ('66) tho they didn't call him Jimmy in his roll as the Producer... So I think I'll just keep burning copies of the Real Don Steele and reliving the great years I had growing up in OUR home town! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Cathy Geier ('66) Dear Maren, I so appreciate getting the Sandstorm. Thank you. I need to find out again when the Bomber Luncheons are. Somehow I think I missed this one or Patty took a break. When are they? Sincerely -Cathy Geier ('66) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Check the Bomber Calendar -- Link at the top of this Sandstorm. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Doug Ufkes ('68) Re: Arizona Bombers Lunch To: Richland High School Bombers across the nation On March 17, 2007 the Arizona RHS Grads will be getting together for our bi-annual get together at the Harrah's Casino in Maricopa, Arizona at noon in the Harvest Buffet. All Bombers are welcome to attend. Please email me for further info and to let me know if you will be there. -Doug Ufkes ('68) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/17/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Bell ('51), Gus Keeney ('57) Sharon Panther ('57), Dale Ennor ('59) Nancy Nelson ('69), Dave McAdie ('79) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betty Ely ('47) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Teresa Holmes ('93) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) To: Shirley Drury Crume ('51) Bert Wells told me to use the NUM LOCK, hold down the "alt" key and type "167" -Betty Bell Norton ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) Re: Service for Sunny Ogston Anderson ('57-RIP) Sunny's memorial funeral service will be held Thursday, February 1, at 11:00 am at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 1608 Russell Road, Alexandria, VA 22301, 703-683-0798. Sunny's family will receive friends at their home immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made in Sunny's name (Sunny A. Anderson) to The Komen Foundation, PO Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309, 1-888-888-3317. -Gus Keeney ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sharon Panther Taff ('57) Sharon Panther Taff (1957) Re: Mike Raglund's ('57) comment on Social Security Before I was full retirement age I visited the SS office and was told I could defer Medicare part B with no penalty since I was still working full time and had medical coverage. I could not defer the Part A without penalty since I applied to collect SS benefits even though still working full time. Since I am full retirement age there is no penalty for drawing SS. I figure there is no guarantee how long I will live so I will collect it now and put more wages in a tax deferred program through my employer to reduce annual income. When I do retire and need Part B then I need to notify the SS office and they will begin deducting that payment. -Sharon Panther Taff ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dale Ennor ('59) Re: "degrees" symbol Apparently there are a number of ways to display a "degree" symbol; WordPerfect provides it with "Control-W," followed by "4,63." The "Control W" allows access to a number of other symbol categories, including one of my favorites the elongated "em-dash" which is "4,34." Also any number of fractions are readily available. -Dale Ennor ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nancy Nelson Wyatt ('69) About the Medicare sign up.. You have January and February to sign up for Medicare when you are eligible. You are only penalized when you sign up for Part D pharmacy if you are already on the Medicare and did not sign up for the Part D. I have been on Disability and Medicare since 1992 so that is what they told me. So if you are almost ready to retire now you know. To: Pam Pyle ('69) Just letting you know in case you have not been notified that dad passed away October 22, 2006. Now just mom and me. To: Sandy Carpenter Lee ('61) Used to visit Goldbar, WA all the time when my ex brother-in-law lived there... now go to Northbend where my birth mom and half brothers live. Maybe sometime will contact you and Gary ('64) when I get over there again and we can meet for coffee or something. -Nancy Nelson Wyatt ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave McAdie ('79) Re: Keyboards and Special Characters To: Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) -- and any other interested folks Since a non-discriminating 93% of us (according to Ed Quigley ('62)) have Windows machines, there is an easy way to find out any and all special characters available to us. Either "Start->Programs-> Accessories->System Tools->Character Map", or "Start->Run->Charmap.exe" will open up the Character Map utility. You will notice at the top of the window that there is a drop-down list of fonts. Select any available font and the grid will show you all the characters available for that font. At the very bottom of the window there is a display area that lists the font on the left and the corresponding keystroke on the right (usually ALT+numeric value -- using the numeric keypad). Notice that the first few lines, up through the "tilde" character have no keystroke value - because they are the "keyboard" available keys. You can copy the characters from there, or use the keystroke value to enter them (for example ALT0163 is ). Happy key-poking :) And Ed had to do the same sort of thing (character map) to come up with his "shift>option>8" too. -Dave McAdie ('79) ~ Snowy, frozen Kennewick ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/18/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers and Don Sorenson sent stuff: Gus Keeney ('57), Nancy Stull ('59) Don Sorenson (N A B) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Missy Keeney ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeannie Shanks ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy O'Neil ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sheila Davis ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Eric Holmes ('90) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** SHARING... FROM THE EDITOR - Dogs 'n' Kids: **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) To: Missy Keeney ('59) Happy Birthday to my Little Sister Missy on the 18th!!! -Big Bro Gus ('57) ~ from Chilly Yuma, AZ in the High 50s & 60s for a few days **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nancy Stull Jewell/Knutson ('59) All Re: The degree symbol In Word, if you type the lower case "o", highlight it, go to Format > Font and click on "superscript", you will have the symbol. Maybe seems a little round-about, but I don't have to remember special codes. Short-term memory doncha know! -Nancy Stull Jewell/Knutson ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (N A B) Re: Bomber Sports To Whom, Some time ago somebody was looking for old Bomber sport clippings. I have a few 1948 Richland Villager's with sports sections. If you like I can loan them for scanning. Email me for details. -Don Sorenson (N A B) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/19/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Dick McCoy ('45), Stan McDonald ('53) Bonnie Allen ('59), Patti Jones ('60) John Browne ('61), Helen Cross ('62) Perry Moore ('63), Gary Behymer ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon Brooks ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Donna Bowers ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jean Armstrong ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) Re: Degree I get the mark by doing the same, except alt 167 -Dick McCoy ('45) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Stan McDonald ('53) Re: Nancy Stull Jewell/Knutson ('59) Comments about computer typing of the symbol for "degree" As it often is necessary to use degree symbols in legal descriptions of metes and bounds properties, here is a fast way to do it. An easy way in Microsoft Word program is to click on "Symbol" ... a matrix appears and you just go down to the 5th line where the degree symbol is and click on it, then Insert it and close. In Word Perfect 11 a similar operation under "Insert" pull down choices. -Stan McDonald ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bonnie Allen ('59) To: George Swan ('59) I don't use every feature that my cell phone comes with, but I did notice this little tiny book that came with it... I think it was called an "Instruction" book, or something like that. It had quite a bit of interesting information in it. My VCR also came with one of those funny little books. I've found that you do have to do a channel search every time the power goes out or it won't record properly. Would you like me to come over and program your VCR for you the next time I'm in the Tri-Cities to visit my sister? If that is not convenient, maybe Jeanne could help you. -Bonnie Allen ('59) ~ Mill Creek, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: January All Bomber luncheon Richland January has swung in with record cold temperatures as we all know. The warmth of the luncheon last Saturday was worth braving the cold to be there. The following attended: Burt Pierard ('59), Missy Keeney ('59), Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64), Dena Harr Evans ('64), Larry ('57) and Dona McCleary Belt ('54), Derrith Persons Dean ('60), Marilyn Baird Singletary ('60), Dave Rhodes ('52), Alice Rhodes (NAB), George "Pappy" Swan ('59), We missed you Jeanne (Spouse of George Swan), Betty Bell Norton ('51), Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63), Mary Judd Hinz ('60), Barbara Isakson Rau ('58), Glen Rose ('58) and spouse Carol (NAB), Fred Klute ('58), Deryl Johnson ('73), Pat Doriss Trimble ('65), Vera Smith Robbins ('58) and myself. Any Bombers who have attended before you are always missed when you aren't there. Always look forward to new ones. For the Bombers setting their calendars for the year the All Bomber Luncheon is always the second Saturday of the month. Re: Year 2007 All the cold weather keeping me in, easy for me to say because I work at home, has allowed me to look at my calendar for the year. What I will be doing is always some what of a mystery in the beginning of the year but some things are a definite. Such as Club 40 this years 20th Anniversary. Astounding that many Bombers had enough site to set a legacy for the future of gatherings of Bombers annually. Most of the group being 1940's graduates. Many we know from writing the Sandstorm or attending the reunion. I would mention all their names here as I have met so many of them over the past six years but do not know the exact original Bombers who started the Club 40. Do not want to leave a one of them out as they are so special. Maybe some one who knows them all can put their names in a Sandstorm entry soon. The beginning group even made it easy for all of us by setting the date for Club 40's to be always the weekend after Labor Day. So those who are looking at your calendars for the year, set the date now so you can be at one of the greatest functions ever attended by Bombers. Dates this year are, September 7, 8 and 9th, 2007. I look forward every year to seeing the Bombers I have gotten to meet over the past six years since 1960 was inducted as well as the ones I will meet. Many are in attendance every year that come from distances to be here. The reunions such as this years 1957 50th and the class of 1952 55th bring a whole different highlight to the reunion. Bombers Have Fun -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA ~ Cold weather supposed to lift! Must say the weathermen have done very good this year at their forecasts being close. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Re: The 4th degree (or better) [That's the "alt" key ("option", Quig) held down and the "zero" struck]... ^..^ -John Browne, jr. (1961 - the same upside down & backwards) where it has thawed out enough to type, again- and the car's back in its stall, after 3 days down there next to the pavement... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Greetings Bombers from the house by the little lake in Indiana!! We made it home late Sunday night and are still trying to get everything we bought or somehow acquired into a spot in our house... but we had a great trip home, after a great time in Washington State, and we managed to beat the major storms raging across the nation on our trip. We had a great time in Roseburg, OR where we finally got to visit with Warren's uncle who has had to go into a care facility with Altheimer's Disease, but he still knew us and could enjoy the visit so we were glad we finally made it there. We also spent some time where we used to live in Roseville, CA with a great group of friends there, and then we got up to Lake Tahoe to see our oldest son, Chip who still snow boards when he's not working at he local hospital there. We managed to stay ahead of the storm, and had a great day of blue sky and sunshine at the Grand Canyon, with only a little snow by the pathways. Warren walked down and up part of one of the trails, and therefore could hardly walk for the next few days, but I was happy to hike along the edge on the south rim. Where there were people from all over the world, I met some happy Gator fans, and not so happy Ohio State fans, but no Cougars or Bombers, that I recognized anyway... We toured the Oklahoma State capital building, as it has gotten a new dome since we saw it last. We have visited every capital building in all the 50 states, and this is the first upgrade that we have been aware of anyway. It is a beautiful building. We managed to drive on toward Arkansas that night, as they were expecting 6 inches of rain and eventually freezing rain which they did get. We did stop at Memphis to go and see the Peabody Hotel ducks (I think they are so cute), and had quite a discussion with the assistant duck Master there, and also visited some good friends who shared their cute granddaughters (3 and 5) visit with us. Then we headed north and just made it to home here in the greater Cincinnati area with above freezing temperatures. It was colder today, as it got down to 10 here last night, but no snow yet this year. We heard from some of our former church members in Tieton, WA that it has been very cold there, too. Now we will take off on a short trip to see our younger son, up by Chicago and head on up to Fargo, ND to pick up some antiques that haven't sold at a mall up there in 6 months... and have to find a space for all of that... So the month of February will find us home here by the little lake, so do drop by if you are in our area. As after the fun trip we've had, I feel like just sitting by the fireplace, I actually rarely light the fire... and reading some good books... we do miss our church in Tieton but we did enjoy the services we visited coming across the states, one a Baptist church in Nevada, one a Presbyterian church we used to attend in Roseville, and then a U. Methodist church in Tennessee. A woman I used to work for in Adoptions at Sacramento County, CA years ago always said "It's a great life, if you don't weaken, and I think I agree with that... So Mary, here's to you and a New Year, 2007!! -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ a bit travel weary, and dieting like most of the rest of us, walking everyday now... from the house by the little lake, W. Harrison, Indiana **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Perry Moore ('63) To create the degree symbol in almost all programs use the ASCI character/command "ALT (the left alt key) with 248 (entered from the number pad) " ". Have a good day -Perry Moore ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Pacific Northwest Bands Re: David Rivers ('65) "Straight Flush" - Frantics A long, long time ago... I can still remember How that music used to make me smile. And I knew if I had my chance That I could make those people dance And, maybe, they'd be happy for a while. Here's the site for you, David, & all those who remember the sixties (;-) Pacific Northwest Bands -Gary Behymer (' 64) ...inside where it is 72 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Kenneth Smith ('03) ~ 3/29/85 - 1/11/07 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/20/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bombers sent stuff: Shirley Rae Drury ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jack Evans ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Audrey Chambers ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) Re: The degree mark Thank you all for your instructions on using the degree mark . Ha! See that, see that!! I've just had time to try today's from Dick I've just had time to try today's from Dick McCoy ('45) ("From: Dick McCoy ('45) Re: Degree I get the mark by doing the same, except alt 167"); Perry Moore ('63) ("From: Perry Moore ('63) Re: To create the degree symbol in almost all programs use the ASCI character/command "ALT (the left alt key) with 248 (entered from the number pad) ' ' ".) and John Brown, Jr. ('61) ("From: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Re: The 4th degree (or better) [That's the "alt" key ("option", Quig) held down and the "zero" struck]... ^..^") With Dick's and Perry's I noted that I had to first hit the numbers lock key on the numbers keypad. John's didn't work for me, but then I'm composing my letter in Incredimail. and I don't understand his reference to ("option", Quig). I'm duly noting all the information in order to access many symbols, which I do want to do, but haven't tried to employ my little gray cells in that endeavor (yet). -Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) ~ Kennewick WA where it is now 15F (feels like 8) with an air stagnation advisory (information out of Pendleton's weather bureau). ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/21/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Ralph Myrick ('51), Donna Bowers ('63), Linda McKnight ('65) Bill Wingfield ('67), Lori Simpson ('70), Greg Alley ('73) Brad Upton ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Claris Van Dusen ('48) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Leona Mari Eckert ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ralph Myrick ('51) To: Bombers that are or were teachers I just finished a book, "Teacher Man" by Frank McCourt that is excellent reading. I know one person, Norma Loescher Boswell ('53), if she hasn't read it already, would really enjoy it as would beginning teachers. English teachers especially would enjoy it but I do believe any teacher would enjoy reading that book. I know that I was reminded of how difficult teaching was and the creative ways that you use to get the student's attention. The teacher's having to teach to pass the WASL all creative ways to teach are taken away. I understand, know, you teach to the test. What a shame! -Ralph Myrick ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Bowers Rice (Gold Medal Class of '63) Dear Sandstorm: Note to all the degree people-my computer won't let me make the degree sign by holding down the ALT key with 167 or 248 or 0 with or without the numbers lock being on so I think you must all be crazy-whose leg are you pulling!?! To Pappy Swan ('59) Don't feel too bad about all those computer gadgets, if you use all the gadgets on your phone-they just cost you more, which was the whole objective anyway. Also read the book "The Limits of Software" by R. Britcher and you will find that many of the problems you experience are not "you" but the program. I can't tell you how many people that I run into that work in computers that have never read that book and it documents what is wrong with programming. You will really appreciate the fact that almost no one that is a biologist programs computers so the nuances of biology-since it relies on tipping points, not either/or programming is far more difficult to program properly. It gives you a totally different perspective on what is truth on the computer. Beings you are an air-affectionate, the information on the FAA system is right up your alley and must have been read by the terrorists, since they knew exactly how far to fly out (and come back in as a new plane when getting out of the original radar range they began with). It certainly confounded the air traffic controllers. The guy that wrote it works on the FAA computers/system. Then if you read the latest book on who owns the internet (2006) and you try different URLs and are told they don't exist or they can't be found, you begin to realize that those URLs may be available elsewhere depending on where you live or what access codes you know. That was interesting to find out. All these little pieces of information are interesting aren't they?? -Donna Bowers Rice (GMC '63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) As a medical transcriptionist, I use the degree sign a lot as you can imagine = temperature is 98.6 etc. etc. So this is what I did, but you have to be in Word to do this...... Go to Insert ------ Drop down to Symbol - click on Symbol In box find the Symbol and press on the insert tab... The will now be on your Word document screen Highlight by pressing control and shift together... the screen will be dark over the symbol Go to Tools and search for Auto Correct and open that You will see your in the right hand side....... you want to choose something that will remind you when you are typing to add the symbol in your typing... I am using the letters.... degs..... So when I am typing 98.6degs it actually will write as 98.6 when I hit the spacebar. After you have chosen what will remind you to type to use the symbol put that where it says Replace .......... Click Okay....... Now you are ready to see if it really works. It will take a little while to feel comfortable using this Auto Correct function... but try it .. I use auto correct and auto text for all my shortcuts in transcription. What you can also do is highlight these instructions then right click on the body ------(Control Shift) click copy and then go to your Word document and right click and hit paste and these instructions are then in your Word document to store for later use. Then you don't have to keep going back and forth from your email program to find these instructions to your Word program. This only works in Word... but it works well for me... Happy Computing Bomber Family -Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Wingfield (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Re: symbols Maren, all this talk about how to make symbols, maybe you want to add this. Maybe not. :-) -Bill Wingfield (BRC-67) ~ From Snow Covered Santa Fe, NM **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lori Simpson Hogan ('70) OK I must have missed it! How do you make the temperature degree sign? I have a Dell computer system. -Lori Simpson Hogan ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Greg Alley ('73) Re: Bomber basketball Since only 1 person wrote in yesterday I thought I might comment on the evening at Art Dawald gym on Friday, January 19th. It was a boys and girls doubleheader with Pasco. The first game was close and the girls lost in overtime. The boys game did not look good early but it was a tight contest with Pasco prevailing in the end. The halftime presentation was John McCoy and Joe Frank presenting a plaque with all the top donors to the floor replacement of the big gym and where the money went. Jim House ('63) was in the house. They saluted some long time fans, the bomb was taken to center court by a lady who's name I did not recognize. As time went on, the band played, and the dancers danced, the announcer went though all the state champions in the school's history and named anyone who was in the audience that was a part of that championship. I will have to say the banners of all the state championships in the history of the school hanging from the rafters is the nicest touch in the new Art Dawald gym. -Greg Alley ('73) ~ In Frostbite Falls (Richland), where a day with a temperature over 32 would be a highlight. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) I just hit in succession, the letters d-e-g-r-e-e-s. That seems to work too, and for me, is quicker than finding all those other combinations. -Brad Upton ('74) ~ Livonia, MI and 17 degrees ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/22/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Marilyn De Vine ('52), Betty King ('53) Bob Sandall ('58), Dale Ennor ('59) Mary Judd ('60), John Adkins ('62) John Campbell ('63), Linda Reining ('64) Betti Avant ('69), Bruce Strand (69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marie Ruppert ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Deedee Willox ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Schodt ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paul Boehning ('85) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sarah Avant ('94) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn De Vine ('52) To: Greg Alley ('73) Re: Richland Basketball. Thanks for the report on Fridays game. Yes, the banners of all the schools are nice. Here is my take on the Saturday game against Wenatchee: please remember that I graduated 21 years before you did, which makes a big difference in perspective. Wow, how things change over the years! The JV game was in the 2nd half when I arrived. Bombers won 74-44 or something like that. When the Big Boys came out, I was amazed (amused?) by their warm up pants. I couldn't decide if they looked more like pajamas or prison garb. Awful! The band was very good, well balanced, from where I sat, and loud enough but not too loud. Then we began to hear the names of the players announced... I don't know who he was, but he used a "wrestling match" deep, gravelly, voice with the names of the Bombers drawn out in a phony, dramatic way. He didn't use the same technique when announcing the Panther's names. Maybe the Announcer is supposed to be biased, I don't know, but, to me, it didn't sound good. (Both the "technique" and the one-sided delivery.) The 8 cheerleaders stood at the side line (and I mean AT the line) the entire game. Sometimes they would turn around to face the audience and say a cheer (with very un-creative actions) but the teenagers watching the game showed no enthusiasm for the game, the players, or the cheerleaders. Bombers were substantially behind when we left at the end of the 3rd quarter. I went to the game to watch a grand daughter dance during half time. Again, it is amazing how things change over the years, and it was a tremendous disappointment (to me) to see this downward spiral in creativity, athletic ability, and audience participation. Closing on a more positive note; the Bomb blimp was fun to watch during half time, after the girls danced. I will try to send pictures. -Marilyn De Vine, class of '52celebrating our 55th this summer! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty King Moody ('53) Lost my buddy and good friend a couple of days ago. His name was "Hook". He was a 25 years four months old cat. His space on my bed is still empty. There are fifteen others that are looking for him. They are cats and kittens we have rescued over the years. "Hook" was there for each one of them. We will keep doing this work and bringing them home to be loved and nursed back to health. He won't be here to cuddle up with them but he will be in our hearts. -Betty King Moody ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Sandall ('58) Does anyone have an idea how Greg Markel ('65) could be located? -Bob Sandall ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dale Ennor ('59) Re: Degree symbol To: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) I appreciated your entry about your approach to the "degree" symbol. I tried the "cousin" in WordPerfectQuickCorrectand found I was able to duplicate what you do in Word. Rather than have to spell out "degrees" or some portion of the word, I just chose the letter "d" to retrieve the symbol. It is also nice to have all the fractions available in "superscript" manner. Now I wish I could find some way to provide as simple a means of creating a military date i.e. "22 January 2007" which I cannot use as a default in WordPerfect as I can in Word. Any suggestions . . . anyone? -Dale Ennor ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Judd Hinz ('60) To: Ralph Myrick ('51) Re: "Teacher Man" Frank McCourt is my favorite author! I loved "Teacher Man." Have you read his first book, "Angela's Ashes?" It is fantastic! The very first paragraph will get you hooked. Thanks to your great idea, I'm going to give my copy of "Teacher Man" to Donna Foust who was my 4th grade teacher at Spalding. She was Patti Jones Ahren's ('60) guest at the last Club 40 reunion. Patti, would you like to go with me? Donna, if you're reading this, expect a call. -Mary Judd Hinz ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: degrees = To: Brad Upton ('74) Oh sure leave it to a teacher to translate "" into English. -John Adkins ('62) ~ Richland; It got to 50 and there is high "" of probability that the golf course will open this morning. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Campbell ('63) Re: Visit with George Barnett ('63) My brother, Rush ('52), and I visited with my classmate, George Barnett, and his wife Peggy in Tucson last week. George gave us a nice tour of the surrounding area. They have a lovely home complete with quail and citrus trees in their back yard. We enjoyed a great sunset and headed off to the local steak house for a great meal. George is staying mighty busy since his retirement from the Tucson Police Department. Earlier, Rush and I also enjoyed visiting the PIMA air museum and the "boneyard". If you like airplanes, it is not to be missed. As and added plus, Phoenix has a lot of Harley dealers for cycle fans. All that made for a nice 4 days. -John Campbell ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) re:degree symbol by the far the easiest one, for me and my limited computer knowledge (*grin) is using "alt 167"---it works and is easy to remember, too. *grin* my "numbers lock" has been activated on my keyboard since I bought it, so didn't even have to try and find that function. *grin* to:Bill Wingfield('67)and Maren Smyth('63&'64) re:symbols these are just too cool. I put them in "My Favorites". Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64)........we are no longer freezing in Bakersfield, CA. temps have warmed up to 60's during the day and the snow that descended on Malibu, Santa Monica, and other parts of Los Angeles missed us, DARNITT!!!!!! geez, even LAS VEGAS got snow!!!!!!!! yes, I know, I am one weird duck, but I LOVE the snow and I LOVE the cold and I am not all that happy that the warmer temps are arriving!!!!!! *grin* the freezing temperatures did affect the citrus growers here and one farmer estimated his loss at 8 million dollars--we will all be paying higher prices for fresh citrus very shortly. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Hey Pappy-- You mentioned all these new-fangled things and how to get them to work. I bought a new drying rack at Target the other day as my wooden one had broken. This one was a bit pricey as it was metal but I thought at least it won't break. I got it home and read the directions and made sure all the parts were in the box. It didn't look too difficult so I set out to assemble it. I got so far with it and ran into a snag so I called the 800# listed for help. The gal I talked to said she had never heard of the product so she connected me with the QA person. He wasn't in so I left a voice mail. I gave up for the day and decided perhaps a new day would be better. When I ran into another glitch (I had figured the first one out) I called them again. Once again I got his voice mail (the gal said he's quite busy) and he never called me back. A thought then hit me and I called my local Home Depot and asked if I were to bring something in I bought elsewhere could they help me with it? A very nice older gentleman named Bill said sure. I took apart what I had done as it wouldn't fit in the box and drove off. Bill came from the back and at first he had a difficult time with it but got me started in the right direction; he would have assembled it totally for me but decided it may not fit in my car (it would have as it's meant to fold up). He helped me carry it out to my car and wouldn't take anything from me for helping me so I just gave him a good handshake and thank you. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where the have warmed up some (thanks to all for sharing how to make that mark, the one that works for me is the num lock, alt 167 method) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bruce Strand (69) Re: Degrees () symbol I do like Brad Uptons (74) method of entering the degrees symbol It may have been mentioned already, but you can save yourself two keystrokes from the Upton-methodology by holding down the "Alt" key and typing "0176" on the numeric keypad to get " " see. Whats nice about this is that it works in MS Word, Excel or most any other application (like your e-mail app). Alt 0176 is the ASCII code for the symbol. -Bruce Strand (69) ~ Tempe AZ where we awoke to a balmy 39.7 (it has gotten cold here, several trees and bushes are frost damaged) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/23/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Larry Osterman ('51), Ruth Miles ('59) Patti Jones ('60), Roy Ballard ('63) Bob Mattson ('63 & '64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Billie Lawell ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ann McCue ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cherrie Tempero ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Debra Harding ('77WB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Matt Haskins ('81) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Osterman ('51) Re: High School Coolness Test To see if you are a still a cool person, click the link. -Larry Osterman ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ruth Miles Bruns ('59) Re: Military date in WordPerfect To: Dale Ennor ('59) Hey there, classmate, I don't know about a "default" date setting in WordPerfect, but in my WP8, under "Insert", then "Date/Time", the fourth choice down is the date format I think you're looking for, for example 22 January 2007. Hope this helps! -Ruth Miles Bruns ('59 - the last great class of the Fifties) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) To: Mary Judd Hinz ('60) Re: Book Yes I would enjoy going with you to deliver the book "Teacher Man" to Mrs. Donna Faust Burroughs. We could go to Old Country Buffet and join the Spalding teachers the first Monday of every month at 12 noon. All Bombers have a standing invitation. Do want to add too your entry that Mrs. Donna Faust Burroughs was also the guest of Maren and Jan Bollinger Persons ('60). You didn't come into all the goings on possible until Club 40 weekend about Donna being there. Maren and I discovered about four years ago when talking that we both had Donna for a teacher. We talked off and on about going to see her at a Bomber reunion weekend. The subject came up again last summer. I told Maren that I would go find her and get her to the Club 40 weekend. From there is now history. I have had several notes (Donna is still excellent at English) from her over the last couple of months as well as visited with her a couple of times. Donna is still so happy we found her and she attended Club40 weekend. I probably won't ever get use to calling her Donna as she has been Mrs. Faust in my mind for so many years. Re: Degree sign I've gotten some good laughs about the degree sign. Since most everything I do with the computer is by email and I rarely use the degree sign did not ever ask or look up how to do it. Most times I would use it was when I would do a Sandstorm entry. I would notice that Maren would insert the degree sign. Kept thinking I was going to email her to find out how to make the sign. When everyone came on the Sandstorm with their ways of putting in the sign I would read what was being said. It all finally came together tonight when reading Linda Reining's ('64) entry about the sign. Guess I was memorizing along the way without realizing. Sometimes I wonder when reading the Sandstorm which class I am in. I have laughed, learned and found new subjects to explore by all the Bomber writers in the Sandstorm. Looking forward to many more years of enjoyment by reading the Sandstorm, as well as the going to the reunions. Bombers Have Fun -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA it is 30 (yeah, I made the sign again) tonight. Missed the snow when it melted but not the cold temperatures. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roy Ballard ('63) To: Marilyn De Vine ('52) I thought that the gym turned out very nice, but I have problems with other things at the gym. I've been trying to put the Wall of Fame back together as has Dean Moore, but we can't seem to get any help from the AD. Both of us have called and gone to the gym, but no help. As for the teams it is a sad situation when we grew up in the Dawald and Neill times and now have a coach that was mentored by none other than Thacker at WW, as for me I think that it is time for a new boys varsity head coach. Enough said, or maybe I said too much. To: Bob Sandall ('58) I knew a guy by that name when I was in high school and Demolay. Greg Markell does many things, but I believe that one can get ahold of him at Washington Securities at [phone number removed for Greg's privacy. - Maren]. If that doesn't work call Chad (his son) at [Cell number removed for Chad's privacy. -Maren]. A long time ago I used to work for them doing real estate appraisals. -Roy Ballard ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Mattson ('63 & '64) Re: Grandpa Tuna Well, I finally made Grandpa. My daughter, Kate, gave birth early last Sunday Morning to Brooklynne Brianne, 19-3/4" long, 7.8 pounds. And am I looking forward to playing in the sand again at the beach and a bunch of other cool stuff. Later, -Bob Mattson ('63 & '64) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Grandpa Tuna - Congratulations. You're gonna love it! pal, Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Sunny Ogston Anderson ('57) ~ 3/7/39 - 1//15/07 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/24/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Dale Ennor ('59), George Swan ('59) Bill Wingfield ('67), Rick Maddy ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Edith McLenegan ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judy Ley ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dale Ennor ('59) To: Ruth Miles Bruns ('59) Re: Military date in WordPerfect Thanks Ruth, that's as far as I can go with it. But I hate to have to go in and make the change for every letter. In Word one can set the default but I can't get used to the image of Word. Gotta change, I guess. -Dale Ennor ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Hey, does anyone remember how to translate to the written equivalent? I used to know how, but so much exposure to that I think I forgot. Seems like there was a comedian that was on the right track? -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where the s are higher than they were a week ago. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Wingfield (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) To: Larry Osterman ('51) Re: High School Coolness Test Damn. Larry it says I'm still a Dork. How do I change that? -Bill Wingfield (BRC-67) ~ From Sunny but cool Santa Fe, NM where the mountains are covered in some white stuff. Having just moved here from Augusta, GA, can anyone tell me what that white stuff is? I see to remember this in Richland when we hookey bobed. I liked it then, but... I preferred the heat of Augusta, GA. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) Re: Washington state quarter Those that want to buy the new Washington state quarter can do so by going here: Click on 'BUY ONLINE' -- which you do not need to if you click on it. Then click on 'PRODUCT SCHEDULE' {towards the top of the page] and take a look around. U. S. Mint - You can call them and order. FYI -Rick Maddy ('67) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/25/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Ralph Myrick ('51), Marguerite Groff ('54) Pappy Swan ('59), Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jack Armstrong ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ralph Myrick ('51) Maren, I don't know whether you will send this out, however, it will bring tears to your eyes. I wonder how many today will have this same sense of devotion to their spouse. Ralph and Judy Myrick To: A all Bombers who've had their vows tested Re: This is what Love really means! -Ralph Myrick ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) I wanted to share an e-mail that I received from Norma Myrick Nunamaker ('54). Because this is about our classmate, Ferol Smith Lukins ('54). Norma suggested that I forward it to the Sandstorm. Norma's e-mail follows: "I have been negligent in letting you know that we need prayers for Ferol Smith Lukins. She is having Hospice come in a few times a week and is not in good condition. She has congestive heart failure and diabetes. I talked to her and she has been getting phone calls from Judy Pearson ('54). Kenny Gardner, and others. Please give her a call at (*). Her address is (*). Marge, if you want to put this prayer request out on the Sandstorm, I would appreciate it. I know Ferol would love to hear from any of her friends." (*) I left Ferol's phone # and address out of this message as per Maren's practice. Please call or e-mail me and I'll send the information to you. I'm in the phone directory. -Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) ~ Our weather is getting nicer. Except I keep hearing from the experts, that it's going to cool off again. But, we can't complain. compared to many parts of the country, we are really very blessed (so far) with our winter. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Like an ol' pickup truck Some folks say that the body is like a temple. I say that the body is like a good ol' pickup truck. My own starting system takes a lot longer to get me up and running. My left headlight has begun to blink on and off. My exterior is not as smooth and shiny as it used to be and seems to be wearing thin. My suspension gear is weak and wobbly, causing the frame to lurch along. Inexplicable noises emanate from my vehicle. The thermostat must be shot, 'cause sometimes I run hot and sometimes I run cold. I can't seem to get the radio to shut off, as, at times, songs seem to play over and over in my tuner. And, the speakers must be going, as the sound often seems garbled and permanently set on low volume. Over the years, I installed a bigger fuel tank but now the consumption is greater. I'm probably running over the maximum gross weight load limit. And at times, I just don't seem to be running at full power. So, now the mechanic wants to run a diagnostic check from the intake through the fuel injection system all the way to the exhaust pipe. But, the good news is that my seat is more padded than it once was! Drivin' is just like ridin' a horse with a padded saddle! I guess that's all to be expected after the mileage has added up on a vehicle. But, why is it that all the parts seem to begin wearing out at about the same time... right about the time when the warranty has just expired? Now, I can't complain when the vehicle has given 65 years of good and faithful service, but I am seeking second opinions from body and structural mechanics in hopes that repairs can be made so that my vehicle can stay on the road for a few more years. I still have too many places to go, people to meet, things to experience. and long winding roads and trails to explore. Ya, know what I mean, Vern? -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where the nights are frosty but the days are not so bad... whoops I'm a quart low on coffee and it's time to fill the tank again. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) To: Bill Wingfield ('67) Re: High School Coolness Test Hey Bill, I guess I'm a "dork", too. I always knew it and now it's confirmed by a "cool person test". Oh well, such is life, huh? -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA ~ temps in the low 50s today but fog this morning ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/26/07 ~ POPCORN DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Bill Berlin ('56), Gary Persons ('57) Nancy Stull (59), Jan Bollinger ('60) Patti Jones ('60), Suzie Gunderson ('60) Jim Adair ('66), Kathie Moore ('69), Anon BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Doris Van Reenen ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ron Hoglen ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Treva Bolin ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ben Jacobs ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Robert Miller ('96) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) I have the flying bug again. Last weekend my daughter and son-in-law flew up for my Mom's 98th Birthday in their Citation X private jet. On Saturday afternoon we just had to take it out for a little "drive" out the Strait of Juan de Fuca, up the West Coast of Vancouver Island and then down the Georgia Strait... all in about an hour and fifteen minutes. Of course ex-pilot Bill [hisself] got to ride right seat once airborne and even did a little "driving" during the journey. Now I don't have a jet rating but I do have quite few hours multi-engine (piston) with a limited passenger ticket (not more than 10) so I get the jist of what is happening but it is what I am used to times four or five in terms of speed and agility. It is just amazing what as little as $8.5 million will buy these days. Now combine that with Larry Mattingly's ('60) episode out in Dutch Harbor a month or so ago and I had to get my old flying/pilot pictures out. Used to operate out of King Salmon down to Dutch, Cold Bay, False Pass, Port Heiden and even once to Adak. Now there was another story... Adak. Mostly closed to commercial and private aircraft, I flew some special blood in there on an emergency flight. No sooner touched down and I was surrounded by five or six Shore Patrol vehicles with electronic arrows flashing and a huge FOLLOW ME sign. Once shut down, they ask me if I was hungry and I said "yes" so I had to wait in the aircraft until they brought out a huge steak, baked potato, rolls and pie for desert and let me eat it, never leaving the aircraft. Had to stop in Dutch to go to the bathroom. No empty Coke bottle (Pilots and Cops) on this trip. Any Bombers with an Adak story or two, Navy or otherwise? So why all the security at Adak? We now know that the Navy had a world wide communications system and a huge monitoring board that showed every vessel movement in the world at any given time... including submarines. For those days it was very high tech and super secret so the security was very intense. Super airstrip that I am sure they could get a C5A onto easily and a piece of cake for a twin NAVA-JO. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ Anacortes, WA wondering what some Bombers are thinking when they sign off with stuff like "it is going to be hot today" (are they in hell?) or "it is very cold and getting colder" (are they at the North Pole?), leaving most of us slower on the uptake people to wonder since their home town is not listed. I am sure Gus, Pappy, Maren, Betty Advant ('69) and those in the "Bomber know" can read between the lines but us old ex-pilots don't have a clue. WHERE DO YOU LIVE? **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nancy Stull Jewell/Knutson (59) Re: Read this today on A WORD A DAY, a site I visit regularly Imagine a world in which generations of human beings come to believe that certain films were made by God or that specific software was coded by him. Imagine a future in which millions of our descendants murder each other over rival interpretations of Star Wars or Windows 98. Could anything - - anything -- be more ridiculous? And yet, this would be no more ridiculous than the world we are living in. -Sam Harris, author (1967- ) -Nancy Stull Jewell/Knutson (59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) and Gary Persons ('57) Re: Spokane Bomber Lunch Last Sunday was a typical winter day in Spokane, and our lunch group had a wonderful view of the snow-covered trees and grounds with the river "rippling" through, at the Ripples on the River restaurant in the Red Lion Hotel. Two visitors from the Tri-Cities braved the winter roads to join us: Lora Homme Page ('60) and Fred Phillips ('60). The "locals" who enjoyed reminiscing and catching up on current events were: Denny McDaniels ('60) and spouse Kathy; John Bruntlett ('54) and sister Jean ('62); Karen Cole Correll ('54); Jim House ('64); Richard Coates ('52) and spouse Kay Mitchell Coates ('52). Sunday was also the first day of the National Figure Skating Championship competition in Spokane and we're pleased and proud to see that ticket sales have broken all records--even those posted in Los Angeles! Our next lunch will be at the same location on Sunday, March 18th. Mark your calendars now! -Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) and Gary Persons ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) To: Ralph Myrick ('51) Re: 1/25/07 Sandstorm Entry about Alzheimers I did shed some tears with your entry today in the Sandstorm. Sent on to my sister-in-law. My brother Joe Jones Winterhawk ('58) has had a form of Alzheimer for eight years. My sister-in-law Susanne, Joe's wife, lovingly visits with Joe three times a week. Has not been easy for her. If Joe was closer I would be visiting him often also. Your forward states it very well. To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Thanks for explaining all the problem my engine has running at times. Now I understand. Not willing to age. I want to be young always. Soon to be 65, as is all the class of '60. Hmmm you must be 66 this year some time. Have Fun -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA. - Rather icy this morning and cold. Winter wonderland of ice makes one want to cuddle up with a good movie or book. Oh well, on to work. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Suzie Gunderson Chiles ('60) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Mechanical Failure I have read many poems, paragraphs, articles, & funny quips about aging and it's effects on our bodies, but never one comparing that process to an aging car. Accolades, Pappy; you should submit this analogy to AARP *LOL*; no, this is so good, send it to (can't think... guess my engine needs fuel)... anyway, I'm glad you sent it to the SS so we could all have a chuckle. -Suzie Gunderson Chiles ('60) ~ Omak, WA with 21" of snow, and this morning there is a fog alert... how quaint. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kathie Moore Adair ('69) and Jim Adair ('66) Maren, This was sent out to all EnergySolutions employees, can we share it further, since it is for Kenny Johnson ('65-RIP)? If they are interested they can contact Jamie Adair Curtis at and she gave permission to use her work email, she is Jimmie's ('66) daughter. She knew Kenny Johnson was a friend and a Bomber. Thank You. EnergySolutions has sponsored and our employees have participated in the American Cancer Societys signature event, Relay for Life, for many years. We will once again provide corporate sponsorship for this very worthwhile event and take up the fight against cancer. This annual fund- raising event will be held from Friday, May 4 at 6 p.m. to Saturday, May 5 at noon at the TRAC in Pasco. The process goes like this. Walkers and runners solicit donations in support of their efforts, with the funds going to the ACS. This year's goal is to have each team member raise at least $100.00 in the fight against cancer. This is done by either obtaining general donations or having individuals purchase the luminaries. The luminary is a way for individuals to honor those loved ones who have survived cancer or a way to remember those loved ones who have lost their fight against cancer. 100% of the money raised from the sell of luminaries goes to cancer research. There is no set cost to purchase a Luminary, it is by donation only. The 2007 EnergySolutions Team will honor the memory of Ken Johnson, our friend and co-worker who passed away in December 2006. What a beautiful sight it will be to see hundreds of luminaries all aglow in memory of Ken. I invite all of you and your families and friends to participate in this event. Please contact me if you would like to support me in the walk. If you are interested please respond to the email address below: Thank you for your support of this worthy cause! Jamie Adair Curtis -Kathie Moore Adair ('69) and Jim Adair ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Anon Response To High School Coolness Test sent by Larry Osterman ('51) in the 1/24 Sandstorm: -Anon ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/27/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff: Dick Wight ('52), Betty King ('53) Gloria Willett ('56WB), Tom Hughes ('56) Carol Bishop ('57), Gus Keeney ('57) John Browne ('61), Helen Cross ('62) Freddie Schafer ('63) and Ann Engel ('63) Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betty Conner ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary Wilgus ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Lou Watkins ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kay Schafer ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Darwin Perkins ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick Wight ('52) Re: Adak et al Bill Berlin's ('56) story of Adak was interesting, at least to me! During my Coast Guard career I spent quite a lot of time in the North Pacific, Bering Sea Beaufort Sea (on an icebreaker)(half a century ago!). In the early '70s I commanded a ship home ported in Kodiak, and our "beat" was international fisheries treaty and law enforcement to a large extent in the waters near the Aleutian Islands, and in the Bering Sea up somewhat beyond the Pribilofs. My ship was always short of water, and sometimes a little short on fuel depending on how hard we had been "chasing" Russian, Korean and Japanese fishing vessels. I refueled/ replenished a few times in Adak circa '72-'74... and was totally unaware of any heavy security restrictions there! My crew and I were free to move about the main part of the rather small Navy base. At that time, I THOUGHT the base's main function operating an was anti-submarine warfare squadron of P2Vs (or similar), and perhaps some coastal surveillance flights off Russia. I did know that here were Navy electronic vessel tracking facilities there and at Kodiak, at the time still highly classified. The Navy had these sites all over the place, including at Pacific Beach, WA - near Monterey, CA and who knows where else! They could apparently detect vessels underway on the surface and undersea for literally thousands of miles. Anyhow, Adak was a dismal place and I felt sympathy for the Navy folk stationed there... -Dick Wight ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty King Moody ('53) Re: Saponi Nation In Missouri To the young man who took the trip back through the Trail of Tears, and many other interesting places to visit in Missouri. Your Mother might be intrested to check out the Cherokee Nation, the Saponi in Missouri. She might find some information on her family around Ozark county in Missouri. Also the article you wrote for the Sandstorm appeared on their web site. They must have felt your story would bring others to read or visit this great nation. It has helped me make a connection with family... five of the names on the Saponie Collins site is my family. Hope you enjoy the Cherokee nation of Oklahoma from there click on to Saponis of Missouri. -Betty King Moody ('53) ~ here north of Tonasket, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gloria Willett Green ('56WB) To: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) I've been catching up on reading the Sandstorm, and I just read about your long trip. As you left Little Rock headed for Memphis, you passed an exit for Lonoke (pronounced Lone Oak). About a mile before you reached the exit, you went under an overpass which is about 1/2 mile from my home. We can stand in the yard and see the traffic through the trees. Small world, huh? Bombers are everywhere! -Gloria Willett Green ('56WB)m ~ Lonoke, AR where we have had a cold and rainy January - over 9"... and it's supposed to rain Saturday or Sunday. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Hughes ('56)\ma Re: Pappy's Pickup Every morning Agnes and I go to the Auburn Supermall for our daily walk. There are a number of people around our age and older that sit around and talk for a while. I took a copy of Pappy's story about the pickup with me and everyone got a kick out of it. Several people asked for copies of it but I am hesitant to hand out copies without Pappy's permission. I told them that I would check with Pappy and if he says OK, I will get copies for them. So, Pappy, let me know if it is Ok. If not I will abide by your wishes. -Tom Hughes ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Bishop Horne ('57) Maren... Funeral notice for Gene's brother, Oral Horne ('50WB). Thanks for posting it... He passed away yesterday [1/25] in Richland... waiting for funeral time... Had been sick for some time... Thanku -Carol Bishop Horne ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) My close friend, Richard "Dick" Stephens ('66) went in for cancer surgery this afternoon [1/26]. I will send another note after I find out how it went. It won't hurt to keep him and his family in your prayer chains. Thanks All, -Gus Keeney ('57) ~ Sunny Yuma, AZ where it was 65 this afternoon here in the Foothills!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Re: life in the (non-jet) fast lane Re Bill Berlin's ('56) Adak adventure .."Had to stop in Dutch to go to the bathroom. No empty Coke bottle (Pilots and Cops) on this trip.." This got a chuckle out of me... and brought up an ancient memory of a hitch-hiking episode gone awry, re: rest stop opportunities. I was on Highway 1 in California around Manchester, hitching North, when a couple of guys stopped & gave me the shotgun seat. They were, um, "dramatic- looking" characters... both wearing jackets from Bay-area motorcycle clubs, a little disheveled, red-eyed, purposeful. Neither was saying much. It was 1966. About a half-hour into the trip, the driver said something about needing to take a bathroom break (in far fewer words)- but the guy in the back seat nixed that, saying "when we need gas, we stop." We were in the redwoods corridor, and I was looking at trees, when there was this explosion! We weren't slowing down, though. I looked at the driver, who was putting this huge handgun (maybe an Army .45) under his seat... and then back at the trees, as he relieved his bladder via the new hole in the floor of the car. The other rider never said a thing. I had already decided that I wasn't going to put my vote in for a rest stop- and kept thinking about gas lines, and brake lines, and what was I doing here, and how I wasn't going to wet my pants, no matter what. We did stop, finally, just north of Crescent City. They were heading for I-5 at this point, and I was staying with 101... so we wished one another "good luck" and kept on moving. In retrospect, one advantage of flying so low is the absence for the need of a proper "through-hull" fitting, I guess... To: Nancy Stull ('59): thanks for that quote... and I wonder if we can look forward to a movie based upon the premises outlined. It brought an old novel, "A Canticle for Leibowitz" to mind... ^..^ -John Browne, jr ('61) who's been listening to a north wind whistling through since before daylight, in the South Puget Sound. Nice out, though- and not too cold, either... but I'm keeping the hearth fire burning. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Happy Birthday to Ronnie Hoglan of the great class of '62!! I was recalling swim team days when I watched my 2 nieces swim this summer (Roy's ('65) girls in Kennewick). I also tried a Miner's hamburger before we left the Yakima area in December... they are as good as I remembered from swim team trips to Selah. As I never drove to the swim meets, I always thought Miner's was in Selah, but the clerk there assured me it's always been at that spot in Yakima. Probably the road has changed since the late '50s... Greetings from the house by the little lake in Indiana where it is up to almost 40 again. It's been so dry that we drove up to Fargo, ND and back in 4 days this week and saw very little snow on the side of the road in Wisconsin, Minnesota or Illinois, and escaped the predicted 3 to 6 inches yesterday in northern Indiana when we stopped to see our son, Ryan. At 26 he has decided to get serious about getting an engineering degree... thank heaven for that..... It's been really beautiful out with the sunshine and clear skies by the frozen, soon-to-be-thawed little lake as they predict above freezing here. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ West Harrison, Indiana **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Freddie Schafer ('63) and Ann Engel Schafer ('63) Happy Birthday to Kay Schafer Reed ('67"). You can't pick your sister but if I couldn have picked one it would have been you. Have a great day in your beautiful new home in Katy, TX. -Freddie Schafer ('63) and Ann Engel Schafer ('63) ~ Vancouver U S A where we have blue skies for a change today **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Signing Off Posts To: Bill Berlin ('56) The reason I started signing off with where I was at is because someone suggested it soon after I started reading the Sandstorm. It has come in handy at times. I had a classmate email me because he missed my posts while I was still in Kansas. He is in Missouri and knew when I said what the weather was doing in Kansas he would be getting it a few days in most likelihood. I think it is a neat idea to say where one is at as some people I have wondered aloud to myself, "gee where are they?" Anacortes is a neat area; my aunt and uncle retired there after he left the AEC. They built a home in a newer area and I had some great times visiting them. They had a great view of the water and mountains as they sat on a small hill. I've heard that area has gotten a lot bigger since they were there. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where the clouds have finally broken up and the sun is shining ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/28/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers and Don Sorenson sent stuff and one Bomber and one honorary Bomber funeral notices today: Bill Hightower ('49), Jerry Boyd ('52) Patsy McGregor ('54WB), Gus Keeney ('57) Jack Gardiner ('61), Helen Cross ('62) Jim Hamilton ('63), Roy Ballard ('63) Dennis Hammer ('64), Fran Teeple ('68) Ken Staley ('68), Don Sorenson (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betty Neal ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Terry Durbin ('62WB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Craddock ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Beth Meyer ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy Staley ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy Goble ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Hightower ('49) To: Dick Wight ('52) I watched a very interesting program on the History Channel yesterday on Coast Guard icebreakers. I believe they said that four were built before WW2 but three were loaned to Russia at the beginning of the war so they could keep their northern ports open to receive supplies. (I think your icebreaker was kept here. {Northwind ?}) After 47 1/2 years I am returning to the Tri-Cities. I bought a condo in Kennewick a couple of months ago and expect to move in 6 to 8 weeks. Shannon Craig Gross ('50) found it and a hangar for my plane and covered storage for my motor hame. And she is ramroding some mods and improvements to the condo. -Bill Hightower ('49) ~ Where it was so nice and warm (69) I flew to Brenham for lunch **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jerry Boyd ('52) and Patsy McGregor Boyd ('54WB) Re: Adak - Bill Berlin ('56) and Dick Wright ('52) Patsy and I spent seven years living at the Adak Naval Station when I was working for a construction company. The first thing you notice as you get off the airplane is the sign on the back of the air terminal "Birth Place of the Winds". We were on the Island for about two months when we went through a 7.7 earthquake and many more small ones. At night time when you were asleep you would hear a new earthquake heading your way and then the trailer would start rattling! One night the wind hit 141 miles per hour at a dock about a quarter mile from our trailer and every time a gust would come through the question was where were we going to end up? On the average there were seven days a year that you would see sunshine all day long and if the temperature would break sixty degrees the Captain of the base would give the Sailors sunshine liberty. Average of 160 inches of rain per year and most of it was horizontal as the wind blew most of the time. Yes, a C5A would land a couple times a year for different reasons and Nuclear Subs would come into port for emergency repairs. Patsy and I did a tour of a regular and a Nuclear Sub and it was very interesting. Between the Navy, Civil Service and contractors the population of Adak was give or take 6,000. For security reasons no actual numbers were released. It was required that you have security clearance and be employed or Military personnel. As I remember there was only about twenty five miles of road, so our Sunday drive was nice and short! I spent two years on Shemya (US Air Force Base) and the wind blew 363 days a year. The Island is only about two miles wide by four miles long and a lot of fun landing and taking off! Lots of stories to tell about during our tour of the Aleutian Islands. Also, classmates of '52 it is time to start thinking about our 55th. -Jerry Boyd ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) Dick Stephens ('66) had his surgery on Friday and seems to have come through just fine. At this point, he will be in the hospital until Monday or Tuesday. Still had some tubes in him this evening, but in good spirits. That's all I know at this point. I forgot to ask Jane which Hospital, Probably Kadlec or Kennewick General!!!!! I can give you his cell # if you e-mail me. -Gus Keeney ('57) ~ Sunny Yuma, AZ where it was 75 yesterday and today!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jack Gardiner ('61) Happy Birthday... To my life long friend Bill Craddock ('61), who turns 2 x 30 Something today. -Jack Gardiner ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Re: Mrs. Foust I too had Donna Foust Burroughs for 4th grade [at Spalding] and she remains my most lovely teacher in my mind. Will she be at this year's club 40 and the reunion for the class of '62 and maybe others? I'd love to see her again, but I doubt I could ever call her Donna either. It's like when I call my dear neighbor Elsie Walker, Elsie I'd really rather call her Mrs. Walker. My kids still do that with my friends, they never got into calling them by their first names. To: Dale Ennor ('59) I am late at reading this. Greg Markel ('65) is a well known realtor in Kennewick and I imagine he has a website. I believe it is Markel Realty. If you can't contact him with this, write in again, and I'll get my brother who also lives in Kennewick to look up his company's telephone number. One of his boys is also in the company with him. Re: "Teacher Man" As I'm at the library I want to go look up Teacher Man. Re: Degree Sign I had to try to make the degree sign. I did try the alt thing and nothing happened. I agree, if I really feel the need, I'll just spell out degrees rather than all those other steps. Well, it did it when I hit enter!! Learn something new every day,now if I can just remember it, as I've often wondered how to do that....Thanks -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ in the house by the little lake where it's suppose to get colder again tomorrow. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) So it's not like she hadn't reminded me over and over that her Birthday was January 27th, it was that I put in on my calendar for the 27th and not the 26th. Hence my birthday greeting is a day late. Happy Birthday to Mary Lou Watkins Rhebeck ('63). She's still driving down the road of life with the top down and makes us all smile with her "Put the Dogs to bed Jig" and her latest "good idea", the matching jammies for our no power blackout sleep over at Ellen's house last month. Just like the ski bus, what happens at Ellen's stays at Ellen's. Happy Birthday Mary Lou, we love you! -The Forever Young and Always Lovely Miss Nancy and her Boy Toy Jimbeaux P.S. You should have been picked for the "Real Housewives of Orange County", You da'Bomb -Jim Hamilton ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roy Ballard ('63) To: Bill Berlin ('56) and Dick Wight ('52) Thought that I would say a little about the Navy, subs and things that were brought up in your notices to the Sandstorm. My son Greg (who is a '90 grad from RHS and also has 17 years in the Navy and is now a Chief) was stationed at Whidby Island base was with the group that kept track of all the subs of the world. There are special points all over or under the ocean that keep tract of all under-sea ships (subs) of all countries and from what I'm told they know the names of each. He is now stationed in Hawaii at Kaneohi Marine base. This base has the P3 Orions, this is where the P3 was from that was shot down by the Chinese a few years ago. He works with that squadron. That is about all that he can say about what and with who he does work for. -Roy Ballard ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) To: Bill Berlin ('56) and Dick Wright ('52) Re: Adak Not really an Adak story, but in involves Adak. In 1970 I was a radioman stationed on board a heavy cruiser sitting off the coast of Vietnam. We had already received word that our ship was going to be decommissioned. One night the officer on watch, came from the teletype room into the front room, picked up a telephone, and asked for the Executive Officer. He then said into the phone that we had just received a message that the cruise was to be cut short and we were going home early. Everyone got at least a little excited and one sailor near me was actually jumping up and down and yelling, "Oh boy! Oh boy! . . ." Then we find out that it was all a hoax. Some of the men told that officer, "Alright, We'll get you." A month or two later I am again on watch with the same people, having forgotten all about it. As the ship was going to be decommissioned some of the personnel had started receiving orders for their new duty stations. Unbeknownst to me the sailors in the teletype room and cut that officer a set of orders for NavComSta (Navy talk for Naval Communication Station) Adak, Alaska. They had gone to great lengths to cover all of the bases to make it look real. They had even made a fake monitor roll, coming off the teletype so that if he checked it, which he did, he would think it had actually come in over the teletype. He called the division officer and the personnel officer, to tell them about his new "orders" and was getting ready to call the XO, when they informed him, "We got you back." To: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Re: Miner's Burgers Miner's has always been in the same location, but even in the early '70s I think the road was two lane, not four. Fifteen to twenty years ago they added an inside dining room. It used to be drive through or pick up only with a little park-like area and picnic tables you could eat at. The rest rooms were in a separate cinder-block building. Even then it had been remodeled maybe three times. They used to have some large black and white photos hanging up of the way it had looked before each remodel. If I remember correctly the first photo looked like it started out as just a house with a drive through window added. Another place with really good burgers I like is Char Burger in Cascade Locks, Oregon by the Bridge of the Gods. They have a dining room with large windows overlooking the Columbia river. There is also have a Char Burger in Hood River but I don't like that one quite as well. I also like the Iceberg in Walla Walla. It still does not have indoor dining and has changed very little since the 1950s. The sliding order windows are now aluminum instead of wood and the parking lot is a little different, but that is about it. They have two drive-through windows on each side and windows in front where you walk up to order. About six feet in front of those windows are two pipe rails which I swear look like they must be hitching rails to tie up your horse. -Dennis Hammer ('64) ~ from a Bomber outpost near the lion's den in Kennewick **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Fran Teeple Wolf ('68) To: Anon Re: Response To High School Coolness Test sent by Larry Osterman ('51) in the 1/24 Sandstorm at Larry Osterman's test was funny, and I freely admit to dorkism. But yours { needs some tweaking. Anyone have a better one? I need a daily laugh dose. -Fran Teeple Wolf ('68) ~ Spokane, where long forgotten sunshine is absolutely glorious today! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ken Staley ('68) Would you add the name of my sister, Kathy Staley Berg ('65) to your Birthday list? She's turning the ripe age of SIXTY Sunday! -Ken Staley ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB) Maren, Found this Hanford Project News article with O. V. Horne's ('50wb-RIP) photo. Could you forward this to who ever sent in the obit? Thanks -Don Sorenson (NAB) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Also added the picture to Oral's funeral notice. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notices >>Oral Horne ('50WB) ~ 3/6/31 - 1/25/07 >>Rodney Huff ('85) ~ 1/13/67 - 1/22/07 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/29/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Pappy Swan ('59), Anita Cleaver ('63) Earl Bennett ('63), John Bixler ('64) Pam Ehinger ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda Stewart ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Virginia Eckert ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Robin Frister ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Old stories and old pickup trucks To: Bill Berlin ('56) and Dick Wight ('52) You gentlemen have once again stirred memories. My Alaska time only spanned six months in 1970 (first job out of college) working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. However, it was long enough to leave indelible memories of the Pribilof Islands, Cold Bay, wildlife, the Aleut people, and riding aircraft, ships, and numerous runs in raging winds across Cold Bay and the waters of the Izembek Lagoon Refuge in a bouncing Dory. Trekking over the hills and tundra around Cold Bay, dodging Brown Bears and herds of Caribou, when counting geese, exposed me to vast amounts of WW II installations, wreckage, debris, and history. Once, I sat spellbound listening as an older Aleut gentleman in the Pribilofs described an ambush by the Aleuts of Japanese sailors who came ashore from a submarine at night early in WW II. I became so inspired with flying that I got my own "single engine land" ticket later. I have not been at the controls for many years, but I am still a flight enthusiast. And, as I have mentioned before, nowadays, I do my flying by watching "Dogfights" on the History Channel or at my computer with stick and throttle where I lose myself for long periods of time winning back the Pacific by flying Wildcats, Hellcats, or Corsairs as I dogfight my way through Zeros, Georges, and Betty Bombers. I'm getting better at it. I don't get shot down so often and I haven't crashed trying to land on my own carrier for sometime now. To: Betty King Moody ('53) Betty, do you have a site address for the Saponi Nation In Missouri? To: Tom Hughes ('56) Re: Pappy's Pickup Tom, feel free to copy the pickup story. I think once it is out in Sandstorm its public anyway, right Maren? [How would I know? -Maren] That concept of aging body vs. old pickup deterioration comparison just kinda jumped out of my meandering mind one morning over my first very strong cup of coffee. The real star of, and one half of the inspiration for that story is Henry, my good ol' '81 Ford F-150, who has faithfully served me for most of his life. With sadness and fond memories, I am beginning to realize that Henry, too, is about ready to retire along with Lil' Ricky, my '90 Ford Ranger, both, to be replaced hopefully, by a newer Toyota Tundra. A long time ago, I was a dedicated Chevy/GMC pickup man, but ... well ... long story. The response to the body vs. pickup story, both privately and from Sandstorm, has prompted me to expand on it for my next article for my shooting association. To: My good friend, Bonnie Allen ('59) Smarty pants! Still getting even with me for bringing the elves to your party and my ducking out when "spin the bottle" started! You wrote, "I don't use every feature that my cell phone comes with, but I did notice this little tiny book that came with it... I think it was called an "Instruction" book, or something like that. It had quite a bit of interesting information in it." And then, you administered the coup de' Gras when you thrust the symbolic dagger deeply and then twisted it by offering to come over here and explain the directions to me which left me clutching my heart and gasping in agony. Hence, I am compelled to reply, "Instruction books are strictly for ladies!" It's a guy thing, just like stopping to ask for directions. The key word here is "Directions" somewhat synonymous with "Instructions." How can any self-respecting guy read the directions, let alone ask for them? We are the trailblazers, the leaders, the pathfinders, the explorers, the voyagers, even if on occasion we do inadvertently go where no man has gone before (by mistake). A real man reads the instructions only when all else has failed and he needs to figure out how to take something back apart so that he can try again. Columbus did not sail back to Spain to ask the queen for a map, directions, or GPS coordinates. He did the manly thing that a guy's gotta do (even if it meant possibly sailing off the edge of the world) by keepin' on keepin' on. He got where he was going, didn't he? He found the new world. Now, admittedly, he had a big target and could not have missed it, because his wife was not along for the ride, telling him to turn left or right. His destination was the new world and any land would suffice. He just forged on ahead into the sunsets until he bumped into it, to the masculine declaration of "Land Ho!" Critical confusion develops when women demand a specific destination, like a particular restaurant. Like, for many a guy any restaurant would probably do, especially if they serve beer and the game is on the TV over the cash register, next to the pull tabs. Likewise with cell phones and various assorted miracles of modern technology, how would it look to my fellow man if I were to ask my wife or you for directions (written or verbal)? Nay, I am obligated by the rules of "guydom" to punch buttons until something happens. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where today's weather reminds me a lot of Cold Bay minus the wind and horizontal rain or snow, so I am feeling severely solar radiation challenged. Hmmm, I wonder how long it will be before Snoqualimie Pass is nice enough for someone to come comfortably over this way. I'll keep those instruction manuals in a handy place ... just in case... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Anita Cleaver Heiling ('63) Re: "tiny A-bomb" Okay folks I have a question for anyone in the know about events in Richland from the '50s. We had friends over for dinner last night - two people being Margo Heiling Barron ('57) and Lee Williams (who went by the nickname of Tootie). Lee (Tootie) said she remembers that one year when they burned the old Christmas trees around the Uptown shopping district, someone put a "tiny A-bomb" in the fire and it blew out several windows. We all laughed so hard (and we also had a lot of wine) but Lee (Tootie) insisted that's what happened. Anyone??? -Anita Cleaver Heiling ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Earl C. Bennett, III (Gold Medal Class of '63) Re: Burgers (Helen Cross Kirk ('62), Dennis Hammer ('64), et al) Does anybody remember the salad burger at Zip's? Coleslaw on a burger - I loved that thing, but it was the messiest burger I've ever tried to eat in a car (though there was one Whopper that came close, somebody probably squirted too much sauce). Our 11-year-old grandson, Kody (who was already taller than my wife at 5' early last summer), ordered a quadruple burger at Wendy's once, and it came with 5 (five!) patties. I had my camera and took picture for him; he really thought that was great. He also gets embarrassed when my wife and I order kid's meals - we explained about older folks not being able to eat much and not paying for more than you want or should eat, but he still would prefer to be elsewhere when we do it. To this day, the A&W Teen Burger stays at the top of my list (as Karen Kleinpeter ('63) used to say, "Let's tool Zip's then go to A&W for good food"), though the local A&W, which shares fully with a Long John Silvers in a strip mall parking lot, doesn't do it justice (neither does the LJS -they have no way to make the broiled items listed in the ads, only fried, and my cholesterol is already too high). The burgers are too dry/overcooked, and the self-serve root beer tap is out of order half the time. Another A&W memory from childhood was one of the first vacations we took as a family in the early fifties after moving to Richland. We were headed up the Yakima Valley highway and stopped at an A&W in Sunnyside or somewhere around halfway to Yakima, and as we left I saw the restroom door on the back of the building that said "EITHER" - for some reason that really tickled me and has stuck in my mind all these years. I had a really great burger at Friendly's once, I think they called it a patty melt, but they served it on toast rather than a hamburger bun. True, it was substantial toast, but still unpleasantly messy. As a kid in Richland, when I was just really hungry and not too flush with cash, the AC burger across from the Uptown theater was a cost effective choice if you bought them in bulk. The sauce tasted good, but it wasn't enough to make me go out of my way for more. Regards, ecb3 - from central Virginia, where we've been back to real January weather for about a week, including 2 inches of snow last Sunday, after truly unseasonably warm and dry weather for the first half of the month (when I called my sister Cecilia ('65) after her hip replacement 11 days ago, I mentioned our fine weather and she said, "We in the northwest really don't want to hear it" - she had a tree break through the roof of the house they are renting during the storm a few days before her surgery). -Earl C. Bennett, III (Gold Medal Class of '63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Bixler ('64) Re: Aleutians In the course of my work (Electrical Engineering) I have been to the island of Shemya. Shemya is the second to last American island in the Aleutians. Attu being the last (I think there is a small coast guard base there). Shemya is so far west it is due north of New Zealand yet they keep it in the same time zone as Anchorage (The sun rises and sets late.) Shemya was a refueling stop for the air force during the war and Northwest airlines after the war. Eventually it became a location for a secret listening installation for the navy. Alascom has a satellite relay station or something there. It is a small island about 2 by 5 miles. I was there to work on the Cobra Dane Radar, whose main mission after the end of the cold war has been to map space junk for the shuttle missions. It can see into space up to 3000 miles away and really small items. Apparently people have left a bunch of junk in space. There is an abandoned Nike or Minuteman rocket site there, a beach called "50 Caliber Beach" and many signs warning of unexploded ordinance. The wind blows constantly there. All the vehicles have canvas straps securing the doors from swinging fully open so they won't get ripped in the wind. It is kind of like being on a minimum security Alcatraz in fact everybody even calls it the rock. There is no escape with the Pacific on one side and the Bering on the other. Accommodations are like being in the dorm in college. There is a mess hall or cafeteria all you can eat and paper sacks to hall extra food to your room. There is even a little store where you can buy beer for about 30 dollars a case when they have it. I have been there three times. While there I have seen Coast guard both American and Canadian stop there for a day or two and then move on. I met a federal game warden there once who apparently patrols the Bering Sea. The really fun part however, is that once there you can get stuck. The Plane flies out from Elemendorf Airbase in Anchorage twice a week. They stop at White Salmon to refuel. Once we stopped in Adak to refuel. I didn't see any obvious indications of high security although we were in a military plane. When the planes get to Shemya if the weather isn't good they can't land and must return to White Salmon for fuel and back to Anchorage. This can repeat multiple times. Some people have been stuck for up to six weeks. I was stuck for about two weeks once. It is a great and interesting place to visit - once! -John Bixler ('64) ~ In Seattle where there is weather. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger ('67) To: Gary Huff ('67) I'm so very sorry to hear of your brother's death! My deepest sympathy to you and your family Take Care & God Bless -Pam Ehinger ('67) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/30/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 29 Bombers sent stuff: Anna May Wann ('49), Dick Harris ('49), Wally Erickson ('53) John Richardson ('58), Bonnie Allen ('59), Missy Keeney ('59) Nancy Stull ('59), Jan Bollinger ('60), Lora Homme ('60) Patti Jones ('60), Patti Mathis ('60), John Browne ('61) Marilyn Swan ('63), Carol Converse ('64), Gary Behymer (64) David Rivers ('65), Vicki Schrecengost ('67), Rick Valentine ('68) Greg Alley ('73), Brad Upton ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave Rhodes ('52WB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vikki Lytle ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: April Miller ('92) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Thompson. aka Anna May Wann ('49) Re: Horses for Pappy's "Hosses Unhurried" On January 15th George "Pappy" Swan ('59) asked for people who had a horse and wanted to join his "Hosses Unhurried" to send in a picture of their horse. Well it took me a while to round them up but I am sending a picture of my horses. Notice that they dont have names as they are really race horses, but right now they are a little bored and would like to ride along with Pappy and his "possee". They can be really fast depending on the jockey. Also if Pappy and the elves want to have horse races after all of this bad weather dissipates I will loan them the race track too and I will gladly volunteer as the cashier at the betting cage!!. They are very gentle and can handle any of these "old geezers" that seem to be coming out of the woodwork lately. -Ann Thompson. aka Anna May Wann ('49) ~ Sunny Bothell where it is a balmy 40 outside this afternoon. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick Harris ('49) Re: Ice Breakers! I have seen that program on icebreakers on the History Channel previously and saw some the recent one. In 2002, our Rotary Club hosted a delegation of Russian Small Contractors (to experience their professions in our free market system) for three weeks. The young lady who was serving as facilitator for the delegation stayed with us for the duration of the visit. She is from St. Petersburg and her mother is an engineer, who specializes in the design of icebreakers. We met her mother on a subsequent visit, but I didn't get the opportunity to discuss her work with her. I thought this interesting and suggest that you never know whom you might meet! Good luck on your move, Bill! -Dick Harris ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) To: Anita Cleaver Heiling ('63) Re: Lee Williams ('57) This has to be the Lee Williams; his brother is Johnny ('56) and sister Barbara (RIP '53). They lived on Thayer Drive across the street from the Finneys. I remember Lee very well; he was a "toe head" blond kid. If you see him again, tell him "hi" for me. Some day I plan on hooking up with Johnny Williams and check out his winery. Does Lee still live in Moses Lake? I think Johnny's daughter mentioned he was a veterinarian in Moses Lake. Some day it would be great to see the guys from our old neighborhood; the "Putnam St." gang from the '40s and '50s. -Wally Erickson ('53) ~ Where it's still cold and snow on the ground in the Coeur D'Alene area. Ready for some warm weather and spring. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Richardson ('58) To: Anita Cleaver Heiling ('63) Re: Tiny A-Bomb The incident that you are asking about occurred as a celebration of The City of Richland becoming a city on its own and not being owned by the Federal Government. The celebration took place at the far end of the Uptown, across the street from JJ Newberry's in a sizeable vacant field at that time. I don't recall the burning of Christmas trees although there was a huge pile of wood and debris probably two stories tall that was set on fire and attended by the new Richland Fire Department. Now in answer to the question, no there was not a tiny A-bomb but yes there was an explosion that looked amazingly like an atom-bomb. The powers that be at that time thought since Richland was "The Atomic City" that it would really be neat to have a mock atomic explosion for the celebration. Here is where it gets really interesting; they enlisted the ever reliable and extremely competent help of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide and produce the desired spectacular. Well as they say, it went down hill from there as they used far more explosive material and phosphorus than they needed for this kind of demonstration. I was standing some 350 yards away from the point of explosion and it darn near knocked me down. Some small children and women I am sure were flattened by the surprisingly strong blast. Several large plate glass windows in the Uptown Shopping area were blown out as a result of the concussion. In the surrounding area, windows in homes were blown out and a family with a brand new fireplace had the chimney peeled off the side of their two story house over toward the Mormon Church as a result of the strong concussion. Well as you can see, it was a mess, although it was an impressive mess and "The Richland Powers That Be" never could figure out who's idea it was to have "a Tiny A-bomb". -John Richardson ('58) ~ From beautiful Longwood, Florida where it is supposed to be 32 DEGREES here this morning. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bonnie Allen ('59) To: George Swan ('59) I felt sure that you would eventually send me a "zinger." What took you so long? I might be able to help you with those "directions" or "instructions" in a couple of months. Can you wait that long? -Bonnie Allen ('59) ~ Mill Creek, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) Re: Singing Valentines It's that time again (shameless self promotion time)!! THE RADIATIONS are taking bookings for SINGING VALENTINES. We go almost anywhere in the Tri/Quad-City area. See attached poster. -Missy Keeney ('59) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nancy Stull Jewell/Knutson ('59) Re: Instruction manuals Speaking of instruction books.. Paul Knutson ('59) and I got new cell phones in December after mine died (long story). Neither of us liked the phones so we went back to the store Sunday ('nother long story). During the course of our most recent purchase, the "little girl" (clerk) told us to go on-line for instructions, that the books were garbage (more or less). And this is from an employee! In trying to program our phones in December, I found the instruction book worthless and made do with the menu keys on the phone. There are so many bells and whistles that I'll never use, don't need, don't want --- I hate to say I'm getting old, but why can't "they" make something simple that will make phone calls and take messages when you don't answer. Don't need the picture phone. Don't need the IM messenger. Text messaging is EXPENSIVE! We tried it once just for drill and when we got the bill were shocked. Never again. Instructions and directions may be for ladies, but ladies aren't supposed to talk like you end up talking when you read them! -Nancy Stull Jewell/Knutson ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) Re: A Tale of Two Cockies Those folks with even an inkling of interest in birds will enjoy the very special bird-story web site at Great pictures and entertaining narrative, too! -Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) ~ Spokane under a light snow mist and 24 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lora Homme Page ('60) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Columbus I'm sorry to point this out Pappy, but Columbus did not get where he was going. If I remember correctly, his purpose was to prove that the world was round and was hoping to wind up back where he started, or at least at the Orient, by going the other way round. He ran into this continent quite by accident and thought he'd arrived in India, which is how the native Americans were given the misnomer "Indians" when that isn't even close! There's no getting around it, Pappy, if his wife had been along, she might have told him to turn left and then right, right again, then left and they'd been back in territory familiar enough that they would probably have arrived back in Spain... eventually. Let's face it, the discovery of the New World was a serendipitous event that caused Columbus to go down in history as a hero instead of that stupid guy who thought the world was round so sailed off the edge of the earth. And I think I've heard it said, that he didn't actually say "Land Ho." It was more like "What the h___?" -Lora Homme Page ('60) ~ Across the river and down the road from home, in cold and dreary Kennewick. I'm ready for spring! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) To: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Re: Mrs. Donna Faust Burroughs coming to Club 40 Mrs. Donna Faust Burroughs has talked about coming again this year to Club 40. As soon as I know she definitely is coming I will put in a Sandstorm entry. Mary Judd Hinz ('60), possible Kaylene Henjum Livingston ('60) and myself will be attending the March Spalding teachers' luncheon to see Donna and the other teachers. Will probably know then. We will definitely let her know that others want to see her at Club 40. I really related to what you wrote about calling people by their first names, Helen. When I first moved back to Richland I visited with lots of relatives that I only saw once in a while through the years when visiting. After visiting my Aunt Kay and Uncle Jim a few times my Aunt asked me to call her by her first name. I walked away feeling very confused. How would I remember after all these years of calling them Aunt and Uncle. I have slowly managed to call them by first name. This very gracious lady was mainly concerned that she would not answer because everyone called her Kay. Many Bombers will remember her as she worked at the Uptown Thrifty for a long time starting in the early '50s. Her name is Mrs. Kay Boak. At 87 years old she is as gracious and pretty as she has always been. A kind laugh and smile always to be remembered. Hopefully she and my Uncle Jim will be attending the next All Bomber Luncheon in February. My grandchildren still use the Aunt and Uncle. Re: Saying where you live on the Sandstorm entry. When I came on the Sandstorm I was very quizzical where all the Bombers that wrote were. I made the suggestion when visiting Richland back a few years ago to a group of Bombers. Everyone liked the idea. Roxanne Knutson ('62) who was with the group put in the Sandstorm. I have noticed in recent months fewer Bombers are putting where they live. So whoever mentioned recently to put where you live in again, I really appreciate you bringing up the subject. Nice to know where everyone is. Bombers Have Fun -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA - There is supposed to be sunshine the next few days with temperatures being a little higher than they have been. Depends on what weather report I am watching. The sunshine is from my computer forecast. I'll believe the sunshine when I see it. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) Re: Messy burgers I remember fondly the salad burger at Zip's. I don't remember the coleslaw, just shredded lettuce. In fact, it is still on the menu, and I still buy it, along with the deep fried mushrooms! -Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Re: guydom Ohh-h-h, Guydom! It has been both a blessing (learn to Think Outside the Box!) and a curse ("ogod, I cannot ask a 5 year-old how to make that 12:00AM thingie stop blinking... not unless he asks me to help him tie his shoes, first"). It's one of those "can't live With 'em... can't live Without 'em" dealies, I guess... but I've got an idea. What we need, maybe, is a... a paragon, (or paradigm?) some kind of iconic presence with social skills & a grasp of cultural references, (that's also the embodiment of benevolence) and encyclopedic knowledge (or access to some), and common sense- that all of us guys recognize (without giving anything up, at all, you understand) that it would be OK to, um, consult, on occasion. Hey- we could have a search, and hold a contest, and the winner could be celebrated, as... as "Miss (Ms?) GUYDOM! Hey- I may have been confused once or twice- just too much information, usually- but I think This might be The Answer... I really do! Re: hamburgers After one trip to Miner's, I'd decided that it was the Gold Standard of burgers, everywhere. Not too long after my interesting (albeit unsuccessful) pursuit of a college degree had begun, my good luck put me in cahoots with a couple of guys, down in Miami, with similar tastes in entertainment. We were sitting around a short-wave radio, listening and laughing at the things we were hearing (& saying- "theater people" love to talk back to the radio), when someone pointed out that it was 1AM- & a school night- and we hadn't had much to eat, that evening. They decided to go out for burgers... & took me along. On the way there, they had to listen to me babble about Miner's, as we headed out onto Highway 1, where we stopped at this place called the White Castle. We went in and ordered- them first- and they both asked for, like, a 6-pack of hamburgers & a coke (or something)... and I was... mystified- but I ordered 4 (just to humor them... I didn't have a clue), and we waited. These things came out that looked like a dinner roll, with a half- dollar-sized patty in there... and one of them asked me if these could "stand up to that baby from Yakima", with this totally deadpan look. When I started laughing, we all kinda lost it, for a few minutes... There's a place in Tacoma (well, Ruston, really) down on Pearl St. called Tatanka Take-out that makes killer bison burgers... and a DQ in Raymond that does pretty well with an oysterburger, but there's a booth at Bumbershoot (I know not from whence they come) that puts an inch- thick slab of barbecued sockeye on a kaiser roll that I cannot walk by.. ^..^ -John Browne, Jr. ('61) ~ where there is no weather... we have an inversion, so all the weather's up top, somewhere, I guess... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) Hi Maren; I thought this was great!! Could you put this on the Sandstorm so that any that might like to can access it. Thanks, A Tribute to Our Flag - by Elvis Presley -Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) ~ still freezin' our fannies off somewhere southwest of Salt Lake City! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) Re: Burgers I got really hooked on the "Dusty" burger while living in Wenatchee. It's good and messy! Whenever we come up to see the kids, we have to stop for a burger. For those of you living in and around Wenatchee, have you tried a "Dusty's"? -Carol Converse Maurer (Baby Boomer Class of ('64) ~ Eureka, CA where it's trying to warm up a bit, but not making it. Have had heavy heavy fog the past few days. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: For the asking... Free for the Asking: I still have nice copies of "Hanford and History: B Reactor's 60th Anniversary" by Richard Rhodes. Free for the Asking: Sandstorm dated Friday Dec 9, 1967 with photos of Judi Eckhardt, Shari Iler, Mary Hettinger, Randy Fullmer, Chris Nickola, Bob Utecht and Dave Barber. (IF you are one of these folks... you get 1st priority) Free for the Asking: Sandstorm dated Friday Oct 27, 1967 - Homecoming Issue Photos of Cindy Richmond, Nancy LaRiviere, Norma Dean, Debbie Waggoner, Lynn Belew, Peggy Anderson, Karen Stanfield, Jill Watson, Mike Harty and Scott Woodward. (Same thing goes: IF you are one of the people in the photo you get 1st priority in what has to be a first come first served basis... though I could run photo copies if someone would like? -Gary Behymer (64) ~ Colfax **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Darn... I mean double darn... I was sure I combed my cheat sheet reeeeel well before leaving... did I say cheat sheet... I mean I thought and thought and combed my finely honed memory to be sure nothing slipped thru the cracks... sooooooo I felt it was safe to head off to the Grand National Roadster Show with all my little duckies in a row... well two little duckies slipped away from me and I feel just awful about it... I shore do hope I will be forgiven my these two lovely Bomber-Babes and won't be in big trubel... Treva Bolin ('65) turned sweet 16 on the 26th of this month and the bestest girlfren a guy could have from the Class of '63 Mary Lou Watkins turned Sweet 18 on the 27th! And there I was like the dunce I can be just runnin all over the LA Fairgrounds lookin at cars on the 75th Anniversary of the Deuce Ford... Oh me... Oh my... if it wasn't so cold I'd eat worms... I hope both these lovelies and wonderful birthdays and I will not make this mistake again... at least without some really cool excuse... will hafta be really wild but I gotta whole year just in case! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TREVA AND MARY LOU!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65), Wearing a huge dunce cap (green and gold of course) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vicki Schrecengost Carney ('67) I need help from anyone who is/has been a Marine I was a juror in a murder trial last week that ended in a mistrial. One of the issues for the jury was the combat training that a Marine receives. The defendant in this case was an ex-Marine (entered the Marine Corps in 2000 and went AWOL after 18 months). He claimed he got a weekend's worth of just general defense training. Can anyone out there tell me what training a Marine receives? We're not talking Special Ops here, just general Marine Corps training. And also, what is the punishment for someone who goes AWOL? There was one ex-Marine on the jury, but his memory seemed to be very fuzzy. Any input would help me immensely even though it will have no effect on the trial outcome. -Vicki Schrecengost Carney ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Valentine ('68) Re: Burgers... All this talk about burgers a Miner's in Yakima has my mouth watering! Another great place for burgers is Effie's in Lewiston, Idaho. An Effie Burger will feed 2 or three if you have small appetites. In 2002 I went with some friends to Mardi Gras in New Orleans and they had Slaw Burgers (burgers smothered with coleslaw). They also had Alligator chile which was quite good. The last time I was in Nashville, they had Slaw Burgers and Ski (or was it Skee) we had to ask what Ski was and the response (after "oh you Yanks") was it's like Dr Pepper. Come to think of it, the reply to asking for Hash Browns instead of Grits was also "oh you Yanks". They also thought it was disgusting that I put Ketchup on my hash browns instead of gravy (go figure). -Rick Valentine ('68) ~ Spokane, WA Where it is 24 (note the degree Sign) :-) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Greg Alley ('73) Re: Art Dawald Is there any significance to a number 15 jersey with the plaque awarded to Art Dawald for the Central Washington Hall of Fame? I attended a comedy show at the Tri-Cities Coliseum and upstairs in the lounge area still called the Sunset lounge I think, all the boxes or displays for the awards are on the wall. Plenty of Bombers in the area, Dawald, Teverbaugh, Stein, and Conley. It's a yellow number 15 jersey. Is it a random number or does it stand for something in his career? Was it also true in the '60s, if you had say a number 10 jersey, your number would be 11 on the road? Is there any Dawald`s out there available to coach the Bombers today? -Greg Alley ('73) ~ Its still cold and gray skies abound in Richland. Spring is closer. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) My dad told me this story about the Aleutian Island of Shemya: He was in the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey in 1944 when he was 16 years old. During the war they wore Navy uniforms and were in the Aleutians doing survey work for the military. While on Shemya, he and another buddy wandered over to a line of B-24s and were looking inside. My dad mentioned to the crew that he had never been in an airplane before--they told him that they were going up later and they were welcome to join them. My dad and his buddy were thrilled! They grabbed a 12-pack of beer, showed up, and got in the plane. The crew told them to throw their empty cans down in the bomb bay doors. After several beers my dad asked where they were going. "On a bombing run over northern Japan," came the reply. They started to drink faster as the crew enjoyed their sudden fear. Of course the crew was telling these two how rough it was going to be, etc. Eventually the bombers dropped down, opened the doors, out went a load of bombs and empty beer cans. The planes turned around and flew back to Shemya. As it turned out it was mostly a harrasment run--the crew knew they weren't going to run into any resistance. They had brought these teens in Navy uniforms along just to scare the s*** out of them. Mission accomplished! -Brad Upton ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/31/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 13 Bombers sent stuff: Bill Berlin ('56), Pappy Swan ('59), Patti Jones ('60) Patti Mathis ('60), Sandy Carpenter ('61), Anita Cleaver ('63) Frank Whiteside ('63), Roy Ballard ('63), Julie Alexander ('65) Chuck Crawley ('67), Alan Lobdell ('69), Betti Avant ('69) Robert Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dennis Hammer ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tina Fraser ('89) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Shemya vs Adak Reading between the lines, Bombers of all ilk's should know that Shemya and Adak are two different islands in the Aleutian chain but both have long runways. Adak, as discussed, was Navy and was a very secure base whereas Shemya was an Army Air Corps/Air Force base and not as secure. Not only were there a fleet of bombers stationed their in WW II, but it was also a stop-over for flights of delivery aircraft going from Alaska to Russia in the old "Lend Lease" program that supported the Russian Air Force. The USCG also had a small base there and one could land there, either by air or boat, and get fuel, weather reports, etc. I have been into Shemya a number of times and it was another great long runway. I imagine it is a little hairy going in there now without a tower to help you through the classic Shemya weather (usually zero-zero conditions, maybe high winds too, lots of snow and ice and in general just a messy place to go). I don't think there is a lot of activity at Shemya now, especially since Dutch and Cold Bay are the King Crab processing areas out Westward. They do tell the story of the chicken out in Shemya that got turned into the wind and laid the same egg thirteen times... get my drift about wind out there? Bill Berlin ('56) ~ in Anacortes, WA where I am going to join "Pappy's Posse" as soon as I round up my steeds from winter pasture on... Mount Yourhorses. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Ann Thompson. aka Anna May Wann ('49) Ann, No. 2 looks like a "goodun" as I was always partial to Buckskins, and it looks like a mount that I could still hang on to. See ya at the window when I get back from the next run. To: Bonnie Allen ('59) Sure! In the meantime, I'll just keep on punchin' buttons. To: Lora Homme Page ('60) Maybe, but I'm more inclined to think that about the time Chris said, "What the h___?" he had just received a message in a bottle from Lief Erickson, so he decided to turn left. However, just as he signaled and started to bear left for the "Horn," he spotted a grass hut with a TV over the cash register right next to the pull tabs. To: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Re: guydom JB, just what I was thinking -- I think? To: Brad Upton ('74) Good story! It would make a good episode to include in a WW II movie. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA...low on the horizon from Bomberville, proving the world really is somewhat rounded. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) To: Nancy Stull Jewell/Knutson ('59) Re: Cell phones I didn't want all the learning with a cell phone either. Through my children's suggestion went to Cingular. Asked the clerk to see their most basic phone. She showed me a Nokia. Which I bought with just minutes (no monthly fee). The minutes cost me $25.00 every three months for a 100 minutes. The minutes accrue if not used. This being at Christmas, I was quite happy when the clerk gave me the phone for free. Something to do with a Cingular problem. When I got home and started reading the manual I wasn't sure I would like the phone. With practice I found that the phone is very easy to use and not very many features that I won't use. Over all I am very happy with the phone. (bought the phone at the Cingular store in the Winco shopping center in Richland.) At times I still look for a cell phone that may be even easier than what I have. Found this ad the other day. Call Jitterbug phones at 1-866- 427-1479 or go to Looks like their advertisement about it being an easy phone may be right from what I have seen so far. Good packages per month also for those that aren't on the cell phone much. Re: Mechanical items One of my greatest problems with anything mechanical is practice. Takes patience that I don't always have so have learned to buy as simple as possible. Look for a clerk that has been selling whatever item for at least a year. Know that I can call the store to get questions answered has helped tremendously. I think the computer I have has been the easiest of all that I have bought. Practice has become a key word for whatever I buy. Re: Hamburgers After growing up with such good places like By's burgers and Skip's (where I worked) I thought finding a good hamburger would be easy when I moved to San Jose in late 1962. Not true! The first one I had after I moved there was at a Spivey's restaurant. They served a meat and bun calling it a hamburger. Yuk! Did go to the well known drive in the movies of the 1950s called Mel's Drive In. Do not even remember their hamburger. The best I found in Northern California was Zim's in San Francisco. That was a juicy messy hamburger filled with a great sauce and all the condiments. In 1984 I moved to Federal Way, WA.... challenged again in finding a good hamburger... Dave's on the pier in Des Moines won out. When they closed out finding a good hamburger became a challenge again. Archie's restaurant at Brown's Point where I ended up living for nine years was the best. Good fries are a must for me also. Prefer a steak like fry. Each of the places I found made good fries also. Then move to West Richland presented the same problem. Knew Denny's made a good hamburger but not always as good as certain fast food places, depends on the cook. Found Carl's Juniors. Now that's a good hamburger. A Bomber friend and I were out doing errands last fall, we decided to go to Carl's Jr. pick up hamburgers and go to Howard Amon park to eat. Not sure which was the best the hamburger or the view of the river. I think they both were a favorite. Together made for quite a delight. JD Diner in West Richland also makes a good hamburger. Going to try it smothered with chili next. Even Bomber suggestions of hamburgers with coleslaw sounds good. Always something new to try. Along with the above I like a good fish burger at times. Can't say I have found the best yet. Close to the best would be JD Diner. Bombers Have Fun -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA - The computer weathermen were right and the sun did break through for a while and it was warmer today. 38. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) Re: Cockies I thought that was a very cute entry from Jan Bollinger Persons ('60). You don't have to be a bird lover to appreciate that one. Thanks for the entry and giving me smiles. -Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sandy Carpenter Lee ('61) Greetings from Gold Bar, WA Hi Everyone, We just returned from the Write On the Beach writer's conference at Ocean Shores, WA (their annual that I try to attend each year so I can pick all the literary brains I can). It was a wonderful conference with very knowledgeable speakers & presenters; I managed to pick up bookoos of info on Marketing which will come in real handy in marketing my book finally published October 5th, 2005. Most of you will probably remember seeing my notes about this in the past, but in case you didn't get to read those, the book is entitled, "Father, Forgive My Father" by Sandra G. Lee. You can see my write up on the web site at my actual web site there is: I also have a My Space (courtesy of my grandkids who just had to get "Granny" on there). Anyway, I met up with old friends from previous conferences who were very glad to see that I'd finally gotten the book published that I was working on at the last conference. They had lots of new ideas for marketing, and one even referred me to a friend of his who plans all the lectures for a Seattle based college. The lady actually invited me to contact her regarding me lecturing on my book at the college. Wow... that blew me away, and will be a wonderful jumping off place to other avenues of marketing. I also made the acquaintance of a lady my age who is a publisher's daughter and a writer and editor herself with 40 years writing experience. She purchased a book, read it, and wrote me a wonderful review and referrals. And... to top it all off, the weather was beautiful while we were down there. We stayed in the beach house that brother Gary ('64) and myself built a few years ago and use as a family retreat for both of our families. It is always so enjoyable to visit there. If any of you are unfamiliar with Ocean Shores on the west coast of Washington state, it is a very beautiful place with lots to see and do there. -Sandy Carpenter Lee ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Anita Cleaver Heiling ('63) Re: Thanks to John Richardson ('58) for clearing this "tiny" matter up. I copied and forwarded your email to Lee Hebbeler Williams ('57). I know she'll be happy to learn that at least it "looked" like a "tiny A-bomb!" The eight of us teased her mercilessly and we all, including Lee, had a great laugh over this. To: Wally Erickson ('53) You must be thinking of another Lee Williams as the Lee I know is definitely a woman. She and her husband live here in Portland and are absolutely wonderful people. Dean ('63) and I were introduced to them through Dean's sister, Margo Heiling Barron ('57). -Anita Cleaver Heiling ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Frank Whiteside ('63) Re: Burgers and sloppy food All this talk about food is really making me hungry!! As for burgers down here (NOLA), the Port of Call restaurant, at the edge of the French Quarter, always has had a very large tasty one. (Don't know if they re- opened after the storm). Another really good big one we enjoy is from the Swamproom (a bar and food place) in Metairie. Top it with a huge order of sweet tater fries and you have lunch and dinner! And for sloppy, guess none of you have ever enjoyed a sloppy, gravy roast beef or barbeque poboy. Most meatball and red sauce ones are just as sloppy. Better have a box of napkins. Pitts ('63) can probably also find you some good stuff on his favorite food site at -Frank Whiteside ('63) ~ Where it's chilly on the bayou--lows in mid 30s and low 40s. No gators sticking their heads up in Pappy's Pond on the bayou like the groundhogs up North! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roy Ballard ('63) Re: Burgers After reading all the stuff from everyone, I thought that I'd put in my two cents worth. I still prefer the Miner's burger over most all others, but I do remember a time when working in Israel in 1990 and they had Passover. I had a burger at a Wendy's in Jerusalem and during Passover you can't have regular bread, their burger had like two big saltines as the bun. Needless to say it was the most messy burger that I have ever eaten. The (bun) if one can call it that totally went to he-- and the rest of it had to be picked at with your fingers. For those that would like a Big burger try the one at the Vegas club and casino in Las Vegas it's called the Big Daddy Barrick Burger and is a 9# burger and costs $49.99 and if you finish it in one hour it is free. It comes with a 12" bun , half a head of lettuce, 2 onions, 4 pickles, mayo, mustard 12 slices of American cheese, and an side of fries and Maalox. Now that is a burger and I'm going through Vegas in a couple of weeks and I might just stop by and see one. -Roy Ballard ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Julie Alexander ('65) Re: Tiny Bomb I agree with John Richardson ('58) on the celebration of Richland becoming a city. The date in my mind was December 12, 1958, the night my sister Rebecca ('77) was born. I remember the "bomb" being awesome! Re: Burgers There is nothing in the world like an "In-n-out" burger found originally in So Cal. I used to drive miles for one. They only sell burgers, fries, milk shakes and drinks. Yum! -Julie Alexander ('65) ~ Finally back in Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Chuck Crawley ('67) To: Gary Huff ('67) Gar, I was so sorry to read about your brother's untimely death. You have our deepest sympathy. I'll bet the reunion with your parents is sweet. For something completely different (with apologies to Monty Python :o) I saw a Bomber sweatshirt running on the Portland riverfront at lunch time today. -Chuck Crawley ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Lobdell ('69) To: Vicki Schrecengost Carney ('67) I'm sure you are going to get a lot of response to your question. Anyway here is my two cents worth. I was in the Marine Corps from '71 to '73. At that time we were put through 13 weeks of boot camp where you were trained to fight or should I say kill with rifles, knives, hands or whatever you could get your hands on so that you could stay alive along with being put into the best shape in you life. After those 13 weeks all Marines were required to go to Infantry Training Regiment (ITR). I believe we spent 6 or 7 weeks there and again more training. After which the new Marine was then sent to his MOS training. In my case artillery (M109 Self Propelled Howitzers, 8 weeks). Others went to Grunt training for I'm not sure how long and even others went into the Rangers in which they received considerable more training. In each case it was about 30 plus weeks before a Marine was ready to be deployed to his duty station, be it a combat zone or otherwise. I know that Marine training does and has changed over the years however if the Marine Corps is now only giving a weekend of self defense training then it sure has changed and definitely for the worse. After seeing these young Marines on TV in Iraq and watching how they conduct themselves I have to believe that the training is as intense and maybe even better than we received in '71. As for going AWOL, If I was to tell you my true feelings as for what to do to a Marine who has gone AWOL I don't think it would get printed. -Alan Lobdell ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Basketball Jersey Numbers To: Greg Alley ('73) Yes it's true regarding jersey numbers in the '60s. Home jerseys had an even number and the road ones were the next odd number; hence 10 at home, 11 on the road. The other thing I remember was Col-Hi was the only school in the league whose JV team was entirely sophomores until my senior year when the classes got a bit bigger and they added a Sophomore team to the varsity and JV. Some of the smaller schools that we played like Sunnyside would occasionally have a senior on the JV team because perhaps he hadn't played earlier in his career. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA - fog, fog, & more fog & just below zero **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Avant ('69) Re: Shemya, burgers, and Columbus When I was living out on Dutch Harbor, AK I was a subscriber to the Wall Street Journal which was of course flown out in the mail sacks from Anchorage. On more than one occasion the paper took a detour to Shemya and it would get back to me with an Air Force Intelligence mark on it saying it had been checked by them (for nefarious KGB plants I am sure). I even received one phone call and one visit from those fine folks just so they could decide I was a real American. Thank God I did not subscribe to Pravda. Re: Columbus Actually everyone pretty much knew the world was round, the mistake was in estimating the circumference of said Earth. Columbus was looking to short cut the expensive and Ottoman controlled caravnn routes by sailing West to get East; a fine example of entreupenuership and the Law of Unintended Consequences. Re: Burgers Last week in Puyallup visiting daughter Sarah ('94) I happened into Herfy's Burgers on Meridian. The burger was fine but the "fry sauce" transported me back to Arctic Circle and the french fries there. It was a great flashback. -Robert Avant ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` December, 2006 ~ February, 2007