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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 ~ 03/01/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Nola Davey ('56), Helen Cross ('62), Donna Bowers ('63) Earl Bennett ('63), Peg Sheeran ('63), Bill Scott ('64) Gary Behymer ('64), Greg Alley ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Elwin "Gene" Boyle ('64WB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Anna Durbin ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patricia Inghram ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sheri Lukins ('75) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Deana Shipman ('77) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nola Davey Meichle ('56) To: George Barnett ('63) The town indicated for your friend is Stevenson WA. It is in the Columbia Gorge area. I was born there. -Nola Davey Meichle ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) I'm glad to hear that you are doing so well Rosalie Lansing Haag ('63) after such a delicate surgery... yes, God does hold us in his hand, if we ask him for help. And did Tieton, WA have more snow, as I see in Karen Kleinpeter Kroger's ('63) writings that snow is melting. Ours is almost all gone, snow that is, and it's 40 here and is to be up in the 60s tomorrow!! We will be back in Tieton for the week of Easter as Warren will preach at Highland UM church on Palm Sunday and Easter. We are looking forward to seeing our congregation there again. (I doubt I'll be able to make another Bomber luncheon then, as we have to hightail it out to Colorado afterwards where Warren is helping a friend to remodel his condo.... But we will attend his grandmother's l04th Birthday party on April 1st in Brewster, WA and a celebration on my Mother's 85th birthday party then too. I think Teddy I. lived with the Brinkman's didn't he? I don't remember the record situation then, but I might have known I was going to Holland already, so I wasn't concentrating very well on much, or did you mean the year after when I was in Holland, Karen? I've been having to have so many health tests it's unbelievable, just to try to stay healthy. I want to try that website to find people... Signing off from the house by the little lake where the ice is breaking up. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ West Harrison, IN where it is above 40 today. I've already forgotten how to do that sign again. I am hopeless with a computer, but it is so much easier than typing. I don't know how I ever managed to type all my papers for college, complete with footnotes at the bottom of each page. Maren, when is the Iditarod? Isn't it coming up again? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Helen, Yes, it is. I've been thinking about putting a "fair warning" note in the Sandstorm for days. The traditional ceremonial start is always the 1st Saturday in March. Stay tuned for daily updates. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Bowers Rice (Gold Medal Class of '63) To: Rosalie Lansing Haag ('63) Blessings to you Rosalie, I am so glad that you came through the surgery!! Goodness, girl, I hope they left some of the good stuff in when they did the surgery!! We are flying to Richland this weekend to see Mike's sister, Kathy Rice Veverka ('58), and family and I plan to go see your mom. I hope she is in the same building as this summer otherwise I will call Dean ('60). We lived next door to the Lansing family for many years and what I loved most about that was always the ready "laugh" of your mom. She had a great sense of humor and that is why I think you have her sunny disposition. And anyone who had to live with your Dad had to have a great sense of humor because a more opinionated, big tease, I never knew. You all were a great family and we had many happy meetings through the years that you lived next door. I am just so grateful for your recovery and the fact I can go see your mom one more time. Love, -Donna Bowers Rice (Gold Medal Class of '63) ~ here in Chesterfield, MO where its supposed to be in the 60s today. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Earl C. Bennett, III (Gold Medal Class of '63) To: Fran Teeple Wolf ('68) Re: Joe Keefe and Ken Finley Joe and Ken must have been Bombers, but I'm not sure what class(es), just that they were a little younger than me, possibly 3-4 years (i.e., about your age and my sister Sue's). I remember their guitar playing and singing at many meetings of the Seekers, the post-high school young folks groups sponsored by West Side United Protestant that met often at Keith & Pauline Fowler's house (I think - either that or the Pastor's, Homer and Isabel Goddard). They sang well and played well, Joe ambidextrously, but usually opposite Ken so they could play in close quarters without bumping each other's guitars or noses. They also had a tremendous sense of humor, reminiscent of the Smothers Brothers (without the scatological elements), and I wouldn't be surprised if one or both of them seriously pursued music and/or comedy. While I don't recognize the group name you cite, the quotes on "The" was probably some inside joke. The titles sound vaguely familiar, but that was 36+ years ago. Regards, ecb3, from a spring-like day in Central Virginia that melted all but the largest piles left from the 6 inches of heavy, wet snow we got on Sunday, to be followed tomorrow by March coming in like a lion with a damp, windy and chilly day. When I broadly scattered bird seed on Sunday we counted 17 finches, five pairs of cardinals and one pair of mourning doves all at once, but the blue jays and bluebirds were strangely absent. -Earl C. Bennett, III (Gold Medal Class of '63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Peg Sheeran Finch ('63) Re: Kobe Choir Member To: Karen Kleinpeter Kroger ('63) If this is viewable, it's a picture of Shiori Tatsumi, a member of the Kobe Choir, who stayed with us Sheerans (Mike ('66) & Peg in picture). Visiting are Toby ('65) and Paige Wheeler, the Wilson sisters, and Paul Koop - all our neighbors. That was a wonderful experience, and I remember Shiori bringing us kelp to eat, and candy you could eat wrapper and all - firsts for us ... and her crying in the night in her guest room - and I didn't know what to do but hug her (she was homesick) - taking her to see McNary Dam with Dad and Mom. They're voices were so beautiful in the choir, I still hum one of their songs that just gave me goose bumps when I heard them sing it. Also remember taking her to the bus to leave with the choir, and we were all sobbing. Wonderful memory.. -Peg Sheeran Finch ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Scott ('64) Re: Sukiyaki To: Karen Kleinpeter Kroger ('63) I well remember the visit by the Kobe Choir because I and my family hosted two of the choir members. However, the recording of Sukiyaki was already well established on the airwaves at the time of their visit. I remember asking one of them about the singer, having heard the song many times on the radio, and they were well aware of who he was. -Bill Scott (Boomer Bomber Class of '64) ~ from rain-soaked Nipomo, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) To: Fran Teeple Wolf ('68) Re: The Four Winds Joe Keefe ('64), Ken Finley ('64), Sharon Scharnhorst (Kennewick '64) & Julie O'Conner (Kennewick '64) made up the 4 Winds. I do remember sitting in our 1962 Ford Galaxie 500 with my date, a treasure from the class of 1965, listening to the song. (Joe teaches guitar in Kennewick and is married to Sharon Scharnhorst who is now a retired teacher from the Pasco district. Kenneth Finley is a minister in the Tacoma area. Julie is an artist who makes furniture out of tree branches & Patty is a teacher in California.) -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Greg Alley ('73) To: Jeff Michael ('65) Re: Big Ball Stars That's quite an interesting group of musicians. I know Chris Slade played with AC/DC and have seen Robin McCauley with a band called MSG. These kind of bands usually play the summer circuit. The band that has played the street dance here in Richland a few times was called the Classic Rock Allstars and featured members of Rare Earth, Sugarloaf, Iron Butterfly and other bands. Chris Slade will be here on St Patty`s day at the Irish Games at the TRAC facility put on by the St. Pats school in Pasco. His other touring band is called the Monsters of Classic Rock and features him with musicians who have played with Rod Stewart, Steve Miller, David Bowie, and others. Lots of good songs to choose from and a young unknown singer to sing them. It's pretty boring around here for entertainment so it could be a fun time. -Greg Alley ('73) ~ It's almost Spring. No Bomber teams in the basketball play offs and Kennewick has both boys and girls team in regionals. What is the world coming to? ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/02/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Pete Overdahl ('60), Donna Bowers Rice ('63) Jeff Michael ('65), Patty de la Bretonne ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John Adkins ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pete Overdahl ('60) To: Bill Berlin ('56) It is funny to read your entry on the "Lucky Lager Dance Time" It was funny that the Lucky Lager beer advertised on Vancouver, B.C. on Station CKNW. I recall the beer made in Vancouver WA and it wasn't my favorite but it was brewed in our home state of WA. Well on approximately July 3, 1974 or somewhere in the neighborhood I was on patrol approximately 15 miles south of Kennewick on SR# 14 and came upon a disabled semi truck trailer on the north bound shoulder. I got out to check on the driver of the truck and found the side door of the semi trailer open and stacked to the ceiling was Lucky Lager beer. I figured it must of been broken into. But to my surprise was a truck driver standing on a can with a nozzle of the Jerry Can stuck in the radiator and the man was poring one 12oz bottle or Lucky Lager beer into it at a time. I asked how long he had been trying to fill his radiator. He said he just started and needed about 15 gal of water to fill the radiator. I offered to take him to Kennewick and get 15 gal of water. He was a rodeo cowboy trying to get back to Montana for the 4th and didn't care about the beer. I said I would like to say it was a terrible waste of beer to poor it down the radiator but I didn't like the taste of Lucky Lager. He said he didn't either and if he stopped somewhere at night he would go buy a six pack of Bud if he wanted a beer. This is a story I can't forget on my years with the WSP. To: David Rivers ('65) Yes, David you answered my call for help. I so appreciated David and his secretary, Michelle, helping me out with a request on getting me 40 bottles of German Snap Caps for a reunion of the men I was stationed with in '63 to '66 in Germany. We wanted a popular German style to have, to celebrate our 40 year anniversary of being in Germany. There were 32 of our USAF group who haven't seen most of these men in all of these years. We spent several days together in Las Vegas and in proper form. We prosted the beer to the occasion and David made it complete. Thanks to a fellow Bomber. They are everywhere, everywhere!!!!! -Pete Overdahl ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Bowers Rice (Gold Medal Class of '63) To: Peggy Sheeran Finch ('63) Re: Kobe Choir We, too, had a Japanese student stay with us for that exchange. Her name was Tomoko Shibata and she was very sweet, but also homesick. She needed some laundry done but insisted on doing it herself, in the sink. She hung it to dry and it was dry in just a few hours. That was the 1st time I think I ever saw dacron fabric. Most of her clothes were made of the same substance. A few years later we were seeing it in everything. We all just really enjoyed our students and they and we were so sad when they left--many tears as they said good-bye!! I would love to reconnect and find out what she did with her life. -Donna Bowers Rice (GMC '63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeff Michael ('65) Re: Big Ball Stars To: Greg Alley ('73) Very Good, Bomber of more recent times! Chris Slade did, in fact drum for AC/DC. And since he is the anchor for the group, the band's name ties to the AC/DC hit of "Big Balls". Chris has been nominated to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. We have to wait until this Fall to see if he gains entry. He's truly a ball... great fun to work with. He got his big time break working with Tom Jones, then Manfred Mann's Earth Band and MANY others. Robin McAuley is touring with Journey these days. Teddy Zig Zag (who I thought sure folks would recognize) is a keyboardist and occasional harmonica/vocalist with Guns N' Roses. The other players came from Motley Crue and a couple other bands. They REALLY did rock the rather small, intimate crowd that night. I'm currently a bit stressed... as I have a photo ID crisis. My passport expired about 10 years ago and I just haven't had time to renew it. Meanwhile, I misplaced my wallet just before Christmas (the most recent one), so don't have my WA driver's license. I can get a replacement driver's license by internet/mail, but it would have no picture and would say "Not for ID purposes" on it. I wasn't too concerned... figured I'd get the new license when I'm in town next week. But the other night I awoke in a cold sweat... they don't let folks on airplanes these days without a photo ID. Oooops... gotta figure this one out quick! I can get an expedited passport in about a week, but the cost is 450-550 USD! Normal passport cost is a bit over $60. NOT! Guess I'll have to talk to airport security to see if there is another method. I could get a CA ID card... but that may take too long, too. Will dj jeff make it to Stoneridge for the wedding? Will he have to drive through rain, sleet and snow to get there in time? Or will he ask a local dj to do the gig and stay in sunny San Diego? No, stiffing the bride/groom is NOT a viable option. Whatever happened to the good ole days when we just walked on the plane with our IBM punch-card ticket, perhaps flying under the name of one of our friends who had surplus frequent flyer miles? Stay tuned for the next exciting adventure of dj jeff in the days of our lives. -dj jeff Michael ('65) ~ from sunny San Diego, CA where the surf's up, the temperture's up and the price of a gallon of the cheap stuff is $2.73 at the bargain outlets. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patty de la Bretonne ('65) I think Joe Keefe was class of '64 or thereabout. -Patty de la Bretonne ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Sharon Hindman Godwin ('57) ~ 10/6/39 - 2/23/07 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/03/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff: Mary Evelyn Kingsley ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Monique Mangold ('80) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Jon Boisoneau ('67) & Vicki Gill ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Evelyn Kingsley Spradlin ('49) Re: Picture ID To: dj jeff Michael ('65) My Granddaughter lost her drivers license this summer while we were traveling. I took her to Sam's Club and added her to my Membership and they took the picture, gave her the card, and we Paid $30 for the membership. She had instant photo ID and it got us to Seattle and back on planes. -Mary Evelyn Kingsley Spradlin ('49) ~ Parker, TX ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/04/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bomber sent stuff: Bill Berlin ('56), Jim Schildknecht (66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ruth Patty ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vicki Gill ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy Bishop ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Wingfield ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Cool site Here is a cool site if you ever want to know what goes on "up front" in a 777, or for that matter, any modern jet liner. It is a little more advanced than my old Piper Arrow. Run your arrow over the panels and see what all that stuff is for and what the Captain and Co-Pilot have to remember before, during and upon landing. Great story by Pete Overdahl ('60) and his WSP days and the beer truck. One time I was lost, I mean really lost, in Copenhagen, Denmark and finally hailed down a Tuborg beer wagon with a two-horse team and teamster. I told him my problem and he got off the wagon, took the map back and spread it out on the rear end of the wagon. It was a bit windy so he hauled out six Tuborgs, one for each corner of the map and one each for me and himself. We mapped out, after a while, the best route back to my hotel but deciding that required another Tuborg each for the "lostee" and the "lostor" (I think those are legal terms) before I went on my way and he went his way. Keep in mind that Tuborg is about 5+% so walking anywhere was an effort but I did make it back to the hotel in good spirits filled with good spirits... if you get my drift. Just as a sidebar, Lucky Lager in Canada is sooooo much better than US LL, which indeed was brewed in Vancouver, WA. Odd, both were brewed in Vancouver, one in B.C. and one in WA as I come to think about it now. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ Anacortes, WA where it is so foggy I could not see a 777 or A-380 in my front yard. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Schildknecht (66) To: Wally Erickson ('53) Re: F-P Softball Sorry to be so late with a reply. Thanks for your mention of the abilities and skills of Marilyn Richey ('53-RIP). I had heard of her talents as a pitcher. Never did see her perform. Who did she compete with, or against, in those days? Did women have a league for participation? Also, I appreciate your suggestion about contacting the National Senior Softball Hall-of-Fame regarding their possible interest in the old Terteling team photos. I did look up their web site. It's hard to determine which link will give the proper contacts. I'll continue to work on this. I did see some interesting references (links) to old news articles on Eddie Feigner and the King and his Court. There is a lot of folk lore in those articles, even within some attributed to the Tri-City Herald and other regional newspapers. It was interesting to see that there are a number of inaccuracies related to the actual formative dates of the Court team. Several articles do not reflect that Feigner and the great ball players of the Terteling team performed here in Richland in '48 and '49. We do know that Feigner and a few younger guys started the Court traveling team in 1950/'51 following the Terteling days. Some articles incorrectly state that Eddie started the Court team in '47. Always fun to look at this stuff. -Jim Schildknecht ('66) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/05/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bomber sent stuff: Sandy Carpenter ('61), Gail Cyphers ('62) Gary Behymer ('64), Betti Avant ('69) Larry Crouch ('71), Mary Jane Smith ('70) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Sandy Carpenter Lee ('61) Re: Iditarod Race Oh, yes, the Iditarod Race; brings back many fond memories. You could count on me being at the start line of all five races during the five years I lived in Anchorage. It was such an exciting time, the racers preparing their dogs and sleds, and the dogs full of anticipation yapping and pulling on their lead ropes. It was as if they just lived for this moment and couldn't wait to get out there on the crisp snow. Talk about exciting! I always said that if I'd been a bit younger when I was up there, I would have wanted to be one of those mushers. But, alas, I was in my mid 40s then, and that might have been a late start in the dog mushing world. If any of you ever have a chance, go see it in person; you will never forget it. Probably will never get there again, for the race that is, because when I go to visit my son and his family in Nikiski (on the Kenai Peninsula) I go during the summer when it's warmer... I've become soft in my old age. Won't get there this year, because I will be involved in training our horses over in Idaho; but will get to see my kids when they come through on their way to Disneyland a week from now. You all have a wonderful Spring and Summer; will try to peek in at the Sandstorm news when I can, but not sure I will have Internet over there. Bomber Cheers, -Sandy Carpenter Lee ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gail Cyphers ('62) Re: Web site For those that haven't already seen it, there is a very interesting web site that depicts commercial advertising from about the '30s thru the '60s. If nothing else is gleaned from the site, it is clear that advertisers have always inflated their message... no surprise there... pretty cool artwork though... Attached is a picture of the future internet... on line shopping of course.. -Gail Cyphers ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: 1965 Miss Tri-Cities pageant These photos are from the program for the Miss Tri-Cities Pageant which took place in the Chief Joseph Junior High Auditorium on Friday. July 16th. The "princesses" from the Class of 1965 were running for the title while Class of 1964 Queen was Dawn Bern. -Gary Behymer ('64)m ~ Colfax, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: 777 instrument panel To: Bill Berlin ('56) That site for the 777 instrument panel reminded me of when I was in the Army. I believe it was the 747s that came out in the mid '70s, does that sound right? We had a copter crash one night on post. The pilot survived but had numerous injuries including facial fractures. His group brought in a poster of an instrument panel from that era's jumbo jets. For a while he really couldn't see it that well and he was heard to say, "what do you expect when I ate the control panel of my chopper". They were looking to get him discharged once he had healed because he wouldn't be able to fly again but he was hoping they'd find something else he could do since he was close to retirement anyway. I don't know what became of him as I moved on not too long afterwards. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Crouch ('71) To: '71 Classmates I don't want to start the whole Spudnut shop Krispy Kreme debate all over again but WOW Krispy Kreme has come out with 100% whole wheat donuts. It's like eating a vitamin for breakfast. I just finished two of them... feel like a new man... I might have two more for lunch. I'm thinking of maybe a new weight loss program is in the workings???? hmmmmmm. -Larry Crouch ('71) ~ Northglenn, CO **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Jane Smith Poynor ('70) Re: Iditarod Maren, Once again I "worked the streets" of Anchorage for the Iditarod Ceremonial start. It was a beautiful day with temps in the teens. We had been having some nasty winds here in the Anchorage Bowl making the wind chill factor dip into the minus double digits. Fortunately they died down around 4am Saturday making for an enjoyable day to be outside. IditaRiders from all over the country and a young man from Argentina were in the group of riders this year. I'm off to AZ for a week in the sun so I'll be following the race with you at -Mary Jane Smith Poynor ('70) ~ Anchorage, AK where its another glorious day for the restart in Willow ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/06/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bomber sent stuff: Phil Belcher ('51), Wally Erickson ('53), Bill Berlin ('56) Ray Hall ('57), Jim Hamilton ('63), Gary Behymer ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ray Wells ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jan Nussbaum ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John Browne, Jr. ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Deirdre Johnson ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pat Doriss ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paul Tunnell ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bobbie Gilstrap ('72) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Phil Belcher ('51) Re: Interesting site with some memories This is a site with pictures of old filling (service) stations, some still in use, others not. Brings back memories of a time when you could buy gas for .25 and they would fill up the tank, wash all the windows, check the oil and water, fan belts and check the air in the tires plus sweep out the floor boards. And with a cheery smile. -Phil Belcher ('51) ~ Pasco, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) To: Jim Schildknecht ('66) I'm glad you're following up with the "Terteling" photos. Your mention of their not showing anything about Ed Feigner playing softball in the Richland area at the National Senior Softball Hall-of-Fame makes it even more important your sharing the photos. It would be interesting to hear their response... please keep us informed on your accomplishment. It could put Richland on the map in Softball history... who knows. Thanks for getting back and the best of luck! I think it's great! Re: Who Marilyn Richey (RIP '53) played for? I don't know... she could have been in high school; but, I'm sure she played for a women's team after high school. Maybe, someone out there can come up with the team she played for. It was many years ago... I just see her pitching softball with all that energy! I did run into Marilyn in the early '80s at a Mariners game in the King dome. It was near home plate... it was a great surprise seeing her there. I asked her if she remembered that time at our 50th reunion... she said she did. She had a great memory of Richland history and the area. She was one of the reasons for my joining the Sandstorm (through my sister's Sue's ('59) suggestion). -Wally Erickson ('53) ~ The snow is about gone... glad we don't live in the northeast! I can feel Spring approaching in the Coeur D'Alene area. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) To: Betti Avant ('69) First of all, many thanks from us ex-GIs for all of your great work in the field recovery centers (MASH) units as well as the military hospitals. A lot of guys owe you their lives, as well as the quality of their ongoing lives. Chopper crashes are usually pretty bad. They fly like rocks once the power to the rotor goes out. Sounds like this guy had significant injuries that would keep him passing a physical that is required to continue to fly, at least commercially. The 747 flight deck is pretty impressive too, as are all jet aircraft. I just rode right seat in my son-in-law's Citation X private jet and the avionics in that aircraft were just amazing so you can imagine what these "heavies" (air traffic controller "speak" for large or Jumbo jets) have in their flight decks. I rode in a Cathay Pacific 747-400 flight deck for about four hours going between Vancouver and Hong Kong a couple of years ago and they gave me a real good education on long range flight calculation. Just the same, I could "shoot the stars" along with the navigator and it came back to me quickly once I had the sextant in hand. When all else fails, well almost all else not including engines or fuel, shoot the stars and they will tell you where you are and how to navigate to your destination. Worked for the Greeks. To: The I-rod [Iditarod] It is an exciting time in Alaska and anywhere that run dogs for competition. If you have never been to a dog race and you think it is cruel, just take a look at the dogs when they are getting in to their traces. They are born to run, born to compete and get them close to a sled, they just go nuts. They love it and that is what they do. As I said before, I flew the route a couple of times taking out supplies, Vets or bringing back injured dogs and never once did I see anything but absolute love for these creatures. Everything on the trail is all about the dogs and drivers. I am glad to see so many new sponsors for the race now that the PITA charges have been found to be false bravado. Go Dee Dee. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ Anacortes, WA where it is going to get close to 60 today. Going to take daughter Emma ('07 Oak Bay Senior Secondary School, Victoria, B.C.) on a "Grad cruise" to the Caribbean next week, a reward for being on the B.C. Provincial Ministry of Education Honours List (50 students per term for all the high schools in B.C.) for all four years of high school. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray Hall ('57) Well I hope everyone is doing ok. I got a rude awakening this morning as I got laid off from my work at the bowling lanes in Richland... been there for 13 years. No reason was given but I feel that he just wants minimum wage employees. Where is the loyalty? Now I have to deal with bills etc. You're an awesome group and there is power in prayers. -Ray Hall ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) Happy Birthday to Deirdre Johnson ('65)... there isn't a better friend anywhere. Heres a picture taken last weekend of the Lovely Miss Nancy, Deirdre, and Debbie that could just as well have been taken at Hi-Spot back in '65. The other picture was taken a little earlier. Jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) This from the Associated Press: YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - Kylie Shaw sank four free throws in the final 24 seconds and Colfax rallied to capture its fourth straight Class 1A girls state championship 31-28 over King's on Saturday night. The fourth consecutive title for the Bulldogs (29-2) is unprecedented in any classification for either girls or boys teams. -Gary Behymer ('64)...somewhere close to the Top Notch in downtown Colfax, WA, where I have been for 33 years (;-) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/07/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers and 1 Lion sent stuff: Dave Brusie ('51), Ralph Myrick ('51), Dan Haggard ('57) Bob Rector ('62), Helen Cross ('62), Jack Evans ('62) Ann Engel ('63)and Freddie Schafer ('63), Gary Behymer ('64) Gary Brehm (KHS '64) and Marsha Goslin ('65), Daniel Dana ('03) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Melanie Lawson ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ray Fisher ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rod Jochen ('80) BOMBER DAD BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Goslin (Marsha's ('65) Dad) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Brusie ('51) To: Wally Erickson ('53) Marilyn Richey ('53-RIP) pitched for a team in Yakima. I think it was for Caterpiller (I think) A heavy Equipment Company. -Dave Brusie ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ralph Myrick ('51) Some of you brought up Marilyn Richey ('53-RIP). Boy, do I remember her. I was playing either with CUP or the DeMolays when we played her team. (Was it Richland Laundry?) Now, you have to remember, and if I remember correctly, women's pitching mound is 37 feet from home plate. men's I believe is 45. Well, you get a ball pitched with a speed that looked like 100mph it is hard, hard to hit. And that is what she did, beat us cold. What a pitcher. Wasn't she also invited to join some women's professional team? The Red Head's is the team that first came to mine. I think they were out of Chicago. -Ralph Myrick ('51) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Marilyn is mentioned in this newspaper clipping: -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dan Haggard ('57) To: Wally Erickson ('53) Re: Who Marilyn Richey (RIP '53) played for? I believe one of the teams she played for was the Yakima Webcats. She was one great pitcher. -Dan Haggard ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Rector ('62) Re: Bob and Judy in Morocco/On the Train to Marrakech Just spent three days in Fez. Wow, like living in a National Geographic Magazine. Water is free (Koran Law). People are poor but energetic. They all want to go to America but haven't the money to get out of town. Muslims are not all radical. They have the calls to prayer, but few get serious about it. Went to huge mosque in Casablanca but it is actually just a tourist trap. Life is life... wherever you go. We are headed for the train to Marrakech... Simon and Garfunkle for three hour ride. later, -Bob Rector ('62) and Judy Herford Rector ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) I just have to add my birthday congratulations albeit late to John Adkins (also from the great class of '62). Looking forward to our reunion (can it really be our 45th this September?) -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ in the house by the little lake which is almost all thawed out... and where one of my foster cats just caught a mouse and ate in on our deck... poor mouse, his body probably wasn't thawed out enough and he was slow and she caught him... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jack Evans ('62) Re: On to State... a memory trip... the old Hec Ed -Jack Evans ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Freddie Schafer ('63) and Ann Engel Schafer ('63) Re: Portland/Vancouver Lunch -Freddie Schafer ('63) and Ann Engel Schafer ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) On March 15th, 1996, I picked up the Tri-City Herald, from the mail box. Janis & I and the "kids" had just returned from the Colfax Hospital where Janis's Mom had passed away an hour earlier. I opened the paper only to find the obituary of Wendy Carlberg ('64). The death of an immediate family member along with a childhood friend was the beginnings of the "Alumni Sandstorm" and the 1st Richland Bomber Alumni site. My special thanks to Maren for taking over "the works" years ago. -Bomber Behymer Wendy Remembered Wendy Carlberg -Gary Behymer ('64) ~ from downtown Colfax, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Brehm (KHS '64) and Marsha Goslin Brehm ('65) Happy 90th Birthday Bill Goslin (Bomber Dad)! And wishing you many, many more. You're the best Dad, Grandpa and Papa ever. We love you! -Marsha Goslin Brehm ('65) and Gary Brehm (KHS '64) ~ Kennewick where the rivalry is still alive - Richland is ahead! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. >>From: Daniel Dana ('03) Tuesday 03/06/2007 11:04:05am COMMENTS: The site is awesome! I haven't been here in a while. The last time I was home was Christmas. So stopped by the school store and get stocked up on stuff from there. Keep up the good work. Thanks, Dan -Daniel Dana ('03) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/08/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Jim McKeown ('53), Wally Erickson ('53), Tom Tracy ('55) George Swan ('59), Sandy Carpenter ('61), David Rivers ('65) Jim Heidlebaugh ('65), Kathie Moore ('69) and Steven Adair ('08) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan Anderson ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Adair ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim McKeown ('53) I've been traveling the Northwest at relatives and have arrived at brother Tom's where there is a computer. I should have sent this yesterday... today we celebrate our Dad's 99th birthday... a Bomber Dad for Jim ('53), Tom ('53), and Mike ('60). He and Mom live at a rest home here in WallaWalla, and is as sharp as a tack... unbelievable memory. We hope we have his genes. On another subject, there has been a lot of entries about Marilyn Richey ('53-RIP) and her softball abilities. I first remember her at Marcus Whitman, where she pitched for the Boys softball team... Tom was the catcher and was the only one who could handle her. The other schools tried to make her ineligible, because no one could hit her. Tom says they won all of their games. She pitched professionally for the Chicago Bloomer Girls. I remember umpiring in 1969 at the Women's Fast Pitch Nationals in Tucson, AZ... behind the plate, and I hear this voice yell, "Come on McKeown, keep your head in there"!! I looked into the stands and it was Marilyn, with a big smile on her face. Marilyn was also a great lady... working with handicapped children in Pendleton. We loved her and miss her big time. Jim and Tom McKeown....class of 53 -Jim McKeown ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) Re: Elvis Presley I just watched Elvis on the PBS station tonight. The title was "Elvis Lived: 25th Anniversary". Through modern screen technology, Elvis was reunited with his band members (in the late '50s) as they are today. It was at the "Pyramid Arena" in Memphis, TN. If you didn't see it; I think you can purchase the DVD on the above title. It sure brought back some great memories of the '50s music. His music was the best!!!! I remember when he was in Spokane (I believe it was 1958). His caravan and motorcycle escort drove by our house on the way to the Stadium. What a difference in the music today!!!! -Wally Erickson ('53) ~ Heading for the Oregon Coast; hoping for some nice weather. It was beautiful weather here in Coeur D'Alene today **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy ('55) To: Phil Belcher ('51): the old photos brought back the good memories. Thanks. To: Maren. Accolades for keeping us abreast of the Iditarod. Boiseans are a bit addicted to it since the days of one of our famous sons... "Injun Joe Runyan", son of our city schools' athletic director ran the Iditarod for a number of years. Some of our bombers might enjoy reading about Joe. Cabela's Sporting Goods did... here's an interesting website to background neophytes on the sport and Joe. [Joe also writes many of the articles on the website. -Maren] To: Jim Schildknecht ('66) and Wally Erickson ('53): Glad to see you are keeping the Eddie Feighner and Marilyn Richey ('53-RIP) history alive. My Dad loved sports and watching softball became a passion with him especially after Eddie Feighner came to town. First time I saw Eddie was on a softball field on the North side of town. He was talking to us before and during a game. He remarked that his right bicep was exactly twice the circumference of his left hand. It was indeed. We followed the team around during tournaments. Once in Port Angeles where they lost to a pitcher who lobbed the ball in with a high arc. Although Eddie got two home runs and a triple, we couldn't score enough runs to beat them. It was the last time I remember our (tertelling) team losing. Almost every time the lights came on at the softball field next to Amon Park (behind the Bus Depot on GWWay) we were there... watching Wes Leichty and Eddie pitching. Leichty was an excellent pitcher too. But no one pitched like Eddie. His multiple windmill pitches with four or five revolutions, releasing the ball on the third or fourth often left the batters befuddled... hey, he's still windmilling and the ball already hit the catcher's mitt! It was one bit of acting we enjoyed. Acting was his forte' as well. For example, when running bases he would sometimes deliberately get in a run down between bases and then outperform those who caught him in the run down. Between 3rd and home I remember him luring the pitcher to try throwing him out at third and then he'd head for home. As the ball came from 3rd base to the catcher he would turn and take two hard strides back to third like he was going to dive back and it almost always assured the catcher that he was heading back to third... when he surprised us all by planting his foot and reversing directions. By then the catcher was sure he would be able to throw Eddie out at third... and just as he released the ball he'd meet Eddie heading for home... too late to retrieve the ball!! Jim Schildnecht's Dad was a professional as well. All of the players on that team were good enough to play with The King and His Court. I hope Richland gets some recognition for "Bringing Up Eddie Feighner", but the memories are still there for us regardless. At the softball we witnessed a lot of interesting things... Yes, I remember the night they brought in the Tucker and had to push it backwards by hand. It was the early version that had the headlights moving as the steering wheel turned... to peek around the corner with better lighting... So of course those who saw that car were first in line to watch the film TUCKER. Joe Tertelling, aka J.A. Tertelling & Sons, was a Boise firm. Joe's son, Joe junior and his daughter, Ann Sparks still live in Boise. The only story I heard about his recruiting Eddie was the rumors from the 300 Area where someone said Joe got tired of being razzed because his team was beaten by some sub-contractor's team. Joe & Sons made out ok. Richland's project made their company wealthy beyond words. I think they still hold ownership of the largest coal reserves in Colorado, Wyoming and several other states among other holdings. Young Joe has a small railroad surrounding his property... just for fun. His Dad gave us the finest team a town could ask for. Something to talk about and allowing our kids to see what someone can do if they persist, practice and keep performing. Marilyn Richey was another professional softball pitcher. Not sure what team she played on, but she struck out nearly everyone in town from our sixth grade rag-tag baseball team to any group of boys who dared face her or were foolish enough to try batting against her. One afternoon she struck out our entire team. My Dad and Mr. Haney, a co-worker who coached us tried to console us about being beaten by a girls' team. I felt better about it at the locker room during our R2K Reunion before the first game in the old gym. I remarked that I had been struck out by Marilyn and asked if any of them had also. Almost all of our basketball heroes from the '80s through the '80s raised their hands. She was a spectacular player, but an even finer human being and we should do what we can to get her in a softball Hall of Fame. Marilyn's family surrounded her with two of the finest athletes in our community. To be struck out by Marilyn became a badge of honor. To: Ray Hall ('57). Our best thoughts and good wishes. Like our grandparents always told us, "When you pray for rain... remember to take your umbrella with you." Keep the faith. Prayer is still a better deal than the internet. Nobody knows exactly how it works... but those who consistently use it seem to come out ahead. While they were still skiing up on Boise's Bogus Basin's slopes with a few inches of new powder, our warm valley basked in 65+ weather yesterday... and today is looking good already. With Bomber bests to all. -Tom Tracy ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Further evidence of gravitational effects found in the aging process I have hit upon a graphic ongoing illustration proving that the gravitational forces of the earth far exceed those of the moon, sun, and, stars. OK, so the sun and stars can be excused from this example since they are merely peripheral participants in the key study area. How many of you fellow Bombers have experienced the heartbreak and mystic physical envelopment of creeping gravitational awareness? In recent years, I have begun to experience increased gravitational pull from the earth's core. I know the pull comes from there because every part of my body seems hell-bent on going that direction. I still have hair on my head, although thinner, but my hair is gradually coming out and descending in that direction. It seems to he migrating south (or downwards anyway), as I now have less hair on my head but more on and in my ears. And, there seems to be a volunteer crop growing on my shoulders even though its still winter and the Farmer's Almanac says nothing about that type of spontaneous germination. Likewise, of those years of descending as a diver may have set a precedent, as my young manly man's breast is now just a sunken treasure chest, masquerading as a big tummy. My forehead seems to have expanded and much of it has slid down and is now bagged up for storage below my squinting eyelids. Speaking of which, they seem to sag uncontrollably, especially after any meal, or any time I sit down for more than five minutes. And, my rumble seat has become a storage site for excess baggage. But most alarming of all is the fact that the effects of this gravitational force phenomenon seems to have a cumulative collection point in my feet. For many years, I wore size 9 1/2 shoes. Then, a few years ago, my feet began to hurt, especially when I got out of bed each morning. I seemed to be suffering "the agony of dee feet." By chance, I went to get a new pair of shoes and when the clerk measured my pediform appendages, she said, "Size 11." To wit I politely corrected, "No, size 9 1/2!" Smugly, she showed me the "Shoe salesperson's measuring device." And meekly, I said, ... "Oh." My feet had grown or maybe, more likely "squarshed out" to an additional 2 1/2 sizes larger... from the weight of the excess baggage (Ah ha gravity weighs in... once again). So, I purchased size 11 shoes and feeling like a character right out of the bible, arose and walked forth ... pain free. Glory be, it was a miracle! But who would have thought? I should have known though. My whole adult life, I have been shrinking, from my original astounding height of 5' 9 1/2," I now measure in at all of 5' 8" in the doctor's office. But that's only if I really, really muster up a big stretch and can hold it until the nurse takes note of that ruler on the groaning scales. Then...I collapse in a heap. So, where did the one and a half inches go? Elementary, My dear Pappy. Into my feet! And, its still ongoing. I bought new shoes a couple of days ago and my pedal pushers are no longer a size 11. Hey, my feet feel better once again! I now wear a size 12! At this rate, by the time I croak, I'll probably be wearing size 14 or 15 clodhoppers. But, if I hang on long enough and can still get around, I shouldn't need snowshoes or skis anymore! And, it looks like my kids and grandkids are gonna inherit (even while I'm still here ah kickin') several pairs of little worn huntin' boots and shoes. -George "Pappy" Swan ~ The Incredible Shrinking Senior Citizen from Burbank, WA where the puddle is filling and spreading and my aging body gradually does likewise! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sandy Carpenter Lee ('61) Good Morning Everyone! Just thought I'd let you all know of a great new web site; it is like MySpace, but Christian and much safer. I have found it a great place to give my newly published book great exposure, and to meet a lot of really neat people who have common interests. You can find it at My page in particular is It's also a great place to display pictures and your current blogs to let people know what you're up to. Go there and see what you think; I'd be interested in your feedback. Bomber Cheers, -Sandy Carpenter Lee ('61) ~ Gold Bar, WA where it was Spring yesterday with temperature of 76; and now it's rainy again... Bah humbug...we're ready for SPRING...the robins & Blue Jays are here, and my crocuses are up! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: My Pal's birthday OK... so this is the time I normally take a short nap but if I do I may not have time to write again before the paper goes to print... He's the best... everybody says so and that means it's true... we been pals since we were 15... or maybe since I was 15 and he was 14 since I'm way older than he is... at the time I met him tho I was sure he was between 18 and 20... He sits on a mountain top on his big two wheeler... starin' out at the great divide... he could go east he could go west it's all up to him to decide... when he shows up guys shudder in fear and envy... chicks drool and dig him like there was no tomorrow... he goes by many names... Honda Boy... Moped Man... but when he rides up to Zip's on that big bad moped everyone takes notice... the lavender leathers may add to the mystique... I'm not sure... Like a Rock he's proud as he can be... like a rock nuthin' ever bothers he... like a rock... he's somethin' to see... Like a Rock... so now I can tell you have a picture of this dude clear in your minds... ultimate cool all wrapped up in a 60 year old package... sometimes full beard and sometimes clean shaven but always bad to the bone... so bad that one time he walked into my dad's house after having not seen my Pop for 30 years... right away my dad said: "Where's my come-along!"... referring to the come-along the boy had borrowed 40 years before and had promptly returned and I then managed to lose after its return... Rep... yeah this bad daddy's got one... he and I fought the battle of the Hollywood Surplus Store together and lived to tell the tale... spent a week eating every piece of Strawberry Pie in So-Cal... he even had a heart attack in my office... he belongs to more classes (graduating classes) than most of us combined... pretty smooth since he gets to go to all those reunions... But more than anything he's my Pal and I love him to pieces and thank him for being my friend all these years... Doc 40 has turned 60 on March 8th... HAPPY BIRTHDAY JIMMIE ADAIR ('65-'67)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Heidlebaugh ('65) My good friend, Jim Adair ('66), has reached a milestone. Happy Birthday, Friend! Your family and friends are crazy about ya! -Jim Heidlebaugh ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kathie Moore ('69) and Steven Adair ('08) March 08 is Jimmie's birthday. Happy Birthday Jimmie Adair ('66)!! Love You. Steven Adair ('08) Kathie Moore Adair ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/09/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Bill Berlin ('56), Roy Ballard ('63), Rick Maddy ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: George Hammons ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pam Panther ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janet Olson ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Petra Giangrande ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rob Peutz ('73) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Leonard Peters & MaryMike Hartnett ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Dogs vs. Snow Machines A good many years ago I had the questionable honor of flying Sen. Ted Kennedy and a couple of his Aids out into the western Alaska "bush" so that he could speak to the Native people about the evils of drinking and alcoholism and how the federal government could correct it. I took him to see an old elder up around Nome by the name of Jake Amuknuk. At the time Jake was probably in his late 80s and had seen everything that Alaska can throw at a guy, including booze. Jake had long rid himself of devil alcohol and had taught himself to read by reading Readers Digest magazine. I digress. The good Senator, with all of his Massachusetts back bay knowledge told Jake that he was recommending that the federal government give the Natives more money for subsistence. Jake replied something like "...if you give the people more money, they will not work to live and will have more booze..." So Kennedy asked him what would be better and Jake said, "...give us a new shotgun and some shells and we can hunt for our food..." The Senator was appalled but agreed if the feds could throw in a new snow machine every year too. Jake nodded his head "no" and Kennedy was incredulous, asking why in the world would an Alaska Native turn down a brand new snow machine every year for the rest of his life and Jake looked him right in the eye and said, " can't eat a snow machine..." Later in the airplane, Kennedy asked me "...what the hell is he talking about, can't eat a snow machine?" I told him that if you are running a dog team, which are a lot better at sniffing out thin ice than snow machines can, and run into serious weather or injury problems and push comes to shove, you can eat one of your dogs. Mushers don't like to do that and do everything they can not to, but there are cases where it is the only option. Kennedy's reply was classic, "...Oh..." In the end there was no more money, a good thing, but no new shotgun or snow machine, which was a bad/good thing... if you get my drift. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ where it hit 72F on Tuesday and I have had 2 great messages from Sally Sheeran Heath ('58) in good old Wasilla, AK **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roy Ballard ('63) To: David Rivers ('65) Re: Adair ('66) David... I know 3/8 is Jimmie's birthday, but all those things you said about him... I don't know if they are all true or not, I just know him as one half of the BUDDA BOYS. -Roy Ballard ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) Re: Sports Car Enthusiasts Speaking of racing... cars. I thought I would send this in for those of us that enjoy driving sports cars... e.g., 1974 Triumph TR6 (in my case). I run around with Harry's youngest brother, Derek. Derek was born in 1932, Wales, England, and with his new bride came to Hollywood in 1955, then Huntington Beach in 1960. Derek's, wife, Pat, died in 1999. I met Derek in 2003, also a retired engineer. I won't go into details, but as single men running around in Huntington Beach... let me put it in another way, particularly for those over seventy... no matter what age you are, it ain't over until its over. If I am half the energy of Derek Webster at seventy-five... I'll take it!! Harry died from a fall down a staircase in his home. "Harry Webster, who died on February 6 aged 89, was a much- admired and respected automotive engineer whose team inspired the birth of successful Triumph sports cars such as the TR2 family, the Spitfire and the Stag, and was also responsible for the Herald, Vitesse, 2000 and 1300 family car ranges; in the same period, he supported the building of special cars which raced successfully in the Le Mans 24-Hour race. Although all these cars have now become icons of the classic car movement, Webster always insisted that this was never the intention when they were designed." -Rick Maddy ('67) Huntington Beach, CA ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/10/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Ann Clatworthy ('54), Bob Rector ('62), Gary Behymer ('64) Ron Harman ('77) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Diane Davenport ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barb O'Malley ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Clatworthy Weyerts-Hogshead ('54) To: Wally Erickson ('53) I enjoyed your entry about my dad, Jim Clatworthy a few days ago. His snow woman was sculptured with care and was quite the scandal in those days. Her figure left nothing to the imagination and was frowned upon by the conservatives of the town. She wore a bikini before the bikini had been invented. I think her "hat" was a ribbon in her hair or something like a turban that was worn at the beach in the '40s. Anyway dad was good at a lot of things. In his early days in he played baseball (short stop) for Dupont in Belle, WV. Later in Richland in the late '40s after the war was over, he bowled (was an instructor), played golf (was a stock-holder in the West Richland course), and umpired all kinds of sports in the early days thru the '50s. In his spare time he wrote "For What It's Worth" weekly in the Richland Villager for several years. He loved science fiction magazines and saved stacks of them. He was an inventor of sorts and machined a tube splitter for the reactor in one of the areas. This invention "split" the coolant tubes in the reactor for easy removal. Critical stuff in the early days. To: Phil Jones ('69) Your mention of my dad's never believing that a softball never "curved"... I called my brother, Jim ('46), and the two of us could not remember his ever changing his mind about the curve ball. Has anyone ever proved that it does curve? While talking to my brother, he mentioned that he has a softball signed by Ed Feigner and L.M. Papineau. They were opposing pitchers in a State Championship Game in the late '40s which my dad umpired. Papineau played for Yakima and Feigner for the construction company mentioned in earlier entries. Imagine that game in which only one run was scored, of course it was Feigner's win. What a good game that must have been and I imagine my dad had a hard job umpiring that day. Sure glad he remembered to get their autographs (probably on an actual ball used in the game). -Ann Clatworthy Weyerts-Hogshead ('54) ~ in Fort Valley, VA where all the snow has melted, thank goodness, and Spring is on the way. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Rector ('62) Re: Holy Cow/Morocco Wow, In just ten days I feel I could write a book. This is culture shock and sensory overload times 10. In Fez, Jensen and I went out late to pick up some lanterns we had purchased. I felt like it was Indiana Jones and Crocodile Dundee as we quickly walked the maze and back to our Ryad in just 40 minutes... Have seen incredible sights... more exact than movie sets complete with sounds and smells. Thank you in Arabic is: Shakran The response of "you're welcome" is "al Shakra ali wazeeb" That is not how it is spelled but how it sounds. You learn to discern between professional beggars and authentic beggars. Women can beg all day at a corner with rented children. They pay 50 dirham per day to rent a child. (about sixty cents) and they do very well. Most tourists are here only for a few days and they do not know it is a set up job. The miles of date palms outside of Marachech are from centuries of camping caravaners spitting out date palm seeds. Caravaners came across the desert and over the Atlas Mountains in three months. They then were not allowed inside of Marachech, but camped outside and the city folks came out to trade. The date palms are protected by law and you cannot cut them down. The mountains have Berbers (they do not like Arabs) and they are like Indians in the US. They speak three different dialects and cannot talk to each other. Off to get more silk. Have seen neat samples of human kindness and that is what I will remember most. Enjoy what you have in America. This is just overwhelming to a little boy from Richland. Later, -Bob Rector ('62) and Judy Herford Rector ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Several years ago I cleaned out my garage and gave away 3 nice turn tables and moved my 128 archive record boxes to the basement of the office. The plan was to sell the records and move on with life. However, life moved on without me. Bottom line... the records are still in the basement BUT!!!! "USB Turntable"... You'll get a lot of hits and find that a turntable for your computer can be had for less than $150.00! It plugs in a USB port & with the software package you can play those 33s & 45s through your computer. Life just got a little better with a vanilla malt & Top Notch burger along with a USB Turntable hooked up to the computer. (Ah yes... you can move the music to CDs.) -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ron Harman ('77) Re: Ghosts of Celilo Fifty years ago this week the Dalles Dam closed and flooded ancient Indian fishing grounds at Celilo Falls. Portland's Marv Ross (The Trail Band and the eighties' QuarterFlash) has spent the last ten years writing "The Ghosts of Celilo", a new musical based on events surrounding that day. As part of the activities commemorating the flooding of the falls, "The Ghosts of Celilo" will have it's premiere staging next week at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton. The cast includes actors from around the area, including myself and Noah Hunt, a teenager from Kennewick (a very talented young Lion), and a large group of young performers from Portland and Pendleton. This is one of the most exciting projects I have ever been involved in. Marv has put together a very strong story, with beautiful, fun and often very touching music. Along with the thrill of working on a new piece, it is especially moving to be a part of something that touches on such a seminal event in our local history. I know I'll never drive past Celilo again without feeling a little of what was lost that day. We're performing both Thursday and Friday in Pendleton. For more information on "The Ghosts of Celilo", visit For information on all the commemorative events go to For ticket information call the Tamastllikt Museum Store at 541/966-1982 Hope to see some Bombers there! -Ron Harman ('77) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/11/07 ~ SPRING FORWAD at 2am ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Marilyn De Vine ('52), Ron Richards ('63), Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jay McCue ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mandy Holmes ('97) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Austen ('99) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn De Vine ('52) To: Ann Clatworthy Weyerts-Hogshead ('54) For some reason, I think of you as being ahead of me in school, instead of 2 years younger. I'm glad you gave us more information about your Dad. There was never a dull moment in your household, was there! To: Bob Rector ('62) and Judy Herford Rector ('64 I can't wait for you to get home so I can have a more in-depth visit about your travels and see your souvenirs! Wow... it sounds so exciting. I'm glad you were able to make that trip and I KNOW you and Judy are taking lots of great pictures! To: Ron Harmon ('77) Thank you so much for sharing the information about the coming commemorations of Celilo Falls. I printed the schedule of programs and will attend several of the events. "Ancient" American history and geology are 2 of my main interests in life. It's amazing what the Northwest has to offer in these areas. -Marilyn De Vine ('52) ~ in sometimes-sunny Richland, where some of the bulbs planted last fall are coming up. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ron Richards ('63) To Bob Rector ('62) and Judy Herford Rector ('64) : On Clallam County's portion of the Olympic Peninsula we have three Indian Tribes. They all speak English. They all can, and do, talk to each other. -Ron Richards ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Referee I see Dick Cartmell ('73) is one of the officials for the Pac-10 final today. Did he move up from the Big Sky to the Pac-10? I heard his name quite frequently when I lived in Montana from '87-'91 and the local radio station carried the Montana Grizzly games. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where they are predicting a "pineapple express" storm to come through tonight ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/12/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff: Grover Shegrud (56), Lora Homme ('60) Jack Gardiner ('61), John Browne ('61) Barbara von Olnhausen ('62), Maren Smyth ('64) Dennis Hammer ('64), Jim Schildknecht (66) Joanne Boyd ('67), Brad Upton ('74) Kellie Walsh ('77) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ray Loescher ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John Richardson ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeanie Walsh ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Grover Shegrud (56) To: Ray Hall ('57) I was laid off back in 2004 it was kind of a blow but I went back to school and ended up getting on with Unisys at Boeing. I love the work and did need the job. So If I can do it so can a youngster like you. -Grover Shegrud (56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lora Homme Page ('60) To: The Alumni Sandstorm's own Maren ('63 & '64) Re: Iditarod Thanks for your running account of the Iditarod, I'm not even sure where (newspaper?) to follow the action if I had the time for such luxuries as reading the newspaper. I'd rather read other things, like the Sandstorm. I look forward to the daily update. Maren, do Natives ever enter the race? It's hard to tell by the names, but I don't remember if there has ever been one entered. Also, what does the description of Deedee Jonrowe's injury mean, "snapped OFF?" Do you mean her finger literally broke off her hand, as in amputated!? If so, tell me that it was frozen or something so that she didn't feel it. -Lora Homme Page ('60) ~ Kennewick, WA, where it's Spring. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Lora - Answersin my entry today. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jack Gardiner ('61) On this date, March 12 1999 at 0600 I smoked my last cigarette. Probably the most difficult thing I've done in my life. I don't think I ever smoked one I didn't enjoy. I would still like to have one, but just don't do it. One of good things that come from not smoking, is I don't get those nasty stares like I'm some kind of evil person. -Jack Gardiner ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Re: talk-talk To: Ron Richards ('63) Klahowya! The various tribes and family clans from Kodiak Island to Tillamook Bay all spoke a common language: Chinook "jargon", the regional language of traders & travelers, before there was a "Clallam County." It's true... ya got 3 linguistic groups represented in the neighborhood along the Straits (by the Klallam, Makah & Nu'u-cha-nulth)... and they were all swapping fish & furs & lies- and trying to snooker one another- for 2 or 3 thousand years before Capt. Vancouver showed up to Name everything (including my home island), a couple hundred years ago. I don't think Chinook was mandatory anywhere... but it seems to have been useful. "hyiu tillicums nesika illahee!" ^..^ -john browne, jr. ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barbara von Olnhausen ('62) Re: Iditarod For the unenlightened, what are the general rules of the race? Clearly you have to be first to get from here to there, and I picked up about the mandatory 24-hr layover... Are there min/max number of dogs, anything else I need to know? Immediate exclamation today when I read "broken finger - snapped OFF!" -Barbara von Olnhausen ('62) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Barbara -- answered questions in my entry today. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Re: IDITAROD XXXV - Websites: - Official Iditarod Site - Cabela's Iditarod Site All teams I'm watching have taken their mandatory 24 hour and mandatory 8 hour lay overs. Answering some questions.... Re: Dee Dee's snapped off finger I can't find where I read this, but the way I understood this, she took a fall just a few miles before she reached the Rainy Pass Checkpoint... same general area where Doug Swingley took a fall earlier. Her right pinkie bent back all the way and "popped"... they discovered later that it had snapped off... the BONE snapped. It was inside her skin... she said she could just move it in all directions. I saw a video last night of her showing the finger to a doctor (?) and the doc was checking it out... her finger was all there, but that hand was just unusable and she (tearfully) said she knew she couldn't take care of her dogs with her hand the way it was. This is not to be confused with Martin Buser's amputated finger that happened just a few days prior to the start of the 2005 Iditarod... an accident with a table saw (I think) at home. Probably the big reason he came in 13th in '05!! If memory serves, he was in so much pain with it at one of the Checkpoints, he had one of the vets cut some of the nerves on the end of the stump. That's TOUGH. Re: Natives in the race Oh, my goodness yes... the founder, Joe Reddington, Sr. (RIP) was Native. This year's race has 43 veterans, 15 rookies, 40 men and 10 women from Alaska: 8 vets, 9 rookies, 16 men and 1 woman from "other USA"; 5 vets, 3 rookies, 7 men and 1 woman from "other countries". I don't know how many of those "Alaskans" are Native. Those Smyth brothers (pronounced Smith - no relation) are Native, John Baker is Native. The oldest in the race, 64 year old Louis Nelson, Sr. is Native. Nelson had a mishap where his lead dogs turned around and he had to get off his sled to turn them around and untangle the mess that was created... had to take his facial cover off so he could see what he was doing... it was only off for a few minutes (at most) and he suffered frost bite on the whole right side of his face... he's still racing... you can go to either of the websites I have listed at the beginning of my entry and click on some link that looks like "2007 Mushers" and from there you can click any name and get an entire history of that one person. Mike Williams is Native and is "racing for sobriety" again this year. Re: Iditarod Rules There are so many rules!!! Read about the rules and follow the link to the rules at: Rule 17 Dog Maximums and Minimums 16 dogs maximum... MINIMUM 12 in harness to start. Minimum 5 on the towline at the finish line. Ya can't add dogs after the official re-start and all dogs must be on the towline or hauled in the sled... not allowed to run loose and cannot be led behind the sled. There are vets at every checkpoint so all dogs get checked out every step of the way. Dropped dogs get flown back to Anchorage to be picked up by friends of the musher and sent home. Bomber Cheers, -Maren Smyth ('64 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) Re: Sukiyaki -- From the DJ's mouth! Well, we all had different memories of how the record Sukiyaki came to KORD radio, and it looks like we were all wrong! While looking for a totally unrelated file in "My Documents" I ran across a file named "KORD Sukiyaki." I had saved a text version of a Tri-City Herald article from their website and forgotten all about it. How KORD got the song: KORD DJ Rich Osborn said that he got it when a "Richland boy" called him and offered him an LP (that's a Long Playing record for you in the CD generation) that had the song on it. The "Richland boy" had received it in exchange for some Elvis records from a Japanese pen pal. OK "Richland boy," are you out there? Fess up, who are you???? I went the the library and got a copy of the article so everyone could read it. The Kennewick Library has gone high tech; there are computers hooked to the microfilm readers and you can either make a print, or save it on a flash drive, or burn it on a CD. To: Ray Hall ('57) Sorry to hear of your being laid off after 13 years. Same thing happened to me, after 12 years Fred Meyer outsourced my job. One would think that businesses especially would be familiar with the old adage: "you get what you pay for." You hire minimum wage employees, you get minimum wage work. It only took me about 26 hours to find another job doing the same thing, same hours, for the same pay, but I have to pay eight times as much for insurance, and lost the four weeks vacation and other stuff I had earned after 12 years. Re: Celilo Falls In the '50s my parents used to go the The Dalles quite often and to me going by Celilo Falls was the highlight of the trip. You could pull off to the side of the road and watch, but usually they just drove by. It was really fascinating to me to see the falls and watch the Indians fishing with their nets. I hated to see them covered up, still do. Our next door neighbor in Athena, OR was part Indian and used the money he got to buy a new '58 Chevy. He said from now on he was going to buy a new Chevy every year. That seemed a little funny to me because it was only two to four months before the '59s were to come out. He had already made the deal trade it in on a new '59 Chevy as soon as they were "released." He went down to the showroom the first day the new models were revealed and thought they were so ugly he canceled the deal. I don't know how long he kept that '58 Chevy, but he still had it when I worked down there in the peas in 1966. I remember when they closed the gates to The Dalles Dam it was broadcast of TV. They had placed white (well it was white on a black and white TV) boxes on the bank, and as the water level rose they would float away. I remember while watching TV I was sitting on the living room floor building a model sailing ship. I had just started it and was gluing the cannons onto the gun deck. It took me three years to complete that model, I took my time and put a lot of extra detail into it. Over the years it has been damaged and rebuilt and repaired several times. Last summer I was moving something in my storage shed and knocked it off on the concrete floor. Busted beyond what is practical to repair; guess I'll have to throw it away. Oh well, at least I had it for 50 years. -Dennis Hammer ('64) ~ Still in the Tri-Cities **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Schildknecht (66) Re: Terteling, Feigner and the "Court" Just spent a couple of hours with my mom (Betty Schildknecht) discussing her recent trip to Hawaii and some more stuff on the old softball days of '48-'56. It's very interesting to be nearly 60 years old and still learning about new details from those early years in Coulee and here in Richland. Here's some things I learned from her about the Terteling teams. For the '48-'49 teams, George Grant convinced Eddie Feigner and Meade Kinzer to come here from Walla Walla, and they brought with them a few very good, young baseball players from the Milton- Freewater area, namely Kenny White, Gordon Meillicke, and Jerry Jones. George Grant recruited Billy Schildknecht and Carl LeMay from Grand Coulee, where they played for one of the top teams in the state, the Coulee Dam Independents. These two knew another very good player from Wenatchee, Gene Emery. He was soon in town to play ball, too. Mom thinks John Molitor, considered to be one of the top players around, came from the coast, maybe Seattle. She remembers very well the guys who were already here: Wakie Wright, Abe Able, Gene Chittick, Herb Toner, Tom Tomlinson, Herb Arnt, Derald "Pappy" Freeman. One really interesting point came up tonight. Eddie Feigner was evidently a very good Seventh Day Adventist, and would not play/ pitch during any games played from sun down Friday evening to sun down Saturday. Surprisingly, many wins were racked up for Terteling through the strong pitching from Tommy Tomlinson and Herb Arnt. Both of those guys were excellent pitchers, according to my Mom and others I've talked with. The box scores show that while Feigner and Arnt were always caught by Kinzer, Tomlinson wass usually caught by Gene Chittick... and Meade Kinzer would then platoon with Pappy Freeman at first base. She remembered that Feigner was hardly ever (never?) seen drinking a cold brew after a tough game. When Eddie decided to create the King and his Court team, immediately following the '49 State championship, the first players he asked to play were Schildknecht, Kinzer and LeMay. Kinzer accepted. Bill Schildknecht respectfully declined (two young kids), and then immediately returned to Grand Coulee for two years (to return to Richland in '52). LeMay wanted to move to Warden, where he worked with a team of folks building the new Warden Golf Club. LeMay ultimately moved to Wenatchee, where Gene Emery had also taken up a home (the Emery and LeMay families remained life-long friends of my folks). So, just who were the original players of the King and his Court? Joining Eddie Feigner (p) directly from their playing time with Terteling, were Meade Kinzer (c), Jerry Jones (of), Ken White (if/of) and Gordon Meilicke (if). The entire King and his Court, for many years, was comprised of softballers from the WallaWalla/ Milton-Freewater area! Mom remembered these young guys as all being married, but willing to hit the road. She laughingly recalls that the young wife of Ken White, regardless of the action taking place on the field or in the dugout, would frequently shout out to her husband "Kenny, it's time to change the baby"! It appears that this was a chore always reserved for him alone. -Jim Schildknecht ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Joanne Boyd ('67) Re: The Big Climb in Seattle Hi- I'll be climbing (not racing) in the Big Climb next weekend in Seattle. It's 69 stories, about 1300 steps and benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Just wondering if there will be any other Bombers there? It's Sunday, the 18th at the Columbia Center building, used to be Bank of America Building. Should be fun--and maybe I'll live to tell about it.... -Joanne Boyd ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) Re: Iditarod I've seen no mention of Mike Davis ('74) in the Iditarod results. Where is he? In years past he has driven his team of Chihuahua's to some impressive results (one year they actually made his sled move). I know that he and his team have a big heart and must be out on the course somewhere. -Brad Upton ('74) ~ somewhere between NYC and Bridge Town, BVI **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kellie Walsh Patterson ('77) Happy Birthday to my sister, Jeanie (Weanie) Walsh ('63) from her litlle sister, Kellie (Wellie) Walsh ('77) I think I got the better end of the nickname deal ;) Have a smashing day, girl. Love you. Way to go, COUGS! #3 seed in the East! Hope to watch you play in Jersey! -Kellie Walsh Patterson ('77) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/13/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Laura Dean Kirby ('55), Robert Avant ('69), Peter Turping ('70) Brad Upton ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary Hinkle ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) Re: Celilo Falls As a member of the students assigned to work on the 1954 Columbian, I took several trips to Celilo Falls with the staff and our advisor/ teacher, Jim McGrath. On page 35 of the annual there is a short history written by Chief Wilson Charlie of the Yakima (spelling later changed) Indian Nation. All art work in the book was inspired by these trips and study of the Falls. This 1954 annual won several prizes for cover design, layout, theme, and outstanding art work created by the editor Jim Scoggin ('54) and other talented students of that class. It was a sad day when the Falls was flooded and so much history along with it. I retain many memories of these trips and the knowledge we all gained from them. To see the Indians apply their craft was amazing and the huge salmon hanging on drying racks were very plentiful. I am ashamed to say that one of the most vivid memories is that of the flies that swarmed around and clung to the fresh fish. Not too appetizing, I must say. However, the product after baking in the sand for several hours was outstanding. I was, and still am thankful for the opportunities given to this group of students by a wonderful and talented teacher. -Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) ~ still in Richland where it is about 56 and the sun is trying to dry out the morning sprinkles **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Avant ('69) To: Brad Upton ('74) Re: Jeni Sorry to hear about the passing of Richard Jeni. I am not too sure how well you may have known him, but having seen him several times he really was one of my favorite stand up guys. I confess to putting him up next to Richard Pryor in his prime and George Carlin before his anger pills kicked in. Re: Dogs BTW on the subject of dogs and the Iditarod, I am trying to remember who used to try to run poodles as a team in the race and was fairly universally scorned for it in the mushing world. {The name is John Suter... he ran standard poodles in the Iditarod from '88 to '91. John's daughter Esther won 3rd place and Rookie of the year in the 1992 Jr. Iditarod (154 mile race) -Maren] -Robert Avant ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Peter Turping ('70) Re: Dick Cartmell ('73) in the Big Dance Again Dick has been doing Pac-10, West Coast and Big West Conferences for the last few years. I spoke with him today and he is headed to Buffalo for the first two rounds of the NCAA tourney. He will have a Thursday and Saturday game. I believe Duke and Maryland are in Buffalo. Dick is coming off 8 games in 10 days, the final game being the Pac-10 final. -Peter Turping ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) To: Jim Schildknecht ('66) You said that your mom remembered all the members of the '48-49 Terteling team. Did you forget one? Here's a clue: your mom and his wife spend a month every winter in Hawaii together. -Brad Upton ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/14/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Bell ('51), Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Dennis Hammer ('64), Jim Schildknecht (66) Bill Wingfield ('67), Robert Avant ('69) Mike Franco )'70), Greg Alley ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Diane Dvorak ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marcia Wade ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Horton ('75) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Millbauer ('77) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) The Senior Prom for All Ages that the Richland Seniors Association and the City of Richland put on Saturday night March 3 was a great success! We had more than 125 attending, extra tables and chairs had to be brought in, and although formal attire was not required, there were many beautiful dresses. The food donated by various retirement homes and businesses was more than enough for all. You missed a great evening! -Betty Bell Norton ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Re: IDITAROD XXXV - Websites: - Official Iditarod Site - Cabela's Iditarod Site First to Nome: at 10:08pm (AK Time) on the 13th Lance Mackey wearing Lucky Bib #13 went under the burled arch in Nome with 9 dogs. Lance is the first person to ever win BOTH the 1000-mile Yukon Quest race AND the Iditarod in the same year. His time: 9 days, 5 hours, 8 minutes, 41 seconds Bomber Cheers, -Maren Smyth ('64 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) To: Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) Re: Celilo Falls Salmon OK, I wasn't going to send this picture in because I didn't think there would be much interest in it, but since you mentioned the "huge salmon hanging on drying racks" in yesterday's post, I will go ahead and send it. I can still remember, although just barely, some Indians came to our house selling salmon. From the photo I look like I am five, maybe six. I had seen fish before, but nothing like that. I was amazed at the size of those salmon. I thought those fish were HUGE. Look at those fish, they are bigger than I am. I am still checking out those fish instead of looking at the camera. -Dennis Hammer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Schildknecht ('66) To: Brad Upton ('74) Re: Dick Upton, Terteling softballer Brad, that was my "bad" for not mentioning Dick Upton, your father and my dad's best friend. I was taking people's knowledge of Dick Upton's involvement as a player on the great Terteling teams for grantedby my earlier stories. Bad oversight on my part, anyway. Also, I forgot to mention that your dad and the family also left the Tri-Cities after the Terteling years to try his hand in the grocery business in Seattle. As a youngster, I remember staying at your home in Seattle for a couple of days while my parents visited Dick and Duke (your mom)... Interestingly, many of those players who ventured away immediately following the breakup of the team were pretty quick to return. Something about the draw of this community, even then. Another player I've failed to mention from that original powerhouse team was Bob Denney, a "really great guy" and good friend of our fathers according to mom. She said that Bob and his young family ventured off to Seattle and ended up staying there. Either Dick McCoy ('45) or Wally Erickson ('53) had previously mentioned a Richland softball player named Joe Denney... and I now wonder if they were brothers?! A few more notes of interest. An article by the Associated Press (AP) in 2002 said that Eddie Feigner had utilized 31 different ball players on his King and the Court teams from 1950 through '02. Considering the number of years involved in this endeavor, that's a relatively low number in my opinion. When I asked mom about some of the competition facing Terteling in those years of '48 and '49, she said there was one pitcher in the Classic League that beat Feigner and Terteling twice... and that was Jimmy Jones, the great hurler from the American Legion team. She said the superb Terteling hitters had a tough time facing Jones. As many people know, Jimmy Jones went on to become the premier instructor/teacher for young female fast pitch softball pitchers in this area for many years. Something else I didn't know about Eddie Feigner until just recently was that he was orphaned as a baby... and hence the title of his book (autobiography?) "From Orphan to King". -Jim Schildknecht ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Wingfield (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Re: Small Bomber World This was soooo coool. I just got a call from our best friend Karen Stewart from the tennis tournament at Indian Wells, CA. She is having dinner with our good friend Mary Patterson who used to live in Richland with her husband John Patterson who retired with DOE. Mary and John and my wife Christa and I used to umpire tennis together. Karen & Mary are there to watch our friend Sammy Stoser (Aus), who is the #1 in the world with Lisa Raymond (USA). Karen & Dave Stewart are our family from Augusta, GA, where we lived for the last 22 years. We are going scuba diving in Roatan with them in April, but that's another story. To make a long story short, Karen and Mary were having dinner tonight in Indian Wells, or where ever they are, in CA, with Candy Grubb ('65KHS) older sister of Vicky Grubb ('67KHS). Karen gave the phone to Candy and we figured we were both in Chief Jo together back in 1964. It was so good talking to her. It is a small Bomber World, even though Candy and Vicky ended up moving to Lion country. I told Candy how I had a crush on her when I was in 7th grade, but she wouldn't talk to me. :-) -Bill Wingfield (BRC '67) ~ Santa Fe, NM where it got up to 70 today. I can't wait for my Road King to get here. I'm going to ride it to work in Los Alamos as well as down to Espanola to see Donna McGregor Salazar ('57). It will be soooo fun. I have to go check my Chief Jo year book from 1964 to see if I was lucky enough to get Vicky or Candy to sign it. That would be tooooo coool. Thanks Karen Stewart for calling me, and thanks Candy for talking to me. Made my day. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Avant ('69) Re: Mushing Poodles Thanks Maren for the trip down memory lane with Suter and his poodles. As I remember there were constant complaints on the trail about his dogs fighting amongst the team and trying to pick "doggy fights" with the other teams. Most people thought it was pretty moronic for someone to run poodles on a long distance race like that. Very different from the sprint mushers. But, that is another story. -Robert Avant ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Franco )'70) To: Pete Turping ('70) Re: Dick Cartmell ('73) ref for Big Dance again Pete, Always good to see Dick doing well. Obviously all those wiffle ball games at Clark Stadium did him good. Hitting those "little kids" (Dick, little Bix) over the head with those fat bat wiffle ball bats really made a difference! If those games had occurred today instead of the '60s we would all be put into therapy or the Betty Ford Center for little kid abuse! Cougs got a great draw, only a gag will prevent sweet 16 appearance. I am not betting much on Zags chances though. I hope the Zags learned what we all did back in the early '70s... don't be roaming around Cheney unless you are looking for trouble! -Mike Franco )'70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Greg Alley ('73) To: Pete Turping (70) Re: Basketball Its been a great run over many years for Dick Cartmell ('73). He is one of the top officials in the country and seems to always be in demand and get big games. Its great to have connections to basketball after all these years because this time of year was always a way of life in Richland for post season basketball and I always loved it for all levels of basketball. Another classmate of mine was Randy Rice ('73) who lived and died through all those years of Bomber basketball with me. His brother Leon Rice ('82), assistant coach for Gonzaga has also been involved in a great program and is in the NCAA tournament again. I found one other obscure connection to Bomber basketball. Someone showed me the program of the old "B" basketball tourney from Spokane. The picture of Laconner High School basketball. There was assistant coach Brian Kellerman ('79) and his son Quenton was the starting guard. -Greg Alley ('73) ~ In Spring like Richland where I am preparing to go to Spokane for the first round of the NCAA basketball tourney ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/15/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers, 1 Bomber Offspring, and Don Sorenson sent stuff and 2 Bomber funeral notices Today: Ralph Myrick ('51), Dave Rhodes ('52) Patti Jones ('60), Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Gary Behymer ('64), David Rivers ('65) Joy Burke ('65), Annette Dean (Bomber Offspring) Don Sorenson (N A B) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ron Holeman ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Roy Ballard ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Theartis Wallace ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barbara Smith ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Terry Ganz ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jessica Avant ('95) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ralph Myrick ('51) Re: "Curly" Well, it looks like we lost another classmate. Myron G. "Curly" Krisher died at his home in Benton City on March 9, 2007. Myron and I were in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades together at Marcus Whitman. I didn't see Donna's name in the survivors' list. Has she passed away, too? [See the funeral notice, Ralph. Donna preceeded him in death. -Maren] After high school, I never did see Myron again. I guess, according to his obituary, he lived all over the place and ended up living in Benton City. How can we live so close to school mates and never run into them? -Ralph Myrick ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Rhodes ('52) Re: Celilo Falls I have read with great interest all of the stories about Celilo falls. When my stepfather left his construction job in the areas we moved to the big city of Wishram, WA where he was a brakeman and later a conductor for the SP&S RY. One of the things that has been overlooked and maybe not known by many is that another land mark, Spearfish Rapids, was also covered up by the water behind The Dalles Dam. An interesting side light is that my mother and several other women were arrested for standing in front of the heavy equipment being used to do all of the excavating work. My mom carried her sign and stood in front of the workmen and refused to move and when they threatened to run over her, she said go right ahead if you have the guts to do so. Needless to say they did not run over her, but she did get a 30 day jail sentence with all but 1 day suspended. I was in the USAF at the time, but I was proud of MOM and all the others who tried to save one of and maybe the most historical sites on the river. Re: Marilyn Ritchey ('53-RIP) On a lighter side I had the great honor or maybe the humiliating experience of batting against Marilyn Ritchey ('53-RIP) when she played for the Webcats. I think that she later pitched for the Yakima Apple Queens. Bomber Cheers, -Dave Rhodes ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: All Bomber Luncheon - Richland What can I say.. Wow! The number of Bombers, Spouses and a guest keeps moving upward. Talk and more talk. Finally everyone is believing we are here to stay doing a monthly luncheon in Richland. Please note that I have added what year the spouse or guest graduated from what town. The following is who attended: Gene Ruppert ('65), Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63, Della Bean Farris ('68), Lorin St. John ('55), Walt Wendland ('55), Dave Rhodes ('52) and spouse Alice ('57-Clville, WA) Betty Hiser Gulley ('49), Betty Bell Norton ('51), George "Pappy" Swan ('59) and spouse Jeanne ('59-Jeanne didn't write down which high school) Glen Rose ('58) spouse Carol ('62-Sunnyvale, CA), Pat Doriss Trimble ('65), Dona McCleary Belt ('54), Pete Overdahl ('60), "Em" DeVine ('52), Marilyn Baird ('60), Missy Keeney ('59), Burt Pierard ('59), Vera Smith Robbins ('58), Fred Klute ('58), Judy Rollison Anderson ('58), Edie Adkins ('77-Milton, WV now living in Dayton, WA working for Little Goose Dam, A friend of mine. Patti Jones Ahrens ('60). If any one has been wondering what has happened to Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) we now know Betty Bell Norton ('51) keeps track of her and will let us know how she is doing. Betty brought her to the luncheon which may continue. We were all glad to see her and that she is doing well. I had told my guest that there would probably be a Bomber who knew where she was born and raised in West Virginia. I was right. During introductions there were a couple of gasps and Bombers anxious to talk to her. Missy Keeney was one of the Bombers. They did have their stories to tell. Walt Wendland was brought to the luncheon for the first time by Lorin St. John ('55). Thanks for joining us, Walt. Again an easy way for Bombers to be at the monthly luncheon is: The luncheon is every second Saturday of the month at JD Diner at 1pm. Re: Marilyn Richey ('53-RIP) As soon as Bombers started putting baseball entries of the past recently, my memories of Marilyn came flooding forth. As a family we attended so many baseball games. Marilyn was a sports hero for me. Being ten years old and younger watching her I was awed by her pitching. After one of the games she was walking towards me at which time I broke into a run to go up to her. Marilyn was always so kind to everyone but seemed to have even more of an appreciation for youngsters. Through the years of living away from Richland I thought of her often... wondering what she might of ended up doing. At Club 40 I was able to finally see her after all these years. What excitement! She immediately knew who I was which made the excitement even more for a little girl that carried such great memories of her through the years. No, I didn't carry through with any sports but always remembered Marilyn "I Can"! -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) - West Richland, WA ~ 71 which enticed me out to work in the yard. After such a cold winter hopefully the warm weather will continue. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Re: IDITAROD XXXV - Websites: - Official Iditarod Site - Cabela's Iditarod Site * My "top 15" picks - prior to the race IN TO NOME 1.*Lance Mackey/13 - 9 days, 5 hrs, 8 mins, 41 secs 2.*Paul Gebhardt/10 3. Zach Steer/7 4.*Martin Buser/19 5.*Jeff King/31 6.*Ed Iten/30 7. Ken Anderson/54 8. John Baker/48 9.*Mitch Seavey/20 10. Tollef Monson/75 11. Cim Smyth/4 - Cim might get the "Fastest from Safety to Nome Award this year... 2 hrs 4 mins. That's one minute faster than last year... there's still a lot more teams still on the trail... including Cim's brother, Ramey, who has won this award 5 times. 12.*Robert Sorlie/50 13. Aaron Burmeister/47 14. Jason Barron/11 15.*Ramy Brooks/5 16. Hans Gatt/12 Out of Safety (22 miles from Nome) 17. Ramey Smyth/8 Out of White Mountain (77 miles to Nome) 18. Sigrid Ekran/42 - ROOKIE OF THE YEAR if she holds on... 19. Ryan Redington/35 20. Ray Redington, Jr./18 21. Hugh Neff/39 22.*Jim Lanier/9 23. Jessie Royer/3 24. Sebastian Schnuelle/6 25. Louis Nelson, Sr./49 In White Mountain 26.*Rick Swenson/44 27. Silvia Willis/34 28.*Sonny Linder/61 29. Aliy Zirkle/16 Out of Elim (123 miles to Nome) 30. Matt Hayashida/72 31. Gerry Willomitzer/17 32. Bill Pinkham/37 In to Elim 33. Jon Korta/24 34.*Tim Osmar/33 Red Lantern is out of Grayling (489 miles to Nome) Out of the Race: 22 so rar. Record: 25 scratched in 1980 *Doug Swingley ~ Cracked ribs, dislocated thumb *Deedee Jonrowe ~ broken little finger *Linwood Fiedler ~ severe frost bite on one ear. Bomber Cheers, -Maren Smyth ('64 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) March Madness & Other Things...(Namely Basketball & Players) West Virginia at Washington State - Far West Classic - 12/28/66 Some familar names on the Marv Harshman/Washington State Cougar team Ted Wierman ('65) Davis High School Len Allen ('65) Davis High School Mike Werner (Retired Whitman County Parks Directior - Colfax) Ray Stein ('64) Columbia High School - Richland More about basketball from 'Back in the Day' -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Birthdays at the Big Kids' Table Yeeeeeeeeeeeehaaaaaaa... Two birthdays from the Big Kids' Table and House says I can sit with the big kids... I just love that feeling... nobody ever says anything about the phone book I have to sit on to reach the table... they do get a little miffed when I spill my milk but I'm working on that really hard... I just love to watch the big kids eat all those grown up foods... kinda like the first time Rick Neal ('61) took me to lunch one time and ordered a French Dip... I ordered one too because it seemed really Cosmo... wow... Not like a Zip's Burger... but no tarter sauce with the french fries so it wasn't all good... so anyway we got a Budda Buddy and a huge B-ball star havin birthdays on the 15th... I remember Joe Carroll at Richland Bell being a huge fan of this B-ball player... used to always talk about "The Artist"... the Budda Buddy was the keeper of the Bomb (in fact he found the bomb in the first place) until he turned the job over to the other Budda Buddy Jimmie "Lavender Leathers" Adair ('65-'67)... These guys are true Bombers in ever way... so let's give a huge HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ROY BALLARD ('63) AND THEA WALLACE ('63)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Joy Burke Toner Stiles ('65) Eddie Feigner in The Oregonian Maren, This article about Eddie Feigner appeared in The Oregonian Sunday, February 11, 2007. I thought some of the Alumni Sandstorm readers would find it interesting. -Joy Burke Toner Stiles ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Annette Dean (Bomber Offspring) Re: Larry L. Dean ('65-RIP) I am writing about my dad, Larry Dean. He passed away on March 12th, 2007. He was a member of the Sandstorm. I need help finding Ron Worley, living in Loon Lake, WA. If anyone has any information please email me. We have an address no phone number (which is not listed) I would like to contact Ron before the Funeral. (too late to send something in the mail) The funeral is March 17th, 2007 at 11am at Einan's Funeral Home. Viewing is on March 16th at 5pm-8pm. If anyone knowing dad would like to attend. Dad would love it. Thank you -Annette **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (N A B) To: Pete Turping ('70) Are you related to a J. P. Turping? He was involved with the construction and start up of the 234-5 building? If so would you drop me a line? Thanks. -Don Sorenson (N A B) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Noticea >>Myron "Curly" Krisher ('51) ~ 6/14/33 - 3/9/07 >>Barbara Shults Moran ('55) ~ 1937 - 2/24/07 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/16/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff and 3 Bomber funeral notices today: Marguerite Groff ('54), Lois Weyerts ('56) Mary Judd ('60), Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Bill Wingfield ('67), Mike Franco ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Hazel Morgan ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Debra Anne Crane ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tami Lyons ('76) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rhonda Miller ('78) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) Hey gals of '54. Today is our monthly lunch gathering at Granny's in Kennewick. I decided I should put this in the Sandstorm for those that might be forgetful - like me. For some really unknown reason, I totally forgot last month. In fact only Millie Finch Gregg ('54) and Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) showed up. However they did have the company of a couple of good looking gentlemen, their husbands. Glynn and Dick often come but often sit elsewhere in the restaurant so they can talk "men talk." So.. since Spring has sprung it's time for us to get out of our warm homes in to (I hope) the sunshine and enjoy the company of some awesome ladies. -Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) ~ In good ole Richland where it's beginning to look Like Spring. YEAH!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lois Weyerts Harrold ('56) Re: Class of '56 -- 50th wedding anniversaries We are adding a section in our 1956 Classmates album to celebrate our classmates who celebrate their 50th wedding anniversaries. Nola Davey Meichle ('56) has many of the original wedding pictures and articles that appeared in the Tri-City Herald that we are copying. We want to include a copy of your anniversary write-up and picture if you do one in your local paper. Please send it to me by email or to my home address. (My address is in the 50 year reunion booklet or email me for it). If you did not have something put in your local newspaper, please send me a write-up on what you did to celebrate this most special event. It does not have to be a big party--just what you did to celebrate 50 years of marriage. We have information on 4 classmates so far so we hope to add yours to our album. If you have a current picture to send along via email or snail mail we welcome that too. It is fun to see the before and after photos. If you got married away from the Tri-Cities and did not have a picture in our local newspaper, then maybe you could send us a copy of that also. We had quite a few classmates get married in 1956 soon after we graduated. Hope to hear from you when the big event occurs! Thanks, -Lois Weyerts Harrold ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Judd Hinz ('60) Re: Death Notice My sister-in law, Nola Lohdefink Judd ('58) called Wednesday morning to tell me my brother, Russell Lowell Judd ('53) had passed away. Today, she sent out the following email to let everyone know the funeral arrangements: Russell died suddenly, yesterday 14 Mar 2007 at 8:30 AM. He died at the age of 72. We do not yet know the cause of his death. His services will be held at 5:00 PM on Saturday, 17 Mar 2007 in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel in Sequim, 815 W Washington St. From the east, take the Sequim Ave exit to Washington (the main street of Sequim), turn left (to travel west), the chapel is on the left. A family graveside dedication will be held in Richland, Washington, on Monday 19 Mar 2007 in Sunset Memorial Gardens cemetery. Death notices should be posted in Sequim, Seattle and Richland newspapers. For further information, please contact Jason E. Linde, Funeral Director, 1-800-501-4506. We may not be accessing our e-mail before services. Nola Elise Judd -Mary Judd Hinz ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Re: IDITAROD XXXV - Websites: - Official Iditarod Site - Cabela's Iditarod Site * My "top 15" picks - prior to the race (6 in the top ten) And there would have undoubtedly been more if Swingley and Jonrowe hadn't scratched. 2007 Winner: Lance Mackey and his Magic Team Still 30 teams racing. Last place (The Red Lantern) is out of Eagle Island (they're around 300 or 400 miles to Nome) Bomber Cheers, -Maren Smyth ('64 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Wingfield (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) To: Joy Burke Toner Stiles ('65) Re: Eddie Feighnor in the Oregonian Thanks so much on the newspaper article on Eddie Feigner. I remember watching him in awe, when I was a kid. Brought back old memories. -Bill Wingfield (BRC'67) ~ Santa Fe, NM where it is almost as warm as it is in Richland. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Franco ('70) Re: The question about Turping I assume that was Pete ('70), Rob ('65) and Paul's dad. Our neighbor two doors up on Davison, the other side of Meeker's house is part of one of my favorite trivia questions: Name three all time greats who attended Overbrook High School in Philadelphia, PA: Gene Turping, Walt Hazard and Wilt Chamberlain Info you just can't get anywhere else. Why I remember my life-long friend's (Pete) dad went to Overbrook High School, when I can't even find my car keys..... well, don't ask!!! Cheers to all, -Mike Franco ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notices >>Delores Raffety Yale Leonard ('49) ~ 11/18/31 - 2/28/07 >>Teresa Ellingsworth Weisenberger ('78) ~ 12/17/59 - 3/12/07 >>Larry Dean ('65) ~ 9/23/45 - 3/12/07 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/17/07 ~ HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Jim Jensen ('50), Millie Finch ('54) Barbara Sharp ('61 & '62), Peter Turping ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Richard Roberts ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon Templman ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lisa Lysher ('79) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Thomas Peashka ('68) & Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) Re: St. Patrick's Day and a Birthday Anniversary Here's wishing all BOMBERS a happy St. Patrick's Day (hey!!! it's a Saturday) and wishing a memorable birthday anniversary to the lovely Sharon Templeman Watts ('55). -Jim Jensen ('50) ~ from rain sodden Katy, TX - a place with happy green grass **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Millie Finch Gregg ('54) Re: Medical Update - Eugene "Red" Wood ('54) To: Fellow Bombers Updating you regarding our friend and classmate, Eugene "Red" Wood ('54). I had a nice conversation with his wife Shirley last evening and have the latest update on him. He has Cancer, in fact 2 types, one that can be treated, and one that cannot. It is called Non-Hodgin's Lymphoma. He has been battling this for quite a while now. She said the new process began this week to hopefully help him. On Thursday they started the process of hi-potent chemo to destroy all of his cells in his body. The treatment will last 4 days. Then he will begin the process of growing new cells in his body. During this time it is so crucial to stay isolated and protected from germs as much as possible. Shirley said they even went to classes about cooking, etc. So it will be a long process, but hopefully he can rebuild all healthy cells. They went to Seattle in February and Shirley said they would probably be there through April. He is in University of Washington Hospital and she said they feel good about the process. I told her I knew there were a lot of Bombers out there who would be happy to put them on their prayer lists. I for one know, you can never have too many prayers being said. If by chance you would like to send him a card, you can contact me and I will be happy to give you the address and if you want to call I have the phone number too. I got the permission from Shirley, and she said Yes, let people know. Wishing all Bombers everywhere good health and hope you have a wonderful weekend coming up and just be careful with all the Leprechauns that will be out and about. Cheers, -Millie Finch Gregg ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barbara Sharp Lysher Porter ('61 & '62) Happy Birthday to my daughter, Lisa Lysher Fuller ('79) on March 17, 2007........ Sorry I just can't seem to type in the birthday number, it hurts me more than it hurts you!!!!!!!! Honey, I'm sorry that every cake you had growing up had some kind of green somewhere on it, and we even made you wear green clothes on your day! Lisa was born in the old Kadlec Hospital, labor all day, and they made me eat green Jello, Happy St. Patrick's day, sureeeeeeeee! Oh well, wish we were with you on your birthday... thanks again for the Christmas Eve surprise visit, enjoy your day with Gene and daughter Barbara Joan. We love you, Mom and Charlie -Barbara Sharp Porter ('61 & '62) ~ Sunny and windy today in Oklahoma, red buds are beginning to bloom and the cows are calving nice and easy. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Peter Turping ('70) Re: Franco's Comments on Cartmell/WSU/Zags Neighborhood games at Clark Stadium (home field for a bunch of us) was one of the best places growing up. The field was a large side yard next to the Clark's (Fat Jack Clark, Dave and younger bro) house. It was a great place to beat up on the younger Cartmell and Bix (not to be confused with Bix's older brother, not-so-straight John). And it sounds like Franco had the pulse on the opening round games in the NCAA. Zags could not get the ball in the hoop but were probably not the best team on the court. I have taken my souvenir cup from Gonzaga this year and planted mushrooms in it to reflect the season. Let's hope WSU can come through Saturday. Dick Cartmell ('73) had the Wright State - Pittsburgh game on Thursday and should have a game on Saturday from the Buffalo site. To: Mike Franco ('70) Mike - Thanks for passing on the info referencing my Dad. Only correction was my Dad's spelling of his name that was the more commonly used female version, Jean. We would always give him a hard time when he got mail addressed to Mrs. Jean Turping. I sent an email to Don Sorenson (NAB) as it sounds like he may have worked with my Dad. -Peter Turping, Clark Stadium All-Star and RHS Class of '70 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/18/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Richard Roberts ('49) Linda Belliston ('63), Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Les Fishback ('34) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol Brady ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) Re: 3/17 Birthdays Happy 39th b'day to you, Sharon Templeman Watts ('55) and to you Dick Roberts ('49), (or condolences) -Dick McCoy ('45) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard Roberts ('49) Re: Eddie Feigner (RIP) I sent the Oregonian article to my son and he remembers, when he was in Little League, me taking him to see an Eddie Feigner exhibition at Perris Hill BB Park in San Bernardino when we used to live there. He also remembers that Eddie had a daughter who also pitched softball and performed. Anybody know the story about Eddie's daughter? -Richard Roberts ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Belliston Boehning ('63) Re: Ferry Anyone remember the ferry that went across the river in North Richland. Where it took off, and where it ended? My Dad thinks it was around the 300 area.. Was there a charge to ride it or was it free? I remember our family ferrying across the river for a family outing.. We kids thought it was a real treat... -Linda Belliston Boehning ('63) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [ I remember, Linda! -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Re: IDITAROD XXXV - Websites: - Official Iditarod Site - Cabela's Iditarod Site 2007 Winner: Lance Mackey and his Magic Team in 9 days, 5 hrs, 8 mins, 41 secs 48 thru 59 still racing with last place (The Red Lantern) is out of Unalakleet which is 269 miles to Nome. 23 have scratched so far... Record: 25 scratched in 1980 Bomber Cheers, -Maren Smyth ('64 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/19/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Helen Cross ('62), Tom Hemphill ('62) George Barnett ('63), Jeanie Walsh ('63) Maren Smyth ('63 & '64), Bill Scott ('64) Dwight Carey ('68), Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Don Panther ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cheryl Raekes ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Bomber Greetings from southern Indiana where our first crocuses have just opened up, so Spring is really coming!! So with someone to mow our lawn, we will be heading out to Washington State this week to help Warren's grandma celebrate her l04th birthday on April 1st!! And we will also celebrate my brother's 16 year old daughter's return from China April 8th. She will be one of 4 students going from Washington State on a cultural exchange for some swim meets. This is my brother, Roy's ('65) daughter in Kennewick. The one who doesn't write into the Sandstorm. As Warren will be starting his official ministry in a church back here in July, this will probably be his last long trip back here to Washington for awhile. (My biggest worry is how he will handle being in one place for weeks at a time, since I can't remember when he wasn't traveling almost every week.) However, I am planning a long trip back in September for the wonderful class of '62's 45th reunion to be help in conjunction with Club 40!! And I'll just hang around visiting family and friends in Washington till my good friend's son's wedding in California at the end of September!! We were very sorry to see the Cougars lose their bid for the final four as we've spent some time in sports bars for the past month urging them on. But they and their parents, especially their mothers, should be very proud of their efforts. Our youngest son continues to have heart problems that the doctors can't find a cause for, but he is still trying to focus on getting an engineering degree. So we are trying to be supportive and realistic about his goals, and his reaching them... he keeps wanting to stay at Purdue to do this. I'd have gone to WSU a long time ago. I still feel like he went to the wrong college as a die- hard cougar... Well, if you see an Indiana Wild Life Refuge license plate on a white sienna driving west please honk..... -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ in the house by the little unfrozen lake in West Harrison, IN P.S. I enjoyed reading about the Iditarod again this year, Maren, my hope is to make it there (as a spectator some year!!) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Hemphill ('62) Re: Richland Ferry To: Linda Belliston Boehning ('63) Linda, I remember that ferry quite well. For a couple of years, ages 14 and 15, Ronnie Cowgill ('62), Bobby Irwin ('62), Pook Smith ('63), and I would ride our bikes, with our shotguns, through town, across the river on the ferry and go bird hunting in the farms. I recall the long hill on the other side that we had to walk up. Lots of good old memories of those years. I think the cost for us was a dime each. However, I do not think we had to pay every time. The ferry landing on the Richland side was near North Richland. Sometimes we would take sleeping bags and sleep overnight in a large hay stack. Now that's living! -Tom Hemphill ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George Barnett ('63) Re: North Richland ferry Re: Linda's ferry tale The ferry dock was directly behind the old "Ag" farm (Now Hanford School) or actually just a little north of the school. It ran almost directly across the Columbia River to the Pasco side. As I remember it cost about $7.00 for a normal car, (one way) and the ferry would carry a maximum of about eight cars. I think the ferry quit running somewhere about 1957 Let's see what anyone else remembers. Bye Geo. -George Barnett ('63) ~ From sunny, Tucson, AZ where Spring has REALLY sprung should ONLY be in the low 90s today. And the Casino at Ak Chin cleaned the change (and then some) out of my pockets after the Bomber reunion yesterday. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeanie Walsh ('63) To: Linda Belliston Boehning ('63) Re: Ferry Linda, I remember the ferry, and yes it was around the 300 area. My dad and I would take it when we went hunting or when the farmers across the river held a trap shoot on their farms just before Thanksgiving. I don't remember f there was a charge. If there was, my Dad would have paid, and I was probably looking somewhere else. Those were wonderful times and terrific memories. -Jeanie Walsh ('63), your next door neighbor on Hunt in the "B" house. (Hello to your folks) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Re: IDITAROD XXXV - Websites: - Official Iditarod Site - Cabela's Iditarod Site 2007 Winner: Lance Mackey and his Magic Team in 9 days, 5 hrs, 8 mins, 41 secs 9 teams are still on the trail. Last place (The Red Lantern) is in Koyuk which is 171 miles to Nome. 23 have scratched so far... Record: 25 scratched in 1980. Ramy Brooks was disqualified Bomber Cheers, -Maren Smyth ('64 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Scott ('64) To: Linda Belliston Boehning ('63) The ferry departure point was about a half mile north of the Richland water treatment plant, well short of the 300 area. -Bill Scott (Boomer Bomber Class of '64) ~ from Nipomo, CA where spring is much in evidence. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dwight Carey ('68) To: Linda Belliston Boehning ('63) Re: Ferry The ferry in North Richland, or at least the closest to our generation, left from Richland at what is now Ferry Road off Harris street before you get to the WSU campus. It landed in Franklin County at Selph Landing Road. I, too, used to ride it as a youngster - don't remember where we were headed, or the fare charged, but it was a treat. One of the times we were waiting for the ferry, my dad met up with Ed Christopherson, Sr., and they decided to buy some land up above the ferry. It was $4,000 an acre, and they had to pinch pennies to realize their dream. Fed us a lot of peanut butter sandwiches. Still like it today - all versions as noted in recent Sandstorm entries. Myself and my three siblings Doug ('66), Linda ('70), and Lissa ('74-HHS), grew up overlooking that ferry landing. The ferry itself quit operating about 1963, and it took another 2-3 years to clean out all the equipment. My dad's still there - starting to clean out the house, getting ready to sell. Anyone out there wanting river front living - here's the chance!! -Dwight Carey ('68) ~ Wishing for more of Sunday's beautiful weather in Richland. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) To: Linda Belliston Boehning ('63) Re: Ferry Linda, I remember the ferry. Once in a while when we left for vacation in South Dakota we would ride it across the mighty Columbia instead of going through Pasco to the highway north. I don't recall where it landed but perhaps Connell or somewhere like that? Gone are the days of such fun. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where it's been confirmed that Pappy's Puddle Pals will be here for the Lacey Pond Frog Races on 1April2007 at dawm. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/20/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff: Jim Jensen ('50), Tom Tracy ('55) Carol Bishop ('57) and Gene Horne ('57) Sharon Panther ('57), John Browne ('61) Al Coffman ('62), Donni Clark ('63) Mary Lou Watkins ('63), Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Jeff Michael ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Leah Collins ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joanna Faulkner ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sherri Daugherty ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) Re: The Ferry To: Linda Belliston Boehning ('63) Your 3/18/07 posting concerning the Richland area to Pasco area ferry crossing stirred up some interest. I'm pleased that you raised the question because I was not aware that such a ferry ride existed. I enjoyed Maren Smyth's ('63 & '64) pictorial response which brought back memories of some earlier ferries that I did know about. When my family lived in Hanford c. 1943/4 there was a ferry from a Hanford location to some sort of dock at White Bluffs. As Tom Hemphill ('62) mentioned, there was a steep hill from the dock area towards the old town site. There were are number of social events conducted on the White Bluffs side. My explorer father took us over several times and managed to get lost only once. The most memorable occasion (for me) was a school picnic which took place in an area not far from the dock. We were told not to go towards the "remains" of the town so I never saw it. If I remember correctly White Bluffs had a few souls more than Richland before the government take over. I remember the ferry from around Plymouth, WA to Umatilla, OR more vividly. Access necessitated a long, bumpy, back road ride to a rocky landing and the crossing was somewhat adventurous. It seems to me there was a Patterson ferry as well. Is it possible the "Plymouth" ferry WAS the Patterson ferry? Anyhow, after the McNary Dam was built it didn't really matter. Thanks for bringing up the issue. -Jim Jensen ('50) ~ Katy, TX **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy ('55) In 1947, a kid couldn't find a better piece of excitement than to cross the Columbia River on the Paterson River Ferry. Vacation trips in a 1948 Plymouth sedan to visit Grandparents in California, across the Columbia in the mid-'40s through 1951 was a good way to start the pleasure trip along the Western Highways. For $1.00 you could take your car across. For $1.50 you could get a round trip ticket. You could haul a trailer across for $1.25. The ride only took about five to ten minutes, but was all "Pre-Disney World" to lots of kids who crossed the mighty Columbia from 1941 to the early '50s. Every Dad whose car was at the front of the row had a perfect view of the landing... and couldn't resist grabbing the steering wheel when the ferry barge was about to reach the shore. Our Dad was no exception. The irresistible impulse to help the ferry operator guide the vessel safely onto that landing ensured the safety of family. We mentioned to our Dad a time or two... "Good thing you were up front to help steer that one in!" Later we watched other drivers who just couldn't keep their hands off the steering wheel. The man collecting the fee once mentioned, "We usually charge extra if you're going to try to steer the thing while we're landing." Next time you take a ferry ride and you're up front... see if you can keep your hands off the steering wheel when the ferry is about to land. Bomber cheers as summer nears -Tom Tracy ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gene Horne ('57) and Carol Bishop Horne ('57) Re: UNLV Rebels We are so proud of the UNLV Rebels this past week... we felt like we rooting for the Bombers in the '50s... but our granddaughter's husband is a Oregon Duck fan... guess we'll have to wager a Las Vegas bet!!! Gene and Carol -Gene Horne ('57) and Carol Bishop Horne ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sharon Panther Taff ('57) Re: The Ferry I remember the ferry in north Richland well. It took off close to the High School Ag Farm. My dad would use it when we drove to Spokane probably around 1953 or 1954 to visit his family. At least the ferry had a railing. I vividly remember the pontoon bridge over the Columbia from Finley to Wallula - it had no sides and I remember mother and I being petrified to be on this narrow metal road heaving with the river. The rest of my siblings thought it was great. Re: Birthday Happy 63rd birthday to my brother Don ('62) on 3/19. Re: Missing 1957 Classmates The Class of 1957 Reunion will be held in conjunction with Club 40 activities on September 8, 9 at the Shilo Inn, Richland. The class of 1957 will also have activities just for 1957 graduates, i.e. 1) wine tour on September 7, 2) an afternoon get together at the Richland Community Center the afternoon of September 8, and 3) a picnic in the park on September 9. The Class of 1957 50th reunion committee has been unable to find the following classmates - either we do not have an address, or the most recent address we had was not valid and the invitation was returned. Please email me if you have information on these classmates. Ronald Grant Anderson, Betty Armitage, Carol Anderson Nash Anita Arledge McMullen, Glenda Ager Wyrick, Laverne S. Baker Thomas Beckett, Collette Bigelow Tulip, Doris Brinkerhoff DeFord Brian Brown, Phillip Barr, Pat Bowman Gaudette Myrna Branham Willard, John (Dick) Bresina, Louise Briley Judkins Kathy Brown Vasks, Norris Brown, Doyle Burke, Roger Cochran Donald C. Conn, David Cooley, Ralph Cox, Bill Cox, Tom Crawford Bob Cluck, Trudy Davidson Dean, Barry Dill, Elvalee Doyle Becker Pamela Dabling, Dean Enderle, Norm (Jim) Edwards, Jim Forte Larry Gilbert, Kathy Gladfelder Alsbury, Jean Grimm Oesterling Darnell Goldsmith, Gerald Hackett, Roger S Hansen, Gerald Henry Maryann Horning Whitlow, Sharon Hindman Godwin, Paul Keith Hoffman Mary Ann Horning Whitlow, Philip Michael Hurley, Holly Leigh Jarvis C. Sheldon Kline, Fred Knostman, Mary Jane Knutson Pfeiffer Michael Kreutzer, Kay Langford Walter, Dale Lawrie William R. Lundgren, Gloria Martz McDowell, Deanna McDermott Jim McFall, Donald R. McGee, Janice McGee, Louise McLenegan Marge Meyers Rhoades, Alice Mohondro Coch, Tom Moore, Leota Moss Slape, George V. Mulligan, Hope Horthrup, Karen Ogden Donna Ogden Batch Ziobro, "William E. Pasco, Jr.", Larry Peale Arthur Pease, Denice Pierce Laux, Tim Pitlock, William R. Pittman Dianne Pittock, George Pruden, Lawana Rice Nyman Rosemary Regimbal Thomas, Kathy Rex Airmet, Gayle Reynolds Sansom Kenneth Roberts, Joan Salie, Betty Shane Cluck Linda Sommers Evanson, Dudley S. Shine IV, Nancy Shortess Hanson Tom Sitton, Linda Stewart Nicholson, Elizabeth (Dock) Stroup Molly Turner, Helen Williams Brown, Richard Dean Wilson Astra (Toni) Woodman, Ralph Wade Bomber cheers, -Sharon Panther Taff ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Re: Ferry tales The road from the ferry to the highway to Spokane came out around Eltopia- at least the way that my dad drove it- and was a trip that was a favorite with my family... even my mom (who wasn't crazy about car trips with 5 kids, & a hubby whose driving style was probably reminiscent of the way he handled a B-17). There was a flume, downstream of the ferry landing on the Franklin County side... a "wasteway," probably, where old irrigation water got dumped back into the river. It was a great place to fish, and fool around... I almost died there, once. A friend and I were way up the hill, alongside the V-shaped concrete flume, running down & jumping over to the other side. We did this a few times before I messed up a jump by trying for too much of angle (I'd hate to have to make a math problem out of what we were doing). Anyway, I fell in... and discovered, right away, that the slippery green stuff on the concrete under the water offered me no purchase at all... I was "goin' down"... and there was quite a bit of air at the bottom of the run, before the water landed on some boulders, on its short trip to the river. I remember my actual vision became superimposed with an image (probably from an old movie) of newspapers spinning off the press- until at last One Front Page was right there, in my face- announcing my death (probably the best that my teenaged brain could come up with, at the time). A funny thing happened, though... the last 10' of the flume- the horizontal part- was some different material... don't know what... and my pants (I think I was wearing an old pair of corduroys) slid to a halt- with me in 'em- right where the water became airborne. My legs were over the edge... and I could see old metal, & wire fencing, strewn on & among those big rocks. My friend, Jerry Kelly, went down to the beach & found a long willow branch in the driftwood, and climbed back up to the side of the flume, and gave me something to hold on to, while I scrambled up to the dry concrete. I remember looking back, and noticing that the green algae wasn't growing on whatever that last stretch of flume was made of... and guessing that was the reason I was missing out on making the Front Page... Does anyone remember the Kelly brothers, Jerry & his older brother, John? My memory puts them on Judson, pretty close to the Nowakowski's (where another classmate of mine lived... Diane (RIP). They may have moved in the late '50s... Anyway, we were great friends, before & after this little drama... We live & learn (mostly)... ^..^ -john browne, jr. ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Al Coffman ('62) Re: The Richland / Franklin Co. Ferry The Richland side terminal was at Ferry Rd. (a very short road east off of Harris). The Pasco side Landing was the present day Selph Landing road on the Pasco side. Look on Map quest and it is apparent. I think the ferry was only in operation for a few years. The ferry road site still has a few anchor blocks and cables on the site. -Al Coffman ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) Re: Bomber Lunch/reunion Hey all Bombers! Just a short reminder. I will be out of town until the week before Easter. Don't forget the reunion planned for the L.A. area. WHEN: Saturday, April 28th WHERE: The first L.A. area Bomber Reunion at the RR Library TIME: 11:00 and lunch following Jeanie Walsh Williamson ('63) has put together a wonderful opportunity for Bombers and their families to tour the Ronald Reagan Library, Air Force One and even get into the private quarters of RR. She is in the process of finding a place for us to have lunch and next month we will get the final count and let you know the place we will be eating and have a map for you. We have at the moment 39 Bombers that say they are coming and about l2 others that are hoping to. We are planning on having a great time. So if you haven't emailed me yet and had me put you on the list, do so, and when I get back I will email you the details. Re: The ferry in North Richland To: Linda Belliston Boehning ('63) Linda, I remember so well going on that ferry many times when I was little. It was so fun. I don't remember if one had to pay but what I do remember was that it seemed that it was made of wood and only carried one or two cars at a time. I remember feeling the sensation of floating on that river and because I was so little it was very exciting! Fun days! -Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Lou Watkins Rhebeck (Gold Medal Class of '63) Re: Richland ferry To: Linda Belliston Boehning ('63) Dear Linda, It was fun to read the entries describing memories of the little ferry in Richland. I have two to add. When I was at Chief Joseph, my little group of friends formed what we thought was a very cool bicycle club. This was when we had the same bike our entire childhood... just repainted it or decorated the handlebars. Anyway... our club was named ElRuDonLuJo, for the members.(Ellen Weihermiller, Ruth Blanton (RIP), Donna Nelson, me, & Carole Sledge... all members of The Gold Medal Class of '63) One Saturday, we packed lunches and rode to the ferry, went across the river, up that huge grade on the other side, and disappeared into the wheat fields, farms and back roads for the entire day. I know we were looking for fossils... at least that's what we told our parents. We soaked our feet in the irrigation ditches, tried to find shade for our lunch, and pedaled for miles. As we came back down the big grade (much easier than going up!), we realized it was almost sundown... and as the ferry approached the Richland side, we could see our parents waiting. Think we knew we were in trouble at that point. We were sunburnt, hungry, tired and completely joyful with the feelings of friendship and independence... pretty exciting stuff for 7th graders. The other big memory I have of the ferry concerned water skiing. I was never good, but loved going out with friends on the river and to the islands. We girls just wanted to lay in the sun, work on our tans with cocoa butter and watch the guys.... but were always pressured to try to ski. Most of us could do a fairly good job of looking good on two skis... until some rotten boy driving the boat thought it would be fun to take us across the ferry wake. That would do it... I would be flailing in the river praying my swimsuit would stay on, and my friends would pick me up. That little ferry churned out quite a wake! Wonderful memories of great times. -Mary Lou Watkins Rhebeck (Gold Medal Class of '63) ~ Laguna Hills, CA where I'm still in a depression over the Cougs loss... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Re: IDITAROD XXXV - Websites: - Official Iditarod Site - Cabela's Iditarod Site 2007 Winner: Lance Mackey and his Magic Team in 9 days, 5 hrs, 8 mins, 41 secs 2 thru 49 already reported 4 more have arrived in Nome 50. Kelly Williams/78 51. Matt Rossi/52 52. Kevin Morlock/69 53. Aleksandar Nikolich/77 5 teams are still on the trail 54. Jeremy Keller/83 55. Bruce Linton/23 56. Heather Siirtola/59 57. Donald Smidt/81 58. Ellen Halverson/41 Last place (The Red Lantern) has departed the Elim checkpoint which is 123 miles to Nome. 23 have scratched so far... Record: 25 scratched in 1980 Ramy Brooks was disqualified The Iditarod Trail Committee voted to impose a penalty on Ramy Brooks for violating race rules by swatting one of his dogs with one of the wooden trail markers late in the race. The disqualification is a separate issue and has nothing to do with another Brooks tragedy. As he neared the Safety checkpoint (22 miles from Nome), Kate stumbled and fell, then stopped breathing. He tried but failed to revive her and wanted to scratch at Safety, but vets there told him to continue on to Nome with Kate was in the basket. He arrived in Nome but wasn't allowed to officially check in until after the vets there performed a necropsy on Kate. Once they determined that Brooks had no responsibility for Kate's death, he was allowed to check in. A couple of days later, after reports of Brooks "spanking" a dog while in the village of Golovin were investigated, race marshal Mark Nordman called a panel of judges and they reached the conclusion that Brooks violated race rules and he was disqualified at that time. Bomber Cheers, -Maren Smyth ('64 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeff Michael ('65) Re: New Experiences Hey there Bombers and Bomberettes... Well, for only the second time in my career, I didn't perform a dj function that I was scheduled to perform. My VERY good friend and highly qualified DJ/Video guy, Bob Krider at Sight & Sound in Kennewick filled in for me a couple weekends ago at Stoneridge. By all reports, things went quite well. As for me, well, yet another new and fun experience was had this past weekend. My boss, the wild and crazy guy that called me back to San Diego to work on his boat, also likes to drag race. I went to one of those events in my first year in the Air Force in Amarillo, TX. Never went to a meet again, although I did drive on a drag strip once for a promotional thing. Just was more into the Saturday night specials like at Tri-City Raceway. So... last weekend was a first for me. My boss has a '69 Camero with a big block that does 10 - 11 second 1/4 miles. He asked me to pit crew for him. The car wasn't driven last season... my boss took a season off. The car has a brand new engine and some other stuff. We went to the new drag strip at Fontana, CA, next door to California Speedway where the NASCAR guys run once or twice a year. It was a ball! There was a ton (actually, many tons) of hot cars and bikes there. Numerous national champions in competition. The Camero ran in two classes and was strong and consistent. My boss ticked off 4 runs of 10.20 to 10.28 seconds. Only lit the red light once. The car nor the driver had never gone that fast before. I got to zip around on a golf cart (until I broke it) and take care of the boss and the car's needs. And, HE paid my tickets and food! Hope youse guys are beginning a fun spring. Oh, by-the-by, I also recall the ferry from North Richland to Pasco. I think we used it a time or two to go see the relatives in Lewiston. How 'bout the ferry over the Columbia on the road to Yakima... the back road. We used that one pretty often after the feds starting allowing families to go through the reservation. Rule was, don't stop the car. If you do stop the car, don't get out. If you do get out, DO NOT TAKE PICTURES!!! In fact, use of binoculars could lead to charges of clandestine activity... i.e , treason. With that little blast from the past, I'll leave you with this lyric: "Sign, sign, everywhere a sign." -dj jeff Michael ('65) in American's Finest City, San Diego, CA where BOTH major league, professional sports teams fired their key man and have a new guy for the 2007 seasons. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/21/07 ~ FIRST FULL DAY OF SPRING ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Ralph Myrick ('51), Bill Witherup ('53) Ann Bishop ('56), Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Jim Hodgson ('64), Alan Lobdell ('69) Greg Alley ('73), Michelle Noga ('95) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gini Miller ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Donna McGregor ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marji Brewder ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ralph Myrick ('51) I was eleven years old when my mom, dad, my sister Norma ('54), and my dog Skipper, headed for the evergreen state, Washington. At least that is what we thought. So, in July 1944, we all piled into our '36 Ford and left Gamerco, NM and headed to the Northwest. Gamerco was a coal mining camp about 4 miles north of Gallup. Imagine going to a place that was cool, green, and lots of water. Wow, were we excited because we had little water in Gamerco. We had a swimming pool but there was not water to put in it. Our swimming holes were when dips and holes in the ground were filled with water after a cloud burst. Then, we would don our swimming suits and play in them thinking that we were actually swimming. We did pass though some pretty country. I actually saw rivers for real. The only rivers I saw were in the movies when we watched a double header, Roy Rodgers and then Gene Autry. The closer we got to Washington, the more we wondered where the cool and wet weather was. And, then, we reached the Columbia River and what a beautiful sight that was. The most exciting thing about it were where to catch a boat, the ferry I was told, and actually got to across it. You can imagine to two small kids that have never seen a river how big a thrill that was. As we were crossing, I was at the edge watching the water. The captain was standing near me and I asked him if there were any fish in the river. He said "Sure." and then asked me if I'd ever fished. I said that I hadn't. I didn't even know what a fishing pole looked like. He said "Wait here. I will get a fishing pole and you can try fishing." My heart was a pumping like it never pumped before. He came with the pole, a fly rod, and he baited the hook with two white fish eggs. Now, that ferry moved pretty fast but made no difference to me. I tossed the line in the water, he told me to let out some line and there I stood all the way across watching the eggs bounce on the surface with hopes of catching a fish. If I had, I wouldn't have known what to do with it. Of coarse, I didn't catch one as you might of figured. And, that is the thing that I will never forget, my first ride on a boat, my first fishing pole, and my very first time I fished. This 11 year old kid was walking on cloud nine. I will never forget that ferry ride. -Ralph Myrick ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Witherup ('53) A birthday party reminder. Speaking of myself in the 3rd person, Bill Witherup celebrates his 72nd birthday on March 24th, 2-4pm, at the Green Lake Public Library. Besides Bill, former Col-Highers in attendance will be: Sandra Witherup Hankins ('59) in the Cajun Band "Jamais Trop Tard". Donna McGregor Salazar ('57), who has made a beautiful banner for Bill's "Gene Debs Labor Ensemble", is coming all the way from Espanola, NM. The talented and brilliant John Browne, Jr. ('61) will also do some songs. Bill Witherup, to show he is still spry, will recite poetry while standing on his hands and balancing a full goldfish bowl on his brogan soles. The afternoon is free, so some on down. Bill, by the way, shares the March 24th birth day date with an even more famous poet, Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Lawrence will be 88 yo on the same date, and is still truckin. Hardly anyone else but a few poets know of this feat: but Lawrence once hit a home run off Eddie Feigner at a Shriners picnic in Oakland, CA -Bill Witherup ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Bishop Ousley ('56) Just curious... Maybe I missed them, but I have only seen one entry about the 50th reunion for our '56 class. No pictures. Lots about Club 40. Was it a "bust"? -Ann Bishop Ousley ('56) ~ Texarkana, AR - Hot again today and DRY Already up to 90. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Re: IDITAROD XXXV - Websites: - Official Iditarod Site - Cabela's Iditarod Site 2007 Winner: Lance Mackey and his Magic Team in 9 days, 5 hrs, 8 mins, 41 secs The only musher (so far) to complete the race with 16 dogs was Kelly Williams in 50th place... You may recall that they all started the Iditarod with 16 dogs. Donald Smidt with an AMAZING 16 dogs has departed Safety which is 22 miles to Nome... generally takes 2-1/2 to 4 hours to get to Nome... with 16 dogs, he might be real fast, though. The record (so far) this year is 2 hrs 4 mins. Cym Smyth did that with only 10 dogs and wearing tennis shoes he ran all the way next to his sled. Ellen Halverson (bib #41) with 8 dogs will probably get the Red Lantern award... she is currently IN Safety and the Red Lantern Banquet was postponed for 24 hours for the obvious reason. Re: AAFES G.B. Jones, Veteran Iditaroder, scratched in Rohn on 3/8 in order to look for AAFES after the dog slipped from her harness when G.B. took a wrong turn on the way to the Rohn Checkpoint. Sounds like AAFES knew the way to Rohn better than G.B. did. She was found at the Rohn Roadhouse on 3/19. Jones posted this email on 3/19: "AAFES has been found alive and is doing well! She was airlifted off the Alaska Range and is currently being flown to Anchorage. The story will be told here within a couple of days. My thanks to everyone for your prayers and concern." G.B. Jones. Bomber Cheers, -Maren Smyth ('64 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hodgson ('64) Re: Bob Hodgson (Bomber Dad - RIP) For all who knew Robert Hodgson, he died today March 20, 2007 from pancreatic cancer. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eileen. His children attended Jefferson, Christ the King, Chief Jo and Columbia High School. His 7 children and many of his grandchildren and great grandchildren were able to be with him near the end. Bob worked for Seattle 1st National Bank in Richland from 1953 to 1963 and later for WallaWalla First Federal Savings and Loan. Upon retirement he and Eileen moved to Ocean Shores and in the last few years to a retirement home in Federal Way. A memorial service is scheduled for him on April 10th, 2007 at 11:00AM at the Foundation House in Federal Way. Bob is survived by his oldest son Robert Hodgson, Jr. ('61) and his wife Mary Tim, Jim Hodgson ('64) and his wife Marge, Carol Hodgson Neupert ('66) and her husband Tom, Bev Hodgson Ward ('70wb) and her husband Kevin, Rick Hodgson, Marie Hodgson Darrow (74wb) and her husband Mike, Therese Hodgson Ortega ('81) and her husband Tony. Bob also has a younger brother, Tom Hodgson who lives in Seattle with his wife Anna. Grandchildren and relatives live in Washington, California, Arkansas, Missouri, El Salvador, Canada, England, and Iraq. -Jim Hodgson ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Lobdell ('69) Re: St. Patrick's Day Parties I got back yesterday evening from visiting my youngest son (Bryan) in Savannah, GA. He will be graduating from the Savannah College of Art and Design working with computer animation this year. He has tried to get me to go back there for three years to party with him on the St. Patrick's Day weekend. This year I decided to go and it was the craziest Saturday I have ever seen. The entire downtown area is blocked off and literally millions of people cram into that little town. The parade was incredible and by evening the area called River Street must have had a half million people in it alone. You could only walk sideways due to the sheer masses of people. What I really liked about it was that everyone I saw was having a good time. They were drinking a lot however I did not see any fights or problems. Bryan (25) is my only unmarried offspring and when he and I get together we do like to go out and have fun. I was wondering if anyone else has ever been there for St. Patrick's Day? Also, I was looking up people from Columbia (Richland) High on My Space and it did not show anyone from my class on it. Am I the only one? I don't understand why more in our age level don't have My Space accounts? -Alan Lobdell ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Greg Alley ('73) To: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Re: Ferry ride Thanks to you and others for the memory of the ferry ride across the Columbia river. Your trivia about the flume or waterway on the Franklin county side is big for me because I did fish in that body of water. It was the memory of catching my first fish and then having it in my hands and the disappointment of losing it just as fast. Every time I am down by the river or on it I still see the form of the road going up the hill on the Pasco side. Re: Regional Basketball I got to attend the first round of the NCAA basketball championships in Spokane Friday through Sunday. Brought back lots of memories of high school basketball trips. We stayed at the Ridpath. Not a bad hotel but they are trying to fix it up a bit. My trips to Spokane in the late '60s and the '70s never included a stay at the Ridpath and it was considered pretty fancy at the time. We still managed to have a few barley pops on St. Patty`s day. Of course I never did that at the regional tourney in high school. -Greg Alley ('73) ~ It's windy but it's Spring in the A-cities **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Michelle Noga Watt ('95) If you could set up a link to for the Ol Jason Lee Rocks Celebration/Fundraiser, I would really appreciate it! Thank you! Any questions, please contact me! Here is a copy of the flier that we have for right now telling a little about the event for the Jason Lee Celebration. I really appreciate your time! -Michelle Noga Watt ('95) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/22/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Mary Triem ('47), Ann Bishop ('56) Maren Smyth ('63 & '64), Lois Clayton ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Rice ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeanie Crigler ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nina Jones ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gordie McMaster ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janet Ell ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Triem Mowery (a '47 Bomber) To: Jim Hodgson ('64) I had the priviledge of knowing your father, mother and Uncle Mark, as I worked for several years with Bob at SFNB. He was a true family man and had a huge sense of humor. A "funny" happened one day when one of our employees came to work with a new permanent. Bob's infamous remark was "She looks like she got her finger stuck in the electrical outlet". Thank goodness, the lady never heard that remark, but I've laughed about it for years. Sorry to hear the sad news. -Mary Triem Mowery (a '47 Bomber) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Bishop Ousley ('56) Don't have a clue about the message I saw of mine in the Sandatorm today [3/21]. I sent that thing LAST OCTOBER... could it be my old server... or my old computer??????? -Ann Bishop Ousley ('56) ~ Texarkana, AR beautiful warm weather, but the fire ants are ugly already **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Re: IDITAROD XXXV - Websites: - Official Iditarod Site - Cabela's Iditarod Site 2007 Winner: Lance Mackey and his Magic Team in 9 days, 5 hrs, 8 mins, 41 secs All teams have arrived in Nome. 1 thru 56 previously reported. The last 2 teams: 57. Donald Smidt/81 58. Ellen Halverson/41 Bomber Cheers, -Maren Smyth ('64 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lois Clayton Colton ('72) Re: Ferries All this talk about ferries motivated me to go look for a picture that I took back in September 1965. I remember when they opened the "Area" for public driving along Hwy. 240. My parents and I went. It was thrilling to do something that we couldn't do before. My father, Aubrey Clayton, was a school teacher and so we weren't allowed out in the Area. The road down to the Vernita Ferry was really steep in those days, and so it was kind of an adventure going up and down and wondering if the vehicle would make it back up on our return trip. I took a picture of the ferry. I thought the whole experience crossing the Columbia was pretty scary. I've made a website and included the link for others to see. Enjoy. To save it, just "right click" on it. -Lois Clayton Colton ('72) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/23/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Bob Rector ('62), Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Gary Behymer ('64), Vic Marshall ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Wade ('76) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Rector ('62) Re: Act of Kindness We thought the little lady was begging while everyone passed her by. However, she was only asking for help across six lanes of traffic, and this kind gentlemen responded. (Casablanca, Morocco) -Bob Rector ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Re: IDITAROD XXXV - Websites: - Official Iditarod Site - Cabela's Iditarod Site All teams have arrived in Nome 2007 Winner: Lance Mackey in 9 days, 5 hrs, 8 mins, 41 secs Bomber Cheers, -Maren Smyth ('64 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Richland boys... look familiar? -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic Marshall ('71) Re: Larry Jacobs (Bomber Dad - RIP) To all- This is to let everyone know that Larry Jacobs, Bomber Dad to Ben ('69), Bob ('70), Scott ('73) and Rich ('75) passed away early Wednesday [3/21] morning at his home in Richland. In addition to his long standing support for RHS (He and Big Simpson used to always attend athletic events and looked quite the odd couple), he also contributed to this forum on a fairly regular basis in his role as a Marine (WWII - South Pacific - Iwo Jima, I think). I was privileged to have him as my "Great" Uncle and he was a major influence in my life. His loss leaves a big gap in many lives. Please remember his family in your thoughts and prayers. -Vic Marshall ('71) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/24/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Jim Jensen ('50), Pappy Swan ('59) Patti Jones ('60), Bob Rector ('62) Maren Smyth ('63 & '64), Gary Behymer ('64) Darlene Napora ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Witherup ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cindy Lust ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rick Dahlin ('72WB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lynn Dunton (former Richland teacher) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) To: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Really clear pictures in your 3-23-07 posting!!! Thanks for sharing. In your scout group picture the man (wearing glasses) in the center is Robert Joyce, member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The Church sponsored an active scouting program. Bomber cheers, -Jim Jensen ('50) ~ Katy, TX where it's getting warmer by the minute **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Vic Marshall ('71), Ben Jacobs ('69), Bob Jacobs ('70), Scott Jacobs ('73) and Rich Jacobs ('75) and the rest of the Jacobs family Re: Larry Jacobs (RIP), Bomber Dad, My Friend, My Buddy I wish to echo Vic's words and extend my deepest sympathies for your loss of Larry Jacobs. A few years ago, I met Larry for the first time at a gathering of Marines. I was immediately drawn to the Ol' Gunny. Larry had a way of reaching out and pulling we "younger Marines" into "his platoon." Larry was a driving force in bringing Marines, Marine's Navy Corpsmen, and our fellow servicemen (old, not so old, and currently serving Marines) together. Larry, passionately loved his country and his Marine Corps. Whether a fire team rush or a company-sized gathering for coffee, a beer, or a full chow hall feed, Larry brought us together often in an informal group we call, "Marines & Friends." Larry was the "senior" Marine in our regular group, having served in the Pacific during WW II as a "China Marine," "hitting the beaches of Okinawa," serving during the Korean War, and literally rubbing shoulders with Marine Corps Legend, Chesty Puller, who once made him an acting Sergeant Major. If we tried to address Larry as "Sergeant Major," he declined it, much preferring to be called "Gunny." He was a Gunnery Sergeant of Marines. Vic, you are absolutely right. His loss leaves a big gap in many lives. He was a genuine, proud Bomber Dad, Uncle, and Grandfather. He proudly kept me thoroughly posted on the Jacob family's outdoor activity accomplishments. And, he was my friend and my Marine Buddy. We will indeed remember him and we will remember his family in our thoughts and prayers. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA ~ Semper Fi, Larry! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) My brother, Joe Jones Winterhawk ('58), passed away tonight [3/23] 9:15pm from complications of Alzheimer's. Many Bombers have continued to ask about Joe and how he was doing through out the years of him having the disease. Our mother, Norma Jones, sister Nina Jones Rowe ('65), his son David Jones ('79), daughter Yvonne Jones Taylor ('84) and myself want to thank you for your continuous care and prayers. Bomber Tears, -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Rector ('62) Re: More Morocco Pictures -Bob Rector ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Re: Notes about the 2007 Iditarod Is everybody ready for me to wrap this thing up? Don't answer that! Winner: Lance Mackey in 9 days, 5 hrs, 8 mins, 41 secs wearing bib #13 -- same bib number his brother, Rick, wore when he won in 1983 -- same bib number his dad, Dick, wore when he won in 1978. All three Mackeys won on their 6th try. Lance arrived in Nome on the 13th. Lance is the ONLY person to EVER win both the 1000-mile Yukon Quest Dog Race in the same year he won the Iditarod -- with many (Lance said "13") of the same dogs... Did I hear him say he was gonna have "Idita-Quest Champion" painted on his new truck??? This year was the 3rd year in a row that Lance won the Quest. The 2007 Iditarod was brutal. broken bones and sleds. Not enough snow in many places caused more broken sleds than "normal" (whatever that is)... at one point Lance Mackey went a LONG way riding one runner because the other one was broken. Many teams took a blizzard-induced wrong turn on the way to Rohn... many took the trail that the Iron Dog race took a few weeks before the Iditarod. G.B. Jones lost one dog, AAFES, on that wrong turn and ended up himself in a bog that soaked his feet. He didn't realize he was missing a dog until he got to Rohn, and he also didn't realize that his feet were surrounded by frozen water. He hobbled around on his frostbitten feet for 11 days waiting for his dog to show up... many thought the AAFES was wolf dinner, so they were surprised when she showed up at the Rohn Roadhouse a bit thin but otherwise none the worse for wear. G.B. is changing her name from AAFES to Rohn. Scratches from that same blizzard and bumpy trail... caused the Rookie of the Year, Sigrid Ekran, to run into a tree with her face leaving her with a broken nose and two black eyes. caused DeeDee Jonrowe's broken pinkie when she crashed her sled. caused Doug Swingley's crash that resulted in cracked ribs and a dislocated thumb. caused Lachlan Clarke's torn ankle ligaments. caused sled damage and a shoulder injury to Randy Cummins. caused "Trail Sweepers" (on snow machines) to go looking for Deborah Molburg-Bicknell when she hadn't arrived at the Rohn checkpoint in WAY too long. caused 14 teams to scratch at the Rainy Pass checkpoint -- 937 miles from Nome. Colder than "usual" cold (sometimes 50 below and colder) and relentless wind in many places resulted in lots of frost bite... frostbitten feet, ears, one big toe, eyes, and half of Louis Nelson, Sr.'s face. (In 2004 there were only 10 scratches... one was Doug Swingley who scratched because of frozen corneas.) Two dogs died on the trail... preliminary necropsy found no fault of the mushers. Total of 23 mushers scratched and one (rare) disqualification. One guy, Bryan Mills, actually did NOT scratch, but finished the race with a broken leg! Jim Lanier finished with an infected (with red streaks) blister on his heel. Matt Rossi lost his entire team and found them sleeping along the trail. Another VERY rare thing this year was TWO teams finished with a full compliment of 16 dogs... in 50th and 57th place. Dunno why both teams didn't finish higher in the standings. All the above (and more) is why they call it "The Last Great Race on Earth". Bomber Cheers, -Maren Smyth ('64 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Old Richland Pictures This email from Tom Tracy )'55) Gary Thanks for sharing all your pictures and emails with us. Unless my eyes deceive me, The boy scout sitting on the ground in front of the older man in the center of the pic appears to be Tommy Cusworth from 4th or 5th grade Marcus Whitman pics. I think the Marcus Whitman Pics from the '55 Columbian might help identify two or three. Another lad standing to the man's left appears to be peeking through someone else's arms (wearing glasses) appears to be Douglas Schwartz another of our classmates. Another boy on the right looks familiar but his name seems to have escaped everyone on Lorin St. John's pictures of Miss Haba's 4th grade or Mrs. Sagerser's 5th grade class of '48-'49. By the way I once fell in love with a spectacularly beautiful girl from Colfax Washington...Circa 1957...She lived up on the hill above the end of main street ...a few blocks from the Hospital. 50 golden years later , I am still in love with her...she's my wife of 50 years. Her father was a wheat farmer- German immigrant family. We were married in the summer of '57 at the Methodist Church in Colfax...and its been a good life ever since...I have good memories of visiting Colfax over the years...Hope its been a good city for you too. The memories and pictures of classmates and other students from Richland have been memorable. Thanks. Best regards from another Bomber Tom Tracy '55 And this email from Kerry Forsythe ('64): Gary: I believe that I am the dorky looking kid in the paid shirt and white hat with his arms crossed while kneeling on the ground. Looks like one of the Boy Scout outings that I participated in (call me Mr. Tenderfoot). This may have been taken at the old war prison camp located on the Yakima River. If so, it was the best two-dat dirt clod fight I ever participated in (Didn't get a merit badge for that however). Is this something you bought on eBay? Kerry Forsythe, Class of 64 -Gary Behymer ('64) ~ Colfax, WA ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Gary, if that's Kerry, then the era would be correct for that to be Roland Derricott ('64) sitting to Kerry's left?? -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Darlene Napora Shuley ('69) Re: Larry Jacobs (Bomber Dad - RIP) I was saddened to hear about the passing of Larry Jacobs. My thoughts and prayers are with Ben '69 and all the Jacobs family. -Darlene Napora Shuley ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Russell Judd ('53) ~ 7/13/34 - 3/14/07 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/25/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber today (ME) - is there something wrong with my email? Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Frank DeVincentis ('56wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Virginia Brinkerhoff ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan Gunter ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Karen Davis ('76) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Re: Alumni Sandstorm Subscriptions OK, so I send an email every month to those who are due for their subscription fee. I also send a "Friendly Reminder" to those who are "past due". One Bomber (who shall remain nameless) forwarded my request for payment to his spouse with a note to her that asked her "Hadn't you paid this?" Spouse sent an email to me that said: "Can I ask why the Sandstorm is run as a "pay-for-service" rather than setting up a FREE Yahoo group? It seems silly to pay $24/year for this." Since I didn't know anything about Yahoo Groups, I told her that and asked about the groups. She responded: "I moderate a Yahoo group of more than 800 ... around the world. Yahoo groups are free to open and free to join. As moderator, you can choose who joins your group and set other restrictions depending on how you want your group to be run. Members of my group can post to the message board, upload or download files, conduct polls, etc... all at no cost. In addition to this Yahoo group, I have also set up Yahoo groups for an investment club that I belonged to and, as chairman of [my] High School 10 and 20 year reunions, I established a Yahoo group for the reunion so that classmates could communicate and get information about our reunion. I think that this would be great way to manage "The Sandstorm" and would eliminate the $24/year cost. You can learn more about starting a Yahoo group at: "The posts are automatically sent to members, via e-mail, either each individual post arriving immediately or in digest form, with all of the days posts sent at one time, once a day. I dont have to do anything. I do have some members on moderate which means that their posts are not sent automatically, I have to approve them first. These are members who dont always follow the rules of the group, for instance, those who might be trying to sell something rather than sticking to the topic of the list. Members dont have to open a browser, the posts simply arrive in their e-mail inbox. Yes, there is an archive of past posts to the list. Yes, I think that you should try joining my group, just to see how it works and look around. Let me know if you have any questions. I've sent you an invitation with a link to join." I didn't (yet) receive a link to join her group, so I took a look at the groups and see a few problems with an unmoderated group: 1. To join a Yahoo Group, you must have a Yahoo ID. Some of you already have one. They're free for the asking. I won't be editing so 2. The posts will not be in order by class year. 3. I don't think there is a list at the top of the "digest" that tells you who is posting. 4. When somebody forgets to "sign" their post, readers may not know who is posting. 5. When some of the ladies forget to show their maiden name, LOTS of folks will have no idea who she is. 6. When the post talks about other Bombers, I won't be there to add (or correct) maiden names and/or class years. 7. You won't get a birthday list or anniversary list or notice of a Bomber lunch at the top of your "digest". 8.7. None of this will show up on the website. Now, having said all this (and I may be putting myself out of a job) I invite anyone who wants to try this, to go ahead and set up a group. I'll put a link to the group in the Alumni Sandstorm and people can go join the group if they want to. Bomber cheers, Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/26/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 47 Bombers and 1 Bomber Mom sent stuff: NOTE: 47 ties the record; 6/26/00 - right after the original R2K. Tom Hoffman ('47 & '48), Carol Black ('48), Shirley Woehle ('48) Anna May Wann ('49), Mary Evelyn Kingsley ('49), Richard Roberts ('49) Jim Jensen ('50), Betty Bell ('51), Carol Tyner ('52) Marilyn De Vine ('52), Curt Donahue ('53), Rex Hunt ('53wb) Bob Johnson ('54), Nola Davey ('56), Terri Royce ('56) Gus Keeney ('57), Vera Smith ('58), Bonnie Allen ('59) Pappy Swan ('59), Pattie Crigler ('59), Ruth Miles ('59) Lola Heidlebaugh ('60), Margo Compton ('60), Mary Judd ('60) Judy Willox ('61 & '81), Katie Sheeran ('61), Ed Wood ('62) Jeanie Hutchins ('62), Tom Hemphill ('62), Ann Engel ('63), Freddie Schafer ('63), Jeanie Walsh ('63), Dave Hanthorn ('63) Karen Kleinpeter ('63), Kathy O'Neil ('63), Donna Young ('64) Larry Bowls ('64), Linda Reining ('64), Jeff Michael ('65) Jim Schodt ('67), Pam Ehinger ('67), Rick Maddy ('67) Betti Avant ('69), Darlene Napora ('69), Nancy Nelson ('69) Vic Marshall ('71), Cathy Gilstrap ('75), Orrel Walser (Bomber Mom) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jon McDougal ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Dale and Gale Gunter ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeffrey Suchland ('90) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** OK.... All 47 entries (except TWO) are in regards to the Yahoo Groups idea, so I'm gonna put those two first (and out of class- year order. I didn't count the responses to my personal email, but there were lots. So I get to keep my job. YIPPIE SKIPPIE! -Maren **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rex Hunt ('53wb) Sorry to be a day late with this... I knew better. But a belated Happy Birthday to Virginia Brinkerhoff Sweetland ('54) [on 3/25], one of the few people I remember well from Col-Hi. -Rex Hunt ('53wb) ~ In beautiful Hanford, CA where the major topic of the day is whether to allow a dairy to exist in an area too alkali to grow even weeds or would it pollute the dairy 3 miles down the back road it is on "Oh the Humanity of it all" **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Johnson ('54) Re: Gordon Pappas, Brook and Prokofiev Sandstorm readers who may remember the superb work of Col-Hi's Band Director in the '50s and '60s, take note! Gordon Pappas and his wife Ruby are making the trek to New York for performances on May 5th & 6th of a great arrangement he has produced of the Prokofiev Symphony No. 5, second movement, for 19 brass and percussion led by the famed trumpeter, Fred Mills, for many years with the Canadian Brass. The May 5th event is a concert in West Nyack at the Rockland Center for the Arts, 8 PM; May 6th at 3 PM is pool side at my daughter and son-in-law's house in Montebello, NY, a benefit for NY Philomusica. He program will be performed two more times, on May 8 at 6 PM in Tappan Memorial Park and May 10 at the Broadway Presbyterian Church at 114th Street in Manhattan. We could have a rump reunion if any Bombers feel like showing up for any of this. The players are University of Georgia grads, who will be assembling from all around the country for this, out of respect for Fred. There will be a PR release about it on the New York Philomusica website in the next few days: If any are seriously interested I can arrange for discounted hotel rooms 1/2 hour out of Manhattan ($79/night for a double) if you act right away. A rental car would give you the run of the region. Cheers to all who recall Gordon's great work in all the musical realms at Col-Hi. Remember that he produced a musical, Good News (the first Broadway musical to establish the form on the Great White Way, and, with Gordon's talent, greater glory on Jadwin!) as well as the Pep Band, the orchestra, the marching band, concert band, and to bring Raphael Mendez as soloist, (at Jerry Purkhiser's suggestion) and the US Navy Band so that some of his band members could "sit in." The eventually moved to California to do the same for the Castro Valley community but had to switch to teaching math when the town decided to allow a thruway to be built right where the music department was to have been located. Oh well. Such is life. It didn't impact Gordon's love of music in the slightest. He still plays the trumpet, and his wife Ruby the piano, both in their mid-80s. Thought you'd like to know all this. And something else. Gordon served in the Seventh Infantry Regiment Band in WWII and was captured in 1944 while guarding German prisoners. He was expatriated a year early as a POW when released by the advancing US forces, leaving the other guys to grumble out their terms to the end of hostilities. Gordon had a tough time as a POW, something I only recently learned from him directly. We shared a friendship that was beyond imagining when I was in the Col-Hi band, that of Paige Brook, the leader of the band Gordon was in when he was captured. They didn't see each other again, but Paige, who was to become Associate First Flute in the NY Philharmonic, and I became best of friends. I produced a record of his wondrous musicality for NY Philomusica Records. It is a best seller in the catalogue. And there, in this small world, was Gordon, way back then. And here now, writing and tootin'. That's a life lived if ever there was one. Paige was the same age but got knocked off by leukemia a few years back. His regard for Gordon and Gordon's for him, plus the circumstances bringing them together, are a compelling story of two talented musicians who lived their lives, and live even now, through their music, one already dead and the other very much among the living. We should all be so lucky, dead or alive. But while the issue hangs, best take advantage, eh? Gordon knows. -Bob Johnson ('54) **************************************************************** YAHOO GROUPS RESPONSES START HERE... **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Hoffman ('47 & '48) I think you do a real great service to all Bombers and I know I would not want to do all of the work you do for the $24.00 dues... and I like to have rules... with all of the scams out there who knows what others would try to do to our Bombers. Thank you for your service. -Tom Hoffman ('47 & '48) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Black Foster ('48) OH MY GOD!!! $24 a year for the Sandstorm??? Why would we want Maren to be putting the stuff in order, editing etc. etc. etc. when we could be getting Yahoo for free (except for all the other stuff we would have to do)??? Put me down for a NO to change to Yahoo. -Carol Black Foster ('48) ~ Bellevue, WA (Maren, did you notice that I didn't forget my maiden name?) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Woehle Hilbert ('48) Hey, Maren . . I like things just as they are. (No, not because I am TOO old to change). -Shirley Woehle Hilbert ('48) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) Frankly, I would rather pay the $24.00 a year and have the benefit of Maren editing the entries. With an open forum, like the Yahoo group, we could lose a lot of our camaraderie. I doubt if you could post pictures like Maren and Richard are handling for us now. It would keep the conversation on a non-political forum. Nope, I put in my vote to not go Yahoo, I want Richard and Maren and I will even pay extra to keep it coming the way it is. Thats my vote, and I intend to keep it that way. (So there!!!) Yep, Im a stubborn old lady and Im not changing that either!! Was in your neighborhood today at the Elks club in Kennewick. Cant say I miss the wind of your fair cities. Going over the pass on Saturday was horrible. The rain was so hard and furious it was hard to stay on the road and even harder to see the cars in front of you because of all of the rooster tails. Coming home today, Sunday, it was great. Beautiful Blue Skies in Seattle Bomber Love -Ann Thompson aka known as Anna May Wann Thompson ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Evelyn Kingsley Spradlin ('49) I am perfectly happy with the way things are now with the Sandstorm. I waste more than $24 a year on coffee so dont think the charge is too much for what you do to make it work. Few of us know how much time you spend or how much of the $24 you get to keep for your work. I cast my vote to keep it the way it is done now. Three cheers for Maren -Mary Evelyn Kingsley Spradlin ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard Roberts ('49) Good grief! Yahoo for Maren. Where do I send the $24.00? -Richard Roberts ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) The Alumni Sandstorm suits me just fine. I haven't the slightest interest in changing. It was fair-minded of you to post the Yahoo information. I'm a Yahoo subscriber, but not pleased with the "service" since AT&T became involved in the process. I get a steady flow of "Modem Disconnected" notices. The issue of a $24.00 charge per year is petty. The Alumni Sandstorm is eminently worth that and more. Bomber Cheers and a Big Thank You to Maren, -Jim Jensen ('50) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) Well, Maren, that was some post in the mail today - and I for one would have no interest in it at all! You do a great job of keeping everyone on track and all classes in order. I cannot see why anyone would object to paying $2 per month, to you, for all you do! Keep up your good work! -Betty Bell Norton ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Tyner Roberts ('52) Don't quit your day job!! I don't know what we would do without your expertise and wit in putting together this mix of history and folk lore. I for one prefer the way it is right now. I can't even get a good lunch for $25, let alone a morning smile every day of the year. Keep it up!! -Carol Tyner Roberts ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn De Vine ('52) All will be well if we keep a sense of humor. For instance: I had several topics on which to put my "2 cents" and suddenly my mind is blank. (Yeah, I know, some of you are thinking, "So.. uh.. what's new?") Anyway, to the current pressing topic; I will definitely vote for keeping the Sandstorm the way it is, under the competent care of our own Maren and Richard. Editing and monitoring is important, I think, and I like seeing the entries in sequence by graduating year. I have no idea when my "dues" are due, and I didn't remember it is $24, but I think this way of staying in touch (often GETTING in touch) is well worth the price. Yesterday I drove a friend to Prosser to see The Sound of Music at the Princess Theater and IT WAS WONDERFUL!!! I cannot praise it highly enough and I encourage everyone who has the opportunity, to go see it next Thursday, Friday or Saturday. I had not imagined that it could be done so well, so professionally! The voices, acting, live orchestra and props were outstanding. Well, I've written all of this and still don't know what it was I thought I would "contribute" a day or so ago, so will close for now. Bomber best to all, -M. De Vine ('52) ~ in rainy Richland, where the blossoms are glorious. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Curt Donahue ('53) I am a member of a Yahoo Group and I like the forum we have been using for the Sandstorm much better for what it is used. The Yahoo Group is OK for what it is used. If 20 or so dollars per year bothers some people they need to loosen up. You can't take it with you. Having said that, my check is in the mail. Keep up the good work. -Curt Donahue ('53) ~ Federal Way, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nola Davey Meichle ('56) Maren, I like what you are doing. -Nola Davey Meichle ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Terri Royce Weiner ('56) Anyone can have a Yahoo Group. Bombers have something very special: Maren! Having Maren organize and edit our entries is worth every cent of $24 a year. That's $2 a month, people. For the laughs. For finding lost friends. For the class photos in obituaries. Bombers care about Maren! Yahoo is for yahoos. -Terri Royce Weiner ('56) ~ Soaking up Spring in Seattle **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) I am on a "Fixed Income" but I think the Sandstorm is well worth the small fee. The advantage of the editing alone has saved me lots of embarrassing moments. That's my humble opinion!!! -Gus Keeney ('57) ~ from Sunny Yuma, AZ where we just got back from a jeep run in the Barry Goldwater Bombing Range. Temp in the low 80s!!! (Perfect)!!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vera Smith Robbins ('58) I'm sending this to your personal email in case the first one I sent didn't get to you. NO, I will not join a Yahoo Group. Maren, I do not think $24/year will break anyone. My income is so low a snake can hardly crawl under it, but I can certainly find $24/yr to keep up the Sandstorm. I don't think any Bomber would want to switch to a Yahoo link to get their class news. The Sandstorm is only $2 a month!! I'm actually ashamed of the person that suggested such a thing to you. You do a excellent job of keeping up the Sandstorm and it has to be an enormous job to do what you do every day. Keep up the good work and I'M STAYING WITH YOU! You can publish this in the Sandstorm if you desire. -Vera Smith Robbins ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bonnie Allen ('59) If it ain't broke--don't fix it! We have a wonderful thing going here with the Sandstorm. You have taken the time and work to set up something that is very rare, and you have brought many of us together after years and years apart. It is because of you that we are developing friendships that probably wouldn't ever have happened without you. I also went to school in Kalispell, MT and they have nothing like the Sandstorm and think it is awesome that we have this vehicle for communication. I can't imagine anyone complaining that we aren't getting our money's worth (365 emails for $24!). If my vote counts, I vote to leave the Sandstorm the way it is!! -Bonnie Allen ('59) ~ Mill Creek, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Maren, Please see (further below) my response to the suggested Yahoo Connection vs. Alumni Sandstorm Subscriptions and your yesterday's closing statement: "Now, having said all this (and I may be putting myself out of a job) I invite anyone who wants to try this, to go ahead and set up a group. I'll put a link to the group in the Alumni Sandstorm and people can go join the group if they want to." Maren Pappy's Response: "Bull_ _ _ _!" cried Delores Del Ruby, as with her bullwhip, she snapped another ember from the fire! (Loosely quoted from, "Even Cowgirls Get The Blues"). Maren, speaking for myself, if Alumni Sandstorm became just another bulletin board, I think that I would loose interest rather quickly. Both you and Richard put an ordered personal touch on your Alumni Sandstorm production that just would not come with reading a jumbled list of postings. It would be like peering at a "note tree" in the days of the mountain men. They would leave notes pinned to or in a cavity in a special known tree trunk, in hopes that the intended recipient would wonder by (and that he knew how to read and had not gone under). We Bombers get into our squabbles and tiffs occasionally via Alumni Sandstorm, but that's what families do. And, we are a "Bomber Family." I like it just fine, the way it is and the way you do your thing! Keep on doin' what you do so well. You go Girl! Oh, BTW, my Alumni Sandstorm dues payment will be forthcoming. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where it's raining so, I am currently enjoying reading, "A Salty Piece of Land" by Jimmy Buffett and I think of Maren, my personally known "Parrot head," every time I open it up to resume reading. Can't get that off a bulletin board! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [After Buffett wrote "Where Is Joe Merchant?" he said that his mother would be proud to see that he finally used his degree in journalism. Time to read "A Salty Piece of Land"... again. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pattie Crigler Cole ('59) Why try and fix something that isn't broken??? $24 is pretty cheap for 365 days of entertainment. PLUS, I like all of Maren's special touches!! -Pattie Crigler Cole ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ruth Miles Bruns ('59) I have been absolutely bonded to the Sandstorm since 1998 when my brother Jo ('64) turned me on to it. Without the features that Maren provides, it not only wouldn't be the same, it would be about half as interesting, at best. I think $2/month for this incomparable link is trivial, negligible ... how many other words meaning itsy-bitsy can you think of? I am so not tempted by any Yahoo alternative. -Ruth Miles Bruns ('59) ~ Goldendale WA where the daffodils are blooming and most of my friends would tell you I'm wishy- washy like this all the time. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) Think I'll pass on the Yahoo thing - thanks for all your hard work on the Sandstorm!!! I'm sure there's not another in the world like ours! Thanks again! -Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60), Always a Bomber!!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Margo Compton Lacarde ('60) I vote for leaving it the way it is. It is well worth $24.00 a year for you to do this. -Margo Compton Lacarde ('60) ~ San Antonio, TX **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Judd Hinz ('60) Dear Maren, Please don't change a thing. I love our Bomber website just as it is. $24/year is peanuts for the service you perform and the pleasure I receive from my Alumni Sandstorm subscription. You put in a lot of time to make sure we get a Sandstorm newsletter every day that is organized, edited, and spam free. Just a day or two ago, you posted my brother's funeral notice on the Bomber website for me. You took his pictures from the '52 and '53 Columbians and put them together with the eulogy from the paper that I sent you. I couldn't have done that. When I sent Club 40 reunion pictures into the Alumni Sandstorm, you put the names that I gave you onto the pictures. I don't know how to do that. Once when I had questions about Club 40, and another time when I needed an old picture from a Bomber luncheon, you gave me the names of who to contact for help. When my high school girlfriend wanted to get in touch with me after 40 years, you contacted me to get my permission to give her my email address. Would Yahoo do any of these things? -Mary Judd Hinz ('60) ~ West Richland, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Judy Willox (Classic Class of '61 & '81) I know this is easy for me to say with my circumstances, but as Howie Mandell's guests say, "NO DEAL!" You have worked long and hard to make the Sandstorm our own personal guide to one another and places we have loved to go! Don't let one person make this go away just because she thinks she has better ideas. There is NO better idea than the one Gary Behymer ('64) and you, the beloved editor of our beloved paper, started so many years ago [1998]. So unless or until you are ready to give it up, don't leave us now. And I bet I can speak for a hell of a lot of people out here that would say the same, NO DEAL!! Right gang? -Judy Willox (Classic Class of '61 & '81) ~ Richland where the soft Spring rain is falling at this moment. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Katie Sheeran Johnson ('61) My goodness, what's $24.00 a year? I wouldn't do Maren's job for $50,000 a year. She has a lot of "policing" to do and that takes time. Oh and to be so patient to we people who aren't computer literate. Good Maren. We really appreciate your work. -Katie Sheeran Johnson ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed Wood ('62) Re: Bomber (who shall remain nameless) Maren, please send the invoice for the above-mentioned Bomber to me. I'll pay it. Please don't drop what has evolved into being a wonderful site that is a tribute to Bombers worldwide. -Ed Wood ('62) ~ Morrison, CO **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeanie Hutchins Simon ('62) Because of Maren's dedication, hard work and personal touch, I'm sure we all know that we are very fortunate to receive our morning Alumni Sandstorm, just as we do now! Maren's editing is what makes it so very special and unique and the $24.00 donation seems like nothing for what we get in return!! Perhaps some who are not originally from the "Bomber family," sincerely don't understand the unique and special bond that we have. THANK YOU Maren, for your many hours of late night, Alumni Sandstorm work and dedication ~ we truly appreciate you! -Jeanie Hutchins Simon ('62) ~ Bellingham, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Hemphill ('62) Maren, I like and support what you and your subs have done to keep the Sandstorm running for several years now. I like the format, the announcements, the posted photos and the editing, etc. I also HOPE that you're are doing much more that just covering your cost. You MUST be paid for your valuable time. The Yahoo program may be a good second option, but I would not want to see the current Sandstorm system change or be discontinued. I am willing to try something new, even at my age. I also do not mind investing $24.00 a year for this service. -Tom Hemphill ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Engel Schafer ('63) I personally don't want a cold sterile Sandstorm. I want a warm and fuzzy one that we have with Maren, has our advisor. I don't care how much it costs. I've put in my two cents worth. -Ann Engel Schafer ('63) ~ rom really rainy Vancouver, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Freddie Schafer ('63) Come on now that's only 7 cents a day to have the Sandstorm on your PC when you get up in the morning sent by someone who cares about the content and who sent it. Maren is doing a great job, keep it the way it is. -Freddie Schafer ('63) ~ from wet Vancouver U S A **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeanie Walsh Williamson (Gold Medal Class of '63) Are you kidding? Who is that Yahoo! Please, you do a GREAT service for Bombers and I for one would pay $50 per year for the job you do. Are you sure that the person who wrote that is a Bomber? I think I smell a RAT! Come On Bombers, let's show Maren a lit'l LOVE! -Jeanie Walsh Williamson (Gold Medal Class of '63) ~ Simi Valley, CA Home of the Ronald Reagan Library ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [That was a NON Bomber SPOUSE who sent me the first note. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Hanthorn (Gold Medal Class of '63) My two cents worth is that the Sandstorm is just fine just the way it is. It is more than "worth it" to me to pay 24 bucks a year to receive this amazing link to my past, my home town, and my friends. While my wife Noi and I have been visiting here in Thailand this month, having the Sandstorm to read each day has been a welcome reminder of "home". The Sandstorm without Maren just wouldn't be the same. While the lady that suggested using Yahoo for the Sandstorm is a Bomber wife and very sincere, she obviously isn't a real Bomber, she just doesn't "get it". Maren my old friend, you just keep on doin' what you do so well, and I (and I'm sure many others) will keep on makin' sure you have the resources to keep on doin' it. In my (not so humble) opinion, going to Yahoo would be the death of the Sandstorm. Bomber Cheers, -Dave Hanthorn (GMC '63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Karen Kleinpeter Kroger ('63) Hi Maren, I just read the info about the possibility of a Yahoo group. I think I like the idea of our Sandstorm the way it is... run and edited by BOMBERS. That's part of what makes it so special. I don't mind the yearly subscription fee, and I DO like the way you have organized it, with maiden names, grad years, in chronological order, with birthdays noted, etc. So unless you choose to quit editing the Sandstorm, I will keep reading my daily dose the way you send it. Thanks so much for all your time and effort to keep us linked together. -Karen Kleinpeter Kroger ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kathy O'Neil Childs ('63) Maren, no Yahoo group mailing could ever equal the classy, well- edited Alumni Sandstorm we receive each day! You do a fabulous job and we all appreciate your skill and expertise! Several years ago, I signed up for a Yahoo group from a high school where I first began teaching. I received dozens of emails each day, most of which were from a handful of people communicating back and forth with each other. Some days I received fifty or more emails and all were identified in different manners. I didn't have time to pour through all of them and cancelled my membership shortly thereafter. I look forward to the daily Alumni Sandstorm and love how well it is organized. It is worth many times what it costs us! Thanks so much for your dedication and hard work! -Kathy O'Neil Childs ('63) ~ in sunny Los Altos, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Bowls ('64) and Donna Young Bowls ('64) To: Maren and Bombers at large, If we wanted mediocrity, then maybe Yahoo Groups would work. However, the phrase "often imitated, but never duplicated" is so apropos in this instance. No group can be moderated, managed and as personalized as well as what Maren provides in the Alumni Sandstorm. We are Bombers! We deserve the best, and the best comes at such a small price. I find it unfortunate that she didn't use the Alumni Sandstorm more for her class reunion announcements. [She couldn't... she's not a Bomber! It's her husband who is the Bomber. -Maren]I think the classmates in those instances may have had a broader information base if they had all turned to the Alumni Sandstorm. But, whatever. Send my renewal notice early! I'm anxious to have the best service anywhere, arrive in my mail box daily. Thanks Maren for the great things you do. Special people like you and all the original cast in the Alumni Sandstorm development deserve all of our accolades. -Larry Bowls ('64) and Donna Young Bowls ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) well, I don't know about anyone else, but I am NOT interested in the Sandstorm being done any way other than the way it is done now!!!!!!! I like it just like it is!!!!!!! As for those who complain about paying the $24 per year, good grief, it breaks down to TWO DOLLARS a month!!!!!!!! You mean to tell me that's gonna break someone's bank account?????? Give me a break!!!!!!!!! Maren does a GREAT job and I like getting all the info that she provides!!!!!!!!! I don't want the Sandstorm to change and I am NOT interested in a Yahoo account!!!! I for one want MY Sandstorm delivered just the way it always has!!!!!!! Why fix something that ain't broke??!!! -Linda Reining (Boomber Bomber class of '64) ~ Bakersfield, CA we hit the 90 mark last weekend and we are in the 80s this weekend! P.S. meant to add this to my posting that I just sent... had to laugh when I read this: "Bomber cheers, Maren Smyth ('63 & '54)" You must have gotten so rattled, you really made yourself old. *LOL" **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeff Michael ('65) Hey there Bombers and Bomberettes... Ptuwee...or however you spell it! You just don't want to get me started on this Yay-who Group thing!! First off...I can give up a Starbucks every third month to be able to afford the going rate. Just how much value do YOU put on staying connected AND having a moderator who cares deeply about the product and the consumers/contributors? I've noticed that the moderator makes a huge contribution to the Sandstorm. Secondly... I'm not into supporting the folks who advertise on Yahoo or the folks who bought the stock! I like my Sandstorm sans advertising, pop-ups and cookies, thank you. Thirdly... another account name? Come on, my feeble brain is quite happy without additional clutter. I don't use MySpace, either, even tho it seems to be the coolest thing on earth for a whole lotta people. So, for me, Maren, please keep on truckin'... moderated Sandstorm is priceless and I'm more than willing to pay it (even if I am a bit late... that feeble mind thing again). There... that's what I needed to say... thanks for listening... or not. -dj jeff Michael ('65) ~ Sitting on the edge of Interstate 8 on the east side of San Diego where the temps yesterday were identical to those in Bomberland. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Schodt ('67) The reader seems to miss the point of the service that you provide... $24 bucks is cheap entertainment and provides a great communication/ information tool...... please keep up all that you do. -Jim Schodt ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Well Maren, I for one think Our Sandstorm is the Best! I agree with you! That Yahoo site doesn't fit our needs! Nice idea but not for Bombers! Well that is my thought on it anyway! Bombers Rule. -Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) Hi Maren I've owed you money for my subscription for years... but I will get it paid... trust me. One person comes along and questions the Sandstorm's cost, how it is run and blah blah blah, yet says nothing on the brilliance of the editor(s)... the obituary page, the annuals, the photos, the ability to read dailys on the Bomber site if it doesn't show up in your mailbox... the recipes. My opinion, the way the Sandstorm is ran (edited, moderated)... it just doesn't get any better than this. You do ALL the work - okay, with a bit of help at times from those we all know well and good who when you, for example, are running from a hurricane - and all I do is get up in the morning, make coffee and read... sometimes comment... and sometimes it is even posted... depending... but the Sandstorm is always there for my enjoyment. Not that I haven't had some heated exchanges in the past in the Sandstorm which is easily remedied by not writing anything you are not willing to eat. But, the person that wrote you about this Yahoo Group should go ahead and get it started, get out of your face, sit around moderating away and watch her brilliant idea bomb (no pun intended). I forgot... they should also unsubscribe from the Sandstorm. I have been in moderated Yahoo groups and they are on the most part - terrible. There is a gang of fifteen, eventually five or so that in the end run you out of town so they can all sit around and beat their chests like gorillas in the mist. Reminds me of the cliques, like in the mixer when we were kids; those looking down, or up, at the other cliques and having the job of labeling them as cool or losers... they know who they are. Only those "cool" people will be posting their wisdoms in the end. Furthermore, IMHO [In My Humble Opinion], the Sandstorm is special, personal, educational... a brother and sisterhood, if I may, that will never be duplicated in any other forum. And you do not need to take any more of your time by wasting it with daily adding hot buttons to Yahoo, Classmates or links to anywhere else for that matter. We all know where the door is. -Rick Maddy ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Maren, I say keep doing the Alumni Sandstorm the way you have been doing. If someone thinks the $24.00 a year is too much they don't have to subscribe to it. I enjoy reading it every morning and I know I'm not alone in this regard. I also know things of this nature come at a price (albeit a small one) and it is well worth it. Keep up the good work and don't change a thing. Cheers, -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Darlene Napora Shuley ('69) The Sandstorm is not a single issue forum (like investments etc.). It is much too easy in a large group setting with a wide open forum for someone to go overboard and ruin a good thing. I enjoy the tone of the current Sandstorm and being able to identify people by Graduation Class etc. Any problems, and I know who to call. I love being able to scan the contributor's list at the top of the Sandstorm first thing in the morning, when I am half awake, and deciding to wait until later or scan immediately depending on the topic. I think that $24 per year for an honest, dependable Editor "Guardian Angel" for the Sandstorm is worth every penny! On the impersonal Internet, personal service is very valuable... I will be sticking with Maren and the current type of Sandstorm as long as it is available. -Darlene Napora Shuley ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nancy Nelson Wyatt ('69) I myself think you are doing a fantastic job Maren. I don't mind paying the annual fee as it costs to have a web like ours. There is no other way to say if you don't like paying it then go to the freebies and see what you get for your money. I read the Sandstorm every day even though I don't write in as much as some. Just nothing really to say but enjoy the subjects and see where my fellow classmates are now. -Nancy Nelson Wyatt ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic Marshall ('71) Maren, If it ain't broke- DON'T FIX IT!!! I like things the way they are and it is certainly worth $2.00 per month/ 6 cents per day to me. I believe you have made provision for people who simply can not afford the subscription - so I don't see an issue here. -Vic Marshall ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Cathy Gilstrap Couto ('75) Maren, I very much appreciate all that you do and do not intend to use the "free" yahoo website. I enjoy having the birthdays, the maiden names, and most of all, your editing. Thank you! -Cathy Gilstrap Couto ('75) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Orrel Walser (Bomber Mom) Hi Maren, I sent you only $12.00 and think I need to send 12 more. I love having you do this website but will agree to whatever you decide. Thanks so much again. -Orrel Walser (Bomber Mom) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/27/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 30 Bombers, 1 WB and 1 Lion sent stuff: Doreen Hallenbeck ('51), Ralph Myrick ('51) Shirley Rae Drury ('51), Dick Pierard ('52) Marguerite Groff ('54), Tom Tracy ('55) Harvey Chapman ('56), Ray Hall ('57) Sharon Panther ('57), John Richardson ('58) Sally Sheeran ('58), Steve Carson ('58) David Mansfield ('59), Thora Metcalf ('59) Carol Carson ('60), Larry Mattingly ('60) Lora Homme ('60), Helen Cross ('62) Dave Hanthorn ('63), Frank Whiteside ('63) John Campbell ('63), Peg Sheeran ('63) Vicki Smith ('63), Carol Converse ('64) Marsha Goslin ('65) and Gary Brehm ('64 Lion) Bill Kaas ('67), Bill Wingfield ('67) Dwight Carey ('68), Julie Smyth ('69wb) Mike Franco ('70), Brad Upton ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Char Dossett ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lenora Hughes ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: George Barnett ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Georgia Rushworth ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gayla Armstrong ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Again today, the majority of entries are about the Yahoo Groups idea, so I'm gonna put tho NON-Yahoo Group entries first (out of class-year order. -Maren **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy ('55) To: Bob Johnson ('54) Thanks for letting us know of the temporary loss of freedom suffered by our music teacher, Gordon Pappas and for your comments of his musical adventures after his work at RHS. I also liked reading the plaudits to George Plimpton who was on your nyphilomusica Board of Directors. One of his classic books, Paper Lion (1966), an attempted pretense at quarterback during summer training camp of the Detroit Lions was a good read. So, heres to you, our famous musician. Now we understand the talents you used to inspired all of our musical classmates as you conducted our pep band. And how the Pep Band re-energized all RHS athletes who entered the football field or basketball court. The music was truly like a shot of adrenalin to players' systems. Chuck Curtis ('55) and I talked about it many times. What is it they say about soothing savage beasts? The RHS musical events impressed those of us who had to struggle to even operate the high (or low) fidelity record players. We were often considered outcasts at Korten's Music Shop where we dropped by to listen to the latest and greatest releases of the '40s and '50s in their semi-private booths. My wife and three sons lived in Boston for a couple of years where I taught and coached in a very small college. One of the benefits besides paying for my graduate work, was season tickets to the Celtics with Auerbach and the Boston Pops with Fiedler. I always teased a serious colleague from the same college who taught at the New England Conservatory and clearly implied that we needed more Western Music at the Pops. He asked me if I knew what Arthur Fiedler said had sixty legs and 8 teeth. I didn't know. He answered, "The Front Row at a Willie Nelson Concert". The biggest sell out and demand for tickets, however came when Eddie Arnold came to sing at the Boston Pops. Arnold was working at the Empire State Building's Empire Room in NYC. Fiedler asked him, "How do you find the people who come to the Empire Room?"... Eddie answered, "Very Very Rich". We watched Fiedler drive his new birthday vehicle to work one day in downtown Boston. It was a fire truck. He was a "fire chaser" and loved fire trucks. He didn't like kids much and never played an encore... He believed you should always leave them wanting more. He also said that people don't usually applaud the performance, they applaud themselves for recognizing the pieces. One fan broke into his dressing room after a concert, exclaiming "I'm your biggest fan". Fiedler responded, "Then why aren't you still out there cheering and applauding?" Besides playing music well, our classes at RHS played lots of music we liked to hear. We all loved the trumpet trio, the triple trio singers, two of our excellent accompanists, Kaye Wheeler ('55) and Millie Finch ('54) as well as Earl Marble ('54). You were blessed to be able to associate with Mr. Pappas and the many other classmates like one whom my family and I admired, Wynell Williams ('55). She was a first class lady, honor student and talented musician. I'll wager our Bomber Musicians were among the most gifted in the nation. Your friend and colleague Jerry Purkhiser ('54), who suggested bringing the world's greatest trumpeter to RHS, did a great job arranging the band for the big R2K celebration. You should have been there and brought Rex Davis ('49) to give us a halftime trampoline demonstration. First time I ever saw a trampoline, Rex was on it at a halftime during early 1950s... spotted by our own Francis Rish (RIP). I always thought we should have one in the "key" on the basketball court so everyone could dunk. R2K may have been the biggest celebration of any kind in Richland's history. Your band colleagues helped make it one of the most memorable. However, we may have to start WWIII if people don't stop giving our literary veteran & Editor-In-Chief, Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) a bad time about wanting a 'freebie' Sandstorm subscription. Best of luck with your upcoming events. It should be beautiful along the Hudson about that time. (We used to come down and play Nyack College in early March.) -Tom Tracy ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) My sympathy to Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) and your siblings on the loss of your brother, Joe ('58-RIP). I will be in Washington for a few weeks for Warrren's grandmother's l04th birthday up in Brewster this coming weekend. And Warren will be preaching at Tieton for Palm and Easter Sundays. With any luck I hope to make it to see the tulips for a day or so. So if you see an Indiana Wild Life Refuge license on the front of a white Sienna, please wave. Reading all the stories of the ferry out of North (Richland) I am sorry my folks never took us out that way that I can remember. In fact, I can't remember when my first ferry trip was. We've had a great trip out from Indiana. Mostly blue skies, and little snow even by the roads all the way. Saw several lakes that were not melted yet in Wisconsin all the way across to Montana. And we had some neat visits with some North Dakota relatives on my husband's side of the family that we've met at family reunions the last few years. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vicki Smith Adkins ('63) I have been reading and keeping up on everyone since discovering Sandstorm. What an awesome way to keep in touch. I have noticed that there are a lot of alumni in the Midwest, specifically Missouri. I see that there are luncheons in many states and would love to see a luncheon in Missouri or the Midwest too. I would be happy to set something up if there are others interested. I am wanting to do something in May of 2007. Please let me know if you are interested. Thanks, -Vicki Smith Adkins ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Franco ('70) I want to join Vic Marshall ('71) and I know hundreds of others in recognizing the passing of Larry Jacobs (Bomber Dad). We seem to have had way more than our share of great parents in Richland growing up and he was certainly one of the really nice, great guys. A lot of us always were baffled how he could have survived those first two sons (Ben ('69), Bob ('70). Great guys, great family. My very best wishes to all of the Jacobs. -Mike Franco ('70) **************************************************************** YAHOO GROUPS RESPONSES START HERE... **************************************************************** >>From: Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter ('51) Just have to add my two-cents worth -- People of quality (Richland Bombers, of course) prefer things of quality. Absolutely worth $24. You definitely won't be out of a job soon Maren. -Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter ('51) ~ Green Valley, AZ where spring has passed and summer on the way. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ralph Myrick ('51) Maren, keep doing the job that you are doing. I agree with some of the emails that said it would be an excellent way for hackers to break in and send stuff that no of us want to see. Thank you for doing a great job. -Ralph Myrick ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) I should have responded yesterday, here I am a day behind all the others; however, count me as wanting to stay with the site the way it is. Great to read all the entries of yesterday. Friendships from many years ago have resurfaced due to this orderly newsletter. For that, Maren, and for all the interesting discussions and recalling of days of yore, plus the current doings of members, I thank you Maren, with deep appreciation. I'm about to don my bundle-dropping apparel to venture into the cool night. (On my ventures, I often have ADventures -- some fun, some not.) -Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) ~ from Kennewick, WA -- is there any other Kennewick anywhere? There are many Pascos and Richlands **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick Pierard ('52) I would strongly object to a switch to Yahoo. I currently serve on the board of elders of my Baptist church and we have a yahoo group. My bad experiences with it lead me to conclude that it is a disaster---hard to use, fenced in with exclusionary passwords, and essentially inefficient. In my opinion, the HUMAN BEING Maren is superior to any of the technological wonders out there. Stick in there, gal. -Dick Pierard ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) WOW!! Maren, I knew the folks would overwhelm you with lots of "NO WAY" letters and letting you know that only you and your support help can do this task. Would Yahoo editors correct our errors like our awesome Maren? When I put in a reminder to gals of '54 about our monthly lunch I used the word "tomorrow". About the time I went to bed that night, I realized that I should have used the word "today" since it would be Friday when they would be reading it. I hoped that Maren would fix it. When checking my emails on Friday I found one from Maren. She let me know that she had changed my "tomorrow" to "today." Now, would anyone else care that much to take care of a silly mistake like that? We love you Maren, and for sure I want you to remind me when my $24 is up for renewal. I know that today's Sandstorm will have even more accolades for your faithfulness. Thank you so much. =Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) ~ Looking forward to spring. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Harvey Chapman ('56) Maren, anyone complaining about the $24.00 a year should be investigated. My bet is they graduated from Kennewick or Pasco. Please, keep it as is! -Harvey Chapman ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray Hall ('57) Please keep it the same. We have such a special bond that is between us all; why would we want to change it. I love seeing the people in order of year graduated. We have such an awesome personal thing. $24.00... give me a break. I blow that much at the Toyota Center watching the Americans. So I say thanks, Maren. keep it the same -Ray Hall ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sharon Panther Taff ('57) I'd rather pay the annual fee to you - you do such a wonderful job. -Sharon Panther Taff ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Richardson ('58) Please don't change a thing. Why mess with success, like they say; if it's not broke then don't try and fix it. Quite honestly, I appreciate the editing that you and Richard are doing with the site. The Bomber site is extremely successful and $25 is really a very small price to pay for good information, good human interest and a few great laughs from my Bomber family. Please keep up the good work because as a result of you and Richard's diligent efforts we Bombers really do have more fun. -John Richardson ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sally Sheeran Heath ('58) Maren - I know it's a lot of work and we thank you. Yea, Maren - boo yahoo! I'm sure there will be more class of '58 subscribers after our 2008 reunion. here seem to be so few right now 'cause maybe they haven't heard about it -- hard as that is to believe. p.s. How do I know when to pay again? -Sally Sheeran Heath ('58) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Sal, I'll send you an email when it's time. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Carson ('58) To the Bomber wife "who shall remain nameless". If you can't afford the $24 then perhaps we could all pitch in a penny and cover it for you. It's nice that you are a Yahoo Master and I am sure there are many ways to approach online communications AND this is the way we do it. Maren is not running a profit center and I know that Bombers who participate in the Sandstorm greatly appreciate all of the work Maren does for us. The Sandstorm is the first thing many of us read and it is there EVERY DAY, thanks to Maren's efforts. I appreciate her and helping to defray the costs of this publication is a privilege. Good luck with your Yahooooooo experience. [10 minutes later...] The way my Sandstorm comes up caused me to read (and react) to the "un-named Bomber wife". When I got to [the 3/26] edition and saw the other 47 responses, I am pretty sure that my angry response will get an edit for our intrepid editor, Maren. I am still willing to pitch in for the actual Bomber who left it up to his wife to handle. No Bomber should be without the Sandstorm. -Steve Carson ('58) ~ Chicago where the winter glaciers have melted **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Mansfield ('59) Maren, As my distinguished classmates have so eloquently put it, i. e., Bonnie Allen, Pattie Crigler Cole, Ruth Miles Burns and ... um ... oh yes, .. wait, wait ... it's coming ... George "Pappy" Swan; Alumni Sandstorm is special. It is your touch that has made it so. Besides who at Yahoo can say that they graduated from their high school twice as you have. Keep On Keeping On! Go Maren! PS: Maren, I am a little short his month, would you accept a small bag of Oregon Filberts for this month's dues? -David Mansfield ('59) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [David, I love filberts... and I didn't graduate twice. Rather I spent the first half my school time at Spalding with future class of '63 and the last half with class of '64 at Christ the King, Carmichael, and then Col-Hi. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Thora Metcalf Ziegler ('59) I've been out of touch for a while, but according to what I read Monday I'm with the majority. Don't change a thing. The Sandstorm is unique and all ours thanks to you and all your hard work. The amount we pay is minimal and more than worth it. -Thora Metcalf Ziegler ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Carson Renaud ('60) Maren - Please don't "quit" us as our editor. The Sandstorm has become a very important part of many, many people's day - including mine. Sounds as tho the Alumni's wife is one of those bean counter type people who are always looking for a cheaper way to do something. She obviously was not a Bomber or she would understand . . . some things are worth more than money. I say if it ain't broke, don't fix it. I venture to guess that you'll get hundreds of emails saying the same thing. And, I would be happy to pay more than the subscription price to assure you keep the job! [8 minutes later...] OOPS... Hey Maren - I was so mad about the post where an Alumni wife wanted us to go to "free" Yahoo that when I sent my response I forgot to put in my name - maiden name and year before I hit the send button. See . . that's the thing, I know you would fill in: -Carol Carson Renaud ('60) ~ In Lynnwood, WA where I wish spring would come! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) I Just now at 7 PM had time to read the Sandstorm. While it is obviously not needed, I vote NO to Yahoo or any un-moderated group. I belong to 5 other nets, 2 in Fireworks, Society of Explosives Engineers, Pyrotechnic Special Effects, and a Safety group. 2 of these are unmoderated and terrible. Maren does a great job of holding us all together in a very special way. Virtually every Bomber I know reads the Sandstorm first when opening email. I usually pay a couple years at a time and $24 a year is still the best buy on the internet. And along with the Sandstorm, some Bomber friends send me useful info and some great humor that I would not receive otherwise. I would have long lost contact if it were not for the Sandstorm. Steer steady as she goes, Maren.... "Happiness is the sky in bloom" =J Larry Mattingly ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lora Homme Page ('60) As usual, I'm a day late but not a dollar short; $24.00 is nowhere near what the Sandstorm is worth to me. I'm just catching up on my emails and read the Yahoo suggestion in [the 3/25] Sandstorm this morning so I'll cast my vote today even though it's obviously not necessary. I agree with everything said by everyone who wrote in, we're doing fine just the way we are and I very much appreciate Maren's personal touch. Thanks Maren! -Lora Homme Page ('60) ~ In that other town, across the Yakima and down the road from home. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Hanthorn (Gold Medal Class of '63) When I sent my entry yesterday saying that I liked the current format of the Sandstorm, I was sure there would be others that felt the same way. But the huge outpouring of support published in yesterday's edition makes me think of just one thing: WE are the BOMBERS, Mighty, mighty BOMBERS! We are the "togetherest" bunch of people of all ages scattered all over the globe that anyone could ever imagine. We really have something special that no one else anywhere has, and that is our common history, each other, and our Sandstorm, and those things will keep us together as long as we each draw breath. Thank you Bombers, for being Bombers, and thanks to all of you for supporting our Sandstorm. We ARE the BOMBERS, and there is no one else like us. -Dave Hanthorn (GMC '63) ~ from sunny and HOT Bangkok, Thailand, the Land of Smiles **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Frank Whiteside ('63) Is there really anyone out there who can't afford $2.00 a month? My newspaper is $13.00 a month and isn't worth over 6 times what Sandstorm is! I'm on a fixed income and I think I can swing $2.00 a month. I'm trying to think of anything I could buy each day for about 6 and a half cents. Hmmm..... coffee at McDonald's with a senior discount... noooo. Maybe a candy bar or pack of gum... noooo. Oh, I know!! A daily Sandstorm!!! Yahoo? Give me a break!! -Frank Whiteside ('63) ~ on the [Louisiana] bayou where there are lots of turtles sunbathing by the ponds. 'Gators must be sleeping in--have seen very few so far. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Campbell ('63) I am happy with the service that Maren provides (thanks) for the Col-Hi alums. We have a nice group with civil discussion without advertisements. This is all good. I don't think the point is whether some should be able to cough up the $24, and we shouldn't belittle anyone (even unintentionally) by offering to pay if for them. For whatever reason, there is a fairly small subset of the alums that participate. I enjoy reading the daily postings, but I often wonder about the folks that don't usually participate in the Sandstorm. Perhaps they wouldn't participate even if it were free, but we shouldn't dismiss it out of hand, in my opinion. If someone notices something on Yahoo they could mention it in the Sandstorm. If someone wants to try a trial of Yahoo, what's the harm? Perhaps we could have both. For those of us who don't read it every day, organizing by topic would be nice. Not everyone is interested in old cars or Harleys - as I am, or in dog races - as I am not. Just a thought. In any case, I hope Maren keeps on with her support for those of us who want it. -John Campbell ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Peg Sheeran Finch ('63) Ditto re: all the pro-Sandstorm entries yesterday, and I wonder if some are like me, and unsure of where to send checks these days. I had Maren's sister's address as temporary after Katrina, but I'm assuming your back in your house in Gretna. Am I correct, M'Friend? -Peg Sheeran Finch ('63) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [You are correct, Peg... We don't put any street address in the Sandstorm, but I'll email it to anybody who asks for it. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) Wow!!! Whoever sent that entry into the Sandstorm sure did stir up the hornet's nest didn't they? Maren, you and Richard do such a good job. I know that I couldn't even begin to enjoy the Sandstorm on a Yahoo group. As one person mentioned, "we are a family" - a Bomber family. I would be very sad if I didn't receive the Sandstorm just the way it is now each day. Who knows of what kind of problems we would end up having with a Yahoo group. I'm not saying that a Yahoo group isn't good, it's just not for us!! I didn't think that I would read all the entries from the 3/26/07 Sandstorm, but I have been pulled in and I must say that I agree with each and every one of you folks!! -Carol Converse Maurer (Boomer Class of "64) - Eureka, CA We're getting a mixture of rain and sun this morning. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marsha Goslin Brehm ('65) and Gary Brehm ('64 Kennewick) Maren, Please don't change anything about the Sandstorm. My goodness - we're talking about $24 A YEAR - and she called that silly. We love everything you do to send us our daily Sandstorm that has your personal touch. We don't want some automated Yahoo group thing. We want YOU! And THANK YOU! Gary has put a check in the mail to you today for the Bomber who's wife had such a silly idea. -Marsha Goslin Brehm ('65) --- and Gary Brehm ('64 Kennewick) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Kaas ('67) Maren, This is Bill and I didn't know about a charge could you send me the information on where to send the stipend I would be glad to I have been out of touch lately and just saw the uproar about the money. Like I said I wasn't aware of it but it is worth it. I am long removed from out home town and it brings back so many memories. -Bill Kaas ('67) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Bill, The reason you didn't know about the $$$ is because you've been reading the Sandstorm online. If you'd like, I can add you to the list of Bombers who get the Sandstorm in their inbox. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Wingfield (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Maren, Well I guess you got your answer. If it ain't broke don't fix it. P.S. When are my dues due? -Bill Wingfield (BRC67) ~ Santa Fe, NM where I am trying to become a bad ass biker dude (babd). It's only 38 this am, and am debating riding my bike up to Los Alamos. Burrrrr **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dwight Carey ('68) Maren, NO DEAL To Any Other Deal!!!! As if you need any other votes. Haven't gotten an email from you lately, so send it if I'm behind!! I'll even add some for others who need it! -Dwight Carey ('68) ~ Raining good in Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Julie Smyth Moss ('69wb) Well!! I kept my mouth shut because Maren is my sister and I love her, so I'm biased on the matter. Plus, I'm not a Bomber nor am I a Bomber spouse, just [You ain't "just" anything, Jet!] a sister to two Bombers, (Tim ('62) & Maren). I guess I'm not the only one who appreciates the job Maren does. Thanks, Bayba! -Julie Smyth Moss ('69wb) (Maren, I think I'm paid up for two years, but if not, give me a holler. -Jet) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) I love the Sandstorm the way it is! Sometimes I use it to plug my dates and I get to meet Bombers young and old. Hey, what a great idea! I'll be at The Mainstage Comedy Club in Seattle this Thursday - Saturday and at Harvey's in Portland Apr. 4 - 8th. Hope to see some of you! -Brad Upton ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/28/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Marilynn Working ('54), Gene Horne ('57) Carol Bishop ('57), Bob Sandall ('58) Burt Pierard ('59), Missy Keeney ('59) Mike Brady ('61), Dena Evans ('64) Gary Behymer ('64), David Rivers ('65) Peter Turping ('70), Barb Belcher ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jay Siegel ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) Re: Yahoo Maren, I will take your personal touch any day!!!! For $.0659 a day, I think everyone enjoying your work can afford it!! Just cut out that last cigarette or stick of gum. Can't say cup of coffee anymore, as they cost more than a nickel these days!!! No where else could we get all the fringes as everyone has mentioned by just talking to a Yahoo group. NO... NO... NO... we will not change what we are doing or reading!! Thanks to you and Richard for all the hours you spend to be a part of all of our lives. We love you for it!!! -Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) ~ Now in Pasco where it is raining cats and dogs. I know because my "Frankie" cat just came in and was drenched to the skin!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gene and Carol Bishop Horne ('57) Re: Bombers in Yuma? Are there any Bombers in the Yuma Arizona area... our son-in-law fell off a mountain on Saturday and broke his neck, legs, arms, etc... massive brain trauma... if any of his rescuers happened to be a Bomber... we are so thankful... he does not seem to be paralyzed... which is a good thing... he has been transferred to Phoenix... he lives in Roy, UT... and was working in Yuma... it is truly a miracle that he survived... he was featured in the Yuma paper... his name is Brad Parker... . Thanks for listening... -Gene and Carol Bishop Horne ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Sandall ('58) Re: Subscription Question Maren, I've got a question for you. How do I get the Sandstorm each day for several years and I've not read anything about a subscription to get it. I'm really confused. I don't want to lose it. I enjoy it every day and I want it to continue as it has been. Please let me no how I can pay for it. -Bob Sandall ('58) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Bob, You're one who reads the Alumni Sandstorm on the website. Most readers have it emailed to their INBOX. I keep track of subscriptions by email address and use the email address to send a request for $$$. Let me know if you'd like to be added to the list so that the Sandstorm will arrive in your INBOX every day. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) Re: Maren's Fees I know Maren would never publicize this herself but the reason she had to double the price (from the $12 Washington cost) was because the stupid bank in Louisiana would not let her cash her "Sandstorm" checks through her personal account. They made her Incorporate, purchase a Business License and open a Business Account to cash the checks. She, naturally, could not absorb those costs and had to raise the price. Even though I'm on the "elderly" fixed income, I still consider it a mere pittance for the high quality product we all receive. Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) Re: Yahoo I really have no interest in doing Yahoo. I love the Alumni Sandstorm and the job Maren does for us and that's all I'm going to say about that. -Missy Keeney ('59) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Yahoo Ditto -Mike Brady ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dena Evans Harr ('64) To: Steve Carson ('58) Gee Steve! If all of the people, this includes the non-Bombers, send in a penny, we could realistically pay for a couple of years for them. Maren, my penny is in the mail!!!!! To: Brad Upton ('74) Brad, When will you be in Portland after the April dates? Of all things, I will be in Burbank, WA rehabilitating when April rolls around. If you get a chance, say HI to Brandie, the bartender. She is like a daughter to me. She just started back to work for Harvey's a couple of weeks ago and says that the place is really jumpin'. I have told her to tell me when you are going to be back. I am anxious to see you perform. -Dena Evans Harr ('64) ~ Portland, OR where we always have the sunshine, it's just in liquid form! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: An email from Rafael Alcazar ('64) Hi Gary and Janis... Well, I have not given up yet on making it back to Richland and environs at some point. In fact, I subscribe to the E-version of the TC Herald to keep up with what goes on around there. I hope this trip will be well before the 50th reunion time & yes, we will be around for the 60th as well. Beyond that, no promises!!' I have been in the insurance field for some 30 years, in all different positions. From sales (where I am again) to company management and several spots in between. Also have worked in radio in Pto Rico, New York and Miami. The great plus in having worked as a consultant, trainer and manager in insurance, is that it has taken me all over the world. Literally. From Japan to INdia to Singapore to several european countries and to most of Latin America. Lived in Argentina and Chile for a while. Won much and lost much over the years. Some good decisions, some not so good ones. But the experiences... Anyhow, starting all over again. You can check my -what I hope will be- life project. It is now in a very nascient stage and even if I manage to make it get off the ground, it will be several years in the making. The site is named in honor of my hometown and so is the company . I will put your email address into my mailing list (if you don't mind) for an insurance newsletter I send every 2-3 weeks, It deals -of course!!- with insurance form an informative viewpoint. Also host, along with a friend and associate, a weekly radio show about the same subject at a local radio station. It is great but I have to get up Saturdays at 6:15 am and that kills most any Friday night outings. Well, enough for one letter. I do look forward to meeting you and Janis sometime in the near future. Be well! Look forward to hearing from you and about the rest of the group, Rafael -Gary Behymer ('64) ~ Colfax, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: What'sa Yahoo? Fergive my iggerence, I'm not much of a chatter... use the phone for business... if a conversation lasts longer than it takes me to ask a question and have it answered I start pacing the floor trying to get the other person off the line... don't use "instant message" to talk back and forth with people... again... answer the question and sign off for cripes sakes... Never visited a "chat room" and don't post on bulletin boards tho I have been sent to a few by Google when I'm trying to figger sumthin' out... it's sent me to hot rod bulletin boards where somebody else has had the same question and somebody has given an answer... The only thing I do regularly is read the Sandstorm and maybe post a note or two now and then. But ya see... it's the Sandstorm... that's what it's called... that's what it was called the other day (it was just the other day wasn't it?) when I was in school... no we don't have the "heap of the Week" or the Crowster's ('65) column the way we did then... and I'm sure there are many other things we don't have from other classes since the paper Sandstorm began but what we have is ALL BOMBER! People marvel when I tell them we have a daily "paper" we still receive... it is special... very special... If I wanna join some group of Yahoos on some other system I'll do it... But the Sandstorm is ... well it's the Sandstorm... It is vital to me... sounds silly... but it is... Maren is VERY special for getting this thing going and keeping it going... If you guys hadda rely on me for a daily paper... oh gaaaaaawd... I just don't have the drive... drive is something I've never had... fell into every good thing that has ever happened to me... fell into most things bad too... well I probably actually planned some of those... but the point here is that Maren had the drive and the stick to itaveness to keep this puppy going... (very much like that cute lil Hoff ('64) girl did with the all class get togethers)... I ain't saying Maren is perfect but fer a bestex (she'll always be my bestex even tho she was never a current to be an ex... figger that one out)... she is pretty darned cool and very reliable and even gotta Bomber tattoo... we do share that state of affairs... so what I'm getting at here is I don't see this as a chat room or a bulletin board where people of like minds visit... I see this a being Bombers with Bombers every single day of the week... and I love it... so count me in to keep receiving (at modest yearly cost) the real deal... THE SANDSTORM! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Peter Turping ('70) Re: Dick Cartmell ('73) Reffing at Final Four No matter if your team is out or your bracket is shot tune into NCAA mens Final Four and catch Dick Cartmell. He will most likely do the Georgetown - Ohio State semi-final game as they normally want to keep a ref away from a conference he works out of, in this case the PAC-10 (UCLA). Dick is bringing RHS coach Frank Teverbaugh with him to Atlanta. Frank often accompanies Dick to games that Dick drives to. Frank was coach at Richland in 1972 when the Bombers won the state championship and Dick was his starting point guard. Frank has slowed down a bit but is still sharp as a tack. -Peter Turping ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barb Belcher Valinske ('72) Re: Yahoo Group idea Ditto what everyone else has been saying. I'm so "addicted" to reading the Sandstorm that I sometimes check in during the wee hours of the morning when I've got insomnia - not that it puts me to sleep, tho. Every subject that is written about is interesting. My husband, Pete (NAB), especially likes the pictures of the "old" Richland. He's from California where there is nothing like what we have. My dad, Phil Belcher ('51) and my daughter, Jennifer Harden ('96) also read the Sandstorm - three generations! Keep up the good work. -Barb Belcher Valinske ('72) ~ from a wet West Richland - nothing beats the good smell of a rainy spring morning. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Jeff Berg ('73) ~ 9/11/55 - 3/18/07 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/29/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Bell ('51), Millie Finch ('54) Gus Keeney ('57), Helen Cross ('62) Pitts Armstrong ('63), Marie Ruppert ('63) David Rivers ('65), Jeff Johnson ('78) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pattie Crigler ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Anne Jochen ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Brian Johnson ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary Crow ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** SHARING... FROM THE EDITOR: People send me YouTube stuff all the time. This one came from Jimmie Shipman ('51) and Roberta Adkins Shipman ('52). In case some don't recognize him, that's Hank Williams, Jr. with the 4 year old. Hank's daddy (RIP) wrote "Jambalaya". Anybody else see a crawfish on the little accordion? **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) The Richland Seniors Association, the City of Richland, Eastern Benton County Historical Society, Hullabaloo Event Planning and Sagebrush Old West are combining to put on a fantastic fashion show - FASHION THROUGH THE AGES on Saturday, April 7 at the Richland Community Center from 1:00 to 3:00. We have clothing from the early 1800s to current time - either being modeled or on manikin-type holders. It will be a fun afternoon, with refreshments and a few door prizes. The cost is $5 in advance at the Community Center or from some of the RSA members, including me, or $6 at the door. We are limiting it to 200 people and tickets are going fast. Now - I would like some help from a 1950s lady, if possible! My granddaughter will be modeling my 1954 wedding gown and maybe my prom dress from 1950 or 1951. But I also have a yellow, black and white pleated skirt I wore then with my brown and white saddle shoes that I still have. I would love to borrow a 1950s era pep club letter sweater to team with the skirt and shoes if possible. I would like to have it by Friday, April 6 and would return it the first of the following week, if anyone would like to lend it to me. Anyway, it should be a fun afternoon and you may e-mail me at the above address if you have any questions. Would love to see you there! -Betty Bell Norton ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Millie Finch Gregg ('54) Re: Yahoo Okay it is my turn to say no to Yahoo. I for one have not lost a thing at Yahoo and don't give a Yahoo either. I much prefer the personal touch we receive every day from Maren and her dedication to this so that all of us can reconnect. We have such a special bond because we all came to this community around the same time, went to school together from grade school to hah school and it is so great to relive some of the memories and connect with some we had no idea what happened to them. So, thanks Maren and if you didn't know you were appreciated before - I know you do now. Keep up the good work and we will provide the support. No Yahoo for me. -Millie Finch Gregg ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) To: David Rivers ('65) What a great Idea. Heap of the Week!!!! Why don't we start that on (Pick A Day)?? I'm sure you could fill in most of the weeks with your collection!!!! A lot of other of Us Bombers would like to add one or two!!! (Maybe Terry DeVine's '46 Ford Coupe or the like!!) -Gus Keeney ('57) ~ Sunny Yuma, AZ where the wind blew like Richland wind yesterday and we couldn't see the mountains 3 miles away to the East. Lovely today and clear as a clear day should be!!! in the low 80s!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Re: Yahoo After a neat drive across the U.S. from Indiana where we visited some very nice relatives in North Dakota along the way, I have to put in my vote for the personalized cleaned up version of the Sandstorm we get that Maren does!! Cheers to you Maren for your devotion to keeping up and maybe inventing the high standards we enjoy in the newspaper you provide to us each day without fail. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ in sunny Spokane with some non-Bomber friends after a quick trip down and back to Bomberland yesterday in the rain. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim "Pitts" Armstrong ('63) Hey Maren you go girl!!! -Pitts ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) If it ain't broken - don't fix it! No to Yahoo! Worth every penny (and then some)! Thanks, Maren. -Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: BOMBER birthdays in the SANDSTORM Two favorite '65ers are having birthdays on the 29th... usedta think Johnny Crigler ('64) had his birthday then too but I have since been corrected... turns out it was Pattie Crigler ('59)... my mistake (PS... happy birthday Pattie)... so what we got here is an ex-Safeway Boxboy/Sandstorm Columnist turned Hot Jock with the Boss Show... stacks a wax and pounds of sounds... and an ex-jock (B/ball and Football) turned Architect and school designer having birthdays on the same day... pretty darned good combo if you ask me... Just saw the Architect the other day here in Vegas... gave him the hot rodders tour with our own Mr. Heidlebaugh ('65) and just had a generally nice time cruzin' Vegas... seems I hardly ever get to see the Boss Jock these days... always hear from him in June saying he'll try and make the Sorry 7 Gathering but never seems to make it... but he's still on top of my list no matter what... spent a lot of time with both these boyz back in the day... they've always been there for me and I hope I'm always there for them. Have told most of the silly stories about each of these guys in years past... not that there isn't a wealth to tell... can almost tell you where every scar the Architect has came from and witnessed most of them in the making... see he went from 4'2" to 6'8" in about 30 minutes one summer and when you grow that fast... motivating can become a bit of a challenge... don't even try chewing gum too... and he had the advantage of living just up the street from Mary Lou ('63) during our Jr Hi years... the DJ was my Mom and dad's favorite box boy at Safeway... they probably squandered my inherence on tips for the boy... that's probably why he enjoys a perpetual tan... basking on MY money... but hey... he's a pal... so now another year has past and both these boyz are catching up to Gross ('65), Warford ('65), Heidlebaugh ('65), me and the other '65ers who were born in '46 and reaching the tender age of 60... ahhhhhhhh youth... HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO GARY CROW AND BRIAN "BEEJ" JOHNSON!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeff Johnson ('78) Re: Leaving The Middle East is as good a time as any. I sent my lone entry to the Sandstorm on Christmas Eve 2006 from here in Kuwait along with a photo of me and Santa. By the way, I hate to break the bad news, but it turns out that Santa is a mobilized reservist in the Middle East. I know this because his beard accidentally fell off and I recognized him as one of our Sailors here in country. know times are bad when Santa gets recalled! Probably is appreciating the tax-free status though. Re: Yahoo Currently, there is a line of discussion revolving around whether to use Yahoo groups or not for the Sandstorm. First, just let me say how much I have appreciated the Sandstorm while deployed to the Middle East. You have to understand that I am the sort of guy who misses home so much that I actually have the Washington Department of Transportation WebCams located in the Tri-Cities in my "Favorites" folder! The Blue Bridge Cam is the best since it can clearly be seen at night with all of it's traffic lights. Pathetic, I know. The discussions of Eddie Feigner, the old Ferry system, the Iditarod (can you believe it's not popular here?), etc. just were the GREAT stuff that reminded me of good times growing up as a kid in the Tri-Cities. Taking any little mental "vacations" out of here is so valuable for your psychological health and the Sandstorm was just the prescription I needed. Anyway, our Battalion is using Yahoo Groups for it's website for families of our Sailors. Although it's adequate and meets the need, it neither meets the quality nor the personable touch & feel of the Sandstorm. You would immediately lose the Green & Gold theme which is a non-starter for me. Given how much the Sandstorm has meant to me over here, I will gladly pay $24 to ensure it sticks around for a few more half- lifes. Obviously, my strong vote goes for keeping the Sandstorm in house! I was planning to send a final e-mail from here anyway, but this latest dialogue just made the timing too obvious to do it now. My unit, Navy Customs Battalion ROMEO is due to return to the States soon. We have been mobilized since June 2006 and arrived in Kuwait last September. In fact, we flew into Kuwait on 9/11/2006 exactly 5 years to the day of the 9/11 attack. During this mobilization period we experienced the tensions of war between Israel and Lebanon, the end of Saddam Hussein (literally), the Muslim holy periods of Ramadan and the Hajj (trip to Mecca), Kuwaiti Freedom Day (Desert Storm I) and now the tensions of Iran's influence in the Gulf. Although any time in the Middle East is bound to be interesting, but our mobilization period here has been especially so. Our Battalion did some incredible things while we were here. We were the first line of defense preventing illegal or dangerous items from returning into the States from the Theater. We took this charge very seriously and worked extremely hard to ensure that every piece of military equipment, vehicle, service member and piece of baggage coming back was thoroughly searched and deemed safe and legal prior to hitting US soil. FYI... there's going to be a CNN special on the life cycle of military equipment and our job is a little slice of that pie. John King was the reporter and the special is coming out sometime in late April. We may get a couple of seconds of air time on this. I will let you know. Finally, I do want to say that the United States has the finest military and personnel in the world. I live on a base with thousands of service members and what you see is a bunch of men and women working their tails off, being professional, doing very hard and dangerous jobs, keeping in shape at the gym and the track, living very healthy life styles and standing at attention when the National Anthem is played before every movie at the base theater. You would be very proud of these men and women who have given up much to come serve their country. Those of you who support us out here with cards, letters, care packages, thoughts and prayers are heroes too. We are all in this together. I can tell you that we are trying to do it right in this war and we are fighting an enemy that will kill and injure their own people in order to bring chaos upon their own government. I don't know what the future holds, but I can tell you that we have some very good and competent leaders here working extremely hard to do the right thing, with minimal casualties and eventually, when the time is right, come home! Speaking of home, I can't wait to go there. One of my first stops will be the Spudnut shop for a hot coffee and a spud! Hope to see you there! PS - Here's a photo taken during the CNN interview for the special. Not an especially flattering photo of me, but an action (me talking) shot! -Jeff Johnson ('78) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/30/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers and 1 Lion sent stuff: Curt Donahue ('53), Stanley Richardson ('57) Kaylene Henjum ('60), Ed Wood ('62) Dennis Hammer ('64), Gary Crow ('65), Marsha Goslin ('65) and Gary Brehm ('65 Lion) Bill Wingfield ('67), Shawn Schuchart ('78) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Wayne Killand ('48) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patsy McGregor ('54WB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda Belliston ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John Bixler ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Craig Perkins ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Curt Donahue ('53) To: Jeff Johnson ('78) You and those with you make us all proud to be Americans. God love you and watch over you! -Curt Donahue ('53) ~ Federal Way, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. >>From: Stanley E. Richardson ('57) Thursday 03/29/2007 9:16:10pm COMMENTS: I plan to attend our 50 year reunion in September. I hope that many of my fellow classmates will be there. -Stanley E. Richardson ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kaylene Henjum Livingston ('60) I'm a new reader and a first time writer also. After reading the Sandstorm, I can't help but go back to "I remember when time". I have thought about many people throughout the years, but never went any further than the thinking stage until I reunited with my best friend from high school by using this exact tool, the Sandstorm... I now, after subscribing, have read many names that I would love to hear from, one being Margo Compton ('60). I noticed that she does write periodically. There is also other "I remember when" people, but Margo happens to be one that I was quite close with many many years ago... Love to hear from her.. Now that we are all older, I think most of the shyness, stage freight, whatever a person wants to call it is long gone. At least it is on my part. I sometimes talk just to hear my own voice. (husband's quote).. I really have enjoyed reading the Sandstorm web page. Everyone that writes in has something interesting, funny or informative, it helps to start my day off. I have even noticed my "Auntie" from California writes in occasionally... Bombers everywhere. -Kaylene Henjum Livingston ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed Wood ('62) To: Jeff Johnson ('78) Thanks for your entry. A caring, professional attitude like yours in one of the things that makes our country great. -Ed Wood ('62) ~ Morrison, CO **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64 To: Gus Keeney ('57) & David Rivers ('65) Re: OK! Heap of the Weak [from the 2/28/64 Sandstorm] -Dennis Hammer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Crow ('65) Re: BOMBER birthdays in the SANDSTORM Much love everybody, especially Bullwinkle and David! Im still waiting for a return email from Jack... weird howd IMMEDIATELY HED get back to me when I was holding!!!!!!!!!!! Love AND peace. -Gary Crow ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marsha Goslin Brehm ('65) & Gary Brehm ('65 Lion) Re: Leaving The Middle East Jeff, We are so proud of you, thank you, stay safe and WELCOME HOME! -Marsha Goslin Brehm ('65) and Gary Brehm (Kennewick '64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Wingfield (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) To: Jeff Johnson ('78) Jeff, I know I speak for all of Bomberland when I say, we appreciate what you do. Keep up the good work, and be safe. Thank you so much. I also look forward to going to the Spudnut shop. -Bill Wingfield (BRC'67) ~ Santa Fe, NM where it is a cold 27 this am and suppose to get up to a whopping 50. The bike is staying in the garage today. I'm too much of a wienie to be riding in that temp. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shawn Schuchart Mabley ('78) To: Jeffrey T. Johnson: ('78) I tried to send this to your personal mail but it wouldn't go through, so I'm just going to have to write to you through the Sandstorm. One of my fondest high school memories is when Jeff Johnson called my house and invited me on a date. I was so excited because I always enjoyed being around JJ, and the prospect of going out with him sounded fun. I said yes, we worked out the details, and then we continued talking. Jeff mentioned his job at Rosauers. I hung up and my dad asked me who I was going out with. My response: "I DON'T KNOW!" I knew my friend, JJ, didn't work at Rosauers, so I had no clue as to who I was going on a date with. Well, after slinking around Rosauers for a few days I finally spotted a guy who I'd met a couple of times and had no interest in. I went out with him anyway, but I always knew I would have had a much better time with my friend JJ. Fond, but disappointing, memory. Now my daughter is of dating age, so I get to live vicariously through her now--but she's so stingy with the details! Probably for the best. We live in WallaWalla now, and Marissa is 16 and is a Sophomore at Wa-Hi. The first time we stood at a football game to sing the school song, I laughed through the entire thing. I could not believe that I was now rooting for the WallaWalla Blue Devils. They weren't even playing the Bombers--I just couldn't believe that I would have ever been rooting for WallaWalla at any point in time. But, as much as it pains me at times, I do have to support my children, the little Blue Devils! Marshall is 13 now and is moving up from Little League to Babe Ruth and is on the Pioneer Middle School team. I'm so glad he loves baseball because I have wanted to be a baseball mom ever since I was in Jr. High going to all the Pony League games. I think I just wanted to be able to work at the concession stand! The only people I still keep in touch with are Karen Filsinger ('78), Lisa & Rich Ballou ('78), and Sheila Linn ('78). I occasionally hear snippets regarding others in the class of '78 but not often. I look forward to reading more of your Sandstorm entries and hopefully some more of you out there from '78 will write in also. Thank you, Jeff, for everything you are doing in Kuwait for the US. There are so many freedoms that we just take for granted without realizing the sacrifices that people make to ensure those freedoms for us. Thank you. -Shawn Schuchart Mabley ('78) ~ Living in beautiful WallaWalla where the sun is shining, and the wine if flowing. If you're in the area for wine tasting give me a call and I'll be your designated driver! ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/31/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Ralph Myrick ('51), Bill Berlin ('56) Jim Hamilton ('63), Pam Ehinger ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tonya Day ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Anita Kolb ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Byrne Haskins ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Haskins ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kellie Walsh ('77) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ralph Myrick ('51) Need some help. Was John Baugher a Bomber? His name sure sounds familiar to my wife and me. -Ralph Myrick ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) What is that old business saying, "you spend 90% of your time collecting 10% of your invoices" and it seems to me at 24 little dollars per year for this most welcome and informative, non- political, non-biased daily 24/7/365 publication we could simplify Maren and Richard's job a little. How about this idea? JANUARY! Every January would be the month to send in the 24 rasbucknicks, as my Bomber Dad used to say, and the banner on every Sandstorm that month would say, DUES ARE DUE or THIS IS THE $24 MONTH and later in the month HAVE YOU CHEAP SO-AND-SOs SENT IN YOUR DUES YET? No begging, pleading, invoicing or reminding on Maren's part, just do it in January. Now there might be some problem with this that I don't know about, but I like simple because "simple is as simple does" (Bubba Gump) so give it some thought. Since the Iditarod is only a once a year event for Maren and she does have Grandkids to put fingerprints on, maybe this would make her job a bit easier. Easier is good... if you get my drift. To make it nearly 100% in favor of Maren and Richard continuing with the Sandstorm, let me say YES! If you were to do the Yahoo thing we might get hacked and Boris of Russia would then plagiarize Papa, Upton and Rivers and make a million. Sanjay of India might follow all of Helen Cross Kirk's copious travels, develop a pattern and steal her gas card number. My mind runs wild with all of the things that could happen on the Yahoo site. Sheriff Brad Knots might even locate Gus and me for parole violations. Help. Just a rambling thought for what it is worth. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ in Anacortes, WA where we just came back from a 7-day cruise on the infamous M/V Grand Princess out of Galveston to Mexico, Honduras and Belize, but nobody jumped off the ship on our trip. I feel cheated. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) We're all a little bit poorer this evening, as another Bomber Mom has moved on to a better place. I received a call from Rosalie Lansing Haag ('63) this afternoon, that her mother, Billy Jean Lansing, had passed away this afternoon. She had turned 87 yesterday and her passing was very peaceful. We all who knew her have various memories, but the commonality has to be that we all came away with lot's of advice. Be it the way we combed our hair, chewed our gum or called on the phone, we received a fair critique. Lord help those who went after a pitch that was high and wide or didn't get down on a ground ball, you were prime for pickin' and only she would decide when she was done, and she knew of what she spoke. Long before there was ESPN and 24 hour sports coverage, she was there to keep you current and bait you into a "conversation". To: Dean ('60), Craig ('62) and Rosalie ('63) Our thoughts are with you, and we thank you for sharing your Mother with all of us. She was a Gold Star Bomber Mom, not many left, but she's up there getting the others current. It'll be interesting to hear what they all have to say to those of us who make the cut. jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Re: Jeff Johnson ('78) I must add my two cents, too! Thank you, Jeff, for all that you do! I'm glad to hear that you'll be coming home soon. I know your family and friends are too! Well now it Mom's time to brag! My Baby Boy has just be promoted to E7! He's in the Army so I think that makes him a Sergent First Class. Any guys know what the correct letters are? He's stationed in Iraq, his second tour. But he'll be home in July! I can't wait! This year of being apart and not seeing him is a killer on this Ole Ma! But I want to say a Big Bomber THANK YOU to all the men and women who are there taking care of business! I WANT THEM ALL TO COME HOME SOON!! Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` February, 2007 ~ April, 2007