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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 ~ 05/01/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Bell ('51), Bill Berlin ('56), Larry Mattingly ('60) Judy Willox ('61 & '81), Sandy Carpenter ('61), Gary Behymer ('64) Larry Davis ('80) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tim Reining ('71WB) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) I would like to give a plug to our daughter-in-law, Denise Ciarlo, CCC/SLP, MA, our son Steve's wife. She will be teaching three classes during May, June, July and August at the Richland Community Center on Friday afternoons. The first one from 12:00 to 1:00 will be "Sign Language with Your Baby". While babies don't usually begin speaking until around 18 months, they can usually begin communicating with sign language at the age of 8 months! Maybe this will help with the terrible twos! From 1:15 to 2:15 Denise will be teaching a basic sign language class. From 2:30 to 3:30 Denise will be teaching "Brain Exercise - Improve Your Memory". Join this class to improve memory skills, thinking flexibility and problem solving tasks. Denise is a certified speech pathologist. If you received the "Senior Times" newspaper out of Yakima last week, there is a great article and picture of Denise on page 3! -Betty Bell Norton ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Biofuels Here I am in Houston, TX on the eve of attending (for the next three days) the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), which is the largest oil industry conference/trade show in the world. Two major seminars are going to be on biofuels and how the oil industry (a) views them and (b) what oil giants are getting involved in alternative or bio fuels. This is a primer on biofuels. Biodiesel is for just that, diesel engines and can be made from a number of natural sources, including used deep frying oil. Biodiesel is then mixed with true diesel and if the designation is B-5, that means it is 5% biodiesel and 95% true diesel. So here is the test. B-20, B-50 and B-90. Even non-math Bomber dummies like me can figure that out. Next time you fill up your diesel truck, find out what the "B" rating is. On the other hand Ethanol is a gasoline additive... period. Mix it with diesel and you get something like what Larry Mattingly ('60) does for a living... boom. Once again E-5 would be ____% Ethanol and ____% gasoline. Bombers, help the folks from Pasco High with this valuable information. Biodiesel works well in some diesel engines and not so well in others. It kind of depends on the fuel delivery system and how powerful the fuel mix is injected into the chamber and at what mist rate. The Washington State Ferries started using a biodiesel formula of B-50 and it was impacting the fuel delivery system so they are now down to B-20, but that is still 20% less of what we loosely call "imported oil." Ethanol is a much "hotter" igniter and thus can be added in larger mix quantities to gasoline, which requires a higher flash rate than diesel. Most Ethanol now used is used in the winter months but I suspect that it will be used year around as supplies increase. Ethanol is basically refined from corn and a couple of other major crops, Canola and soy beans come to mind, but the issue in our Skagit Valley (WA) area, and I suspect in a lot of others, is that most corn, Canola and soy beans are Genetically Modified for greater yield and a lot of farmers do not want the cross contamination of GM crops in their natural growth crops. Clearly the use of Biodiesel and Ethanol are going to take some engine modification and those studies and testing are going on as we speak, or more to the point, as we read. Once that happens we will see B-80/100 and E-80/100 fuel use and the Saudis will only have goat meat to sell. There will be a day!!! We will get into the economic and environmental impacts and inplications later. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ in Houston, TX and the country that is 100% on alternative fuel is Argentina, using Liquid Natural Gas (LNG). If you are even driving down the Freeway and smell popcorn popping, you can bet there is a biodiesel user close or Orvil Reddenbacher is in your back seat. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Bio-oils Up at Dutch Harbor, AK in the Aleutians, a couple of the fish processors generate thousands of gallons of fish oil. While some is sent in drums for medical, health supplements, and other, most of it goes to generate power. It is mixed with traditional diesel and according to the plant manager saves them big $. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Judy Willox ('61 and '81), To: All Bombers - Alumni and Present Re: Club 40 Website - Store (Buy Bomber Stuff) Link: We recently revised the Buy Bomber Stuff web pages and we have the new designs online. Please take a peek. If you click on the link above you will find the "store"; or, click on the order form you will find, once there, what is all offered. Also, there are a few of the Richland ornaments here as well as at the Senior Center and CREHST museum in Richland. Keep in mind that if you are a reunion committee, I can offer for sale a great selection for door prizes, etc. Just email me. Re: Club 40 Website Scholarship Fund Link You can check out the Club 40 Conley/Richey Scholarship while there at the link above. Click on the links there to print out an application if you need one. These are also available at Richland High School. If there is need for a scholarship, please fill one out, attach the appropriate attachments and get them in the mail. Please remember that the applicant must be sponsored by a Club 40 active member. Judy Willox (Classic Class of '61 and '81) ~ Richland where it was a little cooler today. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sandy Carpenter Lee ('61) Re: Horse Training In Plummer, ID Greetings to everyone from Plummer, ID where I am sitting in my 5th wheel this beautiful FINALLY spring morning. It is supposed to get in the high 60s today, and that will really feel good. Horse training going well here, and my new Paso Fino mare, Tessa is just about to start her 2nd month of training. She took to the saddle and rider like she's done it all her life, and now, as of this morning, has experienced her 3rd trail ride... this time alone with just the trainer and no other horse and rider. She did good, except that she wants to go very fast. These Pasos have a wonderful gait, and when they go at their mid gait, a Corto, even thought they are going fast, it is a smooth ride. When they speed up into a full Largo (comparable to most horse's gallop) they remain smooth... no bouncing, which is real nice for we older folks with back problems. Even chiropractors throughout the country are recommending them to people with back problems. So if you want a smaller, smooth horse with no bounce, get yourself a Paso Fino... they are really nice. My husband's new horse, Zanzi, arrived Saturday and is spending a couple days getting used to her new surroundings before she starts her training tonight. She is a beautiful 1/2 Paso Fino; 1/2 Morgan/Welsh Pony combo, but really pretty paint. She's been ridden bareback by the previous owner's daughter, and has been on trail rides already, so it will just be working her and seeing what she can do and getting her used to my husband, Forrest, riding her. Neither one of us have ridden horses in 25 years, so it's like learning all over again. And the horses are learning by Natural Horsemanship, which is a much more humane way of training than when I broke and trained my Appaloosa years ago... it's a whole new ball game. But, thank goodness we're never too old to learn. The question is, tho, how far and safely can we bounce if we fall... hopefully we won't. Because at this age, we don't want any broken bones for sure. But, we went into this because we have a ranch an hour north of Spokane where we have miles and miles of trails through the woods, and we thought it would really be fun to have horses up there. In the meantime, one thing calls for another, and we are clearing some more ground for a 3 horse stable (planning for a foal next year), and a round pen to work and train in. We have already fenced a lot of ground, so they will have pastures to run in... nothing more beautiful than a Paso running with mane and tail flying in the breeze. If any of you would like to see our horses and my family pics, you can go to and click on Photos. This web site is like a Christian MySpace and really a neat site. Hope you all are enjoying this Spring so far, and if you're ever out this way, we love company at our family ranch. Happy Trails, -Sandy Carpenter Lee ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Atomic Heritage Foundation Events at the Secret City Festival! View the image to learn about exciting upcoming events hosted by the Atomic Heritage Foundation -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Davis ('80) Congratulations, to the Richland Varsity Baseball team and coaching staff, once again. On Friday, they swept their previously postponed double header against the cross town rivals, Hanford Falcons. My condolences to Paul Sinclair ('70) and Tim Doyle ('80) who are part of the coaching staff at Hanford but good luck with the rest of the season. It would be nice to have Richland #1 and Hanford #2 in the playoffs (could happen). Thanks also to John McKinney ('81) and other Bombers for providing the following web address with the latest State rankings. Richland has dropped in rankings after their second loss. Richland (14-2) is now #4, behind Jackson (13-1), Woodinville (13-2), and Tahoma (18-2). One other team of note is Snohomish (15-3) and ranked #5. This happens to be my wife, Carrie's, former HS - class of 1980. Needless to say that we are having a good "in-house" rivalry. Go Bombs! -Larry Davis ('80) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/02/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Shirley Atwood ('58), Missy Keeney ('59), Ed Wood ('62) Helen Cross ('62), Donna Bowers ('63), Peggy Johnson ('63) Roy Ballard ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Atwood Sun ('58) To: Frank "Mac" Quinlan ('62) Re: Ethanol I too am concerned that Ethanol is not the answer to our problems. Using hybrids, combining errands, and simply walking to the corner store would be a good start. Our dependence of fossil fuels is truly a can of worms. -Shirley Atwood Sun ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) Re: Barbershop news Last week-end in Spokane The Rolling Hills Chorus of Sweet Adelines International was first place small chorus and received a fifth place overall medal. Very exciting as we had prepared a really fun thing for the Saturday Show of Champions. This coming Saturday, May 5th, The Columbia River Chordsmen are having their annual show at Kennewick High Auditorium. The show begins at 7 PM and Rolling Hills will be performing on their show. Also, their special guest quartet is "The Most Happy Fellas," International SPEBSQSA champions. I have seen "The Haps" on several occasions and they are hysterically funny and great singers. The Radiations (my wonderful quartet) will be singing in the lobby before the show. Come out Saturday night for a great show... And stop and say "Hi!" -Missy Keeney ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed Wood ('62) Re: Ethanol economics To: Mac Quinlan ('62) Good logic, Mac. The economics, as I have understood them are slightly in favor of corn-produced ethanol even with the factors you identified. As I recall, something like 1.47 gallons of gasoline equivalents are produced with corn-based ethanol for each gallon used in its production. Not a super deal, but still slightly favorable. As you noted, diesel is used as a prime ingredient, rather than gasoline, and diesel is also readily available from other sources than imported oil, although only at a very small level currently. The thing we need to focus on is not just the impact on the environment, whatever that may be, but what impact alternative fuels have on the billions of dollars we're sending to the middle east to fund terrorist activities. Imagine what would happen if we could suddenly turn off the spigot of dollars that fund the jihadists? The most promising future source of biodiesel that I've run across is being developed by a company called Solix, based on technology from Colorado State University in Fort Collins. They use a closed bioreactor to produce large quantities of algae (pond scum), then extract diesel fuel from the lipids in the algae. The company has predicted that the entire country's requirement for diesel fuel could be produced on 1/2% of the land mass of the US, which makes it roughly 100 times more sparing in the use of land than corn production or other biofuel production such as soybeans or canola. Rather than fertilizer and pesticides to grow fuel crops, algae requires only photosynthesis and carbon dioxide. Their pilot plant is being built next to a brewery in Fort Collins, to capture and use the carbon dioxide that is otherwise spent to the atmosphere. Larger scale plants would presumably be built next to power plants to capture and recycle the waste carbon dioxide to produce diesel fuel. Either that, or we'll have to drink a lot more beer to supply the carbon dioxide, I suppose. Sounds like a win-win to me. I hope they succeed. -Ed Wood ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) I am now laughing a lot with Gary and Carol Rice Forister ('62) here in Kansas City. Carol and I have been remembering old times and laughing non-stop. I do feel so much better here at this lower elevation, despite the beauty I will have to accept the fact that I just can't live in Keystone full time... I meant to say that I was getting a copy of a l962 Columbian yearbook, not Sandstorm. I'm getting closer to the little house by the lake. Tom Hempill (also of the great class of l962) do you get as good gas mileage using gas with ethanol in it? We find that our mileage decreases as these additives increase.... -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Bowers Rice (Gold Medal Class of '63) Re: Biofuels I am aware that many people don't think of the water issues when thinking of producing biofuels. I do not have exact figures, because I do not have the article I read, but it is my understanding that in order to take corn and make it into a biofuel, it takes an inordinate amount of water to produce it (aside from the water that it takes to produce the corn). I am concerned that not only will food prices go up as farmers turn to corn, etc. production for biofuels, but with the global warming causing more areas to become desert, we cannot forget what will happen to our water tables. Just look at the Yakima River in your life time, and the Mississippi and the struggle for water in the west-it is as nonrenewable as oil. I lived in Northern California for a couple of years and when reading the history of Amador County, the description of the abundance of water compared to what we were experiencing there (a huge shortage) was like night and day. I hope any other Bomber who has more knowledge on the issue can inform me better by speaking to the water issue. There are always two sides to every story and I have great faith that some bright Bomber can point me in the right direction so I can learn more. -Donna Bowers Rice (GMC '63) ~ We just got back from Nashville where my daughter ran the 1/2 Marathon along with 22,000 others-amazing!!! I am really always surprised at just how many things there are to do other than Opreyland/ Country Music-its a great visit!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Peggy Johnson Tadlock ('63) To: Betti Avant ('69) Betti, I am pleased you liked the montage of pictures taken at the Boise luncheon. I use Adobe Photoshop CS2 for most of my photo work including making this montage. A home version that is much less expensive and more user friendly is Adobe Photoshop Elements. Go to and look at both. If I can help further, please let me know. Again, thank for the complement, I appreciate it. -Peggy Johnson Tadlock ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roy Ballard ('63) Re: Bio To: Bill Berlin ('56) The other day there was an article in the local rag about a company that I believe was about to start a plant that would make bio diesel our of used tires, which would be a great help to get rid of all the tires that are stacking up around the area or state. Have you heard anything about that? They made a comment in the paper that they have the emission problem solved indeed if there would be a problem and I think that there surely would be. -Roy Ballard ('63) ~ Also I'm still looking for the 1968, '69 and '71 pictures of the winning golf teams at the state tournament, the Bomber teams ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/03/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Lenora Hughes ('55), Diane Avedovech ('56) Myrna Briggs ('56), John Browne ('61) Tom Hemphill ('62), Donni Clark ('63) Brad Upton ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy Ely ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) Re: LA Mini-reunion The mini-reunion held in Simi Valley, CA this past Saturday was fantastic! Got to see Bomber friends from years past, get together with others we knew and meet many more. I was so happy to get to spend a bit of time with Wynell Williams Fishburne ('55). It brought back many memories. Linda Reining ('64) and her family were there and it is always a great treat to spend time with them. Rex Hunt ('53wb) was there and it was good to see him looking good after the sad loss of his beloved wife. Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) and her husband were there! What a treat to see them. Ray Kelly ('63) from our Las Vegas group was there with his wife and his daughter. Was so happy that they made it over there. Got to meet Jeanie Walsh Williamson ('63) and that was great. Also there was Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) and I was so happy to finally meet her. Got re-acquainted with Bob Grout ('66wb) and met his wife and Rich Greenhalgh ('59wb) and also met his wife. There were so many others there and I know I am forgetting who they were, but we truly enjoyed each of them. The tour of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library was outstanding. Everyone should go visit it. Wore us out as it is very large, but it was really worth it. I probably spelled some names wrong and I can't recall when everyone graduated, but nonetheless I wanted to let all know how happy I was to see them. Bomber Cheers!!! -Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Diane Avedovech ('56) Re: the alcohol and fossile fuels debate I've often thought that using fossil fuel products such as gas, diesel, plastics, etc. is a tough proposition since we no longer make dinosaurs that eventually get turned into oil deep in the earth. I am hopeful that some day we will be able to harness hydrogen or use such technology as photo cells, or even, God forbid, nuclear sources for our energy needs. In the meantime, energy conservation practices and the use of "green" technology, such as hybrid cars, appears to be an intelligent alternative until we can figure out the "how" (in an economical way) to provide the energy that we so depend on. As for the alcohol debate, corn and other high sugar vegetable products can be easily fermented to alcohol since we have abundant natural yeast that do the fermenting for us. For those of us who have dallied in the making of liquid spirits, making alcohol from vegetative material is not necessarily hard and sometimes quite rewarding in spite of what we do. (I knew there was a reason why I became a microbiologist!) Sun power can even be used to concentrate the alcohol, which could be an economical boon for the high sun states. However, I have to agree that at the moment, alcohol is not truly an alternative to using fossil fuels but a Band-Aid approach. As for another possible alternative to dinosaur driven fuels, there are bacteria found in almost all soils that can manufacture methane gas from garbage, (note the flaming stacks at landfills burning off the gas). We do seem to be great garbage producers. Even cows belch methane gas. -Diane Avedovech ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Myrna Briggs Beebe ('56) We have two cemetery spaces in Trinity Se - Sunset Memorial Gardens in Richland we would like to sell. They are valued at $875 each - Will sell for $1,000 for the two of them. Anyone interested please email me. Thank you. -Myrna Briggs Beebe ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Re: biofuels I guess all the stuff we burn is "bio-fuels", no?.. and, like the old bandido in "Aladdin", we got teams out there working the streets, crying "new lives for old!.. new lives for old!" I think Mac Quinlan ('62) has it sized up pretty well... it's about a 'no net gain' of 'calories in/ calories out' with corn- based ethanol. (I don't know if he mentioned that the N part of the fertilizer is acquired via a process that consumes natural gas.) Back in the dark years of OPEC-dominated fuel (and those tasteless solar panels on the White House) the Carter Treasury Dep't saw fit to issue an "alternative fuels" permit to about anyone who asked... and I had a 2500 gallon/year permit for a couple of years. Stuff I made tasted so good I couldn't ever seem to get it into the chain saw, though. (Whatya do when yer friends offer ya $20. for a quart of 190 proof that used to be peaches?) What I found out was that spring grass clippings are about 7% sugar- and quite fermentable. The focus on converting grains is PRECISELY because they're subsidized crops... has nothing to do with efficiency (beyond keeping an existing subsidized system in place). One of the WORST things that can happen from this "biomass" craze (which means it'll prob'ly happen) is that a lot of marginal land that's presently used for grazing or sustaining wildlife will be put back into rotation (i.e. plowed & planted), instead of putting some effort into making smart choices of the kind that pushes the "calorie in/ calorie out" equation in a good direction. The Canadians are working with methanol from ag "waste" (straw, stubble, tree thinnings, etc.), which is fine- for your car or tractor- but you can't drink it. The best oil crop around will likely be algae farms, using animal manures as the fertilizer (AHA!- using up a 'problem' to make oil!), since their little bodies are about 60% oil, and just need to be squeezed. Maybe the best thing will be to make cars about 1/3 as heavy, and they'll get better mileage... and put some solar panel-powered bicycles out there. (I saw one from Australia that had an aerodynamic shell around a recumbent bike, covered with solar cells, that had a 1kw hub motor built into the drive wheel... and would go about 35mph whether you pedaled or not...) Our old "officially totalled" '84 MB 240D runs on biodiesel- straight from the bootlegger (um, "factory")... and the only caveat was to maybe change the fuel filter after the first couple of tankfuls. Maybe we will see some thoughtful use of feedlots as fuel sources, since the gases coming out of cattle- both ends- is both flammable, and a "greenhouse" gas of record. (USDA stats figure that about 16%- 18% of greenhouse gases are emitted by bovines...) I like the word from Alaska, about fish oil... made me think of those big schools of carp that used to be so common. One nice thing about all this is the encouragement for ingenuity and the "do-it yerself" modality... and the decentralization of energy supplies. Subsistence isn't independence, exactly... but it's not a bad thing, either, I don't think... Things like pre-heating water with a solar panel, and an on-demand unit (electric, gas, whatever) means you never run out of hot water, and never need to leave a 40 gallon tank full for a month while you go on vacation- and you get some storage space. (& peeing on the shrubbery means you don't have to flush your toilet so often... water is getting scarce, too) chow ^..^ -john browne, jr. ('61) ~ Vashon Island, WA - where it's raining a little... and the barred owls have finally piped down... and I don't need a fire, tonight. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Hemphill ('62) Re: Ethanol & Biodiesel To: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Helen, you asked about fuel mileage. I've been using biodiesel (not ethanol) and I am not certain what the % mix is, but the next time I fuel up I'll look to see if its posted on the pump. I have not experienced any difference in fuel mileage. I did have a bad experience with 10% ethanol about 20 years ago. After fueling up I made it about 10 miles and the engine lost power. I made it home, but had to take the vehicle to a garage and get it fixed. Evidently the alcohol in the gas cleaned out the fuel system and left flakes of something that clogged the fuel line. It was an expensive mess. -Tom Hemphill ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) Re: Ronald Reagan Library, get-together Bombers! We had a wonderful time this last week-end at our little reunion/get-together/tour. A big THANK-YOU to Jeanie Walsh ('63) for putting this wonderful tour together for us. Not many people get to go into the private quarters of the Reagan family so it was a privileged affair. I also want to thank Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) for helping me make name tags, Bomber awards, navigate me through the freeways (I had never driven over in that area by myself, so she read the map and told me where to go while I tried to watch the road and stay on track). We made it! Marilyn & Jeanie also treated us to Spudnuts. YES. SPUDNUTS! While I was looking for a picture of a Spudnut on line, I happened to get one site that told where all the Spudnut shops were in the U.S. So would you believe Simi Valley was one of them?! They were genuine Spudnuts but whether they tasted like the ones in Richland I am not sure. I guess the ones in Richland are still the BEST! But we had not only Spudnuts, and cake but also Hokey-Pokey cookies too! Thank-you Judy Shibly Cozad ('63) for that recipe! Here is a list of all those who attended: Jeanie Walsh Williamson ('63) Rick Maddy ('67) Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) Rex Hunt ('53wb) Tami Bond Trudell ('63) and her friend Donna Connie Foster McLean ('63) and her friend Sherry Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) and her husband Gary, son Daniel and grandson Liam Ellen Foley Pope ('59) and her husband Bill Shirley Atwood Sun '(58) and her husband Ken Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) and her husband Bob Wynell Williams Fishburne ('55 )and her husband Keith Bob Grout ('66wb) and his wife Michele Rich Greenhalgh ('59wb) and his wife Stella Raymond Kelly ('63), his wife Connie and daughter Nikki Mike Quane ('63) and his wife Suzanne Matt Filip ('77) and his wife Shelley and Winston, Bea, Jeff, and Sharon Linda Reining ('64) and her family, Traci, Kimberlee, Kevin, Ronda, Johnathan, Al, Daniel and Emily All total we had 44 in attendance and 17 of those were Bombers! For all of you who missed who were planning to come we missed you very much and do hope you will be able to make it next time. The best part of all was of course seeing all of you and renewing old friendships and making new friends. My only regret is not being able to have more time with all of you and visiting with you more. So we will just have to do this again! Please stay in touch and send your pictures in so everyone will be able to see you and put names with faces. Send your Air Force One pics in as they were especially nice and clear! Thank-you so much once again everyone for making this week-end a memorable one! Yeah Bombers! If I don't get my pictures on here with this message it is because I don't know how to do it very well yet, but I will. -Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) ~ from the little house in La Mirada, CA where the jasmine is about in full bloom and every day the scent (heavenly) gets stronger! Just a little side note, Marilyn and I took my granddaughter to tea today in Fullerton and found out we were in the same tea room and at the same table where the Red Hat Society Ladies formed their very first group 7 years ago. That's for all of you Red Hat Ladies! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) Re: Alternative fuels I believe that if we could convert the methane that Mike Davis ('74) produces in any given day this county could be free of any oil consumption. Just a thought. -Brad Upton ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/04/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Jay Siegel ('61), Rick Maddy ('67), Maggie Gilstrap ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jay Siegel ('61) To all the Bombers that have held me in their thoughts and prayers since I wrote of the treatment that I was going through, a heart- felt "Thank you"! Your emails, cards, phone calls and the knowledge of your concerns have made this much easier. I must apologize for not getting back sooner, but it isn't over with. The colon cancer is GONE, and for that I must praise God for if it hadn't been for the nodules in my lungs, they would not have found the cancer before is spread. My oncologist told me as far as he is concerned, I am cancer free. The bad news is that they have no idea of what the nodules in my lungs are and the next step is an open chest biopsy (previous needle biopsies have been inconclusive) and that procedure will not be done until after the 22nd of May when I stop my cumadon regime. I hesitated to say anything because of the on-going nature of this thing. Please continue to remember me in your prayers and I will pass on any news that I get. Clear blue skies and warm, gentle breezes -Jay Siegel, The Classic Class of 1961 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) Re: Ronald Reagan Library, get-together The get-together at the Reagan Library was very nice. I had wanted to go there since I came to SoCal five years ago and the Bomber reunion there was the perfect reason. Thank you Donni Clark Dunphy ('63), Jeanie Walsh Williamson ('63), Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) and all who collaborated to put this together. Always a pleasure and fun meeting Bombers. The gifts that presidents receive from leaders of the world are amazing. I cannot recall (thank you President Reagan), but any gift valued over $50USD(?) is the property of the American citizens... or something like that. I saw several pieces I wouldn't mind having on my coffee table. In Yorba Linda I wanted that .45 that Elvis gave to President Nixon. Oh well. Here is one of many photos of the same picture that will probably show up today in the Sandstorm. I was standing on the base of the Reagan statue and got busted by security. I don't touch artwork, at least not since my attempt of adding a red dot with my magic marker on the Mark Tobey... who would notice... years ago, but I was told to get down. That made me feel like I was five years old again. Also, a pic of our fabulous name tag great job Marilyn ('63)! Nice meeting all of you, particularly Linda Reining ('64), whom I have missed at the Bakersfield get- togethers several times. Keep those weather reports coming Linda :-) -Rick Maddy ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maggie Gilstrap O'Hara ('74) To: Brad Upton ('74) I will be in Seattle this weekend taking a motorcycle trike class. I bought a bike (Harley) last October had it converted to a trike and do not know the first thing about it so thought I should learn. Are you going to be performing anywhere close by this weekend? -Maggie Gilstrap O'Hara ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/05/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers (Including 5 of the Cole Clan) sent stuff: Marilyn Swan ('63), Peg Sheeran ('63) David Rivers ('65), Shirley Collings ('66) the Cole Clan ('50, '55, '63, '63, 66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patti Cole ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janice Wise ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) I just got back late last night from a great week & 1/2 spent in sunny Southern California. My dear friend Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) & her husband, Gary, are terrific hosts & tour guides! You missed your calling, Donni, you should have had a bed & breakfast!! Donni & I drove up to Simi Valley, CA Friday morning taking the Pacific Coast Highway through Malibu. We had lunch at a great little place called Paradise Cove (?), loved sitting there at the tables & chairs buried in the sand. Onward & eastward, we arrived at our Holiday Inn Hotel at about the same time Tami Bond Trudell ('63) & her friend, Donna, arrived from Louisiana. We all connected with Jeanie Walsh Williamson ('63) at her beautiful charming home in Simi Valley & had a great time getting reacquainted after many years of not seeing one another. The tour of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library was wonderful. Many thanks to Jeanie for getting that set up for us. The reunion/luncheon afterwards was fun meeting people that you have read about & seen their names in the Alumni Sandstorm. Thanks for the kind words Rick Maddy ('67), but it was Donni ('63) who came up with the Bomber name tags, I only helped her glue them together. She is a very talented gal & I'm not just saying that because we're great friends! Sunday on our way back to La Mirada, Donni & I met Tami & Donna (we actually followed each other on the freeway) at a North Hollywood theater for a great musical called the "Marvelous Wonderettes". It was a hoot, if you ever get a chance to see it, don't miss it. It's about 4 girls at their high school prom & then 10 years later at their high school reunion. The music was great & lots of laughs! During the 10 days I was there, we were on a whirl wind tour of So. Calif. from Simi Valley down to San Diego. We had an all-day excursion taking Amtrak (haven't been on a train in years!) down to Old Town & then a trolley & a bus ride out to Sea World. It was a beautiful day & I managed to get a pretty good sunburn. We had dinner at one of Old Town's famous restaurants & caught the 8:30 train back to Fullerton. That was a great alternative to driving the freeway down to San Diego. It was a very long day, but a great time & makes you realize "we're not as young as we used to be"! Re: The Boise Luncheon It is nice to see pictures of the luncheons in different cities. I remember that my "much older brother" George "Pappy" Swan ('59) & my parents used to be good friends with Gary ('63), Kenny ('57) & Hoyt ('55) Roberts' parents, Alvis & Dorothy back in the '50s & '60s. Just think, hard to believe we are older now than they were when they were good friends! And Sue Nussbaum Reeb ('63), you are looking great girl, but then you always were! And as I said before it's nice to see names put to faces that you've only read about in the Sandstorm. And Peggy Johnson Tadlock ('63) that was a great job you did on Boise's lunch pictures!! Maybe, just maybe, I'll get brave & have to drive up to Boise from Salt Lake City to one of your luncheons! How about it Mary Rose Tansy ('60), if we can't get a SLC lunch going we could drive up to Boise? Also Donni Clark Dunphy ('63), you could come visit me & we could drive up to Boise!! Something to think about! -Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) ~ from overcast & chilly (46) Salt Lake City, UT where it will probably be hotter than we'd like before too long. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Peg Sheeran Finch ('63) Re: Sound of Music For those of you in North Central WA, (or anywhere for that matter) - the Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus is putting on their annual musical this weekend and next - check out for info on tickets and times. It's an amazing group of singers, I think, and I'm proud to play a minor lead (no singing from ME). We spent hundreds of hours building our own terrific sets, etc., and the kids in the von Trapp family are SO talented - they just make you smile.... Come enjoy if you can... -Peg Sheeran Finch ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Reagan Bombers I approached Maddy's ('67) post in the 4/4/07 Sandstorm with mild trepidation... I only had an hour before I had to meet some people and wasn't sure if I would have enough time. I was so surprised... it was only half as long as my posts and way, way, way shorter that Rick's usual... The group photo was great... my ol' (not old) baby sitter Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) and her right hand man were right there smiling big and saying cheese... or something like that... I take it Maddy was getting busted at the time because I couldn't see him in the picture... tho the Secret Service surveillance shot of him reflected in the Declaration of Independence was unmistakable and I am sorry to inform him that it will be placed in his growing file for sure... What great turn out. It was my baby girl's 32nd birthday and I just couldn't make it... but boy does it look like a great time! -David Rivers ('65) PS Just looked again and how could I miss Maddy's pointy little head hanging on to the ol' Man's right arm... hope this wasn't just before Rick was hauled away by the secret police. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) Tomorrow's date provides us with two sets of interesting sequential numbers. Early Sunday afternoon (as well as shortly after midnight), it will be 12:34 5/6/7 AND/OR if you like to include seconds, wait until a bit after two: 02:03:04 05/06/07 Enjoy! -Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: the Cole Clan ('50, '55, '63, '63, 66) Happy birthday to one of the most thoughtful, caring people on this planet, our sister Patti ('52). Love, Barbara ('50) Karen ('55) Judie ('63) Jackie ('63) Johnny ('66) and all the Cole Clan ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/06/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 (yes, ONE) Bomber sent stuff: Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Myrna Bolin ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Leo Bustad ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Brad Pugh ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: "Sound of Music" I recall when The Richland Light Opera Company performed the musical. The next summer I saw the movie in Seattle with my cousin, Jean Bruntlett ('62). I belonged to a book club at the time, also. I bought the book that Maria Van Trapp wrote that the movie was loosely based on. It ended with their immigration to the U.S.A. and building a lodge in Vermont (in may have been New Hampshire).That lodge burned to the ground not that many years ago. I read the book and gave a book report on it in sophomore English. I loaned the book to a classmate to read and never got it back (I was none too happy about it). The one thing I thought interesting in both the play and movie, all the kids' names were different than in real life. I believe they had some children together after immigrating. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA - a nippy 37 this morning ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/07/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Phil Belcher ('51), Dick Wight ('52) Barbara Seslar (60), Helen Cross ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeff Hartman ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy Clark ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Laverne Vandenberg ('76) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Phil Belcher ('51) We are in the midst of cleaning out boxes and getting ready for the first yard sale in 20 Years! Its daunting to say the least. I ran across some papers of my Mother's, (she never threw anything away) and in them were two copies of the Sandstorm paper. One was the edition of May 25, 1951 and the other is the edition of February 11, 1955. They are available to anyone who might like to have them. -Phil Belcher ('51) ~ in sunny Pasco. Never thought I'd ever wind up here!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick Wight ('52) Re: Sound of Music The Von Trapp family were indeed real people. Maria Von Trapp & family had a ski resort at Stowe, VT. One of the Von Trapp sons lived on the outskirts of Waitsfield, VT - had a small farm, produced some maple syrup. I have cross country skiid on his property (in the mid '80s)- he seemed a friendly fellow. Curiously, he dressed himself in traditional Alpine garb of the '30s such as the costumes we saw in the movie "Sound of Music". Also bought maple syrup from his enterprise in the same time period. -Dick Wight ('52) ~ In Northern Arkansas... Ozark country, 85 yesterday... no skiing here **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barbara Seslar Brackenbush (60) To: Myrna Briggs Beebe (56) I responded to your entry about two cemetery spaces but have no way of knowing if you received it. Please email me. Thanks! -Barbara Seslar Brackenbush (60) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Greetings from the house by the little lake in W. Harrison, IN where the yard needs lots of TLC as spring has sprung, the grass is green, and all that survived the short burst of very cold winter-like weather here in mid April is green and lush. So my husband is working on our lawnmower again, and I am out weeding again, and trying to figure out what to plant where things were lost that didn't survive the burst of winter weather. The fish are active in the little lake, and the birds are happy, as is one of our foster cats who has returned to our temporary abode. The other one decided he'd rather stay where the food comes from, all the time... We have almost 2 months left before my husband takes another full time job, this time in the ministry of the Methodist church. We enjoyed seeing our church friends again today, and we are enjoying meeting up with our friends here also, as much as we did seeing friends and family along our way from Washington to here and back. I'm planning my trip back for my 45th reunion in September. My friend from Japan, Kazuko will join me, as my husband won't be able to attend. And we'll hit some highlights of Washington like Whidbey Island, the N. Cascade Highway (I hope it will be open in September), and the Gorge and Mary Knoll museum. But right now I need to concentrate on my house here, as I think we will be having Dutch guests at the end of this week, and I have lots to do... It's fun to travel, but it's nice to be home again... -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ at home in the house by the little lake. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Dorothy Warren Berkson ('57) ~ 3/6/39 - 4/7/07 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/08/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers and 2 Bomber Spouses sent stuff: Elva McGhan ('50), Shirley Rae Drury ('51) Mike Clowes ('54), Alice Hanthorn ('59) Shirley Collings ('66), Pam Ehinger ('67) Ken Staley ('68), Alice Morgan (Bomber Spouse) Dale Brunson (Bomber Spouse & Dad) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dick Coates ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim McKeown ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dennis Barr ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pete Overdahl ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patty de la Bretonne ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Hogan ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Elva McGhan Wallace ('50) Re: My Cousin My cousin Ruth McGhan Kamla passed away May 5, 2007 in Grandview, WA. She was born in Richland and graduated from Richland High School in 1938. She grew up in the original Richland house at the corner of Cullum and Davenport. She was a retired RN. -Elva McGhan Wallace ('50) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) To: Phil Belcher ('51) Phil, I'd love to have the May 25, 1951 Sandstorm or a copy thereof. I believe Margaret Dowis ('51-RIP) and I were co-editors if I don't disremember. I'd love to see what it has in it. Thanks for making the offer and not just getting rid of it. Cheers, -Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) For those of you who can't wait for the next issue of the Club 40 DustStorm (in your mailbox sometime next week); the schedule of events [] and registration form [] are now on the Club 40 Web Page. [] Just click and print and you'll have one before anyone else. But, wait, there's more. Members of classes up to 1949, by vote of the Board of Directors, will get a 20% discount on their meal costs. This does not apply to non-Bomber/Beaver/Bronc/Colt spouses (or significant others); and does not apply at the door. The only way to get in on this deal is to register on the form. The form coming with the DustStorm does not show this discount, but you can still get it. All of this in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Club's founding. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ surviving the "heat wave" in Mount Angel, OR. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alice Hanthorn Johnson ('59) To: Missy Kenney ('59) WOW, Missy I knew those guys! The Most Happies. That was years ago back when the choirs was The Phabolius Phoenicns. The choir was gold medalist on a regular basis back then. I got to be their UNofficial photographer and coat rack when they did sing outs. One of the proudest singouts I remember was singing for Pres. Bush (Sr.) on one of his visits during fund rising. He was so kind, he had heard that one of the quartet members was not feeling well (fever or?) but came out anyway, ... (the show must go on.) He saw me in the lobby with this pile of coats and asked Will, you be sure and tell him that the quartet was great, and I appreciate his sacrifice and to be sure to go home and get some rest. He sounded like a grandpa not the most powerful man on earth. That tells you how far back I go with the group. I have gone to their web site and there are some of the old faces I remember from back then. Do you have the names of the Happy guys? I know one was Gary but the last name has gone to a senior moment, darn I hate those. I know you will have a good time with them and I will add my recommendation to others to go and enjoy a great show!!! -Alice Hanthorn Johnson ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) Re: What's New Today at from 5/7/07 TCHerald Richland grad Travis Buck ('02) was interviewed this week on XM Radio after his clutch two-run homer helped the Oakland A's beat the Boston Red Sox. Read about it at Way to go, Travis! -Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Happy Birthday.. a day late! to Kathy Clark! Dang Kathy we go back over 50 years now! We have been friends since we were kids in Christ the King! Even our parents were friends! What good memories I have of those time! Hope you had a Great Day! Take Care Bombers Rule! -Pam Ehinger The Blue Ribbon Class of '67 see ya at the reunion! 40 years! YIKES! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ken Staley ('68) Re: Prom Night It was Prom Night in Bomberville Saturday... invoking some rather special memories. But... try as I might, I cannot remember where my date and I had dinner. Where was THE PLACE to eat for Prom Night in the Late '60s? -Ken Staley ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alice Morgan (Bomber Spouse) Walt ('60) and I read the entry by Dick Wight ('52) and wondered what part of Northern Arkansas Dick lives in. We live in the Ozarks also. Our home is in Cherokee Village Arkansas. Wife of a Richland Bomber, -Alice Morgan **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dale Brunson (Bomber Spouse & Dad) Re: Von Trapp family Here's a good site to see the Lodge, dining areas, etc. that was established by the Von Trapp family near Stowe, VT. We've had lunch there on two separate occasions and it is indeed a beautiful setting. -Dale Brunson (Bomber husband (Glenda Lattin ('66) and father of two Bombers ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/09/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Colt Funeral Notice today: Dick McCoy ('45), Mike Ragland ('57), Mary Rose ('60), Sandy Carpenter ('61), Donni Clark ('63), Mike Quane ('63) Rosalie Lansing ('63), Roy Ballard ('63), Bill Wingfield ('67) Betti Avant ('69), Vic Marshall ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jerry Lukins ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Bill & Mary Bailey ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Val Trent ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy (The Tin Can Class of 1945) To: Jim McKeown ('53) Ol' buddy, didn't you just have a birthday a couple of months ago? Have a good one, anyway. -Dick McCoy from the Tin Can Class of 1945 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Ragland ('57) Re: May 8, 2007 I can't believe we forgot the "8th of May" celebrations. All old WSU grads should remember this holiday. -Mike Ragland ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Rose Tansy ('60) Re: Alice Morgan's (Bomber Spouse) entry I was glad to see your entry about you and Walt ('60) living in northern Arkansas. I have wondered about Walt over the years and didn't know if he was still in Richland or not. I thought he was from Oklahoma and wonder how you ended up in Cherokee Village Arkansas. I could not find Cherokee Village on my map. We drove through that area last summer to see my husband's son in Wynne, AR. Also, most of my relatives still live in northern Arkansas, Melbourne and Sidney area so I have visited there a lot in my life. My older sister Ginger Rose Reed ('55) would literally turn green as we went around those hills in the Ozarks. The previous summer while visiting in Wynne, we drove up to the Blanchard Springs Caverns and the Ozark Folk Center. Were we near you? Things have changed so much since I was young and would vacation there that it is hard for me (especially Branson). I remember the days when my father would stop and buy a big ripe watermelon and put it in a cold spring up in the Ozarks. We would play for awhile and then he would split it open and we would eat the cold melon. A beautiful memory. (For some reason food is always connected to my memories!!) -Mary Rose Tansy ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sandy Carpenter Lee ('61) Re: Place to Eat on Prom Night To: Ken Stalely *;68) I can remember two great popular places to eat on prom nights in the '60s, and those were Adrian's down on GWWay, and the Tahitian in the Uptown Shopping Center. Most times, as I remember, I would order chicken fried steak because it was easy to eat and you didn't have to worry about messing up in front of your date. Oh, the things you worry about when you're young & foolish. Anyway, the food was always good at these 2 places, and funny, I don't remember any other places, do any of you? -Sandy Carpenter Lee ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) Re: Sound of Music I remember so well the first time I saw Sound of Music. I was home in Richland and Connie Foster McLean ('63), her sister Lucy Foster Smith ('65), their Mom and I went to the Richland Village Theater. I was pregnant with my first child. When my husband and I visited the Von Trapp Lodge in Vermont about l0 years ago we met Rosemarie as she was coming down the stairs. She stopped and spoke with us for awhile. She told us she was the youngest of their children. She was performing that night but we had already made other dinner plans. She was charming to speak with though and had her Austrian costume on and her hair braided on her head. After 9/11 my daughter saw The Von Trapp Children perform for the firemen, in New York, when she was there with her church group ministering to the people. She brought me home their CD. Through the years the stage play, movie, books, the real family and the music has certainly filled out hearts and lives with the "sound of music" Those songs have become part of the fabric of our lives! Re: The Bomber RR Library pics. Hopefully they will be up today as I have had some trouble getting them up and out. I thought they would be on Sandstorm yesterday but maybe my computer didn't work again. Please, others of you send your pics in as we have several who have been asking for more. By the way, the Duntons, Bill and Lynn, Mary Lou Watkins Rhebeck ('63), Kerry Forsythe ('64), Sherri Daugherty Elliot ('67), Bill Chapman ('60), and Mandy Taylor Holmes ('97), you were missed! Next time! -Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) ~ from the little house in La Mirada, CA where the jasmine is in full bloom, the peach tree is loaded with little green peaches, my tomato plants are 2" high and we are having heat in the 90s! Ugh! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Donni, I got all the pictures you sent... and the same pictures from Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63), too. I'm trying to get the names that Marilyn sent on the pictures for everyone... that's a bit of a puzzle. I'm adding them to the ones that Rick Maddy ('67) sent. If anybody else has pictures, send them to and I'll get them ALL on the same page. Once we get them ALL, I'll let everybody know where they can be seen. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Quane ('63) Re: Reagan Library Tour I have finally returned home from my short adventure to Southern California and I want to thank Jeanie Walsh Williamson ('63) and Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) for a job well done in putting together an excellent tour and reunion of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. The behind the scene tour of the Reagan's private quarters was a real privilege. You know it is something special by the level of nervousness of the docent (tour guide). The docent was just getting over the fact he was guiding former "bombers" when he got the word he would be bring the Bomber group up the private quarters. He nervously mentions several times that the public is not allowed in the private quarters. Thanks again Jeanie. This reunion gave me the chance to place faces with names as well as meet many new Bombers. My wife Suzanne thoroughly enjoyed the interaction and the chance to visit with my "old" classmates. She specially enjoyed the '63 class mates. She was surprised they all appeared normal after hearing all my stories of my Richland buddies. She enjoyed talking with Tami Bond Trudell, and asked if it was too late to nominate Tami for the "nicest" person for the class of 1963. I pointed out that it has only been 44 years, but I am sure it would be just fine and seconded the nomination. It was a friendly group that made everyone feel at ease. Thanks again for a great day. -Mike Quane ('63) ~ rom the foothills of San Jose, CA ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Mike, I'm SURE you took pictures, right? Tell Suzanne that I agree with her that Tami is a good choice since Tami was my very first "best friend" in kindergarten at Spalding. Tami now lives in the same town as my little sister, Julie ('69wb) - small world. I've known Tami ALMOST as long as I've known you. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rosalie Lansing Haag ('63) Re: Place to Eat on Prom Night To: Ken St alley *;68) Well back in the early sixties we went to The Tahitian Room, with Bob Sturgis ('62). The there was the Ray's Golden Lion, otherwise it was the Desert Inn Hotel restaurant. Then I suppose lots of kids went over to Pasco. It had about 2 places right there on Lewis St. Dang can't remember the names. Other than that they went to Zip's. Boy what great memories. I loved all my beautiful dresses. My mother was an awesome seamstress, and she spent hours sewing just for me. How blessed was I? How I miss my Momma!!! -Rosalie Lansing Haag ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roy Ballard ('63) Re: Golf Team I'm still looking for the names of the members of the winning state golf team for 1971. I have a '71 annual, but don't know who the guys are that won the state title. Any help would sure be appreciated. Thanks, -Roy Ballard ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Wingfield (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) To: Ken Staley ('68) Re: Where was the place to eat for Prom Night I can't remember either, but seems like it was some place in Sunnyside in the '60s does anyone remember the name of the place in Sunnyside? I bet Don Andrews ('67) remembers. How about it Donny? -Bill Wingfield (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ~ From sunny Santa Fe, NM where it's a little chilly in the am, but great bike riding in the pm. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Thanks Dale Brunson (Bomber Spouse/Dad) for the link to the von Trapps. I should have known it was von not van but my mind doesn't always pick up my errors until I've hit the send key. I looked through the site and it's very interesting. I guess it was longer ago than I thought that the lodge burned down (1980). I was thinking it was fairly recently. Another side note to the movie that cousin Jean and I went to. At the end when the police are looking in the grave yard at the convent for the family and aren't found- a gentleman sitting behind us let out a big sigh of relief. Everyone in that area of the theater started laughing and I'm sure the other patrons were wondering what was so funny about that scene. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where it hit the mid 70s yesterday **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic Marshall ('71) Re: The sign at Wascher's Mobil During my high school years, I worked part time at Pete Wascher's gas station on the corner of Newcomer and GWWay. It was maybe more than part time - I remember being there for hours alone at times (we were open until 10PM). Anyway, Pete had a lettered sign up in his office- and I must have read the dang thing a thousand times - so much so that I think it became somehow ingrained. Anyway - I have thought of his message over the years and it was always good advice. I never knew where it came from. Well, now with the internet it becomes much easier to research and so I googled the beginning line and find that it was actually composed by a gentleman named Elbert Hubbard in 1906. Elbert was quite the prolific writer in his day and came up with a few other gems - ~ An ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness. ~ Don't take life too seriously. You'll never get out of it alive. ~ Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped. ~ Never explain--your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway. ~ Many a man's reputation would not know his character if they met on the street. ~ The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one. Pete had taken a fairly lengthy treatise and condensed it down to its salient points. Heres how I remember it: If you work for a man, in heavens name- work for him. Speak well of him and stand by the institution he represents. If you must eternally growl, condemn and find fault- resign your position and once you are on the outside- damn to your hearts content but while you are a part of that institution-support it. If you do not, the first high wind that comes along will blow you away- probably you will never know why!!! If there are any of you out there that frequented Wascher's- I hope you remember "Petes sign"- he was a good man and gave quite a few of us a good start in developing strong work ethics, a bit of an education in mechanics (but more on washing car windows- inside and out), and a chance to rub elbows with all those North Richland elite (we had most of the doctors that had charge accounts there). Life wasn't all work at Wascher's - we used to have our share of fun, too. As some of you may recall, Pete was a member of the "Gashouse Gang" (along with Bob Johnson (Bomber Dad and pharmacist) and the owner of Malley's Drug Store (Don Miller) and a bunch of others. Every Halloween, they would play major pranks on each other. One year they put Miller's old station wagon up on the roof of Malley's and it made the national press. It was my job a couple of years to "protect" Pete's assets - his gas station and the oil trucks used for home heating oil delivery. I think one year I did let someone let the air out the truck tires. Pete was always a good sport about things. Part time jobs were a part of a lot of kids after school lives. Any good stories out there? I may come back with some other recollections from that time. -Vic Marshall ('71) " Beverly Hills, MI - where the Pistons and the Red Wings are both on Playoff winning streaks right now... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Ruthe McGhan Kamla ('38) " 6/20/20 - 5/5/07 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/10/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Mary Triem ('47), Missy Keeney ('59), Mac Quinlan ('62) Helen Cross ('62), Tami Bond ('63), Gary Behymer ('64) Jo Miles ('64), Bob Grout ('66wb), Bill Wingfield ('67) Darlene Napora ('69), Mike Franco ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chuck Lollis ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Don Andrews ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Suzanne Christensen ('85) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dwayne Bussman ('98) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Triem Mowery ('47) To: All Senior Bombers The class of '47 is celebrating our 60th year and are missing some addresses. One I can't find now is Bill Earp - does anyone know where he is? Thanks! -Mary Triem Mowery, a '47 Bomber **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) Re: Prom dinners To: Alice Hanthorn Johnson ('59) Three of the guys in THE MOST HAPPY FELLAS are original to the quartet. Their current bass is a "recycled" bass. The Tenor, Bob Hodge/s (?) is amazing. He just opens his mouth and sings with such ease that you could just melt in to the carpeting. I have to admit to being disappointed that they didn't do their "Wizard of Oz" package on Saturday night. They were entertaining but the OZ thing knocks your socks off. There were lots of Bombers at the performance and it was fun to say "Hi" and get hugs! My quartet even got to sing "A Good Man is Hard to Find" for Ken Meigs ('59), One of the things I've learned about Barbershop over the years... it's more than a hobby... It's a "life-style!" "Gee, Honey, it's only one night a week!" Re: Prom night dinners Wasn't there a place in Pasco where we would go for Prom night dinners and Tolo called the TOP HAT CAFE?? I remember Chicken Fried Steak being an entree of choice for me also. How paranoid and self conscious is that?? -Missy Keeney ('59) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Frank "Mac" Quinlan ('62) Re: Wascher's Mobil To: Vic Marshall ('71) Vic, I can't believe that you remembered all that stuff about the gas station and Pete, but you forgot where the gas station was located! If you are like me, you probably made one of those Homer Simpson sounds right after you hit "send". -Frank "Mac" Quinlan ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) I remember going to a place in Pasco to eat after Prom or maybe before going to the dance actually. I think it was called the Red Lion, but that doesn't feel like it's right. I always ordered shrimp because it was "easy to eat". I was looking at my copy of my l962 Columbian I got from Ed Wood ('62). It is really fun to try and remember what happened back then.... Our 45 year reunion in September will be fun -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ in the house by the little lake where it's trying to be humid, but actually the weather here is beautiful now... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tami Bond Trudell ('63) Re: Simi Valley Luncheon/Reagan Library Tour Hey Bombers, Like the rest of the group that were able to attend the Simi Valley Luncheon, I too want to say what a great time it was and well worth the trip. First let me say those of you who did not attend were really missed. I especially missed not getting to see Judy Shibly Cozad ('63), Roy Ballard ('63), and good friend Larry Bowls ('64) and his wife Donna Young Bowls ('64). I thought all of you were originally signed up to attend and was so disappointed when I found out you guys were not coming! My friend from Louisiana, Donna, traveled with me and asked if I was good friends with those 63 grads who attended. I said, "No not really", but because everyone was so gracious and friendly, she got the impression we had all been close in school. Jeanie Walsh Williamson ('63) and Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) did a wonderful job organizing and executing a really fun weekend for us. I also want to thank Ann Engle Schafer and Fred Schafer (both '63) for taking away my apprehension about attending a luncheon/ mini reunion and assuring me it would be lots of fun. Without their encouragement, I wouldn't have taken the plunge. I too have sent some pictures, and hope Maren doesn't have to do too much to make them viewable. To: Mike Quane ('63) Trust me, I know I am not the "nicest" in our class, but that was very nice of Suzanne to say it. I am so glad you came over to sit with us for lunch and that way we were able to learn even more about Mr. Quane (arson candidate private joke, when Suzanne spilled the beans about Mike). We all laughed about that one. -Tami Bond Trudell ('63) ~ Zachary, LA where it is 87 and humid, our summer is here! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) To: Ken Staley ('68) Re: Where was the place to eat for Prom Night Tri-City Country Club in Kennewick... -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jo Miles ('64) Re: Wascher's Mobil Service I'd hoped to show my children all the places I grew up in Richland, but there's a void where Wascher's Mobil Service and Kaiser's Market once stood at the corner of GWWay and MacMurray Ave. The glory days happened in the 1960s when gasoline was 27 cents per gallon. When you purchased $2 or more you got your windshield cleaned, oil stick dipped, and radiator checked. Station Manager, Don Davis ('59) hired kids like Jim Ott ('64), Peter Bradway ('67) and myself while owner Pete Wascher, ran the home heating oil part of the business. I used to hand wax those big tankers on my days off for about 10 bucks a truck. Among other things, you could rent a U-Haul trailer when one of us would lie on our backs in the 110 heat attempting to find the right wires to crimp a connection between the tail lights from car to trailer. Station wagons were the worst. If you needed an oil change on the weekend, reliable Kip Jones ('60?) would be there to do it and help keep an eye on the teenaged employees who Don trusted not to take free Orange Crush out of the pop machine. We also busted tires before there were Les Schwab workers running around like their hair was on fire. The year of the big Hanford Strike, '66 I think it was, union sympathizers scattered buckets of nails all over the highway. Dozens of victims dragged their flats into the nearest service station, and you guessed it, Wascher's Mobil, where a lucky 19 year old pounded out tire repairs for $1.35 per hour. (Enough to buy four packs of Marlboros.) Not a problem, though. At 10pm the station was locked down and I caught a ride with Mike Jennings ('64-'65) out to Beer Flats. Before you could finish a chorus of It's Lucky when you live out West, we'd pile into Byron Shaw's ('64) father's Ford Falcon and begin racing through the sagebrush chasing jack rabbits. Right behind him, bouncing through a cloud of dust was Bob "Tuna" Mattson ('64) behind the wheel of his Mom's 2 door Falcon. You could count on Tuna to grind metal in every gear and run the gas tank on empty all night while chomping down on the ever present Camel non- filter. In Byron's car, flying blindly through the darkness, it was like the end of a Thelma and Louise movie except in this case all the Bomber white knuckle passengers were crying out for Jesus to please spare their lives! The Oh "S" word came out a lot too, I remember. We never got busted at Beer Flats, but the night the brilliant party planners hauled the kegs down to the willows just off GWWay near where the Shiloh now stands, a lot of people went to jail and got their cars impounded. Two weeks later we asked the police officer who worked Zip's on the weekend what became of the kegs. He told us the sergeants were going to take them home and have a party, but the kegs exploded before they got a chance. Six years later, Mike became a cop. Gosh, those days were fun. -Jo Miles ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Grout ('66wb) Maren: Here's the pictures I took of the Bomber Luncheon when I was at the Reunion with Donni. -Bob Grout ('66wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Wingfield (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) To: Donny Andrews ('67) Yoppy Booday to you today, Donny. Tonight your bride Jane Andrews (?late '70s or early '80s?) I don't know, she just looks so young, will do anything you want her to do. Have a good one and I'll see you next week where we'll get together and celebrate yours and Diamond Dave's BD. -Bill Wingfield (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ~ at the little casita in sunny Santa Fe, NM at the foot of the Sangre De Cristo's. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Darlene Napora Shuley ('69) To: Bill Wingfield ('67) & Ken Staley ('68) The place in Sunnyside where people ate for Prom was called the Safari Room with an African motif including Zulu masks & spears etc. (I couldn't remember the name even though I ate there, but my husband who is from Sunnyside helped me out!) -Darlene Napora Shuley ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Franco ('70) Man oh man... Vic Marshall ('71) wrote that he worked at Wascher's Mobile at the corner of GWWay and NEWCOMER?!?!?!? Vic, that was McMurray wasn't it? I know we are all getting old... right across the street was the grocery store (Campbell's?) and next door was the drug store (Johnson's before Malley's, I think). Had the real lunch counter in back where you went in and actually bought penny candy for a penny... and were served... a lady actually gave you the candy and took your penney! Anyway Vic, let me know but I don't think that cross street was Newcomer... Bomber Cheer to all -Mike Franco ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Dawn Kaas Manis ('71) ~ 9/20/53 - 5/5/07 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/11/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Jim McKeown ('53), Pappy Swan ('59) Missy Keeney ('59), Bill Chapman ('60) Betty Neal ('62), Donni Clark ('63) Linda McKnight ('65), Vic Marshall ('71) Jeff Johnson ('78) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill McCue ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave Doran ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim McKeown ('53) To: Dick McCoy (class of 45/46 or whatever) Dick, The birthday that you remembered a couple of months ago, was my older (heavy on the older) brother Tom ('53), on the 24th of March. I'm afraid that my 72nd was the 8th of May. Besides being Harry Truman's and Don Rickles birthday, it was also VE day... the end of the war in Europe. I was celebrating my 10th birthday in Portland, OR... and our folks gave us money for the movies downtown. We lived in the old Guilds Lake district, and had to take the 23rd Street streetcar downtown, and I remember that Tom and I went to the Paramount Theater. During the movie, the news flashed across the screen that Germany had surrendered, and the place went bonkers. We headed outside and the celebration was unbelievable... It took us a couple of hours to get home, but it is a fantastic memory of that time. Richard, if I remember correctly, you were in uniform somewhere... right? -Jim McKeown ('53) ~ from very sunny and very hot Sacramento **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Those Darn Elves are at it again... There I was the day before yesterday, the hottest day this spring, swinging me machete and hacking me way into Mrs. Pappy's Secret Garden (so secret that it has taken me all spring to find the entrance). OK, it's not really so secret. It's just overgrown because she can't get out and do the yard work like she used to and I chose to go turkey hunting instead. So the spring rains came and the garden transformed itself into it's own impersonation of a south seas tropical jungle. Anyway, there I was clad in khaki knee socks, jungle shorts and shirt, and matching "Bawana Jim" pith helmet. I watch Bill O'Reilly so I was trying to keep it pithy (sorry). It had taken me all morning to get this far. Pausing to wipe the dripping sweat from me wrinkled brow, I drank freely of the cool waters in me old blanket covered canteen. I've had it since I was a kid in Richland. It's all rusty and corroded inside and out, but a couple drops of bleach added to the water and it's good as new. Never throw anything away, as long as it is still functional (or reasonably close to it). It had been a long, difficult, and dangerous trek just getting this far, safely. Patting me faithful dog Darby, me yellow Labrador Retriever, on her head, I managed to gasp, "Tough going ol' girl, yer a good dog fer sticking close and protecting yer master!" The dog rolled her eyes and looked back down the trail that I had hacked out of the forbidding jungle ... all 10 feet of it. I had just poured a little water into a tin cup for Darby, which she immediately rejected with crossed eyes. Persnickety dog! It was about that time that we heard them. Little high pitched squeaky voices filtered to us through the exotic bird calls of Yellow-headed blackbirds, House finches, Magpies, and a plaintive Quail in the forested vegetation ahead. Ah Ha! We had finally found them -- The elusive elves. Ever since Lowiq and Bogart were released by the authorities following the confiscation of their tiny F-14 Tomcat Fighter by the National Department of Homeland Security, the elves had disappeared into near total seclusion. Oh, throughout the winter, Darby and I occasionally found their tiny footprints in the mud at the edge of the puddle in my driveway. And, we saw tiny ice skating streaks on the frozen puddle when it iced over a time or two. But, all other traces of the wee people had vanished. Even their little village had been dismantled and removed overnight. That was right after the wayward twosome were released and returned from incarceration following their national joyride. You may recall their buzzing of company picnics, rodeos, fairs, miniature golf courses and Bert Wells performances at senior centers, and stealing gas from a "gazillion" lawn mowers to fuel their tiny "Top Gun" vehicle. Meanwhile back in the jungle, Darby and I crawled side by side on our bellies until we could finally part the bushes and gaze out on a well manicured strip of green grass which strangely resembled ... a runway. No, it does not surprise me either. Darby and I exchanged knowing glances. Ummm Hmmm! I knew those little guys were up to something. Another aerial adventure seems to be in the making. As I maintained surveillance through me little bird watching binoculars, Darby, my investigative reporting "snoop dog," snapped pictures on Mrs. Pappy's little digital camera. To see what Darby and I beheld go to the following link. And the saga of elfin shenanigans continues... -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) and Darby O'Swanasee (NAB--JMD) ~ Burbank, WA where we are theenking that it is highly probable that our friend, fellow Bomber, military historian, and computerized picture guru, Dennis Hammer ('64) has and will have much to do with some of the future pictorial coverage of elfin adventures. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) Re: Correction Well, between the two of us we totally screwed that one up! We sang to JIM Meigs who was class of '58, not Ken Meigs who was class of '59. I said Ken '58. I had forgotten there was a Meigs in our class but then . . . . . I'm OLD! What can I say??? -Missy Keeney ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Chapman ('60) When my friends down here in Southern California hear that I was on the internet checking out my high school website, they always ask "why?" because high school was such a long time ago. They don't understand what it means to have been (and still be) a Richland Bomber! I just turned 65, and I still have a Bomber pennant hanging on the wall in the den (right next to my WSU one!!). This website is awesome! Sorry I missed the recent "reunion" in Simi Valley. My wife and I were in South Carolina at the time!! -Bill Chapman ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Neal Brinkman ('62) Re: Prom night dinners I remember going over to Pasco to the "Simatar" restaurant. It was just as you crossed the new bridge (new then) somewhere close to KORD. I'm not sure of the spelling of the restaurant. It was good and they had a big room where we were all seated together. -Betty Neal Brinkman ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) Re: Prom night I just have to tell this story since prom night, places to eat and the Tahitian room were brought up. It was my sophomore year and I was going with Ronnie Miller ('61), a senior. It was the Thanksgiving formal, my very first prom. I was wearing Glenda Burdsall's )'63) tangerine formal that night (loved that color). I had a tierra in my hair and those fake rhinestone shoes on my feet. I thought I looked like a Princess, I certainly felt like one. We went to the Tahitian room that night. It was my very first time to eat in what I thought was a fancy restaurant. You have to understand, I was from West Richland and worked at the Mexican Inn. We were all sitting at a big round table, there must have been about 8 of us. Among Ronnie's friends were David Simmons ('61-RIP( and Saralyn Reil ('62), two of the cheerleaders. I don't think I had ever eaten a steak out before. As I drew my knife back to cut my steak, I must have pressed down too hard as the whole plate popped up and flipped over on to my lap. Ronnie, being the ultimate jokester made a big scene and of course everyone was laughing and probably didn't think to much of it. But... me... I was absolutely mortified and all I could wish for at that moment was that I could slip under the table and never reappear. That memory will forever be etched in my mind, but I have no memory of how I recovered or the rest of the night. We ate at the Top Hat in Pasco and there was somewhere else we ate at in the Kennewick Highlands but can't remember the name. I do remember though when they opened a pizza place up in the Kennewick Highlands because it was the first time I ever had a pizza that didn't come out of a can. It was a pineapple and Canadian bacon. Yum! Chicken fried steak was always my favorite then too. And at the time I believed it was made out of chicken. Re: Bomber Reagan Library Tour/get- together When I listed a few names the other day of those who were missed, I was referring to the locals. I certainly didn't mean to slight anyone. Tami Bond Trudell ('63) mentioned a couple more and I would just like to add Roy Ballard ('63) and his wife, Nancy Erlandson Ballard ('67), and Bill Scott ('64) and his wife, Cherrie Tempero Scott ('64). too. Missed everyone who could not come! -Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) ~ from the little house in La Mirada, CA where it was hot again today and my weeds are begging to be picked! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) Re: Portland/Vancouver Area Bomber Lunch We had a wonderful time, and two hours flew by too fast. It was really great to have Bombers attend for the first time ever: Becky Wersen Fletcher ('65), Kathy Wersen Alder ('64), and John Fletcher ('64). I hope they will become regulars at our luncheons. We did a little fun thing that required a little writing. The question most popular was: "What is one of your most memorable experiences of growing up in Richland?" We got so carried away talking and eating that pretty soon all the little slips of paper from the left side of the table ended up with me, and we didn't have time to discuss our memories. So, thought I would share with the Alumni Sandstorm. - Fourth of July Fireworks at Bomber Bowl. - The summer the Army invaded Richland for troop training in the desert, and bought up all the peanut butter and Kool Aid. (And all the beer in town too) - Falling out of the cherry tree on the 6th grade report card day and breaking both arms. - Chasing after mosquito fogger trucks - Sleeping in the back yard, running around, and stealing peaches. - When Sharon Tate ('61wb-RIP) was made Miss Richland in 1958. Just a few of the memories we all share about "our home town". We were talking about how Richland has changed so much, it doesn't even feel like home anymore... at least we have our memories... Oh and check out Tom Hemphill's ('62) T-shirt. We all are proud to be Bombers... but we pretty much all agreed that wouldn't be the right attire to wear to the airport (unless you wanted to meet some folks from Homeland Security! Upcoming... our Bomber Picnic will be on Sunday, August 18th at Battle Ground State Park. More information to follow. We are hoping to have a big crowd this year, and have some folks visit from up north, and the Seattle area. This will hopefully include Fife Bombers, also. In the future... some ideas for additional activities are being discussed including a trip to a winery. I would love to hear other ideas you might have. What about a trip on the Stern wheeler for lunch, and a cruise of the Willamette, or up the Columbia Gorge? I know it would be a little more than our usual lunch cost, but what fun!! With our Senior Discounts, or the Entertainment book, it could be affordable... . Re: Prom Night Restaurants Didn't the Safari Room in Sunnyside have monkeys or birds in the dining room??? I got such a kick out of the people who remember what they ate on Prom Night. I know I ate something because I remember picking up the fork, but have no clue what was on the plate... Bomber Hugs, -Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic Marshall ('71) Re: Wascher's Mobil To: Mac Quinlan ('62) and Mike Franco ('70) BUSTED!!! Well, the senior moments are setting in - OF COURSE it was McMurray and GWWay. Don't know where the Newcomer came from - not much commerce on that corner. It was great to read Jo Miles ('64) reminisces. And he is correct - it was actually Don Davis ('59) who ran the gas station. But Pete was usually around somewhere, making sure that his namesake was well represented I do remember Jo and Pete Bradway ('67) - stopping by when they were in town. Pete was a drill sergeant in the Marines by then ('70-'71), if I remember correctly. And Kip Jones was still there when I was - he worked Sunday mornings but spent most of the time cleaning up his classic Chevy, while the youngsters waited on cars. Jo hit a nerve with the whole U-Haul thing - man, how we hated those darn things. In addition to all the problems trying to wire them, you had "Bumper Hitches" to contend with. Not too bad for standard cars but you had occasional problems with them - getting the tie downs secured etc. - and they were kind of awkward to hold in place until you got them snugged down - especially if you were by yourself. What I do remember is trying to convince the owners of Volkswagons, Mavericks and Gremlins that there was no way their cars could safely tow a trailer - and in the case of the VW - no way to even get the dang hitch on. -Vic Marshall ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeff Johnson ('78) I must apologize for my belated thanks to all of the Bombers who so warmly greeted me upon my return to the Tri-Cities from my deployment 2 weeks ago. That was the most awesome moment that I have ever experienced. I was not expecting the Bomber contingent to be there so that was just an added bonus to an already special night. I am not sure who stuffed the RHS tee shirt and Spudnut Shop coupon in my hand, but thanks a whole bunch. My apologies for not knowing who did what that night because my head was spinning wildly and I felt like I jumped on to a roller coaster that was already underway. I just wanted to make sure and express my gratitude to everyone who was there in body and spirit upon my return. Thanks! I attached a photo of me and my family (and some friends too) that night. I am not sure if the Bomber alumni photo has been posted yet... [Haven't seen it yet, Jeff. -Maren] The one I have is from an angle and isn't the best. Please let me know if someone has a good photo of this... I would love to have it. I need to give my accolades to ACES (American Citizens Encouraging Support) who really puts on a great reception for returning service members. They are a great group of folks! It's been a little bit of a transition getting back into the swing of things and adjusted to the "cushy" life style of living in the USA. However... the transition this way is a lot better than going the other way, FOR SURE! I am glad that they had some lectures on the return part of this mobilization because it definitely has helped. The best advice is "go with the flow" and just try and enjoy the experience and not worry too much about the details right away. That has been a good piece of advice although it's not always easy. My brothers (2) and sister will be here this weekend to personally welcome me back to the States. Although they may not have graduated from RHS because of my dad's work moving him around, they did go to school in Richland off and on through the years. I think their grad dates would have been '62 (Dennis), '64 (Rita) and '65 (Steve) although I am guessing. Obviously... if you haven't figured it out... I was a "surprise" with a grad date of '78. Anyway... my bros and sis will be around here this weekend and I am thinking that I will get them to hit the Spud shop on Saturday morning. If anyone thinks they know one of them... there's your chance to see them. I know that someone posted a 5th grade photo from Jason Lee the other day and my sister was in the class photo!! [Jeff, Rita is class of '64 for sure... Please tell her I said HI when you see her. =Maren] Oh... I can't help but mention about Wascher's Mobil Station. I guess Pete was the dad, but wasn't there a Don Wascher who helped run it too? Was that his son? I saw Don at the Jiffy Lube on Jadwin/Williams about 3-4 years ago and I said "hello" and the young guy working with him shook his head as if to say "I can't BELIEVE how many people remember this guy!" He looked good and very much like I remembered him and we are probably talking nearly 30 years between when I saw him last. Thanks again to all of you for helping me through a long deployment. -Jeff Johnson ('78) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/12/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45, '46, '02), Ray Loescher ('57) John Richardson ('58), Barbara Seslar ('60) Marilyn Stewart ('62), Jim House ('63) Marilyn Swan ('63), Linda Reining ('64) Robert Avant ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy ('45, '46, '02) To: Jim McKeown ('53) Was I in uniform at the end of WWII? No. Tho I quit school in April to join up, I was only 17, and the services were only taking 18, as the German war was over and there was a large number of soldiers being transferred to the Pacific. Then, in August, the whole thing ended, (thank God, I can't believe I was that anxious to invade Japan.) So that fall I returned to school, even played football illegally (9th semester) all to get Wash. state history and my diploma. Then I turned 18 in December and was drafted. I didn't finish the semester, and failed again to get my diploma. Later when I went to college, they recognized my equivalent, and cared less about the history subject. I am considered a WWII vet, as the term extends through 1946. Bob Ross ('45), a Marine, was badly wounded and his buddy was killed on patrol in Guam late in 1946, which gives good reason for the extension. There, a long answer to a short question. I'll get you bros right one of these days. I do remember that you were the first McKeown I met in those early days of Club 40. (Get that tie off!) -Dick McCoy ('45, '46, '02) etc. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray Loescher ('57) Re: 1958 Basketball To ancient basketball historians: I'd like to know some things about Richland's 1958 season. I know they won their first state championship that year. Who did they play at state and what were the scores? How were these teams ranked? How was Richland ranked before state? Does anyone remember the team from Moses Lake? Was this a ranked team? Did anyone from Richland consider Moses Lake to be a contender? -Ray Loescher ('57) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Thanks to Lorin St. John ('55) for all the stats - and thanks to Daniel Laybourn ('70) for putting all the stats online for us: -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Richardson ('58) To: George "Pappy" Swan (59) A "BIG" welcome back Pappy, you and the Elfins have been missed. Your stories always add a laugh and a lift to the day for so many Bombers so please keep up the good work. -John Richardson ('58) ~ In Beautiful Longwood, FL **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barbara Seslar Brackenbush ('60) Re: Memories The Top Hat in Pasco seemed to be the place to eat out after the proms. I recall ordering scallops and when they were served, someone in our group I think it was Gordon Hanna ('57) told me it was sea snake. I don't know if I even tasted it but probably just poked at it. Even after learning the truth, I still don't really care for scallops. Someone mentioned recognizing someone after thirty years! Recently, I recognized a daughter of Pat Ogden Osborne because she looked so much like I remembered her mother! I hadn't seen Pat since she was 16 or so but often wondered about her. I was shopping at Harbor Freight and the clerk behind the counter caught my attention. I kept looking at her and finally asked her if she knew Pat. She is her oldest daughter who must be in her 40s! Amazing. -Barbara Seslar Brackenbush ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn Stewart Stephenson ('62) Re: Jeff Johnson ('78) Homecoming This is for Jeff Johnson, I am sorry it took so long to get a picture in the Alumni Sandstorm of the night we welcomed you home from Iraq. We had some problems identifying all the Bombers in the picture... since they are all younger than Kathy Hoff Conrad ('64) and me, we just couldn't do it. That night welcoming you home was one of the best times A.C.E.S. has had, and for Kathy and myself, welcoming you home in our Bomber shirts, being able to give you our "Bomber Gift Bag" was the best. Again welcome home Jeff, thank you for serving our great country, protecting our freedoms. Know that your sacrifices "will not be forgotten" -Marilyn Stewart Stephenson ('62), Secretary A.C.E.S. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim House ('63) Re: Prom Night I have vivid memories of Prom Night, shooting baskets for two hours at the park below the High School and then having a Mamma burger and a quart of Root beer at A & W. Great night and a great meal. I should have bought myself a corsage. -Jim House ('63) ~ Mead, WA (where the sky is clear and there is no wind; I think I will shoot some baskets and have a Root beer) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) I know today that summer can't be far away. This morning I was standing at my screened patio door talking on the phone to my much older brother, George "Pappy" Swan ('59), when a hummingbird flew right up in my face, as if to say "where's the juice, Granny"? The same thing happened last year, except one came to my kitchen window! Now I really don't talk to the birds, but I do feed them: hummingbirds, finches, sparrows, Doves & whatever else shows up. And I do love watching them, especially the robins as they go after the worms in my garden & yard. Who would ever guess I'd be a bird watcher at this age, but then who would ever think I'd get to this age! I have people ask me all the time if I miss not working anymore. Are you kidding? I don't miss the stress & I don't miss working with the public. I love the fact that I can get up early if I want, sleep as late as I want, work in the yard & garden if I want or just run off for the day with friends for an escape. So when people say is that all you do is just watch the birds (?), I just smile......................... I'm really not as dumb as they think I am! I put 30+ years working a variety of jobs in different fields & the last couple of years I've been able to travel a bit & see some places I've only heard or read about. Life is good. And I LOVE those hummingbirds!! To: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) I would be interested in a cruise of the Columbia Gorge if your lunch group from the Vancouver/Portland area ever decides to do something like that. Although I have seen some brochures on the river cruises & they are pretty pricey. Perhaps if there was enough interest, they might give a group discount. -Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) ~ somewhere southwest of Salt Lake City where it is a perfect 90, sunny beautiful day! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:George(Pappy)Swan(59) re:elves I am soooooooo glad you found the elves and are writing about their adventures, again! have missed hearing about them! love their adventures. the pictures of the "three mischief-makers" was great---"ready for take-off" at any moment. *grin* keep the stories coming---love 'em. Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of 64).........Bakersfield, CA......where the blasted heat has arrived with a vengeance and it is just too hot for the month of May!!!!!! high 90's all week. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Avant ('69) Re: History I always have a great time reading the stories of "historical" Richland and the Bombers who were and are part of it. Next week I am bringing a friend over to Richland (she has never been there) and showing her the parts of town I remember so well and the houses and people who lived there. Of course, I have to show her Jason Lee, Chief Joseph, and the beloved RHS among all those other sites. Next year she will return the favor and I am beginning to believe that in the history department she will be getting the best of me, regardless of how much I appreciate Richland and all of Bomberland. She will show me where she was born in Stranaer, Scotland and where she went to school (classes are known as forms) at St. Leonard's School for Young Ladies located at St. Andrews Scotland. Yes, that St. Andrews. Hope to see the "closet" there that was Mary Queen of the Scots bed chamber. She is looking forward to seeing Richland, and frankly so am I. Both of our worlds have a lot of memories, some just a wee bit longer than others. -Robert Avant ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/13/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Pappy Swan ('59), Helen Cross ('62) Ron Richards ('63), Carol Converse ('64) Bill Wingfield ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** How old do YOU feel? **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Mother's Day and Memories with Bert Wells I recall reading entries in Sandstorm by several Bombers who talked of Bert Wells. Bert was a hero to many a Bomber when we were "little buckaroos." I was able to relive some of those memories for an hour at the Tri-Cities Retirement Inn in Pasco, WA on Friday, May 11, and I did it with my own mom who will be 89 in June, "Buckaroo Millie." Yep, mom was probably a bigger "Buckaroo Bert" fan than me and my much younger sister, Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63). But, I was always disappointed as she didn't call me Lil' Buckaroo, just "Shorty." In her younger years, mom always sang and picked a guitar. Marilyn and I played the radio. Bert no longer maintains a western theme, but sang a number of the genuine oldies, especially many of the old favorite sing along, campfire-type songs (ones that I remember from the '40s and '50s). A couple of times, Bert would stop his singing in the middle of a song and the residents and their guests would just carry on to the accompaniment of Bert's guitar. I was amazed at how well everyone sang. Maybe that was because I remained silent... to avoid polluting the musical note pool. We learned that after Bert left his TV show, he was a poetry professor at one of the Oregon colleges for years. He recited some of his poetry, mostly humorous, sentimental, and touching on the philosophy of aging gracefully. One of his poems that stuck in my mind was about judging others. I cannot remember the actual words, but it went something like this. A person who had passed on, went to Heaven and was so surprised to see certain people there... instead of having gone the other direction. Amazed at how those people ended up "up there," the person asked God why everyone was so quiet. God responded, "Hush my child, their just dumbfounded to see you "up here!" Well, to make this long story just a little longer, I got to have my picture taken with both buckaroos, Bert and my mom. It was a great Mother's Day Celebration, complete with "really good snacks" served by the TCRI Staff. And, seeing Bert in person after all of these years, cleared up one important point in my own aging mind. Although as a little buckaroo, I had watched Buckaroo Bert's show, somehow over the years, in my mind, struggling to do a recall, I had begun to picture Bert Wells as looking like "Bert Parks." It must have been the names, as Bert Wells, now approaching 78 years (although he says that he is nowhere as famous as BP) is to my way of thinking a much more entertaining. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where the weather is most cooperative, today's the All Bomber Lunch and afterwards, I'm going to try out my healed up knee on my mountain bike with '59 classmate Bonnie Allen. And a Happy Mother's Day to all yee mothers, especially those already "up there" wonderin' why all of those others are there too. Be brave my fellow Bomber "little buckaroos!" **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) To: Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) You closed your entry with "somewhere southwest of Salt Lake City" so I wonder if you've ever eaten at Mom's in Salina, UT? We always enjoy eating there when we retrace the HW 50 bike route that my husband rode in 2003. That was when we discovered "Mom's". She has arguably the best food on HW 50!! We also went to an antique shop, again for the second or third time just off of HW 70, as HW 50 melts in 70, so you have no choice, in a small town, again southwest of SLC. But the name of the little town escapes me at the moment. I love watching the birds too. We have a finch feeder close to our window where we can enjoy watching these smaller birds. (My cats watch them too, and I just hope they know they'd be in for a 20 foot drop if they go after one of these birds, as the feeder is beyond the deck... every once in a while I've even seen a blue heron on our little lake, but haven't seen him yet this year. I really got into the gardening routine today, and will be at it for a long time, as it seems a lot needs to be replaced around here. Well, it's good for my muscles, as I can feel some of them I haven't felt for some time... But it was beautiful outside. It was in the 80s, but with a steady breeze, it didn't feel that warm to me. Happy MOther's Day to all. Enjoy being with your kids, if you are able. Our youngest son won't be home until next week. But he thinks his finals are going O.K., so that is worth it. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ West Harrison, IN by the little lake. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ron Richards ('63) Some evidence suggests the US government has tried to limit payouts to Cold War-era nuclear arms workers for budget reasons. Internal memos obtained by congressional investigators show the Bush administration chafing over the program's rising costs and fighting to block measures that would increase workers' chances of compensation. -Ron Richards ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) So good to read your entry of 5/11. Have missed the adventures of the elves!! The picture was great! Hope more to come as their adventures keep going this summer. Re: Prom Night Dinners The proms that I went to, we walked to dinner. Didn't have a car or a license (too young). Don't remember where we ate though. Didn't realize people went out of town to eat. -Carol Converse Maurer (Bomber Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA where we're still waiting for spring. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Wingfield (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Re: Jeff Johnson ('78) Homecoming To: Jeff Johnson ('78) I once again, want to thank you for what you do. I wear a bracelet on my wrist that says "Until They All Come Home". I really appreciate what you do. To: Marilyn Stewart Stephenson ('62) Thank you for what you and (A.C.E.S) do for our returning servicemen, and sending us that photo. I can't believe that Kathy Hoff Conrad ('64) doesn't seem to get any older looking. This may be what would be considered as the ninth wonder in the world. That is, how did Keith Conrad get such a cute wife? Jeff, I second Marilyn Stewart Stephenson's statement, welcome home Jeff. Thank you for serving our great country, protecting our freedoms. Know that your sacrifices "will not be forgotten" -Bill Wingfield (BRC '67) ~ Santa Fe, NM where I am getting ready to fire up the Road King to ride to Chama with the Sangre de Christo ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/14/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Pappy Swan ('59), Linda Reining ('64) Robert Avant ('69), Mark Overstreet ('79) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shirley Watts ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Claudia Stoffel ('68WB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Randal Southam ('82) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Thanks for all the emails in response to the Mother's Day pics and story that I sent in. One especially cracked me up that touches on some of the "behind the scenes" things that mothers have to deal with. This was sent to me by Norma Loescher Boswell ('53). I love it! -George "Pappy" Swan ~ Burbank, WA where I'm peering at Private Murphy, my gray tabby cat, and trying to recall if any of our grandkids ever used the chapstick in the medicine cabinet. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:George(Pappy)Swan('59) re: picture of Bert Wells and your mom wow!!!!!!! your mom looks darn good for being 89-----would NEVER have known she was "that old" from her picture!!!! *grin* must have been raising a "little leprechaun" that has contributed to her youthful appearance!!!!!!! *grin* you look pretty good, too. *grin* had a GREAT Mother's Day with my two daughters and their families. I also want to add my congratulations to ACES for the work they do in welcoming home our servicemen and women. we have a chapter here in Bakersfield, too. they do a GREAT job!!!!!! to: Jeff Johnson(78) and all the other Bombers who have served and are serving---THANK YOU so much for your sacrifices. I agree with Bill Wingfield(67)....Kathy Hoff Conrad doesn't look any older than she did when we were in high school------tell us your secret, Kathy!!!!!! *grin* Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of 64).........Bakersfield, CA......cooler today, only cause a breeze is blowing, but still hotter than I like for the month of May. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Avant ('69) Re: Bukaroos "I was raised on matinees, on Saturday afternoons/Looking up at Hopie, Gene, and Roy, oh boy!/ I grew up a thinkin' that the best a man could do was being a rootin', tootin', straight shootin' cowboy buckaroo!/Spurs a jangling, Whoopie Ki Yi Yah!" Mason Williams from "Classical Gas", I believe. Were we ever so young? I could not resist. -Robert Avant ('69) ~ Here in Lakes Stevens, WA "where the liquor flows and the dice are hot!" **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook >>From: Mark Overstreet ('79) Sunday 05/13/2007 0:13:59am COMMENTS: I moved to the virgin islands right before graduation, didn't study to much anyway, so I probably wouldn't have graduated anyway... ha... would love to hear from old friends, Jim, Dennis, Collett, Betsy, Laura, etc..... give me a shout! -Mark Overstreet ('79) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/15/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Gus Keeney ('57), Pappy Swan ('59), Marilyn Swan ('63) David Rivers ('65), Fran Teeple ('68), Larry Davis ('80) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marilyn Swan ('63) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Jerry Molnaa & Shirley Pittman ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) Hi All, Looks like my hip surgery will be at Lourdes Medical Center in Pasco, WA on June 4th. I should be pretty much back on my feet by reunion time!!! I'll be glad when it will be over so I can get my life back!!!! -Gus Keeney ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Buckaroos To: Robert Avant ('69) I know what you mean Robert, I coulda been a cowboy! -Buckaroo Pappy -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) To: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Helen, I didn't mean to mislead anyone with my "somewhere southwest of Salt Lake City". Actually I live in the Salt Lake Valley, but way out in the southwest part of the county. So I'm about 10 miles south & west of Salt Lake City itself. I am on the border of Kearns & West Jordan & we are an unincorporated area, so that means the county & all the neighboring towns are always fighting trying to see if they can get the tax dollars away from each other. I have been through Salina, Utah but I don't think I have ever eaten at "Mom's". It's fun to have people tell you of great places out on the road to try & nice to know of places where the food is great! Maybe on one of my next road trips down that way we will have to try & stop there. I am wondering how many of us will be able to afford to keep doing road trips if the price of gas is going to stay at these prices that they are at now. I really enjoy getting out on the road & traveling different places, but wonder if that's going to be a thing of the past. -Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: I never put it together Another birthday from the class of '63... Now I am one who just recently spoke of dynasties... but you see even for those of us who were born and raised on the Banks of the three rivers and rode our bikes to what I once believed was every street in Richland (when I was about 9 I was convinced I had done that) get surprises about who is related to whom... Pappy Swan's ('59) ramblings on Burt Wells really touched my heart... from the time he wrote in to the Sandstorm I have tried to keep in touch with Burt now and then as my memories of him are so fond... but to learn that Pappy's Mom was a picker and a singer and that Pappy and his sis ('63) can both play the radio was really great... I used to be a pretty good radio player myself back in the day but am sure I couldn't hold a candle to those two... Also reading Number 32's ('63) recollection of prom night just made me more of a believer that the Cap'n does have green and gold, crimson and gold running in this veins... I must say that the birthday girl woulda been a great prom date had I not been relegated to the little kids' table on prom night... So I just wanna say that Pappy has got one great Bomber Babe for a sister and I wanna be one of the first to wish Marilyn Swan Beddo A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY on May 15th!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Fran Teeple Wolf ('68) Re: Chapstick, cats and kids To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) & Norma Loescher Boswell ('53) Thanks to you both for the great Mother's Day story of the Chapstick and a new use for the stuff! Must be like Vicks Vaporub - 1000 and one things it cures. Reminded me of the time my oldest son Scott, 4 at the time, I think, took his grandfathers's muscle massager. They all searched high and low because "Uncle" Dick (too young to be a grandfather) had been playing tennis and needed it for his shoulders. Whole family looking everywhere... for hours. Scotty had taken it outside in the sand to an ant hill to see if it would make the ants come out. Yeah, the ants came out! Hope all the Bomber Mothers had a wonderful day. -Fran Teeple Wolf ('68) ~ Spokane has cooled down for a few days and grateful the snow is gone **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Davis ('80) Attention Bomber Baseball Fans Richland (18-2) is now ranked #3 in the State 4As just behind Tahoma, Maple Valley (19-2) and Jackson, Mill Creek (18-2) as of Monday May 7th. Congratulations! My understanding is that the State playoffs will be at Safeco Field in Seattle on May 25th & 26th. Does anyone know Richland's schedule between now and the State tourney? I hear the Richland Girls Softball Team is also in the State Tourney... does anyone have any information on the girls? Congratulations to both teams and good luck at State. I'm sure that I'll be there. Re: Bomber Help After many years of enjoyment my mom & step dad (Kathryn Hudson Williamson ('54) & Jim Williamson ('53) will be selling their vacation lake home at Twin Lakes Idaho, just outside of C'DA. Do any of you Bombers out there know someone looking for a nice get- a-way? Please, let me know as the home will be going on the market soon. (I can send additional information off line). Cheers, -Larry Davis ('80) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/16/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Dave Rhodes ('52wb), Pappy Swan ('59) Ed Wood ('62), Donna Bowers ('63) Marilyn Swan ('63), David Rivers ('65) Lori Simpson ('70), Kerry Steichen ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sandy Jones ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave McDaniels ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judy Kleinpeter ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Rhodes ('52wb) Re: Cowboys To: All Bombers I was a Rodeo cowboy for over 20 years of my life. I rode saddle broncs, bareback horses and bulls. I would not change that for anything in the world, although there are days when my aches and pains make me think I could have done something else. I then think about all of the great friends I have made from all over the USA and Canada and remember all of the fun that I had. I even did pretty well money wise. I didn't get rich, but I had enough to enjoy life. Riding also helped me pay my way through college so that I could become a teacher, which I did and I had a great career there also. Bombers are great. -Dave Rhodes ('52wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: David Rivers ('65), Jim House ('63), & Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) Re: I never put it together, either David, in my younger years, I was a picker too. But, mom always got after me and told me not to do that in public. So, out of embarrassment and frustration, I became a late night radio dial twister. Then, Mom made us quit that too. You see, Marilyn (my much younger, yesterday's birthday girl sister) also had a radio, and her room was next to mine. So, we were often locked in serious sibling late night radio volume battles. Once the battle escalated beyond a certain decibel level, Mom shut us both down. Thus, we became suppressed radio players and never did excel musically in school. Also, your reminder of Number 32's ('63) recollection of prom night brought full realization as to why I always enjoy seeing the Cap'n at each get together of our Marines & Friends Group. Jim and I have much in common. We're both Bombers (although four years apart). We both served in the Marines, again a few years apart. We're both tall.......! He's just a lot taller than me, but I'm taller than my elves and Darby. And, Jim and I both spent our prom nights doing rather strange things, instead of attending the gala social event of the year. At the last M&F gathering, Cap'n Jim and I were seated side by side and we got to noticing that within the old Marines and the recruiters in attendance, we were observing a sub-sample of the U. S. Marine Corps. Dave, you, as a Marine have probably noticed too, that there is always a sprinkling of "Big Guys," but by and large (or small), the average Marine is not really built like Arnold, the governor of California or Wilt Chamberlain. Jim and I seem to represent the extremes of Marines. I was what my drill instructor (DI) called a "Feather Merchant," one of the small guys who marched at the tail end of the platoon. The Cap'n, on the other hand (or end of things), marched at the front of his platoon, I'm sure. Usually, the less conspicuous a recruit remained, the less the DI tormented and singled him out. As one could imagine, Number 32 had a hard time not being noticed... constantly. I hear tell that Jim is so tall that in boot camp, his DI did not even appoint a platoon guidon bearer, he just tied the guidon pennant on Jim's head and shoulders and marched him up front. I was a sergeant, but he was a Lance Corporal who was eventually and quite deservedly transformed into a Captain. So, each time we see each other, I have to remind myself to look up, otherwise I find myself saluting his belt buckle. But, I as a current "Incredible shrinking senior citizen," digress. Your reminder of Number 32's ('63) recollection of prom night conjures up a mental picture of him shooting hoops in a tuxedo to avoid gliding down the dance floor. Almost four years earlier, to the date, picture me on prom night, sitting on the bank at the mouth of the Yakima River, appearing to be also dressed in a tux, actually covered by a heavy infestation of mosquitos. I'm trying to keep my campfire burning, roast weenies, swat skeeters, and keep my hook baited for catfish that never bit. I seem to recall that then, I convinced myself that it was a good choice. Now, I wonder, once again, why didn't I just learn to dance? I guess that represents the long and the short of it on how far some adolescent prom evaders would go to avoid the opposite sex during those late formative teen years. To: Fran Teeple Wolf ('68) Re: Massaging ants Good story Fran. I have heard some really imaginative ones about the uses that kids and grandkids seem to find for adult's personal rechargeable or battery-powered devices and tools. I looked all over one time for my rechargeable, cordless drill. I finally discovered that my grandkids had gone into the lemonade business. Apparently, my long paint mixer in the drill stirred the bucket very well. Of course, the business went bankrupt, so I had to bail them out, drink all the lemonade, and replace my own drill. Lord love 'em! -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where I'm attempting to sing, "Dancin' in the sunlight..." as I tool around with SSR (Super Spiffy Racer), my almost new walk- behind power mower with the elf gang perched on my shoulders, Lance Corporal Darby walking point through the tall grass, and Private (busted again) Murphy bringing up the rear. Yep, life is pretty good for an old, short & portly dude, and all his little friends. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed Wood ('62) Re: Twin Lakes To: Larry Davis ('80) Twin Lakes was a favorite vacation spot for us when we lived in Richland. My dad found a cabin on the lake that had as I recall some bunk beds and maybe a table and not much else. But the cabin wasn't the important thing. The important thing was the lake and the surroundings. The fishing, boating, and canoeing took up most of our time. One summer I swam the width of the lake, which I wish I could still do. I have a pair of glasses somewhere on the bottom of the lake. What great memories. Now our vacation dwellings are luxurious resorts. Maybe we're missing something? -Ed Wood ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Bowers Rice (Gold Medal Class of '63) I just want to add my fondest wishes to my good and great friend (since 4th grade) for her birthday - Miss Marilyn Swan Beddo!! I have had such fun memories of all the walks and talks and even of the adventures when we were learning to drive. One day I wanted to drive the old '49 Ford and no one was at home so I got in the car and drove up to Marilyn's house, problem was I didn't know how to turn the dang thing around - I could only drive straight and even turning the corner at 10 miles an hour was a big achievement. So I get there and Marilyn and I are peeling with laughter about the predicament. Thank God for big brother George - he came out turned the car around and I tootled (remember that one) on home. Of course, the car was parked backward to what it was before, but neither my dad nor my mom said a word. I'll save the other coo-koo things we did with Leslie Hutchinson's brother's car for HER birthday. Do any of you other Bombers have fond memories of learning to drive on your own? I remember long, lazy days that were not filled with things that we were scheduled to do. Organized everything is the rule now. Did anyone see the Chinese 4 year olds all dancing Latin dances - they were perfection, but all that programming leaves little room for your own thoughts?? Sincerely: -Donna Bowers Rice (GMC '63) ~ from Chesterfield, MO where this spring is right now glorious **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) First of all I just wanted to say Thank You to all who sent me B-day greetings!! My email inbox was jammed with B-day greetings today!! Had a great Birthday celebration this year! You can only turn 62 once!! May we never get too old to receive birthday greetings from special friends! And to David Rivers ('65): Thanks for all you do to give us all a lift with your birthday greetings!! But in my case, you must have me mixed up with somebody else, because I was NEVER a Bomber Babe! If you remember correctly Pappy & I self describe ourselves & family as the "Clampett Clan", so it would have to be more like a Clampett Cutie & that in itself, could be considered downright scary!! Funny that you mentioned that you "played the radio", too. Pappy thought we were the only ones that did that. Maybe we're related somehow? Hee. -Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) ~ SLC, UT where we are having beautiful spring weather in the 80s. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: '65er Birthday It's that time again boyz n girls... we got us a live one... another Hot Bomber babe snatched away by the trolling skills of a guy from '62. I remember so well when we got to High School from Chief Jo... It was a new world... this birthday girl was one I hadn't met in my moves around the town. Having attended 3 grade schools I knew an awful lot of kids that went to Carmichael... At Spalding I lived on the dividing line... so the kids on the north went to Chief Jo while the kids on the South side of the line went to Carmichael... But in all my rovings I wouldn't meet up with this doll until we all merged into Col-Hi. So here she is again about to celebrate another birthday... I assume it's a big one because most of my class is turning... a wonderful age this year... a few of us hit the magic age last year and are moving up again this year... but what the heck... I'm just glad to be around to wish Sandy Jones Fishback ('65) A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY on the 16th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lori Simpson Hogan ('70) Re: Ken Staley ('68)"Prom NIght" One of the popular places to go out to eat for Prom night was The Brass Door in downtown Richland. It was a classy place back in the late '60s and early '70s. That building has been closed and boarded up for many years now. Re: Vic Marshall ('71), Wascher's Mobil Gas station Vic, the station was on the corner of McMurray and GWWay....Love ya buddy, -Lori Simpson Hogan ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kerry A. Steichen ('74) Re: Bomber Baseball Fans 2007 WIAA 4A Baseball Tournament Updated: May 12, 2007 A LOOK BACK-- 2006 4A Baseball Tournament 4A Baseball Champions 1973-2006 Regionals - May 19 At Everett Memorial Stadium Game 1 : Kentwood vs Snohomish Game 2 : Redmond vs North Kitsap Game 3 : Winner 1 vs Winner 2 At Kent Memorial Field Game 4 : Lake Stevens vs Tahoma Game 5 : Stadium vs Woodinville Game 6 : Winner 4 vs Winner 5 At Heidelberg Field Game 7 : Bothell vs Central Kitsap Game 8 : Edmonds-Woodway vs Prairie Game 9 : Winner 7 vs Winner 8 At Eastern WA Site TBA Game 10 : District 5/6/8 #3 vs Moses Lake Game 11 : Graham Kapowsin vs Richland Game 12 : Winner 10 vs Winner 11 Semifinals - May 25 At Safeco Field, Seattle Game 13: Winner 3 vs Winner 6 Game 14: Winner 9 vs Winner 12 Finals - May 26 At Safeco Field, Seattle Game 15: Loser 13 vs Loser 14 (3rd, 4th place) Game 16: Winner 13 vs Winner 14 (1st, 2nd place) -Kerry A. Steichen ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/17/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Millie Finch ('54), Pappy Swan ('59), Lora Homme ('60) Marilyn Swan ('63), Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68), Nancy Nelson ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Brady ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Millie Finch Gregg ('54) Re: My Mother Hi fellow Bombers - I just wanted to let you know that my mother, Marjorie Elizabeth Murphy Finch Armstrong, age 92 died on Mother's Day. It is bittersweet - selfishly I didn't want to let her go, but she is at peace now. She had had a terrible fall on April 29th and never left the hospital, but was alert and conversing up until Friday, when she had a stroke and was never responsive again. So the blessing is she didn't linger and suffer. Many of you will remember her as Girl Scout Leader of Troop #9. Also before she went to work for the Hanford Patrol, she worked at CC Anderson's, which is the building that now has Ariel's, etc. She was a member of Sweet Adelines and very active in her church. However, her happiest times in her late life was up until she had the fall, she volunteered 2 days at week at Kadlec Hospital as a Patient Escort. We bought her a pedometer and some days she was walking 5-6 miles, pushing people in wheelchairs. She said she had to help the "old" people! She would say she had gone to the Rest Homes to visit the "old" people. We asked her many times what she thought she was?? Her secret was she hung around young people, therefore she was young at heart and in her thinking. Her mind was good and she was a very vibrant person until her death. We came to the Tri-Cities in 1943 and she had lived in our house for 61 years, so you can imagine what task my brothers and I have ahead of us. I have already heard from many of you, and I just thank my Bomber buddies for their love and support. Cheers, -Millie Finch Gregg ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: OTD To: Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63), "Me much younger sibling sister," Bomber Babe (in denial), and OTDA Membership # 03. Re: The OTDA Congratulations, my little Sissy! Now, you too, are a member of the OTDA (Older Than Dirt Association). The OTDA was founded by Mrs. Pappy, my lovely wife, Jeanne Swan (OTDA Membership # 01), when she turned 62 years of age (thirteen months ahead of me). In my case, she robbed the cradle, as she is technically two years older than I am, for one month ... every year. Of course, I was always fond of older women. Anyway, when Jeanne turned 62, she declared that she was "Older than dirt" and celebrated by becoming a genuine, bonafide Social Security Recipient, and founding the OTDA. Sooner or later, all survivors, who reach the astounding age of 62 are eligible for membership. So, all interested Bombers, take note! There are no dues or application forms to fill out for the OTDA. Nor, is there any acceptance vote by the membership (currently numbering...three members). And furthermore, there are no officers and there is no board of directors! Thus, there should be no squabbles as to how things are being run within the organization. One just turns 62 and accepts the fact that they are OTD, and they're in! The only requirement for joining is that one must freely admit that they are OTD! Confess your age, my Bomber brothers and sisters -- Its good for cleansing the soul (and conscience)! Thus, becoming a member of OTD is an honorable accomplishment, as a whole new chapter of life is just beginning! Marilyn, my much younger sister, as an OLDER THAN DIRT ASSOCIATION member, you are now free to blow in the wind! Therefore, you, Jeanne, and I, as charter members of the OTDA, can hold our first annual retreat/convention when we lounge on the shores of Moon Lake in the High Uinta Mountains of Utah in July. We can conduct our first non-business meeting, because there is never any new (or older than dirt) business to consider. We will just kick back and swat skeeters... because we will be too old to outrun them. In addition, we have the option of actually baiting our fish hooks, if we so desire. Don't forget the skeeter spray! Fish bait is optional. I admit that I don't consume alcoholic beverages much in my senior years. However, strictly in celebration of your new OTDA membership, an occasional cold beer would be nice! So, you as the youngest and "Junior-est" OTDA member will be required to make the beer runs between beach and cabin. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59), OTDA Membership # 02, scary "Clampett Clan" member (but not a "Cutie"), and accomplished radio player ~ Burbank, WA, OTDA Headquarters. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lora Homme Page ('60) Re: Hot and cold parents. My good friend, Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) told the much older and much younger Swans ('59 and '63, respectively) that she and I would think of something "interesting" to submit to the Sandstorm. What was she thinking!? As some of you know, my mother who is 88 and dad who will be 100 in June have an apartment in my house and I'm looking after them so I don't have a lot of opportunities for interesting things to happen in my life. But never let it be said that I dodged a challenge. My parents had a (very mildly) interesting little room-temperature completion going on. I've been keeping the thermostat for the whole house at 80 as a compromise and no one is comfortable. My dad is always cold, wears lined flannel shirts in the winter and regular flannel shirts in the summer and huddles in front of his space heater. My mother, on the other hand, has two fans in her room, one little and one big, is on oxygen 24/7 and frequently gets so warm that she runs, well, shuffles rapidly, to the door, flings it open and screams "I need air!" causing the neighborhood dogs to go into a frenzy. Since I unplug my dad's space heater in the spring so that he doesn't crank it up to 90 or so, causing my mother to suffer heat prostration, I find him with his stocking cap on and he's got into his closet and is wrapped up in every piece of clothing he can get off a hanger. Except for the eyes, you'd think I was using his wheelchair for a laundry basket. He has a couple perfectly nice throws, but he says they're too big and clumsy. Sigh. It finally occurred to me the other day that since my mom is mostly bedridden and rarely comes out of her room, if she had a little window air-conditioner, she could have it whatever temperature she wanted, so I went out and bought one. Simple, right? No. As you may know, the directions for window air- conditioners only address mounting them in a window that has a sash that opens upward, retaining the window above the unit, but nothing about windows that slide to the side. That's not the problem, you can slide the side opening window over against the unit, but what to do with that area above the air-conditioner since the little side panels that they provide only work beside the AC, not over it. You can nail a piece of plywood or something over the opening and let it go at that, but that's just not my style. Why do something the straight forward, easy but ugly way if there's a way to turn it into a major project. Fortunately, I have a friend who loves a challenge so I called him and explained my dilemma. I wanted a double pane window above the AC but the glass shop said they don't manufacture windows that small. To make a long story short, he built a frame to mount the unit in with a sash for a window above it. Then he got two window panes and made and installed a double pane window in the sash! He added some moldings, painted the whole works white, and, voila, a lovely little window over the AC. There's a remote control for the AC so Mom can lie in bed and adjust it to whatever temperature suits her. Problem solved, right? No! The air-conditioner cools not just her room but the living room of their apartment as well, making my poor dad even colder. Picture me tearing out my hair! Ah ha, she cried, finally, plug the space heater back in! I've closed the heat/air vents in their apartment, put the temperature for the rest of the house at a comfortable level, Mom is happily basking in 72, Daddy is back huddled in his favorite spot in front of his heater and, so far, everyone is happy! So, Jan, that's as interesting as it gets in my life. Now you're on, let's hear something "interesting!" I miss John Northover ('59-RIP)... every now and then he wrote something cosmic in to the Sandstorm that got me to thinking about things bigger than myself and the merits of latex gloves. -Lora Homme Page ('60) ~ In that other town, across the river and down the road from Richland, admiring the lovely little white, double pane window over the air-conditioner in Mom's room. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) To: Donna Bowers Rice ('63) You made my morning! I laughed so hard remembering the escapade with your parents car, I actually had tears running down my face! I think you meant that you tooled, remember that one (?), but you said toolted & that made it even funnier. At least to me & I must admit to being easily amused! I remember tons of things that happened to us! I also remember that growing up in a town like Richland was the best place a kid could have grown up in! We were so carefree, always looking for something fun to do, and never failing to find it! My old neighborhood was the best with Freddie Schafer, Leslie Hutchinson, Diane Dvorak, DeeAnn Becker, Kaye Davis, Alan & Jerry McMurtry, Mike Hughes, Don Gana, who all lived within a few houses of each other and you Donna from down on Perkins. But we included many more from all over town (Janice Pierce, Beth Parker, Pam Fleming, Carolyn Roe, just to name a few) as we went from Spalding to Chief Jo & then to Col-Hi. I also remember that old car of Dean Hutchinson's & there are several memories that go along with it. I think I have pictures of you standing on it somewhere in my boxes of old black & whites! And the fun thing about a lot of these people I've named is that I am still in contact with them & spend time with them, email them or talk with them long distance all over the U.S. Which reminds me once again there was no place to grow up in quite like Richland, Washington! Weren't we lucky?! -Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) ~ SLC another beautiful day in the neighborhood . **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) Re: I'm baaaaaaccckkkkkkk Hi, all - I've missed you! I thought things would be more organized and less hectic by the time I reached the 2nd 1/2 of my 50s. But the truth is just the opposite. Which explains why I didn't have time until yesterday to check the class of '68 website, and discover that my old e-mail address was still listed there. No wonder I haven't received a Sandstorm since I took down the Satellite internet connection back in December (with which that address was associated. Satellite internet sucks by the way.) [I had satellite internet when I was living in Okanogan, WA county and loved it. Had to speak up so everybody doesn't think that ALL satellite internet connections suck. -Maren] I now have psychiatric practices in Orofino, ID (Monday), WallaWalla (Tues-Thurs), Clarkston, WA (Friday). I am actually only away from the farm on Tuesday and Wednesday night each week -- it's a pleasant 2.5 hour drive from WW, 35 minutes of beautiful but winding road along the Clearwater River east to Orofino, and 30 minutes of not quite so beautiful but easier to drive road west along the Clearwater and across the Snake to Clarkston. When one practices medicine in rural areas, these types of commutes are the way it goes. I am thankful not to be on clogged freeways (although I do have to watch out for the wild turkeys at this time of the year. Always something crossing the road ... deer, coyotes, even an occasional wolf, etc.). I am also thankful that I am paid for my driving time to and from WallaWalla (sweet deal!), and for my mileage to and from Orofino. Finally, it is GREAT to have a diesel VW -- around 38 MPG. Anyway, hi to all - sorry if anyone has tried to reach me and had e-mail bounce. Please try again at this yahoo address. I will KEEP it --- much more portable! Off to work, now. Looking forward to my daily Sandstorm again :-) -Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) ~ Haven Farm, ID - About 1/2 way between Lewiston and Orofino P.S. - 1968 Class Reunion News, PLEASE!!! P.P.S. - Need the PayPal address to send you money Maren, now that I am back in action here. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nancy Nelson Wyatt ('69) Re: Twin Lakes I remember going to twin lakes too but we went to the twin lakes at Inchelium, WA. It had cabins with bunk beds and a nice swimming area. We would go on dad's 7 days off once a month cuz he worked all 3 shifts and then got a break. Several families got together and went up there and we had a ball. Loved the fishing and there were lots of other things to do. Wanting to say hi to all the Bomber friends out there and missed the Richland Bomber luncheon by 1 hour. Sorry all maybe the next time I come down I will make it on time. -Nancy Nelson Wyatt ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/18/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers and Don Sorenson sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Mike Clowes ('54), Bill Berlin ('56) Donna Bowers ('63), Carol Converse ('64) Gary Behymer ('64), David Rivers ('65) Alan Lobdell ('69), Anne Mitzlaff ('77) Don Sorenson (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jack Keeney ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lyman Powell ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Caroline Stanfield ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: Club 40 DustStorm - From the At Long Last Department For those of you who have been patiently waiting for your very own copy of the DustStorm, fear not for they should be appearing in a mailbox near you fairly soon. There was a slight technical glitch that was ably handled by Nick Nelson ('56) and Judy Willox ('61 and '82) so that the paper could get on its way. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ enjoying the spring in Mount Angel, OR **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Whales and Texas Just back from ten days in Texas... Houston to be exact. I attended the world's oil conference and trade show, watched the Grandkid's baseball games and had copious quantities of smoked and BBQ meat. It was, however, the weather that was the "big show." One hour we would be under a tornado warning with 2-3" of rain per hour, lightning all over the sky and thunder like the gods were bowling in your attic and the next hour sun and 80+, then the next hour would be back in the "soup" running for cover. The weather guys on TV show weather patterns from as far away as Colorado and Utah, south over the Gulf of Mexico, east to the Mississippi Valley and north well into Kansas and Oklahoma and then do a model of about ten different weather scenarios depending how and when these fronts would show up in Houston. When they show up from different directions, that is a recipe for a tornado. Time to take cover, dude. Back in the Pacific Northwest, we went over to Victoria, British Columbia the other day to visit my doctor there and get another supply of meds. About 10 minutes out of the Anacortes ferry terminal the ferry came to a complete stop and we were surrounded by 25-30 Orca (Killer) whales. They were breeching (coming clear out of the water and splashing down), tail slapping and other feeding events they do. My guess they were either in a ball of herring or they had a coupe of sea kayakers surrounded (just joking). This lasted about 15 minutes and the boat, by law, could not move forward. Later that evening we took the B.C. ferry from Swartz Bay (Vancouver Island side) to Tsawwassen (Mainland side) and as we entered Active Pass the Captain came on the ship's speakers and said that he was slowing down to a "slow bell" speed as there was a pod of Orca whales in the Pass. Not as large a pod as in the morning but still 15-20 critters and they too were feeding. As a side bar, we did see four mother/calf combinations in the two pods and that is good news. I know that is a whale of a story but nothing like Air Pappy and the mini-F-14 Tomcat revelations but I thought I would share Mother Nature with y'all. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ Anacortes, WA where I can currently see a pod of Orca whales out in Rosario Strait from my office and with my trusty and rusty binoculars. Everybody paid their Sandstorm dues? Hurricane season starts June 1 and I understand that Maren is building a new shelter down in Louisiana Gretna. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Bowers Rice (Gold Medal Class of '63) To: Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) Mare, you have no idea what great memories I have also. When I needed a laugh I headed for your neighborhood. I can remember you walking me home, then me walking you home, then going 1/2 way between just because we had so much to talk about. We laughed ourselves silly, and it didn't take much. We sat with Jerry McMurty in his car and he told jokes for I swear 3 solid hours one night - where is that crazy guy? Leslie's house was a hangout for everybody and her mom Char was just the best. To this day, those are VERY special memories and I treasure our friendship. You are a good friend to many. Seeing your mom's picture that George sent to the Sandstorm and realizing that my Mom is doing OK for 84, I can hardly wait to see what we will look like at 80, then 90, then 100 (isn't it great to have good genes - now how old was Aunt Elsie anyway when she passed?) I know you will laugh at anything and probably as we become more senile it will get a whole lot funnier so here's to you Mare!!! We love you whole bunches! -Donna Bowers Rice (GMC '63) ~ from somewhere in the Midwest stuck in the Mississippi Mud **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) Ah, Twin Lakes at Inchelium, WA. My parents took me there when I was 6 months old up until graduation from high school. We always stayed at Rainbow Beach - I believe that was on the 'north' lake. I've got sooooo many memories from there. I would walk from one lake to the other. There was a trail, of sorts, in the trees. I'd go on picnics all the time, pick wild strawberries. My mother cooked on the wood stove and even made cakes in the oven. I didn't realize at the time, just how hard that must have been. Another couple of good friends of theirs went with us each year. When I got into Jr. Hi. and Hi. school, I would take one of my friends each year. Whenever Gail Plee ('64) went with us, it would be her birthday - that's why the cakes. One year I got into big trouble with my dad while I was out boating in this boat. I had a very lead foot - of rather hand, haha. I didn't realize the change of rules when there were lots of skiiers on the lake. He ended up putting a 'govern' on the motor to keep the speed way down. -Carol Converse Maurer (Boomer Bomber Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA where we had a bit of spring the other day. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Hot and cold...not only applies to parents, husbands & wives but also to the 'OFFICE.' Our office of 4 has compromised (...that be me) on 73 in the winter and 77 in the summer. I personally would enjoy 72 year round but the others would not. I do remember, the Spring of 1964, when someone was going around putting open milk containers in unused lockers, then placing an old lock to secure the door. NO matter what the temperature might be... those were very sour and offensive times. -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Old friends are the best By the word old... I do not imply Older Than Dirt... I simply mean those we've had for a long time... Fun to ready Pappy's ('59) note about how you get to be older than dirt and Donna Bowers' ('63) reliving the friendships which prompted Marilyn Swan's ('63) response... all the names of the girls we '65ers swooned over... all huddled in the Parker's (Judy ('60), Beth ('63) and Laura ('65) basement... listening to music and "making out"... yup those were the days... I still think of Dale Bowers ('65) and my New Years Eve of '59... we were crushed because we were not invited to Doug Benoliel's ('65) party... we had gone the year before and were convinced we had been banned from the kingdom for life... we had no way of knowing and sure as heck weren't gonna announce our fate to the rest of the world by asking why... course the answer was simple... Doug could only invite a finite number so if you were invited one year you weren't the next... but the following year you'd be back on the list... so Dale and I listened to the top 100 countdown and plotted our fate as outcasts... But the real purpose of this little note isn't to air my adolescent fears... it is to rejoice over the birthdays of three of my very favorite people (yeah I know... everybody is my favorite people)... One of them made me a belt in shop that I still have... it is so small I don't know how I ever wore it... he used to sit in a group of guys and when I would walk in the room they would start bagging the table like the tom tom in the Hamms beer commercial and sing "I'm a friend of David Rivers... Rivers..." I remember the last time I saw Mike Jennings ('64-RIP) he was with this birthday boy and sure enough... they all took up the chant... The other birthday boy has been a long time friend as well... he saved my bacon once when I took on a golden gloves boxer in a drunken moment of brilliance... when the guy had me down between two parked cars... this guy was one of those willing to throw a punch at the drop of a hat... not that the other birthday boy was a slouch in that regard... but this guy is rumored to have been the one that actually started the Twedt ('64) / Davis ('65) bout that remains legend (at least in the minds of the participants) to this day... the other birthday is a Bomber-Babe... and what a Bomber-Babe... my first date as ill-fated as it turned out... a simple party over at Skip Nussbaum's ('65)... This girl and her gang referred to us '65ers as "their boys"... She is and always will be so special to me... Just the best... one of the Johnston Street Girls who lived across from Brian Johnson ('65) and gave us the opportunity to hang on that street with its bevy of lovelies from several classes... so anyway... on this, the 18th of May... I'd like to wish HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Jack Keeney ('65), Lyman Powell ('65) and Caroline Stanfield ('66)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Lobdell ('69) The Twin Lakes in Inchelium, WA are the ones I remember. Wow! I was only about 14 the one time my folks and I went up there and stayed in a cabin. About the only two things I can even remember about it is the fishing and the dark haired girl I met there. It was a fun week. I'm driving to Kennewick on Friday to watch my grandsons play baseball under the lights. They are only 8 and 6 but it will be fun to watch. By the way, for any fishing types I have been going to Warden Lake up at the pot holes the last couple week ends and the fishing has been great. So far the smallest trout I've caught was 14 inches. -Alan Lobdell ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Anne Mitzlaff Gerken ('77) Re: Class of '77 There is a group of us address hunting for the 30th reunion of the class of 1977. If you already sent a note to Debbie for any of these names, then I'm sorry for the overlap. Time is crunching. Does anyone have an e-mail or postal address for: Bill Allen, Mary Allen, Joe Anderson, Danny Armstrong, Maureen Baird, Kim Batson, Kathleen Bauer, Karen Benton, Craig Bircher, Brenda Bolliger, James Bower, Craig Bradley, Betty Breitenstein That's it for now. Over half of the e-mail addresses on the Class of '77 home page at are no longer good. We could use some help out there. Thanks, -Anne Mitzlaff Gerken ('77) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB) To All Bombers Re: Gas Station memories Found some picture of gas stations. Best job I ever had. If I could make the same money I do now I'd pump gas. Re: Hanford Health and Safety EXPO On May 22nd and 23rd (that is a Tuesday and a Wednesday) Fluor Hanford is sponsoring the Health & Safety EXPO at the TRAC in Pasco, WA. It is open from 7am to 7pm. It is free to the public. There will be a booth displaying the Hanford Construction Camp and its safety culture. Over a hundred photographs and a few artifacts from that era will be on display. I would like to ask those who lived in the camp to stop by and sign a bordered collage of Construction Camp pictures. Even if you were 1 month old when you lived there, we'd be happy to have your signature. Hope to see you there!! -Don Sorenson N A B **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Jeff Johansen ('89) ~ 9/17/69 - 5/13/07 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/19/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers (including the Snow Boys) sent stuff: Margo Compton ('60), Patti Jones ('60) David Rivers ('65), Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) Toby Huff ('68). Snow Boys ('52, '59, '65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bob Cross ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paula Frister ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Margo Compton Lacarde ('60) Re: Texas Weather To: Bill Berlin ('56) We have found that in Texas, if you don't like the weather, wait five minutes. -Margo Compton Lacarde ('60) ~ San Antonio, TX **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Gary May's ('58) daughter Debbie emailed the following Hi All, This is Debbie, Gary's daughter. I regret having to inform you all, but my Dad's health has taken a grave turn for the worse. 4 weeks ago he was diagnosis with stage 4 lung cancer, and the prognosis is not good. He is pretty much in bed most of the time now and we are trying to make him as comfortable as possible. I just wanted to send a short note to let you all know why you have not heard from him in a while. I will try and keep you all informed on the situation. All your thoughts and prayers would be greatly appreciated. -Deb Anyone who would like to send an email to Gary I do have his email address and would be glad to send it to you. To: Millie Finch Gregg ('54) So sorry to hear about your mother Millie. It has been many years since I have seen her when we worked at C.C. Andersons/The Bon Marche. Maybe when I came home from California to visit once in a while. My prayers are with you and your family. -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: What do you guys think? Now when I was younger... I recall my Pop being very grown up and always acting it at least while my friends and I were around... I think my Mom was too except I do recall her talking about playing paper dolls with Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55)... but the point is that they acted all grown up and talked all grown up and just kinda carried themselves as if they were all grown up... My dad never wore jeans till he was in his 70s or 80s... he always wore these khaki pants with cuffs in them... maybe they didn't all have cuffs... but they all looked alike... those were his work around lounge around pants... As I recall, most of my Dad's friends and most of the other parents dressed about the same... I remember Lyman's ('65) Dad... sitting in the chair fairly near the front door of their house... with the huge cigar in his mouth... I don't recall him ever acknowledging me when I entered the house... I recall only his profile... I remember all the kids from the '50s classes driving their cool cars and making all the other guys and me drool as they would drive by the park at Stevens and VanGeisen where we '65er guys and gals would be sitting in the swings... dreaming of being 16... we didn't dream big... 16 and a set of keys... that was it... we boys would race our imaginary cars to Yakima... have no clue why Yakima... that's just where we went in our swing cars... I think Beej ('65) was the one to come up with Yakima... I remember the last day of school our Senior year sitting on the steps of Mac Hall with Ricky Warford ('65), when we realized we had blown past 16... were on our way to 19, had no skills, no prospects... not even any talents to speak of and realizing, as Rick put it: "We blew it"... so many of us went off to Viet Nam, just as our pops had gone to WWII and Korea... many of us came home less than whole in some way or another... and maybe for a while we were bitter but not hateful and not at everyone... just kind of alone... so we grew our hair long and maybe had unkept beards and such... I remember Harrah ('65) escaping from Pueta Viarta and the federates and Keeney ('65) not making it away and being arrested and kindly asked to leave... I went to college and worked and grad school and worked and law school and worked... even at the largest law firms of two states... Beej is out there designing schools... even our own school... Beaver ('65) is some kinda renowned scientist... Werner ('65) is a retired Superintendent of Schools... Miles ('64) is a "consultant" on land planning and such... Jennings ('64-RIP) was a Police Captain... I have people asking me my opinion on many things and how they should do this and do that... I remember being sworn in to the United States Supreme Court... I have tried huge cases in front of many juries... I do all kinds of things that look grown up... but what I DO NOT remember at any time... is BEING a grown up... as Ann Coffman ('66) mentioned this morning... "you guys are still our Jr boys"... now... being born in '46 I am in the vanguard of the boomers... but for the most part... we are still wondering when we will be "middle aged" I mean some have AARP cards, some are retired, some are starting post retirement careers but we are still thinking about what we are gonna do when we grow up... so my question is... is it just the boomers that feel that way or are there others out there that feel the same way??????? Inquiring minds wanna know! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) Re: Class of '68 Reunion????? Is there anything going on as far as planning for our 40th reunion next year? Or do we just become a part of Club 40, and not have our own, separate reunions any more? (I don't mean "just" in a bad way in that sentence.) I haven't been to a reunion since our 20th - don't even know if there have been any since then. But the 40th seems like a milestone to me. (After all, think what a big deal it seems like to so many people to turn 40 years old ... which would be a few years back now for all of us in the Class of '68!) Please advise, whoever might know about this. Thanks, -Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) ~ Heading back to the Haven Farm today. In Richland for a medical seminar and to play with two grandsons (3 & 1) since Wednesday evening. Eldest son, his wife, and two boys just moved to Richland, and plan to call this home :-) So I'll be around the old town more often in the future!!! Sure has changed - didn't like not seeing the rec hall when I came in on GWWay :-( **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Toby Huff Bouchey ('68) I haven't been on this site before. Don't know who frequents the information. I want to reach friends who I've lost touch with. Our parents are leaving us and we're becoming orphans. I'd love to have more family around me. Friends who are elsewhere. We have more in common than we realize. Talk to me. Love to hear from you. -Toby Huff Bouchey ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ron Snow (52), Roger Snow (59), and Gary Snow (65) Re: Hattie Elizabeth Snow (Our Mother) We wanted to let those of you who knew and loved Hattie that she passed away peacefully on April 27, 2007 in Peachtree City, GA. She was 97 and would have celebrated her 98th birthday on May 28, 2007. She loved Richland and she loved all Richland Bombers. It was not an easy task, to say the least, to convince Hattie to relocate from Richland to Georgia in 1995 to live with Roger and his family. She will be missed. For those interested, her obituary can be found in the May 3rd edition of the Tri-City Herald and on their memorial web site -Ron Snow (52), Roger Snow (59), and Gary Snow (65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/20/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers sent stuff: Harvey Chapman ('56), Don Brooks ('58), Pappy Swan ('59) Lora Homme ('60), Mary Rose ('60), Patti Jones ('60) Patti Mathis ('60), Nadine Reynolds ('61), Bob Rector ('62) John Adkins ('62), Patty de la Bretonne ('65), Rick Valentine ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Harvey Chapman ('56) Just wanted everyone who had the good fortune of knowing Jack Moorman ('54), that he is presently having a very difficult time and can use your prayers. -Harvey Chapman ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Brooks ('58) Do you have any idea where I could find a 1958 yearbook? Maybe someone wants to sell one? Thanks, -Don Brooks ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: David Rivers ('65) Re: What do you guys think? David, What does growing up mean? Would I have to be serious? -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lora Homme Page ('60) Re: Room temperature competition I want to thank the people who sent me positive emails about the Sandstorm entry that I submitted about my parents' room temperature competition. However, I received one taking me to task for making my mom and dad objects of humor. It surprised me that anyone would think that I was "making fun" of my folks but if there are others out there, here's the truth. I laugh so that I don't cry. There's no cure for old age. No matter what I do or how hard I try, or how fast I run, they continue to slowly deteriorate every day and helplessly watching these precious people disappear for the last five years is the hardest thing I've ever done. Making their final years as comfortable and worry-free as possible is all that I can do. I'm an only child and my son is in Southern California so I have no one who shares my burden except the wonderful people in the caregivers' support group that Betsy Fox Vance ('63) started a year ago. They tell me that I was rapidly approaching burn out at that time. Humor is my defense against the inevitable end of this phase of my life so that I don't sink into depression and exhaustion. If my entry offended anyone else out there, I'm sorry, but I do what I have to do to keep on keep'n on. -Lora Homme Page ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Rose Crum Tansy ('60) Re: 5/19 Sandstorm entry from Toby Huff Bouchey ('68) I worked with you in Graphics at Westinghouse - can't remember the years - around '77 - '80. I have really missed all of you guys since. Alonzo, Sandy, Darwin, Dennis. You were all so talented and it was a wonderful place to work. You will love this site - I have come in contact with many of the people I used to know. I live in central Utah away from my family so I enjoy hearing from everyone too. -Mary Rose Crum Tansy ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: All Bomber Luncheon - Richland Every month brings new visitors from out of town and good surprises for everyone. No teacher to tell us to be quiet. Well... I do once in a while when it is time for everyone to hear some one talk during announcements and introductions. Then other Bombers chime in to get it quiet. We have been working on getting the pictures named so everyone knows who is who. None of us seem to have the time to learn the programs that would help. Give us time we will learn yet. The following is the way we are doing the names for right now. Hope it works so everyone reading knows who's who for a change. We all love the pictures and their were a few "Hams" this time. Each person who has a picture will have a Initials and number before their names. Attendees: Bonnie Allen ('59), Derrith Persons Dean ('60), Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63), Pat Doriss Trimble ('65), Patti Jones Ahrens ('60), Dave Rhodes (52?), Alice Rhodes (spouse), Betty Bell Norton ('51), Marilyn "Cookie" Baird Singletary ('60), Edie Atkins (friend of Patti's), Marilyn "Em" Devine ('52), Gus Keeney ('57), Missy Keeney ('59), Glen Rose ('58), Carol Rose (Spouse & '62 Sunnyvale HS), Judy Anderson Rollison ('58), Kaye Ivers ('60), Linda Snow Stull ('6?), George Barnett ('63), George "Pappy" Swan ('59), Jeanne Swan (spouse), and Burt Pierard ('59). Many did not sign in and put their graduation year. Guess I need to get better at staying with the sign-in book, instead of talking so much. Probably what got me in trouble the most in school until I learned quietly how to pass notes. Thats it for this month. Have Fun -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA ~ Lunch at the river a couple of days ago was very restful. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) David Rivers' ('65) entry set me thinking. I don't think a person feels like a grown up until their parents die. Not that you still depend on them, but, well, I guess you do. When that net is gone, you really don't have a choice. Sink or swim as they say. -Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nadine Reynolds Cochran ('61) Re: Texas Weather To: Bill Berlin ('56) and Margo Compton Lacarde ('60) My husband, Dave ('61) and I drove from Tucson, AZ to Houston, TX for the 2007 Mastiff Club of America Specialty Show. I think our show was the same week that Bill was in Houston as we experienced the same type weather. On April 30 on our way, we drove through Pecos County and spent the night at Sonora, TX. We found there had been tornado watches all day for Pecos County. We had seen hail on the shoulders of the freeway and experienced very hard rain the last hour we drove before arriving in Sonora. The next day, May 1, we drove on into Houston. It was before noon when we passed through San Antonio and it started to rain again just before entering the city. As we progressed east, it turned as dark as night, we had our head lights on and our windshield wipers on high but they could not clear the rain from the windshield. We had to slow to 25 MPH and turned on the four way flashers so other drivers would know we were there. Thankfully, everyone else on the road was equally cautious. Many cars and even some of the trucks pulled to the shoulder and stopped. It was a rather nerve wracking experience. We finally got out of the rain just before Katy, TX. On our way home on May 6, we spent the night at Fort Stockton, TX and again were confronted with tornado watches. You guys who live in Texas sure have a variety of weather. I think I prefer my dry Arizona 100+ days. We had a great time at the dog show. We are new to this sport but thought it might be fun to do in our retirement years (still a few years off). This was my 3rd dog show as a dog handler. Please forgive the bragging but our new puppy, Shelby, (8 1/2 months and 153 pounds) did very well at the show. She took Best of Opposite Sex in the Futurity over 50 other English Mastiffs ranging in age from 6 months to 18 months. In the Sweepstakes, she was 2nd her class (Puppy Bitches 6 months and under 9 months) and in Confirmation, she was 2nd in her class. Our next show will be in Flagstaff, AZ next month. Are there any other Bombers who love, own or show English Mastiffs? I have enclosed some pictures of Shelby and I at the Houston Show. -Nadine Reynolds Cochran ('61) ~ in sunny, warm Tucson, AZ where the ice broke on the Santa Cruze River last week with our first 100+ day. One of the TV stations here has a contest each year where you enter the day and time you think the ice will break (temperature reaches 100 for the first time). **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Rector ('62) Re: Twin Lakes I used to go to Twin Lakes with the Cunninghams. Great memories. And still to this day, just for fun I guess, we still chuckle whenever we get into a row boat. Cliff Cunningham ('62) got goofy one day and said, "Hey, let's go oaring". I said, "Cliff, it's rowing not oaring."... but somehow it just stuck and oaring it is. A real Twin Lakes ongoing memory. -Bob Rector ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Adkins ('62) To: David Rivers ('65) Re: Growing Up I made that trip to "The Pearl of the Orient" - came home - found and married a really great lady - I had a career that I enjoyed - we have two grown children with children. I am fond of saying "I had to grow up the first time, but I'll be damned if I'm gonna do it again." -John Adkins ('62) ~ Richland - 59F Barometer: 30 in rising rapidly Dewpoint: 44 Humidity: 57% Visibility: 10 miles Wind: 14 mph SW Sunrise: 5:19 AM Sunset: 8:28 PM UV Index: 0 Low **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patty de la Bretonne ('65) Dear Gary Snow ('65), I read today of your Mother's passing, and want to say my thoughts are with you and your family. No matter now old we get we are still our Mom's baby. and Gary I want to say I'm glad you're still around... I remember you as a friend from grade school. I have even asked people at some of the reunions "Where's Gary Snow?" So just know today I'm thinking of you. Your grade school pal, -Patty de la Bretonne ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Valentine ('68) To: Toby Huff Bouchey ('68) I can relate, I lost my Mom in 1988 at 65 (hard to believe it's been almost 20 years already) and my dad in 1993 at 74. Seems like they both died to young! We have already lost 37 people (that I know of, maybe more) from our graduating class. It's always comforting to see or hear from old friends, seems like we have lost touch with many of them through the years! To: Ken Staley ('68) Re: Prom Dinners I took my Senior Prom date to the Rivershore for dinner. It was a memorable event! Following the meal we ordered "Cherries Jubilee" for desert. They brought a cart to the table and proceeded to make the desert while we watched. When it came time to serve, the waiter somehow knocked over the flaming pan of "Cherries Jubilee" and started the table cloth on the serving cart and the table cloth on the dining table both on fire. On the up side, the fire was put out quickly, no one got burned and they did not charge us for our dinner, and it made for an unforgeable evening! -Rick Valentine ('68) ~ Spokane, WA where we are currently having a thunder storm and it is pouring rain. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/21/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 13 Bombers sent stuff: Anna May Wann ('49), Ann Bishop ('56) Bonnie Allen ('59), Patti Mathis ('60) Tom Verellen ('60), Irene de la Bretonne ('61) Donni Clark ('63), Linda Reining ('64) Jim Breedlove ('68), Betti Avant ('69) Daniel Laybourn ('70), Greg Alley ('73) Larry Davis ('80) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tom Graham ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) First, to David Rivers ('65) Why on earth would you want to grow up? It is so much fun enjoying life every day, heck at 76 I have no intention of ever growing up (or growing old) Life is too short as it is why hurry the process along? o Lora Homme Page ('60) I loved your story about your parents. Only when you experience the hot and cold thing yourself can you really enjoy the humor you added to yours. I just spent a week at a convention my two roommates love the temperature at 85 (at least) any cooler and they are freezing. Needless to say it is a battle I would prefer no hotter than 68. We had a room full of women assembling programs, rosters, etc. Many had their own built in thermostats we would go over turn on the air conditioner, just start getting comfortable and yes, the ones with no blood running through their system would go turn the air conditioner off. (I mean can you imagine a group of about 10 women in one hotel room and it not being warm or the word "hot" comes to mind too) Of course since I was one of the hostesses the warm ones would come to me and complain!! Yes, we would turn the air conditioner back on. Finally we told the ones without blood running through their system to go put on a sweater we couldn't (or rather wouldn't) take our clothes off (We also had the door to the hallway open so anyone going by could come in and help) they haven't invented an iron to get those wrinkles out of the birthday suits yet!!! Anyone who gets bloody noses from it being too hot can appreciate what I am saying! Anyone who can't see the humor in your story needs to get a life you were "just stating the facts, ma'am!" and in a way we could all enjoy. Keep up your sense of humor it makes each day just a little easier and remember we are here for you any time that is what Bombers do!! To Millie Finch Gregg ('54) My heart goes out to you for the loss of your mother just try to remember the good and fun times you shared. I used to call my mother every Sunday evening and even after 8 years I still wish I could call her and tell her what is going on in my life. To Ron Snow ('52) I repeat what I just said to Millie be thankful you had your Mother around for this long, and do remember the good times and of course the times you wished she didn't have those eyes in the back of her head!! God Bless both of you and your families you know we Bombers will be thinking of you at this time of sadness. -Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Bishop Ousley ('56) To: Lora Homme Page ('60) I thought the story of your trials were very funny. Ignore those who took you to task. If we can't laugh at ourselves or our families and friends, who can we laugh at???????? Life, at times, would be intolerable without humor. As a former missionary, I know that to be a fact. Keep on laughing and finding the funny side of things. I wish I had MY parents to laugh at and with (I was an 'only', too). I miss them. To all you out there who refuse to grow up: My husband has been three going on two for roughly 73 years... he was 'stunted in development' at a young age... and I wouldn't change that for anything. In fact, I have thought of joining him!! -Ann Bishop Ousley ('56) ~ Texarkana AR **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bonnie Allen ('59) To: Lora Homme Page ('60) Keep up the good work with your parents! I cannot understand anyone who would criticize you for laughing about your parents' temperature difficulties. My mother was 92 when she died, and she was extremely difficult--the only way you can really get through this is to laugh. I can only hope that I will have a loving family member taking care of me when I reach that point in life. If I am so lucky, I hope they laugh openly at me and make me laugh too! To: George Swan ('59) George-- Don't you DARE grow up if it means you have to be serious!! -Bonnie Allen ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) To: Lora Homme Page ('60) lora, I can't believe anyone slammed your letter about your parents. They must be from a large family of siblings. I too, am an only child now, as my sister passed many years ago, and believe me, I laughed loud and long at your entry. the pressure is unbelievable when parents need us so much. it is heart breaking, but what can one do? I know you will sleep well when they pass, knowing you have done the best you knew how to do. I admire you immensely! -Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) To Lora Homme Page ('60) When you get those negative responses you just have to cover your eyes and say "blah blah blah" loudly and they magically become a statement from someone that you have touched, unfortunately their response isn't what we would like but it's out of our control. Personally I consider negative responses as a measure of effectiveness because the people who agree with you usually aren't moved to respond. As they said in the good old days "Keep on truckin" at least I think that is something that somebody said once. -Tom Verellen ('60) ~ near Lacey, WA a town named after a guy named Lacey not lacey like a frilly thing on a pillow or a tea cozy, but manly like cutting down a tree or digging up a geoduck or kicking a stump... It's a lost cause. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Irene de la Bretonne ('61) Re: To those who might criticize Lora Home Page's ('60) humorous Sandstorm entry about her parents Humor is one way to gain relief and even healing from loss and grief. Humor helps the care giver sustain the commitment and effort despite the huge daily challenge of just being there. For over a year, I have met nearly every Friday night with Lora and the others in our very special Parent Caregivers' group. I have been awed by Lora's commitment and grace as she daily takes on the role of sole care giver for both of her aging parents. Her humor and our laughter together -- when it happens -- is one small grace that helps make the sorrow bearable. -Irene de la Bretonne ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) Hey Bomber friends, I have a subject that is probably sensitive but I would just like to ask you all to be aware for your daughters, granddaughters and women friends. I am sure most of you have heard about Gardasil, the new vaccine that is suppose to help guard young girls from getting cervical cancer. My daughter called me this week, crying and asking for prayer for one of her daughters friends who is on her soccer team. She is now lying in the hospital temporarily paralyzed after receiving her 2nd shot. They are hoping she will recover but at this point they are still trying to find a way to treat her. Texas made it mandatory for school girls at the age of nine to receive this shot about a month ago and now they have already rescinded that decision. In the L.A. Times this week there have been several articles titled "Study casts new doubts on HPV vaccine" and "Benefits of HPV vaccine questioned". Please, no matter how you feel about this subject, I just ask you to do a lot of reading and just be aware of what we are doing to our little girls. There are no guarantees with this vaccine and many of our young people wouldn't be at risk anyway. To: Lora Homme Page ('60) Lora, I have been meaning to write in and say what a wonderful story you wrote on aging parents. You made me laugh because it was so true. I think you should send that in to a magazine. A sense of humor when one is going through hard and trying times is the only thing that gets us through sometimes and I was thinking when I read it that I wished so much now that I had been more patient with my Mom and Dad and did all the little things I realize now were so necessary for them. I would try to get my Mom and Dad to put on more sweaters or blankets over their legs etc. as I was roasting most of the time but little did I understand how cold they were from the inside out. It was easy for me to see reading your entry Lora how much you love your parents. I was the only one taking care of my parents too and I know how hard it must be for you as I know what I went through. My husband and I are attending a family wedding in the fall in Philadelphia, PA. Wanted to know if there were any Bombers there and if there are some "must sees" in that area. We will be there l0 days and do want to see the Amish country. -Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) ~ From the little house in La Mirada, CA where we are still having cool overcast mornings. We lost a lot of our peach tree from too many little green peaches so we spent today tying the remaining of the branches up, thinning the peaches out and tying reflectors on the branches so the birds don't eat the peaches. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:David Rivers(65) re:growing up we all have to grow older, but I absolutely refuse to "grow up"!!!!! used to have a sticker that said, "growing up makes you old"----had it on my side of the dresser when I was married and used to make my ex so mad---might explain, in part, why he is an EX!!!!!! *grin* there are times when I can't believe I am 61---I don't "feel THAT old", even though this body lets me know I am no longer a "spring chicken", in my mind, I still "feel" 18---AND, if you ask my daughters and my grandkids, they will tell you that I am STILL a child!!!!!! *grin* course, maybe they mean I am getting senile and starting my second childhood??? *grin* to:Lora Homme Page(60) re:room temperature competition I did not take your comments about your parents as making fun of them---it is hard taking care of one's elderly parent(s). my brother and I went through this with our mom and humor makes it much easier to get through the tough times. IF you don't/can't find humor in the struggles, it is almost impossible to get through it. you are to be admired for "stepping up to the plate" and taking care of them, instead of shuffling them off to a "home". Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of 64).........Bakersfield, CA----temps are climbing to the triple digit range and I am starting my hibernation for the duration of the summer. *grin* **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Breedlove ('68) To: Rick Valentine ('68) and Ken Staley ('68) I hadn't seen either of you post here before, but I thought I would drop a note. Rick, I still remember the story of your prom date. How we howled when we heard the story. I won't tell you about my story, since you (and no one else) would ever believe it. Ken, So long but so much has happened. I live in Spokane, but have traveled a lot. Write back. Either of you, email me. -Jim Breedlove ('68) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Jim, BOTH Rick and Ken have had entries (plural in both cases) in the Alumni Sandstorm. Sounds like you need to go to the next Spokane Bomber lunch!!! -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Prom Meals This isn't my prom story and dinner, but rather a co-worker. She and her girlfriend (their dates were on some sports trip) drank most of the day away. They went to a fancy restaurant of some kind and ordered escargot pronouncing it es-car-got not knowing what it was. Boy they got the surprises of their lives when the waiter brought their dinner, needless to say they didn't eat it. My niece Sarah ('94) and 2 of her friends went to their prom as a girls' night out. Their boyfriends were on the soccer team and they were out of town for a match that day. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where at the moment it's pouring once again but is supposed to hit 80 in the next few days **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Daniel Laybourn ('70) Re: Room temperature competition To: Lora Homme Page ('60) Right on!, Lora... if we can't laugh, death wins... and as one who is in the middle of that particular movie, humor (and a sense of humor) is the only saving grace... and I refuse to let death win anything... In Northern California, where the palm tree meets the pine... and it's about 80 in the day and the only whine around here has no "h" in it... -Daniel Laybourn ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Greg Alley ('73) Its been an interesting weekend in town. There are hydroplane races (the small limited ones), and you can hear it all day Saturday and Sunday from Howard Amon park. It was a great weekend for Bomber sports as the boys baseball team heads to Safeco field for state after 2 wins at home. I walked between fields to see the Bomber girls get 2nd in the regionals but head to state also in fast pitch softball. The town has a few face lifts as there is a new Walgreens with a big reader board on GWWay. Most of Thayer and Swift streets are torn up with a big pile of debris down the middle of the street. The new Jason Lee school is almost done, at least on the outside. The new school sign is on McMurray street, not VanGiesen. Is that the end of the original schools built in town that have not been torn down, replaced, or remodeled? -Greg Alley ('73) ~ Richland Its a comfy spring day for working in the yard. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Davis ('80) Congratulations to the Bomber Baseball Team (ranked #3) and the Coaches... way to go! After winning both regional games this weekend at Bomber field, the team will be going to State (Seattle's SAFECO Field) next weekend. The first game will be Friday night at 7pm against Bothell (ranked #4). Let's see if we can have a great turn out and support the kids. It will be a wonderful time. Anyone up for some "garlic French fries"? Re: Twin Lakes Last week I mentioned that my mom, Kathryn Hudson Williamson ('54) & Dad, Jim Williamson ('53) were selling the family cabin after nearly 27 years. We too, have had some wonderful memories at the Lake and nearby CD'A. There used to be a curved tree that hung out over the lake with a rope swing on it. We'd go and swing out & into the lake and have a great time playing in the water. My daughters both caught their very first fish from the dock in front of the cabin (50' of frontage). We also had a wonderful time water skiing, fishing and just enjoying a carefree lifestyle. It will be missed. Thanks to those who have written directly to me regarding the home. It should be listed next week but you can look over some pictures by clicking this link. Bomber Cheers, -Larry Davis ('80) ~ Covington, WA ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/22/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers and Don Sorenson sent stuff: Ralph Myrick ('51), Bill Berlin ('56) Kaylene Henjum ('60), Nadine Reynolds ('60) Dave Hanthorn ('63), Ray Stein ('64) Rick Maddy ('67), Maggie Gilstrap ('74) Don Sorenson (N A B) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ralph Myrick ('51) To: Any of you who may be visiting Santa Fe and Taos, NM Judy and I just returned from a 3800 mile road trip from Richland, to Farmington, NM, to Santa Fe, NM, to Taos, NM, to Dodge City, KS and then back home. I wanted to share with any of you that may be visiting these places in the future. In Santa Fe, we ate some of the best Mexican food that we have had in a long time. This was at Tomasita's Restaurant located at 500 S. Guadalupe. We stayed at the Best Western Inn of Santa Fe. It was a great place to stay. In Taos, we ate at Michael's Kitchen. They serve really great Mexican food, however, there is always a line of people. We stayed at the Best Western Kachina Lodge and meeting center. This especially a great place to spend the night. We tried to get a motel in Dodge City but they were all full except one and that was terrible, terrible. The crews working in Greensburg trying to clean it up after that terrible tornado filled the motels. No recommendations in this place. We returned home via Laramie and Rawlings WY, Pocatello, ID and then to Boise, ID and home. We stayed in Pocatello for the night at the Best Western Cottontree Inn. This is another place that was a great place to stay. We ate at Winger's restaurant. They primarily serve the best chicken wings you have ever tasted. Would like to see them in the Tri-Cities. -Ralph Myrick ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) My sympathies go out to those Bombers who have just lost a Mom or Dad recently. As I read some of their comments it seems that most have lead a very long and productive life and that should be a blessing to them. My Dad died very young at aged 54 but my Mom lives on at age 98 in pretty good health, with strong mental capacity and very good handwriting. Her life, at age 98, is really pretty good living in a nice retirement facility with great nursing help right here in Anacortes and we have made it that way because she is my Mom and we love her to the max. She and Dad gave my brother and I the tools to create a good life for ourselves by helping us with our college education, supporting us in our military endeavors and then encouraging us in our early business life. How much more could they have done and they did it with a pretty tight budget. I visit my Dad's grave a couple of times a year and I do it alone so that I can remember back some forty three years ago to when he and I did so many things together. Much of what I am now are directly related to my parents and what they taught me, and expected of me, as I grew up. Enjoy your parents while you can and remember them well when they are gone. I will always recall what my Dad told me, "She may not always be right but she is always your Mother." Nuf said. Let me say that I can't wait to open my Sandstorm each day. I read it all, try to understand most of it and open all of the obits. It is such a unique publication and we are all lucky to have it on a daily basis thanks to Maren and Richard. $24 is so little to ask for such a monumental task so if you have not paid you dues, please do so and keep our hard work publishers funded. Oh yes, a good friend of mine in Vancouver, B.C., and a retired Editor/Publisher of one of the leading business newspapers in Canada, read one of the Sandstorm editions whilst I was staying with him a few weeks ago. He was just amazed and commented on the interesting quality of the submissions. He read it all three days I was there and was always complimentary of Maren and Richard given the job they do. Accolades to them from a "heavy hitter" in Canada. And speaking of Canada, how many of you get to move a daughter into university for her first year? At the good old age of 68 that is what I get to do on September 2. Daughter Emma is enrolled in the Honours Program at the University of British Columbia and we attended their Year 1 orientation on Sunday. I love the place and there are so many great views of the water from many locations on campus. Go Thunderbirds!!! -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ Anacortes, WA where I sure would like to know where those Bombers who make submissions to the Sandstorm live. Helen Cross Kirk ('62), who I need to get to know, really does a great job and we know where she is almost by the minute. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kaylene Henjum Livingston ('60) First of all I would like to send my condolences to the Snow family on the loss of their mother. Roger Snow ('59) and my brother were friends throughout high school. Re: Parents I would like to talk a little about my parents. Mom is not in as good of health as my Father. It is a challenge every day to go over there and see what age does to such vital and wonderful people. My Dad is still full of energy and getting around. He is the sole caretaker of my Mom, who is pretty much homebound. Not the Mom I can remember. Age takes away so much, but my memories of "what used to be" keeps me on track. Any time you can find humor in anything, more power to you. I think humor makes it not so real, especially when it is our parents. All us Bombers in the '60s probably have parents about the same age. I understand what it is like to see them go through the not so good stages of getting old... My Mom laughs at herself, and has not a problem with people laughing with her... Temperature of their house? 82 on good days, 85 on bad. I do the layer look when I go over there. TV can be heard as I pull into their drive... Got to love them.. My parents never missed a football or baseball game from '56 thru '59 They were true "Bomber Parents" Have a nice day and always see the humor in all things. -Kaylene Henjum Livingston ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nadine Reynolds Cochran ('60) To: Lora Homme Page ('60) Your post about your parents was certainly a loving story about the reality of caring for elderly parents. But your post about the negative feedback shows what a quality wonderful person you are. Instead of lashing out at that person, you thoughtfully and tenderly gave them more facts about the situation so that they might be able to understand and appreciate what you shared with us about your parents. I just hope when my husband and I can't take care of ourselves any more that we will have a care giver just like you. Keep up the good work. -Nadine Reynolds Cochran ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Hanthorn (Gold Medal Class of '63) Re: Bomber Boys Baseball Report On Saturday, the number two ranked Richland Bombers beat unranked Graham-Kapowsin by a score of 5-2 and then beat ninth ranked University of Spokane by 15-5 to earn a spot in one of the two semi-final games for the State Championship to be played next Saturday at Safeco Field in Seattle. The Bombers will be playing fourth ranked Bothell, while the other game will pit number one ranked Tahoma against fifth ranked Snohomish. I think our Bomber Boys have an excellent chance to bring home yet another State title to Bomberville. GO Bombers! -Dave Hanthorn (GMC '63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray Stein ('64) Re: Bomber Regional Girl's Softball Victory I know we haven't had many sports reports in the Sandstorm lately, but I thought Richland's dramatic victory over Central Valley (CV) this past weekend deserved a mention. After the regulation seven innings the game was tied 5-5. It remained knotted until CV scored in the top of the 9th. The Bombers answered with a run in the bottom half of the inning. CV again scored in the 10th, only to have the Bombers tie it once more. The 12th inning saw CV take a 9-7 lead. Down by 2 and surely exhausted from pitching, Katie King stepped to the plate with 2 Bombers on base. The mighty King stopped the marathon right then and there with a smash over the fence! A 3-run walk-off Home run!!!! Bombers win!!! Richland went on to gain a berth in the State Tourney this coming weekend. Good luck Ladies! Re: Summer thermostat There's no problem with the thermostat in the summer at our house - we have no AC. When we built our home in 1989, we thought it was the responsible thing to do. I never had AC growing up in Richland, and rarely need it here in Mead, WA (high today was 53F). Even if you have AC you don't need to turn it on till it's . . . well . . . "Till it's too hot to hoot, still it!" -Ray Stein ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) Here is an address for the 2007 Memorial Day Ceremonies: -Rick Maddy ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maggie Gilstrap O'Hara ('74) I have been chuckling to myself and sometimes even out loud over the comments of not feeling, being, nor ever growing old. I have also taken a trip down memory lane and thought about the parents on the 400 block of Abert, where I grew up. Outside of Mr. Kaas who would joke around and scare me half to death over the fear of his cutting my ears off to put my head between them, (I will not tell you how old I was before I discovered my head was already between my ears) all were serious grown up adults to me. I have now taken a look at myself and in my estimation the reasons for my not wanting to "grow up". To be grown up would that mean I would have to give up my riding my snow machine at speeds of over 90mph in minus 50 something degrees to Dawson City, or on the trails in and around Alaska? I just bought a Harley and had it converted to a Trike... would I have to give that up? I made a cross country trip from Missoula, MT to Big Lake, AK (over 2500 miles) by myself, could I know longer do that? Would it mean that my friends who lovingly call me a "Bush Bitch" would then call me an old fart? If so color me never growing up! My son is constantly telling me I should not be doing any of these things and is quite upset about the Harley. He called me every day and sometimes twice a day while I was on the road. He would prefer I "act my age" and/or "grow up" and has said as much. I can not remember ever telling my parents or any one of my other friends telling their parents that. So... does anyone have the answer to the questions? Why do baby boomers seem to have the inability to grow up and why are we still able to instill grown up behavior in our children? If any of you are planning on driving up to Alaska from the lower 48 (that is what we call where you all live) add another day of travel to your plans. I have been up the Alcan many times and I can tell you this is the worst I have seen the stretch between Whitehorse and the border. RVs were pulled over with flat tires and body damage due to holes (I called them craters) in the road. This is why my rental RVs can not under any conditions travel to Canada unless I am with them and in the lead. Starting this week on the Alaska side not far out of Eureka, the road will be closed from midnight to 6 am every day for road construction. If you are coming up and want more info on the roads feel free to call or email. -Maggie Gilstrap O'Hara ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (N A B) Re: Hanford Health & Safety EXPO To All Bombers, Just a little reminder concerning the Hanford Health & Safety EXPO starting today Tuesday the 22nd and Wednesday the 23rd at the Pasco TRAC. Open at 7am to 7pm both days. Would really like to have former Hanford Camp residents come by and sign our photograph collage. Lots of things to do for children including those who still feel 18. Hope to see you there. -Don Sorenson (N A B) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/23/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Gloria Adams ('54), Gus Keeney ('57) Steve Carson ('58), Mary Rose ('60) John Browne ('61), Helen Cross ('62) Jeff Michael ('65), Shari Napora ('67) Robert Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Terri Royce ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Terry Matthews ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paul Felts ('69) BOMBER MOM BIRTHDAY Today: Ruth Richardson (Bomber Mom) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) I sent a message directly to Lora Homme Page ('60) in response to her posting the story about her parents. I too took care of my parents for 9 years in the last cycle of their lives and know the value of humor. My step-dad had gotten pretty ornery and frustrating during his last years so when the time came and the doctor said it was time for my Mother to move into a care facility, she would not go into the same facility with him. We not only had to put her in a one different from his but in another city. My step dad was in Yakima and my Mother was in Richland and we were in Seattle. To make matters even more interesting, their home was the home we now live in, on Chinook Pass, 40 miles West of Yakima. We came in Eastern Washington every other week-end for a year, until we retired, so we could go to the mountains and take care of the place up there, then to Yakima to visit my step-dad and then to Richland to see my Mother. They both had alzheimers. One day when I went to see my Mother, she was making her bed. She had a little stuffed dog that she kept on her bed and when she finished she looked around for her little dog. She spotted it sitting on her dresser. She turned to me and said "I just have to watch out for that little guy, he just jumps all over this room. On another subject, I thought I would share with you some valuable information. If you or anyone you know is thinking of filing a claim with the Dept. of Labor because of cancer, your medical reimbursement for past charges begins as of the day you file the claim. Not the day of the diagnosis. We were lucky, we filed within one month but even then, the medical expenses had exceeded $40,000. Many people wait until they've completed their first round of chemo before they file and then there's nothing they can do to recoup. If you worked at Hanford and get cancer, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by filing. Yes, it's VERY time consuming, it requires hours of time and research and organizing but well worth it. Clarence's total medical bills were $184,000 from July to December last year. Medicare only takes you so far and our secondary insurance only pays the different of what Medicare pays and what they would have paid if we didn't have Medicare. It only took 9 months from the filing to the final decision in our case. Now they completely cover all his medical expenses related to his cancer. We won't even get the bills. The government gets billed directly. I hope this helps someone out there. -Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) Re: Jack Keeney's ('65) Birthday Hi all, The Keeney siblings made a pilgrimage to the residence of Jack and Barbara Keeney for Jack's 60th Birthday. Marilyn DeVine ('52), who used to baby sit the two youngest, wanted to give her new (to her) motor home a checkout run took Missy ('59) and me ('57) along. Jack was really surprised to have all of us there!! Jack's son Justin had a new roll of yellow construction caution tape that he stretched around the whole property, and one of Barb's friends brought some yellow "caution, party zone" yellow tape that looked like the regular caution tape that I stretched around the entrance area to the house. Justin had started a fire in the fire pit in the back yard. When Jack drove up, he thought from the smoke and tape that the house was on fire. Patricia ('63) had made up some life size photo faces of Jack, (baby, senior, and fairly recent) with stick handles that she had everyone put in front of their faces when Jack came in. You should have seen the look on his face when he saw about 20 "Jacks from the past" looking back at him!!!! Anyway, it was a great time, and great potluck chow!!! Happy Birthday Jack!!!! -Gus Keeney ('57) ~ Sunny again Richland where I have to go move my boat to it's new slip at Clover Island's new moorage slips this week. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Carson (Championship Class of '58) To: Bill Berlin ('56) A very nice tribute to your Mom. Most of us have been through the loss of our parent(s) and your words are right on. Thank you. -Steve Carson (Championship Class of '58) ~ Chicago, IL **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Rose Tansy ('60) To: Kaylene Henjum Livingston ('60) Re: her parents I remember one of the Henjum boys playing baseball in high school and running backwards to catch a fly ball. He fell back against the outfield fence and was hurt pretty bad. A "little" mother came running out of the stands to the outfield, picked her son up and carried him all the way in to the dugout. I remember an ambulance coming as it was a pretty serious injury. This could have been a Hexum, but I am almost positive it was a Henjum. Do you remember this incident? Talk about the love of a parent and caring for them when they get older!! -Mary Rose Tansy ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Re: growing... up, etc I gave "growing up" a serious try... for a guy, anyhow. There was a place in my old school bus - in front of the wood stove - where I'd stand, every morning, in my stocking feet, and my head just touched the ceiling (roof?.. whatever). But, every evening, when I'd be home, again (after rasslin' shake bolts, firewood, dead fish, sitting on the tractor for hours, whatever), I'd stand in that very same spot, in my sox, and could get a finger - sometimes two - between the top of my head & the ceiling. After a few years of this (I am not quick on the uptake, in many instances) it finally sank in that I had "maxed out"... and growing up wasn't an option with much of a future, progress-wise. It may have been around that time that the seed of my next endeavor, with regard to growth options, was sown... and my later years have proven that "growing out" has a real future! There seem to be fewer checks, gravitationally or otherwise, upon the pursuit of girthiness (in my humble opinion)... To David Rivers ('65): your recent acknowledgement of being categorized as "one of our junior guys" by a bonafide Bomber Babe actually caused me to swoon with envy. To have been honored by a flippant quip from Judy Parker ('60) ("when did she speak otherwise?" you may ask... don't ask), or a refreshing "Hi" and a smile from Darlene Manning ('60), or to even make momentary eye contact with Sandy Witherup ('59), or Vonnie Reed ('70), or Barbara Stanfield ('60), or other of the seeming myriad of goddesses who graced the halls of our fair Columbia - these memories of those moments of agonizing bliss will never fade! Older women, whose girlish Joie de Vivre was tempered by Experience, who were... Deep, in a way that compelled one's yearning to be an Explorer of the Human Condition (despite not having a clue, and probably being unable to tie ones shoelaces properly while under their disinterested gaze)... older women will Always Know more than I do - and the charm continues to this day. So you, David, as an honest-to-god "junior guy" (hey - wait a minute... she's YOUNGER than you... and she meant when SHE was a junior, and you were a SENIOR!)... oh, never mind... chow ^..^ John Browne, Junior (& guy), in a fine grey Washington day here in the mid-Puget trough, less than 3 miles, as the ravens measure it, from the KVI tower on Fisher Spit (from whence Wisdom flows in a river of verbiage, down to a million eardrums waiting to be beaten with the earnest deprecations of the Mighty Rush, & all the Little Limbaughs). Mostly what I heard this morning were the Swainson's thrushes, thrashing out Who gonna sing Where... & for How Long. -John Browne, Jr. ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) My husband just opened up an old trunk we just hauled home from Washington (it has spent a few weeks in Dallas with friends, as we were overloaded when we left Colorado in early May. I was so excited at what I found: a scrapbook of things I'd collected starting when Cathy Wood Stevens and Carol Rice Humphries (both '62) gave me the scrapbook for my l7th birthday!! (Neither reads the Sandstorm, so I'm forwarding this on to them... What fun!! I'll bring some of the pages to our reunion this September I think others may find interesting. Relating to where we went and what we ate for dinner: (I looked up as some of our programs had spaces to record these interesting items), I'd eaten New York steak at Ernie's in Richland (it was probably the first time I'd ever eaten it, and my date and I always ate at Frank's Grill in Pasco, oops, well, I ate there more than once after a formal dance.... Welll, I know I'll be enjoying looking at these pages for most of the rest of the day... I do have photos of Carol Rice's wedding in l964 when I was her bridesmaid, and my hair was done silver (and I thought it was so cool, what was I thinking, when I asked Peggy Lewis Stendal Johnson ('62) who was a beauty operator at the time to do it that way? So Ray Stein ('64) where is Mead, WA that it only gets that hot all day? We're doing better on not using the AC, especially with the fans going, but I couldn't take it without AC around here sometimes.... Well, I was just looking at some more of the photos in my book, my we look so young there.... Somehow I have my brother's (Roy Cross ('65) graduation announcement and not mine in the book, it may be in the book I did on going to Holland in June, l962 right after my class graduated... wish I'd been so faithful at doing scrapbooks all these years... somehow I don't seem to be getting more organized, I seem to be getting less so... Bob Mitchell, Jerry Free, and Bill Finney (all of our great class of l962, I have photos from your past, our past really. and lots of others.... -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ in the house by the little lake in West Harrison, Indiana where I am working to control the weeds which seem to grow better than the flowers, and my husband is getting a new lawn control the's getting warm around here, above 80 maybe 85, and the humidity is low, 30 to 60 percent.... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeff Michael ('65) Hey there Bombers & Bomberettes...long time/no post. Wow... this year is FLYING by. It's, like, school's nearly out again! Ray Stein ('64) can figure out how many times that's happened since it happened for us (each one of us)... I just don't have time! Last week, I visited a city I have never been in before. It even rained while I was there... complete with thunder and lighting! We were working a corporate annual sales meeting for four days. Show went really well. Tucson is quite a venue. The facility was really nice, the Starr Pass Marriott just outside and a bit above the city. For golfers, it is paradise... courses all around the place, nice pool and a separate lap pool. Finished in Tucson and zipped back to work the Juvenile Diabetes fund raiser at the new Hyatt Tower in San Diego. We did 4AM set-up and midnight tear-down. Not sure how many hundred thousand dollars they raised, but the show made the 11 PM news on Channel 7. A "really big shew". Gotta tell you, David Rivers ('65) just two things: #1. I'm still not sure what I wanna be when I grow up. #2. I've still got plenty of time to decide. Lora Homme Page ('60)... as only children, we see, do and feel things differently from other kids. I enjoyed your first post and have empathy for you after the second one. My mom took seven years of Alzheimers before passing. Dad is still going strong, but not on speaking terms with me. Maybe I'll see some of you guys/gals the end of June. I've got a couple gigs up there 23 & 30 June. Then back here for a gig on the 4th. Passing through San Diego? Give me a hollar. -dj jeff michael ('65) ~ where gray May is in full bloom. Not the most typical of months here weather wise. Tucson was around 100! Whew! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shari Napora Bennett ('67) Re: Bomber futon My sweet beautiful little sister, Darlene Napora Shuley ('69), subscribes to Sandstorm for me and while I read it daily without fail, I have never written in. However, Dar encouraged me to share a recent "small world" Bomber story so here goes: My husband, Jim, and I were in Spokane last week helping the youngest of our five children, Christi, attending Gonzaga Univ., move into her first apartment. We located a nice futon for Christi on Spokane When we went to look at the futon, a pretty young mother wearing BOMBER camo shorts and tee opened the door! We had a delightful visit with Jaime Pierce Ewen ('02), and her beautiful, smiling, dark-haired daughter Krista, 8 months... what a precious little charmer! Jaime's grandmother, Patti Cole Pierce ('52), was recognized this month in Sandstorm by her "Cole Clan" siblings on her birthday as "one of the most thoughtful, caring people on this planet." Of course we bought the futon--it belonged to a Bomber after all. To: Toby Huff Bouchey ('68) Welcome to Sandstorm, Toby. I remember YOU..pretty, smart, active, contributing younger Bomber! My favorite memory isn't at RHS, though. It is when we gave you a ride home from WSU Thanksgiving of your freshman year and in spite of no cell phones back then, your entire family was waiting on your front lawn when we pulled up and they mobbed you, squealing and laughing in a big group hug, SO HAPPY to have you home; so heartwarming for a fellow Bomber. -Shari Napora Bennett ('67) ~ legal residence on the rim of the beautiful valley of La Grande, OR, but we actually spend as much time in our car as at that house as we travel visiting our 5 children in Beaverton, OR; Kent & Spokane, WA; Austin, Texas; and work on places at Richland and Lake Chelan. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Avant ('69) Re: History and Parents Well the visit to Richland this past weekend with a friend turned out to be a lot of fun. She wanted to see the old house, elementary school, junior high school, and high school. Went to all of those and they each brought up a lot of memories of both places and persons. Took her to the Spudnut Shop Saturday morning and she was impressed by how many people were there and what a great time everyone seemed to be having. She really liked the Spudnuts too! Thought they were less greasy and had more flavor than regular donuts. She really liked seeing the old homestead, but I got a little tired of going by places and repeating time after time, "When I was growing up, there was nothing in this place." where now there are lots and lots of things..LOL To: Toby Huff Bouchey ('68) It is never too late to get back in touch with those who do share all the things in life that you go through, such as the loss of parents and friends down through the years. I do remember telling a friend back in '95, "I am now an orphan." Got a bit of a look, but I knew I was right. I remember that moment each time a grandchild comes along. Number 6 showed her face last week. It does make me feel somewhat immortal for about 6 seconds, but it is a great feeling to go with the empty feeling of that other time. Oh well, enough of that! -Robert Avant ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/24/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff and one 2005 Bomber funeral notice today: Rex Hunt ('53wb), Mike Clowes ('54) Pappy Swan ('59), Lora Homme ('60) Dave Hanthorn ('63), Donna Nelson ('63) David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Daniel Laybourn ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rex Hunt ('53wb) To: Those (and there have been many) who can relate Re: Taking Care Of Ones Parent.... It is immeasurably more difficult to take care of a spouse than a parent. I have done both with all the pain, aggravation, frustration, love and satisfaction attendant with each. My mother's demise was long anticipated and she passed away in her sleep after a wonderful day surrounded by her children. A day filled with humor, love and enjoyment. My wife who suffered thru a terrible cancer, a horrific surgery, and terrible chemo regimen. along with a year of radiation, leaving her disfigured, more than a little confused, unable to hold a pen or eating utensil in her right hand. As the nerves to that side of her body were irreparably damaged in surgery. (yet her death was totally unanticipated) The issuing problems brought on by the ongoing and insidious damage created by the chemo and radiation which never leave the body, raised havoc with almost any planned event. You just never knew when a problem would arise... from nausea, mental confusion, nose bleeds, sudden dropping blood pressure, fainting, etc. The worst problem of all was when rushed to an emergency room some (most) doctors refused to accept your assessment of the problem and invariably attack the wrong symptom(s) and ignored the actual problem. It eventually was the cause of my wife's death. A doctor (idiot) treated my wife for a heart attack when she was suffering from an embolism against my pleading that her heart was fine that is was something in her head. But I digress. The last 23 years were a wonderful trip with my beloved wife. She was so appreciative of each day and each experience. That it became a labor of love to bring her to those moments of pleasure and joy. She never lost her humor nor her charm, and while no longer the raving beauty she was when we married, she was a radiant and lovely person that I truly would rush home from work to be with. I hope providence has and will continue to bring such blessings to each of you who endure these trials. -Rex Hunt ('53wb) ~ Beautiful downtown Hanford, CA where today is actually a beauty. and the heifer dust is not being borne on the wind **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) For those of you not already on the Club 40 mailing list The schedule for September's Reunion events is posted on the Club's web page There is also a registration form on the web page if you'd care to join us. Please follow the instructions on the web page for printing the form. Hope to see you there, -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ sunny and mild Mount Angel, OR **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Elves - Airborne Again Tuesday morning, May 22nd, while exercising, I was sitting in my lawn chair on my grass-covered driveway and throwing the tennis ball for Darby. Well, I like to think of it as exercising as it does require a certain amount of effort to chuck a tennis ball with one of those plastic "Chuckit!" things. You know..., "How much chuckin' can a Pappy chuck as long as a Pappy can still chuck tennis balls?" That was Darby's 7th birthday in human years, 43 in doggie years (one for the first year and seven for each succeeding year... I hear tell), but, ya know, it seems like just a few years ago... she was a mere pup. But, so was I. Now, we're both sporting a few extra pounds and huntin' season ain't far off, so we're in training! And, I'm the coach! However, she's gotten a little more cleaver in her mid-life. She used to bring the ball right back to me, but now she stops short of me by about six feet, drops the ball, cocks her head and looks at me with that, "Get yer butt outta the chair and come get the ball so you can throw it for me... again" look. She knows all too well that I need the exercise too. Sometimes, she's the coach. On one of those rare occasions when she actually brought the ball to me and I had just rewarded her with a "Scooby ... I mean a Darby Snack," we heard it. It was the deep gargling sound of a radial aircraft engine. But, there was something about that sound, like it was far off, yet close. We looked at each other. I said, "Uh oh!" Darby, wuffed a Scooby Doo-like, "Ummuuph?" She went to ground and I tipped over backwards in my chair, as a diminutive yellow Stearman biplane did a steep turn around the Elderberry bush, rolled level and passed right between my flailing legs like a pigskin through a goal post. As it went by, over the rattling growl of the little motor, I distinctly heard high squeaky voices, "HEE HEE, HEEYAW!" I finally managed to roll over and get a good look. Just before the little plane banked out of sight around the Elderberries on the other side of my U-shaped drive, I caught the flutter of little white scarves and elf caps, and a terrific Bomber-pleasing paint job. They had done it. The pointy-eared little ones had finished the biplane and this was obviously the test flight. Lowiq was at the controls, flying from the back-seat, and Bogart, in the front was again "being Bogart." I gotta hand it to Lowiq. He's a crazy little guy who gets himself (and drags a willing Bogart) into all kinds of trouble. But he sure could handle "stick and rudder!" And, did I mention that he is a Bomber Fan? I suspect that he likes the aerial relationship of the term. Ya know, I could get mad at him, because undoubtedly, he's gonna stir things up, once again. But, secretly, I found myself wishing that I was small enough to "slip the surly bonds of earth" and "ride the wind" in that little biplane with the adventuresome little guy! Throughout the rest of the day, the neighborhood was in major turmoil. Dogs barked, children squealed with delight, laughing and pointing, and cats screeched (except for our cats). Murphy and Puddy, are used to this sort of thing, so they just sat on the roof, tails slowly flicking, and watched the ruckus unfold. Most adults just didn't see the little plane because they don't believe in elves. They just griped about the empty gas cans for their lawn mowers. Those who did see the tiny plane and its diminutive pilots were afraid to admit it. Kinda like seein' a UFO. At the end of the day and about three misappropriated gallons of mower gas later, the little yellow plane again flew down my tree- lined driveway, over the puddle, and around the peach tree. Once again, Darby and I braved the overgrown "secret garden," crawling to our previous vantage point at the edge of the secret grass- covered, elfin airstrip. I ducked out of the way as Lowiq and Bogart came in for a landing, but ace reporter, "Snoop Dog Darby" managed to snap a picture. Dang, that dog is good! -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where the weather is nice and life has once again taken on a "little" excitement! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lora Homme Page ('60) Re: Parents THANK YOU to all of the beautiful people who responded to my entries about my parents, both to me personally and in the Sandstorm. What a blessing it is to be able to be in touch with so many people who have shared the experience of growing up in our very unusual town, out in the middle of nowhere and now, the experience of seeing our parents through their last years. Bombers are the best! -Lora Homme Page ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Hanthorn (Gold Medal Class of '63) Re: Correction The Bomber Boys Baseball Team will be playing in the State Championship semi-final game at Safeco Field on Friday evening at 7:00, not Saturday as I erroneously reported before. Sorry for any confusion. Re: Small World (Bombers Are Everywhere Dept.) My wife Noi went to a bridal shower over the weekend for one of her Thai friends, and much to her (and my) surprise, she ran into my classmate Kathy Rathvon (Gold Medal Class of '63). Seems Kathy and the bridegroom work at the same real estate office. I'm looking forward to seeing Kathy again at the upcoming wedding. Bomber Cheers, -Dave Hanthorn (GMC '63) ~ sunny Mercer Island, WA where my yard work is waiting while I write this... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Nelson ('63) To: Jeff Michael ('65) My son arranged your annual sales meeting at the Star Pass Marriott in Tucson, AZ. He's the banquet manager and arranges all large groups from rooms to what food you eat. Just noticed your entry while scanning the 5/23 Sandstorm. -Donna Nelson ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: The verdict is in I love it when a Jury comes right back with the answer I wanna hear. It would seem that we have all had to act grown up... to appear grown up and to make grown up decisions throughout our respective lives... some of us are even beginning to look way too grown up... at least to ourselves in the mirror in the morning... but our friends are always there to remind us that we look just like we did in the 7th grade... the limps, the groans and the aches and pains aside... we seem to agree that on the inside we remain about 12... and I feel that is a very good thing... I enjoyed reading all the responses to the age query and John Borwne Jr.'s ('61) note of the 23d brought back fond memories... Vonnie Reed ('60) my baby sitter and probably first love... we had such a wonderful talk at R2K... Judy and Beth Parker ('60, '63)... One time Brian Johnson ('65) and I, who (along with a bunch of other '65ers) used to watch the 3 Stooges every morning before Jr. hi, always wanted to throw pies in each others' faces... we couldn't afford or weren't willing to pay for whole pies so we got two cream puffs instead... we stood in the Parker's lawn at Stevens and VanGeisen, across from my house, the park and Richland Lutheran... Laura ('65) was the "counter" for the gun fight... we faced each other menacingly as Judy and Beth watched on... on Laura's signal we fired and smashed those puppies in each others' faces... when the smoke had cleared, Beth and Judy ate all the evidence... it was great! Now not to disappoint Mr. Browne entirely on the "Older" Bomber Babe score, I will tell you that for a semester or a quarter or something during my sophomore year... it became in vogue for the junior girls to have sophomore boyfriends... I have no clue what the attraction was at that age... I had two junior girls as girlfriends during that short period of time... actually they were best buds so I guess when one dumped me the other one picked me up... only to dump me shortly thereafter... but it was sure fun while it lasted... I'm still good buds with one of them... have no clue where the other one went... So, it's almost June and the '65ers will be arriving in Richland for our gathering from June 23 to June 26... film at 11! See you all soon! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Nancy Clark ('52) ~ 11/19/33 - 1/24/05 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/25/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Marla Jo Lowman ('55), Pappy Swan ('59) Jim House ('63), Deedee Willox ('64) Jamie Worley ('64), David Rivers ('65) Alan Lobdell ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shelly Belcher ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marla Jo Lowman Kenitzer ('55) Re: Sacramento Bomber Lunch The luncheon was loads of fun and we had a surprise visit from Marilyn Working Highstreet ('54) and husband Dick. Our known out- of-towner was Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55). The rest of us are: Gordon Weir ('47), Ken Ely ('49), Jack Sinderson ('53), Jan Nussbaum Sinderson ('55), Harold Kenitzer ('54), Marla Jo Lowman Kenitzer ('55), Deanna Case Ackerman ('55), Dorothy Cameron Powell ('55), Pete Hollick ('55) and wife Jenine, Pat Finney Risser ('56) and Sandy Finney Harvego ('60). We have a Richland map and spent some time marking it with dots of where we lived when we were in high school - the project needed a little organization, and Jack's teaching expertise got us on the right track. These luncheons are so much fun - I hope some of you who haven't given them much thought will organize one in your area (or go to one that is established) - I know you'll have a good time. We always look forward to the next one even before we go home. A special thanks to Marilyn, Dick and Laura Dean for helping us celebrate Bombers. -Marla Jo Lowman Kenitzer ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Lora Homme Page ('60) Re: On aging parents As Bomber Buddy, Tom Verellen ('60), so aptly stated, "Keep on truckin!" You and Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) are two of my dearest "Puddle Pals." Knowing both of you personally and therefore, your stories of caring for your parents, makes you both "Class A" in my book. I know there are many other Bombers out there with similar experiences. My wife, Jeanne and I cared for her mother, after a stroke left her partially paralyzed, for four years in our home. Just that short period seemed like a lifetime as we were restricted greatly, within our own lives. We decided that we could not go through that again. In more recent years, Jeanne, my much younger sister, Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63), and I have dealt with our aging mother's and an aunt's situations when they could no longer live alone. At the same time, we "Ain't no spring chickens," ... either. At this stage of our lives, it would be extremely trying to again be parents to a newborn babe or a toddler. In many cases, caring for aging parents, may not greatly differ from that. As all who have experienced the concern of "caring for aging parents" know, "It ain't easy!" All to often, we see a "Role Reversal" as the parent's and older relatives seem to assume the role of the children, in many ways. It can become rather exasperating and overwhelming at first, if we the grown children, let it. My family's current situation pales by comparison to Lora's and what Donni dealt with. Our mother (nearly 89 years of age) lives in The Tri-Cities Retirement Inn, an "Assisted Care Living Facility," In Pasco, WA. For about a year, our aunt lived there also. Although, I have been officially retired since 1996, I found that addressing the demands of dealing with their situations (aunt on Medicaid and mother on Medicare and private pay) was often, again like having a full-time job just doing for them and looking after their affairs. Our aunt passed away. Now we have only Mom to look after. Things are a bit easier now. It took me a while to grasp it, but along with no longer living alone and caring for themselves, many aging parents/relatives seem to enter a "shutdown procedure" where they literally shut down their thinking and willingness to continue doing many things for themselves. So, even when our aging parents are living in assisted care facilities, our care and well-being concerns and responsibilities for them may not let up. At most care facilities, unless the resident is paying for a full package of care or on a Medicaid-paid "full ride," they are basically getting "room and board" and the resident or their family still has the other responsibilities. Our mother for example, lives among, perhaps close to 75 residents, yet she would have us think that she is the loneliest person around. And, her memory seems to have developed lapses. She has her own completely furnished room, with her own things (essentially an apartment) and is served her three meals a day in a lovely dining room. The Inn offers numerous activities, social events, and trips. However, despite all of our efforts (and those of the Inn's staff) to get her "involved" and to develop relationships, she retires to her room between meals and sleeps, attempts to read the paper, or watch the Mariners. You know, that doesn't sound so bad to me. Maybe, I should check myself in there now! Beyond all that, Mom relies on us to take care of her wants, needs, and personal matters. We try to visit her and take her out for lunch or dinner or bring her to our house, as often as possible, along with the numerous doctor visits, and monitor her personal affairs. However, it is becoming more difficult for her to get around, so taking her out, away from the facility, becomes more difficult. Each of us will most likely be faced with decisions for the care of our aging parents at some point. Each and every one of us will have had our own personal relationships with our parents while we were growing up. Some were great and some were not so great, with a wide range in between. Likewise, as our parents age, some do it gracefully ... and some don't. In the "old days," aging parents generally lived with and were cared for by their children and grandchildren. It was a cycle of life. Our parents gave us life and took care of us as we grew and developed. Eventually, comes the time to give back. Yet, just living life, today, is much different. All of us will deal with our aging parents differently, and in our own way. For those yet to experience that situation, make no mistake, it is an important decision to make, as it can have a major impact, not only on your parents' lives, but yours as well. Again, I highly commend those who have taken their parents into their homes and have or are taking care of them. Been there, done that... for a while. I have an awareness of what you cope(d) with. Over time, Jeanne, Marilyn, and I found that the best way of coping with our added responsibilities was to accept them, develop a strong sense of humor and to roll with the punches, so to speak. I salute all of you who have taken on the task of caring for or looking after your parents (in your own home or in care facilities) for your dedication and perseverance! But, above all... keep on smiling, laughing, and finding the humor! It will keep you free (and sane). -George (Pappy) Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where I'm thinking that when its my turn, I'm gonna drive those other residents, nurses, and care givers nuts, cause I know all the tricks now! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim House ('63) Re: Bomber Baseball Were any of the current Bomber baseball players on the Little League team that went to Williamsport? I can not remember the year but I'll never forget that one player said Anna Kournakova was his favorite tennis player and another said that J. Lo was the one person he wanted to meet. -Jim House ('63) ~ Mead, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) Re: Never Too Late To: Robert Avant ('69) You are so right... it's never too late to get back in touch with those who hold a place in your heart and life. Jean Armstrong Reynolds ('64) contacted me several years ago, wanting to get together and reminisce. I wasn't sure I wanted to, as the whole school thing in Richland had bad memories for me. But I'm so glad I met with her. We picked up our friendship and it has been wonderful. Thank God she comes home for visits, as she lives in Phoenix, AZ. Jean told Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) where I was, and Maren called me right away. What a pleasure; we talked a very long time! Best buds in 7th grade before I got asked to leave Christ the King Catholic School. *LOL* So I didn't get to be in 8th grade with her. Thank God she comes home occasionally since she moved to Gretna, LA. Dang girl, could you have gotten farther away?! Through the Alumni Sandstorm (Thank You, Gary Behymer & Maren Smyth!!), Dena Evans Harr ('64) and I got back in touch after losing each other for about 35 years! When we got together, it was like no time had passed. She lives in Portland now, so we see each other often (although not often enough!). Someone once said: "We live our lives and along the way, we each choose our own family." These are just a few of mine. The bond of love is stronger than the bond of blood! My hubby and I are both orphans. My dad died in '71 and my mom in '83. His dad died in '82 and his mom in '94. It's odd to think of our parents being gone, but that's the life cycle. We realize that it's now time for US to pick up the mantle that our parents dropped when they left us. WE are the parents that our children and grandchildren love. In time, our children will pick up our place and their children after them. And life goes on. I'm not saying it doesn't hurt to think of our deceased loved ones, but we can't change what is. One of my favorites expression is, "It is what it is." Pretty much says it all. Congratulations on your newest granddaughter! -Mercedes "Deedee" Willox Loiseau ('64) ~ Burbank, WA where I have been busy studying to teach my adult Sunday School Class (one of my passions), and making cards with rubber stamps (another of my passions). **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jamie Worley ('64) Dear Maren: Just want to warn everyone that the fake Richland Bomber site is at it again: This is what I received yesterday: "Greetings Alumni, We invite you to sign up at an amazing new alumni site for those that attended Richland High School. Click the link below to sign up and get on the class list. If the link is not clickable then copy and paste the entire link into your web browser. [URL deleted so none of us will go there. -Maren] We respect your privacy. To learn more, please read our Privacy Policy by clicking the following link: [URL deleted so none of us will go there. -Maren] Alumni Archive, 3154 Gosheff Lane, Gambrills, Maryland 21054 Thank you for using Alumni Archive!" As soon as you log in you will recognize the fake Richland Bomb. A real Richland Bomber would know immediately that it wasn't a Richland Alumni site and wouldn't be fooled, but a spouse or child might not. I don't know what they are up to, who they are, or what they want, do you? -Jamie Worley ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Don't miss the opportunity If you are reading this, it probably does not apply to you. However, I KNOW that sisters of friends I miss very much read this and their brothers... the ones who meant so much to me and still remain dear in my heart do not. Also I know there are girls I miss who do not read this but their close friends do. So here is how it goes. Patti Jones ('60) reminded me of something very important the other day. Patti was the big sis of Nina ('65) back in my Spalding days... course she still is so that statement didn't make a lot of sense... anyway, after my graduation, I stayed around Richland for a while till I joined the Marine Corps... I returned around the time of the Class of '66 graduation and didn't return again until 1985, for my 20th reunion... I won't go into that reunion as my performance was less than sterling... the point is, I deprived myself of the wonderful friendship of the ones I grew up with and with whom I shared my early years in my home town. Now some of you are younger and don't have the benefit of living in a Gubmint Town with folks who either came here with other friends or had to make all new friends in Richland. They had to start over, from scratch for the most part. When they learned what they had accomplished through their efforts in 1945 they were proud of themselves and their town. We were raised with that same pride. We were also raised together... Terry Davis and Tony Harrah (both '65) actually shared the same hospital room at birth... I shared a room too but I shared mine with a girl (woo hoo... don't want Janet Bergdahl ('65) to get a rep so I won't mention her name)... my first shared room with a Bomber Babe... we literally grew all up together and shared a relationship that is pretty much unheard of other than in Oakridge and Los Alimos... those two towns have retained their pride and heritage unlike Richland... As kids and even as "growed-ups" when one kid hurt we all hurt... when three kids went to jail for breaking into Chief Jo and stealing jerseys... we all ran and hid the jerseys we had been so stupidly wearing in public... (bad example)... when one kid rode behind the mosquito sprayer we all did... when one kid jumped off the Yakima Bridge we all did... when two kids bleached their hair and hadda shave their heads a bunch of kids did... we all did it together... the friendships made during those years are stronger than any I have ever shared since... I know many of you feel the same... I have read notes in the Sandstorm from kids who said their teen years were awful... in lots of ways all our teen years were awful... that's part of being a teen... not at all specific to growing up in Richland... I have heard kids say that the Sorry 7 '65er gang is just that "same old clique"... it's not... it's really not... (If we let Heidlebaugh ('65) play with us we can't be all bad)... I send MANY letters out every year inviting all who read it to call a friend and join us... I send even more emails and use the Sandstorm to get the word out... so here's the kicker... the reason I didn't come home for so many years is I didn't feel I had "made it" I have had many kids tell me the same thing... the early reunions can be pretty awful when everybody is trying to convince everybody else how important they have become... again... not unique to Richland... but the 25th put all that aside and we were all just 2nd graders again... enjoying each others' company just because... Now I know I am somewhat an "extreme" Bomber... I can't compete with Number 32 ('63) but I think I come close... In fact... Number 32 didn't make it to a reunion for the first time himself for many years... but when he did it was magic... it is magic... Richland and all of us who call it home make it magic. Please don't miss out because you are still mad at some kid for taking your girlfriend... or for not saying "say man" in the hall one day, or because Mrs. Whatsherface gave you a D in some class... please don't let a few oh so well remembered hurts override the love and friendship you knew in Richland... You knew it... you know you did so get over it... join us... we really do miss you... I still have one friend who has actually stopped communicating because I was always asking her to come home... Davis, Johnson, Heidlebaugh (all '65) actually went to one kid's house and banged on the door... when he opened it he cried from joy (I think) at seeing us... but he only came around a couple of times... we all but worshipped that kid when we were in school... I remember explaining to Murphy and Mouton ('65ers) before our 40th reunion that they were not only hurting themselves by staying away that they were depriving many who love them from their company... they came and they were shocked at how it made them feel and how happy others were to see them... Well, it goes for all of you who have stayed away... We don't care that you never made it to Med-school... we don't give a rats-rearend what you do for a living, what kind of car you drive or how much money you make or don't make. We just miss you and would love to see you... SO THERE! I know it's getting late but I will be doing reminders that the '65ers will be gathering in June on the 22nd - 24th... samo... Los Margaritas (or whatever it is called) on Friday night at 7... car show on Saturday and probably a party that night... cry a lot over breakfast on Sunday morning... talk about how we gotta do it more often than just once a year... So be there! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Lobdell ('69) To: Rex Hunt ('53wb) I fully understand your pain and what you went through with your wife and the AMA medical personnel. When my wife and I found breast cancer in December of 1999 the doctors informed us that with full chemo and radiation she only had less then a year to live. Other then a lumpectomy we chose to go all natural. Three years later she still looked like she had nothing wrong with her. She had a great three years and we did a lot of things we may never have done otherwise. After the three years she made a choice to try chemo. She took only one dose a week for three weeks and thats all it took to kill her. The chemo destroyed her immune system and had no effect on the cancer at all; she was gone in five months. I know what you mean about caring for your spouse. To try to take care of them and have to watch them slowly get worse until they can do nothing for themselves is heartbreaking and drains you both physically and mentally. Then once you lose them its like part of your soul has been ripped out. Very few people understand what a man goes through when he loses a woman he truly loves with all his heart and soul. I still have her pictures all over my house and carry a picture of her in my wallet. Its like a bad dream that I wish I could wake up from. My prayers go with you, God Bless. -Alan Lobdell ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/26/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Lora Homme ('60), Richard Anderson ('60) Gary Behymer ('64), David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Millie Finch ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cecilia Bennett ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lora Homme Page ('60) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Aging Parents Thanks for your kind words, Pappy, but don't underestimate the difficulties of having your loved ones in a nursing or retirement home. Having my parents in my home allows me to keep and eye on them 24 hours a day and at the same time keep up, to one degree or another, with my other responsibilities. Many of the people that I know who's people are in nursing homes spend a good portion of every day with them taking care of their needs that the staff doesn't have the time (and aren't paid) for. Before my parents moved in with me, my dad was in a nursing home for three months after he was released from the hospital. That left my mother at their home by herself. When they were both at their home before my dad's illness and he was relatively healthy, I didn't worry too much because if one needed help, the other would be able to summon either me or the paramedics, depending on the severity of the problem. But during the months that he was in the hospital and nursing home there was no one to help my mom, so I spent the nights with her and days with my dad. My own house and affairs were simply ignored. As far as I'm concerned, having them in my own home is far easier and I don't have to worry that something will happen when I'm not there. I've heard horror stories about people falling and not being discovered for hours, even dying before they were found. I don't suppose that happens often, but once is too often if it's your loved one. I greatly admire those folks who spend hours of their day looking after their people who for one reason or another can't live at home or with relatives. They make a significant sacrifice. -Lora Homme Page ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard Anderson ('60), Re: Bomber Baseball Bombers play Snohomish in the championship game after defeating Bothell 7-3 Friday evening at Safeco Park in Seattle. The championship game airs at 7:00pm Saturday on KONA-AM (610) for those listeners in the Tri-City area. Jim House ('63) (number 32 in your program) asked about the members of the Richland National Little League team that made it to the LL finals in Williamsport back in 2003. Here is the roster of that team (source: official LL website): Richland National LL (2003) Manager: Bob Jacobs Coaches: Pat Zorich, Chris Yardley Height Weight DOB Jamison Rowe 4' 11.5" 92 12/30/1990 Kyle Campbell 5' 2" 99 11/02/1990 Cody Shepherd 5' 8.5" 140 03/04/1991 Brett Jacobs 5' 3.5" 111 12/30/1990 Eric Yardley 5' 1.5" 75 08/18/1990 Evan Hood 5' 0.5" 130 10/11/1990 Daniel Jacobs 5' 1" 94 08/25/1990 Trent Sikes 5' 2.5" 129 10/08/1990 Kyle Stumetz 5' 1" 103 10/06/1990 Bracken Sorensen 5' 100 11/28/1990 Quinn Zorich 5' 5.5" 134 09/10/1990 Kelly Castleberry 5' 6.5" 125 09/20/1990 The boys went to Carmichael; no Chief Jo boys were eligible (they were in the Richland American LL -- don't ask). The kids from that team who are still in the Richland School District are now sophomores (the Class of 2009). Three played only 9th grade hoops: Rowe, Danny Jacobs, and Stewie (everybody calls Stumetz "Stewie"); Campbell and Yardley were prominent members of the (terrific!) sophomore hoops team; and Brett Jacobs and Shepherd were starting for the Bomber varsity by the end of the season. There is a nice piece in Friday's TCH about the Bomber baseball team; it mentions that Rowe, Shepherd, and Brett Jacobs are starters on the team: I have never seen a Bomber baseball game, so I have no roster; I don't know if any of the other guys are still playing ball. -Richard Anderson ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Salute to my 1964 classmates who served in the military this 2007 Memorial Day... and those many others! Salute to those who have perished... In Flanders Fields John McCrae, 1915 In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields. ***** The Flanders Fields Poppy Moina Michael We cherish too, the Poppy red That grows on fields where valor led, It seems to signal to the skies That blood of heroes never dies. ***** -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Wooooooohoooo nuther Bomber Babe! Once upon a time there was a kid named Terry Davis ('65)... he had the good fortune of living across the street from a Bomber Babe from our class who is about to turn... uh I think 21... or maybe 18... I remember those years are important... maybe it is the real biggy... 16... anyway it's one of those years... I've known this birthday girl for what seems to be forever... I remember seeing her at R2K and realizing she is one of the only ones of us who still looks as she did at graduation... I made that comment to her and we have enjoyed seeing each other every year at the '65er gathering ever since... so nice to have friends like her to look forward to seeing... I know I say this a lot but my friends from Richland are so very special to me and I honestly have never again had friends that are as close to me as I have that bunch... anyway, this is about her and not about me... I'm hoping that the 26th is a special day for her and that whatever she does for her special day it is a wonderful birthday!!!!!!!!! So HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO CECILIA BENNETT ('65)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Also, if I have confused anybody on WHEN the '65ers will be in town, it is June 22-24... and if I made a mistook earlier... I am so sorry! See you then!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/27/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Ken Heminger ('56wb) Pappy Swan ('59), Dave Hanthorn ('63) Gary Behymer ('64), Cindy Payton ('65) Jim Breedlove ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Boyd ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy (the Tin Can Class of 1945) Re: Old Parents I read with interest of the care for old parents, because I am one. I expect some morning to awaken and find me self on some ice flow heading out to sea and the great beyond. -Dick McCoy (the Tin Can Class of 1945) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ken Heminger ('56wb) Maren, I don't know if you can post this or not... It will surly bring back a lot of memories if you can... If not at least you can watch it... Its a real toe tapper!!! [We couldn't post the huge file in the Sandstorm, Ken, but I just yesterday found the file online so people can go watch. Talk about BOOGIE! Those folks can dance. -Maren] Bomber cheers, -Ken Heminger ('56wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Pappy -- On prayin' Recently, I received an email from a man who had experienced great trauma in his life. He wrote of the power of prayer and thanked those who had prayed for him and his. It touched me. So, I felt compelled to put my own thoughts down... on prayin', which follow: I'm not much for gettin' down on my knees prayin' -- mostly cause I can't get down on my knees any more. Well, I can. Gettin' down is the easy part. However, its often a small personal ordeal to get back up. But, every morning when I pull myself up and out of bed, I thank him. With that first cup of coffee, for a few moments, I like to step outside and greet the brightening day, the squirrels scurrying to an' from the feeder, and the birds that seem to sing a little louder when I appear. And, I'm always accompanied by my best friend, Darby, my four-legged blonde, good girl, who insists (if at all possible) on never leaving my side. And, I thank him. And, every spring, I marvel at how bare trees, one day show buds and yet seemingly overnight, begin to put on their new spring clothes. Trees, bushes, plants, and brown grass are all waking up too. In just a few days, the whole world is once again ... green, trimmed with touches here and there from God's paint brush. Whether it is a little patch of flowers in my yard, just the green grass in the lawn, or a wide wondrous expanse flowers in a high mountain meadow, I think to myself, "All this didn't just happen out of two clouds of gas that came together millions of years ago." And, I thank him. And, throughout each day, the people I think about, meet, and greet, those I hear of and from, and the tasks he presents me to deal with, all fill my life. Some are small, some are large, and some seem downright overwhelming, but one way or another, I always seem to get through the day. And, at the end of each day, I realize that I have been blessed with yet, one more. Silently, I pause to think about tasks, the tasks he may have handed others to deal with, and those he handed me and mine. And, I thank him for the opportunities over the years, not only to run, stumble, and fall (nowadays, its shuffle, tumble, and crash if I'm not careful). But also, I thank him for the option of picking myself up and trying again. And, each time life bucks me off, I thank him for the willpower to get back up, mount up, and take another run at 'er. Nope, I guess I can't say that I am a prayin' man... in the common sense of the word. I'm older now and I sits and thinks ... a lot. But, mostly ... I just sits! But, I can hardly sit fer long without thinkin' of those I know, those I don't know, them and theirs, and me and mine. And to me, those meditation moments or thinkin' are my way of prayin.' Pappy And now, especially with Memorial Day upon us, and if you are still with me, perhaps you also, will find a little peace and comfort in the referenced Power Point Presentation, so timely sent to me by my friend and classmate, Bill Byrd ('59). We're not sure who created it. Unfortunately, you must have Microsoft's Power Point Presentation to view it. Caution: turn the sound down at first and if you do not like the music, you may want to mute it. Hope you like it! Click on: -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA... where I'm thinkin,' "Ya'll come back...inta my thoughts now and then, ya hear?" I'll be thinkin' of ya. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Hanthorn (Gold Medal Class of '63) Congratulations to the Richland Bombers Boys' Baseball Team on winning the 2007 Washington State High School Baseball Championship! This is the Bombers' third Baseball State Championship in the past nine years, not too bad. Bomber Cheers, -Dave Hanthorn (GMC '63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: he Atomic City! ...and not us!! -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Cindy Payton Hoffman ('65) I am trying to located Becky LaFollette Taylor ('64) who I think lives in Portland, OR. If someone knows of her telephone, address or correct email could you please send it to me. I am going to be in the Northwest in a few weeks and would like to contact her. Thanks -Cindy Payton Hoffman ('65) ~ Santa Fe, NM **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Breedlove ('68) I am trying to find anyone who know of Ken Morgan who graduated in 1968 from Col-Hi with me. I lost track of him years ago and want to get in touch with him. -Jim Breedlove ('68) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/28/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff and one 2006 Bomber funeral notice today: Patti Cole ('52), Wally Erickson ('53) Larry Harrold ('56), Pappy Swan ('59) Richard Anderson ('60), John Browne ('61) Donni Clark ('63), Carol Converse ('64) Linda Reining ('64), Bill Wingfield ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Clowes ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Bob & Roberta Grout ('66WB) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Cole Pierce ('52) To: "Pappy" Swan ('59) Thanks for your wonderful input about prayer. You said everything I believe in and said it much better than I could have. Plus your Power Point Presentation was very touching - loved the music and video. Wishing everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day. -Patti Cole Pierce ('52) ~ windy but still beautiful Richland where next week is going to be in the 90s **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) To: Richard Anderson ('60) Regarding the Richland High School (I have a hard time saying it..... since I went to Columbia High School) baseball game. I did see in the "Spokesman Review (Idaho addition)" that the Richland Bombers where the State Champions!! Is that true? The Spokesman Review here "sucks"..... they need to upgrade their sports page "big time". I miss the Seattle PI!! Anyway, the paper didn't have anything to report, other than the Bombers where the State Champions for baseball. Anyone from the Tri-City area, will you please update us on what is going on..... please. -Wally Erickson ('53) ~ We have sunshine in northern Idaho (Coeur D'Alene), looks like summer is here. In the meantime, the Mariners are on a mission...... finally. We'll see what they're made of after they play the Angels next.... grin. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [See entry from Richard Anderson ('60) later in this issue. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Harrold ('56) Re: 2007 Richland Bomber Baseball Team To: Larry Davis ('80) Regarding your 4/23/07 entry and your interest in the 2007 Bomber baseball teams progress, I thought I would let you know they are now the 2007 State Champs! I remember when you played baseball and basketball and all the good teams of that era. -Larry Harrold ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Memorial Day Tribute My neighborhood awakened this morning to find itself somewhat of a crime scene on Memorial Day morning. Where flowers had gaily shown, only short cut stems poked out of the ground. And, lawn mower and roto-tiller gas cans were again drained dry. As usual, my furry cohorts and I pleaded ignorant to any knowledge of any wrong doing. However, at the crack of dawn, we were well aware of the large numbers of elves that had assembled at the Elfin Airdrome. Something was up... bigger than usual. At the end of the airstrip, the tiny Stearman biplane sat idling, its prop slowly turning over, and with two tiny elf hats wagging in the prop wash. The Elfin Doo-Dah Band which normally plays its own brand of Doowacka- type music, now played rousing patriotic numbers. Tiny banners and American flags fluttered in the breeze. Down, the length of my driveway, just back in under the line of rose bushes stretched a tiny caravan, virtually undetectable to the untrained elf detector. A number of tiny Humvees, military and semi-trucks, and of course... a tiny fuel truck, sat waiting in line with little engines idling. All had two tiny American flags mounted on either side of their cabs. Peering through my binoculars, Darby said, "Ummphf rrromph rrrrreh!" Loosely and freely translated, that meant that "Each tiny radio-controlled model (cleverly converted to elfin power) was loaded with fresh-cut flowers." As if on cue, the tiny plane revved up and began to roll down the hidden close-cropped grass airstrip. Shortly, the tail came up and the little yellow plane lifted off, climbing out between the maple and mulberry trees. The Band ceased to play and its members scurried onto a waiting semi-flatbed, equipped with side racks, waiting at the head of the little caravan. Many of the remaining elves jumped into the cabs of the remaining vehicles. The ground/ support crew for the "Flyboys" manned the fuel truck and a tiny "Six By." The remaining elves were cheering and waving their tiny flags as with a grand flair that only the elves can muster, the tiny caravan pulled out to the bands rendition "Gary Owen." With amazing rapidity the little caravan proceeds toward Richland along bike paths and connecting streets leaving confused and muttering bike riders all along the way. Upon reaching the TRAC Complex, they circle the wagons (make that... tiny trucks) on the soccer field and Lowiq and Bogart land for refueling. As soon as the ground crew had completed refueling and checking the tiny plane over, it lifts off again toward the West. The little caravan follows, again leaving more bike riders, hikers and accompanying dogs in a state of confusion and distant stares. Some even jump over the rail on the freeway bridge and swam to shore where they sat muttering incoherently to themselves. Some may still be there. Eventually, the little caravan pulls in near the, long abandoned, tall concrete head box (that seems to have been there forever) west of Richland and the Bypass highway. The elves assemble as Lowiq and Bogart again set down for refueling. The elves huddle for a few minutes, reviewing their plan, and finish with a collective, high-pitched "Go Elves!" The tiny trucks zip off to the Sunset Memorial Gardens. Lowiq again gets airborne with so many flowers loaded into the front cockpit that only the tip of Bogart's fluttering cap can be seen. Its still early morning, but soon at the Memorial gardens, elves are everywhere, scurrying to and from, putting out flowers and tiny flags while the little band plays our national anthem, God Bless America, and Stars And Stripes Forever. In a grand finale, Lowiq drops the little airplane in, sideslipping, and then accelerates, kicking her over into a wide banking turn as Bogart drops flowers and finally a wreath for all of those who have given their all that we can be free to enjoy this most special day, as we honor them. Lest we forget! I have it on good authority that our elves, like the Native Americans, lived here before many of our ancestors arrived. Consequently, even though they are often highly mischievous, they are devoted to us and ours. They took it on their own to help get the cemetery ready for Memorial Day and they will be around throughout the day helping to tend the flowers and flags. So, if any Bombers are at the Sunset Memorial Gardens during the ceremonies and throughout the day, they might want to keep an eye out for tiny movements in the corner of their vision and a little yellow biplane sporting the Bomber logo, and occasionally passing by... in salute. Now, many of you are possibly wondering, "How did this episode take place early on Memorial Day morning and still make it into today's Sandstorm?" OK, keep this to yourselves, but "Meditor," the ancient elf guru, who lives beneath a rock, in strict secrecy, within our secret garden, once confided in me (over a few thimbles full of "Elfin Elixir"). He said that elves posses a unique ability to make time regress or progress along with their mastery at instant transportation. Trust me, it becomes much easier to comprehend as one consumes more of Meditor's Magic Elixir. If that seems far fetched, I ask you now, would a fellow Bomber pull your leg? -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where today the "Stars & Stripes" and my red and gold USMC flag wave proudly. They boldly waft in the breeze, above the puddle from the pipe on top of the dead poplar tree that I preserved as a flag pole. I needed a flagpole -- Marine Corps ingenuity at its finest -- "Improvise, adapt, and overcome!" **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard Anderson ('60) Re: 2007 State Champion Bomber Baseball To: Wally Erickson ('53) (see entry above) Wally, there are two game reports in the TCH for the two Bomber Safeco Field games: Semifinal Aside: this piece was written by Seattle Times high school reporter and columnist Craig "Sideline Smitty" Smith. It must have grieved him to write it; he is a Bothell HS graduate. Final To: John Browne, Jr ('61) [still doin' a heck of a job!] I ought to have mentioned that the kids aren't so dinky anymore; in fact, I have to be nice to them so they won't beat me up. "Yard" is still skinny, but maybe 6-0; "Shep" is just big (6-4 or 6-5). Another aside: Bomber hoops for the next two years is going to enjoy some big kids (for the first time in ages): senior-to-be Joe Biddle will probably be 6-5 or 6-6, and juniors-to-be David Toth, 6-5 or 6-6; Steven Piippo, 6-4 or 6-5, and Ben Vedder, 6-7 or 6-8. If these guys (this year's sophomores) are representative of the rest of the kids in the Class of 2009; well, it will be one of the great classes in RHS history: collectively they are just great people. -Richard Anderson ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Browne, Jr. ('61) My congratulations to the Bomber baseballers on completing a championship season! Maybe we shall see a guy or two from this team back at Safeco in a different uniform in the future... Re: the 2003 LL champions- & their stats (courtesy Richard Anderson - thanks!) - the stars were definitely aligned at the time for this team... The youngest guy was also the biggest - and the oldest was the lightest - and, with the exception of that one big kid (Shepherd), the team turned 13 the year of the championship. But, since all their birthdays were later than the season (earliest was August 18), they were all 12 year olds when they played. Little League was maybe my first non-school, adult-supervised activity that provided me with a sense of a necessity for teamwork... and inspired the camaraderie that develops from groups that work toward a single purpose. It was just the thing to temper my "lone wolf" nature (probably a condition more common among first-born children), and encourage a sociable facet to my dealings with my peers around a competitive activity. I still remember the trauma (for me) of that first "try-out" for Little League... and the relief (not "joy"... yet) that I'd get to play at all... the "for whom" didn't really matter... ^..^ -John Browne, Jr. ('61) ~ on a gray & breezy day, 52 at noon, where I'm wondering if I should put some wood in the stove, or put on my long sleeves and warm my self at Folklife in pursuit of the Extreme Zydeco Experience... ^..^ **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) To: Pappy ('59) Thank-you, Pappy, for remembering me as one of your dearest Puddle pals. I loved seeing them recently in print again. My husband and I got the biggest kick out of their latest antics. Like Lora ('60)I agree... whether you are taking care of your parents in your home or somewhere else it is a job and I agree with her also, I would have much rather have had them both at home. I had to put my Dad in a board and care home close to me when he got to be more than I could handle. He wanted to go home and couldn't understand that my mom had a broken back and cancer and I couldn't take him home and care for him there while taking care of my mom at home and taking her back and forth for treatments. I will always remember the day when I was visiting him (I tried to make it up to his place three times a week). We were sitting outside enjoying the beautiful day and he fell over in his chair on the grass. I had to run and pick my mom up at one of her treatments. I couldn't get my Dad up by myself and I was crying and broken hearted seeing him like that. All he said was "Why are you crying?" He never complained, he wanted to go to work until the day he died. I had to leave him like that and go get help. I bawled all the way to the doctor's office. It was one of the hardest things I ever did to put my Dad in that home. I always promised him that as long as I was living and could take care of him that I would never do that to him and he remembered that. He remembered everything I wished he would have forgotten and forgot everything I wished he would have remembered. -Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) ~ little house in La Mirada, CA where it was a beautiful day today. Now my tomato plants are 5' high and have flowers all over them, hope the tomato worms don't find them. Tomorrow we leave for the beach for 5 days with our precious little grandkids! I am looking forward to some fun! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) Re: Dancin' to the Boogie Wow! They were very very good! Thanks Maren for finding that site. -Carol Converse Maurer (Boomer Bomber Class "64) ~ Eureka, CA ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [I would never have used to find it if the file hadn't been sent to me by Ken Heminger ('56wb). Thanks Ken. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:ALL Bombers who served THANK YOU for your service and your sacrifices. Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of 64).........Bakersfield, CA......temperatures are in the 90s, but it's a dry heat. *grin* **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Wingfield (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) To: George Pappy Swan ('59) I loved your thoughts on life. I have a little ditty to add that reminds me of your attitude: Every once in a while our candle flickers and starts to go out but is rekindled by the smile or friendly comment of someone else. Try to be that kindling for someone else. That's you Pappy. You're my idol. To: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Los Alamos, The Atomic City and not us.... And what is the mascot of Los Alamos High School? It's "The Hilltoppers". Pretty intimidating!!!! To: Cindy Payton Hoffman ('65) ~ Santa Fe, NM Re: Santa Fe Bomber Reunion When are we going to have a Santa Fe, Bomber Reunion? You & Donna McGregor Salazar and I make 3. Any others? -Bill Wingfield (BRC'67) ~ Santa Fe, NM, but getting ready to fire up the Road King and head up to Red River, and around the Enchanted Circle. Donny & Diamond, I wish you were with me. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Joan Guetzkow ('53) ~ 9/19/35 - 12/11/06 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/29/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Phil Belcher ('51), Ken Heminger ('56wb) Gloria Falls ('58), Burt Pierard ('59) Sandy Carpenter ('61), Donni Clark ('63) Linda Reining ('64), Larry Daavis ('80) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jimmie Shipman ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dick Pierard ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry Harrold ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon Sherwood ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Phil Belcher ('51) Re: Growing old My wife and I were talking to our son, Greg Stone ('81), and this subject came up in a round about way. My wife mentioned that she had changed his diapers and he responded that he would change hers when the time came. Gave us something to think about. In keeping with this subject I have a web site that is very touching. It might be one that has appeared before, in that case I'm sorry but it is very moving and something that is coming closer for many of us each day. -Phil Belcher ('51) ~ in sunny Pasco **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ken Heminger ('56wb) Re: Let's Boogie Maren, I really appreciate your efforts finding that Boogie clip. I knew up front you wouldn't be able to post it due to its size. But, I figured you would get a kick out of watching it, and possibly come up with a way of posting it. I tried a Google search after I sent it to you and came up with similar clips, but couldn't find that particular one and gave up. I watched it again today, and couldn't help tap the old toes to the beat... Ahhh... The good old days... A "Bomber pat on the back" for your perseverance... And I might add, your dedication to the Sandstorm.... -Ken Heminger ('56wb) ~ Great Falls, MT 55 and sunny **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gloria Falls Evans ('58) A little information: Gary May ('58) passed yesterday morning, May 28th. May there be peace for his family. He has been ill for a short while. -Gloria Falls Evans ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) To: Dick Pierard ('52) Just a few words to wish my esteemed Brother Dick ('52) the happiest of birthdays in his new North Caroline home. All the best, Bro, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sandy Carpenter Lee ('61) To: Rick Valentine ('68) Yes the Rivershore was a great place to eat on Prom Night; we did that, too, one year. Didn't have quite the fireworks that you did, though; hope you got to eat Cherries Jubilee after they put the fire out... they are yummy. Wasn't that thunder and lightning storm yesterday something to watch? We sat here in our cedar home windows watching it, too, from just an hour north of you out of Elk, WA. We go back and forth to Spokane all the time, in fact were there yesterday to purchase a riding lawn mower for our new place out in Airway Heights; that we purchased for our retirement (closer to medical facilities and my daughter who lives out in Greenacres area). If you hear of anyone who needs a nice family home to rent, with ground for horses, let us know, as we are hoping to rent it the 1st of July to good dependable renters who will take good care of it until we want to move in a few years from now. We summer in this area, and winter in Gold Bar 34 miles west of Stevens Pass; but eventually want to be on this side of the mountains where it is "usually" dryer. This is a great area for retirement; so many nice terrains in such a short distance... we love it, too. Now we're ready for some sunshine the rest of the week so we can get our ranch ready for the 2 horses we've had in training. Tessa and Zanzibar are coming along nicely, and we will soon be able to bring them home... can't wait. But in the meantime, we need to get the round pen ready, and a temporary lean to (barn to be built next summer)... and of course there are the fences that need work, too. Anyway, hope all you Bombers had a wonder Memorial Day weekend. We had one of our granddaughters and 3 of her friends (all age 23) come visit us at the ranch. Tonight (even tho it's raining) we have to have that weiner roast at the fire pit... and smores, of course! To: Maggie Gilstrap O'Hara ('74) Hi Maggie, Good for you... you Go, Girl! Loved your entry about living in Alaska and your Harley. You and I have a LOT in common. First of all I first lived at 403 Abert when my folks moved to Richland in 1944 when I was just a year old. Secondly, I spent 15 years living in Alaska from 1983 to 1998 when I retired from the City of Sitka as an administrative assistant. I also traveled the Alcan highway many times, and lived in Ketchikan, Anchorage and Sitka. Before I moved to Alaska, my 2nd husband and I had a big 750 Yamaha Virago (the year they copied the Harley... it had a big Vtwin engine, monoshocks, and was very comfy). I got so comfortable on it that I could even fall asleep while riding (on the back). I always wanted a bike of my own, but have a 4 wheeler, and now have just purchased 2 Paso Fino mares, which are just finishing their training. We will be bringing them home to the ranch next week. So, our lives have kinda paralleled and I could not help but write you and commend you on your "staying young and alive"... more power to you. -Sandy Carpenter Lee ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) To: Pappy Swan ('59) Hey Pappy, Please wait for me! I want to be in the Parade. I'll take up the rear today waving my banner that says "Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who have served our country! For those who are with God and those still serving. Thank-you from the bottom of my heart for all you have given us! And God Bless America! -Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) ~ from the little house in the morning where it is overcast this morning. Hope it will be sunny before we hit the beach! Have a Happy Holiday everyone! *************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:George(Pappy)Swan('59) I am sooooooooo glad you are once again telling the exploits of the elves. I have missed their tales of "daring do". the picture of them flying over the Sunset Memorial Gardens in Richland was just too cool. please, don't stop telling of their tales. Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of 64)........Bakersfield, CA.......getting way too hot for my liking. gonna hibernate, real quick! *grin* **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Daavis ('80) Happy Memorial Weekend to all, I hope that you were all able to appreciate it. My daughter and I took a trip through the Washington National Cemetery in Maple Valley and it was a wonderful and sobering site with all the flags, decorations and people showing their respect for the fallen heroes. To: Wally Erickson ('53) and all other proud Bomber Baseball fans WE DID IT AGAIN! This is the third Title for Richland Baseball in eight short years (1999, 2005 & 2007) and many of the players will be back again next year. Richland beat Snohomish 7-3 (my wife's HS) in the Championship Game. I've been savoring the win over my in-laws all weekend. Snohomish hit the ball well but our kids snagged most of their opportunities and then did some fine hitting of their own. Congratulations to Ben Jacobs, Roger Chambers & Tim Ruane for their amazing coaching through the years, as we all know it does not happen over night. I attended the games both Friday & Saturday and it was great to see many old faces and renew many old friendships. I've attached a couple pictures of the team at the final out, Ben Jacobs getting dowsed with water, the team and with their trophy (well done). It's a great experience to win a State Championship (in any sport), mine was in '79 (Basketball) and it's something that can never be taken away. I talked to my friend and past Bomber standout, Cameron Mitchell ('77), after the game and he was happy for the kids but also sad that he never had a State title to add to his years of Bomber sports. Many of us never have the chance. Most of these kids will have the opportunity to repeat again next year (OK I'm getting a head of things) let's just enjoy the moment. To: Larry Harold ('56) Larry, I remember you (and your kids), too. Thanks for your years of support and dedication but I need to correct one item. Not only did I play Baseball & Basketball but I was also an All-State nominee for Football. Not bad for a short kid (5'8") and I can't believe how big the kids are these days. Thanks again, for remembering. -Larry Davis ('80) ~ Covington/Maple Valley, WA ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/30/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff & 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Pappy Swan ('59), Patti Jones ('60) Linda Reining ('64), Cindy Payton ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Teri Schuchart ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Elf stories and especially the pictures To keep the record straight and give credit where due, I need to emphasize that the wonderful elf/airplane pictures accompanying my elf stories are provided through the skills of my friend and fellow Bomber, Dennis Hammer ('64). Dennis, I thank you and I assure you that the elves are most appreciative! -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where, after the long weekend, the elves and I are taking a break and Darby is chewing her tennis ball into minute pieces in frustration, because I won't keep throwing it ... all day long. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) Re: All Bomber Luncheon Richland WHEN: Saturday, June 9 , 2007 WHERE: JD Diner, 3790 Van Giesen, West Richland, WA 99353 Used to be Coney Island (Light green building just past the Yakima River bridge heading west from Richland on the right side) TIME: 1:00 P.M. PRICE: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served all day. Prices range from $4.50 - $13.95 (add drink, tax, and tip) Bomber spouses and friends are welcome! Looking forward to also seeing out-of-town Bomber visitors. Bombers Have Fun, -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60), Vera Smith Robbins ('58) and Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:Phil Belcher('51) re:parent's wish this was so moving. I sat here, with tears streaming down my face, while reading it and the song was very moving, too. thank you for posting it. I sent it on to others and made sure that both my daughters got it in their e mail. *grin* we always laugh over MY old age, cause they like to remind me they are the ones that will bathe me when I NO longer am able and will scrub my skin the way I scrubbed theirs. *grin* not easy to think of no longer being able to be independent, but hopefully, when that time comes, if ever, they will remember this "wish" and let me keep my dignity. *grin* Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64).........Bakersfield, is out this Thursday and the grandkids can't wait--"no more school books, no more teacher's dirty looks" or however that saying went. *grin* course, my youngest daughter, who is a teacher, doesn't appreciate that saying NOR the fact that I taught it to them!!!!!! especially, since "one of them" is HER son!!!!! *GRIN* **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Cindy Payton Hoffman ('65) To: Bill Wingfield ('67) A [Santa Fe] Bomber Lunch might be fun. Red or Green? -Cindy Payton Hoffman ('65) ~ If you live in New Mexico, you will know what I mean by red or green. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>David Carlson ('59) ~ 1941 - 5/24/07 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/31/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff: Bill Wingfield ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jean Bruntlett ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Wingfield (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) To: Cindy Payton Hoffman ('65) Re: A proposed Santa Fe Bomber Luncheon, my preference of red or green, and if you live in NM you'll know what I mean. I like it both ways, depending on my mood, time of day, and what the waitress recommends, red or green, and sometimes I like Christmas. How about it, are there any other Bombers out there interested in a Santa Fe Bomber luncheon? Cindy will buy --- NOT, just kidding about that part. Anyone else in the Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Espanola, Abq area interested? -Bill Wingfield (BRC '67) ~ Santa Fe, NM where it was a beautiful day to ride the Road King up to Los Alamos yesterday, and looks like today will work too. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` April, 2007 ~ June, 2007