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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 ~ 07/01/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff, 1 NARB Guest Book entry, and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Lora Homme ('60), Ann Engel ('63) Betti Avant ('69), Thom Brooks (NARB - Not A Richland Bomber) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Richard Anderson ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lora Homme ('60) Thanks Maren for including the picture of my dad with my entry yesterday, but I can't believe that a professional photographer selected that one from among those he took. Dad's almost obscured by one of the union people, but I made the mistake of showing them a certificate he received from the War Department in 1945 stating to the effect that he'd worked on the bomb that stopped the war. Oops, politically incorrect. Heh heh. I'm not sure what was going on with the photog anyway. He's a nice kid, but he hung around after the union people left and just kind of smiled pleasantly, didn't ask questions, didn't take any more pictures, we just kind of stood there and looked at each other. Are Tri-City Herald photographers paid by the hour? I noticed him looking at the pictures of four of my unmistakably Victorian great grandparents which are hanging on the wall (one of which is also in the picture of my dad). To fill the silence, I told him that one family immigrated from Canada in wagons and took a homestead in Montana. He then asked if that was in about the '50s! I did a double take and he looked perfectly serious! I said, Noooo, late "1800s, early 1900s." He's either incredibly ignorant or he was puttin' me on. If it was the latter, he's good, if it was the former, God help the media. -Lora Homme ('60) ~ In that town across the river and down the much-improved road from home where the speed limit is back to 60 mph and everyone goes 70. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Engel Schafer ('63) I want to thank all the Bombers out there for all the cards and well wishes. I loved reading all the wonderful comments about Fred. He certainly was one of a kind and I will miss his humor and keeping me on my toes immensely. -Ann Engel Schafer ('63) ~ in sunny Vancouver, WA where they're saying it is supposed to hit 90 by the 4th of July **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) How many of you out there have entered a contest just for fun and actually won something? At the grocery store this morning they were having a sale on Hershey candy bars. I picked some up and saw there was a contest for Brad Paisley things. I opened the first one later and entered the number inside the wrapper. It was my lucky day - I had a winning 2nd place wrapper good for 6 free months of Brad Paisley's fan club. The only other one I recall winning was in the late '80s while I was living in Montana. The magazine I was reading had a trivia contest (old-time TV as I recall), one answered 5 questions and everyone who got the most right was put into a drawing for $25.00. Well, I aced the quiz and won the "dough". -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where today the sun is playing tag with the clouds but it's supposed to be in the 80s by midweek **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. >>From: Thom Brooks (NARB) Saturday 06/30/2007 11:57:24am COMMENTS: I am not an Alumni, but am the baseball coach for a men's baseball team, called the Savannah Bombers, named after Jimmy Stewart's B-24 Bombers. He flew 20 missions in a B-24 during World War II. The 8th Air Force Museum is here in Savannah, so we honor the tradition. You can visit our website at: Take care and congratulations on Bomber Pride!! -Thom Brooks (Not A Richland Bomber) ~ Savannah, Georgia **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notices >>Barb Eckert Holloway ('61) ~ 11/8/42 - 6/28/07 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/02/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Thora Metcalf ('59), Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jamie Worley ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Thora Metcalf Ziegler ('59) Happy Birthday Pappy [7/1]. May you have many more and keep us entertained all the way. -Thora Metcalf Ziegler ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Candy Bars I wrote about my exploits with the candy wrapper yesterday. I went ahead and opened the other 3 so I could see if it was just a fluke (I was thinking the odds were stacked against me for having any other winners). Of the 4--3 had a second place prize and the 4th had a third place prize. The rules say so many of each prize can be won by one household but only one e-mail address per redemption. I tried to give one of the 2nd place ones away but since I had already redeemed it under my e-mail address it wouldn't allow that. The 3rd place prize was a down-load of one of Brad Paisley's songs just for the computer. That same size Hershey bar cost me $.05 when growing up but yesterday they were 4/$3.00. Hopefully now my luck will change for the better. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/03/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber and Don Sorenson sent stuff: Linda Reining ('64), Don Sorenson (N A B) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ray Hall ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) David Rivers'(65)writes about his delight at coming to his class reunions and saying that no matter what, they are fun and it is nice to reconnect with friends from days past. said that some had stayed away for various reasons and he had convinced some of them to come and they were glad they did. well, I can relate to that---- I stayed away from mine,too(fatter than I was in high school and embarrassed and ashamed of it and not wanting to face the stares of "look what happened to her", along with other reasons for staying away, that are too trivial and don't make much sense at this age, to go into)---finally gave in and went to the 35th and the 40th and had a good time at both! will admit I had more fun at the 40th than I did at the 35th, but that is only because more of the group I knew/hung around with, were at the 40th. *grin* next on the agenda is to make it to a Club 40 gathering. someone had written in about "old age" and aches and pains, and using a handicapped plaque----NEVER in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would be THAT old, but this blasted body has let me know that the abuse I did to it as a kid(jumping out of trees, off the roof, falling down on skates, etc.)has come back to "bite me in the butt", BIG time!!!!! I have arthritis in my right hip, right knee, and also have degenerative disc disease in my lower spine, so I walk with a cane or use a walking stick, and have a handicap plaque that I use when my hip and back are really hurting. I do try to leave the space for those that are worse off than me, but there are times, when I take full advantage of that blue plastic placard and hang it from my rearview mirror! "old age ain't for sissies"(as stated by Bette Davis on the "Tonight Show")---truer words were NEVER spoken!!!! *grin* have found you have to be tough go get through what is known as "the golden years". *grin* but, the alternative is worse, so will enjoy what I can do, and quit worrying about what I can't. *grin* Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of 64).......just got home from spending two weeks on the Central Coast of CA----Nipomo, Pismo, Morro Bay----had a blast!!!!!!! weather was just the way I like it----never hotter than 70 and most of the time it was 67!!!!!!! clam chowder, fish and chips and salt water taffy were delicious!!!!!!! *grin* now, back to reality in Bakersfield, CA, where triple digits have arrived and we will "see" 104 on the 4th and they say we will "hit" 108 on Thursday!!!!!!! am more than ready to head back to the coast!!!!!!! *grin* **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (N A B) Re: Betty Conner Sansom ('52)? Maren, Found this photo in a G E News. I seem to remember a Betty Sansom either spoken about or she has sent an entry to the Sandstorm. I cannot recall. I looked at the past month's (June) entries and found nothing. Could this guy be her husband? Thanks for helping the helpless. -Don Sorenson (N A B) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/04/07 - HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice: Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68), Greg Alley ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Penny Mitchell ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gale Waldkoetter ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Rice ('75) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) Re: '68 Reunion???????????????????????????????? I am about to give up, because I can't seem to get any info. One more try ... are there any plans in motion for a 40th reunion for the class of 1968? I know these things take lots of time, and thought there might be at least beginnings by now. I also know that Jeri Collins Sandburg ('68) has put them together in the past for us -- last I knew, she was still doing this. Jeri, are you out there? What's happening? If anyone knows anything about this, please advise. Thanks -Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) ~ Now practicing psychiatry in WallaWalla 3 days a week, and in Orofino, Idaho one day a week. Thank God for my Diesel VW Passat Wagon! 49 mpg! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Greg Alley ('73) Re: Jason Lee The old school is about ready to go down. The trees have been cut, the insides gutted out, and it's about ready for the wrecking ball. A number of people have ran into a unannounced sale of the items inside and came away with chairs, desks, doors, scoreboards, and various items from the school's history. Some of the people who may have wanted something will probably have to find it on eBay. Re: Bomber mom. Another Bomber mom has passed on and after going to the service I just want to mention it. Delores Dauenhauer-Morman. Delores and her first husband Pete Dauenhauer were a part of my life in the Christ the King days and into high school along with many others. I am not sure of all the kids ages and class years but will give it a go. Mike ('69?), Steve ('71), Dave ('72-RIP), Dan ('73), Brad ('75), and not sure of the year of and Julianna. -Greg Alley ('73) ~ Its July, its going to be hot, and the air conditioner won't shut off for 2 months. In Richland, one of the few towns left where you can shoot off your fireworks, but probably one big fire away from a ban. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Janice Seaman Engel ('56) ~ 3/25/38 - 7/1/07 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/05/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Mike Clowes ('54), Jim House ('63), Shirley Collings ('66) Fran Teeple ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon Panther ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paul Tampien ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Club 40 Reunion Party ~ September 7, 8, 9 The numbers are slowly beginning to add up: Class of '45 - 1; Class of '46 - 1; Class of '47 - 9 Class of '48 - 3; Class of '49 - 5; Class of '51 - 4 Class of '52 - 23; Class of '53 - 3; Class of '54 - 10 Class of '55 - 5; Class of '56 - 4; Class of '57 - 17 Class of '58 - 5; Class of '60 - 7; Class of '61 - 3 Class of '62 - 1 A reminder to members of the Classes of '52 and '62 (who are holding separate events on the Saturday), if you want to join with Club 40 on the Friday, please make sure your dues are paid. You can check that by looking at the label on your most recent DustStorm. For members of the Classes up to and including 1949 there is a 20% reduction in your meals this year in honor of the Club's 20th anniversary. And, finally, for the members of the Class of '67, you too can now come and sit at the table with the big kids. All you have to do is send in a registration form for the nights you wish to attend and have your dues paid. Forms may be found on the Club web page at: -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ reporting in from Mount Angel, OR, where the temperature on July 4th is supposed to be somewhere in the 90s. Not quite as warm as the Tri-Cities, but it's not exactly a dry heat. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim House ('63) Jim Mattis ('68) was recently interviewed for two hours by Jim Lehrer for the PBS News Hour. I do not know when it will be aired. It will be cut into 2 or more segments, and will be aired at different times. Watch for it on The News Hour on PBS". -Jim House ('63) ~ Mead, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) Although I did not get this message in for the 4th, I want to say "GOD BLESS AMERICA, OUR TROOPS AND VETS!" We need to remember to pray for all of these EVERY day of the year, not just on the 4th. Peace, -Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Fran Teeple Wolf ('68) I want to send my condolences to Patti Eckert Weyers ('68) and her brothers and sisters on the loss of their mother, Vada Eckert, on July 1st. Patti and I were in the same class at Christ the King grade school. -Fran Teeple Wolf ('68) ~ Spokane ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/06/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff: Patti Jones ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David Barger ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) Re: All Bomber Luncheon Richland WHEN: Saturday, July 14, 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) ~ West Richland -Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) ~ Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/07/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers and Don Sorenson sent stuff: Bill Berlin ('56), Betti Avant ('69) Don Sorenson (N A B) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Just right weather When I see numbers like 103 and 107 in good old Bomberland, it makes me glad I live over here. We sat out on the deck last night watching another fabulous sunset over the San Juan Islands, drinking a glass of Washington wine, and watching the boats go by. It was 71 at 9:30 PM, down from 83 and just perfect. In fact, we have been doing that for the past week or so and looks like it will go well into next week when they are predicting in the 90s for Seattle by mid-week. 90 in Seattle probably relates to 110 to 112 in the Tri-Cities, which it was in Tucson on the 4th and 119 in Palm Springs the same day. Whilst 103 - 107 is just too hot for me now, thus I live over here in the more temperate zones, I remember those summer mornings in Richland when I was growing up. It would be 70 or so at 6:00 AM on my paper route and racked up to 100 by early afternoon and then up from there around 5:00 PM and it never bothered me. We rode our horses, hunted, rode our bikes up to the swimming pool and did all kinds of stuff, never really understanding how hot it was. Sure, from time to time we would just lay out in the shade of the big Lombardi Poplars my Dad planted as a wind break, but the heat really did not seem to stop us much. Now it would melt me, butter ball that I am. Just the same, I know Eastern Washington is very therapeutic for a lot of people and that is where they should live... drowning in sweat. Go for it you Richland-living Bombers. Me, I am going out and drown a few herring and maybe even catch a salmon or two. I guess I should ask Pappy, Fish and Game guy that he is, if the number of salmon you catch is directly correlated to the number of beers you consume or is that just a heat thing? If so, I had better get a bigger boat both for salmon and beer. On a more serious note, did you know that in Washington, DUI laws apply to driving cars AND boats? Maybe just a two-pack for eight guys is smarter now that I think about it. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ in Anacortes, WA where the weather is fair and so are the women. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Rural Setting I have heard parts of the Lacey-Olympia area are rural but last week took the cake. It was about 6:30 on Saturday morning when I was returning from my weekly grocery shopping trek. I saw a car a block or two ahead stopped in the left lane. He had no signal on and I thought there's nothing there to be turning into. As I approached his car I saw why he was stopped--there was a doe with two fawns standing beside the street in a housing area. The area is only 5 blocks or so from my complex and the manager had told me when these apartments were built about 20 years ago it was nothing but woods. There are still a lot of fir and pine trees across the street so I don't doubt it. I'll definitely be vigilant when I go shopping; I like to go early and beat the crowds of shoppers. I have even been through that area in total darkness and never seen any deer other than a dead one a year ago beside the same street. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where it's not quite as hot as the east side but bad enough **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (N A B) To All Bombers, When I read the idea about putting together a book containing the stories related in the Alumni Sandstorm I thought to my self what an excellent idea. I remembered the saying the faintest ink is better than the brightest memory or something like that (should have written that down). Personal histories are treasures worth more than gold. Children really like to know what they can about their parents. It is a connection that will never fade and will only grow stronger with each re-reading of that recorded history. Loved ones who pass through the veil, leaving family behind, will remember with great clarity what is dear to their heart. Remembrances should be recorded for those who we will leave behind and to personalize family that preceded us. Newspapers are a great source of family stories however, Richland is the only community I know of that had a company newspaper printing events of its residents. Another unique aspect of being a Bomber. Found this photo of Dave Hanthorn ('63) in an old G E NEWs. -Don Sorenson (N A B) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/08/2007 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Missy Keeney ('59), Dave Hanthorn ('63) Linda Reining ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Deanna Sue Lukins ('79) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) I want the Eckert kids to know that I am thinking of them as they mourn the loss of their mother, Vada!The Eckert and Keeney families camped together for many years and they were like siblings or cousins to us!I have wonderful memories of your mom and always admired her ability to cope with such a large family. My mom just had four Keeney kids and we were living proof of the old adage "Insanity is inherited, you get it from your children."I was able to attend the service on Thursday (enjoyed the lovely video tribute) but couldn't stay and get reacquainted with you all.That was a big disappointment to me.I did have the opportunity to chat with Donny out at B- Reactor a few weeks ago.Just know that you are part of very important and special memories for the Keeneys. Gus ('57), Missy ('59), Patricia "Patty" ('63), and Jack ('65) -Missy Keeney ('59) ~ Richland, WA~ Too hot for those of us who are 'arctic'-ready! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From:Dave Hanthorn (Goldl MLeldal Class of '63) To: Don Sorenson (NAB) Re: No Time for Sergeants Wow, Don, I wasn't expecting to see that old photo from the 1964 G.E. News in the Sandstorm. It brought back a lot of fun memories with the Richland Players. A couple of other Bombers were in that show, namely Candy Longworth ('64) and Steve Sawyer ('65). Just a little over a year after that photo was taken, I was enlisting in the USAF (as opposed to the USAAF in the play). I will always have lots of fond memories from all the Richland Players shows I was part of. They were so much a part of my "Richland experience" as I was growing up. -Dave Hanthorn (GMC '63) ~ from sunny and hot Mercer Island, where the AC is all that stands between me and "melting". **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) when I read Bill Berlin's('56)account of his cool weather in Anacortes, I admit I had envy and LOTS of it!!!!! we are sweltering in Bakersfield, CA----triple digits and will be this way for a long time! we "hit" 108 on the 4th and Friday we topped off at 112!!!!!!! am definitely going to spend NEXT summer on the Central CA coast----spent two weeks there this past June and never got hotter than 70---those temps are right up this old broad's alley.! *grin* I remember running all over town as a kid and never seeming to be bothered by the heat---rode my bike, skated, played outside all day long, walked to and from the pool, to and from the library, and never seemed to be bothered at all by the heat of Richland. couldn't do that anymore---gets over 85 and I am one _itchy woman. *grin* by the way, Bill, Washington isn't the only State that has DUI laws pertaining to both cars AND boats---California does, too. Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64).....sweltering in the triple digits of Bakersfield, CA----wishing and hoping for an early winter!!!!!!! *grin* ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/09/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff: Marguerite Groff ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) There was some discussion about Jack Moorman ('54) and his declining health. I sent a message to Jack's wife, Kathy, to ask about his health problems. She has given me permission to share this with his friends. ------------ (from Kathy) Things have been rather hectic around here for the past few months. The doctors Tell us Jack isn't going to make it, but of course they don't know how long it will be. Because of the congestive heart failure they say he could drop over anytime. Eleven years ago he had a quadruple by pass and an aorta valve replacement and now the valve is not working right and because of all his other medical problems they can't replace the valve again. They tell us he wouldn't make it through the surgery. Hospice has been coming out here since the end of March. They told him to do whatever he wants to as long as he doesn't over do it. He as a hard time knowing when he is overdoing it. Ha!! He has always been a workaholic so he still gets on the riding lawnmower and mows a little and plays with his old cars. He has a '63 Ford Galaxy 500 and '64 Ford Galaxy 500. The '64 is a show car, but the '63 is a hot rod. That probably sounds like the Jack you remember. Ha!! He is on oxygen 24/7 now, so he has a long tube on his big bottle in the garage so he can move around the cars better. He has a couple of small bottles he uses in the house and when we go somewhere he can carry in his hand or hang on his shoulder. We have a machine that makes the oxygen to fill the little ones. He has a good day now and then and then he has bad ones. That's what the doctor says will happen until the end. I know I don't have to tell you the stress I'm under, not knowing what I will find each morning. He can't drive anymore so that doesn't set too well with him either. You probably know how he likes cars. We will appreciate all those Bomber Prayers. Kathy Moorman -Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) ~ Actually enjoying the HOT weather; In NO hurry for winter. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/10/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Helen Cross ('62), Gary Behymer ('64) Ray Stein ('64), Angeline Merkt ('87) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dale McLean ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Rulon ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judy Scott ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Greetings from the hot midwest, where surprisingly we are getting a cool breeze in the house at the moment, though it's above 83 outside (I forgot how to make the degree sign [I know how to do it, Helen. -Maren]), and the humidity is low (for which I am grateful, very grateful!! Well, at the moment and for the next few years we will have 2 houses, this one by the little lake in West Harrison, Indiana and another house, about 200 miles away in the little town of Grandview,Indiana where we will be living in the Methodist parsonage while Warren preaches at 2 little Methodist churches in the area. The first 2 Sundays have gone very well, but we will be busy... we've already decided we can't be driving back here every week as we'd planned. So we'll cut it back to 3 times a month now and probably twice a month before long. People are very nice in Grandview and Rockport, and Owensboro, Kentucky which is the closest big city... The parsonage is nice and clean and has Air Conditioning, for those days when the humidity isn't low... but we haven't had to use it much because we are surrounded by huge trees there, and that does make a difference in keeping it cooler... so if you find yourself in the Evansville, In. area give me an email holler... and drop by... Theresa, I too am wondering what is happening to our reunion for the class of '62. I've tried to email and call John Adkins ('62). Maybe someone will respond to this email... I have already planned a big trip back to Washington State to attend the reunion, and my girlfriend from Tokyo, Japan will be joining me, and then I am taking her on a sight seeing tour of Washington for a few weeks, so I'm registering for Club 40, as it is to be that same weekend... so I hope to see many of you '62ers there,,,, I remember those hot days growing up in Richland too where we walked everywhere, to the pool, shopping uptown or downtown, maybe both... and the heat never stoped us from doing anything... there is a neighborhood pool in Rockport, IN about 5 or 6 miles from the parsonage and I hope to go visit there some hot afternoon after we finally get moved in... There are some Abe Lincoln things around there too. A state park and a boyhood home museum set of buildings where I hope to get involved, when we are not teaching Sunday School, or planning to do something at church... but it will be fun, and interesting, and doing this work for the Lord is what we want to be doing at this time... Greetings from the house by the little lake where there is a lovely breeze blowing this afternoon. My foster cat is so glad we came home again. We can't take her with us, as we are a block from Hwy. 66 and I am afraid she is too used to roaming in a bigger rural area to take her, so my neighbor who I adopted her from will be looking after her again... and she is a hunter, as I think most cats are... -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Don't know who it is but someone from 1995 to 2007 should know? Re: mmmmmm...wonder who Mom is? Re: Another obit for Guy Lobdell ('66-RIP) Came across this site for Guy. Re: HoopFest 2007 It's a sad day in 'Mudville'... there was no James House ('63). The #2504: OLD AND OLDER Hoopfest team played without the services of James House? 'Say it ain't so, Ray.' -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray Stein ('64) Re: Statue of Mary Lou Watkins Sure was fun to see a statue of a '63 Bomber namesake in the Town Square of Granbury, Texas. -Ray Stein ('64) ~ Mead, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. >>From: Angeline Merkt Lindsay ('87) Saturday 07/07/2007 1:24:11pm COMMENTS: I cant wait for this to happen. It will be nice to see people I haven't in 20. -Angeline Merkt Lindsay ('87) ~ Savannah, GA ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/11/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Marlene Maness ('57), Kaylene Henjum ('60), Mary Judd ('60) Patti Jones ('60), John Browne ('61), Dave Hanthorn (63) David Rivers ('65), Marsha Hopfinger ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rex Hunt ('53WB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry Christenson ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janice Johns ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John Heffner ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marlene Maness Mulch ('57) We're thinking of taking the AmTrak train from Flagstaff to Seattle. Any comments or suggestions? -Marlene Maness Mulch ('57) ~ Prescott, AZ **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kaylene Henjum Livingston ('60) Re: Tribute to my loving mother In a previous sandstorm I had the opportunity to express the challenges that every family faces when their parents get up in years. Since that article, my dear Mother has passed away. I know that this is the one thing that is inevitable for everyone, if we are fortunate to live that long, but it does not make the passing any easier. She was the "rock" that held our family together and the challenges we face without her will not be easy. As children, we did not realize just how strong she was, until she was gone. She was always there when one of us needed her, and in her own way kept us on a pretty straight path without us really knowing that she was doing it. Her strength was not in judging us, but loving us no matter what we did. Mom passed away unexpectedly due to a fall she took in the middle of the night. She was on the medication Cumadin (sp), which caused her to bleed internally and could not be controlled. I know in my heart that she lived a full life, but as a child, numbers mean nothing, Moms are supposed to live "forever". She will live in this BOMBER'S heart forever, but nothing takes the place of being able to see her sitting in her chair and smiling when I walk through her door every day to see her. She always had a smile and a big kiss when I arrived and one just as big when I left. She was not only my Mom but she was my good friend. Evelyn Ella "Tootsie" Henjum will live forever in all the wonderful memories she left behind. I can only hope that when my time comes that I can leave behind with my family the legacy she left for me. What a wonderful Mother she was. I want to take this opportunity to thank all my Bomber friends who helped me out during this sad time. I had emails from friends that I have not heard from in a long time and two of my friends, Mary Judd Hinz ('60) and Patti Jones ('60), were especially there for me. Thank you so very much. Sitting here writing this waiting for the double digits to hit today and wishing a little elf would appear and mow my lawn. It is just tooooo hot for me. -Kaylene Henjum Livingston ('60) ~ Kennewick, WA so we live in a desert... I still like the 70s and 80s.. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Judd Hinz ('60) I found this entry in the "Freecycle Tri-Cities" website. Thought someone might be interested. *********** Posted by: "Angie" Angie's Profile: Mon Jul 9, 2007 6:41 pm (PST) i have a few un used yearbooks from Richland High School if anyone wants them (i work there and they gave us some cause they couldnt throw them away).. i have 1 of each.. 1977, 1980, 1986, 1987 (think), 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000. I live in West pasco... *********** -Mary Judd Hinz ('60) ~ n sunny West Richland where the temperature is supposed to reach 108 by Friday, and all the fruit is getting ripe about a month early! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) To: Bill Berlin ('56) Yes, you have the beautiful days and nights in Western Washington with views to die for. After my twenty years living there I find the days of beauty and warmth are many more in the Richland area. Many more days of warmth and not over taken by the chill of all the water and low temperatures. I was in Tacoma for my grandson's graduation the week of June 10th. In my packing I knew the temperatures there and was not sure what to pack knowing it would there when it came to keeping warm. Thankfully I put in a long sweater that wasn't too heavy. What a life saver. Wore it most days I was there. Did enjoy dinner at Salty's at Redondo looking up the Puget Sound toward the San Juans. Having lunch at Brown's Point at Archie's (outstanding Hamburgers at Archie's) looking at Commencement Bay and all it's splendor. An evening at the Cliff House at Brown's Point gave a whole different perspective of Commencement Bay. All places revisited I will take the greater Richland area any day. It took me 43 years to get back here and a week to know I am home. As Lora Homme Page ('60) said not long after I moved back here, "The Government knew what they were doing when they chose this area to build". The other greater part of living here is that within an hour to an hour half there are so many wonderous places to see. Traffic is light and makes it easy to get to them all. Mid Columbia magazine with each issue is writing wonderful articles about the East side of the state. The issue that just arrived has an article about Badger Mountain. Lots about the wine country also. Supposed to be 108 by Thursday. I find it doesn't make much difference when the temperatures rise so high because the air conditioning during the hotter part of the day keeps it comfy. The wonderful evenings sitting outside watching the stars is relaxing. Looking forward to the luncheon on Saturday. -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Re M'Lou Watkins statue OK... it may SAY "Mary Lou Watkins", but I'm pretty sure that's Louise Fellows, in a big ol' Mother Hubbard... and a really darling Apron! (I wonder where she got that cool bell?) ^..^ -John Browne, Jr. ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Hanthorn (Gold Medal Class of 63) To: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: photo of Richland kid I did a little internet snooping and discovered that the young man in the pictures at RHS is one GIORGI PATARIDZE and he is from Georgia (no, not the State, but the "Republic of"). Must have been an exchange student. Re: No Jim House (GMC 63) The lack of number 32 probably explains why the "Old and Older" team was eliminated from this years hoopfest with only one win and two losses. Hope all is well with "Big Jim". Bomber Cheers, -Dave Hanthorn (GMC 63) ~ sunny Mercer Island, WA where it is supposed to get to 90 tomorrow. Thats about the same as 110 in Richland. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Hello Mary Lou...goodbye heart.... Well, you can imagine my excitement when I read Number 10's ('64) note in the Sandstorm for Tuesday the 10th... A statue of the Divine Mary Lou ('63)... I figured I would use the picture for a screen saver and get Davis ('65) to help me steal the statue from Granbury, TX at a later date... so you can also imagine my shock when I saw the picture of the statue... I can assure you that the sculptor (or caster or whatever) has NEVER laid eyes on our Mary Lou... suffice it to say that I am not using Ray's picture as a screen saver and have canceled my trip to Texas... I was hoping the dear lady would grace us in Vancouver on the 21st for the celebration of our pal Freddie Schafer's ('63... too soon... just can't use RIP just yet) life and times but alas she tells me she is getting married to three guys or something like that... something to do with weddings anyway... if I got it wrong, ML, I know you will forgive me... But she did mention that Jimbeaux ('63) and her partner in crime Ellen W. ('63) would be on hand so all is not lost... well I mean my heart is broken but hey... I'm a big boy... it will mend I'm sure... I am sure... I'm pretty sure... but then I don't have the picture as a screen saver... don't have the statue... but I'll survive... yes I will... Oh poop... I'm gonna go home and cry myself to sleep! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marsha Hopfinger Sork ('67) Re: Class of '67 Reunion This is a reminder to all members of the Blue Ribbon Class of 67. Our 40th class reunion is scheduled for July 27 & 28 at the Hampton Inn, Richland. We have received many reservations for the event and I want to remind you that it isn't too late to register. If you need the registration information, contact me or go to the Richland Bomber website. Join us! You wont be sorry. Regards, -Marsha Hopfinger Sork ('67) ~ Kennewick where it is hot, hot, hot. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/12/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Larry Mattingly ('60), Lora Homme ('60) Margo Lacarde ('60), Jim House (63) David Rivers ('65), Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jan Bollinger ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Debra Belliston ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Alaska Attorney If any of you Alaska Bombers know an attorney preferably with some estate experience, who is tough, aggressive, and spoiling for a good court fight, please let me know off via direct e-mail. Not for me but I have an acquaintance up there who would make good use of him/her. Thanks. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly ('60) ~ From hot Tacoma where it was 98 in the shade in my back yard. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lora Homme ('60) To: Kaylene Henjum Livingston ('60) Thank you for the beautiful tribute to your mother, you said so well the things that are in my heart. My prayers are with you during this very difficult time. -Lora Homme ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Margo Lacarde Compton ('60) To: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) You are making me so homesick. You must stop. *LOL* -Margo Lacarde Compton ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim House (63) To: Gary Behymer (64) Don't ever look for my name on a "Hoopfest" (I call it "Foulfest") roster. It is a very impressive festival with 6,000 teams playing on about 500 courts for two days in downtown Spokane. But four years ago I told my friend Ray (64) that if I was ever tempted to play, that he should remind me that I said I will never be a part of it. According to the local paper, this years event resulted in 16 broken bones, and eight fights requiring police intervention that led to numerous arrests (and the men's games were even rougher). Two years ago a woman was pushed through a plate class window. I believe this was the 18th consecutive year that organizers have failed to give a sportsmanship award to any of the 24,000 participants. Two years ago I played in a few other tournaments that were equally rough. In one tourney the Dayton Police intervened during the championship ship game and declared a winner and threatened to arrest their opponent. After that, I decided I would never play again without referees (preferable a loved one). Even my regular weekend games with friends are no longer fun with their cavalier attitude toward intentional fouls. I frankly began to fear I might "over" retaliate some day and regret it forever. So, no Hoopfest for this wimp. For now on, my basketball will be limited to my back yard, like it was 45 years ago, scoring at ease against imaginary foes like Elgin Baylor and Jerry West. Now that is therapeutic! -Jim House ('63) ~ Mead, WA where this afternoon the temperature is approaching 100 and I got the A/C on full blast. It's OK because my wife is out purchasing "Carbon Credits" at the local nursery, which no doubt I will have to help plant when she returns. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: How many people can say They got friends Like the Bombers... the '65ers were in Richland for Cool Desert Nights a month ago... I had bought a little '36 Ford 3-window coupe with a nasty big block from Seattle and Jimmie Adair ('65-'67... I love saying that... eat yer hearts out you guys and gals with only 1 or 2 classes behind your names) went and picked it up for me and had it at his house waiting for me... (I'm enclosing a picture for Maren ('63-'64) to figure out how to post... I know I'm spozed to send them somewhere else)... Now as I've said many times before... most Bombers have always considered Jimmie to be the ultimate hot rodder... he and I were swappin' cars with each other when we were 15... but a few years back Doc 40 (Jimmie) modernized his '40 Ford that he's had since we were 16 or so into a luxury vehicle (shortly after that he became a biker dude as well)... he drove this little '36 of mine and called me to tell me it was unsafe at any speed... I knew then and there that we were not speaking the same language... I told Jimmie that the ultimate hot rod hadda be mean, loud and have the directional stability of a shopping cart at speed... otherwise it ain't no hot rod... he agreed... the '36 must be a true hot rod... Well to continue the story... Jim Stull ('62) was headed to Phoenix this week and mentioned it to Jimmie... In true Shelley ('63-RIP) style, Stull was gonna ride his Harley... Jimmie mentioned that if he took his truck and trailer he could drop the '36 off to me... Jim took up the challenge and just moments ago we unloaded the car and Jim headed for Phoenix... now how many people can say they have friends like we Bombers? -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: H.O.T. Well, Olympia broke the record for the date--96. They were calling for 100 so at least they were wrong in that regard. I don't have AC but have a fan that helps the air circulation. I walked at 5:30 this morning and it was already 60 and muggy. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where tomorrow it's supposed to start cooling down some (80s) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/13/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Pattie Crigler ('59), Patti Jones ('60) Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lorin St. John ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Glen Rose ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Terry Klute ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pattie Crigler Cole ('59) Re: Online Drugs from Canada Has any Bomber out there had any experience with ordering prescription drugs from Canada through the internet? If so, what website? Any info would be helpful. Thanks! -Pattie Crigler Cole ('59) ~ Port Ludlow WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) To: Margo Lacarde Compton ('60) Your entry today made me smile big time. I was homesick for 43 years. NO MORE! No I won't stop talking about wonderful Richland and area. Richland is waiting for you. Get your plans ready and send your money to Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) treasurer for Club 40. A weekend here will help some of the home sickness. Also plans for retirement here would help. Many Bombers are still gravitating back here to retire. Remember, Margo, laying on the grass growing up watching the stars? Still a great thing to do here. (Do not even need a blanket to lay on.) My granddaughter was on one of her first visits after I moved here. In 10 year old excitement (and a big smile) she came running into the house saying as loud as she could, "Grandma the grass doesn't hurt me here". Knowing exactly what she meant from living in Western Washington the ground was always hard from rain and dampness we had a good laugh together. To: Kaylene Henjum Livingston ('60) Writing such wonderful things about your mother as you did in your Sandstorm entry makes me wish so much that I had known her. I know her through you and Mary Judd Hinz ('60) and our spending time together in the last year. You are more like her than I think you know. Always carry on as you do her special love that she gave to you and the family. Re: Weather report Weather people have backed down a bit and are saying that we aren't going to have 108 temperatures now. Can change tomorrow or in ten minutes. Lightning is expected. Not good. A little overcast this evening didn't cool it down. I turned off the air conditioner for a bit but an hour later had it back on. Guess I have to sleep with it on tonight instead of listening to my pond waterfall. Checked the weather just now. Temperatures back up again in the projections. At least the humidity is low. To: David Rivers ('65) Re: Bombers being there for each other Wow! What a story. Does say it all how great Bombers are about helping out. Can't wait to see pictures of what you do to the '36 Ford. Yeah, Bombers are the greatest! Bombers Have Fun -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA - The most wonderful place in the world to live. Looking forward to the All Bomber Luncheon on Saturday. Already some new ones emailed they will be there. Then there is Sunday to go to Spokane Luncheon. Great time to wish Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) a big Happy Birthday!!!!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69), Re: hotter than............... Well, after I wrote the post regarding the heat on Wednesday they got checking reporting stations. It seems the Olympia airport (the official reporting station) showed a high of 99 so we broke the record by a whole bunch of degrees. Sea-Tac also broke their all time high for the date. Nice and cool (sorta) at 5:00 am. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/14/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Ann Clatworthy ('54), Sally Albers (WAB '61) Vicki Owens ('72), Chris Calixto ('89) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Thora Metcalf ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Clatworthy Weyerts-Hogshead ('54) Happy Birthday Larry Christenson ('54) on 7/11! Don't know where you are now, but Happy Birthday! Hope you can send a message so I can write to you again. You were great to come see me when I was in Richland several years ago. A picnic was arranged at the old park on the Columbia River... Riverside Park??? I would love to hear from you again. -Ann Clatworthy Weyerts-Hogshead ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sally Albers Stearns (WAB '61) mailto: No email. address -- this sent "for" Sally Re: Passing of Keith Martin ('59-RIP) My close friend, Keith Martin, who I was raised with, died last Tuesday (7/10/07) in Richland after a fight with kidney problems and dealing with a broken hip and knee. He will be missed by his boys and his sister, Iva Martin ('61). -Sally Albers Stearns (WAB '61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vicki Owens ('72) To: Betti Avant ('69) I read your entry in yesterday's Sandstorm and had to smile. How many times through the years did we hear or say, "Sure it gets hot in Richland. But at least it's a dry heat!" I'm still convinced that 100 in the central Washington desert is easier than 80 in the bayous of Looosiana. And I'm sticking to it! -Vicki Owens ('72) ~ Kampala, Uganda ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ AMEN!!! I walked in my Gretna, LA home yesterday from shopping and on the way in I said to no one in particular "Geez it must a hunnerd degrees out here today."... checked the weather website and it said "91"... and then in tiny letters "Feels like 101"... I said "NO KIDDIN'!" to the computer screen... I'll take Richland heat ANY day... How's the heat in Uganda?? -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. >>From: Chris Calixto ('89) Friday 07/13/2007 4:05:11am COMMENTS: Blah.. -Chris Calixto ('89) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/15/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Jim McKeown ('53), John Ehlers ('61) Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Judie and Jackie Cole ('63) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Gary Davis ('77) & Karen Whitney ('76) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim McKeown ('53) Re: Sacramento Luncheon Just a reminder that Friday, the 20th of July, is another Bomber luncheon in Sacramento. This time we are holding it at the "Firehouse" in Old Sacramento, a beautiful restaurant with marvelous food. We have some out of town guests who will be attending including Charlie Gant ('53), Phil Gant ('54), Norma Loescher Boswell ('53), Tom McKeown ('53) and his wife Darlene Card McKeown ('54)... and hopefully a bunch of the regulars. The gab-fest starts at 11:30AM with lunch following, I believe, with a trip to the Railroad Museum afterwards for those interested. -Jim McKeown ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Ehlers ('61) Re: Larry Coryell ('61) Larry was the featured artist last night at the Anthology (a newly opened dinner club) in the "Little Italy" section of downtown San Diego. My wife, Bev ('61 Ike High Cadet) and I were lucky enough to be in attendance. Larry was joined by his son, Julian, and his wife of only two months, Tracy who has a wonderful voice. For nearly two hours they blew the doors off the place. Incredible music and artistry from start to finish. The highlights for me were the tribute to the legendary Wes Montgomery played by Larry and Julian and then Tracy's vocal rendition of "give me one reason to stay here and I'll turn right back around". I'm sure the song title is in there somewhere but...?? I think that Kim Cairns did it originally. I'm sure the more musically informed Bombers out there can fill in the title and history. Larry came out for a few minutes before the set to talk to us and introduce his bride. He is a very gracious and talented musician. -John Ehlers ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) To: Vicki Owens ('72) Now you have me smiling. You mentioned the "dry heat" of Richland while growing up. In 1994 when my brother Howard ('72 RIP) and I were in Richland for my mother's memorial service we both commented on how "muggy" it felt in the park along the Columbia River. I guess because of the increased irrigation (at least more than it used to be when we were younger) the humidity had gotten worse. We were out one day and even though it was only in the 90s the humidity was pushing 40%. The worst part about the heat is trying to get to sleep. After the sun goes down it almost feels worse than it has all day and I'm laying in bed sweating. The temps have come down some for now in western Washington. Hopefully Monday's mid 70s won't be too cool for a classmate and her sister who are stopping by for lunch and a visit. She says living in Texas makes anything below 70 cold to her. Bomber cheers, Vicki. Re: Wayward Deer on Property - Jul 14, 2007 I told the story of the deer a few weeks ago. I followed this little guy into my complex Saturday morning. The property is fenced in and the fence is too high for him to get over. Authorities told me he found his way in so he'll find his way out. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA 55 at 6am ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/16/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Gary Behymer ('64) Cole Kids ('50), ('52), ('55), and ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barbara Isackson ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Margo Compton ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Scott Hartcorn ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) 62 years ago today... Trinity : 16 July 1945 -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Cole Kids ('50), ('52), ('55), and ('66) I'm a day late in wishing my sisters a very happy birthday. Jackie ('63) and Judie ('63), I talked to both of you, but neglected to give you public wishes in the Sandstorm!! You are both such great wives, moms and Mimi and Grammy, and are much loved as sisters. Love, -Barbi ('50), Patti ('52), Karen ('55), and Johnny ('66) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/17/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice: Pappy Swan ('59), Janet Wilgus ('59), Helen Cross ('62) Kathy Coppinger ('64), Betti Avant ('69), Jean Albaugh ('72) Greg Alley ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Denny Lytle ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Thora Metcalf ('59) My fellow classmate, here's to wishing you a belated but still a very sincere, Happy Birthday [7/14]! I would have been more timely, but as I announced at the All Bomber Luncheon in West Richland, last Saturday, never go on vacation and return on or near a Friday the 13th. Whatever can go wrong... probably will go "thataway." By the way, the luncheon was great fun! To: All fellow Bombers residing in the Tri-Cities Area Has this or any similarity ever happened to you? Re: Charter Communications Service Last Wednesday, as we drove home through heat and smoke from visiting my "MUCH YOUNGER SISTER," Marilyn Swan Beddo's ('63) home near Salt Lake City, Utah, I silently reminisced about our fishing trip up into the High Uinta Mountains. Reminisce is all I can do on those long trips as Mrs. Pappy is good for 20 minutes or 20 miles (her own words) and then she is fast asleep, "leaving the driving to us" (I mean me). But, more on Pappy's Fly Fishing Misadventures, at a later date. As the miles ground slowly and drudgingly along, I found myself fantasizing that I was flying along on a lengthy, low level air strike mission into Afghanistan. It was easy to get caught up in my imagination as we skirted a massive range fire that had virtually burned off "Black Pine Peak" to the west of us (in the Juniper/ grassland along I-84 just after, crossing into Idaho northwest of Snowville, Utah). Several fires were still burning uphill, with high flames, in the canyons. With all of the pillars of smoke rising straight up. It did look like a video report following an air strike in Afghanistan. Anyway, after numerous potty breaks, refueling, and resupply with coffee and munchie stops, we completed our mission, landing at Burbank International ... when my copilot/navigator finally woke up. We participated in some serious R&R on Thursday and then on Friday (the 13th) morning I sat down at the computer to get caught up, only to find out that our wonderful Charter Communications Fiber Optics, "Put all yer eggs in one basket" package was ... kaput. We had no phone, no Internet, and worst of all ... no TV Cable service! I was really concerned as Friday night was the premier program for the new season of "Dog Fights" on the History Channel. If not my favorite TV program, it is very nearly so. A similar situation posed itself for Jeanne in relation to "MONK" and another detective show. So, Jeanne, aka Mrs. Pappy, called Charter, who very professionally informed her that they were very aware of trouble on the line and it would be taken care of shortly. Right! The next morning (Saturday), quite disgruntled Mrs. Pappy and Pappy arose to still ... no phone, no Internet, continuous coverage of a blizzard on the TV and the irritating memories of premiere shows ... unseen. During a second call to Charter, a gentleman (I'm still trying to be nice) revealed that there was indeed, "no trouble" on our line, but they would have someone come out to check it out soon (somewhere between whenever and whenever). Well, by mid-afternoon, Mrs. Pappy is emitting a continuous low wailing moan and Pappy was pacing the floor threatening to rip out the cable, call the "Dish" folks and the old phone company for new installations. So, we called Charter for the third time and a young lady informs us that she will make an appointment for us on Monday as they have no "Techs" available over the weekend. I scream, "Who's s_ _ _ _ _ _ _ who here?" Oh, that stands for "spoofing." Yes, it does. What were you thinking? It was a long, long Sunday. On Monday, a most efficient young "geeentillllman" arrives in a white four-wheeled steed to solve our problem. After checking our box, he shows me a gnarly looking little connector and cheerfully says, "This is your problem!" So, now we have TV, telephone, and Internet service once again. But, now I am most skeptical... My neighbors inform me that they had no problems over the weekend. However, on Friday, most curiously, about the time our service went out, they noticed a Charter Technician who was turning off one neighbor's service as they had sold their house and were moving. He made several trips between their box and ours. Hmmm, coincidence? Maybe, but come to think of it, the tech today sure didn't spend much time at our box. I'm really beginning to question the value of this "package deal?" But, I have to admit that the bottom line is that I got a lot of yard work done, ran the shotgun club all day Sunday, and other than that it was a very quiet weekend. Ummmm, maybe I'll unplug that box myself ever once in a while. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where nevertheless, I am wondering ... where could I mount a dish? **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Janet Wilgus Beaulieu ('59) Re: A 1950s picture for the Sandstorm Marcus Whitman Brownies/Col Hi class of '59 To the dear friends and Brownies of Mrs. Stroup's troop #45 (and other Marcus Whitman alums who knew us:) I believe this picture was taken about 1950 or 1951; the meeting was at our house at 412 Cottonwood Dr. in Richland; and I think this was a special Christmas party. I welcome any corrections/additions to the names. Enjoy, -Janet Wilgus Beaulieu ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Re: Summer heat Well, we have survived 3 Sundays of preaching and living in a small community of less than 1,000 people... which is usually very positive and fun, but we do feel a bit like we are living in a fish bowl. However, I am off to a quilting class which is something I've always wanted to do. And we are growing to love the people in our congregations, and all the people we've met have been friendly, so we are settling in. Related to dry heat versus humidity. I remember the first time I was ever exposed to real southern heat and humidity driving in an un-air- conditioned car from Beaumont, TX to Houston, TX, way back in l966. I thought I was going to faint when I walked into an air conditioned store. I'll agree, that dry heat is easier to take than humid heat. When my husband and I first moved from Sacramento, CA to Cincinnati, OH in l974, we used to play tennis all the time. We'd get up early (like 5am) to play here but the first time we went back home to Brewster, WA we were playing tennis at noon in l05 and it felt O.K. to us. Sadly, now I don't play tennis at 5am or any other time of the day. I do walk a lot however. Looking forward to the class of '62 Reunion along with Club 40 September 7, 8, & 9. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ along the Ohio River south and west of Louisville, KY where it hasn't been as humid as usual lately, and we've been enjoying it. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kathy Coppinger ('64) To: John Ehlers ('61) John, that was Tracy Chapman who sang that song (not so long ago). The name of the song is, "Give Me One Reason". I love Tracy's singing and I've also heard another one by her on the radio, but the name slips by me at the moment. -Kathy Coppinger ('64) ~ where we are enjoying 93 of hot and dry weather! Kennewick, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Mini Bomber Lunch Good times at Lacey, WA Applebee's with the Napora girls: Shari ('67) and Darlene ('69) -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jean Albaugh McKnight ('72) To: Vicki Owens ('72) Vicki - And 100 in Richland is easier than 80 in Alaska!! Is it because it never gets dark in Alaska (so the ground heats up) or is it because everyone in Richland had air-conditioning (remember the swamp coolers?) OR is it because we spent the summers cooling off in the Columbia River (in real truck tire tubes)? No 35th for the Class of '72? -Jean Albaugh McKnight ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Greg Alley ('73) To: John Ehlers ('61) Re: Music Trivia The song you mentioned is by Tracy Chapman. "Give Me One Reason" is the title I believe. "Give me one reason to stay here, and I'll turn right back around" is the first line. I happened to see her open for Bob Dylan at the Gorge Amphitheater about 20 years ago. She is a good songwriter and you could categorize her as a folk singer or singer/ songwriter. Seeing Larry Coryell ('61) at an intimate nightclub setting would be quite good. I still love to go to concerts but the ones in the small venues are more attractive these days where you really feel like you're part of the show. To: Jim House ('63) Re: Hoop Fest I agree with your opinion about Hoop Fest in Spokane. It may have gotten a little too big and its always been highly competitive. My nieces played and the competition at all levels was fierce. Its hard to have one court monitor control a game of half court basketball. Its either a will to win and a great competitor or I will do anything to win. Besides dodging flagrant fouls, flying elbows, and pushing and shoving, you have to avoid the pot holes in the old streets of Spokane. -Greg Alley ('73) ~ Richland where I know its a shock to everyone, but its real hot outside. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Keith Martin ('59) ~ unknown birth date - died 7/10/07 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/18/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Em De Vine ('52), Patti Jones ('60), John Browne ('61) Mike Brady ('61), John Adkins ('62), Rick Maddy (67) Alan Lobdell ('69), Betti Avant ('69), Brad Upton ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn "Em" De Vine ('52) Ahhh... here I sit in the coolness of Alaska while so many of my fellow Bombers are scorching in the Tri-Cities and points South! One of my grandsons (the Marine) will soon be doing drills in Arizona... my heart goes out to him and all you other folks sweltering in those "triple-digits". Thank goodness for the Columbia River, huh! It's been mostly sweatshirt weather, here, but today when I was helping a granddaughter transplant flowers in the sun, I had to pare down to a tee and sun hat. Well, yeah, I did have jeans on, but, by golly, they were too hot, too, in the sun. Shoulda' taken my capris. Most of the past 2 weeks have been a bit on the cool side for short pants but it's a whole different story in direct sunshine. Evenings are wonderful and many are spent outside by the little fire pit in the late sun. The problem with that is, it can be 1:30 in the morning before you realize it's so da'gone late! Thursday I will go down to Homer to see more old friends and enjoy the scenic wonder of Kachemak Bay, the Salty Dawg Saloon, and lovely beaches etc, etc, etc. Gus Keeney ('57) says he's taking real good care of my dog and I trust him on that one. (She'll let me know if things aren't going so good while I'm gone. KIDDING!) He says she sometimes goes around the bedrooms and computer room as if she's lookin' for me. I haven't left her this long before... usually we go together in the RV. Take care, all of you, and try to stay inside where it's cool. -Marilyn "Em" De Vine ('52) ~ n blissfully cool Anchorage, AK for another little while. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: All Bomber Lunch - 7/14/07 What do I say? There are Bomber luncheons and there are Bomber luncheons. Everyone has it's own statement. This luncheon had it's definite statement with the friendliness, the meetings and the caring. I arrived about noon, an hour before the luncheon. JD Diner has been attracting more and more Bombers no matter when I have been in there. When I arrived and started setting up with Hannah (the owner) I met Bombers who were leaving. Went out to the car and met more. These Bombers did not know of the luncheon. They left with promises to come again. Meanwhile the luncheon group began to arrive. Word had spread in attendance would be Gary Persons ('57) and wife Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) who were visiting from Spokane. Always good to have visitors from other Bomber luncheons. Definitely exciting to have the hosts of another all Bomber luncheon visiting. Four birthdays were celebrated. Lorin St. John ('55) (Lorin, you missed on the pie so there will be a piece for you when you are there next time). Glen Rose ('58), George "Pappy" Swan ('59) and Jan Bollinger Persons ('60). After pie was delivered to each birthday person, everyone sang Happy Birthday. Pie is homemade by the cooks at JD's. Missy Keeney ('59) was coerced into singing her version of Happy Birthday. The Black Balloons in the song always gets a good laugh from everyone as well as the whole song is a hoot. Thanks Missy. In attendance: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) and spouse Jeanne ('58-Alaska), Alan Stephens ('66) and wife Nina ('64-Honolulu) are enjoying the drive from Kent, WA and the luncheons so much they attended for the second month in a row. I think they said they would be back next month. Julia Alexander ('65) who recently moved here was happy to finally attend. The smile on her face shows it. Dona McCleary Belt ('54) always with wonderful hugs for everyone, Our own Birthday singer Missy Keeney ('59), Kathy Hoff Conrad ('64) who is a volunteer for A.C.E.S. and always has good reports about what the A.C.E.S. is doing. Donna Thorson Whiteside ('66) and her husband Bob ('43-Sunnyside). Yes he said, he graduated 1943. If we could all look so outstanding at 82 years old. Marj Qualheim Haggard ('60) another host of a luncheon. Kaylene Henjum Livingston ('60), Mary Judd Hinz ('60) who looks like she is ready to dance which she does so well with her hubby Ron, Kaylene with her husband Herman ('60-Finley). With a little start of announcement from me they let the group know with pride they have been married for 43 years. That brought a lot of cheers from everyone. Lloyd West ('63), Vera Smith Robbins ('58), Gary Persons ('57), Kaye Ivers ('60), Marsha Lawall Hatchcox ('60), Alice Rhodes ('52-Colville, WA) and husband Dave Rhodes ('52wb), last at introductions but last is always the best. Carol Rose ('62- Sunnyvale, CA) wife of Glen Rose ('58), Dan Haggard ('57), Burt Pierard ('59), Judy Willox ('61wb & '82) and Nick Nelson ('56). Gus Keeny ('57), Gus you look great after your surgery. Be at the next luncheon for the announcement of something new we will be starting at the luncheons, or stay tuned for next month's Sandstorm Entry. Suggestion came from the cook at JD diner, Janey. Now approved by the owner Hannah. For those who are attending Club 40 in September and wish to attend the luncheon on Saturday September 9, 2007 I am having to ask for reservations by Thursday September 7. Please, all attending make reservations which I am taking now until then. This will help Hannah plan for how many will be there. We had a large group last year. To: Dave Rhodes ('52wb) Waiting to see more Sandstorm entries about your rodeo days. Really enjoyed your last one. To: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) You mentioned recently in one of your Sandstorm entries that your English teacher suggested to not use a word twice. I had an English teacher who suggested to use a word twice to get the point across. Interesting how teachers can be so different. Bombers Have Fun -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Re: reunions to consider Has the Class of '74 considered having a 33-1/3 reunion this September?.. maybe a "dress rehearsal" for the 40th? If you could just get Upton & Davis together for a couple of tunes, while someone packing a mini-disc was lurking nearby, this could be fabulous... a truly Magic Moment! chow ^..^ -John Browne, Jr. ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Jim House's ('63) basketball experience I can certainly relate to Jim House's comments about elbows flying when there are no officials to officiate basketball games. About 20 years ago when I first started working for the Seattle Parks and Recreation, I was the assistant director of the South Park Community Center in south Seattle. Each evening during the spring, summer and fall we would have "pick-up" basketball games in the gymnasium. On my first day on the job the director asked me to go into the gym and make sure the games were orderly and no one got hurt. Most of the players were black and I was this lily white guy from the suburbs who had never worked with minorities in my life. Well, I got a quick education. Every time a team brought the ball down court and missed a shot, the players would argue for about five minutes about who fouled who. In the beginning, I thought it was my job to break up each argument. I soon learned that this was their mode of operation and (usually) no fist went flying. I finally put a time clock on court side and limited each game to 15 minutes. Years later, when I was the director of Green Lake Community Center in north Seattle, where "pick up" basketball was King, I wouldn't allow my teenage son to play in those games for fear that he would get injured. -Mike Brady ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: Class of '62 - 45th Reunion To: Members of the Class of '62 This is the link to the class reunion information and registration pages. It will also be posted on the Bomber Home page. To: Club 40 attendees The class of '62 will host a Golf Outing at Horn Rapids Golf course - Friday afternoon. All Club 40 members are welcome - The format will be 4 person teams - by class (or as close to that as we can make them) and we'll go play for "grins 'n' giggles" and bragging rights - and a tee prize. The Cost is $45.00 - that will cover Greens fees - a cart - and (of course) the tee prize. I must have your commitment by August 15th to hold tee times. If you want to play let me know. -John Adkins ('62) ~ Beautiful downtown (smoky) Tri-Cities **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy (67) To: Betti Avant (69) Betti, I was in Lacey yesterday with my brother, Roger ('73-No. Kitsap Hi), after visiting my mother in Olympia. I have not been on the internet much as I have been on the road since June 9. Did not know about the lunch or I would have been there. Would have loved visiting you three. Been a long long time since saying hi and bye to Shari ('67). ...I drove from Huntington Beach, CA to Reedville, VA where I spent four days watching squirrels frolic in the trees while trapping, netting, imprisoning and torturing these little blue crabs in a five gallon bucket... after taking a good look at these beautiful little creatures and releasing them back into the wild I would drive into Reedville and eat them in a sandwich, coated and fried (fried in the South means deep fried), soft shell and all, or just go with the grilled shrimp piled on a bed of grits. The grits were actually much better than the grits at the Waffle House, which surprised me. Way too much work cracking those tiny blue crab after years of Dungeness whacking and butter dipping in Washington state. I love Virginia in July. Right now I'm in Rainier, WA for a couple days and then need to go home. Driving across South Dakota and hanging out in Deadwood watching Wild Bill get shot at 1, 3 and 5 pm in a bar he had never stepped into was almost too much to take in another "theme town America" historical moment. The original bar burned down sometime around 1900 along with most of the town just like about every town in America did around 1900. Deadwood was sort of like being in Tombstone, AZ standing where Morgan Earp caught a bullet in that bar... that is now a woman's clothing store, if I remember correctly. Tombstone burned to the ground in 1910. Maybe someday someone will give us an American history book with at least some truth in it instead of theme town... ahhh, why bother, nobody wants to hear the truth anyway. Fantasy is not scary. I'm fried and need to go home. -Rick Maddy ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Lobdell ('69) I was reading today and decided to click on the picture Betty Avant ('69) sent in. I was somewhat surprised; I don't believe I remember Darlene Napora ('69) being a blond??? I just finished moving my middle son and his wife to Salem, OR. So now I have kids in Savannah, GA, Kennewick, Reno, NV, and now Salem. In a way it's nice to have them a distance away and not at my door step every day. I'm sure others have kids spread out more. I'm still trying to decide if it's a blessing or a curse. Where are some of the other people from '69? I haven't seen many names in the Sandstorm. -Alan Lobdell ('69) ~ Kent, WA where I try not to be on weekends. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Weather Boy, was our weather man wrong. He called for a "slight" chance of rain today. Well, here it is 9:30 am and it has been raining since about 4:00 am. Don't get me wrong we really need the moisture. My apartment complex chooses not to have sprinkler systems and counts on the moisture we get from the clouds to keep the lawns and flowers going. The grass was starting to get mighty brown the last week or so. They do water the plants around the office area by hand but that's as far as it goes. Pappy, I know what you mean about that drive from Utah up into Idaho. When I was living in Kansas I'd use I-80 across a bit of Nebraska, southern Wyoming, into Utah, then on up to Richland. That stretch after Tremonton is one lonely drive. When I went to school in Ogden for a year I drove down from Richland the day after Christmas. Thankfully I didn't have any snow but from the Idaho border all the way to Ogden for the most part I was driving in fog. It was so thick in some places I couldn't even see the road let alone the line at the side of the road to know you're still OK. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where I enjoyed my "mini" Bomber lunch on Monday (I see today IHOP is buying out Applebee's) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) Hey Houston Bombers. Ill be at The Comedy Showcase comedy club in Houston this Friday- Sunday. Its located a couple of miles from the Hobby Airport. You can email me if you want more specifics. MMMmmm, Houston in July. -Brad Upton ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/19/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Phil Belcher ('51), Mike Clowes ('54) Alice Hanthorn ('59), Helen Cross ('62) John Adkins ('62), Donni Clark ('63) Louise Moyers ('65), Betti Avant ('69) Nancy Nelson ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Karla Snyder ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Phil Belcher ('51) When I was a child in Muskogee, OK I can remember my Mother coming in to our bedroom at 3am and sprinkling the sheets with water from her ironing bottle in the hopes that with the big fan going it would cool us down. The really nice thing about the Tri-Cities is that it nearly always cools down in the evenings. I can make it if I can get my sleep. Whenever I drive through the Y area I remember that in '47 there was a traveling circus that set up just northeast of the Y in the flats that bordered the road. This was before the flood of '48. Driving on GWWay coming into town doesn't seem right with the community house gone and just a big hole in the ground. We spent a lot of time in that old building. Mother always thought that a pool hall was the reason that so many young people went bad. We would sit at the lunch counter and watch the older men playing pool and billiards. They seemed normal to me. -Phil Belcher ('51) ~ Pasco where the weather forecast calls for wind and thunder storms for the next few days. And we're having the first yard sale in 20 years this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. I woke at 4:30 to thunder and lightning. The fire fighters are out on grass fires all over the area. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: The Numbers Slowly Trickle In dept. here is the latest count: Class of '45 - 1 Class of '46 - 1 Class of '47 - 14 Class of '48 - 3 Class of '49 - 5 Class of '51 - 4 Class of '52 - 25 Class of '53 - 4 Class of '54 - 12 Class of '55 - 7 Class of '56 - 5 Class of '57 - 17 Class of '58 - 5 Class of '59 - 1 Class of '60 - 8 Class of '61 - 5 Class of '62 - 1 Class of '70 - 1 Do keep those registrations coming in, folks. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR, where the rains have temporarily returned. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alice Hanthorn Johnson ('59) Re: Snow memories So the heat has everyone down, why don't we swap snow stories? Every time I see Gus Keeney's ('57) name I think of snow. It did snow in Richland and even enough to sled on occasionally. The year I am recalling it was maybe 6 and we packed it down with our sleds. Then a little more snow. And some warm weather, enough to put about a quarter inch crust on top of the new snow. Some of us "big" guys decided to do some late afternoon sledding. Back of the high school before the "new science building" was built. I know there were lots of kids there that afternoon but the only ones I can name for sure are Gus Keeney ('57) and Skip Hutton ('57). Some how I was chosen to ride atop the stack Gus, Skip, there may have been one other but I don't recall for sure, there I was flopped atop this tower. Away we went. Gus thought it would be fun to do some swerves, oops should tell the guy on top! I didn't hang on to well, and ended up sliding down on my own tummy (MUCH flatter then!). I was laughing so hard that when the two guys (Gus and Skip) ran over to pick me up I didn't even know I had a cut, from that crust of ice, near my eye, just under the eyebrow. Well you all know how an eye wound can bleed, they both thought I was going to bleed to death. By this time it began to hurt too. Skip did the neatest thing, he went over to a clean bit of snow got under the crust and with a hand full of that clean snow applied to the cut it soon stopped bleeding and the hurt went into an ache from the cold. Smart guy! We all decided that was enough for the day and I was walked home... to make sure I was going to be alright. I still have a very slight scar, but it may be the reason I still have the fond memory. Anyone else??? -Alice Hanthorn Johnson ('59) ~ Western WA (Marysville) where it's wet (rain) today and folks are complaining bout that, like they complained about the heat last week. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Thanks, John Adkins ('62) for the official word and work on our upcoming reunion!! I'll be there with bells on, but as I don't play golf, I'll not be joining in on that. Does anyone else want to take a boat trip up (or is it down) the Columbia River to "white Bluffs" that Saturday morning? That leaves us with barely time to squeeze in the Bomber luncheon at West Richland, sounds good to me, and, of course, I'll run and visit my mom in between somewhere... before 6pm.... Sounds like fun, see you then... We are sweltering here by the river, the Ohio River that is. Every little town around us has been blessed with cloud bursts, except us, and we need the rain to breakup this heat. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: golf outing at club 40 All attendees at the Club 40 weekend are invited to a golf outing at Horn Rapids golf course. The Class of '62 will act as hosts for this fun event. We will play Friday afternoon, and should be done by 5pm. The cost is $45.00 that will cover Greens fees - a cart - and (of course) the tee prize. We will arrange the groups by class, as close as we can, and just go out and have a good time. I must have your commitment by August 15th to hold tee times. If you want to play, let me know. You may contact me via e-mail for more details. -John Adkins ('62) ~ beautiful, and a little cooler, downtown Tri-Cities. (it's suntan turnover time) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) Hi Bombers! Well, I am back from Ireland, where in spite of many changes in that land, economically and otherwise, we had a wonderful time. It was my husband's fourth trip and my 2nd. He has Irish relatives there and even though he has more German blood than Irish in his veins, I think he would like to claim that he was pure Irish. Would you believe that I bumped into someone on the Waterford tour that asked me if I knew RAY STEIN ('64) and BRUCE BROWN ('64)?! This Yank from Washington (his card) was from WallaWalla. When I told him I was from the Tri-Cities, he said, "Ooooo, hate them Bulldogs!" I proudly told him I wasn't a Bulldog, I was a BOMBER! He said, "Oh! That's even worse!" He played the Bombers and especially remembered Ray and Bruce. He has been a school principal and his name is Dennis Gowan. He now lives in Yelm. It was my husband's dream to take all of his children to Ireland, so this time we took our 4th, plus our oldest grandchild. Noelle has always been the fun-loving, out-going one so on our second night she was up-front in the pub, singing with the guys. She doesn't drink either. It was a joy to travel with them. We made a big loop, so we could give them a taste of what Ireland is renown for. We toured castles, went to a Medieval night of food and music at Bunratty, kissed the Blarney stone, went on the jaunting carts at Muckross. The driver of our cart told us he was wanted for murder (a wild Irish story-teller no doubt) but Marissa (our granddaughter) and I carried through with it, found clues and developed a murder mystery of our own. We freaked our daughter out as we saw shadows in the woods moving behind the walls, a newspaper headline for wanted murderer in the newspaper that night, whispers behind closed doors at "Molly Darcy's Pub", and heard a body being drug across the floor in the middle of the night. We were laughing so hard because we really had Noelle going. "Murder at Muckross Stables" could be a best seller! We did the Guiness Brewery tour this time which was very impressive. We also had sweets and tea at "Queen of Tarts", and ate Fish and Chips at Leo Burdocks famous place, all in Dublin. We stayed at a B&B that Matt McConaughey and the film crew stayed at while making a movie in Wicklow. The porridge and bread there were out of this world! The owner took us up into the hills. His family had lived on the land for 600 years. We watched him command his sheep dogs to go get the sheep bring them all down into one particular pasture and then bring out a special little bottle-fed lamb so that Marissa could cuddle and pet her. It was amazing to watch those sheep dogs do just as they were told, just as if they understood every word he said. So, Marissa, got to hold her lambie named Freckles. We also took a wild Atlantic boat ride out to the Cliffs of Moher to view them from the sea. There were small-craft warnings latter that day. Marissa and her cousins had a blast (thank God they didn't go over board!). She had so much fun with her 5 teen-age Irish cousins, riding horseback, climbing hay stakes, going through the Bunratty Folk Park (much like Knotts), having a pic taken in old-fashioned clothing, eating 99 soft, ice cream cones (like ours use to be, Yum!) and trying all the different candy, Crunchie bars being our favorite still! I was sad to hear on my return that Fred Schafer ('63-RIP) had died. I will always treasure the memories I have of Fred. He was fun loving, always put one at ease, never ran out of things to say, was up-beat, cheerful and had such a good heart. I will always remember a hot summer day at the Water Follies, riding in that spinning cage, swimming in the lagoon, and picnic and watermelon fight by the Columbia River. I am so glad I got to see him last year and enjoy his company, his cooking, his good humor the walks, the laughs and the hugs. My condolences to you Ann and all of your family. May God be with you and give you peace at this time and may Fred rest in peace. We are going to a family wedding this fall to Philadelphia, PA. Do any Bombers live there or does anyone know the area and can share good places to stay and things to do? We want to go out to the Amish country and see Gettysburg for sure. I would love to stay in an Amish run B&B. Also, I am writing a story for my l4 year old granddaughter on what it was like being l4 in '59. Can anyone help me remember words we use to say, besides "neat", "square" and "cherry"? The Bubble cut was in, thanks to Sandra Dee, and the crinoline petticoats were on the decline. Does anyone remember our bucket bag purses (loved those!). What were those wide, cinch, belts called that we wore and the white blouses with the ruffles on the sleeves, neck, front and bottom? I will forever remember Shelley McCoy ('63-RIP) singing "Great Balls of Fire" at the 9th grade Carmichael party. It was my first year to go to Disneyland, be a cheerleader, go to Hi-Spot and get kissed by Jerry Taylor ('63), who I think all the girls had a crush on. Did all your moms read the movie magazines like "Silver Screen" and "Photoplay". If anyone can help me out with some memories from those years I would be grateful. Have a great day! -Donni Clark Dunphy ('63 - the golden class) ~ little house in La Mirada where the tomatoes and peaches are ripening on the vine and I can't get them picked fast enough! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Louise Moyers ('65) To: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Patti, Did you happen to get an e-mail address from Ronna Jo Lynch ('65) at the June Bomber Lunch? I understand she has moved back here now, and so have I. Would love to reach her. -Louise Moyers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Reunions To: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Patti--I'm glad to see you got your picture taken as part of the get together in West Richland... it looked to be a great crowd. To: Rick Maddy ('67) and Alan Lobdell ('69) Re: My "mini" Bomber lunch. Rick, it was an unofficial gathering. Shari Napora ('67) has a son in Kent and Darlene Napora ('69) was here visiting from Austin, TX. They had a family gathering in Gig Harbor. Dar said some of the family she had never met. I have been e-mail "pals" with Darlene for about the last year and a half or so. She broke her ankle and was laid up for a while so we starting communicating through the internet. She had told me she'd like to meet for lunch or dinner while in the area. They have an elderly aunt in Centralia and wanted to see her, also. Shari has seen her but Dar hasn't since she was a kid. After checking the aunt's schedule we agreed to meet at Applebee's for lunch on Monday. The three of us had a great conversation and lunch along with some laughs. The waiter was very obliging and took 3 different pictures as we each had a digital camera. It would have been fun to meet you, Rick. Sorry, we just didn't advertise it as a get together as such. Alan, as to Dar being a blonde. It's not really blonde it's just some lighter shading to her dark hair she always had. My hair was always blonde but now it's pretty much gray even though one can't tell it in the picture. If any of you out there get together for just a quick lunch or visit with a classmate or 2 how about sending a picture like I did? I had a great time and I think you would too. Here's to the next time, perhaps. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA 60 and muggy this AM ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ NOTE: If anybody has a lunch planned with other Bombers, put a quick note in the Alumni Sandstorm. IF there are any other Bombers in the area and they show up, WHAT FUN!!! -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nancy Nelson Wyatt ('69) Boy our weather has been hot up here in NE Washington. Just 70 miles north of Spokane. We have been in the 102 - 107 all week and now thunder and lightening storms. We have 3 fires close to us but not in any danger. I talk to my mom, Ruth (still in Richland) almost every week. She is doing good and coping without dad. Wish I could say the same. Their anniversary is today, 67 years. To: Betti Avant ('69) Anyway, Betti I go to Puyallup about twice a month. Don't know how close Lacey is from there. Maybe if close we could get together for coffee or something. Well, just found out too that we are getting DSL the end of summer so am excited about that. Told the phone man, about time but that is what we get for living out in the boonies.. ha ha. -Nancy Nelson Wyatt ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/20/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff and 2 Bomber funeral notices today: Karl Bucholz ('54), Ernie Trujillo ('59), Missy Keeney ('59) Judy Cameron ('60), Mary Rose ('60), Patti Jones ('60) Vicki Schrecengost ('67), Alan Lobdell ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Geoffrey Rothwell ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Karl Bucholz ('54) Re: Gordon & Ruby Pappas My wife and I recently visited Gordon and Ruby Pappas at their home in Castro Valley, CA, where they have lived since leaving Richland in the early sixties. They are well and happy, still busy with their musical lives and a large family scattered over a long distance. We had a very pleasant time catching up on old memories. Favorite recollections for me are the Rafael Mendez concert in 1954 and the "Good News" production. Gordon & Ruby are enjoying their sixty-second year of marriage. The Pappases had just returned from a trip to New York where they attended a performance of a large brass arrangement by Mr. Pappas. It was performed by the New York Philhomusica, a group founded by classmate A. Robert "Bob" Johnson. -Karl Bucholz ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ernie Trujillo ('59) Re: Dennis Cearlock ('59-RIP) I haven't seen or talked to Dennis in years but he, Dick Nelson ('59) and I were very close during our teenage years at Richland... it seems that we did everything together in those days... we called him "Laughing Boy Dennis" as he was always laughing. He did so much for so many people in his lifetime it's hard to believe that he's no longer with us. The article from the Islands Sounder in Thailand says that he died in a car accident in Chlang Rai, Thailand on July 9, 2007. I won't be able to make the services this Saturday, July 21, 2007 at 3pm at the Bethel Church, 600 Shocklye Road, in Richland, WA but my heart and prayers will be with his family. We'll miss you, Denny. -Ernie Trujillo ('59) ~ Dallas, TX **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) To: Alice Hanthorn Johnson ('59) Re: Gus Keeney ('57) Interesting for me to hear about my brother's "misadventures." I'm wondering how many people sport the tell-tale scars. Gus and my cousin, Tommy Ely, put me in a wagon and shoved me down the hill in front of my aunt's home in Jonesville, VA. I was about 3 or 4. Of course, I knew nothing about steering or stopping the stupid thing and went flying under a barbed wire fence at the bottom with my arms in the air. Ripped the heck out of my arm. My country doctor uncle, sadist that he was, took me to his office and stitched me up without the aid of any anesthetic. To this day I pass out when anyone gets near me with a needle. I think it's time that those who have suffered 'abuse' at the hands of Gus Keeney should come forward. -Missy Keeney ('59) ~ beautiful downtown Richland and scarred for life. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Judy Cameron Ayers ('60) Re: Dennis Cearlock ('59-RIP) Maren: Will you put this in the Sandstorm? Such a horrible tragedy on their vacation. Merrily was in the car also and sustained injuries and a broken collarbone. He was such a great friend, husband, father, grandfather... he will be very missed. -Judy Cameron Ayers ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Rose Tansey ('60) Re: Mr. Vick Story -Mary Rose Tansey ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) To: Louise Moyers ('65) I called Ronna Jo Lynch ('65) this morning and let her know about your inquiry in the Sandstorm. She will email you. Your Sandstorm entry lead to a fun afternoon for Ronna Jo at my home catching up. Still not easy to believe she is back in Richland. Thanks for the kick in the behind. To: Betti Avant ('69) Thanks Betti about my picture. Bomber George "Pappy" Swan ('59) his wife Jeanne takes all our pictures. Jeanne does an outstanding job of getting a picture of everyone at the All Bomber Luncheon. Fantastic photography also. Go back a couple of months where she did a picture of all the Bombers in attendance. I think "Pappy" is behind the scenes but do not know exactly what he does. The whole thing to get the entry in and pictures is quite a process of course with our fabulous Maren putting on the finishing touches. The only time there aren't pictures is if Jeanne and "Pappy" don't show up now. Usually some will get pictures though. Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) was doing them for a while and did a great job at it. Come to the luncheon some time so you can get your picture taken. **GRIN** Definitely to get into all the Bomber fun. -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ Beautiful West Richland, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vicki Schrecengost Carney ('67) Re: Snow stories Alice Hanthorn Johnson's ('50_ story about the sledding mishap brought back a memory from my own files. It had snowed lightly Saturday night and into Sunday morning, probably about 1962. The family left for church on schedule and when we arrived at CUP, I thought it would be fun to slam the car door and knock off the accumulation. What I didn't plan on was getting my glove caught on the mechanism of the door and slamming the door on my index finger. Oh I slammed it hard... so hard in fact that as I stood there screaming for my Dad to open the door, my finger was taking on the configuration of the door jam. Needless to say, we missed church and went straight to Kadlec emergency room. It may be hard to believe, but my finger was not even broken. Stupid kid trick to be sure. -Vicki Schrecengost Carney ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Lobdell ('69) Women are soooo lucky when it comes to hair, at least it doesn't all fall off your head and grow everywhere else. I still have some on my head but I don't think it really matters what color it is anymore. -Alan Lobdell ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notices >>Charles Ware ('58) ~ 11/21/39 - 7/16/07 >>Dennis Cearlock ('59) ~ 1941 - 7/9/07 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/21/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Bonnie Allen ('59), Roy Ballard ('63) Deedee Willox ('64), Gregor Hanson ('65) Greg Alley ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Phil Groff ('58) BOMBER MEMORIAL PICNIC for Freddie Schafer ('63-RIP) Hazel Dell Park, Vancouver, WA ~ 11am till whenever **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bonnie Allen ('59) To: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) You are a few years younger than I am, but when I was in high school, one of the most popular slang words was "Natch!" Short for naturally. My Dad hated it, and thought it was disrespectful. -Bonnie Allen ('59) ~ Mill Creek, WA Weather was 72 and partly sunny today. How much more perfect can you get? **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roy Ballard ('63) Re: Terry Dufault I'm trying to find any info on the whereabouts of Terry Dufault ('67). If someone has a phone number or e-mail address for her, I'd appreciate it. I think she lives near Mt. Rainier. -Roy Ballard ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) Re: Recent Bomber Gathering at Granny's -Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gregor Hanson ('65) To: Fellow classmates of RHS '65 Regret to inform you that one of our high school classmates - Roger Peart - passed away July 18, 2007 in Richland. Peace be with our memories of Roger. -Gregor Hanson ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Greg Alley ('73) Re: Larry Coryell ('61) This may have been mentioned recently but in this mornings Seattle PI entertainment section the section about new reading out had a new book "Improvising - My Life In Music" by Larry Coryell. It did mention he grew up in Richland, was a Seattle native and now lives in Orlando. Being a music fan I can appreciate the diverse musicians he has played with. Those mentioned were Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miles Davis. -Greg Alley ('73) ~ Its only in the eighties in Richland in July, a little more comfy than 100. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/22/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Gene Horne (57), Donna Bowers ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paula Vinther ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chuck Crawley ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gene Horne (57) To: Mike Lynch ('68) Mike, I need your email address... I have some boxing pictures to send to you... from way back when!! We are moving to Mesa, AZ this week and Carol lost your address... -Gene Horne (57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Bowers Rice (Gold Medal Class of '63) Re: Picnic for Freddie Schafer ('63-RIP) I didn't get to go to the picnic for Freddie yesterday, but you all were on my mind. Annie, I hope everyone that was there gave you enough hugs for me... I am sure they did!!! I can imagine there were so many friends with so many stories. He will always be remembered as a sweetheart with a bit of the devil in him. I feel blessed to have known him and you!! -Donna Bowers Rice (from the Gold Medal Class of 63-a truly CLASS class) in St. Louis where we are having uncharacteristically cool weather, such a blessing!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Roger Peart ('65) ~ 5/24/47 - 7/18/07 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/23/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff: Pam Ehinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jerry Evans ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Peggy Adair ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Aric Buck ('95) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Re: Chuck Crawley ('67) Happy Birthday Chuck [7/22]! Dang are you just turning 58 or is this 59? At any rate I hope you had a great Birthday! Hope to see you at the 40 year reunion this weekend! I sure hope all you who still live in Richland will come! Because us outer towners would love to see you! -Pam Ehinger ( The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/24/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Janet Wilgus ('59), Tom Hemphill ('62) David Rivers ('65), Terri Campbell ('78) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Elva McGhan ('50) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barb Crawford ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pete Hollick ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rick Allen ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy Hartnett ('69) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Gene Keller ('50) & Pat Badger ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Janet Wilgus Beaulieu ('59) Re: Small Bomber World Just wanted to confirm the adage that you meet Bombers everywhere/ anywhere. Yesterday Tom ('59) and I drove up to Edmonds from our little pied-a-terre in Seattle (Ballard.) We were looking forward to checking out the little downtown village again and having lunch at a favorite restaurant there. Well, to our surprise the restaurant is closed on Sunday so we did a u-turn and as fate would have it, we parked right behind a 'green' car like ours. We were departing at the same time the couple in front of us was exiting their car, so I said "Are you getting the mileage estimates like we are?" Answer: "We don't know yet, just got the car yesterday." So chit-chat, chit-chat, to find that he was having trouble locking the trunk; Tom showed him how ours is tuned with the electronic key system and he noticed our Bomber license plate holder. "I'm a Bomber, too!!" We all had a chuckle over this surprise/amazement! (Tom and Manny unraveled the 'mystery' of the unlockable trunk... some little button must be pushed at the dash... and other machinations to set it correctly.) So, to make the longer story a bit shorter, we were happy to meet the 1955 Bomber, Manny Mankowski and his wife Sue (NAB.) Delightful people, of course!! I did not know many in that class, but knew of his brilliant sister, Aida, in my brother's class of 1957. He is a good fellow and I am telling you that he has a wonderful smile... (sparkly/twinkley, heh... for you, Manny!) and owns a new, cool car!! They are from Kirkland and Aida is in B.C. It was a good day of good fortune. -Janet Wilgus Beaulieu ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Hemphill ('62) Re: Farewell Freddie The picnic / BBQ in Vancouver to celebrate the passing and life of Freddie Schafer ('63) was more like an "All Bombers" reunion. It was obvious that Freddie was loved by many people. I enjoyed visiting with many old Bomber friends and meeting some other Bombers that I did not know. I especially enjoyed visiting with Mr. Rex Davis ('49), our elementary school PE teacher at Lewis & Clark. Mr. Davis is a real inspiration to all who knew him. Annie Engel Schafer ('63), you are loved by many people as well. We all pray for you and the rest of your family. Thanks to all who made this event a joyful one. -Tom Hemphill ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: A Celebration Not sure if it is the same for everybody. From those with whom I have discussed it, it seems to be. Harken back to your 25th reunion... if you haven't had it yet, you are in for a treat... Before the 25th, everyone is still smarting from some silly injury to the ego, gathering stuff with which to impress others and bound and determined to show their classmates that they have "arrived"... the "Joneses" have been surpassed and have no chance to catch up... with Bill or Bob or Ted... At the 25th... we returned to maybe 3rd grade or earlier... the time when everyone knew everyone and competition was limited to giving the best valentine to the girl of your dreams... unsigned of course... or signed "the masked avenger"... That was the feeling of the Gathering to celebrate the life and times of Freddie Schafer ('63). What a day. Of course going to a Big Kid's party was a little intimidating for me... I was worried that I wouldn't know a lot of people, since I only get to sit at the Big Kid's table now and then... not so... but I was really impressed that Cecilia Bennett ('65) headed right over to a big crowd of '63 kids and seemed to know everyone... forgot her bro (Earl) was from the Gold Medal Class. The weather cooperated, tho those coming from the North said that they hit huge rain just before arriving in Vancouver. Upon arriving at the park we were met with green and gold balloons to mark the spot. Luckily, La Mont ('63) was moving his car as we arrived and knew which area was staked out for the gathering... Tom Hemphill ('62) was setting up his BBQ and seemed extremely happy to see my silly mug approaching... I was reminded that I was to be the hamburger flipper... I let him know that allowing me near a BBQ could be hazardous to the health of all participants... that said I was free to play gadfly with all the folks attending... Tom ('62) and Mickey ('66) were mistaken for each other all day... I think Alan Fishback ('61) was called every first name a but Alan. Rex Davis ('49) was there, of course, looking younger and certainly more fit than any of the rest of us... he did a thing with his leg during his reminiscing about Freddie's gymnastic abilities that would have laid the rest of us up for a week or so... Jimbeaux ('63) and Ellen W. ('63) arrived looking dapper as usual... Ellen gave me the news I already knew that the lovely Mary Lou ('63) wouldn't be in attendance... but she had a hug for me anyway... Paula Jill ('64) bopped in with her little fluffy companion in tow (a puppy not a new boyfriend)... Number '32 ('63) was thrilled when the bomb arrived... not sure he ever stopped hugging it... I really think that if he didn't live so far away, he should be the keeper of the bomb... not sure how Mrs. 32 would feel about him sleeping with it tho... he stayed at another hotel and left before I could ask him if he wanted to go to dinner Saturday nite... the food was wonderful tho Ann was worried the salads would spoil as there were so many left overs... after we ate, we all took the opportunity to share Freddie memories... Dave Hanthorn ('63) put it so well when he said he didn't have any "Freddie Stories" he had Freddie Memories... well put. We were all kind of reminded that with guys like Pook ('63 RIP) or Shelley ('63 RIP) it's just natural to have Pook or Shelley stories... but Freddie was a different breed... Not to suggest that we don't all have wonderful Pook and Shelley memories. Everyone who spoke emoted the love and affection we all felt and feel for Freddie and Ann. I noted Donna Bowers ('63) mentioned hugging in her entry the other day... There was more hugging going on than at a family reunion, which is pretty much what this felt like... family... Everyone had such fond memories to share... We even learned how much Freddie put down on Ann's wedding (or maybe engagement) ring! Rod Peterson ('63) let us know about his and Freddie's arrest records and of learning about "echo" in an empty "big pool"... He was able to manage the stories without tears longer than Carolyn Roe ('63)... which come to think of it wasn't all that hard... I found out that Rosann Benedict ('63) knows more about current (and classic) movies than anyone I've met... I now have a list of "must sees"... It was good to know that even Number '32 can still recall his most embarrassing moment from school... Even a star like Jim carries the scars of childhood... hopefully he lets Mrs. 32 button his shirts or at least check them before he goes out in public... Jimbeaux has since reminded me of more stories about Freddie... so maybe what I said about the difference between Freddie, Pook and Shelley wasn't quite accurate... something about a bowling ball and Carmichael hill... I believe the statute of limitations has run in any event... I can't even begin to list all the folks who attended... but it was every bit a celebration and a family reunion. One thing for sure... all the guys agreed that Freddie hit the jackpot when he hooked Ann... what a couple... what a life: I can only hope that mine is lived half as well. -David Rivers ('65) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ {Where are all the pictures? I heard there were cameraS. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Teresa Garcia, aka Terri Campbell ('78) I am looking to find out if a 30 year class reunion may be scheduled for 2008 (Class of 1978). Do you have a contact for anyone that may have information? Thank you for any help. -Teresa Garcia, aka Terri Campbell ('78) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/25/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers and 1 Eisenhower Cadet sent stuff: Shirley Segrest ('52), Dena Evans ('64) Linda McKnight ('65), Betti Avant ('69) Bev Hall Ehlers ('61 Cadet) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Deanna Case ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Wayne Campbell ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pam Buckner ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betty Noble ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve Porter ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mark McAllister ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Segrest Telford ('52) Re: Small Bomber World Story by Janet Wilgus Beaulieu ('59) Reading Janet's story reminded me of another "small world" incident. My daughter-in-law's parents live in Anacortes and were having lunch one day at a little deli there. All the tables were taken but there were some empty chairs at one of the tables where a man and woman were sitting. They asked if they could join them and they said yes, so they sat down at their table. They visited with each other, and in the course of their conversation the woman mentioned they had lived many years in the Tri-Cities, a few years in Arizona, then decided to retire in Anacortes, where they were in the process of building a house. My daughter-in-law's mother said her son-in-law grew up in the Tri-Cities, and the woman asked what his last name was. When she told her his name, she asked if his mother's first name was Shirley and she said yes. The woman said "Oh my gosh, she was my best friend in high school." The woman's name was Joan Kendall Gard ('52), whose husband Ken Gard was a highly respected doctor in Richland for many years. Joan and I have not seen each other for many years but as a result of this incident we did talk on the phone and I hope to visit her the next time I'm in Anacortes. It truly is a very small world. -Shirley Segrest Telford ('52) ~ Kirkland, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dena Evans Harr ('64) Maren, I don't know if you put everyone that has graduated from Col-Hi on the birthday list, but yesterday [1/23] was my brother's, Jerry Evans ('64), birthday. He is celebrating this year by retiring from a Drug and Alcohol program that he founded 26 years ago, in Jackson, CA. The program is for anyone between the ages of 13 and 20. When I called him yesterday to wish him a Happy Birthday, he said that he is relishing being retired, but is going to make himself available as a Consultant to the Program. The program is known as Amador County Drug and Alcohol. Jerry and his wife, Laura, want to come up this way in September, but will miss the Club 40 festivities. I am still trying to convince Jerry to make it earlier so they can enjoy seeing some of his school friends. -Dena Evans Harr ('64) ~ It has been a very odd day today as far as the weather goes. It doesn't know if it wants to rain, the sun to shine, or to be overcast. This is why I stayed in the house, and only went out to my mailbox. So much for Portland weather! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) Tom Hemphill ('62) and David Rivers ('65) wrote such nice recaps of Freddie Schafer's ('63-RIP) Memorial Picnic. It was quite a day. Freddie was truly among us. Thank you Annie and family for putting together such a wonderful picnic. Friendships were renewed and new ones formed. There was lots of smiles, laughter, music, great food, and lots and lots of hugging. Cecilia Bennett ('65) and I promised to email and get together next time I am in Richland, which will probably be when we come back through after from the 2007 Sturgis Rally. Hopefully I can meet up with Ronna Jo Lynch ('65), Connie Dame ('65), and also have time to get together with Patti Jones Ahrens ('60). My hubby won't mind, because he loves being surrounded by the ladies. Just to let you all know and remind those who were at Freddie's party, we will be having the annual Portland/Vancouver Bomber Picnic at Battle Ground Lake Park on Sunday, August 26, 2007, beginning at 11:00 a.m. We will have Tom and Linda Hemphill's adorable barbecue doing up the hamburgers and hot dogs. (It even has a smoke stack!) All you have to do is bring a dish to share, whether it be a salad, casserole, or dessert. Everything else will be provided. There will be some chili that just about duplicates our favorite chili from the Richland cafeterias. Our site has power so you can bring a hot dish, if that is your choice. Our favorite gal, Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60), will be making a Costco run to pick up the necessary fixings and utensils. Please let us know how many folks you plan to bring with you to the picnic, so we can have enough on hand. And of course, all Bombers, spouses, significant others, aunts, uncles, grandparents, grandchildren, children, and dogs are included in this day. Let's make this the best Bomber picnic ever!! Bomber Hugs. -Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) I had a friend send me some incredible pictures of the flood in Coffeyville, KS a few weeks ago. I know there are Bombers out there who possibly grew up in that area. The website wouldn't work the way it showed on my e-mail so I found another way to look at them. Put Coffeyville flood into a search engine, click on Mahalo, then Picasa down toward the bottom of the page. Some of the pictures remind me of ones I have seen of the one in Richland before I was born. The only difference is there was an oil refinery there that created a whole bunch of other problems. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA ~ where LakeFair weekend was spoiled by rain (last year high temps were to blame for poor attendance) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bev Hall Ehlers ('61 Cadet) - wife of John Ehlers ('61) Re: Larry Coryell ('61) Maren, Can you provide a link in Sandstorm to the San Diego Union-Tribune article July 12, 2007 on Larry. This is the article I found in last weekend's supplement that Larry was in San Diego doing two concerts on two successive nights. It has a nice picture of him playing a guitar (he has about four guitars he plays during the concerts). I finally got help from the newspaper archives lady and am sending the whole article to you. in the next email (that I'll send in a few minutes) to put into the Sandstorm. You do a fabulous job. I think your readers/fans would like to read the article. -Bev Hall Ehlers ('61 Ike High Cadet) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/26/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Mike Clowes ('54), Dave Hanthorn ('63), Leoma Coles ('63) Carol Converse ('64), Maryanne Greninger ('67wb), Alan Lobdell ('69) Betti Avant ('69), Greg Alley ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gloria Falls ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barbara Sharp ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judy Moyers ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: The "Shameless Commerce" Department: If you happen to be in or around the Salem, OR / Silverton, OR environs during the first weekend in August and are wondering what to do, why not come to Silverton's Homer Davenport Days, August 3rd through the 5th. Not enough information you say, well then go to and get the full and official word. It might even be fun. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ from nearby Mount Angel, OR where the monsoons and high humidity have departed for a while. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Hanthorn (Gold Medal Class of '63) Re: Freddie memorial picnic I got a little caught up in the emotions of the day, and managed to scramble my words a bit when talking about Freddie. Here is what I MEANT to say: I dont really have "a Freddie Story", I just have "a Freddie memory". I remember Freddies warm smile, his hearty laugh, and his quick-witted sense of humor. I remember how friendly and kind Freddie was to everyone. He was the kind of guy that just made you feel good to be around him. Freddie wasn't great looking, a great athlete, or a great intellect, but he was a great friend, and we are all richer to have known him. He will live in our hearts forever. It was really great to see all you wonderful Bombers again, lets do it again real soon, only under happier circumstances. -Dave Hanthorn (GMC 63) from Mercer Island, WA where the sun has decided to show its face again. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Leoma Coles ('63) Just got back from a whirlwind week-end in Richland. It was my mother-in-law's (actually my ex-husbands mom) 90th birthday... she and I have always been very close and I just had to come up and spend my two days off with her. I did get a chance to visit the new Recreation center and met Marilyn Hodgson, whom I hadn't seen in about 40 years! She looked great and is the Senior Advocate there. I'm sure many of you have met her and appreciate all she does there. Her sister, DeeDee and I were best of friends when I lived there and I haven't ever even kept in touch! I also want to say that I wish I could have gone to the picnic in remembrance of Fred Schafer ('63-RIP)! I miss his little messages and jokes that he always sent via e-mail. My best to Ann and glad she had such a wonderful life with him! Got to run, between work and trying to buy a place at the coast, I've been sooo busy! Take care all, -Leoma Coles ('63) ~ Salem, OR where it's not as hot as it was in Richland the last couple of days!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) To: Shirley Segrest Telford ('52) I remember Dr. Gard, if he is who I think he is. Wasn't he a pediatrician in Richland? Both my kids had/have asthma and he was their doctor. I really liked him. -Carol Converse Maurer ('64) ~ Eureka, CA We're having the best, sunniest summer that we've had since we moved here. Loving it!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maryanne Greninger Merritt ('67wb) Dear Sandstorm, Just a quick entry about sledding as a kid in Richland. Some winters we had large enough amounts of snow to sled. When I was 5 I was playing on the Bell's -Jan Bell ('64) - hill. Actually I was playing chicken, trying to avoid a toboggan full of the Merrill kids. But I wasn't fast enough and the toboggan broke my leg. I still feel it on rainy, or cold days. But what fun and what good memories! We also used the Bergdahl's hill behind their house and were very lucky to be able to go there as kids. What wonderful memories of winter days! -Maryanne Greninger Merritt ('67wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Lobdell ('69) I was reading about the world being small and meeting people from the Tri-Cities is strange places reminds me of June 2003. My wife had recently died of breast cancer and I was treating my two younger sons (21 and 23 at the time) to a vacation. We went to Cabo, Mexico for a week. You can imagine my surprise to run into a former classmate from '69 with their two daughters in the same club my sons and I were in on the first night. I also know from the last couple reunions there are a lot of '69 classmates living in and around the Kent area, however, I've only run into a very few of them over the years. -Alan Lobdell ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: State Quarters If one googles state quarters you can find out what the last five will look like next year. Sorry Maren the dog sled design didn't win but I like it, too. One of the sites I looked at showed numerous designs for some of the states and I must say some of them weren't very appealing to the eye. I thought it most interesting that one of the finalists in New Mexico showed a mushroom cloud and the slogan, the birthplace of the atomic bomb. I decided not to start collecting the presidential dollars. I haven't even seen any of them other than pictures. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where it's heating up again but it's not supposed to be as hot as a few weeks ago **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Greg Alley ('73) Re: > Richland sports The Richland National League little league team was ousted after 3 games yesterday from the state tourney they were hosting. A couple of tough losses and the one game I attended had a big crowd surrounding the field with a lot of faces from the past in the crowd. A big cheer for Travis Buck ('02). He led Oakland to victory, was 4 for 5, 3 RBIs, 1 double, a stolen base, a home run, and a big catch to save a run. It looks like he will stay with the big club instead of the minors for awhile. Catch the USA Today sports section on July 25th for a full article on Hope Solo (class?). She is the number one goalie for the USA womens soccer team. She had some good quotes about growing up in Richland. Her records were impressive. 2 time all-American in high school with 109 goals as a forward. 3 time all-American at U of W with 18 shutouts as a goalie. -Greg Alley ('73) ~ Its still hot in Richland and here come the boat races again. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Don Fisher ('50) ~ 8/21/31 - 7/23/07 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/27/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers 1 Bomber spouse sent stuff & 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Shirley Segrest ('52), Wally Erickson ('53) Ann Clatworthy ('54), Mike Clowes ('54) Marla Jo Lowman ('55), Helen Cross ('62) Maribeth Weide Smith (spouse) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Max Sutton ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ellen Bohringer ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Segrest Telford ('52) To: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) Yes, that is the same Dr. Gard. -Shirley Segrest Telford ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) Re: Don Fisher ('50-RIP) I have great memories of Don Fisher... I remember Don very well when I was a freshman at Columbia High. Don was a "first class person"!! Even though he didn't know who I was... he was very polite and acknowledged me in the hallway!! I'm sure he did this with each one at Col-Hi. Don was built to be a "runner" in football. I believe he was actually ahead of his time in during those years. Today, he would have been a front runner in the football draft. He had the body and energy to make the big plays. Not only was he a great football player, he was a great person... he never let his success in sports go to his head. I remember him as someone to look up to. You could say he was a "mentor". When Don accepted "Christ" into his life... that would be the Don Fisher I would think of!! There can not be enough said on how great a person he was. I'm sure he lived the life he wanted and shared his life with his family and friends. It's just very sad, that someone like Don Fisher has to leave our earth so early in life. Especially, when he had so much to give!!!!! I want to express my condolences to his family for their loss. Don Fisher was a great person at Col-Hi; I know in my heart he really cared about his friends and family (that's the Don I remember). You were very blessed!! "GOD BLESS DON FISHER AND HIS FAMILY" -Wally Erickson ('53) ~ Where the weather has been Hot in Coeur D'Alene... but, the water (Lake CD'A) has been cool!!!!! I might add... it's better than "swimming pool" water!!!! P.S.: If you've never been to "Ohanapecosh" (southeast of Mt. Rainier) it's a beautiful campsite next to the river!!!! It's a "GO TO" for camping!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Clatworthy Hogshead ('54) Re: Condolences to the Fisher Family To: Wayne Fisher ('54) So sorry to hear that you lost your brother Don ('59-RIP). I lost my brother Bob ('51-RIP) two years ago and it is comforting to know that both your brother and mine knew the Lord. We can rest assured that our siblings are in good hands. -Ann Clatworthy Hogshead ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: The Latest Poll Results Dept. [for Club 40 Reunion in September] Class of '45 - 1 Class of '46 - 1 Class of '47 - 19 Class of '48 - 5 Class of '49 - 7 Class of '50 - 0 Class of '51 - 4 Class of '52 - 29 Class of '53 - 6 Class of '54 - 18 Class of '55 - 8 Class of '56 - 6 Class of '57 - 22 Class of '58 - 6 Class of '59 - 1 Class of '60 - 9 Class of '61 - 5 Class of '62 - 1 Class of '63 - 0 Class of '64 - 0 Class of '65 - 0 Class of '66 - 0 Class of '67 - 0 Class of '70 - 1 A reminder to members of the Class of '62: If you are planning on coming to the Club 40 gathering on Friday night AND your own class of '62 50th reunion on Saturday night; the Club 40 party is a separate event and should be paid for through Club 40. To all others: Dues should be paid and up to date to attend the Club 40 event. Thank you for your patience and keep those registrations coming in. There is a form on the Club 40 web page. Just go to scroll down to the "2007 Regis. Form" and click Print the form, complete, add your check and mail to the address on the form. Remember, we don't take Visa, Master Card, Discovery or American Express. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ from hopefully sunny Mount Angel, OR **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marla Jo Lowman Kenitzer ('55) Re: Sacramento, CA Bomber Luncheon I'm a little late getting pictures to everyone, my computer's ISP and Microsoft were in disagreement and I'm not savvy enough to fix fights, so I had to wait for the experts. Anyway, we had a fabulous lunch at the Firehouse Restaurant in Old Town Sacramento. The food was soooo good (and I'm not saying this just because Sandy Finney Harvego ('60) and hubby Lloyd own the joint - it was tops. The Firehouse is one of the oldest and most renown restaurants in Sacramento. Janice Trainor Hammond ('72wb), Syracuse, KS - daughter Betty Ely King ('47) and niece of Ken Ely ('49) - joined us. Janice was born in Richland, attended Lewis & Clark, Carmichael, and one year at Col-Hi before moving to Red Bluff. Janice happened to stop by on her way to Red Bluff for her class reunion. Other out-of-towners were Charlie Gant ('53) and Norma Loescher Boswell ('53). We are so fortunate to have so many Bombers in the area - it feels like Richland Annex - so if you are going to be in the area let me know and we'll arrange a luncheon while you're here - or if you know we are having one, drop in a surprise us like Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) and hubby did. That lunch was fantastic. -Marla Jo Lowman Kenitzer ('55) ~ West Point, CA (Its hot here too) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Re: Coming to Bomberland I'm finally just making firm reservations for my visit to attend my 45-year reunion of the class of '62, but I will also be in San Diego at a family reunion the first weekend of August, and I'd like to know if Larry Coryell ('61) will still be playing there then, so I'd love to have a website for him too. [Larry's official website:] I've finally decided to take my Japanese friend to see Mt. Ranier, Whidbey Island, the North Cascades Highway, Lake Pend Oreille, and the gorge while she is Washington with me. Any suggestions for along-the-way would be welcome. I keep hoping I can also see Beth Pederson ('61) perform sometime when I am home in Washington State. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ along the Ohio River in Grandview, IN where a big river boat docked here last week for the first time in over 40 years!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maribeth Weide Smith (wife of Pook Smith ('63-RIP) Re: Freddie Schafer ('63-RIP) As a Bomber wife going to my first '63 reunion many years ago with Pook ('63-RIP), I thought I would melt into the background and watch and listen. But once I met Freddie and Ann Engel Schafer ('63) that wouldn't happen. They welcomed me in, found me a chair, asked me questions, and shared stories... made me an honorary Bomber. The highlight of each subsequent reunion or get-together was talking with Freddie and Ann. The last time I saw Freddie was April 1, 2006, when the class of '63 (and other Bomber friends) dedicated the "Pook bench" at Columbia Point across from Anthony's. (Whoever chose April Fool's Day sure had it right... perfect for Pook stories!) We talked about lots of things at Jacksons afterward. He was as ever, funny yet sincere, talkative yet a good listener. Losing Freddie is like the heart of the class of '63 is missing. Well, at least a big part of it. I am forever grateful for knowing him. -Maribeth Weide Smith, Bomber wife and Carmichael teacher **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Nancy Brewder Mehrmofakham ('72) ~ 2/12/54 - 7/22/07 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/28/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Curt Donahue ('53), John Adkins ('62), Kevin Ghirardo ('78) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Laura Dean Kirby ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon McDermott ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mark Gerken ('77) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Curt Donahue ('53) Re: Don Fisher ('50-RIP) My memories of Don are so many and varied that I hardly dare pick one or two to share. He was always a great guy but after he accepted Christ became even a greater personality. One Thanksgiving break he talked me into playing touch football with him and all the other college jocks and I barely survived to tell about it. He worked and worked on me to join the Army MP Reserves with him. I finally consented to go with him one evening to get a physical. I didn't pass the physical because of a chronic sinus condition, so he didn't bug me about that anymore. What a great guy! My heart and prayers go out to his entire family. -Curt Donahue ('53) ~ Federal Way, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: Class of '62 - 45th Reunion Information There is an information and registration site for the class of '62's 45th reunion. Please find it at: A reminder if you are planning on attending the Club 40 gathering on Friday night the 45th class reunion dinner on Saturday night; The Club 40 party is a separate event and should be paid for through Club 40. See the registration page at: -John Adkins ('62) ~ Richland - it's boat race week end **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kevin Ghirardo ('78) lease put the following in the Sandstorm. Thanks. Katie Ferguson Retiring after 30 Years at Christ the King School Open House Saturday, August 4 from 6 - 8PM Christ the King Parish Gathering Space Former Students, Parishioners and Friends Welcome Do you have a story you'd like to share, call Colleen Ferguson Lowry [Phone number deleted for Colleen's privacy. Email Kevin if you want Colleen's phone number. -Maren] -Kevin Ghirardo ('78) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/29/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Ralph Myrick ('51), Lenora Hughes ('55) Patti Mathis ('60), Mike Franco ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vern L. McGhan ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tom Hughes ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ralph Myrick ('51) Re: 1947 Marcus Whitman Basketball Team This is a picture worth a million words. This is our 1947 Marcus Whitman basket ball team. Here is who I can identify. Back: Fred Thurmond, George ?, Borg, Clatworthy, Myrick, Coach Coble Front: Bill Tracy, ?, Ernie Stoker, Gerald Hostetler, Bill Lane. What a Group!!!! -Ralph Myrick ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) I want to wish my brother, Tom Hughes ('56), a very Happy Birthday today. Wish I could be with him to celebrate but it isn't possible. Gosh, we are getting "older than dirt", aren't we? Guess we are fortunate that we have made it this far in life. Have a happy day! Hugs, -Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) Re: Boat Races Does anyone care to share their experiences at the boat races on the Columbia River? I remember they were an event not to be out done by anything. during my married years I didn't go... just to the time trials on Saturdays and they were every bit as good as the races. In those days, you just drove up next to the river, and threw down a blanket and you were set. putting your hands flat down on the ground and feeling the vibrations of the boat motors was a must. After my divorce, I went to the actual races for the first time, kids in tow, and they loved it. I, on the other hand, got high from all the herbs that was being smoked by seemingly everyone around me! Took a walk to the porta-potties, and I swear there were people up in the trees. giving new meaning to being high I guess. Now they have cleaned up all of that, and it has a better family atmosphere, but I wonder if they have as much fun as those folks did, back in the day. -Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Franco ('70) To: Kevin Ghirardo ('78) Re: Katie Furguson retirement from Christ The KIng You may all know this but I think Ms. Furguson is the twin sister of Sister Delores Crosby, and niece of Bing Crosby. Sister Delores passed away just last Sunday in Spokane. She apparently was a huge Mariner fan. She also touched many lives during her many years of teaching in Spokane and the Seattle area. A very nice obituary appeared in the July 27 Seattle Times, which mentions her twin sister Katie of Richland.. On a happier note I understand that Kevin continues to populate Richland, CONGRATS! -Mike Franco ('70) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/30/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Bill Berlin ('56), Bob Cross ('62) Peggy Johnson ('63), David Rivers ('65) Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Allan Cross ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gregor Hanson ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marti Jo Drewery ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol Boyd ('72WB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Diane Hartley ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Don Fisher ('50-RIP) I just got back in the office and read where Don had just passed away. My memories of Don were those of a hero to a little kid. Big time Col-Hi football star, big jock on campus kind of thing but Don always had time to play a little "compound" football with us little kids. What a thrill that was. The "bowl" type football helmets that are used even today were just coming in to fashion and Bill "Bilbo" Burke ('55) had the first I had even seen or worn so Don brought his official Richland Bomber green with gold stripe new-style helmet for all of us to see and wear. When I turned out for JV football at Col-Hi I was given one of these hot new helmets and whilst I had the smallest one Coach Rish could find, I still had to pack it with newspapers to get it to fit. I didn't want to tell everybody I was a pin head, which they already knew, so I never told anyone until we played Prosser on a good hot September Bomber afternoon and the sweat saturated the newspapers and the ink ran down my face. The whole team was laughing so hard that we almost lost to Prosser 54-7. Because it was black on white, they called me the "Skunk." Back to Don. We all followed his illustrious career at Col-Hi from his sophomore year on to his senior year and all those great runs that he would make. After he went to WSC (in those days) I kind of lost track of him so I was interested to read how his life was after football. I guess the lesson here was that Don, BMOC that he was, never lost sight of us little guys knowing we would be the ones to wear proudly the green and gold in later years. Rest in peace, Don, and many, many thanks for your leadership in those learning years. I have never forgotten it. By the way, we had another hero of mine living right on our block just off GWWay and that was Jack Sinderson ('53). "Sindy" (as he was called then) was the same way that Don was, and would join in with our compound "rat ball" pickup games and show us a lot of moves. When I read about the disgraceful condition of our current sports (Vick, Bonds, Tour de France, Pacman, etc.) I am glad I knew guys like Don Fisher and Jack Sinderson growing up. Richland was truly a "rich land" to grow up in... if you get my drift. -Bill Berlin )'56) ~ Anacortes, WA where I was honored to have breakfast with Larry Mattingly ('60) last Tuesday. Larry was out on a sales trip and was in Anacortes so we had a bite of breakfast and had a very enlightening hour and a half. That is some kind of business he is in (and loves) so it was 100% interest on my part but I am going to let those dudes "bloom up the sky," thank you very much. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Cross ('62) Re: Happy birth day to my brother I want to wish a very Happy Birthday to my brother Allan ('59) from his sister and brothers. I guess as long as we can still count them, birthdays are still a good thing. Looking forward to seeing you in a couple weeks. Should have a few baby alpacas for you to see (two so far and two to go). -Bob Cross ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Peggy Johnson Tadlock ('63) Re: Boise Bomber 4th Lunch/Reunion On Saturday July 28, 2007, Boise Bomber Alumni had their fourth reunion luncheon. Ten people attended; Hoyt Roberts ('55) and wife Lois, Lolly Phillips Shultz ('57), Peggy Johnson Tadlock ('63), Noah Tadlock ('61), Sue Nussbaum Reeb ('63), Frank "Mac" Quinlan ('62), Rosalie Geiger Hughes ('57), Bonnie Timmerman Glover ('63) and her husband Ralph Glover. The luncheon was at McGrath's in Boise. We all had a good time and hope to see more at our next luncheon planned for sometime in October. If there is anyone interested in attending future luncheons, please let us know. Email Peggy Johnson Tadlock, Sue Nussbaum Reeb or Rosalie Geiger Hughes and we will let you know the plans for our next one. -Peggy Johnson Tadlock ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Good Intentions and Birthdays Well you can believe this or not... but when I left work Friday I put four birthdays on a yellow sticky... two of which I needed to do on Saturday and Sunday... I put the yellow sticky on my bathroom mirror... can't miss it there... right... so Heidlebaugh ('65) picks me up Saturday morning for the donut roll because I gotta pick up a car that had the engine rebuilt... I looked at the mirror and was afraid to take the sticky off lest I forget all the days... but I didn't write myself a new one to stop by the office to write the Sunday birthday (hmmmm... not sure what I was thinking about the Monday birthday)... well as soon as we got on the road my thoughts changed to this beautiful engine and the power and and and... so here I am at work writing about why I missed Tom Hughes' ('56) birthday... oh the reason I'm writing from work is my laptop is in the shop... needs a new screen... just went black one day... about 3 weeks ago... the Toshiba place has had it since... anyway, Tom and his sis Lenora ('55) have know me about ALL my tender young life. Sooooooooooooo That said, I have another birthday boy to say "hey" to... This guy, whether as a volunteer or a volunteered has been good enough to run most if not all of our 5 year reunions... I do the off years but he's stuck honchoing the big ones... now I know every year there is a list of folks who are on the committee... but having sat on many committees in my life I kinda know how they work... the people who show do the work and it is usually those big jobs that don't seem to attract a huge crowd of show ups... This was one of the Spalding gang... I lived on Salem and Acacia... He lived up the street on Acacia on the Carmichael side... see Salem was the dividing line... ran right thru the ranch houses... I don't know if Williams and Haines (all connected) were dividing lines too... but Salem broke many hearts I can tell you... my side of the street went to Chief Jo while the other went to Carmichael... what a shock to young systems... so anyway... Now it's time to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Gregor Hanson ('65) on the 30th and a belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Tom Hughes (29th) or as my Mom said today when I told her it was his b-day: "You mean Tommy Hughes?" -David Rivers ('65) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [I don't about Haines, but I know that Williams was, indeed, the Chief Jo/Carmichael dividing line. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Schools I'm just curious... how can a team from Marcus Whitman in 1947 have graduated in 1951? Did MW in those days go through junior high or just 6th grade? I wish I had known they were replacing Jason Lee when I was home last spring (2006). I would have taken some pictures for keep-sakes. I have a relative who lives in a house that's across the street from the back playground that was for the 4-6 graders. Not many of those grade schools are like they were when growing up. They have either torn them down and replaced them or just use them for things other than public schools. They served us well, didn't they? -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where it's been cloudy and somewhat muggy today **************************************************************** **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Fred Nacke ('50) ~ 8/17/31 - 7/11/07 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/31/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Marla Jo Lowman ('55), Gus Keeney ('57) Joretta "Sue" Garrison ('58), Helen Cross ('62) Louise Wells ('64), Pam Ehinger ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jerry Boyd ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Stan McDonald ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marilyn Stewart ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marla Jo Lowman Kenitzer ('55) Re: Sacramento Area Bomber Luncheon - New Pictures The SAC Bombers had a luncheon on July 20th and the photographer, a novice to say the least, managed to cause Maren a few migraines in finally getting the pics ready to view - which you can do at: The following is a copy of part of the text that accompanied a couple of the pictures that made the July 27th edition of the Alumni Sandstorm: We had a fabulous lunch at the Firehouse Restaurant in Old Town Sacramento. The food was soooo good (and I'm not saying this just because Sandy Finney Harvego ('60) and hubby Lloyd own the joint - it was tops. The Firehouse is one of the oldest and most renown restaurants in Sacramento. Janice Trainor Hammond ('72wb), Syracuse, KS - daughter Betty Ely King ('47) and niece of Ken Ely ('49) - joined us. Janice was born in Richland, attended Lewis & Clark, Carmichael, and one year at Col-Hi before moving to Red Bluff. Janice happened to stop by on her way to Red Bluff for her class reunion. Other out-of-towners were Charlie Gant ('53) and Norma Loescher Boswell ('53). We are so fortunate to have so many Bombers in the area - it feels like Richland Annex - so if you are going to be in the area let me know and we'll arrange a luncheon while you're here - or if you know we are having one, drop in a surprise us like Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) and hubby did. -Marla Jo Lowman Kenitzer ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) Re: Boise Luncheon To: Whoever laid out the Photo Page [That would be Peggy Johnson Tadlock ('63) who created the poster "presentation". -Maren] Great Job on the photo layout of the Boise Luncheon. -Gus Keeney ('57) ~ Sunny Richland where Boat Race Week-end was another success!!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Gus--Get some help from your ISP... your "old" email address is still showing as your email address... I put your "new" address for your entry, but you need to get the adelphia address out. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Joretta "Sue" Garrison Pritchett ('58) Hey Class of 1958. Please plan to attend a planning meeting for Class of 1958's 50th Reunion (to be held next year). We have reserved a room at the Richland Public Library (Gallery room) on Tuesday, August 14, at 7pm. Bring thoughts and ideas, and be prepared to get involved. If you can't come this time but will help in the future, please call one of us; Barbara Isakson Rau ('58), Judy Crose Snowhite ('58), or me. [All phone numbers deleted for privacy. Email Sue for those. -Maren] -Joretta "Sue" Garrison Pritchett ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) A Happy Belated Birthday Greeting to my neighbor on Olympia Street, Tom Hughes ('56) on 7/29, and another birthday greeting to my older cousin, Allan ('59) on 7/30. When Allan and I were kids growing up and one of our parents yelled for us, we could never tell if they were calling him or me, so we'd both have to go and check it out, as they didn't accept "I thought it was the other person", and we'd get into trouble.... That usually meant a talking to, and I hated that... Now that I am down near Evansville, I have heard that there was a Bomber group down here. Maybe Bombers who are around Louisville, Owensboro,and Evansville, and points around here, maybe we can have a southern Indiana, north-west Kentucky Bomber get-together this fall. This coming week I am going to attend a pre-Cross family reunion with my Buffum cousins. A Cross married into the Buffum family in around l863, so I guess we are all Cross Buffums. Well, I'll be in San Diego and then the Tri-Cities Cross cousins (except my brother, Roy ('65), unless he decides to join us, will have a get-together in BattleGround, WA. As I missed Uncle Bob's funeral in June, as it was not even 24 hours after my husband's being commissioned in the Methodist church back here, it will in memory of him, and in celebration of our family ties... I will also see another Bomber WB, on this trip. Billie Cummings Christian. She and I have been friends since we were 7, having met at Spalding Elementary School... She left and went to California when we were sophomores and she is still in the inner Bay area, where I will be visiting her after San Diego... She has just had the joy of welcoming her 9th and 10th grandchildren to her family, little twin girls. I am hoping to meet as many of her family as I can, since I've known them through correspondence and email for years now. I don't know if my oldest son can come down to Sacramento to see me while I am there for a few days, but I will see him when I come back for the '62 reunion in September. Let me tell you, I am missing Grandview's 200th anniversary of being a town by coming the reunion. Who knew that September would turn out to be so big here, who knew I'd even be here when I said I didn't care when the reunion was held. So I'm looking forward to all these reunions!!! -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alina Rossano, aka Louise Wells ('64) Re: Glen Wells (Bomber Dad) I have sad news to share. My dad, Glen Wells, passed away on July 18th in Seattle. He lived on his own in Phoenix (where winters are warm), but spent summers with us in Seattle. He arrived on June 12th with a fractured vertabrae. Things went from bad to worse. We found out that after 86 years of excellent health, his 62+ years of pipe smoking had finally caught up with him. He died peacefully. Everything happened so quickly that I haven't had time to adjust. We will be having a simple service of remembrance at Queen Anne Cristian Church on 3rd and Lee in Seattle on August 12th at 2PM. I have so many wonderful memories of my Dad. -Alina Rossano, aka Louise Wells ('64) ~ at the Richmond Beach Library where the library is closing and they are kicking me out! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Re: Report on The Blue Ribbon Class of '67 and the Fantastic 40th Reunion! Well out of our 530 class mates only about 100+ showed up! But it was all the fun partiers! *LOL* We missed all those who were unable come! You really did miss a great time! Plus now we can Join the Club 40!!! One thing that was planned was that in 2 years we'll have a BIG 60th BIRTHDAY PARTY! Now you best not be missing that! The pictures of the reunion will be posted soon. We need all those who took pictures to send them into the Sandstorm [], Maren is being so kind as to hold the ones that have been sent in, by Marsha Hopfinger Sork ('67) and myself until we have all the pictures from the Reunion! Again, we ALL missed those who didn't show. What's sad is that many lived right there in town and yet others who lived in Chicago (Shiela Keigher and Cristy Petersen) or in Kansas (Sharyl Sebade) could make it! Plus all of us who drove for hours were there too. Now did I make you feel guilty? *LOL* GOOD! So just remember in 2 years we're going to meet again, Gray Hair or no hair and all! Oh and Chris Manolopoulos: I had a great time with you! HMMMMM! *LOL* But the question is do you remember? Well on that tid bit I'll say send your pictures in soon! Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Linda Latendresse Janin ('63) ~ 12/3/44 - 7/24/07 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` June, 2007 ~ August, 2007