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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 ~ 08/01/07 ~ HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SANDSTORM ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Patti Jones ('60), David Rivers ('65) ALUMNI SANDSTORM BIRTHDAY Today: Has it really been 9 years? YES! Many thanks to Gary Behymer ('64) for getting us started... BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Crum ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ann Engel ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: MaryAnn Weiland ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dennis Haskins ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Anne Peterson ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paula Saucier ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kim Edgar ('79) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) Re: All Bomber Luncheon Richland WHEN: Saturday, August 11, 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, WA -Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) Richland, WA Message from Patti: Please send in reservations for the September 8, 2007 luncheon. Club 40 weekend. We will be letting JD Diner know Thursday September 6 before the luncheon approximately how many will be there so they are prepared. -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: More birthdays and a yellow sticky to prove it August 1st... a red letter day in my book. Two of my mostest favoritest people are having birthdays on the same day. We have the classes of '63 and '66 celebrating today. The girl from '63 has always been one of the most friendly, even to a lowly soph. such as yours truly and has always invited me to the big kid's table. Saw her just last week and I can tell you she is as beautiful and vivacious as she was the first day I saw her at Col-Hi... what a gem... all the guys will agree and the girls love her as much as the boys adore her... She has had some heavy trials in her path recently and has come through each of them a day at a time... she was the girl in a Couple that was the pride and joy of all who knew them... but more about that on the 8th... Ann Engel Schafer is and always will be top drawer in my book... The guy having a birthday has always been there to greet me when I hit town... one of the first I see and certainly one of the first I look for... only caught a glimpse of him this June outside the DQ and when I finally made my way out of the crowd in the building he had moved on... I didn't make it over to the DI on Saturday for Ms. Hoff's all-class so didn't see him there... We were over at the Beaver's carrying on as usual... but it doesn't mean I didn't miss our yearly chat... I did... I am so glad to know and consider this guy a friend... Dennis Haskins ('66) is one of a kind! So HAPPY BIRTHDAY Ann Engel Schafer and Dennis Haskins!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/02/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Mary Triem ('47), Bill Berlin ('56), Linda McKnight ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rufus "PJ" Pedersen ('48) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janet Wilgus ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dick Staley ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Earl Hall ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dennis Strege ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Triem Mowery (a '47 Bomber) Re: Club 40 To all '47 Bombers who haven't been contacted regarding this year's 60th celebration of our graduation: (1) I'm sorry we missed you, and (2) please make the effort to come and join us September 7th and 8th for the Club 40 bash. It will be the 20th (yes indeed, 20th) anniversary of our alumni organization as well and we would love to see a HUGE turnout of '47 grads. -Mary Triem Mowery (a '47 Bomber) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Glen Wells, father to Alina ('64) and Bruce ('67) Mr. Glen Wells, father of Bombers Alina Rosano (the star formerly known as Louise Wells ('64) and Bruce Wells, passed away on July 20th in Seattle. Glen was a close personal friend of my Dad's and my Mom and Jean Wells used to shop together weekly if not more often. Both Glen and my Dad smoked pipes, as did Jimbeaux Hamilton's ('63) Dad, "Hammy" Hamilton. When those three got together with pipes fully lit and burning good in the neighborhood, it made the Bomber cloud look like cotton candy. SE Richland had it own cloud... if you get my drift. Glen was a real gentleman, a bit on the quiet side and after my Dad died, my Mom went down to Phoenix, as I recall, and stayed with Jean and Glen for a few days and had a great time. Glen was involved in the Water Works there and given Phoenix is not awash in water, that must have been a very important job, way more important than the Mayor I am sure. In any event, I was sorry to hear of Glen's passing and will fondly remember him in my upcoming book "Memories of a Richland Compound." Alina, send me an e-mail with your address. Mom (aged 98) lives here in Anacortes and would like to have your contact. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ Anacortes, WA where we have a full house for the month of August. Grandkids, shirt tail relatives, fraternity brothers, ex-Coast Guard mates and, yes, my Canadian daughter. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) Happy Birthday dear Ann Engel Schafer ('63) on 8/1. Hope you had a fun, fun day and to all other Bombers, I am trying to write this on my laptop when I am used to my ergonomic keyboard but just wanted to share that we are on our first longggg road trip since we have been married and we're still speaking!!!! We are trailering our 2007 Dyna Screaming Eagle motorcycle to Sturgis (for those diehard Harley riders who are helmetless making the trek, we are too old and too fat to ride all that way) and we are right now in Billings, MT where I have lots of relatives and so we spent most of the day over at my cousins' house having a wonderful time hanging out and yakking our heads off. My third cousin, Kaycee, made homemade egg rolls that were to die for. There were large dogs that totally intimidated our little Pomeranian, the largest being a boxer. We spent the shortest five hours visiting and had a superb time. Tomorrow we drive the last leg of our trip, and right now there are bikes everywhere, welcome Harley riders signs, and bike wash places.... Tomorrow night I will fill you in on the night we arrived in St. Regis, MT, and dealt with the cross-eyed lady at the River Edge Motel! bomber hugs, -Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/03/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers and 1 future Bomber sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Wally Erickson ('53), Mike Clowes ('54) Kaylea Brackensick ('11) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry Noble ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Amanda Engel ('97) BOMBER ANNIVERSARIES Today: Bill Johnson ('57) & Joyce Lynn Green ('57) George Zielinski ('65) & Debra Anne Crane ('71) BOMBER/LION ANNIVERSARY Today: Gary Behymer ('64) and Janis Cook ('65 Lion) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy ('45, '46, & '02) To: Mary Triem Mowery ('47) Mary I know he isn't a '47er, but John Sullivan is back in the Tri-Cities according to Quig. You are doing a great job on the '47 turnout. Love -Dick McCoy ('45, '46, & '02) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) Re: The Coeur D'Alene bike trail and the Hiawatha bike trail with David Mansfield ('59), his wife Nonie and Bonnie Allen ('59). It was a fun four days of biking on the two bike trails. We definitely developed a strong friendship during those four days. We started at Mullan the first day (elevation above 3000 ft.); it's a beautiful area in the mountains near where the CD'A River starts at Lookout Pass. Our first day was on a hot day, but starting at a higher elevation and with the shade of the evergreen trees made it very pleasant. We had lunch in Kellogg and continued for another 10 miles in the hot sun with some shade later on. We decided we overdid on our first day and would bike less mileage on the second day. It was a good decision; our second day we continued to follow the CD'A River with the bike trail heading south and away from the traffic noise of I-90 freeway. The weather was about 10 degrees cooler, the scenery continued to be fantastic. We saw several wildlife; we saw two Moose eating in the tall grasses of a wetland area, turtle sunbathing on a log in the water, blue heron and many other types of birds. We saw several moose mud tracks on the pavement... so, we knew there would be moose around. With cooler temperatures and a very pleasant breeze made for enjoyable day of biking. On our third day, Nonie suggested we do the Hiawatha bike trail... since I wouldn't be available the fourth day for biking. Thank you Nonie for that! We started on the other side of Lookout Pass on the Montana side. After purchasing passes and tickets for the bus (to bring us back); we started through the first tunnel. This tunnel is 1.7 miles long, so you must have head lamps and should have bike lamps also. Thanks to David, he also had battery tails lights, which made it easier for me to follow (since my headlamp was giving out on me)... thanks David. There are nine tunnels and seven trestles; one of the trestles is over 200 feet high. The total distance is 15 miles of biking; that's if you take the bus back, which we did. The fourth day I invited David, Nonie and Bonnie to my place for a boat ride after the fourth day of biking. They rode along Lake Coeur D'Alene, crossed the bridge and back. It was another hot day, so the boat ride made it that more enjoyable. On the lake it was very calm and we were able to find a swimming spot without anchoring. The water was "perfect" and clear. Like I've mentioned earlier... it's better than swimming pool water. The swimming, boating and a couple glasses of wine made for an enjoyable day!!!! We said our "goodbyes"; and we decided we would do this again at a new location. We met several bikers from around the country... talked to a young lady, she and her husband were from Wisconsin, where it's very flat. They we're very impressed with the mountains and beauty of the country side. Thanks to the Sandstorm and Maren... it's what made all of this happen!! Thank you, Maren. I also want to say what a great "trooper" Bonnie was in staying with us during all this biking. It can be intimidating when you're driving through the mountains and wondering how you're going to get through all this. The trail is very well maintained and paved all the way following the CD'A River (from 6-10 feet in the beginning, to 50-60 feet wide entering Lake CD'A). There're plenty of rest stops that are very well maintained. We all had a great time... and developed a great friendship during those four days. Thank you David Mansfield and Nonie for putting this together... it was great fun!!!! -Wally Erickson ('53) ~ Where temperatures are hot around Coeur D'Alene, but swimming in Lake CD'A makes it okay! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: The Results of the Latest Debate Department Here are the most recent numbers Class of '45 - 1 Class of '46 - 1 Class of '47 - 21 Class of '48 - 6 Class of '49 - 8 Class of '50 - 0 Class of '51 - 4 Class of '52 - 29 Class of '53 - 6 Class of '54 - 20 Class of '55 - 8 Class of '56 - 7 Class of '57 - 33 Class of '58 - 6 Class of '59 - 1 Class of '60 - 11 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 Some of the usual suspects have checked in, but we are still waiting to hear from those of you who haven't (and you know who you are). In particular, we are waiting to hear from the Class of '67 whose members are now eligible to join Club 40. The process is simple, just go to: Scroll down to the "2008 Regis. Form" link, print out the form, fill it in and mail to the address on the form along with your check or money order. Love to have you with us at the party. Re: On another note The Club 40 nominating committee is looking for persons interested in running for a club office. At the present they have the follow nominees: Connie Dean O'Neil ('60) and Judy Willox ('61 & '82) for vice president; Karol Brimhall Smith ('56) for Secretary; Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) for Treasurer and myself for president. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ reporting from sunny and warm Mount Angel, OR where the countdown to Octoberfest continues. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kaylea Brackensick ('11) Re: Don't make me go to Hanford! Hi, my name is Kaylea Brackensick. My parents are Steven Brackensick ('85) and Dawn Boggs Brackensick ('86). I was hoping someone could give me some advise. The situation is that I moved a year ago 3 miles away from my old house which put me into the Hanford High School district. My mother has filed for transfer back to Richland High School. We were denied a transfer. I do not want to go to Hanford. I want to be a BOMBER! Does anyone have any suggestions on how we can push this issue further? -Kaylea Brackensick Future Bomber class of 2011 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/04/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Mary Triem ('47), Richard Anderson ('60) Ed Quigley ('62), Gary Behymer ('64) David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Roger Fishback ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ken Dall ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Heidlebaugh ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judie Heid ('68) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Mike Sams ('65) & Mary Bennett ('69) BOMBER/LION ANNIVERSARY Yesterday/Today: Gary Behymer ('64) married Janis Cook ('65 Lion) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Triem Mowery ('47) To: Dick McCoy ('46 etc.) Thanks for the info on big John L. I'll give Quig and Joyce a call to pursue. I'm sure there are those '47ers whom I have missed, but w/o the old data base, I was hamstrung! Give a hug to Ida for me and see you in September. -Mary Triem Mowery (a '47 Bomber) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard Anderson ('60) To: Kaylea Brackensick (?HS '11) Re: Don't make me go to Hanford! Well Kaylea, my advice is to enjoy your years at Hanford. Your chances of getting your transfer to RHS are approximately zero; you have a couple of problems: 1) you will be an entering freshman (9th grader) this fall, meaning that you have not attended RHS and therefore have no real ties to the school; and 2) you do not live in Richland [note: I did a bit of sleuthing; Kaylea's family lives somewhere in West Richland/Enterprise, whatever one wants to call the place]. The good news is that Hanford is a first rate school. Academically it is superior (much superior, actually) to RHS. It has a smaller student body, so you will develop better "class cohesiveness". The Hanford kids are a friendly good-natured bunch (at least the ones I have met). The real problem is that many years ago (in the sixties) RSD made a bet and lost big time. It determined that the likely growth pattern of Richland would continue to the north past Newcomer/ Catskill/Coast; so, they decided to build a Junior High/Senior High school to serve the expansion area: i.e., Hanford. Great to a degree; but, then along came Milo Bauder who built Meadow Springs in 1969. The area south of Yakima River became the locus for large-lot residential development. Then there was the explosive growth of really large-lot development in West Richland. The consequence is that there are two high schools serving the geographical area north and east of Yakima River and ZERO high schools serving the new population on the other bank of the river. So the school district has drawn all sorts of strange school boundaries to distribute the kids to either HHS or RHS. The district has just plunked down roughly $100 million renovating HHS and RHS; with any luck I'll have won the lottery and moved to WallaWalla before the district determines that it is necessary - vitally necessary! -- to build a new $75 million (or whatever these things cost) high school to serve West Richland/"South Richland" (West Kennewick?). It will be entertaining. Kaylea, in closing, let me assure you it could have been far worse: if your parents had moved to the Richland Wye you would be going to -- gasp! -- Kamiakin (the Wye is in Kennewick School District -- go figure). Bomber (and Falcon) cheers, -Richard Anderson ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed Quigley ('62) Re: Quest for "Bombership" To: Kaylea Brackensick ('11) Bless your heart and good luck, Kaylea! Wish I could help you out, but I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. -Ed Quigley ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: BOMBER/LION ANNIVERSARY Today [8/3]: Gary Behymer ('64) and Janis Cook ('65 Lion) Janis was married on 08/03/68 while I was married on 08/04/68 (;-) A 'dating' error by our minister Reverend Cox created a conundrum? -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: More birthdays for the 4th That time again... last week when I put a balloon on one of these guy's cars and had the donut boyz all sign a card they couldn't believe he was having ANOTHER birthday... I assured them he only had one a year and that's how old people get old... they seemed to accept that explanation... This guy is an artist of the finest kind and I have so much of his handy work on my cars and leather jackets you'd think I was a traveling one man show... he is the resident pin striper for the donut bunch and when we were kids he was the guy you had customize your notebook... since it was the only thing I carried... my books were either in my locker or on the package tray of my car getting a good tan... ya kinda hadda peel them off at the end of the semester... This boy goes by many names in our gang... "The Big Fat Liar", "Jo's Babysitter" (when ever we went to his house to get him the answer was often: "I can't go... I gotta baby sit Jo")... and "Beta Male"... His talents are legend... like there's the time his dad was watching the house next door for a neighbor... the boy wanted to paint his bicycle yellow... no place to paint in a prefab so he painted it in the closet of one of the rooms next door... the evidence was overwhelming... or the time he decided the picture of Norm Grabowski from Life magazine would look good on his wall and he just ripped out the page and glued it to his wall... you can see talent just oozing out of this boy! The other birthday is for a Kat from '64. I have so many great memories of this guy from school. We don't see him around the Sandstorm but I know he's out there somewhere... Pop Quiz... when I divulge this guy's name in a minute or two I want Denler ('64), Twedt ('64), Number 10 ('64) or one of that old crowd to let us all know this birthday boy's nickname. Come on now... I know you all know it... so cough it up... This guy was smart and witty... I will never forget an impromptu speech he gave in Mr. St.John's speech class at Chief Jo... what a quick wit... this guy would have made a great trial lawyer the way he could think so fast on his feet... So now's the time to wish JIMMY HEIDLEBAUGH ('65) and KENNY DALL ('64) a huge HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/05/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: David Mansfield ('59), Mary Judd ('60) Jim House ('63), Roy Ballard ('63) David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sue Erickson ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sue Nussbaum ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary McCue ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Mansfield ('59) Re: Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes First I want to thank Wally Erickson ('53) for his commentary on our bicycle ride down the "Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes", rails to trails bicycle path. This was one of the best bike ride I have ever been on. As Wally wrote, the scenery was beautiful and the bike path was smooth asphalt for seventy-three miles. Well, it was great for at least the sixty plus miles that we actually rode. I have to mention too, that Bonnie Allen ('59) passed her initial bicycle ride with flying colors. Although, she never said anything, I am sure she was ready to kill me after the first day. The first day's ride was 33 miles and the hottest day of the four we rode. Having Wally as a local host/guide was a plus for the trip. Our boat ride the last day on Lake Coeur d'Alene with "Captain Wally" just kind of put the whole week over the top. Well, yes the lake was clear until I jumped in, the subsequent mud slick was a hundred yards across. Fortunately there wasn't a fish kill. Nonie, (my wife) and I like to downhill ski in the winter. I have always enjoyed the Aspen tree groves while skiing in Colorado and Utah. Their almost white bark makes for some of the prettiest snow scenes. We did encounter many Aspen groves all along the bike trail. Some of the Aspens along the Coeur d'Alene River are the biggest I have ever seen. We did observe plenty of wildlife along the trail. I am somewhat of an expert in examining and identifying wild animal scat. As a result, I was able to assess and forewarn the group every day as to what kind of wildlife was around. Nobody seemed to be impressed... I get no respect! Our last day's ride through the tunnels of the Hiawatha Trail was a real treat as well. This trail is a seventeen mile long gravel trail with nine tunnels. The first tunnel and the longest is 1.6 miles. I learned two things from riding through all the tunnels. One was that you can never have enough lights on your bike. And two, always ... always, bring fresh batteries. Having fresh battery packs at home or back at the motel doesn't count! Nonie and I are thinking we would like to plan another ride next summer. So if you like adventure, excitement and or just like living on the edge .... watch this space! -David Mansfield ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Judd Hinz ('60) Re: Richland School District Primary Election We have received our Primary Election ballots, and I don't know anything about the candidates who are running for a position on the Richland School Board. Do any of you have a recommendation? -Mary Judd Hinz ('60) ~ In sunny West Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim House ('63) Advice to Kaylea Brackensick (2011): RUN AWAY FROM HOME! Belated happy birthday to Ken Dall ('64): I enjoyed watching your advancement to senior management levels at JCP, although for a while I was concerned you were spending too much time in women's clothes. -Jim House ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roy Ballard ('63) Re: Bomber or Falcon To: Kaylea Brackensick (2011) Kaylea, Solve the problem and move in with your grandparents in Applewood. That might solve the problem ............... -Roy Ballard ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Big sisters make the world go round I've kind of always wondered why I feel so close to the class of '63... I know I admire them as a class because they seem to stick together as a group and seem to be a gang of really true friends... I've always said I thought of the class of '63 as being similar to the "Fraternity Brothers" played by the members of the 4 Preps in Ozzie and Harriet while my class seemed to be more like "Our Gang"... I'm sure most of that is from looking over from the little kids' table to the big kids' table... but the more I think of it, I'm thinking maybe... just maybe... big sisters could have played a big part of it... I mean across the street I had big sister Beth Parker ('63)... When I went over to Dale's I had big sister Donna Bowers ('63)... Over on Johnston Street there was big sister Ellen W. ('63) with her dear friend (gasp) Mary Lou ('63)... the list goes on and on... the same is true of the birthday girl... as the big sister of one of the class of '65 that I most admired and treasured as a friend, Skip Nussbaum ('65), this big sister was always there... I've worn out the Ralph Lee ('63-RIP) motor cycle story in years past so I won't repeat it here... but this big sister was one of those that we all sighed over... and over... and over... Several years ago Terry Davis ('65), Heidlebaugh ('65), Beej ('65) and I decided it had been too many years since Skip had been around and we trekked over to his place to say hi... it was a very tearful reunion and Skipper came around for a couple of years after that and then dropped out again... Terry and I wanted to do another drop in but Big Sis suggested we not... when big sis speaks we listen... but I hope she knows how much we love her brother and how much we love her as well... HAPPY BIRTHDAY on August 5 to Susan Nussbaum Reeb ('63)!!!!! David Rivers ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/06/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers and 1 Bomber Offspring sent stuff: Dick Wight ('52), Dawn Boggs ('86) Kaylea Brackensick ('11) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Caroline Westover ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kay Lynch ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Sheeran ('66) TODAY IN HISTORY: Hiroshima, 1945 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick Wight ('52) Re: Looking for an ex Navy radio operator In writing down my memories of my 32 years in the Coast Guard, I dredged up an old memory. In the summer of 1954 (I think!) I was a radio operator on the USCGC NORTHWIND, a polar icebreaker. We were operating in the Bering and Beaufort Seas, with a U.S. Navy submarine which was operating under the ice at times. We maintained their radio guard for them. One day we had the sub moored alongside, and I went aboard with a handful of messages to deliver - found their radio room - and the operator on watch was a Col-Hi Bomber from, I think, class of '51. Some coincidence! Anyone know who he might have been???? Incidentally, the sub later rammed us accidently, ruptured one of our fuel tanks. Ha! -Dick Wight ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dawn Boggs Brackensick ('86) Re: Don't make me go to Hanford Thank you all who have responded to my daughter Kaylea ('11). The responses show that many are supportive of her being able to attend the school of her choice. I graduated from RHS in '86, my husband the class of '85 my parents Sharon Brown Boggs-Johnson ('64), my father Don Boggs ('56-RIP), my father-in-law Ron Brackensick, Sr. ('59), mother-in-law, Sharon Workman Brackensick ('62), my brother Jimmy Boggs ('90) and many numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. So you can see that even though Kaylea has not attended RHS yet, the ties are very strong. Kaylea and I recently attended with my mother Sharon Brown Boggs Johnson ('64) the memorial BBQ for Fred Schafer ('63-RIP) in Vancouver. Kaylea was astounded out the number of RHS alumni still hold the Green/Gold strong to heart. It was absolutely amazing! I could only wish that my class was as strong. Even though we live in West Richland, which is Richland School District, we moved only 3 miles and it changed from RHS to HHS. I filed for a transfer and met with the super intendant and went over the reasons as to why I was requesting a transfer. The obvious, her parents are BOMBERS! Well there are many other reasons Kaylea is on track for participating in the Running Start program once in 11th grade. She wants to take zero hour and with her father working at Albertsons below the hill, made this an obvious transportation necessity. Also, she is a Candy Striper at Kadlec, once again, this would make it easier for her to continue this after school with just being able to walk to the hospital. Now lets talk about the school mates, she has some issues with classmates (girls are not nice) that will be attending HHS and for the best high school experience it would be best that Kaylea not have to deal with the same issues that she did from these girls in high school, it is going to be tough enough! When meeting with Rom Costillejo superintendent at the time, he informed me that no transfers were being approved due to the construction and all of the portables being used. Teachers of RHS would not even be able to transfer their children in this year. I was told that I could check back late summer once the schools knew what their numbers looked like and then again after Labor Day, but most likely would be able to get a transfer next year. I do not want to start her off at one high school and then transfer her. I checked back last week and the numbers are not completely in yet, but was told that by law they had to let the teachers children transfer. Kennewick has 3 high schools and they can choose which one they want to attend, they just need to provide their own transportation. I really believe that the Richland high school boundaries need to be reexamined, we are paying more money to transport kids to schools further from their home. For example, my younger children were going to be bussed to Tapteal Elementary because when we moved they no longer were in the Wiley Elementary boundary. The funny thing is, we live right behind Wiley, the kids just go through the gate on the fence. They were granted transfers because they had already started at Wiley, good through their entire elementary grades. But this just goes to show how messed up the boundaries are. As for Richard Anderson's ('60) response you must not be a true Bomber thru and thru otherwise you would not be so uncompassionate about it. As for saying that she lives with a relative within the district I would have to give up all legal educational rights for Kaylea to whoever she was with I am not at that point yet! Moving would be a choice I would make before giving up any rights to my child. What will happen to these children thats parents get relocated here and fall into the RHS district, they will get to attend and could probably have cared less, since they know no different. I am going to continue to check for updates and pester them until they just want me to go away and give in. I am not ready to give up the fight! BOMBERS all the way! Keep up with the responses just maybe if I get enough we can start an uproar! Maybe the next thing will be an editorial to the Tri-City Herald. -Dawn Boggs Brackensick ('86) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kaylea Brackensick ('11) Re: Bomber or Falcon To: Roy Ballard ('63) Thanks for the advise for me to be able to go to Richland High. But to move in with my grandparents in Applewood I would have to be insanely crazy. I would be bored out of my mind. To live with my grandparents, my parents would have to give up their parental education rights. And trust me they are not ready for that. I would also have to physically live with them. Thanks to all who have responded to my entry. Don't make me go to Hanford. I really am glad to see all the responses I am getting. -Kaylea Brackensick, Future Bomber 2011 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/07/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Will Goss ('56wb), Steve Carson ('58) Ed Quigley ('62), David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Bobo ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Michael Peterson ('77) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Fred Schafer ('63-RIP) & Ann Engel ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Will Goss ('56wb) I received the fake site e-mail right after entering my new e-mail address [on the '56 home page]..... -Will Goss ('56wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Carson (Championship class of '58) Interesting stuff on the development of the Richland School System. Thank you Mr. Anderson ('60). Now I have been gone for a very long time and will be looking for my fellow Bombers to comment (rebut) on Mr. Anderson's comments that HHS is Academically superior to RHS. -Steve Carson (Championship class of '58) ~ Chicago, where the CUBS will finally win a world series. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed Quigley ('62) To: Kaylea Brackensick ('11) Not to encourage you to be devious, Kaylea, but couldn't you use your grandparents' address as a "residence of convenience"? Obviously, this means a lot to you and your family, and all the school boundaries are is an issue of bureaucratic pigheadedness; go ahead and buck the system. Consider it an exercise in civil disobedience... You're going to need the experience late in life anyway, the way things are going. Wait; maybe I AM encouraging you! :) -Ed Quigley ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: A view from the little kids' table As the guy with the most trips to the alter from the class of '65 (tho I do believe that my pal Mike Sheeran ('66) has me beat in that department... belated Happy Birthday, Mike) I sit here and wonder how many times it really happens... boy meets girl... they fall in love... get married and live (reasonably) happily ever after... I say reasonably because even an old romantic such as I am knows that every life has its ups and downs... even Donald Trump has a bad hair day... right... so it makes me smile really big when I think of my friends who fall into the love ever after category as opposed to the Billy and Sue category of the BJ Thomas' ilk... As I count them I am happy to say that I do know quite of few of the members of such love stories... I won't say I envy them because that isn't the correct emotion... I admire them... really admire them... one of them stands out today as very special. She was "the catch of her class" and he was the boy that caught her... I always loved seeing them together even tho living as far away from home as I do I only got to see them once or a few times a year... this year he wrote me saying they wouldn't see me in Richland but would see me a few weeks later in Las Vegas... the reason was understandable tho I hate to miss seeing kids at home in our own element... I have loved it over the years when I would see their email address in my mail I knew there was a "good one" coming my way... they came often and I loved to throw a few dig in my response... loved the pictures of the get togethers and was always so happy to know them and to be included in their thoughts... they are big kids so it was extra special to get to leave the little kids' table with them now and then... the KoolAid always tastes best at the big kids' table and I'm always careful not to spill it... So many things I would like to say but the tear ducts are already starting to twitch... how come your nose runs when your tear ducts start to fill? Just wondered... I know The Gold Medal Class and many others will be thinking of these two on the 7th of August as I will... with admiration and love... Happy Anniversary for Ann and Freddie Schafer ('63)... the love never dies. -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/08/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers and 1 Bomber Offspring sent stuff: Jim House (63), David Rivers ('65), Kaylea Brackensick ('11), BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bruce Strand ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Grant Ranlett ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gordy Edgar ('78) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jennifer Harden ('96) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Jim Adair ('66) & Kathie Moore ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim House (63) Re: Obnoxious Bomber Fans? Yesterday I watched the Richland Knights American Legion baseball team playing in the state tournament in Spokane. I happened to be sitting amid the Spokane fans, who seemed to be outnumbered and not as vocal by those supporting Richland. At one point I heard comments about how good the Richland Bomber teams traditionally were (even though we were not watching a Bomber team). Then someone said that the Bomber Fans were obnoxious and did not exhibit good sportsmanship. Sportsmanship has never been one of my virtues, so I listened for specifics. Eventually it came out that fans of the Bomber girls' soccer, softball and basketball were the worst offenders. Their major flaw was they "were poor winners". I never did hear exactly how that was manifested. By the way, what do the winning players say to their opponents during those compulsory line-ups after the game? How do you say "Nice game, loser. We never thought we would beat you by thirty"? -Jim House (63) ~ Mead, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: A pair to draw to... Didja hear the one about the biker dude and his ol' lady? You could read the back of his t-shirt when the b__ch fell off... hardy har har... Well it's time for Willis and Willis to celebrate another year of heavenly bliss on the 8th... yup...they been together a fer piece now tho not as long as some others... certainly longer than I've ever been... they seem to get along quite well tho... specially when he works those 7/12s... or maybe it was only 7/10s... anyway it kept him outa her hair for a while... Gotta say these two have been life savers for me over the years... better friends nobody could ever ask for... Hope they know how much they are loved and cherished by so many... me included... so let's give it up for Jimmie Adair ('65-'67) and Kathy Moore ('69)... Happy anniversary you two! -David Rivers ('65) PS Happy anniversary to Gary the collector ('64) and Janis Behymer... maybe you guys and the Adairs can rent the Grange Hall for a big hoedown! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kaylea Brackensick (Future Bomber 2011) Re: Richard Anderson's ('60) comment about RHS Just to get the facts straight: RHS is actually more academically superior to HHS because even though kids live in the HHS district they transfer to RHS because of RHS sports. -Kaylea Brackensick (Future Bomber 2011) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/09/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Marilyn De Vine ('52), Betty King ('53) Mike Clowes ('54), Roy Ballard ('63) Linda McKnight ('65), Rick Maddy ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marj Qualheim ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Valerie Nielsen ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gay Wear ('69) TODAY IN HISTORY: Nagasaki **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn De Vine ('52) Re: Kaylea Brackensick (HHS '11) school boundaries I am sorry to see that prejudice is ALL TOO alive in Richland/West Richland. This is the thing of which gang-wars are made, you know? While your mother mentioned some sort of valid reasons for you to go to RHS (perhaps neither she nor you know, BFT has busses running at all hours to get you from where you are to where you want/need to be). In my opinion, family tradition is not/should not be a factor! Think of yourself as a Blazer of New Trails, a Setter of New Traditions! I am so boiling mad, I would take you to task for attacking Richard Anderson ('60) but Maren would most likely cut my remarks. I will say simply: how dare you challenge his being a "true Bomber"... do you and your mother know he is the one who keeps the Sandstorm going when Maren is unavailable???? Can you spell A-C-A-D-E-M-I-A??? Do you know the DIFFERENCE between Academics and Sports? My guess is, you don't. Your mom mentioned that "girls are not kind" or words to that effect... big darn deal; LIFE is sometimes not kind! There are "unkind" people and situations wherever you go. Those "unkind girls" may unknowingly be doing you a favor by 1) teaching YOU how NOT to behave towards others, 2) giving you opportunities to learn diplomacy, 3) allowing you to learn forgiveness, and 4) may be setting you up to learn some "avoidance" skills, which everyone needs if you/they are to succeed without falling for some of the garbage that's out there, for instance: stealing, lying, cheating, drugs, materialism, self-centeredness, low morals, etc. But, of course, those things may mean nothing to you and your family compared to being a BB----B----BOMBER. If you THINK for one second that there are NOT unkind girls (and boys, for that matter) at RHS, I can guarantee: you are dead-wrong! -M. De Vine '52 ~ enjoying cooler temps and a little breeze in the north end of Richland, near the home of the Hanford Hi Falcons **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty King Moody ('53) Re: Different rolls in the Indian Nation Some of you asked for the different rolls. Hope this helps. Too many to answer one on one.. The Final Dawes Roll (1898-1914): Dawes is a list of those members of the Five Civilized Tribes who removed to Indian Territory (Oklahoma) during the 1800s and were living there during the above dates. IF YOUR ANCESTOR WAS NOT LIVING IN INDIAN TERRITORY AT THIS TIME, THEY WILL NOT BE LISTED ON DAWES!! This is a list of those Choctaws, Cherokees, Chickasaws, Seminoles and Creeks who were given land allotments in Indian Territory via the 1877 Dawes Act. It was the final step the US government took to break up the tribal status of these nations and to assimilate them into mainstream white society. The left-over land in Indian Territory was opened to white settlement and sold prior to statehood. This act opened the way for the famous "land runs" in Oklahoma at the turn of the century. Not until the Indian Reorganization Act of the 1970s were these tribes re-established and their tribal governments reinstated. Does that mean that every person living in Oklahoma at this time is listed on Dawes?? NO! There were plenty of people there (intruders and others) who were not entitled to land allotments. Dawes lists only those Indians who RECEIVED LAND under the provisions of the Dawes Act. It also lists those Freedmen who received land allotments as provided for in the Dawes Act. The Guion-Miller Roll (1909): In 1909 the US government was ordered by the courts to make payments to the descendants of the original Eastern Band of Cherokee (of North Carolina) for treaty violations on the part of the US that had occurred in the 1800s. Some 100,000 people made applications to be included in this payment, claiming they were descendants. Each application was reviewed and only 35,000 were proved to be actual descendants. Therefore, your ancestor may have applied for this roll, but found not eligible and rejected. There are records of these applications which include name, application number and the state the applicant was living in at the time it was made. Those who were found to be genuinely eligible for this payment are listed on the "Guion Miller Roll". This roll includes EASTERN CHEROKEE ONLY, but they may have been living in any state in 1909. 1817 Reservation Roll: A list of those Cherokee living in the "east" who stated they did not want to remove to Oklahoma and signed up to accept a 640 acre tract of land in the eastern part of the United States and remain there. 1817-1835 Emigration Rolls: This is a list of those Cherokees in the east who signed up to move west, first to Arkansas Territory and then on to Oklahoma. 1831 Armstrong Roll: This roll was done in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana and is a listing of CHOCTAWS living in those states, the number of acres farmed and number of people in the household. Made prior to the removal of the main body of Choctaws to Indian Territory under the provisions of the Dawes Act. 1835 Henderson Roll: These Cherokees were living in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina IN 1835 and signed up to remove to Oklahoma under the 1835 Treaty of New Echota (contains 16,000 names). Just because they signed up doesn't mean they actually went, but they registered their intent to remove. 1848 Mullay Roll: This is a list of those Cherokees who REMAINED in NORTH CAROLINA after the others left in 1838. It contains 1,157 names. 1851 Siler Roll: An act of Congress in 1850 forced the United States government to make a payment to some members of the Eastern Band of Cherokees. These are the names of those who were found to be entitled to receive this payment. Contains 1700 names. 1851 Old Settler Roll: This roll lists those Cherokees IN OKLAHOMA who were still living in 1851 who were already living in Indian Territory when the main body of the Cherokee arrives in the winter of 1839. These people are known as the "Old Settlers". They were already in Oklahoma when the Cherokees who removed under the 1835 Treaty of New Echota got there. 1852 Drennen Roll: This was the first census of the new arrivals of 1839 and is today known as the "Trail of Tears" group. 1852 Chapman Roll: This roll lists those Cherokee who actually received the payment based on the names Siler had. 1855 Cooper Roll: Listing of CHOCTAWS remaining in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana at this time. 1869 Swetland Roll: Lists those Eastern Cherokee and their descendants who were STILL LIVING IN NORTH CAROLINA in 1848 and who were considering removal to Indian Territory. 1883 Hester Roll: Lists the Eastern Band of Cherokees in 1883. These were the people who were still in the east and had not removed to Indian Territory. This roll contains ancestors, age and Indian name, plus English names. 1908 Churchill Roll: Again, lists only those members certified as Eastern Band of Cherokee. Includes degree of blood and lists rejected. 1924 Baker Roll: This was supposed to be the last roll of the Eastern Band of Cherokee. Their land remaining in the east was to be allotted to them individually rather than communally-held tribal lands, and they would become regular US citizens. Fortunately the Eastern Band of Cherokee was able to avoid termination of their tribal status, unlike those who had removed to Oklahoma. The Revised Baker Roll is the "base roll" for membership in the Eastern Band of Cherokee today. One must be able to PROVE a direct blood line back to someone listed on the Baker Roll, plus meet age and blood quantum requirements, to be enrolled today in the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina. -Betty King Moody ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: The "Wait, There's More!" Department Here are the latest [Club40 celebration attendance]figures: Class of '45 - 1 Class of '46 - 1 Class of '47 - 23 Class of '48 - 6 Class of '49 - 8 Class of '50 - 1 (finally) Class of '51 - 5 Class of '52 - 30 Class of '53 - 7 Class of '54 - 24 Class of '55 - 8 Class of '56 - 9 Class of '57 - 41 Class of '58 - 9 Class of '59 - 1 Class of '60 - 12 Class of '61 - 5 Class of '62 - 5 Class of '63 - 0 Class of '64 - 3 Class of '65 - 0 Class of '66 - 0 Class of '67 - 0 Class of '70 - 1 A reminder that registration will close on Friday, August 31st, so be sure and get your registration in before the deadline to insure that you will have a seat at "the big kids" table. Registration forms can be found at: Remember to scroll down to the place on the page where it says "2007 Regis. Form", click it on, print out the form, fill it out and send it to the address on the form along with your check or money order. Sorry we do not take plastic. See you at the Party, -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR, where it is partly cloudy today **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roy Ballard ('63) Re: Academics and Champions I have been told, but I'm not sure of the fact, that the Champion Bomber baseball team of this year was also the top academic team of the State. Can anyone tell me if that is true, I believe that the Athletic Director of RHS, Mike Edwards, told me that. -Roy Ballard ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) Been to Sturgis and on the way home! Well, I planned to write every day but that didn't happen and the motel we stayed in Billings, MT for some idiot reason would not send my e-mails. There they are all stacked up in my outbox... grrrr... Wanted to get to an internet caf and send my updates like a real Bomber editor, but couldn't find one of those. Did see some interesting goofy looking aging frat boys having belly shots at the One-Eyed Jacks Saloon, which was the risque thing I saw, and heard it cost $25 for that. Bikers everywhere... oh my more leather and tattoos in one place ever... It was a sight to see. So we are now on our way home from the most amazing five days of amazing bikes and bikers in the whole world. Hubby bought me a shirt that is all sparkly and says Biker Babe on it and now I am. I am a good behinder rider, as in sitting behind my hubby, but now I can say I even rode in my shorts... I would never have done that a few weeks ago, but it was so beastly hot and I was on vacation, so what the heck. We stayed in a nice campground that had lots of trees and we had a cabin with air conditioning. So, that wasn't so bad. Our campground was actually pretty quiet compared to others I heard about. Except for the one morning where six big ole Harleys started up one at a time at 6 am. I love, love, love the sound of Harleys so it was really music to my ears. Our little doggy Sunny loves Harleys too, and when we came through town the first day, she was hanging out the window sniffing the exhaust and inspecting each bike we passed. We are so glad we went early because by the weekend, August 5th especially, you couldn't even move. It was like walking your bike all over town and then on the 6th some friends of Denny's from the Chicago area met us at the Rapid City Harley Davidson store, under the American Flag. Ha! It was another huge event with bikes by the hundreds and vendors and food everywhere. We all found each other and had a blast. The only drawback I had was walking so many miles to see everything in my bike boots. Would rather have had my real walking shoes. One last thing, South Dakota and Sturgis were quite a surprise. It was very beautiful and green. Heard they got a lot of rain in the Spring which made it so. Anyway we are now all settled in at the Best Western in Ritzville, WA. Not sure I will get to call and meet up with friends in Richland like I wanted to. We are kinda anxious to get home to our own bed, but I will try to call. And by the way, hubby and I are still speaking, MT, not so bad for a nearly 2600 mile trip at over a week with a hairy little four legged critter. Bomber hugs to all -Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) Re: HHS Richard Anderson's ('60) comments that HHS is possibly academically superior to RHS is only interesting in that someone would actually suggest it. I have seen people fired from sports television broadcasting careers that were not blonde and blue eyed for less of a suggestion. I agree with Mr. Anderson ('60) on the conditions of an assumption with a smattering of scientific observation... I was just a mere lad and the FBI came to my dad asking about the new neighbor. This was CA 1958-60. Soon after, Richland saw many of these neighbors, certainly not all, slowly migrating into north Richland and buying those not-so pre- fabricated types of houses thus ending the physics geek living next door to the laborer in the south end. Sort of like Baltimore moving to Indianapolis... who noticed? It was subtle. It was one o'clock in the morning. I proudly stayed in the south end with dad. My assumption would be the kids were smarter in the north end due to the gene pool migrating there and eventually into the HHS Falcon boundary line, thus making Mr. Anderson's ('60) comments correct. I'm positive reassigning school boundaries so the test scores are never skewed by the south enders could ever happen geographically. The gasp from the HHS crowd in fear of losing those Federal dollars for not being able to teach a bunch of kids within their borders how to read would be heard as far away as the old rose bowl site... NEVERTHELESS, if true, the RHS educational system can rebound from such scrutiny... I know it can... Bombers are can-do folks... and the rumored eugenics program started by G.E. has nothing to do with the plan... the people who teach our children in public school only need to get some intestinal fortitude... and just say NO to Disney movies as aids for teaching American history and just say NO to teaching only to the S.A.T. (Y.A.W.N!!!) which leaves most of our children having ZERO interest in going to college right out of high school with nothing to look forward to every single morning except four years of boredom, sitting at a desk looking like they have a learning disability and taking a pill for that and the depression associated with it... I'm not done... also leaving behind those students wanting to learn not only how to balance a checkbook, but learn a profession within an intrinsic apprenticeship outside the classroom... with future monetary value... for love of an occupation that is enjoyable to get up in the morning for... AND starting in their freshman year of high school. Teachers all know by the end of the eighth grade... on the most part... who the science guy is... who the girl headed for the penitentiary is... and vice versa. The Chinese language skills can be taught in the mandatory evening class to keep then busy enough and tired enough to not tag the B.A. and go home and get some sleep. When teachers teach to the 10% prospective scientists, mathematicians, biologists, chemists, lawyers, etc. etc. the government is looking for in our high schools, when not importing them from Mexico, and leave the other 90% of the student body dying on the vine facing a future somewhere between ultimate cage fighting, unfinished tattoos and cleaning toilets at a local nuke facility... it is time for change... possibly home schooling... or a really really special educational school that teaches a skill taught by a skillful teacher, just like they are doing with the SpEd kids right now... but for a tiny bit different reason... and then let the kid choose Bomber or Falcon for the rest of the "after school" activities like basketball, football, volleyball, baseball, Texas Hold Em and other functions maiming more warriors at an earlier age than warfare while the more than a few use both means as a life and limb gamble to pay for a college course when they are finally ready... not when dad and mom are ready... "after school" activities that should be farmed out to the AAU anyway, but never will because some chest beater has convinced us all that high school sports is the glue, or some other 3M product, that binds and defines school spirit... while calling us a liberal wimp out the other side of their mouth... uh, maybe we have a problem, maybe we don't... AND leaving band, debate and drama in tact in the belly of the beast - GO BOMBERS! Then... and only then... we might actually evolve and Kaylea Brackensick ('11) can live where she wants to and still be a Bomber. I could be wrong, I've been wrong before. And kudos to Richard Anderson ('60). Re: Richland I left Richland for the last time in 1979. I cannot believe the change. Certainly not the same place I knew. The growth has changed much of the surroundings, particularly the highway coming into Richland from the Y. I was amazed and taken aback. Even getting lost, confused and dazed at times until I could see a familiar piece of real estate... like the Columbia River. Mr. Rex Davis' ('49) tennis court at L&C Elementary, gone. Nighthawks, gone. Jackrabbits, gone, roaring hydroplanes replaced by turbine whiners, the A&Dub, gone, dry-hot replaced with hot-humid because of... wine, I guess... and the stretching to unknown limits of the mighty Columbia Basin... is it still a project... nothing lasts forever is very true. To: Steve Shockley ('67) Steve, you are the best. Thanks for taking the mic at our Class of 1967 40th reunion. Excellent night. Way Fun! I'm hoping the medical marijuana laws have passed by the time our 60th birthday party bash happens... just for the laughs alone... and of course, the pain... in the hip... the nagging knee injury... the low back... the psychosis. To: The rest of the Class of 1967 organizers ...and to all who put together our reunion My utmost thank you to all of you. I found the party to be most relaxing in an already stressful situation when thoroughly organized and the hardest part of the whole experience was losing count at the included, nerve stabling, three drink maximum wine table. -Rick Maddy ('67) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/10/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff: Mike Bradley ('56), Nick Nelson ('56) Terri Royce ('56), Steve Carson ('58) Kaylene Henjum ('60), Tom Verellen ('60) Judy Willox ('61wb & '81), Ed Quigley ('62) Roy Ballard ('63), Cindy Payton ('65) David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Helen Bartlett ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mack Richardson ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dennis McGrath ('63WB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jo Marie Roberts ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rod Collins ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Bradley ('56) Re: Club 40 Reunion - September 7, 8, & 9, 2007 To: All members of the Class of 56 Let's get on the ball and get registered for the September event. We only have 9 people registered at this point and that is ridiculous. I sure hope to see more of you than that!!!!! -Mike Bradley ('56) ~ Kirkland, WA where the sun is out & all is well. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nick Nelson ('56) Re: Club 40 Reunion - September 7, 8, & 9, 2007 To: All Club 40 members If you are going to attend the Club 40 annual reunion and are planning to stay at the Shilo Inn, you'll need to make your reservations before August 17th. if you want to take advantage of the special rates they have made available to us. -Nick Nelson ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Terri Royce Weiner ('56) Re: Kaylea Brackensick (HHS '11) school boundaries To: Marilyn DeVine ('52) I have never been so pleased, with a Sandstorm entry, as I was by yours of August 8th. I heartedly agree with everything you said -- and I, too, could add some choice points, but they'd probably be deemed too personal. Kaylea's inability to distinguish between academics and sports is a sad commentary on our times. Your points about all she could learn and be, by going to HHS, is stellar. Preparation for the real world is what high school should be about. I've only been to Richland twice since graduation, so I'm not familiar with HHS, but it's a universal truth that we are better people for not getting everything we want. If this hasn't been learned before, high school is a great place to start. -Terri Royce Weiner ('56) ~ In cool, lovely Seattle where the dogs are kicking up their heels. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Carson (Championship class of '58) To: Marilyn De Vine ('52) Re: Your Message To Kaylea Wow, that was harsh. At RHS we never had to think about a distinction between sports and academia, we just excelled at both. The fact that we have had a string on State Championships was frosting on the cake. -Steve Carson (Championship class of '58) ~ Chicago where the CUBS are on their way to a World Series. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kaylene Henjum Livingston ('60) Re: Thanks for saying what I was thinking Marilyn De Vine's ('52) letter in the Sandstorm yesterday said it all, and quite nicely too. I was going to write in and voice my opinion of going to RHS or another school, but was a little hesitant because of the Bombers-or-nothing mentality of some people. I am very proud to say that I am a Bomber, but I also have to preface that by saying that I have a husband and two sons who are not Bombers, but have managed to get good jobs and live productive lives... I think that the Tri-Cities is very fortunate to have several high quality schools, and they all offer students great educations. The school that you go to does not make you successful, YOU make yourself successful. Lets not take the mentality of others and bring back the concept that all Bombers are snotty and stuck up. (unfortunately, that was what other schools thought of us back when)... Go to the school that is assigned to you, excel in everything you do, have fun and enjoy your youth. The world is open to you and the opportunities are there regardless of RHS or HHS or any other kind of high school.... Sitting here at home wishing I could be picking out my High school instead possibly my Nursing home.:( -Kaylene Henjum Livingston ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) Re: Rating High Schools I believe that the best way to rate differences in high schools has nothing to do with athletic records, SAT scores, or murals. You have to check the geek, dork, greaser, ratios. (Provided they still have greasers, who will some day repair the geeks' transportation devices.) The dorks to fill out the lower portions of the bell curves for grades (otherwise some geeks will be getting less than an A). And the greasers to cause general anxiety to round out the geeks' education. No school is complete without them and if the ratio is to far out of line, society will suffer. Any of you who are interested, there is a four step program designed for all of us losers called Sterotypers Anonamus (sic). SA meetings are scheduled for Monday but don't actually take place until Wednesday for the procrastinators, and dyslexic. Sorry but we have to restrict anyone who has never had or lost their sense of humor to the rear of the room. -Tom Verellen (09,) - Maren, this is our new class motto [I.D.]. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Judy Willox (Classic Class of '61wb and '81) To: Kaylea Brackensick (2011) Re: "I Wanna Be A Bomber!" Wow Little Lady, for such a small pebble, you sure have made a big splash in the Big Bomber Pool here in Bomberville. I am sure that you are destined to go places with the kind of waves you know how to make. Now, I KNOW you wanna be a Bomber--no question there. And you have had some encouragements, some "get over its", some ridicules and some fairly harsh words come your way over this issue. So, my question to you is simply this: Are you SURE you wanna be a grown up? LOL! Just kidding honey, you are surely displaying that you are more so than some. So, you go girl and stick to your convictions and goals. Do not ever let anyone take your dreams away from you, okay? Bomber Cheers Li'l Bomber (even if only at heart for the time being), -Judy Willox (Classic Class of '61wb and '81) ~ Richland where the days are at least tolerable right now and the evenings are beautiful. Love the singing of the crickets in the evenings and the birds in the early mornings. Well, other then the crows and the magpies. ;o) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed Quigley ('62) To: Rick Maddy ('67) Tell it like it is, Rick! When I moved up to Tacoma in '64 (Bless you, Robert Rector ('62), for your lasting influence on my life!), the culture shock was amazing. Coming from a class in which 90% went on to college, and assuming the rest of the world was like "us", I couldn't believe what I found; a population in which divorce was rife, most "kids" not aspiring to college, and who had no interest in reading... On and on! It was only after leaving Richland that I truly began to appreciate what we had. And things "out here" have continued to deteriorate; the job applications that come across the desk where I teach (guitar), look like they were printed in crayon by a first grader. And the misspellings... Holy crap!! It still blows me away when a clerk looks at me like I just pulled a rabbit out of my ear, when I tell him/her how much change he owes me, before he can figure it out on a calculator; happened 2 days ago, because he "mispunched" how much I had given him, so, of course, the cash register wasn't right. Simple math, you'd think (!!!) would be requisite, taught in our schools. I still do not understand why, as parents, people will put up with a failing system. When we were kids, our parents' desire was to see their kids be more successful than they were. The reality now, is that the kids are not going to do as well, and many young adults now despair of ever owning a house. And the effect that it is having on our nation has been devastating! I am constantly fighting with one of my best friends, who is a "big business" man, about the negative effects of outsourcing, and the fact that our nation no longer produces our own steel, computer chips, furniture... Again, "on and on"! As an "old fart", I would suggest that parents of kids who are in school right now, take a leaf from the pages of the past; revisit the spirit of the '60s... Rebellion SHOULD be in the wind; depose the school boards who approve teaching to the tests! Throw their butts out and vote in people who espouse "real education". Should this mean going back to "tracking", meaning grouping classes by ability and teaching to that level, which is what the class of '62 grew up with, so be it! Screw the "politically correct" philosophy of throwing everybody together; recent history has PROVED this doesn't work! Sorry to go on a rant, folks, just meant to thank Rick for his entry, and got carried away. -Ed Quigley ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roy Ballard ('63) Re: Email from Ben Jacobs ('69) hi Roy... our baseball team has been academic state champions for 3 straight years... also, won 2 out of the last 3 4A baseball championships... no 4A school has ever won academics 3 years in a row in baseball... no other team has won academics and a state title in the same year---we have done it twice!!!... not bad for these kids out here on the east side... ben -Roy Ballard ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Cindy Payton Hoffman ('65) To: Marilyn DeVine ('52) Thank you Marilyn for saying your "piece of mind" I agree completely. Life is not about getting what you want all of the time. It is great to be a Bomber but why not take all those ideals and make your situation great at Hanford High? There are four Payton girls. Three attended Richland High, myself ('65), Angela ('69) and Kelley ('72). Karis, my youngest sister, went and graduated from Hanford High in '79. Karis has always been active and especially in sports. I can honestly say we all turned out just fine after high school. Karis has a younger daughter (same age as Kaylea) who is headed to RHS this year who Karis would love to be going to Hanford instead. Best wishes to Kaylea ('11) no matter where you end up. I have found that things always have a way of working out much better than you first believe. Just keep your chin up and go forward! -Cindy Payton Hoffman ('65) ~ Santa Fe, NM **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: An update on my alleged illegitimate son Well for those of you who care and maybe even for those of you who don't give a rat's pitute... Terence Knox, aka Terry Davis ('65) is at it again. No, he's not wearing a helmet or carrying a gun. This time it is much worse. While waiting to make a civil war movie in Georgia in September, Terry agreed to accept a role in a horror film which he believes (tho I think he got it wrong... I have looked for the web site under this name and I can't find it) the name of the film to be "The house that Jack built" I am enclosing (or rather sending to the proper email address) the pictures sent to me from the make up guys who were casting Terry's arm (he doesn't know why they cast his arm but it creaped him out totally to see the thing) and making the mask to turn our dear little Terry into the dreaded "Jack"... the drawing is pretty creepy and these guys appeared to know what they were doing in the casting process... I mean the casting of Terry's mask... not the casting of Terry as Jack tho after you see the drawing of Jack and compare it to Terry's face (natural face) you may wish to draw your own conclusions on the casting of Terry as Jack... I think I've straightened that out... or maybe not... so with all that said, Terry is back in business again and here ya go with his latest venture! I found the web page... not sure how... but I did Pictures at: -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/11/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Larry Mattingly ('60), Mike Brady ('61), David Rivers ('65) Rick Maddy ('67), Vicki Schrecengost ('67), Dan Morgan ('83) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: George Stephens ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Kaylea wanting to be a Bomber After getting a late night phone call for help, I was on the road at the crack of dawn this morning to run some equipment down south and get back to Bellevue in time for a 9 AM event logistics meeting with a client. This young lady's desires and the wildly diverse opinions of others were rattling around inside my brain. After about 40 minutes of bumper cars on I-5, I decided I may as well put my nickel's worth in. I sometimes don't think there is anybody that hated high school more then I did. And my GPA showed it. I got As in the few subjects I liked a couple of Bs, and Cs and Ds in the rest. I can still remember John Allen hammering me about "working so far below my capability". Frankly if it hadn't been for some Bomber pride I would have quit. It would have been easy I thought. I was over 16 and all I had to do was refuse to go. But I couldn't do it and face my friends who were all Bombers. Set aside athletics and academics for a moment and think about what it meant to be a "Bomber". Particularly up to about classes of '60s and '70s, and a few years after, we had been hurled into the "Atomic City". Many of our parents were working to build those terribly destructive devices. Many of them were assigned to the project on a war time priority and literally had no choice. By the time we got into Columbia High School most of us realized just how lucky we were to live in Richland and be a Bomber. It meant something in those days. And WE WERE PROUD OF IT. At least in those days Bomber Pride was something unique. Far as I know it still is, but I only see Richland in passing these days. My two daughters went to two different high schools in Seattle. There was no pride in either one. And it showed in the attitude of teachers, students, and the school administration. To my disappointment, both quit high school. One in her Jr. year and the other in her senior year. Within a couple of years both had gotten their GED. One became a Corporate Controller, the other tracks all intra-company money movements and accounts for it, for a large multi-national corporation. Both make a lot more a year then dad does. They set goals and achieved them, and they did it the hard way because they had pride in their goals. There is no shame in taking some pride in your goals. The is nothing wrong with setting a path to those goals and taking pride in the accomplishment of them. Sure, Kaylea could probably make it OK at Hanford. But that is not the course she wants to take. Did none of us ever pick a difficult path for ourselves? Are there no Bombers who may have done something the hard way in life? Some of you will disagree, but I say Kaylea should go after it. Move in with relatives if need be to get on the other side of the line. But make it work. Keep your goals in mind and go for it. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly( Class of 60, aged well like fine wine) From home South of Tacoma where my front yard looks strange. The power company declared the cedar tree (there when I bought the house) was endangering a 7,000 volt line and they removed it. Strange to come home tonight and see the whole front yard lit up by the street light that was hidden in the tree. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Brady ('61) I've been waiting for this all my life! Today I opened my Earthlink web site to read the local and national news and sports coverage. Each section was blank except for the words, "no breaking news." I hope someday I can turn on the evening news, and the newsman tells us there is no breaking news today so we're replacing the news with a Seinfeld episode. -Mike Brady ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Retraction In looking back to see what Richard Anderson ('60) / Maddy ('67) said to create such a fervor, I realized that Behymer ('64) was married or maybe not married since it all occurred on different days on the 3rd or the 4th depending on who was standing next to whom and not on the 8th as my cheat sheet (I didn't say that) says... so now I gotta take back the stuff about the Grange hall... tho I am sure that Gary probably went over there sometime during that period anyway... I assume it is the hot spot... but since Gary and his sweety weren't even married on the same day what difference does it make when they celebrate or don't celebrate or even if they celebrate together... wow that is so cool... I thought my life was the only one that didn't fit nicely in the little forms we all have had to fill out sometime in our past, present or future... I hate those forms... simple questions like Dad's date of birth... Heck my Dad had no clue... he knew the day and the month but his whole family disagreed on the year... so imagine me trying to put down his birth date or his age on MY little form... I'm so pleased that Gary has to think real hard when putting "Married Yes___ No___" "Date of Marriage_____" There's no place for "maybe" on those forms... I hate always having to put "see attached" for every question... and the answer always starts out "well, ya see it was like this..." or as Tony Harrah ('65) loves to say: "Well, we wuz all lickered up... "... so anyway... I hope the Behymers... or is it just Gary and Janis... or maybe Behymer and Behymer-Cook... or Cook-Behymer... so anyway... I have no idea of the demographics or the Richland School District or how they teach or why they teach or who they teach or why... I taught school many many years ago and had to quit before I went crazy as I could not find much teaching going on... I made it a point to take mostly the kids who were on their last chance at school... I will say that I managed to keep several of them out of jail and several more alive... one is even a Principal himself now... most of them... even his own brothers are dead... but most of them thanked me when they finished my class... they knew somebody cared... I left Richland for 20 years the day after the class of '66 graduated (what a great night it was tho... woooooooooooweeeeee... almost as good as my own)... I was home on leave from the Green Machine... so I was a bit shocked to return and find another high school and Fran Rish Stadium and all that stuff... I mean I was a tad tipsy the first trip home and couldn't even figure out HOW I got to Richland when I hadn't even been near the Pasco bridge... .then I realized I had been on a bridge... then couldn't find the Rose Bowl... I mean I'm tellin' you: don't come home for the first time in 20 years drunk or you're gonna be a might confused... luckily I have never had to repeat that experience... so anyway... all I know... ALL I really know is that I shore am glad I got to be a Bomber and wouldn't want it any other way!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) Re: Whatta Tomato Anyone know this girl, Patty Bauer (Pasco '55-'56?) standing on a stool holding a tomato? I say "girl" because I am under the belief that any female seventeen and under is a girl and eighteen and over is a woman... stated only for any situation needing clarification. This photo was in the Tri-City Herald... I believe in summer, 1955. I was six years old. 520 and 522 Douglas were owned by the Brown family Kathleen ('59), Ron ('60), David ('63), Russell ('66 RIP) and the twins, Randy and Janice ('72). My parents rented the 522 side for one year in Mr. and Mrs. Brown's duplex house that was two stories with a basement, coal chute and all - can't remember the style. My dad left the farm leaving four generations of Iowa farmers behind him (1810-1937), the only son with four older sisters, but he never forgot how to farm. He could grow anything. When my parents lived in Kingston, WA in the '70s, Dad went out in the woods and dug up eighty-five rhododendrons (yes, the wild, pink, Washington state flower) and made a 100 foot long hedge out of them. One of the most beautiful things I ever saw him do... and this was a man that could out dig three men with a shovel - an intrinsic aspiration causes this sort of mental illness. And if he did this today he would be in the WallaWalla pen. Anyway, I remember this girl showing up with a photographer and posing with this tomato plant my father had grown in the back yard. Although I was only five I can recall this day. The 'off the daily norm chart' days are the ones we usually do recall. There were several plants like this. My sister, Sheila ('66), and I would take the tomatoes around to the neighbors in my wagon and sell as many as we could for a treat at the store. We didn't do too bad, actually. Interesting that we have done so well with our society in such a short time trying to improve our life styles from previous generations that... how many of us parents will let our eight and six year olds run around the neighborhood on their own selling tomatoes... or anything for that matter? If anyone knows this woman, please say hi. Every so often throughout my dad's life, now deceased (1919-1989), I would ask him if he remembered the girl in the swimsuit holding his tomato. He never answered, but always chuckled. -Rick Maddy ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vicki Schrecengost Carney ('67) Re: Rick Maddy ('67) and Ed Quigley's ('72) comments I enjoyed reading both of your entries. I, too, believe our educational system is failing. My sister-in-law just retired from a Washington DC school system after 35 years. She worked with the deaf and multiply handicapped, and her problems were different in some ways because she had to deal with parents and lawyers who wanted the school system to subsidize a private education for every disabled child. Many parents simply refused to believe their children had ANY limitations when it came to learning. My sister- in-law believes (as I understand most teachers do) the "No Child Left Behind" Act is a total crock. And she also believes more will leave the profession because it is so low-paying. Well, I'm sure there are a lot of PhDs who believe they are also low-paid. Be that as it may, I, personally, believe the biggest mistake the school system made was doing away with trade school education. There are many kids who just simply will never do well sitting at a desk 8-10 hrs/day shuffling papers. So they go to college, drink themselves silly, party hearty and scrape by with grades good enough to graduate and absolutely no qualifications for any gainful employment. Yet there is a stigma about being in a trade which I just simply do not understand. The schools have adopted this "we are all vanilla" policy. Everyone gets a trophy for sports participation because we don't want to hurt anyone's feelings. Hate to break it to you, educators, but the real world doesn't go by that same philosophy. These kids get out into the world and they can't cope. They feel entitled and pout and complain when things don't go the way THEY feel they should. If an assignment needs to be completed over a weekend and they have plans, guess what? It doesn't get completed. My husband is an attorney. He complains endlessly that the law school graduates (Yale being one of the worst offenders in his opinion) cannot write! They have no idea what an outline is, they just sit down and write "stream of consciousness" at their computer keyboards. Consequently, their briefs to the court make no sense and they have to be redone by a senior partner. Yet, these grads demand and are getting over $150,000/yr to start!!!! And don't even get me started on the Blackberry issue. But these young people have been told their whole lives how "special" they are. Parents attitudes toward the schools has also changed. Time was if the school called your parents about a problem with you, you suffered mightily when you got home. Today, many parents believe the first thing to do is SUE! There was a case in the DC area a few years back where a student from a private school was caught cheating while taking the SAT. The proctor bounced the student and the parents sued the school and probably the SAT people. In fairness to teachers, they are afraid to look cross-eyed at a student for fear of being reprimanded, attacked or sued. How did it come to this? Education happens at home. I gave up relying on the schools and made sure my sons got what I felt they needed. Yes, it was supplemental to the schools' education. But my sons have both thanked my husband and me for making sure they learned the basics--like grammar, thank you very much--and both have very successful careers. Parental involvement is crucial. All of us are strapped for time--jobs, traffic, church responsibilities, volunteer responsibilities. But raising self-important children who are unprepared for the rigors of the work world is getting us nowhere. I don't hear about that same attitude among the young people in India and China where all our jobs are being outsourced. Is this the beginning of the "Fall of the Holy American Empire?" Perhaps. So sad. -Vicki Schrecengost Carney ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dan Morgan ('83) Melanie Orgill Meinhardt ('83) passed away at 3 a.m. on Monday, August 6, 2007, in Forest Grove, Oregon. The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 11, in Forest Grove. I am heading down there for the funeral, and when I return I can point you toward her obituary online. If you would like to send any messages to Melanie's family, you are welcome to e-mail me and I can forward and snail mail them to all of her family. Melanie was loved by many friends from RHS and she will be missed greatly. -Dan Morgan ('83) ~ Richland, WA ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/12/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Tom Hoffman ('47 & '48), Roger Brunelle ('61), Roy Ballard ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nat Saenz ('71) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Aaron Roberts('66) & Robbin Ruth Henderson ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Hoffman ('47 & '48) To: All Richland Bombers Please pray for Jack Johnston ('47). He will be having brain surgery Sunday morning at 8am... he is a Christian... thank you -Tom Hoffman ('47 & '48) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. >>From: Roger Brunelle ('61) Saturday 08/11/2007 6:28:21am COMMENTS: I can still see, read, type and I usually turn on the PC on Friday. If you want to "type the breeze" then type away, I will respond. I don't believe in sick humor so don't "send" jokes or any of those "great links". -Roger Brunelle ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roy Ballard ('63) Wow, after reading today's Sandstorm, I'm very impressed with Bombers. From Larry Mattingly ('60), David Rivers ('65), Rick Maddy ('67) (a day or so ago) and Vicki Schrecengost Carney ('67) I really enjoyed reading the comments from all of you and I go along with what all was said. It is great to be a Bomber and have the "PRIDE" in one's school and school events of life. I'm especially impressed with the comments of Vicki (who graduated with my wife Nancy Erlandson). I'm one of the ones who made a trade my life's work. Being a carpenter all my working life gave me a lot of "PRIDE" in all the things that I helped build along the way. And to this day I still can stand back and say that I helped build that structure or others. The pay, well, let's say I thought that WE did pretty darn good, especially when I was working. I ended up getting a worn out body from it, but I wouldn't change anything, except learn how to lift a little better and maybe be more careful, but then that is another story. I agree with Vicki's subject of the school systems of today. I believe that school district and state systems and all the rest have done away with things that we older folks had that the kids of today don't have or don't take advantage of. How many of today's kids have a job during school to learn responsibility and achieve a sense of doing a job well? A lot don't. Outsourcing is killing this country, look at what we are getting from China, what would happen if we need spare parts for some of our military equipment? We will be in big trouble, how about selling weapons systems to Arab countries? I got off the of my subject. Anyway, The "PRIDE" in one's school namely RHS, I believe is way down, that comes from the district and the administration, the kids can't do a lot of things that we as kids did in our day. The school has or is trying to change history and leaving things out of history... why be ashamed of history? It's life and life goes on, but we learn from our mistakes, not that all are mistakes. But I believe that alternative schools make it too easy for kids and doesn't force them to work... so anyway just a few more of my thoughts. Thanks for listening to my ramblings. -Roy Ballard ('63) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/13/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Mary Triem ('47), Mike Ragland ('57), John Browne ('61) Gary Behymer ('64), Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Clementson ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary Persons ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Triem Mowery (a '47 Bomber) To: Tom Hoffman ('47 & '48) Re: Jack Johnston ('47) Please give me a mailing address for Jack and we will have the '40's ladies sign a card for him at our monthly luncheon. The Club 40 database (again, thank you Anna May) has a Bellingham address and the letter I sent him hasn't been returned yet. I'm sure all our classmates join me in prayers for him and his family. -Mary Triem Mowery (a '47 Bomber) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Ragland ('57) Re: Last few days comments We now live in a completely different world than when we grew up. Like many of my age, I started working mowing lawns and taking care of them while the people were on vacation when I was about twelve. While I had some periods of unemployment, I have worked pretty much steady since then. Had a lot of menial jobs that didn't make me rich and famous. Most of us worked the pea harvest, bucked bails during haying season, picked fruit and similar stuff for beer and spending money. Worst one was hoeing beets. The Mexicans would do three rows to our one and we were paid by the row. Ours was an innocent world. We grew up in an area that was protected from outside influence due to the secret nature of the plant. The FBI was always there to make sure no one got to out of line. Drugs, even Pot, were virtually unknown back then. There weren't any steroids for the athletes either. Just a lot of beer, and an occasional bottle of hard stuff. We could do a lot of stuff back then because everyone knew everyone in Richland. If we got caught by a stranger, he sure knew our dad. Today, we have generations of kids that have been pampered since they were small children, told all kinds of BS about their worth and what they should earn in the work place. I owned a construction company for some time, while my stepchildren were in high school. I actually had some of these kids tell me that they would not work for less than $15 per hour, when I was hiring grown, experienced laborers for $10 per hour. I asked them what made them special, when they had no knowledge or job skills, that anyone would pay them more that the going wage? Their reply was that they were educated and had more self worth than that. I did hire a couple that agreed to start at $9 an hour, then work up. They did acquire skills, worked hard and learned as we went. They went on to become skilled craftsmen and earn well, eventually becoming union tradesmen and staying working on a regular basis. The ones too good to work for that pittance graduated from high school and began working parking cars for the Four Seasons Hotel, working as bus boys and similar high tech jobs for which I must assume they were handsomely paid or they would not have worked. Or just maybe their idea of their self worth approached reality. In any event, there are some options for today's youth, but if we continue to pamper them, we will destroy them. Our educational system is a joke. With the greatest resources in the world, we have the lowest standards and create the smallest percentage of engineers and scientists in the industrialized world who demand the highest wages. And we wonder why we have the speak to someone in India relative to our technical assistance for computers. We also wonder why the best of the teaching profession is leaving. No discipline, no ability to enforce rules, no ability to teach to those who want to learn. Mainstreaming was a noble experiment, it didn't work so lets go back to basics. Enough rambling from a grouchy old man. -Mike Ragland ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Re: You want a what?.. eddication? Have moicy, have moicy... I gotta say to my esteemed fellow alumnuses, dos Ricardos, that it don't get no better than Them. As my mind rolls back, over the inculcation of basic "speed" arithmetic (muchas gracias, Sr. Wilson, grade 6, at Spalding), the nuances of grammar from the drop-dead gorgeous Ora Cottrill (nee Tate), the first "hands on clay" under the elevated brow of Francis Coelho at Jefferson, my astonishment at first viewing of the Jefferson Grade School Symphony Orchestra (by the newbie Catholic kid from Tacoma who only knew Gregorian Chant as a formal music pursuit) and on & on, the circumstances of all that early mentoring by "people who KNEW something" - and could transmit it - remains embedded (sometimes so deeply that I can't seem to extract it) from those years of grace & wonder. Ida Mecum, PhD & published poet, guiding me through the intricacies of dissection with a pickled sheep's eyeball... really - how good does it get? FIVE foreign languages, including Russian, (we weren't worthy, Sonja P!), in a Time before Sputnik - back when you studied a foreign language out of Curiosity (& not in Self-defense), maybe... halcyon days! A VandeGraaf generator as big as the Ritz... an auto shop with air tools... a small farm on the outskirts of town... gigantic kilns, a real in-house newspaper, darkrooms, graphics, the latest in vaulting poles & shoulder pads, free "Safe Driving" courses, school nurses, a nutritionist, P.E. taught by PhDs (in their field!), mathematicians & scientists teaching (mostly) willing students (not asking what dressing you'd like on your salad), towering authoritative "builders of men" cracking the occasional whip (& quip) in the locker rooms, OH! sigh... it's amazing what the government can do Right - if only enough money is spent on it... The democracy that was endowed with the absence of "old Families" (mostly) or ANY kind of "Baronial presence" socially, was truly infectious... we were "all in this together" (mostly). A year in Benton City was illustrative of the difference with which Richland was endowed. Kennewick had the wheat farming aristocracy and the "townies"; and Pasco had a colony of... Ebonics-speakers (thanks to the Railroad)... the closest thing to a foreign-language in our cultural midst at the time... & if we listened to "Amos 'n Andy" we had a kind of clue, there. Where did the Kultur-train leave the track? When rock-'n-roll inveigled its way into the playlists on "KALE Corral"? When it was pre-determined that, even crawling out from under our desks after the "Armageddon Cold-War Showdown", we would be the equivalent of Stone-age people? When the first reefer made its way past the spectre of the drunken Indian as something to "watch out for"? When it slowly dawned on those in control of our society (& our lives) that it was "all about money"? When we "chickened out" & didn't nuke N. Korea? When the Interstate Highway System & cheap gas & used cars made it too easy to leave home? When college kids started work earning more than their fathers? When the best thing on TV was the commercials? When a lawsuit was the "doorway of opportunity"? (hey - Perry Mason never sued anybody.) When the Boogieman became "dwindling resources"... and our lifestyle was to blame? Lotto? Liquor sales on Sunday? VietNam? When my youngest daughter was 15 she knew - she KNEW - the lyrics to enough popular songs to make an equivalency to the Iliad... and she didn't have AC current in her environs until she was 8 (& she probably doesn't know much about the Whitman massacre, or the Donner Party, or the Bullmoose Party, or the marvels that G.W. Carver performed with the peanut). She CAN build a kayak from scratch - with hand tools - because she was lucky enough to have a kitchen job in a fishing village, and decided that wooden boats were "the s**t" (as kidz will avow, these days). She's a lucky one... Teachers today have a thankless task of trying to convince kids that history matters, that grammar matters, that spelling matters, that thinking through a "math" problem which involves basic calculations matters, when there are spell-checkers, calculators and people who make millions by being big & strong (not "educated"), and others who make millions by composing songs that have no necessarily grammar-critical components, &/or who have mastered an amplifiable musical instrument... &/or who have "beautiful" faces (& maybe bodies to match). We have millions of kids with the best "thumb-to-eye" coordination in history - millions of potential F-22 pilots - in a world where they can feel superior to their teachers, as 9 year-olds, because they know how to reboot a computer, program the clock on a VCR, and load a wireless phone for "speed-dial" for their 10 top friends (which they can do with their thumbs with the phones in their pockets). Oliver Hazard Perry, anyone? Mason-Dixon line, children? Gerunds? And maybe the teacher has some Hispanic students (& didn't need a foreign language to get a BA & a teaching certificate). Maybe there are some Hmong kids, & a Thai or two, a Karen, a Somali, some Guatemalans, some really bright Eritreans (who had to know 2 African languages & Arabic before they were 10)... maybe some teens from "traditional" families who feel that their daughters need a new form of clothing... something a bit more modest than blue jeans, or skirts & blouses... It was one thing to buy black people and train them to understand English, and to ignore the "savages" (and let cultural attrition take its steady toll - anyone know what "shahaptin" is?); but now we're dealing with cultures as old, or older than, our Euro roots... and as subtle and pervasive, and self-assured - because they're "survivors", too. Maybe we can force them all to bi- linguality, while we don't "lower ourselves" to join them. So, who's better off, in the long haul? I may not have been worthy of the government largesse that my parents (well, OK - my dad) dragged us into in Richland... but I am grateful to have had the experience, as poorly as I may have utilized it. (Note: the 8th grade "Iowa Tests" determined that I'd be a fine astronomer or Forest Ranger - and I concur... they had me pegged pretty well.) Whatever today's "Richland kids" get out of their educational experience, the milieu in which they find themselves is physically better than 90% of the world's other children. The "socio-cultural" percentile will be up to them & their parents and the greater community to advance as they see fit to do so... chow ^..^ -John Browne, Jr. ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Veterans and servicemen not in uniform to salute the flag... Legislation sponsored by U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (S.1877) clarifies U.S. law to allow veterans and servicemen not in uniform to salute the flag. The bill passed in the Senate recently by unanimous consent. "The salute is a form of honor and respect, representing pride in one's military service," Senator Inhofe said. "Veterans and service members continue representing the military services even when not in uniform. "Unfortunately, current U.S. Law leaves confusion as to whether veterans and service members out of uniform can or should salute the flag. My legislation will clarify this regulation, allowing veterans and servicemen alike to salute the flag, whether they are in uniform or not. "I look forward to seeing those who have served saluting proudly at baseball games, parades, and formal events. I believe this is an appropriate way to honor and recognize the 25 million veterans in the United States who have served in the military and remain as role models to others citizens. Those who are currently serving or have served in the military have earned this right, and their recognition will be an inspiration to others." This Bill was passed July 25, 2007. Let your veteran friends know about the Passage of this Bill. ***** Salute! ***** -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Sports I can't believe it's that time of year--football. Right after the post-game show for the Mariners got over this afternoon they started with the Seahawks pre game show. I had 3 things going on earlier; the radio was playing the Mariners and I was flipping the TV between NASCAR and golf. I guess I'm still a sports nut at heart. Does anyone out there know anything about Willamette Dental Group? When I applied for new insurance I also wanted dental coverage. The only one I can use is the above even though my dentist is listed in the provider directory. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA ~ where its been cooler and it looks like rain possibly overnight ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/14/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Dave Rhodes ('52wb), Curt Donahue ('53) Joretta Garrison ('58), Dale Ennor ('59) Ernie Trujillo ('59), Patti Jones ('60) Richard Anderson ('60), Tom Verellen ('60) Annette Hall ('62), Greg Alley ('73) Cecily Riccobuono ('77), Mandy Holmes ('97) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Collings ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Richard Swanson ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Rhodes ('52wb) Mike Ragland ('57) you hit the nail right on the head. I was a teacher for 39 years, all at the secondary level (HS). When I started it was a great profession, but as I reached the end I was very glad to retire. I don't blame the teachers for the mess because a lot of it was caused by the courts making bad decisions on education issues. A lack of adequate financing for public schools was also a determining factor. Parents who gave their children too much without having to work for it was also a big factor. If you want good teachers they must be supported or they will leave for another profession. I too worked all the jobs that you listed. My family taught me the value of working for the things that I wanted. We were no poorer than most people as I grew up, we had enough for the basics, but the thing I had the most was a very loving and caring family for my support group. -Dave Rhodes ('52wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Curt Donahue ('53) To: Mike Ragland ('57) & John Browne, Jr. ('61) Right on, gentlemen!! -Curt Donahue ('53) ~ Federal Way, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sue Pritchett, aka Joretta Garrison ('58) Re: Class of '58 A note was sent to all known email addresses for our classmates. Not unexpectedly, 2/3 came back as unable to deliver. If you have an email address, and have not received a notice from me, please send your info. In planning for our 50th Reunion next year, we hope to send as many invitations as possible to email addresses-- saving us a little money on printing and postage. It would also be helpful if you would confirm your home address and phone number. These are not shared with others, but will be useful when trying to find you in the future *grin!*. When you send your email, please indicate YES or NO that we can put your email address on the Class of '58 Website. Re: Reminder For Class Of 1958 Please plan to attend a planning meeting for our 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 , Judy Crose Snowhite, or me. [All phone numbers deleted for privacy. Email Sue for those. -Maren] -Joretta "Sue" Garrison Pritchett ('58) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dale Ennor ('59) Re: Bomber or Falcon? All the discussion about which Richland high school provides the best education and how easy a life the youth of today have makes me tired. Ragland ('57), we can all be glad we didn't have it like the eighth graders in Kansas in 1895. What do you think your grade would be with this examination? Hell, I'd still be there trying to get 5% of the questions correct! -Dale Ennor ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ernie Trujillo ('59) To: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Salute Gary, thanks for your post on legislation S.1877. As a young recruit in the 1960s at Lackland AFB, TX, I played in the Drum & Bugle Corps at Lackland and really enjoyed majesty of Retreat when we lowered the flag every night. Since retiring in 1980 and now a civilian, I've always suppressed the urge to salute when the flag is presented or the national anthem is played and just place my hand over my heart. I plan on sending Senator Inhofe a thank you note from a grateful veteran. -Ernie Trujillo ('59), SMSgt, USAF (Retired) ~ Dallas, TX **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: All Bomber Luncheon - Richland - 8/11/07 As Bomber Nick Nelson ('56) said a few years back at the Fife Luncheon "takes the glue to keep the luncheons going". We definitely have many Bombers and spouses who return each month and more joining in. Always a reunion when two or more attend. The following were in attendance: George "Pappy" Swan ('59), Kaye Ivers ('60), Glen Rose ('58), Vera Smith Robbins ('58), Lorin St. John ('55) and spouse Phyllis ('70, Glacier Hi), Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63), Betty Bell Norton ('51), Carol Rose (spouse - '62 Sunnyvale, CA Hi), Derrith Persons Dean ('60), Fred Klute ('58), Sabryna Ahrens ('15, my grand daughter), Dona McCleary Belt ('54), Jeanne Swan (spouse - '62 Fairbanks Alaska), Roy Ballard ('63), Nancy Erlandson Ballard ('67), Burt Pierard ('59), Jan Sharpe (spouse - '65 Kennewick Lion), Kaylene Henjum Livingston ('60), Lloyd West ('63), Betty West (spouse - '71 JFK, New Orleans), Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63), Scott Ahrens ('81wb - Gunderson Hi - my son), Missy Keeney ('59). Dave Rhodes ('52wb) and Alice Rhodes (spouse - '57 Colville, WA Hi) got missed in the pictures. Our apologies... you get two next month. During announcements Betty Bell Norton ('51) let everyone know that she had brought the Christmas Ornaments of all the government houses that are for sale. When Carol Rose said she "graduated from Sunnyvale High School, Sunnyvale, CA.", "Pappy" stood up and sang part of the song "Do you know the way to San Jose". I stood up when he finished and let him know I do, as I had lived there for 22 years. Spent many summers in Richland. Surprised "Pappy" and some others when I said this. Lorin St. John received his Birthday Pie which he missed out on last month. There were no birthdays for the month of August. If it is your birthday month you will get a piece of pie compliments of JD Diner. All their pies are home made. Yummy stuff. Marilyn Swan Beddo was here on her yearly visit to Richland. Everyone is always so glad to see her. She's off soon to visit the Queen. The next announcement was made Roy Ballard, is running for President of Club 40. Lots of yeah's and happy sounds when Roy stood up. Missy Keeney ('59) sang her campaign song for everyone to hear. My next announcement was that I am running for Vice President of Club 40 with blessings from many. My son, Scott, and my granddaughter, Sabryna, were visiting from Tacoma for the weekend. He couldn't leave until I introduced him. Scott also mentioned that he is looking for a machining job. A couple of Bombers immediately had ideas (Go Bombers, always there to help). Scott comes about four times a year with Sabryna and helps me out with handy work. Always topped off with a good Bar-B-Q on Saturday night. When Sabryna stood up to introduce herself she made sure she had counted before to the exact year she would graduate (2015). All the smiles and laughter was worth every minute of it. If all goals for Scott work, he and Sabryna will be moved over here by spring next year and Sabryna will be a Richland High School graduate. From all the recent Sandstorm entries about boundaries, we will be checking them when it is decided where they will live. One happy mom/Grandma. There is always a gathering of Bombers still talking like in the Golden Days in the parking lot as I left: Kathy Hoff Conrad ('64) was there. She decided to come by after being at a Bomber family reunion. The family was Jankovic's (SP). As she left, my thoughts were like the Golden Days checking on who's at By's, Uptown or the Bowling Alley, later Zip's. Thanks, Kathy, for the great memories. With a full, happy, enjoyable luncheon, it is time to sign off and catch up with three days of the Sandstorms and see what is next with the Bombers. If any Bombers, spouses or your friends are attending Club 40 and want to attend the All Bomber Luncheon on Saturday, 9/8/07, please R.S.V.P. This helps the restaurant to prepare. Hope to see many of you at Club 40 and the luncheon. -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA the weather is so what I moved back here for. An 80 degree day, sunny, birds singing (lots of gold finches in my back yard and hummingbirds) and the happy laughter of children playing. Left the air conditioner on when I went out for a couple of hours. Turned it off as soon as I got home and opened up all the doors and windows a few minutes later. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard Anderson ('60) Re: A Morality Play in Three Acts Act One: Richland Knights Junior American Legion Baseball Thanks to Jim House ('63) and Ben Jacobs ('69) for providing most of the info about the team. All fifteen players are RHS Bombers; OK, Zach Rapacz will become a Bomber freshman when school starts on the 29th; and Trent Sikes is moving to East Valley (which is in Moxee; I can imagine that he is not a happy camper about the move). Houston Castillo will be a (very young) senior; Hayden Hilty and Mike Dunford will be sophomores; and the rest will be juniors: Brett and cousin Danny Jacobs, Cody Shepherd, Jamison Rowe, Jamie Morris, Stinson Ott, Josh Rapacz, Kyle Stumetz, Eric Yardley, and Quinn Zorich. The kids are off to Anchorage (Anchorage? You've got to be kidding!) for their final tournament of the season. Act Two: Anderson's "Bomberness" I do not give a rat's patoutille about Columbia/Richland (or, for that matter, Hanford) high school. I care A VERY GREAT DEAL about having spent my late adolescence living in Richland which -- as anyone who knows me understands -- I define as the place bounded on the south and west by Yakima River, the east by Columbia River, and the north by Hanford Reservation. The only reason that the area south of the river is within the Richland corporate boundary is the imbecilic tax system of Washington State. Geographically, it makes no sense at all. Being a Richland Bomber means to me being part of that community; it was really spiffy that the high school of my years had a bomb for a mascot. I trust that the school will retain that mascot forever. Anyway, I have my Bomber Booster t-shirt for this year; do you? Entr'acte: Links to Interesting Maps City of Richland Maps (the "Alphabet Home Designation" one is particularly cool): Richland School District Boundary Maps: Kennewick School District Boundary Maps (to show that they are as screwed up as RSD): Act Three: The Imperious Contemporary School District I aver that there is no more destructive institution to a community than the contemporary school district (RSD being only one of thousands across the USA). It has no sense of what a community is, no sense of geography, no sense of what the goal of an education ought to be. It is run like a feed-lot: number of animals in; number of animals out (minus "shrinkage", of concern only when the number is unacceptably large). It has an attitude of absolute dominion: its property belongs not to the community, rather it belongs to "the district". Two examples: 1) once John Steach, board president at the time, got the bright idea of selling Jefferson to the highest bidder; he wasn't too happy to learn that if not used for school purposes the property reverted to park land; 2) from time to time the district condescends to talk with the community about the citizens' use of school facilities. It gets noisome really quickly. School districts are constituted without regard to geography. The most egregious example I can adduce is that of Sammamish (east of Seattle): one of its high schools is in Lake Washington School District, the other in Issaquah School District (I once read that the two schools are roughly a mile apart ... on the same street). Good luck in finding community in that arrangement. Here in Richland we find the same sort of anti-community behavior. What ever in the world are they thinking in refusing Kaylea Brackensick from becoming a third generation Bomber? School enrollment ought to be completely open -- obviously with a mechanism to sort out problems of one school being oversubscribed -- with family tradition being right at the top of the list of tie-breakers. Of course, being a superior athlete does wonders: Cartmells (Ben and Sam) lived well within the Hanford boundary and magically materialized at RHS; David Lehrshall could have walked to HHS. I am certain that there other examples I am not aware of. Grades. Ah, grades. All those kids showing up on the honor roll. They do not want ME to have anything to do with their grades. No high school kid who can say "me and my dad went to Home Depot" is going to show up on my honor roll; no high school kid with a St Louis Cardinal cap on his head, who does not know where St Louis is, is going to show up on my honor roll. But they show up on today's honor roll. Students come out of school these days knowing almost nothing. It is as though they went through twelve years of day care, not twelve years of preparation to become productive citizens. Sure, there are exceptions. It is why I asserted that HHS is superior academically to RHS. At the very top of the scale, where you find the kids who are going to end up with PhD's (I use National Merit achievement for this measurement), Hanford cleans Richland's clock: one year the score was HHS 18 - RHS 1 (or thereabouts, I'd have to do some digging to get the absolutely correct data). All that you can do to have any effect on the future of the schools where you live is to become active in the affairs of your school district. Here in Richland primary ballots are due on Tuesday, August 21st (that's a week from today). And when the general election rolls around in November, make certain that you KNOW which candidate deserves your vote. Oh, and be sure to vote. Curtain Finally, about "rat's patoutille": I have seen Ratatouille twice (the best movie I've seen in ten or twenty years (I don't go to many); and patoutille seems much more elegant than "patootie"! Bomber cheers, -Richard Anderson ('60) [or maybe (09,)?] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) To: John Browne ('61) 1: Sha-haptin: ghetto for s--t happenen? B: Gregorian Chant, singing political slogans in the governor's campaign? 3: Mr. Scott, physics and steam powered cars. By the way excellent rant. I'm pretty sure I agree. I think the Iowa test indicated that my career path should be imprinting the city names on the bottom of coke bottles or putting the dots on the back side of Oly labels. I know pretty high aspirations for the South end of Richland. -Tom Verellen (09.) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Annette Hall Bundrant ('62) To: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Willamette Dental Better hope they have better dentists over there than here in the Tri-Cities. Not a good experience for myself and husband, Bob ('62). Check them out and demand good service. -Annette Hall Bundrant ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Greg Alley ('73) I am writing with great sadness to inform some long time Bombers of the passing of Bernie Saueressig. He was a Bomber dad, Falcon dad, friend, my dad's friend, and friend to many others. He passed away Friday, August 10th and the funeral is still pending with Einan's. I can say I go back with him and Marlene cause I was in their wedding photo 50 years ago. Einan's Website -Greg Alley ('73) ~ Summer is winding down and its a little cooler in the evenings. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Cecily Riccobuono McClanahan ('77) Re: Class of '77's 30 year reunion What a weekend! Many, many thanks to Deb Nelson Burnett, Deb Bowling Lee, Jeanie LaCroix Grant and the others who helped make this all happen. EVERYTHING was perfect. It was great to see everyone and share stories, laughs, and tears. Trish Saucier, you're still a riot. Lisa McDonald still knows how to party. Sandy Oberg and Michelle Ruane, still two of the nicest, sweetest people I'll ever know. Bill Peterson, so much fun to talk to. Your memory amazes me. Aldolfo Zavalo, you sweet adorable thing. I can't wait for the wedding, *lol* Rod Devoire, still handsome as ever. Dan King, thanks for the dance and many laughs. Steve Guzek, you're so much fun. Dan Zachary, thanks for always making me feel special. Michael Peterson, having you there, hearing you sing was the best. You are so talented, nice, and you make everyone around you feel good. Cameron Mitchell, you'll always hold a special place in my heart. You truly are one of the world's greatest. Darcy Doyle, you have the best stories about your kids, and the greatest smile. Kellie Walsh, our Jersey Girl. You are still as fun as ever. Thanks for laughing at all of my stories. Leanne Stone, I'm glad to see you having some fun again. Your good spirits always lift me up. Sean Lewis, Karen Oster, Sandy West, Roger and Carol Sonderland, Deb Bowling, Cindy Shelby, Marjo Vinther, Sherri Reid, Steve Compton, Julie Fiskum, Bill Parnell, Ed Maxwell, Brian Shelton, Deb Burnett, Anne Mitzlaff and Mark Gerken, Scott Strickland, Jeannie LaCroix, Dave Praino, whose wife is still gorgeous, glad we got to share some time together. Thank you all for sharing your stories. I loved every one of them. My most special surprise, Lori Manolopoulos and Karee Eliason. I didn't think I was going to see either of you, and there you were. It made my weekend. If I have left out any of you, forgive me. My BEST surprise was to finally receive my senior annual after 30 years, and have a chance to get everybody to sign it. Many of us never got them, because they weren't ready until August after we graduated. Oh well. Better late than never. Anne Gerken, I owe you big time for that. For those who didn't make it, your loss. You really missed out on something special. Class of 77, YOU ROCK! -Cecily Riccobuono McClanahan ('77) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mandy Holmes Taylor ('97) Re: A "recent generation" commentary I have read with interest and a bit of pique the most recent Sandstorm entries regarding the way(s) in which the world has changed. I am one of the younger readers of the Sandstorm and the world has changed even since I've been a part of it, so I can lament my own "good ol' days." This said, however, there are those of my generation (and before and after) who know the value of work and haven't been pampered since we were actually in Pampers. I can't speak for a group, but I can speak for myself when I say that if the work is honest, even if hard, and I can support myself and my family, chances are good I'll consider taking it. Yet, if I have experience and relevant education, I may have the choice and ability to look elsewhere for employment, or I can try to negotiate a salary I feel is commensurate with what I bring to the table. The most BS I've been told about my worth is that I'm worth nothing, particularly because of my age (or lack of age); that because I'm young, I have no life experience and I know nothing of deprivation. Some of that may be true. I didn't live in the Depression era; I didn't live through World Wars or even Vietnam, for that matter, but my world is different than your world, even if we are living at the same time. My world is different than those growing up now and it's unfair, really, to compare them. I do agree that if we coddle people, we will end up destroying them. That said, however, there is a time and place for "life education" and there is a time and a place to realize that times have changed and are a-changin', and we must decide how much we want to fight the change. While we bemoan the current state of education, the country, and "kids these days," what are we doing to help the situation besides complain? I include myself in this category because I can complain with the best of them, but I can also see the arguments of the current generation(s). One thing to consider is what counts as "knowledge" now, and how did it come to be considered what people need to know? Technology has played a large part in changing the educational landscape, but it's not all just technology's "fault." Without technology, how would we have the luxury of discussing these problems before us? Another thing to consider is who do we depend upon to disseminate information? Simply relying on schools is not enough and is, in my opinion as student and prospective teacher, rather unfair. Yes, family life is not all that it used to be (supposedly), but social institutions and programs can only do so much. Some things must come from students themselves; teachers can try to accommodate any and every student, but if there is no motivation, blaming the teachers doesn't solve anything. So, really, this is my own rant about giving the younger generations a break. In some aspects, we have inherited the world we have, but each generation inherits things and bequeaths things. Trying to negotiate the world of the generations before us is as unfathomable as trying to be a teenager now, especially knowing what we know, and it's even less likely I'd want to be a teenager 20 years from now. The Bomber adage "Respect all, fear none" comes to mind here, because I think those from different generations sometimes fear each other and refuse to respect one another; even those from the same generation have this difficulty. Respecting the eras from which we come will help us live in this world together. I am not suggesting that we, the younger ones, be coddled. I'd like to learn and hear stories and be told how things were/should be. Yet, it would also be nice to be able to tell the older ones how it was like for me and how it is now and be accorded the same respect because I have a story to tell, too. That's all for now.... -Mandy Holmes Taylor ('97) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Reed Brinkerhoff ('52) ~ 5/13/34 - 8/13/07 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/15/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Spencer Hinson ('56), Ray Hall ('57) Missy Keeney ('59), Kaylene Henjum ('60) Ed Quigley ('62), Vicki Schrecengost ('67) Jerry Lewis ('73), Marjo Vinther ('77) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave Moore ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Spencer Hinson ('56) Re: Tumbleweed Folk Festival Songwriter and singer Beth Pederson ('61) will be returning to Richland for the Tumbleweed Folk Festival on Labor Day weekend. Beth along with Bruce Bishop will be performing at the River Stage on Sunday, September 2nd at 5pm. All of you former Richland Bombers and especially the Class of 1961 go out and enjoy the two day festival and give Beth a really warm welcome back to her home town. -Spencer Hinson ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray Hall ('57) The end of an era will soon be done in Richland. Jason Lee Elementary School, as you know, is being torn down. They are really moving this week.. the first two wings are left along with the auditorium. I taught there from '62-'67... brings back great memories. -Ray Hall ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) Re: Peggy Aungst English ('59-RIP) I attended a memorial celebration on Saturday for Peggy. She came to Richland in the 9th grade to live with an aunt and uncle. This was after the deaths of her parents within a day or two of each other. She was a dear friend to many of us who attended West Side United Protestant Church. She had a wonderful sense of humor and was always game for whatever 'mischievous merriment' we could cook up. She married a 'foreigner' (not a Bomber), Dick English. Dick was a minister and pastoral counselor. Peggy taught in Richland for many years and was recognized for excellence in her field. She and Dick had three sons. The youngest passed away from cancer at the age of three, I think. Very young anyway. Her oldest son, Bill, passed away from cancer at 19 or 20. Also, very young. Peggy had pancreatic cancer and survived much longer than most with this devastating disease. The point is, here was a woman who had so much tragedy and loss in her life and yet she was one of the most positive people I have ever known. She had a WONDERFUL smile. I walked in to that huge church on Saturday to a crowd of people, hundreds (it felt like) of balloons and a celebration of love for a woman who touched so many lives. Would that we all lived our lives in such a manner. I have not kept in touch with Peggy since High School but my parents did so I always knew what was happening in her life. I was not aware of her cancer. Bombers should be proud to have counted her as one of us. Bomber tears, -Missy Keeney ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kaylene Henjum Livingston ('60) Re: Schools, Teachers or Parents?? I have noticed that teachers, the education of our children, and education itself has kind of taken a hit lately... I agree with a lot of what has been said, but I don't think that the real problem has been addressed. I do have many teacher friends in various locales in the State of Washington, also a friend who is a Principal. I probably do not have the background nor education to stick up for these people, but I do have a certain amount of common sense which makes me believe that my opinion has got to amount to something. When I was in school, my parents and the teachers were on the same wave length. If I were to show disrespect for my teachers, and my parents happened to be notified of this, I did not hear "how dare they talk to you or punish you like that". I am afraid I heard, "you got in trouble at school, you are now in trouble with me". I did not realize just how severe the teachers' and administrations' hands are tied when it comes to the discipline of children. I grew up where I did not have many rights... my parents had them all. My Dad used to say that our house was not a democracy, he was the ruler and that was that. We did not get a vote on anything!!! That may be old fashioned, and because I was raised like that does not make it right, but you know what??? I still find it very hard to refer to my elders or teachers by their first name or by "hey Teach", or throw the 4 letter word around in classrooms when something is not going your way. Maybe the teachers should go back to just being teachers, not friends or confidants, and parents should go back to parenting and not friends... I have many friends, but only one set of parents. Teachers do not get hazardous pay, combat training, nor a great salary. They do however get our children more hours in the day than we do. I, unfortunately feel sorry for them. There are many wonderful kids, courteous, well mannered, and very bright, these kids I have no doubt have wonderful parents, courteous parents, and very bright parents, do you see where I am going with this? I think we must take a good look at all of us parents and give the teachers a break. There are bad in every profession, sometimes the good get left behind. I had good and bad teachers throughout my school years, that will never change until the rewards of being a teacher changes. -Kaylene Henjum Livingston ('60) ~ sitting here in "friendly Finley" writing like I know how to solve all the problems of the world, or thinking I can. One thing about getting old, you can rattle on, voice your opinion, and really not care if anyone agrees with you. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed Quigley ('62) To: Mandy Holmes Taylor ('97) 'Atta girl, Mandy! There was no way I could relate to one of my "kids", a few years ago, when he told me that he was going to be extremely happy to finally get out of hight school, because he had been shot at, twice (!), on the school grounds! The most we had to worry about was flying fists. On the other hand (no pun intended), criticism is one way to call attention to problems which need to be addressed, but you're right, it is NOT enough, which is why I encourage people to change things by voting out the politicians and school board members who go along with the status quo. When 82% of the public thinks that our culture is proceeding down the wrong road, and those "in power" continue to do the same ol', same ol', they don't deserve to be at the head of our "representative democracy". -Ed Quigley ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vicki Schrecengost Carney ('67) Re: Comments I continue to read and enjoy comments by educators and interested parties regarding past and present educational issues. I would like to address a couple comments Dave Rhodes ('52wb) made. He indicated that lack of adequate financing has always been an issue. I agree, but only in the sense that any money that a school district acquires seems to go to "administration" and not to teacher salaries. Absolutely, teachers need to be supported. But how do you support a teacher who tells you "new math" is the way to go (it isn't), or a teacher who encourages little ones just to write words the way they sound and worry about learning their proper spelling later on (they don't)? Or the sixth grade teacher who is an alcoholic (my son's teacher)? Or my personal favorite, the teacher who we were assured would be teaching grammar until I asked her and she said (this is a direct quote) "Oh, I don't think I could teach it; I never learned it myself." Re: Comments from Mandy Holmes Taylor ('97) I was pleased to see one of the younger Bombers comments. Yes, Mandy, times are different. I don't think we older Bombers "fault" technology. In fact, I would say most of us have embraced it, both the good and the bad. It isn't fair to rely on the schools only to give us the complete education we need to be productive adults. But there was a time when the schools required the students to read and analyze dozens of books each year. Today's students read as little as they think they have to to get by (supplemented by Cliff's Notes). People in general are reading fewer newspapers. Just look at the falloff in profits for major newspapers and how many have folded. I read 2 newspapers every day and I am almost never w/o a magazine or book in my hand. This helps me consider other viewpoints and analyze what is going on around the globe which is beginning to impact me more and more. Reading also helps you develop better writing skills by seeing how sentences, paragraphs and chapters go together. Mandy, you asked a very good question--what are we doing to help the situation? Well, I can tell you what my younger sister has done. She is a Petroleum Engineer and when she lived in Montana (she is now in Scotland), she worked very hard with the high school trying to polish their math curriculum and encourage women to go into engineering. Was she successful? No. The math she was proposing was going to be "too hard" and the girls didn't want to commit themselves to the time it would take in an engineering curriculum; it was too hard. My daughter-in-law is a Chemical Engineer and she does occasional recruiting for ExxonMobil. She has one heck of a time finding enough engineering graduates. Not many students choose engineering over political science. I don't believe employers think you are worth nothing because you're young, have little life experience or know nothing of deprivation. In fact, sometimes the younger people DO see things from a different perspective and come up with fresh ideas for problem solving. I think the thing young people need to remember is that life is a marathon, not a sprint. Every position you hold, every new person you meet, every book you read adds a layer to your personality and shapes your thought processes. I believe people in general want to meet or exceed the bar that's set for them. However, I think the schools today and even many employers have set the bar so low that the very definition of achievement has been lost. -Vicki Schrecengost Carney ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jerry Lewis ('73) Re: 1895 Test As I read through the test that Dale Ennor ('59) posted, I thought it wasn't really fair in some places, as who knows these days such things as what the measure of a bushel is. So after puzzling it for a while, I resorted to Googling it. One of the first in the list is from Snopes, the urban legend site, which labels it false and provides a lengthy analysis. The link for that is Then I looked at the review which I found more to the point. It's at and confirms the likely authenticity of the document, but suggests that it wasn't an eighth grade exam, and was more likely a teacher's exam. On an unrelated personal note, if anyone wants to check out pictures from my family's recent trip to Japan, you can do so at I actually only got pictures up mostly through the first couple of weeks -I was there for 37 days and my wife and kids were there for three weeks longer. -Jerry Lewis ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marjo Vinther Burt ('77) To the '69 classmates of my sister, Paula Vinther Case: Paula's husband, Paul Case ('67 Pasco Bulldog), passed away early Sunday morning. Although he had been fighting cancer for many years, and of late had not been feeling well, we really thought he was going to beat it; and so his passing was a shock to us all. Services will be at CUP this Thursday at 3:00. Obit should be in the TCH Wednesday. We are numb. Even though he was a Bulldog (!), he was an awesome brother-in-law, and loved my sister so much. He was our hero. If anyone wants Paula's address, email me and I'll give it to you. -Marjo Vinther Burt ('77) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Peggy Aungst English ('59) ~ 8/1/41 - 7/30/07 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/16/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Ray Wells ('54), Diane Avedovech ('56), Steve Carson ('58) Jeff Henjum ('62), Donna Bowers ('63), David Rivers ('65) Rick Maddy ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John Bruntlett ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Roger Gress ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tim Avedovech ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathie Roe ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kirby Belcher ('75wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Anne Mitzlaff ('77) TODAY IN HISTORY: 1977 - Elvis died "Before Elvis, there was nothing." -John Lennon **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray Wells ('54) Re: Cars from the fifties and sixties I really enjoyed this. Maybe you will, too. -Ray Wells ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Diane Avedovech ('56) Re: Birthday wishes to Tim Avedovech ('61) on August 16th Happy birthday to my little brother, Tim, who is no longer little but an admired big person in my life that I look up to with great pride. I may have wanted to trade you in for a puppy when I was little, and would have if I could have, but thank God we kept you. Love, -Diane Avedovech ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Carson (Championship Class of '58) To: Dale Ennor ('59) I love the test and have seen it before. I keep waiting for the answer key. It would be an interesting challenge for Columbia HS Bombers to take on the task of putting together an answer key. I took the first question and was able to find theanswers at Looking for the answer just confirmed how sloppy most writing is today. Anyone interested in playing? -Steve Carson (Championship Class of '58) ~ Capitalization correct as the rule states... "Always capitalize the first and last word in a title. Capitalize all the other words except for a, an, the, and conjunctions and prepositions of four letters or fewer." **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeff Henjum ('62) Hello everyone... new to the Sandstorm... hope to see some of my old friends at the club 40 class reunion Sept. 7th. To: My Sister Kaylene Henjum Livingston ('60) Good job on the education article. -Jeff Henjum ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Bowers Rice (Gold Medal Class of '63) To: Vicki Schrecengost Carney ('67) Well said in your 8/15/07 post. I was appalled to find that less than 3% of the populace reads books... now I don't know whether that means regularly or at all, but I found that appalling either way. I read mainly non-fiction because I find the world so very interesting and there is much I do not know so reading is an absolute pleasure for me. I believe the teachers I had in Richland really encouraged that. Reading a book on a subject (or several) goes so much more in depth than blogs or news over the internet. AND they have to be fairly well researched to get published... unlike the blogs. -Donna Bowers Rice (GMC '63) ~ in hot, hot, hot St. Louis, MO where we can hardly wait to get up to the great PNW in 2 weeks **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Oh my it's her birthday! Wow... I've only known this birthday girl for a short time... I remember the day I met her... Ricky Warford ('65) introduced me so she was one of the first girls from her class that I met... that was 1962 so we've only known each other that short period of time... come to think of it that doesn't make a lot of sense as I think of it so maybe the ol' brain is slipping... I should have known her longer than that... well this is going nowhere since my brain is getting so small... pretty soon I'll have the brain of a brontosaurus... the size of a pea... I'm sitting here in my office waiting for a deposition to start that was set for 1:30... my day got so jammed up I didn't have time to drive to Henderson for this depo... but nobody has shown up yet... so I've got them on speaker phone... all the attorneys are late sooooooooooo... I have this time to talk about the most wonderful friend a guy or gal could ever have... the birthday girl is a knock-out... always has been... but the thing I dig about her most is her heart... it is huge and she shares it so well... her smile brightens the day and when she speaks, I listen... her frankness, generosity and caring ways have saved my bacon on more than one occasion... she is one of the first people I seek out when I come home and I just can't wait to see her every year... I sure hope her birthday on the 16th is the best ever... so HAPPY BIRTHDAY Kathie Roe Truax ('64)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) To: Jerry Lewis ('73) Re: 1895 Test Whew! Thanks, Jerry, for digging this out. I started re-re-re-re- hashing the names of the first ten presidents and the capital of each state after reading the 1895 exam post. At first I thought I was just plain stooped... jury is still out. Then I realized I didn't know because I don't care. And besides never using 'and' to start a sentence or never saying never, we all know not caring makes the LTM evaporate. I'm not sure about other folks, but before I post to the Alumni Sandstorm I tear each sentence apart and make them look like an algebra problem, which by the way, was my favorite thing to do at eight in the morning's eighth grade English class... then when I'm done and hit 'send'... Maren fixes the whole mess before press. I'm just glad to have been born an American because I would fail the test for citizenship and have to jump a fence or crawl through a tunnel like the other 10% of America's citizens. And thanks for sharing the photo album. -Rick Maddy ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Allan Shepard ('57) ~ 4/23/39 7/26/07 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/17/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Luana Ivers ('52), Harvey Chapman ('56) Mike Brady ('61), Helen Cross ('62) Carol Converse ('64), David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Charlotte Carlson ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judy Boggs ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Verna Gore ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Luana Ivers Portch ('52) Re: '52 Class Reunion If any of you '52 Grads out there are coming to the reunion, it's time to get your registration sheet and information in. We need you!!! If you can't find the form just e-mail me and I'll see you get one. -Luana Ivers Portch ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Harvey Chapman ('56) To: Mike Ragland ('57) I'm writing in response to your August 16th posting in the Sandstorm. While I agree with many of the points you made, I take exception to the comments which attempt to connect you to the legitimate work world. In the good old days you have referenced shooting pool, playing poker, rolling dice and being able to identify a brand of beer or wine by smell while blind folded were not recognized by most as being gainfully employed. On the other hand I suppose the many years you spent refining these skills deserve some sort of recognition... some sort? I look forward to seeing you at Club 40 this year, my friend. I've forgotten a lot of our history and I'm certain you have as well. With luck, we will each have remembered the part the other has forgotten. Take care of yourself, Mike. As Always, -Harvey Chapman ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Teachers And the beat goes on... teacher bashing continues to be the favorite sport of the ignorant. -Mike Brady ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Re: Beth Pederson ('61) I am very sad to learn that Beth will be singing in the Tri-Cities over Labor Day weekend and not (I assume) for the Club 40 events. I've been trying to hear her again since the last time I heard her in Spokane in about '67. I will be up at Lake PendOreille the weekend of September l6th, and hope maybe I can get to hear her then... I'm looking forward to seeing all of us old Bombers together for Club 40 and then the great class of 1962 reunion in just a few weeks... Had a nice Cross reunion with my cousins, Allan Cross ('59), Bob Cross ('62), Carol Cross Llewellyn ('64), and Duane ('79) at Battleground last weekend, and now I've been inside all day to avoid the heat and humidity outside. (it seems to have blown over, but I'm still hoping we get rain, as Indiana needs rain...), but Monday-Wednesday we had low humidity back here and it was great... See you in September, -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) Re: test As I was reading over the test, I was thinking I would never have graduated from high school!!! I had no idea that they took a test like that. Boy, have times changed. I'm going to make a copy to show my daughter what she missed, haha. -Carol Converse Maurer ('64) ~ Eureka, CA We are having a wonderful summer so far!!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Tests How in the heck did we come upon this subject? Tests... nobody talks about tests... not in the real world... I knew if I looked hard enough I'd find Maddy ('67) in the middle of it... Ya see... people like Maddy have a lot of time on their hands. Rick's day consists of: 1. Wake up when he feels like it. 2. Fix the coffee and decide if he'll eat breakfast at home or go the one of those many places in Huntington Beach where chick watching is good. 3. Go to the beach, park his handicapped (can we still say handicapped... I watched a movie the other night where Robin Williams played a retarded man... he said he had had major changes over the years and was no longer retarded... then went on to explain in the '80s he became mentally handicapped but was now mentally challenged... so I just want to make sure I am using the correct word) stickered car wherever he damn well pleases and watch the girls go by. 4. Think about the stuff he read in the Sandstorm that day. 5. Move his car to a no parking zone just to tick off the tourists looking for a place to park. and on and on... you get the picture... so I hope you folks out there don't get all concerned and start taking Maddy seriously... I mean the last guy who had that much time on his hands invented the atomic bomb and put all the folks in Richland to work... ya just gotta keep your eye on a guy like that... . So Rick... I hope you are enjoying your summer... not all of us can spend our entire day at the beach as you and Jimmy Buffett can... I just looked up Beach bum in the dictionary and it showed a picture of Jimmy Buffett and Maddy... then it had a test question that said compare and contrast Buffett with Maddy... boy that was an easy one... I just said Buffett gets paid to be a beach bum... thought I had the right answer... but I heard a loud buzz... I was wrong... dictionary quiz says they both get paid to be beach bums and Maddy gets to park his dang truck any dang place he pleases... Also... I'll bet Maddy can tell you the surfing championships won by each and every one of those guys in the sidewalk across from Duke's... and we all know... "Eddy would go" David Rivers ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/18/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers and 1 Bomber spouse sent stuff: Mike Ragland ('57), Perry Moore ('63) Deedee Willox ('64), Maribeth Weide Smith (Bomber spouse) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jack Moorman ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary Carlson ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jacki Shipman ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Ragland ('57) To: Harvey Chapman ('56) I would point out to everyone that during my formative years of Junior High and Columbia High, you were always my mentor, my teacher, my leader. That carried through into our Navy years and beyond. I owe my deepest gratitude to your help in learning all those flavors of beer. I will be at Club 40 and look forward to seeing you again. Perhaps you have some new tricks to teach an old dog. As to the memory, we shall keep that between us, as the Bomber world would be shaken if we detailed much of what we remember but don't speak of. You take care as well. Our friends are dwindling and you are one I certainly would never want to lose. To: Mike Brady ('61) What I wrote and what I have read that others wrote did not seem to be teacher bashing to me. On the contrary, if I were to bash anyone, it would be the sociologists and lawmakers that removed the ability to discipline from the parents and teachers. While I am not a huge fan of corporal punishment, the threat of hacks from a large male teacher with a paddle made in shop class by a fellow student was a significant deterrent to a lot of mischief. Rather than castigate teachers, I applaud them for staying in a profession that is entirely necessary, yet for which they receive inadequate compensation and respect. I would make changes in the school districts and the system, as it seems that we keep adding layers of administration that mostly accomplish little, but do drain the system of resources that need to be in the classroom. I am also aware that artificial standards created in Washington DC and imposed on the entire US educational system (with the threat of federal money being withheld if not adopted) is damaging the system as well. So, Mike, the problem is not in the class room with the teachers, it is with the legislators in the state and federal level that have created the monster. As to the individual teachers, there are good, superb, and bad with the system, just as with any profession. The superb are few, the good make up the bulk, and the bad are few. They just get more press. -Mike Ragland ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Perry Moore ('63) To: David Rivers ('65) Handicap is something that golfers and bowlers take to adjust their scores so they can play with better or worse players. Disability is something one has that keeps them from participating with others at an equal level. Have a good day. -Perry Moore ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) Re: Barb Eckert Holloway ('62-RIP) We just returned from a week-long trip to Lincoln City on the Oregon Coast. We had planned the trip months ago with Barb Eckert Holloway ('61) and Larry Holloway ('64). Barb went to be with Jesus on June 28, 2007. She wanted to be cremated and have her ashes spread at the ocean. See the pictures of the ocean where we spread her ashes on August 10, 2007. We read a few Bible verses, said a prayer, and cried together. She was an awesome woman and my dear friend, and I miss her so much. -Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) ~ Burbank, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maribeth Weide Smith (Bomber spouse & Carmichael Teacher) Re: 1895 Test I thought it would be interesting to see what had to say about the high school test mentioned this week. -Maribeth Weide Smith (Bomber spouse & Carmichael Teacher) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Entry about the text came from Dale Ennor ('59) on 8/14/07. The very next day [8/15) there was this entry: >>From: Jerry Lewis ('73) Re: 1895 Test As I read through the test that Dale Ennor ('59) posted, I thought it wasn't really fair in some places, as who knows these days such things as what the measure of a bushel is. So after puzzling it for a while, I resorted to Googling it. One of the first in the list is from Snopes, the urban legend site, which labels it false and provides a lengthy analysis. The link for that is Then I looked at the review which I found more to the point. -Jerry Lewis ('73) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/19/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff: Linda Reining ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lois Weyerts ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John Ward ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Clark Riccobuono ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda Barott ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) I have been reading all the entries about the schools and I don't think anyone was teacher bashing. I do agree that the administration and lawmakers are the ones to blame for what is wrong with our schools!!!! my youngest daughter is a teacher and the red tape she gets bogged down with is ridiculous! the State of California has a scoring system that all their schools are required to meet and IF they don't, then they are in danger of the State taking over the schools and bringing in their curriculum and firing and hiring teachers to get the scores to where they think they should be(her school was just barely able to keep the State from taking over, this year)! the school district that she teaches in is in a low income area and some of the kids that she teaches don't know English, so she has to make sure they are taught in Spanish, then English! this is also what is wrong with our school systems!!!! I understand that a kid can't do the work IF they can't understand it, but dangitt, IF they were forced to learn English as their main language, they would adapt and learn it quickly! they aren't going to learn it when they know they can be taught in Spanish!!!!! just try having a teacher-parent conference with an adult who doesn't speak or understand English!!!!!! she has to have an interpreter sit in on the meetings OR have the student there to interpret what she is saying!!!! the administrators and lawmakers need to take teaching back to where it was when we were all in school!!!!! we learned "reading, writing and arithmetic" and we were held back IF we couldn't do the work, now they are passed cause nobody wants to hurt their little ego's! what a crock of crap! and, yes, there are some teachers who should NOT be teaching, but they are few and far between. Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of 64).......Bakersfield, CA, where our skies are still smokey from the Zaca Fire that has been raging in Santa Barbara County for over 6 weeks, over 66,000 acres have been burned and they don't expect that fire to be contained til the middle of September! we are getting beautiful sunsets from it, but sure is making it difficult to breathe and we have ash all over everything!!!! ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/20/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Dave Rhodes ('52wb), John Browne ('61) Mike Brady ('61), Barbara von Olnhausen ('62) Helen Cross ('62), Deedee Willox ('64) Rick Maddy ('67), Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Loretta Ostboe ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Jean Mattson ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John Choate ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve Jackson ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jerie Ehinger ('69WB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Margaret Surplus ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Rhodes ('52wb) Re: Education To: Linda Reining ('64) Thank you. Linda. you hit it just right. I taught 39 years and the last 20 I had many students who could not speak English and even their Spanish was poor. Some of them wanted to be taught in English while others demanded a Spanish speaking aide to teach them. I once failed a senior boy in one of my classes and he was not going to graduate. His parents were very influential in the community and I was ordered by the Principal to give him a D so he could graduate. I refused to do that so the Principal changed his grade. I went to the school board about that and they sided with me, but graduation had already taken place. I felt vindicated because the contract of the Principal was not renewed and the last I heard about him was that he was no longer in the education field. -Dave Rhodes ('52wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Re: the lingo When the threat of bi-linguality appears poised to topple our universal cultural house of worship- ie the English language- my mind wanders back to a time in history when Lewis & Clark were surveying the route for future I-90 (nee U.S. 30), and the heroic efforts that their party exerted in that trip to the West Coast of a future U.S.A. It was about 35 years after a hike of a similar nature had established a trail that would become "El Camino Real"- from San Diego to the future San Francisco (places which the Spanish had been visiting since the 1540s), in order to bring religion (and other trappings of "civilization") to the happy heathens in those parts. If I recall correctly, the name "California" was from an imaginary island in a 16th Century Spanish romance novel-- but I could be making that up... It seems so... uncivilized?.. to be arguing for the exclusion of a language, based pretty much on an historic pattern of cultural colonization by European nations, when the modern Europeans have more or less opted to get along by going the multi-lingual path of communal sharing- and are, no doubt, the wealthier for it, in cultural terms- because, if we're all in this together, then all of our histories should be equally valid. My experiences around here have shown that the children of immigrants pick up English as a socio-cultural necessity... and generally fairly quickly (given young, relatively uncluttered minds- and habits to match). So they go to the store with their parents & grandparents, negotiate the transactions as translators, and then help carry the groceries. Somehow, in the relatively newly-settled Hemisphere which we inhabit, with 3 or 4 related European languages serving as the dominant linguistic expressions for nearly all people (in an "official" capacity, anyhow), the logic of enabling a bi-lingual educational component as part of universal schooling seems like a "no-brainer" (a condition of which I have been accused more than once). Really, it's only scary if we let it be, kemo-sabe... To: Tom Verellen (09,): as a guy who washed thousands of quarts and stubbies (but eventually only quarts) in pursuit of the perfect (cheap, home-made) bottle of beer, I feel that I, too, could have made a career putting dots on the backs of Oly labels. I'm getting to be more & more ambidextrous- a quality that would only enhance my skills as a professional dotter- and have developed a great sense of design aesthetics from the discharge of every-day tasks, like piling firewood and nailing boards together. Actually, after reading your post, I closed my eyes and meditated deeply to try & pin down a mere wisp of a recurrent memory... and it seemed that I had been a dotter, myself, perhaps in a past life... I'll have to bring that up with my regression therapist (who, just by coincidence, is my daughter). To: Richard Anderson ('60): your delineation of the machinations of school administrators & local school boards was unfortunately, the Rule in my own experiences, as well- despite that I have met some fairly astute Supers, with their goals in the right places. The preoccupation with financial concerns (eg "insurance liability trumps the value of all proposed activities") really shows itself when you talk about contacts with parents. It's a "given" that if your kid misses school, you'll hear about it right away- because that costs the district State money- but if your child is flunking a subject or two, you may not hear about it at all- or until it's far too late. To: Linda Reining ('64): passing kids to the next grade may be a bit more complex than being only a question of .."they are passed cause nobody wants to hurt their little ego's.." It's probably more likely that the teachers involved would prefer to move them along, because, in their view, they have enough to deal with... and don't want the added grief of being a negative emotional focus to those kids who aren't cutting it. If it's primarily a "new language" problem, the problem will diminish, with time, anyhow, in most cases. The whole notion of "you flunked... so you must be STUPID" is far more embedded in our American school system than in the few others with which I am passingly familiar. It owes a lot to the "lockstep" peer grouping of students, based on Birth dates, with a general disregard for other factors (eg reading levels, etc.)... and it's something that has never served us well. Fear-based practices, in education & elsewhere, are really only appendages of a "might makes Right" operational philosophy. There are more wholesome systems available to nourish the body & the spirit- & they ain't "rocket science"... chow ^..^ -John Browne, Jr. ('61) ~ where the wood stove provided a brief morning service amidst the drizzle here in the Puget Trough in mid-August... & set the imagination to visions of early chantarelles... while yellow plums intermittently Thump the roof, and drum-roll their way towards Earth... ^..^ **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Mike Ragland ('57) I apologize if I offended anyone regarding my comments about teacher bashing. I am very sensitive about teacher criticism because I know how hard my wife and others like her work to educate our children. When school starts in September I usually say to my wife, "I'll see you in June." She seems to be on every school committee which meets before or after school. When she finally gets home she continues to do school related work. On weekends she is either at school preparing for the next week or working at home. Most teachers I have met work just as hard. Last school year my wife was recognized as Educator of the Year. We have four educators in our family. My wife Ginger teaches first grade in the Seattle area. My son Scott teaches high school English in Phoenix, AZ. My son Jason is an Associate Professor at the University of Buffalo specializing in global warming, and his wife Yarrow is in Iceland for the next two months studying at the University of Iceland as part of her post doctoral work. Both Jason and Yarrow have their doctorates in Geology from the University of Colorado. None are Bombers. I know I'm preaching to the choir to most of you, but to the few who don't understand, try walking in their shoes. -Mike Brady ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barbara von Olnhausen ('62) Re: Where are they now? Does anyone know what became of John Reid (history/safe driving instructor in the 1960's)? Thanks to David Rodriguez ('69) and all from the von Olnhausen family for putting together the West Richland reunion this weekend... little brother Wayne ('70) would sending his thanks, but I don't think he's recovered yet from all the desserts he ate! -Barbara von Olnhausen ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Re: American Legion baseball I don't know how many of you are following the American Legion Baseball regional tournaments that are going on across the country right now, but the Richland, WA team is in the regionals up in Alaska. (I haven't heard how the Richland team did yet today. The team we are following closely is the Rockport, IN team that lost today up in Memomie, MI, but if they win tomorrow could still go to the American Legion World Series in Oklahoma next week. The coach of that team is one of our parishioners at one church, and one of our churches where my husband is pastor is in Rockport, IN - just 5 miles from where we live here in Gandview. Another reason I am following this so closely is that my dad used to coach American Legion Baseball before my brother, Roy Cross ('65) got into Little League Baseball. I hope Daddy is watching from up above. I don't know how far any of his teams went in the playoffs. But he had some good players like Larry Harrold ('56), big John Meyers ('58-RIP), and Danny Neth ('57-RIP). I learned to score baseball following their playing, or thought I did... knowing my dad he probably kept a separate score sheet to be sure he had it right. If somehow Rockport does play Richland, I will be proud to be on the winning and losing side, as the kids are really giving it their all to make it this far... See you at the reunion in September. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ not far from the Ohio River in Grandview, IN where we are so glad we just had about a half hour of rain, we needed more, but we are so glad to get that much, and I do thank whoever invented air conditioning back here in this humid state..... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) To: Linda Reining ('64) Re: Your 8/19/07 Sandstorm entry Wow! I couldn't have said it better. Another thing is the "no child left behind" laws. My hubby is currently driving bus for Burbank School District (in Washington, suburb of Pasco). Burbank doesn't have a special needs class, so he drives TWO students (plus an Aide) to WallaWalla (about 45 miles from Burbank) and back every day. When he first took the route, he had only ONE student (plus an aide) and was driving a large bus. Now he has two; one needs the ramp, so he drives a van bus. Our tax dollars at work! When he drove for Pasco School District, there were what they call "blue book" kids, which meant that they stayed in the same school they started in. So Pasco School District is picking up and dropping off students in Richland, Kennewick, Finley, Burbank, Pasco - wherever they have moved to when they left Pasco. Also the drivers were not allowed to discuss them or name them to anyone. They had to be picked up first and dropped off last so no one would know where they live. Insanity! Again, our tax dollars at work! Don't EVEN want to get me started on the English/foreign language issue. My son's mother-in-law is an ESL (English as a second language) teacher and very dedicated to it. However, she and I have had to agree to disagree about teaching them in Spanish (or any language other than English). Do you know ANY country that will teach our kids in English over their own language? Of course not. If we go to another country, we must teach them ourselves, or teach them the language of that country so they can go to school there. 'Nuff said. -Deedee Willox Loiseau (Boomber Bomber Class of '64) ~ Burbank, WA where I had a great time riding in the parade (Benton- Franklin County Fair) with my fellow Red Hatters yesterday. Friday night, we decorated the three trams it took to hold us all. Removed all the decorations after the parade and went to lunch together. There are many Red Hat Society chapters in the Tri-Cities; I belong to two. Great fun. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) To: David Rivers ('65) David, you know my middle name is Fun. It's all about the fun. If it ain't fun, then I don't do it. Although, sometimes my middle name is Buffet, like when you bought me dinner at Dukes... and not to be confused with my fellow beach bum, Jim Buffett. There really is NOT a serious person in my bones... I don't have a boss or a wife. What could I possibly say that would affect anyone, particularly a Bomber. Again, I was raised by hillbillies. My father had a sixth grade education. If he wanted to know something, he read a book. He was a great loss and I miss him every day. Anybody, please, pick up a book. Start with Fred Nietzsche and work yourself towards Richie Rich comics. If I was intelligent enough to sit at home in my laboratory and make an atomic bomb... why would I? Who in their right mind would make such a thing? Handicap Parking: Actually, I call it "handy parking." I don't need a wheelchair and I love those people that yell, "HEY YOU, what is your disability?"... as I run, sprinter like, into a sale at Wal-Mart. What the heck am I to answer with?... "The gooks, I mean the terrorists... I mean the Vietnamese communists almost blew both my arms off and I lost most of my minor motor skills of both my hands?"... what a moron. Are these folks from the local auxiliary handicap parking rent-a-cop department? Maybe I have a collapsed lung because of all the years of self medication. One could probably get a placard for that. I got one and I can run. Maybe I'm 400 pounds, have a bad knee and ten kids that I feed at McDonalds to make ends meet. Don't stand there and ask to see my medical records... call the police. You know... I had a problem carrying six bags of K-Mart made by kids younger than my ten year old daughter... while keeping the leashes untangled on my two kids in tow. And as you well know, sarge, after the drilling I would simply reply in a very kind and loving manner like the Marine Corps taught me with "Are you finished... may I go now?" I have covered handicap parking. Now here is some handicap driving with the PTSD patient you need to be aware of. Let me explain this, or have I already? A scenario... 'normally'... if there is such a word... teachers?... a person sitting at a street light gets the green. As they begin to drive through the intersection a 'runner' flashes through the red and almost causes an accident. The 'normal' driver will just excuse the infraction as... a jerk. The driver with PTSD, from his mental abuses during the Vietnam War... and boot camp... will get four gears of rubber and maybe into overdrive chasing this person down and then proceed to bash his front windshield in with his monkey wrench... a well named tool. Hopefully not killing the driver and spending the rest of his life in the pen for reasons he cannot explain to anyone because nobody understands. Particularly the top of her class twenty-five year old Veterans Administration female psychiatrist from India. I cannot count the times I have been asked by the VA physician's assistant, "Mr. Maddy, do you need to see a psychiatrist?" Just be careful in those hotrods, Rivers. I love Huntington Beach, CA. SoCal, Orange County... OC... the land of fruits and nuts... oranges, strawberries... and, uh, nuts. Single. Twice divorced from the same woman, the mother of my two children. Will never marry again. Fifty-eight years old. Crippled (in the '60's)... disabled (in the '70's)... disabled with handicapping conditions (in the '80's)... physically challenged (in the '90's)... but still feeling crippled in 2007... the weather, the eye candy, the 2:15 AM cab rides home... I know nothing about surfing... circumstantially speaking, there is no better place in America for me. Speaking of the Class of 1965: David Rivers ('65) and I have reacquainted ourselves going on about three years now, due to the Alumni Sandstorm... Maren and Gary started a great thing... well, maybe except for those of you not wanting to be found... nevertheless, unbeknownst to Rivers, I have actually known of him for about forty-three years, mostly because Phil Collins, Ken Webb, Alton Spencer (RIP) and I (all '67) ran around together in both junior and senior high school... and ran with Rick Warford ('65) now and then when he would allow us in his brother's (Charles Warford '61) '56 Chevy or dad's (RIP) Buick... and we '67ers knew who these '65 guys were because we crossed paths now and then and not just in school... Werner, Powell, Simpson, Heidlebaugh, Davis, Beyer, Harrah, Keeney, Warford, Rivers... Adair ('66)... to name a few names... a long list of great, fun loving guys... Laura Parker, Jane Browning, April Snoeberger, Debbie Lyons... all '65... uh, what am I talking about... where was I... oh, yea... because most of these guys were dating our '67 women. By the way, while on my seven week three day road trip from HB to Virginia, then Washington state and then home again, I was at Rick Warford's place for three nights about a month ago in Seattle. He is fine. Still does not own or know how to turn on a computer except for the one in his classroom, in the gym, where he has taught grade school P.E. for about twenty-seven years or so. And on the road for many years with sixteen year old high school kids in driver's education. A tough job, somebody has to do it. If you need to talk to Rick, then try the telephone... he might answer it. God loves the man and so do I. When Rivers makes his way to HB slash L.A., he sometimes calls me and we get together at a hotrod show, Dukes for opah or Adams and Magnolia for a donut. I swear, although far from being "best friends from high school", at the very least we are comrades in arms. There is a bond in that. Rivers would be the first to tell any kid... after crawling through the muck of the Marine Corps training... slipping through the muck of the Vietnam War and 'wait a minute' vines... clawing his own way through the muck of law school without help from anyone... if he can do it, anyone can do it. You would be hard pressed to find a better person... or a better friend than David Rivers ('65). I enjoy every minute when I'm around him. -Rick Maddy ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Teachers I spent Saturday with my niece Sarah Avant ('94) and family. I thought of this talk regarding teachers when I was with them. Her oldest son is going to be a 2nd grader in the fall. The teacher he had in 1st is moving up with the class to the 2nd. At school's end she sent home work for each student to work on before school starts. She believes at that age students have the need to continue learning year round even though they aren't in school. He had a stack of work sheets to do. I only saw one and it was a writing assignment. They read the sentence printed and then were to write it. One of them he had to decide what order the words shown made the most sense in writing a sentence. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where it rained most of yesterday I guess (it did in Puyallup, too) and today started out that way and now late afternoon the sun is out ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/21/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Marilyn Peddicord ('53), Bill Berlin ('56) Frank Whiteside ('63), Carol Converse ('64) David Rivers ('65), Linda McKnight ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Larry & LaVerne Osterman ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn Peddicord Whitley ('53) I am writing to say my mother, Irene Peddicord, died this afternoon [8/20/07]. She had lived in Richland since 1928. We were one of the original families. She was very proud of her 91 years and her long tenure in Richland. Her funeral will be this Saturday, August 25th at Christ the King Catholic Church. -Marilyn Peddicord Whitley ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Baseball and Anchorage, AK A while back someone made a crack like "...the tournament is in Anchorage. Why Anchorage?" Man and boy, let me tell you why Anchorage, or ANCAK as we call it, is a good thing. Baseball is hot in Anchorage, and lots of places in Alaska, and for years they have been coming to the "south 48" for all kinds of tournaments, playoffs, shoot-outs, etc. and it is about time AK got some respect. The Richland American Legion team will have a much greater experience than if they were to go to Warden, Longview, Sunnyside or even Spokane or Seattle by going to Anchorage. Long days, short nights and marginal weather, not to mention the bugs. The facilities at Russian Jack Athletic Park are great, very well done and excellent playing fields. The finals will probably be held at the semipro stadium and the crowds should be good too. Look around Anchorage and you will see all kinds of outdoor ice rinks set up for "pond" hockey games and go figure seeing your kid playing in January at -10 and loving it. Anchorage is a great sports venue and win or lose, Richland will have a great and very different time there. Re: Rick Maddy ('67) It is great to read about a happy man. Given all of Rick's physical problems, he has found his "home" in Huntington Beach, CA and how many of us can say that? I can... completely happy in Anacortes, WA, but one of these days when I am down in SoCal, I am going to call Rick, meet him and maybe have an adult beverage. Good on you, mate. Re: Teachers, Principals and Edumakation in general I hope I don't offend a lot of people with this but the education system has always been something of an anomaly to me. From the get-go I never wanted to be a teacher or school administrator... never... but I did "teach" a year in Maritime Navigation at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. That was part of their School of Oceanographic Sciences and it always helps to be able to operate a boat if you are out in "the chuck" working with the fish and underwater sea mounts. Actually, I rather liked the experience but it was still not my discipline and I dropped it after that year. Over my lifetime I have always voted "for" school levies. Not to do that has long term implications for the development of our young people but I am not sure what has happened to the intelligence level of our high school grads lately. Ever try to hire an entry level job position? A friend of mine builds yachts locally and he advertises for entry level labor at $15 per hour plus benefits and he has to interview upwards of 50 people to fill one job and most applicants are high school graduates. In my humble opinion, there are just too many kids graduating from high school, especially those who do not want to go on to college or tech school, who are not prepared for more than minimum wage jobs. Poor writing skills, little math ability and very poor personal financial skills seem to rule. This is not a rash generalization but there are too many kids out there who "just want to have fun" and expect the rest of us to pay for that. There are great kids who go on to bigger and better things but it seems to me that a greater percentage of high school grads are unprepared for the real life they are going to have to exist in. I was asked a number of years ago to evaluate a budget for a small school district in Alaska and I was astounded at what I saw. Coming out of a business environment I was used to budgeting with the funds we had available but the school district was budgeting on money they thought, or hoped, would come in, not what was on hand. Sure, we all have income projections but schools were 100% dependant on "revenue potential" which had wild swings from black ink to very deep red ink potential. What I found in this one instance was an administration that had no clue as to budgeting, budget maintenance and review, and what would occur in the event not all of the projected funds would come in, more or less a Plan B... No business that I know, except Exxon, Adelphia, MCI, etc. runs like that but government does it all the time. If the projections are high... spend it... and if they are lower than expected... take a loss carryover from year to year. I think that the Seattle School District was running a $20.0 million (and growing) deficit over several years. Not getting enough money to the schoolroom floor... another sore item with me but more later. My good friend is the Principal of a high school in our area and, to his credit, is continually looking for ways to help his grads be better prepared for the big wide world. I have suggested a course for the Junior or Senior year that would involve personal financial practices. Simple stuff like balancing a checkbook, understanding consumer credit and how to control it, shopping for lower rate car loans and some idea of how to finance a house without the benefit of sub-prime and "Jumbo" loans. He likes it and is going to his academic planning committee to see if it can be implemented in their curriculum. What's in your wallet? My hat is off to all teachers and many of the administrators who are working to make our schools better. Given all of the outside pressures and government regulations they are faced with, it is a thankless job. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ in Anacortes, WA where I am slipping off my soap box in the rain. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Frank Whiteside ('63) Re: The Great Education/Teacher Debate I can identify with both sides in the discussion regarding the sad state of American schools. It should be quite apparent to any student of history that our schools were not always in the state they are in today. I don't want to make this a political statement, so we can leave it up to each individual to judge who or what is to blame. I had recently made a statement by email to a friend regarding how our country is following the path of destruction that resulted in the "Fall of the Roman Empire." The next day, he sent me a pretty detailed article by an official that confirmed my statement. The author compared the present U.S. and the Roman Empire and described how the U.S. is following the same path that resulted in "the Fall." It was pretty alarming and eye- opening but was no real surprise to me. Our schools, in many areas of the country, started into a free fall in the mid to late 1960's. In my view, the same is true for morality/values, the decline of the cities, the "entitlement" mentality and most other negative things that have led to the situation in which we find ourselves. My digression from the original topic is because all of the above mentioned changes are interrelated. As some of you may already know, my wife and I each put in our 30 years in the New Orleans metro area public schools before we retired. We both were usually the first ones at our schools in the morning and among the last ones to leave. We knocked ourselves out to try to do our best and found that most other teachers and some administrators attempted to do the same. Some did little or nothing. We worked with what we had--the lowest caliber students and parents, rules/procedures laid down by the school board and state, a lack of money and materials, a lousy group of politically- connected central office administrators and other elected officials, a teachers union that constantly saved the teachers who made everyone look bad, and on and on. I repeatedly got myself in hot water by sending letters to administrators and school board members. I criticized their policies and some programs. Some sent sarcastic replies and others didn't reply at all. Strange thing though--every policy and program I criticized, they changed or cancelled after a short time. To make a longer story shorter, my wife and I were constantly demoralized by the onslaught of criticism. Not because it wasn't always deserved, but it was seldom directed specifically at those responsible for the problems. Statements referring to "lousy teachers," " incompetent principals," and "horrible schools" in general, only demoralize the good educators and make them want to quit or retire. We don't know of any educators in our former system that don't want to quit or retire. Dedication can only be stretched to a certain breaking point. Educators who stay too long usually end up dying on the job. We know MANY who have died of strokes and heart attacks who could have retired, but didn't. We refused to end up that way. So the moral is, "Praise the good and criticize the incompetent," but don't throw the baby out with the bath water. Find something you can do to make things better--volunteer, run for office, and be vocal to those in power. Teachers are only the minnows in a very large ocean. Go after the whales. -Frank Whiteside ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) Re: History Channel - Hanford Did anyone watch the special last week on the History Channel about Hanford? It was on the program: "Lost Cities". They did a very good job with it. Got to see a bit of inside of B Reactor. It was the first time that I've ever seen the old Hanford School also. -Carol Converse Maurer (Baby Boomer Class of '64) - Eureka, CA Just loving this summer. Although, this morning we're having a mist fog. It'll clear off by this afternoon possibly. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: The magnificent seven and more We did it... for the first time in I don't know how long, the Sorry 7 were all in one place at the same time... wow... what a weekend... We attempted to recreate the photo that started in all (copy enclosed with a copy of t-shirt #1)) and managed to get almost EVERYONE of the 7 out of order (I just checked)... We gathered in LaConner (or close enough for government work) at Tony Harrah's ('65) and Christie's invitation for a party honoring our own Steve Simpson ('65)... so there won't be any confusion, this was Tony's party and it was carried off beautifully even the weather... all I did was make a few phone calls and show up... The plan was to meet at the corner of Reservation Road and Highway 20 at 12:30 sharp... Simpson called from Seattle... or maybe I called him and we synchronized our watches... We weren't sure where Heidlebaugh ('65) was and we thought Warford ('65), Johnson ('65), Powell ('65), Gross, Jimbeaux (nka the "Oracle" '63) and the ever lovely Miss Nancy('65) were going to caravan to the rendezvous point... Davis ('65), Ronna Jo ('65), Cecelia ('65) and I were supposed to meet them there... We had dinner with Tony and Christie the night before and learned that Tony had been instructed by the guest of honor to have balloons marking the way... strict orders these were... very strict... Naturally, being the rule follower I've always been I knew my mission... to find every balloon in Northern Washington... When I spoke to Steve, Tony had yet to find any balloons... Simpson called Davis and barked that I was now to get the balloons (I gotcher balloons baby)... little did he know... We got on the road for the meet... In the trunk I had all the balloons available in Burlington... plus a gas filled smiley face balloon of gigantic proportions... as we pulled in to the meeting place we found Simpson and Ruth but none of the rest of the convoy... rubber ducky must have lost control... Never-the-less... we preceded to tie balloons to our car, Simpson's and Heidlebaugh's (when he got there an hour late... his Bolex clearly bought in the Philippines on R&R... since the R in Rolex was replaced by a B) musta stopped... armed as we were with the balloons, we headed to the Res to Tony's place... unfortunately the smiley face blew off Simpson's car and ... then it hit me... the balloons were supposed to be markers like bread crumbs... oh my how would we follow them... no problem... all the cars coming our was mistook us for a wedding party and honked like hell... As it turns out, Tony bought all the balloons in LaConner and had the path marked perfectly... I must admit (but NOBODY tell Simpson) that I'd not have found Tony's place easily without the balloons to mark the way... we arrived and found Keeney ('65) and Barb already there... Jackson gave me a sly look and asked what we'd been doing for the missing hour... I refrained from telling him Heidlebaugh was late and just gave him a knowing look back... (heh heh heh... that's for me to know and you to fine out, Jackson)... Jimbeaux called and gave me the cryptic message: "We're just leaving Debbie's ('65) don't ask"... Well Nancy, Debbie and Deirdre ('65) arrived sans the Oracle... Jimbeaux arrived a while later mumbling something about "driving Ms Crazy" nuff said... Suzy Vandenburg ('65), Ashley, (friend of Steve's and Rick"s since having become a friend of all) Beaver ('65) and Jane, Werner ('65) and the rest of the gang began to arrive and the festivities were under way... eventually we realized the photo event had taken place and we carefully arranged each of the seven... no no you were here no I was in the front... were not you were in the back on and on... finally we were sure we had it right... each of us was wearing some vintage of a Sorry 7 t-shirt so with the exception of the first t-shirt they were all represented... then we discovered that Heidlebaugh had put the faces from the first t- shirt (which would give us the correct order for the picture) on two jackets... unfortunately not in proper order... snap snap snap the blue dots flashed to capture the moment... "Hey... we want one, too" shouted the girls... ok... line up all the '65 girls... flash flash click click... but wait... what about the non '65 girls... ok... more flash flash click click... that's gonna be some t-shirt... After a while, it was just guys in the back yard and no girls... hmmmmmmmm... weird... I walked around the side of the house to get another bottle of water (the party was in the back yard... but the drinks remained in a wheel barrow in the front yard... yup this was clearly a '65er event)... I heard a noise from up the hill and there THEY were... like a coven of witches they were all seated on the hill above me... from the gestures I received I knew right off there were NO MEN ALLOWED in that gathering... I slinked past and got my bottle of water and returned afraid they would cast an evil spell on me at any time... The food was wonderful and the love was thick in the air... As night began to creep in we moved the chairs around a fire beautifully arranged and kept arranged by Beej our resident architect... We talked and laughed and just had a wonderful time far into the night... Heidlebaugh and Christie pulled out their harmonicas and just rocked us all with their talent... Jackson had not brought his banjo so we didn't get to listen to some of his jamming... but the night was so full of laugher and music it was wonderful... eventually it was very late and time to leave... talk about a tearful moment... in the morning, several of us returned for a wonderful breakfast supplied by our great hosts... I think we all agreed... it was the best yet... they all are... and as long as we can we'll make them better and better each time... We even talked about how some people actually see us Bombers as kind of a cult... I asked the Oracle and he said that was just ridiculous... we are just totally connected... -David River ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) Re: Bomber Picnic - August 26th 11:00 am Okay, the Bomber Picnic is only a few days away. Please let us know you folks who haven't responded to the last notice, if you will be in attendance. We hope to have a good turn out, and can only do so with your help. Please also pray for some sunshine and warmer weather!! I am looking outside now and its raining, and we have bushels and bushels of green tomatoes...... RSVP to me or Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) See you Saturday!! -Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/22/2007 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Dick Wight ('52) Floyd Melton ('57), Mike Brady ('61) Sandy Carpenter ('61), Linda McKnight ('65) Rick Maddy ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathie Moore ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: BJ Davis (Bomber Mom) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy ('45, '46, & '02) To: Marilyn Peddicord ('53) Ida and I extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family. The old guard has passed from the oldest times in Richland. I met your mother several times, as my father worked for her husband at the P.O. for a dozen years or more. -Dick McCoy ('45, '46, & '02) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick Wight ('52) I have read with interest the ongoing discussions about public schools, and the entries by Bill Berlin ('56) and Frank Whiteside ('63) on 8/23 give much to think about. There is absolutely no doubt that the overall quality of "core education" has deteriorated badly (the ol' "reading, writing, and arithmetic" stuff); that the expectations of youngsters growing up are out of sync with reality, in many -- perhaps most -- young people; and that the attractiveness of a career in education has lost its luster in many ways. Who is to blame????? Symptoms are everywhere. A good friend was school superintendent in Port Angeles in the '90's, and one day he and I were discussing the subsidized school lunch program. As a United Way board member and county campaign chairman, I had learned a lot about he "subculture" of folks in our society who have their hands out at every opportunity and literally choose not to work. I questioned him about the number of kids enrolled in free or reduced cost lunches and breakfasts. The number of kids enrolled was WAY out of sync with low income or out-of work statistics in the district. I confronted him with the need to do some means testing to reduce the "fleecing" of us taxpayers. He exhibited frustration and perhaps some guilt, but "took me to school". The number of kids enrolled in the lunch program -- i.e. the number of disadvantaged families in the district -- was the prime input to the district's ability to seek federal (and state) special funding for equipment and programs. HOO RAH! His board apparently told him NOT to be diligent in "checking out" the validity of enrollees in the program. This same fellow recruited me, along with a Methodist minister, a retired educator, an attorney, and a couple other folks, to do a review and make recommendations on the mandated AIDS/HIV education curriculum that they were going to have to adopt the upcoming school year. To start with, I was appalled at the state-recommended outline. Pretty graphic sex education was mandated started at about grade 5, as I recall. As a United Way guy and a YMCA board member, I was asked by this same school "sup" to help him get a latch-key kid after school program going. As most of you know, this term applies to kids from working households where no parent is home when grade- schoolers get home from school. We got a program going -- VERY modest cost to parents, or none at all in some cases. We used school facilities and hired/volunteer YMCA staff to run it. Legal and other problems drove us out of the public school facilities. We moved the program to the "Y". Complaints surfaced about using a school district bus to take the kids from their grade schools to the "Y" . Other legal issues surfaced. We gave up after a couple years. I can go on with other examples. Incidentally, this school superintendent -- a relatively young man -- left education in frustration, and sought a different livelihood. A real loss to the field of education! In my younger adult years, late '60's and '70's, I was really frustrated that both my son and adopted daughter didn't seem to be able to handle the English language very well, didn't seem to have good math skills, and apparently weren't learning much about U.S. and world history! We tried to make up for the perceived "shortfall" . Where is this long diatribe leading? I don't know to this day. But I THINK the problems in our education system are in large part due to breakdowns in traditional family values and discipline, in a much too permissive society, in a media system that teaches distorted values and leads to unreasonable expectations among youngsters, and in a headlong rush by our society to "dump" new duties and responsibilities onto our public school systems, while at the same time severely limiting their ability to perform some of the new "duties". I speak of discipline, decorum, and manners; personal values and pride and so on; traits that should have at least partially developed in the kids early-on, and re-enforced in the home environment until the emancipation of the children. Do I have any solutions???? None that seem reasonable in this day and age. I DO fear that professionals in education have indeed, in general, lowered their standards and commitments to GOOD core education. Are they to blame???? Probably not. The REST of us are likely the problem. But I believe performance standards for kids must be set and adhered to, and a "pass-thru" mentality in the school systems does the individuals, and our society, great harm. -Dick Wight ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Floyd Melton ('57) I have been out of the loop on all the comments on schools, teachers, and problems in classes as I have not been able to read all the comments. It is my humble opinion that the problem in classes stems from lack of control, discipline, and guidance in the home and thus the discipline problems in the classroom. I agree with Mike Ragland ('57) that there is too much legislation to protect, whom?, and make sure of what? Teachers need the freedom to teach and to control their classrooms as well as their environment. But the real problem lies with parents not being strict enough with their children nor making them accountable. Teachers are not responsible for teaching children and youth discipline. Although, as Mike stated, if teachers had a little more freedom to act as they did when we were in school, students would not try to take advantage of the classroom situation. Well, that said, I think teachers for the most part are the greatest and deserve all the help they can get. Harvey Chapman ('56), how can you possibly comment on anyone's actions back in high school with your lustrous background? HA! OK, now I have left my door open. -Floyd Melton ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Brady ('61) To: Frank Whiteside ('63) Re: Teaching and teachers My wife loved your entry in yesterday's Sandstorm. As they say: "You hit the nail on the head." One thing to keep in mind: a Richland education was the "gold standard". A few months ago I met a teacher who taught at Chief Joseph Junior High School in the 50's and 60's. He later taught in the Seattle/Everett area. He said that there was no comparison between students. Richland students were far superior. And why shouldn't they be? Genetics; most of our parents were highly educated. -Mike Brady ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sandy Carpenter Lee ('61) To: Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) Just got through looking at the nice pictures you placed here in honor of Barb Eckert Holloway ('61): <> Thanks so much for honoring her last request so nicely. I remember Barb well, and I'm glad that we will have company in the same location some day. My husband and I met at the Inn At Spanish Head on the beach there, and we too have requested 1/2 of our ashes sprinkled there, and 1/2 at our ranch at Elk, WA. We just love that beach and have a home in Lincoln City also; have walked that beach many, many times. Thanks again, Sandy -Sandy Carpenter Lee ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) Correction!! The Bomber Picnic is Sunday!! I have lost my mind, and will spend from now until Sunday finding it, okay?? PLEASE EVERYONE IGNORE THE PREVIOUS DAY'S POST FROM ME. BOMBER PICNIC - BATTLEGROUND STATE PARK SUNDAY, AUGUST 26TH 11 AM.......... Bomber Cheers - -Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) To: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Happy Hour Bill, I'm not real sure about the 'happy' part. I'm sure many of us have a bit of extreme grappling going on with the word. On the most part, probably, I'm happy. But I paid a high price for it... divorce, bankruptcy, lost my home, confused adult children (they were 17 and 25 at the time), her dogs, her canary, her pick up truck, her Ken Griffey Jr. rookie card... my suitcase and cash only for ten years. Now that most of that has been taken care of in the last thirteen years of singledom... mostly happy. Nearly debt free helps. I own my truck and owe $300 on a credit card. Everything else I rent. And yes, it is all about me, as my posts attest. Anacortes is a lovely town. My former wife's grandmother lived in Coupeville. My parents lived in Kingston for a while. Deception Pass is dangerously beautiful. Great air shows at the Navy base. For some entertainment one of these days... your living in Anacortes gives you a couple ways into this place: while the tide is moving out, drive across the Hood Canal floating bridge; coming from Kingston: take the very first right after going over the bridge. Drive about a mile or so and take another right onto 7 Sisters Road and proceed until you come to the water and a parking area. Get out your rubber boots, bucket, and four-prong weeding rake, or whatever they call it. Start digging steamers (dont forget the clam sizing gauge... or the limit. Take them home in a bucket of their own water and blow them out for two days; you will siphon off the cleaner water they came home in twice. Clean them like you scrub a potato. Then steam them. Melted butter and the Seattle Times snoozepaper spread out over the coffee table. Grab some oysters while you are there also. I realize there are many places in WA for such fun, but the water there is probably the cleanest you will find; been a while since I have been there. Would be interesting if the place is still that good. Speaking of happy. Dukes next to the pier in HB, across the PCH off Main Street. Happy hour: 4:15pm. Mai-tai Friday: half price; cheap Mai-tai mix, cheap rum; but effective. The crab and shrimp salad is one of the best you will ever eat: $6.95. The opah crusted with macadamia nut is the best, and not on the happy hour menu; not cheap, but worth the chunk change. A beautiful fish. See you there, Bill. <<> -Rick Maddy ('67) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/23/2007 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Wally Erickson ('53), Lenora Hughes ('55), Nancy Stull ('59) Mike Brady ('61), Helen Cross ('62), Gary Behymer ('64) Jan Klusman ('66), Alan Lobdell ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Spears ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gene Horne ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Donni Clark ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) Re: Education in the United States I heard this on the news a couple of weeks ago (I hope I'm repeating this right). A national news station said China with a population over 1 billion had more students with "Harvard, Yale, MIT, or Stanford" "IQ" than all the College and University students in the USA! Now, that's a real scaring thought!! What does that tell you about our education system? My hat's off to the teachers who give their time and effort to try to make it better for our students for their future. Last year, Newsweek or Time magazines, listed the top "100" high schools in the nation. There were only three high schools that made that list in the "whole" northwest region (Wash., Ore., Idaho, Montana): Newport High School (Bellevue, WA) listed at #37; Bellevue High School (also Bellevue) was #41; and I believe it was Lakeside High School (north of Bellevue) at #45. You can see it takes dollars ($$$$) and a commitment from the community to make it possible. The parents need to make a commitment and get involved. With both parents working now, it's having the time to do it! I remember our mother going to "PTA" meetings and asking questions; she got involved because she cared. Why did I get on this? I don't know. I do know I've voted for every school levy that was in our district; Bellevue was one of them. Our teachers need to know that we'll support them. If we do that, you'll see more students wanting to join the ranks of teaching; because that's what they really want to do: to teach. It's for the future of this great country: the USA!!!! -Wally Erickson ('53) ~ I'm not sure this "Potato Head" got the point across. The weather here today at Coeur D'Alene was outstanding: perfect temperature! I love this time of the year. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) I just want to acknowledge three special birthdays this week. First of all, Loretta Ostboe Fraser ('55) celebrated her birthday on the 20th of August. A very Happy Birthday to you Loretta. Then today we have Gene Horne ('57) and Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) celebrating their birthdays. I want you all to know that I am thinking of you on your special day. -Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) ~ From Las Vegas, NV where it is supposed to be 108 degrees today, but it is a dry heat, so bearable. Ha! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nancy Stull Jewell ('59) Belated 60th birthday greetings to my cousin Bill Barr ('65). -Nancy Stull Jewell ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Deputy Editor (Plenipotentiary), Richard Anderson Richard: In describing yourself as a liberal you forgot to mention that you want to spend most of our tax money on the poor and other stupid projects. You are unpatriotic with low morals, soft on crime, and hate the military. If you were in the military, you lie about your military record. You don't go to church (at least not the right church), and lean toward communism. Thank you Karl Rowe! Get with the program, Richard. -Mike Brady ('61) PS-- And you hate America! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Re: American Legion World Series I don't know how many of you are following the American Legion World Series regional games, but Rockport, IN made the finals!! They will play in the Am. Legion World Series in Oklahoma (I learned to spell it when we did a musical at Carmichael Jr. High School and I was in the band), starting this Friday night. If they are still in my husband Warren (NaB) wants to go to see the finals, leaving right after church on Sunday. (I will be flying out west Sept. 4th to start getting to my 45th High School Reunion Sept. 7-9 so I can't make it.) When I calmly said I didn't care what month we had our reunion, I had no idea how much I'd miss in this small town where we now live. We had a river boat, the American Queen, stop in Grandview for all day July l7th. That was the first time one had stopped here in over 50 years. Now it is coming back Sept. 4 and Sept. 28, and I will miss both times because of prior commitments I've made out west, which will be fun too; another case of you can't be in two places at the same time. But I am looking forward to the reunion, and I am also looking forward to seeing Mt. Rainier on my drive to the reunion as, being raised in the Tri-Cities all my life, I never got to go to Mt. Rainier and camp or hike or anything; my family chose other places, which were also neat and fun. See you soon. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62)~ in Grandview, IN where it is really hot and humid. Over l00 is hot anywhere to me anymore; we even had an inch of rain this week and it still didn't cool down. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Problems, Schools, Teaching, Learning, Etc. "Blame it on the bossa nova with its magic spell" and 'global warming'. 'Nuff said. -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jan Klusman McCurdy ('66) Re: Lucille Bailey Saturday, Betty Moore Baker ('66) and I had the great experience to go to a reception Birthday Party at the Hampton Inn in Richland. It was for Mrs. Lucille Bailey, and she is celebrating 100 years. Mrs. Bailey was a librarian at Spalding School during the years I attended there. It was great to see her again and she looks well and happy. I also saw and talked with several other teachers who were teaching at Spalding at that time. Lucille's twins, Mary and Bill (both '64) put the party on along with friends and family. Betty Moore Baker ('66) and her husband Terry stayed with me and we had a nice visit for the weekend. They live in Mountlake Terrace, WA. We talked about old times... Newberry's, Zip's, Spudnut Shop, Uptown Thrifty Drugstore, and the Uptown Theatre..... So many good times... -Jan Klusman McCurdy ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Lobdell ('69) I'm glad to read that others feel the way I do about the school systems and the continuing problems within. Yes, there have always been some problems; however, over the last thirty-plus years I have seen that both at schools, and away, the trend has moved to the statement, "My son/daughter should never be disciplined; they don't ever do anything wrong." I've witnessed parents claim their child's innocence even when there are numerous witnesses to the act they had committed. So many parents refuse to discipline their children for wrong or even criminal behavior. How can a school or any teacher deal with a situation like that? I didn't come from a home of highly educated parents and I didn't do well in class; however, the trouble I got into at Col/Richland High was of my own doing. However, back then I didn't get away with it at school or at home. I still remember all too well getting hacks at school and going home to more of the same from my dad for messing up at school. I deserved what I got. Not everything at school was right or just since I was told in the eleventh grade by my counselor, "Why don't you do us all a favor and quit school." Thankfully I didn't listen to that one individual and did listen to people like Ms. Davis and Mr. Allen and several other teachers who were the only reason I graduated. Teachers should never be expected to have the job of discipline but should always have the authority to, if needed. I've worked for cities and counties for over thirty years and I would bet the school systems are very much like most cities: short of money, understaffed, and overworked. I applaud any and all people who choose to serve the public in any capacity. You don't get rich doing it! -Alan Lobdell ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/24/2007 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Terri Royce ('56), Richard Anderson ('60), Linda McKnight ('65) Vicki Schrecengost ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vicki Case ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancie Millius ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Don Wade ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Terri Royce Weiner ('56) Hey, Mike Brady -- I hope to heck you are kidding. If not, every point you make is out of touch and anti-progressive. Richard -- my fellow LIBERAL -- I'm glad to have you as a friend whom I haven't yet met!! -Terri Royce Weiner ('56) ~ in sunny Seattle where people are thinkers -- not "reacters". **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard Anderson ('60) Re: Pix of Richland High I wandered up to the school yesterday afternoon to take some pictures. Classes begin next Wednesday, the 29th, and everybody -- students, faculty, and administrators -- is in for a tough year. The place is a mess! Construction equipment everywhere. Fences everywhere. Nowhere to park. I don't really understand how you are supposed to provide a proper education given these conditions. But, Bombers are resilient and will manage somehow. <> -Richard Anderson ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) REMINDER: All Bombers (liberals and conservatives, poor people, etc.) and all their friends and family are invited to the Bomber Picnic at Battle Ground State Park starting at 11:00am on SUNDAY, AUGUST 26th!! Here are directions: Located 21 miles northeast of Vancouver, WA, on the state's western side. Driving from I-5 southbound: Take exit #14, and follow signs to city of Battle Ground. Drive to east end of town. Turn left on Grace Ave. (in front of Foodliner Grocery), and follow signs to park, approximately three miles from city of Battle Ground. Driving from I-5 northbound: Take exit #9, and follow signs to city of Battle Ground. Drive to east end of town. Turn left on Grace Ave. (in front of Foodliner Grocery), and follow signs to park, approximately three miles from city of Battle Ground. Bomber Cheers, -Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vicki Schrecengost Carney ('67) Re: Wally Erickson's ('53) entry re Chinese students That is a truly amazing statistic. Just a couple weeks ago the Wall Street Journal had an article about how worthless engineering degrees have become in China and India because anyone who once taught is abandoning that in favor of the big bucks to be made in business situations. The students are protesting about the deterioration in their educational system. Sort of makes you wonder why U.S. companies are so anxious to get the government to increase the number of H1B visas so they can bring these uneducated engineers over here. -Vicki Schrecengost Carney ('67) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/25/2007 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: John Bruntlett ('54), Rosalie Geiger ('57) Sharon Panther ('57), Tony Sharpe ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jerry Swain ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharen Manolopoulos ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Greg Stone ('80) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Bruntlett ('54) This past weekend I attended an Environmental Film Festival in Spokane. The final film in the series was a documentary titled "Arid Lands". The focus was the current environmental cleanup at Hanford, but covered the construction beginning in the 1940's and ended with the vineyards so prevalent in the region today. A trailer of the film can be viewed at <> along with information on obtaining a copy. It would be great to get together with other Bombers in the Spokane area and share our memories while viewing the film. -John Bruntlett ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rosalie Geiger Hughes ('57) To: Eddy Wagner ('57) I see you are listed to attend the Bomber Class of '57 50th reunion on Friday (September 7th). You may vaguely remember me from our 'deep' discussions in senior U.S. History class. Those discussions set me on a course that changed my life. Not that life was any better, but it was very interesting. If you remember, you'll no doubt know what I mean. And now... have I got a story to tell you! :-))) If you see this, e-mail me. (See the Class of '57 <>) names for the e-mail.) In case Eddy does not see this, if anyone knows his e-mail, I'd appreciate hearing from you as well. Otherwise, I'll hope to see him at the Friday evening reunion event. Looking forward to it. -Rosalie Geiger Hughes ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sharon Panther Taff ('57) Re: Pre Club-40 Reunion lunch Attention Class of '57 Bomber ladies: Several of us are planning to meet for lunch at the Shilo, in Richland, on Friday, September 7, at 11:30am for lunch prior to all the 50th reunion festivities. Please email me <> if you would like to attend so I can give the Shilo a head count. See you there. -Sharon Panther Taff ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tony Sharpe - Gold Medal Class of ('63) Re: Not Too Political Remarks To: Mike Brady ('61) Although I'm quite sure that your post to Richard Anderson ('60) was meant to be sarcasm, I found it a rather accurate description of some liberals. However, I would disagree on a couple of points. "Lean toward communism" should be replaced by "lean toward socialism", and "thank you Karl Rowe" by "thank you Karl M.". Thanks for your remarks clarifying why you get upset at non-specific "teacher bashing". To: Terri Royce Weiner ('56) I live in Seattle area (Redmond), and since I am not anything near liberal, I must not be much of a thinker. My problem with that attitude is that it says that you know what's best for me better than I do. To: Richard Anderson ('60) Thanks for the pics of RHS (Col-Hi as we called it). That is exactly what my wife Jan and I saw the week of June 13th when we were in Richland. Mac Hall looks like a disaster area. -Tony Sharpe - Gold Medal Class of ('63) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/26/2007 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Burt Pierard ('59), David Rivers ('65), Jerry Lewis ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gene Keller ('50) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon Hopkins ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon Sasser ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Richard Twedt ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joyce Soehnlein ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Merle Huesties ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gauin Moore ('82) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) Re: "Passings" apparently come in groups When I returned home from Irene Rose Peddicord's ('34) funeral yesterday (Saturday), there was a message on my answering machine from Roetta Everett Osbourn ('51) saying that her brother, George Everett ('55), passed away Friday, August 24, 2007) in California. Bomber Tears, -Burt Pierard ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Birthday Time It's that time again boys and girls. Another of our great alumni has grown a year older and better of course. This fellow is one of the great talents produced by Col-Hi. After an illustrious high school career (much the same as my own....thank goodness they graduated us!), this fellow went on to become an accomplished artist and College Professor in the Arts. Now having been an art minor back in the very early 70s (I got a late start as I spent a few years employed by our United States Marine Corps), I know this guy might have had motives other that molding young minds....I know the chicks that were art majors....what a crew....a lovely crew...oh yeah, some of them were so hippie that they may have grown a little foliage under their arms, but most of them did shave their legs....In any event he made it past that stage of his life to become the curator of the Art Gallery in either Palm Springs or Palm Desert...quite a plum for our distinguished classmate. I hope you will all join me in wishing Richard Twedt ('64) a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY on the 26th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jerry Lewis ('73) Re: Who Let the Dogs Out? Looks like we need a new Sandbox, with lots of absorbent Bomber Litter and an ample supply of wing-nut grease and hell-in-a- handbasket liberal lubricant (to assist the slide down the slope). Not to mention, left and right wing muck to hurl, dump, let-loose, or just plain wallow in. Especially the wallowing part. Oooh, can't wait. -Jerry Lewis ('73) [Ah, Young Lewis. Is this an offer to take up this task? If so, perhaps you can lead off with a discussion about this year's RSD calendar. In case anyone might forget, it lists Islamic religious holidays, Jewish religious holidays, Christian religious holidays, a Mexican holiday, five (count 'em!) pagan days (two solstices, two equinoxes, and Halloween), a few "race" days (Columbus Day for the Euros; Kwanza, MLK Day, and Black History Month for the Afros; Chinese New Year for the East Asians -- oddly, the people who were here when the preceding arrived, the American Aborigines, seem to have been left behind). There is almost enough "white space" left over for me to write in the Bomber and Wa-Hi hoops games. And this is just the calendar for a fairly dinky school district; there are SOOOO many other matters of contention that you will be a very busy boy. -Deputy Editor Richard] ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/27/2007 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Joretta Garrison ('58), Stephen Lewis ('69) Steve Huntington ('73), Jerry Lewis ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mark Saucier ('70) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Jack Sinderson ('53) and Jan Nussbaum ('55) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Ron Holeman ('56) & Leslie Swanson ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Joretta "Sue" Garrison Pritchett ('58) Charles Salina (Bomber dad to Barbara, Martin, Chuck, and Carol) passed away August 22. Charlie was a HUGE Bomber fan for years and years, even after his children had graduated high school. His wife Jan has expressed her wish that the Tuesday service (11:00am at Christ the King Church, Richland) be recorded. Do any of you Bombers have a video camera and would be willing to tape the service for the Salina family? If you do, or if you know someone who could provide this service, please call me [see E L Pritchett in Tri-Cities phonebook] or send email and I'll connect you with those who are helping with the plans. -Joretta "Sue" Garrison Pritchett ('58) ~ in Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Stephen Lewis ('69) Re: Pagan Days To the temporary moderator [Stephen, the proper honorific is: "Deputy Editor (Plenipotentiary)" (uh, some readers use other, less flattering, honorifics) -Richard]: Solstices and equinoxes are pagan days? Is astronomy to be lumped in with religion? We are already in the Sandbox. -Stephen Lewis ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Huntington ('73) [Deputy Editor (Plenipotentiary)] Richard, Perhaps a little history will calm down the liberal versus conservative banter flowing across the Sandbox? Humans originally existed as members of small bands of nomadic hunters/gatherers. They lived on deer in the mountains during the summer and would go to the coast and live on fish and lobster in the winter. The two most important events in all of history were the invention of beer and the invention of the wheel. The wheel was invented to get man to the beer. These were the foundation of modern civilization and together were the catalyst for the splitting of humanity into two distinct subgroups: 1. Liberals 2. Conservatives Once beer was discovered, it required grain and that was the beginning of agriculture. Neither the glass bottle nor aluminum can were invented yet; so, while our early humans were sitting around waiting for them to be invented, they just stayed close to the brewery. That's how villages were formed. Some men spent their days tracking and killing animals to B-B-Q at night while they were drinking beer. This was the beginning of what is known as the Conservative movement. Other men who were weaker and less skilled at hunting learned to live off the conservatives by showing up for the nightly B-B-Q's and doing the sewing, fetching, and hair dressing. This was the beginning of the Liberal movement. Some noteworthy liberal achievements include the domestication of cats, the invention of group therapy, group hugs, and the concept of Democratic voting to decide how to divide the meat and beer that conservatives provided. Over the years conservatives came to be symbolized by the largest, most powerful land animal on earth, the elephant. Liberals were symbolized by the jackass. Modern liberals like light beer (sometimes with lime added), but most prefer white wine or imported bottled water. They eat raw fish but like their beef well done. Sushi, tofu, and French food are standard liberal fare. Another interesting evolutionary side note: most of their women have higher testosterone levels than their men. Most social workers, personal injury attorneys, journalists, dreamers in Hollywood, and group therapists are liberals. Liberals also invented the designated hitter rule because it was not fair to make the pitcher also bat. Conservatives tend to drink micro brew beer. They also eat red meat and still provide for their women and families. Conservatives are big-game hunters, rodeo cowboys, lumberjacks, construction workers, firemen, medical doctors, police officers, corporate executives, athletes, Marines, and generally anyone who works productively [Hmmm, I thought that Marines killed people for a living. -Richard]. Conservatives who own companies hire other conservatives who want to work for a living. Liberals produce little or nothing. They like to govern the producers and decide what to do with the production. Liberals believe Europeans are more enlightened than Americans. That is why most of the liberals remained in Europe when conservatives were coming to America. They crept in after the Wild West was tamed and created a business of trying to get more for nothing. I hope this factual, historical account puts an end to most of the disagreements; we obviously all have a place and a function in the plan for humanity. -Steve Huntington ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jerry Lewis ('73) Deputy Editor Richard said (in keeping with the canine theme, I am only barely able to keep myself from changing it to "Deputy Dawg": <>): Ah, Young Lewis. Is this an offer to take up this task? If so, perhaps you can lead off with a discussion about this year's RSD calendar. In case anyone might forget, it lists Islamic.... There is almost enough "white space" left over for me to write in the Bomber and Wa-Hi hoops games.... How can I argue with someone who calls me "Young Lewis"? As a "Dawg" or Husky alumnus, I vaguely recall reading the school newspaper, the Daily. Our student numbers started with the year of enrollment. I would see letters to the editor from students whose SIDs started in the mid and early 60's, as well as 50's, and I'd wonder at their advanced age. Well, now, I am there and beyond. (Although I haven't had any urge to write letters to the editor of the Daily.) Moderate the Sandbox? Hmmm, tempting offer, except that I need another thing to do like a hole in the head. If it were just moderating the list, I could probably hack that, but I'd probably be compelled to waste, uh, I mean, spend, an inordinate amount of time responding. Not to mention, with my advancing age, I need to not subject myself to blood pressure raising stress. As far as the RSD calendar, you must be talking about some paper calendar, like the booster calendars sometimes produced by athletic departments, or some semi- or non-official calendar. I checked the official RSD calendar on the website and it doesn't mention any holidays other than Federal holidays that are days off school. [The RSD wall calendar is of the official variety; you can pick one up at the district office. -Richard] I don't have a problem with the other holidays, and would be interested in seeing it for the Islamic holidays. I must admit, with some measure of liberal chagrin, that I hadn't considered Native American holidays. So, to assuage my curiosity, I did some web searching and did not turn up much. As I do know that it gets harder to write in smaller spaces and surely harder to read the scrawl (and then remember what it was supposed to mean), I offer my sincere sympathy for your difficulties with the calendar. -Jerry Lewis ('73) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/28/2007 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff: Ann Pearson ('50), Mike Clowes ('54) Terri Royce ('56), Jan Bollinger ('60) Larry Mattingly ('60), Mike Brady ('61) Helen Cross ('62), Dave Sowden ('63wb) Gary Behymer ('64), David Rivers ('65) Jerry Lewis ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave Henderson ('60wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary Behymer ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Felder ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave Flaherty ('76) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Pearson Burrows ('50) To: Steve Huntington ('73) Re your dissertation on the beginnings of liberalism, beer, etc: Now that was funny!! Loved it... made my day. -Ann Pearson Burrows ('50) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) From the "Coming Down to the Wire" Dept.: Here are the latest Club-40 figures: Class of '45 - 1 Class of '46 - 1 Class of '47 - 28 Class of '48 - 6 Class of '49 - 13 Class of '50 - 3 Class of '51 - 7 Class of '52 - 42 Class of '53 - 16 Class of '54 - 23 Class of '55 - 9 Class of '56 - 11 Class of '57 - 46 Class of '58 - 11 Class of '59 - 5 Class of '60 - 19 Class of '61 - 6 Class of '62 - 13 Class of '63 - 2 Class of '64 - 6 Class of '65 - 0 Class of '66 - 1 Class of '67 - 1 Class of '70 - 1 If you are of the Classes of '65, '66, or '67, I urge you to take pen in hand and fill out the registration form found on the Club-40 web page <> and get it in the mail before Friday, August 31st. For that matter, those of you who have procrastinated up to this point should do the same. If you want to see who said they were coming to the party, you can find that on the same web page. See you at the party, -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ in Mount Angel, OR where clean-up for the annual Octoberfest weekend is proceeding nicely. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Terri Royce Weiner ('56) To: Steve Huntington ('73) Re: Libs versus con-jobs (cons) I have to say, you are one wonderful writer (regardless of your subject). However, one point is way too important for this Liberal not to mention: WE DRINK MICRO BREWS!! -Terri Royce Weiner ('56) ~ in gorgeous Seattle where the fairways got wet and the balls slowed down. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) Re: Questions to Ask School Board Candidates ********** WARNING! THIS IS OVERTLY POLITICAL ****************** ****** DO NOT READ IF YOU AVOID PARTISAN MATERIAL ************** The Eagle Forum has posted on its web site a questionnaire that might provide a revealing look into the general philosophy of those who wish to become persons of influence on your local school board: <> ********** WARNING! THIS IS OVERTLY POLITICAL ****************** -Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) ~ Spokane, where the weather is mild today but expected to reach the 90s by Wednesday. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Charlie Salina (RIP) Was sorry to hear of his passing. I very clearly remember him from my days in the Knights of Columbus. He was a nice and very likeable person. My sincere sympathies to his family. 1:20am Monday: Just in from 9 days in Alaska. Three fireworks displays: one for Houston Founder's Day and two for the Alaska State Fair. Nine days of Sandstorm waiting and before I could get them all read, in comes the 10th at 1:00am. Off to Alaska again this coming Thursday to do the last and very large display for the 2007 Fair on Friday the 31st. This will be the biggest display ever fired at the Fair. Any Alaska alums who can get to it will find it worth watching. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Brady ('61) To: Steve Huntington ('73) Hello Steve, I enjoyed reading your entry yesterday. I told my wife and children that when I die, mix my ashes with beer, peanut butter, and Cheez-Its. Then, bury me under a cherry tree in eastern Washington. Well, maybe western Washington... some easterners might not like a jack-ass in their midst. -Mike Brady ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) I don't understand where all this Sandbox stuff came from, and I hope when Maren returns it goes back to the Sandbox where it belongs in my humble opinion. I don't read or write into the Sandstorm to have people, liberal or conservative, verbally attacked. In my humble opinion again, this country is in such a state we need every citizen's best efforts and cooperation to repair as much damage as possible to keep the US of A the great country it was when we grew up. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ in Grandview, IN where we enjoy every breath of unhumid air we can find to help us face the humid ones. We are still praying for rain, as it fell heavily all around us, but missed us, but at least it's back in the 90's again. And we do thank God for whoever invented air conditioning. [Helen, the Devil invented air conditioning; it's hot down there. -Richard] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Sowden ('63wb) To: Steve Huntington ('73) Did you learn all that conservative/liberal history stuff in Bomberville? I was just 10 years ahead of you and I got to tell you I don't remember it being that way. Maybe I'm just getting forgetful. Whatever I do recall I could not recite as cleverly as you just did, but I'm sure it was different than that. You did make it more interesting and got my attention like no Bomber teacher ever did, I'll give you credit for that. I do, however, hope you picked a field other than education. -Dave Sowden ('63wb) ~ In hot and little Forest City, NC where what little rain we have had has not been enough and the locals have their own version of English. When we first got here a lady walked into our office and boldly declared in the most southern drawl I ever heard: "Y'all ain't from 'round here; I can tell by your accent". We've been here 12 years now and they tell me we done acclimated real good. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) The 'Sand Box' can be related to the 'Creature Features'. You remember, 'The Creature from the Black Lagoon', 'Return of the Creature', and 'The Creature Walks Among Us'. IF the 'Sand Box' makes an effort to return, just remember that it will be on its 3rd leg... along with 'out of line' comments, hurt feelings, and a readership of 15 to 20. The Alumni Sandstorm should be separate from the Sand Box. Jerry Lewis ('73)... where are those 'Dad' photographs that you chatted about 7 to 8 years ago? -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('64) [sic] Re: August birthdays keep on keepin' on Here we go....the ultimate collector is having a birthday on August 28th! In fact, this guy is so knowledgeable on historical places in the Richland area Jimbeaux ('63) and I have decided to ask him to make a search for us knowing that he is the one and only Bomber who could pull our quest off. So here it is....the Oracle has decided that the next big fashion statement will be t-shirts with two local bars on the front. The Frontier is one of them and the other is one that was out at the "Y". Now I'm not sure that the Oracle has yet put the birthday boy on the search....we need pictures of these two upscale establishments and we figure that just in his yearbook collection alone, the birthday boy may have several pictures of these famous bars....or taverns as they may more appropriately be hope this guy has a wonderful birthday so he''ll be ready for the challenge.......and with that I'll say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Gary Behymer ('64)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('64) [Now David... everybody knows that you are Class of '65 and that numbers 10 & 32 ain't a gonna put up with you tryin' to sneak down a year. --Richard] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jerry Lewis ('73) Re: Steve Huntington's ('73) regurgitation of liberal vs. conservative history So, if I drink non-lite beer without a lime while I eat sushi, does that make me a moderate? -Jerry Lewis ('73) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/29/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Colt funeral notice today: Tom Tracy ('55), Betti Avant ('69), Robert Avant ('69) Jerry Lewis ('73), Teresa Barber ('78) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judy Crose ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bonnie Webb ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David Gilbert ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Anita Fravala ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Brenda Belcher ('76) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kristi Strege ('00) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Katie Gerken ('01) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy ('55) We have read a number of Sandstorm comments, thoughts and criticisms regarding Public Education recently. Makes us wonder who really controls it? The State School Boards? No. The Federal Government? Hardly. The Local School Boards? Nope. Textbook Publishers? Nix. The Administrators? No again. How about the teachers? No. Parents? Negative. Nobody controls it. Education is that giant snowball rolling down the hill. Some individuals, societal groups and the aforementioned may tack a few things on... while they witness other things falling off as the educational snowball gathers momentum, changing directions only gradually but rolling on sometimes into uncharted territory. Looking back at the Richland Public Schools during the Mid-'40s through the '60s, one can accept that the parents, scientists, engineers, The Atomic Energy Commission/Hanford Engineering Works (Remember AEC/HEW on all of our furniture?), Employers DuPont, General Electric, recent historical events and the U.S. Government had great influence over the educational system established in our community. Each new school received well-planned facilities, curricular materials, equipment and infrastructure. Every school had separate facilities for library, cafeteria, gymnasium and classrooms. No program interference from gymnasiums being used for lunch rooms or libraries placed on the auditorium stage. Secondary schools had music rooms for choir and facilities for science. In my humble opinion, I think our best educational provision was the teaching, coaching, musical professionals and support personnel. Every family had at least one member employed by the prime contractor DuPont, GE, or worked in an authorized facility in the city or specific AEC area locations. The teamwork and efficiency from all in our community seems unsurpassed in today's schools. Sometimes however, we find surprising achievement in rare circumstances. It's been a thrill to follow the success of some students who were not likely to become high achievers. Remember Trevor Loflin? He was the 17 year old lad who scored a perfect SAT score... He scored a perfect 800 on the verbal section and 800 on the math section of the Scholastic Aptitude Test. The task is even more amazing considering that Loflin's family was homeless. (George Carlin would tell us He was never HOMELESS, he was only HOUSELESS) "We went back and forth. Sometimes we were without a home. Sometimes we had an apartment. And then basically we just lived wherever we could find," Loflin said. Loflin not only got the score without the benefit of a house, he got it without a school, because he is home-schooled. He said that his mom has been a great teacher. Many days were spent in their only place of residence a "station wagon". (Amazing how many mothers contacted reporters and asked "Can you tell me what model of station wagon his mother used for his Home Schooling?") Why be half-safe... own your own a Suburban vehicle for tutorial purposes. Trevor wanted to go to college. Funding was a problem... but not for long. An anonymous benefactor contributed the money to pay for his college education. Chances are slight that he'll ever be without a residence. He works for one of the largest real estate firms in California while he prepares to pursue his "Doctorate". His Mom was a magnificent educator. He was a persistent student. Learning was/and is his game. We recall that Abe Lincoln was not famous because he once lived in a log cabin... but because he got out of it. Same goes for Trevor and his Mom's Suburban wagon. We were truly blessed to have our educational opportunities in Richland. I was doubly fortunate to have been an administrator in the U.S. and able to travel throughout the U.S. to visit schools of every kind ... once we even chartered a private plane and flew to Richland to visit its new K-12 School, named Hanford! I thought it was a splendid opportunity to keep all family's kids together... with lots of advantages... but it was not to be. Anyone know exactly what happened?. Maybe we're not as bad off as some suggest. Kids on the street interviewed by Jay Leno know there is nothing wrong with public schools - the following was taken from students in a science class - Water is composed of two gins, oxygin and hydrogin - Oxygin is pure gin. Hydrogin is gin and water - another - the pistol of a flower is its only protection against insects - to remove dust from the eye, pull the eye down over the nose - to prevent contraception, wear a condominium - The body consists of three parts - the brainium, borax and the abominable cavity. The brainium contains the brain. The borax contains the heart and lungs, and the abominable cavity contains the bowls, of which there are five - A, E, I, O and U - Nitrogen is not found in Ireland because it is not found in a free state - a permanent set of teeth consists of eight canines, eight cuspids, two molars and eight cuspidors - now doesn't this give you a warm feeling - knowing the kids are really progressing - so shouldn't we stop giving public schools a hard time? Bomber cheers, -Tom Tracy ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) To: Pappy Swan ('59) and other dog lovers out there I just read a movie will come out next year based on the book "Marley and Me". It will star Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston. I also read that since Mr. Wilson's attempted suicide this weekend they don't know if he'll still be cast in the movie or not (he is right now but that could change). -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where I had a good view of Tuesday morning's total lunar eclipse (the guy on the radio kept saying it was a solar eclipse) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Avant ('69) Re: The Drive Last Sunday Maggie took the day off from being the church musician (she is a concert grade pianist) and we went over Stevens Pass to Leavenworth. I had told her that I had not been over the "Pass" for about 30 years and had not had not a chance since I had moved back here in 2005. What a great trip! Leaves were starting to turn and there was an "Art Fair" in the downtown. Maggie being from Scotland, but having lived here since the '80s is a constant story that our parents allowed us to be from one of the most diverse States in the Union and we are all still "Washingtonians". What a reminder that life is simple, and life is good. -Robert Avant ('69) ~ Lake Stevens, WA "where the liquor flows and the dice are hot!" **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jerry Lewis ('73) Re: Gary Behymer's ('64) question about my dad's photos I actually got moving on the project late last year and early this year. As life intervened, it moved to the background a bit. Here's what I currently have up: - a start of a new web page. Basic, not pretty. Has links to a great set of pictures my dad took of the Jefferson (Elementary) Crossing Guards/Patrol in 1966. I can recognize a number of kids, but I have links on this page where you can go in and enter names corresponding to the pictures to identify the kids. That page has links to my picture sharing site, which has the patrol pictures plus a few others, including a picture of me in '70s splendor (ack!). The direct link is Also on that site, I have a series of pictures that may be of interest to Alumni Sandstorm readers. They are from the JFK visit. See I'm about 95% done with the colorized version of JFK at the podium that I've been working on (off-and-on) for years. The presidential seal needs the most work. Like I mention on the web page, I now have a slide/negative scanner, but haven't had a lot of time. -Jerry Lewis ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Teresa Barber Wise ('78) Happy Birthday David. When our memories outweigh our dreams, we have grown old. Dream big this year and make it a good one. -Teresa Barber Wise ('78) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Irene Rose Peddicord ('34) ~ 12/30/15 - 8/20/07 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/30/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Pappy Swan ('59), Mike Brady ('61) Helen Cross ('62), David Rivers ('65) Marsha Hopfinger ('67), Corey Keller ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy Hoff ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patty O'Neil ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Teresa Barber ('78) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Pappy Swan ('59) and other dog lovers out there Should Mr. Wilson be unable to fulfill his role in the making of the movie based on the book "Marley and Me," I propose that we let it go to the dogs. That is, I think that the dogs should decide who will play the role of "Me" aka John Grogan. However, only qualified dogs...dogs who have genuinely flunked out of obedience school would be allowed to vote. Marley deserves it for the way he lived his life. Furthermore, great care in all casting (canine and Homo sapiens) and presentation of movie theme content should be exercised. In today's world, due to concerns over the shortcomings in the education of canine students, a movie addressing failures in their righteous and proper education can easily be perceived as highly sensitive. It is so sensitive that it could very well teeter on the brink of success or failure, dependent upon the overt political expounding by the "Hollywood Elite Canine Actor's Guild." It could all become quite "political" in a dog's heartbeat. The potential for stirring up intense discussion and heated arguments over how publicly purchased dog snack tax monies are being spent in the administration of dog obedience school systems is a very real possibility. From there, the whole thing could easily deteriorate into the "turnoff" of a headline grabbing, knockdown, drag out, dogfight between conservative and liberal canines, leaving the movie floundering at the box office; not at all, I am sure, what the fun-loving Marley had in mind when he intentionally flunked out of obedience school. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Beautiful Downtown Burbank, WA where the elves are still around but staying low key about the puddle as I deal with almost major, partial reconstruction of the North side of my "almost an acre." However, I have been taking notes and will catch up soon. But now, it is "Break time," a time to rejoice as hunting season is once more here! Tomorrow, I journey off in pursuit of the wily Ruffed Grouse and camping out for a week. But I shall return, in the nick of time, to hose off and attend Club 40. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Maren must be back! Today's Sandstorm sounds like Sandstorms of the past. I enjoyed the controversy that Deputy Editor, Richard Anderson ('60) allowed, but it's probably best to keep the Sandstorm as mellow as possible. I'm sure many people were offended by some of the entries. As we all know, Maren has done an outstanding job editing and publishing the Sandstorm. Thank you Richard for handling the Sandstorm in Maren's absence, and thank you for allowing some of us to vent. -Mike Brady ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Re: AC To: Richard Anderson ('60), Alumni Sandstorm Deputy Editor Oh, Richard, I couldn't let that one pass, don't kid yourself there is no AC where the devil lives. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ Grandview, IN where we are still praying for rain. We've heard thunder, but felt no rain drops... in over a week. Warren and I will head up to Wisconsin tomorrow for the big WSU-UW in Madison, WI where we will do our best to root them on... to victory... And the big class of '62 reunion starts in just 9 days. I called and made reservations for the boat trip that goes up river by where Hanford used to be "in the good ole days". So that means we can't come to the Bomber lunch out in West Richland, as we won't get back until about l:30.... Another case of you can't be in 2 places at the same time. I seem to be running into that logic all over the place lately. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) OK, so I got a little excited over Behymer's ('64) birthday... hit the wrong key... hell if you watched me type you would wonder how I ever hit the RIGHT key... my feet ain't flat on the floor and my back isn't straight... I don't have my hands spread over the keys and I notice that asdfjkl; doesn't even apply on a computer key board... so gimme a break... BUT if you think I got excited over Gary... this Bomber Babe who is celebrating a birthday on the 30th sends me sky high! I remember the exact day I first met her... as with Kathie Roe ('64) (who I had to have met at Chief Jo so I'm not quite sure why this first day of school at Col-Hi is so vivid)... but we were in a hallway... heaven knows which hallway it was the old school... that is the school before they tore it down in '65)... yes... we were standing in some hallway (some people even know that the hallways had numbers... I didn't know they had numbers... I only knew Mac Hall)... and Warford ('65) (oh thank you Ricky for that first day of school) introduced me to several girls... many of whom went to Chief Jo which tells me my head was not on my shoulders all during Jr Hi... and one of the gorgeous Bomber Babes he introduced me to was the birthday girl... I probably stepped on my tongue the whole day after that event... I knew that high school was where I was meant to be... oh yeah (three years later Ricky and I would be sitting on the curb in front of Mac Hall with our heads in our hands jut mumbling... "We blew it... We blew it... ") but for the moment and the entire three years until I realized it wasn't forever, I knew high school was just about as close to heaven as one could get... (Eddie Cochran almost got it right in his song "Teen Age Heaven")... so where was I... oh yeah... so anyway, I spent many years admiring this lady from afar... I know, I know... Jimmy Heidlebaugh ('65) has known her since 2nd grade but I can tell you right now... this girl did not look in second grade anything like what she grew up to be... so now that I have slobbered all over the key board and hunted and pecked my way thought this... I wanna say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Kathy Hoff Conrad ('64)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marsha Hopfinger Sork ('67) The Blue Ribbon Class of '67 held its 40th class reunion July 27 and 28, 2007. It was a delightful event, with lots of old friendships renewed. Thanks to Maren and classmates who submitted photographs, we have a web page ready for all to see the young happy faces of '67 grads gathered in Richland to celebrate. Pass on this information to any '67 class members. Again, thank you Maren. Enjoy -Marsha Hopfinger Sork ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. >>From: Corey Keller ('68) Wednesday 08/29/2007 10:13:16am COMMENTS: Looking for classmates to reconnect with. Trying to find Cathie Schmidt ('68). Anyone know her where abouts? Please e-mail me if you do. My sister-in-law is writing this for me, I don't have a computer... she'll get the message to me. -Corey Keller ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>George Everett ('55) ~ 5/30/36 - 8/24/07 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/31/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Lois Weyerts ('56), Sharon Greer ('62), Jamie Worley ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Lattin ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Howard Kirz ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Donna Kirz ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rick Valentine ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lois Weyerts Harrold ('56) Re: Timeshare available The following information is being passed on to you from Bill ('54) and Carol Ritz ('56 ) Griffin. Please contact me (Lois) if you are interested and I will give you a telephone number or email address to contact Bill and Carol. On September 14th - 21st there is a 3 Bedroom house available, located at Eagle Crest Resort in Redmond, OR. The price for this paradise is $1,000. It is a timeshare that they cannot use at this time. If three couples went in together it would be a pretty cheap vacation. Contact Lois before September 10--best ASAP. Re: Class of '56 Bomber ladies luncheon If you would like to join us for lunch at the Cafe at Queensgate, 1950 Keene Road, at 11:30 on Thursday, September 6th please contact Lois Weyerts Harrold by Sunday, September 2 so that I can include you in the reservation number. Frankie Taylor Hall ('56) will be in town so we are getting together to enjoy a visit with her and the rest of our '56 gals. Take exit 3 South off of Highway I-82 to Queensgate Drive. At the stop sign turn Right. AT the signal on Keene Rd. turn left and then turn left at the small Mall. From there look for the sign"Cafe at Queensgate." Hoping to hear from you! -Lois Weyerts Harrold ('56) ~ Richland where it is still warm but there is a feeling of fall in the air. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sharon Greer ('62) Re: Typing I ran across a comment about not being able to type, and it brought back memories of typing class in high school. Does anyone remember the name of the typing/shorthand teacher in the late '50s early '60s? As I recall she was short, thin, grey hair and had a WWII concentration camp number tattoo on the inside of her left forearm. I think I am remembering correctly that she was the one with the number tattoo. Maybe it was another teacher I had and not the typing teacher. -Sharon Greer ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jamie Worley (The Magic Class of '64) Is there anyone in the Tri-City area who is in the real estate business that can appraise land? I have a property in Benton City on the Yakima River that I would like to sell. It is quite beautiful and I have no idea what it is worth. I need some help. Thanks. -Jamie Worley (The Magic Class of '64) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` July, 2007 ~ September, 2007