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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 ~ 10/01/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Mike Bradley ('56), Helen Cross ('62) Dena Evans ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Duane Lee ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Phyllis Maffei ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Karen Fulcher ('79) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Bradley ('56) Re: Charlie's Hole in One I just wondered what miniature golf course he was playing? Just kidding. Congratulations Charlie! 7 must be some kind of record. I have a son who has 3 and I thought he was lucky. -Mike Bradley ('56) ~ In rainy Kirkland, WA. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Greetings from the house by the little lake. I was finally able to take in my dear friend's son's wedding down a windy road in the Napa Valley, and hop on a red eye and make it back to Ohio/ Indiana by this morning. So my wonderful Pacific Northwestern, Northern California holiday has finally come to an end. And looking around this house it is in need of some attention... my little foster cat is here, she was glad to see me again, as well my garden will be tomorrow. We've had a bit of rain back here, so while the lake is low, the grass is green. I'm watching one of my favorite old British TV shows while I try to decide where to start in this house, not to mention the parsonage... when I get there. I certainly did enjoy seeing so many of my dear friends who live in the west, (and those who don't I saw at the reunion), and it was nice to see our son who had just turned 30 in September. I am sorry to learn of Agneta Bjorklund's ('62) passing. Her American sister, Carole Johnston Berg ('62) had feared that might happen and that she might not make it to come back for another visit to the US. It's beautiful weather back here today too with blue sky, much as it was yesterday in the Napa Valley when I was there for the wedding. Fondly, -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ back home in the house by the little lake **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dena Evans Harr ('64) To: Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) Shirley, I appreciate the link that you gave us in the Sandstorm. I just made a copy of the "Human foods that poison pets". It is a very good article to share with your family, baby sitters, and anyone that would spend a larger than normal amount of time around your pets. I dog sit for my sister, Cheryl Evans Stroh ('66), twice a year when she vacations. Luckily she gave me strict orders, the first time I watched them, that the dogs do not get human food of any kind. NO EXCEPTIONS! Of course we won't speak of the time Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) was visiting me while I was dog-sitting. We had just taken a Papa Murphy's pizza from the oven and put it on top of the counter. We took a couple of pieces each, and sat down to grub. The next thing we hear is a clatter coming from the kitchen. I jump up -- well, not quite jump -- and run into the kitchen to see Abby, the mama dog, trying to finish the pizza that she had knocked to the floor. I was fast enough, she might have eaten a couple of bites, but the rest went directly into the garbage. These types of incidents occur, but now I know that it was for Abby's own good that the pizza went into the garbage. I was just punishing her for getting up on the counter and knocking it to the floor. MY! DO I FEEL LUCKY! Thanks again for the heads up. -Dena Evans Harr ('64) ~ from Portland, OR when the rain is gently falling, and so are the leaves. I enjoy this time of the year. The colors are beautiful. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/2/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Harvey Chapman ('56), Steve Carson ('58), Dale Ennor ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kay Conrad ('60) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Charlie Bigelow & Shirley Strege ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Harvey Chapman ('56) To: Mike Bradley ('56) Mike, what happened on your planned move to Coulee Dam? -Harvey Chapman ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Carson (Championship Class of '58) A major shout out to General Mattis ('68)... the youngsters are taking over. Sincere congratulations and thanks for your service. -Steve Carson (Championship Class of '58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dale Ennor ('59) Re: Raisins and dogs Raisins? Harmful to dogs? Hard to believe it is universally true. When Murphy came to live with us in 1995 I decided, for once, to have an obedient dog and registered him in a four week obedience class. On the first night of "training" I was chagrined to find every other "master" with a bag of goodies to reward proper behavior. The majority seemed to have a bunch of sausage chunks; I stood there with nothing for reward. Remembering I had some small (1-1/2 oz.) boxes of raisins in the car I retrieved one of them hoping they might work. Four weeks later Murphy was doing a great job of "sitting" on command and a much better job of polishing off a box of raisins at each session. Now, after almost thirteen years, he enjoys part of my Raisin Bran each morning. On our annual trek into the back country each September (this year's photo attached) he shares my trail mix - raisins, peanuts, and chocolate M&Ms. Each fall when he suffers through his "adult dog" physical examination the vet compliments him on his perfect health betting he'll be around and active until at lease eighteen years of age. -Dale Ennor ('59) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/03/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Pappy Swan ('59), Carol Carson ('60), Larry Davis ('80) Gary Schauer (84) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: George Brinkman ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Katie Riggins ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Dale Ennor ('59) Re: Raisins and dogs Dale, I tend to agree with you about dogs eating raisins. The warning seems to run contrary to the old "Fox and the Grapes" story. And, Murphy seems to be living proof that raisins may not be all that bad for dogs, a fine looking dog! Or, is it like with people, where some do well with certain foods, yet others do not? My first big Yellow Labrador, Buff, lived for almost 14 years. In my ignorance, he shared trail mix (containing raisins), Snickers Bars (my lifelong favorite), cooked onions, and generally everything that I have heard along the way that is supposed to be bad for dogs. With Gunner, my second Yellow Lab, and now Darby, my third, I have found that in my older, more cautious years, I have backed off letting them eat those things, to be safe... just in case. But here's the kicker, I have received numerous emails in recent years warning of the danger of feeding dogs these foods. Yet, when I go to my dog care and home veterinarian books, I can find only a brief reference to the concern for giving chocolate to dogs, as it could be tough on their digestive systems. Onions and raisins seem to be a relatively new concern. I would like to obtain some valid information about feeding dogs all of these "so called" bad foods. The trouble with so many email warnings is that they are never accompanied by a reference as to who originated the statement and what it is based on. Of course that is true about emails covering many other subjects, especially politics. I have never seen a dog eat a raw onion and it seems to me that cooking would breakdown many properties of the "bad breath fruit [or veggie]." Whatever? To "sweeten the pot," so to speak, I often put a little left over meat and gravy that has been cooked with onions on my dog's food because she has never been real fond of straight dry dog food. And, my dog will sometimes eat a grape or two. Could it be that the question of raisins (dried grapes) comes from their swelling up as they re-hydrate in the dog's stomach, or does the drying process concentrate some harmful chemical (or preservative)? I would really like to hear (or better) read documented opinions or the results of studies from real qualified experts. My vet is a "good ol' boy," no-nonsense type who deals primarily with large farm animals and horses, but is very good with dogs and cats. But, his answer to trimming a dogs toenails is to "Take the dog on lots of good runs -- its good for the toenails and good for the whole dog!" So, no point in asking there. So, does anyone know of a good reference or know a vet who could answer the questions about feeding dogs these "bad foods," someone who could provide some good sound reasoning. I am weary of hearing that certain foods are bad for dogs but never hearing why and what the warning is based upon. I have listened to a lot of dog care/dog training people. Many are very good at what they do. But, many run on their own opinions and experience, but maybe not so much on scientifically based information. You know the old saying, "Opinions are like certain parts of our anatomy; everyone has one." It would be nice to get past the opinions and find out for once ... WHY! -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where the weather is ... "Real Cool Man!" **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Carson Renaud ('60) I have not seen any posts from Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) for some time. Does anyone know if she's doing OK? She and my Mom worked together and we had been in contact regularly until my Mom's passing. -Carol Carson Renaud ('60) ~ From windy and wet Lynnwood, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Davis ('80) Just a couple Sandstorm updates The Sandstorm had missed a birthday announcement on Sunday, 9/28 for Kathy Hudson Williamson ('54) and that is class year not age... Happy Birthday (mom). We had a chance to celebrate over on the wet side as they made the trip from Richland over the mountains to the Maple Valley area. Funny thing was that we lost power early Sunday morning until late that night and had to relocate our celebration. We had a good time! I just recently had been informed about the passing of Mel Schauer (long time Bomber teacher and administrator). My sympathies to Betty and their family. I had the pleasure of knowing Mel on a more personal level and had just seen & talked to him during trip back to Richland a few months ago. He was well respected in my book. I also learned early on that he also had an amazing (hard to contend) "hook shot" on the basketball court, back when students still played basketball against teachers. Later, I learned that he had coached both basketball and track and was quite competitive. He'll be missed. -Larry Davis ('80) ~ where it is expected to rain until next June **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Schauer ('84) Last Thursday, Sept 27th, our father and Papa Melvin J. Schauer passed away suddenly while on trip to Lewiston, Idaho with his wife of 50 years, Betty Schauer. Dad spent 21 years at Columbia/ Richland High School from 1967 to 1988. His passing came as a complete surprise to all of us as he was seemingly in good health and recovering very well from an illness he had last year. A four sport (Basketball, Football, Baseball, & Track) star at Simms High School in Montana, he went into teaching and coaching after earning his degree from Montana State. After a brief stop at Dutton High School in Montana to teach and coach football and basketball, and 2 years of service in the Army, he ended up in Colville, WA as the head basketball and track coach. During his 4 years at Colville, he took his basketball team to state 3 time, finishing 4th in 1965 (a school best still). In 1967, Dad moved the family to Richland, seeing the community and schools as a great place to raise a family. He spent 25 years with the Richland School District as a teacher, coach, and administrator. Upon first arriving at Columbia High School, he taught math and was the assistant football coach, under head coach, George Rallis. Over the next few years, he advanced his involvement in the athletic department by serving as Athletic Director and coaching basketball. A little known fact about Dad associated with the long history of basketball at Richland High School is that he organized and coached the first ever sophomore team in 1970. In 1972, he moved into administration as the vice principal at RHS. He held this role for 16 years until 1989 when he moved to Hanford High School to fill a need for a vice principal there. He worked there for 4 years until he retired in 1992. During his 21 years at RHS teaching math, coaching sports, and serving as vice principal, he interacted with and touched the lives of many students, teachers, administrators and parents. Being in charge of discipline as vice principal, he was often not the most popular guy but he was respected and loved by the staff and the students. Being the disciplinarian was the least favorite part of this job, but some of his favorite stories are ones in which former students came back to visit him and thanked him for keeping them on straight and narrow. After retiring he built a beautiful home along the 10th fairway at Desert Aire where he lived with our mother for the past 15 years. This past July, they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with friends and family. Dad kept in touch with many people in Richland after moving to Desert Aire. He knew so many people that he couldn't go anywhere in town for a "quick stop" as he'd run into former students, teachers, or neighbors and have to spend 10 minutes catching up. He'd make his way into town 2 or 3 times a week and often attend Richland basketball or football games. He always kept up with the teams in the paper and could tell you exactly what their record was, if they were any good and who the players to watch were. Those who knew "Papa" well know that he cherished his family beyond all else. It was what truly made him happy. He was always proud of the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren and would usually work them into most any conversation. If anyone has any stories to share about Mel Schauer, we'd love to hear them. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 6th at 2pm at Richland Lutheran Church, 901 Van Giesen St., Richland The family invites contributions to be made in the name of Mel Schauer to either: ~The Sagebrush Senior Center, PO Box 1234, Mattawa, WA 99349 or ~The Service & Leadership PTSA Scholarship at Richland High School, 930 Long Ave., Richland, WA 99352. Question(s) about this scholarship can be directed to Calleen Antilla at [Phone number deleted for Calleen's privacy -- email Gary for her phone number. -Maren]. A great man who cared about his community, teaching our children math or life's lessons, and was a true friend to so many. He will be missed greatly. Children: Rick Schauer ('76), Lori McCord ('78), Gary Schauer ('84) Grandchildren: Ryan McCord ('99), Calli McCord ('01) -Gary Schauer ('84) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/04/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Anna May Wann ('49), Larry Mattingly ('60) Linda Belliston ('63), Marilyn Swan ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gloria Davis ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) Re: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) To: Carol Carson Renaud (60) On September 20th I heard from Patty Monroe Old ('49) who keeps in touch with Betty and Betty is still in Texas with her daughter going through a battery of Alzheimer tests. Patty was hoping she would get to see Betty while she is in Ft Worth visiting her son. If and when I hear more I will let you and others know that are concerned about Betty. -Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) ~ from rainy west side of the State **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Dog foods I am in Dallas, TX for the annual meetings of the American Pyrotechnic Association. It is at the Hyatt Reunion Tower. While I have had nicer rooms at half the price, attendance is important for me. We are having discussions of the 2009 convention in WA state. Last time there were 82. While I was not a member then it is interesting that I was the licensed pyro of record that fired all the demos that year. I note on the 6 AM news that Dallas drivers don't do much better then Seattle drivers in the wet commute. There are two accidents with cars upside down on freeways. There are several large fireworks demo shows this week. Any alums in the Dallas area wanting to see them please contact me off list. I can't get you into our private viewing area but they will be able to be seen if you know where. I have not had a dog for some years now. My schedules in life would be very unfair to a pet. However I read of interest the articles saying given items are bad for dogs. I did have several black Labs and raised and trained several litters of pups. My last male "Dukie" loved onions. He would get up on hind legs and dance for an onion (or an ice cream cone). The only bad part about it was that he learned to dig them up in my garden. I remember Dr. "Ferggie" in Pasco saying they would not hurt him except for giving him gas. Home next week for a few days and then off to our factory in China. I am going to take a couple of days and fly up to Beijing to see the Great Wall and the Celestial Observatory. "Happiness is the sky in bloom". -J. Larry Mattingly ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Belliston Boehning (Gold Medal Class of '63) Re: Class of '63 Just a reminder about our 1st Reunion meeting.. Friday, October 5th, 1:00 pm at Micki Lund's house. If you are not able to come, please send us your suggestions, ideas, requests, etc. Within the next few days, I will be sending out an up-dated list of missing classmates, and also classmates I have no e-mail addresses for. Please let me know if you change your e-mail address. -Linda Belliston Boehning (Gold Medal Class of '63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn Swan Beddo (Gold Medal Class of '63) Good Morning Fellow Bombers: One month ago I had a great opportunity to fly to Great Britain & to experience that part of the world. I really had never planned to go there, but couldn't pass up this chance of a lifetime. My friend's daughter is working over there for 7 months for a sister company of a U.S. company & we were able to stay with her for the week we were in London. By the time all their family arrived there were 7 of us & so we had a blast touring all over London & surrounding areas, including Windsor Castle & the Tower of London. We left on a Saturday morning & flew to Scotland, staying in an apartment in Edinburgh on the Royal Mile! We were there 3 days & did all kinds of tours in that area & up into the Highlands. I fell in love with the beautiful purple "Thistle" china there (had to have a few pieces), which I found out that the thistle is their national flower! From there we flew to Shannon, Ireland. At this point we rented a great 8 passenger van & started our Ireland adventure. We stayed in Cork (which my much older brother, George "Pappy" Swan ('59) tells me our Swan ancestors hail from County Cork ............ now he tells me!!) the first night & explored the little waterfront town near our hotel. The next day we drove to Dublin, with stops along the way at Blarney Castle & the wonderful Blarney Woolen Mills. I now own a beautiful cashmere wool scarf from Ireland. On to Dublin............... what a city that is, scary in certain areas & just beautiful architecture, as there was over much of the United Kingdom & Ireland. There were wonderful huge malls with great shopping right in the heart of Dublin & we had a penthouse apartment on the top floor of a hotel with a beautiful view of the whole city of Dublin. Late Friday night we flew back to London to continue our visit there, of course taking in Buckingham Palace. I came home totally worn out, not as young as I once was. I have never walked so much, or been on so many trains, planes, automobiles & Subways!! Hope I haven't bored you all, but I wanted to make a point here. For a little girl from a lower to middle income family in a little Washington town, I had never dreamed I'd be able to go to some of the places I've been to & see some of the sights I've seen. I feel so lucky & blessed to have been able to travel somewhat in these last few years & see how others in the world live. We have soooo much here & we take sooo much for granted. I've never had everything I've wanted in life, but I'm quite happy with what I have. I did not know when we started out that this trip would be such an eye opener for me. When I want to go to the market, I just hop in my vehicle & off I go. I thought about that a lot as we caught a taxi, rushed to catch a train, or an underground tram, or the Tube, that is three levels below the streets of London. We live in an amazing time & after what I've just experienced I don't think I will be so apt to take things here in the US as much for granted anymore! I am very thankful to live in the United States & to be just a little patriotic, I just want to say GOD BLESS AMERICA!!! -Marilyn Swan Beddo (Gold Medal Class of '63) ~ back in the good ol' USA near the Salt Lake City area where it's beginning to look a lot like fall! ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/05/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Lois Weyerts ('56), Donna Nelson ('63) Shirley Collings ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janis Cook ('68) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Morris Massey ('54) & Carol Horstman ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lois Weyerts Harrold ('56) Re: Death of classmate: Kay Fortune Ross ('56) It is with great sadness that we heard about the death of our fellow classmate, Kay Fortune Ross. She died on Tuesday afternoon, October 2nd from cancer that had gone into her bones. Kay leaves behind her husband William (Will) and Kerry and Tanya. Kay lived in Wilmington, NC. Our thoughts and our prayers go out to the family at this time as we all grieve their loss. -Lois Weyerts Harrold ('56) ~ Richland where fall is in the air and the days are now cooler with more cloudy weather. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Nelson ('63) Our labs ate anything we did when my boys were growing up. I'm sure they found lots of goodies under the beds, especially around Halloween. My sister Sus's ('67) cocker spaniel ate my very expensive Godiva chocolate while I was visiting her... about a half pound. She loved it, I guess. So........... just input to the ongoing conversation. Who would want a lifetime of meals out of a bag having bone meal as the main ingredient? Or maybe that's changed. -Donna Nelson ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) Re: Dogs and foods they should not eat It looks like I started some discussion on my recent entry about foods you should not feed your dogs: This information is confirmed on the website. Also be aware that chocolate, cocoa, Macadamia nuts & onions can be deadly to dogs. I continued further down the article and found explanations why the above foods are bad for dogs. You might want to check them out. -Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Kay Fortune Ross ('56) ~ 11/21/37 - 10/02/07 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/06/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ FROM THE EDITOR: Yesterday I got yet another email from a fake Alumni website inviting me to "sign up at an amazing new alumni site". You can spot these fakes because there's one word that is missing from their invitation. The fake guys don't seem to know that we are BOMBERS. Invitation is for "RHS alumni site". -Maren ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Marguerite Groff ('54), Virginia Brinkerhoff ('54) Diane Avedovech ('56), Janet Wilgus ('59) Sandy Carpenter ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Collins ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Harvey Irby ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Willie Mitchell ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pam Pyle ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) I want to share a couple of things regarding class of '54 friends. Bev Sullivan Johnson ('54) has liver cancer and is terminal. Three of us visited her Thursday morning and found her very weak and bedridden. However, she enjoyed visiting with us. We all enjoyed some laughs and the visit was very special for all of us. Praise God she is not in any pain. I received a phone call from her husband this afternoon and he said that she had a bad night last night. He knows she won't last much longer. She told us that she is tired and ready to go. Her only concern is of course her husband Aaron and their children, grandchildren, and other loved ones. Please keep her in your prayers. The other classmate who is dealing with medical problems is Carl Volmer. Carl has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma. This disease affects the blood plasma made in the bone. They could not make a planned trip to Hawaii and Carl began radiation treatments. He has had 13 of 15 treatments so far, as well as chemotherapy by pills. This disease is treatable but not curable. Later this month Carl will have hip surgery because of a tumor on his hip. I called him this evening and got his permission to post this. I know he would enjoy hearing from you and knowing that you are keeping him in your thoughts and prayers. Their address and phone number are in the Richland directories. Or, you can e-mail me and I would be glad to send you both. -Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) ~ Still in good-ole Richland. Love being here. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Virginia Brinkerhoff Sweetland ('54) Re: Bomber Cheers for Maren! I wanted to officially say "Thanks" to Maren for straightening out my ISP (internet services provider) and getting the Sandstorm back to being delivered after a frustrating week of having it blocked. I exchanged a lot of telephone calls and emails with my customer service office ... the last guy I talked to tried to give me an analogy of my mail being just a "post office" outside their control and my mail was blocked at the city limits, also out of their control, and that I would have to have "the mayor of the Sandstorm" talk to "the mayor of (the ISP)". So Mayor Maren called and asked for a "supervisor" and things got better fast. Evidently they finally decided to look into the situation, and (obviously) what they found was that they had screwed up ... so they quietly unscrewed whatever it was, and now the mail is going thru just like it should. Where else could you get Maren's kind of help from a supplier of anything? I also learned for sure, something that I had been wondering about, that No, she never sleeps. [I do, too sleep!!!! -Maren] Hi to all who send stuff; I enjoy getting it. -Virginia Brinkerhoff Sweetland ('54) ~ from beautiful rural Ferry County, WA somewhere up by the Canada border, and is not on anybody's maps, kind of like it used to be at Hanford/Richland 60+ years ago **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Diane Avedovech ('56) Re: A dog story When my dad was living in Yakima I was visiting for Christmas holiday some years ago, having just graduated from the University of Puget Sound. They had a very big German Shepard that was just a happy go lucky and friendly family pet named Prince. We went out for dinner one evening after my step mother had spent 2 days baking and making Christmas treats, pastries of all sorts and wonderful goodies in general, all nicely arranged on the kitchen counter. When we got home, Prince had pulled down every single last morsel on the counter and of course, gulped it all down. I suspect that dog had a huge stomach ache afterwards, but looked like she had a big grin on her face when we got home. She also survived the wrath of God that befell on her when we got home. That same dog loved the fall. In that neighborhood many people had fruit trees in their yard, and Prince would go around and eat all the ground falls which included apricots, peaches, apples, pears and prunes. As far as I could tell, none of it seemed to hurt her and the neighbors apparently didn't mind that she was cleaning up under their trees. -Diane Avedovech ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Janet Wilgus Beaulieu ('59) Re: Kay Fortune Ross ('56-RIP) To Lois Weyerts Harrold ('56) This is note to tell you of another unexpected "Bomber Coincidence." Tom and I had just purchased our home in the Almaden area of San Jose in 1971. We had closed on the transaction and were invited to the house to go over various details. When we arrived, the owners were in the garage sorting through paint and other items that were being left for our use. In the process of becoming acquainted with this very pleasant couple, we found out that they were both from Richland and the young lady was a Bomber!!! We all were so surprised and we all 're-introduced' ourselves and that is how Tom and I met Kay and Will Ross. Hundreds of houses to choose from and we found the one we wanted being sold by Richland kids (yes, we were all so young!!) They were leaving for North Carolina and we had just come from Boulder, Colorado (with IBM) to California. So, it is sad to hear of Kay's death. I would have wanted her to know that we enjoyed over 17 years in that lovely house that was originally hers and we have many wonderful memories of being in that neighborhood on Maiden Lane, friends of theirs becoming friends and neighbors of ours. Many G.E. people moved to that area. Nonie and Ed Swain who were our dear neighbors in Richland were also there; the place seemed to feel rather quickly like home. One never knows when a Bomber will come into your life and sometimes with unusual and profound consequences. -Janet Wilgus Beaulieu ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sandy Carpenter Lee ('61) Re: Time for Change Hi Everyone, It's been a wild, crazy, busy, and emotional summer, but I'm enjoying the coolness of the fall weather that has fallen on these beautiful hills here in Elk, WA, where we call our summer home. Many of you know that we had a great adventure this spring when we purchased 2 paso fino mares and put them through 2 months of training in Plummer, ID. That went really well, and the trainer was pleased to work with 2 horses with "such good minds"; they retained their lessons and progressed so much. Then the first week of June we brought them home to our ranch just north of Elk; and they went through the usual transition horses go through, accepting new surroundings and working out who was boss. All went well for a couple of weeks and our first guests of the summer (3 couples from Oregon) enjoyed seeing them roam the pasture and go through their ground work in the round pen. Then things changed drastically on June 21st (the first day of summer) and while I was working her in the round pen, I came "unsaddled" (she didn't even throw me... just turned too quickly to the right) and I landed directly on my head. Thank heavens I was wearing my helmet... because even then I got a concussion and had to be rushed to ER in Newport, WA (much faster to drive there than to call the medics out here in the toolies). Doctors said I could not afford another head injury (I need all the brain cells I've got)... so no riding for at least a month. Well, that led to a lot of soul searching, and considering that we were getting back into horses after 35 years, and at the ages of almost 65 and 70, we better rethink this whole horsey thing. To make a long story short, we got a new home for Zanzi (my husband's horse) right up the road from us about 9 miles, and we are leasing her to them, so we can see her when we want to. We prayed all summer for a good home for Tessa, my registered paso fino mare, and prayed very specifically that she get a home with people who would recognize her abilities and allow her to live up to her potential. Well, we think that has happened now, as we took her to a lady in the Portland area who wants to lease her on trial, and try to use her for endurance riding, which I was going to try doing if I'd kept her. It seems to be working out, and she really likes her and is going to try her on some trails this weekend. If this all works out, we will sell the horse trailer, which is like brand new (but a 1998), and get ourselves some new ATVs. With them you only have ONE brain to control, and only have to feed them when you use them. We're used to them, too, as have ridden them here on the ranch for years... we should have stuck to just ATVs. But, I wouldn't have traded the experience for anything... we got to see our own horses on our own land and enjoy watching them and caring for them all summer long. They are beautiful creatures, we just got restarted too late in life. Our balance and reactions aren't like they were when I used to do some barrel racing & showing. We also had the adventure of purchasing a home in the country in the Airway Heights area just 46 miles from our ranch. We thought we'd purchase it now for our older years of retirement, so we don't have to drive those 6 hours from Gold Bar. While my mother, who just turned 90 this summer, is still alive, we want to be on the other side of the mountains during the winter months (and I travel over there about twice a month during the summer to see she and her husband). But living in Airway Heights will be so handy for everything in the future...and speaking of new stores...there's a big new Super Wal*Mart being built just a mile or so from our house there... wow is that going to be nice & convenient. And that area is growing so fast, there are all kinds of businesses and housing cropping up. We love our new neighbors there, and they have been so nice to help us keep up the yard in the summer, we will enjoy living there someday in the future. Anyway, when we get a cement floor poured in the 24x24 detached shop there on Tuesday, we will be headed back to Gold Bar to hunker down for the winter & enjoy some family time with my folks and my brother, Gary's ('64) family. Most of my nieces and nephews, including my brother, live in the same development we do, which makes it really nice for get togethers and walks in the snow. The development is Big Bend, right across from the world famous Zeke's Drive In on Hwy. 2, just 34 miles west of Steven's Pass. If any of you are traveling through that way, give us a shout. In the meantime, visit my web site at: -Sandy Carpenter Lee ('61) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/07/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Virginia Brinkerhoff ('54), Lois Weyerts ('56) Helen Cross ('62), Linda McKnight ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jessie Willoughby ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jon Boisoneau ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cristy Cone ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Virginia Brinkerhoff Sweetland ('54) To: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) Thank you for sharing the information about our classmates battling cancer. I will keep them in my prayers. Because some of you know that I am also in that battle, I will update my own status; after two intensive rounds of chemo, my metastatic breast cancer is again stabilized and I am controlling it with just one monthly injection, and will take it for as long as I am blessed this way. They are able to do so much more now to manage this type of disease than they were just a few years ago; my thoughts are with Bev and Carl and their families. -Virginia Brinkerhoff Sweetland ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lois Weyerts Harrold ('56) Re: Class of '56 October Luncheon Bomber ladies of the class of '56, we are in for a treat! Maxine Newell Kovalchic ('56) has invited us out to her beautiful home for lunch WHEN: Monday, October 22nd TIME: Arrive at 11:30 to visit and we will eat at 12:30 RSVP: Lois Harrold at the email address above by Friday, October, 19. I will give you her address when you email me. We need a head-count to plan on salads to be provided and Maxine needs a count to plan for seating and her dessert. I hope there might be some new people who can join us. We really have a great time! Re: Kay Fortune Ross ('56-RIP) Thank you to those who have sent some remarks or personal stories about your affection for and contact with Kay and Will Ross. I have forwarded your comments to Will and am sure he will appreciate getting them. -Lois Weyerts Harrold ('56) ~ from beautiful Richland with sunny days and a crispness in the air. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Re: What can a dog eat? I had to smile when I read the story of the German shepherd puppy eating everything in sight. We also had a German Shepherd that we raised with our 2 sons back in the late '80s and that dog ate everything my sons could get to him and other things, and seemed to love it all. I wonder if larger dogs can withstand more things that maybe a smaller dog can't. Anyhow we loved that dog and enjoyed every minute we had with him. I called him and still think of him as my #3 son. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ Grandview, IN down on the Ohio River where the little town of 700 is celebrating it's 200th birthday. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) Re: Dog Story And, I can't resist telling a dog story. I had a wonderful Lab a few years back by the name of Baby. She was named Bailey when we acquired her, but the name just didn't fit. After a few baby- fide antics, I one day said, "Do you know what a perfect name for this dog is?" And, then I said, "Baby". Well, those beautiful Lab ears perked right up into their little shelf-like look, and from that day forward, she was Baby. We actually did have to Baby proof our house because she was into everything. You couldn't leave anything on the counter, it was eaten by her. She was a chow-hound. Everything on the list of poisonous foods for dogs, was eaten vigorously and victoriously by this dog. She ate loaves of bread, including the plastic bag. She ate a whole pound of M&Ms one year at Christmas time. She helped herself to the entire garbage can under the sink (I finally put it in the garage before leaving for work in the morning). Usually she would drag it out and empty in the living room, which was always a great welcome home to find last night's dinner remains on the carpet. Course, my little dog Scruffy I am sure helped out with the goodies. One time, she dragged a can of coffee off the counter, got the top open and ate it. She had to go to the doctor over that one, because it really made her sick. I wised up and put things away pretty well after that. On occasion, she would drag the garbage can outside when no one was looking into the backyard... most considerate I thought. Baby could not stand closed doors, and would push her body against the door or turn the handle with her mouth. I always knew she had been sacked out on my bed, because the comforter was askew, and the tell tale black dog hair. The most colorful thing she ever ate was a 64 count box of Crayola crayons that the grandkids left on the table. Let's just say it prettied up the back yard in a few spots. Baby lived to be 11 years old, and I miss her every single day. She was a wonderful and loyal friend and great watchdog with a ferocious bark... but she was afraid of thunder... and heaven forbid if a robber broke in armed with an electric shaver or the vacuum cleaner... Bomber Wags, -Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/08/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Ed Quigley ('62), Jim Hamilton ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan Sherwood ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gene Burrill ('67wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed Quigley ('62) Re: Another dog story... A bunch of years ago, my then wife, decided that my sister "needed" a dog as a Christmas present, despite my protestations that you shouldn't give someone a "live" present without first checking with them to find out if they really want one. So, just before Thanksgiving, she came home and told me that she had found the "perfect puppy", and would I "puulllleeeeze" (!) come and see what I thought... Well, it was half-coyote, half-German shepherd, about 7 weeks old, pointy-faced, legs so short that her little belly dragged on the ground, and, I swear, mostly ears, which stuck straight up, like a vampire bat's! The smartest dog I've ever seen; took 2 days of constant attention, but she was completely house broken, with only 1 "accident"! The only drawback was, that living on the beach, every time she came in, and lay down under the stove (a massive old Monarch range with about 15" of clearance under it), she'd get up and leave a sand dune under there, because of her belly dragging the ground! I called her "short-dog", 'cause I figured that my sister would want to name her, herself. Well, came Christmas that year, we drove down to Richland, and walked in with the puppy freshly installed in a beautifully wrapped box, and put it under the tree and announced that we had to open the presents, post haste! Man, I tell you, the smile on my sister's face was a wonder to behold, until Dad announced, "Oh no; Elaine is going to Israel this summer and we are NOT going to be taking care of a DOG!" And that was the end of THAT! So, we all made a very quiet trip back to Tacoma. Since I already had 2 dogs, keeping her was out of the question, and for the next couple of weeks, I tried to give that puppy away to all my neighbors (wouldn't you think that out of 70 houses, you could find somebody that wanted a puppy?), and when that failed, I took her to guitar lessons, hoping one of my students would fall for her... No joy! I couldn't find anybody that was willing to take this set of ambulatory ears off my hands, so I wound up keeping her for almost 17 years, and she was, without a doubt, the BEST dog I've ever had, and those of you who know me, probably remember that I've always had dogs! The "short-dog" moniker transformed into "Shorty", which always had to be explained to new acquaintances, because she wasn't... But the reason that I started this, was the subject of things that dogs shouldn't eat; I can tell you that, being part coyote seemed to also make her part garbage disposal, because that dog would eat anything! Raisins, mushrooms, olives, chocolate, steak bones, dead fish... That's NOT to say that she didn't suffer from some of the things that she'd "clean up" off the beach, and believe me, I also suffered because, somehow, I was never able to train her to inform me when she had found some "delicacy" that wasn't going to necessarily "agree" with her in a couple of hours... On the other hand, I had a friend with a pekipoo who had a "thing" for M&M's, and consequently wound up with a condition that required medicine for the rest of her life. I have no doubt that chocolate is not good for dogs, but as with most things, I suspect that the rules have their exceptions, and vary from animal to animal, but who wants to take the chance? -Ed Quigley ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) So a couple of weeks ago I get an e-mail from one of my all time favorite people Connie Kay Hanson Lincoln (64) telling me that she and her husband Ed (not a Bomber, but a really good guy) had been to a performance of The Million Dollar Quartet at the Village Theater in Issaquah. Along with Connies recommendation I had received about eight others, so last night the lovely Miss Nancy ('65) and I went to a performance and spent as enjoyable an evening as we can recall. The show is outstanding, the performers make their own music and no pun intended, it Rocks. If you are not familiar with the Million Dollar Quartet, it was an actual event back in 1956 at Sun Studios in Memphis. The quartet was made up of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis, all discovered by Sam Phillips. For those of you in the Seattle area, check out the website It runs in Issaquah until October 28th and then has a two week run in Everett. Thank you Connie, we made it home without having to start the car. Something about the energy. Jimbeaux p.s. Hanthorn ('63), come on off of Poverty Rock and check this show out. Even Shelley McCoy ('63-RIP) would have been in awe during "Great Balls of Fire" -Jim Hamilton ('63) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/09/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ NO Bombers sent stuff Today This is a "first"! BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Doug Martin ('80) ******************************************* ******************************************* NO entries for today. Please send something. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/10/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Colt funeral notice today: Mary Evelyn Kingsley ('49), Gary Lucas ('57), Pappy Swan ('59) Richard Anderson ('60), Tom Verellen ('60), Nadine Reynolds ('61) Carol Converse ('64), Gary Behymer ('64), Betti Avant ('69) Greg Alley ('73), Mike Davis ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeanette Haberman ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Evelyn Kingsley Spradlin ('49) Re: Fireworks Display I had read Larry Mattingly's ('50) entry stating he was in Dallas for a meeting of the American Pyrotechnic Association. He said there would be some demonstrations in the area and if anyone was interested call him and he would tell us where they could be seen. I called and one was being held at Southfork Ranch, about 2 miles from my house. I knew of a parking lot across Parker Road from the ranch. My family and friends took lawn chairs and went to watch. It was the best display I have ever seen. I want to thank you Larry for the information, and the good show. So glad you made the invitation through the Sandstorm. -Mary Evelyn Kingsley Spradlin ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Lucas ('57) There is an article in the health section of the Washington Post this morning--and also on reports on a study that found a significant link between women's exposure to DDT as young girls and the development of breast cancer later in life. It found that girls exposed to the highest levels of DDT in their blood during the crucial development period were five times more likely to get breast cancer years later in life than were girls who had the lowest levels. That fivefold increase is a bigger increase in risk than is now attributed to hormone replacement therapy or having a close relative with breast cancer. The study results are new and while previous studies were suggestive they did not demonstrate the link. The study authors suggested two reasons for the previous findings: First, previous findings did not focus on the age that the women were exposed, and, second, and more significant, previous studies used a marker called DDE that was associated but not strongly coupled to the presence of DDT in the system years earlier. The new study used blood samples that were frozen at the time, allowing the researchers to directly measure the DDT present in the blood. I vividly remember growing up in Richland in the late '40s and not being able to see across the street because of the DDT from the spray truck and even watching kids running along behind the trunk. As I'm sure many of us remember, spraying occurred frequently as the mosquito problem was severe. The result are particularly poignant to me, since Sunny Ogston Anderson ('57-RIP)--and earlier her sister--died of breast cancer in January. Sunny attributed her breast cancer to radiation exposure at the Hanford site. Maybe she should have attributed it to DDT. -Gary Lucas ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Maren "SOMETHING" -George "Pappy" Swan ~ From the "keyboard and new-fangled communicating device of Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63), my "much younger sister" who resides in "Beautiful downtown Kearns, Utah" jus' over yonder, somewhere to the southwest of Salt Lake City where the little airplanes come and go constantly. I'm here to pick up a new canopy for "Lil' Ricky," (short for Ranger Rick), my little 1990 Ford Ranger "Run around truck" and to look at the wonderful fall colors. They got snow on the mountain tops here already, friends, neighbors, and fellow BOMBERS. PS Mary Rose Tansy ('60): Marilyn and I were thinking that we should have made arrangements to meet you halfway for lunch but we just couldn't fit it in my frantic schedule. I arrived late yesterday (Monday), have to get the canopy and mount it and do the traditional family chowder feed today, and leave early tomorrow morning so I can get back to get ready to go deer hunting this coming weekend. MAYBE NEXT TIME MARY! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard Anderson ('60) Re: "Childrens Fire Patrol, Group Picture - HEW (Hanford Engineer Works)" OK folks, this picture was taken February 5, 1944. Bob Frick ('60) sort of thinks that these kids were maybe 13 years old at the time, which would make them Class of 1949 or thereabouts if any of them remained in Richland. If you recognize any of them, give us -- -- a holler so we can attach name to body. Bomber cheers, -Richard Anderson ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) Finally, what I have been waiting for, a captive audience. Show and tell: I went to the mountains a couple of weeks ago and got a few photos before it began to rain. TV ('60) -Tom Verellen ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nadine Reynolds Cochran ('61) Re: Dave Cochran ('61) Just a note to let those of you who know Dave that he had triple bypass surgery today. This is his second bypass surgery. The first one occurred 19 years ago at Providence Hospital, Seattle, and it was also a triple. After his first surgery he had no more heart problems until a couple of weeks ago when he had two episodes of chest pain. His cardiologist here in Tucson has been fascinated that the original graphs lasted so long. He has never before had a patient with a 19 year old bypass. Dave came through the 5 hour surgery very well. His vital signs are good, his color is good, his pain tolerable and he was awake but resting when I left him at 9:00 p.m. tonight. I am sure he will have an uneventful recovery since he is off to such a good start. -Nadine Reynolds Cochran ('61) ~ Tucson weather is beautiful with warm, sunny days and cool nights that are great for sleeping. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) I must say that this is a first. Not one person sending stuff into the Sandstorm. I've noticed the past couple months or so that the numbers have gone wayyyyy down. Used to be there would be 10 and above people sending stuff in each day. We've been lucky to get 4-6 here lately. It has been a disappointment to open up the Sandstorm and find that NOBODY sent anything in this morning. I'm sure we all feel that way. -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) - Eureka, CA We are suppose to get some rain today. Sure hope so as yesterday we seeded our yard and could really use the rain. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer (Magic Class of '64) No entries for yesterday... and for some obscure reason I'm reminded of "The End"... a song by The Doors from their self- titled album. Myself & room mate John, aka Jack Anicetti ('64) were juniors at the U of W & living in cluster room 501 of McMahon Hall. Good rock had been replaced by psychedilia that had filtered up from San Francisco or perhaps had been spontaneously generated in the University district. John Bixler ('64) was peddling The Helix on the 'Ave'. 1967 was the same year that Jim Bowman ('64) took off on us and headed toward California to be a part of The Monterey International Pop Music Festival... only to return and join the Navy. "The End" by The Doors This is the end Beautiful friend This is the end My only friend, the end Alumni Sandstorm...Is this the end? -Gary Behymer ('64) ~ Colfax, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Here is the sunrise over Lacey, WA on Tuesday morning. I imagine it's the calm before the storm as rain is coming today or so they say. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Greg Alley ('73) To: Everyone Since no one is writing in I will salute Zach Bixler ('04). He is playing golf for UW and shot a 60 yesterday. Only 4 other collegiate golfers have shot that before according to the paper. I think the pro record is a 59 but I have been wrong before. New sites in Richland include the baseball fields being built on the site of the old Jason Lee school. Some new high rise condos are being started on GWWay just down from the old fire station which will really change the face of that part of town. One observation while attending a Bomber football game is all the middle school kids cannot run free in Fran Rish stadium. They are allowed in two sections in the newer stands on the east side and not allowed in the old bleachers. Maybe I can see the reason for it as most of them were on their cell phones the whole game and not really watching. In the '60s and through high school it was a real highlight to be at a football game and be free for 3 or 4 hours running around with your friends. I guess its the 6th through 8th grade kids there watching closer. -Greg Alley ('73) ~ Its truly fall in Richland and there are a lot of leaves to rake. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Davis ('74) I've been gone for a long time. In fact, I haven't written in since Brad Upton ('74) had hair and Greg "Springboard" Alley ('73) could hit the jumper! I spend my mornings at the Spudnut Shop having coffee with the likes of Kevin Ghirardo, former 3 sport All-State athlete from the class of '78 (that's what he told me). Also, lately we have enjoyed the company of Steve "Stubby" Neill ('72) and his world of wisdom. Recently he was relating stories of his golden years playing Richland basketball. I mostly enjoyed his recollection of taking the opening tip in the 1970 Pasco-Richland game and skying over Ron Howard for a two-hand slam dunk!!! Geez, the man had skills!!! There have been numerous unbelievable feats in Bomberville history but let's not forget the two most unforgettable of all-time: No. 1 - Jim Bixler ('72) going scoreless the entire Chief Jo Basketball season (1969) No. 2 - Dick Cartmell ('73) going hitless his entire 14 year-old PONY League season. I have mentioned those remarkable feats before, but they are worth reliving. Talk about records that will never be matched!!!! Incredible athletes to say the least!!! Enjoy!! -Mike Davis ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Les Fishback ('34 Colt) ~ 3/18/14 - 10/7/07 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/11/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Diane Avedovech ('56) Gus Keeney ('57), Jamie Worley ('64) Pam Ehinger ('67), Brad Upton ('74) Kevin Ghirardo ('78), Deanna Lukins ('79) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jefferson Saunders ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) Re: Silly #1 When a close friend passes, as did Bernie Sauresigg last summer, one remembers silly things from the past. About 40 years ago we decided to take in a Husky football game in Seattle. Bernie drove his beautiful old red and white ('56?) Oldsmobile. Good friends Paul Alley and Tommy Volpentest piled in and away we went. After the game we dined at Gasperetti's in Seattle, and we ate more than humans should. I gave up before the spumoni but little Tom ate all things before him. Tom went to sleep as soon as we got in the car. No surprise there, he would tend bar in the Uptown and sleep standing. Hours later we pulled up at the Uptown, and Tom awoke. He thought we were still at Gasperitti's and told Bernie to kick it in gear and get us home. I'll bet that Bernie still had that Olds when he died. -Dick McCoy ('45), The only bomber in the above tale. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Diane Avedovech ('56) To: Gary Lucas ('57) The reporting of DDT's relationship to breast cancer does not surprise me, though I had not thought about it before as relates to human disease. Yes I was one of those lunk-head kids that rode bikes behind the DDT jeeps as they were spraying the neighborhoods. DDT and DDE are both chlorinated hydrocarbons that are soluble in oils and fats and therefore attach to fatty tissue with ease which may explain why there may be an affinity to breast tissues. As I understand it, DDE is a conversion product from DDT when metabolized by animals, eg. birds such as eagles, and humans. Of course a big problem with these compounds is that they remain in the environment for very long periods of time. Unfortunately agencies who have used these compounds have lived the philosophy of taking care of such problems with the idea that "dilution is the solution to pollution!" I'm sure there are studies out now that measure how long these compounds survive in various environments. This has reminded me of something else that I was told about some time ago. In the Malheur Wildlife refuge in central Oregon, the bald eagles that were so devastated by DDT/DDE egg shell malformations staged a comeback by means of survival behavior. That is, they were feeding on field mice and desert rodents instead of DDT ladened fish in the lakes. As a consequence their eggs survived hatching and the numbers began to increase again. As for breast cancer, I hope that researchers will find a way for human tissues to successfully resist environmental carcinogens. I remember in a medical school pathology class that we were told that it is thought we live in a sea of carcinogens in the water, air and food, and thank God for an immune system that is able to fend off most of them. -Diane Avedovech ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) Re: Tom Verellen Photos To: Tom Verellen ('60) Those were great photos of the mountain nature. It's been April since I have spent time in the Cascades. Our annual Detroit Lake function is always a great way to start off the Summer!!!! -Gus Keeney ('57) ~ Sunny Yuma, AZ where I'm finally getting close to getting my house ready to show and sell!!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jamie Worley (Magic Class of '64) About a month ago a I wrote and asked if anyone knew of a real estate person who could appraise some land I own in Benton City. I would like to thank all of you who wrote. I was able to find a land appraiser in the Tri-Cities with the help of an old classmate, Sharon Sasser Warren ('64). It was especially nice to touch base with an old friend whom I have known since Carmichael. The reminiscing about how fortunate we are to be Bombers was, without a doubt, the better part of the conversation. Several people also wrote and asked about buying the land. I told everyone who wrote that I would get back to them when the appraisal was done. I have lost one of those email addresses. One woman, from a class in the late '40s I believe, asked about the land for her son. Whoever you were I have lost your email address. If that person sees this message and is still interested in getting information about the property, would you get in contact with me through this Sandstorm email address? Thank you so much. Excuse me for the lost email address. Best wishes to all. -Jamie Worley (Magic Class of '64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) To: Gary Behymer ('64) Well Gary I think today's entries have proven that there will be NO END to the Sandstorm!! Not now... not never!! We all knew Maren needed a little rest so we gave her a day off! Maren I hope ya enjoyed it! *LOL* Bomber Ville will never let the Sandstorm die! Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) Oh great--someone shook Mike Davis' ('74) cage. I remember when Mike looked good in a baseball uniform. -Brad Upton ('74) ~ Headed to Houston, America's fattest city, for 3 days. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kevin Ghirardo ('78) Just left the Spudnut Shop and Mike Davis ('74) has sworn off Denny's as he has been working out every morning and he is looking like Rocky Balboa! Send in a note to his fans. -Kevin Ghirardo ('78) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Deanna Lukins Wingart ('79) Re: Ferol Smith Lukins ('54-RIP) There will be a memorial service for Ferol on Saturday, October 13, 2007 at Einan's Funeral Home in Richland. We will post new information as soon as we hear from her son, Todd. The Lukins Family -Deanna Lukins Wingart ('79) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ See Ferol's junior and senior pictures from the Columbian: ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/12/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Marilynn Working ('54) Charlie Cox ('56), Lois Weyerts ('56) Gary Lucas ('57), Burt Pierard ('59) Dennis Hammer ('64), Shirley Collings ('66) Alan Lobdell ('69), Betti Avant ('69) Bruce Strand ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Clancy ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Roma Harrold ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shirley Sherwood ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Eric Schmidheiser ('81) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy (Tin Can Class of 1945) Re: Silly #2 - Remembrances, continued My ol' pal Al Williamson ('47) died just before Club 40, last Sept. He and wife Shirley were registered, but they didn't make it. In 1948 th great flood kept us in Richland for a number of weeks. The bridge to the Wye finally opened, and, after a short stay at the Richland Legion, Johnny Manor ('47) Bill Carlson, Bob Young (both of Grand Coulee Hi), and I piled into Al's 1936 ford sedan and headed for the Pasco Legion, another favorite. That bar closed at midnite, it being Saturday, so we made the unanimous decision to go to Hermiston, OR, with the more liberal liquor laws; 2 AM closing and open Sunday. After a nite of good conversation, we felt too gassed to go home, so, it being a warm night, slept on a lawn. which, we thought, belonged to a school. However, our sleep was interrupted in the morning by church members who were somewhat irritated. We spent a good part of the day in touring, and crossed the Horseheavens coming down at Prosser. On the way to Richland, Al rolled the car. No serious injuries as we were as with seat belts crammed into that small Ford. It landed upright, but was pretty banged up. We caught a ride to the nearest phone in Kiona at a gas station. Bob stayed behind to guard the valuable auto. (and the beer) After the phone call, while waiting for a ride home, we heard banging and clatter. Down the hill and into the lot came the Ford which Bob had managed to start, with steam escaping everywhere, doors flying open, and sporting two flats. There was a Greyhound bus waiting at the station, and as the Ford flew by, one of the doors flew open and laid into the left front of the bus, taking out the head light, and doing some marginal damage to the grill. The driver was unamused, and phoned the cops. The cop gave Al a defective equipment ticket, a nice touch, I thought.. -Dick McCoy (Tin Can Class of 1945) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) Re: Ferol Smith Lukins '54 (RIP) I was asked by Norma Myrick Nunamaker ('54) to let everyone in the Sandstorm know the update of services for Ferol. Saturday - October 13th at 11 a.m. - grave site in Sunset Memorial on Bypass Highway in Richland. After a short service people are asked to go to Cathedral of Joy for a celebration of life with a reception to follow at that location. Re: Charlie Bigelow ('54) How about that classmate, Charlie, landing in the Guinness Book of Records for setting the land speed record of 257 mph!!! They found a stretch of road between Prosser and Paterson on September 13th where he broke the 2-year old world record. Hope all of you local readers saw the article in today's TC Herald. I talked to Charlie and Shirley Streg Bigelow ('54) this evening and she said the article was good and complete. We can more than likely see Charlie on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno the middle of November. Jay has been following the construction of this car in West Richland, and has been very interested in knowing about what happened. We can be so proud of all that Charlie does and continues to be able to do after what they went through when he crashed is ultra light plane 5 years ago. He and friends take motorcycle trips for days at a time, too! Shirley, you can't keep a good man down!!! As you know! -Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Charlie Cox ('56) Re: Hole-In-One About two weeks ago I made a Hole-In-One (9/26/07) and I made another one this past Wednesday for my 8th. Jim, Harvey, Dick, Don eat your heart out. -Charlie Cox ('56) ~ Georgetown,TX **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lois Weyerts Harrold ('56) Re: Red Wood ('54) I talked to Shirley Bumgarner Wood ('56) today and she said that I could pass this good information on to the rest of you. Red Wood ('54) has had a total turn around at the 6 month period as his doctors said he would. This is an answer to all our prayers. They really appreciate the cards, letters, phone calls and prayers. He delivers car parts for McCurley Chevrolet three times a week so he is now able to get out and about. He has more energy and continues to feel better every day. Let's continue to keep both Red and Shirley in our prayers and praise God for the healing that has taken place. -Lois Weyerts Harrold ('56) ~ in Richland on a beautiful fall day **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Lucas ('57) To: Diane Avedovech ('56) Thank you for the response. An amazing number of people apparently rode behind the DDT trucks from the number of people I've spoken with and that have contacted me. It's a little scarey! One from the class of '54 said she got breast cancer in 1992, although it certainly cannot be directly attributed to the trucks. A comprehensive study would be interesting even though it could not change anything now. There is, however, the pressure to reintroduce DDT on a larger scale in Africa as a means of eradicating malaria. Perhaps this study will impact that effort. -Gary Lucas ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) Re: Lester Fishback ('34 Colt, RIP) Just a note of condolence to Roger ('62), Al ('61) and the rest of the Fishback clan. Your Dad was an invaluable source of old Richland history for us amateur historians and will be sorely missed. In my (and Maren's) case (in one example), we had been searching historical documents for years to pinpoint the location of the "Amon Park Stone Arch" which was demolished by the gubbermint takeover and the park was renamed John Dam Park (unofficially). I chatted up Les at the Colt's 70th Reunion (2004, organized by Club 40) and he instantly supplied the answer (right where the northwest corner of the northernmost tennis court, south of Lee Blvd. is now). Les was also one of the primary sources for Lorin St. John's ('55) magnificent compilation of sports teams and records from the '20s, '30s, & '40s. As I said, he will be sorely missed. Bomber Tears (surrogate Colt Tears), -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis Hammer (The Magic Class of '64) To: Dick McCoy ('45) Re: Bernie's Oldsmobile Yes, Bernie's Olds was a 1956. It was a two tone red and white model 98 convertible. But then, just try to find a '55 or '56 Oldsmobile convertible that isn't red and white. Through the '70s you used to see that car driving around Richland all the time. His wife parked next to me in that car once in the Mayfair parking lot at Williams and Thayer soon after I bought my 1957 Olds Super-88 convertible and I talked with her a few minutes and got his name. I was looking for a '56 like his, but found the '57 in Richland and bought it instead. Some time around 1980 or so you stopped seeing that car. I didn't really know Bernie (talked to him a few times), but in 1992 I detailed the engine compartment of his 1958 Edsel. He told me then that a friend was going to re-build the engine of that car for him. He hadn't had at his place for years. I hope his friend did get the job done and he got to drive it again before he died. He also had one or two (don't remember) Cadillac Eldorado convertibles, a '49. '50 or '51 Ford, and I think some other cars. After 15 years I don't remember what I saw parked at his house. -Dennis Hammer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) Re: TCHerald 10/11 Article "Man sets Guinness land speed record of 257 mph near Prosser" Chuck Bigelow ('54), 71-year old Richland man said "It was so doggone rough after 235 mph. You're going 400 feet per second ...." Bigelow piloted the Ultimate Aero twice on the two lane straightaway, reaching 257.11 mph going north, then 254.55 mph on the same stretch going south. Guinness requires that a speed test be done in two directions within one hour to correct for any head- or tail-wind variables, or hills on the course. GO, CHARLIE, GO!! -Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Lobdell ('69) My wife and I spent three and a half years reading everything we could on both standard and alternative cancer treatments. She was given less then a year to live by standard medicine when we found her breast cancer in 1999. She chose to use both standard (cut, burn, poison) and alternative (natural). She agreed to a lumpectomy (cutting) to remove the lump however refused both chemo (poison) and radiation (burning). Several doctors told her that she would only live about a year even with the chemo and radiation treatments. She decided to work on building up her immune system by natural means instead. In our reading we found that the immune system if treated right and made strong could fight off almost anything that invades the body including cancer. However, with the environment we live in today we cannot even get out of bed without breathing or ingesting some sore of cancer causing item. Our immune systems are overwhelmed with toxins from the air we breath to the ingredients in our food to enhance appearance and shelf life. Maxine went on a total organic diet along with working with a naturopath to detox her system and enhance her immune system. Because of this she lived for three and a half years longer then the doctors expected and up until about seven months before she died no one could even tell she had cancer. Her quality of life those remaining years was far better then anything the doctors could offer her. There is a place in Lemon Grove, California called, Optimal Health Institute, I would recommend to anyone fighting any disease. Its not a cure but a place to learn about how and what to eat and do to build up your immune system. We saw many people there recovering from chemo or getting stronger prior to having chemo. I had better stop since I could go on and on about the info we dug up. -Alan Lobdell ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Cabela's opening A month or so ago Pappy Swan ('59) wrote regarding Cabela's new store in Lacey, WA. According to this morning's paper the grand opening will be 16 November. They are hoping it will bring upwards of 4,000,000 visitors a year to the area. They also are currently hiring people to work various jobs. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where it's a bit nippy this morning **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bruce Strand ('69) To: Brad Upton ('74) When are you coming to the Phoenix area? I keep checking the line-up of the Tempe Improv and others, but no Brad yet... I still recall (and my cheeks still hurt) your shows at the Tulip Festival in greater Skagit County and at the Egyptian Theatre (I think it was) for a Valentine's (maybe) comedy show in Seattle. Both many moons ago. Just wondering in Tempe AZ, -Bruce Strand ('69) - Doug's brother ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/13/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Marguerite Groff ('54) Sandy Carpenter ('61), Helen Cross ('62) Dena Evans ('64), Alan Stephens ('66) Brad Wear ('71), Larry Crouch ('71) Brad Upton ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Wanda Wittebort ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David Edgar ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Julie Alexander ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jerry Gilstrap ('83) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy (the Tin Can Class of 1945) Re: Silly #3 One more goofy but treasured memory. Charlie Larrabee ('47-RIP) passed just last September. We were buddies and schoolmates since 1944. John Hughes ('47) told me and others this tale many years ago. During their high school days, John and Charlie worked at the cannery in Kennewick during summer vacation. One day they had finished their shift and were taking a short cut across a field on their way to Ave C to hitch hike home. The field had grass and weeds about two feet high. About half way across, John, in the lead, pointed to the side near his feet and yelled "SNAKE". He laughed and turned to check on Charlie. That worthy was about 100 yards away and still at a full gallop. Those sophomores were a caution. -Dick McCoy, from the Tin Can Class of 1945 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) Congratulations Charlie Bigelow ('54). You rock!!. Now I can brag that I actually know a fellow that broke the land speed record. I had heard about it from your lovely wife, Shirley Strege Bigelow ('54) at lunch in August. She had us all beaming about the awesome feat. We knew that you might be in the Guinness Book of Records, but it happened yet at that time. I'm wondering what the speed will be when you break your own record??? Congratulations!! -Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sandy Carpenter Lee (Wonderful Class of '61) Re: Dave's Update & Tucson To: Nadine Reynolds (Class of '61) Hi Nadine, So glad to hear that Dave is doing ok... please keep us posted. I sure envy you being in Tucson, as have very fond memories of living there from 1974 to 1979. Someday I'd like to take our 5th wheel down that way and come see you. If you know where the mobile home park is called Casitas del Sol in the south end of town out by Karichimaka Restaurant, that is where we lived at the time. When a monsoon storm came through and overturned some of the mobile homes, we moved up on the hill into some very nice apartments at Oracle and Orange Grove Roads. The apartment overlooked the whole city of Tucson. I loved living in Tucson, and during our years there worked for the Southern Arizona Bank & Trust Company which later was gobbled up by First National Bank of Arizona. I was the Assistant Public Relations director there and used to be in charge of all the bank openings throughout the state. It was a wonderfully social job, and probably the most enjoyable I ever had. Where abouts in Tucson do you live? I can only imagine that it has sprawled out even more than it used to be, and I'd probably hardly recognize it any more. Take care and keep us posted. Please give Dave our love and best wishes for a speedy recovery. -Sandy Carpenter Lee, Also the wonderful Class of '61 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) I too played in the DDT spray as often as I could back in the '50s growing up in the ranch house district. And I too had breast cancer in 2004. I also elected to have a lumpectomy and then 30 days of radiation. But I had a type of cancer called insutu, meaning incapsulated. And I was a stage 1 or even 0 when it was detected in a mammogram. I also refused to take tamoxilin, the drug thought to prevent the reoccurrence of the cancer. I refused the drug because of the side effects versus the small improvement in my chances of getting cancer again. Something like a 2% difference. Since then I have tried to lose weight, not very successfully, but I have lost about 5 pounds and have not gained any weight. I also have tried to exercise more, which seems to be beneficial to me in all areas of health and mobility. I am trying daily to keep a positive attitude toward having had cancer, and having faith as a Christian helps in that area. I also think I greet each day with more enthusiasm than I did prior to having had the disease. My take on having had cancer in this polluted environment we live in, is I have to do as many positive things as I can, such as not drinking too much, or smoking. Thank heaven, I never took up that habit, as I'm sure I would have a hard time quitting. Like controlling my eating isn't easy, especially when it's chocolate or something I like, like homemade pie or fudge... I'm not sure that there aren't a lot of interacting factors involved in who gets what and how bad it is. Carole Johnston Berg ('62) has never had a mammogram as she is convinced as a scientist that it is as harmful as it is helpful to our bodies. Losing a spouse, or someone to whom you are close, is always a severe thing to happen to anyone. I'm just glad I have my religious beliefs and faith to fall back on at times like that. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ down on the Ohio River in Grandview, Indiana where we are so glad the sun is shining, and it's 67, not 92. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dena Evans (Magic Class of '64) I just wanted to wish my 'little' sister Cheryl Evans Stroh ('66wb) aka Nickie to close friends and family, a very happy 60th on the 15th. The "poor" girl will be in Cabo San Lucas for two weeks celebrating with friends. I have the pleasure of house and dog sitting for her. No problem. Her house has been shown on the "Home Tours" here in The Dalles, and next year, her garden will be shown by the Oregon Horticultural Club. You could imagine how horrible it is for me here. *LOL* -Dena Evans (Magic Class of '64) ~ here is The Dalles, OR with the fireplace roaring. Mmmmm. Sweet! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Stephens ('66) still crazy after all these years Got to share with you how famous we are. At lest in this state, but we have always known that to be a fact. The Veterans group, Gamewardens of Viet Nam, of which I am a member had morning coffee with the First Gentleman of the state in the Governor's Mansion last Tuesday. Politics aside, Mike was an Army truck driver in the Mekong Delta in '70. We called them the Delta Express. I keep thinking I was stupid being on a fiberglass boat till I hear about what someone else did. Driving a huge truck on those small roads?? It's a wonder any of us are sane! So as I introduce myself and tell them I'm from Richland (Mike's from Everett '63} both he and his assistant, YOURE A BOMBER!!!??? His assistant, Dennis, then starts asking me about our lunches around the nation and how neat that is and if we still sold T-shirts and license plate brackets? Told them all about us and go to our web page. We were allotted 1 hour but left after 2 hours. They are very pumped about Vet groups and would like to hear more from them. Also the A.C.E.S., which they had heard very little about but thought it was a great thing to do. November 10th is the Vets' Day Parade in Auburn and we have a lot of Richland over here and a lot of Vets. I will be on our PBR in dress blues. Hope to see you there. -Alan Stephens ('66) ~ Kent WA (east hill) - A dry weekend??? **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Wear ('71) Sunday brunch with General Jim Mattis at Anthony's. Celebrating his promotion to Four Star Marine General. Several Bombers were in attendance. -Brad Wear ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Crouch ('71) Re: The Season To: Brad Wear ('71) Brad, just got my Pheasants Forever calendar in the mail... I knew it was cooling down for a reason. Season is looking good in Kansas this year it seems. I hear my shotguns calling my name as I am typing this entry. I will going back on the 20th to give fair warning to all the pheasants I see. Keep your powder dry and always hit what you aim at!! -Larry Crouch ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) To: Bruce Strand ('69) Last Thursday I opened for Johnny Mathis in New Jersey. Johnny Mathis sounds as great as ever and looks like he's 35 years old (he's 72). Anyway, it looks like I might get more dates opening for him in '08 and there is talk (only talk so far) that 2 of the nights will be in Tempe, AZ in February... I'll put any "for sures" in the Sandstorm. Johnny couldn't have been any nicer and treated my like a peer--it was a great experience. -Brad Upton ('74) P.S. Johnny Mathis high jumped in the 1956 US Olympic Trials. He high jumped 6'6" as a high school senior in '53 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/14/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Tom Verellen ('60), Ed Quigley ('62) Gary Behymer ('64), Pam Ehinger ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) To G.P. Swan ('59): I just saw an article on AOL News rating credit cards and Cabela's was rated fairly high (they had a picture of two elephants charging that I will never forget). Correction of an earlier entry: The song about Santa Catalina, 26 miles, etc. according to a TV advertisement for hits of the '50s & '60s; The Four Preps was the correct response. They sure sound a lot like the Happytime Barber Shop Singers but alas there is egg all over my memory storage system. That is all. -Tom Verellen ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed Quigley ('62) Re: Charlie Bigelow's ('54) car... The articles about Charlie have been great to read, but does anybody have a picture of, or a link to one of the fantastic car that he drove? -Ed Quigley ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: The Gene Pool and other things... Upwinders, downwinders, DDT & other things... in our life. I was a downwinder to my Dad's 3 pack a day Camel habit along with Mom's pack & a half a day Pall Malls. (Why do they pronounce it Pell Mells?) My folks had me come inside when they were spraying DDT. They thought it safer for me to be inside with cigarette smoke (;-) You place the blame on DDT, I place the blame on cigarettes, others place the blame on Hanford. We, including myself, would like to place the blame elsewhere. Therefore, from this time forward, I plan to place the blame on 'global warming'... That's the most popular call of the day. Salute to Marine General Jim Mattis ('68) and to all those Richland Bombers who have served this country! -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Ok with all this talk about the DDT jeep I must throw in my 2 cents! I too an all the kids on the block of Wilson ran behind the DDT Jeep! Alan Stephens ('66), Mike Hogan ('66), Sandy Demiter ('65) and Jimmy ('69) too were just a few of us who ran and played tag in the fog! So far none of has had any cancer that I know of. I've never had any that is for sure! But then I'm only 58 years old right now. The good side effect for me is that those stupid flying biting bugs don't bite me! I try to live a good healthy life and being in the Medical field helps me know what to watch for, like if a mole should change color or look different than it did before. Doing monthly breast checks to look for lumps or bumbs. My heart goes out to those who have suffered some form of cancer. May God bless and keep you safe. Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Evelyn Bailey Galbreath ('55) ~ 1/30/37 -10/8/07 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/15/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Curt Donahue ('53), Gus Keeney ('57) Mary Judd ('60), Linda Reining ('64) Kathie Moore ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cheryl Evans ('66wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sherrill Wiater ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Karla Bierlein ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today or Tomorrow ?: Rob French ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Curt Donahue ('53) To: Ed Quigley ('62) Charlie Bigelow's ('54) record run car was pictured in the Tri-City Herald on September 14th. t's a good-looking machine. -Curt Donahue ('53) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [See entry from Mary Judd Hinz ('60) today for this URL -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) Re: General Jim Mattis ('68) Congratulations to you, General Mattis!! Semper Fi!!! -Gus Keeney ('57) ~ from sunny Yuma where we took a Jeep run in the desert today with two really great young Marines in the group of six rigs. Yuma 4X4 Club is the group. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Judd Hinz ('60) To: Ed Quigley ('62) Re: Shelby Super Cars Go to for more info on the car that Charlie Bigelow ('54) drove. Fascinating that they are making them right here in West Richland. -Mary Judd Hinz ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) I think we all ran behind the mosquito trucks---I remember my mom closing the doors and all the windows when it would come by, but all us kids on Elm were outside, running in and out of "the fog" that sprayed out of that truck! my mom also used DDT to spray inside the kitchen cupboards for bugs, when she was pregnant with me---there were NO warnings on the can anywhere--- she said her entire head was inside those bottom cupboards and she was inhaling that stuff the entire time----can't even imagine the dangers we were both exposed to. being exposed to all that DDT didn't help me one bit----the blasted mosquitoes still "love" me, so when I am outside, I "coat" myself with "OFF" with DEET in it! running in "that fog" didn't have any lasting effects on me at all. *grin* am not trying to make "light" of those that have gotten cancer, but am not sure we can blame the DDT, or anything else in our environment----I read someplace that we are all born with cancer cells and it just takes something to "trigger" them into becoming "full-blown" cancers. -Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of 64)..........Bakersfield, CA.....we finally got some rain, but it didn't still keeping fingers crossed that we get a long, wet, cold winter! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kathie Moore Adair ('69) I am looking for used or new 1970 and 1971 annuals for Peggy Adair ('72). Does anyone have either? Thank You. -Kathie Moore Adair ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>John Skinner ('69) ~ 6/25/49 - 10/11/07 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/16/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Marguerite Groff ('54), Patti Jones ('60) Nadine Reynolds ('61), Lorraine Ward ('63) Gary Behymer ('64), Alan Lobdell ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judith Porter ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave Hanthorn ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Carol & Claire Rediske ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chuck Felder ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Brian Belliston ('81) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) I am sad to inform you that Beverly Sullivan Johnson ('54) died Saturday, October 13. I was waiting until the obit was in the paper before posting this. I called her husband, Aaron a few minutes ago and he gave me the following information. Because she died at home, there was no doctor called when she was taken out of the home. Aaron said that it would probably be in today's paper. As -Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: 10/13 All Bomber Lunch Getting there early Vera Smith Robbins ('58) and Terry Gantz ('68) were already there. After a few minutes talk with them a couple was coming into the area where the luncheon is. Not recognizing them I asked if they were Bombers so I could get them signed in and seated. I realized they thought I was nosey. Well I am when it comes to the Bomber luncheon. I asked them if they were Bombers. The lady said yes. It was her husband's birthday and they were meeting another couple and that she was a Bomber also. They arrived a couple of minutes later: Doris Schulte Phillips ('59) and Judy Drotts Williams ('59). Judy's husband Roger Williams went to school in Bozeman, MT... Doris' husband (the Birthday guy) Dick Phillips went to school at SMU, Dallas, TX. They did not know there was a monthly luncheon for All Bombers in Richland. I let them know that there would be introductions and if it was ok I would include them. At introductions I mentioned to the Bomber group that we had Bombers and their husbands celebrating one of the husband's birthdays. Bombers broke into Happy Birthday song. The foursome introduced themselves and some of the group at the big table knew Judy or Doris. Back to the big table... while food was being ordered we did a quick introduction. In attendance were: Mary Judd Hinz ('60), Kaylene Henjum Livingston ('60), Alice Rhodes (spouse - '57 Colville, WA Hi), Dave Rhodes ('52), Marilyn "Em" Devine ('52) Glen Rose ('58), Vera Smith Robbins ('58), Barbara Isakson Rau ('58), Kathy Hoff Conrad ('64), Fred Klute ('58), Patti Jones Ahrens ('60), Not pictured: Lorin St. John ('55), Phyllis St.John (spouse - '70 Glacier Hi), Carol Rose (spouse - '62 Sunnyvale, CA Hi), Terry Gantz ('68) had to leave early but we were saddened to hear his summer here is over and will be returning to Arizona before the next luncheon. Will look forward to your visit next summer, Terry. Bombers called or emailed to let me know why they weren't attending. You were all missed. Bombers do know that hunting, football games and many other things set precedence to the all Bomber luncheon in the fall. Jim Vache ('64) emailed he was going to be in town and come to the luncheon. Missed you Jim. Sure you had a good time being in Bomberville if you made it. Mary Judd Hinz ('60) filled in to take the pictures when I was in a tether that both of our photographers weren't going to be at the luncheon. Thanks Mary. Now we have three photographers. -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA - Looks like West Richland by today's Tri-City Herald may be growing faster than Pasco. Another traffic light is going to be needed right near me on Bombing Range Road if the traffic gets heavier. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nadine Reynolds Cochran ('61) Re: Dave Cochran ('61) Recovery We have proof that old Bombers are a sturdy group. Dave got to go home 4 days post op after his repeat triple bypass surgery. They told us going in he would be in the hospital 6 to 8 days. When he had his 1st surgery 19 years ago, the doctor released him the earliest of any patient he had ever had. He has been home for 2 days and is doing very well. We go for walks (starting at 1/2 mile and increasing a little each day) morning and evening. The weather here in Tucson is mid 70s to mid 80s so it is perfect for getting out for a walk. Our biggest challenge in coming home was our dogs greeting him. We have 2 English Mastiffs. The first one, Titus, is a runt and only weighs 130 pounds. Shelby, our 14 month old, weighs 175 pounds. I had to put them in their kennels before Dave came in the house and then brought them out on leash one at a time. They were so happy to see him they wanted to jump up in his lap but the leash prevented that. They eventually settled down and I could release them from their leashes. They both keep going over to sniff him and give him a big, sloppy lick on the face, especially Titus. We feel so blessed with all the prayers that have gone up for him and thank God for positively answering them. Re: Red ('54) Wood and Shirley Bumgarner Wood ('56) We are so gland to hear that Red is doing well. When Dave and I were teens in our church, we looked up to them as role models. We pray for his continued recovery and strength for Shirley as she cares for him. 'Nadine Reynolds Cochran ('61) - From sunny Tucson with warm days and cool nights **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lorraine Ward Shelby ('63) Congratulations to Chuck Bigelow ('54) for driving the Ultimate Aero TT and setting a new Guinness World Speed Record for a Production Vehicle. You may not realize it, but the designer and builder of the car is a second generation Bomber: Jerod Shelby ('86) son of Ron Shelby ('59) and Lorraine Ward Shelby ('63). The Ultimate Aero TT is produced in West Richland. Stay tuned at or for continuing updates. -Lorraine Ward Shelby ('63) (proud Mom) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Official Program Women's Softball 1950 + Photo & Names -Gary Behymer ('64) ~ Colfax, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Lobdell ('69) To: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) I was reading what you said about Carole Johnston not allowing mammograms due to the dangers from them. My wife allowed only one at the outset of her breast cancer. Soon after that we determined that they were not safe for a person with cancer. Also, in I believe it was 2002 two Swedish scientists proved that the compression of breast during the mammogram was like crushing an egg in your hand. It would push millions of cancer cells into your blood stream. Since a mammogram cannot see or detect a cancer tumor less then the size of a pea (already containing billions of cancer cells) this would be a danger to the person. Standard medicine (AMA) has been trying for years to discount the research done by those scientists since mammograms in the US alone are a 10 billion dollar a year business. They don't want to lose their cash cow. Some more info, the American Cancer Society has in its original charter a clause that states they must disband when a cure is found. By records on the organization dealing with their finances, its hard to see around the BS they use however the ACS spends approximately 140 million donated dollars a year for directors' salaries and giving large parties, trips, gifts etc. to their very rich doctor friends around the world. Again, another cash cow to line their pockets with. If you dig deep enough it's scary what you find. I personally donate to the Susan G. Koman Foundation from my book sales. They may have some problems also however I have never found anything like the ACS. -Alan Lobdell ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/17/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Tom Tracy ('55), Bill Berlin ('56) Gary Behymer ('64), Cyndy Brooks ('68) Frank Hames ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy ('55) To: Gary Behymer ('64) Thanks for the great picture of one of our greatest athletic heroes, Marilyn Richey ('53-RIP). She was as kind and generous as she was skilled at pitching. I recall how she "fanned" three strikes across the plate on me when I was in Jr. High... I sure felt better about that strike out at the R2K celebration when I found out that most of Richland's basketball players had been struck out by Marilyn. We all loved her and cherish her memory. By the way Gary, some day I'll tell you about the time the train couldn't make it up the hill at the far end of Colfax... It was quite a day... I'm sure you must know the story. However, on a sad note, some almost missed the passing of a famous song writer. With all the sadness and trauma going on in the world at the moment, it worth reflecting on the death of a very important person, which almost went unnoticed last week. Larry LaPrise, the man who wrote "The Hokie Pokey" died peacefully at the age of 93. The unusual part for his family was getting him into the coffin. They put his left leg in first. And then all the trouble started. Special Bomber Cheers to all the brilliant intellectuals, famous athletes, super-talented musicians and good friends from the class of '55... and oh, yes, as Denny Olson ('55-RIP) always used to say when he repeated the words of Mortimer Snerd (Edgar Bergen's) sidekick... "If you're driving down the highway be careful... the life you save might be that of a beautiful girl.. (from the RHS Class of '55).. and we want to protect and reserve all the beautiful girls we can"... Denny always remembered the classic lines from George Gobel and Edgar Bergen, our radio entertainers in the wonderful days at RHS... I miss Denny and sharing jokes with him at recess outside Mr. Warwick's 8th grade classroom and on basketball trips. We treasured George Gobel... his famous line about driving was... If you're driving down the highway and a car is coming at you head-on... and you know you can't avoid it... turn your radio up real loud in order to help drown out the sound of the crash..." Ray Juricich, our militant but genial driving instructor and coach always enjoyed the jokes about driving. Another favorite joke teller on basketball trips was Gordon Anderson ('54). When we ran out of stories, he would make up some splendid ones... or he would write signs to the cars behind us on the way to our games and hold them in our back window... Miss Brown, our English Teacher would have been proud of his endeavors. Gordon's greatest performance was when we were being housed at the Naval Training Station near Seattle (to keep us out of trouble)... Gordon took a whistle and became a loud "drill sergeant" as he marched us to the mess hall for meals. He was a classic! Everyone have a good day. Be happy. Remember the good stuff. All the best to everyone from -Tom Tracy ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Misc. [with apologies to Andy Rooney] I had a dog once. Not a Labradoodle or Cockerbernard or one of those mixes they now call hybrids. My dog was a mutt. Got him at the pound for $6 and took him home right away. I named him Damn It because he would always respond when I yelled "come here damn it" and it stuck. I was always impressed with all of the kinds of food and food mixes for dogs on the grocery shelf but I always bought good old Friskies by the 50 pound bag. Damn It was ugly but for $6 what more could you want. He was loyal, faithful and smart. He had hunting all figured out. We would go out in the dead of winter, everything frozen and Damn It would stay in the car. He was no fool. One floppy ear and one blank eye but there he would be by my desk. Ever wonder what goes on in a dog's mind? I never tried to figure it out mostly because it was none of my business. After 13 years Damn It became lame and his one good eye was going bad. I felt sorry for the little guy as he walked into the wall or my desk or missed a flying leap up on my lap. I took him to the vet who said that he might be able to improve his life a little bit but time was against the dog. I always wondered what I would decide once I faced a decision like this or selling my old car for that matter. I decided that keeping Damn It alive was not very fair to him given how understanding he had been of me all of these years. I decided that it was time to put Damn It down so I hugged him one last time and left the office. He didn't move much but had a very painful pathetic look in his eyes. The vet said it was the right decision. It took me quite a while to get over him. I still had about 40 pounds of Friskies left so I gave it to a neighbor, but they didn't want it because their Shepawolf only ate meat and bloody meat at that. Looking back, I don't have a single picture of Damn It, not one, but then I didn't have a picture of my 1947 Plymouth with "suicide doors" either. My advice to you is to take a lot of pictures of both. -Andy -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ in Anacortes, WA where I am having nightmares about Bombers not sending in their $24 for their 2007-2008 Sandstorm dues. I have been paid for a couple of weeks now because I don't want to miss a single issue. Ever wonder what it would be like every day without the Sandstorm? Only leaves Andy Rooney on Sunday night. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Kent Sinkey Class of 1959 Found Kent's website: Re: Richland Bomber Interest? Re: Still more on the Bombers (;-) -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Cyndy Brooks Cowman ('68) Re: Class of 1968 Reunion Information Jeri Collins Sandberg ('68) called last night with our reunion information. The reunion will be August 1st and 2nd at the Clarion Hotel. Contact Jeri at with ideas and suggestions. There will be another committee meeting next month. Re: Sad news from Jeri Jeri had the sad news of the passing of our classmate Gene Gustafson on Saturday [10/13/07]. There will be a service on Friday at the Richland Lutheran Church at 3:30. He lived in Walla Walla and there hasn't been a notice in the Tri-City Herald yet. -Cyndy Brooks Cowman ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Frank Hames ('69) I was greatly saddened to learn of the passing of John Skinner ('69). He was a friend of mine in high school and we had some great times together. He was one cool high school kid. He was too young to go. God's speed, John. Condolences to his family and friends. -Frank Hames ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/18/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber and Don Sorenson sent stuff: John Adkins ('62), Don Sorenson (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jack Lowrey ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bob Chiles ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Keith Hunter ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Robert Hinkle ('75) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: Class of 62 Reunion Pictures I have completed the Photo Album from our 45th Class Reunion - I began making copies of the album this evening and will begin mailing them to all of those of you who attended the reunion either tomorrow or the next day. I am going to ask for $5.00 to offset the cost of the DVDs and the mailing. Please send it to me when you get the DVD. Other members of the class who would like a copy of the album, please send me an e mail with your mailing address so I can send you a copy. -John Adkins ('62) ~ Richland a little breezy and intermittent rain **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB) Re: Bomber Duffers To: All Golfing Bombers Found this old Chemical Processing Department (C. P. D.) golf cartoon and score sheet. Thought you might find this interesting. -Don Sorenson (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/19/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff and 2 Bomber funeral notices today: Gary Behymer ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeanie Turner ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ray Richardson ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry Davis ('80) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: eBAY Item - Richland Bomber Belt Buckle '40s '50s Re: eBay Item - WIAA 39th Basketball Tournament 1963 Program Re: Do you have this on one of the sites? I thought about having it framed. -Gary Behymer ('64) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Gary, this is the first time I've seen that particular Villager headline... Hiroshima Day... Interesting! -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notices >>Gene Gustafson ('68) ~ 1/16/50 - 10/13/07 >>Beverly Ann Sullivan Johnson ('54) ~ 10/13/36 - 10/13/07 Funeral Notices ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/20/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Virginia Brinkerhoff ('54), Helen Cross ('62) Linda McKnight (65), Larry Reid ('68) Jodi Lenz ('89) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carolynn Hamilton ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marilyn Baird ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Leo Webb ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sue Oberg ('79) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Virginia Brinkerhoff Sweetland ('54) Thanks Gary Behymer ('64) for the "It's Atomic Bombs" headline. I remember it well, and I didn't have a copy, so thanks. That was the first time that most of us knew why we were there at Hanford / Richland. In retrospect, many must have suspected the truth, but there was so much emphasis on "loose lips sink ships" that there just wasn't much talk... until after it was dropped. Another vivid memory I have is when the B29 named "Day's Pay" visited; it was paid for by Hanford workers who each donated a day's pay toward the cost. -Virginia Brinkerhoff Sweetland ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Re: Weather Thanks be to God, we survived our tornado warnings last night without mishap. Some of our church members went to one of our churches for cover. I went to the basement after several trips to get what we might need to the basement. But it is only the 2nd time I've had to go to the basement in a tornado warning since we first moved back here in l974. And the only tornado we came close to being in occured when we were traveling through Dickerson, ND in August of 2004, I believe it was. Weather and fire are still as dangerous as they've always been to man, despite all our advances and learnings. Today the sun is shining in a blue sky with white clouds and a soft 70s breeze. I do believe we are warmer here than in Wenatchee, and many other places. Each part of the U.S., indeed the world, has it's beauty and it's drawbacks. They both appear over time. I had just been on a bus the night before in HW 41 where the heart of one possible tornado was heading north of Evansville. At least we did get a lot of rain out of the storms and we really needed the rains. Re: Alan Lobdell's ('69) comments on cancer I am sorry, but not surprized to learn of that research. Now that leaves me in a dilema as to what to do when my next one rolls around. Sadly, the top lining it's pockets does happen all too frequently... Yes, it is a wonder that we do move forward in spite of ourselves... Thanks for the information. A Bomber in the midwest. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda McKnight Hoban (65) Re: October Portland Bomber Luncheon Hey there Maren Could you make sure I got all the names and classes spelled correctly. Thanks dear, you are a peach!!! The following folks were in attendance at our last Portland/Vancouver Bomber Luncheon, October 13, 2007. Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54), Peg Wellman Johnson ('66), Ann Engel Schafer ('63), Marilyn Mabee Welter ('61), Tom Hunt ('60), Jeffrey Hartman ('59), Sylvia Hartman (spouse), yours truly, Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) and my hubby Denny Hoban. It should be noted that Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) was absent from the luncheon due to illness, and this is the first luncheon she has ever missed. Those in attendance decided that the month of December is just too darn busy for all of us, and so we have decided to hold our next luncheon in January, 2008. Date to be decided soon, and will let Maren know so it gets on the calendar. We had a couple of new attendees this time, namely Tom Hunt ('60) and Jeffrey ('59) and Sylvia Hartman. Tom hails from Battle Ground, WA and we were all so glad to meet him. Jeff and Sylvia are from Port Townsend, WA. Jeff is Peg Wellman Johnsons ('66) cousin, and were visiting for the weekend. They brought two beautiful four-legged creatures with them, namely their dogs Juneau and Sidney (hope I spelled that right). We all got to love the dogs up when we went outside to continue our chatting in the parking lot. It means a lot to me that almost everyone continues to gather in the parking lot, having a good time talking and laughing before we say goodbye to meet again in a few short weeks. As always, the food was good, the view spectacular, and the conversation lively. For those Bombers out there who cant or think they dont want to take in a luncheon, or even start a luncheon in their neck of the woods, you dont know how much fun you're missing. -Linda McKnight Hoban (65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook >>From: Larry Reid ('68) Friday 10/19/2007 7:31:50pm COMMENTS: Married 37 years, 5 kids, 6 grandkids, recently downsized to N.Richland house from 7 acres in Benton City (25 years). Enjoy riding bikes with my wife along the river. Looking forward to retirement in a couple of years. We are having a forty year reunion August 1&2, 2008. Come join in the fun. -Larry Reid ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook >>From: Jodi Lenz Boutin ('89) Thursday 10/11/2007 3:53:40pm COMMENTS: Live in Vancouver, BC... married... have 1 dtr. Would love to hear from anyone from the class of '89. -Jodi Lenz Boutin ('89) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/21/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers and Don Sorenson sent stuff: Jack Lowrey ('49), Marla Jo Lowman ('55) Don Sorenson (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sandra Witherup ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Connie Foster ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lucy Foster ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marsha Jepsen ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jenny Anguiano ('98) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jack Lowrey ('49) To: Virginia Brinkerhoff Sweetland ('54) Re: Your comments on "Days Pay" It was a B-17, not a B-29. -Jack Lowrey ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marla Jo Lowman Kenitzer ('55) Re: Sacramento Area Bomber Luncheon Our October luncheon at the Firehouse was great and we were the recipients of Bomber Alumni T0shirts - compliments of Tom McKeown ('53), Darlene Card McKeown ('54) who came down from WallaWalla to visit Tom's brother, Jim ('53). We are so fortunate to have grown up in Richland and maintained a relationship with our classmates. Many of our friends are amazed at the enthusiasm we have for 'our town' and in particular our high school years - they just don't get it. We lived in a world all our own and its my fondest wish that our kids could experience just a smidgen of that era. I will always cherish the memories of Richland and my friends. I have gotten to better know classmates who were just names and faces in the halls of Col-Hi (now RHS) and it seems like we should somehow be related (and even spouses) - now what's with that??? As long as I'm getting wordy, I might as well say that without this venue we would not have been able to keep up with what goes on with one another = so, thanks Maren for making this happen. From Sunny California (it was supposed to storm in our NOTW's, but sometimes its great for the weatherman to make a mistake) -Marla Jo Lowman Kenitzer ('55) and Sandy Finney Harvego ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB) Re: A man named Beddo and DDT Jeeps, and Jr. Firemen To: Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) Re: A Man named Beddo Ms. Beddo, is this fellow related to you? Re: DDT Jeeps When they stopped using DDT was malathion its replacement? Re: Jr. Fireman To: Richard Anderson ('60) I have half of the names of the H E W Jr. Fire Patrol. Back Row left to right Wayne Inman, Fred Reeves, Evert Tisdale, Floyd Hover, Blaine Colson, Arthur Hall. Front row left to right Eugene Lightfoot and that is it. I have to look at another source to get the other names. The picture is in the March 3rd 1944 edition of the Sage Sentinel. They are red hard hats. Those would be a great item to see. -Don Sorenson (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/22/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Tony Duran ('55), Bill Berlin ('56) Sylvia Plumb ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Leoma Coles ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Trisha Saucier ('77) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Man named Beddo The gentleman in the pictures titled Wendell Beddo was my Dad's best friend at Hanford, Wendell "Ray" Beddo. Ray was almost like an uncle to me and I stayed with them in Mountlake Terrace after they moved from Richland for three months getting my feet on the ground in the "big city." Ray was an electronics genius and eventually ran several electronics businesses in Western Washington. He was a former Marine and the day he was to be mustered from the Corps in San Francisco, there was a riot at San Quentin and a bunch of Marines were called in to help quell the event. The prison superintendent, as the story goes, said it would probably take two or three weeks to get it settled and that did not sit well with the Marines having just come back from War II. After about 48 hours they fired a bazooka round into the main yard and riot was over. No KIA, no MIA and just a couple of inmates got dust in their eyes, otherwise no injuries. The Grunts were mustered out the very next day. Git 'er done, Semper Fi. I remember the DDT jeeps well but my Dad has some experience with the stuff and told us to stay away. Lots now of talk that because of the ban on DDT around the world, global outbreaks, like Bird Flu and other maladies, are gaining ground. I guess the DDT application is quite inexpensive and replacements are often much more expensive for the local economy to use. Just a thought. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ in rainy Anacortes, WA where I am putting in a 10kW home generator so that we can keep the lights on when the winter winds come calling. Paid those Sandstorm dues yet? **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sylvia Plumb Duran ('56) and Tony Duran ('55) Re: World Series Tony ('55) and I have just recently begun subscribing to the Alumni Sandstorm online. We both love watching any kind of sports. Tony's favorite is college football. My favorite is baseball. I'm glued to the TV during the month of October every year. We remember watching our friend, Bill Griffin ('54) pitch for the Portland Beavers in 1960-something. We also remember the days in Marcus Whitman when the teachers let us listen to the World Series on radio. You can bet that both of us will be watching the World Series starting on Wednesday. Do any other Bombers live in the state of Kansas? We love it here, but miss our friends and family in the Tri-Cities. -Sylvia Plumb Duran ('56) and Tony Duran ('55) ~ Derby/Wichita - Recently Derby was voted the 49th best city to retire in the U.S. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/23/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Colt funeral notice today: Pappy Swan ('59), David Rivers ('65) Alan Lobdell ('69), Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jean Eckert ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jackie Richmond ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mark O'Toole ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tim O'Neil ('76) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Sylvia Plumb Duran ('56) and Tony Duran ('55) Re: I'm not in Kansas, anymore... Hi folks, No, I don't live in Kansas, no mo' but I was born there. That sounds like that commercial, "I'm not an expert at (enter whatever), but I stayed at a Holiday Inn last night." Actually, I and my much younger sister, Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) were born there in Wellington (south of Wichita), not far from where you reside. And we lived near Riverdale on Gramps farm until dad came up 4F in the Draft from a farming accident, so he went to work at the Boeing Plant in Wichita and helped build the B-17 and then the B-29 until the end of the War. Aunt Gladys owned the little general store in Riverdale, operated the telephone switchboard, and the little post office, and performed the mail exchange with the train that never stopped, but I think that I described that in Sandstorm about a year ago. Although not quite five years old then, I remember the day the War was finally over. I did not really comprehend what was happening, but the adults were going berserk in the housing area in Wichita where I got lost and a nice man took me home to mom. Soon, our dad heard the call to, "Go west, young man." We relocated to Sunnyside, were dad was a farm laborer or cannery worker until he was hired on the Security Patrol at Hanford, and the rest was our little chunk of Bomberville history. Our Kansas relatives were and (what few are left there) are still farm folks. We made trips back there for family visits often throughout my school years. And, I have not been back there since the summer following my junior year as a Bomber. One of my uncles, Harvey Swan, was the mayor of Mulvane, many years ago. He was a real character. Hard of hearing most of his life, he always talked in a booming voice, as if that made up for his affliction. He owned the Texaco Bulk Fuel Business and drove a small (by today's standards) fuel truck, and delivered fuel to the farmers for their tractors, combines, and such, and heating oil to the residences. He was short but a rather large guy (Okay, kinda like me) and even though he was the mayor, he always wore pen-striped bibbed overalls, his Texaco cap with a bill (that looked like the Maytag Man's cap), always smoked a big cigar, and seemed to know everyone in the world. Whenever, our family went back to Kansas for a visit, I always got to ride with him, bouncing down the streets and roads in that ol' truck, honking and waving at everyone. Sooner or later, he had to coffee up and we would visit a restaurant that a lot of the local folks frequented, especially a lot of old surviving pioneer types. I would get to have lunch with Uncle Harv' and his cronies and have a big piece of pie and milk. Each time we went in there, it was like a major celebration with all the greetings and good natured jabs shouted back and forth. It was probably a living gold mine of history, but I was too young to appreciate it. All I cared about was when did we get to go fishing again? I am sure that the entire area has changed immensely since I was there. Being an outdoor type, I mostly remember the rabbit hunting and cat fishing, the dirt roads covered with gritty red sand, lightening bugs, humidity, the rain storms, a few near misses from tornados (we spent some long stretches in Gramps root cellar), coal oil lamps, cooking and heating with wood and coal stoves, a hand pump beside the sink that pumped from the cistern where an even bigger hand pump was located (and from where I had to pack water), chamber pots in the bedrooms at night or the outhouse located outback with the "Monkey Wards" Catalog substituting for expensive toilet paper, no electricity until the early '50's, and most of all... I remember the little buggers called chiggers. Yep, me much younger sister gets it right when she says, "We were the Clampetts!" But, we never struck "Bubblin' Crude" or "Texas Tea" when out hunting. We have a few cousins still living in that area and I would like to go back there to visit and hunt deer and turkeys, but I don't know if it will ever come about. Besides, their standard of living has been modernized for many years now, so it probably wouldn't be as much fun as the old farm house on the prairie. -George "Pappy" Swan ~ Burbank, WA where I gave up lookin' fer bubblin' crude... a long time ago. Its supposed to be sunny today. I think that I'll go outside and soak up some of it and act like I'm doing something constructive **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: ET Phone Home After two real time real phone calls from the old stomping grounds I find I had better break my silence from the Sandstorm... maybe I misunderstood Capt. Number 32 ('63) when I thought he said not to break radio silence or maybe I've just been too lazy or busy but I admit that I missed Julie Alexander's ('65) birthday on the 13th, Dave Hanthorn's ('63) on the 16th and the Fosters' ('63 & '65) this morning (yesterday for those of you actually reading this)... I had meant to make up for it yesterday for the Foster girls and mention Julie and Dave but found the yellow sticky on the bottom of my slippers (they pass for slippers) this morning while getting ready for work... I guess it fell off my mirror and I've probably been walking around all weekend with it flapping like toilet paper in a slapstick scene in some movie... I did check my underwear to make sure the other scene I've seen in movies wasn't also occurring... nope... I was safe so the laughter and snickering I heard from the peanut gallery in court this morning must have had another cause... I am sorry for missing these 4 birthdays... I know a mainstay of the class of '63 is having an event in a couple of days and do hope I don't lapse on that one (an "event" is a birthday by the way... not a bowel movement for some of you "older folks")... Just think, in one more year, the class of '63 will be as old as their class... we youngsters at the little kids' table will hafta wait just a couple more years on that one... wow... Our year is '65... when we are '65 we'll only have two more years to wait for social security... When we were little I thought the magic age was 65? Then in the '70s or '80s it sounded like everyone was gonna retire "early"... so how come we gotta wait till 67? That doesn't mean they are gonna change the age for the Senior menu at Denny's does it? Dang... I'm sorry but I just can't eat a whole serving of chicken fried steak at Denny's any more and if they make me wait till 67 to eat the Sr portion that's gonna be a lotta days without chicken fried steak... well I just wanted to let Kenny Dame ('68) and Peter Joe Carroll ('65) know that I'm just peachy boyz and am sorry for not keeping better track of my duties on the Sandstorm... so never fear... "I'll be back". -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Lobdell ('69) To: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) One thing Maxine and I learned fighting cancer was that each person needs to study and take the course they feel is best for them instead of letting others tell you what to do. In Maxine's case she chose Ultra Sound or MRI's for her check ups. They could detect the cancer far earlier. We had to find a Naturopath to recommend them since at the time a normal AMA doctor would not do so without a mammogram first. I always will believe that it was a way to keep their cash cow working for them. After dealing with over 50 doctors in the three and a half years we fought the breast cancer I can say that I learned to trust THREE of them. -Alan Lobdell ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Kansas To: Sylvia Plumb Duran ('56) and Tony Duran ('55) Sylvia and Tony I lived in Kansas for 10 years; 1994-2004. I lived in 3 small towns in the northwestern corner of the state. Several people thought I was crazy to live in such small towns but to me they were ideal. I moved from there to Eugene, OR and then onto Lacey, WA where I now live. I miss the small town atmosphere but I had to move on where there was work at a better salary. My brother once asked me if I would consider moving back to that part of the country and I told him no for one reason, I couldn't make the money I am making out here (other than I haven't been able to find work in my area of expertise in almost 2 years). I never got to your area of Kansas but I always caught the "local" news from there as it was that or Denver. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where it's sunny and warmer today **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Francile Fletcher Marsh ('33) ~ July, 1915 - 10/17/07 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/24/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Ed Charette ('55), Thora Metcalf ('59) Dave Hanthorn ('63), Marilyn Swan ('63) Gary Behymer ('64), David Rivers ('65) Sheri Lukins ('75) BELATED BOMBER BIRTHDAY 10/23: Mark O'Toole ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim "Pitts" Armstrong ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve Rector ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed Charette ('55) Re: Southern California Fires I sincerely hope all Col-Hi and RHS alumni are safe and out of harms way from the devastating fires that range from north L.A. County to the Mexican border. -Ed Charette ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Thora Metcalf Ziegler ('59) Re: Bomber Mom Dottie Ryan, Mother of Thora Metcalf Ziegler ('59) and Barronelle Metcalf Stutzman ('63) died October 22, 2007 -Thora Metcalf Ziegler ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Hanthorn (Gold Medal Class of '63) To: David Rivers ('65) Re: Birthdays Thanks, David for the belated birthday greetings. BTW, members of the Gold Medal Class of 63 will start turning 63 years old next month (November) and continue doing so until the last of us (like me) does so next October. [Dave, Are you saying you're one of the '63 Class babies? *GRIN* -Maren] I wonder how many of us actually thought we would last this long back on that warm June night in 1963 when we said our last goodbyes to Col-Hi and headed out into the big new world. It seems a long time ago, and yet it somehow also seems like it happened just a few months ago. Time is funny stuff. -Dave Hanthorn (GMC '63) ~ from sunny and warm (this week anyway) Mercer Island where I will be moving to a new house next month. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) To: Don Sorenson (NAB) Re: The picture you sent in to Sandstorm is a picture of my late father-in-law's (Glen Beddo) younger brother, Wendell. I did not ever hear of him referred to as Wendell, so it threw me, as I always knew of him as Ray. I don't recall ever seeing a picture of him & I had never met him. He died several years ago, after moving to the Mountlake Terrace area & living there several years. Bill Berlin ('56) & I exchanged a couple of emails after I saw his entry the other day. We were able to fill each other in on a little history, some never known & some long forgotten. Thanks, Don. Once again a Bomber Connection. -Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) ~ SLC, UT **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: ...on 'stuff' & 'things' It's 11+ years or so ago that 'the bug' struck and the first Richland Bomber Alumni web site was built. That site came on the heals of the death of a wonderful lady from the class of 1964. [Wendy Carlberg] Yes, there is a LOT of Richland Bomber info now available for 'all' to view... and yes, there is the Alumni Sandstorm. Where does or what happens when Maren and/or Richard are no longer available to do everything for US? In the same vein... Is there a place or space for 'our momentos?' There is no need for me to 'gift' my 'stuff' IF it is but for the present generation. I hate to see 'Bomber stuff' going to the dump or being sold at yard sales or showing up at one person's home for but a few years...with the kids dumping it when Mom or Dad pass away. Where can all of this be archived? The Columbia River Exhibition of History, Science, and Technology (CREHST) has the right location but perhaps the wrong 'concerpt?' Same with the B REACTOR MUSEUM ASSOCIATION? If 'we' continue to store our 'stuff' at home it will eventually make the Goodwill Store or garbage. Where do we store a B-17 bomber along with an 'atomic bomb?' -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: I love Rock 'n' Roll!!!!!!!!!!! OK... I just heard the other day that the Beestie Boyz (sp) were inducted into the Hall of Fame but that Jethro Tull has still not made it... Now I agree with the very first inductee, Chuck Berry, but I am sorry... there are some people who should also have been honored a long time ago and it took forever... why do I care? Because other than cars and girls, Rock 'n' Roll is my life! I can't even imagine a world without Rock 'n' Roll... so tho I sometimes think I was born too late or too early, In fact I was born just when and where I shoulda been... I remember when the other guys were out shooting hoops I was lying on my bed listening to Lyne Bryson ('57) and the Real Don Steele... Even if I was parked with some Bomber Babe in my car I was listening to Rock 'n' Roll... I remember in the mid '50s before we had much Rock 'n' Roll on the radio in the Tri-Cities listening to whatever back east station I could on my little short wave radio turning the knobs just to catch a song... I remember the Peterson brothers and I (Kenny ('64) Keith ('65)) always had these magazines with all the lyrics to all the latest songs and we would rock out singing them... Kenny even had a group for a while... so now lemme get to the point of this little note... as much as Rock 'n' Roll means to me... there is one other guy out there who tops me in the love of the subject... one other guy who always knows where to pick up those really hard to find songs and albums... yeah I got Sandy Nelson, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Grace Slick, Carlos Santana, Little Richard, Cream, Wolfman Jack, Glen Glenn with Elvis and Elvis by himself autographed stuff all over my walls... I've gotten wasted with Chuck Berry, Kenny Rogers and the First Edition and Paul Revere and Mark Lindsey (Not lately of course with over 20 years of sobriety)... but I guarantee... this guy can top me any day of the week... any minute of the day... and he's having a birthday on October 24th... so here's a huge HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Jim "Pitts" Armstrong... My hero!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sheri Lukins Collins ('75) Re: Belated Birthday Wish Was reading the Sandstorm and the date kept pondering as if there was something missing from the entries and BEHOLD, I remembered... I think after 30 plus years its OK to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MARK O'TOOLE (`74). Belated a day, October 23. Wish you many more. -Sheri Lukins Collins ('75) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Larry Coppinger ('54) ~ 10/10/36 - 10/15/07 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/25/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Rosalie Geiger ('57), Pitts Armstrong ('63) Lance Willis ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barbara Franco ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rosalie Geiger Hughes ('57) Re: Boise Bomber Lunch Bomber alumni and their spouses in Boise, ID will meet for lunch We invite anyone in the surrounding area or who might be visiting to join us. The more the merrier. DATE: Saturday, October 27th WHERE: Goodwood Barbecue near Edwards Theaters at Cole and Overland Rd (Cole exit from I-84.) TIME: 12:00 NOON If you would like more information, email me. Cheers, -Rosalie Geiger Hughes ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim "Pitts" Armstrong (Gold Medal Class of '63) Re: Rock and Roll To: David Rivers ('65) Thanks David for the birthday greetings. By the way. Mark Lindsey has opened a restaurant in Portland. Regards, Pitts -Jim "Pitts" Armstrong (Gold Medal Class of '63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lance Willis ('70) To: Ed Charette ('55) Re: Southern California Fires Thanks for thinking of us. My family and I live in Canyon Country a part of Santa Clarita. Even thought we have been evacuated before, this time with the strong Santa Anna winds it was the worst. The fires came to across the street, but each house had a fire truck assigned to it. -Lance Willis ('70) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/26/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Dena Evans ('64), Jeff Michael ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sally Sheeran ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dena Evans Harr ('64) To: Jim 'Pitts' Armstrong ('63) I have been away from Portland for a couple of weeks now. What is the Restaurant's name that Mark Lindsey opened? I imagine that it made the Food Section of The Oregonian, which I always read first thing Tuesday morning. The Oregonian is not sold here in the Dalles. They have a local paper that is maybe 8 pages. Not much to report about. -Dena Evans Harr ('64) ~ Loving the quiet here in The Dalles, OR I would love it even more if the wind would calm down a bit **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeff Michael ('65) Hey there Bombers and Bomberettes... I'm such a schmoo... ya all been wonderin' 'bout the San Diego (SD) Segment of Bombers and I haven't written to ease your minds. Oooops... my bad. But you see, it's this way... I'm not quite there (in the head or geographically). As you know, I've had this terrible summer of standing off the coast of Catalina in an 85' yacht on behalf of my boss... the owners of same said yacht. We "parked" it there so they could come and go at their liesure and not have to take the time to ride it back and forth. It's actually kinda slow. As it happened, I was in SD the day the fires started. We had just moved the 5th wheel (home) to a small park in Jamul on the south east edge of SD. I saw the first plume of smoke and commented how glad I was that we had moved the boat to Long Beach a couple days earlier. Santa Ana winds on the lee side of Catalina are a real hazard, as they tend to push the unprepared vessel on to the rocky shore of the island. Our boat was safely on land in Wilmington (the arm pit of L.A.). Thus, I was taking a couple days off at home, getting my wife settled in to the RV. She had a whole battery of appointments scheduled for the next week, including two medical procedures and a should surgery. So I wanted her home to be comfortable, as I would be back at the boat. So... to make the story a bit shorter... the fire became one of seven fires in SD County and several more cropped up in Orange and L.A. counties. The Harris Fire, near our home grew and headed north and west. My wife was ordered to evacuate. The Witch Creek fire, east of my bosses' houses headed west. I had to go to one of their homes and take pictures in case of fire. They were both in Utah as one was being inducted into the BYU Sports Hall of Fame. Then back to the boat through the smoke and ash of the fires and the traffic jams created by highway closures and displaced folks moving RVs and livestock the safer locations. My wife went to her daughter's house in Ranch San Diego and was evacuated the next night. Her doctors kept asking where her husband was in all this and she replied "Oh, he's on the yacht." She actually got a kick out of that. Then explained that was how we paid the bills (and save up for our Golden Years). Many of the half million or so folks that were evacuated have now been allowed to go back to their homes, but not her. The fires approached our trailer park from three (of four) directons. There are still some hot spots nearby and shifting winds... so she is still at a friend's house. The surgery went well yesterday; she should probably have help for a couple days anyway. From looking at the maps, my bosses' houses should be OK, too. They probably got back to them last night but I haven't heard. As for me? Still on stilts in Wonderous Wilmington washing ashes off the boat every night. We should go back in the water tomorrow (Friday) and back to SD by Saturday. What an strange trip it's been (and continues to be). Love to all... -dj jeff Michael ('65) ~ in... well ya know that already. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>John Michael Williams ('64) ~ 4/17/46 - 10/22/07 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/27/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Ruth Miles ('59), Pitts Armstrong ('63) Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ruth Miles Bruns ('59) To: Dena Evans Harr ('64) Oh Dena, I just have to stick up for eastern Oregon/Washington. Since the Oregonian newspaper is on sale outside the grocery stores and the post office here in Goldendale, WA, across the Columbia River and about 25 miles east and uphill from The Dalles, OR, I'm sure it's on sale in The Dalles as well. Home delivery of the Oregonian is also available here, and satellite television delivers Portland stations to us as "local." Actually, that's enough contact with the big city for me, although it would be nice if Trader Joe's was a little closer The wind in the Columbia River Gorge is indeed a fairly constant presence. Near Hood River, OR, about 20 miles west of The Dalles, pine trees alongside the highway look like they have no branches on their western side, because the prevailing winds have trained all the branches to point east. I've often wondered what it must be like for boats and barges on the Columbia River, with the river current running east-to-west and the wind running west-to-east. -Ruth Miles Bruns ('59) ~ near beautiful downtown Goldendale, WA where the customary wind has taken most, but not all, of the gold and red leaves from the trees. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim "Pitts" Armstrong (Gold Medal Class of '63) Re: Mark Lindsay To: All the Mark Lindsay fans out there, here is his site. Enjoy! -Jim "Pitts" Armstrong (Gold Medal Class of '63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: WW2 RARE 1944 Pin from the Manhattan Project - Hanford -Gary Behymer ('64) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/28/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bombers and Don Sorenson sent stuff: Pappy Swan ('59), Gary Behymer ('64) Sorenson (N A B) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Anna May Wann ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paul Phillips ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paula Bergam ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Ruth Miles Bruns ('59) and Dena Evans Harr ('64) Re: Eastside vs. Westside Congratulations ladies! Hopefully you have hit upon a subject that, once again, will stir up the Alumni Sandstorm. Eastside, Westside, all around the states ... each to his or her own, I guess. I have lived on both sides of Washington and spent considerable time working and playing on both sides of this fair state and those of Oregon. I have to say Ruth, I'm with you. I'll take the east sides. And, my old huntin' and fishin' buddy of Bomber days, Bill Byrd ('59) has taken it to such extremes as an "eastsider" ... that he resides "way east" in Colorado. Yet, we are counter balanced by the likes of our classmates (that we stay in touch with) like David Mansfield ('59), an Oregon "westsider," and Dave Mclenegan ('59) and Bonnie Allen ('59), both Washington "westsiders." Now, I must admit that in my "seasoned years," (thank you once again Bonnie for that term), I look more like a prune covered with sun bleached moss than the others, but there is justification. Yes, Ruth, I have had the experience of riding the fish transport barges a few times and running small boats often, up and down the Columbia and Snake Rivers, throughout 30 years with the National Marine Fisheries Service. Since the wind doth blow in this country, much of that river running was experienced with the river current running east-to-west and the wind running west-to-east. "Yahoo, let 'er buck and pass the rain gear," even if its not raining! Indeed, it makes it a bit more difficult to accomplish one's work with the decks pitching and awash with windblown waves and spray in your face. It is indeed possible to gain one's "sea legs" two hundred miles inland. But, there is just something exhilarating about that experience. But then eventually, the winds die down, the sun comes out, hot and heavy, dries you out... and adds another wrinkle. But, I'll take that and my sun bleached hide over the frequent drizzle representative of the Westside with its big cities and more crowded areas. And, I won't even go into the differences between eastside and westside winters. I'll take the "dry cold" anytime. And, I love solitude and the less crowded atmosphere of small towns and agrarian communities. As much as possible, I avoid crowds and for me, more than three is a crowd. Years ago, I moved to Burbank, WA, a half dozen miles from the Tri-Cities, for the hunting and fishing. Aw, peace and tranquility! Now, after a few short years, Burbank has gone from a little "Where the hell is Burbank?" area to becoming absorbed as a "Burb" of the expanding Tri-Cities, even though it is over the river, through a few trees, and in another county. -George "Pappy" Swan ~ Early morning in the beautiful suburb of Burbank, WA where once more, I briefly enjoy the solitude of a small community, since it is foggy out. So, looking out my window. I see only my trees, reluctantly giving up their autumn-colored leaves to the background theme of Canada Geese passing over after leaving the refuge pond and heading out to "do lunch" in a distant wheat field **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: 2nd Annual James House Top Notch 'Special' Run The second annual James House Top Notch 'Special' Run took place Saturday October 27th at 11:00 AM in downtown Colfax. Joining Jim ('63) were Ray Stein ('64), Terry Waltman ('64), Leo Bustad ('64), Teresa DeVine Knirck ('64) and Colfax Behymer ('64). For those unaware... the only running that was done was from the car to the 'Top Notch' where two of the participants 'went for it' and ordered the 'Special'... only because their heart doctor was in the crowd. Interesting enough, the couple sitting next to our table, who were from St. John, WA, turned out to be Aunt & Uncle to Donna Louise Anderson Bancroft ('64-RIP). Post-function activity was the WSU/UCLA football game (;-) P.S. There is talk of a possible one day run starting at Hudson's Hamburgers - Coeur d'Alene, ID, then to Miners Drive-In Restaurant - Yakima, WA, and closing out the day in downtown Colfax at the Top Notch. Be there or Be Anemic! -Gary Behymer ('64) ~ Colfax, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sorenson (N A B) To: Gary Behymer ('64) After reading Marilyn Swan Beddo's ('63) entry I was reminded of how important it is to keep "connected". I worked with Glenn Beddo in the late '70s and had heard little about his family. Stories concerning our heritage are always heart warming. It gives us a base we can rest on and share with others. A few days later I came across an old Hanford Project News April 5, 1968. In it was an article concerning your dad. Hope you enjoy it. -Don Sorenson (N A B) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/29/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Wally Erickson ('53, David Mansfield ('59) Patti Jones ('60), Gary Behymer ('64) Linda Reining ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: James Daugherty ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** PICTURES OF THE SOUTHERN CA WILDFIRES: **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Wally Erickson ('53 To: Pappy Swan ('59) After reading your email about western Washington vs. eastern Washington... I couldn't pass it up. I lived in the Seattle area for over 35 years and loved it!! I loved the climate (even with the rain)... everything was green and clean air. They have great bike trails, hiking trails in the Cascades, lots of water for boating (Lake Washington & Puget Sound), and when it's not raining the weather can't be beat. We moved to Coeur D'Alene, ID 5 years ago to be close to our daughters and grandkids in the Spokane area. We've realized the beauty in northern Idaho area and are very satisfied!! But, I'm not sure I would want to live in eastern Washington again... grin. Now, I'm sure we'll hear some disagreements on this. You brought up two of my biking friends; (bye the way we missed you). After bike riding with Dave Mansfield ('59), his wife Nonie from (Eugene, OR) and Bonnie Allen ('59) (north of Seattle)... I know they love where they live. If we hadn't lived in the Seattle area; my second choice would have been Eugene, OR. I love the Eugene area and location; it's near the beautiful Oregon coast and it's very bike friendly. I do agree with you about the hunting and fishing in eastern Washington though. It really has to do with being close to family, or where you worked and the area you feel comfortable in. To: Gary Behymer ('64) What's this about a one day run at Hudson's hamburger in Coeur D'Alene?? We go there at least once a month for our cholesterol fix. I've mentioned this before; they celebrated their 100th anniversary this year. We'll have to try the Miner's Drive-In in Yakima some day. Re: Washington "tax tokens" Remember the Washington tax tokens?? I saw some in an antique store last week in Idaho. I remember having so many; (they had a hole in the middle), we'd put them on a (don't remember the name of the chain) "snap on" chain. We'd wear the chain of tax tokens around our neck, thinking it was cool. That only lasted a couple of days. I believe it took three of them to equal one cent, not sure about that either. I collected coins then, still have a few Washington tax tokens and tax tokens from Colorado, and Utah. Washington tax tokens we made of aluminum; Colorado were red plastic, and Utah was orange plastic. Not sure why they had holes in them?? -Wally Erickson ('53 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Mansfield ('59) Re: East Side versus West Side The mention of "East Side versus West Side" by Ruth Miles Bruns ('59) and George "Pappy" Swan ('59) in the Sandstorm these past few days has unclogged a few memory cells of my own. My first thought of being a West Sider occurred in the ninth grade at Chief Joseph. It was the month of May and I think I was sitting in Mrs. Harmond's afternoon French class. It was HOT! I think there was some concern at the time that just our pencils moving across paper would cause it to spontaneously combust. I distinctly remember looking out the window and saying to myself when I graduate I am heading to the west side and cooler temperatures. The second memory was the East Side-West Side rivalry at Wazoo. Friday night was raunch dinner night at the Sigma Nu house. Our fraternity house was fairly evenly split between east siders and west siders. Friday Dinners often ended up with a contest between the East Siders trying to out yell, cheer or insult the West Siders and vice versa. It was always a great way to start the weekend. A comment to "Pappy" Swan: Urbanization of Burbank will proceed at a rapid pace once the secret location of the Burbank International Airport is unclassified and open to the public. My sources tell me that the Elf Fighter Wing has already been looking for a new aerodrome and launch site. -David Mansfield ('59) ~ It's sunny morning here in Eugene Towne. I will probably fire up the propane torch this morning and burn a couple more piles of brush. I have five to burn before the rains return. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: Class of '60 Grade School Pictures Maren has been sent many grade school pictures. All of the names are not filled in. If you view the pictures and can help at all by filling in the blanks [There's a link to click BELOW the names on each page. If you can help, click the link and please tell me the ROW and blank number. -Maren] I was looking tonight at the pictures, which I do once in a while to see if I can remember the names. The Sacajawea kindergarten picture #3 [which ROW, Patti?? -Maren]I think is Mike Rice. If so Mike if you see this entry please respond to Maren so she can put your name in the blank. I sent Maren some of the pictures of Spalding and the one of Sacajawea. Others have already filled in some of the names that I couldn't remember. Re: The Radiations The Radiations is the Quartet that Missy Keeney ('59) belongs to. They performed last night in Yakima. Absolutely were great and took the show away from the other performers. As many times as I have seen them, their costumes, funny additions before the songs keep me laughing and waiting for what's next. Missy says the next performance will be in early February at Chief Jo. Please let us know Missy the exact time. -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA. - BRRRRRRR it is cold at night. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Ageism... There was no 'ageism' in the Richland School district in 1964. Here are several of the 'older' teachers at the time: EMIL STOEBNER - German Teacher - Age 66 in 1964 Born: 02 May 1898 Died: 07 Apr 1995 NAOMI B. BUESCHER - Geometry - Age 63 in 1964 Born: 25 Oct 1901 Died: 06 Sep 1988 IDA MECUM - Biology - Age 61 in 1964 Born: 05 Mar 1905 Died: Dec 1984 I did have a music teacher at Sacajawea whose name was Miss Nordness. I do believe she was 'older than the hills' and I remain bitter to this day because she asked me NOT to sing but to mouth the words at our Christmas concert (;-( -Gary Behymer ('64) ~ Colfax, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) re: Eastside VS. Westside I have lived on both sides, too----LOVED the Seattle area(lived in downtown Seattle, off Pike Street)and being on Vashon Island---love the rain, so all the moisture didn't bother me at all. *grin* have also lived in Wishram(in the Columbia Gorge area)and that blasted wind blowing 24/7, 365 days a year was enough to set my teeth on edge! only good thing I can say about living there---it was close to The Dalles, Oregon, where we did all our shopping---took advantage of no sales tax. *grin* also lived in Astoria, Oregon and LOVED that area, but RICHLAND will always be "home" and, as far as I am concerned, the ONLY place to really live in the State of Washington. *grin* Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of 64).........Bakersfield, CA, where we are getting the smoke from all the fires in Southern Ca---and thanking our lucky stars that we are 80+ miles away from the dangers. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/30/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 15 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Patti Cole ('52) Floyd Melton ('57), David Mansfield ('59) Pappy Swan ('59), Mary Rose ('60) Patti Mathis ('60), Sharon Greer ('62) Peg Sheeran ('63), Carol Converse ('64) Gary Behymer ('64), John Fletcher ('64) David Rivers ('65), Betti Avant ('69) Mike Dalen (72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Karen Cole ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betty Pyle ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ray Stein ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) Re: East v. West The one problem I couldn't stand in Richland was the wind. We lived on "A" street (now Thayer) in 1943. Presently the builders came along and dug like thirty basements on the West side of the street. The winds came. We swept and then shoveled. We had drifts on our roof. I never again got used to the constant blowing. We had a loose piece of insulation in our basement, which we never found, and the wind played it like a kazoo. That I kinda liked. And the heat! In those days I could handle it, but no more. Whenever I visit the Eastside, my sini dry up like parchment and I can no longer pick my nose, but have to back fire it. And the Cougars are over there somewhere. Even with the dismal football we are going through, I still love my Dawgs. Conversely, rain is great. When it happens, I don't have to mow my lawn. Sloshingly yours, -Dick McCoy (a long way from the Tin Can Class of 1945 on Camano Island, WA) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: The Cole Kids Want to wish our sister Karen Cole Correll ('55) a very Happy 70th Birthday on October 30th. We want you to know how much we love you and appreciate all that you do for us, anytime, anywhere. You are the BEST!! Love, Barbara ('50), Patti ('52), Judie & Jackie ('63) and Johnny ('66) and all our spouses. -Patti Cole Pierce ('52) ~ From cloudy Richland where no matter what the weather, it is the best place in the world. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Floyd Melton ('57) Re: East Side vs West Side I spent my whole life, except for the first 5 years and 4 at college, in Richland and now I live in Eugene, OR like David Mansfield ('59). He lives over the hill in the beautiful country and I in town. He gets to do the leaf thing I don't have that problem. I do not miss the heat, the dirt storms, or the wind on the east side but it is taking me a while to get accustomed to the rain of the west side. My nephew has lived in the Seattle area most of his adult life and has always said you can do anything in the rain but not everything in the wind and I agree. Best thing about Eugene and the west side is the closeness to the ocean where I have always loved to spend time. Both sides have their pluses and minuses but I guess I like the green of Eugene over the brown of Richland and even though I have only lived here four years I would not move back to the East Side. The neat thing about living in Richland all my life is that I glow in the dark, well at least that is what some west side people think and that can't be good for your health, joke. I even get some people here to bite on the fact, well that is a stretch, that the elk on the Hanford site glow at night. There are still a few gullible people running loose. Bottom line is that a person just needs to work at being happy no matter where they live; that's what really counts. -Floyd Melton ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Mansfield ('59) Re: On Eugene Towne To: Wally Erickson ('53) Wally, Wally, Wally! Be very careful what you say and where you say it! There are way to many people in Eugene as it is! Well maybe ... maybe we do have room for one or two more ... but that's all! -David Mansfield ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George"Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: East sides Vs. West Sides To: Wally Erickson ('53), David Mansfield ('59), and Linda, Linda Reining ('64) I have to agree on some points about living on the west side. When the sun comes out and bathes all of that greenery, it indeed makes for a grand setting. "Green and clean" has a lot to be said for it. And, it is difficult to have all that green without rain. I lived in Seattle (actually north of Kenmore) for about four years while attending UW. I'll never forget when my dad came to go fishing and clam digging with me. He asked how I could stand all of the rain? I just grinned and said, "If you want to go outdoors, you put on your rain gear and go do it, otherwise ... you sit home and think about it. And, in those days, I did a lot of skin and scuba diving. It always seemed slightly ludicrous, but when I would surface after a dive, in my "wet suit," and it was raining, my first thought was, "Damn, now I'm going to get wet while changing back into my clothes!" I could deal with the weather, but large populations and heavy traffic are other stories. I would be the first to admit that it does get hot here. But, as long as I have forced cool air in the house, a shade tree outside, a nearby river to jump in, and two sixty air conditioning in Lil' Ranger Ricky (roll two windows down and go sixty mph) I'm okay. It is all worth dealing with in order to have the drier and generally mild winters. I have always thought that I should have looked for a place to own that was at the edge of the forests and mountains, with a cool breeze and a good view over the "flat lands," and plenty of good hunting and fishing nearby. But, at this stage of life, I do not want to move again ... ever. So, I'll stay here and hope that the price of gas doesn't get so far out of sight that I can't drive to the "green side" occasionally and to my favored activities that are not found right here. Each to his or her own, but I guess, I have always favored small towns or country living. I guess, I will always favor being a "Hick from the sticks." But now, as my esteemed '59 classmate, David Mansfield, points out, the urbanization of Burbank could pose a problem for this ol' hermit wannabe. This is one reason that the elves have been quiet as of late. I finally convinced them that the secret location of the Burbank International Airport would remain secret no longer if they keep drawing attention to themselves and their personal Area 51, especially through the antics of the FEW (Fanatic Elf Wanderers). And, besides that, that acronym won't work as "The Few" is already taken by the "No better friend -- No worse enemy" fraternity. So, the "Flying Elfin Wing Extraordinary Reserve" was formed. Now, the (FEWER) has been looking for a new aerodrome and launch/recovery site. Strange goings on have been reported near Horn Rapids Dam in the vicinity of the Rattlesnake Mountain Shooting Facility and the nearby radio controlled airplane field. Re: Washington "tax tokens" Wally, I think you're correct that it was three tax tokens were equal to one cent and I seem to remember that along with the aluminum or silver colored tokens, there were eventually green plastic tokens used in Washington for a while. The reason for the hole in both, remains a mystery to me other than as kids we could, as you pointed out, put them on a string or chain and on your shoe strings, which was also popular ... for about five minutes. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ near the secret location of Burbank International Airport where flights of Canada Geese, escorted by long-range, Green-winged Teal, perform aerial sweeps regularly. And, California (Valley) Quail and Eastern Gray Squirrels conduct recon and surveillance patrols on the perimeter. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Rose Tansy ('60) I have to put in my 2 cents worth on the east vs. west in Washington. I have lived in 9 different states and 17 different locations. I have found that each place has it own unique beauty. Some you love more because of the relationships you form combined with the location in which you are living, and some you love because of the environment you are surrounded by. The place I loved and felt the most at peace in was Twin Lakes, ID. We lived in a very small cabin with a pot belly stove and a 5 gallon hot water heater. We lived there during two winters. One was the year they had 5 feet of snow. So beautiful. You could hear the wolves howl at each other at night and go outside and see the full moon over the hills across the lake. The deer came down to the lake and lots of Canadian geese. One of my daughters lives in Ruston, WA (on the west side of the state of Washington) and absolutely loves it. As she was taking me from Richland to Ruston last summer and it was pouring down rain, she stated that she loved the west side because she felt so clean over there. I can understand that feeling and love it there too, but my real home will always be Richland where there is tons of dust and wind, two of the things I dislike the most. But it is home!! -Mary Rose Tansy ('60) ~ From Centerfield, UT where I am still trying to find the beauty and succeeding a little bit. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) Re: Response to Gary Behymer ('64) on ageism I was shocked to learn that Ida Mae Mecum was that young!! OMG, I thought she was at least 80. Lord, she was younger than me when she died!! Scary thought. -Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sharon A. Greer ('62) Re: Miss Justiss I had a music teacher at Jason Lee who was older than dirt in 1952. Her name was Miss Justiss (sp?), and I remember she had red hair. Like Miss Nordness, she asked me not to sing but sit in the back row and hum along with the rest. To this day, I cannot sing but can hear when someone else is on or off pitch. My Uncle who was a fine arts/music professor at U of Idaho couldn't understand why I could hear the notes but couldn't carry a tune. If I had to sing for my supper I would starve. The choir director at Chief Jo (Mr. Mankowitz ?) also informed me politely that I should stay out of the choir room. -Sharon A. Greer ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Peg Sheeran Finch ('63) Re: Ageism To: Gary Behymer ('64) I was amazed to think Ida Mecum was 61 in '64, when I thought she must have been close to 80 back in those days... (what must kids think of ME at 62?! - "she's older than dirt", I'm sure) Remember Miss Nordness, and how I hoped she'd let me play the triangle instead of the sticks. Was THAT an indication of MY music disability... seems I always had to play those dumb sticks? -Peg Sheeran Finch ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) Re: East side/West side For the past 10 years, we've lived here in Eureka, CA right on the coast. I love it here in the Redwoods and by the ocean, but I could do with a bit more sun and heat. I don't think I could live in the desert any longer. It gets way too hot! We keep thinking of different places to live after we retire. Would like to be closer to the kids and grand kids so I think Hood River, OR is the closest area that I would want to be. I wouldn't mind staying here in Eureka, but in the back of my mind, I keep thinking that this really is earthquake country and we're way over due for a big one. -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) - Eureka, CA where the rains have come and it's starting to feel like winter. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: James House Top Notch Run II -Gary Behymer ('64) ~ Colfax, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Fletcher ('64) Re: Rock & Roll Cafe Report on Mark Lindsay's Rock & Roll Cafe in Portland: Larry Wersen ('63), Becky Wersen Fletcher ('65), Linda Wersen Hoffman ('66) and John Fletcher ('64) tripped to the Rock & Roll Cafe last month. It is sort of a "Hard Rock Cafe" light. Nice building, nice place, good food, good service and oldies in the air. Cool artifacts and a DJ booth for broadcast of a Saturday night oldies show. Having witnessed, over the past 30 years, a series of failed celebrity joints (mostly Trailblazer related), this one got it right. There is BIG money and successful restaurant experience behind the operation. The location on Sandy Boulevard is a plus, it's an older area where movie scenes are occasionally shot. Check the website before you go to find the nearby businesses that allow parking in the evenings. The evening we went there was a local Neil Young-Buffalo Springfield tribute band playing on the street a block away. Portland is fun in the summer. -John Fletcher ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Birthdays are great It's that time again folks... We have a birthday boy that has brightened our lives in so many ways. He gave us great joy during his years at Col-Hi... and he even served us dinner at R2K... I'll bet he has been the subject of more conversations and stories from before he entered Col-Hi to the present than anyone with the possible exception of Gene Conley ('48)... He sealed my feelings of admiration when he took on probably the most challenging devil's advocate position in the history of the school and debated Burt Pierard ('59) on the origin of our school mascot... That took more courage than probably any undertaking I've seen in a long time... As a lawyer I am constantly asked how Criminal Lawyers can "stoop so low" as to take on cases defending evil incarnate... it is difficult to explain that some of those lawyers take on those cases because they believe strongly in the Constitution and the Rule of Law... I was very proud to know the birthday boy from that experience... not that I wasn't proud to know him before... by now there's not one of you that doesn't know who the birthday boy is... but let me leave you with my favorite story about the boy... It was Friday night at R2K... Jack Keeney ('65) was standing at the bar and the courtyard of the Hanford House was just packed... the birthday boy was seated on one of those little benches near the center and Terry Davis (Knox '65) and I had just made our way into the crowd... In the loudest voice he could muster... which is VERY loud, Keeney yelled out to Davis: "There's Terence Knox... Hey Davis... if you were gonna change your name... why didn't you change it to someone famous... Why didn't you change it to Ray Stein?!" HAPPY BIRTHDAY Ray Stein ('64)... Number 10 in your programs! -David Rivers ('65) P.S. I know I've told the story of Keeney's comment before... but it still tickles me! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Wildfire pictures Those pictures of the California fires were incredible albeit a bit eerie. Was the photographer's house in any of them? It was mentioned about the winds in The Dalles, OR. The year I got out of the Army I drove from Kentucky home to Richland. I had a Datsun pickup loaded with my belongings. When I stopped in The Dalles for gas, I called my mother to tell her where I was and headed there. Luckily the truck was fully loaded as the winds coming off the river on that December night were something else. East-side vs west-side--I've now lived in both and each has its pluses and minuses. I'd call it a toss-up as wherever one is is home for the time being but I still proudly call Richland "home". -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA westsider for now **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Dalen (72) Rarely see anything from class of '72, and never from anyone in Alabama, so thought I'd be the first in a while. I still keep up with the Tri-Cities a bit my niece, Sarah Dalen, is now a teacher in Pasco. And John Sullivan ('72, living in Portland) and Matt Filip ('77, in San Luis Obispo, CA) and I still get a round of golf in every now and then. Roll Tide! -- since my Huskies couldn't find a touchdown with a guide dog. [GEAUX, TIGERS! -Maren] -Mike Dalen ('72) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/31/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 13 Bombers sent stuff: Dick Pierard ('52), Dick Wight ('52) Diane Avedovech ('56), Ray Loescher ('57) Pappy Swan ('59), Judy Cameron ('60) Patti Jones ('60), Tom Verellen ('60) John Browne ('61), Jim Hamilton ('63) Dena Evans ('64), Larry Bowls ('64) David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rex Davis ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bob Mattson ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** EDITOR'S SURPRISE sent by Bob Grout ('66wb) All on piano all on the same stage together: Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, & Fats Domino Boogie "Jambalaya." directed by Paul Scheffer and a cameo by Rod Stewart Ron Wood and others are backing them up on guitar I saw Carl Perkins at the very end... not singing **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick Pierard ('52) Re: Wally Erickson"s ('53) comment on sales tax tokens I have a personal collection of tax tokens. Some 12 states issued them, some beginning as early as 1935. They were in a variety of shapes, materials, and colors. Washington had three kinds of tokens: a green plastic one, an aluminum one, and a black fiber one. It was a way of paying what in those days in Washington was the 3% state sales tax on small sums of money. They were a real nuisance and our state discontinued their use in 1951. The last states dropped them in 1961. The idea was that it was a fairer way of collecting the tax than simply rounding off the amounts as we do today. I remember that some merchants in Richland were real hard-liners in extracting those tokens from us on small purchases. -Dick Pierard ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick Wight ('52) Re: East side vs West side I may as well wade in, since I am arguably the most qualified to comment (ha!). I was born in Pasco - as a youngster lived in WallaWalla, Yakima, Pendleton, Ellensburg, Portland, then Richland as a high schooler. Thence stationed in Port Angeles and Seattle, then Port Angeles again. Thence retired and lived in Port Angeles for 10 years. Interspersed in there were tours in Kodiak, AK and Juneau, AK and lotsa other places that don't count in this discussion! Then we lived 30 miles EAST of Mount Rainier (on Chinook Pass) for 8 years. East side vs West side? No contest. Give me nearly ANYWHERE east of the Cascade crest! People from THAT side go outdoors, look up with smiles on their faces, and expect to see sunshine. People from the WEST side go out, squint up not from the glare, but for fear of getting rain in their eyes... or at the very least expecting to observe what I call "unmeasurable rain"... those long, long days when you just get damp and clammy every time you go outside! No wonder west siders get grumpy! A winter of THAT will ruin anyone's disposition! Well, now I live in the Ozarks. Here we scan the horizon much of the year looking for dense, tall cloud formations and funnels beneath them... There's always SOMETHING! -Dick Wight ('52) ~ near Branson. MO (but just inside Arkansas where growing and eating poke greens is close to a religious experience) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Diane Avedovech ('56) I've been reading the entries about East vs West Washington and since I've seen both sides now I have to comment about returning to Richland last year for the 50th HS reunion. When I arrived at the hotel, and opened the door to my car to go to my hotel room, I was almost blown away with the dust and wind. I thought to myself, "oh yes, now I remember!" When I was younger, it did not bother me at all, but now I prefer not to be blown all over with wind and sand and dust. Actually when we first moved to Richland in 1944, dad was there in '43, I can remember living in our "B" house and sand would blow in under the door seal and through rather leaky window frames. Mom was beside herself, but it really didn't bother me then. As for the West side, I loved the greenery and the Spring flowers and Fall colors of the Sweet Gum trees, but the winter rains now get to me. So where is Paradise???? Not sure but in a couple of years when I retire I am going to hunt for it, where ever it is. I do remember in the mid '50s, I was in my mother's relatively new Pontiac conversable with the top down of course. I had to be reminded by my parents more than once that the car was really my mom's although I drove it most of the time. I drove out into the desert on some dirt roads and parked the car and hiked out about a mile or so, when I noticed the rolling black clouds moving towards me from the West. I knew what that was and turned around and started running back to the car as fast as I could, but the dust storm beat me to the car. By the time I got to the car there was about an inch of sand all over the inside. Of course I had to clean up the car later when I got home and boy did I hear about it. However, having had to deal with hard clay here in Portland when trying to garden, I would love to have had some of that porous sand of the Tri-Cities. -Diane Avedovech ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray Loescher ('57) Re: west? I wonder if there are more fat people on the west side? It's great to sit by the fire when it's raining and SNACK! If we live here long enough, we just may have ocean front property. That could result when the BIG quake happens. A lot of the land between us and the ocean will slide away and Viola, we have a great view! It's pretty over here all the time. We have soooo many shades of green. There's nothing wrong with us west siders who brave the damp cold on our way to California for the winter! Seriously, when that day of sun finally comes, the sky is so blue and beautiful. And there are many vantage points over here where you can see Mount Rainer in full glory. Turn the other way and you look over Puget Sound to the Olympics. Turn again and there's what's left of Mt. St. Helens. The hues of blue and green frame all this wonderfully. One wonders how God can be so creative. -Ray Loescher ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George"Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Big Windy's Dealing with the wind in the willows (or whatever trees one has planted or happens to be near) "ain't so bad, no mo" around Bomberville and nearby burbs. Side Note: I tend to think of all nearby communities as suburbs of Richland. And, this is evident if one observes the direction and destinations of "rush hours traffic" on any given work day in the Tri-Cities. The horrendous dust storms of Richland's formative days are pretty much a thing of the past, thanks mostly to irrigation or fake rain applied to the surrounding (originally desert) lands. Occasionally, in the fall or winter, if the big wheat farms (many still under dry land farming) to the south by southwest (the direction of the predominate wind) have been plowed and the rains refused to coordinate, we will see a few dark days. And, even if it does rain, you can bet that the wind will follow to dry off the ground almost immediately. But, the amount of orchard, vineyard, and housing development means that a lot of the formerly loose dusty ground now has more ground cover than during the days of our youth. So, in general, the heavy thick dust deposits after high winds are pretty much a thing of the past. But, make no mistake, dust still lurks. Just wash your vehicle on a calm day. Five minutes later it will display a fine film of flour-like dust. Nevertheless, the wind still blows around here. Often during a big blow a stranger from the vicinities of The Dalles, OR or Goldendale, WA (an up winder) is seen rolling and bouncing along, pinball-like, over the formerly soft sandy desert land, now pretty much covered by asphalt, and other minor obstructions such as buildings, power poles, large trees, numerous vehicles, and various other obstacles. Exclamations like, "Ouch, Aw, Oh, @#%&$?!" are often heard from them as they blow by, causing locals to declare, "You ain't from around here, are ya boy?" Longtime local folks, especially those of us remaining "more seasoned" Bombers, who early on learned to love the bomb and tolerate the dusty winds, have learned the finer points of surviving the big windy's. One can always identify these "near- natives" (some actually born here) by their uncanny abilities to move about and function in a near-normal manner during high velocity air displacement. They can be identified by the practice of their own bizarre behaviors which may include some of the following: 1. They have mastered a kind of special choreography of walking at a 45 angle, always leaning into the wind, regardless of its direction. 2. Their pockets and purses bulge from deposits of rocks or other heavy objects (I prefer 12 ga shotgun shells). 3. Many of us more enlightened wind walkers have early on, fully comprehended the weight : gravity thing, thus we make many extra burger, pizza, or "borgassmord" chow runs. Loosely translated, heavier people tend to blow about less. 4. Downwind movement is greatly facilitated by the cleaver use of one's jacket or coat as a wind sail, in combination with heavy pockets, that results in a rapid near-moon like walk. However don't try this without some training from an experienced wind walker, or you may wind up in Jim House's ('63) or some other down winder's front or backyard (whichever faces this way), up near Spokane. And, the list goes on, but probably only local inhabitants will believe me. However, there are some positive benefits to having our high winds. For example, this past weekend, I attended a "How to read the wind" clinic. No wait, I'm serious now. It was sponsored by the Tri-Cities Shooting Association (TCSA) at our facilities on the eastern end of Rattlesnake Mountain where we have a variety of shooting ranges. Among them, we have a 1,000 yd rifle range that is laid out and operated similarly to a military range. Because of our winds and the opportunity to shoot at long ranges up to 1 K yd, rifle match shooters come from all around to take the challenge and practice for national and international rifle matches. I spend most of my shooting time at the shotgun range. However, during this clinic, I was able to fire a match grade rifle of .308 caliber with a match grade scope, owned by a coach of the Washington State Junior Rifle Team. Shooting from the 1 K yd line, after dialing the sights in with spotter rounds fired, and making occasional adjustments for the varying right wind, I was able to regularly lay shot after shot into the X ring (dead center of the target). The X ring is about 10" in diameter on the 1 K target. That's a target of about dinner plate size in the center of about a four ft, black bulls eye. To the naked eye, the whole black area looks about the size of a thumbtack at 1,000 yd. With my old eyes, I make no claim to being a "good shot," but defer to the quality of the borrowed rifle that I was firing (a custom made rifle costing about $5,000). My retirement budget dictates that I'll have to stick to shooting my old deer rifle at 2-300 yd in the sporting rifle events or my old M1 Garand up to 600 yd. So, there are some benefits to having high winds. The general thinking at our ranges is that, "If you can master shooting here -- you can probably shoot effectively anywhere." And, that goes for basic rifle and pistol target shooting, high-powered -- long range rifle shooting, practical pistol, cowboy action, mountain man muzzle loading, or shotgun shooting (trap, skeet, and sporting clays). If anyone is interested in further information about our association or shooting there, contact me or go to So, let's see? Heat, dryness, dust, wind ... yep, I'll still stick it out here in Bomber country. Re: Burger Run Thanks Gary Behymer ('64) and Teresa DeVine Knirck ('64) for the picture of the James House Top Notch Run II (2007). Its always nice to put faces with names. Of course I know Number 32, Captain Jim House ('63) from our Marine gatherings. I was a short "Feather Merchant" (a small guy) in my Gyrene days. I weigh a lot more now, but I'm still short and shrinking. So, now I have a constant reminder of each time I see Jim, due to the permanent "crick" in my neck from looking up to salute him -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where its a bit chilly but the sun also shines. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Judy Cameron Ayers ('60) Just spent last weekend in Richland with Penny Pleiss, Judy Parker, Jan Nelson, Karen Howe and Linda Seaton, all from the class of '60 to celebrate our mutual 65th birthdays. Attached is a picture of all of us along the Riverwalk. Had a GREAT time. None of us feel like we are 65. We get together every couple of years to make sure we don't lose contact with each other. So fun to be in Richland again! -Judy Cameron Ayers ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) Re: All Bomber Luncheon Richland Reservations aren't necessary. Many Bombers do like to let us know they are coming so please email if you wish. WHEN: Saturday, November 10, 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. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) Re: Happy Autumn to all. -Tom Verellen ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Re: The hidden talents It was interesting to see comments about Ida Mecum that reflected my own opinion from 1959, when she explained the nuances of scalpel application to sheep's eyeball... she had to be the oldest human on earth. Last Summer, while cruising the "book sale" shelf in the lobby of our local library (hardbacks a buck each; paperbacks, $.75; magazines $.25 & $.50; and nearly all donated by patrons... gotta love it!) there was an old, but well-maintained number in a royal purple shell, "Modern Troubadours" (Artcraft Books, SF, Cal) published in 1936. A look through the 5 pages of contributors pulled up one name instantly recognizable: Ida May Mecum. Her first selection in the book, "Evolution", left no doubt that this was my former biology teacher, speaking across the years to me. The one poem in blank verse is also the best, from my view point- and addresses something that she may have seen on a visit to China in the 1930s. I'll copy it here, and leave the editors to decide what to do with it... SISTERS Shanghai was reeking with the plague And in cheap cots lay two young boys. Beside them knelt two mothers, anxious And vigilant. One clasped a fetish Sacred to Buddha and the other Pressed to her lips the cross, While Mongol and English prayers ascended. And when the blue eyes of one Closed gently, the tawny-hued Laid at his feet the charm Which would facilitate an easy journey. Language enough, indeed! -Ida May Mecum That old saw about a book & its cover never rang truer for me, after I read this... ^..^ -John Browne, jr. ('61) ~ on his lunch break amid glorious sun-filled maples, whose leaves descended in a single day, this year- on Vashon Island, where the wild silvers will be running soon. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) Not too sure of the dates or the order, but two of my long time South End friends celebrate birthdays these next couple of days. Im pretty sure that Don Winston is the youngest of We Gold Medal types, but these two are right up there. To Marica (it will always be Marcia) Lund and Jim Maulsby (RIP) happy 62nd birthday wherever and whenever they might fall. Marcia is still here adding a smile to every event. Jim has been gone some 40 odd years, taken way too early, but his spirit has never left us nor the ringing in our ears from the bombs that he built. Happy Birthday everyone. Jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dena Evans ('64) Re: Wind in The Dalles I don't know I got mixed up in this crazy east vs west thing, but I do know about the windy city, The Dalles, Oregon. My sister Cheryl Evans Stroh ('66wb), and her husband Gary, live there and I look forward to watching her home and dogs while she vacations. Their home is on a knoll, and so they get a direct wind. After they lived in their home for about 3 years, they decided to put on a sun room. (They just put in a Plexiglas enclosure all the way around their deck. Its great, but who wants to clean all of those windows!) I was sitting in the sun room very early one morning. enjoying the beautiful view and the solitude. After sitting there for about 10 minutes, something grabbed my attention out of the corner of my eye. Here is this bird, don't ask which kind, trying his damndest to get from point A to point B. It was like he was stranded in mid-air with a string. No matter how hard he flapped his wings, he only gained maybe 1-2 inches a minute. It must have taken him a good 20 minutes to get from one side of the sun room to the other. I spent all of that time watching him, and likened it to rush hour... without the traffic. He had to have a very good reason to make his trip that day, 'cause if it was me, I would have stayed home. LOL!!! When it rains in The Dalles, it usually comes down horizontal. I don't think that I would trade my time there for anything, because all in all, The Dalles is a great community, friendly people and tons of history in the area. -Dena Evans ('64) ~ Back home in Portland, OR still unpacking. I don't think that the weather knows what it wants to do. Sun in shining, then dark clouds scare it away. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Bowls ('64) To: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) Re: Eureka, CA Weather I didn't plan this trip, but nine of us Harley riders will thunder into Eureka Friday afternoon for one night. Your rain forecast doesn't excite me but I will be happy to smell the redwoods and the fresh air. Our southern California fires have mostly been corralled. Living in Redlands, CA we are but a mere 25 miles down slope and down wind of the Lake Arrowhead and Running Springs fires. For several nights last week Donna Young Bowls ('64) and I witnessed the glow of the fires across the rim of the mountains. Fire fighters did a fantastic job with what they had to work with. Heroes all of them. We are saddened by the loss of property that so many sustained. Bomberville might remember them and breathe for them a prayer of hope. -Larry Bowls ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Trick or Treat Very few people could pull it off... I mean it... it's as bad as having your birthday on April fool's Day or April 15th... it just isn't acknowledged... I'm sure some would lie and change their birthdays just to avoid it... but not so the Birthday Boy... In school he was the one you wanted to be near because you knew there would be a great joke or something very fun about to happen... To his credit he is a Marine... something only a handful of folks can say... but the fact that his birthday is on the 31st of October only goes to show that his parents had a bit of a sense of the dramatic which he clearly inherited... I've always been glad to know him and can only hope that he is up to celebrating his birthday with the entire state of Nevada... HAPPY BIRTHDAY & Happy Nevada Day to Bobbie "Tuna" Mattson ('64) ... ... oh... yeah... forgot... happy Halloween too. -David Rivers ('65) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Yes! Happy Birthday to Grandpa Tuna... 5th grade... 1956 was the year we met... and the beat goes on. Peace & love, Maren] ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` September, 2007 ~ November, 2007