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16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Richland Bombers Calendar website Funeral Notices website *********************************************** *********************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/01/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Sandy Carpenter ('61), Carol Converse ('64) Gary Behymer ('64), David Rivers ('65) Shirley Collings ('66), Rick Maddy ('67) Steve Huntington ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judy Willox ('61wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Micki Lund ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sandy Carpenter Lee ('61) To: Judy Cameron Ayers ('60) Re: Pals1960.jpg Great picture! I remember seeing all you "upper classmen gals" in the halls when I was in the class just below you. You all look great, and I could recognize every one of you. So wonderful you all can get together like that. All my closest girl friends are either too far away, or have health problems that hinder travel. But, we talk on the phone often. I know that Linda Seaton ('60) lived really close to one of my best friends, Ruth Meyer Speck ('61), and she lives way back in Iowa. She came and visited me when I lived in Sitka, AK, and I went to visit her the next year. Joanne Backer Wendt lives in Prosser, and I manage to get her to the ranch each summer with us. Aren't old friends just the BEST??? Re: West vs. East Side of the Mountains I've lived on both, and there are so many pluses in both areas, it's hard to say which I really prefer. But, you're right, the winters over here on the west side get pretty dismal, with rainy days stretching forever it seems. That is probably one of the reasons we go to California to see relatives each winter. We skipped last winter, because we purchased the horses in the early spring (bad decision). But we look forward to seeing my husband's brother in Long Beach, and my aunts and uncle in Pacific Palisades the first 2 weeks of December this year. My husband and brother own a timeshare membership, so we usually try to throw in one week in Palm Springs while we're down there, and really soak up the rays before we have to head home to winter again. We've found if we take that trip to California in February, that by the time we come home, it's early spring here, and that's not so bad to come home to. However, after having lived 15 years in Alaska (Ketchikan, Anchorage and Sitka) and finishing out the last 10 in Sitka where rainfall is twice or three times what it is on the west side here, this rain doesn't really seem so bad. [Juneau's rain 102"/year, Ketchikan 162", Seattle 38", Portland 36", Richland 8" -Maren] I've been in Ketchikan where the winds and rain were so bad, that when sitting in my office on a street that went up hill, I actually saw rain running up hill... NO lie. AND... while walking the block to work one day, I didn't yet know that winds sometimes funneled down through the streets of Ketchikan and picked up velocity up to 100 mph. It literally swept me off my feet, and I quickly reached out for anything I could grab (for fear I would end up out in the ocean) and grabbed hold of an extended mirror on a truck parked along the street... then literally rode out that gust of wind in a horizontal position. Was really glad for that mirror, or I don't know where I would have ended up. Soooo, winds can be bad any place. Speaking of dust in the early days of Richland... while my mother and I were still in Chicago, waiting for my Dad who went ahead of us to Richland in 1944, my Dad thought he'd be "cute" and sent my mother an envelope of dust he had collected off our "B" House windowsills. He wrote in the letter, "Honey, this is what you have to look forward to." She almost didn't want to move there, but was always glad in future years that we had. Richland was a great place for us kids to grow up... even with all the dust storms and wind. -Sandy Carpenter Lee ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) Re: James House ('63) Top Notch Run 11 Great picture of all of you! These are the things that I do miss about living so far away from Bomberville. The lunches and other get togethers with my fellow Bombers. -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) Eureka, CA still misty raining and wondering just how many kids will want to be out in this tonight. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Sambo's Somewhere, someplace in time, somehow, someone from this group will appreciate this photo! -Gary Behymer ('64) ~ Colfax, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Whole Earth Bomber Catalog Pop Quiz... anyone know where you can pick up a genuine Bomber windbreaker? How bout Bomber T-shirts... I'm talkin REAL Bomber stuff... not that politically correct stuff (they probably just put "RHS" on some of that stuff!)... now I'm told that there are some Bombers out there that even refused to buy pieces of the old gym floor because it said RHS instead of Col-Hi... course we all remember that we always chanted "RHS RHS RHS" during the games... but when they changed the name officially, some of us got our dander up... by the way... the Bombers that wouldn't buy the RHS floor did manage to get some pieces of the floor from which I hear they are gonna mark them "Col-Hi"... won't mention no names or how I heard about it... so... back to where I was... or wasn't but should be... how many kids do you know that would drive all the way to Vancouver from Richland to deliver Bomber stuff and more importantly to carry the Bomb so Number 32 ('63) could hug it for a few hours... well there's one place you can get all the Cool Bomber memorabilia you could want and one girl who would carry the bomb to a friend... and that girl is having a birthday on November 1st... HAPPY BIRTHDAY Judy Willox ('61)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) Re: The movie "The Golden Compass" I received an email about a movie coming out in December starring Nicole Kidman. It's called "The Golden Compass," and while it will be a watered down version, it is based on a series of children's books about killing God (It is the anti- Narnia series.) The message said that the hope is to get a lot of kids to see the movie - which won't seem too bad - and then get the parents to buy the books for their kids for Christmas. Read more at the following SNOPES website and see what you think: -Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) Re: west - east Washington state is certainly a beautiful place. I would say the most beautiful of all the states a bold statement from someone who believes in the eye of the beholder' and has never been in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Alaska or Florida, but there are factors I won't mention that goes way beyond aesthetic, physical beauty... okay, just one... chiggers. I will trade one chigger, depending on where she digs in, for three sand storms a year. I have lived all over WA. I even consider coming back to WA now and then, but usually I am under some mass stressor causing momentary brain damage at the time... like the time I jarred from my sleep believing Homeland Security Threat Level was red, orders on my crank style radio were no suitcases, please... did they say please?... take only the clothes on my back, all gold coins if I have any and quickly go to the nearest FEMA Camp because Los Angeles was under attack by Liechtenstein terrorists that had been 'wining and dining' in Malibu for the past three years, four months and ten days on a six month visa. Nevertheless, I'm not sure which side of WA I would come back to anyway. One point of interest is the two eastside's. Yes, they are different. The north eastside (not to be confused with the northeast side) and the south eastside (not to be confused with the southeast side) that seem to split somewhere very near the town of Lamont. Westside is just the Westside, a.k.a. the wet- side. After living twenty plus years on both sides (45 years), while escaping from myself, I finally realized I needed to leave. I live in Huntington Beach, CA for the time being... for the weather... and the various neck exercises. I love it here. But it sucks here too. And that is my point. I have never lived or been anywhere in the United States, particularly July and August, that didn't suck. I have zero interest in seeing Kansas or North Dakota in February... especially since they dropped the mail order bride section in the Sears catalog. But I have to live somewhere. Oh, yea, one other thing... I'm relatively happy. The Happy Meter makes a big difference, no matter where you live. -Rick Maddy ('67) OC **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Huntington ('73) The ongoing discussion of east versus west has jogged me out of a continuing delirium. In my dream, I see Huskies on their way to the Rose Bowl and Seahawks holding up Lombardi trophies while big haired announcers make goofy comments about the end of two, no three decades of Seattle championship draught. The NY Yankees are complaining in the papers that Seattle keeps hiring all of the rising stars that they develop. In this version of heaven, I have a King Cup 40 oz beer that stays cold through a whole quarter... and in the east Pasco High is considering dropping basketball and football as the teams have not won a game against Richland in so many years... all obvious fantasies. The Huskies at least need to know what an end zone is for to win, Ishihiro has probably already leased a flat in Soho, and I never once let a King Cup last as long as an inning, much less a full quarter. Oh... this east versus west thing is really all about that last item, and our first and most important major food group - beer. A lot of the recent discussion has been focused on the differences in precipitation between the two geographically disparate area. This diversity is actually a planned blessing from the Almighty, as the two climates are necessary to ensure a supply of the ingredients required to brew. He provides rain to have water to brew with. Now you know why Seattle and the rest of the west side is wet. The snow packs in the middle of the state are an emergency source, provided to ensure we never run out of a source to keep the vats full even if the Bogachiel rain forest was to turn Saharan. Barley and hops will not grow well in those rain soaked bogs, thus necessitating dry land farms - and presto deserto - you have eastern Washington and the Yakima valley as His next miracle. So easy when you can sit back and see His big picture. I was just back home in October and had the chance to travel both sides of the pass in taking care of some family matters. What a beautiful, scenic, and beer blessed area it is! The pass was all dressed up and shining yellow and red and silver in fall plumage, the Puget Sound ferries scuttled back and forth across deep, cold, and placid waters, and Pyramid, Mac and Jack, and even a few steins of Stella were flowing in all the right places - Tommy's Uptown and Jackson's included. (Jackson's... posh stuff that is. I remember when the bar keep at the Gaslight would fill a gallon jug with Oly for 2 bucks out the back door). I would suggest to all the participants in the ongoing controversy that they see His real genius in creating Washington State. It is surely the best of all possible worlds - providing every climate, and every other thing we need - to keep our mugs filled and our lives joyous (except maybe a championship trophy now and then). So go out, find a friend that supports the other side of this controversy, and buy the chap a cold one. After realizing you have a common love for our home state, buy him another! With enough of that joy, just close your eyes, and you too may just faintly hear that Super Bowl announcer as he introduces the 2008 Super Bowl MVP, Matt Hasselback... -Steve Huntington ('73) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/02/07 FALL BACK at 2am TOMORROW (Sunday) morning ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Fred Segrest ('57), Vic Marshall ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Norma Loescher ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tom Beaulieu ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Richard Jacobs ('75) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Fred Segrest ('57) Re: '57 Reumion pictures Greetings to all Bombers, Are there any pictures from the 1957 reunion available on the website? Ive looked, but with no success. Those of us who were unable to attend would delight in seeing how the rest of the class has aged (Im not talking about you, of course). Thanks for reading. -Fred Segrest ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic Marshall ('71) My, how the years begin to fly by. I was looking at my calendar of upcoming events the other day and noticed an important Birthday brewing (hmmm - that term could have some significance. Birthday Brewing - kind of goes together, doesn't it?). Anyway, I didn't realize until this morning that I believe this is the BIG 50 for this youngster and the baby of the family. So, not to publicly embarrass you too much - happy 50th Dr. Richard Jacobs ('75). Now if you could just get Notre Dame Football back to winning - isn't there some doctor thing you can do??? All the best, -Vic Marshall ('71) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/03/07 ~ FALL BACK at 2am Sunday ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff: Mike Franco ('70 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Franco ('70) Re: Rich Jacobs' ('75) B-day Hey Rich, happy birthday... Glad to hear of your thriving medical practice... it would be nice if you recognized all the guidance and inspiration you got from Ben ('69) and Bob's ('70) pals during your youth. I am pretty confident that if it wasn't for our inspiration you would be pumping gas with Vic Marshall ('71) right now! Happy 50th birthday, you are almost half way to Ben's IQ! -Mike Franco ('70) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/04/07 ~ FALL BACK at 2am TODAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Gus Keeney ('57), Betti Avant ('69) Darlene Napora ('69), Barb Belcher ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Betti & Robert Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Darren McIntyre ('82) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) Re: California Fires On my way home to Yuma last night, (Between Tohachapi and Palm Springs, CA) I passed several groups of Fire Fighters from Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana heading back north. I guess the fires are settling down and they are being turned loose to return home. Thanks for help Troops!!!! I was still smoky around Bakersfield and coming down into the San Bernadino areas, but the latter might have been the normal LA Smog. Clear the rest of the way from the Bay Area south. It's good to be back home in Yuma!!! -Gus Keeney ('57) ~ From Sunny Yuma where I'll be catching up on some needed sleep today and enjoying the rest of the Warm Winter!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Birthday Greetings Dear brother Robert, I'm not sure of your new address or phone number and don't know if you've been getting my e-mails. So I'd like to wish a happy number 57 to my "womb-mate". Have a great day!!!!! -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where it's been cooler but dry **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Darlene Napora Shuley ('69) To: Betti Avant ('69) A very "Happy Birthday" to Betti (twin Bob, too) and many thanks for her contributions to the Sandstorm over the years! -Darlene Napora Shuley ('69) ~ from Austin, TX where the weather is gorgeous - warm days, cool nights and best of all, the nasty chiggers have gone to bed for the winter!!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barb Belcher Valinske ('72) Re: class of '72 This is in answer to Mike Dalen's ('72) note on 10/30/07: you're right - the class of '72 very rarely has anything to say. I wonder what Vicki Owens ('72) in South Africa is doing? She use to send in the most interesting stories, such as celebrating Thanksgiving in S. Africa. Hope things are going well for her. I also remember several(!) years ago when the road trip of Vicki, Terri Zangar ('72), Sharen Manolopoulos ('72), and Remy Neill ('72) celebrated turning 50 years old. I have lived in West Richland since 1991 - there are now two traffic lights and one round-about on Bombing Range Road! We are fast losing our rural charm as the developers pave over every square mile possible. Seeing a horse and rider on Van Giesen is a rare sight these days. My family moved here from Arkansas in about 1946, and there are now three generations of our family living in West Richland. Only five more years until we are eligible to join the Club 40. I still have a few copies of the 30-year reunion book if anyone is interested. Please send me your e-mail address so we can find you in 2012. -Barb Belcher Valinske ('72) ~ W. Richland, where the days are mild and the nights frosty. The trees had good autumn color this year but of course, the wind has blown most of the leaves away. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/05/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Mary Triem ('47), Pappy Swan ('59) Jack Gardiner ('61), Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Charles Cox ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judy Cameron ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Curtis Gunter ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gerald Stein ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Triem Mowery ('47) To: Barb Belcher Valinske ('72) I enjoyed seeing that a much younger Bomber is looking forward to joining our alumni association Club 40. That says to me that we have left at least one good impression on our young Bombers. Seriously, I hope when you reach "that age" you will enjoy belonging to a fun organization. -Mary Triem Mowery, a '47 Bomber **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Gus Keeney ('57) Re: California Fires "I was still smoky around Bakersfield and coming down into the San Bernadino areas, ..." Gus, I know you meant "It was...," rather than "I was," but as I read that, I could not help but conjure up visions of the "Big Gus Keeney" flying "lickity split" down the road, trailing smoke, after having his feathers singed" while racing through the lingering California fires (or possibly from atmospheric re-entry) on his way to his "Snow Bird Wintering Area." Have a nice warm winter, my friend! -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ From also sunny Burbank, WA where the yard work is almost pleasant, but I'm getting it out of the way so I can concentrate on more important things later ... like pheasant and waterfowl hunting. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jack Gardiner ('61) Re: Jason Lee pics For those of you who attended Jason Lee Elementary school. Here are pictures of her last day standing. Taken on September 5th 2007. Also taken at Twin Bridges in West Richland while the trees are turning fall colors. -Jack Gardiner ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) Re: Gained weight, anyone? Well, I noted in the Sandstorm recently that our 40th reunion dates (Class of 1968) have been set for August, 2008. This led to Thomas (who has never been to a reunion) and me (last one I attended was our 15th) renewing our discussion of "Should we go ... Yeah, we really should go ... I'd kinda really like to ... It might be fun, after all this time ... etc." And then it always comes around to basically this ... "Geez, we used to be such slender, little people. Uh, pleasingly plump in a wife/husband (being somewhat kind by using the word 'plump' there, I should add) is a nice thing ... but can we really face all those old classmates like this?" Thomas and I have not really stayed in touched with friends from "back in the day". So not many people have seen the "rounding factor" in effect on us. After marrying 3/17/2004, and moving to rural Idaho 7/21/2005 year ago, have moved into an accelerated phase of morphing into a different (and better, we believe) way of looking at life -- and a different (and not necessarily better!) way of looking, physically. (Actually, we had both started 'plumping up' before ever running into one another again in 2001. So can't blame it on our marriage or the farm!) So here is the question -- anyone else out there been brave enough to say "what the heck!", and go to a reunion in a, uh, different (rounder) shape than when last they saw all the folks with whom they graduated? If so, sure could use some encouragement -- so would love to see your stories posted here. This may sound like vanity -- but it's really more embarrassment than anything else! Thanks in advance to anyone willing to share! -Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) ~ Haven Farm - 1/2 east of Lewiston, ID (Man it's getting dark early today! But it was a beauty -- about 60, sunny and clear. It's already been down to 19 at night, though!) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Trust me, you'll have so much fun! GO. And guess what? Anybody you knew back then is still the same person inside! -Maren] ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/06/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 13 Bombers sent stuff: Bernie Qualheim ('56), Joretta Garrison ('58) Bonnie Allen ('59), Pappy Swan ('59) Carol Carson ('60), George Barnett ('63) Linda Reining ('64), Fran Teeple ('68) Shirley Collings ('66), Andy Michels ('68) Betti Avant ('69), Greg Alley ('73) Matt Crowley (75) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Schildknecht ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Becky Rulon ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bernie Qualheim ('56) Re: Fw: New Richland High School Alumni Archive Maren, what is this??? Bernie, Just some folks trying to make a buck (sorta like and you can tell that they're FAKE cuz they don't even have BOMBERS in their email anywhere.... they ain't Bombers, that's why.... They're in MARYLAND! I wouldn't click their link if I were you. Bomber cheers, Maren -Bernie Qualheim ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Joretta "Sue" Garrison Pritchett ('58) Re: '58 in '08 reunion planning Planning for Class of '58 50th Reunion. Next meeting will be Tuesday evening, November 6, at 7pm. We'll meet at the Richland Community Center in the Lounge. Bring thoughts and ideas, and be prepared to get involved. Questions call me. -Joretta "Sue" Garrison Pritchett ('58) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bonnie Allen ('59) Re: Eastern/Western Washington Debate I am a little late in entering this debate, but so be it. I think happiness is the main thing in life, and has a lot to do with how happy you are in where you live. I've lived here for almost 40 years now, so I think I've learned how to do it pretty well. Yes, it does rain in Western Washington, but we don't have dust storms. When we have wind on the West side, (which I really hate) we are having a storm! I think I hate the wind more here than I did in Richland because of the fir trees that can fall on your (or my) head, but then we don't get as much wind as the folks on the East side. Since living in Western Washington, I have learned to be flexible--when it's nice I go outside and really appreciate the sunshine--and when it rains, I pretty much stay inside. I have learned that I don't melt--if I get wet, I can dry off, change clothes and be on my way again. When I was working, I was pretty determined to go for a walk every night after work--it had something to do with my sanity! There were times when I got pretty wet, and I survived. I'm pretty sure that my mother's belief that "if you get your feet wet you'll get a cold" is not true. I've been wet a lot! I'll settle for warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer than you folks have on the other side of the mountains! I must say that I do envy your nice springs and falls when your temperatures are in the 60s and 70s and ours are only in the 50s! But I think the best place to be is simply "home." -Bonnie Allen ('59) ~ Mill Creek, WA The sun is shinning, the sky is blue, and I'm going out to work in my soggy yard. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) Re: Gained weight, anyone? Yes, yes I have! Indeed, I have, especially after having knee and foot problems about a year ago that put me in my recliner chair for about a month. I gained about 20 pounds (seemingly overnight). My dog, Darby, gained weight too, because where I go.. .she goes. But the good news is that I got the foot and knee problems temporarily solved and have been shaving off the pounds, slowly but surely getting me back to my normal portly self. The 20 pounds have gone away, mostly from my personalized exercise program of "pushing." I push away from the table and avoid seconds and certain foods. And, I am able to be more active. Darby has lost weight too from my cutting her "doggie chow" intake and a daily exercise routine of chasing a tennis ball (until hunting season came along). Side Note: It is working very well for her but I have created a near-nuisance situation for myself. I cannot do anything out in the yard that I don't have a tennis ball dropped at my feet or shoved in my face, and if I don't throw the ball, she chews it up. But as usual, I digress! Lynn-Marie, do not despair. When you go to any of your later reunions, you will immediately notice that it is predominately attended by a lot of older, plumper people, making you wonder where your old classmates are? I tend to remember my classmates as what they looked like back in Bomber days, especially those that I have not seen for many years. So, reading name tags takes on great importance. At my reunions, I take great comfort in the fact that I observe many of my classmates reading mine before they greet me, as if they recognized me all along. The usual weight gain that comes with age levels the playing field and puts us all on common ground. So, don't be concerned about having put on some extra pounds. Keep in mind that its a very popular trend in our later years and everyone is doing it. However, I am now thinking that I need to shave even a few more pounds from my "seasoned" framework. A couple of days ago, I made a most startling discovery when I weighed and measured at my doctor's office. I now have irrefutable proof that I am indeed the "Incredible shrinking senior citizen." When I graduated from high school, I was rather skinny, but I stood all of 5' 9 1/2" tall. About five years ago, I had shrunk in stature by one whole inch. No big deal, I told myself, older people tend to loose height. But, now I find that I am 5' 6 1/2." So, I am shrinking... or slowly disappearing? At this rate, if I live to be 90, as many of my relatives have, I may be only 4' tall. Or am I "puddling?" Over the years, my feet have stretched from a size 9 1/2 to a size 12. And my large rib cage has descended to become a rather large sunken treasure chest around my mid- section. As I shrink, each additional pound seems to emphasize my roundness. So, I really should lose some more weight, or I will soon resemble a beach ball with very short legs. So, yes, I know roundness. I second Maren's advice, "[Trust me, you'll have so much fun! GO. And guess what? Anybody you knew back then is still the same person inside! -Maren]" I once asked my wife, Jeanne, what happened to her little "wasp- like" waistline? She replied that it was still there, but now its gift wrapped. So, Lynn-Marie, believe me... you are not alone. There are many like us. Go to your reunion and enjoy! -George "Pappy" Swan ~ Burbank, WA - Where I ponder the shrinking phenomenon and wonder... Am I am turning into an elf? **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Carson Renaud ('60) Re: Weight Issues To: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) This subject of gained weight probably applies to a high percentage of our high school friends. I'm sure everyone (especially the women) thinks about this when the subject of Reunions comes up. As a very dear friend once told me, when it comes to women's bodies, women will always say they are "never good enough." I personally don't consider myself fat... just "fluffy." Not that I don't fight the good fight most of the time weight-wise, it's just not worth worrying about for me. What you see is what you get and I think I'm really nice so if my weight bothers anyone, it's their problem, not mine. The way I look at it is that I appreciate people much more now for who they are, not what they look like and I bet there are lots of folks out there who agree. By this age, we have discovered what is important and skinny isn't it. While I missed Club 40 this year, I have every intention of attending next year. In fact my Big Brother (Steve Carson ('58) has told me he is considering coming out from Chicago for his 50th and I told him we could go together. (Here's your chance to commit Steve - let's do this together.) So Lynn-Marie, don't sweat the small stuff (even if it's bigger now). -Carol Carson Renaud ('60) ~ From bright and sunny Lynnwood, WA where it is sunny by cool today. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George Barnett ('63) Re: Jack Gardiner's ('61) fall foliage photos Beautiful Jack, and thank you. I recognize each of them (taken from the second bridge) you see we used to have that island and the alfalfa field on it was my FFA project during my Jr. and Sr. years at Col-Hi. AH but alas, the Ag program is gone now. Many fun and enlightening experiences that included your brother Chuck ('63-RIP) and many others. I also used to run a trap line from the downstream side of the second bridge to about a half mile further downstream. (Behind Koeppeon's old place). Bye Geo. -George Barnett ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka('68) re:reunions/changes GO---you will have a good time! I understand how you feel and what you are saying and I will admit that I stayed away from my reunions for the same reasons---gained weight and didn't look anything like I did when I was in high school and was embarrassed, BUT I went to my 35th(first one I ever went to)and also the 40th and I had a GREAT time! was fun to see familiar faces, and re-connect with everyone. a lot of us had changed, but some had remained the same(as far as "body"), but they were all the same inside--your friends are your friends, regardless of how your body changes! GO, you will have a good time---- and, trust me, NOBODY will say one word about the weight gain OR the grey hair---they will just be glad that you came!!!!! -Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64).........Bakersfield, CA.......our skies are finally clearing up from the fires in Southern CA---heard on the news that we are possibly going to have another "La Nina", which means a dryer and warmer winter than usual!!!!!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Fran Teeple Wolf ('68) Re: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) Oh good golly Lynn! We are ALL a little rounder (I am!), our hair is thinning (mine!) or gone (hey Rick Valentine - are you coming for this one? - I owe you two lunches. I Loved Maren's add-on.) You were a sweet kid then, I've loved reading your entries and following your adventures, and was hoping to have a chance to tell you so at the reunion. I've stayed connected to a few, re-connected with a few, and sadly, the Class of '68 has lost a few more special classmates. Also, I have this sneaky feeling that there are more '68 Bombers that READ this newletter than WRITE into it. A little nip here and there, a procedure of lipo (or two!) a few implants, a little botox - well they haven't happened. I am aging and so, I think, everybody out there is too. But the funny thing is... I try to remember that everyone, like me, has shy places and shy times. I'll work at being brave and come talk to all of you 'cause I'd like to catch up on our lives. I hope you will all come talk to me, too? -Fran Teeple Wolf ('68) ~ Spokane, WA we've have a few wonderful days of Indian Summer. Tonight it will 29 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) Re: Class of '66 November Birthdays To all of our '66 classmates having November birthdays and most of them turning the BIG 60, I wish a HUMONGUS CELEBRATION! Gerald Stein turned 60 yesterday, November 5; Becky Rulon and Jim Schildknecht turn 60 today, November 6; Mick Hemphill turns 60 on November 15; Kim Moore Boatman will be 60 November 17 (WHEW, THAT IS A LOT OF BIRTHDAYS.) BUT ... you would NEVER guess that there are two of your classmates born in 1948 who are still ONLY 58, at least for another week. I believe Marc Franco and I are the youngest of the '66 class. Marc turns 59 on November 13, and I turn 59 on November 14. Come on ... Let's celebrate! -Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Andy Michels ('68) Re: Sandstorm I have a complete set of 1968 Sandstorms and some 1967s. I would like to see them post to the website. Can that be done? -Andy Michels ('68) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Andy, It can be done. First you need to get somebody to scan them all. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: weight Lynn-Marie & Thomas, Like Maren said, "it's what is inside that counts". I have seen both sides of the weight issue when attending my reunions. We had a classmate at the 10-year reunion that had lost a lot of weight. No one recognized her without looking at her name tag. I had one guy come up to me at my 20th and started talking to me like a long lost friend. I had gone to grade school with him and never really saw him after that. He was always a "skinny little runt" that at times I would have liked to throttle. At that reunion he knew who I was right away but I had to look at his name tag. He had joined the Navy out of high school, gained at least 6" in height, and over 100# since our senior year. He was very personable and we talked for quite awhile. So see, it can go both ways but everyone is still the same in so many other ways. I have talked with classmates I never even knew in school because of the size of our classes. Go to your reunion and have fun as I know you will. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where the sun is brightly shining today anyway **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Greg Alley ('73) Re: Bomber updates. Just had to write in because the other day only Mike Franco ('70) submitted anything so things are really slow in Bomberland. Had to comment on the poor crowd at the Richland-Lewis & Clark football game. Yeah, LC took care of the Bombers 28-0. It was a game at 4 in the afternoon, on a Saturday, it was 60 and sunny, and a playoff game. More than half the stadium came disguised as empty seats. It was the worst crowd I have ever seen for a home post-season event in town. Other Bomber teams did well like the girls' soccer team. If you're in town, take a look at the Mac Hall renovations. It looks like the building was hit with a real bomb as its gutted out and their using the basic frame of the building to make a new school structure. -Greg Alley ('73) ~ It sure is nice in the afternoon in Richland these early days of November before the cold hits soon. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Matt Crowley (75) Re: Rich Jacobs ('75) birthday Hey, the Class of 75 is starting to turn 51... I know I did in September. Rich, are you really only now turning 50? I hope you had a happy one, whichever it was. -Matt Crowley (75) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/07/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Norma Loescher ('53), Millie Finch ('54), Bill Berlin ('56) Nola Davey ('56), Gus Keeney ('57), Patti Jones ('60) David Sowden ('62 & 63wb), George Barnett ('63), Roy Ballard ('63) Dena Evans ('64), Shirley Collings ('66), Don Andrews ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marilyn "Em" DeVine ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dan Haggard ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Weaver ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Julie Smyth ('69wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Norma Loescher Boswell ('53) Re: Death of Jerry Dudley ('53) With great sadness I must tell fellow Bombers that Jerry passed away November 5, 2007. He fought lung disease, COPD, for many years, and recently entered home hospice care. His sons Dean and Jeff were with him at the end. Jerry was a Bomber through and through. As classmates, he and I served on dance planning committees. Jerry appeared in Pep Assembly skits, tapping into his good sense of humor. He was a close friend of Marilyn Richey ('53-RIP). Marilyn and Jerry had steel-trap memories. Books could be written about the high school people, places, and events Jerry remembered. As a youth, Jerry caught polio and lived the rest of his life with a severely shortened leg. His musical nature moved him to join the band. Later he kept his love of sports alive by becoming a manager of the football and basketball teams. After high school Jerry spent a lot of time on boats in the Columbia River, bestowing upon himself the title "river rat." He helped plan alumni and Club 40 reunions. In everything he did, Jerry gave freely of himself and was loved in return. He will be dearly missed. -Norma Loescher Boswell ('53) ~ In Richland, where no services are currently planned. If Jerry's requests for no service, no obituary are overruled by his family, I'll let you know. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Millie Finch Gregg ('54) Re: Old Sandstorms Many of you know that my mother passed away this year and I have been going through boxes of papers, pics, etc. Well, I have found 2 Sandstorms - one is dated May 21, 1947, and the other one is dated May 25, 1948. They are quite interesting but I am not quite sure what to do with them. Any suggestions??? I hope everyone is enjoying our sunshine and looking forward to the holiday season just ahead of us. -Millie Finch Gregg ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: East, West, where is best? I too have to jump in on the East vs. West controversy. As I have mentioned in the past, I left the day after I graduated from Col-Hi to go to Alaska and work in the salmon canning business. From that experience I got saltwater in my veins and it has become almost like a drug drawing me towards the "chuck" like a huge magnet. I did a lot of boating on the Columbia, Yakima and Snake rivers growing up but working and boating on saltwater made fresh water events seem real small. Richland was an ideal place to grow up with lots of advantages for kids of all ages but looking back, I am not sure I really wanted to stay there. I knew I did not want to go to WSC (now U) so I reduced my options to the U of Montana in Missoula or Linfield College in McMinnville, OR and took the latter and glad I did. Between Alaska and Linfield, that was my "split" from the Tri-Cities and Eastern Washington and I have never wanted to return to live no matter how many rainy or cloudy days we have in Western WA. Now that is just me and I can respect those who want to live in the Tri-Cities, specifically Richland, or want to come back to live there. That is great and if that is what makes them comfortable, so much the better. Looks to me that Pappy is happy in Burbank and Patti in West Richland but it is not for me. Just the same, it is not right or fair for us living in Western WA to be critical of those in Eastern WA and visa versa. Live and let live, no matter where that might be, is my motto. I sure love where I live... in Anacortes, WA. Just the right size of town, great health and hospital facilities and not a lot of stressful traffic congestion like we had in Seattle. It is pretty easy to get to either Seattle or Vancouver, B.C. if we want the "rat race" and easy most of the year to get over to Victoria and Vancouver Island and that is cool. We still have a place over on San Juan Island very close to the migratory Orca Whale pods and I can't get any of that in Eastern Washington. I am a happy Bomber. -Bill Berlin ('56)n ~ in Anacortes, WA where we have had some pretty darn nice weather lately but I see rain on the horizon. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nola Davey Meichle ('56) Re: Washington State Ferry in the "Big Blow" on 10/18/07 -Nola Davey Meichle ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) To: Pappy Swan ('59) I was smokin' along pretty good until I hit the LA outbound traffic on I-10. It was bumper to bumper and moving along at 5 MPH whenever it moved at all. Took almost an hour to from the interchange onto I-10 to Cathredral City near Palm Springs!! I went to Los Algodones Mexico and got some new glasses to replace the ones that I lost on the way down. What a difference it makes!!! -Gus Keeney ('57) ~ From Sunny Yuma where it was near 90 today. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) A couple of months ago I announced that JD Diner's owner Hannah, had given us permission to cover the restaurant's walls with pictures from the Bombers. Kaylene Henjum Livingston ('60) and Mary Judd Hinz ('60) brought the first two last month to get us started. Looking forward to more pictures and the fun of seeing others' pictures. The pictures can be from school or in the now. Make sure the names of the Bombers and the year are on the picture(s). -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Sowden ('62 & 63wb) Re: Cookie Recipes Post this in the Sandstorm if you wish... I got to from Carol Bishop Horne ('57). Go Bombers -David Sowden ('62 & 63wb) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [My cousin sent me the same email with all the cookie recipes. You can click on the links from the main website to find a ton of cookie recipes... looks like other neat stuff, too. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George Barnett ('63) Re: Greg Alley's ('73) comment yesterday about Mac Hall One of our own BOMBER ALUMNI got the contract to do all the steel work in rebuilding Mac Hall. Charlie Barnett ('69) (little bro) owns Metalfab out in West Richland and they will be doing all the renovation of the basic structure. If you run into Charlie, check out his belt buckle. It is an old "BOMBER" brass belt buckle with the B-17 on it. It originally belonged to Bill Hartley ('56)... he gave it to me in about 1959, and I LOANED it to Charlie somewhere about 1964? Anyway, you are welcome to remind Charlie that I still remember WHO it belongs to. Bye Geo. -George Barnett ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roy Ballard ('63) Re: Birthdays To: Shirley Collins Haskins ('66) Shirley, I think that you got your birthday wrong, I thought that you were 56..... :-) :-) -Roy Ballard ('63), an aging 62 and portly, like Pappy **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dena Evans ('64) Re: Reunions and weight gain Speaking from the point of view of being overweight ALL of my life, I would like to share a few things. During my entire school year experience, I had very few friends. The ones that I did have, loved me for me, which I was so thankful for. It is not easy for a person 'of size' to feel good about themselves, unless there are people around them that help. Unfortunately, my family didn't do that, but I had a few close friends that made my life worth getting up for each morning. Cathy Biehn ('64), Paula Millar ('64wb), and especially, Deedee Willox ('64), were the 3 people that gave me self worth during my years at Columbia High School. They saw me only for the good person that I am, not my packaging. After reuniting with Deedee after 40+ years, she is making my life a better place to live. She is constantly giving me compliments, and telling me that I 'clean up' real well. Deedee makes me get out more, and meet new people, which I rarely did before. I was too worried about what people were thinking about me. I didn't want to be the one sitting in the corner as an adult. There is this problem that I still have with meeting people at the reunions, and only because I still have that little voice inside of me telling me that I am still back at Col-Hi with the people that don't give a damn about me because of my weight. (Its really very funny when I think about it. I am a BBW, yet I am invisible to sooooo many people). I was very shocked when Kathy Hoff ('64) came up to me and started a conversation at our Club 40 Reunion in 2007. Kathy, that made me feel that things can change when you get older, because I wouldn't have even thought that one of the 'popular' girls would give me a second glance, let alone talk to me. As for the boys, men now, you missed out on a wonderful person when you didn't talk with me because of my weight. And ladies. There were a few guys that weren't jocks, but overweight, that should have been given a chance. You probably missed out on a good friendship, and possibly a better life. Its never too late to find out who a person is, and what a good friend they can be. I am going to give it my best to give the 'popular, fine looking, foxy etc.' people a chance to get to know the wonderful me, like my 3 good friends did. If we would all just set aside our 'teen' years and concentrate on how we want to spend the rest of our lives, caring about others would be a good place to start. All in all, the reunions are a wonderful place to be. Don't worry about the weight gain, hair loss, or any of those 'insignificant' facts of life. I have been to 2 of the Club 40 and have enjoyed them immensely. Even if I do sit on my fanny most of the time, just being there is uplifting. The band is great, and the food is delicious, and there is happiness abounding. Smiles. laughter, tears. They are all a part of the Reunions. As my 20 year old son Zack says, 'its all good'. -Dena Evans ('64) ~ In beautiful Portland, where the sun has actually graced the sky for 3 days now. I just don't know what to do first. Darn, laundry is piling up, so down to the basement for a few days!! I knew that it was too good to be true. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) Re: Class of '66 November birthdays I did not realize that we have yet another classmate with a November birthday. Jan Klusman McCurdy turns 60 on November 30. Are there any other '66 classmates with November birthdays? May we all have wonderful birthdays as we add another year to our life ... growing up is optional. -Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Andrews ('67) Re: East side/West side I have moved back and forth with other stops in between. My life started in Sunnyside, then Richland, Everett, Richland, Randle, Pomeroy in that order. Then adventures in Page, AZ; Farmington, NM; San Clemente, CA; back to Richland, Olympia, Richland, Olympia; then another adventure "10 years, one year and a half" in Texas. Back to Olympia, Vancouver U.S.A., and in 7 years from now to my final resting place, retirement in Richland at Horn Rapids. I have included photos of the view from our new home. "There's no place like Home, there's no place like Home" Bomber Cheers -Don Andrews ('67) ~ Vancouver U.S.A. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Jerry Dudley ('53) ~ 11/23/33 - 11/5/07 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/08/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Marilyn De Vine ('52), Wally Erickson ('53) Millie Finch ('54), Gus Keeney ('57) Pappy Swan ('59), David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Spencer Houck ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn De Vine ('52) To: Norma Loescher Boswell ('53) Re: Jerry Dudley ('53-RIP) Thank you for sharing the loving remembrances of Jerry. But you left out one thing: life guarding and teaching swimming for many, many years. He was a hero to many of us older and younger. He took great pride in his teaching accomplishments and the last time we talked he mentioned more of the names of kids he taught. (Children of Col-Hi Bombers, etc.) He was a "Class A" guy and I'm sorry he suffered for so long. Now he can rest in peace. God Bless him. -Marilyn De Vine ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) To: Norma Loescher Boswell ('53) Re: Jerry Dudley ('53-RIP) Thank you Norma for the info on Jerry's passing. I agree... Jerry was everyone's friend. He loved sports; he wanted to be involved somehow, and he did that by being on the bench for our sports teams. I still see him with a "white towel" around his neck, being there for our players coming off the field or basketball court with water, or to help with an injury. He had an obvious limp due to polio, but that never interfered with his attitude about life. I'm glad I went to our 50th class reunion; Jerry of course was there. Those of you that don't go to the reunions for what ever reason... are missing out on your past. May God be with you and your family Jerry!! Thank you for the great memories at Columbia High... "God Bless you Jerry". -Wally Erickson ('53) ~ We've had beautiful fall weather here at Coeur D'Alene, but did get a little "sprinkle" this morning. Regarding class reunions, are we (class of '53) having a 55th class reunion next year, or will it be a "Club 40" reunion?? **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Millie Finch Gregg ('54) Re: Jerry Dudley )'53-RIP) To: Norma Loescher Boswell ('53) Thank you for the words about Jerry. He was indeed a very good man. The Dudleys were one of the families living in South Richland where I grew up, and also his sister Diane ('54-RIP) was in my class. They were a great family and you could always see Jerry on the ball field, whether indoors or out, he would always be there. Thanks so much for the good words and he was truly a BOMBER! -Millie Finch Gregg ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) Re: Jerry Dudley ('53-RIP) Bummer to read about Jerry Dudley. He was my Favorite Life Guard at the Pool and running into him in the later years was always a treat!! We had a lot of memorable talks (Most of which I can't Repeat!!!) sitting in front of the Richland Yacht Club whenever I brought my Boats upstream from the St. Helens, OR area. I always loved the banter between Jerry and Doug Stiles ('57) there. Jerry, My old friend you are being missed already. -Gus Keeney ('57) ~ Sunny Yuma AZ where it just reached 98.4 on my outside temp readout!!!! At least I'm getting my laundry done!!!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Dena Evans ('64) Re: Reunions and weight gain Very well said Dena! Remember me? I'm the portly old dude that lives down yonder, or' the hill, an' 'cross the water from Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) in yon fair dale of Burbank, WA. As I read your posting in today's Alumni Sandstorm, I was thinking, "Its really a two way street." Every time I see you and Deedee at the reunions and luncheons, I see smiles and feel Bomber friendship. We get back what we give out and I always enjoy running into the two of you. Also, just like attending one of those "Anonymous-type" meetings, I have yet another confession to make. "Hi, my name is Pappy and I was a skinny kid." While some folks, in our school days, bore the burden of some extra weight, I suffered in the other direction. I was an ultra-light and weight challenged kid. In fact, I was the model for the 90-lb weakling in the Charles Atlas Ads. You might ask, how skinny was I? Somewhere, I have a picture of me striking a Charles Atlas pose, which was later used as a pattern for Halloween skeleton cutouts. Early on, I tried out for football and made the team, my position was tackling dummy. Then, I discovered hunting and fishing. But, the fish pulled me into the river. I was so skinny that I stole nuts and bolts out of my dad's work shop to carry in my pockets to keep from being blown away in our legendary wind storms. I was so skinny that girls looked right past me (seemingly through me) and never even noticed me until I ran screaming smack into a wall locker. Yes, I was self-conscious too! And, I was short. It wasn't easy being a short skinny kid, nick-named "Shorty." I could never bring myself to talk to girls because I would have had to look up at most of them or carry a foot stool around. I once tried wearing shoes with six inch lift soles, but they wore a weak, skinny kid out... real fast! Serving in the Marines, beefed me up and I filled out a bit. But, some things just never go away. A few years later, when being measured for a wet suit by an old Navy diver, he said, "Ya sure got small wrists!" So, I decided to do something about it. I was determined to be larger. Soon I succeeded; my belly was larger, my butt was larger, and lately my feet are larger. But, my wrists are still the same size and I'm shorter. Go figure. Sometimes life is just not fair for a short, formerly skinny guy... with small wrists. Nevertheless, I can now say that I have viewed segments of my life from a skinny, a fairly normal (whatever that is), and a fairly plump body and I can safely say that from inside here I was the same each time... well maybe a little more sure of myself and devil may care now. So Bombers, regardless of your exterior packaging, go to the Bomber reunions, luncheons, and gatherings and say, "Hi, I'm (enter name here)." You will be amazed and stupefied at what good times you will have! -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where a jolly fun- loving, bodacious, ol' dude remains trapped in and trying to get out of this shrinking seasoned body. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Reunions Somebody having a reunion? Wow... when... where... Do my eyes deceive me? Bombers questioning whether they should go to a reunion because they don't look as they did back on graduation day? Earlier this year we hadda Party for Steve Simpson ('65)... it was a "just in case" party... Steve had decided he wasn't going to take any more treatments for his cancer and we were all concerned... what if we don't have till next June when we always get together?!!!!!!! That was all it took... as it turned out, it was the first time all of the seven sorries had been in one spot at the same time in quite some time... somebody asked one of the guys if he was a "Sorry-Seven"... I took the opportunity to tell the girl who asked that we are all Sorry-Seven... it only so happens that only 7 of us were in that particular picture at the time... and for you who are worried that you don't look as good as you did in school... I can assure you that when we retook the Sorry-Seven photo we did NOT look as we did in the first one!!!!... we had a huge crowd at Tony Harrah's ('65) somewhere near Mt. Vernon... now I don't live anywhere near Mt. Vernon... but I NEVER miss a chance to be with my '65er classmates if I can help it... In fact... a whole bunch of us don't miss a chance to be with any Bombers if we can work it out... I don't care what class it is... we crash if we are in town... I'm always disappointed when a class has a reunion on a date other than during Cool Desert Nights in June because that's when the '65ers get together every year... and if you've got a reunion going there is a good chance we will be there dancin' with your classes Bomber Babes... Uncle Jimbeaux ('63) (aka the Oracle) taught us well... if there's Bomber Babes we'll be there and if there aren't we'll be there talkin' about the river, the flume or some other topic of local concern... the point is... we all grew up in that little berg and we all call it home no matter where life's trip may have taken us... now I fully understand the pain of growing up... not one of us wasn't touched by some hurt we experienced growing up... Some of you kids who think the "popular" kids (as I saw them referred to in the Sandstorm the other day) didn't hurt growing up you've got another think coming... I'll never forget a few years back a bunch of us were sitting in a room at the DI and the subject of insecurities came up... I hate to tell you this but we all experienced almost the exact same ones... I remember Tony Harrah... the smartest kid in our class and one of the VERY most popular voicing a fear of returning home because we might not approve of some of his life choices... ARE YOU KIDDING ME?... We love you... I mean LOVE you... Yes school can be a bit of a beauty contest... and none of us measure up to her or him... some of us may have been very shy because of the way we perceived the world saw us and we may have missed opportunities to meet others we might have liked to meet and get to know... and yes... some kids were cruel... some people are still cruel but they don't get away with that crap at a Bomber gathering... Please don't be surprised when the divine Ms. Hoff ('64) comes up and gives you a hug... she is one of the most loving people I know (and she's known Heidlebaugh ('65) since kinneygarden not the 2nd grade)... I know at our 40th reunion we had something like 3 people who had never been to a reunion... How come! None of us are getting any younger and we want to see you... yes YOU... Yes we may have missed out on getting to know the beautiful person you were and are... but let's not let that stop us from getting to know you now... As far as I'm concerned all Bomberettes are Bomber Babes and all the guys are part of the gang... if you feel we failed you back then... don't YOU fail us now by staying away... and don't you dare sit in a corner waiting for someone to walk up to you... walk up and hug everyone you meet and say: "Hi, I'm so and so... how have you been?" OK... this thing is starting to sound and look like a Maddy ('67) post so I'll stop... for now. -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/09/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Anna May Wann ('49), Jim McKeown ('53) Karen Cole ('55), Bill Berlin ('56) Missy Keeney ('59), Carol Converse ('64) Linda Reining ('64), David Rivers ('65) Shirley Collings ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Lou DeMeyer ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dick Boehning ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kandy Smith ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dick Pierce ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tom Schildknecht ('70) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Bill Scott & Cherrie Tempero ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) As I've told many of you before, the reason we are spreading out and getting shorter, is the weight from all of that knowledge stored in our head. It keeps pushing us down and of course the only solution is for our bodies to spread. So the more we spread it means we have that much more knowledge stored up there in our head. That's my explanation for my larger size (since high school) and I'm sticking to it As for East side vs West side. Lived both and also in the middle (Ellensburg). All are great as long as you have family and friends around. Life is what you make it and how you accept it. So as Pappy and David Rivers said, just go to the reunions, greet everyone and keep smiling. We love all of you, just love us back. -Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim McKeown ('53) Re: Jerry Dudley ('53-RIP) To: Norma Loescher Boswell ('53) We just returned from the Mendocino coast and were without computer for a few days. What a loss, losing jerry Dudley this week. Jerry was an inspiration to all of us in the early '50s, especially since he was a classmate of ours in '53. Parties, swimming in the canal, sports, the pool, he was there and he didn't let the fact that he had a limp bother him. You could always count on Jerry to help at any of our reunions, and, until recently, he was always there. He was a legend, and he would probably be very upset reading this... but he was. Goodbye old friend, and maybe there is a need for someone up there to carry whatever, for one of the games in the sky. You definitely qualify. -Jim McKeown ('53) ~ from very sunny Sacramento, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Karen Cole Correll ('55) Re: Jerry Dudley ('53) I'm a day late sending my condolences to the Dudley family. I worked with Jerry for five years at the "Big" swimming pool. I have never seen a more relaxed swimmer. We often accused him of napping while swimming on his break. He wasn't above joining in on the pranks pulled while Rish wasn't there, even though he was left in charge! He was an excellent swimming teacher and a good friend. My sincere condolences to the family... he will be missed. -Karen Cole Correll ('55) ~ Nine Mile Falls, WA where it looks like the other side of the mountains, gray and misty **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Bomber Mom It is with great sadness that I must tell you that Dorothy Russell, mother of Jim ('58) and Jack ('59-RIP) passed away on Monday, November 5th. Dorothy had been living in North Seattle to be close to Jim and had been reasonably active until two years ago when she lost her voice box. Orly, Dorothy, Jim and Jack were our next door neighbors in Richland down on GWWay for many years. I recall that they had come to Richland from Silverton, OR and were active in a lot of the kid activities in the south end. Dorothy and Orly both taught Sunday School at Southside United Protestant Church and Dorothy was very active in supporting the Richland DeMolay chapter activities. In the 1950s Dorothy was one of the first people in Richland to bronze baby shoes and always had a basement full of them hanging on wires drying. It was a pretty good sized home business but Dorothy was high energy and could handle that and a lot more. I have to say they were great neighbors and always ready to help. I remember when the local block of kids put on a circus out in the "compound" and Dorothy did so much to make it a success, as did my Mom, Nita Hamilton and Dorothy Murray, that it came out as a big time show. My Dad and Orly were the best of friends too as Orly ran Parker Hardware in Uptown Richland and thus had access to all kinds of neat things my Dad, being a amateur wood butcher, could play with at or buy. Jim took his Mom out for lunch every Tuesday for years, an event they both looked forward to, but recently Dorothy's condition got to be too much for both of them to handle, what with wheelchair transfers two or three times per trip, so Jim went to where Dorothy lived and had lunch with her there. With Dorothy's passing, that leaves just my Mom (aged 98+) the lone parent/adult survivor of our "little band of nerds" in the 200 block of South GWWay, but Dorothy was always in that mix whether she wanted to be or not. She was a great lady and will be missed by son Jim and all of us that are still around (Bill ('56), Bruce (KHS '61) Berlin, Jimbeaux ('63) and Caroline ('60) Hamilton, Pat Murray ('61 - where are you, Pat?) and a bunch of other kids "on OUR block." -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ Anacortes, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) To: David Rivers ('65) Thanks, David! We all needed that!! -Missy Keeney ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) Wow! Good going David Rivers ('65)!! You said it so well for all of us! I bet there will be lots more kids show up to their reunions that have been afraid to go before after reading your input into the Sandstorm. -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of "64) ~ Eureka, CA where the fog is in and winter is upon us once again. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:David Rivers('65) re:reunions WELL-SAID!!!!!!! "funny" to think that the "in crowd" had insecurities, but I spose "they" were just like "us", except that "they" hid it. lol heck, I still HAVE insecurities and I am way past high school age!!!!! *grin* wish I had the nerve back in high school that I do, now. my daughters always laugh cause they say I will talk to anyone! *grin* as for hugging, that is my preferred way of greeting someone, too. good "ice-breaker". *grin* Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64)..........Bakersfield, CA.......we are still using our a/c and the temps are still in the 80's!! doesn't look like we will be getting much of a winter this year! weatherman is predicting another "La Nina"---warmer and dryer winter than usual. so far, it's living up to that prediction! grrrrrrrr **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: I have good news and bad news First the bad... which is actually a good thing but I goofed up and missed wishing Happy Birthday to Jimmy Weaver ('64) on the 7th... Dude... HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Now, the other good news is that on the 9th one of our very own is having a birthday... You will remember him as a Tackle... Number 11 of Rish's finest... Now that's important to me because I admire a guy who will get right there in your face... myself, I only played football because the rest of the boyz did and I didn't wanna be left out (remember that little talk we had about insecurities?)... so naturally I hadda play... but I didn't get up there close in the line... I played right end and only well enough to stay on first string but not hard enough to get hurt... I'm sure Strankman thought I was lazy... no... I just wasn't stupid... ignorant always... but not stupid if I can help it... in fact... one of the happiest days of my young life was the day my mom came to me and said until my grades were better... no more football... so I was saved from injury (due to football anyway... but never from my big mouth) from the 10th grade on (naturally my grades never got better)... soooooooooooo anyway... it is birthday time for one of the big kids... he and his wife, Linda ('63), have always been gracious enough to allow me to join the big kids table with them and for that I am ever grateful... Nuthin' like rubbin elbows with the big kids... as long as I don't spill my milk... so the long and the short of it is that you will be reading this on his birthday... HAPPY BIRTHDAY Dick Boehning ('63)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) Re: More Class of '66 November Birthdays I found that we have at least two more '66 classmates celebrating their BIG 60 birthdays this month. Karen Grob's birthday was November 4th, and Denny Duncan's birthday will be November 29th. Anyone else celebrating this month? If so, please let me know. Thank you. Enjoy your once in a life time day and don't start a fire with all of those candles! -Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) ~ Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/10/07 - HAPPY BIRTHDAT MARINES ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Wally Erickson ('53), Mike Clowes ('54) Tom Verellen ('60), Mike Brady ('61) Marilyn Swan ('63), Dennis Hammer ('64) David Rivers ('65), Betti Avant ('69) Brad Upton ('74), Christa Moore ('75) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Johnson ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carl Dvorak ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dee Shipman ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Fred Meeks ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: MARINE CORPS BIRTHDAY **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) Re: Jerry Dudley ('53-RIP) Reading some of the memories sent in on Jerry... you have to wonder all the things he did to keep our teams, the student body, memories of the "good ole days", the swimming pool, class reunions, and the "Columbia Spirit" together. There is not enough said to tell the whole story about someone that really cared about who we were. Jerry was someone that cared about who we were and where we were going. I was putting more air into my basketballs today; I was thinking this was another thing that Jerry did... whether it was a football, or basketball before each game. When you see all the basketballs being used before each game... that's a lot of basketballs!!!!!!! There's a lot more involved getting ready for each game. Jerry was the one guy there to make it happen. Sure, you have the players, and coaches; but, what about the guy who's on the bench there for each guy on the team. That guy was Jerry Dudley! I had to throw this one in... Jerry was a very special person. I wish I had spent some time with him at our 50th reunion. Another reason I bring this up is... it's one more reason you should go to your reunions. Share with your old friends the memories you have of them. I play basketball with our grandkids (girls and boys) and son in laws during the summer. I love the game and it's a fun time for the family. Remember the game "horse"... there's other names used today. I remember sneaking into the old girls gym to play basketball with my friends during the summer. Many of you weren't around during the time of the "old girls gym". That's what's neat about the "Sandstorm"; there's someone bringing up something that happened during the good ole days. -Wally Erickson ('53) ~ Memories are a great thing to have!! Still having fair weather here in the Coeur D'Alene area. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: The Pleasures of Yesteryear. I was reminded today of one of the pleasures of childhood, and even into the teen years. Whenever my mother would go to the trouble of baking a cake, one of my chores was to clean the mixing bowl. This was usually accomplished with one or more fingers lifting out the remaining batter. Naturally, one had to lick that off one's finger(s). Even today, with almost ready to cook cake mixes, the pleasurable taste of un-cooked batter is still there. It was almost better than my first deer. But that was back in the day when the big debate was whether or nor the Kentucky long gun was more accurate after the barrel was rifled. And this was versus the match-lock gun. But, then I'm dating myself. Re: Jerry Dudley ('53 RIP) I will be one among many who will miss seeing his smiling face either around the pool deck (the Big Pool of course) or a Club 40. He was of a rare breed and is truly missed in the Bomber Camp. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ he monsoons have returned to Mount Angel, OR **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) Re: Pictures from the Pumpkin Patch Is there a size limit on being called a "patch"? This farm in Nisqually is fairly large so it doesn't seem right to call it a patch. Happy Halloween. -Tom Verellen ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Bob Card ('62) I've been trying to get in contact with Bob Card for several years. Jim McKeown ('53), Bob's brother-in-law, gave me an e-mail address, but it didn't work. Bob and I were "crazy" kids growing up. Like many of us, we were lucky to get through our teens alive. Bob's dad was an advertising artist at one of the "large" department stores in Richland. He asked us to take the store's truck and pick up something. He told us to be careful because the top of the truck was pretty high. As usual, we weren't thinking as we drove into A & W Root Beer and tore the eaves off the restaurant. That was a little embarrassing! -Mike Brady ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) Re: Christmas card list Hi Maren; I received this in my email today. Think it could be included in the Sandstorm? Thanks, When you are making out your Christmas card list this year, please include the following: A Recovering American soldier c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center 6900 Georgia Avenue, NW Washington,D.C. 20307-5001 -Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) Re: Happy 232nd Birthday USMC!!! Especially to Bombers in the Corps. -Dennis Hammer ('64) ~ USN ('68-'72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers USMC ('65) Re: From the Halls Of Mac and Montezuma... it's that time again a time to remember all the buddies we left behind and all the ones who made it home... all the guys from the Old Corps and all of those in the New Corps... Yeah I know... some a you guys and gals got more time in the... hmmm how do I put it... uuuhhhhhhhhh the way it was always said to me seems a tad inappropriate for the Sandstorm... wait I got it... some of you got more time in the "sandbox" than I got in the whole Corps... yeah yeah heard it all... I asked Maren and Brad ('71) if they had a list of Marines because I really hate to mention one without mentioning all... but I have only a small list that Maren has put together. I would ask tho that for all you others out there... how 'bout sending your name and class (graduation class... I know I know... "I ain't got none... ") to Maren so next November 10th we can wish each and every one of you a Happy Marine Corps Birthday... so to the following, some fallen and some still kicking: Hector Alvarez ('64), Mark Black (RIP '66), Mac Brand ('64... Mac I really miss seeing you), Gary Carlson ('64), Doug Hagen ('65), Jimmy Heidlebaugh (has known Ms. Hoff since Kinnygarten '65), Jim House ('63 Number 32 in your program), Mike Jennings (RIP '64), Kenny Johnson (RIP '65), George Kelly ('64... we joined on the buddy plan then never saw each other again!!!!!!!!!!), Mike Lahrman ('63), Guy Lobdell (RIP '66), Rick Maddy ('67... don't go getting all teary eyed, and write 7 pages in the Sandstorm), Jim Mattis ('68), Bobbie "Tuna" Mattson ('63/'64), Ray Moss ('64), Kerry Pitman ('65), Rick Reed ('49), Gary Setbacken ('64), Jay Seigel ('61), Steve Simpson ('65), Pappy Swan ('59), Brad Wear ('71... I thought he was in '68?), Gary Webb ('64) and to all the other Marines out there, Bombers or not... HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARINES A JOB WELL DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (my Dad had a sign on his house for me when I got home from VietNam that said "Welcome Home a Job well done" That's for you, Pop) -David Rivers USMC ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Cabela's To: Pappy Swan ('59) and other outdoor enthusiasts Next Friday, November 16th is the grand opening of Cabela's in Lacey, WA, USA. Square footage wise it'll be the 3rd largest in the country. They say the average person will spend at least 3-1/2 hours just looking around the place. They also are estimating 4,000,000 visitors a year to stop in. Here's to the economy of the area. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where everyone is wondering where fall went **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) I think I plugged this date a few weeks ago, but in case I didn't... I'll be headlining at the L.A. Comedy Club (which isn't in L.A.) inside the Palace Station in Las Vegas this coming Monday-Sunday, the 12th-18th. If there are any Bombers that want to experience the OJ robbery sight, come on by! Also, there is a beautiful new club in Kirkland at Totem Lake called Laughs. I'll be headlining there as well from November 22-24th. You read that right, we're doing a show on Thanksgiving night in case you need an excuse to get away from the family. -Brad Upton ('74) ~ (I thought we'd hear from Mike Davis ('74) when the proof was uncovered that there WAS a Sambo's in Richland). **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Christa Moore Kirkendall ('75) Carol Culley, Bomber Mom of Christa Moore Kirkendall ('75), Cindy Moore Wingfield ('76), Cathy Moore Hammer ('80) and Gauin Moore ('82) passed away on October 31, 2007 after a brave fight against ovarian cancer. We will miss our mother more than words can say. She never complained during her illness or through all the treatments she had trying to get better for the last 1-1/2 years. Please pray for a cure for this awful disease. -Christa Moore Kirkendall ('75) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/11/07 ~ VETERANS' DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Shirley Rae Drury ('51), Gus Keeney ('57) Mike Brady ('61), Dave Sowden ('62wb/'63wb) Marilyn Swan ('63), Kathy Hoff ('64) Gary Behymer ('64), Rick Maddy ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bev Coates ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jack Sinderson ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ted Neth ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Don Brackenbush ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Don Eckert ('64) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Jerry Boyd ('52) & Patsy McGregor ('54wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) Re: Cards for Recovering Soldiers The email requesting cards to recovering servicemen at Walter Reed is fraudulent according to the Snopes newsletter I received today. Here's the link to the article: -Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) ~ Writing from Kennewick, where it is sunny after rain this morning. Tomorrow's Tri-City Herald (which I deliver to carriers in the early, early morning) purports to weigh over 2 lbs apiece. Poor carriers! At least the bundle droppers get to make two runs of it, carrying first the preprints, then the papers when they come off the press. My route has over 1200 papers. You should see my biceps! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) To: All You Marines, Sorry, this one slipped up on me!!! Happy Birthday MARINES on this Veterans' Day weekend. And Happy Veterans Day to the rest of us!!!!! -Gus Keeney ('57) ~ from sunny Yuma, AZ where it is going to be another beautiful week!!!!!! I plan on getting in some Jeep exploring in this week. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Personal Training With all the talk about weight issues, I would like to offer FREE personal training advice to any Bomber. I recently received my Associate of Science degree in Personal Training. I own a personal training business specializing in training adults 50 years and older. My partner and I train people in their homes or at a small studio in Woodinville, WA. If anyone needs direction on setting up a training program for themselves/family members or just needs a little help with their program, I will be glad to work with them on-line. I can also offer resources and motivation to help with their program. If a Bomber wants to train at home, I can provide a list of equipment at a cost of under $200 that can be purchased at most sporting good stores. If I am overwhelmed by my offer, I promise to get back to you ASAP. -Mike Brady ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Sowden ('62wb/'63wb) To: Dennis Hammer ('64) A hardy thank you for the birthday tribute to our beloved Marine Corps in the Sandstorm on November 10th. I return the salute to my highly respected former Navy friends like yourself, Jim Wodehouse ('62), Larry Holloway ('64) and Patrick McCartney ('63) and to many more to mention. Also a great Veterans' Day to all who have served in any branch where "all gave some and some gave all". Let us not forget our MIAs. Also worth a mention is the fact over 1/4 of our country's homeless are veterans but hey, who cares? Judge Judy is on TV. Go bombers and semper fi -Dave Sowden (whb '62-'63 but left town to join the marines) in Forest City North Carolina, where we are down over 12 inches of rain fall and with no hurricanes or tropical storms in sight it looks like some hard times ahead but like I said, Judge Judy is on TV. Also one of the few looking forward to the coming tax season, being in the preparation business. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) Re: Cards for Recovering Soldiers IMPORTANT NOTE: Maren: Got a note from Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) [who said she "tried this last year and the cards came back because there was no name on the card. You almost need someone there to receive the cards and hand deliver them."] Would you mind posting something on the Sandstorm & see if there are any ideas out there? Ann, thanks for that note. Seems sad that something so simple as to add a little cheer to some soldiers' lives has to be complicated by red tape. Wonder if anybody else has an idea of how to get these cards sent through without this glitch? -Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Read the stuff on that website. Looks like the Red Cross might be willing to help. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kathy Hoff Conrad ('64) Re: Veterans' Day I would like to thank all of you who have served our great country. You are our true heroes! Welcome Home. God Bless you and the U.S.A. -Kathy Hoff Conrad ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Columbian Yearbook Just recently someone was searching for a Columbian yearbook from ????. (What year?) -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) Re: Veterans' Day I hope everyone has a peaceful Veterans' Day. Thank you David Rivers ('65) and Dennis Hammer ('64) for the Marine Corps birthday greetings. Semper Fi to all. My father, a former WWII Marine (RIP), told me I would always salute the uniform, but not necessarily the man wearing it. I salute both with the list provided. A fine list indeed. Some other Bomber Marines would include Phil Collins ('67... who I went in on the buddy system with and, like Rivers said, never saw again), Tim Curd ('67), Paul Dudley ('68) and a couple of honorary Marines. Craig Williamson (NAB) who is married to our Penny Cornelison Williamson ('67) Craig was a Richland fireman for about 30 years and retired as a Chief Fire Inspector (if that is the correct title for those that figure out how a fire is started). I dragged Craig out of the Bremerton Navy Hospital in 1968 for a weekend of mischief in Bomberville. I introduced Penny to Craig, or was it Craig to Penny, and she decided she wanted this guy for a husband. It was and still is a beautiful thing. One other Bomberette, Penny McAllister D'Abato ('67), who I have known since kindergarten, is married to and been jumping into fighting holes for many years now with a 30 year plus retired Marine 'Top' who had so many stripes on his sleeves they were difficult to count. The mentioning of Sambo's Restaurant by Brad Upton ('74) was sure mouth-watering. If anyone ever takes a hankering for a short stack, you are in luck, but will have to drive to Santa Barbara... To: Marsha Hopfinger Sork ('67) Wonderful compilation of the classmates, Marsha. I haven't forgotten about you. I'm collecting my laundry quarters and will soon send money for the possible 60th birthday bash and the booklet. It only took me about three years after telling Maren I was sending my Online Sandstorm donation slash dues I know... I have less than two years before the 60 thing. I'll get right on that. Re: Six Photos Picture #1) I just had some 35mm film processed from my 2 year vacation on Hawaii. The unprocessed film is six years old and I was surprised that I even got one photo back. I had visited the base at Pearl Harbor and photo'ed this building, which I believe is the main office building on base (Admin). The pock marks were made by the Japanese shooting the base up on Dec. 7. The Navy decided to leave them and just paint over them. This photo is six years old. The photo does not give the full picture to how much this building was shot up. An incredible amount of ammo expended by the Japanese pilots. Picture #2) The photo of the Kamikaze, a Japanese Tony single engine bomber, was shot down by my Uncle Howard and the gunnery crews on the aft (back) of the USS Sangamon (20 and 40 mm guns). They had two Kamikazes attack them within a five minute span on May 4, 1945 off the coast of Okinawa. This particular plane sheared off the communication antennae you see hanging (always lowered when attacked) off the side of the ship. The Japanese pilot fired his guns until he hit the water. Tenacious suicide pilots. America has seen these types as recently as... well, almost daily in Iraq. The second Kamikaze, a Japanese Nick, suffering heavy fire from the aircraft carrier and still able to maneuver his aircraft, dropped its bombs and flew the plane into the wooden deck of the ship. Aircraft parts, the pilot and bombs entered the ships ammunition stores below and the ship blew up sending 112 sailors, including my Uncle Howard into the water. 1200 sailors onboard, seventeen die onboard and of the 112 in the water twenty-five are never found. While in the water the sailors were trying to save themselves and help as much as possible anyone that was injured. On the most part, they would stay away from each other so not to be drowning each other in the panic. Somehow they found a rope and several hung on to this lifeline, including my uncle, until they were picked up several hours later. The ship, looking like the fourth of July on May fourth, as my uncle would say, kept under way and actually limped home to Bremerton, WA. My mother, eighteen years old, and her brothers, sisters and parents watched the ship come into Puget Sound as the family lived in Kingston, Bainbridge Island, at the time. My Uncle Howard is 82 years old and lives in Yakima, WA. Picture #3) And for our classmates: The 9th grade photo of Phil Collins ('67) shows that we had thought about the Marine Corps or a long time before jumping in with both feet. Picture #4) Phil and I in Seattle just before leaving for boot camp in Hollywood (MCRD San Diego). Picture #5) Phil and I at Edson Rifle Range, Camp Pendleton with M14. I do not recall ever firing an M16 at Camp Pendleton, but did take them apart and put them back together a number of times in a classroom, until my arrival in Vietnam. Picture #6) And a photo of me in the old Bremerton Navy Hospital with the 1968 Queen and Princess of Seafair Seattle. I had just gotten my left elbow fused. May I say again, have a great Veterans Day. A very special day in the hearts of many survivors of war. -Rick Maddy ('67) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/12/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers sent stuff: Ken Ely ('49), Betty Bell ('51) Norma Loescher ('53), Bill Berlin ('56) Sally Sheeran ('58), John Campbell ('63) Dennis Hammer ('64), David Rivers ('65) Cathy Geier ('66), Fran Teeple ('68) Ken Staley ('68), Brad Upton ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Duane Cross ('79) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ken Ely ('49) Re: Letters/Packages to Walter Reed Hospital [Sandstorm Editorial Policy: "There is no room for long quotes or verbatim "copying" from outside sources. You may cite website(s) as reference(s)." Here is the Walter Reed Army Medical Center website where you can find all the text that Ken quoted. - Maren] -Ken Ely ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) Re: Local Real Estate Agent An older friend of mine has a son in California that wants to move up here to be closer to her. She called me asking if I knew of a local agent. I told her I didn't, but that I knew where to ask! If you know personally of any local real estate agents that you would you would recommend would you let me know? Tell me what you know about them, what you have heard about them, etc. I will give all of the info to her and let them decide. Thanks in advance for your help! Had a great Bazaar yesterday - it must have been good, my feet are still aching! -Betty Bell Norton ('51) ~ in windy Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Norma Loescher Boswell ('53) To: Friends of Jerry Dudley ('53 RIP) Jerry's obituary appeared in the Nov. 11 Tri-City Herald. The family, abiding by Jerry's wishes, will NOT hold a memorial service. Jerry's interests and accomplishments which I didn't know, or forgot to tell you a few days ago, can be read in his obituary. As others who wrote to the Sandstorm confirmed, what a full and rich life he led, and how lucky we are to have been part of it. -Norma Loescher Boswell ('53) ~ in Richland, meditating on life. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Vets' Day We took in the Remembrance Day parade in Vancouver, B.C. and it was a dandy. Lots of Pipes and Drums and well as the Canadian Forces Marine (Navy) with their "Cannon Run" team from Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, the Leopard tanks of the B.C. Division's Queens Horse Brigade and lots of stuff. A whole Canadian Legion unit dressed in War I uniforms, both combat and full dress... Red Tunics, Pith Helmets and Blue pants with red stripe. Sharp. Here is the deal on the Cannon Run event. There are only two major Navy bases in Canada, Halifax, Nova Scotia and Esquimalt (Victoria), British Columbia. A Cannon Run team consists of (a) a muzzle load cannon, (b) a caisson it rides on, (b) powder and shot box, (c) muzzle ram and (d) 16 sailors. The teams march out and at the sound of a starting pistol, dismantle the wheels from the caisson, the cannon from the caisson mounting bed, remove the powder and shot box and "contain" the muzzle ram. It is up to the team to take all of these pieces across a rope "bridge" over hand to the other side, reassemble the entire cannon assembly, load, tamp and fire the cannon and then disassemble the rig and take it back to the other side and reassemble it completely to finish. It is a timed event and you would be amazed how fast all of this takes place. They are always done at RCMP/Forces Tattoo's or on Navy Day events, one year in Esquimalt and the next in Halifax. Tuck this in your Bomber Useless Information File, but don't miss it if you have a chance to see a competition. Re: Jerry Dudley ('53) Jerry was one of the "big guys" when I was growing up. I took swimming and Red Cross Lifesaving from him and then had to pass the test with Rish. Jerry just had a way with people to build confidence and mine was getting me to dive off the high board. He did it and boy was I amazed at how easy it was. Someone mentioned what a great stroke he had, very powerful, and I agree. It was impressive and a great tool for learning how to power swim, correct breathing and strong kicking. Thanks Jerry. I am still a pretty good swimmer thanks to you. To: Rick Maddy ('67) Many thanks Rick for the pictures. Reminded me when I went to Basic Training for the US Coast Guard. I was fortunate to have learned how to row a boat growing up but all of the guys in my training unit were from Kansas, Nebraska or Iowa and knew nothing as to which end of the oar to hold on to. The better your rowing performance, the less painting or spud peeling you had to do so, as self appointed Bo'sun, I whipped these big Mid-West farm boys into a rowing team that won weekly Admiral's ribbons. I don't think we ever painted rocks and only peeled pots once in the whole time. On a TDY [Temporary Duty] rotation, we had to go to Camp Pendleton and go through some gunnery range work, odd since I think at the time our Weapon's Locker in Juneau consisted of twelve bolt action WW I Enfield's with black painted stocks and chrome works and barrel with frozen actions and a couple of US Army .45 caliber pistols. I digress. I was also a pretty good shot, my Dad said a naturally good eye for shooting, so I did well with the M-1 Garand and M-1 Carbine and loved the BAR. Later the M14 was a piece of cake as long as you kept it extra clean. After the range, an old Marine Gunney came over and said, "...kid, what the hell are you doing in this - - - - - - - Navy? All you have to do is trade Semper P for Semper F and you're in a real outfit..." I snuck out of Camp P and back to USCG Base Juneau and never mentioned it to the Admiral. I did have a great time with the Marines and always have respected them. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ OK folks, it is November and time to get your Sandstorm dues in. $24 is cheap for all of the stories we get from Pappy, Rivers, Maddy, Jimbeaux, etc. This has got to be a lot of work and 24 bucks seems cheap to me, especially when I have a couple of marine/maritime subscriptions that cost $500 or more, so why not sit down and write that check for $24 (or more) and get it in to Maren before another Hurricane hits and they hold up her mail for a couple of months. Git 'er done!!!! "Bag Man" Bill ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sally Sheeran Heath ('58) Happy Birthday to Ted Neth ('55). I know it's a sad day, too, thinking of Danny ('57-RIP). Thanks to him and others who gave their lives and to those who have helped and are still helping to make the world a better place... including sister Peg Sheeran Finch ('63) who tended to the wounded warriors while serving as an Air Force nurse at Clark AFB. God bless 'em all - and God bless America. -Sally Sheeran Heath ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Campbell (Gold Medal Class of '63) I'm a day late, but I want to wish a big happy birthday to my buddy and classmate Don Brackenbush ('63) on November 11th, one of the few people I know who is older than I am - well, only by a few days. Hope Don, Lila Jenne Brackenbush ('63) and family have a great day. Hmmmm, 63 sounds like a good number. -John Campbell (Gold Medal Class of '63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) Re: Singing Turkey Two or three years ago someone posted a link to the singing turkey video. Well, it has long ceased to work, but the video can now be seen on YouTube. -Dennis Hammer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: I can count... I can I can Ok... normally counting from 10 to 11 does not challenge me greatly... but these darned Monday Holidays to confuse me a tad... The Marine Corps Birthday is on the 10th of November... started way back in 1775 so that's easy for me... Veterans' day is the 11th of November... so far so good... but somehow with Veterans' day being celebrated on the Monday after... well that was just too much for my feeble brain to comprehend... I can't say it any better than the Divine Ms. Hoff ('64) said it on the correct day in the correct Sandstorm... when I saw the Caption on the Sandstorm that read "Veterans' Day" I was shocked and awed... I knew it was wrong... but then it said 11/11... I knew I had blown it... I can't say more than Thank You to all the Many Bomber Veterans out there. Words are not enough to express the gratitude I feel along with all the other Bombers in this world. So to Echo Kathy Hoff: THANK YOU!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Cathy Geier ('66) Hello Everyone, I am adding to the ongoing discussion about west side and eastside. I was raised with you all in a wonderful place and time. I spent most of my adult life in Seattle working and secretly hidden in a small neighborhood which grew up around me.. Wallingford. I left the traffic and school budget cuts for a better life and tumbled in a small town. I have lived in Richland for almost the last one and a half years. I miss trees and the advanced yoga and type of dance I did in the Seattle area. While I have enjoyed the new Bikrams studio and Kia Ora gym and some wonderful part time jobs, I am in process of returning to the west side. Anyone with a nice in town apartment to rent in Bellingham please contact me... I will miss many things from my brief respite here, including seeing unexpectedly people from my youth in line in Safeway or whereever... but it's time to fly again... -Cathy Geier ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Fran Teeple Wolf ('68) Re: Mike Brady ('61) Mike, Count me in! Less is more they say and I'd like my husband to have less of me to love. Beam, I mean... Take me down, Scotty... er, Mike. This sounds like fun. -Fran Teeple Wolf ('68) ~ Spokane, WA It's freezing tonight... 28 at my house. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ken Staley ('68) Re: Veterans' Day Wishing Jim Mattis ('68) a good Veterans' Day. For those of you who haven't heard, Jim was recently awarded his 4th star by Congress! If you read Thomas Rick's book FIASCO, the last few chapters include a great deal of what this stellar vet was up to in 2004. Now Hollywood is in the act with none other than Harrison Ford playing our General! -Ken Staley ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) Okay Bombers--I got some confirmed dates. I'll be at the Chumash Casino in St. Ynez, CA with Johnny Mathis on February 14th. I am also with Johnny Mathis in Clearwater, FL on March 7th and in Ft. Meyers, FL on March 9th. I believe you can go to and click on the schedule and it'll take you to all the info. Also, if you're into planning waaaay in advance--I'm with the Smothers Brothers on May 30th at the Edmonds Performing Arts Center (already 2/3 sold out) and on May 31st at the Admiral Theater in Bremerton. -Brad Upton ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/13/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Dave Brusie ('51), Marilyn Stewart ('62) Donni Clark ('63), Jim Hamilton ('63) Peg Sheeran ('63), Gary Behymer ('64) Jim Heidlebaugh ('65), Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) John Mosley ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol Carson ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marc Franco ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sue Dix ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Brusie ('51) To: The Family of Jerry Dudley ('53-RIP) What a wonderful friend we had in Jerry. The Lord has a Great Manager with Jerry joining the ranks. He never let his problems stand in the way of spreading a ray of sunshine. We will all miss him immensely. -Dave Brusie ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn Stewart Stephenson ('62) Re: Where to send the cards to the wounded [Soldiers] There are two great Troop Support Groups here in the Tri-Cities who have contact with about 7 military Hospitals, plus Medics in Iraq and Afghanistan. Each of the Troop Support Groups have the ability to send cards to wounded men and women in the military. A.C.E.S (American Citizens Encouraging Support) and OTY (Operation Thank You) The phone numbers [have been deleted for privacy. -Maren} A.C.E.S contact Kathy Hoff Conrad ('64) or Marilyn Stewart Stephenson ('62). We have names and address for wounded in most of those hospitals, we have major contact with VA Hospitals in Walla Walla, Portland, Boise, and Seattle. The other Group is OTY (Operation Thank You). OTY is run by Norma Myrick Nunamaker ('54). Her phone number is [deleted for privacy. -Maren]. Each Group would be happy to take your cards and put them in our Christmas Care Packages for the wounded... just give us a call. Thanks, -Marilyn Stewart Stephenson ('62), A.C.E.S. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) Hi Bombers! It has been a while since I have checked in. It has been a wonderful summer and fall with lots of time with the grandkids. However my husband and I just got back a couple of weeks ago from a 10 day trip to Pennsylvania and I would like to share a few highlights. We went for a family wedding and decided to make it a mini vacation. We started out in Gettysburg which was just an awe inspiring place to visit. We stayed at a B&B on the Battleground and a highlight of that stay was a history lesson the hour before breakfast. The first morning a lady came in dressed in costume to tell us all about the women's role the days after the battle. She shared a wealth of information about caring for the soldiers, from what they fed them to how they nursed them with limited supplies. The second day a Confederate Soldier showed up in full dress who entertained us with songs from the civil war era, which included his rousing piano playing, solos and a sing along. What fun! It made you want to join up especially when singing "the Union forever, Hurrah boys, hurrah"! We also had a personal tour guide (which I highly recommend) who goes with you in your car for 2 hours out on the Battlefield and takes you through the 3 days of the Battle and the different Battle sites. After Gettysburg we stayed at a Mennonite Farm in Lancaster County. We all (about 20 of us each morning) joined hands for the Johnny Appleseed prayer, which we sang and had so much fun at breakfast just getting to know everyone and listening to stories that it was almost noon before we got out of there for the day. Besides experiencing a Barn Party, a wagon ride and other fun things on the farm, we took a tour with a Mennonite lady of the Amish countryside. Another thing I recommend. This lady who grew up in the area knew the Amish inside and out and told us and showed us all kinds of things we would never know to look for. She gave us a little history on the Amish and the Mennonites and took us to the farms that have cottage businesses. So we indulged in homemade root beer, pretzels, whoopie pies and shoofly pies. This lady use to work for the Aunt Annie pretzel company as a counselor and was also on hand to counsel the families who lost the girls in the Amish tragedy that happened last year. One of the evenings we had dinner in an Amish home with about 25 other people. When the scrumptious dinner was over the Amish couple asked us to sing with them. There were some good singers present because we sounded like a choir (lots of men harmonizing) and there was hardly a dry eye in the house. They sang to us in German also. The next day we spent at Hershey's. If you ever go to PA, don't miss Hershey! What a delightful little town! From the Trolley Ride Tour around town, the Hershey Kisses St. lights to Chocolate World itself it was well worth the time. In fact we could have spent a couple of days there. They also have an amusement park. The story of the town and Mr. Hershey is amazing! On to Philadelphia where we spent the rest of the time in the Birthplace of Freedom! The Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Betsy Ross' house, Ben Franklin's first Post Office, Christ Church etc. etc. were all musts! And now...................... Re: Mike Brady's ('61) offer I must tell you that he already has helped me and given me great tips and advise on weight training and what to look for in a trainer. And after all of that food in PA it is back to the exercise for me! Thanks Mike, hope you can help others and I will be checking in with you after I loose a few pounds again! Whew! By the way, I thought I was in pretty good shape. Huh! Be prepared to be sore! But it is a good feeling! God bless all of you once again for your service to our country and as others have said "God Bless America"! -Donni Clark Dunphy (from the Golden class of '63) ~ From the little house in La Mirada where we missed the fires but I am still washing off the soot. The nights are cooler, the days still warm. My Mums did not do well this year. We are getting ready for my husband's Dad's funeral and company from out of town. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) It's almost that time of year again for the Gold Medal Class of '63 Marching, Caroling and Chowder Society's Christmas Party in Olympia. We're gonna call this the 20th annual (it might be the 21st). Mark your calendars for on Saturday the 15th of December. Brother Leo [Webb ('63}] has got us a hall, Plenty's is the same place we've gathered for the last couple of years. We will commence with the Hugging and Kissing at 10:00am, with Ellen [Weihermiller Anderson ('63)] leading the flag salute whenever a majority have one arm free to put over their or someone else's heart. In keeping with tradition, there will be no gift exchange, or Amway power point presentations. As always there will be 100 square grid to guess Frank Whiteside's ('63) excuse to not attend. If you are planning on attending or have any questions, just let me know. -Jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Peg Sheeran Finch ('63) Re: Thanks, Sister Sal Thought I should correct what my sister, Sal Sheeran Heath ('58) wrote in today's Sandstorm ... thanking me for taking care of the soldiers at Clark AB in the Philippines. It was on PEDIATRICS that I worked for those years during the Viet Nam war, and though I could look out the window of the hospital and see the buses bringing the wounded soldiers - still in their uniforms - from the air strip, I wasn't privileged to care for them. I did make visits to a Richland wounded soldier, Max, after being notified by my mom that he was at our hospital. They are our heroes. Sal, her husband, Chuck, and I are meeting in Seattle today, to leave for China with a tour group... Shanghai, Beijing, and a Yangtze River Cruise, among other sites... That is if the expected high winds don't cancel our flight to L.A. They're coming from Wasilla, AK, and I, from Omak, WA. It feels a lot different than going to Europe... I'm more nervous, but excited, too. -Peg Sheeran Finch ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Richland veterans initiate renaming effort Re: Gone but not forgotten. Salute! Faces from The Wall Benton County Franklin County Walla Walla County Main Page Former Sgt. Gary Behymer - U.S. Army (Aug 1968 to Apr 1970) ***** Re: No Sense of Humor? "The whole town lives off of the nuclear industry. They have no sense of humor for jokes about being irradiated. They want the high level nuclear waste dump. There is a little field just outside of town in the desert that always blooms bright green -that is where they dumped radioactive water on the ground half a century ago and now they irrigate to prevent to much radioactive dust blowing - it is a thing of beauty to see as you fly into town. Life there is like an episode of the Twilight Zone. Go bombers. posted by caddis at 5:11 AM on June 7" Spotted on this 'blog'. -Gary Behymer ('64), **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Heidlebaugh ('65) Re: Marine Corps Birthday [11/10] So, for about a week before, I was marching around with my cut- offs bloused, practicing my salute, then got side-tracked with Gary Behymer's ('64) eclectic Bomber ebay stuff. Anyway, missed the deadline for wishing... Happy Birthday to the "Proud and Few"... some... David Rivers ('65), Craig Davis ('65)... and others, are still celebrating. And, Happy Veterans Day, to you Vets. I thank you for my freedom. -Jim Heidlebaugh ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) Re: More of me to "re-une" with! First, thanks to all of you who responded in this forum and to me privately. The consensus is 100% -- "Go, to your 40th reunion - you will have a GREAT time. And no one will care if you are rounder or not! (Besides, it's unlikely you will be the only one that's rounder!)" I was recently trying to explain the death of a cat to our eldest (3.5 year old) grandson. I told him that bodies (cats', dogs', people's) are like cars ... we use them to get around in, we fix them up if they get broken or 'sick', but after a while they wear out so much or get so broken or sick that they can't be fixed any more. So then we get climb out of our bodies -- kind of like climbing out of an broken car that just can't be fixed any more -- and we get new bodies to live in somewhere else. (We are Christian, but we have some other beliefs that co- mingle. This was as close as I could get to making it clear to our little guy.) I realized after I started getting responses that this whole thing really comes down to a matter of trust, that is trusting Bombers at a reunion to be more involved in "reuning" than in judging. Trusting others to have a code that says "I know that the person is the spirit on the inside, not the 'vehicle' carrying that spirit -- i.e. the body." So, thanks to all who reminded me of what I already obviously knew. I was raised not to judge by appearances, and that's how I have lived my life. But like a lot of us who have lived for a while (and some people who are still very young ... I am thinking right now of one of my seriously damaged patients who is only 6 years old - who thinks she is "too ugly to live" because she has to wear glasses and is really skinny. She got this idea from her Dad, by the way. Guess he had a different kind of daughter in mind. Too bad for the jerk about the no-refund policy.), I've been through a painful time or two at the hand of a person or two who was NOT raised the same way -- people who DO judge only by appearances. For example, several months ago I was told by an administrative- type say that I did not dress "Gucci enough" for someone who practices psychiatry. (This partly came as a response to the fact that I gave up wearing makeup as a gift to myself two or three years ago. I HATE putting it on, and it felt good to stop doing it -- so I did.) Anyway we ended up parting ways -- this value system of hers 'slopped over' into all of her attitudes toward everything -- and was just in too much conflict with mine. One other thought -- I am reminded of all the Bombers who have given up these bodies already to go on to newness. Christy Ouren Manolopoulos ('68 - RIP) particularly comes to mind. She and I were not close in high school, but we knew each other. I remember when she died a while back now ... there was a great link to a slide show that her family (probably son, Zorba ('91) put together. It showed Christy from high school to shortly before she died -- it showed her very plump and it showed her downright skinny ... that last photo from not long before her death, I think. I am sure that everyone who liked her, and especially those who loved her, would rather have her at the 40th reunion plump -- even fat! -- and smiling, than be missing her presence, as we will be. So that kind of puts the whole thing into better perspective, I'd say. And now, will Mike Brady ('61) please e-mail me or re-post his e-mail address here. I would be interested in what he has to offer in terms of long-distance re-conditioning for those of us over 50 who have extremely busy schedules, and live too rural to get to a gym! Plump or not, it would be good to be in better condition! Thanks! -Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) ~ Haven Farm - east of Lewiston - in the beautiful little Cottonwood Creek Valley. (Where "Creek" is pronounced "Crick" -- and our first laying hens are now giving us over a dozen eggs a day. "Country Folk Can Survive!" Tip of the hat to Hank Williams, Jr., there.) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Mosley ('71) Re: Remembering fallen veterans To: All Bombers Brad Wear ('71) and I have asked the Richland City Council to remember our classmates who have been KIA while serving in the armed forces by naming city streets, parks, etc. for them. So far I have a list of 14 servicemen (12 Viet Nam era and 2 GWOT) which I gave to the council. I have had positive feedback about this request from them. No one thinks this is a bad idea but how do we get this to come about? If you agree that having some recognition in our community please email the Richland City Council at Let them know. Share a remembrance of the fallen. The ideas expressed so far are to name roads. This goes along well with Richland's history but RMC has numerous restrictions on road naming. City Parks which are often named after the neighborhood or street they are on. Hiking trails such as the river trail or even mile posts on jogging trails? All other ideas would be welcome. I know that other cities have such recognition, more common in the south and around military bases. Kennewick renamed Carmichael Drive after the first VietNam causality from Kennewick. The names I have come up with so far are listed here and if I have missed any one that you know of please let me know at Thanks for your support. SP5 Danny A. Neth 5MAR66 PFC Clyde E. Murr 24MAR66 PFC Mark S. Black 30MAR66 PSGT Geo. Schook 7AUG 67 SP4 William Dowd 5JAN68 MAJ. Don Pick 27AUG 68 PFC Charles Green 11JUN69 PFC Dan Wagenaar 12JUL69 LT Kerry Love 23OCT 69 CPL Richard Nelson 22MAY70 LCPL George Rodriguez 23MAY70 PFC Thomas Taylor 11JUN70 SPC Jeremiah Schmunk JAN06 SGT Travis Pfister FEB07 -John Mosley ('71) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/14/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Tom Verellen ('60), Gary Behymer ('64) David Rivers ('65), Shirley Collings ('66) Alan Lobdell ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ken Neal ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shirley Collings ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Michael West Rivers ('68wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Jo Garrison ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) Response to Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka's cat story: A friend's granddaughter after witnessing the family cat being killed in a closing garage door (pretty traumatic for everyone) announced that "We need to get a faster cat". On East vs West: Yesterday's wind storm brought back memories of the unobstructed blows of yesteryear, but on the west side we can almost always count on loosing power for a few hours. I don't really recall being without power for any length of time while growing up in Richland. And living with/near/under some large fir trees always produces a certain amount of anxiety and hope (I hope it won't hit the house if it does come down). Then there are all of the branches that get trimmed off that cover the yard and streets. If they get down into the lawn become a real pain, the mower won't pick them up or shred them, they won't rot for a long time. So if they aren't picked up they become embedded in the grass an unpleasant surprise for next summer's barefooted pedestrian or to puncture the tent floor and air mattress of a sleep out. So "If it's not one thing, it's another." -Tom Verellen ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) In the 11/12/99 Alumni Sandstorm I left a note on Wilbur Gallaher who taught 6th grade at Sacajawea Grade School in the 1950s-1960s. In 1999 he had moved to Pendleton, Oregon, upon the death of his wife. I checked the Pendleton phone book for his listing this morning and failed to find his name. Automatically I went to the SSDI (Social Security Death Index) and sadly to say it was found there... WILBUR W GALLAHER 20 Sep 1927 26 Dec 2001 -Gary Behymer ('64) ~ Colfax, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: What's in a name Ever think about those guys and gals with "WB" behind their names? They are the kids who woulda been Bombers if they coulda been...but for some reason or another they moved or something and ended up somewhere else but clearly their hearts and souls remained Green and Gold (is that actually gold????????... Jimbeaux ('63) once called it "parking lot yellow" or something like that) so anyway The WBs have strong ties to Richland and the kids they knew growing up and have never lost that feeling... I know one of those kids is having a birthday on the 14th... I forgot to send him a real card so this will have to do... he was always a fun loving kid and spent his life moving from one house to another just as I did and got to know a bunch of Bombers... He was what they call a "wanderer"... he would wander off as soon as his mom took her eyes off of him and then naturally his older brother would have to trace his steps and try and find him... He was always doing that... One time he wandered over to the Uptown behind Grandma Libke (Billy Libke's ('57) Grandma)... he crossed GWWay on the red and got smacked by a car... always thinking, he told the police that Grandma Libke had pushed him into the street... As luck would have it his parents moved before he could graduate from Col-Hi... but that doesn't make him any less a Bomber and shore doesn't make him any less dear to me... Oh by the way... this kid is also my little brother "Mikey"... So for you Lil Bro and for all the WBs... you are Bombers in our hearts! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICHAEL WEST RIVERS ('68wb)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) You won't believe it, but another November birthday for the class of '66 has been reported by a friend of Jesse Mallory whose 60th birthday was on November 3rd. I want to wish you a VERY HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY, JESSE! Out of about 500 graduating '66 classmates the odds are in favor of having a lot more November birthdays. Any one else out there? Re: Hanford High grad shares Nobel Prize This story isn't about an RHS graduate but a 1980 Hanford graduate, Dina Washburn Kruger, and what an honor for the City of Richland. Full Story -Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Lobdell ('69) WOW! Its hard to look at photos of people you remember from school that were taken from us far too early. Mark Black ('66-RIP) was a friend of my brother's, which is to say I knew him only because Guy ('66-RIP) ran around with him. Even at that I still remember when Guy told me about him. I know it's not as many as others but I still feel I know far too many names on the wall from both school and when I was in the Corps. By the way, there are a number of Marines (including myself) from the class of '69. When I first saw the wall in Washington DC in 1994 I thought it was not going to be any big deal to me. (I was hard and could handle it). NOT!!! The first name I saw who I knew did it; I was a basket case from then on trying to look at the entire wall. At the third name I knew, I had to walk away. The only time I've ever cried that much is when my wife died. The Wall is very powerful and everyone should see it someday. -Alan Lobdell ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/15/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Barbara von Olnhausen ('62), Dena Evans ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janet Tyler ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John Campbell ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mick Hemphill ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barbara Maffei ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Greg Alley ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barbara von Olnhausen ('62) Re: Fastest Man Alive This is a link to recent TC Herald article on Charlie Bigelow ('54). My mother sent the article to me... which included a big picture of Charlie, and we reminisced about his "need for speed" on the river. His boat was beautiful and the inboard motor looked to a 16-yr-old like it was capable of flying a plane! Used to be in total awe of Shirley Strege Bigelow ('54) and Viva Webster Metz ('53) as they effortlessly slalom skied behind Charlie's 60 mph driving on Columbia River. I was much more happy doing 25 mph!! -Barbara von Olnhausen ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dena Evans ('64) To: Alan Lobdell ('69) I read your entry in yesterday's Sandstorm about the Vietnam Memorial Wall. Did you know that there is a traveling wall? I lived in Pittsburg, CA and saw it there. One of my good friends, Arnold Murillo, is a Vietnam Veteran, and he brought it to Pittsburg. Arnold is the Chairman and founder of the Pittsburg Vietnam Veterans Association and Memorial. I don't know the scale on the traveling Wall, but even seeing this smaller version is overwhelming. I am one of the fortunate people that lost very few to the war in Vietnam, but there were thousands that viewed the Wall when it was is Pittsburg. (Pittsburg itself is not a very big city, but it is like most places now, one city ends on one side of the street and another city begins on the other.) The Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall was a one man operation. To my understanding, the only thing that Arnold had to do was procure a room and the meals for the time the Wall was being viewed. The Wall was there for one week. Paper and pencils were supplied by Arnold so the visitors could trace their loved ones name on the paper. Many visitors left mementos at the base of the wall with a note to the soldier. Arnold gave the articles left to the gentleman that toured with the wall, and the items were given to the guards that walk the Wall in D.C. The Wall had 24 hour guards. Most of them were Vietnam Vets themselves. They all said that they were proud to do it for their fallen and MIA Brothers. If you are interested in bringing the Wall to the Tri-Cities, you would probably contact the Commander of the local Vietnam Veterans. If it has already been in your area,the people that viewed it were truly blessed. -Dena Evans ('64) ~ Portland, OR where we are getting our share of "liquid sunshine". ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [ It took me "forever" find the pictures taken by Pam Ehinger ('67): -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Julianne Ellis Miller ('76) ~ 2/1/58 - 11/7/07 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/16/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Bell ('51), Floyd Melton ('57) Nancy Mallory ('64), Alan Lobdell ('69) Cecily Riccobuono ('77) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Wally Erickson ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patti McLaughlin ('65) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Duane Lee ('67) and Valerie Nielsen ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) Re: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) I saw Betty at the Richland Community Center yesterday (Wednesday). She has been visiting daughters down south since March and just came back last week for a few days. She is leaving today to move to Texas with one of her daughters, due to health reasons, and asked if I would let her Sandstorm friends know about this. Also - thanks to all of you that responded to my request for realtor information. I gave all of the information to my friend and she wanted me to thank each of you. -Betty Bell Norton ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Floyd Melton ('57) Re: Charlie Bigelow ('54) I wonder if Charlie remembers the legal Drag race someone sponsored on the old By Pass south of Richland in about 1955/'56? He had a 1953 white Oldsmobile standard transmission (I think) and my folks had a 1953 blue and white Oldsmobile with an automatic transmission. I think I got permission to enter it in the drag race (details slip my mind). I won one or two races then I met Charlie at the starting line. I was all charged up and broke rubber and then watched Charlie and the white Olds speed away for the win. I was excited just to be in the drag race and now I know that I had the opportunity to race against a legend. -Floyd Melton ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nancy Mallory Johnson ('64) I was surprised yesterday to see my brother Jesse Mallory's ('66) name! I don't t think he reads this site so I sent that portion to him. Yesterday, the traveling Vietnam memorial wall was mentioned. I saw it a while back when it came to Jackson, TN. What a site. I did take pics (now if I could only find them). The fellows there offered to help me find a name... thankfully I was just there to see it as both of my brothers came home (David ('64) was in the jungle and Jesse was on an aircraft carrier). We're having a lovely day today (yesterday was unseasonably warm). -Nancy Mallory Johnson ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Lobdell ('69) To: Dena Evans ('64) There are actually four or five traveling walls that criss cross the US all year long. Whenever one of them is within the Western Washington area the organization I belong to (Point Man Ministries) sets up a tent and keeps members on hand 24 hours a day. We have found that many vets will only come to the wall at night and stand a couple hundred feet away and look at it from a distance. We try to spot them and go out to talk to them, if they will talk. Many will not! Its like 9/11, everyone remembers where they were and what they were doing that morning. Well, for these guys you multiply it by 365 or more and you can understand they cannot get the events of those days out of their minds. That's PTSD and it's something the military (and the VA to be truthful) has never addressed to any satisfaction at all. In fact the VA will do everything in its power to refuse benefits to vets. In some defense of the VA I do understand that there are a lot of liars and want-to-bees (We run into them all the time) out there trying to get VA benefits, however it is no excuse for denying the real vets. The last stat I saw was that there had been 3.4 million men and women in country in Viet Nam and the VA has had claims for benefits from over 6 million persons. Pretty sad that our country has that many lying scum claiming benefits and having never even been in the service. Another sad item of our country is the Hall of Shame listed on the net. It is a list of people claiming to have been Navy Seals however have never been. The list is long and it will surprise you the type of people listed on it. Oh Well, I had better stop before I get myself too worked up over them. -Alan Lobdell ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Cecily Riccobuono McClanahan ('77) Re: Julie Ellis ('76-RIP) As many of you, I am so sad to hear about the death of Julie Ellis. She was one of my best friends at Col-Hi and we shared so many good times, and so many laughs. We lost touch over the years, but I'll never forget the fun we had. She will be missed. I hope that her many friends will take the time to sign the guest book. There are two. One on the TC Herald web site, and the other one is the web site for Mueller's Funeral home. I know it would mean a great deal to her family. My deepest sympathies to all of them. -Cecily Riccobuono McClanahan ('77) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/17/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Anna May Wann ('49), Ann Clatworthy ('54) Jim Andersen ('61), Dena Evans ('64) Dennis Hammer ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kim Moore ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barb Hogan ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Brian Hogan ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) To: Brad Upton ('74) Just to let you know 3 little old ladies have front row seats reserved for November 24th in Kirkland at Laughs Comedy Club 8:00 pm show. Looking forward to seeing your show again. Havent seen you since you played in Redmond at the Brewery. Hope to see some more Bombers there. Have heard this is a great club and the food is good too suppose to be lots of fun. Very inexpensive!!! Waiting for the rain to go away but at least getting stuff done in the house since I dont want to be outside (no I'm not afraid I'll melt no chance!!!) -Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) ~ From Rainy Bothell, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Clatworthy Weyerts Hogshead ('54) To: Floyd Melton ('57) Re: Drag Races I remember well the drag races sponsored by the Desert Knights, the Tri City Hot Rod Club, which used the by-pass road to hold sanctioned drag races in the mid-fifties. Ray Weyerts ('53-RIP) was the club photographer (Super 8 movie camera) and the husband of my youth. I was one of the few women who raced... can you believe in my dad's 1952 Chrysler slug which you shifted by taking your foot off the gas pedal and waited until it clunked into the next highest gear. I had a blast driving, but I never won a single race. We also photographed the Mary Hill -Hill Climb sometime around then as well. I remember a sports car going off the road on one of the curves, no one injured... Those were exciting times. -Ann Clatworthy ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Andersen ('61) I recently had to put my wife in an Alzhiemers Facility after 5 years of being the sole caregiver for the 24-7 care that she required. There is a lot of guilt that one goes thru with a decision of this magnitude, and frankly I am having a lot of second thoughts if I did the right thing. I would like to hear from anyone in the Bomber Nation that has had a loved one which they had similar choices to make. After 35 years of marriage you suddenly find yourself alone and questioning your decisions. Would appreciate any advice on how to cope with the loss and what steps you can use to ease the pain. -Jim Andersen ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dena Evans ('64) Re: VA benefits To: Alan Lobdell ('69) There are too many vets that need help and don't get it. This is why your stats blew me away. I know of one Viet Nam vet specifically. He did 2 tours and came back a different person each time. He is now an alcoholic, and when he gets really drunk, which is every other night, he starts talking about Viet Nam and the horrible atrocities he witnessed and the ugly things he did there. He will not go for help because he feels that there is nothing wrong with him. He carries an anger inside of him that no human should have to. Calling him a miserable soul, would not even begin to describe him. I did not know about the amount of Traveling Walls that there are. When I went to the website of the Wall that Maren put up, I was astounded that one man could get all of this done. Thanks for clarifying that. I spoke with Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) last night, and she told me that the Moving Wall had been in West Richland quite awhile ago, and she regrets not seeing it. She went to the same website that I did, and when she saw the Wall, she was amazed. Yes, it IS truly amazing. GOD BLESS OUR VIETNAM VETS. God bless all of our vets, but I do believe that the Viet Nam vets were not honored like they should have been, until this wall and all of the memorials came into being. Practically every city I have been to in my travels, has a Viet Nam Veterans Memorial along with WWI, WWII, and Korea. I hate to say it, but the 'war' that we are involved in in the Middle East will sadly produce another Memorial for us to visit. We have lost too many soldiers in trying to help people that, from what I understand, didn't want our help in the first place. -Dena Evans ('64) ~ Watching the rain fall, and no, not even enjoying it. Left to do some errands yesterday, sun was shining. About 2 miles down the road, raining like the sky had opened up. This ex-Californian still doesn't carry an umbrella in the car, but after getting wet yesterday, came home, dug it out of the closet, and put it in the car. Sometimes it does take some Bombers a little more time to get things right! LOL **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) To: Alan Lobdell ('69) Re: Veteran Wannabes It was about twenty years ago when I first became aware of people claiming to be Vietnam Veterans who were not. That totally took me by surprise. I have considered lying about my Vietnam service too, only the other way around. Every time I fill out a job application that has that question that reads, "Are you a Vietnam era veteran?" or something like that I always sit there for a minute or two and wonder what to do. I need this job, maybe I should lie and say I am not. They say on that form that how you answer those questions will have no effect on whether or not you are hired. I used to think, "Yeah, you believe that and I have a green bridge between Pasco and Kennewick to sell you too." I have always put down "yes," figuring it they have a problem with that it is their problem and I probably didn't want to work for them anyway. This is not something new, I remember in Jr. High all the publicity when the last Civil War (Confederate) veteran died. Research has since shown he was a fraud and only 10 years old when the war ended. Truth is, I don't even feel much like a Vietnam vet. I received nearly two years combat pay and never once got shot at. I made two Vietnam cruises on a combat ship which had been fired on and even hit, (but not while I was aboard), with a side trip to Korea when the North shot down that radar plane in April 1969, and I made one cruise on a support ship mainly refueling and re-arming the aircraft carriers off Vietnam. So as a Navy Radioman to me Vietnam was mainly a lot of hard work. It wasn't physically hard, but we got so much "traffic" it was hard work keeping up with it. I've come across some liars too. Maybe harder for me to spot Army, Air Force, or Marine, but some of the "Navy" ones did not do enough research, because they say things I know not to be true. I did see the traveling wall when it came to West Richland. I looked up the name of a man we lost overboard. He was on the last panel (actually in the center). I had not realized how close to end of the war that was. Something that has bugged me from the time I got out of the Navy is how government workers get Veterans' Day as a paid holiday when most of them are not veterans, and as a veteran I never get it as a holiday. Two days ago someone wrote a letter to editor in the Tri-City Herald on this subject expressing my thoughts quite well. -Dennis Hammer ('64) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/18/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today:: Dick Wight ('52), Mike Clowes ('54) Larry Mattingly ('60), Patti Jones ('60) Mike Brady ('61), Rick Maddy ('67) Dwight Carey ('68), Jerry Lewis ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy Riggs ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Peggy Hartnett ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lynn Schildknecht ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick Wight ('52) Re: Drag races on the bypass Floyd Melton ('57) mentioned sanctioned drag races on the bypass. I had a brush with them summer of '56 (I think) when home on leave before heading on a transfer to Kodiak, AK. At the urging of a friend, I entered my entirely stock '55 Chev., a "straight stick" trannie with overdrive, 283 (or was it a 265) cu. in. engine. I recall we had to tape the windows with lines of tape to reduce the chance of shattering glass, remove hub caps, etc. I bought the car new at the Richland Chev dealer, summer '55, "broke in" the engine by doing 30mph to 80mph "sprints" on an old road outside of town, heating the engine up really "warm", then removing the break-in oil and replacing it with standard 20W (or whatever) the next day. Car ran like a scalded dog! I won 2 heats in that 1956 race, one against somebody's '48 Buick (maybe) coupe hotrod that was supposed to "wax" me. Never raced in any event before or after! Re: New subject I went "bionic" with a new knee (total knee replacement) this past Tuesday. Released to come home less than 72 hours later. While the degree of success is never certain until the therapy and healing gets done, things look good. Modern medicine! I'm told my surgeon uses a laser sighting system for placement and aligning. Thence an insertion of time-release morphine capsules that yielded literally ZERO pain for 30 hours. I was walking and doing therapy the next a.m.!!! There's "downsides" to the scenario, but I hesitate to whine and snivel! Hope to be back on the golf course soon..... -Dick Wight ('52) ~ near Branson, MO where the Christmas season starts WELL before Thanksgiving! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) To: Dennis Hammer ('64) Back in the beginning, November 11th was celebrated as Armistice Day commemorating the end of "The War to End all Wars" (aka World War I). This war, as we all learned was to end on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Don't know who dreamed that one up; but that was to be the end of fighting. Once upon a time, we also celebrated Lincoln's Birthday (mostly in the North) and Washington's birthday as separate holidays. Not to mention Columbus Day. Those are now know as "President's Day" and "Founder's Day" or some such title. Then some congress persons felt that these holidays should be celebrated on the Monday nearest the actual date. This was to provide the "workers" more three day weekends. And, in doing so, re-named the holidays. I think they tried to get the 4th of July as a weekend holiday also. It seems the rationale behind all of this was Franklin Roosevelt's proclamation that Thanksgiving would be celebrated nationally on the fourth Thursday in November instead of the various days it had been. Hope this has muddied the waters even more; and has failed to answer the question "Are we responsible for what Congress has wrought?" -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Travels Home again for a few days. I spent 15 days in China and got home a week ago. I had a full desk waiting and have finally caught up and have some time to write a few words about the trip. The NWA flight from Seattle to Narita, Japan was 10 hours and 1 book long. I can't sleep on a plane so when everybody else goes to sleep I can burn through a book in good time. A quick change of planes and on to Shanghai with the US rep from one of the factories I was to visit. She came in from the Midwest to Narita on a different flight. The food during the flight was actually edible. After an overnight in the Ramada at PuDong International airport we taxied to the China Interior airport on the other side of Shanghai. I flew off to Beijing on China Eastern for a couple of days after we agreed to meet and find the factory manager in Changsha at noon of the 3rd day. She had some other business to take care of in the Changsha area. I stayed in a small Chinese hotel in Beijing where only the tourist advisor spoke any English. He got me on a bus to the Great Wall and I spent the day there in 2 areas of the wall. It was awesome! But it was really crowded with people. I did find a quiet spot and just stood there with my palms against the wall trying to relate back a thousand years of time. Quite an experience. I have a tee shirt that says "Great Wall, Been there-Done that" and a certificate with a laminated picture of me at a high point on the wall. (See pictures) The next day I went to the place where they have all of the ancient Astronomical Observatory instruments. It is on a small piece of what is left of the old Ming Dynasty wall. Some dated to 1493. (See Pictures) I ate dinner 2 nights in a restaurant that catered to an international crowd. At tables around me one night were Germans, Irish, English, Ukraine, Austrian, and a couple from South Africa. Someone asked for a fork. No one on the staff knew what they were asking for, and of course they did not have any. Moral of the story is, if you get very far off the beaten path you better be up on your chop sticks. (I learned to use chop sticks eating chop suey at Frank's Grill in Pasco at about 7-8 years old. Circa 1950). For the balance of my second day in Beijing I visited the Forbidden City. Wow, it was huge! You cannot see all of it in one day. But in 6-7 hours you can see most of the best parts. The ancient craftsmanship is something to behold. One of the features is the many huge bronze caldrons sitting on fire rings of bricks. These were used to slowly cook people in hot/boiling water until they screamed themselves to death... gross but really true. (See Pictures) Then I hopped a China Southern plane to Changsha down in Hunan province. (SW of Shanghai and hard to find on maps). Christy Chen (our factory escort and translator) was there to meet me. Along with her was Mira a pyro friend for many years from the mid-west who is the US Rep. It was fun to watch the Chinese reaction when Mira appeared... she is 6'7" and blond. We tease Burt her husband who is only 5'3". Anyway the Chinese pretty well stayed out of her way even when it was crowded. From Changsha we motored the hour's drive to Liuyang City, AKA "Fireworkstown". There are some 2000 fireworks factories within a 200 mile radius of Liuyang. The next 10 days was spent walking around factories and in meetings during the day and watching 2-3 product demos every night. That was where the fun (?) began. Chinese drivers are very competitive and drive very fast and make very dangerous passes on the outside of hairpin curves on very narrow hiways. Sheesh. In one 20 K stretch I counted 33 very near misses with heavy trucks, some at closing speeds of over 150 kph. One driver was so reckless that we were on two wheels on several corners. When she stopped at the factory I got out and refused to ride back with her. Turned out she owned the factory. But they found another driver. Chinese roads in the countryside are narrow and full of carts, 3 wheeled trucks, assorted forms of bicycles, scooters, motor scooters, children playing, an occasional bullock, little old ladies spreading the newly harvested rice on the roadway to dry in the sun, and trucks of all kinds and sizes. I saw one old gentleman peddling a bicycle with a two wheeled cart built onto the back. He had propane tanks stacked at least 8 feet high and could barely peddle up a small grade. Another had saddle baskets with 5-6 small pigs in each basket and a net over them to keep them in. The last 3 days were spent at the Liuyang International Fireworks Festival. I was special guest there as I was asked to write a review of the festival for publication in several fireworks periodicals published in various countries of the world. That was my third invite to write this year. It is fun and I enjoy the recognition, but it is time consuming. I had a grand time and usually found enough on the table that I would eat. I met lots of pyro friends from the far corners of the earth. Our Chinese escort/translator was amazed as I kept bumping into guys I knew from some country somewhere. I escaped without any maladies, except a slight cough. But I think that was from the very bad pollution. Visibility was rarely even a mile and the smoke from burning off the rice paddies after harvest made it much worse. Liuyang is a city of 1.7 Million and on the one somewhat clear day I counted 73 construction cranes in the skyline. Shanghai and Beijing each had many more. That country is booming! No wonder they are soaking up the world's supplies of copper, steel, and aluminum. Not a complaint, just an observation. See more pictures of various. Sorry this is so long... But to tell the whole story would take many more pages. And YES, I am going again next year. I am off tomorrow to Coeur d'Alene, ID for the week for our annual Friday after Thanksgiving fireworks display. As usual, a lot bigger and different from last year. This year we are featuring LARGE shells. 10-16s (44 lbs) 40-12s, lots of 8s and 10s, and over 2 tons of other pyro items. This year we had to use 5 barges instead of 4. If you can get there, it will be well worth your time and effort. If you are coming, drop me an e-mail and I will give you some info on where and how. And... I will be able to make the Spokane area lunch on Sunday. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: All Bomber Lunch - Richland What a disappointment for me. This is the only the third time I have missed a reunion that I could attend since I graduated (been to some I haven't been invited to also). '60s, R2K, Luncheons and picnics, etc., etc. Was I stunned that my back problems took over. On the mend... I know what to do to not let that happen again. Pictures always are great. Thanks to Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) a last minute call prepared her that I wouldn't be there. Between Glen Rose ('58) and Carol Rose (spouse) picking up the things for sign in and delivering them back to me. An email from Marie let me know everyone had a good time. Pictures were taken by Marie. In attendance were: Glen Rose ('58), Carol Rose (spouse - '62 Sunnyvale, CA Hi), Dore Tyler ('53), Miriam Tyler Lane ('60), Lorin St. John ('55), Phyllis St. John (spouse - '70 Glacier Hi), Pat Dorris Trimble ('65), Roy Ballard ('63), Mary Mowery ('47), Vera Smith Robbins ('58), Doris Ann Nordman Gibson ('47), Sharon Panther Taff ('57), Fred Klute ('58). Burt Pierard ('59), Kathy Hoff Conrad ('64), Marilyn Stewart Stephenson ('62), Charles Keiser ('63), Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63). Marilyn DeVine ('52), Some graduation years were not on the sign in sheet. -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ When the temperatures dip here they do dip (it isn't winter yet where the temperatures will go much lower). So does Western Washington dip quickly. A dry climate helps a lot. Thankfully I don't have to deal with the water chill of Western Washington unless visiting. Nor do I have to deal with the big winds like what swept into Western Washington yesterday and trees falling and branches flying. It did blow here but it was tolerable. Lots of tumble weeds blowing down the streets. Now the news is talking snow. Mainly up Yakima way. I always pay attention because the weather can turn to the worst no matter what the news says. Like to snuggle in at home when the snow flies. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Viet Nam Era Veteran I am also a Viet Nam Era Veteran. I never set foot out of San Diego County during my 3 years, 10 months, 13 days, 10 hours and 22 seconds of active duty service. I have never been concerned about checking the box that asks if I am a Viet Nam Era Vet. I always thought it gave me a better chance of getting the job. I don't think it made a difference. I don't know why they even ask the question. I would be interested in hearing from a Human Resources expert on the subject. -Mike Brady ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) Re: Civil War Battlefields Like Donni Clark Dunphy ('63), I also found the town and the battlefield of Gettysburg to be very interesting. Everyone should visit at least one battlefield. I have been in Gettysburg, Fredericksburg, Murfreesboro, Stone River and Wilson Creek to name a few. A terrible time in our history. History is an interesting fiasco as it seems to depend on who is interpreting it. From the book J. Randall Houp's 24 MO Volunteer Infantry Lyon Legion, Houp states (paraphrased) we should view each side (Union and Confederate) as Americans and equals. My gg-grandfather, Jesse, was in the 24th MO (Union Army). What went down from this point known by my family is... Jesse got word from home one of the kids was very sick. Permission granted by command, he left for home not far south of Fordland, MO. And stayed home. Not an unusual thing in those days, particularly in the early days of the war (1860-1865). Jesse, thirty-six years old, was declared AWOL in Feb. 1862. On Dec. 16, 1862, Confederates (Bushwhackers) came onto the property of my gg- grandparents. These men knew him as a Union sympathizer and were looking for him by name. They knew his persuasion was Union because of his enlistment in Aug. 1861 in Rolla, MO. My g-grandfather, John, was twelve years old, the oldest of six siblings ranging in age from twelve to one. Jesse was hiding and the Confederates grabbed John with intentions of hanging him by his thumbs in the barn to find out where his dad was. In the meantime, one can only imagine the kids screaming and crying with my gg-grandmother, Susanna, holding the baby and trying to keep the rest rounded up, the Confederates hooking up the family's new wagon, pillaging their winter supply of potatoes and getting ready to hang John for information. John's brother, James, is ten. Anybody that has a brother and watching these events go down at that age would have been incredibly scared, irate and probably wishing they had that squirrel rifle in their hand to defend their older brother about that time. There were too many of them for such foolishness. One could only pray things did not get any more out of hand than what was. Jesse, squeezed in the attic, hearing the commotion, came to the front door with a gun (pistol or rifle is unknown) in his hand and a Confederate instantly shot him. Jesse fell back into the house, dead. Now the interesting part of this story is my aunt, my mother's oldest sister, knew her grandfather, John, until she was nineteen years old. I have talked to her several times on the phone and while visiting her in her home about Jesse. My mother was ten when the family left MO for WA. My aunt will be 90 this coming year. Can we all imagine there are still people living that were shaped by certain events of the Civil War? Well, there are. I have driven in the South several times. The Confederate flag, the same carried onto the battlefield, flies everywhere; in homes, on car windows, license plates. In few instances, like a Confederate cemetery, do I find it appropriate. An ideology containing a clause of owning another human being and willing to die for that cause being a reality of a government. You want to fly a flag, try the American one. Myself, unlike Houp, do not see Union sympathizers and soldiers and Confederate separatists and soldiers as equals. Americans, yes. Equals, no. I have yet to be convinced of that idea. I've been wrong before. Maybe age will bring another opinion, but I doubt it. One other book of historical reference to my gg-grandfather, Jesse, is in the Turnbo Manuscripts by Silas Claiborne Turnbo (1844-1925) Vol. 3 THE DEATH OF FOUR MEN (Jess Cornelison). Turnbo is a good read for anyone interested in Civil War history. NOTE: First, I know when I post really long messages, or whatever they are called, many of a repetitive nature, they sound like a me me me. I want to assure everyone that it really isn't all about me. I was in Vietnam a very short time during TET of 1968, blown up early in my rotation and got out of there alive. Simple as that. Just another grunt trying to stay alive in a world of death... and I managed to do that. Short time in Nam, a year in the hospital, sixteen operations and a lifetime of fighting sanity. Period. No hero. No legend in his own mind. No nothing. I don't live alone for no reason at all. Just a kid realizing a dream of being a Marine and riding the waves wherever in the world the Navy sailed me. To: John Mosley ('71) Brad Wear ('71) Re: Remembering fallen veterans Excellent idea brought up by you two! I had the pleasure of visiting the John Ruggles III Little League Baseball Field in Knoxville, TN during my Trip 2005 summer trip. 2LT Ruggles was my platoon commander killed by the first bobby-trap on the patrol I was wounded on. Pointman, PFC. Billy Harris, was also killed with the LT hacking brush on an overgrown trail on some ridge thirty-five miles east of Hue City while on a flanking patrol off Highway 1 looking for anything that moved. I was hit by the third trap. In Knoxville, by myself, standing on Ruggles field watching these four young boys playing ball like I had on many occasions at the Richland Little League field next to L&C Elementary. Ruggles field is relatively new and was named as a new field vs. changing the name of a field. Nevertheless, either way is very acceptable as far as I'm concerned. I asked one of the boys to take a photo of me on the mound, which he did. A very emotional day. Later, standing there alone crying like a baby for reasons unknown... having what I think was and call a PTSD moment. Turned and went away a little bit different a person than the one that had arrived. I missed the dedication because not until a Marine I was with in Vietnam casually mentioned the baseball field in a conversation while visiting him at his work in Los Angeles did I even know it existed. One of the dedicators of the field was our company commander, Captain Fred Smith (CEO and founder of FedEx). I was camping in the Smokey Mountains and drove into Knoxville one morning specifically to visit this field. Naming streets, ball fields, parks in any city after their veterans that fall in the world's fields of battle is more than appropriate. Kudos to you both for bringing it up. (Ruggles, Harris and Goodiron can be found on the Wall - KIA - Feb. 28, 1968). Re: Helping Veterans - Organizations I thought this would be interesting for those that give from their hearts money to benefit others in need of help. Just a bunch of good ole boys helping us poor vets. At what point does our government... that would be us... that seems to be too busy at the moment pointing their finger at each other while selling our language, our industry, our Constitution, our customs, our freedoms and the future of my granddaughter down the river do anything about these sorts of problems? Does anyone know? Re:ABC news report ...In the last two years, generous Americans answering appeals to help wounded and paralyzed veterans have given more than $464 million to charities that have been given an F in a new report card from a leading charity watchdog group. Those failing charities include the National Veterans Services Fund, of Darien, Conn., which took in more than $6 million in contributions last year supposedly to help veterans' families. It got a report grade of F from the American Institute of Philanthropy, which says the charity gave out only two percent of its money for charity... Re: Report Card for organizations that people send their hard earned money to help veterans Re: American Institute of Philanthropy A Watchdog helping donors make informed giving decisions. Re: Photos 1. Me, standing on the pitcher's mound in Ruggles Field, Knoxville, TN - 2005. 2. Murfreesboro: A flood had washed these Confederate soldiers' graves up in the actual battlefield and the city of Murfreesboro made the decision to dig up a bunch of soldiers found in a mass grave before any more went down the river... 70+ soldiers if I recall. Some of the names had been saved off their stones, many names were lost. They were all buried together in this mass grave in front of the center stone in the city cemetery. Seems like it was the 1930s this happened, but I cannot recall. 3. Stones River Battlefield-2005 4. Gettysburg, PA - The Angle (as named by the Union) and The High Water Mark (as named by the Confederates) is the same place. Seminary Ridge in background. The field has been mowed to show the entry of Generals Pickett, Pettigrew and Trimble during the infamous charge of 12,000 Confederates into the Union forces where southern Regiments went in with colonels and retreated commanded by lieutenants. 5. Gettysburg, PA - High Water Mark: Places on the line where thirty men deep clashed with point blank shooting, knives and swords and eventually using their rifles as clubs. 6 & 7. We have all seen this photo of the dead Confederate that the photographer dragged thirty some yards from behind the photo into this sniper's den at the Devil's Den and 'posed' the unfortunate soldier. The battle was July 1, 2, and 3. I was there on July 5 and these rein-actors were still hanging around, so I stepped up and took the photo. 8. Gettysburg city center. Sometime around the last week of June saw Confederates ride into town down the street in the background. They came into this town square, firing pistols in the air, yelling, scaring men, women and children half to death, carousing and drinking, spending their worthless money of the Confederacy to shop owners too scared to not accept it and then rode out of town. By July 3, the red brick building on left had wounded Union soldiers flowing out into the street. -Rick Maddy ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dwight Carey ('68) Re: Vietnam Vets Thank all you vets, not just Vietnam Vets. There are many veterans who were part of some "Police Action" that I can't even remember the names, and didn't last long. Grenada, etc. To read some of the posts lately about people who are faking the Vietnam experience, was amazing. I just guess I have not run into any of those types, or at least not been aware of any. I believe I could probably tell within a couple of minutes talking to them. I too was reluctant to admit I was a Vietnam Veteran - for probably 10-15 years. Within the last 20 years or so, I've been proud to say I am a Vietnam Veteran. In fact, we just had a reunion with the Recon teams I was with in September (Vegas) - and it was one of the funnest times I've had in a long time. We're going to do it annually, now. We trusted each other more than you could imagine, and it was great to see everyone. I was 101st long range Recon, and earned my combat pay. Was shot at a lot, and shot back a lot. Combat pay was $65 a month. Total pay - we didn't have to pay FIT - was $300 a month, and I sent $250 a month home. These were very long months, I might add. Very long. 24-hour days. Couldn't buy anything where I was. So - even with the better pay of today - and I'm sure it's not that much better by comparison - the veterans are not getting any type of pay that would keep them doing what they do. The only reason they're there, is because they believe in the cause and feel they are getting things accomplished. I wish our news media would wake up and tell us about all the good things that are going on. The country of Iraq has a long ways to go, but we are doing a lot of good. I attended the Washington DC Vietnam wall when it was dedicated, with a group of Tri-Cities veterans, and have seen the traveling wall in West Richland and in Richland across from the Uptown district a couple years ago. It is very moving, because of the names of those from the Tri-Cities, and the names of those I knew in the service who didn't make it home. All wars, including the current one - take people from us way, way too soon. Their potential was never realized, and most were too young to object to their forced service, in the case of Vietnam. If you know of veterans needing help, I can get them in touch with the local representative, no questions asked. And yes - 35 years is a long time to go needing help, but it happens much more than it should. -Dwight Carey ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jerry Lewis ('73) Re: 1973 Col-Hi annual wanted Our house flooded while we were away in Japan this Spring. We were lucky in that most of the water went through a vent in the bathroom floor and into the crawlspace, limiting damage to the first floor. Amazingly, not too much personal property was ruined. The main thing of value that was damaged was my 1973 annual. It's a bit warped and has some mildew. This situation will make me scan it sooner rather than later, but it would be nice to have an intact copy. I heard that there were a bunch of annuals that were either salvaged or discarded when the remodel happened recently, so I'm wondering if there's one floating around out there. Let me know. If you want to see the aftermath, or pix from our Japan trip: (For the Japan albums, slide show mode is probably best. Check out the kids' portraits in the Kitami album first). -Jerry Lewis ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>David Gardner ('73) ~ 5/12/54 - 11/13/07 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/19/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Marilyn Baird ('60), Donna Bowers ('63) Frank Whiteside ('63), Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68), Betti Avant ('69) Gale Waldkoetter ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Don Ehinger ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Rose ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Richard Trujillo ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Wilson ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Lahrman ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn Baird Singletary ('60) This was sent to me by a friend and wanted to pass it along. I have sent 10 cards myself and hope everyone else will send at least one. Only takes a moment. God Bless. Something cool that Xerox is doing If you go to this web site You can pick thank you card and Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier that is currently serving in Iraq. You can't pick who gets it, but it will go to some member of the armed services. How AMAZING it would be if we could get everyone we know to send one!!! This is a great site. It is FREE and it only takes a second. -Marilyn Baird Singletary ('60) ~ From Northern California ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [I checked this one out... says it's "true" -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Bowers Rice ('63) To: Rick Maddy ('67) and other Civil War Buffs: We, too, take every opportunity to go to Civil War Battlefields and have done Gettysburg, Vicksburg and several others. One that was really interesting to us, since we live outside St. Louis, was the Battle of Pea Ridge in NW Arkansas. Since it is several hundred miles from St. Louis (close to Branson and hot springs), one wonders why it was important. St. Louis was officially non- partisan in the civil War, but truth be told, since the Dred Scott decision that started the war was handed down in St. Louis, it was mainly populated by southern sympathizers. The Battle of Pea Ridge was significant because had the south won, it would have had a clear shot through to the backside of St. Louis and because St. Louis, where only a small contingent of forces were defending the city, is at the confluence of both the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers would have been a strategic coup for the south, who's army at this battlefield was far larger than the Union Army (10,000 vs. 16,000). It is most amazing to me to understand that its the little things that are done that either make or break these battles (as in life also), yet, have a far larger ramification in history. One of the reasons that the south lost this battle was a hot dog Southern General in a grand standing move to lead his troops got himself shot and killed which left the southern army leaderless and hence lost the battle for them. Grant went on to capture the vital waterway of the Mississippi by laying siege to Vicksburg, which the south lost on exactly the same day as Gettysburg (which is just TOO amazing in and of itself). Its the little things that count, when it comes to the whole and often people do not realize what one moment can do in history, but it is also necessary to get a picture of the whole. If you come to any of the battlefields/antebellum homes/museums, I would recommend taking the tours offered by the Park Rangers, or at the very least, the mobile devices they rent, and for heaven's sake, leave enough time to do other things in the area to really get the flavor of the area. The personal tours that Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) talks about are the best because they are not always politically correct but, consequently, are the most fun and most memorable. We have lived back here for over 20 years now and we still have not seen it all. I am sure Maren, who calls NO her home [I do not! Richland is home!! I just happen to live near New Orleans -Maren], would attest to the fabulous tours in the South. I am consistently amazed at the choice of vacation destinations that miss this part of the country-midwest and south-as a destination. Ohio, and Michigan are just full of interesting cities. I have made it a requirement to go to each of the state capitols in every state we have visited, because many have been historically restored, and since we don't have a lot of castles like they do in Europe- I always call these the "People's Castles", and they make me proud to be an American. So get out and see America, but don't forget the midwest as a destination. I absolutely love and miss the beauty of the West, but there are so many interesting places to see back here. So a BIG THANK YOU to Rick Maddy for his interest in the battlefields-he sees beyond the green grass, and the battlefield emplacements right into the very heart of what this nation is about. And this medium that Maren so tirelessly provides, gives me insights into places I haven't been to yet (like China). This is just the best!!! Thanks Maren, and all you fellow Bombers, that give me great pleasure every morning!! Sincerely: Mike('60) and Donna ('63) Rice -I just got back from 5 wks in San Francisco taking care of Big Bro Clif ('61), who is on chemo for Lymphoma, but has a good prognosis. -Donna Bowers Rice ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Frank Whiteside ('63) Re: Civil War/ Battlefields To: Rick Maddy ('67) Great entry and pictures! Like my friend, Pitts (Jim Armstrong ('63), I have a great interest in the Civil War. As a transplanted Yankee, I have a somewhat different view of the situation. I have lived (except for brief periods in California, Seattle and Colorado) in the South for most of 42 years having moved from Richland at age 20. I have seen few Confederate battle flags flying anywhere, and it really doesn't bother me when I do. A few people have them as a front license plate as a novelty. I look at it as a "freedom of speech and expression issue" rather than what is politically correct. The American flag is the only one that represents the country as a whole. I wrangle with Pitts on occasion about "Southerners still fighting the Civil War." Personally, I have never heard one person talk about "damn Yankees" or make other disparaging remarks about the North or Abraham Lincoln. At one time, feelings about the war were very strong, but that was long ago. Most people here know little or almost nothing about the Civil War. Outside of a history class or at an historic site, I have never discussed the Civil War with a Southerner. I have respect for the soldiers of both sides. Other than some officers, most foot soldiers didn't own slaves. The vast majority of Southerners owned no slaves. The fighting men of both sides were caught up in a political battle. Not all Southern soldiers and citizens supported slavery just as not all Northern soldiers necessarily opposed it. I try not to have a bias, and look at the situation in historical perspective. Slavery was a horrible "peculiar institution" and should never have happened. But it did, and it was widely accepted in the colonies until it was banned in certain areas over time. I guess if I wanted to be, I could be an "angry Yankee." My great-grandfathers on both sides fought for the North. My paternal great-grandfather was wounded 3-4 times between May 1861 and April 1865 and was disabled after the war. My paternal great-uncle, James (Eddie) Whiteside, was killed at the "Engagement on Bayou Teche" while leading an attack on the Confederate gunboat "Cotton." The site is about sixty miles from my house. I have gone there with my metal detector to search the cane fields for relics from the battle. The landowner has a huge collection of stuff from the local battles. He even showed me where the battle with the "Cotton" took place. He claimed they used to dig up stuff when plowing and just tossed it in the Bayou. I'd love to scour the bayou but don't think the gators would like it. I have Eddie's picture, in uniform, on my wall and think, "What a waste." A first lieutenant at 22 when he died. Anyway, what happened is history, and all we can do now is study it and learn from it. One day, I'm taking a run up to the Port Hudson (LA) battlefield. Any other Civil War buffs out there? -Frank Whiteside ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Re: Recent Email Problem Some of you may already know this. My email program had a melt down last Thursday / Friday. Some of you may have wondered why Saturday's Sandstorm was VERY late. This is also a public THANK YOU to Richard Anderson ('60). Richard stayed on the phone with me for 5 or 6 HOURS (maybe more?)... till about 3:30am (CT) Saturday morning. Basically whatever was in my inbox when the melt down happened is lost. Since Richard and I both get anything addressed to, he was able to forward all the entries for the Sandstorm that were lost -- and that included all those pictures you saw in Sunday's Sandstorm. I'm about caught up now. Wanted to say that if there's anybody who was in the middle of a "conversation" with me and kinda waiting for a response, you might want to remind me where we were in our "conversation" so I can respond. This would include anybody who has recently (in the last month or two) sent me something that required an update on any of the Bomber websites. If you haven't seen your update show up where it was supposed to, please send me a reminder. What I used to do was leave the email in my inbox until I did whatever I was supposed to do before deleting the email. There were 212 emails in my inbox... COULD be there were just too many? Maybe my email program didn't want any more than 200? I'm gonna do things a little differently now. Again, THANK YOU, Richard. Bomber cheers, -Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) Last year I didn't get all the Christmas cards out. This year, I decided to do Holiday cards, including Thanksgiving. They included the annual letter, bringing folks up to date. Thought I would send it out to Bomber friends near and far -- so here it goes: November, 2007 Blessings of peace to you our friends and family! It has been quite a year of change at Haven Farm! Thomas stopped work as a software engineer in March although he still consults on occasion. That same month we began to close Lynn- Marie's private psychiatric practice. Good experience & we had served the neediest of people until a new practitioner could start at a funded clinic there in Clarkston, WA. But we were going broke doing it on our own without state funding! She went through a few work-related changes, getting to where we are now. She practices outpatient psychiatry in four rural clinics for the State of Idaho, seeing adults on Mondays, & children & adolescents Tues-Thurs. Mon-Thurs Thomas is a full time farmer & househusband. Fri-Sun we work together, sharing projects, giving thanks at how blessed we are to live where we do -- & marveling at how much work there is still to be done, after 2.5 years here already! We keep saying "Everything takes more time & costs more money than expected!" We raised our 1st two hogs from 30# to about 220# in 4 months. Yummy! We also have yard full of chickens that we got as 34 chicks in May. Some hens are laying now (over a dozen eggs some days!), & some hens & roosters are making great dinners! Thomas designed & built a great chicken coop this fall. We decided to give up on goats. Our first four did a lot of tree damage. They were an experiment - older goats that we adopted. When the time came to put them down, we agreed that we will get sheep next time -- after we finish bringing the pastures into good condition. That is an ongoing battle, as they had been neglected for so long. The two horses are doing okay on the pastures already, so we have made progress. We still continually have to move temporary fencing for them though. And we had to buy hay for winter, of course. We are now working on building the greenhouse, which will open up from the dining room out on to deck extension Thomas built. Next on our list is roofing the BIG pig sty so it can be used by the horses for winter shelter. (Old barn completely down now. New barn expensive! is still in the future.) We put up a big crop of corn this year & lots of plum jam. The garden was productive, but we learned a lot from some mistakes we made. So next year we are expanding it & changing the way we approach certain aspects of it. The orchard we planted in spring, 2006, is thriving overall. Had to replace a few trees, & are moving a couple to a less sunny area. Learning as we go. Should get some real crop next year! Eldest grandson, Asher (will be 4 in January) stayed with us several times this year. He is quite the farm boy. His parents & little brother, Noah (will be 2 in April) were around once in a while, too. Noah will be old enough to come alone by next fall. Middle grandson, Jameson (will be 4 in February), came for a visit with his parents in September. As always, we wish our kids & grandkids lived closer so they could be a part of building up the farm & especially profit from the joys & lessons of living rural! But they all have busy lives going, & most are no further away than Seattle 6.5 hours by car, 1.5 by plane. Our youngest 'child' (young man!), Nikolai, graduated from high school in June, with honors. He decided not to go directly into the Marines after all. Instead he moved to Sacramento (& the only one living outside of Washington State) in September. He is working as a nurses aide, & preparing to start nursing school. He has learned some interesting "first time out of the nest" lessons already. And he misses the farm. But he has a lot of friends, and loves his work. He'll be a great nurse! At Haven Farm, we rely on the grace & guidance of God in our life path which is not always an easy one, but always interesting! He continues to watch over us in love and mercy, for which we give daily thanks! We pray for blessed Thanksgiving & Christmas Seasons, & a New Year of peace within & spiritual growth for each of you. May the Lord Bless and Keep You! Thomas & Lynn-Marie Peashka -Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) All of the talk regarding questions on applications regarding Vietnam era veterans got me thinking. I went into the WAC in January 1974 and even though the war was declared over I still got a National Defense Ribbon upon graduating from basic training in March of that year because they still had a lot of the ribbons left. When I have filled out applications and it asked if you're a veteran I say yes and technically it is considered a Vietnam era veteran. I had decided to go back to school in the mid '80s and knew I still had some GI Bill benefits left. I only had a year but it helped as I had out of state tuition to pay. The only sad thing about it was it was right after the "Graham-Rudman Bill" passed and there were cuts in the benefits allowed to deserving people. When I lost my job 2 years ago I had someone ask me if I thought my age were holding me back and I said I hope not as that's discrimination. They usually don't ask a year of high school graduation but I just got thinking if by answering I'm a veteran of that period they figure I may be too old to handle the job. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where it's cooler and wet but then hey it's western Washington after all **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gale Waldkoetter Skaugstad ('72) via Gale's mother, Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter ('51) Re: Sally Sheeran Heath ('58) -Gale Waldkoetter Skaugstad ('72) - Fairbanks, AK ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/20/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Helen Cross ('62) Shirley Sherwood ('62), Jim House ('63) Mike Lahrman ('63), Dennis Hammer ('64) David Rivers ('65), Alan Lobdell ('69) Brad Upton ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike McKeown ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vernona Chappelle ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Laurie Fraser ('79) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy ('45Beaver/'46Bomber)) To: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) and Richard Anderson ('60) ...for the over and beyond work. Do you need any financial help for the phone bill or did you win the lottery? [I have UNLIMITED long distance for $20/mo. When Qwest first made that offer, I asked them to please repeat that. Then I asked "For how long?". They said "Forever", so I said "Sign me up." -Maren] To: Ann Clatworthy Weyerts-Hogshead ('54) You drove a '52 dodge in a sanctioned race? Now I can add you to the nutty portion of your family, which includes all but your mother, who remains somewhat questionable for hanging around all those years. -Dick McCoy ('45Beaver/'46Bomber) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Greetings, fellow Bombers. I have been scanning all the daily Sandstorms when I get the chance. Life has become very busy for the preacher and this preacher's wife, as we are moving into the Advent Season. I've had to take over the youth group in one church, but thankfully the regular teacher is back, so I can help her.... There are so many things I'd like to comment on. I am very interested in the Civil War. I'm joining the Lincoln Society here, and will be helping to celebrate the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln on Feb. l2, 2009 with a year-long celebration. I'm so excited as we recently visited an Amish community and I found a summer era dress and matching bonnet that fits, so I'll have something to wear for all the celebrations, plus when the river boats land 6 times in Grandview, we want to wear "old-time clothing.." And I'm so glad I don't have totry to make as in sew something, as that would be an effort for me. We did go see the Shiloh battlefield a few years ago, and went to Gettysburg years ago, but I'd like to go back. I just read a very interesting book on that era, called "Lincoln's Virtues" about his speech makings policies by William Miller. I guess that the slave issue really was a big deal in the war between the North and South. One of my ancestors on my dad's side, Willilam (I believe) Buffum was involved as a Union soldier in trying to steal a train from the Confederate Army in Tennessee in about l862, and was captured, but not shot. He was one of the first to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor for that action. (I'm writing this from memory, but if I go home and check the facts, I won't get this written.) My email address remains the same, so don't know why there have been problems with email to me being rejected, and no, my email box is not overfull. I have lots of room left, thankfully, as I won't tell you how many emails I store..... I'd like to send birthday greetings to Nancy Riggs Lawrence ('51) I tried to email you, but it was just returned. John, Adkins ('62) thanks for the great DVDs you sent me and my Japanese friend of our reunion. I'm sure they are great. In my technically challenging state I haven't viewed it yet. But I will get that check in the mail, as I've said every day since I got them... I close wishing all blessings and prayers for the upcoming Holiday season and all it means. I know this is different for some, but I do thank God for the many blessings we have being here in the United States with all our security and comforts, and opportunities to be free to do what we believe in. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) P.S. I also should brag that my niece, Karin Cross (sadly not a Bomber, as she lives in Kennewick) went to the State level in swimming competitions this month. While she didn't bring home a medal, we are very proud of her for getting to that level. Her dad, Roy Cross ('65) my brother is very proud of her I know, as we didn't even come close to that in our wonder years of completive swimming, but we did have fun, and it kept us off the streets. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Sherwood Milani ('62) We just completed a two month tour around the U.S. First time I'd ever done that. We were in 27 different states. I can see how people get hooked on history. It's always been my favorite subject (Mr. Slaby might have disagreed with that), but I had never studied the Civil War. We spent time in Gettysburg and I was fascinated. I bought the book "The Killer Angels" by Michael Shaara, and once I started it I couldn't put it down. It's one of a trilogy and deals only with the Battle of Gettysburg. You people who have studied the Civil War have probably read it already. I'm also getting Ken Burn's Civil War documentary on Netflix every week. I want to read the rest of Shaara's books as well. Shaara won the Pulitzer for this book and after you read it that comes as no surprise. -Shirley Sherwood Milani ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim House ('63) I encourage all Bombers of the Vietnam era to read "Stolen Valor How the Vietnam Generation was Robbed of its Heroes and its History" by B. G. Burkett and Glenna Whitely published in 1998. The book is supported by thorough research and well-documented references. It debunks many of the stereotypes and myths about Vietnam veterans. To: Mike Brady ('61) The author was inspired to right the book because of his own experience when interviewing for jobs after a year in Vietnam (in a non combat role) and getting a masters degree. After one interview he was told that the company "did not hire baby killers". In your case, I would give preferential consideration to a Navy Corpsman, just as the Marines do. In my case, I spent a rewarding career with a company who valued my experience as a Marine officer that somehow trumped a rather shaky transcript compared to those of other candidates competing for the position. Your question is certainly valid. To: Dena Evans (64) The "miserable soul" you referred to, may or may not, have the problems that you say he denies having. While I should defer to the health professionals, I think it is unlikely that he caught alcoholism while in Vietnam. There is also a good chance he did not even witness or participate in the atrocities he talks about. "Stolen Valor" reports numerous cases of phony veterans claiming to have participated in atrocities. The book also notes that less than 15% of Vietnam veterans actually served in combat units. Of course the other 85% had jobs just as important to the war effort as those carrying a rifle in the jungles and rice patties, they just did not experience combat. (We've recently seen Iraq veterans in Washington State making similar claims for reasons unknown to me, perhaps for self-importance, or to be a victim, or to obtain benefits, or to support some political cause). On the other hand, those who served in Rusty Calley's platoon at My Lai, should have nightmares, and in my opinion, are criminals unworthy of government benefits. To: Alan Lobdell ('69) I am glad you pointed out the high number of bogus claims made to the VA. I recently attended a "Veterans' Fair" hosted by my Congresswomen. She seemed proud of the improved performance of the local VA hospital and no politician is going to campaign on reducing fraud in the VA. Everyone wants to throw money at the veterans. The fair I attended had three different booths set up offering to help those with PTSD. I picked up one pamphlet that listed 18 symptoms. When I told the host that I did not have the symptoms. The response was "Oh really???? Yes, I still maintain the my most serious lingering issue was caused by a high school girlfriend who took my name off her dance card rather than anything I experienced in combat. I also recently attended reunions where two individuals were boasting of finally getting their "100%" ($36k per year tax free) for PTSD although they said they were not suffering. They were eager to coach others to game the system. "Stolen Valor" includes chapters such as "PTSD Made Easy" and "The Vietnam Veterans Guide to Tax Free Living". As for atrocities, the book points our there were much fewer rapes, murders and other atrocities in Vietnam compared to the Americans fighting in the "good war" WWII. Vietnam veterans do not commit suicide at a higher rate than the rest of their age group. The casualties were not disproportionate for low income or minorities compared to the rest of the population. Vietnam casualties were better educated and came from higher income areas than other wars. They are no more likely to be homeless than those who did not serve. To: Betti Avant ('69) Your suggestion that you received a ribbon "because they still had a lot of ribbons" might be demeaning to others like you who stood up to serve our country in that era. Thank you for your service. Unlike Alan ('69), I let myself get worked up this time. Hopefully I will return to my brief, jovial, Bomber-loving self soon. -Jim House ('63) ~ Mead, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Lahrman ('63) Thanks for remembering. Happy Holidays to all, -Mike Lahrman ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) To: Civil War Buffs I do have great-great-grandfather who almost certainly was at the Battle of Pea Ridge. His regiment, the Phelps' Regiment Missouri Volunteers was there so he probably was. This regiment was organized in Rolla, Missouri by future governor of Missouri John Phelps and only existed for six months. My gg-grandmother had written a summary of her life sometime between 1890 and 1900 and was published in the paper when she died in 1913 at age 87. Here is a part of it: "We lived [in Arkansas] until the war of 1861. On account of my husband's union principles he had to leave the state and go North. He joined the union army under General Seigle, left me with five children, the oldest one J.M. Miller, was 16 years old. On September 19, 1861, James had to leave home. He started North , but was captured by the Confederates. That left me with four children, the oldest thirteen years of age." "In the fall of 1862, I loaded part of my household furniture into a wagon drawn by oxen and started North. I cannot describe the troubles and trials I had to undergo (with a sick child in rain and cold) before we landed in Rolla, Phelps County, MO. I lived in Rolla until the war closed. I lost three of my children, the 2nd oldest one that was home, and my dear little babe that was born in Rolla." "As the war clouds began to clear away my husband was discharged, and James came home also, and my husband went to Howell County, picked out a homestead four miles northwest of West Plains, home steading 147 acres. We landed on our homestead on the 24th day of December 1865. (I guess our homestead was about the first taken in the county.)* We lived on the farm about fifteen years then sold out and bought property in West Plains. We lived together happily until January 24, 1901, when after a protracted illness, God saw fit to take my loving companion to himself to enjoy the realities of a never ending blessedness." I only know the names of three of the children. She states her husband came back after the war, but the Phelps' regiment was only in existence for six months, so I wonder if he was also in another unit. Only the Phelps Regiment is mentioned in his pension papers. It also seems funny that she doesn't mention that her son James Monroe Miller who was captured by Confederates spent a couple years in the 3rd Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery out of which was formed (and he went with them) the 188th Pennsylvania Infantry. He must have stood out, Born in Tennessee, had lived most of his life in Alabama, then a short time in Arkansas; so here he is in a Pennsylvania outfit in the Civil War and I bet he has quite a Southern accent. I haven't taken the time or money needed to do the research I want to do yet, but they have recently raised the fee quite a bit to get copies of service records and pension papers. If anyone is searching for Missouri Civil War ancestors, or any war from War of 1812 through World War I The Missouri Secretary of State has a site where you can search by name or regiment, and can click on and see a copy of the index card for that individual. The card for my ancestor in Phelps' Regiment enlisted as Private and was promoted to 1st Sergeant. His pension papers also say Sergeant. The National Parks Service lists him as in and Private and out as Private. So you can't even get official records to agree. -Dennis Hammer ('64) ~ Kennewick just on the outskirts of home--Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Does it ever end? First and foremost... when I make fun of Maddy ('67) it's all fun... but nobody else better ever mess with my boy because he IS my hero and my dear pal... Second but never second... I missed Mickey Hemphill's ('66) birthday on the 15th but I made up for it best I could... Now... yesterday, I put on a brand new pair of black Converse low cuts... the reason I did that is because my VERY FIRST pair were getting so nasty it was almost... I say almost embarrassing to wear them... now how could I still be wearing my first pair? Easy... In the day, I couldn't afford a pair... Now Harrah ('65) tells me they were only 5 bucks at BB&M... that may be true... but if it is then 5 bucks mighta just as well been 50 smackers... Luckily for me, Richard Twedt ('64) discovered that they also sold an indoor track shoe that cost maybe 3 bucks... I guess the difference in 2 bucks meant the difference of gas money and smokes... So... in 1995 I went to the Sports Shoe store... dunno the name and decided I was finally gonna have me a pair of those coveted shoes... I stood looking at them for what seemed to be hours... should I shouldn't I... it was awful... could I finally afford them... (they were 25 bucks now... probably the least expensive shoe in the store)... it took me forever to buck up with that 25 bucks... I had probably spent 3 times that earlier in the morning on something I HAD to have that I don't even remember now... I finally made up my mind to splurge (funny... years before my daughter HAD to have a pair of "British Knights"... they had been 25 smackers and I was horrified... she wore them once and was beat up in the bathroom by a gang of girls who called them "Blood Killers"...) I wore them to our 35th reunion and was soooooooo charged... everybody said "look he's wearing black converse"... and so... yesterday, after thinking long and hard... I decided to put on the new pair that had been in the closet as a gift for maybe 5 years... apparently, my first pair sorely needed replacing when they were given to me... Oh... I haven't thrown the first pair away yet... someone suggested they could be bronzed... kinda big to use as book ends... even for heavy law books... There is a lot more I want to say on this subject about being haunted by our childhood... Things about proving to ourselves that we are OK... I say to ourselves because that's what it's really all about isn't it... and proving to our Dads (at least for guys) that we aren't total losers... my Dad's been gone for 10 years... am I over it? Davis ('65) says my Dad was VERY proud of me... he told Terry... many times... Terry is another story... one about a kid who came over from Spalding and just wanted to be one of the guys at Jason Lee... I never wanted Terry's place in the pecking order... it never occurred to me I was a threat to him... I never wanted to be... we were always buds... but every time I would feel comfortable about myself... BAM he'd knock me down... don't get me wrong... he's not a bad kid... just a kid... so even tho he and I have got past all that and even tho I know he dotes on me... there's still that little kid nagging... I wonder if I'm OK... whew... when do we get over all that? Got a client waiting so gotta go... I will try and finish this later... not today... some other day... when I get up the nerve again... know what I mean? -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Lobdell ('69) To: All of us older vets We have a large number of young men and women coming back from two war zones who have the same problems as everyone who made it back from Nam. I hope everyone thinks about this and is willing to do some small part in helping them not have to go through the 30 to 45 years we have. Getting them to understand that the fear, hyperalertness, looking over your shoulder, swerving your car to avoid potholes or anything that could be an IED, bad dreams, unable to sleep at night, urge to kill something anything, short temper, headaches, etc., etc., etc. are a NATURAL REACTION TO AN UN-NATURAL EVENT. It is not your fault, and you are not crazy, nor are you the only one thinking that way. There is help for you if you will get to the service organizations that are in place to provide that help. Please encourage any new vet or parent of a new vet to point them in the direction where they can get help. To all Viet Nam Era Vets, maybe we can give these new vets a better chance to live a better life if we talk to them and let them know they are not alone. Don't tell them war stories, tell them how you felt when you came home and let them know it's not a sign of being crazy! We can make a difference for them if we try, one at a time. To: Dennis Hammer ('64) I know exactly how you feel on this issue. The third time I saw my brother shot up from being over there I was so angry I could hardly stand it. When he got out of the Corps he showed me all of the scars he had. He looked like Swiss cheese. I got mad to the point of wanting revenge. I went to the different services and asked what the quickest route to Nam was. The Marine Corps two year hitch I was told, so I signed up. Then boot camp, ITR, artillery, nuclear weapons training, nuclear supply procedures training, NCO school and then finally orders for Okinawa end stop Southeast Asia. I had the orders for about two days when I was called to the captain's office and he took my orders and informed me that they were cancelled. I asked why and was told "You don't need to know." That was it, I spent my time in 29 Palms, CA raging mad at the Corps. One of the reasons I denied having been in the Corps for almost 25 years. I never realized until many years latter that it is a form of survivor's guilt and that I had been asking myself, why me, why wasn't I sent over, all my friends were and a number of them never came back. You feel guilty over something in which you have no control what so ever and it does get you down. I've learned over the last ten years that there was nothing I could have done about it and it was out of my hands and that I don't really have anything to feel guilty about but even at that it is hard. I was in the Corps and was willing; God simply did not put me there for whatever reason. God Bless all Vets, new and old. -Alan Lobdell ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) Frank Whiteside ('63) pointed out that: "Other than some officers, most foot soldiers didn't own slaves. The vast majority of Southerners owned no slaves." So really, it was the rich corporations (plantation owners) that enjoyed cheap, imported labor and supported the politicians that supported their cause. Good thing we'll never make that mistake again! -Brad Upton ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/21/2007 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff: Bill Witherup ('53), Mike Clowes ('54), George Swan ('59) Larry Mattingly ('60), Dennis Hammer ('64), Jim Heidlebaugh ('65), Linda McKnight ('65), David Rivers ('65), Donni Clark ('63) Betti Avant ('69), Alan Lobdell ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rosemary Qualheim ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John Crigler ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Deanna Fulcher ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Witherup ('53) Press Release On November 15th, 2007, poet and playwright Bill Witherup was appointed to the position of "Artist-in-Residence" at Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility. Witherup, a native Washingtonian whose father worked at Hanford, is the author of nine books of poetry and poetry in translation. Witherup has been active in the peace movement, in labor issues and as an advocate for prison reform since the 1970s. He sees the Artist- in-Residence position as "a means of linking up the missions of WPSR with the literary and arts communities both in the United States and on the world stage." -Bill Witherup ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) To: Jim House ('63): Thank you, and welcome home. To: Betti Avant ('69): If memory serves, the National Defense Medal began during or shortly after World War II. It is/was awarded to all members of the Armed Forces serving on active duty and upon completion of "boot camp", OCS, ROTC or service academy graduation and commissioning. I am not too certain when (or if) the Armed Forces stopped issuing the medal. Granted, with the medal and $1.50 you might be able to get a cup of coffee somewhere other than Starbucks. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Jim House ('63) Re: Vietnam Era Veterans and "Stolen Valor" Captain, I echo your encouragement for all Bombers of the Vietnam era to read "Stolen Valor -- How the Vietnam Generation was Robbed of its Heroes and its History" by B. G. Burkett and Glenna Whitely published in 1998. Your review of the book is directly on target. In fact, it was you who recommended the book to me a couple of years ago. It was indeed a real eye-opener for me. I did my first "Four in the Corps" as an active duty regular and was discharged in April of 1963 before the Vietnam War really cranked up. Sixteen years later, I had learned to fly but was too old to think about becoming a military pilot. I re-enlisted to serve with the Marine Air Wing at Whidbey Island and trained as a crew chief on Hueys for two 2-year enlistments, until the "birds" were sent east and we were asked to become base support personnel. I had come back in to fly, so I got out. However, when I first joined the Active Reserves, to my amazement, I was informed that I rated the National Defense Ribbon, based upon the dates of my previous active service. I had seen no action during that time. I was puzzled. During my first enlistment, I had volunteered and requested Infantry and for a period of time I had served with a Battalion Landing Team on board troop ships. Once we were off the coast of Vietnam for a while, loaded down with live ammo, waiting to go in by helicopter to evacuate U.S. citizens. But, the operation was canceled and so I was never actually "in country". I gave up arguing and accepted the award. And besides, my single lonely award up until then was the Good Conduct Ribbon (mostly because I never got caught raising hell). So, that one little ribbon finally had some company on my uniform. For those who don't know, service ribbons are actually representative of the corresponding medals which are normally worn only on dress uniforms. I too do not believe that any National Defense Medals were ever given out just because they had some left over. I'm sure it was based upon one's period of service and I believe the National Defense Ribbon was awarded for active service (regardless of location) between certain dates considered to be the beginning and end of the Vietnam era. The National Defense Ribbon should not be confused with other awards for service within the Vietnam area considered "in country". Reading the above book helped me, not to approve of or excuse their actions, but to understand what was behind, the actions of a lot of people that I am aware of and have met over the years who made overly bold claims about their military service. Early on, some had me feeling quite inadequate about my own service compared to theirs, until I gradually learned that many were outright frauds. Most noteworthy, for me, was a childhood friend of mine who later in life tried to convince his family and me that he had flown "Tomcats" off of Navy carriers for the CIA on "Black Op's" during the Vietnam War. I knew his claims were bogus but I quizzed him about his unit and experiences anyway. He tried to take a typical ploy used by many frauds (mentioned in "Stolen Valor") and claimed that since it was "Black Op's" it was so secret that his military records were expunged and therefore, no record of his assignments or "Dangerous Missions" existed. I finally called "BS" on him and reminded him that he must have forgotten that, as a Marine stationed nearby, I had visited him at his SAC Air Force base when he had given me a grand tour of his duty station... where he was a computer technician. He, like many, apparently felt such a need to be more or focused upon... that he mentally rewrote a segment of his earlier life. I respect any veteran, whether they have seen action or not. The key is that they served their country and their fellow citizens. However, I have learned that most "heroes" who were really in the stuff, don't usually talk very freely about it. They're the "real deal"! But, I become very suspicious when veterans, in some cases, "veterans", all too easily volunteer and flaunt their horror stories of war, especially when the stories sound reminiscent of Hollywood action flicks. And, thus the reason for the name of the book, "Stolen Valor". -Sergeant Pappy ('59) ~ Retirement Duty Station Burbank, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: J Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Fireworks and Nice News Nice bit of news. We have been preparing for it for the last week, and now have a signed contract. My company, Entertainment Fireworks, will be live on "Good Morning America" on Wed., Nov. 28th. Details are still sketchy but the producer flew in today and we will know more in a day or two. It is part of a program to see the Christmas Lights celebration at Coeur d'Alene ID. We will fire live before dawn for direct broadcast in New York with tape delay in the west. So, Saturday we will tear down this large display leaving enough equipment to fire the next show on 2 of the barges out of the 5. Then we beat feet to Olympia, pick up another display, grab some clean clothes, and beat feet back here Monday to set up for the show Wed AM. Rest assured we will put on a display suitable for the occasion. My oldest daughter's comment was "well, it only took you 50 years to get there." The following Monday, Dec 3, I am off to Honolulu for Hawaii OSHA. I will be doing a re-certification seminar for Hawaii Licensed pyrotechnicians. Any Honolulu Bombers up for dinner Monday or Tuesday night? Drop me a note and I will send you my cell number, it works over there. I fly home Wed. the 5th. Here's wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving with friends and loved ones. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) Hi Bombers! When I wrote the other day, I forgot to say that although it is so wonderful to see our amazing world and especially the good old U.S.A., there is no place like coming home and with a click finding my Bomber family waiting for me. I agree with Donna Bowers, Richland will always be home. I am so grateful for all of you! It is that time of the year when I remember the cottonwoods and poplars turning gold, Daddy putting the storm windows on, and Jack Frost paying visits in the night. I can still smell Mom's turkey in the oven. The best part was making the stuffing. Breaking the bread a few days before so it would dry out, and then waiting until it was all mixed with butter and tasting it until it was just right. Mom's pumpkin pies were the best and she piled on the homemade whip cream that was such a treat back then. Richland Lutheran had a Thanksgiving service on Thanksgiving Eve. I miss so much singing those old songs "We Gather Together", "Come Ye Thank-full People, Come". And of course we would watch Lawrence Welk and all of the other wonderful Thanksgiving specials. Tomorrow morning we are heading up to the Sierra Nevadas to spend Thanksgiving with our daughter and her family in Minden NV. I want to wish everyone a Blessed Thanksgiving and I hope and pray each one of you have health, happiness, and family to share! God Bless All! -Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) To: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Re: Andrew's Raid aka The Great Locomotive Chase I remember seeing the Disney film, staring Davy Crockett (I mean Fess Parker). Robert Buffum was the third to receive the Medal of Honor, but it appears that he suffered from what we now call PTSD. I don't know if you are aware of this site or not, but they found his grave and placed a marker on it in 1995. -Dennis Hammer ('64) ~ Kennewick **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Heidlebaugh ('65) Re: Civil War The talk about the Civil War has been interesting. In fourth or fifth grade, I checked out a book from the library at Jason Lee. Our librarian's name was Mrs. Oakes. I think she may have been in her 70's at that time. She told me that her dad enlisted in the Union army at 15, and had been in a parade with President Lincoln. If she was in her 70's in the mid-fifties... not sure why this has stuck with me all these years... don't remember what I had for lunch. -Jim Heidlebaugh ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) First off, Happy Thanksgiving to all Bombers. I for one have lots to be thankful for, but won't be having the usual turkey- induced coma this year. Denny and I, plus our Sunny (Pomeranian) will be headed to the beach, Seaside, Oregon in fact, on Thanksgiving Day. We plan to stop at Camp 18, because I have never been there, and hopefully have lunch, if they are open, which I don't really want to find out until we are there (to avoid early disappointment). We plan to also soak up some history of the timber industry as this was known as the largest log cabin ever built. Can't wait!! Haven't been out of town since our return from Sturgis. Looking forward to walking on the beach, hand in hand with my honey... and with Sunny. Just my two cents worth regarding Viet Nam Veterans, VA benefits, etc. I am hopeful that investigation is done before benefits are paid, and more importantly whether the Vietnam Vet truly suffered the symptoms of PTSD. My first transcription job, after returning to college for further training as a medical transcriptionist, was working for a company that had a contract with the VA Hospital in this area. The reports I transcribed were Psych Evaluations a lot of the times, and the narrative portion about the individual veteran's "war experience" were heart-wrenching and gruesome. I don't believe I would be able to forget that, if it happened to me. My ex-father-in-law was a Marine in World War II. The details of where and when are a bit sketchy to me, but the gist of part of his "war experience" is this. He was a survivor of an attack, and there were other survivors, but many, many casualties all around him, dead young men like himself. They were rescued by a Navy ship. When on board the Navy ship, none of the sailors would get close to the Marines, because they smelled... of death. My mother-in-law said that each and every war that occurred after World War II brought all of this back in the open... like a fresh wound. I have a couple of very, very close friends who married men who went to Vietnam. One friend said that you didn't dare wake him quickly; more than once she and her children hid in the closet during episodes while he was fighting non-existent Viet Cong. My other friend said her husband came home and marched in the peace marches. There will always be people trying to buck the system. The veterans who need benefits desperately are not getting them, or are not getting them soon enough. Write your elected officials. Our Oregon legislators really do listen. I will now get down off my soapbox. (As my Daddy would say, "Linda, get down off your soapbox!! Stop carrying the flag for all your causes!" Oh, how I miss my Dad.) Bomber Cheers, -Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) ~ from Beautiful Suburban Tigard, Oregon, where the sun is shining and Sunny is barking at the UPS truck going by... she hates that truck, all 6 pounds of her. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: A few Ramblings Dang....Saw Number 32's ('63) name in the Sandstorm and of course hadda read what Uncle Jimmy had to say...I've never seen so much from Jim except when describing every play ever made by the Bombers while he was playing...I mean the guy can tell you what EVERY player did...I once witnessed Jim and Rodney Brewer ('65) talking about the games and these guys have not forgotten a single moment....but he wasn't talking about B-Ball...I will admit that I don't read every word written in the sandstorm so when something like this comes up I have to go back and read all that was said...I was very surprised when I first learned of the Viet-Vet wanna be's out there...never occurred to me that somebody would be so brazen as to claim to be a Vet when they weren't....but as a Lawyer I have to be a bit a shamed of my naivete...I have always been naive...tell me something and I take you at your word no questions'd think I'd learn I will tell you that Vietnam did not turn me into an alcoholic...I loved booze from the moment I met it in the back seat of Charlie Warford's ('61) '56 Chevy...way before I went to Vietnam....I bought a house once on a VA loan but that's as close to making any claims I've come...when my head fell off my shoulders a couple of years ago I knew what caused it but didn't go to the VA because I am lucky enough to be able to go to a private Doc....I have a bout 70 percent of my functions back and that's amazing to me and I am grateful for all 70%...I know very well that I have brothers and sisters out there who did not have the 40 100% years I had before my injury took its toll...I admire Rick Maddy ('67) and others out there who have had to cope with their injuries all these years...A half hour with Rick in person would convince anyone that he is as at peace with his situation as anyone can be...One of the things I admire about number 32 is his calm demeanor...when he writes more than a sentence I know I need to read it all...every word at least twice...I have always had this thing where when I read the written words of someone I know I read it in that person's voice....I read Jim's words in his voice and it was just as tho he was sitting in a chair across from me...will I read the book? You're darned right... On another note...Our resident movie "star", Terry Davis (Knox '65) starts shooting a horror movie on December should get a pay check for his birthday...I can't believe they are paying him what they are paying him...Geeeeeeeez...he's not even gonna look like himself...they coulda had me for half the price...anyway, I've had some of the make up pix for quite sometime but when they postponed filming didn't send them in...I'll send them with this post... for you Civil War buffs, Terry will also be making a Civil War film in Georgia starting in January...hopefully...don't have any pix of that...I had a clip of an interview with Terry on that but have no clue where it is in this machine... For all you Vets out there...hang in there -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Service ribbon To Jim House ('63): I wasn't inferring that they gave us the ribbons because they had so many left over, that's just what our drill sergeant told us. I was proud to serve and I'd do it again if I were younger. My last job was at Madigan 2 years ago. When personnel would be seen after returning from Iraq they went through a lot of tests. They decided if any came through our department (and I imagine others) we were to ask them a certain question. If they said yes then we hurried to get them through our area so they could spend some much needed time with their families. Some of them had languished a bit longer than they should have, hence the changes. God bless those who serve. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where the last 2 days the Alumni Sandstorm hasn't come to my in-box **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Lobdell ('69) To: Jim House ('63) You are correct on the PTSD money mill that is going on around the country for vets. I have seen it many times. For some reason (money) there are those providing ways to get 100% on PTSD for any vet who can prove they were in Nam. I have even seen cases where coaching was offered to help the so-called suffering vet get by the psychological evaluation. The right things to do, words to say, etc. It doesn't matter what they were in the service or what they did. I know of one retired Marine Colonel who had a very bad childhood with a stepfather who abused him badly and he was able to pin all his problems on the service; bingo, 100%. I also know a sergeant and a couple PFCs who have received 100% and for the life of me I cannot find anything wrong with them other then they don't want to work and hate the world. They do seem very happy the first of each month when their check comes in. By the way, a few years ago a number of guys here on the west side of Washington decided to go out and talk to the vets holding signs along the highway entrances to see if they could help them out. Big surprise, over the weekend they did this they only found one out of about two dozen with signs who was in fact a vet. Needless to say the guys don't do that anymore. Please don't let what I have said take anything away from the real suffering vets. Many do have severe problems both physical and mental and deserve the help. It's the fakes I cannot stand. -Alan Lobdell ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/22/2007 ~ HAPPY THANKSGIVING Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Dick Wight ('52), Roy Ballard ('63) Dennis Hammer ('64), Linda Reining ('64) Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ellen Spitaleri ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sandi Cherrington ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dawn Bell ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jo Clark ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Brent Christi ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Brad Wear ('71) 11/22/1963 JFK Assassination **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick Wight ('52) Re: National Defense Service Medal The entries by Bob Carlson ('54) and "Pappy" Swan ('59) prompt me to offer the following factual data regarding the Nation Defense Service Medal. It was awarded to all active duty military personnel including USCG (which is one of the 5 Armed Services by law since WW II) and uniformed Public Health Service folks serving with the military. Later on, the last two periods, it was also awarded to reservists and National Guard folks serving on active duty for reasons other than training. Periods of eligibility are: 27 Jun '50 - 27 July '54 (Korean War), 01 Jan '61 - 14 Aug '74 (Viet Nam conflict), 02 Aug '90 - 30 Nov '95 (Desert Shield/Storm?), Sept 11 '01 - present (Iraq War). This medal grew out of the American Defense Service Medal from WWII. Since it was awarded to all folks serving in the military, there were lots of awards and it ranks low (lowest?) in precedence. Those who served in more than one period display a gold star on the medal or ribbon for each additional period. I have 1 gold star, having served in the first two periods, but not "in-country" in either. "In-country" folks received additional awards. Korean Service medal comes to mind. All kinds of specialized medals exist out there. For instance, I have the Arctic Service Medal, 3 Commendation Medals, and one Meritorious Service Medal. These types of awards are performance-based, like the higher combat ones: Bronze/Silver Stars, Distinguished Flying Crosses, Medals of Honor, etc. I doubt any National Defense Medals were ever handed out just because they had "extras", but as you can see, the criteria are pretty low! Regards to all. -Dick Wight ('52) ~ near Branson, MO where veterans are treated VERY well indeed! ~ year around! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roy Ballard ('63) To Jim House ('63), Pappy Swan ('59), and all other Nam Vets, thanks for your service. I too did my time in Vietnam, as an airman in the Air Force, was stationed in Nha Trang, south of Cam Rahn Bay. I did some convoy work when I was allowed, so did get to see some other places other than my home base. But nowadays I have a feeling that I didn't do my share. It still brings moisture to my eyes when I think about it. I've got a good friend that spent 3 tours in Nam, all on river boats; Chuck has a lot of trouble with PTSD and it is hard to see what he goes through; did get to take him fishing off Vancouver Island twice and he had a great time while there, but did have problems when coming home, one time. I will have to get "Stolen Honor" and read it. Right now I'm trying to finish a book called "An Enormous Crime" by Rep. Bill Hendon and Elizabeth A. Stewart, it's about all of the reports of GI's that have been reported to be seen still remaining in Nam, Laos, and Cambodia. They are in hidden caves, compounds, and every other place that you can think of. I've written to both of our senators here in Washington, but no replies from either and one is on the Veterans Affairs committee. It is a very informative book and if what is reported to be seen is true, this country has a lot of soul searching to do. I guess that I should do as Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) says, "get off my soapbox," so I will. Thanks to all the Vietnam Vets and I wish the best for all. -Roy Ballard ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59), Jim House ('63), Betti Avant ('69) Re: National Defense Medal Here is a Wikipedia article on the National Defense Medal with a lot of good information on it and shows the dates for which it covers. It was created in 1953, but covers a time period back to 1950. It basically is for anyone in uniform no matter where they served and covers the time period of the Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War, and War on Terrorism. Since it was retroactive to June 27, 1950 I bet a lot of vets who served during that time do not know they are entitled to it. You Korean War Bombers might want to check that out. Yes Pappy, according to the dates, you are entitled to it too. In the Navy we called it the "gedunk medal" because everyone got one. Re: Korea Defense Medal There is a new one for Korea that covers operations after the cease-fire. Created in 2002 and covers the time since 1954. Some Bombers might be entitled to this one also. I got the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for Korea when the North shot down that radar plane, but I wasn't there for thirty days, so I missed this one. Re: Vietnam Gallantry Cross (Unit Citation) Another one that I bet a lot of Bombers are entitled to and don't know about it is the Vietnam Gallantry Cross as a Unit Citation. We received it in 1970 I think. It was from the government of South Vietnam and at that time awarded to the (1st Marines?) and every ship that had fired in support of them going back for years. A lot of sailors and Marines that were entitled to it at that time didn't know about it because they were either transferred or discharged by that time. If I understand it correctly, virtually everyone in the Army in Vietnam is entitled to this one. The last year and a half I was in I could have been wearing the Navy Unit Commendation. It was for the last cruise on that heavy cruiser, but apparently it was awarded at the decommissioning ceremony, three fourths of us were already at new duty stations by then and didn't know about it. I found about it years later when I joined the veterans association of that ship. I guess I could have my DD 214 upgraded and it added, but I don't know that it really matters any more. I also have a Good Conduct Medal; and, sort of like Pappy, if I ever show it to someone I generally say something like, "And to show you how stupid they are, this is a Good Conduct Medal." Re: Fakers Even while in the service we had some fakers, but the best story I heard was told by a "lifer" while I was still in. He said that once, when he was a newbie, during a personnel inspection the Captain finished inspecting a row of men, then turned around and came back to a young kid, pointed to a ribbon he was wearing and said, "I was there; and I was only 19 years old when I was there." Then turned and walked off. -Dennis Hammer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) re:vets the vets here in Bakersfield, have what they call, "stand down" every October---it is held in the park, they put up tents, have reps from the VA and other "helps" for veterans, plus a group of vets from Korea and Viet Nam, that get together to give advice and just be "an ear" for these guys to talk to. they try to help them find jobs, give them a "square meal"(a lot of them are homeless and spend their days and nights living on the streets and in the parks), also give them haircuts, clothes, shoes, and warm jackets, if they need them. it is so sad to think that we treat our vets this way---they gave more than we can ever know for our freedoms and we have repaid a great many of them very shabbily. I am so thankful that the men and women that served in Desert Storm and, now Iraq, are being treated ten times better than the ones who came home from 'Nam were! a great number of Americans need to be ashamed of the way they treated thsoe vets- ---they didn't ask for that war and they did what they were told and when they came home, they were treated like criminals! what a shame! Linda Reining.......Bakersfield, CA...temps have finally gotten cooler and we haven't used the a/c for two days, now! *grin* Happy Thanksgiving, Bombers everywhere **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) I'd like to wish all of you a good "Turkey Day", don't overstuff yourselves (*). -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where the sun has returned but with colder temperatures. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/23/2007 ~ "SHOP TILL YOU DROP" DAY Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Bill Berlin ('56), Tom Verellen ('60) Carol Converse ('64), Pam Ehinger ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gayle Dawson ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Best Thanksgiving wishes to Bombers everywhere and I hope it was a great holiday for all. I can remember big family Thanksgiving dinners at our house on GWW and my dad expected brother Bruce (KHS '63) and me to help in the prep department; e.g., spud peeling, carrot peeling, squash cutting, etc. I think we alternated between our house and Cuz Bev Smith Jochen's ('52) place, but always fond memories of T-Day. I also remember turkey MRE's in Nam... not so good memories. To: Bill Witherup ('53) Congratulations on your appointment by the Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility. Not sure what that means, Social Responsibility, but would like to know if you care to elaborate. Re: Mrs. Oaks The Oaks lived just down the street on GWW from us and yes, she was well into her 70's and still working in the School District. Her husband was older and retired, but a nice guy. You had to know my dad to fully understand how brother Bruce and I got into some of these situations; but, being military, we got routine Marching Orders during our teen years. One of my "duties" was to weekly take the Oaks to the grocery store and help carry their bags out of the store and back into their house. They had a cool 1939 or 1940 Ford that I would have bought in a blink of an eye because it was great to drive and had maybe 15,000 miles on it. One day I looked out in the parking lot, which was part of the compound, and there sat a 1956 Mercury Monterey hardtop with the first Moon Roof I had ever seen. The Oaks had traded in the little Ford for this luxury, drive like you were on a cloud, chic magnet vehicle. Going to the store was now very cool, you know, arm out of the window, short sleeves rolled up like a Hollywood star, etc. Long story short: the summer after I graduated from Col-Hi and spent in Alaska working, Mr. Oaks died and Mrs. Oaks did not drive. I think she retired in 1956 too but I am not sure. In any event, Mrs. Oaks gave me the Merc the day before I left for Linfield College and just after I had bought a used 1952 VW Bug. A Champagne car on a beer income, so my dad kept the Merc and continued driving Mrs. Oaks to the store weekly even though we now lived in Kennewick. Re: Viet Nam I guess my story is a bit different. Being in the US Coast Guard and listing that on job applications and other forms never drew the Viet Nam flack that some guys did. I read "Stolen Valor" a couple of years ago and it is a very interesting read. After I came back from Nam, I got on with my life, my wife and my kids, and started my own business (actually businesses) and never looked back. I know that a lot of guys had real problems after the war, as they are now coming back from Iraq, and I am not sure the government really stepped up to help them as it should have. The government spends millions, if not billions, on give- away programs and projects but somehow the GI's coming home fell through the cracks. I don't know very many guys with PTSD but my brother Bruce (USN Captain) has had a lot of exposure to guys with it in his various units and through the Navy Reserves. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ in Anacortes, WA ~ sitting in the sun and looking at 45. Went down to the local Salvation Army office and did a lot of prep (what else?) for their Thanksgiving Dinner yesterday. Pretty impressive to see 25- 30 turkeys cooking at one time with a second load going in right after they are through. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) Heavy frost from near Lacey this morning. "The Last Rose of Autumn" Wishing all a happy Thanksgiving. If I understand this correctly, I am now a "decorated vet" even though I don't get a medal for doing something that the government made me do (drafted). I'm thinking maybe "undecorated vet" is a little more accurate and appropriate. -Tom Verellen ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) Re: 'Stand Down' Here in Eureka, we have a Stand Down for all the vets also. This was the 2nd year that it had been done and many many more people were involved this year. I think it's a very good thing! To: David Rivers ('65) Thanks for the pics of Terry Davis ('65). He looks so cute when all outfitted out, haha. -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA ~ We're having sunny weather, but frost in the mornings. "Happy Thanksgiving" to all of you out there wherever you are!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger ~ The Blue Ribbon Class of '67 I'm a day late but still want to wish all Bombers a Happy Thanksgiving! We all have so much to be thankful for. Also want to wish Dawn Bell ('67) a Happy Birthday! I've lost your email and phone number; Dawn, I hope you see this and drop me a line and let me know how you're doing! And have you heard from Peg Kestel Hume ('67) lately? Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger ~ The Blue Ribbon Class of '67 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/24/2007 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Burt Pierard ('59) Richard Anderson ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nola Davey ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary Christian ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) Re: Armed Service Medals I believe that the original medal referred to a couple of weeks back was actually the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (affectionately called the "Cold War Medal"), not the National Defense Service Medal everyone has been discussing. I believe the AFE medal was created and first awarded for participants in the Cuban Blockade. The award is mentioned on one's DD-214 with the campaign listed in parentheses after the award. In my case, the one I received in 1964 says "Viet Nam" although this was somewhat falsely identified. If one recalls, after the Bay of Pigs fiasco, JFK needed a diversion from public opinion and sent military "advisors" to Laos in the fall of 1961 (BTW this is also why Reagan "invaded" Grenada -- diversion from the Iran-Contra scandal). These "advisors" were supposed to be "noncombatants"; but, I was serving on a carrier (spring of 1962) over the horizon to the east of the Laotian shore where we were daily loading all our planes with bombs and they would fly west, then come back to the boat empty. There was no press notification of these operations, very "hush-hush". In 1963 and 1964, when Viet Nam was starting to heat up, the decision was made to award the AFE medal for Viet Nam. Curiously, they set the starting date in the theater to include us Laotian people, thus the "fraudulent" nature of my Viet Nam Veteran status. I was telling David Rivers ('65) this story and told him that when I am around REAL Viet Nam Vets (like him), I am almost embarrassed to admit that I am "officially" considered a Viet Nam Vet. Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard Anderson ('60) Photos of Mac Hall Renovation and Central Courtyard at RHS It was a slow day yesterday in Woebegone-Bombeville; so, I wandered down (over?) to the school and took a few photos of the progress of the renovation of Mac Hall, and of the Central Courtyard / Gathering Place (I'm sure they have a formal name for the area, I just don't know what it is). Keep off the grass! (They laid the sod just a week ago.) -Richard Anderson ('60) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/25/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Anna May Wann ('49), Luana Ivers ('52) Bill Witherup ('53), Carol Bishop ('57) Larry Mattingly ('60), Annette Hall ('62) John Adkins ('62), Carol Converse ('64) Dennis Hammer ('64), Susan Hurst ('65) Pam Ehinger ('67), Rick Maddy ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Charles Solomon ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Fran Teeple ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Cantrell ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary Turner ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Debbie Nelson ('77) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Leon Rice ('82) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shelly Strege ('98) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) Re: Brad Upton Show, 11/24/07 What an evening, Brad is hilarious. My mouth is still sore from laughing. Met one of our other alumni this evening, Frank Stratton ('64), from Concord, CA, who was visiting his sons in Kirkland. Also in attendance was Susan Hurst ('65), myself, and two of Susans and my golfing buddies from Redmond and Bellevue. We had front row seats and couldn't have had a better evening anywhere. I gave up my Husky football tickets to go see Brad and it was well worth it (especially since the Huskies lost). But if you ever get a chance to see Brad please do so. Maren, See picture (I sent it to Richard hope I did it right) [PERFECT, Ann!! You sent the picture to Thank you so much. -Maren] -Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) ~ Beautiful evening in Bothell, WA 45!! right now, but will get colder **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Luana Ivers Portch ('52) Re: Marilyn Overstreet Garrett ('52-RIP) Hi Maren, No one has as yet sent in a funeral notice on Marilyn so here it is. Guess because there was no grad date in the paper. Marilyn Overstreet Garrett April l5, l934 - November l6, 2007 The obit is in the Tri-City Herald - think it was Wed. the 22nd. Thanks, -Luana Ivers Portch ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Witherup ('53) This is a response to Bill Berlin's ('56) question in today's Alumni Sandstorm. If you want to know more about Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility, just key in the full name or the initials WPSR. WPSR is a chapter of the national Physicians for Social Responsbility. I am not a doc myself, but have been a volunteer with this organization here in Seattle since 1991. Thanks for the inquiry. -Bill Witherup, Classy '53. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Bishop Horne ('57) Re: Susan Bishop Henn ('62-RIP) Maren... My sister... Susan Bishop Henn passed away today [11/21/07]... I think she was in the class of '62... There will be no funeral or memorial at this time... She was in Seattle and had had surgery and they took her off life support today... I think I am rattling on... Anyway u can put that in the Sandstorm for us... Thank you -Carol Bishop Horne ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Thanksgiving and the day after Being single and having my children scattered in the far corners the US, it is not terribly difficult to be away from home on Thanksgiving. It helps that I am participating in a large and wonderful event such as the Christmas lighting festival at Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Our fireworks display is large and complex with 4 barges full of mortars and several hundred items on 1000 feet of boardwalk. It is a lot of work but keeps us busy. Last year was made very pleasant by the gracious invitation from Wally Erickson ('53) to join his family for dinner. Wally went to western Washington for Thanksgiving this year, but we had dinner early in the week. This year I was surprised to find an e-mail from Ruthann Hutchins Jensen ('58) and her husband Carl (NAB), inviting me to join them for Thanksgiving dinner. They were driving up from the Tri-Cities to see the festival and take a cruise on the lake. The combination of good food and gracious friends made a wonderful evening. We fired the display about 3 minutes late as some guy in an Aqua Car had wandered in right under our mortars and did not have the speed to get out in time. So we had to hold the countdown a bit. But the display was great. We had added a fair number of Japanese Triple Petal, and hand-tied Italian shells, all in large caliber, to the display this year. They were awesome. One of the gold brocade (fine lacy fire) 16-in shells went up at least 1700 feet and dripped all the way to the water. The sponsor was nearly speechless and obviously delighted. It was nice to get a call from Ruthann after the show telling me how much they enjoyed it. I hope they enjoyed their Santa Cruise on the lake. Re: Good Morning America update Late Wednesday night we received word that we were to fire not 1, but 2 displays for "Good Morning America" Wednesday, November 28th. Apparently at about 4 AM and again about 6 AM. So Sunday will be a long day at EFI getting them prepped and packed for shipping. And then off eastbound again early Monday AM. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly ('60) ~ At home near Tacoma and glad I cleaned the kitchen and changed the bed before leaving last week. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Annette Hall Bundrant ('62) Maren, I don't know if you want to put this into the Sandstorm or not. I received a note from a lady who works with Vets, coming and going, so was inclined to believe this, then checked it out. The movie coming out next month in time for Christmas, called the Golden Compass, is from a book written by Phillip Pullman. He is an atheist from Britain. In his books, his purpose is to kill off God. Have the readers who have young grandchildren, as I do, to check it out before letting them see it. Thanks -Annette Hall Bundrant ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: Service 'n' Ribbons 'n' Stuff When I was at the initial receptions station at Ft. Ord - we took a battery of tests to determine your fitness for certain "specialties" in the Army. There were multiple questions such as: Would you rather read a book or go camping? I chose "read a book". At any rate, after basic Combat Training, I was sent to Personnel School at Ft. Ord and then our whole class of Personnel dudes was sent to Ft. Benjiman Harrison, in Indianapolis for 16 weeks of Finance and Accounting School. I knew something was up when the first thing they told us was "this 16 week class will be presented in 4 weeks". So a mere 4 weeks later there I was a qualified "F&AO -AGO GO" specialist on my way to Ft. Riley, Kansas, with orders assigning me to the 9th Infantry Division (the old unreliables). Several months (in my case, 8 to be exact) the 9th Infantry was moved, in total to "the Pearl of the Orient" on troop ships (ah yes - the USS John Polk). I spent a year in south east Asia with the 9th Infantry, 9th Admin Company - not a combat unit - we were way too dangerous for combat - we would inflict way more damage by accident than any combat team could bring to bear on purpose. During my time there I experience "incoming" one downed Chopper - a night time raid at Rach Chein that over ran our perimeter. But I was a "chair born Ranger", well except in a couple of those moments when I was required to "put my head down and fire wildly into the night sky. I would proudly walk shoulder to shoulder with David Rivers ('65) or Jim House ('63) or Rick Maddy ('67) or Burt Pierard ('59) or any other of a very large (may I say) band of brothers. We had and assignment and we did it. All that political stuff don't matter more than a tick's toe. I don't have much of a need to put my medals on anything - dang it none of them army duds go round my girth anymore anyway, but I do have a small display case and those medals that I have, are within it. A couple of years ago I scanned all the "slide" pictures I had of south east Asian into digital images and organized them into a memory album of the friends I made there. I don't think I have a need to pump up my service record - that would be a total insult to folks that went though a lot and emerged with all of our respect. -John Adkins ('62) ~ Richland - it's gonna get above 30 today - it's just "gotta" **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) It's pretty sad when I can't place what the high school looked like when I went there. Mac Hall is easy to remember though. I think if I had gone to the early reunions and had taken a tour of the school each time, then I would be able to remember. But, the first reunion I went was the 30th and by then, lots had been remodeled on the inside and outside. Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving and are looking forward to Christmas - my favorite holiday! Can't believe that the stores, this year, opened up at 4:00am. People were in line at 2:00am. Crazy! -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) - Eureka, CA it's been sunny of late, but very frosty in the mornings. Overcast today with a chance of rain. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) To: Burt Pierard ('59) Re: diversion or foretelling??? "(BTW this is also why Reagan "invaded" Grenada -- diversion from the Iran-Contra scandal)" This is a neat trick since the Grenada invasion was October 25, 1983 and the Iran-Contra affair did not start to break until November 1986 a full three years later when that plane loaded with guns went down in Nicaragua. Maybe Nancy really did see something in the stars!!! I suppose it could be argued that it was diversion for the bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon on October 23, 1983, but I would think that even the US Military would need more that two days to plan, prepare, and execute an invasion. -Dennis Hammer ('64) ~ Kennewick, an insignificant suburb of the mighty Bomberville **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Susan Hurst ('65) Re: Brad Upton's ('74) Show, 11/24/07 I just got home from Brad's show at Laugh's Comedy Spot in Kirkland tonight. I was able to join Ann Thompson and her friends. We, along with the whole audience, laughed our way through the entire show. It was a delightful evening. If you ever get a chance to see Brad, do yourself a favor and go. I would give him an A+, if I were still teaching. Thanks Brad for the fun evening and I'm looking forward to playing your CD tomorrow. -Susan Hurst ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) To: Richard Anderson ('60) Re: Richland High School - Mac Hall Renovation - Courtyard Good pictures of Mac Hall! But what was that Silver thing? Why not the Bomb? I know I know the Higher Ups think the Bomb is offensive! Go Figure! [Pam, here is a larger view of the sculpture in the courtyard. Next time I'm over at the school I'll check to see if there is any explanatory text with it. -Richard] Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) Re: PTSD First, I hope everyone had a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! I have certainly enjoyed the input on PTSD. Just about every time I go visit some buddy of mine I usually wait until the first of the month so I know their check has arrived before I do. My whole life I have tried to figure out how many days one must walk around in a situation where they can die at the drop of a hat before that 'time in' amount causes a mental problem. One day, three, 100, a year? How many military personnel, civilians and enemy must you see die before something goes wrong in the mind? One, 10, 100? While studying for my special education degree as a senior I had the opportunity... okay, a class assignment that needed okaying by the professor before getting started... I decided to write on the subject of PTSD in sexually abused children. A rather numbing topic, but certainly appropriate for an education study... and my female professor went for it, so I received the go ahead. Using that forum, I figured I would be able to dig into what happens to the mind in situations of extremely unusual and stressful experiences, way outside the norm, that can cause mental health problems... then, just maybe, I could answer questions from the mother of my children like, "When are you going to call the VA for an appointment with the psychiatrist?" I went after the applied psych degree to study me because I figured it would be cheaper in the long run for the taxpayers. The VA paid for my education. My study of me. Therefore the taxpayers paid for my education. Thank you. The Greeks a few thousand years ago talked about PTSD, but were too busy pillaging to write much about it, give it a name, try to understand it, but did mention some form of debilitating stress was certainly occurring among some of their soldiers. PTSD is old news that nobody did a thing about for hundreds upon hundreds of years because they didn't know what to do and still don't. And what is the difference between 80% and 100% PTSD... besides 20%, several hundred dollars and the subjective whims of the VA shrink... and those qualifiers written in their big fat shrink book... the DSM-revised whatever book. So, while learning to become an educator, student teaching, etc. etc., questions like, "What is wrong with your arm?" or "Why don't you open your hand so things like that don't happen (as the change hits the floor)?" or "Hey mister.. today.. please, I'm in a hurry (while trying to get my money in my wallet and purchased food off the counter)." or "What are those numbers on your arm?" or "What the hell happened to you?" would surface now and then...and those questions were just from the students in the cafeteria. I became more and more vocal about the war out of respect to those who died just doing their stinking job on the day I was wounded. The more I looked into the war as an adult, the more bitter I became. That broadened as the years went by. Good days and bad days, but who doesn't have those, disabled or not. Now I'm sort of wondering if maybe I should go score a bit of that PTSD money for myself. Too bad I don't have a mental problem, huh? I know Marines who talk about the war. Just this past year the Veterans Administration started talking about a witch hunt on veterans they had given a PTSD rating to. Re-open their files... weed out the fakes... possibly decrease the rating in non- fakes... but, what I think happened, was the VA realized if they did that then everyone would start questioning the credentials of the psychiatrists giving out those ratings. The VA was smart to end that idea... at least the publicity of it. Although, I was hoping to see, publicly, the qualification history of the shrinks working for the VA. Who are those people? PTSD is a very subjective eval and has little to do with being fair... as the government tries to save money... and try to figure out where the $2.3 TRILLION of taxpayers' money disappeared to just prior to 9/11. Google that one. Few care about that too. Out of seven Marines I was in Vietnam and/or boot camp with that I still talk to today, three are receiving PTSD money from the VA. Rod, 3/5/K with his Purple Heart, one of the seven survivors from second platoon that walked into an ambush on Feb. 6, 1968 (The Wall is by date of casualty the rest of the platoon is on Panel 37-E); 100%. Lives in San Diego. Keller, who was wounded by a mortar shell at Khe Sanh with the 3rd Div. 3/26 on Feb. 22, 1968. Prior to that Keller, with two other Marines, was captured by several gooks while on an OP (observation post) when the day was heading into sunset, held for an hour or so before mortars started raining on them scattering everyone, managed to get loose and started crawling into the late evening bushes. He crawled back towards his line until he found some Marines that he was sure would kill him when spotted, but did not. Keller is 100% PTSD and has POW (which the VA puts on the ID card) status for his short stay visiting the gooks. Not too many Vietnam vets like that are around. Keller is one who rarely speaks about the war to anyone. Lives in Salinas, CA. Mac, second platoon squad leader 3/5/K and Bronze Star recipient for exposing himself to enemy fire while trying to knock out a machine gun nest, which he did, and motivating his men to get moving forward and fight when they were running low on ammo; 80%. Speaking of acting and movies, R. Lee Ermey (Full Metal Jacket, Mail Call) was Mac's DI at MCRD. Lives in Porterville, CA. Four are receiving nothing from the VA and not one of them has ever stepped into a VA hospital for anything Collins ('67) Motor-T up around "The Rockpile." I never wanted to be that exposed and was thrilled to not know anything about engines. Phil is in Kennewick. Fifer 3rd Div. 3/9/I ran patrols up around the DMZ area of operation with nine months of walking point never got a scratch (recipient of the Navy Commendation Medal for heroism). I did not know of this award until about ten years ago. Fifer never mentioned it until his wife brought it up one day. Fifer said a Remington Raider gets that award if you write a good paper with very few spelling errors. Fifer was awarded the NCM for holding down a suppressive fire until everyone in his squad had moved out of a bad situation. The last Marine out came back to him, grabbed his shoulder and had to tell him it was time to leave. Fifer is in Maple Valley. Bastien 3/5/K weapons platoon said he never even sneezed in Vietnam. Bastien boarding a UH-34D, I believe (because he took a photo of it), was told to grab the next one that came in because a gun was already on board. The chopper he did not get on was shot down five minutes later on take off and nobody survived. Lives in San Diego. Heath 3/5/K weapons platoon mostly a machine gunner. Heath one evening was stomping around in the bushes where he was setting up his machinegun and settling in when a new guy walked up to almost where he was and set off a booby-trap, killing the new guy and the shrapnel completely missing Heath. Heath, previously stomping all around it, never set it off. A miracle, at least for Heath. And then me, 3/5/K 3rd Platoon, 100% disabled, Stat N loss of use of both hands. Two months in an infectious amputee ward in Japan and ten months in an infectious ward in Bremerton. Three of these men I was in boot camp with; Keller, Fifer and Collins ('67) and have known almost forty years. Phil even longer. I'm thinking about going to the VA next week for some new sunglasses. These are not war stories, they are small windows into survivors guilt, anxiety disorder, panic attack, things done or not done that haunt, guilt from thinking 'better him than me' too keep your mind, sorrow, anger, accidently killing your own man, killing an innocent civilian, loss of a friend, whatever, the thousands of different reasons on a battlefield... post trauma. How can anyone figure out the solution to PTSD when they do not comprehend the problem? What does one expect from the madness of people killing each other when these men and women come home from war -- sanity? On the most part, I'm talking about those that are doing the killing... whatever the book says that % is. The Veterans Administration needs to be very diligent with what box they start sticking veterans in that come home from a battlefield. Somebody needs to clean up these VA psychiatric doctors, administrators and apparently a lot of phony DD-214s that seem to have 'slipped', for lack of a better word, into the VA system and caused a very disturbing problem, if that indeed is what is going on!! Thank you Alan Lobdell ('69) for bringing up the issue of bogus veterans' applications for PTSD. I see the number 600,000 backlogged for VA PTSD evaluation. Six million is a number that I cannot even begin to fathom. With all due respect, I really cannot believe that many people have walked into a vets hospital and handed them a fake DD-214 trying to obtain a rating of any kind? But then again...? Here is a site that mentions 600,000 and also a one year old Harvard study on the VA and PTSD. site that mentions 600,000 -Rick Maddy ('67) ~ I very much enjoy all of you and love getting up in the morning and reading all of your posts. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Marilyn Overstreet Garrett ('52) ~ 4/15/34 - 11/16/07 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/26/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers sent stuff: Pattie Crigler ('59), Larry Mattingly ('60), John Browne, Jr. ('61) Donna Nelson ('63), Jim Armstrong ('63), Jim Hamilton ('63) Linda Reining ('64), Shirley Collings ('66), Pam Ehinger ('67) Dwight Carey ('68), Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68), Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Roberta Adkins ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Berlin ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Eleanor Attwood ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: CB Lih ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jill Walser ('81) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pattie Crigler Cole ('59) To: Brad Upton: ('74) When are you going to be at the Admiral Theatre in Bremerton? -Pattie Crigler Cole ('59) ~ Port Ludlow, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Link to Coeur D'Alene, ID Christmas display This was not a professional video, but is reasonably well done. The music was played by the sponsor while we fired. We did step on a few, but they wanted it fired in less then 9 minutes. Actual time was 8 minutes 45 seconds. "Stepping on it" in pyro parlance means we burst one shell inside of and spoiling the one before it, and not letting it mature to the full effect. Re: Good Morning America, November 28th We will do this again TWICE before dawn on the 28th of November for "Good Morning America". It will be live in the east and tape delay in the west. But we have only one 16 left. So it will be fired in the "live" show. Doing it twice was not our idea, but we will handle it. And yes, we will likely wake up the locals. Each display uses 2 barges. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J. Larry Mattingly ('60) ~ from the EFI facility in the woods south of Olympia. Tired, but feeling good. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Re: Bomber HQ I don't recognize a thing from those pictures that Richard put up (of RHS nee Columbia High School)... but the Daliesque basketball standard is Beautiful.. although I couldn't figure out where they'd put the backboard & hoop. I like the table/chair combos , too- especially the chairs... To: Dennis Hammer ('64) I think Grenada was more to distract from the furor in Congress over the Nicaraguan harbor mining that was making waves in 1983... and I'm sure William Casey had "off the shelf" plans to accommodate whatever the Pentagon needed on short notice (probably with the veiled threat that, if they didn't move fast enough to suit the President, he'd send the CIA to do it, instead). ^..^ -John Browne, jr. ('61) ~ under thin overcast... so thin that the moon burns right through... & temp in the low 30s, in mid-Pugetopolis **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Nelson ('63) While I was home for Thanksgiving, my sister Deb ('77), Jesse and Meagan (her kids and all Bombers) went to the cemetery to visit our parents and grandparents grave sites in the military section next to the swan pond off the bypass highway. I can't remember the name of the cemetery. Anyway, we noticed a few of the flags flying representing the different branches of the military were torn and wondered who you talk to to get them replaced. Our Dad died a Lt. Col. in the Army and would be happy to know we cared enough to see that they were flying high and not torn. There's a white one and a blue one that looked pretty bad. I guess for any torn American flag or military branch flag... whose responsibility is it to replace them?? -Donna Nelson ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Armstrong ('63) Re: Apple Cup GO COUGS!!! -Jim Armstrong ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) All these ruminations regarding PTSD has given me pause to reflect on my own situation. While I think Im pretty, kinda normal, I do have flashbacks when I hear a Filipino Band trying to cover a Credence song. Does the VA serve up a stipend for those of us who lost part of our hearing listening to those same bands rocking out in Officer or EM clubs, "Roaring, roaring, roaring on the river...". Another thing is that I think that stuff they put in the potatoes is staring to work. My first ribbon, came with a set of gold bars on 15 December 1967. It was a National Defense Service Ribbon and I thought I was Audie Murphy. The Army's version of the Good Conduct medal was called a "Dentene Wrapper" as I recall. jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:Annette Hall Bundrant(62) re:"Golden Compass" I had read about this movie on the Internet and was very shocked and surprised that Nicole Kidman would agree to be in this movie. parents/grandparents really need to be aware of this movie----it is being "touted" as a kids' movie for the Holidays and, according to the Internet, they are "dumbing it down" so that adults won't really know how evil this is---most parents will just send their kids to it and not bother going themselves, which is what the producers are counting on. this movie is based on the first book in a trilogy that this man has written--in the last book, the children kill God!!!!! I hope that enough people find out about this and refuse to let their kids see it OR see it themselves. IF we are lucky, it will "bomb" at the box office! Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of 64).........Bakersfield, CA......we have finally gotten cooler weather and the a/c hasn't come on for a week, now. "grin" have made 30# of jerky for Christmas and will make the lefse tonight(5# of potatoes), then will be time to start baking cookies! have all my Christmas shopping done, so now, I can just relax and enjoy this time of year---it is MY favorite time of all---even rude people in the stores don't bother me--LOVE the sounds, the smells, the hustle and the bustle---just WISH we'd get snow---remember all the years in Richland with a White Christmas and I still miss it! sledding down Carmichael, drinking hot cocoa, snowball fights, just lots and lots of good times and great memories!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) Re: '66 November birthdays Chris Stade ('66) enjoyed his 60th birthday on November 15 by celebrating with Mick Hemphill ('66) who also turned 60 November 15. I wonder which was born before the other that day. It really doesn't matter, though. I heard that they had a great celebration! Re: Mrs. Georgia Burns, Retired Typing/Shorthand/Steno Teacher Mrs. Burns is my all-time favorite teacher, and I recently spoke with her daughter, Karen Burns Rajala ('68), and found that her mother just turned 93 and is still living in Port Angeles (that is where she and her husband moved to in 1976 when they sold their "Q" house to us.) Mrs. Burns lives with a care taker, and Karen said that her mom's memory is not always very good. Mrs. Burns also has a son, Doug Burns ('62). A former neighbor of ours said that Doug is a priest in Chicago. I know that he is on the "Lost List" for the '62 class. Peace to all ~ -Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) To: Richard Anderson ('60) Thank you, Richard! Still have no clue what it is or why it's there! But thank you for trying to find out what it is and what it means! Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dwight Carey ('68) To: Rick Maddy ('67) Re: PTSD Yesterday's post from you is a "Keeper" in my email archives. The "small windows" you explained - made me thank God I was a couple years later, and working on a small team. (without sneezing). I echo your wondering how many fake DD-214s are really out there, and so many numbers coming out in some of these articles on PTSD. During the Vietnam action, most of the combat was done by 10% of the forces, and I would suspect that would be the majority of the PTSD issues. All claims without a Combat Infantry Badge (CIB), or the equivalent, should be looked at closely. To be awarded the CIB, you had to be in the field for 30 days, and they used to keep pretty close track. I heard they screwed that up with Grenada - all the officers were trying to get in country for one day to get their CIB. One of my former team members was a Lifer at the time, and kept getting "Bumped" to the back of the flights going in, because he already had his. Today, the Army promises a career if you sign up as a "Tank Mechanic". After taking a closer look, the "Tank Mechanic" is driving the Humvee into roadside ambushes, etc. So - I'm guessing that since there is no real dividing line in the current conflict, the PTSD claims can be widespread. All veterans should be active in the VA medical system - so maybe productive changes would happen. The government needs to take a good, hard look at their veterans' medical needs. Ask us to serve, but take care of the consequences. Everyone should be thinking of our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and hope the violence subsides. -Dwight Carey ('68) -- Wishing I was fishin' **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) Re: PTSD - from a professional & a survivor I am glad we are talking about this. I especially want to thank Rick Maddy ('67) for his eloquent discourse yesterday (11/25). (Obviously that education the VA paid for was money well spent, Rick!) As some of you know, I practice (rural) psychiatry. Just the same as in any job, I have my least favorite parts (doing dictation and the overwhelming paperwork!) and my more favorite parts. One of my absolute favorites is working with people with PTSD. This is true for a number of reasons, probably not the least of which is that I live with this diagnosis myself. But I think the number one reason I value this experience so much is that people with PTSD actually can and very, very often DO see great improvement in their lives -- given their willingness to do the work, and a good professional to work with them. It's great to be a part of helping that to happen. Cured? Well, with PTSD, what I tell patients I go for is "nicely scarred over." I almost always present the analogy that continued to live with untreated PTSD is like having an internal abscess. At this juncture, I usually will stick out my arm and point to an area, saying, "It's like when my horse bit me here. If that wound had closed over on itself, but the infection had been allowed to go on and on, untouched, it would not be long before it would have become systemic. It would have affected my whole life -- body, soul, mind, heart. I could have become entirely subject to the infection running through me -- even to the point of death. At very best, my life would certainly would be limited by the effects of the infection." So working with PTSD patients is a step-wise process -- and I won't go through the whole thing .. establishing trust, etc. The bottom line is, my job is to bring them to the place where that abscess can be opened up, cleaned out, and allowed to heal over -- "nicely scarred." Does everything get "all better"? Rarely - probably never. Do people get a good life back? Yes, very, very often. Are they scarred? Sure -- that's bound to happen from a wound. Let's not pretend, folks. But one's life experience can be so much better - worth the living - when he/she "works his/her stuff through". It's hard. It is not fun -- not for me, not for my patients. But it is entirely, 100% worth it. As for what Rick said, PTSD can be the result of 100 traumas -- or just one. Each of us is wired a little differently. (For example, if your spouse beats you only 10 times instead of 100 times, does that mean you don't "qualify" for a PTSD diagnosis -- even if you are experiencing the symptoms of PTSD?) I know PTSD from personal experience. I know it from academic training and internships. I know it from on-the-job -- every day. Really, I know what I am talking about. Thanks again to all who have brought this subject to light in this forum. Especially thanks again to Rick Maddy ('67) for his comments of 11/25. (If you missed his words, it would be worth it to go to the archives and reading them.) -Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) To: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) Re: Black Friday Carol, You were talking about stores opening at am and people in line at 2am. Some of our stores opened that early but people stood in line from the day before some as early as 12:00 (noon) on Thanksgiving day. I hope they got what they were looking for. One lady whose picture was in the paper had 2 of one gift and said if she'd had a cart she would have gotten at least 1 more of it. Me, I'm going out around 5:30am on Sunday to a 24 hour store to do mine as I know there won't be the crowds. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where it's been cold but no moisture ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/27/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Mike Clowes ('54), John Adkins ('62) Gary Behymer ('64), Jim Heidlebaugh ('65) Alan Lobdell ('69), Betti Avant ('69) Daniel Laybourn ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Andrew Eckert, Jr. ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: Sculpture in Courtyard If looked at from the right height and angle, one could possibly make a case for "The Cloud". -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ getting ready for the "Bah! Humbug!" season in slightly frosty Mount Angel, OR **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to my friend David Rivers ('65) - you ol' jarhead Many of you know that David comes from an Apache background - you may not now that there were many Aztecs in his ancestry - he's sort of "half Aztec" -John Adkins ('62) ~ Richland - It's snowing in the beautiful downtown Tri Cities **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) To: Donna Nelson ('63) Re: Donna's Question: "I guess for any torn American flag or military branch flag... whose responsibility is it to replace them?" Yes... Donna, you already know the answer. It is OUR job to replace them. Here in downtown Colfax WE chip in to replace all of our 'street' flags twice a year. The son of a WWII flyer took on the responsibility 4 or 5 years ago. Salute! -Gary Behymer ('64) ~ Colfax, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Heidlebaugh ('65) Re: Birthday Boy Sure seems like these things roll around more than once a year... maybe not. Happy Birthday to the Birthday Greeter. David Rivers ('65) turns .......... 61 .... today! -Jim Heidlebaugh ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Lobdell ('69) To: Rick Maddy ('67) Thanks for everything you said about PTSD. You sounded so much like my brother Guy Lobdell ('66-RIP)... it was very hard for me to read, however I didn't want to miss a word of it. It is unfortunate; however it is very easy to get a fake DD-214. It's just a piece of paper and it's also surprising how far in the system it will take you. A close friend of my Terry Newby PhD, also an in country Nam Vet, has been a volunteer veteran's advocate for many years and gets the VA stats each year. I've been waiting to see what comes out this year. -Alan Lobdell ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) To: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Fireworks Display Larry, That fireworks display from Coeur d'Alene was gorgeous. I sent the link to a friend in Kansas who every year for extra money her family has a fireworks stand at their home in the country. They usually go to Missouri to get the best they can buy and when I knew them they sold out every year. "Happiness is indeed the sky in bloom". -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Daniel Laybourn ('70) Re: after all this time... So here I am back in Richland... and it's the first snowfall I've seen/been in in 25 years... what a change... -Daniel Laybourn ('70) ~ in Richland again... with white stuff fallin' out of the sky... ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/28/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Alice Hanthorn ('59), Patti Jones ('60), Helen Cross ('62) Jeff Michael ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alice Hanthorn Johnson ('59) To: Larry Mattingly ('60) Just a word: WOW!!! Thanks SO much it was lovely, Terrific, etc., etc., etc... Oh yah! Thanks to Dave Hanthorn ('63)... and my new flat screen 19" hi res monitor, like wow! You guys made my evening, and to think I can play it again! -Alice Hanthorn Johnson ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Even though the news had announced snow was coming, I was surprised to look out last night to see the ground was covered. Snowed for a good couple of hours then the wind arrived swirling the snow. What a beautiful sight with the lights twinkling on it. Melted this morning but more is expected within a couple of days. Reminded me of when I was in about 4th grade. Snowed all day. The school district decided to close for the day. We were told to wait and a parent would take us home. Little ridiculous to me as I lived in the 13 hundred block of Birch right behind the school. Easy l/2 a block walk if that. We waited for our rides that picked us up in front of the Spalding. Driver drove to the back of the school and dropped me at my home. The snow did keep flying and the wind kept it moving briskly around the houses and the streets. Do not know what the final accumulation was but it was a very strong snow storm. Re: Birthday Happy Birthday David Rivers ('65). (Yes, I'm a day late). Keep the Birthday going for youngness, fondness and friendship. Still conjure up memories of when we knew each other during grade school. All you neighbor boys were always busy doing something. We all spent hours on the Spalding play ground, safe where our parents knew where we were. Your parents had the good house on Acacia right behind the school so they could watch after you. Not that you might have had to be watched. **grin** I'm sure we all found our hiding places at times so the parents didn't know where we were. Games of hide and seek so forth. Oh, to be that young again. Re: Eastside/Westside I will always prefer the Eastside and the warmth. -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) First of all, my sympathy to Carol Bishop Horne ('57), and your younger sister, Sandy ('69) on the loss of your sister Susie ('62-RIP). What a shock. I haven't seen Susie for several years, but she was one of my group of best friends from about 5th to sometime maybe in 9th grade when Billie moved, and we started to work, etc. and the group kind of faded into the background. I will forward this onto Billie Cummings Christian ('62wb). -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ Grandview, IN where we are facing our first real frost of the year, no snow yet, but lots of rain **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeff Michael ('65) Hey there Bombers and Bomberettes... So, when I was in the USAF, '65 - '72, I was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, along with all the other guys in during that time. It was OK to have with my Good Conduct Medal, again given to all the guys that served for a couple years without doing anything really bad... like, treason, for example. I had a couple other ribbons, too, that weren't given to everybody. But here's the paradox. In my early years I had to type those DD FM 214s for everyone that reenlisted while stationed on Wheelus AB, Libya. I was the separations, reenlistment and extensions clerk (the ONLY one). I worked directly for the personnel officer... he had to do the swearing- ins as required by regulations. We did some unusual ones... in a helicopter, once on the edge of the Sahara, once in a boat on the Med. But, back to the point. I had to type the list of the medals the airman had earned on those forms. That meant more typing on a many copies form (carbons) and no corrections allowed. So, medals given to everyone were not very special to me. And they didn't seem to recognize anything very special. On the other hand, the closest I came to combat, having rocks and a Molotov cocktail thrown at me during the '67, 6 Day War, earned me no medal... just long days and nights of continuous work. Come to think of it, I'm not too fond of the Purple Heart, either. Risk of survival earning them is too high. As for PTSD... what I saw being admitted to the hospital at Tachikawa, Japan was enough to set me into the need of VA benefits. Fortunately, by then, I was working in Armed Forces Radio and TV... not a corpsman. In Japan, I saw only some conflicts with the Japanese Mafia, but again... no medal. So, to avoid the possibility of any more medals... I got out in Oct '72. P.S. I never said "Good Morning, Vietnam" on the radio... but hour after hour, I said "___ died in the conflict in Southeast Asia today. That raises the total to ___ this year." dj Jeff Michael ('65) ~ Jamul, CA (South East of San Diego proper by about 10 miles). The difference between an extreme high tide and an extreme low tide, like today, is around 10 feet. That's an awful lot of water moving in and out of the bay a couple times a day. Pretty amazing. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/29/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Bonnie Allen ('59), Larry Mattingly ('60), Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janis Ervin ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Denny Duncan ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joe Campbell ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Howell ('68wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rick Polk ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bonnie Allen ('59) Re: Larry Mattingly's ('60) Christmas Display Larry, Frequently I get a little behind reading my Sandstorm. I just watched your Christmas Display in Coeur d'Alene. Beautiful! No wonder you like your job so much! -Bonnie Allen ('59) ~ Mill Creek, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: It's only network TV Heartfelt thanks to all of you who commented on the Friday (11/23) display. We felt it would be good but it came out pretty close to perfect. I can be my own worst enemy in evaluating the "Entertainment Value" of our work. Fireworks is not a perfect science and sometimes it just doesn't click when faced with the challenge of entertaining people with fire. Everything, including the fractious Cd'A winter weather, worked in our favor and every single one of the over 3500 items fired as designed. The special shells did indeed "step it up a notch", the sponsor was deliriously pleased, and I went to bed in the wee hours a very happy pyro. Suddenly.... we were faced with not one but two more displays fired in front of national network TV, and on "Good Morning America" (GMA). That is rare in our business. We were the envy of the industry. Ken and I hot footed it back to the plant near Olympia and prepped and packed 2 displays smaller but similar in stature to the Friday display. Ken left early in the AM Monday and I took a few hours to catch up on business and left at 4 PM. I ran into snow at N. Bend and it took me over 9 hours to get to Cd'A in absolute blinding snow. Winds at the summit were 45-55 MPH. In a 10 mile stretch over the summit of Snoqualmie I saw 24 vehicles in accidents. 2 were on their tops in the ditch. One was on it's side on the road and the rest were in various positions and condition. Most were not drivable. I held my speed down and just kept driving. 30 minutes after I crossed they closed the pass for a period of time to clean up the mess. I had to stop several times to de-ice my wipers and headlights. It was ugly. Meanwhile we were told that one show had to be on land and so had to tear it down, move it off the barge and across the lake and re-set it to the GMA director's satisfaction. When we were ready to fire by late afternoon Tuesday, GMA staff pronounced us as outstanding, awesome, and a bunch of other nice things. At the production meeting and run-thru they did point out that New York controlled the feed. I met Sam Champion. Nice fellow. I cautioned him not to look up when standing on the fire truck. We fired over 500 shells to break right over his head in less then 30 seconds. This totally filled the air with fine ash that stings in the eyes. He took my advice and all was well. A couple of thousand Cd'A citizens turned out and by 3 AM the place was full of people. The countdown went as planned and we fired the barge display as planned and it was perfect. Likewise the display across the lake over Sam's head. Again close to perfect. Alas, the network controls the "feed" (that is what actually goes out over the air). Many of you saw it as we did. They bounced it around from camera to camera and you saw only a few seconds of the first display, and a few more of the second. The citizens were happy, the sponsor was happy, the GMA staff was happy, the staff at KXLY 4/ABC were very complimentary. We don't feel too badly as we did what we were asked to do, and were paid to do, and we did it well. It is after all, network TV. Thanks for all the good wishes and nice comments. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly ('60) ~ Home again near Tacoma, after another blinding drive through heavy snow fall. From Ellensburg to the bottom of the pass on the west side. Now to wash, pack, and prepare for my trip to Honolulu, where I will be conducting a Certification course for Hawaii Licensed pyros. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Coeur d'Alene I'm usually up early in the morning but don't have the TV on, but this morning I made a point to get my paper read and shower done so I could catch GMA (Good Morning America). It looks like Larry Mattingly ('60) was up bright and early to put on a couple of great shows. What time was it done there as I know here the show is on tape from 7-9? -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/30/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers and 1 spouse sent stuff and 2 Bomber funeral notices Today: Betty Bell ('51), Ann Clatworthy ('54) Kathy Moorman (spouse), Carol Converse ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeanne Turner ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jan Klusman ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sandy Clark ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) I have an address for Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) at her daughter's in Eulers, TX. If anyone wants it please e-mail me and I will give it to you. -Betty Bell Norton ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Clatworthy Weyerts-Hogshead ('54) To: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Good Morning America (GMA) Fireworks Display Larry, Carl and I were happy to see your fine work here in Fort Valley, Virginia on GMA, thanks to the advanced notification in the Sandstorm. The sky was awesome and so were the people of Coeur d'Alene, getting up so early. Carl's daughter, Denise Lundy, is a real estate agent in Coeur d'Alene and I'm sure she was there to see the spectacular display. Good Job, Larry!! Thanks for telling us all about the grueling detail to get the job done. People have no idea of what it takes to get that kind of show ready. I know how bad the Snoqualmie Pass can be this time of year... lived there for four years while driving to Seattle every day to teach. "Happiness is the Sky in Bloom"... what a good description of your work. Good Luck in Hawaii, what a nice break for you. Wally Erickson ('53): Were you able to get there? -Ann Clatworthy Weyerts-Hogshead ('54) ~ Fort Valley, VA where the leaves have fallen and the wind is blowing... winter is right around the corner. On December 1st Carl and I will ride our motorcycles in the Mt. Jackson Christmas parade. GMA take notice!! Ho! Ho! Ho! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kathy Moorman, spouse of Jack ('54) Re: Jack Moorman ('54-RIP) Wanted to let you all know that after many months of suffering, Jack finally left this world on November 16, 2007. He died peacefully at home. I apologize for being so long in notifying you, but things were a little hectic for a few days. -Kathy Moorman, spouse of Jack ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) Re: Fireworks in Coeur d'Alene Oh, I wish that I would have known what channel GMA is on. Our local TV paper starts at 10:00am. I tried several times, but got what was called the "Early Show". Nobody looked familiar, so I turned it off. Didn't know what time it was going to be shown either. Wish we would have had that information. I don't watch TV during the day except for one soap opera. I did enjoy the Christmas show on the Sandstorm though. Quite a display!!! Way to go, Larry! -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) - Eureka, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notices >>Jack Moorman ('54) ~ 8/18/35 - 11/16/07 >>Gary Langlois ('77) ~ 1957 - 11/21/07 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` October, 2007 ~ December, 2007