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 Alumni Sandstorm Archive ~ January, 2008
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16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Richland Bombers Calendar website Funeral Notices website *********************************************** *********************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/01/08 ~ HAPPY NEW YEAR ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Larry Christenson ('54), Carol Converse ('64) Donna Fredette ('65), Betti Avant ('69) Maureen Sullivan ('76) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mark Perkins ('75) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike FitzPatrick ('80) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Christenson ('54) Re: Jim McKeown's ('53) entry of 12/31/07. I believe Jack Sinderson ('53) is also on PLU's/PLC's ring of honor. Have a very Happy New Year all you Bombers. -Larry Christenson ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) I just want to let each and every one of you know that I have certainly enjoyed reading all of your entries over this past year. I also want to say a special "thank you" to Maren and Richard for all they do to keep this paper going. Here's wishing all of you, wherever in this world you are, a wonderful and prosperous New Year!! -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Fredette ('65) Happy New Year to all Bombers and their families everywhere! It will be a very good year. Bomber Cheers! -Donna Fredette ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Here's wishing you all a very nice 2008. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maureen Sullivan ('76) To: Vicki Owens ('72) Vicki, I see that you are in Kampala, Uganda. I know we have been in touch before, but I would love to see you when I return there this summer. I spent a month at Ekitangaala Ranch about 2 hours north of Kampala working with the African Children's Mission and the African Hospitality Institute with my friends Wayne and Mary Daniel and Maggie Josiah. I will be going back this mid July. Can I get your email address? Mine is at the top of this entry. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to Bombers one and all! -Maureen Sullivan ('76) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/02/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers and one NAB sent stuff: Wally Erickson ('53), Patti Jones ('60) Dave Hanthorn ('63), Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Greg Alley ('73), Ana Teresa Ortiz (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve Piippo ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) To: Jim McKeown ('53) Thanks for bring up Jack Sinderson ('55)... he's was not only a good basketball player, but a good person. Jack always had something good to say about anyone! I remember when he came up to me at our 50th class reunion; he asked me if "I knew who he was?"... with his hand over his name badge. I have to say I didn't know who he was. For those that haven't been to a class reunion, you don't know what you're missing. It's hard to get around to everyone and share your memories, but you feel good in getting to know more about the ones you weren't even close to during your time in Col-Hi. It's a fun time, I hope to be at our 55th class reunion next year... or do I mean this year... grin. HAPPY NEW YEAR FOR 2008!!!! TO ALL THE BOMBERS OUT THERE... ALL OVER THIS GREAT COUNTRY OF OURS... USA. -Wally Erickson ('53) ~ Where we have over 10" of snow south of Coeur D'Alene... it's beautiful with snow on the evergreen trees and mountains. What a beautiful site!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Happy New Year Bombers -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Hanthorn (Gold Medal Class of '63) Seattle's New Years Fireworks at the Space Needle are a big FIZZLE. They should have hired Larry Mattingly ('60). Happy New Year anyway, -Dave Hanthorn (GMC 63) from cool and clear Mercer Island, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Re: Neighborhood Fireworks Display New Years' Eve, my neighbor across the street (lives next door to my daughter) has a pot luck / fireworks display and this year was no exception. Fireworks are illegal in all nearby cities EXCEPT Gretna. Some brought their own and started shooting off fireworks about 7pm. They had the usual Jello "shooters' and I had a few. I'm sure the finale was supposed to begin at midnight... apparently they hadn't put all the connections together by midnight and several of them got into that part of the act. Here's a picture of what it looks like in front of my house and where they had everything set up. AlumniSandstorm.com/htm2008/Xtra/0Ed/080102-MyHouse.jpg Started 12:06am and it continued - uninterrupted - till 12:23am. Some twisted up and popped... some went up and boomed loud... most went up and burst into stars of white, red, green, and purple... and I thought of Larry Mattingly ('60) and shared his "Happiness is the sky in bloom" sentiment with a few. I haven't seen a lot of "neighborhood" displays, but folks standing around said this one is the best around and I believe them. After the finale, they brought out the leaf blower and garbage cans and cleaned up most of the mess while I headed inside to do the Sandstorm. I was gonna do this last night, but the Jello shooters rendered me incapable of doing much more than copy/paste. Happy New Year to all. Bomber cheers, -Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Greg Alley ('73) Re: Richland roads For anyone not living in Richland there is a change at the [south] end of Thayer Drive. In recent years you would drive to the end of Thayer and go down the hill to turn to the By-Pass highway or to go to Wellsian Way. Now you have one choice. You go left down the hill behind Fred Meyer and next to the Goodwill store. The road is named Lawless. For any Richland historians, is it named after Judge Lawless? If memory serves, and sometimes it does not, he was murdered by a person he convicted of a crime. There has not been many entries recently so I thought I would try one for 2008. -Greg Alley ('73) ~ I just returned from cold Spokane and a Gonzaga game to cold Richland. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ana Teresa Ortiz (NAB) Dear Sandstorm, I an trying to locate two long-lost cousins who I know attended the school. They are Ricardo Garcia and Laura Garcia Massey, the children of my uncle Ivan Garcia who worked at the Hanford facility after participating in the Manhattan Project. I saw one posting from my late aunt Ramona Miller Garcia ('54-RIP) from 1999. If anyone can help, could you please respond? My siblings and I would like to reconnect. -Ana Teresa Ortiz Anateresaortiz@aol.com ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/03/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Wally Erickson ('53) Pat Crook ('58), Larry Holloway ('64) Linda McKnight ('65), Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dick Lohdefinck ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tobe Roberts ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Scott ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) To: Jim McKeown ('53) et al. If memory serves me, Chuck Curtis ('55) and Gene Conley ('48) played for New York of the ABA at the same time. As I recall, there was another local too. Could it have been Jack Sinderson ('53)? Was there a Sanderson? Maybe it was someone else that played at PLU. Happy New Year to all. -Dick McCoy, your octogenarian from the Tin Can class of 1945 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) Maren: Correction... on last email I sent you. Should have been Jack Sinderson ('53)... not ('55). I left out the "years" on my entry to the Sandstorm, but I'll remember from now on so there won't be any confusion. Thank you again for all you do for us BOMBERS and the Sandstorm. -Wally Erickson ('53) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [OOPS! Sorry about that, Wally (and Jack)... I did that... just added the wrong class year for Jack... -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pat Crook ('58) Re: '58 State BB Tourney, Chuck Curtis ('55) To: Ray Loescher ('55) I do remember the Moses Lake team. Didn't realize they only lost one game nor that they beat Lewis and Clark. I actually became a fraternity brother of one of their starters, Gary Flannery at Washington State. We did play West Bremerton in the third game, which was our easiest game. I think Moses Lake would have been much tougher and that West Bremerton beat ML because Lybert was unable to play. He did cut his hand badly before their game with West Bremerton, playing Mumbly Peg in his hotel room. We'll never know how a game with them would have turned out. I will have to say that Big John Meyers ('58-RIP) handled many good centers in that tournament and would like to think he would have done the same with Lybert. As I always told Flannery when he brought up the "what ifs", we did beat the number 1 and number 2 ranked teams in the state our first two games in the tournament that year, so we weren't too bad. Read your comments about Chuck Curtis ('55) in the Sandstorm. I always felt he was the best pure basketball player ever at Richland. That's saying a lot when you think of Gene Conley ('48), Norris Brown ('57), Ray Stein ('64), etc. Lastly, our 1958 team, in my opinion, didn't have the best individual basketball athletes ever sent to state by the Bombers, but I have always felt we had the best TEAM. Consequently, I can't picture Moses Lake beating us. -Pat Crook ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Holloway ('64) Re: Recovering Open Heart Would like to thank everyone for their prayers and best wishes for my recovery from surgery and to thank Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) and a very special thanks to Mary Massey Horsey ('64) for taking time out and helping me get well. I am home now and on the mend and Mary is helping me out for a couple weeks to get my strength back. Everyone should be so blessed to have friends like they are. Also would like to thank others who have offered and would if they could help out. I didn't realize this was such a debilitating disease but sure do now. -Larry Holloway ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) Re: Portland/Vancouver Bomber Luncheon Time: 11:30 a.m. When: January 19, 2007 Where: Red Lion Inn at the Quay, Vancouver, WA RSVP: Linda McKnight Hoban or Lola Heidelbaugh Bowen -Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) ~ Tigard, OR - not far from the banks of the Tualatin River - We saw snow fall on Christmas - first time in 70 years. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Linda, Christmas Day, 2004, we had snow and hadn't seen it here in 50 years. The following summer, we got Katrina. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Jello Shooters I remember one place where I worked they put on a Christmas party at one of the doctor's houses. Everyone signed up to bring something and the doctors provided the main course. One of the gals brought some Jello shooters and had to admit she needed to make a second batch as the first one had too much liquor in them. I don't know how many she downed but I do know her husband was keeping an eye on her. It was on a Friday night and I was scheduled to work with her the next day. Thankfully she was OK to do her part of the exams. It was just her, a receptionist, and I and we kept quite busy that day. I inquired if the other techs rotated the Saturday clinics and she said probably not as you're full time and they're part time and it wouldn't give them a chance to even get 40 hours for the week. I thought whatever, I guess. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where once again it's cloudy and looking like rain (what's new, huh?) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/04/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Mary Triem ('47), Karen Cole ('55) Carol Converse ('64), David Rivers ('65) Bill Wingfield ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry Holloway ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paula Jill Lyons ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nina Berland ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Triem Mowery ('47) Miss Maren: I think my SS dues are due? Correct? HAPPY NEW YEAR! -Mary Triem Mowery, a '47 Bomber ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Mary, You're not due for several months... I'll send you an email when we get closer to your due date. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Karen Cole Correll ('55) OK, I've been waiting for someone to ask how you make a Jello shooter. Is it just Jello and alcohol? I'm curious, being a 0-1 alcoholic drink a year person, I'd never heard of them. Happy New Year to all. -Karen Cole Correll ('55) ~ Nine Mile Falls, WA where we have global warming and 7 inches of snow. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Karen, 3 oz. box of Jello... added the ONLY alcohol I had in the house (1 cup of Peppermint Schnapps was left in the bottle) as the "cold water". Poured into tiny paper cups (fast-food places have them to punp-fill with catsup for your fries)... forgot how many... maybe a couple of dozen? Not much alcohol in each one. Once gelled, ya suck it out of the little cup. Mine were really pretty yukky! Others brought some yellow and orange shooters in tiny plastic cups with lids and I think they said they used Rum. Someone else suggested vodka. I don't drink very much or very often, so it doesn't take much to render me incapable of doing a Sandstorm entry for myself. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) Maren: Love the picture of your home. Is that trailer looking thing (could be a greenhouse) on the right side yours also? -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) - Eureka, CA getting plenty of rain and wind today ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Carol, That is, indeed, a tractor trailer. No wheels on it. They have it sitting on concrete blocks (2 or 3 high) off the ground. It belongs to my landlords. They call it "the metal shed" and use it for storage. Picture looks like it might have windows, but it doesn't. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: She's so hot! Oh yeah... that time again boys and girls... we got a Bomber- babe with a birthday on January 4, 2008... She and I have a thing goin' but her name ain't Mrs. Jones... We are soooooooooo mad for each other... Eatcher hearts out boyz of '64... this babe can't get enough of me... she's always cuddling up to me and puuuuuuurrring in my ear... Other than Warford ('65) she's about the only one who has ever called me "Dave" Only she says "Daaaaaaavie"... melt melt... does an old man's heart good to hear that kinda talk... don't let her know I called myself "old"... she still thinks of me as an innocent child... Every time we see each other it is a total luuuuuuuv connection and when I say luv I mean LUV L U V!... oh yeah I still got it... and she's always had it... Now if there was just some way I could let her know all this stuff... I'm sure she'd agree... I'm sure... Well she probably would... Well she might... hmm... maybe I should introduce myself instead of lying on my bed listening to "Image of a Girl" on the radio and dreamin' these Johnny Burnette kinda dreams... Well, from her "pet boy" to Paula Jill Lyons ('64) let's hear a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Wingfield (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Re: Santa Fe Area Bomber Luncheon I would like to invite y'all, this Saturday, 1/5/08 at 1:00pm, San Marcos Cafe, which is a cute little adobe cafe just 6 miles south of 599 on Hwy 14, headed toward Madrid. Look for the windmill on the right. Please pass along to any Bombers, Falcons, Lions, Bulldogs, Indians, etc., and their spouses or significant others in the Los Alamos, Santa Fe, or Albuquerque area. -Bill Wingfield (BRC '67) ~ Santa Fe, NM where there is white stuff on the ground, and the sky is clear. At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Try to be that spark for someone else. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Bernard Woehle ('49) ~ 12/13/31 - 12/24/07 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/05/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Sharon Panther ('57), Helen Cross ('62) David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pam Ehinger ('67) BOMBER LUNCH Today: Santa Fe, NM Area BOMBER LUNCH Today: Class of '60, 3 Margaritas, 627 Jadwin, Richland BOMBER CALENDAR: http://www.calsnet.net/All_Bombers Click the event you want to know more about. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sharon Panther Taff ('57) Maren - Finally someone asked what several of us wanted to ask - "What are Jello shooters"? Sounds like adult "Knox Blox" to me. I used to mix Jello with about half the water and the resulting product was a Jello that could be cut in cute shapes or squares and the kids could eat with their fingers. You could even layer the Jello in a rainbow effect waiting for each layer to harden. -Sharon Panther Taff ('57) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Sharon, I assumed (I know I'm not supposed to assume) that since I knew what a Jello Shooter was (and I've led a very sheltered life), everybody would know. Never heard of Knox Blox. I recall seeing a giant tray of Jello shooters being carried by a waitress in a bar in the French Quarter several years ago. That was a the first time I'd heard of them. I'm gonna try your half the water trick. Thanks! -Maren]' **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) First of all Happy Birthday to Larry Holloway ('64), and I hope you are continuing to recover from your recent surgery. Then a late Happy New Year to all Bombers. It's hard to believe that another year has flown by so quickly. Christmas and Advent being the minister and the minister's wife was very busy, but wonderful. We were bushed by Christmas Day. But we're now gearing up for Epiphany. We've had a lot of fun with our youth group of about l0 little pre-teen girls at one church. We took them ice-skating over at Owensboro, KY on December 30th and had a lot of fun and laughs and I didn't even get on the ice... the weather was sunny and cold, but not nearly so cold as it got the next few days. Now it is warming up. It's been great to hear from so many old, dear friends over the holidays. Email makes it so much easier to keep in touch sometimes, but it's still nice to get the Christmas cards and family news... I'll be back in the Tri-Cities to visit my mom, brother and family sometime this year, hopefully more than once, just don't know when yet. Well, I'm still trying to finish the 12 or so cards I didn't get done before Christmas... -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ with a winter view of the Ohio River out of my bedroom window in Grandview, IN where it has been cold, but we've still not had over a dusting of snow, and I'd just as soon keep it that way, as we've already missed our white Christmas.... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Oh where oh where... I'll bet each and every one of you has called an old number, used an old E-mail address or sent a letter to the last address you had for someone you used to talk to a lot... only to find that person is no longer there... what a feeling that is... the other day I was thinking about Janet Glover ('65)... couldn't find any info on her so thought I'd contact brother Jack ('61).. sure enough, he had an email address under his class roster... ooooooooooops... the email address was no good. Now there is no question that I like to keep in touch with my fellow Bombers... I like to email I like to call and I like to send written snail stuff... I've been trying to get a hold of sister Rosalie ('63) lately too, to no avail... maybe I'm just a pest and nobody wants to talk to me... gee I sure hope not... I am a fool for Bomber babes and always wanna be there for the Bomber guys... So if anybody has heard from any of these folks lately... lemme know... OK? -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/06/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Dick Harris ('49), Sharon Greer ('62) Rosalie Lansing ('63), Linda Reining ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry Mattingly ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lora Homme ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patricia Rediske ('6 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick Harris ('49) Interesting Experience with Former German P.O.W., Hans Weiser: Back in 1979, [my wife] Bonnie and I were in Menden, Germany, visiting a former Rotary Youth Exchange Student, whom we had hosted in 1974, and his parents. While there, we met a former German soldier, who had been in a prisoner of war (P.O.W.) in Concordia, KS, for 2 1/2 years. I have continued to correspond with him, since that time. A year or so ago, he wrote that he had written his memoirs of the War Years, 1940-1946. I immediately wrote (at 89, he doesn't utilize E-mail) back and told him that I would be honored to receive a copy. That copy arrived immediately, but it was entirely in German. To make a long story short, I finally hired a lady in Menden to translate it for me. I have just received the finished document and find it very fascinating and interesting! When one thinks about the fact that Hans Weiser was spending 2 1/2 years in Kansas, when many of us were sharing the same years in a new environment (Richland)is an interesting sidelight. This man was on the Eastern Front as a young Nazi recruit, was wounded in the Ukraine, recovered, and made an officer before he was 19 years old. He was sent back to Prague in the former Czechoslovakia and another city in Germany for more training as an artillery officer. He was then sent to North Africa as part of Rommel's Afrika Korps. He was wounded again, recovered in a hospital in Greece and returned to North Africa. His outfit finally ran out of supplies and ammunition, destroyed their weapons, so they couldn't be used by the allies and surrendered to the British. He was turned over to Americans for captivity and transported in a Liberty Ship to Norfolk and eventually, Kansas. If anyone is interested, I could send a copy of this document, via E-mail. I did some editing (it needs considerably more, before publishing), but is readable and I've found, very interesting. I remember Hans telling us about some of his experiences in Kansas. He said, "I thought it quite interesting, what was on your Hit Parade. I thought it quite ironic. It was 'Don't Fence Me In.'" He lost his wife, Kathe, to cancer in 1989, and subsequently lost another close, lady friend, to cancer. So, for what it is worth! -Dick Harris ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sharon Greer ('62) Re: Jell-O shooters Jell-O shooters are a popular Mardi Gras throw. After a few of those you don't care which parade you are watching or how many other throws you catch. Little kids do catch them and I've seen more than a few little ones so bombed their parents have to carry them home. -Sharon Greer ('62) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Sharon, Was this at a Mardi Gras parade in Pass Christian, MS? I've never seen them thrown at a parade in New Orleans. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rosalie Lansing Haag (Gold Medal Class of '63) To: David Rivers ('65) I'm not lost, just missing in action. It has been a busy year for me and my family. However that doesn't excuse losing contact with your oldest and dearest friends. I am whooped, now I'm found, I sure hope so. As usual it seems my health was in the fore-front again last year. I had to go through 5 surgeries to keep up on the on-going maintenance. Both eyes for cataracts, very successful, I can see clearly again. 2 brain surgeries for trigeminal neuralgia, pinched off nerve in the face. The surgery should keep me out of pain for 2 maybe 3 years, then will go through surgery again. The other one was a roux n y gastric bypass, As of today I have lost 113#, and this is only my 8th month. *Pat, pat* and my own back. I feel at least 20 years younger. God is just so, so good. We also lost our mother this year. That was a huge trauma even though we knew she was ready to go, It just always hurts so hard. Now I'm ready for our Gold Medal class of '63 reunion. And will try to keep David and Ellen updated at all times. I think one needs to read their emails more than once a month, do you think, duh!!! Happy New Years to all the best of friends in the world. BOMBERS FOREVER -Rosalie Lansing Haag (Gold Medal Class of '63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) Maren, thanks for the info on the jello shooters--have heard of them, but never had them, think they are usually made with vodka--- since it doesn't have a "taste", it wouldn't overshadow the jello flavors--also quicker/easier to get drunk, since you don't "taste" the vodka. *grin* ever had "sloe gin fizz"? it's like drinking strawberry soda pop, but, it delivers one heck of a kick---you don't even realize you are getting drunk til it's too late! when I drank, that was my favorite drink. that or a "freddy fudpucker"---try saying that after you've had two or three of them!!!! *grin* re:Knox Blox we make a dessert, "Broken Glass Torte" using Knox-gelatin and three different flavors of jello---it looks like a stained glass effect. we use the Knox gelatin in place of the water and it makes them "thicker and jigglier". *grin* Northern California is getting "hit" with the latest winter storm and we are getting some of the rains and winds, too. we had so much wind yesterday(Friday)that it kicked up a dust storm and they had to close down parts of the highways---visibility was too dangerous to keep driving. also had tumbleweeds all over the place--one guy had so many in his backyard, he couldn't see his grass! reminded me of the dust storms in Richland when I was a kid and all the tumbleweeds that would blow in from the bypass and land in our backyard on Elm Street. the ski resorts are in "hog heaven" and they are saying we could even get snow on the grapevine--that's the route we take from Bakersfield to Los Angeles. am loving it---this is MY kind of weather--not the wind, but love the rain and the cold weather! *grin* -Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64)in wet, windy, cold Bakersfield, CA ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/07/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Tom Tracy ('55), Stephanie Dawson ('60) Mac Quinlan ('62), Sharon Greer ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy ('55) To: Ray Loescher ('57) Another thanks for passing on the records that Chuck Curtis ('55) had set at PLU. Most records are milestones for someone to break later... however, Chuck also set the scoring record for the NAIA League and was finally awarded the trophy and honor for it, more than 20 years after the achievement.. The college President who presented him the award said,"Chuck was really humbled and touched by the award... and remarked, "I thought nobody remembered... Thanks very much... It means a lot". No one will probably break that record because that division of the NAIA was terminated the year he received the award. I don't recall anyone noting that our tall basketball center in '54, Wayne Moss ('54), won the National Championship in High Jumping while representing Oregon State at the Nationals in 1959. He jumped 6' 9-3/4" to win. Congratulations to a great Richland Bomber Athlete!!!. He was also a great team mate to all who played basketball with him. Winning the championship... and jumping higher than his own height was an amazing feat. It is said that the people of Northern California believe when you pray for moisture during the dry seasons... you should remember to carry an umbrella and snow shovel with you... All the best to Bomber classmates from Boise's blustery winds and welcomed snow-covered mountains. -Tom Tracy ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60) Re: Birthday greetings and sad news Happy birthday to my old neighbor Larry Mattingly ('60). I'm 10 days behind you. Gee, never thought of you as an older man! Sad note: My Mom, Margaret Dawson, the other half of Dawson- Richards management for so many years, suffered a stroke on Thursday, January 3, and passed away the next afternoon, January 4. She was the "introvert" brain behind all of Grover's Bomber and community activities, like the little league and basketball teams, radio sponsorship of Bomber games, co-founding of the Bomber Boosters, letterman sweaters and jackets, tux rentals, School Board activities, and a zillion other things that touched so many of your lives between 1949 and the 1970s. She would have been 93 in March. Christmas Eve the family celebrated what would have been Grover's 95th birthday, and this coming June would have been their 70th wedding anniversary. It was a good long run, and the two of them left behind 3 children (Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60), Jeff Dawson ('62), and Gaynor Dawson ('65), 7 grandchildren (and one deceased), 4 step grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren and step great grandchildren. She was blessed, as were we all. Typically, she requested no services. -Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mac Quinlan ('62) Re: Jell-O All this talk about Jell=O reminded me of a story my dad once told me. When he was a little kid his mother used to bake a lot of pies and pastries. One time when they went out to dinner they were treated with something new for desert... Jell-O. The very next day my grandmother went out and got some to make for dinner that night. When she mixed it up it was to watery, not like Jell-O at all, the instructions must be wrong. So she kept adding gelatin until it was the consistency of pie filling and put in the ice box to cool. Anyway, my dad said that he and the next door neighbor kid used it to play football with. He said that it was totally indestructible! -Mac Quinlan ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sharon Greer ('62) Re: Jell-O Shooters Yes, Maren it was the Pass Christian parades. Jell-O shooters have appeared in our parades for about the last 5-6 years. You can be sure that if it is alcoholic, can be put in a "go-cup" it will show up at a street party and eventually show up at a Pass Christian Mardi Gras parade. Haven't been to a New Orleans parade for a long time so do not know if they are popular there also. Our parade is only about half its pre-Katrina size because of the torn up streets, destroyed churches, and hardly any merchants. Even so, Mardi Gras is always a giant party that one cannot ignore. -Sharon Greer ('62) ~ Pass Christian, MS ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/08/08 2007 National Champions, LSU. GEAUX TIGERS ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Anna May Wann ('49), Larry Harrold ('56) Patti Jones ('60), Judy Willox ('61) Barbara von ('62), Bob Rector ('62) Shirley Collings ('66), Bill Wingfield ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kath Carlson ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patti Sinclair ('77) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) Re: Note from Club 40 In entering Club 40 dues payments, the following note came through: James Clatworthy ('46) says to "Tell McCoy I'll be 80 on February 16th" So Dick take note!! -Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49), Club 40 Treasurer **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Harrold ('56) Re: John Wendell Robinson ('56 Deceased) Johnny Robinson, Class of '56, passed away Dec. 19, 2007 at his home in Richland. John suffered from a bad heart for several years, but it didn't keep him from pursuing his passion for old cars. His pride and joy was first his family and second, his 1932 Chrysler 3-window coupe. John's wife of 49 years, Colleen Kraus, is also a Bomber, Class of '58. The Robinson home was always near the top of the list of most decorated houses in Richland at Christmas time. He lived in one of Richland's original homes which was built before the Hanford project. His house is located on Hunt Avenue directly across George Washington Way from the Uptown district. John was able to attend the Class of 1956 50th reunion in 2006, which was the first and only reunion he had ever attended. He claimed that he never attended previous reunions because he was sure no one would know who he was. However, he said he would never miss another one! When John was admitted to the hospital in early December, another Bomber grad, Terry Shegrud ('56), soon arrived at the hospital to give Johnny a haircut. Following a week in the hospital, John returned home where the family was assisted by several of John's friends who volunteered to be at Johnny's side around the clock to assist the family in providing care. One of these volunteers was another Bomber, Clint Worcester ('57). Clint Worcester ('57) paid tribute to Johnny at the funeral by recounting the highlights and lessons learned of two young boys growing up in the trailer court in North Richland in the late '40s. Their friendship continued through the years. This was one of the finest tributes that I have ever heard spoken to someone's memory. Lois Weyerts Harrold ('56) and I, Larry Harrold ('56) will miss our frequent visits from Johnny with his old cars parked in our driveway. He always paid his respects while inspecting any progress on my projects and then pointing out what was planned or accomplished on his various vehicles. I always think about Johnny as I work on my 1941 Chevy Coupe---a car I bought from Johnny in 2004. -Larry Harrold ('56) ~ Richland where we had a dusting of snow on the ground this morning. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) & Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) Re: All Bomber Luncheon Richland Reservations aren't necessary. Many Bombers do like to let us know they are coming so please email if you wish. WHEN: Saturday, January 12, 2008 WHERE: JD Diner, 3790 Van Giesen, West Richland, WA 99353 Used to be Coney Island (Light green building just past the Yakima River bridge heading west from Richland on the right side) TIME: 1:00 P.M. PRICE: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served all day. Prices range from $4.50 - $13.95 (add drink, tax, and tip) Bomber spouses and friends are welcome! Looking forward to also seeing out-of-town Bomber visitors. Bombers Have Fun, -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA -Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) ` Richland, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Judy Willox (Classic Class of '61) To: All Bombers, All Classes Re: Class Picture, circa 1911 for Richland, WA Recently I was thumbing through eBay for Bomber stuff and this picture came to my attention. One person comes to my mind when I look at this and that is Teri Kessie, former VP at the Richland High School. Her folks go way back to the time when people around these parts were displaced and their lands taken for the Manhattan Project. So Teri, if you are reading this, check this out as you could have relatives in that picture. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=230208867752 Maybe there are others out there who may have relatives in this picture. I hope this picture finds a home. Re: Once a Bomber, Always a Bomber Shirts I recently added a shirt to the "store" that had the design above on it and have discovered since that there is a problem with the paint used on this particular design. I have sold a number of them and need to inform anyone and everyone who may have gotten one that I will be replacing them if you have a problem. More than likely you will and I am more than happy to replace them. I cannot remember who all bought these, so get in touch with me through the above email and I will make these right. Sorry for the inconvenience. Happy New Year to each and every one of you and may 2008 be the best for you. And remember, Once a Bomber, Always a Bomber! -Judy Willox (Classic Class of '61) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barbara von Olnhausen ('62) Re: Layered Jello Typically it's done with thickened Eagle-brand canned milk. I think the milk can has the instructions on the label. Basically just making Jello Jigglers in thin layers and putting a similar layer of Eagle-brand thickened with plain Knox in between the colored Jello layers. Used to make them for my son and my Cub Scout den... colors of Jello based on whatever the holiday was. Always a big hit with kids. I also enjoyed them, but diabetes took them off my menu-planning. The Jello isn't so bad, but the Eagle-brand stuff is super sweet! Now you've got me thinking... wonder if I could make them taste any good using sugar-free jello and sweetening regular canned milk with Splenda - will give it a try. -Barbara von Olnhausen ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Rector ('62) To: Stephanie, Jeff and Gaynor Dawson Everyone of the 1950s and 1960s generations certainly followed Dawson-Richards as an icon of "earlier Richland". Strange that I spoke briefly with Stephanie at the Safeway store just about a week ago... no word of Mom then. This was very fast for sure. We all will miss the passing of those who grew up and worked with "us." It is an end of an era and the end of a Richland legacy. Nice people with pretty nice kids too. Our best, -Bob Rector ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) Re: Santino Fontana ('00) From today's TCHerald: "Former Tri-Citian is Broadway bound Richland High grad to appear in musical opening this month" http://www.tri-cityherald.com/tch/local/story/9558841p-9471315c.html Current Picture of Santino: AlumniSandstorm.com/htm2008/Xtra/Any/080108-Haskins-Fontana.jpg Outstanding job, Santino!! We are VERY proud of you! -Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) ~ Richland where we have simpler life styles, the open spaces, regular grocery stores and can drive cars. *grin* **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Wingfield (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Re: Santa Fe Bomber Lunch http://alumnisandstorm.com/Lunches/Current-SantaFe/00.html We had a small but fun group of Bombers and a Lion and spouse at our Santa Fe, NM Bomber Luncheon this last Saturday, 1/5/08 at the San Marcos Cafe in Cerillos, NM... it's a cool little adobe cafe 6 miles south of Santa Fe on Highway 14, toward Madrid. Attendees: Donna McGregor Salazar ('57), Bill Wingfield (BRC '67), Cindy Payton-Hoffman ('65), Barbara Johnson Nelson (KHS'75) and spouse Pat Nelson from Arma KS, and a few beautiful Peacocks outside. After lunch, Donna & I went over for a tour Cindy's beautiful adobe home just a hop, skip, and a jump from the San Marcos Cafe. Our next Santa Fe, NM Bomber Luncheon will be 3/16/08 1:00pm at Gabriel's in Pojoaque, NM. -Bill Wingfield ('67) ~ Santa Fe, NM ~ where there's white stuff on the ground, there is a blizzard outside as I write this, but I got a little skiing in the Sunday at Ski Santa Fe. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>John Robinson ('56) ~ 6/16/38 - 12/20/07 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/09/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Lenora Hughes ('55), Bill Berlin ('56) Mike Ragland ('57), David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joan Eckert ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda Reining ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pearl Drotts ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Funderburg ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Stefan Scherperel ('97) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) Happy Birthday to Linda Reining ()'64) today. Look in the dictionary under FRIEND. It will say Linda Reining. There is no doubt in my mind. Linda, I appreciate your friendship more than any words can say. I hope that your birthday is filled with great joy and happiness and that you go out and "paint the town red"! Bob and I both wish you the happiest birthday you can imagine!!!! We love you! -Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Johnny Robinson ('56-RIP) I was sorry to hear that Johnny had passed away, another Class of '56 gone. I got hooked up with Johnny at Col-Hi as he was a north end guy and I was from the Southside but we were both into cars. He would come down when we would have the meets (unofficial) on that strip of old highway to the south of the Bypass close to the Yakima River. Johnny had a perennial smile, like he had known you for years and I liked that a lot. Boy, those were the days when gas was $.16/gallon and we still had to strain our milk, so to speak, to come up with a buck for gas. Re: LSU Glad to see that LSU took care of business and knocked off Ohio State for the BCS #1 spot. I would support Fidel Castro University as opposed to any Big 10 team, a Conference who is living on its past glory. At least Michigan finally won a bowl game. Re: Jack Sinderson ('53) Jack lived just up the block from us on GWWay and he was always a hero to me. Even in high school when he was a "big dog" on the basketball team he would come down to our "compound" and shoot hoops with us or play tag football with the "little kids." Everyone in the neighborhood, including my Dad, called him "Sindy" for short. I did not play basketball at Col-Hi. Dawald just did not like me all that well, but I did play at Linfield. I was one of the top two players on the Linfield JV and, given injuries, I would get to be #12 on the Varsity, sitting at the end of the bench. It was like being the 5th man on a four-man bobsled team but I did get a varsity uniform for a few minutes. We played in the same conference as PLU (still do) and played the Lutes on a home and away series, losing that year in Parkland, WA and beating them at home. They were an awesome team with Chuck Curtis ('55) and Jack Sinderson ('53 with Marv Harshman as coach, as close to a John Wooden as you would come to the perfect coach. Linfield was good too, with two Oregon All-State players, Carl Goetze from Hillsboro and Jack Riley from Benson in Portland. Great memories. Re: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in 2008. Better late than never? Wrong. I have my Christmas presents purchased already and want to get a lot of the rush out of the holiday season this coming December, so Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all. With this out of the way, maybe I can make it to Club 40 this year. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ Anacortes, WA where I paid my Sandstorm dues a long time ago, in November. Have you paid yours? **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Ragland ('57) Re: Judy Willox' E-bay picture Judy's eBay Link Take a look at the picture Judy sent in. Isn't that Harvey Chapman ('56) in the second row? -Mike Ragland ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Bakersfield Birthday Yessiree, our boys and girls have spread out all over the country... actually all over the world but they still call Richland home. We got a Bomber-Babe having a birthday on January 9, 2008 who has spent the last several years over in Caleforeyeyay... right there in the middle a cow country... yup that ol San Joaquin Valley,,, drive through there at night in the summer time and there's this haze over the ground... and a funny smell... folks around those parts say it smells like "money"... it's a nice little town and our home girl fits right in... why I can see her, Dwight, Merle, the Smokin' Armadillos and the ghost of The Buckaroo dancin' on Beer Can Hill or over 'mungst the dinosaurs at Buck's ranch... Every time I make that turn onto 99, I say I gotta call the birthday girl... just like every time she hits Vegas she says she's gonna call me... we never seem to hook up but we think of each other a lot and share a ton a email... I love that trip and make it every October to the California Hot rod Reunion... Gathering of Geezers is what they call it and the name fits... All the old time greats are out there runnin' their front end dragsters just as they did in the Day... So I hope everybody will join me in wishing Linda Reining ('64) a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!! David Rivers ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/10/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Bill Witherup ('53) Diane Davenport ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Witherup ('53) Re: Hanford anthology Bill Witherup ('53) is beginning to put together an anthology of writings, photographs, snapshots, personal experiences of either having worked at Hanford or been a child of a Hanford worker, and what is was like living in Richland or the Tri-Cities from 1943 on. A grant has been proposed to raise funds for the anthology from a non-profit group that I am involved in here in Seattle. It is not a done-deal, but we mean to somehow raise the ante. If you would like to share some of your experiences, and have photos or snapshots, please write me a Letter of Interest - hey, it does not have to be formal - Bill Witherup/Hanford Anthology/[address deleted for privacy. Email Bill if you want his address. -Maren]. Hard copy only, that is, snail mail - do not respond by email, although you can talk about it on the AS chat line. Don't send any photos or snapshots until we actually have the go-ahead. Look forward to hearing from some of you. -Bill Witherup ('53) ~ and still "fogging the mirror". **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Diane Davenport ('62) To: Stephanie, Jeff, and Gaynor, So sorry to read of the death of your Mom. Not only did the Dawsons do all of the things mentioned by you, Stephanie, but they also taught many of us the first lessons on quality in clothing (Jantzen and Pendleton), and they gave many of us our first jobs. I still use the ribbon-slip-knot I was taught the Christmas that I was hired to help gift-wrap purchases at the store. Best to all, -Diane Davenport ('62) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/11/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Bill Witherup ('53), Bill Berlin ('56) Gary Behymer ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Russell ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bob Lysher ('81) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mark Gerken ('02) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Witherup ('53) Re: my address I give the Alumni Sandstorm permission to use my address. Perhaps better to use my pmb rather than my residential address. So: Bill Witherup/6920 Roosevelt Way NE/Box 181/Seattle, WA 98115. I will send you a check or money order circa first of February -Bill Witherup ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Cunard Liners This Sunday, January 13 all three Curnard cruise liners will pass the Statue of Liberty for the first and last time ever. The Queen Elizabeth II (QE II) along with the Queen Mary II (QM II) and the very new (first voyage) Queen Victoria (QEV) will make this effort in honour of the retiring QE II, who is now 40 years old and beginning her 125th around the world cruise. Dubai purchased her for $100.0 million and have created a special berth for the QE II on the largest man-made island in the world. She will be a hotel, restaurant and shops. And who said the Sandstorm isn't the most valuable new source in the world? -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ Anacortes, WA asking "what's in your wallet?" It's dues time. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Snow It was New Year's Eve 1956 when Alvin Fisher ('60), Raymond Fisher ('63) & Colfax Behymer ('64) headed for the Uptown Theater for a night of cartoons? What I am sure about is the terrible snow storm we walked thru to get from Mahan to the Uptown district. I do remember that we turned down several rides from drivers who felt sorry for us. Snow is NOT the same in the Pacific Northwest. Palouse snow blows and settles down quick. Richland snow ends up with a crust of ice on it for two weeks... cutting at one's ankles. We settled for 10 to 12" this past week but 40 temperatures have brought 'the thaw' to downtown Colfax. -Gary Behymer ('64) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/12/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Nola Davey ('56), Mary Judd ('60) David Rivers ('65), Shirley Collings ('66) Kellie Walsh ('77) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Earl Bennett ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nola Davey Meichle ('56) Note from Bill Burden ('56) Re: Don Sowell ('56-RIP) Dear Nola, Received notification this afternoon that Don Sowell passed away at 7:30 p.m. on January 9th. Didn't know if you wanted to post the information for classmates or not. -Nola Davey Meichle ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Judd Hinz ('60) Re: Spudnut Shop Article was in today's Tri-City Herald. http://AlumniSandstorm.com/htm2008/Xtra/Any/080112-Judd-TCH.jpg Apparently, our local Spudnut Shop is becoming famous outside of Richland. -Mary Judd Hinz ('60) ~ West Richland where all the snow has melted except on Rattlesnake Mountain. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Big Daddy's Birthday I know... You have heard of Big Daddy Roth and Big Daddy Don Garletts and his Swamp Rat, but we got another Big Daddy Birthday on January 12th. This guy is one a my heroes... growin' up in a household of girls... do you what a house full of girls attracts? More girls... whoooooooooooooeeeeeeeeeee... I know growing up next to the Parkers ('60, '63 and '65) that's the way it was at their house... This guy also grew up across the street from my boy Terry Davis (Knox '65)... Terry has told me many a story about the birthday boy and how much he, as a big kid, taught Terry, as a little kid... I lived across from a park, a church and the Parkers so I didn't have any big guy kids to learn from... Hadda take Davis' and Warford's ('65) second hand knowledge... so I hope you will all join me in wishing Earl Bennett ('63) a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) Re: "Travel Channel features Richland Spudnut Shop" 1/11/08 TCHerald [Deleted all of Shirley's typed text... see entry above from Mary Judd Hinz ('60). Mary scanned the article. -Maren] Ummmmm! Congrats to Val!!! I hope we are made aware of the actual date the show will appear on TV!!! -Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) ~ Richland, where our few inches of snow have melted. Wednesday night would have been perfect for sledding on Carmichael hill, though. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kellie Walsh Patterson ('77) GO COUGS!!!!!!!! -Kellie Walsh Patterson ('77) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/13/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Bell ('51), Larry Mattingly ('60) Donna Fredette ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Luda Stambaugh ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pat Ruane ('75) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) It is a small world: When I saw the posting from Bill Wingfield in New Mexico about the Bomber luncheon, I saw it listed a guy from Arma Kansas. As my husband was from there and we have good friends there (in fact spent 10 days there in September) I forwarded the message to my friend, Muriel Stroud, to see if she knows him. She did. In fact when Nelson's first moved to Arma they stayed for awhile with Muriel and her family until their house was ready. Muriel sent it on to Pat, and he answered her e-mail and remembered Muriel's children. I thought this was another example of Bomber friendships! -Betty Bell Norton ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Home again There is no place like home. I love to travel, meet people, and meet the challenges of entertaining people with fire. But it was good to get back earlier this week and sleep in my own bed and have fresh veggies with my dinner. Since early October I have been home a little over 20 days. I was off to Alaska for my first white Christmas in many years on the 19th, with appointments on the 20th and 21st. As I left for the airport the contractor was cleaning up his mess from my new roof, so that worry is off my mind. Flying out to Dutch Harbor, AK the day after Christmas was rough and long, with time on the ground at Cold Bay, AK for weather delays. But not anything like the nightmare flight last year. The City of Unalaska/Dutch Harbor New Years display went so smooth it was scary. But the wind dropped about 11 PM and at 11:59 we pushed the buttons and fired the show, and they were totally delighted. 650 large shells in a little over 8 minutes. I designed the position in the sky of every single effect and it went perfect. With a big white mountain right behind us and the calm waters in front, it had to be superb for the audience. I owe a lot to my crew of city volunteers. At last I felt the pressure come off and relaxed and got out my camera drove around a bit and some pictures are attached. alumnisandstorm.com/htm2008/Xtra/Matt/080113-00.html The island was cold and windswept with deep drifts in places. Crabbing starts next week so the harbor was a fun place to be and watch all the activity. I walked right up on wildlife. I had some appointments in Palmer, AK and the Anchorage area and also had more time to relax a bit before flying home. There are some pictures of that area also. The wild life there consisted mostly of some serious drinking by several at the Alyeska Resort. Congratulations to the State of Alaska on their 50th Anniversary of Statehood. I am preparing some special effects for the opening event at the State Fair. Governor Sarah Palin [daughter of Sally Sheeran ('56)] will be there. I will likely have a button for her to push to set things off if she will. Off to St. Louis next week for some private pyro consulting work. I will have one more trip in February to Winterblast at Lake Havasu for the pyro version of "Spring Break" Presidents Day weekend. Then training classes start and we face several months of the huge preparation effort for 130 or more displays in 5 states on the 4th. The company is still growing and this year looks to be a big one. We have 4 hi-cube 40 foot containers coming in from China in the next 60-80 days and more from other sources. 66 years and counting. But life is still interesting and I enjoy the pace and it's challenges. I thank God for my health and put up with the normal aches and pains. My only resolution is to spend more time with friends and family and do some fishing, and of course the perennial battle with excess weight. I owe several of you e-mails in return and will try to get them off this weekend. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -Larry Mattingly ('60), Celebrating my 50th year of entertaining people with fire. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Fredette ('65) Re: Carmichael Hill To: Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) Thanks Shirley, for the note about sledding on Carmichael Hill!! It always makes me remember all the fun times sledding down that great sledding hill. One of my favorite memories of Richland of all time. That and the sand hills and running around barefoot and on and on and on. Bomber Cheers to all, -Donna Fredette ('65) ~ in beautiful downtown Redmond where it has been so rainy and windy but today was so beautiful, it was almost like Spring!! ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/14/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Suzie Gunderson ('60), Jack Gardiner ('61) Denis Sullivan ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan Baker ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Suzie Gunderson Chiles ('60) Re: Larry Mattingly's ('60) pictures alumnisandstorm.com/htm2008/Xtra/Matt/080113-00.html Larry, your pictures took my breath away. I especially marveled at the eagle pictures. Thank you for sharing. You have the perfect "camera eye". -Suzie Gunderson Chiles ('60) ~ enjoying the 14" of snow we have in Omak, WA but only from my picture window! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jack Gardiner ('61) Re: Jim Andersen ('61) I would like everyone to direct their thoughts and prayers toward Jim Andersen. Jim is a good friend and fellow '61 classmate. He's been at Kadlec Medical Center since Thursday. He has some very serious lung and heart issues that he's fighting now. Take a few moments for good guy!!! -Jack Gardiner ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Denis Sullivan ('62) Check out the article on Gene Conley ('48) in Sunday's Boston Globe: Boston Globe Article on Gene -Denis Sullivan ('62) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/15/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Curt Donahue ('53), Tom Tracy ('55), Bill Berlin ('56) Ray Loescher ('57), David Rivers ('65), Rick Maddy ('67) Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ron Richards ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol Cross ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ronna Jo Lynch ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Freeman ('71) Today we remember Wendy Carlberg ('64-RIP) ~ 1/15/46 - 3/8/96 She would have been 62 today: http://krookmcsmile.tripod.com/WendyCarlbergRemembered.html **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Curt Donahue ('53) To: Denis Sullivan ('62) Re: Boston Globe Article on Gene Conley ('48) Thanks for sending the link to the article on Gene Conley ('48). It was a great read on a great guy! Curt Donahue ('53) ~ Federal Way, WA ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [There's a picture of Gene and Art Dawald on the '48 home page: http://richlandbombers.1948.tripod.com/ There's also a link to Gene's Baseball Card -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy ('55) To: Suzie Gunderson Chiles ('60) Its always good to hear good snow reports from one of the three beautiful Gunderson girls who were their Mom's delight and good neighbors of Wynell Williams, the girl with the prettiest smile in our RHS class of '55. To: Denis Sullivan ('62) Re: Boston Globe Article on Gene Conley ('48) Thanks for reminding us of RHS' Biggest Bomber Hero, Gene Conley ('48) and the excellent article in the Boston Globe. It reminded me of Red Auerbach's (Boston Celtic Coach) comments on Gene and his performances. When Gene decided to do something... there was no stopping him. In 1959 when Boston was playing the NY Knicks and Red knew Gene's relatives came to the game to watch him play. Gene typically relieved Bill Russell frequently... Red only put Gene in for the last couple of minutes of the game, even though the Celts had a big lead. Gene was really upset at Red after the game and when Red countered Gene's upset with, "Aw, come on with me and we'll get some Chinese food after the game", "Gene told me what I could do with my fortune cookie." The next night against Wilt Chamberlin Conley is still angry at me so I played Conley thirty-five minutes and Gene bounced Wilt all over the court while Bill Russell grabbed all the rebounds. After the game Gene asked Red, "Why didn't you tell me you wanted me rested and angry for Chamberlain?". Sometimes Red did that with John Havlicek. John would get furious and always took his anger out on the other team, in a classy way... he simply out-hustled and outplayed everyone on the court. Someone playing well against Wilt Chamberlain was a must for the Celtics... Although Wilt set a number of scoring records, there was one thing Auerbach said Wilt never did and that was to beat the Celtics. Because "Jumpin' Geno (as many fans called him) kept Wilt from getting the ball... He "fronted" Wilt and kept him from getting the ball better than anyone in the NBA. Auerbach proclaimed Gene Conley as "The Best Athlete in America". A guy who always did more than people expected. One of the best Conley stories was told by Tom Heinsohn. All of the Celtic veteran players knew better than to ride with Auerbach to games away from Boston. He was a maniac behind the wheel. One of the first games Conley played in, Red asked who was riding with him to the game. Gene volunteered, according to Heinsohn. When Gene came into the locker room "his eyes were as big as saucers". The highway had been thick with fog. Gene exclaimed that Red didn't even slow down although you could barely see the hood ornament. Red merely rolled down his window and looked down at the white line and roared on. Conley said, "We zoomed down the highway, following the line and went through a Howard Johnson's Drive-Thru Window without even slowing down for change". Its always great to hear stories about my favorite athlete, Gene Conley... especially after he performed the first "dunk shot" I ever saw just before he and the Green and Gold team beat our Prosser Mustang five while I was enjoying my 3rd grade year at the wonderful Prosser Elementary School in 1947. My teacher was an angel who helped everyone feel like they were absolute assets in her classroom... She only had 43 kids in her class that year... she could have handled at least 50! In 1947-48 The RHS team looked like the present-day L.A. Lakers in their Gold Warm-Up uniforms to my brother Bill ('51) and me. To earn the right to wear the Green and Gold became a passion for both of us... in what we grew up to believe was the best town, with the finest families, best coaches, teachers and classmates one could find anywhere. To: Everyone On a sad note, I report passing of Sam Willard, the husband of Myrna Branum Willard ('57 honorary). Sam was an outstanding college basketball player, team mate and friend, as well as a top coach in Idaho and Oregon. Our best thoughts and prayers extend to Myrna and her family. -Tom Tracy ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Alaska's Governor, Sarah Palin [daughter of our own Sally Sheeran Heath ('58). Sarah is on the cover of the February issue of Alaska Magazine. http://www.alaskamagazine.com/ Also a very nice article on her in the body of the magazine. [Sally sent Sarah's "Baseball card" which I scanned. AlumniSandstorm.com/htm2008/Xtra/0Ed/080115-Palin.jpg -Maren] If you don't know, Alaska and Alaska Republicans, including Sen. Ted Stevens and his kid along with a couple of other former State Legislators are under state and federal scrutiny over taking bribes from a leading state oil company executive. This kind of thing makes it tough for Sarah, being a Republican, but she is handling it well and moving on even though the core Republican machine seems to be having a hard time embracing her. That is okay too, since the last Republican governor (I was in Chamber of Commerce in Anchorage with him), seemed bent on building his legacy rather than thinking of the citizens and state first. That seems to be Sarah's mantra and I personally like what she is doing and how she is going about doing it. It seems to me that the Democrats like Sarah as much as if she was a Democrat, given her overall view of what is good and what is not for Alaska. Another strong woman governor is Linda Lingle in Hawaii. She has taken on some really tough problems head-on and done a fine job getting them resolved. If you like Larry Mattingly's ('60) Alaska pictures (and I did as they brought back a lot of memories for me of Alaska in the winter time) get a copy or subscribe to Alaska Magazine. They have great pictures and if you need more incentive than Governor Sarah, the Boxing Bears on page 14-15 will tug at your heart. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ Anacortes, WA wishing we had a Governor like Sarah. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray Loescher ('57) To: Denis Sullivan ('62) Re: Boston Globe Article on Gene Conley ('48) What a great article on Gene Conley ('48). I wonder how many Richland grads know about this "One of a Kind" Bomber? Not many athletes anywhere can say they played on championship teams in both basketball and baseball at the professional level. Thanks for the article. -Ray Loescher ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Bomber-Babe Birthday Alright boys and girls, I'm heading for trial so I gotta get this out before my mind gets cluttered with big kid stuff... we gotta Bomber-babe with a birthday on January 15th. I've known her quite some time thru living across the street from Laura Parker ('65)... this girl was a great friend of Laura's tho the birthday girl's Mommy was not so sure about Laura... to me that's the best recommendation you can have... It's kind of a bummer to have Mumsy always saying: Why can't you be more like (in my case)... Terry Davis ('65)"... Because Ma... I gotta be me! So anyway... it is interesting that I mention Terry because the Birthday girl is gonna celebrate her birthday with Terry! Oh my, the cat's outa the bag... Several years ago this girl became single again and had every guy in the class falling all over himself... we were gaa gaa over her... well this last summer, Terry and I were having lunch with Connie Dame ('65) and Ray as well as Connie's brother Kenny ('68)... at Zip's of course... Connie hadn't arrived yet and Terry kept saying he needed Connie's number... He didn't say why... just hadda have it... Finally Connie arrived and Terry said I need the birthday girl's number... I said "Geez Terry I have that number"... well he didn't really want the number... he wanted Connie to call the Birthday girl and tell her Terry "liked" her... I am not kidding... this is true true true... I've got many witnesses including Terry's neighbor Cecelia Bennett ('65)... Connie called the birthday girl and she and Terry finally got together. is this what High School is all about or what!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Ronna Jo Lynch ('65)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) To: Denis Sullivan ('62) Re: Boston Globe Article on Gene Conley ('48) The article on Gene Conley (48) was very interesting. Thank you. I had never heard of Mr. Conley until reading the SS (Alumni Sandstorm). Actually, I had not heard a lot of things Richland, until reading the SS. Nevertheless, one of the interesting comments made by Mr. Conley, "You get 3-4 good pitchers, you can win," he says "You can put Joe Blow in the field and still win" struck a chord. I got a small taste of that comment in junior high school. At Carmichael, during the 1963-'64 baseball season, I was one of the Joe Blows in left field and Mike Fowler ('67) was on the mound. Mike and we Joe Blows went 6-0 that year. Doesn't sound like much does it.. but it was! I wonder if Carmichael still has the little trophy for that feat in their case? It was a real pleasure seeing Mike at our class reunion this past year. A phenomenal pitcher that gave me one of the most memorable years of my very short life in sports (1957-'64). Although I was not yet born when Gene Conley graduated from Col-Hi, and how we usually view the best as something we actually did see with our own eyes, I can say Mr. Conley was obviously the cream of the crop from what I hear and see written, but Ray (64), like flowing water, smooth as silk, was poetry in motion. -Rick Maddy ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Gene Conley ('48) Re: Boston Globe Article on Gene I enjoyed the article on Gene Conley. I brought up the name of the book and several places sell it including Amazon. They have both hard copies for $28.99 and paperbacks for $18.99 both plus shipping. I didn't look at the other places offering it as I have an account with Amazon. I imagine he was and still is a great inspiration to a generation of sports nuts like me and hey we can say he is from our home town. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [There's a picture of Gene and Art Dawald on the '48 home page: http://richlandbombers.1948.tripod.com/ There's also a link to Gene's Baseball Card -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Robert Filsinger ('73) ~ 1955 - 1/2/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/16/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Bill Witherup ('53), David Rivers ('65), Cathy Geier ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Stephanie Dawson ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barry Byron ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary Telfer ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gene Gustafson ('68-RIP) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lucinda Barr ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Witherup ('53) Re: Gene Conley ('48) Don't know how it happened, but one day - must have been 13 or 14 years old was in the gym with Gene Conley, and he taught me how to shoot hook shots. I remember he was a really nice guy. I never became the sports star I fantasied being (did not most young males?) because I had too many broken bones: broken wrist, broken ankle, fractured elbow, etc. -Bill Witherup ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Gene Conley Running to Court but wanna add my 2 Cents on Gene ('48). I have a signed picture on my wall and several baseball cards in my China cabinet in my office... the first time I met Gene was maybe '56 or so... My dad took me over to his folk's place while he was home for a while... Gene opened the door and all I could see was his belt buckle! I didn't have a decent baseball, only one the dog had chewed... Gene signed it and it is with all the balls I received from Bo Belinsky (L.A. Angels) during our friendship... Gene's is the coolest... all chewed up... Bo said he met Gene and Wilt Chamberlain at the same time... Bo was a tall guy... but he said when he met those two he felt like he was standing between two redwoods! In 2000 Gene graciously provided me with an autographed baseball for the auction at R2K... word was that Gary Webb ('64) showed up with a thousand smackers in his pocket to bid on the ball... yeah... Bomber Pride... we got it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Cathy Geier ('66) Hello everyone from Seattle, I stayed this week due to weather. I took dance classes from my favorite instructors. I got involved with the Women of Wisdom's 16th annual Spirituality Conference.. planning and PR committee. I will coordinate the poetry wall and expect that we will negotiate a way for me to support or be in a dance performance. Moving from one city to another makes people a bit nervous when they need people to be available for 2 a week practices. I will be on KCTS on a short feature about retirement. I will keep you posted.. That's what you get walking around Greenlake swinging hand weights.. to be quoted on tv.. with no makeup on... I hope everyone is doing well through the storms. -Cathy Geier ('66) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/17/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Ken Ely ('49), Rex Davis ('49) Judi Pearson ('54), Ann Bishop ('56) Gloria Falls ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** SHARING... FROM THE EDITOR: alumnisandstorm.com/htm2008/Xtra/0Ed/080117-ParrotFlower.jpg BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betty Ely ('47) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Teresa Holmes ('93) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ken Ely ('49) Happy birthday to my sister Betty ('47) on the 17th. That is also the day I start my IRS/AARP income tax preparation training. I'll be a volunteer for this program until the middle of April, working two days a week preparing income taxes for the elderly and anyone else who wants their taxes done for free. -Ken Ely ('49) ~ Orangevale, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rex Davis ('49) Re: Alaska's Governor Sarah Palin (daughter of Sally Sheeran Heath ('58) There is a very nice article about Sarah Palin in the Winter Issue 2008 of Here We Have Idaho. She is a l987 graduate of the University of Idaho in Journalism. Here is the e-mail for this magazine. uinews@uidaho.edu http://www.uidaho.edu/herewehaveidaho/ -Rex Davis ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Judi Pearson Parker ('54) Re: Ann Pearson Burrows ('50-RIP) My sister, Ann Pearson Burrows, has passed away. She left us suddenly and unexpectedly. Services are pending and will be in the San Diego area where she has lived for 35 years. -Judi Pearson Parker ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Bishop Ousley ('56) Anyone in the Bremerton area know of a good, Christian based singles group? We have a young friend (40 something) who lives there and is rather lonely. He hasn't made a lot of friends in the last 18 or so months. Limited to public transportation. He is on S.S. because he has a degenerative condition called C-MT, a form of MS. He is like one of our kids. Any help would be appreciated. -Ann Bishop Ousley ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gloria Falls Evans ('58) To: Barry Byron ('60) Happy Birthday yesterday. I have been looking for Wanda, your wife my cousin. Can you have her e mail me. Thank you -Gloria Falls Evans ('58) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/18/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Donna McGregor ('57), Floyd Melton ('57), Larry Mattingly ('60) Linda Reining ('64), David Rivers ('65), Rick Valentine ('68) Pam Vanderwind ('89) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Missy Keeney ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeannie Shanks ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy O'Neil ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sheila Davis ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Eric Holmes ('90) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna McGregor Salazar ('57) To: Judi Pearson Parker ('54) My true condolences to you and your family for the loss of your sister, Ann ('50). I remember you from your mother, Thelma, who was the first Art teacher at Chief Jo, and had in indelible influence on me. -Donna McGregor Salazar ('57) ~ In freezing (8 this morning) Espanola . NM **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Floyd Melton ('57) Re: Gene Conley ('48) I read with interest the input on Gene Conley and want to add my comments about him and his father. I worked for years at the Conoco service station on the corner of Wright and VanGiesen and the Conleys lived on the corner of Turner and Wright behind the station. Gene's dad traded at the station and was in there a lot, he was tall and slender built but not as tall as Gene. He always had a smile on and was always very friendly and fun to be around. He brought Gene in once in a while when he was visiting home. I do not ever remember Gene's mother coming into the station but I do remember seeing her working in their yard a lot. Also I remember Fran Rish loved to tell stories about Gene in our PE classes and wonder how many were not exaggerations of the fact, HA. On many occasions Mr. Rish would relate that he would get calls from the Richland Police late at night telling him someone was in the gym bouncing a ball. Mr. Rish said he knew immediately who it was and would go to the gym and with the lights still out he would yell "Gene" and Gene Conley would appear. He was in there practicing his ball handling and Rish would send him home. I guess Gene is the only one that can verify those kinds of stories but if true they show his determination to be the best he could be. -Floyd Melton ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Devastation We have a contract with a team of software and sound engineers. I have been helping them with sound effects for new computer games. With very expensive hi-tech recorders, and $1,200.00 microphones we need quiet places outside to work. That is little or no background noise. So I spend hours scouting the right place to record a given effect. So I drove down by a farm owned by a good friend where we have done things in the past. It is west of Chehalis and in the flood zone a few weeks ago. It was built by his grandfather and his mother was born in that house. They have kept it up well and raised 3 children there. The insides were destroyed by mud and water. I was devastated. What was not washed out or broken by raging waters was covered with a thick coating of mud. I spent 3 hours driving around almost aimlessly. I spoke with farmers, families, road builders, and several friends. By the time I drove back to I-5 in the dark I was nearly heartsick. I have sent Maren some pictures I took. http://alumnisandstorm.com/htm2008/Xtra/Matt/080118-00.html First came the rains and then more rain. The river was rising fast and some barely escaped. Then the rescue teams worked tirelessly rescuing people, property, and animals. Many owe their lives and what little they have left to these rescue workers. Then came the local news teams, then national news teams. Still the waters flowed and soaked and left mud and debris. Planes and helicopters circled overhead. Still the waters flowed. Politicians and federal officials inspected and gravely announced it was officially a disaster and help was on the way. Still the waters flowed well above the 100 year flood level in places. The stark truth is that many victims of this disaster have no help in recovery at all. Emergency shelters don't rebuild lives. The holidays were grim for 100s of families. As the water receded road crews cleared what they could. Some folks got to their houses only to find they were too far gone to fix. Horses, cows, pigs, chickens, and other animals were gone. I saw a rendering truck winching a dead cow out of a gully. I saw debris piles 10 feet up in trees. I saw 2 bridges washed away. These were concrete beams, surface, and rails, spanning 150 feet. Gone... one was washed up on an embankment downstream. That bridge was broken but whole and had to weigh close to 100 tons. Some of the people are residents who like rural living. Some have small holdings, and some farm their land part or full time. Some had a cow or two, and maybe a pig, and some chickens. There are families, middle aged, and elderly. But they watch out for each other. I heard several tales of sharing what little they had left. I ran into one fellow who's home was over the hill in PeEll [which is East of I-5]. He told me of a crew from a church in Olympia who are rebuilding several houses there including his on a volunteer basis with donated materials. Turns out Gary, one of our employees is in that group and he will receive his normal salary for the time he is spending 2-3 days a week. But there are countless homes just sitting and no one knows what will happen to them or their owners. There were things I would like to have taken pictures of, but with traffic and the shoulders washed away it was too dangerous to stop. One scene was of about 6-8 cats sitting around a barn on a bit of high ground. They were obviously someone's pets. I was told they are being fed there isolated by the remaining water and mud. They said there was about 15 after the flood but folks are coming by and claiming them. Another scene was of a very stark house with all the doors and windows hanging and mud oozing out of the openings. And still another was an old barn hanging by a thread. You could not tell what was holding it from collapsing. But there it was in a sea of mud. I stopped and spoke with one couple standing on the road watching the last of the insides of their house burn in the fire. They have some savings and will rebuild. Their neighbor was not so lucky. His house is 2/3 washed away with all his belongings, pictures, mementoes, kitchen, bedroom, everything. He will sell as he has no funds to rebuild. He held his head high but could not hide the tear slowly creeping down his cheek. One man told me there were 20 houses on a road I was taking a picture of, and only one was habitable. It is his sister's house and he is watching it while she is away for a few days. When the chips are down Americans can be a tough and resilient people. Most of the victims will recover in some fashion. Some will not. I give what I can to charity each year, but it now seems minuscule when I think of what I saw. I feel bad that I don't have answer for these people, nor for my own feelings. But it is enough to make me feel very fortunate and thankful for what I have -J Larry Mattingly ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) Maren, re: Parrot Flower beautiful! don't know much about flowers, but looks like it could be part of the orchid family. looks very delicate, too. thanks for sharing. *grin* Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64)........it is COLD in Bakersfield, CA and am loving it!!!!! it is 37 degrees today (Thursday)at 10:30 AM. we have had a couple mornings of tule fog, which has made driving a bit dangerous and school has been delayed for 2 hours, but, it "burns off" by noon. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Nuther Bomber-babe! She's absolutely the best sis and friend one could have. If there is something to be done she does it. She keeps me in touch with her little brother because he can't operate the new computer he got last year for Christmas... scuse me... year before last... it's 08... I forgot... I am on the run again and my staff didn't come in early even tho I'm in trial and always need stuff before I leave... so hadda spend the time looking for it... but the brevity of this message does not mean I don't love and appreciate the Birthday girl... so HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Missy Keeney ('59) on the 18th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Valentine ('68) Re: 1968 Sandstorms To: Any and all of the Class of '68 and anyone from all other classes that might be interested. All 22 of the original Sandstorms from 1968 are now online. Fun Reading! The Columbian cost $5.00 and you could make payments! Prom dresses from $17.00 at Pattersons! Remember the "Heap Of The Week"? Dress Codes... skirts were too short and hair was too long! Fun Reading!!!!! Go to the '68 Home page: http://richlandbombers.1968.tripod.com Then click on the link for the 1968 Sandstorms... Thanks to Andy Michaels ('68) for making these available to everyone! Kathy George ('69) are you out there somewhere? -Rick Valentine ('68) ~ from Sunny and Cold Spokane, WA. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. >>From: Pam Vanderwind Rivera ('89) Wednesday 01/16/2008 10:51:19pm COMMENTS: Living in Seattle area. Wondering how other Class of '89 are doing. Like to hear from any of them. -Pam Vanderwind Rivera ('89) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/19/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Curt Donahue ('53), Millie Finch ('54) Stephanie Dawson ('60), Carol Converse ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon Brooks ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Donna Bowers ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jean Armstrong ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Curt Donahue ('53) Re: Devastation alumnisandstorm.com/htm2008/Xtra/Matt/080118-00.html To: Larry Mattingly ('60) Incredible pictures, Larry. One of my neighbors drove through that area a few days after I-5 was opened and described the devastation, but your pictures certainly make it more real. I, too, do what I can for charities and did send some relief to Chehalis area church. Thanks for sharing your thoughts a long with the pictures. -Curt Donahue ('53) ~ Federal Way, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Millie Finch Gregg ('54) To: Judi Pearson Parker ('54) My condolences to you Judy and your family. I send my *****HUGS***** to you and you are in my thoughts and prayers. -Millie Finch Gregg ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60) Re: Larry Mattingly ('60) on Devastation alumnisandstorm.com/htm2008/Xtra/Matt/080118-00.html Gollee, I did not realize just how eloquent my old neighbor Larry Mattingly can be. His write-up on the floods around Chehalis puts the reader right where he stood to take those great pictures. Fabulous eye-witness reporting, Lar! -Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) To: Larry Mattingly (60) alumnisandstorm.com/htm2008/Xtra/Matt/080118-00.html Wow! The pictures you took of Chehalis tells it all. We saw it on the news and told of I-5 being closed. You saw the water rushing along next to the highway. Been by there after it has rained to see flooded out fields, but nothing like the pictures you took. Back in 1964, there was a huge flood in this area. There is posted on a tree down by the Avenue of the Giants, where the water had come up to. It's hard to believe it happened, as you look down to the river wayyyyyy down from the highway and then look up at the posted tree. It's wayyyyy high above the road. -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) - Eureka, CA We're enjoying some sun this week, but its been very cold. We've not had such a cold winter with all this frost in the 9 years that we've lived here. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/20/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 or 3 Bombers sent stuff: Gloria Adams ('54) A. Nanny Mouse BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jack Evans ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Audrey Chambers ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: The Editor Re: Bill Goslin (Bomber Dad to Marsha Goslin Brehm ('65)) Check it out, Bombers! http://www.tri-cityherald.com/tch/local/story/9580612p-9492379c.html -Maren **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) To: Judi Pearson Parker ('54) Were so very sorry to hear about the passing of Ann ('50). I know you sisters were very close. She was a great person and our hearts go out to all the family. Sincerely, -Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: A. Nanny Mouse Bomber Re: Spudnut Shops... ...and one is even on the National Historic Register, it opened in July of 1953. If I remember correctly, "ours" opened earlier. http://gardnerhistory.com/spudnuts/ Very interesting... there is even a topical Spudnut Forum: http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=900&whichpage=2 -Anonymous ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/21/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Dave Brusie ('51), Jack Gardiner ('61) Dave Sowden ('62wb & '63wb), Donni Clark ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tony Duran ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Claris Van Dusen ('48) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Leona Mari Eckert ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Brusie ('51) To: Judi Pearson Parker ('54) Sorry to hear of the passing of your sister and a very dear friend, Ann ('50). She will be missed by all. I will have a Catholic Mass said for her Sunday January 27. A good friend of Annie -Dave Brusie ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jack Gardiner ('61) Re: Jim Andersen ('61) 2115HRS...... just got back from the hospital, visiting Jim. They moved him to Intermediate Care. He is able to breathe on his own which is major step towards recovery. I told him it was nice coming to see him and talking to him. He said a couple of cuss words which is always a good sign. I'm sure all the prayers on his behalf have helped. -Jack Gardiner ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Sowden ('62wb & '63wb) What a wonderful article about Bill Goslin. http://www.tri-cityherald.com/tch/local/story/9580612p-9492379c.html Thanks for posting it. We owe him and those like him a hardy salute and many thanks. -Dave Sowden (Wb '62-'63) ~ In cold but dry Western North Carolina **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) Hi Bombers! I just thought this would be of interest to some of you out there. As I was driving home yesterday from grocery shopping, listening to [talk radio]. The host was reading a letter sent in by someone praising their governor for taking some heat in Washington DC because she was going to take some time off to attend a family function. I wish I had heard the whole thing but did get to hear [the host] read most of the letter which ended by her (the woman writing it) saying that she and others were glad that they had a governor who put family first and that maybe she was going to change things in Washington and then she thanked her governor from Alaska! [The new governor of Alaska is Sarah Palin, daughter of our own Sally Sheeran Heath ('58) and Chuck Heath ('56-Sandpoint, ID). -Maren] My husband and I have been going back and forth from our cabin in Wrightwood where we are trying to get some work done. When we left there 2 nights ago it was a shivering 27 with snow still on the ground. Today we took a walk on Seal Beach and it was a beautiful day in the 70s. Lots of shells, low tide, warm sand and we saw a seal swimming by close to shore. -Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) ~ La Mirada in South CA where we have had one of the coldest winters I have ever experienced here. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/22/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Dick McCoy ('45), Marguerite Groff ('54) Judy Willox ('61), Helen Cross ('62) Dena Evans ('64), Fran Teeple ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marie Ruppert ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Deedee Willox ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Schodt ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paul Boehning ('85) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sarah Avant ('94) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) Re: Gene To: Tom Tracy ('55) Thanks for the Gene Conley ('48) tale. One of the many things I miss about his brother Ray, ('46-RIP) is the many tales about his visits to Boston and Milwaukee to watch Gene play. One thing he told me that I had never noticed; In spite of the fact that Bill Russell was the leading rebounder in the NBA for many years, Gene almost always jumped center. A few weeks ago I mentioned that Gene and Chuck Curtis ('55) played together on the ABA New York team. I later realized that was in error, it was actually the Washington Capitals. The other guy was one I couldn't localize was Jack Sandusky. Gene later played for the New York Tucks, (Tucker Tape) after which he retired. He now lives in New Hampshire. If the above is incorrect, Tom, straighten me out. You played with Chuck. -Dick McCoy, from the tin Can Class of 1945 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) To: Marsha Goslin Brehm ('62) I really enjoyed the article about your dad in Sunday's Tri-City Herald. http://www.tri-cityherald.com/tch/local/story/9580612p-9492379c.html I met your dad in 1967, through my job at Battelle. He wasn't a Battelle employee, but worked with my manager on some projects. The first thing I noticed about him was his beautiful smile. Then I got to know the very nice gentleman that he is. Now the whole Tri-Cities got to see his smile - right on the front page of the Tri-City Herald. I had an opportunity to meet your mom a few times. What a sweet, beautiful lady she was. I enjoyed reading about your dad's military adventures and hero status. Knowing him, I can see a man that would never have bragged about that. Please tell him "Hi" for me. (He knows me as Marge Tompkins.) To: Judi Pearson Parker ('54) I am so sorry about your sister's passing. My younger brother, Bill Groff ('61-RIP) died a few years ago. It's hard to say goodbye. My prayers have been with you, and continue. With much love.. -Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) ~ Richland, where Sunday's snow is gone and I'm glad. It's not like I was a kid and got excited about snow. Now I have to drive in it and that's not so much fun. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Judy Willox (Classic Class of '61) It is with deep, deep sadness that I inform you all that my Nicki (Nick Nelson ('56-RIP)) went home yesterday morning [1/21] to be with God. I shall miss him terribly and will grieve deeply. He was the love of my life and my best friend! I will let you know when an obituary gets in the paper and keep you informed as best I can about services. Bomber Tears -Judy Willox (Classic Class of '61) ~ Richland, so cold and so empty **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Happy Birthday to my fellow l962 classmate, Jack Evans on 1/20. Hope you had a nice day and year. Re: TCH article about Bill Goslin (Bomber Dad) http://www.tri-cityherald.com/tch/local/story/9580612p-9492379c.html I wish Lorraine Riggs (RIP), mother of Nancy Riggs Lawrence ('51) was still alive to read it. She and her husband, Larry, often talked about their dear friends, the Goslins and their daughter, Marsha Goslin Brehm ('65). Lorraine just passed away in September '07, but she always kept up on what was going on with so many people I knew in Richland, and she would have been so happy to have Bill get his Purple Heart. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dena Evans ('64) Re: Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) I want to take a moment to wish my "Sister" a wonderful '30'+ birthday. She has been by my side since we reunited, thanks to the Alumni Sandstorm and Maren and Richard. It has been 6 wonderful years now, and we have not missed a beat after 42 years of being apart. Have a great day Deedee and wish I could be there with you to celebrate. You know that I will be there in spirit. -Dena Evans ('64) ~ The weather here in Portland is 27 at 11:23pm, Sunday. It is suppose to get down to 17 Monday night. Brrrrrr! Guess who is going to stay in bed with her electric blanket and her remote control? **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Fran Teeple Wolf ('68) To: Larry Mattingly ('60) Thank you Larry for those astounding pictures. Nothing has made it more clear, especially from the small news coverage we have gotten, about the personal sadness that storm brought. I feel like I have a houseful of "stuff", like small kitchen appliances, dishes and bedding and clothing (yeah - in all sizes) I don't need and maybe people there could use it for a while, but no way to get it to those who could use it. We need a Bomber Freight line. http://alumnisandstorm.com/htm2008/Xtra/Matt/080118-00.html Tonight, in Spokane, it is cold... really cold. It's 15, but the wind is howling, blowing snow into drifts 3' - 4' in local areas and closing some outlying roads. It's a bit like Montana when I was snowed in at a friend's house for two weeks in, I think, 1973. The train wasn't running through that area because the drifting snow banks were 8' high. A two lane road with snow banks taller than the car lined the pathway to the train station for the 45 minute drive on the Flathead Reservation. Like a corridor. The trip to the station was frightening. With the wind tonight, by my thermometer on the deck it is 3 here on the south hill. Can't always count on the weather reports but it is supposed to be bad through Tuesday. God bless the homeless. God bless me for wanting a "real" winter like we used to have years ago. And God bless my husband for shoveling the driveway, sidewalks and dog trails. I hope our Bomber friends in Deer Park, Mead, Spokane and Colfax are snuggled in their beds. Re: '68 in '08 Reunion Thanks to Jerry Collins Sandberg ('68) and Mina Jo Gerry Payson ('68) who are heading up and all their workmates for starting to put together our 40th reunion. And thanks to Rick Valentine ('68) for his technology skills and time and Andy Michaels ('68) for the Sandstorms saved (Wow!) and donated for the new years (1968) of the Sandstorm now online! [Find the link to the 1968 Sandstorms on the '68 website: http://richlandbombers.1968.tripod.com -Maren] -Fran Teeple Wolf ('68) ~ Well, Spokane, WA. where it's doggone frigid!) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Don Sowell ('56) ~ 1938 - 1/9/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/23/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Dick Wight ('52), Wynell Williams ('55) Pete Overdahl ('60), Dena Evans ('64) Linda McKnight ('65), Cathy Geier ('66) Rick Valentine ('68), Robert Avant ('69) Brad Upton ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Billie Lawell ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ann McCue ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cherrie Tempero ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Frank Stratton ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Debra Harding ('77wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Matt Haskins ('81) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick Wight ('52) Re: Gene Conley ('48) - Another Conley story My father was something of a baseball buff, and took me to an exhibition pro game - I think the ball field was in Kennewick - likely in 1951. I think we had class "A" professional baseball there at the time (someone can correct me if I'm wrong!). Gene Conley was in college at the time, I believe, but was pitching in the exhibition game. He pitched 7 shutout innings before leaving the game. It was later reported that he was quite ill at the time with the flu, but still had the "right stuff" to shut out the pro baseball players. Typical Conley, I'd say! -Dick Wight ('52) ~ in icy northern Arkansas **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Wynell Williams Fishburne ('55) Re: Bill Goslin's Purple Heart To: Marsha Goslin Brehm ('65) I was so happy to read the article about your Dad's experience in the war and the awarding of a Purple Heart. My dad, Fred Williams (RIP) would have loved knowing about this. I believe my dad worked with Bill and was a friend of his. And, I do remember your Mom and Dad. My dad died in 1986 at the young age of 74 with a heart attack. You are lucky to still have your dad around. I know Bill would remember Fred Williams. I also forwarded the article to my brother, Bob Williams ('57). Enjoy the time you have with your Dad. -Wynell Williams Fishburne ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pete Overdahl ('60) To: Judy Willox ('61) and All of You Bombers Re: Nick Nelson ('56-RIP) We lost a true friend and a true Bomber. Nick helped with Club 40 and will be hard to replace. He was our friend and he helped Judy Willox ('61) with the Bomber Store and packing it in and out of storage and where ever it was needed for sales, he was there. He was also the Chairman of the Scholarship Committee, and Public Relations Chairman. I met him at the Club 40 Meetings and had a lot of respect for his opinion and thoughts. He also was a proud Norwegian. He will be greatly missed. -Pete Overdahl ('60) ~ Home of the Richland Bombers **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dena Evans Harr ('64) To: Judy Willox ('61) Re: Nick Nelson ('56-RIP) I was saddened when I read your entry in yesterday's Sandstorm. I did not know Nick very well. I saw him only when he was at the Bomber Traveling Card Table with you at the Club 40 Reunions. My deepest sympathy goes out to you and his family. -Dena Evans Harr ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) Re: Nick Nelson ('56-RIP) I am so saddened to hear of the sudden loss of Nick Nelson. Nick attended Portland/Vancouver Bomber Picnics over the last few years. He seemed to enjoy life immensely. My thoughts and prayers go out to Nick's family and his many friends. -Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Cathy Geier ('66) Re: Contributions Thank you to Larry Mattingly ('60) for his convincing and compelling story about people who lost everything in the recent floods in Washington. http://alumnisandstorm.com/htm2008/Xtra/Matt/080118-00.html Thank you to Fran Teeple Wolf ('68) for bringing up what I was unsure how to bring up. I felt so concerned that i decided to pledge part of the proceeds of my moving sale to a relief fund for this disaster. I am a bit busy, working here in Richland and applying for jobs and doing my dance and volunteer work in Seattle. Could someone else spearhead a way to have a central fund and/or a place for home furnishings/donations to be dropped off? It is most likely that bedding, towels, good kitchen implements and warm clothes are needed. Thank you. -Cathy Geier ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Avant ('69) I have to say hello and Happy Birthday!!! publicly to my oldest child, great mother, and all around wonderful daughter Sarah ('94). So many more for you girl! -Robert Avant ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Valentine ('68) To: Judy Willox ('61) Judy, So sorry to hear about Nick, I was shocked to read about his death in today's Alumni Sandstorm. Nick will be missed! -Rick Valentine ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) Hey Phoenix Bombers! February 9th and 10th I'll be opening for Johnny Mathis at The Gammage Auditorium in Tempe. He is an American classic and still sounds great. We'll also being at the Chumash Casino in St. Ynez, CA on Valentine's Day. -Brad Upton ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/24/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Tom Hughes ('56), Pappy Swan ('59) Judy Willox ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Edith McLenegan ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judy Ley ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Hughes ('56) Re: Nick Nelson ('56-RIP) Nick was a very good friend and I was very sorry to hear about his passing. I know that Judy and he were very happy together and I am sure that she is feeling this terribly. Nick took over production of the wooden bombs when it became difficult for me to continue. He put a lot of time, money and energy into this effort and we spent many hours on the phone talking about the problems of making them come out right. He had immense pride in doing the job right and producing a quality product. I will miss him very much. There aren't very many that good. Re: Agnes My wife, Agnes, had her second knee replacement (right knee) surgery this morning, January 23rd. She is now pure metal on both knees. The surgery went well and she should be out of the hospital by this weekend. She will not be able to drive for several months so you can guess who becomes the family taxi service. I don't realize how much I love and appreciate her until I have to take over all of her duties. -Tom Hughes ('56) ~ Cold and tired in Auburn, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Nick just Nick, (Nick Nelson ('56-RIP)) To: Judy Willox ('61) Judy, I am so sorry for you. I know how close you and Nick were. One could figure that out real easy, just seeing the two of you together, and besides that Nick told me so. Cherish the time that you had with your Nicki. I do, but I am still somewhat in a state of disbelief. Nick and I exchanged emails regularly from the time that I first met him at Club 40, about the time that my Elf and Puddle stories kicked off in Sandstorm. What was that ... three, four, or five years ago? Time seems to pass so quickly anymore. Nick's email address said it all, "Nick just Nick." And, Nick was just that... "Just Nick." What I liked about Nick was the fact that he put on no false airs about himself. He was just, my friend, Nick. I met Nick on a pleasant evening, at Club 40, when I was sitting outside at a table with Jan Bollinger Persons ('60-RIP) and Gary Persons ('57). He came to talk to them, but he introduced himself to me in his laid-back manner, with a smile, a chuckle, and a joke about elves, which I would come to realize was typical of Nick. And, now we have lost, among many others, two great Bombers and Club 40 members, Jan and Nick. I miss Jan and her wit, and her knack for cutting through the crap and saying what was on her mind. And, I'm already missing Nick, not only for the great emails that he sent, and the pleasant banter in which we engaged at Bomber gatherings, but for his forthright ability to simply slide in and become a friend, no strings attached. And, I even miss the times when Nick would give me a call, just to talk, about anything, and tie me up for hours. I don't think Nick even realized it, but he was in fact, somewhat of a self- styled and homespun psychologist or counselor. Just talking with Nick was simple, soothing, therapy for all. My friend and fellow Bomber, Pete Overdahl ('60) described Nick's devotion to all Bombers and Club 40, so well. Perhaps Nick represented what Club 40 is all about, more than we realize. Back when each of us were in school at Col-Hi, as Bombers, there was that "in awe" awareness of upper classmen. Then, as we became the upper classmen, there was another awareness, a somewhat unexplainable feeling of slight removal from lower classmen. Maybe it was just part of the natural progression toward maturity. Yet, in our autumn years, all of that has long since, gone away, and now we are just...Bombers, minus any invisible age barriers. Like Marines, "Once a Bomber -- Always a Bomber!" Nick was three years my senior, in age. In those school days, deeply ingrained within our minds, that would have been a major age gap. In fact, Nick had already graduated by the time I arrived on the Bomber scene. But, in our more "seasoned" years, those age differences are now just "Fig Newtons" of our distant memories. And thus, Nick and I were ... just fellow Bombers. Take care Judy and be very aware that Nick will remain within us all. Nick was one of a kind, and that will make him, so pleasantly, easy to remember. After all, Nick was just Nick... and a whole lot more! Nick, "Good bye, my friend. Watch for me. I'll be along eventually." ~George "Pappy" Swan - Burbank, WA where the temperature got to +3 or colder last night, but now, the sun also shines. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Judy Willox (Classic Class of '61) Re: Nick Nelson ('56-RIP) I just want to let you all know that Nick's funeral service will be on Saturday, January 26th at 1:00 p.m. This will take place at Einan's Funeral Home on the Bypass. If anyone reading this needs directions or other information, let me know. There will be no viewing as he will be cremated. I don't know when the obituary will get to the paper or if there will even be one. If you know of anyone who does not read the Sandstorm and would like to know this information, can you please pass this on to them? I would deeply appreciate it. And I thank you. I would also like to thank each and every one of you who has contacted me in one way or another about Nick. And to those who have gone the extra mile; and you know who you are, thank you from the bottom of my heart. It has meant so much to me. I miss Nick terribly and you are all helping me to get through it. Bomber Tears ~ for probably a long time to come ~ -Judy Willox (Classic Class of '61) ~ Richland ~ still so terribly cold and empty ~ ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/25/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Bill Berlin ('56), Joretta Garrison ('58) Joseph Choate ('60), Lora Homme ('60) Bill Wingfield ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jack Armstrong ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Scott Fulcher ('81) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Happy Birthday Mom Violet Berlin (Bomber/Lion Mom) and mother of Bill ('56) and Bruce (KHS-'61) turned 99 years of age yesterday, January 23rd. She lives here in Anacortes so I can "ride heard" over her and is doing pretty well. Not so ambulatory and uses a walker but does exercise classes three time a week, Bible study twice a week (which she started and now has an attendance of 21), reads two books a week and writes copious letters and notes. She resides in the Fidalgo Care Center here and they treat her very well. I get to see her almost daily too. Re: Gene Conley ('48) I remember Gene's hook shot especially. At my age I could not tell if he was agile or not but he was big. Later when I saw films of him playing in Boston I realized how smooth he was and how good a shot he had, especially his hook shot. In my early years at Linfield our football team traveled to College of Idaho, now I think it is Albertson College or University, and they had both Elgin Baylor and R. C. Owens playing for them. That was the beginning of the Alley Op where the QB would throw the ball to the end zone at a very high altitude and one of those two guys, usually Owens would do his basketball leap and pull it down. I think they went to the national NAIA tournament that year and won it. Baylor transferred to USF (I think) and R. C. went to the '49ers. At 5'11" everyone looks big. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ Anacortes, WA where it has been gloriously clear and cold, down to 20F last night. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Joretta "Sue" Garrison Pritchett ('58) Re: '58 in '08 Reunion Planning Reunion planning for Class of '58 will continue on February 5, 2008. We will gather in the Richland Community Center at 7 pm, in the Lounge. Come help us--at least bring your questions and offer solutions. We are planning our 50th Reunion, to be held in September this year. If you have questions, phone us (we're all in the book). Joretta "Sue" Garrison Pritchett Barbara Isakson Rau Judy Crose Snowhite -Joretta "Sue" Garrison Pritchett ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Joseph Choate ('60) Re: Ginny Choate (RIP) Those of you who know my brother, Jim ('58) and his wife, Ginny and wish to attend; please feel welcome in some way you have touched them as you knew them. We would wish that you would consider adding it to our announcements. A memorial service will be held at Einan's Funeral Home in Richland on Saturday, February 2nd at 2:00pm. Please make any donations to Habitat for Humanity (Tri-Cities Chapter) in Ginny's name. View/Sign the guest book for Ginny at: http://www.legacy.com/tricityherald/GB/GuestbookView.aspx?PersonId=101820579 Thank You -Joseph Choate ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lora Homme ('60) Re: Good-bys To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Thanks for your beautiful letter regarding our loss of two wonderful Bombers. I didn't know Nick except through Judy Willox ('61) but he impressed me as "just Nick." My heart-felt sympathy, Judy, you've lost a good man. I lost my best friend for fifty four years, Jan Bollinger Persons ('60-RIP), in early December. You're in my prayers, Gary Persons ('57). I miss her every day. I lost my invalid mother at 89, whom I'd been caring for for seven years, a week later, two terrible blows, one after the other. I know that they're both in a better place where there is no pain, but I'm selfish and want them back. I'm still caring for my 100 year old(!) dad who's in a wheelchair but he's still OK. I'm an only child and divorced so I'm all there is for him but we're doing all right so far. I sincerely wish that we could go back to the days when the wonderful "puddle" and it's mythical denizens were the foremost thing in my mind. Thanks, Pappy, for the escape into a better place for a while. I needed that. -Lora Homme ('60) ~ in that other town, across the bridge and down the road from home. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Wingfield (Blue Ribon Class of '67) To: Judy Willox (Classic Class of '61) Re: Nick Nelson ('56-RIP) Judy, I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. =Bill Wingfield (BRC '67) ~ Santa Fe, NM where we have a tear in our hearts for Judy. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Jasin Koepp ('58) ~ 3/3/39 - 1/21/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/26/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Bill Berlin ('56), Patti Jones ('60) Shirley Collings ('66), Don Andrews ('67) Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Doris Van Reenen ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ron Hoglen ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Treva Bolin ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ben Jacobs ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Robert Miller ('96) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Elgin Baylor Classmate Dwain Mefford ('56) reminded me that Elgin Baylor transferred from College of Idaho to Seattle U, not SFU. Being down in Oregon, we did not hear much from him in Seattle but he had a great career as a Chieftain... now Red Hawk... or Red Neck or some other politically correct name besides Chieftain. Re: Nick Nelson (RIP '56) Like I have to do more often is to get my Bomber year books and out look up folks who are in the news or have passed away and I had to do it with Nick. Once I saw his picture a lot of good memories came back to me. We were not really close friends but we knew each other pretty well at Col-Hi and I always thought of him as being outstandingly nice to everyone. I am very sorry to hear of his passing and will be thinking of his family during this very difficult time. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ Anacortes, WA where the skies are clear, the sun is out and the water flat. Would be great boating if you wouldn't freeze your sails off. It hit 20 F last night. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: Nick Nelson ('56-RIP) As I begin to write this entry more tears have come from nowhere in particular. Nick was one of the first Bomber Dudes to attend the Fife luncheon when the original "Bomber Babes" decided to open the luncheon to all Bomber Dudes. Year 2002. Tom Hughes ('56) was one of the first guys in the door, too. Tom commented "We guys have been waiting for you to invite us." From there developed a group that attended all the time. "New" Bombers to the Fife Lunch group came and went, but no matter how large or small the lunch group was, Nick and Tom were always there. Many of us became friends and we did other things outside of the luncheons, such as attending the Tacoma Zoo lights. We were definitely support for each other. One time Nick said "It takes the glue to keep the luncheons going." The "glue" was the small group of the same Bombers who came to every Fife lunch. He was part of the "Bomber glue" no matter where he went. He even drove from his home in the Seattle area to help kick off the Portland area Bomber lunch. They have had many Portland/ Vancouver lunches since their kick off picnic. He was "Bomber glue" when he moved back to Richland and helped out with Club 40. He was always involved and had many, many friends. We both moved back home at about the same time and the first year after we both moved back I would be out running errands. I'd look up and there would be Nick. Both of us were finding our own ways to settle in. It was nice to know a familiar Bomber was close by. I am glad I can say Nick was a friend. A Bomber through and through. Now he has gone to rest in Heaven and romp in the fields with his dog, "Muffy"... he affectionately called her "the Blonde Bitch". When you met Muffy (a chow), you could tell how much he cared for his side kick. She went with him as often as possible. Nick did not always say she was a dog when he would talk about Muffy. She had her place in the truck where she knew she was queen and he was king. Muffy has been gone for a couple of years and I know she will be happy to be with Nick again. Rest in peace, Nick. Your legacy will go on and you will always be remembered for all of your kindness. Nick was one of the few men who was always a true gentlemen... opened doors for women, waited until the woman ordered and all other gentlemanly things. Made a woman feel like she was special. Always listened intently to whoever was talking. The list goes on. My condolences to Nick's family and extended family whom he dearly loved. I remember when he traveled to see his son and how he talked so highly of his accomplishments. And how sad for his mom who is in her 80s who still lives in the area. Nick visited her often in her assisted living facility. I know how hard my mom took it this past year when her son (my brother, Joe Jones Winterhawk ('60-RIP)) died. My Mom will be 88 this year. Rest easy, Nick. Bomber Tears, -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) Re: Tri-City MythBuster's episode to air next week From 1/23/08 TCHerald 'MythBusters' will reveal the fate of cockroaches exposed to radiation at Hanford on Discovery Channel at 9 PM on Jan. 30, 1 AM on Jan. 31, 9 PM on March 1 and 1 AM on March 2. AlumniSandstorm.com/htm2008/Xtra/Coll/080126-BugMyth.jpg Sounds interesting to watch! -Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) ~ Richland, where it is still cold. I think it is supposed to warm up to the 40s Sunday, though!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Andrews ('67) To: Judy Willox ('61) Re: Nick Nelson ('56-RIP) Judy, as so many have already said, "I am sorry for your loss". I didn't know Nick very well but was able to get to know him a little through you. At the Vancouver picnic, the "Last Dance in the Gym" before the remodel, some Portland/Vancouver lunches. I know he is greatly missed by you and by many others. Take care of yourself as our thoughts and prayers are with you and Nick. -Don Andrews ('67) ~ Vancouver, WA and from Horn Rapids in 6 1/2 years (retirement) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Congratulations to my classmate Darlene Napora Shuley ('69) who became a grandma for the first time on Friday. Grace Kathryn Shuley was born in Austin, TX. Sorry grandma didn't give me any specifics but sent me some pictures and she's a keeper. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where we're supposed to get the "white stuff" Saturday night into Sunday ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/27/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Barbara Powell ('58), Jim Hamilton ('63) David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betty Conner ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary Wilgus ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Lou Watkins ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kay Schafer ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Darwin Perkins ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barbara Powell Beaudry ('58) Re: Nick Nelson ('56-RIP) So sorry to hear of the loss of Nick Nelson. I have known him since I was four. He lived on McPherson and I lived on Marshall. We all remember his father starting up the bicycle rental for all of us who did not have bikes to ride. He charged ten cents an hour and so many of us counted on that service. I would like, if possible, the name and address of Nick's Mother where she is now living in Richland. I had a long conversation when I was in Richland for Carolyn Brown's parents' 60th anniversary. She is such a lovely person and always so kind to all of the neighborhood kids. I know it is going to be awfully hard on her losing Nick. -Barbara Powell Beaudry ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) Just so the whole Bomber Nation is current. This last week, Ol' jimbeaux has diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. Just plain old school hot lunch, white bread, vanilla ice cream Hodgkins. Nothing special, and I'm not complaining. A couple of tests, the installation of a Portacath and I'm off to Virginia Mason Seattle, one day every other week for six or eight months of chemotherapy. I had been wrestling with a cough since back in October and while they did many tests -- many, many tests -- this was the diagnosis. An interesting aside is that by daughter Annie had the same diagnosis some 16 years ago. I asked the doctor, "Heredity?". He replied, "No , bad luck". We're doing well, the end's in sight and let's all keep an eye on those coughs. They are telling us something. jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Wonder Woman's Birthday January 27 2008 Ohhhhhhhhhhh goodie goodie goodie... it's "HER" special day. Did you know "We" were both born on the 27th? Yes we were... just a year or so between us and "we" coulda been in the same room... shiver shiver shiver... but alas... I was a little kid hanging around Johntson Street with Brian Johnson ('65) and she was an "older woman" hanging around with her bud Ellen ('63)... I was so gaa gaa over the birthday girl I couldn't see straight all through High School... the glasses helped but I only wore them when driving... As the years have passed she has grown even more alluring and my devotion has grown as well... this year she promised that she would wear Wonder Woman Jammies to the '63 Christmas gathering if I would show up... well maybe she didn't promise... maybe it was just one of those "In your dreams kid... you'll put your eye out... " kinda things... the dream was so strong that I actually sent her a Wonder Woman costume just before the event... She claimed that Jimbeaux ('63) wore it... but from the pictures Dave Hanthorn ('63) sent, I have my doubts. "We" (that sounds soooooo cool and intimate) have created a bit of a stir around the '63 camp... Ellen has been heard to murmur "what's going on with you two"... yeah... we're bad... we're bad... we're nationwide! (eatcher heart out Billy F. Gibbons)... Well, I'll be at the Grand National Roadster Show in L.A. on her birthday, but I know she'll be livin' it up in the OC on that day. Hope it's a most wonderful day for her! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARY LOU WATKINS ('63)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/28/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Judy Willox ('61), John Adkins ('62) Carol Converse ('64), Alan Lobdell ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betty Neal ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Terry Durbin ('62wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Craddock ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Beth Meyer ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy Staley ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy Goble ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Judy Willox (Classic Class of '61) Re: Nicki Nelson ('56 RIP) Today, Saturday, the 26th of January, I bid the love of my life my final farewell in this lifetime. Tomorrow, Sunday, the 27th of January, I begin a new path of my life with much of my heart missing. Nicki took that Home with him and I know he will wait with open arms the day I go to be with him when my heart can once again be complete. Rest well, my love, and I will see you again someday. A huge thank you to all of those who came and were there with your support for me. Thank you for all the warm words and the warm fuzzies (hugs). Thanks again to those of you who have been in touch, for the cards, and your caring. And thank you for loving him. Bomber Tears, -Judy Willox (Classic Class of '61) ~ Richland ~ where today the tears froze on the cheeks and I prayed for all who were there to make it home safe. They did. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: It's A Winter's Day in the Tri Cities I am looking out at about 6 inches of snow that has accumulated since about 5:00 am this morning. Earlier I had to go to the store (had to get the stuff for the chili and cornbread) which took me past "the hill". Sure enough it was loaded with sledders, though I didn't stop to count Bombers, I'm sure they were there. Back home I started thinking of the grand times of "Hookie Bobbin" and losing gloves frozen to somebody's bumper. I thought of "cuttin' donuts" in the parking lot near the softball field at Howard Amon park, hot chocolate and french fries at Zip's. Playing "Fox and Geese" in a large field and the "snow angels" and whatever else it was we used to do. Long ago, but the memories are clear and good, and I had the privilege of watching a whole new generation create their memories. -John Adkins ('62) ~ Richland and now for the Chili **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: Jim Hamilton ('63) You are in my thoughts and prayers! Sounds as though things are under way and you'll do just fine. Keep your chin up!! -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) - Eureka, CA been raining all day **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Lobdell ('69) I had to wait a while before writing this due to some very painful memories. When I read the words and looked at the pictures of the flood damage in Lewis County http://alumnisandstorm.com/htm2008/Xtra/Matt/080118-00.html my mind went back to Feb 1996. It was the last bad flooding in Lewis county and I was the Special Projects/Flood Engineer for Lewis County. We were cut off for a week due to I-5 being under water and had around 35 million dollars in damage that year. I have no idea what that would be in today's dollars but its a lot. Because of my position I was the one who had to go with FEMA to see the many families who lost everything and it was heartbreaking. By the third week after the flood I was so tired from 18 hour days and so emotionally drained looking at the lost homes that I could hardly think. Standing with the families looking at what was their home and now a pile of nothing. Everything gone, pictures, keepsakes, pets everything I can't explain how useless I felt. I spent ten months getting damage repair completed however that was only county property. FEMA was there but could not offer the people any real replacement for their losses. The only good thing was that we did not lose any lives. As I understand this last flood it appears to be considerably worse then the 1996, 1991 or even the 1931 floods. I pray for both the victims and the people in my old position that they can maintain their sanity and be there for the victims as much as possible. In my mind I still see every one of the families of the destroyed homes I had to work with. God Be With Them! -Alan Lobdell ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Edgar Kelly ('47) ~ 1/18/30 - 1/16/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/29/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Patti Jones ('60) John Zimmer ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda Stewart ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Virginia Eckert ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Robin Frister ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: Herman Livingston ('60-Finley, WA) husband of Kaylene Henjum Livingston ('60) I spoke with Kaylene today to find out how her husband is doing. Herman had a heart attack and other medical problems while visiting his nephews in Southern California. Kaylene has been there with him for a week. The doctors are allowing Herman to come home top Finley on Wednesday. Kaylene asked that I put in a Sandstorm entry asking for prayers from "Bombers, Bombers, Bombers". Kaylene has also had her own medical situations through the past year. She is on the road to recovery. Anyone who wishes to send cards, email me for their address. waterbird7@msn.com To: Joe Choate ('60) Re: Jim Choate's ('58) wife Ginny (RIP) Thank you for putting in the Sandstorm entry about Ginny wife of Jim Choate ('58) your brother. I wanted to put in an entry when I saw the Obituary but not being family did not feel right about doing it. I saw Jim and Ginny a couple of years ago at Flat Top Park. What a joy after all these years to see Jim. First time to meet his lovely wife Ginny. In the brief few minutes I was with them, I could tell what a happy couple they were. Enjoying at that time their many travels. So many Bomber wives and husbands do become a part of the Bomber family. I have known many through the luncheons. My condolences to Jim and family. Through your grieving hold dear all the memories that will go on forever. Re: Memorial for Nick Nelson ('56-rip) A thank you to the family for the beautiful memorial for Nick. A nice highlight was Nick's well polished and shined truck sitting out front. Made me feel like Nick was there. His son was driving the truck. The picture of Muffy as a puppy, Nick's side kick for years was tearful for me. I do know that after talking to Nick, Jr. and Nick's sister the family is reading the Sandstorm. So, if anyone wants to say something in the Sandstorm, they will see it. Re: The week of January 21, 2008 It has been a week of sadness with the Bombers leaving us and those who are ill. Entwined with all of the emotions has been also some good things. The Bombers show their true colors of helping each other. The endless great stories go on and on. Once a Bomber always a Bomber. Bombers so great at helping each other and others. When I first moved back three years ago I was overwhelmed by the giving I saw around the holidays. Nothing like I had ever seen in other places I have been. My cousin, Glenna Hammer Moulthrop ('66) said "Think back to what it was like when you were raised here". Turned my thoughts back to childhood and all the caring memories of neighbors, family, friends so forth helping each other. Bomber Tears and time for Bomber Fun -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA - The beautiful 6" or more of snow delighted me all day yesterday as it came down. Everything is covered with a beautiful white glow. Love the four seasons here. Next will be spring with all the trees budding and the flowers coming up. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Zimmer ('66) Re: Nick Nelson ('56-RIP) I just wanted to let all my Bomber friends and family know that we have safely returned from Richland, white knuckling it all the way. After "hacking" through 1/4" of solid ice on the T-Bird we left Richland in a blowing blizzard at 9:15am Sunday morning and arrived in Tacoma at a little after 3:00pm. Our trip, no, be it a journey of respect and love, began on a crisp Friday morning with blue skies and sad hearts. The freeways were clear and dry but not our eyes. As the miles rolled by, Marilee and I talked a lot about our friend and soon there was happiness in our conversation and in our hearts and so many fond memories of the years of friendship and the knowledge that our dear friend Nick was in a better place. In what seemed like such a very short time we were back in Richland to meet up with our friends and to pay our respects to Nick and his loved ones. But this was not for just another Bomber who had passed on, it was for our dear friend who we loved very much and to support and comfort Nicks love, Judy. I have been to way too many funerals in my life but the one thing that was constant (other than the obvious) was towards the end of the services a family member or family spokesperson would ask if there were any friends who would like to say something. Alas, this kind courtesy was not offered. Marilee had a beautiful poem that she wanted to read for Nick and his loved ones. It was a poem from many years ago when Marilee lost one of her closest friends. I had offered to read it for her even though we both knew our voices would fail. We did not get the chance to share this poem with Nick and his loved ones. After the services and the immediate family had filed out of the parlor I looked around for someone, anyone with whom to share Marilees poem for Nick. I found the perfect Bomber, a true friend and he agreed to read for just the few who stood in that corner of the room. Dare I say that there were a few misty eyes? Thank you Dan for suggesting I enter this poem in the Sandstorm for all to appreciate. And thank you, "Pappy", for reading this poem for us as only you could do. Author Unknown: No farewell was spoken, no time to say good-bye. You were gone before we knew it, and only God knows why. It broke our hearts to lose you, but you did not go alone. For part of us went with you, the day God called you home. Though your smile is gone forever, your laugh we cannot hear and your hand we cannot touch, We will never lose the memory of one we loved so much. So many times we've missed you. So many times we've cried. If love could have saved you, you never would have died. We love you Nick and we know you know we will look after your love. Once A Bomber... Always A Bomber! -John and Marilee Zimmer -John Zimmer ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Nick Nelson ('56) ~ 12/19/38 - 1/21/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/30/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Larry Harold ('56), Missy Keeney ('59), Patti Jones ('60) David Rivers ('65), Leon Rail ('81), Scott Moerman ('89) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave Rhodes ('52wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vikki Lytle ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: April Miller ('92) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Harold ('56) Re: 1949 Hanford Xmas Picture submitted by Don Sorenson (NAB) 12/22/08 Sandstorm entry alumnisandstorm.com/htm2007/Xtra/Soren/071221-438-49-neg-d-XmasProgram.html Maren, I believe the people in the picture left to right are: Ronnie McClellan ('56), Roger McClellan ('54), Walter Pilkey ('54-RIP), (unknown). -Larry Harold ('56) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [in case anybody wants to look at all the pictures that Don sent that day: http://alumnisandstorm.com/htm2007/Xtra/Soren/071221-00.html **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) Re: Rolling Hills Chorus Show It's that time again!! Rolling Hills Chorus of Sweet Adelines International presents "COME ON AND HEAR" a Tribute to the timeless music of Irving Berlin. Friday, February 1st at the Princess Theater in Prosser, WA and Saturday, February 2nd at Chief Joseph Middle School in Richland. Both performances begin at 7:30 pm. All tickets are $10. The show will feature Mary Lou DeMeyer Gnoza ('59) and Steve Haberman as MCs and guest performers. They are amazing and funny! Please say Hi after the performance. Bombers and Bomber kin are especially fun to see! -Missy Keeney ('59) ~ Richland but staying at brother Gus' ('57) place in W. Richland. I had 8" of snow on his deck and in the driveway on Sunday and Monday while he basks in the balmy environs of Yuma, AZ!! Bah, humbug!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) The Radiations, the quartet Missy Keeney ('59) is in will be singing February 2, 2008 at Chief Joseph at 7:00 P.M. Other groups will be singing also. After everyone is invited for Pizza. Where? That can be found out while attending. Get an up close with the Radiations singing again. Fun for all. For the Bombers who are moving back here, the Tri-Cities is full of wonderful theater, symphonies and other entertainment through the year. All fun and interesting. The Tri-City Herald on Friday does a great job of announcing what is coming on the weekend. Also the Entertainment newspaper which can be found at restaurants and different areas in the area. -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ Snow melting and another storm on it's way with more snow. Temperatures higher through the week so may not be a lot of snow. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Do I have your attention? Ya know, a while back I thought we had passed a referendum or something of that nature whereby we the parties of the first part agreed with the parties of the second part that neither of the parties of the first nor second part was gonna get sick no more no how... Now I know that Jimbeaux ('63) is the "Oracle" and all and the kinda "leader of the pack" for the Gold Medal Class... probably not so much on qualification as by vacuum... it just kinda happens that way... but he along with the rest of us parties of the first and second parts must learn that no man or woman is an island and therefore in order to form a more perfect union if the parties of the first and second parts agree on something one guy can't go out and just do his own thang as it were notwithstanding "it's your thang da da da do whatcha wanna do... I cayn't tell ya who ta sock it to" and all that other hippy crap... We are the Bombers.. mighty mighty Bombers.. and everywhere we go.. people wanna know.. who we are.. and so we tell them.. we are the Bombers.. mighty mighty Bombers.. and so on and so forth ya unnerstan' Y'all? So... now what have we learned? We have learned that the rules is the rules and nobody gets ta play with the rules... got it? So... cut the crap and we will all live happily ever after so there! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. >>From: Leon Rail ('81) Tuesday 01/29/2008 1:27:29pm COMMENTS: let's have a reunion and let everyone know about it. -Leon Rail ('81) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. >>From: Scott Moerman ('89) Wednesday 01/16/2008 10:51:19pm COMMENTS: Living in Seattle area. Wondering how other Class of '89 are doing. Like to hear from any of them. -Scott Moerman ('89) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/31/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Linda Reining ('64), Cathy Geier ('66), Gale Waldkoetter ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dennis Hammer ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tina Fraser ('89) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) watched MythBusters and saw the experiment on the cockroaches, fruit flies, and flour beetles. was a bit disappointed that they didn't say they were in Richland, Washington OR at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, but it was a good program. those blasted roaches give me "the willies", but was weird to see that the flour beetles out-survived the roaches. -Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64........Bakersfield, CA......it is 43 degrees at 9:30 Wednesday night and supposed to get down in the 30's. we have had lots of snow in the mountain areas, and the grapevine has been closed, both North and South, which is how we get down to Los Angeles and other parts of Southern Ca. they have also had to close the route to Tehachapi, which is how we get to Las Vegas. am going to Las Vegas the 8th of February, with the bowling league, so am keeping fingers crossed that the weather clears up before then. as much as I LOVE the snow, I want/need to get to Las Vegas---their are slots there that are "calling my name". *grin* **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Cathy Geier ('66) Well, the snow and the Pass closures have extended another 4-5 day stay in Seattle to 10. I am on a planning committee for Women of Wisdom, the 16th annual conference for women and spirituality. This is really fun and important to me. I was asked to lead a spiral dance at the opening. I, of course, have reentered my dance classes here in Seattle. Seattle weather feels warm to me today, though people tell me it is cold. After those mornings of 6 degrees in Richland warming up the car to go substitute teach, this is warm. I really have been enjoying substitute teaching at Carmichael Middle School. I am missing work, but getting my applications in here to work whenever timing is right. If you are from my class or a friend, I'd love to visit with you... have coffee or organic juice near Greenlake. Namaste -Cathy Geier ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gale Waldkoetter Skaugstad ('72) Re: Governor Photo Good morning, Maren. I may be late to this party, but I wanted to send you a copy of the photo of Sarah Palin (daughter of Sally Sheeran Heath ('58) & Chuck Heath ('56-Sandpoint, ID) that appears in the February issue of Vogue. Just in case you wish to post it. AlumniSandstorm.com/htm2008/Xtra/Any/080131-Wald-SarahVogue.jpg Gale Waldkoetter Skaugstad ('72) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` December, 2007 ~ February, 2008