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15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 Richland Bombers Calendar website Funeral Notices website *********************************************** *********************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/01/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Carol Converse ('64) Donna Fredette ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Maggie Gilstrap ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) Re: MythBusters on Discovery Channel I'm going to have to fully agree with Linda Reining '64 on this one. I, too, was disappointed for them not stating where they were. I enjoyed the experiment though. Was surprised that it was the flour beetles that won. Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) - Eureka, CA where we got snow to the beach on Sunday. First time I've seen the snow close up since we moved here. Been raining like cats and dogs the past couple weeks. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Fredette ('65) To: Cathy Geier ('66) Hi Cathy, I would love to have coffee or juice and get together with you for a visit. I graduated in 1965 and my name is Donna Fredette. I am going to Chicago for a few days and then will be back next week. As long as the weather doesn't get too dicey I would be up for driving to Seattle. I live in Redmond. Sounds like you are having fun reconnecting to your bliss! That's neat that you teach at Carmichael. That's where I went to school and I have been wishing I could have been there during this snow season to watch the new generation of kids having a blast. Let me know when a good time is for you and I will meet you! Bomber Cheers! -Donna Fredette ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/02/08 ~ GROUND HOG DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bombers sent stuff: Jo Cawdrey Leveque ('49 & '50) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bob Eckert ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Len Rediske ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patricia Berland ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jo Cawdrey Leveque ('49 & '50) My brother, Jerry Cawdrey ('48), called to say that Rufus J. Pederson ('48) passed away at his home 1:15am Friday February 1. His family were all with him. Jerry asked if I would notify the Sandstorm readers. -Jo Cawdrey Leveque ('49 & '50) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/03/08 THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED - 1959 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff: Greg Alley ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Glenda Lattin ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Greg Alley ('73) Happy GHD. I hope everyone had a great Ground Hog Day. Salute to Punx Phil, Bill Murray, and all shadow watchers. As I was cruising the big city this morning I see 2 landmarks, at least in my opinion, being torn down. The old Richland Library, Harry Kramer Center, and other is now history. Its now a pile of rubble next to the city of Richland police station. I remember going to that library and searching for books and information on old card files. When it was the Harry Kramer center I attended many receptions, parties, and even wrestling, seeing some classic characters from the local or regional Saturday afternoon matches before there was WWF pay per views. The bigger blow was the Richland American League concession stand/announcer building was flattened. Maybe it was time but it was there my whole lifetime. I played from about 1964-'66 in little league, and not well truth be told. The field is still there, of course, named Floyd Gates field. If anyone knows when that little building was erected let me know. -Greg Alley ('73) ~ Its late as I am writing and the rain has turned to snow. Tournament high school basketball is near and so is spring. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/04/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Phil Belcher ('51), Wally Erickson ('53) Rex Hunt ('53wb), Joretta Garrison ('58) Patti Jones ('60), Patti Mathis ('60) Bob Rector ('62), Linda Reining ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** SHARING... FROM THE EDITOR: Hang in there for the surprise at the end. -Maren BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Randy Buchanan ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tom Crigler ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Phil Belcher ('51) I thought the Bombers might enjoy this site. This is no ordinary jukebox. I found it very interesting and I use it nearly every day. Brings back many memories, some sad and some very moving.... Once there add the site to your Favorites! This ones a keeper. As you will see when you click on this site, there is a Jukebox-but it is no ordinary jukebox. It will play all of your favorite songs from 1950 through 1982. Each year has a scroll or drop down box that shows all the great songs for that year. Most years have over 40 songs. Once you click on a song it will play and when it finishes it automatically plays the next song in the list and continues until it has played all the songs. This is really cool. Have fun with it.....!! It has a volume control which you should use in conjunction with your computers volume control. One of the best features is that it will play in the background. That means you can be doing other computer work on a different screen. For those are not too familiar, just open this Jukebox, start a song list playing THEN open another window in your Browser and use that window to surf the net or whatever, while the music plays. I set it up on my desktop as a favorite so all I have to do is click on it and it opens automatically. This is the great music from the past. No Gangster Rap or other unintelligible garbage that has been foisted on the public with an attempt to pass it off as music. There is also Christmas Music, Movie Themes, Show Tunes and lots of other categories. This Jukebox plays any popular song from 1950 through 1982. Hundreds if not thousands of hours went into creating it Enjoy it, I do. -Phil Belcher ('51) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [THANKS, Phil... I kinda got stuck in 1959 -- so far. Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) To: Maren Re: "The Day Music Died 1959"???? Help me out on this one... give me a clue. [February 3, 1959 -- Three names and you'll remember: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper -Maren] To: Greg Alley ('73) Re: The old Richland Library I remember when they first opened the Library... not sure of the date (probably late '40s, or early '50s). Does that mean they're building a new Library?? We all remember having to go through the "card files" seeking the book by title, or author. I enjoy going to our local Library for information, reading the Seattle Times paper, and checking out books of interest. Now everything is simplified with the computer. -Wally Erickson ('53) ~ I saw on "NBC News"; someone sent in an email from Spokane saying "hey, we got lots of snow here in the northwest". There's been so much news about the weather in the northeast, mid-west, etc.. I had to smile on that one, because we do have lots of snow here. We had a record snow fall for the month of January... almost 4 feet. Yes, we got lots of snow here. It's not usual seeing a pickup truck with a snowplow on the front. Usually it's not a problem getting from one place to another, but it was a difficult time for a couple of days. The sun was out today, and it was beautiful!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rex Hunt ('53wb) Re: Advertising/spam Maren, I received an ad from GESA Credit Union in Richland, regarding a renewal notification. not Only have I never heard of them. I have never done business with them so this SPAM mail had to have gotten my email address from this forum. Someone in Richland needs to tell them to cease and desist. They have to be lowlifes to begin with so those of you doing business with them be aware!!! -Rex Hunt ('53wb) ~ in cold Hanford CA. Linda Reining ('64) is nuts to prefer cold-and-fog-arthritis-pain weather to warm-and-knees-don't-hurt weather. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Hello Rex, What you have received is what is called a "phishing" fraud scam. I got one too; in fact, I personally, and we collectively at the Sandstorm, receive several EACH DAY, purportedly from one financial institution or another. This is most certainly NOT -- repeat NOT -- from GESA; legitimate financial institutions NEVER -- repeat NEVER -- contact their customers in this fashion. I have sent the offending email to GESA to alert them that somebody is "phishing" for their customers in hopes of hooking a sucker. I did some research and have found that the scam is hosted by a computer service in the Netherlands; the actual perpetrators of the scam are most likely based in eastern Europe -- Russians are particularly evil -- or China. How, you ask, did you receive such a scam message when you are not a GESA customer? Well, using what is called a "botnet" of virus infected computers, the phishers sent perhaps as many as 10,000,000 emails to addresses around the world; they couldn't possibly care if the recipient was or wasn't a GESA customer, they cared only that MAYBE an email would "hit" a real GESA customer (and then they hoped that the poor sucker would fall for the scam and give them information which would allow them to loot the customer's account). Best advice: NEVER NEVER NEVER EVER respond to or act on such an email unless -- and this is a VERY BIG unless -- you know what you are doing (I do; I was in the computer racket for a loooong time -- started out at NBofC back in the sixties). Sincerely, with best Bomber Cheers, -Richard ~ Deputy Editor **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Joretta "Sue" Garrison Pritchett ('58) Re: '58 in '08 Planning Meeting REMINDER to Class of '58. Reunion meeting is Tuesday, February 5, 2008, in the Richland Community Center LOUNGE at 7 pm. Hope to see you there. If you have questions, phone us (we're all in the book). Barbara Isakson Rau Judy Crose Snowhite Joretta "Sue" Garrison Pritchett -Joretta "Sue" Garrison Pritchett ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: Rolling Hills Chorus group which Missy Keeney Baker ('59) belongs to. Chief Joseph Auditorium As the show opened I was in for a big surprise. The show opened with Mary Lou DeMeyer Gonza ('59) and her partner Steve Haberman were the star group. Steve playing the piano and Mary Lou singing. By the third song I realized that I was listening to Mary Lou with the same voice she sang in in high school. Tears came to my eyes with all the memories and her stage presence so many years ago. Belting out songs of Irving Berlin bringing you right into her heart. What an amazing woman. Mary Lou and her partner have a sense of humor together which is something Mary Lou had in high school and has not lost either in her years. Whether or not you have known her, go see her, you will be captured by her outstanding caring ways as a singer and funny actress. Steve and Mary Lou appear in Richland at the Bookwalter Winery on Wednesday evening. At this time they record and are on 109.7 FM the following night. Call the Bookwalter for times. The Rolling Hills Chorus were at their best also singing many Irving Berlin songs. Missy's group (The Radiations) sang with their outstanding quality of voices (still baffles me how quartets sing with no accompaniment) bringing their voices out more singing Irving Berling songs. Did miss seeing them sing their songs in funny costumes and antics. Micki Lund Anderson ('63) is also in the Radiations. The theme of the night of course, as you can tell by my entry, was "Irving Berlin". History of him was also given throughout the show. What memories this all adds to my already memories in Richland. Update: Kaylene Henjum Livingston ('60) and her husband Herman arrived safely back home in Finley on Wednesday. They are working on building Herman's strength for the heart bypass surgery he will have soon. Thanks for all the prayers and please continue. Hopefully Kaylene will be putting in an entry soon after she gets all the new schedule together. Bombers Have Fun -Patti Jones Ahrens ~ West Richland, WA. - where it doesn't rain, it snows. I see why they say 9" inches of rain per year. Haven't looked at the snow record. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) To: Bob Eckert ('60) Happy birthday Bob [on 2/2]. Who knew we would live to be this old! -Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Rector ('62) Re: Richland Bomber to the 2008 World Series of Poker on ESPN My little brother, Steve Rector ('69) just sent me this email from Mesa, AZ. (Super Bowl Sunday): Bob, "We had a very exciting day/evening yesterday. Sheriff Joe Arpaio was co-sponsoring a benefit Texas Hold Em tournament with Fort McDowell Casino, for the River of Time Museum in Fountain Hills, AZ (Phoenix suburb where he lives). There were 291 entries. Guess who took first place? ........ me. And the first place prize was really cool... a $10,000 seat into the World Series of Poker at the Rio in Las Vegas this summer... This is the tournament that is on ESPN and is the premier event every year in the poker world. Barb and I got our picture taken and we will be in the newspaper. How's that for an eventful weekend?" -Bob Rector ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) re:Richland Library sorry to hear that they have torn down the Richland Library. I have wonderful memories of going there, almost every Saturday, when I was in junior high, and high school, too. would walk, with Anita Kolb or Betty Bates(both '64), return our books from the previous Saturday, then check out more(I think we could check out 6 at a time), then we'd walk to Zip's and get fries and a coke, then walk home. wonderful memories! sorry to see another "memory" being torn down. Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64)......Bakersfield, CA----it's raining and they are saying the snow level will be down to 3000 feet, so that means the grapevine and Techachapi will both be getting more snow. sure will help with our drought conditions for this summer! and, I am SO happy that Punxatawney (or however his name is spelled)Phil saw his shadow---6 MORE weeks of Winter! woohoo *grin* ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/05/08 ~ HAPPY MARDI GRAS ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff: Dick Roberts ('49), Patti Cole ('52) Bill Berlin ('56), Jim Russell ('58) Stephanie Dawson ('60), Paula Beardsley ('62) Linda Reining ('64), David Rivers ('65) Linda McKnight ('65), Betti Avant ('69) Greg Alley ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Travis Strege ('96) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard "Dick" Roberts ('49) Re: Good Friend Rufus Pederson ('48-RIP) Rufe was a good friend and a fun companion during those high school and early college years. His friendship extended into our growing family days here in California. Our kids played with his kids. My kids all remember him well. There were some great times and some great stories to tell. He was an honorary member of our high school gang, The Par-A-Dice Club, along with Rem Ryals, Phil Raekes, Rex Davis, Mel Stratton, Royal West, Joe Wilson and Gary Nield. (all '49ers) The first play I ever went to was at WSC where Rufe was a lead in The Glass Menagerie. He introduced me to stage shows and the theater. Later we saw Mary Martin in South Pacific in Spokane. One summer, Rem and I drove to Portland where Rufe was selling Kirby vacuum cleaners door to door. Great fun that weekend. Another memory finds Rem, Rufe and I parked along the Columbia River in my '29 Chevy drinking Oly, playing the uke (he taught me how), and singing the songs of yore. Lots of fun. We harmonized and thought we were the greatest. Rufe was a well known, respected director for a major TV network in San Francisco for a good number of years. My oldest son wanted to get into the business and Rufe was not only kind enough to show him around his studio and gave him sage advice, but also put him up for a couple of nights. Another memory finds wife, Carol Tyner ('52), and I in San Francisco. We found Rufe, bought a loaf of SF sourdough bread, some imported cheeses and meats, a bottle of wine and sat along the edge of the San Francisco wharf sharing dreams. There's more, but I need to take a break. May God bless Rufe Pederson! -Richard "Dick" Roberts ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Cole Pierce ('52) We want to wish our brother John Cole '66, a very HAPPY 60TH BIRTHDAY on February 6th. You may think that you are old enough to rule the 5 of us, but you aren't there yet, baby!! We love you and feel very fortunate that you DO take care of all of the family, whether we need it or not:-) See you the 16th. With lots of love, -Barb ('50). Patti ('52), Karen ('55), Judie ('63), and Jackie ('63) From mostly sunny Richland where it feels almost like Spring!! (40!!) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Irving Berlin Keep singing those songs by Uncle Irving. The royalties on songs are forever based on our proprietary laws, so whenever you sing that song or use it in any manner, a royalty is due. If it is a Bomber group, let me know and I will get Uncle Irving to give you a discount. (Don't I wish he was my Uncle.) I have a friend and her Father was a music writer in Hollywood, mostly for movies but some as hits. His run writing music ran from the 1930s to the 1960s, over forty years and she is still collecting royalties, some $100,000 per year. Going back some years when she realized there were royalties waiting to be claimed to the tune, sorry for the bad pun, of $1.2 million. Re: GESA I got that phish too and dumped it right away thinking it smelled a little like phish, sorry for the bad pun. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ counting my "royalties" from the Giant's win over the Pats. Even predicted the score correctly and that earned me even more "royalties." **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Russell ('58) Maren, re: A Billion - The True Story About a Billion Dollars In September 2005, the two U.S. Senators from Louisiana, Mary Landrieu (a Democrat) and David Vitter (a Republican), jointly introduced the Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief and Economic Recovery Act in Congress, a bill that sought a total of $250 billion in federal funds to provide long-term relief and assistance to the people of Louisiana AND THE GULF COAST. Of course, the legislation didn't propose that the entire amount be spent on New Orleans alone, or that the money literally be distributed to New Orleans residents, so the amount listed per New Orleans resident is neither honest nor accurate. -Jim Russell ('58) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Jim, I haven't been holding my breath waiting for any $$$!!! Did you check out my diamond ring?? -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60) Re: Gesa and old library The GESA scam came to me (I live in Richland and am a GESA member) via telephone and sounded phony from the beginning. My first clue was that it was a recording. My second clue was that the voice pronounced it as "JESSA", not "GEESA." I hung up and called GESA. They knew about the scam and congratulated me on immediately realizing that it was false. The TV news that night said that only one person had been taken in by the call and lost money. Have not kept up with further developments. The old library on Knight that is being torn down has not been the library for many years. However, the "new" library at the corner of Swift and Northgate that replaced it long ago also is being either torn down or totally renovated and greatly expanded. For the next several years, the library is being housed in the old Rosauers grocery build (which has been many things since then, such as Pasta Mama's and Shumate car dealership). -Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Paula Beardsley Glenn ('62) Re: Phil Belcher ('51) Re: WOW! What an awesome site for great music. Thanks for the heads up..Now I know what I will be listening to while fooling around on the computer..doing housework... whatever. Re: Richland Library Lots of questions about the library seem to be around. Here is what was presented to my Kiwanis Club a couple of months ago... They are rebuilding and expanding the library... it is not being torn apart. They moved all of the books and materials last month to the old Suzuki Building--next to "Payless-RiteAid" across from Zip's and it will take about 18 months to redo the library. They should be back and open in June of 2009 and better than ever.. Here is the website for the renovation if you have other questions... I love catching random memories from my fellow Bombers... Keep em coming... -Paula Beardsley Glenn ('62) ~ where the snow is melting and spring is coming.. Daffodils are through the ground in God's country **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to: Rex Hunt('53WB) re: cold-and-fog-arthritis-pain weather to warm-and-knees-don't-hurt weather I know, I am "nuts" to like the cold weather, as I have arthritis in my knee and my hip, too, but compared to the heat of Bakersfield, I'll take the cold anyday of the week!!!!! *grin* I just use MORE horse liniment on the days my knee and hip really ache. *grin* speaking of snow----there is snow and ice on the grapevine and in Tehcahapi, so both routes are closed. am supposed to go to Las Vegas on Friday, so am keeping fingers crossed that we get NO more rain/snow on Thursday! *grin* it can rain/snow all it wants on Saturday, but just NOT Thursday. *grin* I also have received that SPAM from GESA, but I just figured they sent it to the wrong person, cause I have never had an account there. weird how that stuff comes around. to:Maren('63 & '64) re:SHARING....FROM THE EDITOR have seen this before----makes my blood boil! we need someone that will take this country back to the way it used to be!!!!!!! grrrrrrr [but did ya check out my diamond ring??? -Maren] to:Phil Belcher('51) re:jukebox I had this in my favorites a long time ago(had to get a new computer, and lost the site), thanks for sending this---am adding it to my favorites, again. it is so cool. -Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64)....43 degrees in Bakersfield, cloudy, and am loving it. sorry, Rex. *grin* **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: I did NOT forget OK... maybe in the words of the King: "I forgot to remember to forget". First, thanks to Phil Belcher ('51) for the Juke Box site ... "*yeah baby you KNOW what I like.." So anyway, Sunday is always hectic... as I tell people it's Mumster day... the day I take my mom all the stuff she's been making lists for all week... so then when I got back I had been doing some work on a '49 Ford that's been standing in line for a little over a year... since new years 2007... so I got busy finishing up what I had been doing before I left and then of course a short nap... short... spozed ta be short... so I then realized I had forgot to send in my "day the music died" note on Saturday... oh woe is me... so anyway... On February 3rd, 1959, I was just getting used to my new digs over at Jason Lee and running with a new crowd, Davis ('65), Nussbaum ('65), Beej ('65) (but I'd know him since... forever), Nalder ('65) Heidlebaugh (soon to be '65), Adair ('65), Nevins ('65), Snow ('65) and a ton of others... I was missin' the Petersons ('64, '65) and all the rock 'n' roll we had enjoyed... Jimi was thinkin' about hitting Garfield, where Quincy had attended, wonderin if anyone would ever groove on his licks, the Fleetwoods had put out Mr. Blue and Kent and the Wailers with Rockin' Robin' Roberts had cut Louie Louie and all their other great hits and were the band to beat tho they wouldn't hit American Bandstand for another 5 months... We were all rockin'... Waylon had given up his seat and Jerry Allison and Joe Bob were safe and sound on the ground... I wouldn't know anything about Waylon till 1964 when he would cut the most amazing version of "4 Strong Winds" I've ever heard and then I would be hooked for life... then the news hit... Big news to the kids... Huge news to me... the story would later be memorialized in the song "Three Stars"... "gee we're gonna miss you everybody sends their love... " The music would never be quite the same... Buddy was doing a lot of experimentation with his music and maybe I woulda lost interest... who knows... Ritchie had only cut a couple of records and JP Richardson... well how far can you go with gimmick records (maybe I should ask Sheb Wooley or Ross Bagdasarian)... So anyway... they remain as we remember them... they influenced all the greats to come and they molded our lives in so many ways... so what else is there to say but "gee we sure do miss ya... everybody sends their love... .. ." -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) Re: Portland Bomber Lunch ~ January 19, 2008 Hello Bombers: Our first Bomber Luncheon of the year 2008 happened on January 19th, and we had a lively group of 12 participants: Tom Hemphill ('62) and Linda Hemphill (spouse), Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) and Mary Heidlebaugh (Bomber Mom), Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54), Len Rediske ('66) and Linda Rediske (spouse), Ann Schafer ('63), Alan Porter ('67), Rich Snider (66), Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) and Denny Hoban (spouse). We had a really great time, the conversation was very lively, and though it did get a bit of political slant, it was great to share different ideas. We all remained for quite awhile after still chatting away. Our next Bomber Luncheon is scheduled for March 8th. Same time and same place.... and with the help of all in attendance, we have the Bomber Picnic scheduled too - It will be August 16th... Tom and Linda Hemphill have graciously volunteered their home for our picnic. We will send address info and maps later. There are lots of positives for this change. We don't have to pay a fee to the campground to use their site, Tom doesn't have to take apart his cookstove/barbecue and haul it, the Hemphill residence is easy to reach off the freeway, and for those beer and wine drinkers, you can BYOB, which you can't have in the Battleground Park. So, there we have it. See you all in March... -Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Library Richland has had a "new" library for years. It's at the corner of Swift and Goethals. I used to go to the old one as well. Sometimes I'd walk down after high school for some books for a project and then catch a ride home with my mom who worked in the police department. What are they putting in the area once the building comes down? I don't recognize many parts of Richland any more. The last time I was there I went by the house I grew up in, how sad. They took out the front lawn and put in concrete for parking (the whole front lawn not just a small part of it). How 'bout them Giants? -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where today is cold but dry so far **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Greg Alley ('73) To: Wally Erickson ('53) Re: Library The old old library is being torn down and the newer library, which resides at the corner of Swift and Northgate Boulevard, is closed for repairs and expansion. I guess every library can always use some more room. It worked fine for me for a number of years. As they expand and fix it up the temporary library is on Lee across from Zip's and next to Albertson's. The building is next to the old Payless/Rite Aid store. This building has housed a Rosauer's, Pasta Mamas, and Tim Bush Motor Sales. -Greg Alley ('73) ~ It's a cool but okay Monday in Richland. Luckily there are no headaches at work after Super Bowl Sunday which turned out to be a great game. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/06/2008 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Kay Mitchell ('52)) and Dick Coates ('52) Bill Witherup ('53), Tom Tracy ('55) Sylvia Plumb ('56), David Rivers ('65) Betti Avant ('69), Robert Avant ('69) Bruce Strand ('69), Vic Marshall ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John Cole ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Bennett ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Franco ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lisa Riccobuono ('75) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lori Raekes ('81 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kay Mitchell Coates and Dick Coates (both '52) Re: We Have Lost Another Bomber We received sad news yesterday that Dick's younger brother Bill Coates ('63) passed away in his home early Tuesday morning. He had been living with his wife in Bisbee, AZ since retiring from Sandvig Special Metals. -Kay and Dick Coates (both '52) ~ Valley, WA where grief overwhelms us on this snowy day **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Witherup ('53) Re: Richland library Had a bad experience with the second Richland Library, not the one we frequented 1950-53. My parents donated three of my letterpress poetry books to the Richland Public Library circa 1987-88. They were in a special glass case with some other collectible items, such as shrunken heads. On a visit from California, where I was living then, and after my father's death in 1988, I went down to the library with the intent to donate my first collected poems, "Black Ash, Orange Fire" (1986) to the library as well. I found that the books (and the case itself) that my folks had donated, were missing, and not in the library catalog. On further inquiry, I discovered the three books had been sold at a library sale. Those of you who know my temper can visualize Bill Witherup going critical and about to melt down. My shoes melted the asphalt on the way back to 1411 Townsend Court. I could barely speak. My mother, always the one to damp down the fire, said, "Now, son, I can't have you losing your temper before the neighbors." Thus and so. Re: the proposed Richland/Hanford anthology mentioned in an earlier message: There are two grants out there seeking funding; not come through yet. So I will be further in touch with you later on. -Bill Witherup ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy ('55) To: Phil Belcher ('51) Thanks much for the jukebox info: Now when I travel with a laptop or work at home I can proudly display this "Pre-Programmed iPOD model for The AARP Group". I especially enjoy the "Genra" selections with Orchestra/Marches. One can listen to the Bomber (aka Notre Dame and Wisconsin) fight songs. Surprisingly I found an Andre' Rieu (The world's greatest orchestra leader) selection. It was a wonderful remembrance after seeing him in his own "Homecoming" performance in Maastricht, Netherlands. Not many orchestra leaders have their own castle. He has earned one. If you ever have a chance to see his performances or the "Homecoming" DVD, you'll understand. Its comfortable working at the computer with headphones and finding '50-55' music and a few years later ... prior to 'noise' and 'volume' substitutions so often occurring later. A pretty good song just came up, "Moments to Remember" ... (the year we tore the goal posts down at the UW after the Huskies thumped the ranked USC team. Bomber bests, -Tom Tracy ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sylvia Plumb Duran ('56) Re: All the Coles I was amazed to see the entry from the Coles about John's 60th birthday, because just the other day I was telling [my husband] Tony ('55) about babysitting for Jackie, Judie, and little Johnny when my family lived at the corner of Cottonwood and Lee Blvd. I didn't babysit very often, because I think they always had one of the older girls to babysit when Mom and Dad were going somewhere. I remember one of the twins was going to have surgery and I have often thought of her. Every time I hear "My Foolish Heart" (I think that was the name of the song), I think of Karen ('55) singing that while she was getting ready to go someplace. That was a long time ago, but I have great memories of all the Coles. I was surprised to hear that John is already 60!! The time goes by too fast!! -Sylvia Plumb Duran ('56) ~ from Derby, KS where we are getting snow tonight. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Birthday Boy Well, his siblings jumped the gun on me so I guess this will be no surprise... The birthday boy has always been one of my heroes...good looking, cool and all the right stuff... he's younger but only in calendars not in experience... I used to see him and his lovely wife every year when the Greers ('65, '66) would come with the birthday boy and Vicki ('66)... was always an event for nice dinner and lots of fun talk... haven't been able to get together with that crew in a couple of years... scheduling scheduling scheduling always getting in the way... go here be there... run run run... As with most of the guys, the birthday boy has dropped the "y" and the "ie" in his name... back in school everybody was Ricky, Freddie, Bobby, Billy and everyone is Rick or Richard, Bob or Robert, Bill or William....but I have always remembered my friends the way they were... Heidlebaugh is still Jimmy and to his chagrin, that's how the boyz at the donut shop refer to him... gotta admit... it's better than "the big fat liar"... so anyway, to me, the birthday boy will always be: Johnny Cole ('66) HAPPY BIRTHDAY on the 6th of January!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Streets I knew the library didn't face Goethals, but the back side of it does. Was Northgate always a street or was it formed when they built the library? I worked across the street from the library on Goethals and often would walk over on my lunch time. It seems it has a second level to it for offices and meeting rooms. I took a course and for the final I had to have it proctored. I had one of the librarians do it as I didn't have access to CBC at the time and that was my only other option. The next year I enrolled in a program at Weber State where I had done the course for. I gave the instructor a hard time as the other students had to take the course I had already completed but their final was "open book". I didn't complain too loudly as I had "aced" the course through correspondence. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where today we are under a high wind warning until this evening **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Avant ('69) Re: World Series of Poker I wanted to congratulate an old friend, Steve Rector ('69) on winning his seat in the World Series of Poker. As thrilling as that is I remember when Steve was a little more "thrilling". I am sure any of the neighbors left remember the good old days when we would sit on Steve's front porch while the neighborhood no doubt "loved" Steve's salutes with his carbide cannon. They knew about "noise pollution" before it became known. Good luck from Lake Stevens, WA; we are all counting on you. -Robert Avant ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bruce A Strand ('69) To: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) Are you sister to Jean McKnight? I used to work with Jean up in the frozen north, Anchorage AK. Is she still up there? Just wondering. -Bruce A Strand ('69) ~ Tempe, AZ (where it might get down to the upper 20's tonight - brrrr) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic Marshall ('71) Re: Happy Birthday Mike Here's to hoping that Mike Franco ('70) has a super birthday, wherever in the world he may be today. Probably at Carnivale in Rio, proudly representing Boeing. Don't forget to get your Ashes, Mike!! There's a joke in there somewhere but I'll let Mike figure it out...... -Vic Marshall ('71) ~ Beverly Hills, MI- where the snow has melted for the 4th time this winter -- very unusual to see the grass between December and March and we have seen more grass than snow... ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/07/2008 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers and Don Sorenson sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Pete Beaulieu ('62), Mike Franco ('70) Cameron Andersen ('83) and Becky Hinkley ('83) Don Sorenson (NAB) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jerry Rice ('71) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) Re: library To me the old librabry was the Auto center, 1943-? -Dick McCoy ('45) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pete Beaulieu ('62) To: Dennis Hammer ('64) Ran across your Vietnam Vet entry in Nov. 2007. I am moved. It is a small world we live in. You briefly mention a Navy side trip in April '69 when your ship joined Task Force 71. This was in response to the shooting down of a radar plane off the coast of North Korea. I was there too, on one of the four aircraft carriers in front of you (the USS Hornet). You mention losing a man overboard. I remember learning that a sailor had been lost sometime during the day from a destroyer behind us, due mostly to the combination of high speed and bouncy seas. My memory is that things were too urgent for your ship to even turn back and that visibility was not good. All these years I have often wondered who he was. For Sandstorm readers, in 1969 TF 71 was the largest navy task force assembled (literally overnight) since the Korean War. The homebound battleship New Jersey turned around in mid-Pacific to join us. Thirty ships in all. My bet is that the downed radar plane (an EC-121, a flying computer warehouse with a crew of ten) was monitoring events connected to a flareup at the time on the Chinese-Russian border. The story was that the downed plane was over international waters. Probably true. No survivors. This was a dicey week or so. Kissinger wrote about it in his "White House Years", but some of his site-level info was clearly second hand. I say a small world. Years later I ended up working in Seattle alongside an ex-pilot of one of the four jets flying intercept over all of us 24/7 during that period. Back in Vietnam he later had gotten hit and ejected straight down toward the ground barely a second before his plane exploded. A year in hospital recovery, but by the time we met he still could outrun me on the track. Not a particularly difficult thing to do. His penalty was to have to listen to Bomber folklore. Like Dennis, my tour in the Tonkin Gulf -- possibly in sight of each other -- was fairly routine. To answer a question raised in these Sandstorm entries, the reason some personal orders to Vietnam got torn up was that at least by the late '60s, it was decided only one inductee or volunteer from any one family had to make that trip. -Pete Beaulieu ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Franco ('70) It was great to receive my annual birthday greetings from Rex Davis ('49). Rex introduced me and hundreds of others to tennis. Those were great days at Riverside Park, and those quarts of A&W Root Beer. Also good to hear from Vic Marshall ('71). I am here in toasty Kent for the time being but will be back off to Mexico and Brazil in the next couple of weeks. Vic is the only person I know who lives in Beverly Hills and gets snowed in! Yes, it is the one in Michigan. Vic never could get anything right! As long as we are talking birthdays, January 11 was the birthday of my very best friend and one of the all time greatest Richland guys ever, George Dana ('70 RIP). George, we love and miss you and all of us who think of you often always do so with a smile on our faces. -Mike Franco ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Cameron and Becky Hinkley Andersen ('83) Re: Jim Andersen ('61) Jack Gardiner ('61) has been keeping all of you apprised of my uncle Jim's progress. Sadly, Jim's condition has steadily declined over the past two weeks and his condition is now considered terminal. He has significant heart and lung disease that is not operable given his weakened state. Jim is still in Kadlec ICU, but kept sedated to help him cope physically and reduce stress on his heart. Please keep Jim and his family in your thoughts and prayers. Many of you may know his brother Gordon ('54). -Cameron and Becky (Hinkley) Andersen ('83) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB) Re: Old Library To All Bombers: Found these the other day: <> Didn't this building used to be a Ford garage? -Don Sorenson (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/08/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Dick McCoy ('45), Larry Mattingly ('60) Tom Verellen ('60), Jack Gardiner ('61) Shirley Sherwood ('62), Susan Baker ('64) Shirley Collings ('66), Pam Ehinger ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janice Pierce ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: MaryAnne Greninger ('67wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cathy Lemler ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy (the Tin Can Class of '45) Re: Ruf To: Dick Roberts ('49) Thank you for the kind words re Rufus Pederson ('48-RIP). Ruf "RJ" was a good friend. I remember that he was from Joliet. Illinois, same as John and Dan Hughes, ('47 & '48). They were both named Knothead back in Joliet, and RJ brought the name with him, much to their dismay. John then claimed it was just Knothead Dan, but Rufus said otherwise. Re: The uke I once saw his Sis, Beth Pederson ('61) in the Red Carpet in Seattle, where she sang and played guitar. I chatted with her, and she said that her bro was the better musician. RJ attended the Club 40 a number of times, and I enjoyed his gab and memories. Later, Rufus -Dick McCoy From the Tin Can Class of 1945 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: The old library building I was very small, perhaps about 4 or nearly so during my earliest recollection of that building. My dad had a black '40 or '41 Ford sedan. We were passing the garage one day going North and a car came out the big door and ran into the side of our car pitching me into dad's lap. Details are not clear now, but the one thing I do remember is it was a Studebaker that ran into us. So all these years I been thinking it was a Studebaker garage. Down in Columbia park there is an old building on the river side that I remembered as the Ford garage. That is where dad took the car to get it fixed. That building was still there a couple of years ago. Wow, was it really over 60 years ago? "Happiness is the sky in bloom", Celebrating 50 years in display fireworks in 2008. -J Larry Mattingly ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) Re: old garage that became an old library I may be just having a memory misfire, again, I seem to remember a painting/billboard on the West side of building facing "Goethals" of the infamous Dufus ? Boomer. The safety screwup character. And it seems to me that it was some sort of maintenance facility for the government cars. My big question is, Was the guy's last name "Boomer"? Did he have that name before 1945 (when it was revealed about the bomb)? Just now I have realized that my life long ambition was to become just like Dufus and here I am. Please answer quickly I feel a safety catastrophe is closing in. Or maybe I am just going to try to read the city name on my soon to be empty Coke bottle (a Dufus favorite). -Tom Verellen ('60) ~ from soggy near Lacey, WA ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Tom, It's Dupus Boomer. John Northover ('59-RIP) put a couple of Dupus Boomer books online: -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jack Gardiner ('61) Jim Andersen's son (Dax) called me to say that Jim has passed away today, February 7. This past month has been difficult for Jim's family, also for his close friends. When Jim and Vonnie moved back to the Tri-Cities 2 years ago they were so excited about their new lives and future. Since Jim moved back he has had a big impact in the lives of Fuzzy St. John ('60), Butch Lomon ('61) and Mary Lou Kelly Lomon ('60), and Patsy Lomon ('62). What made Jim so remarkable is that he loved people so much. Jim wasn't back a month when every checker at the Richland Win-Co knew him. He would buy Spudnuts and bring them to the girls where he did his banking. All of us have maybe 2 or 3 real close friends in life... Jim was one of mine. I've known Jim for 54 years, and he will be deeply missed. Thanks to everyone who contacted me about Jim's well-being. -Jack Gardiner ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Sherwood Milani ('62) Re: Re-live the '60s Maren, this link was sent to me and I enjoyed it so much Im passing it on. Theres a statement in it that indicates the author is from Yakima. -Shirley Sherwood Milani ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Susan Baker Hoover ('64) I recently changed Real Estate companies. I am now a Realtor with Windermere/Key Realty here on Key Peninsula and a few miles West of Gig Harbor. A couple of years ago I was able to find out the names and locations of some of our Bomber Realtors on this side of the Mountains. I appreciated there information very much. How about the rest of you who are Realtors letting us know where you are and what company you are with? I'm sure that other Bombers could use that information too. I am not just talking about Washington Realtors, so those of you in other States, speak up. Still loving the crazy weather we are having this Winter. -Susan Baker Hoover ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) This email was recently sent to me. Im not sure if he really won the million dollars, but he deserved to! Terry Fator is an unbelieveable puppeteer/ ventriloquist who imitates singers!! I dont know if you ever watched Americas Got Talent or not, but this guy is really unbelievable. He is FANTASTIC!! (see links) And he won the million dollars! DO THE 1st LINK FIRST!!!!!! (Do me first!!) -Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger ('67) Maren, I thought that this is worth passing on to our Bombers. It brought tears to my eyes! When you click the link below it opens up a new browser with a red background and a deep red square. Words come up explaining what it is about. After you read it you may have a short wait before the music starts. It is well worth the wait I promise. Your speakers should be on but not necessarily turned up too loud. Sit back and be prepared to be blown away by a kids and high school choir and band. -Pam Ehinger ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Nadine Ostler Stolp ('74) ~ 7/8/56 ~ 8/15/07 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/09/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Shirley Rae Drury ('51), Neil McCartney ('58) Larry Mattingly ('60), Sharon Greer ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gayle Dunn ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Steckline ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Jane Brady ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Karen Moore ('75) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Yvonne Ling ('75) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rob Hausenbuiller ('93) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) Thanks, Maren, for the link to the Dupus Boomer material. I remember the character well, but didn't realize that groceries were so expensive then. I believe he was called Dupus in reference to DuPont. Wasn't DuPont THE contractor then? I think my dad first worked for Morris-Knutson when we came to the area. I haven't a clue as to whether the Boomer refers to the atomic product. The last few days we've had strong winds here in the Tri-Cities, drying out the snow piles. I've appreciated your many interesting entries, everyone. -Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Neil McCartney ('58) Re: Link sent in by Pam Ehinger ('67) Very moving... thank you for sharing. I really enjoyed this, and put it in my favorites. Bomber Cheers, -Neil McCartney ('58) ~ I'm doing well here in Arvada, CO **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Home loans and re-fis I recently completed the best and easiest home loan ever. It was a re-fi to get away from an arm going wild. What a mess trying to pick a company. Between the blather on the radio and the reports of loan problems in the media I frankly was in a bit of a dither. My partner Ken says "call my son, he'll handle it". I had never met the young man and did not know he was in the business. Turned out Mathias has his office in Federal Way but is licensed in 35 states and is a genuinely nice fellow. Smooth, confident, he got approval from two banks and then played them against each other to get the rate down. It was ready to go in a couple of weeks and all I had said I was looking for in it. Anyone looking for a construction loan, new home loan, or refi, and would like to talk to or e-mail this young man drop me a note off this net. I will get nothing from this, Matt doesn't even know I am doing it. But since all Bombers are friends, I felt some would like to have a rather pleasant experience with a sometimes ugly task. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" Celebrating 50 years in display fireworks in 2008 -J Larry Mattingly ('60) ~ From home near Tacoma, where I am trying to get loose to get to WinterBlast next week in Lake Havasu City, AZ. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sharon Greer ('62) Re: Old Library I remember well the old library that is being torn down. Spent a lot of time in that building doing research for school projects and passing time looking at book titles wondering how I would ever have time to read them all. I have some memories of the old, old library in the park. Small concrete building with a huge dictionary by the front door. The resident cat was usually asleep in the middle of it. I believe that library was flooded in about 1950 or so. That was when they built the new one, the one that is being torn down. In my part of the world we will be getting a library again, thanks to help from the U.S. taxpayer, the Gates foundation, the Clinton-Bush foundation, and insurance that the city of Pass Christian, MS had on the building. Right now we have a double-wide trailer in the city park that was donated to us by DuPont. That's better than most of the towns here on the Gulf that were destroyed by Katrina. Our trailer library has a resident cat, as did our pre-Katrina library. When I worked at the Naval Oceanographic Office, that library (Mathew Fontain Maury Oceanographic Library) had several resident cats. I'm not sure what it is about cats and libraries. -Sharon Greer ('62) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/10/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff and 2 Bomber funeral notice today: Shirley Rae Drury ('51), Bill Witherup ('53) Bill Berlin ('56), Diane Avedovech ('56) Ruth Miles ('59), Lora Homme ('60) Darlene Napora ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jerry Molnaa ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda Woods ('61WB) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) Re: A real viral threat warning Our weekly newsletter from Snopes just arrived, containing a real warning about a Trojan virus threat. It has information that the threat is so broad that spam blockers and virus programs can't catch it all because the material is encrypted and has too many sources. It's now up to individuals to delete immediately these suspicious emails that are easily identifiable by Subject Line and the body. The body contains a short message and a link that uses an IP address rather than a domain. Example: Do not click on any such link. The Snopes article has a list of subject lines that are being and have been used and a lot more information. -Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Witherup ('53) Re: Dupus Boomer Does anyone have a mint copy of Dupus Boomer? If so, I might be interested in purchasing it. My dad had a torn cover and stained copy, which I already put in my archives at University of Washington. The little cartoon collection is an important cultural item in the history of Richland and Hanford. -Bill Witherup ('53 and still "fogging the mirror") **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Hockey Day in Canada Here I am on a dark gray day parked in front of the TV with a Molson's Canadian in my hand and watching the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's (CBC) Hockey Day in Canada...a celebration of the game from the "Tot's on Ice" to three NHL games...13 hours of hockey. It doesn't get any better than that. What is so cool, sorry for the bad pun when talking about a game played on ice, about this is that national TV goes small and selects a rural town in Canada to base a lot of hockey dignitaries and broadcast hockey all across the country. Today it is Winkler, Manitoba where they celebrate Mennonite/Mexican life, but that is another story. I love the little leaguers when the come off the bench and onto the ice and immediately fall down. Nothing bothers these little guys and gals and they are back on their skates for another...sixty seconds. How about a story of a couple from Chilliwack, British Columbia who have attended over 600 straight hockey games of their local team. Hockey in Canada is really a passion. When I went to Linfield after Col-Hi I had a couple of Canadian fraternity brothers who would travel to Portland, some 40 miles in each direction, to play amateur hockey there. They talked me into coming up one time and "strapping on the blades" and whilst I had scatted quite a bit in the Tri-Cities, I was not at this skill level. Not knowing the nuances of the game, I got smashed into the boards a dozen times, was "high sticked" a dozen times and "hooked" half a dozen times. So much so that I was thinking I should put my skates on my bum rather than my feet. As unbelievable as it was, I actually scored a goal, a nice goal at that, and I was hooked, eh. When I lived in Anchorage, Vancouver and Victoria I played in the older guys leagues and in Anchorage we called it the "Pig on Ice" league. Took us twenty minutes just to skate between the Blue Lines...or so it seemed. My biggest thrill in hockey was getting to drive the Zamboni, the machine that treats the ice during a hockey game. What a blast. Now Bombers that live in the Tri-Cities have the Western Hockey League (WHL) Tri-City Americans hockey team and if you have not been to one, go. It takes a couple of games to learn the rules but it is fast and scoring comes even faster so you get used to following the puck. Did you know that a "puck" it is a hard rubber disk that they keep frozen for the games...slides easier, faster and hurts more. I go to the Everett WHL games and used to be a big Seattle Totem's/Thunderbirds fan. Portland has the Winter Hawks. Hockey team names are cool, sorry for the bad pun again, too. How about the Trail, B.C. Smoke Eaters and I can't remember where the Hustle Kings are from. How about Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) organizing a "Bomber Night" at an American's game" She is great at that kind of thing and would make a hell of a hockey coach in my estimation. I love the game so much that I go to the Vancouver Canucks games several times a year but if you have never been to a hockey game, go to one or two and see how much fun it is. Peewee's, Junior Minors, Senior Minors, WHL or NHL. It's all good stuff. and remember the old saying, "I went to a fight one night and a hockey game broke out." Why is it that a hockey players smile is always the size of a puck...and without teeth? Keep you stick on the ice. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ Anacortes, WA where I am about to change brands to Kokanee or "Oke Dokey" when ordering in Canada. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Diane Avedovech ('56) I read Shirley Rae Drury Crume's ('51) entry regarding Dupus Boomer. I remember those cartoons well. Dick Donnell and my dad worked together in 1943-'44 so we always had a booklet around the house all the time. Dad worked for DuPont in Kankakee, IL and transferred to Richland in 1943, so yes, DuPont was the key contractor in Richland at that time. I was always enamored with their son's hot rod, a '32 Ford roadster, I think, and it had a rumble seat that I got to ride in once. Dick and Zola lived on the bank of the old dike and I used to go across their yard all the time to go down to the river and play. What fun those days. -Diane Avedovech ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ruth Miles Bruns ('59) Re: The old, old library I have always believed that the old, small, first library in the park is the building that is now the Allied Arts gallery. I remember being very short (maybe 5 or 6 years old), and standing in front of the shelves with my mother, looking at a book about Sacajawea. -Ruth Miles Bruns ('59) ~ in beautiful downtown Goldendale WA, where the snow is gradually melting away in 39-degrees-and-windy weather **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lora Homme ('60) To: Tom Verellen ('60) Re: Old Garage/Library I may also be having a memory misfire, but If I'm thinking of the right building it was a hutment-type building across from the present Federal Building parking lot and it did have a picture of Dupus Boomer on it. It was a safety poster of Dupus with wings, a halo, and his lunch box, sitting on a cloud. The caption was "I worked for 30 years and only had one accident." Wonder why I remember that when I sometimes have to check my driver's license to remember my name? Ahhh, now let's see, what did I do with my driver's license? -Lora Homme ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Darlene Napora Shuley ('69) All the discussion about the Richland Library brought back the memory that every summer during grade school, my mom would sign up my sister, brother & me for the Richland Public Library Summer Reading Program. You had to read a certain number of books both fiction & nonfiction with some specific categories like autobiography and write up small book reports. The librarian checked off your list and at the end of the summer, you got a certificate for completing the program. There are some types of books that I would never have selected on my own which I learned to appreciate. I can trace my love of reading and the hundreds of books I have exchanged with others over the years back to the Richland Librarians and their Summer Reading Program. -Darlene Napora Shuley ('69) ~ Austin, TX where it is sunny & 75, but due for rain early next week **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Bill Coates ('63) ~ 9/30/44 - 2/5/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/11/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Russ Hughes ('53), Ann Clatworthy ('54) Patti Jones ('60), Susan Baker ('64) Pam Ehinger ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda Carter ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Drew Coughren ('86) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Russ Hughes ('53) Re: Richland Street Names To: Web Master, Richland Street Names My name is Harry Russell Hughes, normally called Russell because I was junior. I graduated from Columbia High in 1953. My Father Harry senor, who was an engineer, had a part in the naming of Richland streets and they were given a list of southern military officers to name the streets after. I never really knew his sense of humor back then, but he inserted one different street name in the list that was sent to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office in Spokane Washington for final approval. All the other names were of the Army officers as instructed except for this one. The name he chose was Wellsian Way, named after the well field that supplied potable water for the Richland Village at the time. The street naming engineers patiently waited to see if this particular street name would be approved and when the approved list of street names came back from Spokane, there it was all official. I first found out about this prank when a man contacted me years later to see if I had any photographs of the engineers that worked in what I believe was the 703 Building in the 700 Area. What he was looking for were the names at the bottom of the picture that were missing. I didn't have any of those pictures, much less the names. We continued to talk about those good old days and at some point he told me the story about the name Wellsian Way and how it came to be. I later asked my mother Dorothy Viola Hughes about this story and she confirmed the accuracy of it. It was more or less a practical joke on the Corps that was successful to say the least. To top it off, it didn't affect plutonium production or give away any military secrets. I am not sure why the term "southern military officers" was mentioned except that some of the Corps officers having to do with the Manhattan Project were from the south. Maybe that was their own version of a prank on the Army at the time. -Russ Hughes ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Clatworthy Weyerts-Hogshead ('54) Happy Birthday to Jerry Molnaa ('52) on 2/10... -Ann Clatworthy Weyerts-Hogshead ('54) ~ from Fort Valley, VA... where the wind is howling outside and a big... I mean big... box just flew thru our front yard... Hope it wasn't your mail order birthday present Jerry! See you this June. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: All Bomber Luncheon - Richland When Glen Rose ('58) and wife Carol arrived at 12:30 p.m. Glen said, he didn't think many Bombers would be at the luncheon because of the Caucasus in the Tri-Cities. Within in minutes we were surprised with the Bombers who just kept coming. Charles Kaiser ('63) was there having a cup of coffee and came to visit for a minute before going off to one of the Caucuses. Mary Judd Hinz ('60) raced in the door right at 1:00 p.m. excited about being at one of the Caucuses. The Bombers and spouses were so talkative that I didn't think I would be able to get them to quiet down for introductions and announcements. They did finally. **grin** No photographer again, darn. Guess "Pappy" Swan ('59) and his wife Jeanne must have slipped off to one of the meetings. Right "Pappy"? The following were in attendance: Mary Massey Horsey ('64) who has been taking care of Larry Holloway ('64) arrived with Larry looking very well after his heart surgery. Her care for him shows. Lorin St. John ('55) and his wife Phyllis started a new table which filled up quite fast. Betty Bell Norton ('51) did her announcements for the seniors and what's to come at the Community Center. Betty makes it so interesting you would want to be at every event. Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) and Barbara Isakson Rau ('58) were in a discussion about grand children and sports. Kaylene Henjum Livingston ('60) and husband Herm attended to help them get over cabin fever before the next round of doctor visits to help Herm be completely well. They both look well after what they have been through. Fred Klute ('58) handed me an obituary cut from the Tri-City Herald about my brother. Those Bombers have gone, will not be forgotten. Derrith Persons Dean ('60) always happy and carrying on with the discussion at hand. Dona McCleary Belt ('54) was glad to have her husband Larry Belt ('57) attend with her. Yeah Larry, hope you attend more. Dianne Garrison ('66) joined her Bomber friend (I think it was Mary Massey Horsey ('64). Dianne attended West High School, Bremerton, WA. There is always a table with people eating right in the area where we have lunch when we get there. a couple of them Bombers. I think I convinced them finally to wait a little later and join us next month. If not I will write their names down so we all know who they are. To: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Ice Hockey Thank you for the suggestion of organizing a Bomber group at the Ice Hockey games and me doing it. I have thought many times about going to the games here. My son and granddaughter have attended a couple of times when they visited here. My kids and grand children use to attend in Tacoma. Ice Hockey is easy to learn the game and follow. Do not like it when they knock each others teeth out but have learned fighting is part of the game. Doesn't take much to get those guys riled up. I am not driving right now because of physical problems (Thanks to Glen Rose ('58) and his wife Carol, they are getting me from point A to B) so I would have to opt out. Have no idea if Carol and Glen would enjoy the games. Maybe next season I can organize one. If I do you will be expected to be here. Thank you Bill. Re: Rufus Pederson ('47-RIP) How sad to have Rufus go. I was at a Club 40 weekend about five years ago having breakfast one morning. Many Bombers were coming in about that time. Rufus (whom I didn't know) looked over at me and asked to sit with me. As soon as he sat down and we learned from each other that we both had lived in the Bay Area. We both knew San Francisco, CA, which caused endless discussion from there. Do not remember which TV channel he worked for but seems like it was Channel 7 out of San Francisco. My favorite when I lived there. Then I learned that his sister was Beth Pederson ('61). Had no idea she had an older brother. Even though we did see each a couple of other at times at Club 40 it wasn't as easy to sit down and talk. I will always remember the day that Rufus brought sunshine into my life. My sympathy to his family. I know you will miss his fun. -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA - Awww a sigh of relief. My pond survived the freezing temperatures. The best part is my Koi fish also survived. Now looking for spring to listen to the waterfall put me to sleep at night. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Susan Baker Hoover ('64) I had the same thoughts as Ruth Miles Bruns ('59) that the first library was in what is now the Allied Artist building in the park. A few years ago I was able to purchase some reprints of the Dupus Boomer book from the museum in Richland. I still treasure Dad's original copy of Dupus Boomer. -Susan Baker Hoover ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Re: Library Well with all the talk about the library, I need to throw my thoughts in even if they are not as studious as most of the memories! When I was old enough to drive, the library was a good excuse to get the car. I'd tell my folks I needed to go to the library for a report, or what ever popped into my devilish mind! Then off I'd go... Oh I went to the library, I'd park the car and go in and then I'd come out! So see I didn't lie, I went to the library! But I guess you'd say that was splitting hairs! LOL! But Hey I was teenager! Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/12/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers and Don Sorenson sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Doreen Hallenbeck ('51), Russ Hughes ('53) Burt Pierard ('59), Connie Madron ('60) Carol Converse ('64), Harvey Irby ('64) David Rivers ('65), Don Sorenson (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol Haynes ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Freddie Schafer ('63-RIP) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pat Caldwell ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shanon Laybourn ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Duane Worden ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: James Hodge ('71NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betty Janeen Thornton ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter ('51) Re: Snoqualmie Pass slide show These fantastic pictures were forwarded to me from Larry Rader, father of Bombers Ryan and Jeff Rader. Living in Arizona, and recalling early years in Washington, it certainly brings back memories of what "snow" really is. -Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter ('51) ~ Another beautiful day in paradise - Green Valley, AZ **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Russ Hughes ('53) Re: Motorcycle trip Then there was the two seniors back in 1950, or 1951, who had just graduated and thought that riding their big noisy motorcycles down the main hall and back at Columbia High would be a real neat stunt. After all they had already graduated and what could befall them now? They got the motorcycles into the hall at the south end, started the engines and blasted down to the other end, turned around and started back down the hall only to have Mr. Haag the Vice Principal, who came out of the office upon hearing the noise and stopped them. I understand that the two boys had their diplomas pulled for a while until some restitution was agreed upon. I don't remember what the restitution was, but eventually they got their diplomas returned. Nobody else ever did that kind of a stunt afterwards as far as I can remember. Re: Richland High School Race Track Then there was a driveway so you could drive all the way around Columbia High School without having to go onto a city street. The problem became serious when some students started using the driveway as a race track. You know, wind the engine up and back off the throttle and listen to the loud exhaust pipes sound off. That interesting daily spectacle came to a quick end when the school district blocked the driveway off in a couple places to prevent a complete circumnavigation of the school building. The driveway was actually a fire lane for the school. The driveway was blocked sometime in 1952, or 1953 I think, because I had my drivers license at the time and made the trip around the school building myself a number of times in my 1929 Model "A" Ford convertible coupe. You sat up straight, held your head up proudly and smiled at the kids standing there who were watching the event that didn't have a car in order to be able to do the same thing. Those were the good old days. -Russ Hughes ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) To: Bill Witherup ('53) and others who have mentioned this subject Re: Dupus Boomer books In actuality, there were TWO Dupus Boomer books originally published. The first was copyrighted in 1946 and titled "You Asked For it." It was released as a first anniversary collection of Dupus' first year in existence (first published in the Villager on November 20, 1945). There were possibly at least two printings since there was a "Red Cover" and a "Green Cover" version (I have copies of both in my archives). BTW, the price was 50 cents. The second was copyrighted in 1948 and simply titled "Dupus Boomer" and subtitled as cartoons from the Villager during 1947 and 1948. Interestingly, CREHST Museum (in collaboration with Dick Donnell's granddaughter) combined both books into a reprint some years back and has it on sale at the museum Book Store for $10.00. They will accept mail orders at (509) 943-9000. A nominal Shipping & Handling charge will be added. Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Connie Madron Hall ('60) Re: Brad Upton ('74) John Hall ('60) and I saw Brad Upton last night at Gammage Auditorium on the campus of Arizona State University. He was terrific and the audience was roaring with laughter. We spoke to him at the break and bought one of his CDs. He did the show with another fellow named Johnny Mathis. He was a pretty good singer -- might have a future. HaHa (as Brad said). If you get the chance to see Brad, don't pass it up. -Connie Madron Hall ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) Re: Old Library I remember the old library very well. Spent hours there. When I was little, I was involved in the Summer Reading Program each summer. I had a few birthday parties there as well. The lady that was ahead of the Summer Reading Program was a clown at the parties. Someone mentioned a few years back of her passing. I always got the car to go to the library for researching reports. I remember the glassed-in front with all the books, etc. in it. Seems they had another one inside the library on the left side as well. My girl scout troop had many activities there. I remember in high school, I couldn't get enough mystery books to read. I loved using the card catalog also. When they built the new library, I remember being very upset. I never did like that library. Don't remember the "old old" library at all. -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) - Eureka, CA where we just got back from Las Vegas. I had never been there. The weather was certainly better (warmer) than here. Couldn't believe the smog around Bakersfield though. How do you stand it, Linda Reining ('64)? I know Linda was talking about all the snow, but there was hardly any last Tuesday when we went over the pass and even less when we came back over it on Saturday. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Harvey Irby ('64) Re: Sister Pat Baxter My wife, Carolyn and I spent about ten days driving around Washington and Oregon at Christmas time and stopped by the Marylhurst campus in Portland to visit with Sister Pat Baxter (formerly Sister Mary Emmetria), who was the music teacher at Christ the King in Richland. She is retired from teaching but is still active, looks great, and still has about 15 private piano students. We had a very pleasant visit and afternoon tea with her and her other two retired Sister roommates. We also had a very enjoyable dinner that same evening with John Fletcher ('64) and Becky Wersen Fletcher ('65) -Harvey Irby ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: There are places I remember all my life tho some have changed... some forever not for better... some have gone and some remain... All these places have their moments with lovers and friends I still can recall... some are dead and some are living... in my life I've loved them all... (thanks John, Paul, George and Ringo)... yes I'm a word thief... but I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate two of my favorite people... a '65er and a Big Kid and while I may not be counted as huge Beatles fan (I'm more of a Stones kinda guy) there are almost no words that sum up my feelings for my friends than those quoted above. The '65er I only have the pleasure of seeing a couple of times a year... pretty sure she was a Carmichael girl and tho I knew a lot of those kids in grade school from Spalding I didn't get to know a bunch of the girls till Col-Hi... she is one a them knock out Bomber Babes our school is famous for... She never fails to attend our gatherings and I am always so glad to see her... the Big kid is a guy I still get to talk to every day... actually it's every night... ever since I read the book the Celestine Prophesy, I have become aware that my friends who are "gone" may not be as gone as I thought... It started by saying Goodnight to my Dad... then Bill Rightmire ('67) after Janine ('65) called me hysterically that awful day to tell me Bill had died... I figured she needed watching over and he was the guy to do it... Then Stanfield's ('66) Grandmother, Bo Belinsky, my buddy Pete, Kenny Johnson ('65), Freddie Schafer ('63), Mike Botu ('65) and a few others none of you would know... the list has grown but I never fail in saying good night to these dear friends and others' loved ones... it might sound a little morbid but it gives me comfort to feel these departed ones near me as I fall asleep... the Big Kid is one I always looked up to (figuratively if not literally)... He always made room for me and he and his lovely Ann ('63) became very dear to me... so if I couldn't come up with original words of my own to express these feelings I'm sure you'll forgive me as we wish HAPPY BIRTHDAY on the 12th to Freddie Schafer ('63 RIP) and Shanon Laybourn ('65)... Oh my goodness... almost left out Pat Caldwell ('65)! Sorry Dude! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB) Re: Richland Street Names To: Russ Hughes ('53) Russ, you are correct concerning the story of Wellsian Way. Clyde Berghdal related the same story during an interview at his home. All of the streets at that time were named after Corp of Engineer officers. The Southern Officer claim well I've got to say it is only partially true. These officers lived and worked in the 1800s and were from the North as well. The engineer picture I might be able to help you with. Susan Baker Hoover ('64), allowed a friend of mine to copy a photo of an engineering group from her father's belongings. Perhaps this is what he was looking for. Back to the naming issue. A question why, after all this time hasn't something been named after Colonel Matthias? We have Leslie Groves Park after the good General however he really wasn't here that much other than to check on progress and to offer encouragement to the work force. Colonel Matthias directed the affairs of Hanford and traveled extensively to Chicago, Oak Ridge, New York, parts of Florida conferring with the top scientists and engineers at that time. He knew of Los Alamos and corresponded with Oppenheimer but to my knowledge never traveled to the Hill during the war. Of course he really wasn't attracted to pursuing notoriety or using his office for special favors. He stood in line like everybody else. But he was instrumental in getting the job done. Anyway I'm sure Burt Pierard ('59) can fill in any missing details on the names. I'm always forgetting something. -Don Sorenson (NAB) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Jim Andersen ('61) ~ 3/29/43 - 2/7/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/13/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Burt Pierard ('59), Jim Hamilton ('63) Linda Reining ('64), Vic Marshall ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeff Curtis ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kenny Wright ('63) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Wayne Wallace & Elva McGhan ('50) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) To: Don Sorenson (NAB) (You're still an Honorary Bomber, in my view) Re: Richland Street Names Well Don, as usual, you've nailed all the historical facts and there is not much, if anything, I can add. We go through this discussion (on the Sandstorm) every few years and I can reaffirm that all the original (WWII) streets were named after Corps of Engineer people, presumably officers. Some people have trouble accepting this because they don't know George Washington was once a surveyor in the Corps. Maren has posted a Feb. 25, 1945 memo from Paul Nissen (DuPont Public Relations guy and who became the first editor of the Villager the next month) that includes all the bios of the Engineers he could find. As an aside, the three main N-S arterials (Goethals, Stevens & Thayer) were all "Drives" (except for the special designation of Geo. Wash. Way) and the three main E-W arterials (Williams, Swift & Lee) were all "Boulevards." All street names were roughly "alphabetical" from south to north and east to west. When this discussion last came up, I raised the question about Wellsian Way (it still shows as an unnamed dirt road on my 1949 map) and several Bombers responded that the dirt road was originally just an access road to the main city water supply wells. I don't know when the road was paved and officially named, but the name explanation made sense to me. As to your mention of the lack of attention to Col. Matthias, I have shared that concern for many years. In actuality, Groves had very little to do with the construction and management of the Project and Richland Village - he turned it all over to Matthias. I am trying to get the old Lunchroom at B Reactor named the "Col. Matthias Room" and stock it with relics and memorabilia from the Project. Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) As usual Im a day late, but on Freddie Schafers ('63-RIP) birthday I would like to know the real story. If the bowling ball be rolled down Carmichael Hill made it to A&W or even to the river. Ive heard both versions, any eye witnesses? jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:Carol Converse Maurer('64) re:Bakersfield smog yep, we have LOTS of that blasted stuff--think we even have more than Los Angeles---since we are a valley, it all just "hangs" right here! re:snow since it "warmed up", most of it melted, but there is still some way up on the mountain tips in Tehahcapi----saw it when I went to Las Vegas on Friday. *grin* re:Las Vegas glad you had a good time---was there from Friday til Monday--- temps were in the 60's---not as cold as it had been. had a BLAST while I was there! got to visit with Bob(NAB)and Lenora(Hughes, '55)Bejarano---they came in on Saturday and we "hung out" for a few hours. had a good visit--too short, as always, cause the "slots call my name" and I have to answer! *grin* we bowled on Saturday and I even won some money in the "sweeps". then, I decided it was time to learn to play "craps"----wow---is that a FAST game, but I had a blast---"ran" $5 up to $88, then quit--- table was getting way too crowded and too hard to keep track of what was going on! both my daughters went, so we had a "girls' only" weekend! what a blast! Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64).........Bakersfield, is warming up to the 70's for this week. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic Marshall ('71) Re: Motorcycles in the Hall Russ Hughes' ('53) entry today [2/11/08] sparked a memory. I recall that one of the "Legends of Mac Hall" was the one about someone riding a small motorcycle into Calvin Gentle's math class and riding it around. It also recall there was a pretty ample supply of stories that involved "picking" on Mr. Gentle but I do not personally know of anything that REALLY happened while I was at Col-Hi. Maybe someone else can validate some of the myths. -Vic Marshall ('71) ~ Beverly Hills, MI - We had "winter Blast" last weekend in Detroit and with wind chills in the -20s, that was a pretty good name for it!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Ann Pearson Burrows ('50) ~ 4/5/33 - 1/14/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/14/08 ~ HAPPY VALENTINES DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7+ Bombers and the Cole sisters sent stuff: Jerry Boyd ('52) and Patsy McGregor ('54wb) Jay Siegel ('61), Dena Evans ('64) Greg Alley ('73), Brad Upton ('74) The Cole Sisters BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dore Tyler ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Roe ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vicki Mosley ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Val Ghirado ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Diane Carpenter ('72) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Clarence Fulcher ('51) & Gloria Adams ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jerry Boyd ('52) and Patsy McGregor Boyd ('54wb) To: Clarence Fulcher ('51) and Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) Wishing you a very HAPPY 55th Wedding ANNIVERSARY. It's been a lot of years since 1953 but it seems like yesterday! Living side by side in trailers in North Richland, starting families, playing cards, and a few parties!!! What a start, but such great fun. `Jerry & Patsy -Jerry Boyd ('52) and Patsy McGregor Boyd ('54wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jay Siegel (Classic Class of '61) Re: Class of '61 Web site updates I have finally gotten all of the bugs that were created when AT&T took over YAHOO and am able to get to the Classic Class of 1961 web site to do updates. Check your information and let me know if you have changes. As an aside, my chemo is progressing well and I am slowly returning to normal. In retrospect, this has been quite a year. I thank all of you for your prayers and thank God that He heard them. Clear blue skies and warm, gentle breezes -Jay Siegel (Classic Class of '61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dena Evans ('64) Re: Old Richland Library I had been to the library many times, but never stepped foot through the door. The lawn is the closest I was to the inside. Isn't that right Deedee? Shame on both of us. Well! Maybe she didn't tell her folks quite what I did. It took me time to learn that things DO come back to bite you...! I paid dearly. I flittered away a great educational experience and lost time with my Mother. Little did I know neither one would not last much longer. You know that paybacks are the pits. I have four daughters and they were each 2 years apart. There was a sign that I had on my refrigerator, and it was pointed to frequently, by me. It read: "Leave home while you are a teenager & still know everything.' I believe that I bought that sign more for myself as a reminder of how I seemed to know everything about life at 16. I STILL don't know half of what I should about life, and I am 61! After hearing all of the great things about the old Library, I am truly sorry that I never made it inside. Another one of those foolish choices made in the name of fun. -Dena Evans ('64) ~ It was a decent day in Portland today, a few scattered showers and overcast. The rest of the week in 'supposedly' going to be in the low 70s. Yeah, right! I am not going to pull out my summer things quite yet! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Greg Alley ('73) Re: Bomber basketball 2008 Dateline Richland, February 12th, 7:30pm A regular event taking place, Bombers in post season tournament. Another victory. Richland beats Davis to advance to the regional tournament and plays Walla Walla to be seeded. The gym was about one third full, if that. Not sure what song to sing about that one, either the Times they are a Changing, or Those Were the Days. -Greg Alley ('73) ~ In warmer Richland where its over 50 and spring is near. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) It was great meeting Connie Madron Hall ('60 0 and John Hall ('60) the other night in Phoenix. I wanted to add that if you get a chance to see Johnny Mathis, do it! He's 72 and sounds as good as he did 40 years ago! He even looks like he did 40 years ago and I don't believe he's had any work done! I've worked with Joan Rivers before... she's had some work done! If any of you are in a radio market that gets The Bob & Tom show, I'll be on their program next Wednesday. -Brad Upton ('74) ~ St. Ynez, CA where T-mobile ain't so mobile. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: The Cole Sisters Happy "special" birthday to our lovely sister-in-law, Vicki Mosley Cole ('66). We're looking forward to the big celebration party! Love, the Cole sisters (Beat you again David Rivers Ha!) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/15/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Russ Hughes ('53), Donna Bowers ('63) David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** SHARING... FROM THE EDITOR: New Orleans in Legos **************************************************************** **************************************************************** BOMBER LUNCH Today: Girls of '64 - Granny's, Kennewick BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Russ Hughes ('53) Re: 1953 Senior Class Picnic When I graduated in 1953 the senior class always had a picnic at Sacajawea Park. The problems began when some students started driving their own cars to the park. I understand that there were a few incidents with the law for improper driving and the School District became concerned about their liability. The result was that any senior attending the picnic now had to ride to the park on a school bus, or not attend the event. That didn't seem quite right to a few of us seniors and so we hatched a plan to be sort of at the picnic and not have to ride the school bus. Three of us had outboard boats moored at my boat dock on the river and so we loaded our food and the gas onto the boats well before school started on the day of the scheduled picnic. The legal picnic seniors were to board the busses at 1:30 PM and ride to the park. Those seniors who were not going to the picnic at the park on the school buses were to be dismissed at 2:30 PM to go home. At 2:30 PM, Mr. Edgar Haag, the vice principal, came to the auto shop where we were still in class and dismissed the group of us. We immediately headed for the boats on the river in our cars and took off for Sacajawea Park. We arrived shortly after the school busses had arrived. We were careful to not partake of any of the official picnics food or drink. We more or less stayed away from the official picnic tables and so on. We were careful to avoid any connection with the official picnic. Of course the whole park was available to any of the public which included ourselves which numbered five I think. We had a lot of fun, we associated with the other students and of course we went out in our boats and showed off our fancy smart aleck boating skills. At the same time we were careful to avoid allowing any of the official picnic students on board the boats. In short we had a ball. Then came the following Monday back at school. Each of us were promptly called over the PA system to report to the school office right now. It looked like we could be in for a little trouble. We were to be called in to Principal Macintosh's office, and be grilled prior to being beheaded, or something equally morbid. The first student went in and it seemed like a long time under the third degree. Then the second student entered the office to endure his third degree. The vice Principal Edgar Haag was summoned to provide some information, and we waited. Maybe a half an hour had passed by now. Shortly Mr. Haag came out of the office and stood there with his hands on his hips and looked at us. We were free to leave he said. It seems that all of our planning was right on the ball. Technically we did not attend the picnic. We all had been dismissed from school that day by Mr. Haag. We were free to go home we had been told by Mr. Haag. The only fly in the ointment was that we were supposed to have gone home first. Our defense was that hardly anyone ever went directly home from school, which was true. We also stayed away from the official picnic in a physical sense. We had our own food and didn't consume any of the school's food, or beverages. We had abided to all the rules set forth. The powers that be at school never considered that they had a Columbia High School navy contingent to deal with. They only thought about land bound motor vehicles of which there were plenty among the student body. Mr. Haag later told me that while he deplored what we did, that he had some admiration of our planning for all contingencies and our ability to stick with the plan. Of course he also said that that wouldn't happen again as the rules would be changed to accommodate this sort of a situation. Mr. Haag was an honest fair straight shooter and we all respected his ability to deal daily with a bunch of smart aleck students. I think he remembered when he was a teenager himself. The students who owned the boats if my memory serves me correctly were myself Russ Hughes, Carol Julian and Russ Armstrong, all Class of 1953. Russ Armstrong's boat was constructed in the schools wood shop. -Russ Hughes ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Bowers Rice (Gold Medal Class of '63) To: Jay Siegel ('61) I lift up prayers for your full recovery and ask that you do the same for my brother Clif ('61). His stage II small cell Lymphoma has progressed to stage III and they are sending him through more concentrated treatment at UCSF. His beautiful curly white hair is gone and being a very fastidious guy, I know he can hardly wait to get it back. He continues to be a caring, sweet man. Also prayers for Mike's ('60) sister Kathy Rice Veverka ('58). She has been in quite a battle with the big c. 1st breast cancer, then lung cancer and now brain cancer. I cannot tell you what a wonderful attitude she has had through countless chemo's and now radiation, and also how deeply I respect her as a person. Through the years, I have watched her big heart reach out and touch many in Richland. Helping to start an abused women's shelter in Richland, planning many JA Jones parties and raising 3 very wonderful girls, she just is a "people" person. She needs your "WINGS" right now and your prayers. It seems as if I cannot read a daily Sandstorm without hearing of some loss. In my brother's class of '61, I offer my condolences to Jim Andersen's ('61-RIP) family and to Bill Coates' ('63-RIP) family. I have known Bill since 4th grade at Spalding Elementary when we moved to Richland. He and Freddie Schafer were good friends in those early years. Where Bill was a sweet man, Freddie was a kick-in the-pants guy, with a heart of gold. And there is not a day that goes by that I do not think of Freddie Schafer ('63-RIP) and Ann Engel Schafer ('63) and Paul Hirst ('63-RIP) and Mary Ann Vosse Hirst ('63)) -- all of them such terrific people. It always amazes me that there was so much love in the class of '63 that many of the members married each other. I look forward to our 45th reunion in September, where we can give lots of hugs to all those special people we grew up with. -Donna Bowers Rice (GMC '63) ~ St. Louis, where we finally have a reprieve from the ice cold weather and the sun is out **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Getting up the courage Yes yes... the Cole sisters beat me again... I totally spaced Vicki's ('66) birthday and Ms Spudnut Val Ghirardo's ('72), as well... so... I been bad and I guess I'll pay for it next time I see those two Bomber Babes... But I do have a good excuse... kinda... ya see... I've been taking a new turn in my life and it has become very time consuming to say the least... We have a big problem in Clark County, Nevada... it has become quite fashionable for young lawyers with virtually no experience to run for Judge... it's not all their fault... the job pays far less than a good, experienced lawyer can make in private practice... but it is pretty good pay for someone just entering the market... We have very few experienced trial lawyers on the bench for that reason... it is unusual for an experienced lawyer to give up his practice and spend an absolute fortune to run a good campaign... well, here I am... almost 62 and two of the judges decided to retire... I figured maybe I'd run for one of those spots... I checked it all out and it turns out that all 26 of our regular (not family court) Judge races are now done at the same time (they were once staggered)... that meant if I didn't run now I'd be 68 next time they ran... dang! So... ok... I anguished for a while and then said... "I'll do it" Ahhh but not so simple... Our "worst" Judge was removed from the bench last year... the case is still pending... Our second worst judge is running again... all of a sudden I was overcome with little "birds" twittering in my ear... the little birds it seems were sent out by other "black robes"... so now I'm running... against the worst judge (second worst if you count the removed judge)... one would think it would be easy... she is not bright and not well liked... should be a snap... right? Well, apparently she has "juice" with someone... also, many of the prominent attorneys who would normally be listed as members of my committee have high profile cases in her court... soooooo... money yes... names no... talk about fear... I find it difficult to believe that a sitting judge would retaliate against attorneys and their clients over the use of a name... Welcome to the world of politics, Rivers... But there is good news... My campaign is using... BOMBER colors!... so... if one of my signs happens to blow into your yard during our windy season... (now)... please forgive me... it will look like this Wish me luck! -David Rivers ('65) "Vote for me I'll set you free" (Temptations, "Ball of Confusion") ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/16/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Thora Metcalf ('59), Ed Quigley ('62), Helen Cross ('62) Gary Behymer ('64), Linda Reining ('64) Patricia de la Bretonne ('65), David Flaherty ('76) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: James Clatworthy ('46) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shirley Davis ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Toby Huff ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Esther Dawson ('73wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Thora Metcalf Ziegler ('59) Re: New Orleans in Legos The Lego city was outstanding. What an amazing undertaking. It's beautiful and what a labor of love. -Thora Metcalf Ziegler ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed Quigley ('62) To: David Rivers ('65) Re: Getting up the courage Jeez, Counsellor, I don't know whether to wish you luck or not. . .I just spent 15 minutes trying to figure out whether "Mayor" is a step up, or a step down, on the respectability ladder! :) However, the color scheme of the sign is delightful and inspiring. Don't you think that it should feature a rat-rod on it, somewhere? Might motivate a few of the motorheads in the area to hit the voting booth. . . Oh yeah, and forego the fainting women in the front row sthick; somebody beat you to it. -Ed Quigley ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) I am confused, I have to confess to missing my daily read of the Sandstorm by several days. But is William Coates ('63-RIP) the same man who I knew as a child as Tippy Coates? I'd have sworn I knew him as a classmate at Spalding School too, except we were a class ahead, as I graduated in l962. I'd need an earlier photo of him to know for sure. We've had a few days of paralyzing snow and frozen snow with cold temperatures this week, but we've got the walks cleared off at both churches now, and as we aren't expecting any more snow in the next few weeks, and we don't live where the Ohio does flood in this river town, (and it's been high this past week and did flood all of the flood plains in the town and go over a few roads), we are fine, but I will be ready for spring this year... and it's been a mild winter.... -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ Grandview, IN on the Ohio River where it is about 36 today. It's been overcast all day today, but yesterday we had beautiful blue skies and sunshine all day long. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Richland Bomber Valentine card makes funnies? -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:David Rivers(;65) CONRATS on "running" for district court judge! that was the reason you cancelled on dinner with us when we were in Las Vegas last weekend, so you are forgiven for having to eat a "rubber chicken dinner" instead of buffet with a couple Bombers(Lenora Hughes Bejarano, '55 and me)! *grin* too bad we can't all transfer residence to Clark County for the vote---you'd win "hands down" with all those Bomber votes behind you, but know they are all there in thought. will be looking forward to your victory in November and the announcement in the Sandstorm! "here come de judge". *grin* Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64)....temps are in the 50's in Bakersfield, CA--think our rain is gone for this winter. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patricia de la Bretonne ('65) Re: New Orleans in Legos Maren, Stunning legos city. Thanks. People around here think I'm nuts wanting to go to New Orleans. But my grandfather was born in the French Quarter and I have many distant relatives around there and Houma. One of these day... -Patricia de la Bretonne ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Flaherty ('76) To: Brad Upton ('74) Looking forward to hearing you on the Bob and Tom Show... I listen to those guys almost every day and actually download their podcasts. Are you going to be in Indianapolis? If so, does that mean you are going to be playing some shows in this region? I would love to see your act! You need to get booked in Zanies here in Nashville... you could even hang here!!! There are a few of us Bombers around here. -David Flaherty ('76) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/17/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Ed Quigley ('62), Linda McKnight ('65) Cathy Geier ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Curt Donahue ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Floyd Melton ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed Quigley ('62) To: David Rivers ('65) S'cuuuuuuuuse me, David; I confused you with my other lawyer friend, running for mayor in Miami, AZ! A judge definitely is a respectable personage, so yeah. . .Go for it, and good luck! -Ed Quigley ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) Bomber Cheers to Justice of the Peace to be David Rivers ('65). Somebody somewhere has to have a picture of David in a suit to share here in the Sandstorm. All I ever see him where is green and gold tee-shirts and shorts when he visits Bomberville... -Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) ~ Where it is sunny in Tigard, OR and Paradise Harley Davidson is having their annual Pig Roast and hubby and I are victims of the rotten flu bug... last year at this time we were chowing ribs... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Cathy Geier ('66) Hello All, I am happily esconced in a friend's home house-sitting for 10 days and taking on my duties as a planning council member for Women of Wisdom (WOW). Many of you have probably been on this type of planning council.. a general go-for position done with great love and much cooperation from many people who like and respect one another from associations of many years. I am tired and also energized. My sister, Carol ('73), has been helping me by sending me things from Richland when needed. She just opened a letter from the Tri-City Herald finally!! inviting me to be a participant in a citizens discussion panel about safety in Richland schools. I applied the first day the opportunity arose. I felt that having been such a high academic achiever and contributing leader as a high school student in Richland and then with a past of working as an international stewardess and then for Seattle Schools for many years that I might have a reasonable chance to be selected. Time passed and no invitation. With Snoqualmie Pass closed and the conference coming up, I remained in Seattle to continue with job applications as well as drink in museums and art galleries and my loved dance classes. I took the training class to be a voter poll judge and will be here in Seattle working rather in Richland discussing what can be done to keep our schools safe.. Please remember to vote this next week.. it's important. I am here longer and will not be able to contribute on this panel. Weather here has been mixed.. some wonderful sun and some cold grey rain. I love it all. I am taking bookings for house-sitting in Seattle while I get professionally employed. I have references and I do gardening. Donna Fredette ('65), I got an email from you to meet and responded but didn't hear back. Did the internet eat our correspondence? Good night all, and thank you for keeping the Bomber spirit alive. Sincerely, -Cathy Geier ('66) ~ From Seattle and the WOW conference **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Rufus Pederson ('48) ~ 8/2/30 - 2/1/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/18/08 ~ PRESIDENTS' DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Ann Clatworthy ('54), Marguerite Groff ('54) Roger Gress ('61), Bob Rector ('62) Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Charlie Bigelow ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rich Greenhalgh ('59wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David Belliston ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ellen Thornton ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Clatworthy Weyerts-Hogshead ('54) Re: James Clatworthy's ('46) 80th Birthday Party Just returned from Belle, WV and my brother Jim's 80th Birthday Party. Fifty friends and relatives celebrated and consumed volumes of Southern Barbequed Pork accompanied by old fashioned potato salad, coleslaw, fruit salad, green beans and of course birthday cake and ice cream. A picture board told the story of his 80 remarkable years including a bicycle tour of the USA at age 65, eleven years in Germany, with a total of 22 years total service in the Air Force. He is in good health and looking forward to more happy years with wife Faye. He is my bro and I love him very much... we miss our brother Bobby ('51-RIP) and our parents Jim and Virginia Clatworthy. Thanks goes to you Dick McCoy ('45)for the message you sent him, he appreciated it very much. -Ann Clatworthy Weyerts-Hogshead ('54) ~ Fort Valley, VA where it 42F and trying to rain. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) It is with deep sorrow that I tell you that a wonderful friend of mine, Jeannine Houston Willis ('54) died Friday [215]. She had been admitted to Kadlec Medical Center with severe breathing problems. On Thursday she had a massive stroke and died Friday. Jeannine and I became close friends after she and her husband, Paul, moved back to Richland several years ago. Our husbands became fast friends. Paul died in late 2001 and my husband, Bill, in 2002. Jeannine and I were a great support for each other; and enjoyed each other's company. Praise God, she is out of pain, and in a much better place. The death notice was in today's (Sunday) Tri-City Herald. Because of tomorrow being a holiday, the arrangements for a Memorial service is held off until Tuesday. Tentatively it is scheduled for 10:30 am, Saturday, at Bethel Church on Keene Rd. -Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roger Gress ('61) I tried sending Helen Cross Kirk ('62) a picture of Bill Coates ('63-RIP), but her email was rejected. Here is the picture that I scanned from my wife's 1960 Chief Jo annual. She wanted a younger picture of Bill. Roger Gress (Classic Class of 1961) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [I put the picture on Bill's memorial page at: -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Rector ('62) Re: David Rivers ('65) running for the Bench To: Ed Quigley ('62) and David Rivers ('65) I have a backpacking buddy who was superior court judge for about 15 years. About himself, he always repeated this depreciating humor... "Well, whenever any lawyer looses favor with the bar, they just get together and boot him/her out by electing them to the bench. My being here only means that I must have really p...... off too many of my colleagues." Humm, I thought that interesting. And I would think to myself, "is that why there are so many woman judges?" Anyway, it's always great to have some humor about... and if you don't get elected you can always say that your peer group still likes you! You win both ways. Go for it. -Bob Rector ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) Re: The '60s, the music, the movie ... If you were there for the '60s, if you know the Beatles, if you want to see a fine piece of independent film -- you have GOT to watch "Across the Universe". I don't buy many DVDs as keepers, but I watched this rental tonight, and am going to order a copy for purchase before I go to bed. This is a must-see movie, folks. Seriously fine. Re: Tracking down Class of '68 Members Hi, Got an e-mail from Jeri Sandberg ('68), who has chaired the planning of every Class of 1968 reunion since we graduated, as far as I know. Anyway, a bunch of us have "gone missing", it would seem, per the list below. I know in general where a few of these people are, and I know that some of them and/or their siblings and/or closer friends used to be active on the Sandstorm. So if you are on the list, please send me your e-mail and/or snail mail address - even if you don't plan to attend the reunion. And to whoever else might know how to reach any of these folks, please respond to me with the info -- again, hoping to get email addresses and snail mail addresses -- or at least the general location of these folks. Maybe you could ask them to contact me directly, if you don't want to give out the info yourself. I will pass all info on to Jeri Sandberg and the committee immediately. They really hope to have this by (gulp) the end of this upcoming week. That's a lot of people to track down in a short period of time -- so your help will be appreciated! LIST OF "MISSING" FROM CLASS OF 1968 Cathy Albert Askern, Phil Amy. Eric Anderson Suzan Barnes Sellers, Pat Barnes, Susan Beckman Wiegel Steve Bennett, Gary Benson, Mary Bloodworth Janet Boston Josephson, Pat Bott Eileen Brady Chatfield, Tom Brewder, Wallace Bucholz Peggy Burnside, Susan Carroll, James Chulos Barbara Clement Klassen, George Conner, Pete Dallaire Karen Daugherty Buchanon, Gloria Dawson Brack, Bill Dean Jim Denton, Judi Eckhardt Manning, Clifford Edwards Bob Elberg, Vickie Faubert Fish, R. David Faulk Bob Fennessy, Diane Filip, Nancy Flora Bankemper Robert Ford, Anne Frey, Greg Frister Roseanna Frost Henson, Randy Fulmer, Mark Gibson Wayne Gray, Joyce Gray, Marlene Green Button Janet N. Green, Jean Grouell Lynn, Ralph Guinn Mary Jo Handshuh, Eric E. Hanson, Robert Harden Jim Hill, Suellen Hill, Rita Hodgson Tiwater Sandy Hodgson Lee, Joe Hofmeister, Susan Holden Smith Cliff Holden, Wes Holway, Bonnie Hopkins Kenny Kitty Hydren Batholomew, Karen Ingalsbe Greenwell Fletcher Jamison, Leo Jellama, William B. Johnson Elaine Johnson Hunt, Shari Johnson Vines, James Dennis Johnson Dawn Jones Bright, Keith Kammenzind, Rebecca Kern Smith Mary K. Kerstetter Yount, John W. Kester, Glen W. (Joe) Kidder George Kinney, Greg Knapp, Ada Knowles, Karen Ko Diedre Lambert, Larry Lee, Donna Linn, Robert Lutton Jerome C. Lyness, Linda S. MacFadden, John D. McIntosh Mike McKnight, Karla McMahill Taylor, Mark T. Merrill Steven James Merrill, William D. Mitchell, Jane Mobley Miller Ken B. Morgan, Jr., Patty Munson, Nancy Murray Richards Michael G. Newby, Roberta Newton Davidson, Bob Nostrand Jim Obrian, Janice Page Leons, Steve Palmquist Milton Dale Phillips, Gary L. Pierce, Bob Pierce, Gary Polk Tony Ragland, Susan Reninger Wegner, Stan Reynolds Thomas (Pat) Reynolds, Carol Lynn Rice Winchester Ann Richardson Kelly, Evelyn Richardson Bales, Cindy Richmond Ewing, Russell F. Rider, Mark E. Riste Kathleen Robbins Vassulo, Gary H. Rodgers, Diane Roglien Margaret Rose Schultz, Virginia Rowe Duve, G. Lee Sadler Martin L. Salina, Mohan Sampath, Jan Schultz Elizabeth Schumacker Green, Vicki Sedlacek Manzo Bonnie Shelton Harris, Sandy Simmons, Vernice Skinner Jerrome David R. Slater, Randy Small, Roger Smith, Mike Smith Merrill Sommers, Leonard Sparks, Sarah Stitt Love Claudia Stoffels Peake, Phil Stover, Larry G. Sullivan Kerry Sullivan, Diana Taylor Grifittf, Diane Thomas ODell Marlene Toland Pannell, Gregory L. Turner, Candace Vanderbeek Linda Rae Vankleek Johnson, Bill Walsh, Mark E. Warner Carolyn Weaver Strege, Bryon Wilcox, Charlotte Wilson Archer Linda Winters Waddingham, Samuel A. Wright Thanks! -Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/19/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Betty King ('53), Tom Tracy ('55) Pete Overdahl ('60), Leona Mari Eckert ('65) Rick Maddy ('67), Fran Teeple ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joretta "Sue" Garrison ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lynn Noble ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Katie and Diana Powell ('02) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty King Moody ('53) Re: family For all of you who met my Jerry, letting you know he passed away today... he will be missed. -Betty King Moody ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy ('55) To: The Honorable David Rivers ('65), Attached please find an alternative Campaign Poster with an electro--nuclear touch. It comes complete with the endorsement of an influential persona encouraging others to consider your candidacy as the only proper choice and to re-consider any thought of voting otherwise. Contact your tailor and have two golden mushroom cloud epaulets sewn into your robe. It worked for the Supreme Court's Chief Justice it will work just as well for you. Best Bomber regards ...and we'll see you in court. -Tom Tracy ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pete Overdahl ('60) Re: David Rivers ('65) I am pleased to hear you are going to throw your name in for Judge. You are a good candidate for the position. You have great attributes which show in the Sandstorm. #1 you are honest, #2 you are compassionate, #3 you are a good listener and #4 you have a great sense of humor. (Being a Bomber won't hurt either) I wish I could vote for you. The years I worked in the judicial system I met some fine Judges. It is kind of like a two way street, you judge those brought before you but those in the court room judge you as well. Good Luck!! -Pete Overdahl ('60) ~ Home where the weather has started to change. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Leona Mari Eckert ('65) Catching up... Congrats David Rivers. Must be an exciting effort. Best of luck. To those Bombers who have lost beloved family members & friends... hang in there, be happy for them & be assured that with time, the pain will ease. To the Ghirardo family... was sorry to read the Matriarch of the family has passed on... I know the feeling well as my Mom passed last July & a day doesn't go by that I want to call her or drop in on her & share what's going on in my life only to realize those days are gone. Mothers are so very special! Happy belated birthday Ellen Thornton! Think of you, your Mom & Monica ('65) often. Please give your Mom a warm hello & hug from me. BTW [by the way] Any male strippers at this birthday? LOL To all Bombers... hope your lives are on track & going well. -Leona Mari Eckert ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) After Brad Upton ('74) announced he was going to be at the Chumash Indian Reservation for one evening on Valentines I figured I better drive the 175 miles north to Solvang, grab a room and see the show just down the highway in Santa Ynez, CA. I had no date on Valentines and was considering wearing my Makin's fur hat, sunglasses and the single breasted London Fog, but reneged at the last minute, bit the bullet, and quickly took my seat. L-o-s-e-r. With a bit more than just a little bit of help from Brad, I was able to get a great seat in the sold-out show and watch him work. I do have to say what other Bombers have said in the past, go see Brad Upton at work. A great evening of entertainment and laughter. After the show I even got a chance to meet Brad. I was amazed how fit he was and wondered how he can possibly be that and eat casino food. I don't get to eat very often at the casino scene, but I'm telling you, if I had to work in one it would not be long before I would need to hire someone to follow me around with a gurney. And those fancy desserts... jeesh!! What a night. Had a wonderful evening, Brad. Thank you very much. Oh yea, Johnny Mathis wasn't too bad either. And then for the cherry on top of the trip, I had a small breakfast at Sambos in Santa Barbara on my way home. One bit of advice for everyone: when you go to a casino and see Brad, stay away from the Wheel of Fortune machine. -Rick Maddy ('67) ~ Huntington Beach, CA waiting for Spring **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Fran Teeple Wolf ('68) Re: The Ghirado Family My condolences to Gail ('65), Sharon ('68), Mary ('70), Val ('72), and Kevin ('78) on the loss of your Mom, Betty Ghirado. She was a lovely, energetic, giving lady and she and your Dad, Barlow raised a beautiful family. -Fran Teeple Wolf ('68) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/20/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Gloria Adams ('54), Helen Cross ('62) Shirley Sherwood (62), Gary Behymer ('64) Linda Reining ('64), David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy Pierce ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ann Coffman ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Glenda Gray ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David Bishop ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Don Dascenzo ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) To: Tom Tracy ('55) Re: David Rivers ('65) Great job, Tom. I'd certainly be impressed by that banner and it could clarify exactly who I'd want to vote for. No more agonizing or flipping coins. Good Luck, David. -Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) As I just wrote to Roger Gress ('61), I did get his email, and I'm sad to tell you that the photo he sent does not belong in Tippy William Coates (63) obit information. Because he sent me a photo of someone else. Tippy is Bill as I suspected. Another dear member of our class of '62 who has left this earth. He will be missed, as I am left with fond memories of a very nice person, who was always nice. Can't say that about many of us... -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ where it is threatening to snow here on the Ohio River again, and here in Spencer County, IN we are gearing up to celebrate the 200th Birthday of President Abraham Lincoln on February 12, 2009, as he made his boyhood home right here in Spencer County so we can lay claim to him also. His mother, Nancy Hanks is buried within 20 miles of here, and we laid a wreath at her grave on Lincoln's birthday, as they do every year. By we, I mean the DAR, the Sons of the Civil War, and many others. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Sherwood Milani (62) To: Bill Witherup ('63) I have a mint copy of a book entitled You Asked for It as published in The Richland Villager. A Collection of Dupus Boomer cartoons by Dick Donnell and edited by Paul Nissen, copyright date 1946. After what we went through together many years ago, I would be glad to give this to you (If this is what youre looking for). Just send me your address and Ill put it in the mail. -Shirley Sherwood Milani (62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) ***** Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008 Meteor seen across Pacific Northwest, Tri-Cities By Associated Press and Herald staff A meteor was seen streaking across the sky in the Mid- Columbia and a wide area of the Pacific Northwest early Tuesday. A Federal Aviation Administration duty officer in Seattle confirms that the bright light in the sky was a meteor. The officer told The Associated Press it was seen by pilots from Boise, Idaho, westward well into Washington state. Callers to the Herald said they saw it clearly over the Tri-Cities. Some say it resembled a rocket, a satellite or an exploding transformer. A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman in Seattle, Mike Fergus, says a Horizon Airlines pilot saw the meteorite hit earth about 5:45 a.m. Fergus says the pilot reported a flash and a burst of light near State Route 26 and the Lind-Hatton Road in the southeast corner of Adams County. There have been no reports of damage or injury, and sheriff's dispatchers say they don't know of any meteorite landing. ***** This meteor seen in Colfax @ 5:30 AM. By chance does anyone have a photo or did it hit near you? If you "Meteor seen across Pacific Northwest" before you go to press... I'm sure you will find update information. I got to see 'the flash of light' while looking out the kitchen window. I thought it was lightning... looked for clouds and saw none... the house shook like a strong wind hit it. It will be fun to know how big it is... and exactly where it hit. -Gary Behymer ('64) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [I did google that, Gary... and saw footage of the "flash of light" as seen by several. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:Tom Tracy('55) re:Campaign poster for David Rivers('65) LOVED IT!!!!!! IF David were allowed to use that, he would be a "shoe-in", I'm betting. *grin* Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64)......Bakersfield, CA.......they are predicting rain for today, but, if their predictions "run true to course", the rain will get as far North as Fresno, then head East to Las Vegas and go around us completely!!!!!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh I missed Katie and Diana Powell's ('02) Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't believe it... Two a the best kids ever... Lyman ('65) and Esther ('73) dun real good with them youngins! For all the gang that has wished me luck in my race for District Judge... Even McKnight ('65) who has had me everywhere from Family Court to Justice Court... I can say that if I could just get all of you to vote "absentee" I'd be a fer sher fer sher... Now down to business... we got us a Bomber-babe havin a birthday on the 20th... She was nabbed right up by Harrah ('65) back in the day so I can't say I ever had the pleasure of takin this babe to the ol Uptown theater... but I have taken her to Denny's a few times and that other place North of the Uptown (starts with an H) where Adair ('65) loves to go... she's helped me hide dents in the bumpers of cars when I needed such help but the rental people weren't fooled by the Bomber decal and charged me for it anyway... she's one of the girls that called the '65ers "their boyz" and I'm always glad to spend some quality time with her when I hit town... so here ya go... HAPPY BIRTHDAY Ann Coffman ('66)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/21/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff & 2 Bomber funeral notices today: Marguerite Groff ('54), Bill Berlin ('56) Donna Nelson ('63), Carol Converse ('64) Greg Alley ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: William Lane "Bill" Johnson ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sue Shipman ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gil Gilstrap ('79) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David Eugene Keller ('82) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) Re: Jeannine Houston Willis ('54-RIP) I reported her death a few days ago. Her obituary will be in tomorrow's Tri-city Herald. Her memorial service will be Saturday at 10:30 am, at Bethel Church on the corner of Keene and Shockley. To: Friends of Ruth Winchester Shook ('54) Her husband, Gayle, passed away recently while they were in Arizona. His obituary is in today's paper and the memorial service for him will be Saturday, at Redeemer Lutheran Church on Thayer Drive. This service will be proceeded by a grave side military service at 11:00, at Einan's Sunset Memorial Gardens. This brings to me the old saying: When it rains it pours. -Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: David Rivers ('65) for Judge "Here come de Judge." I hope that Bomber Dave gets the job and I am sure that he is more than qualified. But that is not the reason I want him to win. The way he writes in the Sandstorm is going to make his decisions to the court a real thing of beauty. In fact, I might just commit a crime in Clark County just to hear him read me out in one of his more eloquent epistles before sentencing. Maybe he and Pappy could write a book with the "best of the best" and have Elf Printing and Aviation Corporation, Inc. put the book out. My mind runs wild. A friend of mine was just appointed Superior Court judge for San Juan County, WA and we went to his reception. It was not your usual "kegger" but there was a lot of floofy wines with all kinds of fancy labels... like Chateau du Jerk, Brokeback Mountain Estates, Bottom of the Barrel Oregon Pinot Not and my favorite, Great White Shark Pinot Gregio, wine you can get your teeth into. Was 2009 a good year? I expect no less from the soon-to-be Judge Rivers and best of luck. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ Anacortes, WA where I just did something I have never done before, voted "no" on a school levy. There were all kinds of reasons and I am usually 100% behind our schools but in this case there needed to be more accountability for the $62.4 million they were looking for. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Nelson ('63) Re: Meteor seen across Pacific Northwest, I saw the flash of light in East Wenatchee yesterday morning and thought someone had used a camera flash right outside my window. Didn't know what it was until the radio announced it about 6:15am and said they thought meteor. -Donna Nelson ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) Re: Meteor It will be very interesting in the coming days if anyone has more information on the falling meteor. I looked at the video of it on Google as well. Very cool. I wouldn't think a transformer would be that light to show up so far. Meteors hit the ground all the time. Some small and some large. [Saw a short piece on CNN about it. -Maren] To: "Judge" David Rivers ('65) I've been meaning to write in to congratulate you on running for District 10 Judge. I wish you all the luck in the world. I love reading all the "birthday" messages that you do with so very many Bombers. You do have a great way of writing. With all those briefs that you do, I'm not surprised. -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA We have sun today, but it's so cold! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Greg Alley ('73) To: Gary Behymer ('64) The bright lights, the meteor, or whatever it was sure made for an exciting morning on a boring, cold, February working day. For the people who saw it and people like me who was in the bathroom, it was a hot topic for the day. Re: Bomber Hoops The Bomber boys are still holding on and although I had not given up on them, I had no idea they could go this far. After winning a loser out game in district, they won twice on the road against Walla Walla and Wenatchee. Last night in the first round of the regional tourney they beat Central Valley. At this point they are 1 win from the state tournament. They could also lose 2 and be out but its been an exciting run. Not many fans in the stands at Art Dawald gym but the tradition continues for Richland Bomber basketball. To: Brad Upton ('74) Brad got a full morning on the Bob and Tom radio show. I had to work a little so I did not hear everything but he did get to talk about his home town, the Bomber mascot, teaching grade school, and did many of his jokes he has been doing for years. Great exposure for him and he bantered well with Bob, Tom, Cristie, and Chick. They even plugged his next gig and mentioned his opening for Johnny Mathis. -Greg Alley ('73) ~ It's a cold and clear Wednesday morning in the Tri-Cities. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Debbie Vanderwind Yeats ('74) ~ 9/13/55 - 2/15/08 >>Jeannine Houston Willis ('54) ~ 1/12/36 - 2/15/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/22/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff ans 2 Bomber funeral notices today: Marilyn Baird ('60), David Rivers ('65) Anita Fravala ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dan Noble ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joe Choate ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve Galloway ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn Baird ('60) To: The future "Honorable Judge David Rivers" ('65) Re: Bill Berlin's ('56) run down on the wines served at a new judges reception. How about that new wine called "JarHead Red" made by Marines, for Marines, a California table wine.. My Husband is a Marine and so naturally he had to buy some. The PX is carrying it and I immediately thought of you and your Marine buddies. Good Luck in your endeavors to reach "Your Judge Ship". -Marilyn Baird ('60) ~ Vallejo, CA where the rain just won't make up it's mind and the wind is not helping any. Thought for the "Club 40 Reunion" auction. Is there a winery up there that would make some Bomber Bubblie or Bomber Fall Out for the good of the cause? Just a thought. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: What a talented guy Hogs 'n Heafers... It's a bar just off of Fremont Street in Las Vegas. I'd never heard of it before last weekend. But I went there last night to see one of my oldest and dearest friends. He's in a band ya see. A Blues band called the Smith and Wesson Blues Project. The lead guitar player looks just like Steve Simpson ('65) when he was 16 or 18 or 25 or 30 or 45 or 55 or 60, Simpson doesn't change... kid even carried himself like Simpson... pretty good licks comin' outa that guitar, too... I don't think Simpson can play the guitar... the kid who is the subject of this little story lived across the street from Jason Lee when I met him. You could get to Terry Davis' ('65) house by cutting between this boy's house and Ziege's ('57)... we once got nailed there throwing snowballs at cars... Hit Benny Angel's car (dunno what year Benny graduated)... one of the guys, I think it was Beej ('65) had warned us not to throw if we heard loud pipes... we heard them... someone threw and hit anyway... dang Benny was mad... Davis was busy building "traps" in the little area we used to get between the houses... not sure what he thought he was going to catch... I just remember him burying 2 pound coffee cans with the open ends up... we missed the traps as we ran past Terry and into his house and waited for Benny to kill us... so anyway, last night was a real kick... the two bartenders were like something out of the movie "Coyote Ugly" nearly nekud, dancin' on the bar and screaming the F word whenever the spirit moved them... the bouncers were each as big as a prefab and the bar was full of people ready to hear some down home blues. Several of us from the donut delinquents showed up to hear our boy play... he was wearing one of his usual fedoras and otherwise dressed in Johnny Cash "colors"... you know... black... leather vest on which the boy had painted a skull with "hot rod hoodlums" above the skull... the boy had also painted the sign with the name of the band... I took pictures with my phone but have no idea how to get them out... I remember the boy was always kind enough to decorate our notebooks in school... he would put an Andy Cap on most of them... I thought it was a character he made up since I never read the paper... not even the funnies so what did I know... not even sure why I would have a notebook since the rest of my books were in the package tray of my car roasting to a nice golden brown by the end of the semester... So last night we finally got to hear the boy blow that harp... I had only heard him before in the car and one time up at Harrah's, when we threw Simpson his "Gawd we hope you don't die before June" party last year... he and Harrah's wife kicked up the storm on the harps... As I said I had heard him in the car when we went over to some music store in Pasco where he bought a bunch of harps with his "student discount"... now this didn't happen when we were students, mind you... it was maybe three or four years ago... they gave him the student discount and when I saw that I thought, hell I'll get a couple, too"... I can' play them but the price was right... This boy and I even got tattooed together at our 40th reunion... I had given up my seat on the normal Friday trip up the reach to Terry Davis since he'd never been and our boy hates boats... we both thought that the Cool Desert Nights started on Friday... Me because I'm always on the river on Friday... dunno why the boy thought that... we went to the Uptown and it was empty... the boy said "whatcha wanna do?" I answered, in typical turn into 16 when ya go home to Richland fashion, "I dunno whada you wanna do?" He said "let's get tattooed"... so we did... got the ol' school symbol tattooed on each of us at some shop over in Pasco... We didn't have a picture of the Bomb and the "R" so the boy drew one and zip zap ouch we was bleedin' like a couple of stuck hogs with Suran Wrap on our tattoos... Later that night, Davis got a great idea and told Keeney ('65) to slap my leg real hard... Jackson did and has been apologizing ever since... "Davis told me to"... Well damn... now I forgot the point of this story... oh yeah... I'm real sorry the rest of you couldn't have been there last night... cuz Jimmy Heidlebaugh ('65) shore can wail on that harp! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Anita Fravala Griffin ('73) Is there going to be a 35 year reunion this summer for class of '73? To anyone in our class -- are there plans for a 35 year reunion this summer? Sherry Foreman???? -Anita Fravala Griffin ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notices >>Bob Johnson ('50) ~ 4/2/33 - 2/15/08 >>Loren Claunch ('55) ~ 6/15/37 - 2/16/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/23/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Bev Smith ('52), Kay Mitchell ('52) David Rivers ('65), Mike Davis ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Myrna Branum ('57wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Thomas Peashka ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barb Collings ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jil Lytle ('82) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Jack Morrow ('52) & Pat Ackley ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bev Smith Jochen ('52) Re: Betty Jean Hodson Ghirardo (Bomber Mom) I have just received the information that Betty Jean Hodson Ghirardo (founder of the Spudnut Shop), passed away on February 14, 2008. Services will be held this coming Saturday, Feb 23rd at 11am at Christ the King Catholic Church, 1111 Stevens Drive in Richland, followed by a grave side service at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Richland. A reception will be held at the Spudnut Shop following the grave side. If anyone wishes to send a card, or donation, here are a few comments .... The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Christ the King School and/or Tri-Cities Prep. So, for more details, please link to either the obituaries below from the Tri-City Herald and/or Einan's Funeral Home. -Bev Smith Jochen ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kay Mitchell Coates ('52) Re: Gathering in Memory of Bill Coates ('63-RIP) Maren, My nieces, Vanessa and Angie Coates (NAB- Benton City Girls) wanted me to send this to the Sandstorm. They are planning a get together along with their mom, Elaine Coates. Here is her email to me that she asked me to pass along. To all who are interested, You are invited to spend the afternoon with us Sunday, February 24th from 2:30pm to 4:30 at the Richland Community Center Game Room, to have some food, look through pictures and tell stories from the good ol' days. My dad, Bill Coates, never wanted a funeral or a sad service so instead we decided to just get together and have a good time remembering him. If you have any pictures, bring them and copies if you would like to share. If you can think of anyone that I may have forgotten from his days growing up in Richland or his many years at Sandvik please forward this as all are welcome! Looking forward to seeing you all, Vanessa, Angie and Elaine Coates -Kay Mitchell Coates ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: The Latest Well here it is Friday and I feel like I still got more on my plate than I did on Monday... the moola is starting to roll in so I feel like I can breathe a little bit... kinda scary to think I'd hafta fund this thing all on my own... the emails and notes in the Sandstorm have really made me feel wonderfully supported by the bomber community... wonder how you'd all feel if I'da chose ASU colors instead a Bomber colors... Course Number 32 ('63) woulda just assumed they were Marine Corps colors so that mighta helped a little bit... anyway I thought I'd share a little bit of the campaign with you in a couple of attachments... my initial flyer... simple yet informative... my official bobblehead and one of me holding it... and ... the "firm" bobbleheads and just say THANK YOU BOMBERS, YOU MEAN THE WORLD TO ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Davis ('74) I saw the meteor. It landed crushing one of the beloved Denny's. Tough break, Franco! -Mike Davis ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/24/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), aka Mike Clowes ('54), Janet Tyler ('61) Judy Willox ('61), Gary Behymer ('64), Linda Reining ('64) David Rivers ('65), Donna Fredette ('65), Mike Franco ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol Converse ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy Wick ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joan Morris ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy (The Tin Can Class of '45) Re: Coach There is a basketball Coach up here at Ferndale named Scott Larrabee. Is he the son or grandson or our Charlie Larrabee ('47-RIP) and Lael Weber Larrabee ('52)? He probably graduated from Pasco, and could he be the one who played for that team against the Bomber State Champs in the late sixties? -Dick McCoy (the Tin Can Class of 1945) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: "The Campaign" Just looked at David Rivers' ('65) campaign photos and folder. Loved the bobblehead dolls. Will they be available soon at Judy's Travelling Card Table Bomber Store? On the other hand, the picture of David in suit with tie and serrious mein is a little frightening never having seen him in this mode before. Next Saturday, March 1st, Club 40 is sponsoring a Wine Tasting and Auction at the Hampton. All proceeds from this affair will go toward the Senior Party for the Class of '08. Hope to see some of you there supporting this effort. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ currently sunny Mount Angel, OR **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Derrith Persons Dean ('60) Re: Lunch - Class of '60 and friends WHEN: Saturday, March 1st TIME: 11:30 am WHERE: 3 Margaritas, 627 Jadwin, Richland Come on. . . . lets talk! -Derrith Persons Dean ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Janet Tyler ('61) For those of us who are interested in the political developments in Alaska... Just finished reading my recent copy of Sierra Club magazine. "Squeaky-clean governor Sarah Palin..." is mentioned in the last paragraph. Her mom is Sally Sheeran Heath ('58). Another news-making 'Bomber' progeny! -Janet Tyler ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Judy Willox (Classic Class of '61) To: All Bombers, specially those around 57 or 58 years old: Re: Picture in Richland WA on Easter 1955 (this is on ebay) The link below will lead you to a picture of a little girl on an Easter in 1955. I wonder if anyone will recognize themselves; or a sibling perhaps? I hope this picture finds a home and that the one in it does recognize it. It is too precious to end up in a garbage pile somewhere. The picture has on the border; "Easter Richland Wash 1955 - 4 yrs." That would put this little girl at 57 or 58 years old today. If someone does recognize it and does claim it, will you let me know? I would love to know who she is. Link to eBay picture Bomber Hopes with fingers crossed, -Judy Willox (Classic Class of '61) ~ Richland ~ Nice days but still cold at nights. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) James (Too Tall) House ('63) in uniform in 1968. Can you spot fellow player, once arch rival, Craig Raymond? -Gary Behymer ('64) ~ somewhere near the Top Notch [in Colfax, WA] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:David Rivers('65) WOW!!!!!!! knew you were an attorney, but had no idea you were soooooo accomplished!!! *grin* way to go and wish I could take out temporary residency in Clark County---you'd have MY vote! liked the bobblehead. looks just like ya! *grin* Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64).....Bakersfield, CA.......we've had rain and fog and snow in the mountains around us...winter isn't through with us just yet, and that's okay with me. *grin* **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: even more birthdays! What do you do when you go to a school and all the girls are Bomber-Babes? Enjoy it... what do you do when two of them babes have birthdays on the same day? Celebrate them... and do we ever have a couple here with us today... Now Bomber-Babes, unless they've come to join us from another town, come in two types... Chief Jo and Carmichael... yes I know... We had Christ the King girls too but the went to 9th grade at either Chief Jo or Carmichael... right? Right... so these two would hafta be of the Carmichael variety... That means I didn't get to know these two till Col-Hi... simple... One was scooped up by a Senior our Sophomore year by the best troller in the class of '63... my mentor... the other, was an "older" girl when I got to Col-Hi... both of these girls are always there when there is a Bomber function going on... I mean always... So that makes them not only Bomber-Babes but babes with 4 Spudnuts by their names in the little ol' black book... guess our books should be green and gold... (by the way... got interviewed by the Veterans in Politics on TV today... when asked to give my background I started out by giving them the rundown on a little town in Eastern Washington... where Bombers reside... told them true Bombers are so true they eat and breathe green and gold... told them about a town growing ashamed of its past and our efforts to keep history alive... I really did... even told them I had the R and the Bomb tattooed on my calf)... so anyway... it is time boys and girls to wish two Bomber-Babes a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY Nancy Wick ('65) and Carol Converse ('64) on the 24th!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Fredette ('65) Hey David, Is that really you?!!!!!!! I've only seen you in shorts at Bomber functions on the web! Go David!!!!!!! Bomber Cheers! -Donna Fredette ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Franco ('70) Boo Boo Davis ('74) ... I have sworn off Denny's... ever since IHOP came out with all-you-can-eat pancakes! -Mike Franco ('70) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/25/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Burt Pierard ('59), Patti Jones ('60) Pam Ehinger ('67), Fran Teeple ('68) Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rochelle Seholm ('97) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) HELP SAVE THE RICHLAND THEATER The recent series of shared memories of the old Richland Motors/Public Library building (and earlier, the Community Center) after their destruction, should make it clear that the intentional erasure of any commercial building evidence of WWII Richland is almost complete. The sole remaining, relatively preserved (externally) structure is the Richland Theater (owned by The Richland Players) and its survival is, by no means, assured. A few years back, the City of Richland tried to bribe The Players into selling the theater to Walgreens for demolition & construction of a new store on the site. This deal was actually going through until a community protest alerted Walgreens that this was not going to be a routine acquisition and, incredibly, they backed out, choosing to put their store on the Chevron property at Van Giesen & Geo. Wash. Way. That episode scared the Hell out of me and I immediately got involved with The Players, securing an appointment as Historian, and attending every monthly meeting of the Board of Directors since. I have been encouraging them to take pride in their historic building and realize that The Players & the Richland Theater are a marriage made in heaven, coming within a couple of weeks of sharing the same birth date. I felt that I had made considerable progress until recently, when the lobby and front door remodeling was completed, a Board member rose to say that the front of the theater "looked like crap" and he proposed tearing off the original shakes and redoing the whole front in polished aluminum like the new contemporary theaters. The shakes are in pretty poor shape and there is some peeling paint. I spoke up and said that the proper handling of a historic building is restoration, not replacement. I also said that if I was given the go-ahead, I was sure I could find an old veteran contractor to either donate the job or at least donate his time and expertise to "honcho" a group of volunteers to do the job. Indeed, Doug Anderson, hubby of Micki Lund Anderson ('63), agreed to lead our loyal band in this project (replacing & painting the top layer of shakes [it's double shaked throughout] with new shakes and scraping & painting the trim for the whole front and about 15 feet back on each side). Now we get to crux of the matter. I also said that I was sure that there were plenty of you Alumni Sandstorm readers who love the building as much as I do, that would donate money to cover the materials (about $1500) and we would do this job at no cost to The Players. I also said that if there were insufficient donations, I would pay for it myself. I need your help here. If you wish to participate, please write out a check (anywhere from $5 on up) to: The Richland Players. Write on the check that your donation is for the "Refacing Project." All donations are tax-deductable and The Players will send you a receipt for your records. Send your donations to: The Richland Players, P.O. Box 603, Richland WA 99352. If any of you "locals" would like to join the Work Crew (we'll start about April 5th), send me an email. WE CAN DO THIS! Bomber Cheers, Burt Pierard (59) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: "Kilroy" Paul Ratsch ('58) sent me a forward regarding "Kilroy". The name was familiar but I didn't have any memories of Bomber time and "Kilroy". When the memories came flying in they didn't stop. Did not have any memory there being a real story behind the artist. The forward as I read on brought the story of how "Kilroy" began visiting the world. Decided to find out if there was a URL. Yes, there is: Thanks Paul and your forward friends for the memories and true legend. "Kilroy was here". Heading out to visit all of you Bombers now. -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (The Blue Class of '67) Re: Early Easter Easter 2008 A once in a lifetime experience! Easter is always the 1st Sunday after the 1st full moon after the Spring Equinox (which is March 20). This dating of Easter is based on the lunar calendar that Hebrew people used to identify Passover, which is why it moves around on our Roman calendar. Here's the interesting info. This year is the earliest Easter any of us will ever see the rest of our lives! And only the most elderly of our population have ever seen it this early (95 years old or above!). And none of us have ever, or will ever, see it a day earlier! Here's the facts: 1) The next time Easter will be this early (March 23) will be the year 2228 (220 years from now). The last time it was this early was 1913 (so if you're 95 or older, you are the only ones that were around for that!). 2) The next time it will be a day earlier, March 22, will be in the year 2285 (277 years from now). The last time it was on March 22 was 1818. So, no one alive today has or will ever see it any earlier than this year! -Pam Ehinger (The Blue Class of '67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Fran Teeple Wolf ('68) To: Judy Willox (Classic Class of '61) I'm always doubting my math, but since I'm class of '68 and 58 years old and born in Nov.'49, I'm thinking this cute little girl in the Easter bonnet was born April '50 to April '51, is 55 - 56 and graduated in 1970. Surely do hope someone recognizes this adorable little girl and puts picture with her. -Fran Teeple Wolf ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) To: Dick McCoy (the Tin Can Class of 1945) Re: Bomber state champs. The Bombers didn't have any state championships in the late 1960s. After winning it in 1958, they didn't win another one until 1972 and also in 1979. Hey Maren did you catch America's Most Wanted on Saturday night? They were in New Orleans and did their main story of a policeman who lost his home to the storms. Several officers from 3 states came and rebuilt his house in 4 days and several local businesses donated brand new furniture and all the trimmings. [Missed that. -Maren] -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where the robins were out in full force last week ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/26/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Wally Erickson ('53), Mike Clowes ('54) Bill Berlin ('56), Burt Pierard ('59) Richard Anderson ('60), Mike Brady ('61) Carol Converse ('64), Jo Miles ('64) Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Debbie Lukins ('78) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) To: Burt Pierard ('59) Thanks Burt for what you're doing to save the old "Richland Theater". Many of us have some great memories there. The one event I remember at the Richland Theater, was the film of the "Queen of England's" wedding. It was something to see. Checks in the mail... let us know if you need more money. I know you'll get a huge response for this project. I'll be out of state for a couple of weeks, but will be anxious to find out how you did when I get back. Good luck and Bomber Cheers!! Wally -Wally Erickson ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: "the Campaign" David, you do clean up nicely. But tell the truth, out of sight in the picture you're wearing shorts and flip-flops, right? And the Wine Tasting and Auction event next Saturday (March 1st) is open to anyone who wants to come. There will probably be a door charge. Club 40 is just sponsoring the event, so come down even if you are not a member. That's at the Hampton. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ it rained briefly in Mount Angel, OR today. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Nostalgia Dudes, I have been listening to this all day. Check it out. It takes a few minutes but make sure you have your speakers on and then sit back and relax. Look where the guy who did it is from? There will be a test. Hope I got the site right. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ in Anacortes quoting "Writing: It's not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterward." **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) HELP SAVE THE RICHLAND THEATER "Refacing Project" This is just a reminder that this fund raising project is going on all this week. Read more about it in the 2/25/08 edition of the Alumni Sandstorm I need your help here. If you wish to participate, please write out a check (anywhere from $5 on up) to: The Richland Players. Write on the check that your donation is for the "Refacing Project." All donations are tax-deductable and The Players will send you a receipt for your records. Send your donations to: The Richland Players, P.O. Box 603, Richland WA 99352. If we receive more donations than the costs for this project, they will go into a special Building Restoration account for any future work to restore the building. If any of you "locals" would like to join the Work Crew (we'll start about April 5th), send me an email. WE CAN DO THIS! Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland PS Fund Raising Update: I received several emails today (Mon.) indicating that checks totaling about $500 are "in the mail." Thank you all. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: >> From: Richard Anderson ('60) Re: Bombers at State Hoops (see Mike Brady's enquiry, below) There are two classes of great liars floating around from time immemorial: politicians and the people who prepare basketball team rosters. Bombers are SHORT (way shorter than as listed in the program)! They are also a (very) scrappy bunch (our two starting guards were also starting defensive backs on the Bomber fuhbah team... and play hoops like defensive backs much of the time). It is a tight senior-dominated team: it is worth going to a game merely to watch the kids during the pre-game introduction of the team -- the players have developed an elaborate ritual (you have to see it to appreciate it). And the tournament? Well, the first game is against 3rd ranked Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) and the likely outcome is a Bomber loss. But then the kids can do something that NO Bomber squad has ever done in a sixteen-team tournament: get either the fifth or eighth place trophy (that's as much as you can get if you lose your first game). Go Bombers! -Richard Anderson ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Bomber basketball I noticed in this morning's Seattle P.I. the men's Bombers are in the state basketball tournament this year. To you close-up, what are their chances? With a 13-7 record, it sounds like they've had a tough season. -Mike Brady ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) Re: Richland Theater Burt, my check is in the mail to help out with the "refacing project". I have lots of fond memories of going to that theater when I was young. It's too bad, with all the history of Richland that we are loosing ALL the 'old' buildings. Gee, you have it right - 'restore NOT tear down'. I've yet to come to Richland and see the Community House gone. Next year will be my school reunion and how sad it is that I won't recognize much. Of course, I'm not living in the dark ages and I do know that progress goes on, but still... -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA The sun is shining today, but won't be too warm. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jo Miles ('64) Re: Richland Theater re-facing project Thanks Burt for all your hard work. I mailed a check today to the Richland Players for 3.3% of the estimated cost of materials for the project. Only 96.7% left to go! -Jo Miles ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: early Easter Not only is Easter early but daylight savings' time is even earlier than last year. It goes into effect on Sunday 9March this year and goes through the first Sunday in November. The cop in New Orleans featured on AMW [America's Most Wanted] actually still had the shell of his home but the inside was totally gutted. He was trying to do it all by himself and hadn't made much progress. I guess the organization that did the work for him is called "Cops Helping Cops" or something like that. They have gone all over the country and rebuilt at least 20 homes due to either nature's devastation or a fire that destroyed the home. John Walsh even pitched in and did some of the work. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where today at least the sun is shining but not all that warm ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/27/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 13 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Bill Witherup ('53), Wally Erickson ('53), Floyd Melton ('57) Burt Pierard ('59), Ruth Miles ('59), Susan Erickson ('59) Mike Rice ('60), Richard Anderson ('60), Paula Beardsley ('62) Linda Reining ('64), David Rivers ('65), John Zimmer ('66) Greg Alley ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marilynn Working ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Grant Richardson ('67) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Dick Roberts ('49) & Carol Tyner ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Witherup ('53) Re: Richland Theater I worked at both the Richland and Village theaters during my sophomore and junior years, as an usher and general factotum. I would be willing to take part in a poetry-reading fund-raiser, but would need travel and housing to do so. I am trying to raise money for my own theater troupe, the Gene Debs Labor Ensemble, so can't afford to send any money. I will also be in Spokane March 10-14th co-teaching a course in Labor History to laborer apprentices. -Bill Witherup ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) Re: Richland Theater Correction: Duh... it was Queen Elizabeth's "Coronation" in 1952, not her wedding that I saw at the Richland Theater... sorry for the confusion. It's an age thing... grin. Most of us didn't have a TV during that time. So, it was a big deal. -Wally Erickson ('53) ~ emailing from my sister Sue's place in East Wenatchee. Sue wants to say something about her memories of the Richland Theater. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Floyd Melton ('57) Re: Old Buildings in Richland I read with interest about the Village Theater being the only war era building left in Richland. The last time I was there the old Penneywise Drug Store was still standing with little or no changes to it... has it been destroyed? I guess the old buildings on the corner of Lee and GWWay were pre-war era so they don't count but they are neat old structures. I have two fond memories of the old Richland Theater: The first was when I was younger (like in the third to fifth grades - the mid to late 1940s) Daryl Johns ('57) and I would go to the movie and then have to walk home up GWWay in the dark after a scary movie... that was invigorating to say the least... we usually ran most of the way. The second was watching the first Fly movie there and when the actor brought out his fly from the pocket, the girl I was with pulled my thumb back so far I was under the seat in front of us. Great memories form those days in Richland. What a great place to grow up and live in. -Floyd Melton ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) HELP SAVE THE RICHLAND THEATER "Refacing Project" This is just a reminder that this fund raising project is going on all this week. I need your help here. If you wish to participate, please write out a check (anywhere from $5 on up) to: The Richland Players. Write on the check that your donation is for the "Refacing Project." All donations are tax-deductable and The Players will send you a receipt for your records. Send your donations to: The Richland Players, P.O. Box 603, Richland WA 99352. If we receive more donations than the costs for this project, they will go into a special Building Restoration account for any future work to restore the building. If any of you "locals" would like to join the Work Crew (we'll start about April 5th), send me an email. WE CAN DO THIS! Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ruth Miles Bruns ('59) Re: Richland Theater re-facing project My brother Jo ('64) has set the Miles Family standard for this project. My 3.3% is going out in today's mail. I remember vividly the first years the Richland Theater was a stage theater and I got to be on that stage several times before I graduated and moved away in 1959 (a couple of times with Mary Lou DeMeyer Gonza ('59), who still flourishes as a singer and performer). I hope to have a chance to check out today's interior one of these days! -Ruth Miles Bruns ('59) ~ Goldendale WA where the earliest crocuses are starting to bloom and the daffodils are sending up greenery. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Susan Erickson Kuntz ('59) Re: Richland Theater I'm sure there are a lot of memories that come flooding back to a lot of us. Some of mine are: "Harvey" with Jimmy Stewart, "The Red Shoes", and, lastly, the Richland Light Opera Company's "Pajama Game", that Susan Birge Barker ('59) talked me into being a part of the chorus line, even though I couldn't sing. Fun memories! Bomber Cheers, -Susan Erickson Kuntz ('59) "Hi" Maren! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Rice ('60) My sister, Kathy Rice Veverka ('58) passed on Monday the 25th of February. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. I will miss my sister and friend. -Mike Rice ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard Anderson ('60) Re: Bombers at 2008 State 4A Hoops Tournament To all: Here are links to pre-tournament coverage from the major papers: Seattle Times: Seattle PI: (several stories to choose from; no Bomber mention at press time) News Tribune (Tacoma): (at press time there was not a link to a specific story) To: Greg Alley ('73) Re: Height Inflation I don't think the kids get to select their height. I fondly remember last season's opener at Southridge when the sophomore team got to look over the roster sheet and their respective "tallness"; the guys looked at one another and giggled (there were no heights listed for this year's sophomore team). Maybe the people who prepare the rosters are hoping that the players will attain the listed height by the time they graduate... from college. To: John Zimmer ('66) If you can, catch Garfield v. Ferris at 5:00pm which precedes the Bombers v. Bellarmine game. Ferris is the "real deal"; just a spectacular outfit. If, as I suspect, Bombers lose to Bellarmine, there is an excellent chance that Richland will play Garfield (Friday -- 12:30pm) for the right to play in the 5/8 game on Saturday at 11:30am (ugh). -Richard Anderson ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Paula Beardsley Glenn ('62) To: Burt Pierard's ('59) Re: Richland Theater Project As they say, the check is in the mail. You are doing a great thing saving one of Richland's landmarks. My memories are of going with Dad and sisters Janice ('64) and Nancy ('65) to see "Singing in The Rain" in the early '50s and Janice had a broken arm... what a klutz... Also Mom and Dad were good friends with Frank and Joycie Stiles who ran the theaters in Richland and lived upstairs in the Richland Theater for many years. My folks used to go to visit them on Friday nights to see whatever movie was playing and then played bridge or something until the wee hours which provided a perfect opportunity for us girls to have parties at our house. Oh the memories... -Paula Beardsley Glenn ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:Bill Berlin('56) re:"Take Me Back to the Fifties: have this site in My Favorites---have for a long time. LOVE it! thanks for putting the URL in the Sandstorm for others to enjoy. I also read about his exploits in the Navy. good, old Yakima boy. *grin* he has a great site with lots of neat stuff. to:Burt Pierard('59) re:Richland Theater I HATE all the changes to Richland---why can't "they" just leave that little town alone????? oh, I know PROGRESS, but it sure ruined our little home town! last time I was "home" was for my 40th class reunion and Richland was NOT the same! shudder to think how many changes there will be when I come home for my 45th reunion(in '09)! all "us kids" are the same, but the town sure is different. by the way, will be sending money for the restoration, too. I don't remember going to the Richland Theater as often as the Uptown, but I did see some good movies there......."South Pacific"(in 9th grade)and I also saw "Les Girls" with Gene Kelly. think that was the most risque movie I had ever seen at the "tender age of 15". *grin* also saw some foreign films when I was in my 20's at that theater. don't ever remember going to see the Richland Players, though, but am with the rest of you----it deserves to be restored, not torn down! Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64)......Bakersfield, CA.........temps are warming up........we are going to "hit" 72 in a few days! NOT looking forward to warmer temps at all--- means it will get TOO hot way too quickly. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Growed up stuff is trying I hope you are interested in the Bobble head Rebellion because if'n yer not I'll stop writing about it... I'm just so proud of myself for doing some stuff I never thought I had it in me to do... the other day Patty Spencer ('65) sent me a site where you plug in your birthday and it tells all kinds of things about you... One of the things it said (besides being "well built and tough"... I really liked that part even tho my mirror says otherwise) was that I don't give up once my mind is made up... that is me me me... I once quit a janitor's job out at the pulp mill when I was 19... that has haunted me all these years... it is the only thing I ever quit and I have yet to forgive myself... it was dangerous as heck and I had to clean some kind of billion dollar piece of equipment (ok... there was no such thing as a billion dollars then but you get the idea)... I couldn't believe I had to clean this huge glass tube which If I broke it would be more that my $1.85 per hour could ever repay... can you understand a company putting that job in the hands of a 19 year old kid making that kind of hourly wage? I was working at David's Shoes with Rick Neil ('61) in Pasco from noon to 5... going to the pulp mill at 6 and trying to take early classes at CBC... so anyway... quitting has never been an option for me in most cases... so you KNOW now that I've taken this road I'm gonna give it my all... this morning I met with the most powerful political guy in the state who was very excited to work on my campaign... he just kept telling me I have a lot of friends behind me and named off some pretty impressive people who had called him about me... but get this... here was what he wants me to do: "you get 10-20 guys that love you and make them all raise 10 K each... that's easy... 10 K is nothing... I'll be one of them... " I listened patiently and smiled my "why shore I kin do that" smile... Hey... I'm a little kid from Richland... I don't KNOW 10-20 guys who could put the arm on people for 10 K!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But I did accomplish something... I'm having my kick off party at Ruth's Chris restaurant here in Vegas on March 6th from 5-7 and the owner is picking up the tab... I did that with one 5 minute phone call... I did it just like a big kid I was tickled!!!!!!!!!!!!! Other kick off parties are being held at Joe's Diner and Fred's Bar and Grill... I'm having mine at a fancy restaurant... woooooohoooo... now if I can just find those 10-20 guys that know all those rich people... more later... but only if you wanna be kept in the loop... otherwise I'll just go off in the corner and mutter to myself... -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Zimmer ('66) Re: State Basketball I noticed the Bomber boys made it to the State tourney at the Tacoma Dome with a 7:00pm tip off Wednesday, 2/27/08. I live just up the hill from the Dome and will definitely be there to cheer them on. I know quite a few parents and other Bombers will be attending (weather permitting travel). If anyone that wants to get together just let me know. Once A Bomber Always A Bomber -John Zimmer ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Greg Alley ('73) To: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Bomber Basketball Chances are they won`t win the whole thing but then again, they have over achieved the whole year. I saw 4 regular season games and 3 post season. The record of 13-7 is regular season and if you read the Seattle PI their overall record is 18-8. They finished 3rd in the small 7 team 4A league and won a first round loser out game. As I have listed before they went on the road and beat Walla Walla and Wenatchee, the team that beat them badly in the regular season. That game was won on a finger roll shot that bounced in at the buzzer to win by one. Seeded number one they lost the first round regional game to Shadle Park. The team from Ferris was the best followed by Shadle, coached by former Kennewick Lion Tim Gaebe. Richland then won 2 games in one day to go to state. Great effort, good coaching, a little luck, and maybe the Bomber tradition carrying on. To: Richard Anderson ('60) It is a time honored tradition to hedge your height. If you are 5' 11", just say your 6 foot. Lots of guys that are 5' 7" to 5' 9" go with 5' 11" to 6 foot. My all time fave was Charles Barkley. At Auburn University he was listed at 6' 8" and 280 pounds. He slowly lost the weight but by the time he was in the NBA for a few years he was measured at 6' 4-1/2". -Greg Alley ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Sheri "Jill" Naught Isakson ('64) ~ 4/1/46 - 2/22/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/28/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff and 1 funeral notice today: Mike Bradley ('56), Colleen McDermott ('58) Burt Pierard ('59), David Mansfield ('59) Ruth Miles ('59), Helen Cross ('62) Donna Nelson ('63), Linda Reining ('64) Robert Avant ('69), Brad Upton ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lola Heidlebaugh ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Bradley ('56) Re: Richland Players and the theater. I also have fond memories of the Richland Players both as a ticket holder and sometimes actor. My entire family was involved with the theater during the late '40s and '50s. I had the honor of playing Whitney in "Life With Father" I vividly recall one scene where all of the acting family were gathered at the dinner or breakfast table and I was asked to repeat some catechism verses. The set people had placed some cold cereal on the table with an empty milk pitcher and I had taken a rather large mouth full of corn flakes when my cue came and there were corn flakes blown out over the table as I opened my big mouth to say the lines. The audience thought it was very funny, but I recall the director and my father not being so happy. My brother Pete ('60) acted in several plays, my Dad acted and directed and my Mom helped make up sets along with the rest of us, so the players were a big part of my growing up. So Burt ('59) a check is on the way to the players for the restoration project. -Mike Bradley ('56) ~ in little old Kirkland, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Colleen McDermott Crook ('58) Re: Sarah Palin, daughter of Sally Sheeran Heath ('58) Yesterday the radio commentator I was listening to stated that Sarah Palin has been mentioned as John McCain's running mate. Then gave a short biography of Sarah, including her children's names. Wouldn't we all be proud if Sarah becomes our next Vice President? The first Bomber offspring as Vice President. Are you popping your buttons, Sally? That would be great. Bomber Cheers, -Colleen McDermott Crook ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) HELP SAVE THE RICHLAND THEATER "Refacing Project" For those of you who might be interested, I took a few pictures of the theater (in the rain) to show the extents of the Refacing Project. I added "Red Lines" to show the approximate limits on the sides where we will "reshake" forward, top to bottom. On the front, in addition to the 1-1/2 rows across the top and both sides of the entrance, there is an area behind the Marquee' (that doesn't show) with 4 small windows and horizontal tongue & groove planking which we will scrape and paint. Also, on the sides, you'll see where the old bathroom windows were inadvertently removed by the Lobby Contractor. He is supposed to install blank window frames to restore the original look. Other than that, here is your daily reminder that this fund raising project is going on all this week. For those who missed my diatribe in the 2-25 Sandstorm, you can find it at: I need your help here. If you wish to participate, please write out a check (anywhere from $5 on up) to: The Richland Players. Write on the check that your donation is for the "Refacing Project." All donations are tax-deductible and The Players will send you a receipt for your records. Send your donations to: The Richland Players, P.O. Box 603, Richland WA 99352. If we receive more donations than the costs for this project, they will go into a special Building Restoration account for any future work to restore the building. If any of you "locals" would like to join the Work Crew (we'll start about April 5th), send me an email. WE CAN DO THIS! Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Mansfield ('59) Re: Richland Theater I too remember the Richland Theater. Although I can't remember any of the movie titles. I do remember seeing a foreign film there though, a Brigitte Bardot film. That must have been my junior year. I had completed two years of French by then. My buddies talked me into going so I could translate the story line for them. They had taken Spanish or Latin and would not have had a clue as to what the whole film was about. So I agreed to go and help out. I had a tough time with the translations though. They spoke so fast and then it would get noisy in the theater and I couldn't hear 'cause Brigitte kept taking her shirt off. I, .... however, always averted my eyes, I don't think the other guys did though. -David Mansfield ('59) ~ Where we are getting another spring preview here in Eugene, OR **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ruth Miles Bruns ('59) Re: Yesterday's entry Maren, you're a great editor and cleaner-up of Bomber postings, but you over-edited on my submission yesterday. Mary Lou DeMeyer's married name is indeed Gnoza, and I spelled it that way, but it appeared in the Sandstorm as Gonza. Oops! Love, -Ruth Miles Bruns ('59) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Yes, oops! I was wrong. Bomber apologies to Mary Lou. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) I too, have a dim memory of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth, so I guess I saw it at the Richland Theater. I must have seen several shows and performances there over the years, too. And I worked there for a short time in l963, along with Dawna Kay Burnett ('62), who I've lost touch with over the years, and a gal who was Blake and Mina Miller's niece, named Pinky Widdows (NAB), obviously. I saw several shows then, but the one I remember most was: "Women of the World" wherein it showed some results of skin surgeries which hasn't gone well. I will be getting my check into the mail today, as I 'd like to see this landmark of Richland saved too. My boss then was big John Meyers ('58-RIP) who had played baseball on my dad's American Legion team in the very early '50s when I was about 6 years old. But being the last hired, I was the first to be let go... so I was so happy when Mr. Lytle said I could have my old job back at Densow's Drugstore. To: Larry Mattingly ('60) I don't know if you read for leisure much. But I just started reading a novel about the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and one of the main characters is a pyrotechnic. It's written by Robin Pilcher, son of one of my favorite authors, Rosamunde Pilcher who wrote "The Shell Seekers" among others I enjoyed reading. The book is called "Starburst." I haven't seen any crocuses here yet. In fact, they usually don't make it out until more around St. Patrick's Day here in Ohio. We've had another dusting of snow, but with 40temps predicted the next week, it can't be too bad around here. So we can make it the many meetings scheduled with the church. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ Grandview, IN on the beautiful Ohio River, where we will be reenacting a flat boat trip that Lincoln made in l928 leaving from here on a trip to New Orleans. They've built a new flat boat, outfitted with 2 motors and a few more modern conveniences to make the 21 day trip. A member of one of our churches will be on the crew that makes the trip. He also was part of the crew that did the reenactment of the trip when it was done in l958. All 3 of his sons hope to make part of the trip too. We'll be wearing period dress around here as we celebrate Lincoln's connection with Spencer County during the bicentennial celebration of his birthday. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Nelson ('63) Richland Theater is where I wore 3-D glasses and watched a jungle movie and the snake and spear came right out atcha... I think! -Donna Nelson ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:David Rivers('65) re:"bobble head rebellion" am sure I am not the only one who wants to be kept informed of your progress for District Court Judge.......please keep writing in! speaking of writing.......hey Pappy(George Swan), what's been happening with the elves?????? been missing them and their exploits. *grin* Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64).........temps are warming up in Bakersfield, CA....... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Avant ('69) Re: Richland Theatre I remember seeing "Bambi" as a child and taking dates to see "Alfie" with Michael Caine and "Doctor Zhivago" as well as live theatre with the Players. Glad to know it is still there. Check is in the mail. -Robert Avant ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) If anyone needs a reason for a trip to Vegas... I'll be opening for Johnny Mathis at the Las Vegas Hilton on June 13-14th. Hopefully I'll run into 'Judge' Rivers! -Brad Upton ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Kathy Rice Veverka ('58) ~ 5/12/40 - 2/15/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/29/08 ~ LEAP YEAR ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Bill Berlin ('56), Carol Carson ('60) Mike Brady ('61), Kathy Rathvon ('63) Linda Reining ('64), David Rivers ('65) Greg Alley ('73), Susan Lundgren ('82) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Richland Players/Richland Theatre I sent off my small part to the Richland Players and the refacing project. My wife and I have supported both the Anacortes Live Theatre and the San Juan Island Players over the years and back in the late 1980s I was a founding member of the Belfry Theatre in Victoria, B.C. when I lived there. We bought an old church and made it into a Theatre in the Round and it has been very successful ever since. Now before you think I am a real theatre maven, just remember that yogurt has more culture than I do but I love live theatre and am amazed at all the talent we have in the general population of places like Anacortes, Oak Harbor, Richland, etc. My only foray into the theatre business was at Col-Hi where Ms. Murray asked me to help with the production "Ten Little Indians." We were, as the Marines say, Gung Ho and had a lively set of off stage pyrotechnics (where was Larry Mattingly ('60) when we needed him in 1955?) one of which went off on schedule but caught the side curtain on fire. Cooler heads, so to speak, put it out in a hurry but I think that was the last time they let either Bill Weston ('56), Jim Green ('56), Jim Crose ('56) and me even close to the stage or the Drama Club. In fact, I think they got a No Contact Order against us but soon-to-be Judge Rivers would know more about that. Hopefully the effort by Burt Pierard ('59) will be a big success and that it produces more money than needed for this project. Local community theatres never have enough money so maybe this will give them a little cushion. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ Anacortes, WA where I wish more Bombers submitting stuff to the Sandstorm would end it with where they are from. Helen Cross Kirk ('62) never fails and I love her comments but when there are comments with no location, it is frustrating to know what the heck you are talking about and/or where it happened. Linda *grin* Reining ('64) is great about it too. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Carson Renaud ('60) To: Burt Pierard ('59) Re: The Theater My check is in the mail and I was thinking, if enough of our Bombers respond, maybe you could go ahead and finish the whole building! That would be great - not only a face lift but a "hind end" lift too. -Carol Carson Renaud ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Bomber basketball Last night (Wednesday) Joe Jancovic ('62) and I watched the Bombers play Bellarmine in the State Tournament. Bellarmine is one of the top rated teams in the state. The Bombers matched them basket for basket for 3 quarters losing in the 4th quarter. Regardless, it was a great game, and we were proud of Richland's performance. I didn't see many Bomber fans. But, I wouldn't recognize many of them anyway. I didn't even recognize Joe until he walked right up to me and re-introduced himself. Joe and I are friends since the 2nd grade. We picked up as if no time had passed. Great evening! -Mike Brady ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kathy Rathvon ('63) Re: Wine Tasting For those who live in the Bellevue area, this Saturday, March 1st, Kurt Johnson ('63) and his wife Sheri Ward Johnson ('63) will be pouring their wines (Ward Johnson) at George's Wine Shop between 2 -5 PM. George's Wine Shop is located in the Lake Hills Shopping Center at 156th NE & Lake Hills Blvd. Shall we meet at 3:00? See you there. -Kathy Rathvon ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:Brad Upton('74) re:interview on radio my ex son-in-law said he heard your interview on the radio, here in Bakersfield, and that you mentioned being a Bomber and something about a song, "we glow"????? I missed the interview--- I only listen to Country music stations and I think he said you were on the Tom and ? Show--you were talking about your recent gig at the Chumash Indian Casino in Santa Ynez(?). he said he tried to call the station and tell them he knew a Bomber, but he couldn't get through. said he enjoyed your interview and that you were very funny! *grin* wish I had paid attention and known that you were at Santa Ynez---it's only about a 2 hour drive from here. but, there's always next year, right????? *grin* re:Las Vegas in June----I LOVE that place, but just too dang hot for me there in Summer---only go in Winter months. Bob(NAB)and Lenora(Hughes, '55)Bejarano live in Las Vegas and they have seen your show---says she laughs so hard her sides hurt. *grin* IF you plan another Las Vegas gig, in the Winter months, will definitely try to "catch" ya. *grin* Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64)......Bakersfield, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Richland Theater FIRST: to the best big sister a kid ever had... Lola Heidlebaugh ('60)... I DID NOT forget your birthday... my yellow sticky said the 29th but my cheat sheet said the 28th... I am a goof and hope you will forgive me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY a day late! Second... come on folks, Uncle Burt ('59) is not asking for all the gold in Fort Knox (or wherever it's really kept)... send your cash check or money order to Wolfman Jack XERB Hollywood, California Baaaaaaaaaaaby... oooooops... got carried away... Da Woofman may be gone but not forgotten... but he ain't collecting the moola, Burt is so ignore my tirade... I remember seeing Tom Jones at the Richland Theater (West Side Story too)... Robert Anderson ('65) and I walked out of the theater after seeing Tom Jones... we got to my car and hopped in... as if on que, we looked at each other and said "Let's do a Tom Jones!"... We probably ended up just going to Zip's and grabbing some fries and tarter sauce but boy were we pumped!!!!!!! Third... but no less important... Brad ('74) I do believe we gonna take you up on that offer and will be in touch shortly with the info... hope it all works out... for you who haven't caught Brad Upton's show... it is a must see! Take Care! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Greg Alley ('73) Re: Bomber basketball A tough loss for the Bombers who played Bellarmine Prep and had the score tied at 50-50 late in the game before losing by 9. They play Prairie today in a loser out contest. This may sound like a broken record over the many years now of the Sandstorm but reading the Seattle PI you still see some great tournament records by Bombers of the past. Mike Neill ('75) had his career scoring mark beaten a couple of years ago. Our beer drinking arguments for him would be what if the 3 point shot was around then. Still in the books are John Meyers ('58-RIP) for 79 rebounds in a tourney. Career records for Norris Brown ('57) still stand for 84 field goals and 213 field goal attempts. Meyers career record for rebounds is 196. Over 50 years for those records. -Greg Alley ('73) ~ In hoop town Richland where there is high school tourneys going on around town and the state, the Junior College tourney is in town, the Cougars, the Huskies. Overdose. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Susan Lundgren ('82) Re: Richland Theatre Hi all, Could one of you slightly older Bombers remember for me if the Richland Light Opera Company used to use the Richland theatre in the '60s and '70s? If not this theatre, then where? The relevant websites did not offer enough clues. I recently pulled the "Kiss Me, Kate" playbill as a memento present for my mother from the rloc site I am wondering where it was played. Looking through the various names on the playbills and the list of plays on the on the rloc site sure did bring back a lot of memories. Regards, -Susan Lundgren ('82) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Dale Traver ('57) ~ 1938 - 2/23/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` January, 2008 ~ March, 2008