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16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Richland Bombers Calendar website Funeral Notices website *********************************************** *********************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/01/08 ~ APRIL FOOLS' DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Bill Hightower ('49), Ken Heminger ('56wb) Derrith Persons ('60), Fred Phillips ('60) Tom Verellen ('60), Betsy Fox Vance ('63) John Campbell ('63), Carol Converse ('64) Gary Behymer ('64), Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ed Mitchell ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Wedberg (alias Les Schwab) ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve Minor ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Hightower ('49) Re: Model A To: Kay Mitchell Coates ('52) Hi Kay; My internet research indicates that your car was a '28 or '29 Model A. The two are so alike that I can't tell them apart. They are not the same as the '30 or '31. The fenders are different and there is a small step between the cowling width and the body width on the '28 and '29. The radiator shell is smaller and the windshield visor doesn't blend smoothly with the roof. I just know that you and Nonajean had a blast with it. Regards, -Bill Hightower ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ken Heminger ('56wb) Re: CAP There has been some recent discussion about the CAP. I too was a proud member of the CAP in the early '50s. It was fun and my first introduction to military life. I remember there was a Link Trainer that usually didn't work, but there was one day that it did work, and we took turns attempting to fly it. There was a desk with a map and a gizmo if I remember right called a "frog" that would trace a line on the map showing your flight path. If I remember right, neither I, or anyone else got very far before crashing. I think I bore a hole in the map from spinning. Those that are familiar with a link trainer will appreciate how difficult it would be for a novice to keep his bearings in a Link Trainer. I was also part of a drill team and we marched in a parade which I believe was during Frontier Days. We spent many hours practicing for that parade. After the parade we went to the field and those that had planes gave us a ride. In my case it was in a Stinson Voyager. I don't remember now who owned it, but we flew over my house in what is now West Richland. We lived at the base of Flat Top. We made a couple passes hoping my folks would come out so I could wave at them, but they didn't so returned to base. Here's a picture of me in my new CAP uniform Those were good times.. -Ken Heminger ('56wb) ~ Great Falls, MT Snow and 28 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Derrith Persons Dean ('60) Spring time.... class of '60 and friends Come on, we'll have fun! When? - Saturday, April 5th Time? - 11:30 am Where? - 3 Margaritas, 627 Jadwin, Richland Come on. . . . lets talk! -Derrith Persons Dean ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Fred Phillips ('60, 4-7967) Re: Old Richland Phone Numbers A few years ago, Roxannne Knutson Short ('62, 5-1527) spotted a 1956 Richland Phone book at a yard sale and bought it for $3.00. It's a treasure, complete with doodles and some handwritten names and numbers. Nobody knows who owned that book. Perhaps it was yours. If the '56 phone book won't take you back, you probably weren't there. The first classification in the yellow pages is "Accordians," and a TV was called a "Television Apparatus." And yes, the white pages have everybody's numbers. Roxie was kind enough to let me scan the phone book. It's a .pdf file that's much too large to send as an email attachment, but if you want one I'll burn a CD an send it to you. Just send me an email with your name and address at The CD is free and I'll cover the mailing cost. If you like what you get, send 4 or 5 bucks to Maren to support the Sandstorm. Enjoy! -Fred Phillips ('60, 4-7967) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) To: Mike Brady ('61) Like you I usually find myself pulling for all of the Washington teams and found myself wondering if I should call them, "Cougies" or "Hugars"? Such a dilemma. -Tom Verellen ('60) ~ somewhere near a now snow free Lacey finally. I hope. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betsy Fox Vance ('63) Hi, Here is an article and accompanying photo that I recently came across going through old boxes in the basement. The following won the "big" coveted championships at Spout Springs/Tolgate that year. Out of 9 winners, for the year, 7 were from Richland --- Cliff Cunningham, Ted Johnson, James Hurt, Terry Smith, Bob Mathis, Betsy Fox (Vance) and James Hodgson. The other two winners were from Pasco. Does anyone remember catching the bus early in the morning every Saturday in front of BB&M's? How you would get your skis ready the night before -- boiling up that bar of sliver wax, putting your skis across 2 upside down chairs and painting the wax on (the skis - not the chairs)? Or Tony, the largish man with the cigar always standing out in front of BB&M? Or stopping somewhere in Milton-Freewater on the drive up to Tolgate -- at some bar - going in to get lemon candies -- and feeling so 'cool' going into a bar -- or, the ultimate of experiences -- wearing that belt and hook/rope get-up that you only earned by skiing down the dreaded mountain called 'High'. (They should've waited until the '60s to name that mountain...) I remember when I first wore that belt -- my proud swagger could not be matched by even John Wayne. And I managed to keep all my fingers as that hook, which was VERY close to my fingers, went over these huge pulleys on a steel cable at a very steep angle going up the mountain. Sometimes, icy ruts in the path under the cable pulled you away from the cable -- and yet, your skis had to follow wherever the ruts went and you somehow had to not fall off, or get your hand mangled or roll down into the person behind you. All a coming of age experience for me. (while in 8th grade). And then, the final part of this experience... ahhh the sweet making out w/whatever handsome lad sat in the coveted back of the bus. All warm, tired out, surviving another day on the mountain and that delicious kissing. MMMmmmmm - those were the days my friend. Heady days... which is appropriate, as I still have my black 'Head' skis, with my name on them. I tried to use these skis (and my accompanying black - LEATHER <--- very cool) boots, with a strap that hooked onto the ski - at Vail 5 years ago - and they wouldn't let me. Something about safety and ankles. Love these memories.. any other skiiers out there? I remember names like David and Phil Priebe, David and Phil Heffner, my brother, McGregor Fox, Jock Cameron, Mike and Bob Mathis, Ron Richards, Joe Kaveckis, Jim Hamilton, Rob Hills and Betsy Jones. -Betsy Fox Vance ('63) ~ Back in Richland after living in Boulder, CO and Missoula, MT most of my life. Contemplating a move to San Diego... any alums down there? Just returned from there -- it seems like an amazing place. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Campbell ('63) Re: Bomber shoes? When I, my brother, Rush ('52), and our wives visited Spring Training a week or so ago in Glendale, AZ, we went into a small shop that had these shoes. May not be RHS, but they would be perfect for a Bomber lady who graduated in '65. It was near 90 in Phoenix, and I came home to Seattle - rain and snow! P.S. We also finally made it to the Grand Canyon and Zion - worth the trip! -John Campbell ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: Bob Rector ('62) Re: the old Barnett Farm I enjoyed your submittance (is that a word?) to the Sandstorm of 3/31. For some reason, I seem to remember being out to the farm when it was the "ag" farm. Don't ask me why I was. Could have just been a very realistic dream too. *LOL* I'm thinking that pictures are in order. Do you have pictures of what the place looked like before you did anything to it? Plus, any updated pictures? That would be very interesting! To: David Rivers ('65) Re: Article in paper Isn't it the pits that just because you want to become a Judge, they are trying to defame you! I think that is an outrage! I didn't know you personally in high school, but I've come to know you through the Sandstorm, as many others have. Good luck in your endeavor! To: Sharon Popp Wise ('67) Re: Spudnuts So glad that you found out another time that the Discovery Channel [NOT the Discovery Channel, Carol... it's on the TRAVEL Channel. -Maren] will show their segment on donuts. I've written down the information and will be sure to watch it! I know there were people who would have liked to have seen the show and will watch it next time. -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA The sun is shining and so far NO WIND AND COLD. I need to get outside this afternoon before the rains come again. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) To: Jeanie Turner Anderson ('61) L.D. Turner... Work...1704D Building A-4461 Home...303 Comstock 5-4682 I did call both numbers but no one was home (;-) -Gary Behymer ('64) ~ somewhere near the Top Notch in downtown Colfax, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: license plates As I recall the "R" on the old plates was for Benton County not Richland. I was always memorizing friends' plates so I knew if when they went by I should wave at them or not. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where it's supposed to be below freezing tonight (Monday) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/02/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers and one Lion sent stuff: Kay Mitchell ('52), Steve Carson ('58) Donna Bowers ('63), Gary Behymer ('64) Gary Brehm ('64-KHS), Susan Baker ('64) Cathy Geier ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry Coryell ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gail Franz ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kay Mitchell Coates ('52) Re: Henry, the Ford Coupe To: Bill Hightower ('49) Hi Bill Check out the photos of "Henry" and let me know what model and year he was. You know, that part was never important to Nonajean and me - we just loved him for whatever he was! (husband Richard ('52) thought he was a '34 Model A, but that "oldtimers" problem you spoke of probably affected his memory.) Thanks for sharing your daughter's work. It was fantastic. See you in the Tri-Cities sometime. I will talk to Vera Rodda ('52 WB) about putting together another CAP reunion. She will be visiting here in April, so will talk to her and get back with you. Any of you former CAP cadets out there interested????? -Kay Mitchell Coates ('52) ~ Valley, WA where it has snowed every day for the last 7 days, adding to the foot of unmelted white stuff in our yard. Spring seems to have passed us by! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Carson (Championship Class of '58) Re: CAP Thanks to Ken Heminger ('56wb) for his memories of the CAP base. My Sister Carol Carson Renaud ('60) and I were very active in CAP in the mid '50s. The cadet squadron reached about 40 members, we marched in the Frontier Days Parade and the Lilac Parade in Spokane each year. Attended summer encampments at McCord and Geiger (Spokane). Our Drill Team won the Washington Wing contest and the Air Force flew us to So. California for the Regional competition where we came in 2nd to the Hawaii drill team (who had some wicked hula moves in their routine.) Maj. Francis "Shorty" Moeller was our Senior Advisor and she contributed greatly to the growing up of her cadets. Her Son Marvin Moeller went off to the Air Force just as we joined the squadron. I remember he Stinson Voyager and the Air Force trainer we had. I also remember being sent to the hangars for 10 yards of flight line and a bucket of prop wash. The Scouts had their Snipe Hunting, we had our flight line. I have a lot of pics of that time but I am at my office and don't have them here. Are the CAP Cadets still active? -Steve Carson (Championship Class of '58) ~ Chicago **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Bowers Rice (Gold Medal Class of '63) To: Betsy Fox Vance ('63) Betsy: I never skiied when I lived in Richland, but used to hear the stories from Rob, and Bob and Ron the morning after your ski- weekend. It sounded glorious and I think that is why when I graduated from hygiene school that is the first thing we did as a family take ski lessons. My whole family skiis now and we are on the 3rd generation of teaching them. I cannot imagine living somewhere my whole life without experiencing being on top of a mountain and skiing down. We now live in the midwest and there are a few places to ski man-made snow, but mainly everyone here goes to Colorado. There is a funny poster available here in Missouri that says SKI MISSOURI! and it is the picture of a hill with many ruts in mud and a cow. Makes me laugh everytime!! We were just in Richland... Mike ('60) and I walked down along the dike to the Spudnut Shop. We were there for Kathy Rice Veverka's ('58-RIP) Passing Celebration. I told Mike that you and Sheila used to live on that street. I would have stopped if I had known you were contemplating moving. I hope that whatever you decide about moving from Richland that you are happy. Life is an adventure and I often am glad we took the moves we did because we have experienced so much more that is different from the west coast, not neccessarily better, just varied. You are such a great gal, I know you will fit in anywhere. Love ya, -Donna Bowers Rice (Gold Medal Class of '63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: B Reactor Tours a Hot Ticket To: The RHS Class of 1976 or a Steve Cook Friend I have Steve Cook's 9th grade yearbook from Carmichael. I purchased it as part of a 'bulk' purchase of old yearbooks. IF there is a Steve Cook relative, friend or class member that would like this annual, please let me know & I will send it your way at no charge, elsewise it will be listed on eBay... -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Brehm ('64-KHS) Re: Bill Goslin (Bomber Dad) Maren, We just wanted to let you know and maybe you could include in tomorrow's Sandstorm, that Marsha's Dad (Bill Goslin) passed away yesterday (Monday, 3/31) at Kadlec Medical Center. He was 91. Thanks, Maren, Gary & Marsha ('65) -Gary Brehm ('64-KHS) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Susan Baker Hoover ('64) To: Gary Behymer ('64) Gary - What was my phone number? Richard C. Baker, 1738 Davison? To: Betti Avant ('69) Betti: Yes, The first letter on our license plates was for Benton County. I think that Franklin county was "FN". King County was "A" and Piecrce county was "B". Spokane was "C" -Susan Baker Hoover ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Cathy Geier ('66) Good Morning Everyone from Foggy Seattle! What weather we have had in 18 hours. Yesterday I sat in the sun for about 1 1/2 hours midday. After about 2:30 it began to get very cold. At about 5:45 slush and hail fell.. big lumpy hail, covering the windshield and dripping wet!!! Then it cleared after about 20 minutes and a small glimmer of sun shone. Then more cold. This morning the fog in Wallingford and even 45th was so thick I could only see the green lights heralding me to KINKOS, visibility otherwise was so limited.. maybe only possible to see 2 blocks. OK.. weather report over.. Did anyone from this group or anyone whom you know of participate on the Tri-City Herald's Community Conversations group about safety in schools? I was selected to participate but was in Seattle and could not. In my follow-up phone call asking to communicate with members of the group and my 'take' on the way the names are hidden is that people must enter this discussion group in complete disguise! Although I had to argue to be able to communicate with group members it was portrayed as a major inconvenience to the TCH staff person. (I had to deal with 2 as the initial contact was so resistant to doing anything which might further discussion... he actually refused to transfer my call to the editor.. "you can call 509-xxx-xxxx to speak to him! This is my editorial page!" He decided that he would have to contact every single person to ask for permission!! Why not just send them an email saying I would appreciate any discussion or feedback about how the group went? I am glad I didn't make arrangements to attend. It appears that the TCH is willing to send me copies of the essays written by participants which they deem meritable to publish. Such subterfuge. A very worthwhile group and important discussion topic is so hidden; contributions to the public and to the school systems in general will not be timely or availabel to the School Board which is actively working on refining safety policies in Richland Schools. I hope things open up in the Tri-Cities, but I am in Seattle now. -Cathy Geier ('66) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/03/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Dick Pierard ('52), Ann Clatworthy ('54) Stephanie Dawson ('60), David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Leslie Hutchinson ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Garry O'Rourke ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick Pierard ('52) With regard to the discussion about the old Washington state license plate letters, they were assigned by population rank order of the counties: A King, B Pierce, C Spokane, D Snohomish, E Yakima, etc. with Benton as R. Since the alphabet ran out at 26, the final 13 least populous counties were given double letters appropriate to their name, hence Franklin (Pasco) FN. I have no when this system was adopted (I am sure some other reader will be able to add that detail) but it was already in place when our family came in 1944. There was never a reapportionment, and eventually as the state continued to grow and longer numbers were required, the letters were absorbed into the longer numbers and finally (again, I know not when) they were simply discontinued. -Dick Pierard ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Clatworthy Weyerts-Hogshead ('54) Re: CAP I was a CAP cadet in the early '50s. My dad had his private pilot's license and took me up to do tricks etc. I loved flying. My husband to be at that time went to Hawaii with the drill team. I think he also went to D.C. for a competition. He later became the drill master for CAP and for the ROTC at Central in Ellensburg. His name was Ray Weyerts. I believe he was Commadent of Cadets at one time. More on this later... I'm going to visit a friend in the hospital who was diagnosed with terminal cancer yesterday, April Fool's Day. Doc says she has a year or two left. Please pray for her if you have a mind to. Her name is Lee Ann Baber, the best banjo player east of the Mississippi. She is in her early 50s and teaches computers. Her students love her and this will be really hard on them. -Ann Clatworthy Weyerts-Hogshead ('54) ~ In Fort Valley VA where it is Spring one day and Winter the next. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60) I do not remember our number (Grover Dawson) when we lived at 208 Atkins from March 1949 to November 1950. When we moved to 77 McMurray, it was 7-7793, but I don't think that was the number at our first address above. I used to think that the address and phone number were in synch deliberately! When we lived at 2010 Harris (1958 until the late '60s or early '70s--not sure when the folks moved to West Richland after I left), I think the number was 943- or 946-8886. I may be confusing it with the various numbers for Dawson-Richards. Can anyone confirm my old home numbers and any of the Dawson- Richards numbers? Thanks, -Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: HB Stump! Birthday time... one a them cool guys from the class of '66. I knew him first from an older brother but soon found that this guy was about as great a guy as any. He and Keeney ('65) go way back but I am pretty sure I have known this kid almost as long as Jackson has but certainly not as well. I love seeing him drive up every year whenever I am in town. I know of only one other guy who can drive prone and that is an old fighter pilot/lawyer I've known in Vegas for years... Sorry to cut this so short but I got them damned alligators snappin' at my heels. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Gary O'Rourke ('66) on the 3rd of April!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/04/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Richard Brodaczynski ('56), Burt Pierard ('59) Bonnie Kirk ('61), Betsy Fox ('63) Gary Behymer ('64), Louise Moyers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jan Nelson ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy Erlandson ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard Brodaczynski ('56) To: Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60) I have never written to the sandstorm before, but when I saw your letter, I knew I could find the answer to your old phone numbers question in the November 1950 Telephone Directory we hung on to. This is how they are listed: Dawson Grover R 208 Atkins..........................4-6983 DAWSON-RICHARDS 1350 Jadwin............8-9280 Hope these numbers ring a bell with you. -Richard Brodaczynski ('56) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) Re: Richland Theater Refacing Project Well, folks. Now's the time for the rubber to hit the pavement. We will be mobilizing (hauling in & assembling scaffolding, etc.) on Monday, April 7th and will be ready to start work at 9:00AM on Tuesday. There should not be any heavy labor (the hardest will probably be scraping trim for repainting) and any volunteers to help are welcome. Simply drop me an email if you have any time available next week. We will generally be working from 9:00 to 4:00 but any time you can donate within those hours would be greatly appreciated. Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bonnie Kirk ('61) Can someone please add this to our website. Thank you. I have some sad news to share with Col-Hi graduates. Bob Sandall ('58) and brother of Gary Sandall ('60) passed away on April 2, 2008. He died following a long illness. Bob was living in Florida where he resided for the past 20 years. Many of his friends were fellow members of the Masonic Lodge in Richland. We'll all greatly miss Bob as his friend, brother, sister, nephew, niece, aunt, and partner. -Bonnie Kirk ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betsy Fox Vance ('63) Re: Does anyone know where their 'television apparatus' is? Re: telephone numbers To: Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60) Don't know if you saw the posting a few days ago from Fred Phillips ('60) but he has a copy of the entire Richland phone book from 1956 on cd -- which he has offered to send out to anyone free of charge (thank you, Fred -- your heart is as big as the Corvette you once drove) -- an interesting note about that phone book --- can anyone guess what the big number you called in 1956 was (on the front page) for emergencies? Was it 911?... no... Was it 0 for operator?... no -- ok, ok -- the timer is zooming down -- who knows the right answer? Who did Richland, WA call in 1956 for an emergency? Ok --- here it is... (drum roll, please)... the FBI!!!!! Yes, indeedy! In big bold numbers on the front page! On the next pages are numbers for the police and fires -- five numbers - not one. wild, huh? It is a fascinating archeological dig -- going through that phone book -- as Fred mentioned --- TVs were called a television apparatus'... It would be curious if anyone could recognize their mom's writing interspersed all over the phone book. There are Dr's appts. -- churches mentioned (in blue handwriting), friends of hers -- it could've been any of our moms -- the homesy quality of her notations throughout. In case you missed his letter to the Sandstorm, Fred has graciously offered for anyone to e-mail him to get a free cd of the 1956 phone book. It is really fun to read and reminisce. Everyone's number is in there -- takes you back to a kinder, easier time, when we could put our feet in David's Shoes' 'look at your skelton-green-foot' machine -- or get under our desks with our hands covering our necks so that we would be protected from any atom bomb that might be dropped (remember those horrible sirens?), or we could run in the fog of the mosquito sprayers up on the dike --- hmmm - wonder if those fun activities had anything to do with why I turned out one molecule short of a happy meal.. Oh well -- get that phone book - way fun. -Betsy Fox Vance ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60) Yes indeed score a point for the correct phone number for 77 McMurray Road with 7-7793. (June 1952) Dawson-Richards # at the same time was 8-9280. I just called there to order my tux for the prom but there was no answer. -Gary Behymer ('64) P.S. The 'fun' phone book used for the past week is now up for grabs on eBay...'One ringy-dingy' **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Louise M. Moyers ('65) To: Garry O'Rourke ('66) I can't find your e-mail address, but I want to say Happy Birthday to a good man. I know it was umteen years ago, but I kinda remember a couple of parties... Now we're old folk. -Louise M. Moyers ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/05/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Gus Keeney ('57), Jim Russell ('58) David Rivers ('65), Rick Valentine ('68) BOMBER LUNCH Today: Class of '60, 3 Margaritas **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) Re: Amazing last lecture Would you post this link? -Gus Keeney ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Russell ('58) It's with a good deal of sadness that I read of the passing of fellow Bomber Bob Sandall ('58-RIP). Bob was a good friend who I first met when we started attending Carmichael Jr. Hi in 7th grade. He and Dave Gostnell ('58 - often the humanized motor behind Bob's wheel chair) were almost an inseparable pair and often a (speeding) hazard in the hallways. I was proud to call Bob a friend, as well as David, and it didn't take too much persuasion to get them to join our DeMolay Chapter. Both Bob and Dave as well as myself eventually served as Master Councilors of the best darn Chapter in the State! Bob was able to finally discharge the two wheeler (plus two small wheels in front) for crutches as he entered Col-Hi. When he turned 16 and was able to drive his own car, he had blocks attached to the brake pedal and accelerator, as I recall. This was to assist his weakened legs to operate the car. I don't really know how that helped, but we spent a lot of time as Bob's passengers on our travels. I'll look forward to seeing him again further down the road. -Jim Russell ('58) ~ from wet and cold Mountlake Terrace. WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) sorry... I missed Nancy Erlandson Ballard's ('67) b-day... had it on my yellow sticky but... and then... and ya know... and HOPE IT WAS GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Valentine ('68) Re: Tim Clark, aka Tim Buslach ('69-RIP) Tim died on Wednesday 04-02-08 unexpectedly in Fairbanks, AK. He went to Alaska and worked as a truck driver on the Trans- Alaska Pipeline, and liked Alaska so well he stayed and lived in Fairbanks. Tim always was and remained a good friend for 40 some years... he will be missed... BUMMER! -Rick Valentine ('68) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/06/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Bill Berlin ('56), Allan Maynard ('67) Suzie Gunderson ('60), Linda Reining ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: TWINS: Barbara and Kathy Berkeley ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Randy Dykeman ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jacqueline Tallant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cindy Raekes ('82) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Bob Sandall ('58 RIP) I was sorry to hear of Bob's passing and have very fond memories of him over a good number of years in Richland. I remember him well at Carmichael and, being two years older, was in the top orders of DeMolay when he was a starting member of that esteemed group. I think that Bob was my first exposure to someone with a disability and what he taught me has stayed with me all my life. Bob never complained and there was nothing that he would not take on irrespective of his poorly functioning legs. He just did it and that was that! I remember that he did graduate to crutches in high school and learned to drive a specially equipped car, all of which elevated his life... and those around him. He was truly a good guy and quietly taught a lot of us that even if you are disabled doesn't mean that you can't get into the mix and "mix it up" with the rest of us. I really admired him and appreciated his gutty approach to life. Re: CAP We didn't live very far from the CAP base and I spent a reasonable amount of time down there. As much as I love flying, I have no clue why I didn't join it. Maybe I was too young or maybe with my small size and huge ears they figured I could fly myself... you know, the Dumbo theory. I do remember their marching in the various parades around the area and the sharp CAP uniforms they had. In more recent years I have been on air searches in Alaska I flew with CAP observers and they were a good group of kids that knew a lot about flying. One CAP kid in Anchorage told me that he was considered a geek at school for his participation in the CAP, mostly because of the uniform and the military kind of environment. I told him that if he wanted to fly, structure, doing the same thing every time, would keep him alive so being a "geek" was a good thing... staying alive is a good thing. I started a Sea Explorer Scout Ship in Friday Harbor a few years back and they too got the "geek" label from some of the multicolured hair, rings in every orifice of their bodies gang. As our SES program began to develop, we "recruited" one of the high school's three-sport stars and things got immediately better for us with the knucklehead crowd. And now for the rest of the story. This high school sports star that joined our SES is now a tug boat captain for Crowley Maritime here in Anacortes and we have coffee together when he is in town. The moral of the story is...I know some airline captains who got their start in the CAP. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ Anacortes, WA where the daffodils are out but the tulips are a week away. Must be global warming. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. From: Allan Maynard ('67) Saturday 04/05/2008 12:18:34am COMMENTS: No comment. -Allan Maynard ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Suzie Gunderson Chiles ('60) Thank you, Gus Keeney ('57) for posting the link of Randy Pausch's amazing lecture. He's the kind of teacher you hope to have at least once in your academic career. -Suzie Gunderson Chiles ('60) ~ the sun is shining brightly in the Okanogan Valley.....Yahoo!!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:Gus Keeney('57) re:the last lecture oh my gosh, I cried through this entire lecture. what a wonderful way to look at life! loved his attitude towards his car---we should all have his attitude towards life and things--- this old world would definitely be a better place! thanks, Gus and Maren, for putting the link for this in the Sandstorm, even though I have tears streaming down my face. *grin* Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64)........Bakersfield, CA where the rain they predicted wasn't enough to fill a thimble and we are slowly edging our way to higher temperatures--gonna be in the 70's for the entire weekend and most of next week. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/07/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Jack Evans ('62) Marsha Hopfinger ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kelvin Soldat ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Anne Lauby ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda Phillips ('76) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Melissa Dykeman ('98) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jack Evans ('62) Re: Bob Rector ('62) - Tri-City Herald Article Western Sintering website: -Jack Evans ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marsha Hopfinger Sork ('67) Re: Class of '67 Missing Contact Information Below is a list of '67 graduates for whom we have no contact information. Please look at the list and send any information that may help research the whereabouts of these classmates. You will notice women listed with maiden names. If you know the married name of any of them, send it to me as it will help in research efforts. If you know a city or a state, but don't know an address for someone, please send it because it will also help the research process. Feel free to send my email address to anyone on this list asking them to make a contact so I can pass along information about our class. (Put "Bombers '67" in the subject line of email sent to me). Any assistance is appreciated. Missing '67 Classmates: Doreen ALLEN, Rick ALLEN, Teresa E. BAKER Bess, Chuck BEATTY, Nicki BROWN, Tim BROWN, Craig BULLOCK, Mike CASSANO, Frani CLAYTON, Elaine COFFEE Warren, Kay COSTON, Ken DAVIS, Tony DIRIENZO, Terri DUFAULT, Judi EKLUND, Frank FARRENS, Dick FITZPATRICK Honorary, Pam FLEISCHER, Myrna GALE, Al GEISER, Wendy GEORGE, Michael GREENAUGH, Robert HANSEN, John HARRIS, Alan HARVEY, Gibson HENDERSON, Mike HOKE, Pat HOLDEN, Randy HOLMAN, Steve JOHNSON, Tom JOHNSON, Jan JONES Becker, Larry JONES, Cliff LANE, Scott LUKE, Anne MACAK, Susan McNEARNEY, Ray MILLER, Steve MOORE, Steve OAK, Ron OKURA, David PEARSON, Cheryl PORTER Tatro, Linda RECTOR, Norman RHODES, Mary RICKARD, Steve RINEHART, Candi ROBERTS, Dee RUSSELL, Linda SAUNDERS, Mary SCHNEIDER, Bruce SHULTZ, Nancy SHOWALTER, Louise SOLOMON Valencia, Daniel SPARKS, Bonnie SPENCER, Diana STEMEN Shields, Wayne STEMEN, Erma SWANSON, Dale THOMAS, Pat TOWNE Wright, Sherry VANDERDOES, Charlotte WARREN McDonald, Dianne WILLIAMS Parks, Rob WILLIAMS, Ron WILSON, James WRIGHT. Regards, -Marsha Hopfinger Sork '67 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/08/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers and Don Sorensen sent stuff: Tony Duran ('55) and Sylvia Plumb Duran ('56) Phil Belcher ('51), Stephanie Dawson ('60) Rick Maddy ('67), Brad Upton ('74) Don Sorensen (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Max Case ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John Wingfield ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tony Duran ('55) and Sylvia Plumb Duran ('56) Re: Kansas Jayhawks Our grandsons alma mater won the national basketball championship last night. Sometimes it's nice being a Kansan. We moved here five years ago and have loved it ever since. Gets a little windy, but I remember all those windy days we had in Richland when we lived there. Those sand storms were really something. I'm talking about the '40s and '50s. I can also tell you all more about the theaters in Richland, as I worked for them for them for quite a few years, as door man and as a manager under Frank Stiles. I'm sure Doug Stiles ('57) could tell you a lot of what went on behind the scenes.. That's another story. Wish we had more Bombers down this neck of the woods. -Tony Duran ('55) and Sylvia Plumb Duran ('56) ~ Derby, KS a suburb of Wichita like Kennewick and Pasco are of Richland. About the same driving distance. Where it's starting to warm up and our tornado shelter is well stocked with the important things, like, water, wine, booze of course good food. More to come later. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Phil Belcher ('51) Re: Richland Theatre I was a motion picture operator in the Navy and when I returned home I thought that I could pick up some extra money doing the same thing. I did a refresher course at both the Richland and the Uptown, mostly at the Richland where "The Graduate" starring Dustin Hoffman was playing. I saw portions of that show at least ten times, never did see the whole thing. Re: Memories I received another package from DOE with my security papers enclosed. Took me back many years and was interested in seeing the things my old friends had to say concerning me. One of my fellow electricians added a PS to the paper saying, "Phil, if you ever read this you owe me a beer." I'm sorry to say that I can't pay off since he passed on about three years ago, but it sounded just like him. I was going through some old papers today and ran across a GE News dated Friday, August 30, 1963. Wish I could buy some of the cars that were advertised in it. I drove out to the 300 area to see what was left. Rather sad to see the buildings going down where I had spent so many years working there. Re: Phone companies charging $1.00 to $1.75 for 411 Information Maren, I got this email from a friend and wondered if it was something that could go in the paper. I know that I could have used the information several times in the past. or -Phil Belcher ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60) To: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Old Phone Numbers Thanks, Gary! The old Dawson-Richards number is familiar now that I see it. On the 50th anniversary of its founding, Dawson-Richards was closed and sold in 1999 by the then owner, George Anderson (he started at the bottom and eventually became the manager before buying Dad out in the early 70s or so). The current owner has retained the store name and it is a tux shop, albeit much smaller than either the original or the expanded store when it was mens' and boys' and then mens' and womens' clothing. It was so great growing up there! -Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) Re: Old Bands - New Bands Thought I would share an evening with you. I was at my favorite Huntington Beach, CA (HB) watering hole, Perqs, last Friday night. You can actually see a photo of Perqs in that 'Woody' video I sent around last month... Perqs is across the street from the pier. Absolutely one of the greatest bars in the free world. So, there I was watching the son of Ginger Baker, Kofi Baker, hammering on his drums. I can say dad would be, and I'm positive he is, very proud of his boy. When I go to Perqs, which isn't a lot... only on Friday and Saturday nights of the week... oh, yea, and sometimes a week day or two if there is a baseball, basketball, football, hockey, lawn bowling or the painting landscapes with oil show happening... I don't use excuses... but, I never know, nor care, who is showing up with the entertainment, which isn't always on the stage, may I add. Mostly, I'm not there for the band or the drinks... really. I'm just there. Perqs is very much like Life's A Beach Restaurant and Bar in Kihei, where I almost became an alcoholic. The word fun comes to mind. Perqs in HB is a dream come true for older folks (my buddy, DeRock, is 76) that like good conversation, music and occasionally watching drunks fall into drum sets and speakers... particularly while I'm sipping on my mineral water and cranberry juice cocktail out of a Johnny Walker signature glass to appear I'm drinking with the rest of them. Okay... fer sure, dudes, Perqs is not an old folk's home, but a gathering ground for old and young locals and some of the 11,000,000 per year visitors to HB, plus or minus a few million. The locals... I've been here six years April 17 and not really sure what I am... believe a few Europeans will likely show up this year due to Americans staying home and wondering what they are going to do with the SUV... but that's another story. We will see. Anyway, Kofi Baker - who woulda thunk it. Never a dull moment in life when you get out of that recliner and hit the pavement... know what I mean? Anyway, for those wop remember and loved Cream, the kid is doing dad's old band covers. Very entertaining, difficult to dance to... and some of the things we were digesting to listen to it years ago that caused brain damage are not quite as popular anymore or we would have been sitting on the floor holding our thumb and pointing finger together chanting I'm So Glad, I'm So Glad, hmmmmm hmmmm'... nevertheless, if you get a chance to see this young man beat on his drum set, do it. Don't forget yer competition orange ear plugs. KofiBaker.jpg -Rick Maddy ('67) ~ Huntington Beach, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) Alright Johnny Mathis fans--here are the dates I have lined up with him: June 13-14th Las Vegas Hilton Sept. 11th Sacramento, CA Nov. 21-22nd Casino Windsor Windsor, ONT Dec. 6th-7th Christmas music Wells Fargo Center for the Arts Santa Rosa, CA There may be more in the future, I'll let you know. He's absolutely timeless. John actually sings for about 40 minutes then I come out and do 30 and we got to intermission, then John sings about 40 minutes during the second half. The Vegas dates are on Father's Day weekend in case you need an excuse to go to Las Vegas. -Brad Upton ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Civil Air Patrol (CAP) pictures Found these while searching my archives. -Don Sorensen (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/09/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Betty Bell ('51), Tony Duran ('55) Sylvia Plumb ('56), Patti Jones ('60) Helen Cross ('62), Cathy Geier ('66) Gale Waldkoetter ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tere Smyth ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cathy Weihermiller ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) The Richland Seniors Association and Richland Parks and Recreation are putting on "FASHION THROUGH THE AGES" on Saturday, April 12 from 1:00 to 3:00 at the Richland Community Center. Beautiful old clothing from the 1800s through today will be modeled. Most of the clothes are being furnished by the East Benton County Museum and by Sagebrush Old West. Two of my granddaughters will be modeling - Reanna Norwood will model my 1954 wedding dress and her sister, Beth Mata, will model my 1950 prom dress. The lady from Sagebrush will also present an exhibit of purses. This was put on last year to more than 125 people, and they asked for it again. There will, of course, be lots of new outfits, as we have a treasure trove of outfits at the Museum! Great fun looking through them and deciding what to use! Table decorations will be purses, hats and gloves. Dessert and drinks will be served, and many clothes wooden figures will be placed around the room for you to look at more closely. Tickets are $5 at the Community Center or from me, or $6 at the door. Should be a fun afternoon! Hope you can join us! -Betty Bell Norton ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. From: Tony Duran ('55) and Sylvia Plumb Duran ('56) Tuesday 04/08/2008 12:43:27am COMMENTS: Nice web site. Just now getting into it. I thought I would have more time after I retired six years ago. Boy, was I wrong. I have more to do now than ever. -Tony Duran ('55) and Sylvia Plumb Duran ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) Re: All Bomber Luncheon Richland Reservations aren't necessary. Many Bombers do like to let us know they are coming so please email if you wish. WHEN: Saturday, April 12, 2008 WHERE: JD Diner, 3790 Van Giesen, West Richland, WA 99353 Used to be Coney Island (Light green building just past the Yakima River bridge heading west from Richland on the right side) TIME: 1:00 P.M. PRICE: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served all day. Prices range from $4.50 - $13.95 (add drink, tax, and tip) Bomber spouses and friends are welcome! Looking forward to also seeing out-of-town Bomber visitors. Bombers Have Fun, -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA -Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) ~ Richland, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Greetings from within the great state of Washington!! We've loved being out here if only for a few days. Sorry I'll miss all the luncheons. Warren's grandmother's memorial service went well in Brewster on the first of April. Had she lived a few months longer she would have been l05 on that date. It was good to see so many of the Kirk family, including all the Bohringer sisters and their spouses. Must run to fight the Pass on the way back to the plane.....and the midwest. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ from the country in between CleElum and Ellensburg where I met some foreign exchange students at Central U. here last night, and I was struck with how young they are and how old I am, as some insisted on giving my friend, Sharon (NAB) and I their seats to sit down..... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Cathy Geier ('66) Hello Everyone, Well, it is spring break for me as a substitute for Highline Schools. I am working on a new business bill for the Washington Education Association Representative Assembly about how to treat and prepare for substitute teachers more professionally. I am almost all moved in my apartment. Thanks to Goodwill and many free donations from moving sales and friends. I still need a good laptop. When I do get to Richland I will sell some things and donate others to Goodwill.. making the circle complete. Sunday my dance group got an announcement that the Seeds of Compassion group needed volunteers to string beads for bracelets which will be given out to all who attend the Saturday event with the Dali llama. I spent a few hours there, rested, went out to dinner with a friend at Bizarro Cafe and then returned to work on many more. The group was multi-varied in types of folks attending and working together. In the afternoon many high school students from a Community Project Group were there with their mentors. During a race between teams to see who would string 400 bracelets first, our team won! Many teachers, social workers, retired folk and church folks from CSL were there working. It felt very worthwhile to be a part of this program. I will be attending the all day Sunday event with many workshops and presentations about ways to work with youth and to incorporate some techniques in or with education curriculums. To me, the program, Roots of Empathy, has more promise as a positive force to prevent bullying than other anti-bullying programs which I have had to teach so far. Well, off to enjoy a bit more spring rain in Seattle. -Cathy Geier ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gale Waldkoetter Skaugstad ('72) Re: Bomber Obit Good morning, Maren. I'm forwarding a link to the obituary for Tim Clark [aka Buslach ('69-RIP)] I didn't know Tim personally, but I'm sure you would like to include this on the Bomber page. (Sarah Palin [Gov. of AK and daughter of Sally Sheeran Heath ('58)] is having a boy, due May 18. Is that your daughter's due date?) [Gale, Pretty close... "mid May" is what my daughter's doctor is saying now. We don't know sex. -Maren] -Gale Waldkoetter Skaugstad ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Tim Clark, aka Tim Buslach ('69) ~ 3/7/50 - 4/3/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/10/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Jack Lowrey ('49), Kay Mitchell ('52), Larry Mattingly ('60) David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jack Lowrey ('49) Re: CAP Pictures from Don Sorenson (NAB) Don, your CAP pictures brought back a lot of old memories. They must have been taken after I left for the Air Force in November 1950. The only ones I recognize are Willis Weichel ('49-RIP) and Don Arbograst ('49-RIP). Can anyone put name to the rest of the people? Don was the only cadet that had his own airplane. I think his folks bought it for him. Although Dale Meador ('49) did have a part interest in a Taylorcraft until he wrapped it around the wind sock pole by the gas pump after refueling it. Ah, those were the days. -Jack Lowrey ('49) ~ Layton, UT **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kay Mitchell Coates ('52) To: Don Sorenson (NAB) Re: Photos of CAP cadets Wow! You really rocked my boat when I checked out the pictures you sent to yesterday's Sandstorm. How well I remember those planes, that field and those fellows. I dated Willis Weichel for several years. Many of our dates were spent flying over Richland in a couple of the planes shown in the photos. I recognized Don Arbogast also (hope I am correct on the name). Yes, that airfield and the people there were a big part of my life back then. My dad, Art Mitchell was the Squadron Commander and actually helped build the field in the late '40s. He was a heavy equipment operator and I have photos of him driving a "cat" to create the rocky runways. Flying was very dear to his heart and he loved that airfield. My grandson, Mitchell Coates ('02 I think) is carrying on the family tradition and has recently received certified instructor license and will be working out of Bergstroms in Pasco. He will be logging hours so he can reach his goal of becoming a commercial pilot. Thanks for sending those pics. I had never seen any of them before. -Kay Mitchell Coates ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Weather station My partner in the fireworks company, Ken Julian, is a ham radio operator and like all hams he loves gadgets. Couple this with the fact that at EFI we have a T-1 line and have been using only about half the bandwidth... and we now have a weather station on the web. The station is at our corporate HQ just off I-5 at exit 95 about 5 miles south of Olympia, WA. It is on 24/7 and is totally FREE for anyone to use. We DO NOT track who uses it. There are 2 URLs below. The first is principally NW weather info, the second gives you access to weather info all over the US. The local conditions update every 5 minutes. Both sites have huge data resources and just about anything you might want to know about weather anywhere in the US. The USA site has a place to enter your zip code and will then give you complete info on your locale. On the USA site for access to a US map of all the weather radars in the US click on Radar and then click on NEXRAD Radar. Click on the cross closest to your location and it will show weather related reflections from 100 to 200 miles out depending on the terrain. Paste these sites into your browser for future use if you like. Please enjoy with our compliments. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" Celebrating 50 years in display fireworks in 2008 -J Larry Mattingly ('60) ~ From home south of Tacoma where it is at last, warm and sunny. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Stupid Stupid Stupid I remember that line from a movie where this lady was helping a family collect insurance money for toxic waste... but it applies to me today... or rather yesterday... I had Cathy Weihermiller's ('66) name on the list and have no clue why I didn't write a HAPPY BIRTHDAY to one of the best Bomber-Babes the class of '66 ever produced... but I've wised up... three of the Weihermiller dynasty have birthdays in April so I'm not taking any chances and so I will wish Cathy a belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY (the 9th) and try and make up for it all by wishing Myra ('67) and Ellen ('63) a HAPPY BIRTHDAY on the 14th and the 22nd, respectively... so ha ha ha... I feel much better about that... I have no pix yet but I am supposed to be getting some as well as a little video coverage of Jimmy Heidlebaugh's band, the Wesson Oil Five... no that's not right... the Smith Brothers Coughers... no that can't be it... the Crisco Party Swingers... Oh no no no... Oh yeah... the Smith and Wesson Blues Project playing at a fund raiser for me last night (the 8th)... it was a great night... all the Donut Delinquents brought their hot rods and customs... I brought Maddy's favorite, my chopped and low slung '49 Ford and there was a good showing of people with contributions... the food and company was fantastic... Jimmy's daughter was there and was so happy that her Dad finally had a job... Jimmy even sang a song and I believe it is included in the video clip... so watch the Sandstorm for your favorite bald headed "Painter Dude" (fka the "Big Fat Liar") rockin' out for your listening enjoyment!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/11/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Bill Berlin ('56), Jay Siegel ('61), Gary Behymer ('64) Joanne Boyd ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: QE II After more than three decades, Cunard's QE II will retire as a deluxe hotel in Dubai this fall. If you have never seen QE II or been through the Panama Canal, you will enjoy these pictures. I am fortunate to have sailed on the "old girl" twice and it was a bloody great experience, eh what? Veddy British, you know. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ Anacortes, WA where Spring is just around the corner and the tulips are coming out in the Skagit Valley... finally. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jay Siegel (Classic Class of '61) Re: Larry Coryell ('61) For those interested, Larry Coryell will be performing at the Jazz Alley on the 25th of June. Tickets went on sale today (4/10). Clear blue skies and warm, gentle breezes -Jay Siegel (Classic Class of 1961) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: 1969 Warrior Yearbook Found 1969 Warrior from Chief Joseph Junior High School. This copy belonged to David Standley. Secretaries were Dorothy Stein & Irene Maxfield. Familiar faces are Mrs. Boswell and Toivo Piippo! Basketball starters were Bryan Coyne, Steve Davis, Steve Neill, Randy Lee & Tony Maki. Anyone knowing where Dave might be please contact me and I will forward this to him. P.S. "A co-worker forwarded your 4/2 Sandstorm entry regarding Steve Cook's ninth grade annual. If you would mail it to me I'd greatly appreciate it. Thank you! Mike Cook Steve's brother." Re: Richland Pennant on eBay -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Joanne Boyd ('67) Re: Austin, TX I'm in Austin, visiting my son (after a LONG air trip with American Airlines-all scheduled on MD 80s...) Cots to sleep on in the Dallas Airport was the highlight for me. Never have seem that before, they had a huge stack of them. Anyone with ideas of things to do in Austin or San Antonio? I'll be here until Monday! -Joanne Boyd ('67) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/12/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Larry Mattingly ('60), John Adkins ('62) Linda McKnight ('65), Darlene Napora ('69) Vic Marshall ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: McGregor Fox ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Monita McClellan ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Aaron Holloway ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joan Belliston ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sherrie Smithwick ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Hanford cancer news I spotted a small story in the Tacoma New Tribune Thursday April 10 on page B3. Paraphrasing... The Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health has recommended to the Health and Human Services Secretary to pay "automatic compensation" for some former workers at Hanford. This would apply to people with many forms of cancer. To be eligible they would have to have worked in the 300 area from September 1946 to 1961. Or in the 200 areas from 1949 through 1968. Survivors of some workers who have died should also be eligible for $150,000.00 PLUS reimbursement for medical care. According to the story, if the Secretary accepts the recommendation, this would take effect unless congress objects within 30 days. Personally, this leaves my father out, but I spent about 85% of my 9-1/2 years in those areas. Of course I don't have cancer. At least not that I know of. Several of us did have gross over- exposure with ingested tritium during a series of tests on ex- reactor fuel elements. I think it is too bad they do not include workers in the 100 areas where the reactors were. A good many of them got some fairly high doses over the years. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -JU Larry Mattingly ('60) ~ From home where I at last have a Saturday off and the sun will shine. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: Flying with Bob Rector ('62) This afternoon (4/11) I hooked up with Bob Rector ('62) and his wife, Judy Herford Rector ('64) and a few of their friends and went for a nice fly around west of Richland. I have included a few pictures to prove it. What a grand time I had. -John Adkins ('62) ~ the weather is good enough to fly around in buggy suspended from a parachute **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) Re: Portland Lunch - March 8, 2008 Well, Bomber gang. I am very late with this follow-up of our Bomber Luncheon from March 8th. Hope all will forgive, but I have been very busy, and recuperating from a nasty sinus infection. I won't bore you all with the details, but thank God for my doctor and antibiotics. So here are the attendees: Tom Hemphill ('62), Linda Hemphill (spouse), Lorraine Ward Shelby ('63), Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60), Mary Heidlebaugh (Bomber Mom), Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54), Alan Porter ('67), Ann Engel Schafer ('63). Ron Holeman ('56) and Leslie Swanson Holeman ('59), and yours truly ('65). Lola is the camera person, and also Ann arrived a bit late, and didn't get in the picture. I think she was still on Caribbean time after her wonderful cruise. She brought pictures, including pics of her swimming with dolphins. We had a great time, and although the food was a little slow in arriving to our tables, the discussions were lively, as always, and the view was superb. We weren't in our usual seating place because the Red Hat Ladies were having a luncheon, too. Our next luncheon will be May 17th, same time, same place. Bomber Hugs, -Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Darlene Napora Shuley ('69) Maren - I tried to send this reply to Joanne directly, but it was bounced back as spam, so I guess I will put it in the Sandstorm... To: Joanne Boyd ('67) Re: Things to do in Austin, TX Joanne, So sorry to hear about the American Airlines mess... what a hassle! I hope you have a wonderful visit with your son to make up for it! You are just hitting the tail end of the wildflower season, but I spent most of the week at Texas A&M (College Station) and the bluebonnets etc. around Bastrop, TX are still gorgeous! If you go through Bastrop on 71 and then turn left on 21 (& the next right heading toward Bryan), the piney woods around Lake Bastrop are a lovely part of Texas to see plus you could take along a picnic lunch. If you prefer a pricier lunch, there is the Lost Pines Resort just before you hit Bastrop although this area is not as forested as around the lake. Instead of rambling on about stuff, I will send you a list of indoor and outdoor activities in & around Austin that you might like? Hamilton Pool Preserve 9-6 daily (512) 264-2740 Texas History Museum & State Capitol Lyndon Baines Johnson Library (512) 721-0200 Laguna Gloria (512) 495-9224 Tours, sat-sun 2:00pm Broken Spoke (512) 442-6189 Live music dance hall Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Ctr (512) 292-4100 Tues-sun 9am-5:30pm Texas Governor's Mansion (512) 463-5516 Tours mon-thurs 10am to noon Mount Bonnell Steps to the top, fantastic views Matt's El Rancho Fresh, inexpensive Mexican Food Zilker Gardens Beautiful to walk around BBQ I recommend Rudy's (gas station type) or County Lin (nicer)! My son works for Capital Sports & Entertainment, but says there is nothing big going on this weekend with the music venues etc. If you decide to drive to San Antonio, their Zoo is great, the Alamo, river walk & little boat tour are nice too. On the way there, you could take in the Natural Bridge Caverns which my folks told me were as nice as Carlsbad, but not as big. Anyway, I hope that you have a wonderful time in Austin. -Darlene Napora Shuley ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic Marshall ('71) Re: David Standley ('72) In response to Gary Behymer's ('64) entry yesterday about the '69 Warrior yearbook. Last I heard, Dave Standley STILL lives in the house he grew up in on Kimball in Richland. My sister, Connie ('74) and her family lived next to him years ago and I am about 98% certain he is still there. To be honest, I doubt if he really cares about getting the annual back. I remember Dave had quite the lawn mowing operation back in high school. He had a pickup and a small gas mower and worked from sunup to sundown six days a week in the summer. He was very industrious and a heck an outdoorsman. I think he became a welder and has been out in the area ever since. -Vic Marshall ('71) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/13/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Peter Beaulieu ('62), George Barnett ('63) Roy Ballard ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave Fowler ('76) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Peter Beaulieu ('62) A friend has written a concise book related to the home town of all of us: "America's Nuclear Wastelands: Politics, Accountability and Cleanup" by Max Singleton Power (Pullman, WA: WSU Press, March 2008). What do you do with when nuclear residue with a half-life of tens of thousands of years collides with Indian treaty rights and a federal budget cycle with a half-life of only two years? And who is you? Max brings it all together, and he writes in simple and colorful terms (concealing his background as a National Merit/Rhodes/Fulbright/Danforth Scholar). Until recently Max was senior policy advisory for the Nuclear Waste Program in Olympia. Here is a quick, balanced and very reader friendly take on Hanford's permanent mark in history. I recommend it. -Peter Beaulieu ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George Barnett ('63) Re: John Adkins' ('62) "Flying" photos I see you caught a photo of our old farm along the Yakima River in the photos yesterday (4/12/08) The very top of the photo shows the old farm house, the barn and the slough where it follows around below the irrigation ditch. I see a new house (nice one too) along the river at the end of Pederson Road, right next to the old Hennigar place. Then Kenny ('61?) and Eric ('66?) Pedersons' old house is just up the road from this. At the very top of the photo is Jim Nyland's ('63) house and Jim Demand's ('61) house. Also along the river to the lower left was the O'Conner ('61-RIP) house. Big changes but lots of old memories all over in that photo. When John Adkins snapped this photo, I'll bet he had no idea how many homes of "old Bombers" would be included. This photo was about 1/4 mile down stream from the Twin Bridges. -George Barnett ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roy Ballard ('63) Re: Dirt Roads -Roy Ballard ('63) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/14/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Cathy Geier ('66) Fran Teeple ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave Brusie ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Robin Corley ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Cathy Geier ('66) Good Morning Everyone, Yesterday I attended the Seeds of Compassion event in the Qwest Field. I haven't read the paper yet, so I am unsure how many people attended. The free ticket which I was sent only gave me admittance to a lecture for an hour. By the time the crowds were dealt with my 'session' was over. I entered the main area and gathered information from many groups.. all working with children, literacy, poverty-eradication, families and compassion.. it was wonderful for me. Since my ticket would not allow me into the main event I went back outside to figure things out and HOORAY! A representative from a Women's Leadership Group had extra tickets! She gave me one and of course invited me to join their group. I might, they are in Tacoma however. I rushed in and up all the ramps for a very high level seat! Way up in the air! I sat alone for awhile watching crowds, clouds, wondering about the rejection letter I had just received from Seattle School District just before I left. It was a hard thing to get as the verbal promise of hiring had hurried my move to Seattle. A group member arrived. We enjoyed the event together. She had lived in Richland for 6 months when her husband worked there and is more a city-type person .. like me, so we got along quite well. We both clapped nonstop during the opening drum performance. Later I prepared to take the bus home. I went into the Starbucks by the bus stop and used the coffee card I had won for stringing so many bracelets for the event to buy lunch! Curry chicken salad! Gotta love Seattle.. we are ethnic everywhere. All day I had tried to live in peace about the Seattle rejection. In a short article in the Seattle Times I found the reason... another major money shortfall.. hiring frozen. I had honestly felt that that might happen and when the computer system could not use the incorrectly sent user name for me.. I had a glimmer that all might not go as well as the personnel folks had assured me. I had remained patient.. waiting for the personnel rep whom I know personally from my last life in Seattle to have time to fix the problem. Although he reassigned me a new number.. it was 5 weeks later and although my application was submitted it went into internet land and the rep who hired substitutes was sick! Thank goodness I am working for Highline and still Richland and have plans to complete other teaching applications! I am coming to Richland this coming weekend and will have some things which will need to be given away or moved. Major unknowns.. except that I am coming to clean up stuff and if you need things or wish to purchase anything.. I have purchased many survival items n Seattle.. books, clothing, towels.. planters.. tables.. normal things are for sale to fund my trip and move to Seattle. I'll keep you posted. Take care everyone.. -Cathy Geier ('66) ~ from sunny Seattle **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Fran Teeple ('68) Re: Roy Ballard ('63) Dirt Roads As Lily Tomlin's Little Girl character [Edith Ann] would have said "...and that's the truth! Pbsslssssssst!" Thanks for sending it in. -Fran Teeple ('68) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/15/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Alan Lobdell ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sandy Carpenter ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cindy DeHart ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Those pictures John Adkins ('62) took reminded me of when Bob Rector ('62) took Rev. Mel Finkbeiner up in his flying machine a few years ago. I happened to be visiting the Finkbeiners at the time and it was a highlight in his long life. May it continue, as he has blessed and helped many along the way. I probably would have felt completely depressed had he not consented to do my dad's funeral in 1999. He and his wife of over 65 years are now in a retirement facility in the Des Moines area, and they are over 90 I'd say it is a welcome reward for them to be there with all their faculties as they are blessed to have. I saw them last summer and they didn't even mention this as a possibility, and then I wrote to say I hoped to drop by on my quick trip in early April, and Rev. Mel wrote to say they had sold their house in Richland, and moved back over to the other side of the mountains. I hate to be unloyal but I'd love to live anywhere in Washington state, but as I look out our friend's view of the Pudget sound and the Olympics sometimes, I keep liking that view more and more. I do like my winter view of the Ohio River here... too... Well, there is much to do here, so it's back to organizing... even as a Christian, it helps to be organized... -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ Grandview, IN where it is about 50 and overcast. We were taking some youth to the Evansville zoo yesterday until it was forecast to not get above 45 and they were right with a little rain thrown in, but spring is in the air, I can feel it and the birds certainly can, they are all so busy.... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Lobdell ('69) This Thursday April 17th I am flying to Savannah, GA to help my son move back out here. He finished his degree in computer animation and is working on a film that will be in several film festivals either later this year or early next. We will be driving across the southern part of the country and are planning to stop at a few places like the Arkansas Diamond Park and other places. Anyone have any interesting spots to visit along the way? We will be going through Texas over toward San Diego and LA then up the Napa valley cutting across to 101 once in northern California. I-10 is the route we will be taking most of the way across. -Alan Lobdell ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/16/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Joretta Garrison ('58) David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ken Ely ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barbara Cole ('50) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tony Sharpe ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Greg Jochen ('76) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sue Pritchett, aka Joretta Garrison ('58) Class of '58 planning will continue for our 50th Reunion to be held in September. We'll meet on Tuesday evening, April 22, in the Lounge at the Richland Community Center. -Sue Pritchett, aka Joretta Garrison ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Big Kid Birthday Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party... No I think that's from typing class... kinda like the big brown dog or the fox or something... asdfjkl; but this is way more important than that... this is a birthday... not just any birthday but a Big Bomber Kid Birthday... this is one of those guys that digs anything Bomber... a guy like me... mention Bombers and he's there... course he is much older than I and I am only allowed to join him at the big kid's table so long as I don't spill my milk... Did I say he's an ultimate Bomber... I am sure he will relate to this story that happened to me just the other day... I got a BIG box in the mail... a Bankers Box... well I knew I hadn't ordered anything lately from eBay... at least nothing that would require such a large box... I should have recognized the hand writing on the label right away and the return address would have been a huge clue... but I didn't even notice the beautiful lettering... the kind a draftsman would use... the kind one of my best buds has used since we were in Jr Hi all the way up to now that he's a big time Architect... so anyway, I opened the box and there was a perfect set of jack stands... the kind guys made in auto shop... not that I took auto shop... I only took shop once in Jr Hi and found that they actually expected you to make something with your time... plus it was all guys... school is for falling in love with the girl across the room and for day dreaming and important stuff like that... besides the teacher (Mr. Sour ?) was not the least bit impressed with my funky ugly letter opener and my half finished lamp... so I avoided any class that placed results over fake efforts (funny how my view of such things has drastically changed over the years... but I still think I would prefer falling in love with the girl across the room to many other things)... I think I lost touch with the subject of this entry... oh yeah... well in the box with the jack stands was a note from our own Brian Lee Johnson ("Beej" '65)... in the same impeccable hand explaining that he was sure that only I could appreciate such a Bomber find... a set of Jack stands made by either Phillip Phillip ('65) or Mike Jennings ('64 RIP) and given to Beej in 1964! Well you can well imagine my joy... too bad they were too heavy to hang on the wall... so the birthday boy is just such a Bomber as I... one who loves Bomberdom and a guy I am proud to call friend... HAPPY BIRTHDAY Tony Sharpe ('63) on the 16th of March!!!!!!!!!! see ya in September, Tony! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Ronald Ewing ('65) ~ 4/12/47 4/9/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/17/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Bell ('51), Janet Martin ('53) Lenora Hughes ('55), Rick Maddy ('67) Sharon Popp ('67), Darlene Napora ('69) Peter Turping ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Keith Maupin ('47) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Jones ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bob Thomas ('64wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Vach ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shari Napora ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Jane Smith ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tim Jochen ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: "Jumbo" & "Wig" Davis ('82) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) This is just a reminder that the EASY SWING BAND will play for the Richland Seniors Association's All-Ages Dance Friday, April 18th from 1:00 to 4:00. Tickets are $4 at the door and pre-packaged finger foods are welcome but not required. Hope to see you there! -Betty Bell Norton ('51) ~ Richland with its changeable weather! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Janet Martin Rasmussen ('53) Re: Fashion Show at Community Center in Richland Just read entry concerning Fashion Show on April 12th at the Community Center. Wanted to let all know that the owner of Sagebrush Old West, who furnished some of the outfits, is my daughter Kim Raabe of Kennewick. She loves to put on these shows and tries very hard to entertain everyone. This year she asked her friend Eli Barzi, 2007 Western Music Female Vocalist of the Year, and her husband, to perform for the event. They were very gracious to do so. I hope all enjoyed them as they are Marvelous entertainers. Just had to brag a little. -Janet Martin Rasmussen ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) We had our Las Vegas luncheon on the 12th of April and as usual, it was so much fun. I took some photos but some didn't turn out that great--way too dark--so most likely won't send any of them along. Don't want to put photos of some who came and not others. In attendance were the following: Roberta "Robbi" Hill Karcher ('49), Nancy Moore ('70), Jim Nelligan ('50) and Ginny Nelligan (NAB), Duke Smith ('50) and Daisy Clark Smith ('54), Raymond Kelly ('63), Bonnie Steeber Frasca ('57), Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) and Bob Bejarano (NAB). It was such a delight to have Bonnie join us. We timed it right this time so that she could attend. Our next luncheon will be in June and I am hoping that it turns out to be even better. I think that it will. I will let everyone know all the particulars on that one in plenty of time. Bomber Cheers! -Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) ~ Las Vegas, NV where it is very windy. Don't care much for this wind but I sure would love some rain. Temperature only supposed to be in the upper 60s today and that is good. Heat is just around the corner!!! Bah-Humbug!!!!!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) To: Fred Phillips ('60) Got the phone book on CD. Very generous of you, Fred. Thank you very much!! To: Alan Lobdell ('69) I've driven the 10 [I-10] across the US out of Biloxi, MS coming into it from Ohio... headed to CA. The mile Post 998 as I came into Texas was a bit much. The Alamo at San Antonio is special. Buying small jars of pickled quail eggs, red or white, at the local freeway gas station was a gas. Frying rabbit ear cactus in virgin olive oil for dinner outside Van Horn was special. And driving through El Paso/Juarez where half of the cowboys that just robbed a bank tried to get to was interesting... to say the least, and one of the many times I wished I listened up in the Spanish class. Tombstone southeast of Tucson was the usual theme town America, a disappointment, and particularly after finding out the town burned down in 1910 and the Earps were long gone. And by the time I hit the beach headed home I knew what a Zip's French fry felt like. This time of year will be cooler. Given time, you can side track off the 10 for a little drive into the Davis Mountains where the Buffalo Soldiers had a fort. If I had had my choice of being a Buffalo Soldier in TX or a Marine in Vietnam, I would still choose Vietnam. I crept through Phoenix in 114 heat in work traffic. I try staying out of huge cities. I like the little ones. I would have stopped in Palm Springs for a round of golf, but don't play the game. No fun in ten putting anyway. Both the 10 and 40 this time of year can present some interesting fears of nature. Personally, and only because no matter which way you go, you have to get through the great Western United States which one cannot truly appreciate until they have driven it, I prefer the 40. Several options out of Savannah.. obviously. I would make my way from Savannah to Memphis. But, I would imagine you are headed into Jacksonville, FL and catching the 10 there(?). Mobile, AL stop in a Burger King and muck muck on a pile of grits with that breakfast menu. In Biloxi grab a bottle of crab boil and a pile of crawfish, roll the eyes back and enjoy. If you go Memphis, TN route, go to Beale Street. Drive down the street a bit farther and go visit Elvis too. But BBQ on Beale Street was my m.o. there. Then to Little Rock, and take a gander at Little Rock High School (LRHS) and then go get some more BBQ. I thought Carmichael Junior High was "The Rock" until I visited LRHS. To the Arkansas Diamond Park.. from the park, instead of going south into Texas and the 10, go northwest to OKC to the 40. In Oklahoma you can buy Native American souvenirs about every three miles. The billboards will get in the way of viewing any scenery there, but for some folks, the question is "what's to see?" Check out the huge Christian cross just outside Amarillo coming into town. I sent a pic of that to the Alumni Sandstorm once. Incredible in size and scope. A Texas sized Christian cross, to say the least. Seeing this cross coming from the East, you will realize you have escaped the Bible Belt with your life and it is pretty much safe sailing from there. In AZ, and not having a ton of time for exploring, go to Old Town (most cities have this town don't they?) Albuquerque and get some Tex- Mex, or is it Mex-Tex. Moving on, get off the freeway and drive through (Standing on a corner in) Winslow, AZ (I believe it was the Eagles, the band, that made this town famous)... and Route 66, of course. There are a couple of coffee shops right-smack- middle-can't-miss-it downtown, souvenir shops, you will know it when you see it and just stand on a corner and take it all in. Just west of Winslow go to Meteor Crater. Don't miss this. Easy in and out. The movie "Starman" was filmed here. Awesome sight. $10 to get in, but since I was a veteran it cost me $9.50.. something like that. Flagstaff. I love Flagstaff in the Spring and Fall. Go downtown and take a stroll. Wonderful dated brick town. Old feel because as the West dated goes, it is. Have lunch or dinner. And the elevation will cool you off... FINALLY... well, it does in July and August. The 40 is old Route 66 Elk City, Seligman, Kingman, Barstow... small, interesting museums all the way. I imagine you will come into Los Angeles through Victorville and then get out of LA as fast as possible. Just north of LA get on the 101, however you can, and head through Ventura all the way to Lincoln City, OR and home. 101 is the best. The 5, 97 and 395 have their moments, but the 101 from LA to Aberdeen is without a doubt one of the greatest drives on planet earth. -Rick Maddy ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sharon Popp Wise ('67) To: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) Re: Spudnuts I posted information earlier for a repeat of the Travel Channel's show which included our very own Spudnut Shop. "Donut Paradise", April 20, 9am Eastern/Pacific I just set up my satellite DVR to record the program and even though I'm in the Pacific time zone, my Travel Channel comes from the east coast and the show will be on at 6am!!! Check your local listing as the time may be different depending on your cable system or satellite. To: Jay Siegel ('61) Re: Larry Coryell ('61) Thanks for the information on Larry's upcoming performance. My husband and I really enjoyed watching him at Jazz Alley last year. Your posting only mentioned June 25th. The Jazz Alley website shows he will be there June 25-29; this may give fellow Bombers more opportunities to attend. -Sharon Popp Wise ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Darlene Napora Shuley ('69) To: Sharon Napora Bennett ('67) "Hi" and "Happy Birthday" to my sister Shari! I couldn't have asked for a more wonderful big Sis... -Darlene Napora Shuley ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Peter Turping ('70) Re: Ron Ewing ('65-RIP) I had the pleasure of working with Ron Ewing for a number of years with Boeing and Lockheed Martin (both had the IT contract on the Hanford site). He was a huge help to me in the finance group when I came to work at Boeing in 1991. He was fun, even tempered and always willing to spend time helping anybody get things done. He left Lockheed Martin in 2003 with early onset of Alzheimer's. His funeral on Tuesday was a wonderful celebration of his life. He spent time in the Navy, was active in amateur radio emergency response, enjoyed tinkering with computers and always treasured the windy days to fly one of his many kites. He is survived by his wife Gloria among others. His obit was in the Tri-City Herald on Monday, April 14th. On the front of the Life Section on that day was an article, "Go fly a kite" with a colorful picture of a kite... now what are the chances of that. -Peter Turping ('70) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/18/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Bell ('51), Bill Witherup ('53) Curt Donahue ('53), Patti Jones ('60) Carol Converse ('64), Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jane Walker ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Debbie Cone ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gilbert Blankenship ('81) TODAY IN HISTORY: Listen, my children, and you shall hear Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, On the EIGHTEENTH OF APRIL, in '75; Hardly a man is now alive Who remembers that famous day and year.... Paul Revere's Ride -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) To: Janet Martin Rasmussen ('53) Janet, I worked on the "Fashion Through the Ages" Fashion Show on Saturday April 12, as well as the one last year. Kim does a fantastic job! Last year two of my granddaughters modeled - Reanna modeled my 1950 prom dress and her sister, Beth, modeled my 1954 wedding dress. This year they were tied up elsewhere so a lovely young lady modeled both of them. I want to find out her name so I can send her pictures of her in the two dresses. It was a fun afternoon! -Betty Bell Norton ('51) ~ in cool Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Witherup ('53) Re: Research help I am researching labor unions at Hanford 1944 - present. Any of you Richland-Hanford scholars suggest a website or link? I can't seem to find one. 'Preshate, if so. -Bill Witherup ('53, and still fogging the mirror.) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Curt Donahue ('53) To: Fred Phillips ('60) Re: Richland telephone book CD It has been great fun "paging" through the old phone book. Thanks for making it available. -Curt Donahue ('53) ~ Federal Way, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: All Bomber Luncheon - Richland April's luncheon Being April it did not shower instead the temperatures reached into the upper 70s. The temperature was definitely hot inside JD's. Not because of the heat but the hot conversations going on. What a surprise with the good weather to have about our normal size group. My apologies amongst the fun that I forgot birthdays. Bomber's are given a piece of homemade pie on their birthday by JD's diner and Happy Birthday sang by Missy Keeney ('59) who could not attend this time. I know birthday was Kaylene Henjum Livingston's ('60) husband Herm. Happy Birthday Herm. In attendance were: Kaylene and Herm as I have already mentioned. During introductions it became Herm's turn. He explained to everyone what he had been through to end up with heart surgery. The group with all there compassion let him know how courageous he has been. What a will to live Herm. Peg Sheeran ('63) was here from Omak and was joined for the luncheon by her sister Katie ('61) (Katie is as chatty as ever. Always fun stories). Some stories were told about their being Aunts to Alaska's Governor Sarah Palin. During introductions Peg sang her song from the play she was in in Omak. What a hoot! Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) made it to the luncheon after a week with grand kids. Who says were getting older? We have grand kids to keep us young. Lorin St. John ('55) and Burt Pierard ('59) the new team doing the refacing of the Richland Theater. Burt talked about what is being done and was asking for more help. I know from Glen's wife Carol (NAB) that Glen Rose ('58) returned from his vacation and they are helping Lorin and Burt every day. Anyone who has time to give a hand show up or email Burt. Walt Wendland ('55) told stories about his time of being a cop. Dave Rhodes ('52) stood up to introduce himself, turned to me as if to ask how long he could talk. Dave is quite a talker attending most of the luncheons over the past 2 years and 9 months. Finally (just kidding) limited him to 10 minutes. He and his wife Alice ('57 Colville High School) are moving into their new home. Big excitement and down sizing. Asked Dave to tell another story of his cowboy days which he did. Marilyn "Em" DeVine ('52) returned from being in Yuma, AZ with Gus Keeney ('57) recently. Gus is on his way back up to Richland and hopefully will be attending the next luncheon. Fred Klute ('58), forgive me Fred you were so far at the end of the table I couldn't quite hear you. Gale Charles ('65) was in attendance for the first time. Had lots to say. As we conversed he said, he knew my sister Nina Jones Rowe ('65), asked me to say hello to you Nina. Pat Doriss Trimble ('65) was immersed most of the luncheon with the Aunts, Kaylene and who else was sitting around them. Liz Trujillo Cooper ('70) talked about her family of Bomber siblings (She is the sister of Ernie Trujillo ('59). Being so much younger they would not allow her to be involved. I think many Bombers who have older siblings can relate? When I started the introductions I made my great, proud grandmother announcement. My grand daughter Samantha has been excepted by Whitworth in Spokane. She tried out for Cheerleader a couple of weeks ago and made the team. Any Bombers who have attended Whitworth or live near I would like to hear from you about the school. I do not know much about the school. Have been into their website. Looking forward to being there for a weekend in the fall. Thanks to all for contributing to another joyous Bomber luncheon. Looking forward to the next luncheon on May 10th. To: John Adkins ('62) Re: Your Richland flight. I live right off Bombing Range road near the ball fields. On the phone with a friend I interrupted her to let her know that out my living room window coming right at me, I was watching a parachute. Could not see a person. As it got closer I told her that it looked like there was some kind of contraption below the parachute. Not ever seeing one before I was tickled with what will some one think of next. The parachute was beautiful with all of it's vibrant colors. Had no idea it belong to a Bomber, and another Bomber was aboard. Thanks for all the description of your trip on the buggy the next day in the Sandstorm John. What a ride and show. -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA where people do walk the streets. The children ride bicycles, skate board and walk together. Cold temperatures on us again by the weekend. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) To: Fred Phillips ('60) Also got you CD of the Richland phone book. Thanks. To: Alan Lobdell ('69) Re: Trip Wow, Rick Maddy ('67) sure made a very interesting read of going across the US. He said it right about Highway 101 being a great drive. I'm a bit biased though. Living in Eureka, CA, 101 goes right through town. This time of year is great, though, as it's very green all up and down the coast. It's still really cool so you won't have to worry about the weather. I can't remember when you said that you were going on your trip. There are several places to stop and view the ocean. You will want to drive through the Avenue of the Giants. That's part of the original 101 highway. It's awesome to see the HUGE trees. It's about 25 miles through that section and also about an hour south of Eureka. To: Sharon Popp Wise ('67) Re: Spudnuts Thanks for the update on the show. I did make a note of the next show and have it next to the TV so that I can remember. We will be recording it as well. It's too close to church time. I will be sure to check to time, as I never thought about it coming from the East Coast time. I'd really been disappointed to miss it again! -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA where it's cold! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) Re: Things I need, please To: Fred Phillips ('60) Hi, Fred. The day you wrote to the Sandstorm, offering to send the old Richland phone book on CD, I wrote you e-mail requesting one, but I didn't hear back. Then I saw (but lost) a different e-mail address for you for requesting the phone book on CD. Still want one. Could you repost that 2nd address? Thanks! To: Whoever out there has the info: Could you repost the links for 1. Obtaining my Dad's records from work at Hanford 2. Filing claims for compensation for workers who died of cancer Thanks so much! -Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) ~ Haven Farm, ID ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/19/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Lenora Hughes ('55), Bernie Qualheim ('56) Gary Behymer ('64), David Rivers ('65) Cathy Geier ('66), Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Laurel Nielsen ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lila Jenne ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Lloyd & Linda Swain ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mark Rohrbacher ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Peg Wellman ('66) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Jeff Larsen & Barbara Gile ('67) TODAY IN HISTORY 1775 American Revolution began 1971 Charles Manson sentenced to life 1993 Waco 1995 Oklahoma City **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) Happy Birthday Maren, I want to thank you for all you do for our Bomber "family". You are a blessing to each of us. May you have many, many more birthdays and may all of them be totally terrific!!!! -Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bernie Qualheim ('56) I think some might enjoy this site!! -Bernie Qualheim ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Somewhere near RedTail Ridge in Colfax... -Gary Behymer ('64) ~ Somewhere near RedTail Ridge in Colfax, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) HB Chickie-Baby In school... maybe sophomore year, I remember looking at the year book and thinking I knew every single kid in my class... I'll bet many of you felt the same. At R2K, I was pleasantly surprised to see that I knew a ton of kids from many classes... One thing sure tho... I didn't know everyone from every class... now, 8 years later, I know way more kids and have met way more kids than I knew in 2000. Still don't know everyone (no matter what Terry Davis ('65) or Jimbeaux ('63) say)... But there is one kid... one very special Bomber-Babe... kind a like Little Egypt of Coasters fame... got some a them there tattoos... but not as big as Texas and it sure doesn't say "Phoenix Arizona 1949"... but she does have a couple... one a the best Bomber tats around... now as I was saying... there is one Bomber-Babe that knows a whole whole whole bunch a Bombers and almost every Bomber around knows her... she is by all accounts the most known and most knowing Bomber there is... OK... I know... Rex Davis ('49... was he in Phoenix?) does know a lotta Bombers and so maybe he gets the award for knowing the most for the longest... but it's not his birthday and no matter how young and well kept he is... he sure ain't no Bomber-Babe... this girl is loved by all... she is maybe the most Bomber-spirited person I know... put's number 32 ('63) and me to shame... she is the glue that holds us all together and the bestex in the world... and her birthday is on April 19th... (I recall something about Mt St Helens or the Chicago fire... or maybe the SF Earthquake happening one year just in her honor)... if ya ain't guessed by now... It is Maren Smyth's ('63-'64)special day... HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Cathy Geier ('66) Hi Everyone, I am finally sorting out my thoughts re the Seeds of Compassion event which occurred last weekend and on into the week. I attended 3 days: the main event seeing the Dali Lama on Saturday... was astounding and wonderful. I am always in awe and humble at the immense effort to coordinate such an event as this in Seattle. Everything went smoothly. People were very peaceful. The interesting thing which mews media told us about... that day in particular after the Dali Lama... there was a sold out professional hockey game and the downtown area was to be flooded all day with over 60,000 people. There were no traffic problems!! OK for me at least. i took the bus each way. No big snarls which I could see. I attended workshops Sunday and Monday which were outstanding. I am interested in ways to work with children to prevent violence and to nurture their capabilities to be creative and whole people thus contributing to their capabilities to academic excellence in their areas. I attended Nonviolent Communication.. always excellent information and techniques Teaching UNICEF... they have free downloadable curriculums OSPI's ReneeAnn - Your Life is Your Art... wonderful and inspiring Getting out of Gangs - very moving Anti-Bullying... good and spent some time talking to many program providers and idea people. I will be sending some info to Richland Schools as part of my committee member work for the Safety Committee and to the TCH as well. I also provided a few folks with resumes. I am very interested in several cultural exchange programs which I gathered information on. Bridges, UNICEF, the Happiness Project. More later -Cathy Geier ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Happy birthday to the "queen of the Alumni Sandstorm". Maren, may you have many, many more. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where we may have some white stuff come Saturday ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/20/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Bill Berlin ('56), Tom Verellen ('60) Mary Ann Vosse ('63), Betti Avant ('69) Kathy Thornton ('71) and Janeen Thornton ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Trevor Alan Smith (HHS'94) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chuck Shipman ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Maren Happy Birthday for all you do. The Sandstorm is really a labour of love that we all enjoy. Re: Winter Don't know about you but I have 3" of snow on my deck and yard this morning. Dude, it is APRIL 19th for crying out loud. Where is Al Gore and his global warming hype. This is the latest in the history of our area, and maybe of all lowland Washington, that we have had snow. Whilst it is beautiful and I took my Christmas tree down to soon, they have had to cancel the Tulip Run, a bunch of high school baseball games, a track meet, a Fly-In locally and a lot of stuff. The biggest question will be if there is any damage to the Tulips and Daffodils that are now in full bloom in the Skagit Valley and this is more than just a dusting of snow. By the way, attendance at the Tulip Festival is usually around 300,000 and 350,000 but they think that because it has been so cold and overcast this year that it might not hit 100,000 and about a third of that came on our one sunny warm day last Saturday (78F). Was that day our summer? Stay tuned. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ Anacortes, WA and looking for my snow shovel that I put away early in March. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) To: Ground Hog Say what, snow on April 19th? It is supposed to be "Spring" here in near Lacey. I refuse to mow the lawn in the snow, I just won't do it! To: Rick Maddy ('67) I think that is the nicest thing I have ever heard anyone say about Van Horn, Texas. On my recent trip through that part of the world in early March I was more impressed with the snow blowing sideway (from left to right going to San Antonio) and the wind chill was something to behold. Just look at what it did to the gentle rolling hills of West Texas. Will it ever be the same again? To: Bernie Qualheim ('56) I didn't see the car that I drove back then so here is a photo of it without tires. (Actually I'm not real sure exactly what brand of car this is/was maybe a '53 Packard.) -Tom Verellen ('60) ~ Snowbound in near Lacey, WA at nap time. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Ann Vosse Hirst ('63) To: Bernie Qualheim ('56) I want to thank you, Bernie, for the link to the Cars We Drove site. Sure did bring back a lot of memories. I kept thinking about my husband Paul's ('63-RIP) car in high school - a 1952 Ford convertible, painted Ice Blue (that was the actual name of the paint - don't ask me how I remember that!) which he fixed up as much as a high school guy's job would allow him to. Loved that car, and when he called me up the first year of college and told me he sold it, I actually cried. A lot of sweet, young love memories there (and no, I'm not talking about parking, although there was a bit of that, too!) -Mary Ann Vosse Hirst ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: baby boy Here's a blurb from this morning's paper. [AK] Gov. Sarah Palin has given birth one month early to her 5th child a son named Trig Paxson Van Palin. He was born at 6:30am Friday. He weighed in at 6# 2oz. She went into labor Thursday while at a governors' meeting in Texas. Her contractions let up long enough for her to fly home so the baby could be born in Alaska. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where on Saturday morning we are getting the snow they predicated for Friday night but later it's supposed to rain with possible thunderstorms **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kathy Thornton Burton ('71) & Janeen Thornton Dabling ('73) Re: Benefit Dinner for Bomber We will be hosting a benefit Spaghetti dinner for fellow Bomber Denise Heidelberg Rowe ('71). She recently had surgery and will be off work for 6 - 8 weeks recovering. She doesn't receive any benefits through her job as a beautician so the time off will be hard on her financially. Please join us in supporting a fellow Bomber in a time of need. WHEN: Saturday, May 3rd, 5-7 pm WHERE: Richland Moose Lodge, 5828 W. Van Giesen, West Richland COST:: $5.00 -Kathy Thornton Burton ('71) & Janeen Thornton Dabling ('73) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/21/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Bill Hightower ('49), Fred Phillips ('60) Tom Verellen ('60), Donna Bowers ('63) Ray Kelly ('63), Ron Richards ('63) Cathy Geier ('66), Scott Belcher ('82) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bonnie Allen ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Katie Sheeran ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Hightower ('49) To: Tom Verellen (`60) Hi Tom, I thought I recognized that car. I always wondered what happened to it. GOOGLE 1948 Buick Roadmaster Sedanette Fastback. Looks like it hasn't faired too well over the years. -Bill Hightower ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Fred Phillips ('60) Re: 1956 Richland Phone Book So far, a lot of folks have asked for the 1956 phone book. It's still available, and if you want one just send an email with your name and address to There is no charge, but if you like what you get feel free to send a few extra bucks to Maren to support the Sandstorm. To: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) Apparently I didn't receive your earlier email. Just send me your mailing address again, and you'll be enjoying the phone book in a day or two. -Fred Phillips ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) Re: Cool looking though. To: Rick Maddy ('67) When I drove through West Texas in March it was so cold it had a profound unexpected effect. In my defense it was a very long drive. -Tom Verellen ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Bowers Rice (Gold Medal Class of '63) To everyone who thinks global warming means only hotter temps: you need the read Al Gore's book, EARTH IN THE BALANCE. Global warming means many abnormal weather patterns, some sustained and others freakish in nature. Hope that helps people understand more. We have had our share of very cold spring weather and a long winter here in St. Louis. We, like you, are really ready for the warmth of Spring and hope we don't go immediately to our long, hot summers. I keep tabs on Western Washington weather, as I call my Mom daily and it seems that this year it has been mainly cold and/or rainy. We wish you sunshine and flowers (especially for the Mt. Vernon Tulip Festival). Sincerely, -Donna Bowers Rice (Gold Medal Class of '63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray Kelly ('63) To: Tom Verellen ('60) The car in the picture looks like a 1948 Buick. My dad used to have one. I could be wrong about the year since the '47 through '49s were similar. From the grill, it doesn't look like it could be a '53 Packard or a '48 Olds or Pontiac. See the following images of '48 Buicks: Yahoo search results -Ray Kelly ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ron Richards ('63) Re: Spring In Port Angeles, WA I thought that some of you Bombers who were sweltering in the heat of the Southwest today might appreciate what we woke up to in Port Angeles today. -Ron Richards ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Cathy Geier ('66) Hi Everyone, From Wallingford where it snowed and then the sun came out all day yesterday. I can see snow on the foot hills everywhere from here. My friend in Monroe just called with 6 inches of snow. Thank goodness I bought enough sweaters from Goodwill these past few months. I am still sorting through materials which I got from the Seeds of Compassion resource fair and work shops. I sent a brief note to Richland for the school safety committee and also to the Tri-City Herald. The publisher sent me copies of the letters which had been printed in the TCH recently from the Community Conversations group which I had been selected to participate in but got notice too late to change my schedule over here. I was particularly impressed with how the RHS principal expressed himself. I never had a chance to substitute there, but had asked Debby Hickey to add high school to my possibilities and then ended up over here. As Highline schools have a very different socio-economic situation than Richland for the most part, I hesitate to work in high school in here at this time. How is everyone in Bellingham and farther north with snow? If you are a teacher or have a relative working as a teacher please feel free to contact me about the bullying prevention materials I have gathered. My next project which dovetails in with this is that I have been offered a chance to represent substitute teachers in Highline with HEA. I am also a member of the WEA Peace and Justice caucus and may take some leadership with this. I love leadership.. sorry folks.. none o this was available to me in Richland recently and I am flying right now. Love my childhood and the wonderful educational benefits which we received, but I need to be out of the nest with brief return visits. -Cathy Geier ('66) ~ from cloudy low skies in Seattle **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Scott Belcher ('82) Happy 45th Anniversary to Phil and Teresa Belcher. Their kids will be hosting an open house this Saturday, April 26, 2008 from Noon until 4 PM at the Shilo Inn in Richland. Please stop by and help us celebrate. -Scott Belcher ('82) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/22/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Joretta Garrison ('58), Tom Verellen ('60) Maren Smyth ('63 & '64), Carol Converse ('64) Liz Trujillo ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ellen Weihermiller ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy Metz ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Meg Cone ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sue Pritchett, aka Joretta Garrison ('58) REMINDER: Planning meeting for Class of 1958's 50th Reunion tonight (4/22/08) at the Richland Community Center. 7pm in the Lounge. -Sue Pritchett, aka Joretta Garrison ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) For any collectors or historical types; I have recently gotten approximately ten issues of weekend supplements for the Spokesman-Review that are in fairly good condition. They are about "the project" and dated from 1946 and '48. I can't keep them around because of allergies and I don't have a good place to store them here of the wet side of the state. Anybody wants them e-mail me and I'll send them to you. -Tom Verellen ('60) ~ snow is mostly gone but it is still a little cool in near Lacey, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From: Maren Smyth '63 & '64 Re: Alaska's new "First Baby" Re: Global Warming OK. I published something from Donna Bowers Rice ('63) in the 4/20/08 Alumni Sandstorm about Global Warming and have been informed by more than one Bomber that Global Warming is a POLITICAL issue. Who knew? So, since it's political, I'm putting it all in THE SANDBOX Donna's 4/20/08 Alumni Sandstorm entry: 4/22/08 - 3 entries on Global Warming: Bomber cheers, -Maren Smyth '63 & '64 ~ Gretna, LA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) Re: Weather Funny, Donna Bowers Rice ('63) about what you mentioned that global warming causes weird weather. Someone at church yesterday, mentioned that global warming can make the temperature lots cooler than we are used to. Its been very cold here in Eureka this winter and spring is no where to be found. Was chatting on the computer with my son yesterday and he mentioned that when he left Spokane, it was snowing. Sounds like the whole state got snow. We've had snow this past weekend in the mountains. It looks really pretty. Loved the picture that you sent in, Ron Richards ('63), of Port Angeles. I've saved it so that I can put it on my desktop some future time. -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of "64) ~ Eureka, CA where we are in the grips of old man winter also. Sure wish that I could exchange temps. with you, Linda. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Liz Trujillo Cooper ('70) Maren, I just want to thank you for all the work you do for the rest of us Bombers. My brother Richard Trujillo ('62) was always telling to read the site and how informative it is. I really enjoy the stories. It reminds of what wondrous, fun times we had in a simpler world. Re: Patti Jones Aherns ('60) Bomber Luncheon Entry I just to say thanks to all the wonderful girls of the late '50s and early '60s that knew my brother Ernie Trujillo ('59) and were so kind to give me donuts and cookies at all the bakeries. There are some benefits to having a popular older brother. For those of you who dont know Ernie, he was a cheerleader and Tolo King in '59. Those were some great times. I remember many of his friends, Dick Nelson ('59), Dennis Cearlock ('59-RIP), Sandy Cross ('59) and others stopping by the house to get ready to go to a dance. And you all thought girls primped a lot. Since the crew cut was the style then, I could never understand what took them so long to comb their hair, but I was only six then so what did I know. If I was lucky, one of the guys would need to work out a dance step and since I was the only girl around I got to dance with all those handsome young men (it didn't help me a lot, I still have two left feet). With 6 older brothers and their friends around you would have thought my mother would have figured out how I became so boy crazy at such a young age. Maren, I dont have a problem with you editing anything I write. I worked in the Publications Dept. for Boeing Computer Services for several years. I'm just rambling so have fun." -Liz Trujillo Cooper ('70) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/23/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff for the Sandstorm and 2 Bombers sent stuff on Global Warming: Gary Behymer ('64) Donna Fredette ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Bradley ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rita Eckert ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ken Dame ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) This is my wife's niece...No further explanation needed (;-) -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Fredette ('65) Re: the beach Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) and I drove to Lincoln City and Depoe Bay last weekend and had a blast while walking on the beach looking for rocks, sunning ourselves on the deck while being pelted by hail, eating clam chowder, having pie to die for, drinking wine, watching the debate (without arguing!), yakking up a storm, listening to the waves and breathing the wonderful wonderful air!! It is such a wonderful thing to be able to enjoy our beautiful beaches, I hope our future generations are able to also and I hope there is air to breathe!! The only problem is that when you get there you have to turn around and drive home!!!! We really had nice weather while there even though it hailed and I had a nice drive home except for huge black storm clouds pelting out hail for an hour around Lacey and Chehalis! Happy Spring to everyone and hopefully May will bring only showers and not snow!!! P.S. Kathy Berkeley McLean ('63) and I had a wonderful reunion while having vanilla cokes and looking at our childhood pictures and reliving our wonderful wonderful memories of Richland. I stopped off to visit Kathy on the drive home from Linda's and it was so great to see her!!!! Re: jumping rope in the '50s Just wondering if anyone remembers the words to the song we sang while jumping rope in the '50s? The one that started out "Not last night but the night before, twenty four robbers came a knockin' at my door" Then it went something like "someone came in and someone went out" but I cannot remember the rest. I looked it up on MSN and also on Google and the words they use do not ring a bell with me! I know we had different words but cannot remember them!! Kathy reminded me of how great Barbara Berkeley Charelle ('63) and I were at jumping rope and the pogo stick and how much she loved hop scotch!! Those were the days! All the outside games we played, all day long and half the night. It was the best!! No wonder we were all in such great shape! Bomber Cheers! -Donna Fredette ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/24/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff for the Sandstorm and 4 Bombers sent stuff on Global Warming: David Rivers ('65), Cathy Geier ('66) Susie Irish ('67), Greg Alley ('73) Lisa Lysher ('79) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Leslie Swanson ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rosie Valenzuela ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ben Hausenbuiller ('98) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Just got off the phone to my bestest friend, Kenny Dame ('68) on his Birthday that I managed to miss... gonna have to update my yellow sticker policy very soon... If you forget to put the stupid sticker on your computer it just don't get done around here... Kenny is the Brother of that knock-out Bomber-Babe, Connie ('65) and has always been one of those guys I knew I could call on at a moment's notice... When Simpson ('65) was too sick to travel to our yearly gathering and wanted us to do a Sorry 7 cruise for him, Kenny was right there... that was the memorable day that Terry Davis ('65) announced his undying love for Ronna Jo Lynch ('65)... course he forgot to tell RJ... instead, he had Connie call RJ and tell her that Terry "liked her" ala 3rd grade messaging... And of course you know Connie is that girl Heidlebaugh ('65) and I just love to recognize from the back... Oh Bomber-babes are the best aren't they!... Quick story then I gotta go... the other day I was at an interview with some union and another candidate for another Department showed up a little early... this fellow is one of those kids I couldn't stand in Law School... loud, obnoxious and full of himself (he was actually asked to shut up yesterday at a Republican Women's luncheon... not a class act like someone we know) ... anyway this guy and I were talking about home towns and I mentioned I was from Richland (I actually never mention it... I announce it!)... I said my campaign colors were my high School colors... he asked if that was the school Michael Rawlins (a local Bomber lawyer here... just don't know what year) went to... the one that has the mushroom cloud for a symbol... never a shy boy I said hell yes and pulled up my pant leg to reveal my R/cloud tattoo... well the guy just blanched... it was the greatest thing I've ever seen... He was totally blown away and actually shut up for a few minutes! Well HAPPY BIRTHDAY a day late to my dear friend Kenny!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Cathy Geier ('66) I ran out and they ran in and this is what I heard them say.. Donna.. come in.. and Donna would come in and jump.. people counted and then someone would start chant again.. Cathy! Hi Folks, I got an email telling me that my entries were very interesting. Then the next day someone commented that I was always writing about the DL! Anyway this coming weekend is the World Rhythm Festival... at Seattle Center. I am advance liaison. Come on down..The link is at it's all free and lots of fun. The teachers are international level.. etienne's group when performing for the Seattle Art Museum.. has a ticket price which ranges from 15-35 and likely more. He travels all over the world to teach and perform. Many others are of same caliber. I am tired to day.. no substituting because of the WASL.... hmm.. Looks like the rain will disappear and we may have sun. Has anyone been up to the Skagit valley recently this year? How are the tulips? The crowds? happy Earth day week Cathy PS If anyone is coming over from Richland and can bring a few things for me I would deeply appreciate it. -Cathy Geier ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. From: Susie Irish Ulrickson ('67) Wednesday 04/23/2008 4:18:38am COMMENTS: how fun to begin hearing about and remembering life 4 decades ago! Thanks to those making it happen. -Susie Irish Ulrickson ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Greg Alley ('73) Re: Cool Desert Nights After talking to an organizer of the summer event it looks like the entertainment will be held in the Uptown parking lot across from Dairy Queen. Easy for me as in walking distance. The Kingsmen return for Friday and DJ the Mike Harvey show is Saturday. Looks like oldies have moved ahead a decade cause he calls it the '60s to the '80s. It may not be everyone's cup of tea but it is a good event for the town. Any live music is good because there are not too many night clubs around town featuring a variety of music, if any. I wonder if there will be a beer garden in the parking lot. I guess I can have more than one since I will be walking. -Greg Alley ('73) ~ In rainy but warming up Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lisa Lysher Fuller ('79) Re: Searching Can Help Benefit our Animal Rescue Group Hi to all the Bombers out there. I wanted to let you know that our animal rescue group has joined a website called For those who may not know this search site, when you use they will donate a penny to a registered non- profit organization on their list for every search you do on the internet thru them. When you pull the website up you can type in our rescue group's name - Columbia Animal Rescue Effort in the box marked Who Do You Search For... From there you can go to the search box and start searching. We joined them April 10th and since then our rescue organization has received $1.80 from people searching the internet. This may not seem very much to most people, but to us and me being a foster home for the past 6 years, every little bit helps with our rescued or abandoned pets who sometimes come to us in such a mess from sickness or neglect that food & medical attention is required to help save them. Because we do not have a shelter, all of the pets live in our homes until ready for adoption. Our rescues are spayed and neutered if needed and always current on their vaccines. Everyone loves to search the web, so every time you search, just think, at the same time your helping to find a loving forever home for a neglected or unwanted rescued pet. Just so you can see, this is Baby Frito, his Siamese/Snowshoe mother was left abandoned, hungry, sick and pregnant. I rescued her and her babies. She had 3 babies but unfortunately 1 didn't make it. Frito and his sister Tookie are now going on 6 wks old and just happy healthy kids, plus their mom is healthy and will be ready for her new home when the kids are 8 wks and ready for adoption. To all of you that may use, a Thank You from me and the members of our rescue group. Thank you for helping them. -Lisa Lysher Fuller ('79) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/25/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff for the Sandstorm and 2 Bombers sent stuff on Global Warming: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Norma Loescher ('53), Bernie Qualheim ('56) Bill Berlin ('56), Mary Rose ('60) Nancy Mallory ('64), Donna Fredette ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paul Ratsch ('58) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Jerry Spears & Cathy Clugston ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Norma Loescher Boswell ('53) Re: 55th Reunion You are cordially invited to join your classmates of the Class of 1953 in celebrating our 55th Reunion on Friday, September 5 and Saturday, September 6, 2008. We are a featured part of the Club 40 festivities at the Clarion Hotel on George Washington Way in Richland. The buffet menu for both evenings offers something delicious for everyone, and you will appreciate how the Clarion has been renovated and upgraded. The mission on Friday is to visit one another without the noise and distraction of a dance band. The band arrives Saturday and provides great entertainment as it plays all the best music from our era. Our group photo will be taken on Friday and/or Saturday afternoon before the social hour and dinner. This time around the block, our plans are simple, but we are completely open to suggestions and on-the-spot volunteers. We keenly appreciate the opportunity to get together one more time on our journey through life. If you haven't made it to a reunion, NOW IS THE TIME! We're a very friendly bunch, and we'd love to see you! When you receive the Dust Storm next month, register directly with Club 40. If you haven't paid Club 40 dues, go to In about a week, there will be a 2008 Registration Form for you to download. Bomber Cheers, -Norma Loescher Boswell ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bernie Qualheim ('56) More great memories!!! -Bernie Qualheim ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Skagit Valley Tulip Festival In a word, "The Tulips are up and visitors are down." It has been too darn cold for the visitors but the Tulips are remaining closed during the day unless the sun comes out in the afternoon so it is a weird phenomenon we are having up here this year. The last snow they had in the valley was last Saturday, April 19. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ Anacortes, WA where I observe my wife's Tulips close and open depending on the weather. They are sure sad specimens when they are surrounded by snow. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Rose Tansy ('60) In response to Cathy Geier's ('66) email of April 24th, attached is a picture of my daughter and my wonderful grandson at the tulip festival! -Mary Rose Tansy ('60) ~ Utah **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nancy Mallory Johnson ('64) To: Susie Irish Ulrickson ('67) Susie, Are you part of the Irish family from West Side UP? (Rick?) If so hello! (Well, hello anyway!) I used to hear from your mother at Christmas. I still hear from Pauline Fowler (Mom to Bombers). -Nancy Mallory Johnson ('64) ~ Rain is predicted here in TN today. Trying to not run the a/c yet. All the spring stuff has been blooming. My dogwoods are beautiful. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Fredette ('65) To: Cathy Geier ('66) Re: Jumping Rope (Not last night but the night before, twenty four robbers came a knockin' at my door) "Huh?!!" Thanks for the response! Bomber Cheers!! -Donna Fredette ('65) ~ in lovely downtown Bellevue and Redmond where storm clouds threatened all day in between beautiful sunny skies!! Spring is finally here!!!!!!! ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/26/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff for the Sandstorm, 1 Bomber funeral notice, and 4 Bombers sent stuff on Global Warming: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ David Rivers ('65) Vic Marshall ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lou Ann Binns ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rosalie Lansing ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Melanie Dukes ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: A Warm and Global Birthday Wish Dang... almost afraid to write my Birthday wish to one of the coolest Bomber-Chicks ever... I mean this chick is Hot and Cool so if we measure the difference, between how hot she is and how cool she is... if hot wins out then she may be contributing to warming the globe... I mean she sure warms my globe... always has... She is one of those "older" girls that just always stands out in your mind when you or at least I think of my Col-Hi days... Every pep rally, every game and every mixer, there she was... true green and gold... she was the keeper of the bomb... (do bombs add to warming?????)... see how hard this becomes... I don't wanna get in trouble and have the ghost of Christmas Lyda come haunting me... that would be awful and I shore don't wanna hafta go to the sandbox so maybe I'd just better wish Rosalie Lansing ('63) a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY on the 26th and warn her to be careful with those candles on her cake or she may get sent to the sandbox... we got rules ya know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic Marshall ('71) Re: Bomber Mom Passes Just wanted to let everyone know that Laverne Willis, mother of Bombers Larry ('66?), Lynda ('69), Lance ('70), Lonnie ('72) and Lisa ('79) passed away early this morning. She had successfully conquered 2 other separate bouts with cancer over the past 10 years but a particularly virulent form was diagnosed about 3 weeks ago and she still beat the doctor's estimates. I, along with Bill Wedberg ('70). spent a lot of time with the Willis family during our high school years and we continued to visit Laverne long after her tribe had disbursed. She always had a smile, a great attitude and genuinely cared about what you were up to. May she rest in peace. -Vic Marshall ('71) ~ Beverly Hills, MI **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Barbara Barron Doyle ('50) ~ 3/28/32 - 4/23/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/27/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff for the Sandstorm and 2 Bombers sent stuff on Global Warming ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Bernie Qualheim ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bev Smith ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve Upson ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bernie Qualheim ('56) Another cool classic car site... -Bernie Qualheim ('56) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/28/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bomber sent stuff for the Sandstorm and 2 Bombers sent stuff on Global Warming ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Helen Cross ('62), Roy Ballard ('63) Cathy Geier ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dick Wight ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Homer Raekes ('47) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marilyn Simmons ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dale Hosack ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) I just wanted to send you a quick greeting from Ismir, Turkey where we are on a fantastic tour of a very small part of the huge history of this country. Today we have been to Pegamon, yesterday we were at Troy, and tomorrow we are going to Ephesus to follow a little of Paul's footsteps. There is separation of church and state here and the people are very friendly and the food is good, the rooms clean and we have a good guide and bus driver, what more could we want... maybe more time..... This computer has some strange keys, so please forgive my mistakes. I've tried without success to fix them and others are waiting for the machine. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ Ismir, Turkey where we saw the Pegamon excavation today in sun, wind, and rain about 65 and the wild flowers including red poppys were blooming. Lovely... *************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roy Ballard ('63) Re: Garbage To: Marilyn De Vine ('52) I also saw the story about the Johnson company using a land fill to power their company complex. A while back there was a guy either in Richland or Spokane that had found a way to burn garbage to make power and not have a lot of left overs. Only problem, they sent him to prison and I never did hear what happened to him and his process after that. -Roy Ballard ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Cathy Geier ('66) Hi Everyone, It is indeed a busy weekend.. few people have contributed lately [to the Sandstorm]. OK that leaves more room for me to write! I am just kidding. I really want to know what others are doing and thinking. I am getting ready to go down to the Seattle center for the third day of the World Rhythm Festival. I love it. I danced yesterday for 3 different dance classes and was pretty tired and sore when I got home. Of course, some of the tiredness comes always from getting up at about 5 am to walk in my lovely new neighborhood. Today I go back again. Most will be pretty tired this morning as there was a huge drum and dance party which I did not stay for.. being the early riser whom I am. The international level and local and all.. instructors, dancers, guests were happy, danced, shared and enjoyed much. It is a volunteer organization and the work to carry off and organize an event like this is huge. My past major event work comes in handy to my superiors and it appears I have a job promotion for next year with them! Now for a promotion for a real paying job!!!! DUM DUMM DUMM DE DUM... -Cathy Geier ('66) in Wallingford ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/29/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bomber sent stuff for the Sandstorm and 3 Bombers sent stuff for the LAST file on Global Warming Dick McCoy ('45), Tom Verellen ('60) Gary Behymer ('64), David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Phyllis Benjamin ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Varley ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) To: Homer Reakes ('47) hey ol' buddy! Happy birthday [4/28]. We made it this far, I guess, by clean living. -Dick McCoy ('45) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) The "Procession of the Species" celebration in downtown Olympia was another success. The parade on Saturday evening was rainless, sunny and warm. An accurate description is impossible but there were bees on wheels; pink flamingos and other samba groups with drummers; representations of creatures, plants, atmospheric and celestial bodies to list a few. Anybody that wants to be in the parade is invited (there are a few rules such as no motorized anything, no pets, yada yada). Many other attractions through out the downtown area throughout the day. Art displayed in stores and in the park. All tastefully done, something to experience for everyone any age. -Tom Verellen ('60) ~ from near Lacey beneath the rain again. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Festering pools of spite form The Sandbox... there are no winners just a bag of 'dirt' to be slung around until someone gets their feelings hurt. Let's leave well enough alone and allow our friends at ABC, CBC, NBC & Fox to continue their fine job of 'anti-this' and 'anti-that' or 'for-this' and 'for- that.' At my age I can't make up my own mind so I need someone to tell me who to vote for and which scientist is right or wrong. Salute! "We are but a moments sunlight Fading in the grass C'mon people now, Smile on your brother Ev'rybody get together Try and love one another right now." -Youngbloods -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Wow...I'm a real boy! Well the powers that be have finally approved my web site so I'm sending it with this little note. My neighbor (she lives with her kids but she's about my age) was outside smoking the other night when I pulled in for the second night in a row from attending some function about midnight. She called a nice "hello" and then said she figured I must be just exhausted... boy she got that right. Very few days and nights I don't have this or that to go to on this campaign trail. I can't even imagine what one must go through to become a Senator or something like that. At least this (tho a State position) is only county wide. In the old days I could have walked a few blocks driven a bit and walked some more and about hit everyone in the county... now with over 2 million people it is really tough to get the word out. Many of the Donut Delinquents have my magnetic signs on their hot rods and I put out 1000 signs county wide. You can imagine these huge 4' X 8' signs all over the valley... Green and Gold just brimming with Bomberdom... When I say "I"... I really mean Don the sign guy... please don't feel sorry for him... believe me he is pretty darn well paid to do it... I got a call I had been dreading after the 60 MPH winds the other day... of course one of my signs lodged up against a lady's car and stayed there rubbing itself against her paint for 6 hours... how did she know? Surveillance camera caught the whole thing on film. Don the sign guy looked at it and took pix, suggesting he thought it would require new paint... I called the people and went over and inspected myself... I couldn't get any paint color with spit (the universal cleaner), but told the Doc and his nurse (just my luck) that I would come by Saturday morning and attempt to buff it out myself... they were kinda shocked... Saturday morning after the donut shop I headed over with my trusty buffer and magic buffing juice... tried a little on a rag to make sure it would work... thankfully it did and so a little very fine wet sandpaper, a little compound I bought at the Grand National Roadster Show (totally magic stuff... System One X3 Cutting Polish), and some Race Glaze to top it off and her car looked like brand new... coarse the rest of her car looked like it needed a good waxing but I had done my job... less than a half an hour and I had the votes of these two good folks and the good will of their fitness center... so from there I changed clothes and was off to another function... kiss kiss shake shake... kiss kiss... shake... all in a day's work... so anyway... here's my web site... and now I'm just like a real boy! -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 04/30/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Barbara von Olnhausen ('62), Donna Nelson ('63) Gary Behymer ('64), Linda Reining ('64) Donna Fredette ('65), Alan Lobdell ('69) Robert Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: MaryLee Coates ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Louise Moyers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve Haggard ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barbara von Olnhausen ('62) Re: To Satellite or Not... Has anyone living in the West Richland/Richland area used Satellite TV? If so, have you had any issues with wind, ice, snow, poor service? Is one provider preferred over another? -Barbara von Olnhausen ('62) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Barbara, I've had satellite TV (DirecTV) since 1995 or so. Issue I had (on the Columbia River out of Chelan and also in Okanogan county) was snow on the dish. I'd brush the show off the dish and problem solved! -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Nelson ('63) After going to the dentist the other day and figuring out how much insurance will pay for a crown, I was trying to think if my Dad had medical or dental insurance while working at Hanford. I thought I'd just ask some of the Bomber historians. What did families have for medical and dental coverage who were employed at Hanford? -Donna Nelson ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Digital Turntables Some months or years ago there was a discussion on 'digital turntables'. Help! I'm ready to purchase one and would like input from owners of same. -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:David Rivers('65) have just one word for you and your campaign and website--- WOW!!!!! just wish I was a citizen of Clark County, Nevada--- you'd have my vote! loved reading your bio........learned a few things that I didn't know about you. *grin* Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64).......Bakersfield, CA........where the blasted temps have soared into the 90's--- and am soon on my way to hibernation. *grin* **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Fredette ('65) To: Gary Behymer ('64) That was so great to hear what you had to say!! The Youngblood's song is the best. To: David Rivers ('65) I am so proud of you! Bomber Cheers! -Donna Fredette ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Lobdell ('69) Thanks to those who gave me ideas about driving across country. My son and I left Savannah, GA on Sat. April 19th and took I-40 to Texarkana so we could spend a day at the Arkansas Diamond Park looking for diamonds. Of course we did not find any however an 11 year old girl found a nice half caret yellow diamond when we were there. We had been told of thunder storms and flooding throughout the southern states and yet we drove in sunshine and clear sky all the way. I was somewhat surprised when the distance was far greater then both the Internet and my atlas said it was. Both said from Savannah to Palm Springs and then to Kent, WA was 3410 miles. We drove 4,863 miles. A little more then planned on. One good note was that when I lost my wife to breast cancer in '03 the only thing I was able to save (lost home, property, retirements, to cancer battle) was our Trendwest membership (now Wyndom). Bryan and I only had to get a hotel room twice in ten days. We were able to stay in a very nice condo 8 nights over the trip. The cost of the condos was from 32 to 54 dollars a night. Beats the heck out of a hotel room. We were surprised at the border of California when they inspected our load and asked if we were bringing in a barbecue or lawn chairs. Didn't know there was a problem with those things but apparently there is. You don't want to smuggle a barbecue or lawn chairs into California. We averaged 18 miles to a gallon and still cost me almost a thousand dollars in gas to get across. I feel sorry for the trucking industry. Of the entire trip there are two places I never want to see again, Alabama and Palm Springs. New Mexico was ok except for I-40 being under construction across the entire state. It was a long trip but it was fun. I can't think of anything better to do with one of your kids than take a long trip across country just the two of you. You really learn a lot about your offspring that you might never find out. And they are willing to tell you things about their brothers and sisters that you never knew. Home again and time to go back to work -Alan Lobdell ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Avant ('69) To: Gary Behymer ('64) Gary; "Daniel, my brother you are older than me." But, never leave a Buffalo Springfield lyric again. Peace! ;>} -Robert Avant ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` March, 2008 ~ May, 2008