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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 ~ 06/01/08 June 1st is the first day of Hurricane Season and (as of yesterday) we're keeping an eye on Tropical Storm Arthur. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Wally Wheadon ('49) Neil Goff ('50), Betty Bell ('51) Virginia Brinkerhoff ('54), Betty McElhaney ('57) Derrith Persons ('60), Jeanie Walsh ('63) Carol Converse ('64), David Rivers ('65) Pam Ehinger ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ellen Foley ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Don Llewellyn ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carolyn Roe ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jon Lindberg ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Roberta Lawrence ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Michael Furner ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kerry Steichen ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) To those few of you who read my "OKBYDICK" column in the Club40 DustStorm, there is a puzzling typo. "faces were round" -- should be "faces were young". It still doesn't make sense, but it was a long time ago. I helped build Carmichael, as I worked as a surveyor on the job. My most interesting chore was laying out the lines on the basketball court for Jim McKeown ('53). As for the first K-12 all in Richland, that would have been before Hanford. For post Hanford it would have probably been '55, the Class of my brother Pat, who commenced at Sacajawea. -Dick McCoy ('45) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Wally Wheadon ('49) I also attended Richland Hi for all 4 years and graduated in '49. I have attached a picture of the 8th grade class of Sacajawea grade school, most of whom then went to Richland Hi. I have the names of all in the picture except one. http://richlandbombers.1949.tripod.com/49Sac8th-Bernhart.html Re: the Yakima river freezing The Corps of Engineers tried to blast the ice under the bridge so it wouldn't be damaged, but the ice shifted and the bridge was blown up. A pontoon bridge then was used until the bridge could be replaced. richlandbombers.com/allbombers/1940s/1948-Flood-00.html -Wally Wheadon ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Neil Goff ('50) Re: First Class to go all four years at Col-Hi After reviewing the several responses to my statement that the '50 graduating class was the first to go all four years at Col-Hi I find I must eat my words. I pulled my '47 Columbian off the shelf and consulted the "Senior Class History" written therein. This source reported that "The Freshman days of the members of our class were spent in high schools all over the United States. Those few of us who did attend school in Richland went to the old high school. The Sophomore year saw a large increase in our number and a new high school building was built to accommodate Richland's growing population". Utilizing this account as being an accurate & authoritative source it appears that Col-Hi was built & ready in 1944 for the incoming Freshman Class, which graduated in '48. My apologies to the real 1st class to go all four years for trying to steal class honors. Still proud to have graduated in the Nifty Fifty ('50) Class, although it's obvious I didn't excel in history while there. To: Dick McCoy ('45) As one of our most prestigious story-tellers (historians) did you ever get caught telling a "fictionalized" version in one of your tales? To: Mary Evelyn Kingsley Spradlin ('49) Of overstatement - Mia Culpa. To: Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) Being one of the last four year graduating classes holds distinction, too. To: Burt Pierard ('59) I no longer gloat. Eating crow is a tough chew. From: Neil Goff ('50) ~ Statement I hereby resolve to get my facts straight before making future claims to such an astute & august body as the alumni of Col-Hi. ~ Signed, a graduate from one of the classes to have called the halls of Col-Hi home for four years. One of my ancestors must have kissed that blarney stone I've read so much about lately. It's a gene thing! ~ Bomber cheers to all. -Neil Goff ('50) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) Re: Carmichael/Col-Hi and Jim McKeown ('53) My younger brother, Cecil Bell, was the first ASB president of Carmichael, the year you all attended. He then went on to be Col-Hi (Richland High) ASB president in your senior year. Re: K-12 in Richland We came to Richland in June 1944, and my youngest brother, John Bell ('57), started kindergarten in the fall. My guess for the first group of K-12 would be 1957, but it wouldn't be the first time I am wrong, if I am! -Betty Bell Norton ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Virginia Brinkerhoff Sweetland ('54) Re: Bluebirds of Bickleton Re: Betty Conner Sansom's ('52) entry in the 5/31 Sandstorm Thanks for writing about the Bickleton Picnic, also known as the Bickleton Cleveland Pioneer Days rodeo and camp-out celebration. Have been there many times, but never made it for the Friday night country music show. If you go to the Bickleton.org web site and click on "Bluebirds", you can read the story of how my parents, Jess and Elva Brinkerhoff, earned for the small town of Bickleton the undisputed title as "Bluebird Capital of the World." Dad used to spend the winter building and painting dozens of bluebird houses; then us kids and our families would make several trips a year to nail houses onto fence posts, repair damaged houses, and clean out the old nests to make the houses ready for the next year's nesting. Dad felt the weight of responsibility for thousands of bluebirds resting on his shoulders, and he was a driven man to provide them with ever more houses. Fortunately, the people of the town and surrounding farms took over the project. One local family is the Whitmores, Lawrence and Ada Ruth. They have a ranch museum called Whoop & Holler Ranch on East Road out of Bickleton. Worth the time to visit. Among other things, an amazing collection of old Studebakers.. As Betty mentioned, the Herschell-Spillman carousel at the Cleveland rodeo grounds is a classic. As she said, there are only three known to be still in operation. The second one is at the fair grounds here in Republic, Ferry County. If you have a chance to make it to the Bickleton Picnic and rodeo, it will be well worth the trip. And a trip to the Ferry County Fair the last weekend of August would be another good one. -Virginia Brinkerhoff Sweetland ('54) ~ Republic, Ferry County. WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty McElhaney Hudspeth ('57) Re: K-12 To: Ray Loescher ('57) None of the above. There was not any Kindergarten then. I started 1st grade at Marcus Whitman, two months later we moved and I finished 1st grade at Lewis and Clark. Don't know when they started Kindergarten classes. So maybe Maren is right. -Betty McElhaney Hudspeth ('57) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [The oldest Kindergarten class picture that is online is from future class of '57 at Sacy, so I'm definitely wrong. -Maren richlandbombers.1957.tripod.com/gs/57Sac0amK-Nagley.html] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Derrith Persons Dean ('60) It's Lunch time!! class of '60, family and/or friends If you're in town or from out of town Come on, we'll have a good time!! When? - Saturday, June 7th Time? - 11:30 am Where? - 3 Margaritas, 627 Jadwin, Richland -Derrith Persons Dean ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeanie Walsh Williamson ('63) To: David Rivers ('65) So when is your election day? Is it June 2? I was in Las Vegas for the ISCS Convention and didn't see a single sign... what is up with that? -Jeanie Walsh Williamson (Gold Medal Class of '63) ~ Simi Valley, CA, Home of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: Maren Re: Bickleton & Cleveland Picnic Bickleton used to be that you would close your eyes and you would miss the town. When my husband and I were first married, we would go up to Bickleton each year in the early spring. We would hunt for arrowheads, etc. It was a very popular place to find them. We've gotten several arrowheads and lots of chips. One year I found a spearhead. I'm sure that you can't do that any longer. I've never heard of Cleveland. Re: Old High School I've learned something new these past few days of reading all about the old high school. I never knew that Lewis & Clark used to be the original high school. Also, didn't know that the old high school was the American Legion. By the time I was going to L&C, it was in the early '50s. Lots changed by then. -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA I'm really glad that I'm not the only one waiting for Spring, Bill Berlin ('56). **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: runnin' on empty That's the way I feel but I just gotta take the time to wish one of my all time favorite Bomber babes from one of my all time favorite dynasties a VERY happy birthday on the first of June... I could go on and on about this girl and the joy she has brought into my life through the friendship we have cultivated over the years... she is also married to one of my all time heroes of High School days and as time goes on he has continued to hold that status... one thing about Bomber kids... they just get better with time... I'm running as usual for an all day function only to run home, change clothes and head out for another fancy dancy dinner of rubber chicken and thousands of hands to shake and cheeks to kiss... (no not those cheeks... you know the kind where you go "kiss kiss"... like in the movies... the kind we thought only happened in Hollywood... but actually occur in the "grode up" world)... so please forgive me my darling if this is short... it is from the heart! HAPPY BIRTHDAY Carolyn Roe DeJong ('63)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! See you in September at your reunion if not before!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) To: Betty Conner Sansom ('52) When I was a kid my folks would go to different places, an one of them was Bickleton. We go there to look for agates, there use to be these Red agates there. Well I found this huge agate... it measured about 4" - 5" long and an about 2" - 3" wide! Well my Dad told me it probably wasn't agate all the way through... SOOOOOOOO I had to prove him wrong! I took the agate outside... I don't know how I did it but I hit it on the edge of the steps at home an it broke in half perfectly! And YES it was agate all the way through! Well I ran in the house to show Daddy and let him know that, Yes it was Agate all the way through! *LOL* Oh by the way those Red agates have another name just can't figure out how to spell it so I couldn't find it in the Dictionary! It sounds like Credalin or something like that! But back in those days Bickleton was just a little no nothing town. Not very big. Except the agate hunting for the rock hounds! Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/02/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Bell ('51), Wally Erickson ('53) Tom Matthews ('57), Pattie Crigler ('59) Mary Rose ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rick Reed ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Neil McCartney ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry Felder ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gloria Minard ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lori Simpson ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) To: Dick McCoy ('45) When you worked as a surveyor at Carmichael did you by any chance know a Japanese architect named George Yakota? He was married to my aunt and they came out here from Kentucky while he worked on the school. I remember all of us dressing up in western wear for the Atomic Frontier Days festivities. -Betty Bell Norton ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) Re: The last freshman class at Col-Hi Our class of '53 was the last freshman class at Col-Hi. This has been brought up before, someone from our class mentioned the half that stayed at Carmichael were the smartest ones... *grin* I'm not sure, but I believe it had something to do with where you lived. Some familiar names would be Viva Webster, Bill Witherup, Jack Sinderson, Marilyn Richey (RIP), Margaret Tucker, Lois Loftus, Greiter twins Jean and Joan, Gene Campbell (RIP), Earl Bruggeman, Jerry Dudley (RIP), Gene Barfuss, Pat Ackley, Mary Boisoneau, and the list goes on and on. Bill Witherup was president and Marilyn Richey (RIP) secretary. I felt good to have spent my freshman year at Col-Hi. When the other half of our class came to Col-Hi for their first year as a sophomore... I felt we had an upper hand having been there the year before. But, it really didn't matter. The class of '53 was the "last class" (not "full" class) to attend Col-Hi for four years. I also thought it interesting Burt Pierard ('59) bringing up the fact that his brother's class of '52 was also split up the year before. I didn't remember that. I remember the second half of our 7th grade we were transferred to Carmichael Jr. High. They were still working on the gym and auditorium. They finished gym first, shortly afterwards the seats were installed in the auditorium. Some very good memories and great times. The first K-12 class would seem to be the ('56) for first grade, or ('57) for kindergarten. Our class ('53) in 1944 was fourth grade. To: Burt Pierard ('59) How is the Richland Theater coming along? If I'd lived closer, I would've been there to help out. -Wally Erickson ('53) ~ It's finally warming up the last couple of weeks. We had a record snow fall this last winter; the rivers and Lake CD'A have reached above the flood lines; but, there's been very little damage. Enjoying working outside finally!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Matthews ('57, The K-12 Class?) Re: K-12 Definitely some of the Class of '57 attended Kindergarten in the '44-'45 school year. The Mrs. Nagley class picture must be of two classes, with the 49 kids and their teachers. I assume they were together just for the photo. The afternoon class I was in (30 kids) shows the same unknown teacher that is in the morning class. My father had arrived in February of '44, my mother, brother and I arrived in May after our "B" house on Haupt was finished. That could make the Class of '57 the first to attend K-12, assuming there were no kindergartens in Richland prior to 1944. Perhaps some who arrived that year in our class couldn't attend Kindergarten due to the number of students who arrived that year. The following about Sacajawea School is from a book, Name on the Schoolhouse, An Anecdotal List of Some Historic Names of Schools in Washington State, 1991. "Built and named in the 1944-'45 school year. By the end of the first school year, enrollment was 1,521 requiring double shifting of students and staff." According to a note I put in the book, the District started 1944 with 2,135 students and 73 teachers. I don't remember much about Kindergarten except making volcanos on the sand table in class and the day we were sent home with warnings to not play with balloons (incendiary balloons sent from Japan). And then there was the one and only time I tried the "pull the chair back" trick which sent Harold Sutton to the Dr. for some stitches. Jefferson was ready for students the fall of '45 so I went there for the rest of my elementary years. -Tom Matthews, ('57 The K-12 Class?) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pattie Crigler Cole ('59) To: Brad Upton ('74) Really enjoyed your show Saturday night at the Bremerton Admiral Theatre. Oh yeah, the Smothers Brothers weren't too bad also! -Pattie Crigler Cole ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Rose Tansy ('60) My parents also made many trips to Bickelton to hunt for agates. My mother had jewelry made from some of her agates by a man named "Eddy." I don't think I ever knew his last name. I have a container full of some of the agates she collected. They are so beautiful and they had so much fun on their trips collecting them!! -Mary Rose Tansy ('60) ~ Centerfield, UT where it is finally warm enough to plant - summer is here and it is wonderful!! ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/03/08 It was the 3rd of June, another sleepy, dusty, delta day... ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Bill Witherup ('53) Lenora Hughes ('55), Ray Hall ('57) Tom Matthews ('57), Burt Pierard ('59) Lyndy Wheeler ('62), Gary Behymer ('64) David Rivers ('65), Betti Avant ('69) Maggie Gilstrap ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mick Mikulecky ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan Vandenberg ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy (Tin Can Class of '45) Re: Truth To: Neill Goff ('50) Me stretch the truth? Good heavens man! I don't do that, tho I might embellish. When we went to Ireland, I wasn't going to kiss the Blarney Stone, but the authorities there insisted I go up and charge it up, which I did. After which, it fairly glowed with Blarney. Incidentally, how is your sis? No, I didn't meet the architect of Carmichael. I was just a working stiff. Re: Bickleton This fair city boasts one of the best old taverns in the state. Also, I bought a bluebird house there. I am puzzled by the opening of Sacajawea. I guess my bro Pat ('55) just laid around for a year. No surprise there, that was his function for most of his school years. -Dick McCoy, From the Tin Can Class of 1945 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Witherup ('53) Re: Carmichael and Col Hi Wally Erickson ('53) pricks my memory. I do remember being elected President of the Freshman Class, but I did not know that half the class was split up and that some remained at Carmichael. I disrember when I met Cecil Bell - it was at United Protestant Church - but what year I don't know. We were great buddies thereafter. I do recall the Bells were from the south, and after church we often met over at the house for great iced tea and ice cream and cookies. Another member of the group was the late Gene Campbell ('53-RIP). And perhaps Ralph Hartley ('53). I think it would be a good research project for some Richland historians to get a look at how many families belonged to the United Protestant Church (which was mainly a Methodist affiliation); how many belonged to the Catholic Church across the street from UP; how many belong to the Mormon Church, how many to the Lutheran. These seem to have been the four main churches initially. Though there were quite a number of Jewish - Americans that worked at Hanford, and in the student body, I wonder if there was a temple in Richland at the time? - -Bill Witherup ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) Just a reminder about the Las Vegas luncheon. I am looking forward to seeing everyone. PLACE: Marie Callender's located 8175 W. Sahara DATE: Saturday, June 7, 2008 TIME: 12 Noon If you are visiting our lovely town on that day we would love to have you come and join us. Bombers do have fun!! Spouses and guests are more than welcome. Bomber Cheers! -Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray Hall ('57) I was told Sunday at Physicians Immediate Care that I have gout; boy it is painful. Does anybody have any suggestions on what to do. Thanks -Ray Hall ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Matthews ('57) Re: Correction on Jefferson I called my Jefferson 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Duncan and she informed me that Jefferson was open for the '44-'45 school year but didn't have a Kindergarten. Her class that year went up over 40 students before they split the class. She was not sure what other elementary schools might have had Kindergarten classes other than Sacajawea. She told me Jefferson was double shifting for several years. -Tom Matthews ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) To: Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) Re: Old Richland High School I'm sorry that you misinterpreted my 5/30/08 post. I only mentioned Lewis & Clark to give people a reference for the location of the old RHS building (and also to throw in the interesting (to me) aspects of its Genesis). Here is a summary: In the Beginning (before the Government take-over), there were two schools on the plot of land south of the Downtown area - Richland High School and Richland Grade School. Richland High was used from Sept. 1943 until Col-Hi opened in April 1944. Richland Grade School was closed through out the remainder of 1943 for remodeling & expansion and then re-opened as Lewis & Clark in Jan. 1944. I hope this clears up the confusion. To: Wally Erickson ('53) Re: Richland Theater Progress I'm sorry to report that progress has not been as rapid as I originally hoped but we are nearing completion of the front (North) side. See attached Before & After (as of today) Pics of the front. AlumniSandstorm.com/htm2008/Xtra/Pier/080603_00.html The marquee has been repainted. The East-Front is essentially complete. The West-front is complete except for painting of the upper window and installation of a new screen sash. As an aside, I paid a couple of hundred dollars (my contribution) for Max Hatfield (former CBC Carpentry Instructor) to fabricate new 1/2 pane ribs and new screen sashes to restore the windows to original condition. We still have to complete the area above and behind the Marquee but we have run out of shakes and vendors have jacked up the price tremendously, so I'm trying to negotiate a partial contribution from Home Depot. I'm meeting with the Head Dude tomorrow. The East side has been tarpapered and about 1/2 shaked (is that a word - Spell Checker hates it?). About 1/2 the old shakes have been removed from the West side. Tomorrow, I hope to be able to post a list of all you loyal Bombers who contributed to this worthy (in my opinion) cause. Bomber cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lyndy Wheeler Myers ('62) Greetings once again from South Africa. Wayne ('62) and I have been wined and dined (with the emphasis on the wined) like you would not believe, We have been to a private game park, saw lots of animals... what a wonderful country. We went to Kruger National Park for a week and only missed seeing a leopard, I guess that means that we have to come back. Capetown was splendid. Vivian Gericke Horak ('62) and I just got back from a week end at Sun City, South Africa's answer to Vegas. Wayne is busy deep sea fishing at a private fishing lodge in Mozambique. I still can't believe we are finally here. I am going diamond shopping next week. -Lyndy Wheeler Myers ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Anyone with children or grandchildren in the Cofax-Pullman area who are in need of a summer job might give me a call. I'm searching for two (2) individuals to work at our Port of Almota river facilities this harvest. They need to be available from June 15th to September 1st. Long hours, lots of overtime, 7 days per week + mileage paid. (Equal opportunity employer). Individuals must be 18 years of age (or older). This is dirty- dusty work. Call Gary at 1.800.835.2969. P.S. My first real summer job was painting house for Wayne & Velma High. I remember having to bury his Springer Spaniel that died while I was painting. I don't think I had seen an adult cry up until that time... then again I don't believe I attended a funeral until I was a sophomore in college. -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Happy happy Birthday baaaaaaaaaaaby... tho I can't call you my baby... we did date a little during our Soph or Jr year tho... that was a while back I must say... but now this lil' Bomber Babe is almost grown (ala Chuck Berry... da da da da da da-doooday... )... read... or started to read an article the other day about the Boomers' refusal to grow up... thought it was a good thing but the author didn't think so... so I did what I'm allowed to do and turned him off by lining the bird cage with his opinion (I don't really have a bird or a bird... or a pot or a window... etc. etc. etc.)... just talked to my campaign managers on a budget thru the primary... 'bout spilled my milk and lost my privileges to sit at the big kids' table... budget to get the danged job... just between now and the primary is more that the job pays!!!!!! What is wrong with this picture!!!???!!!... It seems like only yesterday I was walking the birthday girl to Hi-Spot (she wasn't allowed to date in a car)... and was worried about the cost of a coke and fries afterwards... tho since she couldn't ride in a car we generally had a coke at her house after the dance... ahhhhhhhhhhh... the simple life... So now I'd like to take a minute to Salute Sue Vandenberg ('65) with a great big, heart felt HAPPY BIRTHDAY on June 3rd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Agate Hunting It seems I went with a friend a couple of times to hunt agates some where around Flat Top. Does that sound familiar to anyone? I know they had a dog that was half coyote and we had to keep an eye on her so no one would shoot her. Those were the days weren't they? -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where we need some moisture... May was very dry **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maggie Gilstrap OHara ('74) Re: Bombers and Marines Maren, I received many wonderful letters after my posting on Memorial Day and I appreciated them all. Below is an email I received from George "Pappy" Swan ('59). It is so beautifully written and so touched my heart that I would like to share it. Bombers are special people. Who else would have taken the time out of their day to write such a wonderful letter to boost the spirit of someone whom he has never met? As you can see I asked and received permission for the posting. From: George "Pappy" Swan Maggie, Not a problem. If you wish to share my e-note to you with others, feel free to do so. Just keep in mind that I am merely the messenger, reiterating what every Marine, and his or her Mama, Dad, siblings, sweetheart, wife, family, and friends already know. Semper Fi and Bomber Cheers Maggie George "Pappy" Swan ========== Dear Pappy, Not many people are able to "touch my heart". Not only did your well wishes and thoughts touch my heart, I could almost feel your hug. I have forwarded your letter on to a couple of my friends, some military others not and they too echo the same feelings I have just expressed. I also sent it on to my son. Would you mind if I shared your letter with all our "Bomber" friends? I will save your email until my son comes home and when ever I need a pick me up I will re read it. If you would like when I get pictures and or interesting letters/ emails from over there I will forward them on. Again, from the bottom of my heart Thank You! I know your email took time and effort out of your day and I want you to know how deeply I appreciated it. Maggie ========== From: Pappy Semper Fi Maggie, Thank you and all those at home who, also serve in their own way by unashamedly continuing to openly recognize and thank our servicemen and women. And, I thank all of our service men and women for their service and their efforts to counter, control, and someday rid our world of terrorism. I especially, have a special place attached to my "command center" in the middle of my chest, for our Marines, former, present, and future. I salute your son, Jason. As an old Marine, I understand exactly, his departing words to you, at the airport. Semper Fi and Ooorah! I join you in the personal concerns of having a close, loved one in the Marine Corps. A couple of weeks ago, I saw my favorite grandson, Harry, off to Marine Boot Camp. It will be a while before Harry goes into harm's way, as he will return home after graduation to complete college and officer training. However, it is a sobering thought to now realize that the little kid whom, until just recently, I drug through the brush, teaching him to shoot, hunt, fish, and other outdoor skills, is now a 6' 2" (and growing) Marine Recruit. As an old Marine Sergeant, it has occurred to me that soon, I will have to address him as "Sir" and render my respect of his rank and accomplishments with a salute. But, that will do and I couldn't be more proud of him for his carrying on the tradition and taking this challenge. Know that all of our military services, but especially our Marines are accomplishing good things in this relatively new kind or world-wide fight against wide-spread terrorism. Regardless of what our news media tells us, we are winning the hearts and minds of the people around the world, whom we defend, and they are joining us in our fight against insurrectionists and terrorists. Although, we are always susceptible to more terrorist attacks here at home, by defeating them "there" (around the world), we will keep our home front safer. And, that is the greatest achievement of our young service people of today. How do I know this? Call it a gut feeling of an old Marine, but combine it with the fact that, once again, I and several Richland Bomber Marines and fellow service men and women, had lunch last Saturday with Marine General James Mattis, still an active duty Marine and a Bomber graduate, Class of 1968. We quietly get together with Jim when he comes home, once or twice per year to visit his family. We keep it quiet with no press, as Jim being an active duty four star Marine General and a NATO Commander- type, deserves some peace and quiet during his homecomings. Nevertheless, at these lunches, he always takes time to brief us on the world situation (within security limits). He keeps telling me that he will soon retire and come home to be one of my hunting buddies. I'm not so sure. I believe that he is currently one of our national treasures, and is destined for further greatness. It makes me very proud to call him my friend, fellow Bomber, and fellow Marine. Maggie, I can tell from your writing that you are very proud of your son, Jason. You have every right to be. He is a member of the best trained and greatest fighting force on the face of the earth. At the same time, he is one of our greatest diplomats for the American way of righting wrongs and defending the downtrodden. And, Marine Moms are also a special breed. I receive a catalog for Marine stuff. In the Marine Mom line, I see tee shirts and bumper stickers professing: "My Son Is A MARINE (fits for dads too)," "The Few, The Proud, The Moms" "Marine Mom, Toughest Job In The Corps" "Before Boot Camp, There Was Mom" "Your Kid's An Honor Student, MINE'S A MARINE, Semper Fi" "It Can't Always Be Someone Else's Son!" "My Kid Fought In Iraq, So Yours Can Party In College" "Ain't Nothin' Meaner, Than A Marine, 'cept His Mama" and "Whose Son Is Fighting In Place Of Yours?" Being concerned for our loved ones in the service of their and our country is natural for us, especially we "more seasoned folks" but, with no draft for years, our young warriors are there because they want to be, and they want to make a difference. I love them! Oh God, I wish we had more like them in these times! President Ronald Reagan said: "Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference, The Marines don't have that problem." Semper Fi George Swan ('59) aka "Pappy", Former Sergeant of Marines -Maggie Gilstrap OHara ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/04/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff and 3 Bomber funeral notices today: Patti Jones ('60), Bob Cross ('62) Deedee Willox ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joe Wood ('48) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Helen Cross ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Heather Ryanne ('92) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) Re: All Bomber Luncheon Richland Note: JD Diner is getting a new face lift. Ever changing until the final color. Reservations aren't necessary. Many Bombers do like to let us know they are coming so please email if you wish. WHEN: Saturday, June 7, 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: Bob Cross ('62) Re: Happy Birthday to Helen I want to wish my much traveled and much younger (two weeks) cousin Helen Cross Kirk ('62) a much desired Happy Birthday. Age does come before beauty. Hope you have a great day on your birthday. Looking forward to seeing you this summer at the family reunion. Take care cuz! -Bob Cross ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) Re: Service men and women, especially Marines To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) & Maggie Gilstrap O'Hara ('74) Dang! Pappy, you made me cry, and I don't even have kids in the military at present. I had one son in the Army who is now 43, married with 4 kids, and one son in the Navy who is now 35, married with 3 kids. Fortunately (for them and me) we were in peace time (more or less) during their terms. I can't even imagine how it feels to have your children in harm's way like our young military are today. To: All who serve in the military (yesterday, today, & tomorrow) Thank you, thank you, thank you! I saw a sign that said "freedom isn't free" and I can't agree more. We live in a free country because of YOUR service. Again, thank you!!!!!!!! -Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) ~ Burbank, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notices >>Larry Edwards ('58) ~ 11/24/39 - 5/30/08 >>Judith Lodge Bransteitter ('58) ~ 9/7/40 - 5/5/08 >>Bob Sandall ('58) ~ 11/6/39 - 4/2/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/05/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff : Betty Bell ('51), Leona Eckert ('65) Mike Franco ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Richard Rushworth ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) Just a note to tell you that Norma Musselman Pringle ('51) died Monday, June 2. She was married to Charles "Chuck" Pringle ('49). She died in Salem, OR so not sure if there will be a local obit. -Betty Bell Norton ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Leona Eckert ('65) To: Ray Hall ('57( Re: Gout Have had quite a bit of experience with Gout. The MAIN thing to do is get it completely under control & then get your Doctor to prescribe "ALLOPURINOL" 300mgs to keep yourself from ever having to go through it again. Best of luck. -Leona Eckert ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Franco ('70) Happy birthday to the FOREVER YOUNG Lori Simpson Hogan ('70) [on June 2nd]. Staying young is one thing, staying young and being married to Mike Hogan ('70) is another! The class of 1970 produced a modest number of slightly above average people. Lori is one of the greats... happy B-Day and look forward to Mike buying both of us a few Bomber brews this summer! -Mike Franco ('70) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/06/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Rex Hunt ('53wb), David Rivers ('65) Mike Hogan ('70) and Lori Simpson ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Thomas Fraser ('78) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rex Hunt ('53wb) To: Ray Hall ('57) Re: Gout An excellent cure for gout is cherries. Fresh cherries... canned cherries... dried cherries... it doesn't matter, but cherries have something that seems to do away with the accumulative acid in the body. it doesn't take a lot... just a few a day for a few days does the trick... then follow up with a few every now and then to prevent it from coming back. -Rex Hunt ('53wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Grageashun Heading out to Big Daddy Roth's place for the Rat Fink Reunion... Mrs R is allowing it to be called that again for the first time since Ed died... should be a blast... but gotta say HAPPY GRAGEASHUN to Steven Adair ('08) and Happy Birthday to Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) on the 9th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike and Lori Simpson Hogan ('70) Re: Happy Birthday from Mike Franco ('70) Thanks so much, Mike. Can't wait to see you this summer, be sure to give us a heads up so we can be in town when you visit. -Mike and Lori Simpson Hogan ('70) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/07/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Mary Rose ('60) Peggy Adair ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marguerite Groff ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Laurie Hutton ('72) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Roy Ballard ('63) & Nancy Erlandson ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Rose Tansy ('60) Re: Entries from Ray Hall ('57) and Leona Eckert ('65) My husband and stepson also suffer from gout. We tried all of the remedies we were told about including cherries. Nothing worked. Finally the doctor was able to clear it up and put my husband on Allopurinol. He has been on it for at least 10 years and has never had another bout with the gout. My stepson is also on Allopurinol and gout free. I know it is extremely painful - my husband could not even have a sheet touching his foot when the gout was active. -Mary Rose Tansy ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Peggy Adair ('72) Re: Steven Adair (2008) Maren, for some reason my computer locks up when I send direct to the web. I just want to tell everyone what a wonderful B-B-Q Jim ('66) and Kathie Moore Adair ('69) did for Steven Adair. Burrrrrrrrrrrrrr. The weather was cool and windy. Too bad David Rivers ('65) and Jimmy H. ('65) couldn't have been there. Larry Gross ('65) and wife Sandi Szendre Gross ('67) were there and Jim Stull ('62). It was a nice celebration and I hope I didn't embarrass my big bro Jim. He has a great family. Have a super nice day, -Peggy Adair ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Norma Musselman Pringle ('51) ~ 9/8/33 - 6/1/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/08/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff: Pattie Crigler ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Darvis Bergam ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jane Simmons ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Wingfield ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dyanna Cook ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marcia Ehinger ('71wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Robert Evans ('89)) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pattie Crigler Cole ('59) Re: Gout Several people have stated that they were able to clear up gout and then were put on Allopurinol and the gout never came back. My question is... how did they clear it up before going on the allopurinol, or did the allopurinol clear it up? Another question... has anyone taken Methotrexate for rheumatoid arthritis? And, if so, how affective was it and what were the side affects? Thanks for any info! -Pattie Crigler Cole ('59) ~ Port Ludlow, WA ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/09/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Pappy Swan ('59), Patti Jones ('60) Leona Eckert ('65), BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol Bishop ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patti Jones ('60) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Dennis Haskins & Shirley Collings ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Pattie Crigler Cole ('59) Re: Methotrexate for rheumatoid arthritis? "... how affective was it and what were the side effects?" Pattie, I personally, have not taken this medicine. However, I take care of ordering and dispensing all medicines to my mother, who will be 90 years old on June 29, and has lived in an assisted care living facility for nearly six years. This saves the $400/month that the facility would charge if it performed this task. As a result, I have had to stay up on information regarding the eleven medications prescribed for her. For several years, she has taken Methotrexate (three 2.5 MG tablets, on one day per week) in combination with Colchicine and Prednisone (daily for each) for severe rheumatoid arthritis. Some of these are taken not only for arthritis but also to help control Psoriasis/ Shingles. Therefore, I have somewhat of a very limited and basic awareness of these medicines, as I also arrange and take her to her medical appointments and find it necessary to interact with the doctors and medical staff since my mother is also severely "hearing impaired" and has difficulty understanding what is said. The specialist doctor that treated her for arthritis worked with her for nearly a year, with numerous visits, to get the desired relief for her by gradually adjusting the combination and dosages of these prescriptions. As with most all medications, there are potential side effects, that can effect those taking them, to varying degrees. My mother's major complaint (and side effect) was that although she was relieved of much of the pain from arthritis, she gained weight. So the doctor backed off on the dosages and the pain came back. He upped the dosages and the water retention increased. I am unsure of how much Methotrexate contributed to this weight gain condition. According to the doctors, this situation was primarily a side effect of water retention from taking Prednisone (a corticosteroid used to treat a number of conditions including arthritis). Due to the above and other conditions that she has and to help counter the weight gain, they prescribed Potassium Chloride (to maintain potassium levels) and Bumetanide, a "water pill" (a loop diuretic), used to help treat high blood pressure and swelling due to excess body water retention. This necessitated another series of balancing acts of adjusting dosage levels for many of her medications related to Arthritis relief, until a reasonably happy medium was achieved between pain relief and weight gain. Finally, the specialist achieved the best dosage levels for all of her arthritis medications that he could, and she eventually came to accept it. Obviously, each person's tolerance and threshold level for pain is different, yet no one really wants to retain fluids resulting in a pronounced weight gain, but unfortunately, there seems to be a need for accepting a tradeoff between the two. And, just like observed in some of today's television commercials for various medicines, the potential side effects listed on the information sheet for each drug are enough to make us wonder if we really want to take them. I guess the best thing we can hope for is to trust the medical experts and their guidance, while maintaining a very watchful eye and by learning what we can about each drug. In my mother's case, I have had to call the doctor's attention to mistakes by them (but more often made by their staff) in unwarranted dosage changes. Based upon my experiences of riding herd on my mother's treatment, I have to wonder if some doctors (and/or their staff) really communicate with each other effectively. When a specialist achieves a satisfactory combination of medicines and dosage levels that are working, and says that they have notified the General Practitioner, why would the GP arbitrarily change any of this without even seeing or examining the patient. But, that is just one of several repetitive incidents that I have had to deal with. The worst case scenario for me, was when I had to write up a list of my mother's medications and dosages for the GP's staff, as they had apparently never updated the information from the specialist, yet they were the ones renewing the prescriptions on a monthly basis. One can seek a new doctor. But that is easier said than done, as finding a doctor who will accept any new senior patients on Medicare or Medicaid, is damn near impossible. I once, finally, found a new doctor for my elderly aunt, RIP, who was on Medicaid (whose affairs, I also looked after for a while). However, that became a nightmare, as he was a nice guy who could not say "No" to taking on new patients, but he and his staff were overwhelmed, resulting in the most inefficient medical care facility that I have ever encountered. Pattie, this is probably way more confusing information than you asked for, but that is what I have to offer from my experience with my mother's situation. I don't know if arthritis is hereditary or not, but I am experiencing it to a considerable degree myself. Many of my joints fail to operate "...like they used to..." My opposable digits, especially, fail to oppose in a satisfactory manner, and one knee is worse than the other, causing me to often walk in circles. Taking Glucosamine seems to help. Even my dog, Darby, takes it too, as neither one of us are "pups" anymore. As for myself, I'm thinking that in a few years, I will begin working my way north. I plan to take my fishing gear, bundle up in warm clothes, and go out and sit on the ice, like an old Eskimo, to wait for Al Gore's "Global Warming" to show up, so that I can avoid any further effects of old age arthritis. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: All Bomber Luncheon - Richland alumnisandstorm.com/Lunches/Current-ALL/00.html Even though the date had to be changed for the June luncheon, we still had a good sized group. When Bombers come together it doesn't matter if it is two, five or more. The talk is always interesting. I was a little scattered getting all the data I usually get. A Bomber cousin graduating having a party right after the luncheon, getting ready to go to Western Washington for my grand daughter's graduation had mind pretty busy. In attendance: Mary Judd Hinz ('60), George "Pappy" Swan ('59), Jeanne Swan (spouse - '62 Fairbanks Alaska), Leona Eckert ('65) Leona's daughter Joi, Marilyn "Em" De Vine ('52), Burt Pierard ('59), Missy Keeney ('59), Glen Rose ('58),Carol Rose (spouse - '62 Sunnyvale, CA), and myself. Many Bombers let me know they were traveling and would not be able to attend. Mary Judd Hinz ('60) talked about her up coming Croquet party for her and her husband's dance friends. Way to go Mary. Pappy and Jeanne surprised us because they had not been to the luncheon for months. Says he has been out turkey shooting. Haven't seen the one I keep waiting for him to send me. Guess I will have to wait until next season. Lots of talk about cooking turkeys. Thankfully we were all eating lunch so it wasn't making everyone hungry. Glen and Carol returned from Reno the day before so made it to the luncheon. They bought a new Hybrid car and have now taken two trips to Reno. Next is a trip to Vancouver for Glen's grand daughter's high school graduation. I will be traveling with them as well as Mrs. King mother of Julie King ('59). Mrs. King is 93 years old if I got the age right. Still lives in the same Ranch House she has for years. Glen and Carol say she is doing very well for her age. Jeanne let me know immediately she had the camera in tow. I let her know I wanted her email because it is more likely she will respond than busy "Pappy". She says he usually has around 600 emails in his inbox. Being off tramping in the lands of hunting he doesn't answer easily. When he is home he respond quickly. Good luck catching up Pappy. Burt had pictures of the Richland theater and updated us on what has been happening. Rising cost were giving a lot of questions in finishing the shakes, but Burt finally found them at the original price they had paid... those suckers are expensive. They will last a lot of years. Burt and Glen do work on weekends so if any Bomber has time on the weekend please help them out. An email to Burt to get the schedule would probably be good. Pictures show the three June birthdays. Missy sang her song and seemed to be having an outstanding time singing. Could hardly get her up to do it a few months ago. Now she rally's right to the cause. Thanks Missy. JD Diner has been changing on the outside rapidly. It is now grey, putty color with red trim. Some rock still showing. On the upper part of the front of the building is JD Diner with a logo. I suggested to Ray who is doing the remodeling (Hannah's the owner of JD's male friend) to do the same on the parking lot side. He liked the idea. The rough is next. Possible red. Hanna's flowers are phenomenal. Ray said he showed her how to plant and from there she has done wonders. Pots of flowers all over, water fountain and small area to sit outside. I'm pretty wordy for not thinking I caught much going on. *LOL* We will be doing the luncheon in July on the usual Second Saturday of the month. -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland the wind has finally stopped and temperatures are rising. Summer may be finally here. I have heard from various people I know around the country that they can't wait for summer to be here after the weather being so nasty. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Leona Eckert ('65) To Pattie Crigler Cole ('59) Re: Gout Have been trying to remember what med I was given for the inflammation caused by the Gout, but all the inflammation needs to be gone before you start using Allopurinol.Am sure there are more then one med name to relieve inflammation. Your doctor should know which to give you. Good luck. Bomber Cheers -Leona Eckert ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/10/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers and Mark Ingham sent stuff: Ray Wells ('54), Barbara Seslar ('60) Donna Bowers ('63), Gary Behymer ('64) David Rivers ('65), Janis Cook ('68) Mark Ingham (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bonnie Steeber ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Lee Lester ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray Wells ('54) To: Ray Hall ('57) Re: Gout Gout is one of the most painful known types of arthritis. This is how you develop gout: Purines are present in many foods and are beneficial to your body. After purines have served their purpose, purines break down into uric acid. For most people, this uric acid is dissolved in the blood, processed by the kidneys and eliminated through the urine. If, however, you suffer from gout, your body could have an increased production of uric acid that cannot be processed and eliminated efficiently. This condition, hyperuricemia, can lead to build up of sharp, needle-like uric acid crystals and is responsible for the onset of gout. These crystals can find their way into joint spaces where they will cause painful inflammation and other problems. Gravity usually pulls these crystals into your toes, although they can end up in any of your joints. Lifestyle can greatly affect your levels of uric acid, and increase your chance of getting gout. A diet rich in purines, excessive alcohol consumption (particularly beer), and being overweight increase your chances of getting gout. Medications also increase your chances of getting gout: Diuretics, anti- inflammatory medicines, and Niacin (to name a few) can contribute to gout. In order to get your gout under control you should do the following: 1. Eliminate alcohol 2. Only eat low purine foods. You can get purine lists off the Internet. 3. Take off excess weight. 4. Consider getting off a diuretic if you are on one. For me, my diuretic was the culprit. I was able to stop my body from hanging on to excess fluids by balancing my intake of Potassium and Sodium. I have a book on cardiology that recommends that you include four times as much Potassium in your diet as you do Sodium in order to naturally rid yourself of excess fluids. I did this, and find myself making more trips to the bathroom than when I was on the diuretic, and my blood pressure is still under control. Of course, if you try this, you should do it with the cooperation of your doctor. There are side effects associated with ALLOPURINOL, so why pay for a prescription if you can manage gout naturally? -Ray Wells ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barbara Seslar Brackenbush ('60) To: Pattie Crigler Cole ('59) Re: Your question about Methotrexate and its side effects Pattie: I've been taking it for about a year and a half or more and the only thing I've experienced, really, is the slight hair loss it mentions on the info sheet. My hair has always been very thick and it was shedding a lot until I cut back to 5 (started out at 6). If you aren't seeing a specialist, I highly recommend it. Primary doctors may not be up to date on the fast changing medical treatments. My mother was severely crippled in her hands and feet and never saw a specialist. How sad. My specialist started out aggressively treating me with Prednisone, Methotrexate and Orencia infusions. It made a real difference in the pain and has slowed down the other signs of the disease. I also take Tylenol. Someone mentioned he didn't know if it was hereditary. It can be. My mother, her father and her aunt had it that I know of. May God bless you and keep you close to Him. -Barbara Seslar Brackenbush ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Bowers Rice (Gold Medal Class of '63) To: Pappy Swan ('59) Pappy: I find what you are talking about very interesting. As part of my move to the midwest I found that I needed to change how I viewed inflammation in the mouth. I was charged with ridding the body of all bleeding when seeing patients as a hygienist, so I began a journey that most people would not attempt. Even though people take all sorts of medications that thin blood and increase bleeding, there were no recommendations about that, I was only supposed to pay attention to the bacteria and eliminate all inflammation (even if there are many good bacteria... we were supposed to eliminate them all either by using meds that desquamate, cytotoxize or dissallow collagen formation). So I thought drugs could be a modifying factor for bleeding. I found a drug program called Lexi dental drug and began using that as I evaluated my patients for the need for epinepherine etc. (as well as bleeding tendencies). I found that some of the directions did not jive with my Dental Drug Reference textbook, as well as my Dealing With Medically Compromised textbook. Sometimes I would get 2 (and even 3) different directions as to how to handle epinepherine. As I transferred all the precautions from my Dental drug Reference text to my Lexi notes, I began to notice that an extreme amount of drugs had the precaution: "If blood dyscrasias - MD consult". After you have written that maybe hundreds of times for all the drugs listed in the text book, you begin to ask yourself WHY!!! The next thing I took note of is the my Dealing with Medically Compromised Individuals text surely had noted far more blood dyscrasias than when I had originally graduated from hygiene school. My question is this: Can any Bomber Pharmacist tell me if blood dyscrasias have increased within the last 20 years and if so are they drug related? And how can they get away with just grouping everything into a big criteria such a "Blood Dyscrasias" (since many drugs effect the blood). I guess I wanted pharmacists to tell me which drug was going to thin the blood and which one might cause clotting. Any takers... Bomber Pharmacists? Since I know that 65-70% of all drugs that older adults take dry their mouth out, I was also wondering where or what else occurs in other parts of the body (since drying the mouth out causes more inflammation instead of less and we seem to have rampant inflammatory diseases) is there a correlation? Now I am reading more books on the subject and, Pappy, you might read "Overdose" by Cohen if you want to understand the problems we have with dosages of drugs and side effects. It might help you with understanding your mom's meds. Interesting stuff!!?!! I hope this doesn't qualify for the Sandbox, as my last entry about global warming did. Just need my questions answered. -Donna Bowers Rice (Gold Medal Class of '63) ~ here in St. Lois, MO where it is either hot and muggy or we are having tornado alerts **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Do You Remember These? http://oldfortyfives.com/DYRT.htm -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: What a blaaaaaaaaaast Hey... I'm back from 4 wonderful days in Manti, Utah! Now before last Thursday, I would never have thought I could make that statement. I also learned that I am a wealth of misinformation... but what else is new... The "Rat Fink Reunion" was held at the Home of Ed "Big Daddy" Roth. Big Daddy passed away on April 4, 2001, one month to the day after turning 69 years old. He and Ilene had only been married for 3 years when Ed died. Ed had been a legend in low brow art, hot rod and motor cycle circles since the '50s. He opened a paint shop in Maywood, CA in those years and also stumbled upon the idea of painting t-shirts, sweatshirts and the like with "creatures", the most famous of which is the "Rat Fink"... the "anti-Mickey Mouse"... Ed, Frank "Magoo" Roberts, Kenny "Von Dutch" Howard, who had been friends for many years were busy trying to make a living out of crazy painting and pin striping automobiles back in those days... Ed concocted many really strange looking cars that became famous... many have been lost over time but with the help of several of his friends since his death, much of the crazy stuff Roth did during his life has been recovered and restored... when he died, Ilene had to reconstruct his dealings along with the many, many licenses for which he continued to receive royalties... What a huge task... Several years ago, Roth and a bunch of his buddies in the trade began to hold the Rat Fink Reunion... the first, several years ago in Wendover at the salt flats... After his death the boyz continued the practice and I mistakenly said the other day that Ilene had stopped it after Ed died... I was wrong... When Moon took over the Rat Fink Christmas Affair, she asked them to stop using the name for that event... the Reunion, however, has continued at her (Ed's) house in Manti... This was my first trip... Magoo bugged me to make the trip this year and I decided by golly I'd go... dang am I glad I did... The house is full of Ed's creations and all the product spin-offs... the Museum is full of larger items, his work shop... all the old silk screens, a large work shop for stripers and a huge gift store... We were treated like family and I had the time of my life... Magoo, Greg "Coup" Cooper and two former Disney illustrators and I made what has become their pilgrimage to the grave site... at about 10PM... this is a huge Mormon grave yard behind a huge temple... naturally they got lost and we searched all over for the grave... we knew it was above two people named Funk... we were looking for "Funk, Funk and Fink"... (there's a good story there too... or as Coup kept saying... "There's a t-shirt in there somewhere")... Coup, Magoo and one of the Disney guys had striped Ed's casket before he was buried... It was like the stooges looking for the grave but we finally found it and dropped in our respective 2 cents worth onto the grave stone... Magoo had suffered some heart problems that took him to the hospital the day before... he kept asking for aspirin but after I got them in his mouth he couldn't swallow them and we called the ambulance to take him two towns over... there were several paramedics in the shop and they took good care of him before he went to the hospital... I went over to make sure he was OK and then came back... so at the site the next night there was much laughter about how it was almost "Funk, Funk, Fink and Frank"... I know it sounds awful but it was so funny we were all crying with laughter as we left... I wish I could recount all the things we did... One of the fellows there had restored about 8 of Ed's old Crazy cars... It was such a great time... Ilene and her family kept us well fed and just made us all feel like family which is what she called us... I will not miss the Rat Fink Reunion again if I can help it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Janis Cook Tames ('68) To: Pattie Crigler Cole ('59) and Pappy Swan ('59) Yes, I have had many years experience with Methotrexate. I have rheumatoid arthritis and have tried just about everything out there. I take an injection of .4 mil. once weekly, this is usually always prescribed along with other meds for RA as well. I have had RA diagnosed about 5 years ago, but feel like I have been battling it a lot longer than that, and was told that it was various other things instead. I also have osteoarthritis in my knees and need both replaced, but the doctor keeps saying that they can't do that until the RA is under control. I have been seeing a specialist in Spokane for 2 years now, and am finally getting a little relief, I am currently taking 5 medications for it, all in combination. Yes, weight gain is a big problem, no pun intended, and the side effects and long term damage from Prednisone is awful. I have had a fractured ankle and 2 breaks in my spine from softening bones due to predinsone. But I can't seem to live without it, I have tried and the pain is unbearable, who would think that one medication could make such a difference. I just had 2 back surgeries to fix the fractures, which made a big difference. I am disabled now and life is certainly difficult and disillusioning at 57, but thank goodness for meds that do help. I have even tried the low grade chemo meds but got no relief from that, and they were $6,000 a treatment. As for the commercials on TV, yes they can be daunting by the side effects that these meds can cause but sometimes a little relief is worth it. I have gained about 50 lbs in the last 4 or 5 years and am also diabetic, so exercise is almost impossible. My doctors keep telling me that you have inherited a nasty set of genes. So they obviously believe that it is hereditary. My folks had arthritis but not this kind. My father had osteoporosis and I have that as well. If you need to know anything else that I can tell you, please let me know. -Janis Cook Tames ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mark Ingham (NAB) Re: Days Pay Greetings Richland Alums! My name is Mark Ingham, I work for the City of Richland. I'm working on a program detailing "days pay". I'm looking for any residents who lived in Richland at that time and/or residents who actually gave up their days pay to help in the effort. If you would be willing to talk with me on camera about this amazing time in our history, please email or call me. Thanks for your help!! -Mark Ingham (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/11/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Patricia Rediske ('63), Gary Behymer ('64) Betti Avant ('69), Greg Alley ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Darlene Minard ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry Aeschliman ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ted Ogston ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patricia Rediske Weatherman ('63) Re: medications vs "natural" Have been following with interest all the posts about medications, gout, arthritis, and incidental mentions of high blood pressure, diabetes, etc. I have to agree with Ray Wells ('54). Especially in these tougher economic times, why pay for medications that have substantial unwanted side effects, as well as being high priced (in some cases). I have taken an acid blocker medication-first by prescription and then OTC, for several years and now have put myself in the hands of a Naturopath to see if I can live healthier and longer and cheaper without all this stuff. It seems to boil down to too little stomach acid-not too much-what a paradox! Check out the internet for some very eye opening reading about conventional medication vs natural substances, and working with your body rather than against it. As always, check with your doctor, but don't be afraid to ask some hard questions, and check out alternatives and alternative providers. -Patricia Rediske Weatherman ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Web site of interest to Bombers (;-) Lawrence Fritts ('71) http://www.lawrencefritts.com/bandphotos.html -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: "Rat Fink" To: David Rivers ('65) I remember when I was younger my brothers and I bought model kits of a "rat fink". It of course was a rat and after putting it together one could paint it in any colors they wanted to. It's funny how things that some people remember others recall for a different reason. Good luck in your campaign. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where the Cascades are getting new snow **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Greg Alley ('73) To: Ray Wells ('54) Re: Gout Thanks for the extra information on gout and remedies. I have it and I fit the bill you explained in your posting. I was about 32, single, overweight, drank lots of beer, and ate more meat and fast food than good food for you when I first got it. It is really painful and it liked my knees more than the big toe so I have pain for life because of it. It is truly called gout arthritis. Number one suggestion is to drink lots of water. There is no blood test you can get real quick to check your uric acid levels so an attack can be coming on and you don't know. Did I mention drink water? -Greg Alley ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Gary Oberg ('73) ~ 7/2/55 - 6/4/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/12/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Ray Kelly ('63) Gary Behymer ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave Sheeley ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray Kelly (Gold Medal Class of '63) To: Greg Alley ('73) I am sure there will be many responses from other Bombers who have worked in the health care field, but it is not true that there is no simple blood test for uric acid. A test for uric acid is included in most general automated chem panels and has been since I first worked in a hospital lab in the late '60s. There are hundreds of millions of these tests done every year in the US. -Ray Kelly (Gold Medal Class of '63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Old & New Richland Bomber sites... Hanford's A-bomb builders focus on the lives they saved Return to traditional values ? The Blanding Family "Day's Pay" Richland Journal; Little Sentiment Here To Ban the Bomb HOW COOL IS THIS --- The Richland High School Bombers -Gary Behymer ('64) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/13/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Mike Clowes ('54), Barbara von Olnhausen ('62) David Rivers ('65), Leona Eckert ('65) Cathy Geier ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: the "Count-down Begins" dept. These are earlier returns, not all precincts have reported, and the networks all claim it is too early to call. Not to be outdone, these are the early figures for the Club 40 Reunion in September: Class of '48 - 1 Class of '49 - 2 Class of '51 - 2 Class of '52 - 1 Class of '53 - 1 Class of '54 - 3 Class of '56 - 2 Class of '57 - 2 Class of '58 - 15 Class of '59 - 1 Class of '60 - 2 Class of '61 - 2 Class of '62 - 1 If you want to see who the guilty parties are, they might be posted on the Club 40 web page: http://richlandclub40.org. Registration forms are also on the web page. For you members of the Class of '68, a reminder from our by-laws: "Incoming classes (those celebrating their 40th reunion) and joining Club 40 for the annual party shall pay their dues. These dues will be considered paid in full for the following calendar year." Dues, at the present time, are, as they were in the beginning, still only $5.00. Such a deal. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barbara von Olnhausen ('62) To: Gary Behymer ('64) Thanks for the interesting posts. Re: Richland Journal; Little Sentiment Here To Ban the Bomb "The baseball coach, Scott Woodward, also dislikes the cloud and has said he will not allow it on his team's uniforms no matter how the students vote. 'If it does appear,' he said, 'there will be somebody else coaching.'" Did Coach Woodward quit his job when the students voted to keep the cloud? -Barbara von Olnhausen ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65)\ Re: Heading for the LA Roadster Show Darn... ya know this campaign has just got me so busy can't do nuthin'... well, I guess I did take 4 days for the Rat Fink Reunion last weekend... and then there's the L.A. Roadster show tomorrow for the rest of this weekend and then there is the '65er gathering next weekend and well... uh... guess I can't complain... But there is a month long celebration that will start on Sunday and since I won't be here to comment on it and wish HB, I thought I'd better get this off today... and since I don't know what time I'll get back Sunday I've got a Monday B-day that needs attention today too... The month long deal involves two '65ers... total Bomber-Babes of course... I think they start their celebration on the 15th and go for a month but I could be wrong and they may have started on the first... the Monday birthday is one of those Bomber-Babe '64 types... one of those girls that most guys probably had a crush on at some point during our school years either during Jr or Sr High... So anyway, Please join me in wishing Cathy Mouton ('65) and Jan Bell ('64) a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY on the 15th and 16th respectively... Sorry Murphy ('65) you gotta wait till the 23rd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Leona Eckert ('65) To: Gary Behymer ('64) Thanks Gary for the links to those interesting sites [in yesterday's Sandstorm]. Really enjoyed them. -Leona Eckert ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Cathy Geier ('66) Hello Everyone What is that? That yellow hot orb above us? I am confused. I was getting to like the grey overcast days, wearing my winter coats and turning up the heat in the car! TOO MUCH STUFF SALE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! COME ONE COME ALL Saturday in Wallingford! 43 rd and Midvale N. 10 - 2 PM CASH only please YAYA With the help of a wonderful Bomber .. from the best class ever.. 1966, (name unrevealed due to not asking his permission) I got a full truckload of things over the Pass before the fog closed in. Now I am clearing a few decks and selling things as there are about 2 truck loads more left.. some depends on if I sell/give away things in Richland or bring them here. I have an old school type teachers oak desk.. bought from a moving sale ages ago. Takers? COME VISIT Bring things to sell as well. -Cathy Geier ('66) ~ from Sunny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Seattle ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/14/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice: Cindy Payton ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gus Keeney ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: James Pedersen ('72) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Jimmie Shipman ('51) and Roberta Adkins ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Cindy Payton Hoffman ('65) Re: Bomber brother and dad Douglas Payton, brother of Rodney ('58) and father of daughters Cindy ('65), Angela ('69), Kelley ('72) and Karis ('79) died peacefully June 4th in his home. A memorial/celebration of his life will be held Tuesday June 17th at noon at the Richland Baptist Church. http://obit.einansfuneralhome.com/listcurrent -Cindy Payton Hoffman ('65) ~ Santa Fe, NM **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Ed Harris ('65) ~ 10/25/46 - 6/11/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/15/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff: Llorene Myers ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nadine Smith ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cathy Mouton ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Debbie Lien ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Eileen O'Neil ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jo Heidlebaugh ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Llorene Myers Bezanson ('72) Re: Clyde Bergdahl, WWII artist info Does anyone know anything about an artist during WWII by the name of Clyde Bergdahl (Bergdall?)? I have a copy of a hand-drawn map of Richland, signed by him in 1946 that I would like to have more information on. Sorenson was listed in an old Alumni Sandstorm entry as having interviewed him before his death. Can you help? -Llorene Myers Bezanson ('72) ~ Richland where we finally got some real sunshine... ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/16/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Bill Berlin ('56), Rosalie Geiger ('57) Ken Brinkerhoff ('61) Jim Hamilton ('63) and Nancy Wick ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marcia Miller ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon Lovinger ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jan Bell ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Flag Day and Bugles Me, I fly two flags every day. Old Glory and the US Coast Guard pendant very proudly outside of my garage where all passers by can see. A guy down the street, taking my queue, flies the Stars and Stripes and the US Marine Corp flag and next to him a neighbor flies the Stars and Stripes and the US Naval Academy flag. We know where we all stand and what military stories to tell. Up the street is a couple who fly Old Glory and the Maple Leaf of Canada as he is a Yank and she is a Canuck and both served in their respective militaries. The Canadians show their flag more than we do down here, not because they are more patriotic but they can do that more on product labels, banners, etc. and we cannot, or should not. In 1986 whilst I was working in Vancouver, B.C., they held the World's Fair there and one time a group of us from the office went out to lunch. We walked south on Pender Street (I think it was Pender) and at the end of the street was this massive Canadian Maple Leaf flag standing out in the brisk wind. I said to the group something like "Man, doesn't that make your heart pick up speed a little?" The other three guys were Canadians and one of the younger said to me "What the heck to you care? You're a Yank." I then told him in no calm manner, that I was a "patriot" first and foremost and that I had stood shoulder to shoulder with Canadian troops in harm's way and elsewhere and paid homage to all flags flown by free countries, the Maple Leaf and Union Jack included with Old Glory. The older gentleman in the group, a Canadian Army WW II vet, then gave these two young guys, who had never served in The Forces (Canada has combined their Army, Navy and Air Force into a single body called The Forces) and dressed them down right on the sidewalk. Then he bought me lunch and we both won $50 on a single lottery tickets. Fate shines brightly on those who hold freedom high. Take a look at this site. It gives the official list of all of the bugle calls issued by the US Army and probably goes back to Horse Soldier days. http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/land/bugle.htm Re: Father's Day My Dad, Brig. General William C. K. A. Berlin, Jr. (Ret.) died young at the age of 54. He and I were close, very close and whilst he was disappointed that my brother Bruce (KHS) joined the Navy and I the Coast Guard, he was still proud of our serving. I try to get to his grave site once every two or three years but I go alone as it is a very personal time for me. I am, to a great extent, as successful as I have been over the years because of him. It was somewhat a military experience for my brother and I growing up but that was not all bad and certainly it gave us a base for a lot of disciplines that I have used more than once over my lifetime and that was just one of his gifts to me over the years. Father's Day is pretty quiet for me and aside from talking to my kids and grandkids, I spend it in reflection of my Dad who died so young and so many years ago... 44 years ago. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ Anacortes, WA where we now have had two days of sun and everyone around town is sporting a real sunburn. Hope all you Bomber Dad's had a great day yesterday. I did. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rosalie Geiger Hughes ('57) To: Betty McElhaney Hudspeth ('57) and Tom Matthews ('57) I'm late reading back on some of the topics, so I might have missed something. Re: About Kindergarten in '45 I attended kindergarten in 1945 at Lewis and Clark. They had a morning class and an afternoon class. I was in the afternoon class. Betty, Remember working at the Uptown Theater? -Rosalie Geiger Hughes ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ken Brinkerhoff ('61) Hi Maren. After reading today's Sandstorm with the question from Llorene Myers Bezanson ('72) about Clyde Bergdahl, I did an internet search. Guess where the hits came from? It was the Sandstorm archives. In the 03/01/06 Sandstorm, Don Sorenson (NAB) referenced an interview with Clyde Bergdahl, a few years before his death, regarding Wellsian Way and the pond there. Don provided some old photos of the pond. Helen Cross Kirk ('62) responded in the 03/09/06 Sandstorm, noting that she knew Clyde Bergdahl and his wife well. The Sandstorm keeps Bombers in touch but is also a wonderful historical treasure of Richland and the surrounding areas. Thanks, Maren!!!! I copied and pasted the pertinent excerpts from the Sandstrorm archives below. ************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/01/06 >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB) Re: Wellsian Way To: All The discussion of how Wellsian Way became to be is because of it's proximity of the wells. This information comes by way of an interview I did with Clyde Bergdahl a few years before his death. Apparently there was quite a fishing hole in this area. I have found a few pictures to share. Wellsian Lake - Fish Netting, stocking and Juvenile Fishing alumnisandstorm.com/htm2006/Xtra/Soren/060308-00.html ****************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/09/06 >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) To: Don Sorenson (NAB) I looked at all the old photos you shared of Wellsian Pond, and I remember Clyde Bergdahl well, as he and his wife, Betty, were youth leaders at CUP church. I think these photos illustrate what was great about being raised in Richland in the '50s. It reminds me of Mayberry and the old Andy Griffith shows on T.V. and the Waltons of "Goodnight, JohnBoy" fame. It seemed that back then we were focused on what was good and interesting and helpful, and not on what was politically correct. -Ken Brinkerhoff ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) and Nancy Wick Hamilton ('65) Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright, The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light, And somewhere men are laughing, and little children shout; This above is from Casey at Bat and has nothing to do with our birthday girl other than reflect the "Joie de Vivre" for which she is the Poster Child. She was 16 on the 16th, so that must mean that today she can start collecting Social Security, kinda. Happy Birthday Jan Bell ('64), but be careful with the Tiki Torches up there in the woods The forever young and always lovely Miss Nancy and jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton ('63) and Nancy Wick Hamilton ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/17/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Helen Cross ('62) Bill Scott ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Sams ('65) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Dick Boehning & Linda Belliston ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) To: Llorene Myers Bezanson ('72) The Betty and Clyde Bergdall family lived on the other side of uptown Richland. I went to church with Bob Bergdall, and his mom was my Sunday School teacher and youth director sometimes. I hope one of their children will respond to your request, as they could answer some of your questions. I didn't know what Mr. Bergdall did, but he and his family were great. Re: Catching Up I am catching up on some back issues I missed, and have to laugh about this urban legend. If that is true, then it occurred when the blarney stone was placed somewhere else. Now is it on the top of a castle. On the side wall. I doubt anyone coming from the pub would want to climb up there now on the way home, and besides, I'm quite sure there is a charge to go kiss the blarney stone... my husband did kiss the stone... it's awkward to do so as it's sort of out over wide open space... but I'm sure years of rain has cleaned the stone of it's nightly "grime" if it was ever placed so locals could walk by it. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ Grandview, IN where it's been hot, up in the 90s some days. We had a huge rainstorm Friday night with some flooding in the parsonage. But compared to the life threatening floods of Iowa, and other places, our loses were minor. Our prayers go out to the families affected. trying to find a cheap fare to come out west to my Cross family reunion and go visit my son in California too, so I'm inside on a hot day, and thankful for the AC here, **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Scott ('64) Re: The recent missives concerning Clyde Bergdahl None of them has mentioned Janet Bergdahl, who graduated Col-Hi sometime right around when I did. Wasn't she his daughter? -Bill Scott ('64) ~ Nipomo, CA land of the foreclosed houses ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/18/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers and Don Sorenson sent stuff: Mike Clowes ('54), Larry Mattingly ('60) Gary Behymer ('64), Robert Avant ('69) Don Sorenson (NAB) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** SHARING... FROM THE EDITOR: HOW SMART IS YOUR RIGHT FOOT? 1. Without anyone watching you (they'll think you are GOOFY...) and while sitting at your desk in front of your computer, lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles. 2. Now, while doing this, draw the number '6' in the air with your right hand. Your foot will change direction. I told you so!!! And there's nothing you can do about it! You and I both know how stupid it is, but before the day is done you are going to try it again, if you've not already done so. -Maren **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: "Few More Numbers" Dept. More have joined in on the fun. Here's the latest count: Class of '45 - 1 Class of '48 - 2 Class of '49 - 4 Class of '51 - 2 Class of '52 - 4 Class of '53 - 5 Class of '54 - 3 Class of '55 - 1 Class of '56 - 5 Class of '57 - 2 Class of '58 - 27 (what a bunch of party animals!) Class of '59 - 3 Class of '60 - 5 Class of '61 - 2 Class of '62 - 1 Class of '63 - 1 Class of '64 - 1 To find out whom, and on what night, check the Club 40 web page: richlandclub40.org Re: The "What's with That?" Dept. Don't know how many of you watched the Tony Awards last Sunday. If you did, maybe you can clarify if my eyes were deceiving me. During the production number from the revival of "Grease" I thought I saw two Bombers. At least they were wearing "Green & Gold" with no "ducks" in sight. One girl was dressed as a cheerleader in a green and gold pleated skirt and gold sweater. Her sweater had some emblem on in, but she didn't stand still long enough to make it out. Her partner was a letterman wearing the classic green jacket with light colored leather sleeves and a gold "R" on his chest. There was something on the back, but, again, he didn't stand still enough to get a good look. Am I hallucinating here, or did anyone else get the same view? Of course, if you still watch on a DuPont TV, you might not notice the colors. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ hangin' ten in Mount Angel, OR, where the rains have subsided for the moment. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Tri-City Herald history Want to know what they said about your family in the early days? From Now until June 19th the Historical Newspaper Collection has FREE access. Go to: http://www.ancestry.com/ Find the Historical Newspaper Collection graphic. Click on it to open, and use the search engine. The Tri-City Herald IS in the collection. Lots of goodies and tidbits... search by entering your last name and see what comes up. I found 25 references to my family. Celebrating 50 years in display fireworks in '08 -J Larry Mattingly ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Speaking of Bergdahl... Bergdahl Hill was the place to be in the winter. In the summer? I'm thinking that they had a dock on the river? (Anyone have photos of Bergdahl Hill or the river during the summer?) Re: The Drive-In Turns 75 Happy 75th Birthday Drive-In Theaters http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/drive-in.html Re: Curious in Colfax... BOMB SQUAD: Army removes old ordnance from Richland home... http://www.tri-cityherald.com/945/story/214883.html OK... Who lived at 1206 Van Giesen St? Signed Curious in Colfax -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Avant ('69) Re: Think you have it bad? I just returned from the UK where, if my math is correct, currently unleaded gasoline is running at $10 per gallon. Saving money by going diesel? $12 per gallon. On the fun side we went to Anne Hathaway's home (Wm. Shakespeare's wife) and saw a still working farm. Hard to believe that the farm has been going for 4+ centuries. Lots of thatched roofs in the area, but they were illegal in Stratford-On-Avon since before Shakespeare's time. -Robert Avant ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB) Re: Clyde Bergdall What I know about Clyde Bergdall and the lithograph of Richland. After the war Richland was a hot spot of interest. No pun intended. Anyway, Clyde was asked by Bill Goslin (RIP) to do something interesting for the Washington State PTA meeting scheduled in 1946. Clyde was a pretty good artist. In fact several times his talent was called upon during his days in wartime Hanford to draw safety cartoons used in safety meetings. Anyway Bill's thought was something that would show the areas interest. Hanford was interesting enough but not enough to fill out the drawing. So Clyde incorporated other geological areas of interest. Horse Heaven Hills, Frenchmans Flats, Gable MTN etc. He wanted to use color so it needed to be a lithograph. A lithograph machine was in Walla Walla... Clyde considered them but the government also had a lithograph machine. He had to ask permission from Colonel Fredrick Clarke Area Engineer. So with the sketch and the means to print it now he needed a clever way to present it. In those days it was customary to open meetings with a word of prayer. Since folks would be bowing their heads the first thing to come into view would be a place mat. Which is exactly what this is. After the prayer the person who offered it noticed very few if any looked up! They were all mesmerized by Clyde's creation. Guests removed their new found treasures and spoke at great length while admiring the artwork. Needless to say it was a tremendous hit! Everyone wanted additional copies to take back. The local schools requested more to sell as a fund raiser the same request came from those across the State. Clyde hadn't made that many so he made arrangements with the Walla Walla lithographer. Now the signed copy is a second generation. The original is not signed. There have been several runs of this incredibly detailed litho. Now his litho of the St. Lawrence Seaway is even better but, in my opinion, lacks the impact of this 1946 creation. So that's what I know about the litho. Another thing Clyde's famous for is cutting up a house and moving a portion of it next to the river. That home had a lot of character. I spent a number of hours talking to Clyde about Hanford but he was very proud of his family and was terribly in love with Betty. It is a treasure to me just having known them both. -Don Sorenson (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/19/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Em De Vine ('52), Mike Clowes ('54) Tom Tracy ('55), Cathy Geier ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David Anguiano ('97) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn "Em" De Vine ('52) Hi......please note my new email address. All goes well here, except for having TOO MANY PROJECTS!! The beautiful wood deck on my patio concrete slab is just about completed. More flowers and ground cover planted in the front yard. Still lots of weeding to be done, plus raking up more of those darn Maple "whirly" seeds. I hired my tree to be trimmed but the guys didn't get around to it until most of the little buggers had already fallen. Plus, my underground sprinkler system isn't doing its thing. I've had 2 different guys work on it but it still won't go. Rats! I will leave here on July 3rd, arriving in Anchorage, AK at 3 in the morning on the 4th. The plan at present, is to stay for 2 months. This is the 1st time I've ever used my frequent flier miles so it will only be $5 for me (one way) but $100 for my dog. (Ahhh---the joys of owning pets!) Last Saturday, Club 40 had a very productive meeting. Any of you who qualify but haven't joined, really ought to look into it. Just $5 a year. -Marilyn "Em" De Vine ('52) ~ in the north end of Richland where we don't very often get those hard winds. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) One of the results of the last Club 40 Board meeting was that starting this September at the annual gathering, the membership will be voting for Club Officers. When you check in on Friday, along with your name tag(s) and other items, you will receive a ballot with the names of those running for the Club offices. Please take the time to fill them out and put them in the assigned location. The winners will be announced during the scheduled business portion of Friday night's entertainment, along with finding out who the new Board Members are. Possibly next year, the ballots for the Club Officers and the Class Representatives will be included in the Spring/Summer issue of The Bomber DustStorm. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ still in Mount Angel, OR where the sun is valiantly trying to burn through the cloud deck. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy ('55) Re: How Smart is your Right Foot? 6/18/08 Sandstorm Maren, Be careful about that right foot stuff... that may be what the Hokey is All About. You might carefully follow the German Airlines Flagship Company, Lufthansa... It never lets the Right Hansa know what it's doing according to a competitor, British Airways. To: Gary Behymer ('64) Thanks for reminding us what our alumni hold dear about our hometown history. Thanks for keeping succeeding generations informed. I felt especially sorry for the few educators who were embarrassed when Japanese visitors came to visit RHS. Too bad the library doesn't distribute the book written by Yuki Tanaka, a lecturer in Japanese studies at the University of Western Australia. His book "Hidden Horrors", takes us from 1937 through the Rape of Nanking, pictures of deliberately machine-gunned babies, burying people alive, be-heading competitions, cannibalizing of allied prisoners. Some things teachers should intellectually arm themselves with... to keep from ever feeling embarrassed about the extraordinary efforts to defeat the enemy forces in WWII and end the war. Even through all these miserable acts, good things still come from most people everywhere. A long-time friend who recently passed away was a WWII Prisoner of the Japanese. His group was nearly starved to death by the guards, but said they were saved because the civilians in the neighborhood couldn't stand to see the enemy starve to death and sneaked food to them. He and a group went back to Japan three times to try to find those who helped and thank them... they returned tearfully, unable to personally think those brave Japanese men and women who had saved their lives... He spoke often of the bravery of those kind acts. He was a big fan of Richland's patriotism... "Day's Pay" and "Fat Man"... He retired as a successful cattle rancher in California and did a lot of business with his good friend and actor, Joel McCrea. At times he recalled a moment of humor that had punctuated his war zone. He flew the Hump in Burma, delivering barrels of fuel and mules to air fields. On one stop he said, "We noticed a wooden grave marker beside the runway and went over to read the inscription which noted: "Here lies Matilda the mule. In her life time she kicked 12 privates, 4 sergeants, 2 lieutenants and one land mine". I miss Earl. He was a good friend and his stories helped keep life in perspective. Even though we may be a bit stubborn as RHS alums... we always try not to stumble across any of those land mines... or attempt Maren's ultra-dexterous dance steps and hand signalling motions while driving, text messaging or reading a print-out of The Sandstorm. With good Bomber Thoughts to all, -Tom Tracy ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Cathy Geier ('66) Re: How Smart is your Right Foot? 6/18/08 Sandstorm ok ok I tried it hmph thanks... that was fun do you know why? -Cathy Geier ('66) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/20/08 - Longest Day of the Year ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Betty Bell ('51), Marguerite Groff ('54) Tom Verellen ('60), Dena Evans ('64) Gary Behymer ('64), David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dorothy Keys ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) This is just a reminder that the EASY SWING BAND will play for the Richland Seniors Associations All-Ages dance on Friday, June 20th from 1:00 to 4:00 at the Richland Community Center. Lots of good music and good friends! Pre-packaged finger foods are welcome but never required. Tickets are $4 at the door. Hope to see you there! There will also be a "Fifth-Sunday" dance from 1:00 to 4:00 on Sunday, June 29th - also at the Richland Community Center. The 6-piece EASY SWING BAND plays for this - with the addition of John LaChappelle for one. Tickets for the Sunday and special dances are $5 at the door. -Betty Bell Norton ('51) ~ Richland - with nice warm days and cool nights **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) #1 on my agenda has been to join many of you in praying for your families and everyone living in the those flood ravaged areas. With all the chaos it's a great possibility that some of our Bomber grads are involved. Maren's experience [with Katrina] proved that not even a Bomber is safe. Just wanted to add my prayers to the many. #2 is to remind our local gals of '54 that today is our lunch at Granny's. It really does seem appropriate that we always meet there since we are all granny's. Hope to see you at about noon today. Looking forward to Club 40 this year. Hope to see lots of '54 folks. Keep in mind that our very own 55th reunion will be in 2009. -Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) ~ In Richland and enjoying our beautiful weather. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) Quite by accident I have become a father figure to hundreds of babies. It all started when I moved the few fish that I kept in a smaller pond into the larger deeper pond to get through the winter. The small pond (250 gal size) is used to circulate the total volume of the two ponds to help keep it clean. While the ponds were sitting dormant into early spring a couple of frogs got frisky in the still water and since there were no fish to dine on their eggs, and other predators are held at bay by bird netting and a low voltage electric fence, the frogs/tadpoles have flourished. There is a bunch of them. Attached is a photo of ? Mom and it is sticking close by for several weeks now. AlumniSandstorm.com/htm2008/Xtra/Any/080620-Verellen-frog.jpg The size of this one (I call Mom) is less that two inches nose to tail. I have no idea what kind of frogs these are or what their preferable habitat will be as adults but it looks like there are going to be more than this back yard can handle. The neighbors are prone to using chemicals regularly and I suspect that isn't a good home for little frogs. Since I am currently in the middle of garage construction I really don't have the time to spend researching "Making little frogs safe and happy". Any help out there? Anybody want to adopt some tadpoles? Suggestions on locations to Free the Frogs here in Western WA (near Lacey). -Tom Verellen ('60) ~ from Frog Manor summer is upon us. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dena Evans ('64) Re: voting To: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Just my opinion on the voting subject, but the voting only on Friday will omit the alumni attending Saturday's festivities only. I cannot afford to attend both evenings, as I am sure that many other alumni are in the same dilemma. With the gas situation the way it is, many people can only afford one evening. Hopefully you amend this with as emergency meeting of the Club 40 Officers. The tallies can be taken on Saturday evening, giving both dates the opportunity to vote. -Dena Evans ('64) ~ Here in beautiful downtown Burbank, WA with Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64). I am here to attend the wedding of Larry Holloway ('64) and Mary Massey Horsey ('64) on June 21st. What a beautiful day that is going to be. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) 60 Years After the Secret... http://www.aiipowmia.com/inter25/in090805secret60.html Mentioned in the above news item was friend and former grain man Millard E. Hileman author of "1051". I met Millard when I came to Colfax in 1974. Later I found he lived a block from my folks who had moved from Richland in 1978 to the double-wide park South of Columbia Center. Millard E. Hileman ~ 8/6/1914 - 10/21/1994 ~ Salute! -Gary Behymer ('64) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [See also this page of Hanford Construction Camp stats: http://richlandbombers.1944.tripod.com/44HCC/1944HCC.htm] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Getting ready to go in for a few and Mark exhibits for trial next week... then off to the '65er gathering in Richland... The 23rd is Diane Murphy's ('65) Birthday, but she and Mouton ('65) have been at it for a while...they probably went off to France or Spain or some other exciting place to celebrate their birthdays... I'll be sure and think fun thoughts of them while I'm with the gang in Richland... yeeeeehaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Happy Birthday Diane!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Jim Bouslaugh ('67) ~ 10/5/48 - 6/4/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/21/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Mike Clowes ('54), John Browne ('61) Jim Hamilton ('63), Gary Behymer ('64) Patti McLaughlin ('65), Llorene Myers ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan Rushworth ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rob Hills ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Hames ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) To: Dena Evans ('64) Re: [Club 40] Voting You are correct, but this is a one-time only event. In future voting for both the Club Officers and Class Representatives will be carried out as was the voting for Class Representatives this year by a ballot in the [Club 40 Bomber] DustStorm. The reason for doing it on Friday, is that Friday has been selected as the day of voting in accordance with changes to the Club's By-laws. Not a very good explanation, I know, but things keep changing. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where according to weather experts, Thursday, the 19th, was technically the longest day of the year. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Re: Frogman To: Tom V ('60) Better tell your little posse to "stop pressing your magic twangers, Froggies"... or, better yet, tell your neighbors to Lay off the Sprays. Looks like a red-legged citizen-frog to me... Rana aurora, maybe... unless the taxonomists have rearranged the texts (which they are wont to do- something about "job protection"). If you're feeling the least bit crypto-anarchistic, you can drop the tads in any overlooked wet spot (like where the creek goes under Martin Way)... and Lacey is surrounded by lakes & wetlands (O! the Joy!). Happy parenthood, my friend! ^..^ -John Browne, Jr. ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) For those of you wanting to maximize the longest day of the year, I have one thing you can take off of your list in order to leave yourself more time for pleasant activities. Don't wish Rob Hills ('63) a Happy Birthday, if you do he'll just expect you to do it again next year and the next. Then he'll forget your birthday 'cause he's going to the Dollar Store to compare notes with LaMont DeJong ('63), or walking his dogs or some other lame excuse. So to Robbie Hills, "Blow out the candles on this" Jimbeaux p.s. Vitamin P (Prednisone), is making chemo bearable, and we're over the half way line, headin' down the back stretch. I'm saving my razor sharp jaw line for the reunion. -Jim Hamilton ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Important things to know to make it through life... How to close a bag of chips without using a clip... -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti McLaughlin Cleavenger ('65) Re: Bergdahl My son just returned from a trip to Adelaide, Australia. While there, he visited with my classmate of '65, Janet Bergdahl! Is that a small world or what? She is married to a Danish-born fellow, bore her 2 sons in New Zealand, and now lives in Australia in a stone house that they built. She is retired from teaching and dabbles in art. I have one of Clyde's place mats - I'll have to dig it out to see if it is first or second printing; I'm pretty sure that I remember it as being signed. -Patti McLaughlin Cleavenger ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Llorene Myers Bezanson ('72) Re: Clyde Bergdahl To: Don Sorenson (NAB) Thanks so much for the information on Clyde and the "Placemat". I've had several people look at it and some THOUGHT it looked like one! Thanks to everyone else who provided their own memories/ recollections on Mr. Bergdahl. Amazing what you can get from a group of people like this! -Llorene Myers Bezanson ('72) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/22/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paul Dunigan ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Stu Osborn ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Any help on either of these pictures will be greatly appreciated. Re: Squires, aka Jr. Knights of Columbus http://richlandbombers.com/allbombers/pics/1954Squires.html Re: Campbell's Pony League http://all.sports.tripod.com/Base/1953xRichlandPony.html Bomber cheers, -Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/23/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Mike Clowes ('54), Tom Verellen ('60) Donna Nelson ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Peg Sheeran ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Diane Murphy ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: Club 40 Information. First of all, our webmaster, Burt Pierard ('59), has updated the [Club 40] web page to include the activities list. Tricky job that, working it in between shingles at the Richland Theater. Secondly, Larry Harrold ('56), informs me that in the Sunday Tri-City Herald, there is an article, with picture, of this year's Conley/Richey Memorial Scholarship winners. Congrats to all for their hard work. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [I looked for the article online at www.tri-cityherald.com/ Didn't find it, but there's an article about the Spudnut Shop on the front page (online - Mid Columbia section) -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) Crypto traditionalist John Browne Jr ('61): I wondered if the native frog connection would pique your interest. I wasn't sure what kind of habitat would be best suited for my young wards once they grow legs. Some bad news about Woodland Creek at Martin way, a few hundred feet down stream is a former "dump" that is "on the list to be cleaned up sometime in the future" you wouldn't think that by the appearance of the area. but there are warning signs to transient squatters that the area is a hazard. I assume that heavy metals are probably the main culprit. So I am planning on the wetlands surrounding the lakes that feed that stream and a couple of other spots in Tumwater that offer easy access and hopefully will prove to be a nice neighborhood for the kids. Thanks for the info. -Tom Verellen ('60) ~ summer in near Lacey, WA a long time getting here. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Nelson ('63) Cheryl Weihermiller ('60), Ellen Weihermiller ('63), my sister Jan ('60), and I are going to Jazz Alley in Seattle Wednesday, June 25th to hear Larry Coryell ('61). Any other Bombers going to be there? There's a web site to go to for performances. -Donna Nelson ('63) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/24/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Dick McCoy ('45, '46, & '02), Eddy Charette ('55) Stephanie Dawson ('60), Mary Ann Vosse ('63) Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy ('45, '46, & '02) Re: All My children I have just heard from ol buddy John Hughes ('47) that his granddaughter is on the soap All My Children, and plays Colby Chander (sp?)... she is blonde, and if anything like the Hughes' 4 daughters, she is quite beautiful. I have never heard John complain about the weather in his home Palm Springs, but he is now 114+ -Dick McCoy ('45, '46, & '02) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Eddy Charette ('55) Re: Hanford website http://www.hanford.gov/photogallery/ Maren, you may want to put this website in the Sandstorm, which by the way, I have NOT been receiving. Best regards, -Eddy Charette ('55) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Eddy, You should get this Sandstorm in your inbox. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60) Re: Scholarships In Section C, Desert Living, of the Sunday Herald, page C4, far left column, it says the following (Note that the name of the scholarships is not mentioned): "Richland High School Club 40 recently awarded two scholarships worth $1000 each to two 2008 Richland High graduates, Kaylee Potter and Eileen Tierney. Club 40 consists of Richland High alumni who have been out of high school for 40 years or more." I'm wondering if Kaylee Potter might be the daughter of Steve Potter, but do not know. I'm pretty sure that Eileen Tierney is the daughter of Tom Tierney, who owns the Richland Dairy Queen and one or two others. Re: Spudnut Shop I see in the marginally useful TV section of the Herald that the Travel Channel is showing Donut Paradise on Wednesday night (June 25th). I think that this is the same program that featured the Spudnut Shop a month or two back. According to the guide, and depending on whether you get the Travel Channel on national satellite, local satellite, or cable, Donut Paradise either is on at 7 and 11 or at 4 and 8 pm Wednesday. Good luck to anyone who missed it before or wants to see it again. Unfortunately, Val Ghirardo Driver's ('72) brother, Kevin ('78) is not mentioned either in the Sunday Herald or on the TV program (even though he is shown on TV). He worked there in the past and probably is the father of one or more nieces and nephews mentioned. -Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Ann Vosse Hirst ('63) Re: Another Bomber When I went to church on Sunday I was talking to a friend and her husband (I have known this wonderful lady since shortly after moving to the beach.) Joann's husband Carsten asked me where I grew up, and after the long litany of places I lived and went to school (hey, my Dad was a cost and estimating engineer in construction at Hanford and other places), I ended up saying that I graduated from high school in Richland. Joann got excited and asked what year. Told her '63 and she said "I graduated from Richland in 1948!" Her maiden name is Joann Jones, married name Joann Berg. She said she had lost touch with everyone. So, I told her about the Alumni Sandstorm, and she was very excited to hear about it. I expect there will be a new subscriber pretty soon. You never know where you'll meet a Bomber! Sometimes right under your nose! -Mary Ann Vosse Hirst ('63) ~ from the beach on the Long Beach, WA peninsula, where we don't have summer yet, and I have serious doubts that we ever will. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Where were you the 'Summer of 1967' "If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair... If you're going to San Francisco, Summertime will be a love-in there." How fast have 41 years gone by? It was a great summer as I got ready to return to the U of W for my senior year. No, it wasn't in San Francisco BUT it was in the Tri-Cities and it doesn't get much better than that. -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Harold "Frosty" Norris, Jr. ('51) ~ 9/9/33 - 6/19/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/25/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Mike Clowes ('54), Tom Tracy ('55) Marlene Maness ('57), John Adkins ('62) Gary Behymer ('64), Brad Upton ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Phil Belcher ('51) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Harold Gibson & Baret Ann McIntyre ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: Yet another round of numbers: Class of '45 - 1 Class of '48 - 2 Class of '49 - 5 Class of '51 - 3 Class of '52 - 4 Class of '53 - 6 Class of '54 - 5 Class of '55 - 1 Class of '56 - 5 Class of '57 - 2 Class of '58 - 33 Class of '59 - 3 Class of '60 - 5 Class of '61 - 2 Class of '62 - 1 Class of '63 - 1 Class of '64 - 1 Don't see your class represented here? Have you sent in your registration? Lost the form? If the latter is true go to richlandclub40.org and get with the program. A tactful reminder, if you walk up to the door and haven't a reservation, the price for a meal is $50. There may be line monitors, just like in school. Thank you to the person who found the brief entry in the "Tri- Cycle" Herald on the scholarship. Goes to show, you can't trust some editors. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the weather guessers are predicting a warm 90 for the weekend. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy ('55) To: Eddy Charette ('55) Eddy, Thanks for the website information and the picture history Hope all is well with you. I remember your Father and his spectacular ability as a magician. He could slip a watch off the hand of someone sitting beside him at a table without anyone noticing-- even the guy who was wearing the watch... We need him now to sit down at the table with the oil sheiks in the Persian Gulf. All the best Tom Tracy ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marlene Maness Mulch ('57) Re: Boomers http://www.thepastwhispers.com/Boomers.html -Marlene Maness Mulch ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: Summer of '67 Sorry I missed your senior year - I spent the summer of '67 on an all expense paid year long tour of the "Pearl of the Orient". That's where I was. -John Adkins ('62) ~ Richland - gonna be warm with a little breeze today - sorry y'all are missin it. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: "F" House Linnea Gates Williams ('66) gave me a heads up on our 'old' F house on Hains that came up for sale on Craigslist.org My folks had 3rd pick on available homes when they came up for sale in 1958. The Hains home was between the Harty & Hodgson Families. Folks paid $7,800 in 1958... sold it for $50,000 in 1978 and here in 2008 it's priced a 'wee bit higher'. http://kpr.craigslist.org/rfs/722048983.html Re: "If you're going to San Francisco... be sure to wear some flowers in your hair." http://youtube.com/watch?v=SB2tYYYlwMc Re: 60 sweet years: Richland's Spudnut Shop cranks out potato- based delicacies since the Cold War http://www.tri-cityherald.com/901/story/219149.html -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) I think it was 1971, I was 15-years old. George Carlin's fame was at a peakhe was touring the U.S. playing sold out theaters. He had released several albums and my family owned them all. Mom, dad, myself and my 13-year old brother made the 210 mile trip to Seattle to see him at The Paramount Theater. The anticipation in the theater was electric. Remember, this was 1971, people were openly smoking joints all over the theater before the show began. I remember the approximate spot where we were seatedthey were good seats. What I clearly remember is sitting there before the show and looking at the stool with a pitcher of water on it and the microphone standing there all alone bathed in a blue light. It's as vivid as if it were last week. It was the first time I'd seen a comedian perform live. I remember being so awestruck that this person was going to come out and entertain this entire audience with nothing but that microphone and his brain. It was a moment that would change my life, set me thinking in a different way and send my life down a path that I am forever thankful. That night George Carlin made me dream. I don't remember many specifics of the show but I know George didn't disappoint. He came out and killed. The crowd loved him, when I left the show my sides and face ached from laughing. I progressed through high school and college. I tried to watch all the comedians on Johnny Carson and in the back of my mind I dreamt of what it would be like to be a comedian. Wouldn't it be great to just entertain with nothing but a microphone and your thoughts? But really, what are the odds of that happening? In the early '80s I'd begun teaching school but still thought about doing stand up. I was filling notebooks with things that I thought were funny but absolutely terrified of giving it a try. By this time comedy was booming and clubs were opening all over the country. In 1983 I drove the 210 miles over to Seattle, went into the Comedy Underground and signed up to do the open mic. I was going to give this stand up thing a try! About 15 minutes before it was my turn I chickened out, I told the emcee to take my name off the list. I walked out of the club and drove 210 miles home very disappointed with myself and taught another year of fourth grade. I went back a year later, signed up for the open mic, and went on stage. Within two years I walked out of the classroom and have made my living with a microphone ever since. In 1987, I was in the finals of the Seattle Comedy Competition which was held at the Paramount in Seattle on the very stage where I'd seen George Carlin 16 years earlier. It is still one of the most vivid moments of my career to perform there that night. I kept looking down in the area of seats where I'd sat years earlier. In the mid-'90s I was performing at The Maxim Casino in Las Vegasright across the street from Bally's where George Carlin was performing. I walked over to Bally's, introduced myself to the concierge and asked him to deliver a note to George Carlin. It said: "Hey George, I'm performing across the street at The Comedy Max. You're the first comedian I ever saw live and the main reason I'm now in the biz. I wanted to thank you. Brad Upton." A couple of hours later the phone rang in my room and a familiar voice said, "Brad? Georgie!" George Carlin called me! We talked a few minutes and he invited me to his show that night. George told me to come down to the stage door after the show and tell the security guy that he was expecting me. I rushed over there after my show and watched the last 15 minutes of his show and then went backstage and talked for about 15 minutes and had my picture taken with him. He couldn't have been nicer or more gracious. In 2001 I was asked to perform in The Legends and Friends portion of the Las Vegas Comedy Festival. It was held at The Stardust. Before the show we were all backstage in Wayne Newton's dressing room. The comedy legends on the show were some of my favorites: Norm Crosby, Pat Cooper, Jack Carter and Pete Barbutti. We were standing around listening to these guys tell hilarious stories and berate each other in the way only a room full of comedians can. Through the doorway we heard that familiar voice say quite loudly as he entered, "Hey, I heard there's some bitter, old co******kers in here." The legends turned en masse and said as one, "Georgie!!!" Carlin came in and hugged everyone. It is still one of my favorite memories to be standing around with all of that comedy royalty and being treated like a peer. George watched the show from the back of the room that evening before leaving to do his own show. Afterwards, his manager sought me out and told me that George had asked him to personally tell me how much he enjoyed watching me work and that he's now a fan. It simply can't come from a higher source. No validation will ever compare. For the past 22 years I've made a very nice living with just a microphone. I've headlined comedy clubs all over the country. I've seen all corners of the world headlining for several cruise lines. I've opened for some of the biggest names in show business. I'm heard all over the country on the radio. I've been on national television. Last weekend George Carlin was playing at The Orleans in Las Vegas. On that same weekend I was over at The Las Vegas Hilton opening for the legendary Johnny Mathis. All that made possible because back in 1971, George Carlin started a dream for a 15-year old boy. -Brad Upton ('74) ~ Livorno, Italy ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/26/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: John Browne ('61), Barbara von Olnhausen ('62) Maren Smyth ('63 & '64), Carol Converse ('64) Dena Evans ('64), Gary Behymer ('64) Thom Sisk ('72), Gary Schauer ('84) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betty Hiser ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cyndy Brooks ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Roxanne Southard ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Herbert Browne, Jr. ('61) Re: A house on the levee To Gary Behymer ('64): thanks for the economics of local history, re the old family home... Looks like it only took 20 years to increase the value 6-fold- but then 30 more to up it another 6. Pretty different story today about the "Exxon Valdez" aftermath, where the SCOTUS peeled the penalties for the spill by a factor of 10 from the original jury decision... after 19 years... and Bush economic policy in the last 8 has cut that value in half. So, my old troller captain (and our buddies up North) are still waiting for 5% of what the jury promised, 18 years ago. (And I watched a video clip on NPR this morning of a Marine in Afghanistan giving a fellow $210. because the guy's house & belongings were blown up. Maybe he was only renting, though... Can you imagine being a realtor THERE? woohoo!) To Brad Upton ('74): My teary-eyed thanks for the eulogy for Georgie Carlin... your fine mind put to good purpose, sir. chow ^..^ -John Herbert Browne, Jr. (1961... pick up your monitor & turn it over, see?.. it's STILL 1961... & That won't happen again until 6009!) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barbara von Olnhausen ('62) To: Maggie Gilstrap O'Hara ('74) You are not alone in taking great pride in your son. My son, too, spent some time in Iraq jogging in 140 heat. To John Adkins ('62) My brother, Dick ('62-RIP), also took that same Tour of the Orient (3 times). Much as I detest the fact that we can't all learn to live in peace, I am truly indebted to you and all who were willing to shoulder that gun and give the rest of us the right to live the life that we do. Thank you! I remember feeling shock and pride the day I realized that all the war heroes in the movies we'd watched (Sgt York and Audie Murphy to name only two) were now embodied in my brother and those with whom I'd walked the halls of Col-Hi. That was hard on all in our family, but I realize now that it was hardest on my mother - having a son in harm's way was much, much worse! Tribute -Barbara von Olnhausen ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Re: Tami's Farewell Lunch http://alumnisandstorm.com/Lunches/Current-NOLA/080625-05.html Tami Bond Trudell ('63) lived in Zachary, LA 2 blocks from my sister, Julie ('69wb)... hubby, Bill has a new job and now they get to move to Richland! She'll keep me updated with her new email address. Farewell, Tami. I'll miss you at our New Orleans Bomber lunches. Bomber cheers, -Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA ~ 73 at midnight **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) To: Brad Upton ('74) Re: George Carlin (RIP) That was a very nice tribute to George. We have lost one of the great comedians of our era. To: Marlene Maness Mulch ('57) Re: Boomers That was a great site of memories. -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA We were doing really good with fairly nice weather until today. Very wet out, but still hoping for some sun later on. I don't think it'll happen though. At least it will help the fire fighters with all these fires we've gotten from last weekend's thunderstorm. Just hope the many ones down south will be out in no time also. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dena Evans ('64) To: Brad Upton ('74) Re: George Carlin (RIP) Brad, I truly enjoyed reading the memories that you have of George Carlin. I think everyone that read your entry, was sitting there with you, and your family watching one of the greatest comedians at work. George Carlin had a great mind. Did you read any of his literary compositions? My favorite had to be how he eulogized his wife. I don't think that I have ever seen in print, so much love and respect from one person to another. It was quite long, and I had tears in my eyes most of the time I was reading it. I was talking with my family about how much I enjoyed him. My granddaughter Vanessa (22) did not know who he was. I told her that I am going to get a CD and DVD of him so she can she how a great comic mind works. I didn't like his choice of 'language' most of the time, but the content of his act was amazing. [WHAT 'language', Dena? Do you mean like "The 7 Words You Can Never Say on Television"? -Maren] So many of our favorites of the '50s, '60s, and '70s have never been seen by this generation of kids. They missed out on what I consider the best of the best. I keep hoping that you will get back to Harvey's Comedy Club in Portland so I can see you. Please keep the Sandstorm posted with your tour dates. I returned home today after being in the Tri-Cities for a week. Attended the wedding of Larry Holloway ('64) and Mary Massey- Horsey ('64). It was beautiful. I wouldn't have missed it for anything. Congratulations to them and the new life that they are starting together. I wish them all of the happiness that their life can hold. -Dena Evans ('64) ~ The trip along the Columbia River was breathtaking. Had my favorites playing in the CD, and cruised home. Life is good. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Karen M. Naylor, 59, Moscow Karen M. Naylor, "The Short Blonde," died Sunday morning, June 22, 2008, at Hospice House in Spokane. She was 59. Karen was born July 13, 1948, at San Rafael, Calif., to Albert and Eloise Stull Kinsfather. She attended high school at Walla Walla High School and then attended the University of Idaho, where she was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority. She graduated with her degree in English from the College of Education. Karen then taught English composition and creative writing while coaching girls' volleyball and track at Richland High School until 1978. She returned to Moscow and worked bartending at the Varsity Club for a time, then went to work in car sales for Esselburn Toyota in 1980. She worked for a time for D.A. Davidson and went back to car sales, working for nearly every auto dealership in Lewiston and Moscow, and was selling for Paradise Ford at the time of her death. Karen enjoyed flower gardening, spending time with her family, and was an avid sports fan. Karen will also be remembered for her pie crust and macaroni salad. Her family will miss her ability to "cut through the crap" and her wonderful sense of humor. Karen and Rick Naylor were married at St. Augustine's Catholic Church in Moscow in 1982. He survives at their Moscow home, along with her daughter, Angela Wetzsten and her husband Cory in Hamilton, Mont.; her mother, Eloise Scherger of Richland; and her brother, Richard Kinsfather of Hermosa Beach, Calif. She was preceded in death by her father, Albert Kinsfather. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, June 30, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Moscow, by the Rev. Joseph Schmidt. A private committal service will be conducted at the Moscow Cemetery under the direction of Short's Funeral Chapel, Moscow. The family suggests memorials be made to St. Mary's School Foundation, P.O. Box 8485, Moscow, ID 83843. Online condolences may be sent to shortsfuneralchapel.net. AlumniSandstorm.com/htm2008/Xtra/Behy/080626-Naylor.jpg Re: More from Craig's List 1315 Marshall 'B' house 410 Birch Ave. 'Ranch' house 621 Cottonwood Dr. 'Ranch' house 1506 Johnston Ave 'F" house -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Thom Sisk ('72) I will be performing with my band June 25th at the Clover Island Inn from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. Please come and celebrate the onset of summer and hear some very cool musicians. (Steller players from CWU and a few up and coming local players.) Conor Sisk, my son, has been performing with me professionally for ten years and will be performing on drums and percussion. Please come and tell all your friends that are into good jazz and blues! AlumniSandstorm.com/htm2008/Xtra/Any/080626-sisk.jpg Hope to see you. Cheers, -Thom Sisk ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Schauer ('84) Re: Brad Upton ('74) 6/25/08 posting Brad, Thank you for the great posting about how you got your start in comedy and your tribute to George Carlin. I always was curious about how you got started and where you are now in the comedy circuit. I've yet to see you perform, but with this posting it will only be a matter of time now. I'll keep an eye out for the next time you're on in Seattle. While I appreciate your frequent banter with Mr. Davis ('74) as well, this posting was your best. Thanks for sharing. -Gary Schauer ('84) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/27/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Millie Finch ('54), Roy Ballard ('63) Marie Ruppert ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ruthann Hutchins ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Brain Thompson ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Millie Finch Gregg ('54) To: Our classmates from 1954 I am writing this with a pretty heavy heart tonight. We have a couple of our friends in a fight for their lives, and are in need of some special thoughts and prayers coming their way. First is Eugene "Red" Wood - I just finished talking to his wife Shirley and Red's cancer has come back with a vengence and he is now receiving Hospice care. She said he would know us if he could see us, but his conversations are not good because it has affected the brain. He is very thin and is not up and about anymore just doesn't have the strength. So, please remember him and his wife and how blest we are to have him as our friend and classmate. He could sure sing too and had a good time enjoying himself in school as I remember. The other classmate going through chemotherapy now for ovarian cancer is none other than Shirley Bigelow. The chemo has been a struggle for her, but she is hanging in there and Charlie has become a pretty good grocery shopper, I hear! I am also going to include myself - as most of you know I have fibrosis of the lungs and my last report was that I perhaps, at best have maybe a few months to a year without the latest treatment I am on now. This, if successful will gain me some additional time and maybe we can squeeze 1-3 years. The treatment is chemotherapy and of course that does a number on the body, so I am pretty much homebound because of susceptibility to infections as well as I can't hardly breathe with much exertion anymore. So....please include all of us in your positive thinking, great memories and especially prayers. We all three believe in the power of prayer and coming from Bombers will be very special. I am sorry that my note is such a downer, but you know at this age our lives change - we slow down and we must continue to enjoy the happy retirement we all worked for, even with our limitations. I am registered and am planning on seeing as many of you as possible at Club 40 in September. I might not stay long but I need all those Bomber hugs that are out there. Thanks to everyone and keep going, -Millie Finch Gregg ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roy Ballard ('63) To: Barbara von Olnhausen ('62) Thanks for the tribute to the troops, our son Greg Ballard ('90) is on his 4th or 5th tour of the gulf, he's now on the Lincoln, but like all our troops still misses his wife and girls. To: Tamara Bond Trudell ('63) Welcome back to Richland, Tony Sharpe ('63) will be back soon also, I Hope. -Roy Ballard ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) Don Peyton (not a Bomber, but part of the '63 Bomber family) passed away on Monday, June 23rd. I went to school with him in Benton City before moving into Richland in 8th grade. He moved from Richland to Benton City in 5th or 6th grade. He came to R2K and we reconnected. I've been following his battle with pancreatic cancer for the past two years. Many of our class remember him. His obituary is online at http://obit.farnstroms.com/ I think he came to the Friday nights at several of our '63 reunions over the years. -Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Read much more at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/donpeyton where there is an online journal that began 2 years ago. -Maren] ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/28/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Margo Compton ('60), Mike Brady ('61) Frank Whiteside ('63), Bill Scott ('64) Llorene Myers ('72), Brad Upton ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vickie Bigelow ('76) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ralph Myrick ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Margo Compton Lacarde ('60) Re: EEOICPA I just received a letter from Department of Labor regarding the claim with the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program (EEOICPA) that I have regarding my Dad. It was originally disallowed but now reopened. It states there is a new SEC class designation and there are meetings in Richland on July 9th and 10th to explain it. I will not be able to attend due to distance, but if anyone is involved and going to meetings, I would love to hear what was discussed. There is a number to call and I intend to do that, but would also like to hear from anyone else. -Margo Compton Lacarde ('60) ~ San Antonio, TX **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Brady ('61) This is my favorite time of the year! Schools is out (even though I'm not a teacher or student, I'm reminded of how happy I was as a youth at this time of the year), and it's cherry season. For those in the Seattle area, I just bought some great cherries at the Yakima Fruit and Vegetable market in Bothell... at a "reasonable" price. I remember when they were ten cents a pound by day and free at night. I told my kids that when I die to mix my ashes with peanut butter, beer and cheez-its. Then, bury them under a Bing cherry tree in Benton County. Have a great summer... -Mike Brady ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Frank Whiteside ('63) Re: Don Peyton (RIP) I was stunned to hear of the death of my Southside "FIRST BEST FRIEND," Don Peyton. He had cancer for quite some time but put up a valiant fight for several years. I moved from the Southside in 1955, but Don and I still got together on occasion until his family moved to Benton City. I didn't see him much during high school but once again saw him frequently during my CBC days from 1963-'65. After I moved to Long Beach, MS in 1965, I lost track of Don and many other friends from both the Northside and Southside of town. When I hooked up with the Sandstorm in about 2000-2001, Don and I discovered each other again and exchanged pictures from our past and present as well as emails. We talked on the telephone on a number of occasions as well. Some time back, I sent his Caringbridge.org site to Sandstorm and still wrote and occasionally called him to check on the progress of his treatment. He was always in a positive mood although his progress was not going well. He never complained and always seemed more concerned about his family far more than his deteriorating condition. I last saw him at the 40th reunion in 2003, and we once again instantly bonded like brothers although I hadn't seen or communicated with him since 1965. If I had another brother, I would want him to be just like Don. So goodbye, my friend, until we meet again at the next "reunion." Rest In Peace, "Donnie." My sympathy to his wife, Jeanine, his children, his brothers and other relatives and friends who will miss him as much as I will. To: Tammy Bond Trudell ('63) Tammy, it was great to see you and Bill and your beautiful granddaughter, Blair at the "Farewell" lunch. We hope to see you again when you visit your daughter and her family down here. You are always welcome here on the bayou and, who knows, Linda and I may eventually take you up on your invitation in Richland. -Frank Whiteside ('63) ~ still on the bayou.. through heat, humidity and rain! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Scott (Boomer Bomber Class of '64) Re: The trilogy is complete! I am proud to announce that after nine years of writing, my trilogy of historical novels which I call the Angel Trilogy is now complete! Wednesday marked the first day in print for "Legacy of Angels", the third and final book. A fair number of my classmates from the Class of '64, and some from other classes, have purchased the first two books, "Angel of the Gold Rush", and "Angel's Daughter", in years past. I'm pleased to say "Angel's Daughter" was praised by Historical Novels Review Online as being "incident-rich . . . a fast pace. . . ." Those who have waited so long pining for the third book may now purchase it. It won't be available through bookstores for about 30-45 days, but you can order through me now. Email me for ordering information. "Legacy of Angels": a legend passes away and a new one is born as the granddaughter of the Angel of the Gold Rush takes the stage . . . -Bill Scott (Boomer Bomber Class of '64) ~ from exotic Nipomo, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Llorene Myers Bezanson ('72) Re: Clyde Bergdahl's Map/Placemat AlumniSandstorm.com/htm2008/Xtra/Any/080628-Myers.jpg -Llorene Myers Bezanson ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) Thanks to everyone who sent me emails about my tribute to George Carlin. Normally I'd answer each of them individually but I'm on a cruise ship out in the Mediterranean and the computers are slow and expensive. You guys read the first draft. I edited the story a bit and I believe it will run in the Tri-City Herald on July 4th. Thanks again Bombers! -Brad Upton ('74) ~ Valetta, Malta ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/29/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Derrith Persons ('60), Gary Roberts ('63wb) Cathy Geier ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dorothy McDonald ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary Hunt ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Derrith Persons Dean ('60) Happy 4th of July weekend!! It's Lunch time again!! class of '60, family and/or friends If you're in town or from out of town Come on, we'll have a good time!! When? - Saturday, July 5th Time? - 11:30 am Where? - 3 Margaritas, 627 Jadwin, Richland Come on. . . . lets talk! -Derrith Persons Dean ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Roberts ('63wb - Col-Hi & Ki-Be) Re: Don Peyton (Ki-Be '63) To: Marie Ruppert ('63) and Frank Whiteside ('63) Thanks Marie for sending the website about Don's passing and Frank, very nice tribute. I was also a "Southender" buddy of Don's from Lewis and Clark, his family lived just down the block from us on Benham. I remember that Donnie and his older brother Ronnie were always doing neat and fun things such as putting up a parachute in a row of poplar trees and using it as a tree fort, I think they built an "unofficial" soap box derby that they would ride down Benham (memory?) too. I met up again with Don, when my family moved to Benton City in 1962, where we both finished high school. Don, could get along with anybody, he was just a nice guy and very talented. The last time I saw him was in 2005 at a Ki-Be all class reunion, he was the same ol' Don, class act, happy to see me and we had a very nice conversation. I'm not sure but he may of known of the cancer then, because it was around February '07 that I heard about it. Don will be missed and my condolences go to his family. See ya down the road ol' classmate. -Gary Roberts (Col-Hi & Ki-Be) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Cathy Geier ('66) Hello Everyone from Sunny Seattle, I am loving it here. Its warm.. imagine that! I am substitute teaching for a great summer school program. We take the kids on 3 field trips per week and there are 3 staff with each 15 children! Certainly easier than 1 teacher for 28 kids as when I taught first grade! I need friends who might be leaving the Tri-Cities to visit Seattle who may have a bit of free time and wish to bring over any furniture or a few boxes of books from my mother's home. It is easy to do if you are so inclined. A couple weeks later or the 10-11 of July I am likely bringing everything from storage. You could help or if you need free things like an ironing board... come by... The old oak school desk is up for sale again as some change has happened around my move. Today I take another training in nonviolent communication. Tomorrow I am going to be an extra in a Jones Soda tv commercial filming... LOOK for me when you see it. They suggested coming in costume... I shall bring my dancing costume in which I danced in Fremont Solstice Parade a few years back - its a beautiful silk screened batique birds wings costume... We also get free soda! This will be my fourth filming since I have been back to Seattle. Getting famous .. slowly but surely... I know, I know.. lots of you got famous much more quickly! Congratulations Bill Scott ('64), on the Angel books. I need to get the trilogy. Take good care friends -Cathy Geier ('66) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/30/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Nadine Reynolds ('61) Leona Eckert ('65), Greg Alley ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol Wiley ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: KC Hammill ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sherri Ray ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Teri Schuchart ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lori Killand ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chris Eckert ('80) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) To: Cathy Geier ('66) Congrats on getting a good job that you like. When the weather gets really nice, western Washington is the best place to be, anywhere. It is 82 at Big lake, and we sit on our wonderful deck and admire the lake and Mt. Cultus beyond. Ah, sweetness. -Dick McCoy ('45) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nadine Reynolds Cochran ('61) Re: New Champion Please indulge me everyone. Not quite 2 years ago I got involved in a new hobby, dog showing. We purchased an English Mastiff puppy and picked her up from the breeder in Conifer, CO. She was a big girl even then weighing 30 pounds at only 8 weeks old. We already had a male Mastiff but he was not a show quality dog. He was, and still is, our wonderful, gentle, loving pet. He welcomed Shelby into our family and was so patient with her... letting her chew on his ears and pester him 24/7. When Shelby was 7 months, we entered her in her first show. This was also my very first time to show a dog, too. She had grown from her 30 pounds to about 80 pounds. When she saw husband, Dave ('61), taking our picture from the sideline she cut in front of me and knocked me down. I quickly jumped up as if nothing had happened and continued with the show. A friend told me later that it was a graceful fall and nothing embarrassing showed. She won her class in spite of the drama. Our next show experience was the Mastiff Club of America National Specialty. She was Futurity Best of Opposite Sex winner in a class of 52 Mastiffs, 2nd in her class in the Sweepstakes and 2nd in her class in confirmation. Now we were really bitten with the dog showing bug. Over the next year we competed in numerous shows around Arizona. Shelby won her class in almost every show she entered (2nd once and 3rd once). It takes 2 major wins (3 points or more) and 15 points to become a Champion. Shelby was handled by me in every show and completed her championship at Flagstaff at 22 months old with 4 major wins and 16 points. Not bad for 2 novices. I have attached a picture of the big moment. AlumniSandstorm.com/htm2008/Xtra/Any/080630-Reyn-dog.jpg She weighs 195 pounds now. -Nadine Reynolds Cochran ('61) ~ where summer has truly arrived in Sahuarita, AZ with 12 days straight, so far, of 100 + weather. We are loving it. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Leona Eckert ('65) To: Chris Eckert ('80) A happy, happy birthday dear brother today. Love ya much, -Leona (Mari) Eckert ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Greg Alley ('73) Re: Hope Solo ('99) In the new Sports Illustrated, June 30 edition, there is a very interesting article on Hope Solo. Its a 4 pager with some good photos. I knew a few folks around town who knew Hope, her brother Marcus ('96), and either of her parents. The article states that her dad Jeffrey was her first soccer coach, but knows he was from New York, Boston, fought in Vietnam, changed his surname twice and believed he was part of the witness protection program. Sounds about as mysterious as the days when the work being done on the Hanford site was all a secret. Good article and I hope she leads the U.S. to the gold medal in Beijing. Re: Cool Desert Nights This years event was interesting. Friday night was packed, people everywhere in the Uptown area. That was pretty fun. Saturday day activities went along as planned then the storm hit about 5 and the town was back to being a dead zone. Don't blame anyone for not hanging in the driving rain. -Greg Alley ('73) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` May, 2008