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16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Richland Bombers Calendar website Funeral Notices website *********************************************** *********************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/01/08 - ALUMNI SANDSTORM BIRTHDAY - 10 years ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Bell ('51), Dick Wight ('52) Carol Converse ('64), Gary Behymer ('64) David Rivers ('65), Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Crum ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ann Engel ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: MaryAnn Weiland ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dennis Haskins ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Anne Peterson ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paula Saucier ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kim Edgar ('79) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) The Easy Swing Band (5 pieces) will play for the Richland Seniors Association All-Ages Good Old Summer Time Ball Saturday night, August 2, at the Richland Community Center from 6:30 - 9:30. Tickets are $5 at the door. Dress up or dress down! Hope you can make it! You might enjoy knowing about this: On Wednesday, July 16, the Richland Seniors Association put on a BBQ and Picnic for Richland's First Responders - police, firemen and 9-1-1 personnel. It was a great success! We had about 50 of the First Responders, about 75 of their family members and about 15 of us working to put it on. It was held in beautiful Howard Amon Park from 3:00 till about 8:00, so we had them coming in when they could make it. There was a pretty big fire north of town on GWWay that afternoon, so many of the firemen were there. When they got it pretty well mopped up 2 fire engines drove up with a bunch of firemen - tired, hungry and thirsty. They were delighted to be served a great dinner! We have received very complimentary letters from both Tony Corsi, police chief (and head of 9-1-1) and Grant Baynes, fire chief. We were worn out, but it was sure worth it! -Betty Bell Norton ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick Wight ('52) Re: Dutch Harbor Several folks have mentioned Dutch Harbor in recent days, one of them commenting that he was an early permanent resident here. My first visit to Dutch Harbor was in July 1953, during a port call by USCGC Northwind, a polar icebreaker. Back then, there was no road link between Dutch Harbor, where the Navy had a large base in WW II, and the adjacent village of Unalaska. I guess they are connected by a bridge now. We had to go into Unalaksa in a small boat to visit there. "Permanent" residents did exist in Unalaska even then. There was a Russian Orthodox church that had been there for many years. The Alaska Communications System (ACS) had a permanent station there, that provided the only so-called telephone link to the outside world. It was a radio phone-patch service. ACS was run by the U.S. Army, Dutch Harbor was long since closed down as an active military base, and some of the buildings were falling down - but the old gymnasium was still in tact, and we "Coasties" played some basketball in the gym. There were a few Navy folks still there - a weather data gathering outfit, I think. And there was a fuel farm ad refueling station still owned/operated by the Navy. Later I think that became a commercial fueling pier. The Dutch Harbor base was fascinating to me. There were tunneled out rooms in the hillside, in solid rock, that contained their radio communications equipment and operations center. Big carts of the Alaska area were still hanging on the rock walls. I visited Dutch Harbor a number of times over the years, most recently in 1978 or 1979 when I commanded the USCGC Campbell and was on an Alaska foreign fisheries patrol. I made a number of stops there for fuel and water in the early '70s when I commanded another ship home ported in Kodiak. Larry Mattingly's ('60) story of the volcano was interesting. In 1973, I was steaming west along the southside of the Aleutians during the night, and we observed a volcano not far from the village of Akutan obviously erupting, glowing red as lava poured out. I was pretty excited about it, got a phone patch through to our operations center in Juneau to report it, thinking there could be a threat to the villagers there (Aleuts). We had visited them on an earlier patrol, and there were perhaps 250 residents there. The duty officer in Juneau was equally blase' , and let me know that they were aware of the eruption and that it was a routine occurrence. On another patrol, I "discovered" an inlet into a cove just west of Dutch Harbor (I think) - on Unalaska Island, I believe. It was narrow and somewhat like a fjord, but with a fairly nice deep water cove at the end, with a sizable "mountain" adjacent to the shore. We anchored in the small cove, and I let most of the crew go ashore there for a few hours. Several climbed the mountain and one shot photos of the ship from up above. It looked as though the ship was completely land locked in a little lake! I wonder if that was the same mountain Mattingly climbed! I have MANY Alaska memories... going ashore on Umnak Island to scout the old Army Air Corps base built there - visits to King Island in the Bering Sea which had a sizable Eskimo village - visits to Nome, Pt. Barrow, the Pribilofs... St. Mathew Island... Ah, I could use some of that Alaska weather now! -Dick Wight ('52) ~ near Branson, MO where the temp is in the 90s and the humidity ain't fer behind! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: Larry Mattingly ('60) Those pictures of the mountain, etc. were just beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Mike and Mark Mattingly ('77)... 50 years old?! I still remember the first time that I babysat them. It was in the summer of my 8th grade and hadn't lived across the street long. Your mom was going to run to the store and asked my mom if I babysat and would like to for a bit. They were both asleep when she left, but awoke a short time later to find a stranger in their room. One started crying and then the other one woke up and did the same. I hurriedly called my mom and said "help", haha. She came over and soon we both had things under control. They were only 6 months at the time. I was their baby sitter until I was out of high school. I spent a lot of time over to the house, playing with them, feeding them their dinner, etc. when they were really little. Your mom said that she really liked that aspect, as it gave her a bit of time to do other things that she wouldn't have been able to do with them awake. I loved it. Well, tell them 'happy birthday' next time you talk with them. Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA I think it's finally going to warm up a bit with some sun perhaps. Going to Eugene tomorrow to pick up our granddaughter at the airport. Going to be lots of fun these next couple weeks that's she's here. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Salute to Maren & Richard for bringing us the Alumni Sandstorm for the past 10 years. Where do we send the $24.00 for another year? I once believed that we, the Boomer Bomber Class of 1964, would find all of the members of our class. Not so (;-( If one doesn't want to be found he/she won't be... or should I say 'don't bother...' Class of 1968 40th Reunion this week end! Be yourself... and have a great time. Re: ...with a little help from our friends The email address for Jon Viegel ('56), has gone bad. That brings up another plea from 'the gallery'. Please contact the individual who takes care of your class year web page to make any changes in your email addresses so that you might not 'get lost'... The Veigels were our "B" house neighbors on Mahan. I was able to find Jon's parents name in the SSDI. (Walter & Thelma) A little Google later I came across their final resting place at Sunset Memorial. Search tool within the Sunset Memorial Gardens web site... -Gary Behymer ('64) ~ Somewhere near the Top Notch Restaurant **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: two birthdays It's time it's time... time for two more Bomber Birthdays... what great kids these are! One... the "big kid" is and was the Darling of the school... the catch of all catches and, perhaps, one of the longest held... she sure wasn't thrown back... yes I know, Jimbeaux ('63) and LaMont ('63) have held on to their wonderful catches as well but they'll have birthdays another time... for now it's time to celebrate a true Bomber Babe's birthday on the 31st... My heart pounds as I get ready to say the words... The class of '66 also has a birthday of one of the greatest guys I've come to know over the years. he is always there to greet me when I get to town and he always wants to be filled in on the latest news... I am so lucky to have this guy as a friend... so to two of my most favoritest Bombers they is... HAPPY BIRTHDAY Anne Engel Schafer ('63) and Dennis Haskins ('66)!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) Re: 1968 Class Reunion Overcame a family obstacle (big stuff with the kids), then a farm obstacle (found someone to feed the animals for Sat/Sun), and so had planned to make it to Richland for the 1968 class reunion -- or at least the Saturday evening festitivities. So looking forward to seeing "old" friends -- last reunion I attended was our 20th. Particularly couldn't wait to be a part of honoring our veterans with our own General Jim (Mattis). But, while other obstacles can be overcome, when you practice medicine (psychiatry) on your own in a rural area, and there are sudden multiple demands/crises that arise, they can't be put off. There is no way I can plow through these necessities (that just reared their heads late yesterday afternoon) in time to get to Richland by Saturday afternoon. And so I rather sadly wish all from the class of 1968 a wonderful 40th reunion -- from a distance. See you at the 45th! (Hope to have some back up for my work by then!) -Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) ~ Haven Farm Idaho -- 1/2 hour east of Lewiston, two miles off the road to Orofino **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Thanks Larry Mattingly ('60) for the "Lakefair fireworks show". I'm surprised I didn't hear them that night as I heard the 4th of July ones from Tumwater. It looks like your brothers know how to celebrate their 50th in style. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where July will be the driest in history Oh a side note-did you hear the governor of Washington was "carded" at a bar and without any ID she wasn't allowed in? The owner said his 23 year old bouncer will need more practice at who gets carded but I think everyone does these days. At Walgreen's a couple of weeks ago the clerk asked a guy for his ID to buy chewing tobacco and he was obviously of age but it is required to ask for it ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/02/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers and one "N/A" sent stuff: Dick Harris ('49), Marilynn Working ('54) Joretta Garrison ('58), Peter Turping ('70) Ross Koile (N/A) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janet Wilgus ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dick Staley ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Earl Hall ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dennis Strege ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick Harris ('49) Re: Dinner with Fred and Emily Ouren, Dallas, TX Bonnie and I have been in Dallas for an extended time this summer and we took the opportunity to have dinner with Fred Ouren ('49) and his wife, Emily a few nights ago. Fred is his same old self, with his infectious laugh and we enjoyed getting better acquainted with Emily, too! Fred and I both played trumpet and cornet, respectively, in the Richland High School Band. Mr. Fransham (sp?), our band teacher, was very tolerent of my being unavailable much of the time, due to my being a cheer leader for three years. I held down "first chair," and Fred held down "second chair," in the First Trumpet Section. So, when I was gone, Fred sat in first chair and then, when I returned he had to skoot-over to chair no. 2. I knew this bothered Fred, but as long as the Director allowed it, who was I to complain. Poor long-suffering Fred. Fortunately for me, Fred never seemed to hold it against me, because over the years he and I remained good friends. So, it was fun to get reacquainted with him and Emily. I hope they will stop by to see us in Wenatchee one of these days, when they come to Richland for reunions! So, just a little bit of memories from an old guy! -Dick Harris ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) Re: Millie Our dear friend and classmate, Millie Finch Gregg from class of 1954 passed away Thursday, July 31st just before 11:00 am from lung disease. Our hearts go out to her husband, Glynn (NaB); 2 daughters; son; granddaughters; grandson and 2 great grandchildren. She is also survived by 2 bothers, Chuck ('50) and Bob ('51). Services will be decided on Friday, August 1st and an obituary will follow. Millie was the spark plug for our ladies at lunch bunch of class of '54 who meet on 3rd Friday of every month at Granny's. She was always the one we would get to read all the funny e-mails and jokes because she had such a wonderful way of putting so much expression in them. We will miss her so much. -Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) ~ Pasco **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sue Pritchett, aka Joretta Garrison ('58) Someone (or a few someones) have provided the DOE address for obtaining medical records history for our parents. I've looked back through Alumni Sandstorms, but haven't found it. Will one of you point me in the right direction, please. Thanks so much! -Sue Pritchett, aka Joretta Garrison ('58) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Peter Turping ('70) Re: Bali Hi Lives Again Some wrongs do get righted. After a brief stint as the Knights Inn the old motel on GWWay was rightfully returned to its proper name... the Bali Hi. I believe it was do to a massive campaign by the Class of '70. I know Franco ('70) and Hogan ('70) were outraged. Possibly some divine intervention from George Dana ('70-RIP) as well. Efforts will now no doubt turn to getting the Bomber Drive In back to the Tastee Freeze. -Peter Turping ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. From: Ross Koile (N/A) Entered: Friday 08/01/2008 5:48:59pm COMMENTS: I found an internet listing that said you were trying to locate David Koile ('64). He lives in Florida. I am his brother. -Ross Koile (N/A) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/03/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Curt Donahue ('53), Virginia Brinkerhoff ('54) Helen Cross ('62), Rod Peterson ('63) Linda Reining ('64), Patti McLaughlin ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry Noble ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Amanda Engel ('97) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Bill Johnson ('57) & Joyce Lynn Green ('57) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: George Zielinski ('65) & Debra Anne Crane ('71) LION/BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today &/OR Tomorrow: Janis Cook ('65 Lion) married Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Curt Donahue ('53) Re: Millie Finch Gregg ('54-RIP) Sincere condolences to Millie's family. What a neat person she always was. -Curt Donahue ('53) ~ Federal Way, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Virginia Brinkerhoff Sweetland ('54) Re: Millie Finch Gregg ('54-RIP) To: Marilynn Working Highstreet, and the other 54 Ladies I was saddened to see Marilynns note about Millie's passing. My thoughts will be with her family. Although I have not been there for your lunches or reunions, I have received some wonderful supportive notes and I know some prayers as I have gone through cancer treatments the past couple of years (currently stabilized). I wanted to let you know that the continuing friendship and support mean a lot. The '54 Ladies at Lunch group were fortunate to have Millie as a member. -Virginia Brinkerhoff Sweetland ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Greetings from a wonderful part of the US of A, although all parts of the US have beauty and interesting tales to tell if we only look. I am at a reunion of Buffums, I believe it is their 86th reunion, although this is only my 5th to attend. My father's grandfather married into the Buffum clan back in civil war time. Anyhow, we are in Danvers, Mass... and went whale watching out of Gloucester on Thursday. And yesterday we went witch-hunting in Salem, Mass. and to visit the House of Seven Gables. We've had great weather, with sunshine and not steaming hot temperatures, which has made it all the better, and we've found wonderful sea food including lobster... This afternoon we hope to go to Lexington and Concord. And yesterday we went to see a monument to the founding father of all of us, Robert Buffum who came to Salem in l634... it's sort of fun to have ancestors who were involved in history like the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. Of course, we all had to have had ancestors involved in this, so it's sort of fun to read and learn about them, as I love history and like fitting them in and learning more about how it really happened... (As if there is one real way. Of course not, as we know, you get 5 different witnesses to anything and you will get 5 different accounts... ) Then I will be flying out to another wonderful part of the US of A, as we all know, Washington State for almost a week, then on to yet another great part of the US, the SO. Lake Tahoe down to Sacramento area and then back to life on the scenic Ohio River... I needed a break, so this is just what the doctor ordered. My husband is also taking off a week and visiting his cousin on his side of the family in Vermont. And I look forward to my Cross Reunion with my cousins I grew up with in Richland - Allan ('59), Bob ('62), Carol ('64), and Duane ('79) and parts of their families. And I'll get to see my mom and brother too, even if he can't seem to fit in the Cross Reunions into his schedule... and my mother-in-law and a few dear friends... then on to California, and a bit more family and friends... Hope all is well, sorry that I won't be able to make Club 40 too as seeing Bombers is always fun... -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ from a place where they pronounce their words differently. On the tour of the House of 7 Gables yesterday, the guide kept saying they were attacked by parrots, several times, finally I asked him about it and he was saying pirates. And I can't believe how they pronounce Peabody back here. I'd have never known that was where they were talking about if I hadn't seen it spelled first. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rod Peterson ('63) My highest regards and admiration to Bill Scott ('64) for the exciting, emotional roller-coaster ride he gave me through the three books of his Angel Trilogy: "Angel of the Gold Rush", "Angel's Daughter", and the just-released "Legacy of Angels". He must be busting with pride on his accomplishments. His novels reflect the detailed research and writing abilities concerning the Gold Rush and expansion of Northern California. It is a rare opportunity to experience first-hand our friends' and classmates' capabilities. I highly recommend these books. I am sure he would love to hear from you. My sincere thanks and congratulations for a job well done! -Rod Peterson ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) went down to Fullerton, California from Bakersfield(2.5 hour drive)to see Lynn and Bill Dunton(ex Jason Lee teacher and ex Carmichael Junior High choir director)---had a great visit---Lynn turned 80 in March, Bill will be 80 in November and they recently celebrated 60 years of marriage. Bill said it has been rumored that he died, so he wanted me to make sure that the Alumni Sandstorm knew he was alive and well. *grin* they look great and are doing great. Bill retired from the La Habra School district and is on the school board for La Habra. Lynn is still teaching art classes---her home is full of her art and those of her kids and students. she teaches calligraphy, chalks, pencil, oils, and even has a class for those who can't "draw a straight line with a ruler"(that's the name of the class)and I keep telling her I am going to enroll in it. *grin* she didn't think anyone would show up when she advertised the class--- had over 150 people show up the first day. am sending a picture of the two of them -Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64)......Bakersfield, CA, where the temps are in the mid 90's and we aren't supposed to have triple digits for a week or more. am a "happy camper". *grin* **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti McLaughlin Cleavenger ('65) Re: Whatever happened to... Now that we have a larger subscriber list, I'll ask, again, does anyone know whatever became of Gretchen Griffin? She would have been in the class of '65, but her family moved away (I think they lived on Judson and once live on Cedar?) when we reached junior high. I know she had at least 1 brother. Thank you! Oh, and did anyone keep up with Roz Smith whose family moved to Pasedena? -Patti McLaughlin Cleavenger ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Millie Finch Gregg ('54) ~ 5/26/36 - 7/31/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/04/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Jim McKeown ('53) Karen Cole ('55), John Campbell ('63) Jim Hamilton ('63) and Nancy Wick ('65) Bill Scott ('64), Gary Behymer ('64) David Rivers ('65), Linda McKnight ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Roger Fishback ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ken Dall ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Heidlebaugh ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judie Heid ('68) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Mike Sams ('65) & Mary Bennett ('69) BOMBER/LION ANNIVERSARY Yesterday and Today: Gary Behymer ('64) married Janis Cook ('65 Lion) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim McKeown ('53) Re: Millie Finch Gregg ('54-RIP) The Bombers have lost a true "green'n'golder"... Millie was so talented, not only with her music, but as a person. She lit up the room whenever she entered... and you could not help seeing that wonderful spirit of hers at the Club 40 functions, even though you knew she was not feeling great. She was a trooper and a friend, and she will be missed, big time! -Jim McKeown ('53) ~ from Sacramento where the weather has been unbelievable... low 90s and high 80s... and this is August? **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Karen Cole Correll ('55) Re: Turn your miles into smiles. I am a volunteer for the "Make-A-Wish foundation." Alaska Airlines donates 250 flights each year to the foundation and accepts donated miles. Most "Wishes" require 40,000 to 70,000 miles for each child going on flights. The reason I am writing to Bombers, is because our allotment for the year has been used. Right now there are four families waiting to have their wishes granted that require 800,000 miles. Alaska Airlines will accept donated plan member mileage in increments of 1,000 miles, with a minimum donation of 1,000 miles. You can donate your extra miles by visiting Alaska Airlines website, log into your account, click mileage plan, show all. On the lower left hand side, under "Using miles" click on "Charity miles." Click donate miles and select our foundation. Bombers are noticeably generous people. Please help if you are not using your miles. Making these wishes come true for these terminally ill children is very rewarding for all of us involved. This is your chance to help. If some of you have plans and extra miles for other airlines, you can donate by contacting: Thank you for your help. -Karen Cole Correll ('55) ~ Nine Mile Falls, WA a lovely summer day **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Campbell ('63) Re: Remembering Mr. Dunton It was nice hearing about Mr. Dunton (and his wife) from Linda Reining. I remember a bunch of us guys signing up for Chorus in 7th grade at Carmichael because we thought it would be easy and a lot of popular girls were signing up. We all enjoyed that year and I remember what a nice guy Mr. Dunton was. Next year we had quite a change with Mr. Phelps. He was very able but expected us to do our best and not goof off. Quite a few guys and their posteriors got introduced to Mr. Paddle. Seems like only yesterday sometimes. Well got to go now, we only got a couple of minutes to make it to the school store and get some corn-nuts and a cho-cho ice cream bar. (remember?) -John Campbell ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) and Nancy Wick Hamilton ('65) I think we've got this right. To a great friend, someone who has stayed in touch and given me encouragement during my current adventure and still could be the model for the Campbell Soup Girl. Happy Birthday [tomorrow] to Sue Nussbaum Reeb ('63). Hit'em straight and we'll see you in September. -The forever young and always lovely Miss Nancy and jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton ('63) and Nancy Wick Hamilton ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Scott ('64) As I have already done personally, I send my sincere thanks to Rod Peterson ('63) for his kind remarks regarding my books. If any of you Bombers wish to follow up on his suggestion, contact me at the email listed with this message. -Bill Scott ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Happy 40th... Re: LION/BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today &/or Tomorrow: Janis Cook ('65 Lion) married Gary Behymer ('64) You're right... Janis was married on the 3rd while I was married on the 4th! Reverend Vincet Cox put the wrong date on the marriage certificate (;-) Happy 40th Dear.. . they have been the best seven (7) years of my life. -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Bestest frenz A pome, by Henry Gibson: OK frenz are ok; good frenz are good; really good frenz are really good; great frenz are great; but bestest frenz are bestest... thank you. And we got one a them bestest frenz having a birthday on Monday the 4th. This guy has been my bestest fren since forever... tho Hoff ('64) knew him first... we hadda little party for him on Saturday at the donut shop and everybody signed his very tasteful card and he even got a balloon... at breakfast we sang HB and he got a candle in his hash browns... then off to the gun show since there wuzn't no tractor pull... I'm hoping to be able to send a picture with this if I can figure out how to get it out of my phone... but my pal is having a birthday... "I love you, man!" HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Jimmy Heidlebaugh!!!!!!!!!!! ('65)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) Just a quick reminder that there are only two short weeks until the Portland/Vancouver Bomber Picnic at Tom and Linda Hemphill's place in Vancouver. Tom and Linda are working hard to make this picnic very, very special for us all... Please send your RVSPs to me, Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60), or Tom Hemphill ('62) directly DATE: August 16, 2008 TIME: 11:30 TO ???? PLACE: Tom and Linda Hemphill's, Vancouver, WA Phone: 360-574-1963 Bring a dish to share and your own spirits if you wish... everything else will be taken care of. We are hopeful for a great turnout!! See you there!! -Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/05/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Steve Carson ('58), Ernie Trujillo ('59) Gary Behymer ('64), David Rivers ('65) Michael Franco ('70), Vic Marshall ('71) Mark Ingham (NaB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sue Erickson ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sue Nussbaum ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary McCue ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Carson (Championship Class of '58) Does anyone know current status of Col-Hi teachers Tom Barton and choir director Harley Stell? -Steve Carson (Championship Class of '58) ~ Chicago, IL where the CUBS appear to be ready to end the 100 year World Series Drought **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ernie Trujillo ('59) To: Rod Peterson ('63) Re: BJ Scott ('64) Books Rod, I read all three books too and couldn't put them down. I was hoping there would be another one to follow. -Ernie Trujillo ('59) ~ in Dallas where we've got a heat wave going on, 107 yesterday and expecting 107 today. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) This for all of you WSU fans (;-) Re: Top Ten NCAA Football Logos (BCS conference edition) -Gary Behymer ('64) ~ .just 16 miles from Cougarville **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Birthdays I DID NOT FORGET!!!!!!!!!!!!! I had Kenny Dall's ("64) name on my cheat sheet next to Jimmy's ('65) but left the cheat sheet (yellow sticky) on my computer over the weekend... so there!!!!! Kenny has always been one of the greatest and wittiest guys of his class and I would never forget him!!!!!!!!!!! Jimbeaux ('63) has a new tactic... sending birthday greetings a day early got get extra credit... nobody ever explained to him that's it's the LAST word yer spozed ta get... not the first... so the cat is outa the bag... Sue Nussbaum ('63) is having a birthday on the 5th... (I also did not forget the Behymers' ('64) anniversary on the 3rd and 4th... I just missed it)... but back to the birthday girl... She was big sis to one of the guys in my class that Terry Davis (Knox '65) and I thought walked on water... we did everything we could to be more like Skipper ('65)... even died our hair "blonde" sort of... Susan was one of those sisters that we just swooned over... I've told the story more times than I can count of Susan and Ralph Lee ('63-RIP) swiping the car by the park across the street from my house and how badly hurt Sue was... I still remember a bunch of us playing... I mean hanging out (we didn't play at that age... we were way past playing... we were hanging and being cool... 'cept maybe for Davis who got his first cap gun set in 7th grade for Christmas)... Susan let out a scream and we all came around the house to see my dad carrying her into our house or at least to the front yard... she recovered and has been the same lovely Susan we've all known and loved ever since. So HAPPY BIRTHDAY Sue!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Re: Jimmy's Birthday Picture from my cell phone -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Michael Franco ('70) Thanks to Pete Turping ('70) for his reassuring note on the return of the Bali Hi Motel. I think Hogan ('70) and I stand a pretty good chance for getting our deposit back that we lost on our 1970 New Year's Eve function held there. The Class of '70 indeed had plenty of class and I think the many Bali Hi functions epitomized that class. Here's to all Bombers having a great summer. Puck Franco -Michael Franco ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic Marshall ('71) Re: Lance Willis (70) I was terribly remiss in not being timely with Birthday greetings to Lance Willis ('70). Any chance to embarrass your friends MUST be taken advantage of. HAPPY BIRTHDAY LANCE!!! -Vic Marshall ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mark Ingham (NaB) Re: Uptown I am looking for those with early memories of the Uptown Shopping Center!! My name is Mark Ingham and I work for the City of Richland's public information office. Do you have any fond memories of shopping there? Do you remember a store you really enjoyed that is no longer there? Was the Uptown a big meeting spot for Richland residents? How has the Uptown changed through the years? If you can answer any of these questions, then I would love to interview you! The only catch is this would be an on camera interview for television. If you wouldn't like to be interviewed but you have some old photos or memorabilia please let me know aswell. I understand Dawson Richards, Spudnut and the gas station/auto store have been in uptown since its inception. Please contact me by phone or email I look forward to hearing from you!!!! -Mark Ingham (NaB) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Mark, check out this Uptown site I put up in 2001. -Maren] ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/06/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Tony Duran ('55), Mike Clowes ('54) John Richardson ('58), Joretta Garrison ('58) Patti Jones ('60), Gary Behymer ('64) David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Caroline Westover ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kay Lynch ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Sheeran ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tony Duran ('55) Re: Anniversary August 7th we will be celebrating our 51st anniversary: Tony Duran ('55) and Sylvia Plumb ('56) Re: Baseball A whole lot of baseball going on 24 hours a day. That's right, day and night. The National Baseball Congress Championships are going great. Teams from all over the country come to Wichita every year for this event. They even come from Alaska. I think the temps must reach into the 110-115 on the field of play. I'm sure some of these teams would rather be playing the late night early morning games. -Tony Duran ('55) ~ Wichita, KS where it's hotter than you would think. In triple digits. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: The "More of the Same" Department Here are the latest figures: Class of '44 - 1 Class of '45 - 1 Class of '46 - 1 Class of '47 - 1 Class of '48 - 3 Class of '49 - 8 Class of '50 Class of '51 - 7 Class of '52 - 7 Class of '53 - 13 Class of '54 - 12 Class of '55 - 7 Class of '56 - 8 Class of '57 - 6 Class of '58 - 88 Class of '59 - 7 Class of '60 - 13 Class of '61 - 6 Class of '62 - 1 Class of '63 - 3 Class of '64 - 4 Class of '65 Class of '66 - 1 Class of '67 Class of '68 Want to know more about this? Want to know who is coming? Want to get yourself registered? Just go to the Club 40 web page and click on the appropriate box(es). A reminder that the deadline for registration is August 30th. Please get yours in early. The meals may be good, but are they $50.00 good (that's what the cost at the door is)? And, for those of you attending on the Friday night, you will be receiving ballots to be filled out almost immediately and voting for Club officers for the coming year. If you don't agree with the selections, there will be room for write-ins. The winners will be announced during the 8 PM (or so) announcement and raffle period. That's all, for the moment. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ from warm Mount Angel, OR where the weather guessers promise cooler temps for the weekend **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Richardson (Championship Class of '58) To: Mark Ingram (NAB) If you really want to know about Uptown Richland then you need to attend our upcoming Reunion September 5th, 6th and 7th. It appears that the class of '58 is going to have a great turn out in addition to a number of other classes both older and younger that are attending. You should be able to get a wide variety of stories for what ever you are doing. -John Richardson (Championship Class of '58) ~ Longwood, FL where we are in the hot and humid season **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sue Pritchett, aka Joretta Garrison ('58) Re: Planning Meeting Class of 1958 50th Reunion -- planning committee meeting next Tuesday, August 12th. Richland Community Center's lounge at 7pm. We're down to less-than-a-month until our BIG day. All classmates are welcome at this meeting--we need everyone's help. -Sue Pritchett, aka Joretta Garrison ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) Re: All Bomber Luncheon Richland Reservations aren't necessary. Many Bombers do like to let us know they are coming so please email if you wish. WHEN: Saturday, August 9, 2008 WHERE: JD Diner, 3790 Van Giesen, West Richland, WA 99353 Used to be Coney Island Newly painted building. Grey and Red Trim. Beautiful flowers planted by the owner. (heading west from Richland on the right side just past the Yakima bridge.) 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: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: The Who - Who Are You? Nevertowed aka Mr. David Rivers remembers 'perhaps' tooooo much? From my end, I can't even remember names... perhaps one of you can help? Her last name was Webster or so I think. She lived perhaps on Hains (1407) or right around the corner on the 'other' street? Maybe a 1957-1961 grad? Not sure if she graduated? No names on these two but they were sisters. One was tall & thin, the other shorter and 'blonde'... they lived in an 'A' house at about 1310 or 1312 Mahan. Not twins but maybe in the same class. Guessing 1956-1957? -Gary Behymer ('64) ~ somewhere in the middle of harvest 2008 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: HB to my hero This is a heck of a month for birthdays and such... one of the famous boyz from the class of '66 has a birthday on the 6th... I remember him well... an accomplished troller in the style Jimbeaux ('63) taught all us younger kids... This boyz sis ('63) musta transmitted a bunch of that knowledge to the birthday boy thru rubbin elbows with Jimbeaux so much... tho I must admit... when Jimbeaux caught a keeper he knew enough to stop trollin'... I tip my hat to the birthday boy for all his charm and just plain absolute cool with the ladies... so here we go: HAPPY BIRTHDAY Mike Sheeran!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>James Jay Payne ('77) ~ 3/22/59 - 8/2/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/07/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Jim Armstrong ('63), Roy Ballard ('63) David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Bobo ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Michael Peterson ('77) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Tony Duran ('55) & Sylvia Plumb ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim "Pitts" Armstrong ('63) To: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Webster Hi Gary, Linda Webster lived on "that other street" Siebert I think, in an "F" house. I also remember an older brother and a dad but no mom. She would have graduated in '61 or '62 but I think she moved before graduation. Funny, I thought about her just the other day. (She was pretty good looking. *LOL*) -Jim "Pitts" Armstrong ('63) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Fond Lynda Webster on the '62 website. Senior picture at: -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roy Ballard ('63) To: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Webster The girl named Webster, graduated in '62 or was in the '62 class. I had study hall with her in the old library with Mr. Andre... he taught Latin... never did like that class. I took Spanish next. Oh, by the way, her first name was Linda. -Roy Ballard ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: With love always Today, August 7, is a special day for a huge bunch of us. We celebrate the anniversary of a couple who used to grace the halls of Col-Hi. They walked hand in hand and at Hi-Spot, mixers and at sock hops they danced cheek to cheek. As time passed and we all went hither and yon, this couple remained in our hearts as one of the great Col-Hi love stories. When reunions and other events came about, this couple was always there... I was able to rub elbows with him more and more as we grew older... we would set up tables and chairs together and generally have fun... he was always there pitching in. She was good with a camera and he was good at taking rather unique pictures shall we say... but they were always there and always that wonderful couple we knew in school. Yeah they were big kids and I was a twerp but they let me into their world and their gang and I have loved every minute of it. They are dear to me and I know they are dear to you. Let's never lose touch... ok? HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to Ann Engel Schafer ('63) and Freddie Schafer ('63 RIP) -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/08/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Shirley Sherwood ('62), Gary Behymer ('64) David Rivers ('65), Peggy Adair ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bruce Strand ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Grant Ranlett ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gordy Edgar ('78) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jennifer Harden ('96) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Jim Adair ('66) & Kathie Moore ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Sherwood Milani ('62) Re: Linda Webster The Linda Webster I knew (and ran around with now and then) very definitely had a mom. I'll never forget her. -Shirley Sherwood Milani ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Linda Webster & Others Many thanks to the GUYS for helping me remember Linda Webster. Now, Nevertowed's entry reminded me of the last name, I think, of the sisters who lived on Mahan. (Schafer or Shaver or a close derivative of that name?) Help! -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: wow... nuther Bomber couple I met the male part of this couple when we were both 15. He stopped by to see if I'd be willing to trade my '47 Ford 4 door for his '46 Chevy 4 door... I figured him to be about 21 or so and didn't want to get snookered... I wiped a little gear geese on my hands and started kicking the tires of the running '46 while he inspected the frozen engine in the '47... yup... he figured it would make a good trade... his car had no reverse but mine didn't move in either direction without 5 guys pushing it... "sure buddy, I think we can make a deal here" I thought... since the little dab of gear geese on my hands was just a prop, I had no idea that this guy was a real mechanic... No idea that in the coming years I'd be calling him night and day to ask advise on this car or that... no idea he would become one of my best High School and all time buddies... I met her years later when Davis ('65), Heidlebaugh ('65) and I stopped by to visit the Doc... since then she has become a big part of my life just as has Steven ('08) and the other members of their family, young and old... I've loved being in their lives and having them in mine... HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to Jimmie ('65-'67) and Kathie ('69) Adair!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Peggy Adair ('72) I would like to wish my brother Jim Adair and Kathie Moore Adair a very happy anniversary 8-8-88. Twenty years of total bliss... *LOL*. Jim, you got a keeper this time. I love you both. -Peggy Adair ('72) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/09/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Richard Anderson ('60), David Rivers ('65) Bill Didway ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marj Qualheim ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Valerie Nielsen ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gay Wear ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard Anderson ('60) Today, August 9, 2008, is the 63rd anniversary of the United States' dropping of the plutonium atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan. It effectively marked the end of the era of United States economic, diplomatic, and military imperialism in the West Pacific and East Asia that had begun on July 8, 1853 when Commodore Matthew Perry's four ship squadron entered Tokyo Bay and insisted, on threat of force of arms, to present a letter seeking trade concessions. On December 7, 1941, the armed forces of (by now, imperial) Japan attacked the forces of western imperialism -- Great Britain, France, the Netherlands, and the United States -- in the attempt to establish Japanese hegemony in the Far East. Hanford Engineer Works was established in 1943 to produce plutonium fissionable material suitable for use in a nuclear bomb. The project was a success. So, today, all of us from Richland need to take a moment to thank our parents' efforts and to say fervently, "Thank you, Fat Man!" -Richard Anderson ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: How can I be soooooooooooooo stupude I hate it when I blow it... specially when the words are right in front of me on my yellow sticky... this morning when I read my books in the morning (meditation stuff... nothing racy) I tried to read the 7th because I knew one of my all time favorite Big Kids had a birthday on the 8th... but I knew that the Adair's ('65-'67; '69) anniversary was on the 8th too and I had already written my little note to them... As I read I recognized the writings for the 7th as what I had read yesterday... I panicked... could I have mad a mistook? Noooooooooo not me... well sure enough today is the 8th (the 9th when you read it)... and one of those guys with a naturally cool sounding name is having his birthday today... As a high schooler I only knew this guy by his last name and I'm sure I only saw him from afar... some guys just have intriguing names... like Benny Angel (sorry don't know the year)... A bunch of us were hiding behind Ziege's ('57) house (another intriguing name... Charlie Rafferty ('57) had one too)... anyway... we had a rule... loud pipes don't throw... well as luck would have it... loud pipes and we all threw... we ran thru the little space between Heidlebaugh's ('65), Ziege's and Davis' house... Terry ('65) was planting coffee cans as traps for who knows what... we sped past him and into his house... we heard the loud pipes outside the house... we were sure he couldn't figure out where we were but he knew... we looked and it was Benny revving up his engine... we shoved Richard Brunelle ('65) out the door as he was the biggest... it had no effect on Benny... what a harrowing experience... so where was I... oh yeah... I always loved this guy's name... as time passed I got to know him and now call him my friend... see what a great town we come from!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So Pete Overdahl ('60) forgive me for missing your birthday on the 8th... but HAPPY BIRTHDAY anyway!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Didway ('66) I am curious about how many Bombers ride motorcycles now, what type and how many miles a year. If couple rides do both ride their own bikes? I am considering trading for another bike (down from three to one) to do some longer trips than just from Skagit County over to Winthrop, WA. A couple of years ago had considered riding a 1966 Honda Trail 90 to the Tri-Cities but it would have taken forever at top speed of 40 mph. Plus it was not the most comfortable ride. When I had the Goldwings never thought to do it. -Bill Didway ('66) ~ Sedro-Woolley, WA weather has felt like Fall every morning, this summer, while riding to work. Overcast and fog this morning. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/10/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: John Richardson ('58), Ed Quigley ('62) Shirley Sherwood ('62), Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Larry Bowls ('64), Linda Reining ('64) Linda McKnight ('65), Maggie Gilstrap ('74) Katy O'Callaghan ('89) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Helen Bartlett ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mack Richardson ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dennis McGrath ('63wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jo Marie Roberts ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rod Collins ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bob Goehring ('80) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Richardson (Championship Class of '58) To: Mack Richardson ('52) To my much older brother, best wishes for a very Happy Birthday and many many more. Have a great day brother. -John Richardson (Championship Class of '58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed Quigley ('62) To: Bill Didway ('66) Re: Motorcycles I'm still one of those goofs on 2 wheels (part time!), Bill. Got my first bike, a '62 Honda CB92R (125cc's; what I wouldn't give to still have that one; would bring a fortune on eBay!) in the summer of '62, along with a good deal of ribbing about being "motorcycle trash" (Donny Story, from Pasco, was the only other guy I knew that had one!), and the Japanese still weren't "hardening" their metals. . . Put too much torque on a bolt, and it would turn into powdered metal (think that they called it "pot metal"). I immediately pulled the mufflers off and put a pair of megaphones on it, and then Gene Carlson ('62-RIP) built and drilled a couple of quick release "plugs" to quiet it a bit. I've had bikes pretty consistently over the years, and I just bought a new Yamaha FJR1300 (0-60 in 2.6 seconds!) Sport Tourer, about 6 weeks and 1,000 miles ago. I actually tried to talk myself out of it, when my '81 Yamaha XJ750 Seca (purchased new, and served well for 27 years) turned into a hole in the ground in which to pour money, back in December of last year. You probably know the "too old, too much money, too much bike, too much traffic (Seattle/Tacoma area)" routine, but the idea of not having a bike anymore just left an emotional hole in my heart (kind of like what I'd feel if I couldn't play guitar anymore!), so I finally broke down and went for it. It was one of those, "You can't live forever, and you could get hit by a bus walking across the street, so why in the world would you give up something you love so much?" things. . . As far as mileage, I put on somewhere between 5-6K/year, and pretty much enjoy every mile! -Ed Quigley ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Sherwood Milani ('62) To: Bill Didway ('66) When I met and married my husband, Dave, (Red Bluff, CA '58), he introduced me to motorcycles. My first bike was a Yamaha IT 175 (dirt bike) and I rode that for a couple of years before he got me a Honda XR200. We belonged to dirt bike clubs and Dave rode expert and I rode Intermediate for lots of years. We had seven motorcycles at one time for three of us. We used to do enduros in Northern California. In 1988 we bought a Harley Softtail Custom and in '90 rode to Sturgis. We had that for several years and ended up selling it to a woman. We got into timed runs on street legal dirt bikes where we rode double; Dave in front, me in back reading the roll charts. We retired from U.C. in 1999 and built our house in Oregon. Dave will always ride; I gave it up, but still hop on the back to go for rides for breakfast. Dave now has a Suzuki V-strom, a Suzuki DRZ and just sold his KTM dirt bike. He is currently with five other guys on a one month ride to Alaska. They left last Friday and rode to Glacier Park, MT where they then crossed the Canadian border. They'll continue north until they get to Prudhoe Bay, then turn left. Mostly they run off main roads, sticking to forest roads; highways only when they have to. He says the scenery is magnificent. Motorcycles have been a big part in our lives and lots of fun. -Shirley Sherwood Milani ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) To: Roy Ballard ('63) I answered your question (the answer was "No, not that I recall/ remember."), BUT my email sent to your bigfoot address bounced. The error message said "retry time not reached for any host after a long failure period". My suggestion -- and this is for ANYBODY having a problem getting the Sandstorm at their ISP -- go to and get a FREE gmail account/email address. Bomber cheers, -Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Bowls ('64) Re: Bill Didway ('66) - Bomber Motorcycle Riders My wife Donna Young ('64) and I started riding in 2000 (put it off way too long). Our current motorcycle is a 2006 Harley Ultra Classic. We generally travel around 5,000 miles a year on long rides. Our planned return trip to Alberta, Canada this year was cancelled, however, so this year has to date pretty much been a bust. We stay off of southern California freeways as much as possible, and hardly ever ride it for local transportation. There are just too many crazy's out there. "Touring" is our thing, and with luck, we may at least ride to Anacortes in September and return via the long routes. The weather you describe (minus the fog) sounds wonderful to us. -Larry Bowls ('64) - Redlands, CA where it has been another long hot summer - send relief. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:Bill Didway('66) re:riding motorcycles my brother, Tim Reining('71WB)and his wife, Neila(Culverhouse, '73?)Reining both have Harleys and have ridden them from Benton City down to Yosemite and over to Wallowa---they love riding and plan many more trips. I don't know anything about bikes, but I think his is a "dresser" and hers is a "sportster or roadster", but am not positive, I do know that they both said it was a comfortable ride and they plan many more trips on their bikes. Tim has two Harleys--one for long trips and one for when he feels "the need for speed". *grin* anyone watch the opening ceremony of the Olympics? the ending torch-lighting was amazing, great fireworks, too, and couldn't help but wonder if our Larry Mattingly had any input into it. *grin* will be watching the swimming with great interest as we have an athlete whose parents are almond farmers here in Bakersfield----Larsen Jensen---the entire county of Kern is rooting for him. *grin* also have a steeple chase runner from the small town of Taft competing---Billy Nelson, so all of Kern County will be watching our local athletes "go for the gold. *grin* -Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of 64)........Bakersfield, CA where we are still having triple digits and higher humidity than normal. am sooooo ready for winter. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) Re: Portland Vancouver Bomber Picnic August 16th To: All Bombers and Family - THE MORE THE MERRIER!!!!! Please come to our Bomber picnic on August 16th starting at 11:30a.m. until whenever. Just two miles from the I-5 / I-205 connection 10 Miles North of Portland, OR/N. Vancouver, WA - Salmon Creek Area At the Hemphill Farm ALL Bombers & Kids & Non-Bomber Spouses Welcome. Theres a nice park behind the Hemphill Farm where the kids can play. We'll have the BBQs hot and cook'n with different edible stuff. Please bring a side dish of something to share. We'll have soft drinks & water, but you can bring your favorite drink. Beer, wine & other spirits welcome. That might help to get some good stories told. BRING SOME PHOTOS of the good old days and of some of the special adventures that you've had in your life. Hey, we would like to hear your stories and adventures. For directions or questions, contact Tom Hemphill ('62) RSVP Appreciated - Please email me or Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) -Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maggie Gilstrap O'Hara ('74) Re: Motorcycle Riders To: Bill Didway ('66) I ride a Harley Sportster with a screaming eagle kit, which I had converted to a custom trike. I put about $16,000 in it and upon insuring it I had to have it appraised. Appraisal value: $29,000. Much to my surprise my trike took 2nd place this year (in its division) at the bike show. I ride alone for the most part but occasionally go on long rides with my "biker buddies" as my husband refers to them. He does not ride. Last year (my first year to ride) I put over 1500 miles on my bike... this year... only about 500 due to the lack of summer. We had summer all this past week. I was fortunate to have planned my tent camping on the river for this week... but alas I had to quit fishing last night and come off of the Little Su to take my dog to the vet. She had encountered the grand daddy of Porcupines. I must say that was the longest trip down the river I have ever had. All the while my poor chow chow had to be held down as to not break the quills off nor lodge one of them in one of us with her thrashing about. We managed to get all but a couple out of her tongue as they were causing her the most discomfort, while my friend was racing the squirt boat down river. I am curious... in the lower 48 when your pet encounters a porcupine and you take it to the vet are you allowed to go into the room and help with the extraction? I was allowed... not sure if that is a good thing as now I cannot get that out of my mind. Thankfully the first thing the vet did was put her to sleep. Then the real work began. Poor thing. Other than having a very sore mouth and tongue she is doing just fine. Me... still trying to get that image out of my head. [Some dogs don't learn the lesson. Hope yours did. -Maren] -Maggie Gilstrap O'Hara ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the new ALL Bomber Alumni Guest Book From: Katy O'Callaghan ('89) Entered: Friday 08/08/2008 10:26:29pm COMMENTS: Who is working on the 20th Reunion? Do you want help? -Katy O'Callaghan ('89) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/11/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Larry Mattingly ('60), Mac Quinlan ('62) John Campbell ('63), Jan Klusman ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: George Stephens ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Olympics fireworks This is to say I did not have anything to do with the wonderful fireworks at opening ceremonies for the Olympics. I have had numerous contacts from Bombers about this. I would have loved just to be there and see it in person. I had seen video of the rehearsal firings (pretty hard to hide them) and had corresponded with one of the suppliers. However all suppliers and all workers had to sign a very confining confidentiality papers. So very little info got out. Obviously the pyro industry is buzzing loudly on the internet pyro nets. It is a lifetime experience just to work on those ultra large format displays. The cost was in the millions. It is said to be the largest Olympics fireworks ever, but some are questioning that statement. I have requested to be part of the crew for the Olympics to be held in Vancouver Canada in 2010. But we dont even know who will be the supplier yet. I have made it known that EFI would like to be part of the bid procedure/work crew if the biggies in the US get the bid. But that is a whole different world of pyro. Cities like Singapore, Hong Kong, and Budapest sponsor these kinds of displays on an annual basis. I have a friend with headquarters in China firing one in Singapore as I write this. And when they are finished there they are off to Budapest to do that one. I have been selected as a technical advisor and crew member for an ultra large format display to be held in the next few months outside of the US. We are going to fire it with our new Firelinx Omni wireless system. We also have signed confidentiality papers. That is normal for this kind of event. As soon as all details are firm and all contracts are signed, information will be released. I have renewed my passport and am containing my excitement for now. -J Larry Mattingly ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mac Quinlan ('62) Re: Motorcycles To: Ed Quigley ('62) Our first summer out of high school I worked for the forest service at Mt. Adams. I got $1.30/hr. That was over minimum wage and a big deal at the time. Half way through the summer I went to Portland with a friend and bought a Honda CB125 (no R). It had straight pipes and was very difficult to ride so it wouldn't make a lot of noise, but it sure did sound good! That might be some of the reason for the hearing aids I wear now, that and a lot of other loud motors over the years. I raced flat track for a while, but after 14 broken bones I hung it up. I've owned several road bikes on and off throughout the years, but the cars have become just to intimidating, so I've quit altogether. Besides my day time job (haven't retired yet) I own a small business where we build and dyno race car motors. I am looking at buying a Dynojet cycle dyno. Do you or anyone else have anything good or bad to say about them? Our engine dyno is made by Superflow and I am also looking at the cycle dyno they build, but I don't know much about either one. I'd appreciate all the help I can get from anyone. Regards, -Mac Quinlan ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Campbell ('63) Re: Bomber Motorcycle Riders Regarding Bill Didway's ('66) cycle questions. When I was in high school I bought a Honda 90 (around 1962) to go to work on. I bought it from a furniture store in Sunnyside or Grandview for less than $400. They had bought some that were supposedly water damaged, but it ran like a clock. It was a tank model but not the new super 90. Then I bought a 1966 Honda 305 scrambler. Sounded good but easily got top heavy going down our local sand dune hills. In 2000, I decided to get back into riding and considered several bikes. There are a lot of good choices depending on each person's priorities: long touring or "bar hopping", one or two riders, how it fits your body, riding posture (e.g, sport bikes vs. cruisers), looks, reliability, handling, resale value, mileage, image, amount of stuff you want to carry, desire to be in a group or not. I chose a Harley because my brother had one and liked it, there were plenty of dealers and accessories I cold buy, and a lot of clubs that I could check out. My wife often rides with me, especially on the longer rides and we find the Heritage comfortable for a softail. We had some gel pads added under the stock seats and they work fine. I have done 3 long trips from Seattle including Cabo San Lucas, and 2 trips to Sturgis. Marilyn and I will be going back to Milwaukee for the 105 anniversary with about a dozen bikes from our local Seattle HOG group. We get to carry the chapter flag in the parade. In 2004 I decided to trade my 2000 Heritage in on a new bike because I was offered a very good trade in. I considered getting a more comfortable Ultra Glide with cruise control, stereo, more storage, etc. like the one I rented in Orlando, but I got another Heritage Classic. It just fit me better, and I like its looks (nostalgic). It doesn't cut the curves like some other bikes, but we're not so much of a hurry, anymore. Good luck on your decision, and as they say, "Keep the rubber side down." -John Campbell ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jan Klusman McCurdy ('66) Re: All Bomber Lunch What a great time we had out at JD's Diner in West Richland at the All Bomber luncheon. Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) was there to host and there were several there from the class of 1960. Len Rediske ('66) and his wife, Linda (NAB) were there. My daughter Lisa McCurdy ('86)was also there. She was the youngest! Even though our lives have gone in many directions, we all had the BOMBERITE in common. Hope next month more locals can come out and join us. Thank you Patti for hostessing. -Jan Klusman McCurdy ('66) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/12/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Mike Clowes ('54), Bill Berlin ('56) Joretta Garrison ('58), Tommy Hemphill ('62) David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nat Saenz ('71) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Aaron Roberts('66) & Robbin Ruth Henderson ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: the "Still More Numbers" Department Yet more people to be counted: Class of '44 - 1 Class of '45 - 1 Class of '46 - 1 Class of '47 - 2 Class of '48 - 5 Class of '49 - 8 Class of '50 Class of '51 - 8 Class of '52 - 8 Class of '53 - 15 Class of '54 - 13 Class of '55 - 8 Class of '56 - 8 Class of '57 - 6 Class of '58 - 91 Class of '59 - 10 Class of '60 - 13 Class of '61 - 6 Class of '62 - 1 Class of '63 - 3 Class of '64 - 4 Class of '65 Class of '66 - 1 Class of '67 Class of '68 Plus 2 who wish to remain anonymous and surprise everyone. Wonder who the usual suspects are? Wonder if any of your fellow classmates will be there? Go to the Club 40 webpage at: and find out. There are only 16 mailing days left to the 30th of this month (end of mail in registrations). Get your reservations in and save a few bucks (meal prices at the door are $50.00). -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where the weather guessers are promising a nice day for the [Portland/ Vancouver] Bomber Picnic on the 16th. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Nancy Mooers ('52) I read in Sunday's Seattle Times of the passing of Nancy Mooers ('52) in Kent, WA on July 31, 2008. Nancy and her sister Marilyn Mooers Dame ('56) moved to Richland from Minnesota (I think) and were raised by my best buddy Bill Weston's, now Dr. Bill Weston ('56), folks up in the north east (Jefferson) area of the city. When Nancy graduated from Col-Hi she went to school at Whitman, where Dr. Bill also went, and ended up in the education business eventually becoming a school Principal and I bet she was a good one too. I crossed paths with Nancy over the years in the Seattle area. When I was first married to my ex-wife, we moved into an apartment just off Eastlake Avenue in Seattle where a bunch of folks from Kodiak, AK lived and since my wife was from Kodiak, it made a lot of sense. I was going to the UW for my MBA and Jill was in her senior year when we got married and moved into the apartment. I was walking into our unit when I heard something like "...what are you doing over here Berlin?... or "... there goes the neighborhood..." or both. I looked up to the deck on the second floor expensive apartments and there was Nancy. We lived there about two years and during that time we really had a hoot with Nancy and the crazies from Alaska. About five years or so ago, maybe longer, I got a call from sister Marilyn, who lived in Portland, OR, telling me that Dr. Bill and wife would be up and could we meet them at Nancy's summer place on Whidbey Island, so we had a great day with them. Nancy was an original "piece of work" so our visit there was filled with laughs and stories. We had talked about doing it again but never got around to it and now we can't. Damn. My thoughts and prayers go out to Marilyn and Bill over the loss of their sister and "sister" (Nancy was actually a cousin to Bill as I recall but was treated like a sister) and I will forever remember Nancy and all the good times we had over the years. Re: Fireworks in China We watched with great pleasure the Opening Ceremonies of the 2008 Olympics and whilst the fireworks were going off I could only think of Larry "Boom Boom" Mattingly ('60). He knows Chinese fireworks and has been to China a lot so I bet he had an idea of what might be coming off but for the great unwashed public it was really a show. My guess is that in Larry's trade that would be the Super Bowl of fireworks and would have been kind of cool to be involved. Wonder if he is going to have a shoot in Palmer, AK at the State Fair? -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ Anacortes, WA where it is very quiet, too quiet, now that all of the Grandkids have gone home to Eugene and Houston. Nothing left of summer but a foot operation. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sue Pritchett, aka Joretta Garrison ('58) Reminder for Class of '58. Reunion planning meeting tonight, Tuesday, August 12, as 7pm. Richland Community Center's lounge. Please come help. -Sue Pritchett, aka Joretta Garrison ('58) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tommy Hemphill ('62) Re: Mini Reunion Hello Classmates, Linda (NAB) and I had a great trip last week to Sisters, Oregon to visit with Wendie Walker ('62) at her new cabin with a beautiful view of the Three Sisters Mountains and the Cascade Range. We spent the night and Wendie was a great hostess. Linda and I made an ornamental iron coat rack for her new cabin (see the photo) and we had to install the rack, so that was part of the reason for the visit. Linda, who grew up in Southern California, always likes to hear our old Richland stories, and Wendie and I did not disappoint her. It's always fun to relive the days of the '50s in Richland. We look at all of the rules that kids must follow these days and we wonder how any of us survived. Wendie and I have a lot of fond memories of growing up in the south end of Richland and attending South Side United Protestant Church with Paster Jim Ledbetter. However, Wendie forgot that when we worked at Mayfair (Campbell's #1 Grocery) she would supply us boys with garlic bread on Friday night so we could cover the beer on our breath. It didn't help us to walk straight though. Thanks Wendie for a delightful visit. -Tommy Hemphill ('62) ~ on our little piece of paradise in Vancouver, WA where we will have the Portland/Vancouver area Bomber Picnic / BBQ this Saturday - August 16th. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: I try Not sure how I could miss Jo Marie Roberts' ('65) birthday on the 10th but I did and I am big enough to admit it... no tales about bandits or pirates kid napping me...tho gee I'll bet there's a great story there... I'm nursing a huge tummy ache right now... Primary is tomorrow and I have no clue where I rank... sitting here trying not to second guess myself... Davis (Knox '65) has been giving me pep talks... told me to treat it like a movie audition... do your best and walk away knowing you gave it your best shot... I'm real good on giving that kind of advise too... I got it all down pat... wonder why it doesn't work on me? God has a plan and it may not be the same as my plan and all that... yup I expect everyone else to accept what the world has to offer and make lemon-aid and all that and I've repeated it all to myself over and over so how come I still feel like I'm gonna barf? I'm sorry to bore you guys with this stuff... I mean in the scheme of things it ain't much... kinda the way I feel about the press... how can they put all the Olympic stuff on the first page and ignore that Russia has declared war on Georgia... So when I look at it more cosmically it really doesn't amount to a hill of beans... but I still got this tummy ache, feel lower than whale poopy and I don't expect it will go away till after the polls close tomorrow evening... so more later and for the two Kathies ('64 & '69) with birthdays coming up later this month... I'll keep a clear head on the 16th and the 22nd... I will I will I will! Thanks for listening. -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Nancy Mooers ('52) ~ 4/7/34 - 7/31/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/13/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Helen Cross ('62) Alan Stephens ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Clementson ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary Persons ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Re: Mini-reunions I was thrilled to read news of fellow 1962 classmates, Tommy Hempill and Wendie Walker. I often think of Wendie when I fly into and out of the Portland airport. I'm really enjoying my time here in the west. After a fun week in Washington State where I got to visit several friends and relatives and my 30 year old son who now lives in Gardnerville, NV flew up to visit his grandmothers with me, I'm now in California and Nevada visiting with my son here in Gardnerville, and will be spending time with some more (old) friends from when we used to live here... (Talk about run on sentences, my apologies to all my past English teachers. I know you taught me to do better, but at the moment I am trying to hurry and get off my son's computer.) I love the weather here, hot and dry and it cools off in the evening... -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ from the desert at 4700 feet in Gardnerville, Nevada, where it got up to about 91 yesterday. We also spent some of the afternoon swimming at Lake Topaz which was neat. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Stephens ('66) For those that did not want to pay the Water Follies fee or face the crowd, I and the Viet Nam PBR will be in the Fair and Rodeo Parade Saturday morning. We will have open house tours at Sportsman Warehouse on Canal Dr. that afternoon and all day Sunday. Come on by and say hi. Last time this year. Hope to have sponsors to help us next year. If you know of anyone that can help, bring them to see the boat so we can start planning next year. -Alan Stephens ('66), CPO SW USN Retired ~ Kent, WA ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/14/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers and 1 Lawyer sent stuff: Patti Jones ('60), David Rivers ('65), Alan Stephens ('66) Bob Warren (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Collings ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Richard Swanson ('64) 08/14/1945 PEACE! OUR BOMB CLINCHED IT! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: All Bomber Luncheon - Richland In June it was the third [year] All Bomber Luncheon held here in Richland. Countless stories, visitors from out of town and it goes on. Many interesting surprises. No August birthdays. Photographer Jeanne was whisked away from town by spouse George "Pappy" Swan ('59). Not a hunting trip this time. The gift of gab and stories of all sorts were as usual prevalent. Marie Ruppert Hartman was well missed when the day fleeted by with her forgetting about the luncheon. Grand children always, always take the front seat. As I was setting up the sign in table for sign in a lady started talking to me. She seemed hesitant about quite what she was asking. Hand gestures indicated the group. I filled her in that it was an All Bomber Luncheon. Turned out she was a 1952 Bomber graduate visiting her family with her husband from Miami Florida. Her name is Joanna Manning Gunn ('60) and spouse Barnett K. Gunn III. Joanna's sister is Darlene Manning ('60). Took me a bit to get Joanna to agree to letting me introduce them. When I did it was worth all. Joanna's spouse Barnett (B.K.) was a soldier during the time of the early '50s. He married her and whisked her away to Miami. They come back to visit every three or four years. All so hearing the ooohhs and ahhs from the group I could tell there were many memories of the soldiers being here. Being as six of the usual who come, I had emails from, would be out of town I was quite intrigued to see who would be there. More surprises. Read on. Kaylene Henjum Livingston ('60) and spouse Herm (spouse - '60 Finley, WA) were there. They have been busy with his nephews visiting from the L.A. area. Herm is healing quite nicely from his heart surgery. Soon to have another surgery on his ankle. Prayers are welcomed. Marilyn Baird Singletary ('60) is in town visiting for a couple of weeks. She was also at the 1960's luncheon last week. A big, You're Welcome to Janice Klusman McCurdy ('66) for what she said in the Sandstorm. Being the baby Bomber attending Lisa McCurdy ('86) (Janice's daughter) brought a lot of smiles during introductions. From my memory Lisa is the youngest Bomber graduate that has ever attended in the 7 years (almost eight years of luncheons) that I have hosted. Can always stand to be corrected. Len Rediske ('66) and spouse Linda (Portland graduate) were here for the weekend from Vancouver. They attend the Portland lunches as much as possible. I met them there and they use to come to the Fife luncheons as much as they could. Always a joy to have them. Len graduated with Janice Klusman McCurdu ('66) are friends. Do not know all the details. Glad they got Janice there for the luncheon. Duane Schultz ('70) who attended last month came again. Almost always in attendance Fred Klute ('58) was there. New, was Shannon La Marche ('82). As she came in with a big smile she thought she would be the youngest. As you saw above Lisa was. Shannon was visiting from Detroit. Duane, Fred and Shannon were sitting together. I joined them while I ate. The discussion they had going on was about colleges and scholarships. Shannon received her MBA from Loyola University in Southern California. Much more to her story but I will let her tell it. Mary Judd Hinz ('60) is leaving for Hawaii at the end of the week with her spouse and family. Not sure who all the group is. Will sniffle a bit knowing she is out on the beach with whatever libation she has. Maybe Mary will fill us in when she returns. Lorin St. John ('55) brought Walt Wendland ('55). Glen Rose ('58) and Carol Rose (spouse - '62 Sunnyvale, CA) sat with Lorin and Walt. I didn't get over to their table because I knew a lot of the talk was probably about Lorin and Glen's involvement with the refacing of the [Richland] theater. Walt during introductions talked about his time as a policeman which brought up stories from Fred Klute's living in Richland and the police. I only got to hear a little bit but want to hear more some time Fred. Everyone was invited to tell a story during introductions. Not everyone did but if I keep it up I am sure we will hear more. One time at the Fife luncheon I asked everyone to tell what brought them to the luncheon besides being a Bomber. Too funny, the instant I asked the question they all said "because they were a Bomber". When each spoke during the introductions the answer was so different. Everyone has there story about being with the Bombers. My story will be sent to the Sandstorm soon. Time for this to go to our great Maren, who does a wonderful job of editing (please and thank you) as well as all the other good things she does. Thank you Maren. Re: Lightning The wonderdrous lightning storm we had last Thursday seemed to be heading west. I was sitting on the front porch watching it. My neighbor was out taking pictures. He walked over to talk to me and said it looked like fire up on Candy Mountain. I walked over to take a look. Looked like the fire went out and then started again. Thinking the lightning and thunder seemed to be at a stand still. I walked over and went into the house. About five minutes later it was dancing for a good 45 minutes all around my home. The strikes that I can see were barely East of Bombing Range Road, one street over from where I live. First a strike would come straight out of the sky towards the ground. A minute or so later another one would come streaking across the sky. Then the next would be toward the ground and so it went until it slowly moved north towards Hanford. There weren't as many fires as I would have thought watching this unusual Lightning and Thunder. I have seen many lightning and thunder storm from Richland to living in California, Western Washington and back to West Richland. But not like this. Scary but what a show. Last year thunder and lightning came during the day. I was talking by phone to my sister Nina Jones Rowe ('65) when it rolled in. Had to ask sis to hold on at one point because the thunder was loud I could barely hear her. The next day found out lightning hit my next door neighbor's patio table and broke the glass. A little too close for comfort. Living up here on the Bombing Range hill, lightning is definitely different than living where the land is flat looking up at the hills. -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ it will be over 100 this weekend for about three days. Love the heat. Well, maybe not during the hottest part of the day. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Back to the real world Well, I gave it my best shot. Lost by 5% of the vote... Only 11% of the voters turned out!!!!!! Just wasn't meant to be I guess... sure had some fun commercials and shore met a bunch of very nice people along the way and can't say I wouldn't do it all over again... I can say I'm not likely to do it again. So there is no Judgdom in my future and I'm back to normal work. I think I would have made a good one. I'm shore no more fond of polatiks than I was in January when I started this journey... have learned a whole bunch about human nature and myself. I carried myself with honor and refused to play the nasty cards so I am very proud of myself and those who voted for me can be proud as well... so back to just plain David... don't hafta worry about bowing in my presence... no your honor or any of that stuff... I'm sure you were all worried that I would get a swelled head and a new tattoo with "Da Judge" on it. Thanks for all the kind words and support... I'll see you kids from the Class of '63 in September and look forward to seeing anybody else who is around the weekend of the 4th. I love you all and am so proud to be a Bomber!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Stephens ('66) Bad news. The trucking company that was going to tow the boat to the parade just backed out. Sorry for getting everyone's hopes up. We dont have our own truck so are at the mercy of people who do. This is why we are looking for sponsors. Sorry for the no show. -Alan Stephens ('66) ~ Kent, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Warren (NAB) ~ To Whom It May Concern in Classes of '54 or '55, I am writing to try and find out if someone in your class remembers two brothers, Walter Huber and Franklin Leroy Huber, who attended Richland Grade School and Hanford Primary in 1943-'45. Their father worked at the Hanford facility and the family lived in the 300 area on the site. If Leroy Huber had remained in the area, he would have been in the high school class of 1956. Walter Huber would have been in the high school class of 1955 if he had not moved away from your state. What we are trying to do is find someone who remembers the Huber family and who would be willing to give a statement concerning the family's living at the Hanford site. You may be familiar with the program run by the Department of Labor (DOL) that allows claims to be filed by family members if a deceased Hanford worker had cancer and worked at the facility for more than a year. I represent the two surviving brothers, Leroy and Norm (who wasn't born until after the family moved from Hanford). Leroy went to the hospital with scarlet fever in May of 1944, and I imagine that news of his quarantine would have been of interest to other students and parents. He had Julia Brudenell for his first grade teacher and Miss Whitehead as his second grade teacher. The limited records we have show Elizabeth Guinn as principal and R.H. Fergin as superintendent. Walter Huber had Gladys Schuster as his third grade teacher with principal, Charles L. Loss. Without a statement, DOL will deny the claim, so we are taking the unusual step of contacting someone who might have been in grade school at the same time. I apologize for this long e-mail, but if you could help, we would appreciate any assistance you could give. Thanks for your time, -Bob Warren, Lawyer P.O.Box 1367 Black Mountain, NC 28711 toll free 1-866-669-5709 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/15/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers and 1 Lion sent stuff: Marguerite Groff ('54), Tom Hughes ('56) Judy Willox ('61), Barbara Von Olnhausen ('62) Carol Converse ('64), Gary Behymer ('64) Linda Reining ('64), Patty de la Bretonne ('65) Marsha (Goslin '65) & Gary Brehm (KHS '64) Robert Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave Moore ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sheila Zangar ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) Just a quick note to remind '54 gals that today is our time to meet at Granny's restaurant for some visiting, laughing, and commiserating (if needed). Oh, and eating!! See you there around noon. -Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) ~ Richland where we are expecting temperatures in the 100s this weekend. Think I'll make my usual trip to church then come home, thank God for my air conditioner, and enjoy some DVDs I just got. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Hughes ('56) Re: Charlie Bigelow ('54-RIP) *** By Associated Press RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) - Police say an experimental aircraft crashed just after takeoff from the Richland, Wash., airport, killing the pilot. Police Capt. Mike Cobb said 72-year-old Charles Bigelow was the only person aboard when the plane went down Thursday afternoon. Witnesses say the plane had reached an altitude of about 250 feet when the engine began to sputter and the aircraft crashed to the runway. The Tri-City Herald reports that Bigelow reached 257 mph in a Shelby Ultimate Aero Car during a speed run in 2007, setting a Guinness World Records standard for production cars. **** -Tom Hughes ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Judy Willox (Classis Class of '61) To: All Bombers Re: Chuck Bigelow ('54) Once again our own Charlie is in the news today. And once again it includes an airplane. But this time Charlie did not make it through the scrap and he is now in heaven with his Maker. My love, prayers and heartfelt sorrow go out to his family, specially his wife Shirley Strege Bigelow ('54) who is fighting her own battles with cancer and now this on top of it. God Bless Charlie and all his family and may God speed his travels Home and strength to the family. I am so sorry for you all as I remember Charlie and Shirley so well from days long ago. My love to you all! Bomber Tears (BIG time), -Judy Willox (Classic Class of '61) ~ Richland Triple digits and looks to be that for the next five days. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barbara Von Olnhausen ('62) Re: Charlie Bigelow ('54-RIP) I just had an email from my mother: Charlie crashed in a light ultra plane at the Richland Airport and was killed. Just heard it on the news here in Seattle - although they didn't say anything about the pilot's identity. Just said that witnesses said the plane took off, made a hard turn, sputtered and then crashed. The authorities were looking for a possible medical condition. -Barbara Von Olnhausen ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: David Rivers ('65) So sorry to hear that you didn't make the primary! Was really rooting for you though. Well, just think, you can attend all the Bomber stuff, where as you may not have been able to being a Judge. Only trying to cheer you up. -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA We're taking our grand daughter home in a couple of days. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) The following information was provided by Tim Marsch to the Whitman County Gazette. ***** From Marsh Sports News Service Pullman's Rex Davis ['48], whose coaching career includes tenures at Washington State University and Richland and Pullman High Schools, will join the Athletics' "Wall of Fame" at RHS. On the evening of August 23rd, at RHS, Davis, 76, will be among former coaches, athletes and teams applauded as they are added to the wall, which is sponsored by the RHS Bomber Boosters. ***** -Gary Behymer ('64), **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:David Rivers('65) re:judgeship oodles of Bomber tears. you just needed a write-in campaign from Bombers to be able to vote and you would have been a "shoe-in". *grin* am sure you are very disappointed, but you gave it a good fight and you can be very proud that you didn't resort to nastiness or back-stabbing or whatever else the majority of politicians use to win their elections! maybe Las Vegas just doesn't know what to do with an honest politician. *grin* Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64)......Bakersfield, CA....still having triple digits and I am sooooooo ready for Winter! have had enough of this blasted heat for this year---we have had triple digits all this week and we are supposed to have more of the same next week! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patty de la Bretonne ('65) Dear David, Congratulations on giving it your best shot! You probably would make a good judge. But now you can relax in a way for a while. -Patty de la Bretonne ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marsha Goslin Brehm ('65) & Gary Brehm (KHS '64) Re: David Rivers ('65) - Back to the real world There is much to say about giving your best shot and a lot to say about "not meant to be" - both good. How wonderful that you wanted to run, that you had a terrific experience along the way. Best part is, yes, you would have made a good judge! Another best part is that you learned about people in general and more about yourself. And the "bestest" part is your honor, honesty, pride, and a terrific man who wanted to make a difference. Back to normal work is good. Just plain David - never! Get the "Da Judge" tattoo - you should have it because you ran, because we all would have voted for you, so in our minds, you won! Love back to you, -Marsha Goslin Brehm ('65) & Gary Brehm (KHS '64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Avant ('69) Re: Burma Landing To: Maggie Gilstrap O'Hara ('74) Just a question and a memory. Can you still launch on the Little Su at Burma Landing? Used to put my boat in there and the faces of the "turistas" in their chest waders as I put a Ford 302 in- board with a 3 stage Kodiak pump in a 20' Wooldridge "on step" was priceless. Running the cut banks there and at the Deshka in very shallow water are precious memories -Robert Avant ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/16/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Diane Avedovech ('56), Gary Behymer ('64) David Rivers ('65), Alan Lobdell ('69) Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John Bruntlett ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Roger Gress ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tim Avedovech ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathie Roe ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kirby Belcher ('75wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Anne Mitzlaff ('77) 08/16/77 Elvis died "Before Elvis, there was nothing." -John Lennon **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Diane Avedovech ('56) Re: Happy Birthday brother I just wanted to wish my awesome brother, Dr. Tim Avedovech, DDS, an equally awesome birthday. When we were kids growing up in Richland, if I could have caught you I would have pounded you into hole. Thank God you were faster. Love, -Diane Avedovech ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) We're noticing a large amount of 'nits' or aphids flying about. Rather than do the 'spray thing' I've learned to wait a few days for the Lady Bug population to explode to take care of the problem. I've a remembrance of sitting on the front steps of the 'B' house on Mahan watching dragonflies by the hundreds/thousands devour any 'small' insect infestations the neighborhood encountered. Where have all the dragonflies gone... long time passing. Salute! -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Mixed Bag This little note will be a bit of a mixed bag... so many things to say... won't be all that long... not like a Maddy ('67) Monolog more of a lil note full of portant stuff... First may I say Fair well to Charlie Bigelow ('54 RIP)... An Icon in Richland history... Second a hardy Bomber Thank You for all the calls, emails and Sandstorm notes from all the Bombers out there... I am back in the saddle again fighting dragons and the forces of evil... doin' what I do best... runnin' off at the mouth with tongue and pen... what used to get me punched in the nose in my younger days is how I now make my living... with a tad more reserve and thought behind my words... I had a rash of calls from the bar and the bench repeating the same shock with each call... gotta a kind of an apology from the Chief Justice for getting me into this fray... but it was all worth it and just as some other things in my life... wouldn't do it again going forward but wouldn't trade the experience for anything... And now for that moment we have all been waiting for... What do a Lucky Duck and a Hot Chick have in common? Each other! Yup that's the answer... One of the Dynasty girls is having a birthday and if truth be known we are all lucky ducks for knowing her... She has been a beacon in my life and has always known what and when to say the right thing... I have enjoyed every moment of knowing her from the first day I met her which I always say was the first year of my high school career but which can't really be true as we went to Chief Jo together... but I'll not soon forget the day Ricky Warford said: "Dave, (the only kid who ever called me Dave) this is Kathy Hoff and Kathie Roe ('64, '64)... I thought I had died and gone to heaven! HAPPY BIRTHDAY Kathy Roe Truax ('64) on the 16th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Lobdell ('69) Re: Running for office To: David Rivers ('65) or anyone else who ever runs for office I've been reading about you and your race to become a judge and hope the experience was more pleasant for you then what I dealt with some time ago. Eight years ago I put my name in and began running for King County Executive over here on the west side. Unfortunately I had to give up my campaign about seven weeks into it due to my wife's breast cancer came back. We had been told she was cancer free at the time and she meant more to me the job. Anyway, what I experienced was a shock to me. I never realized how much people would make up about me and tell these things as the truth. I found that news people would interview me and then claim I made statements about issues we never even talked about. I had to carry a voice activated recorder with me to any interview with news people just to keep myself safe. I had precinct chairmen of my own party come up to me and tell me to have coffee with them after the election so they could tell me what was being said and by whom. I also found out that even my own county party chairman disliked me because he would not be able to control me. I tend to think for myself and apparently that's not acceptable. It's been eight years and I still once in a while have someone ask me if I really said or did something that they had been told. Rather sorry way things are done. The only good thing that came from my wife's cancer was getting me out of that race even if it was something she wanted me to do. For anyone wanting to run for office, carry a tape recorder and keep copies of everything you write to protect yourself, e-mails also. All most anything can be used against you. God Bless and good luck. -Alan Lobdell ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: BD greetings I'd like to wish my cousin John Bruntlett ('54) a very happy birthday on Saturday. How's the little red 'Vette these days? -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where we're supposed to get some triple digits for a few days, too **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Carole DeSoto Taylor ('62) ~ 2/4/44 - 8/11/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/17/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Carol Horstman ('53), George Swan ('59) Mike Brady ('61), Joe Ford ('63) Mick Hemphill ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Charlotte Carlson ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judy Boggs ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Verna Gore ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Horstman Massey ('53) Re: Charlie Bigalow ('54-RIP) Was so sorry to hear about Charlie, he was such a nice guy. My heartfelt sorrow goes out to his wife Shirley Strege Bigelow ('54) and his family. May God be with you in this time of need. -Carol Horstman Massey ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Sometimes life is like a big roller coaster ride I'm pretty sure that someone once said that life begins at (enter age of choice here) and I seem to recall much being said about the eventual peace and tranquility of retirement. Well, let's see, I'm 67 now and I have been officially retired since "late" 1996. One thing that I learned for sure in about, oh, "early" 1997, or so, is that if you want to have a busy life ... just retire! I found that retiring from "the job" doesn't change a whole lot, because "stuff still happens." I guess that's all part of life, but as someone is sure to say, "It sure beats the hell out of the alternative!" However, I'm of the opinion that life is somewhat like a long ride on a train that somehow possesses that strange ability to alter itself in varying degrees, like today's kid's "transformer" toys. At times, I find myself traveling down the rails of life, gazing out the window and watching time and happenings pass me by, with little major effect. But, occasionally, that train changes into a trolley car straining upwards or suddenly speeding downhill, as if its a runaway in San Francisco. And unfortunately, once in a while, life takes on the feeling of riding a train that has completely jumped the tracks and taken on the semblance of an emotional roller coaster ride. For me, this past week highly resembled the latter. It began with the sad news that a dear friend of ours had lost control of her pickup on a Montana road, severely injuring herself and her boyfriend in the resulting rollover. Quite sadly, her seventeen year-old grandson succumbed to injuries sustained in that crash. This saddens me greatly as I know how she felt for her grandchildren and what she must now bear. We are quite close to most of our grandchildren, but this especially hits close to my heart, as I have a unique relationship with one of my grandsons. About the same time as the above occurrence, I had brought my beloved best friend home from the veterinarian, following a mysterious internal affliction. Darby, my eight year-old yellow lab (whom many of you Bomber dog lovers have read of in my previous writings of our outdoor exploits), had been very sick. However, she seemed to be overcoming it and on the mend. We had to leave to attend our grandson Harri's graduation from boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego. This was a long planned and promised trip since his enlistment in May. As an old Marine, I definitely wanted to see Harri become one of us. This particular grandson, Harri (short for Harrison), and I are a unit. We have hunted, fished, camped, hiked, mountain climbed, "hung out," ... and the list goes on ... together, and with his dad, since he was a little crumb snatcher. Along the way, Harri and I talked much of life, and I may have had some influence on him (well, maybe a lot), as he and I are now "The Few, The Proud," within our family, as we are the only two Marines, to our knowledge. But, at the same time, I did not want to leave my Darby alone under the circumstances. What to do? At the last minute, my wife, Jeanne, insisted that I go as she opted to remain home with our two cats and to look after Darby. So, with conflicting feelings, I accompanied Harri's mom, dad, and two sisters to attend his graduation, since my going on this trip was pretty much their gift to me. It meant so much and I will be forever grateful to them for this opportunity. Mere words cannot begin to express the pride that I felt in watching Harri, his 300+ fellow recruits, and the famous Marine Corps Drill Instructors "Snap and Pop" in their Dress Blue Delta Uniforms, accompanied by the MCRD Marching Band and the Marine Corps Bulldog Mascot. It was also serious "de je vu" for me, as I had not set foot on that base since my own graduation in 1959. But, guess what, my fellow Bomber Marines, those of you who also went through MCRD? Not one senior enlisted man, that I spoke with, up through the rank of Sergeant Major or Master Gunnery Sergeant ... knew what "Ice Plant" was. Well, what did I expect, since, to me, they all look so young now? I remember, in my day, Gunnys, Master Sergeants, First Sergeants, and up, all looked like gnarly old bulldogs that could chew up an M-1 Garand and spit out live 30-06 rounds. But, times have changed. Maybe I am just old, but the troops look ... so young and ... there is no Ice Plant left on MCRD. It has all been replaced by grass or asphalt. However, upon my daughter Karol's arrangement to have me meet and have my picture taken with Woman Marine, Brigadier General A. Salinas, Commanding General, MCRD, Western Recruiting Region, I found that she indeed knew what Ice Plant was. She said that it had gone the way of the Quonset Huts, which no longer exist there either, and have been replaced by two-story squad bays. The "Little Grinder" is also gone. Bombers will be pleased to know that General Salinas also spoke highly of our own General James Mattis ('68). Ironically, I would learn later from Jeanne that at about the same exact time that I was watching Harri pass in review, as he earned the title of United States Marine, my Darby had left us. I was aware that a day after my leaving home, she had taken a turn for the worse and Jeanne had to take her back to our vet, where she was again placed on IV fluids and meds. I had left instructions that I did not want her to suffer any further, if her condition reached an impasse. On Friday, August 8, as Harri became a Marine, Darby went to stand guard along with those Marines already guarding heaven's gates. No, my dog was not officially a Marine Dog, but she was Marine- trained and she served this old Devil Dog with honor, love, and unquestioning devotion as my second shadow throughout her entire life. Old sergeants do not rate "aid de camps," but she appointed herself as mine. Darby had long held the rank of Corporal in our little hunting buddy unit. She was long overdue for promotion to sergeant, but there can be only one sergeant and leader of a squad. But, finally, I have promoted her to the rank of Sergeant, posthumously. She certainly had time in grade. I don't think that the Commandant of Marines will object. If that seems a bit corny or melodramatic, all I can say is, that's okay. For me, its a combination of the Marine and dog lover thing. So, unless you are one or the other or a combination of the two, you may not understand. Harri had to return to his home of record in Vancouver, WA that evening in order to report in to his USMC Reserve Unit in Portland, OR the next morning. So, he flew out with his mother and a boot camp buddy (Only in their last two weeks of boot, did they discover that they actually live about two blocks from each other in Vancouver). He has about a week at home and then he goes to Boise, ID where he is enrolled at BSU. And, if I have this right, as he finishes college (about two more years), he will drill with a reserve unit there and train with the Platoon Leaders Class during the next two summers. When he graduates from college, he will be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, go through Officer's Basic School, at Quantico VA, and enter active duty. Did I mention that I'm proud of this grandson? Harri's dad, Mark, his two sister's Kirsten and Liz, and I had to remain in San Diego for two days (something to do with our flight arrangements), so we toured around the area and visited the Wild Animal Park (that was like taking a safari trip through Africa), The Marine Corps Command Museum on MCRD, and the USS Midway, which is now a floating Naval Air Museum. I had hoped to tour The Flying Leatherneck Museum at Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar, but I felt that the kids could only take so much military stuff. They were great sports and supportive of "Gramps" since they had visited Disneyland, Sea World, and many other attractions on previous trips. We had an enjoyable time, but I have to admit, this past week has been one hell of an emotional roller coaster ride for me, as I felt pulled in different directions, all at once. From the high of seeing Harri become a Marine to the low of those leaving us and the empty feeling of returning home with no "Darby at the door" to greet me. However, I have my lovely and supportive wife, Jeanne, and there is always a bright side if we just look for it. It came for me as Private First Class Murphy seemed to understand and is valiantly striving to stand in for Darby as my second shadow around the house and yard. I promoted Murphy back to Pfc. last night. That cat is so ornery that I have promoted and busted him between Lance Corporal and Private so many times that I had to sew zippers on his chevrons. But, sometimes that type makes the best fighting Marine. And, Murphy takes his patrolling of our yard very seriously. Its a bit lonely here right now, and its going to be a tough hunting season this year, without my sidekick. But, I will allow myself some grieving time as I have had many dogs, but Darby was my very best dog friend and hunter, ever. Yet, I must remind myself that our dogs and cats live relatively short lives, compared to ours. Each time we take on a new pet, we also take on an eventual heartbreak. But, while they are here with us, they give unquestioning joy, love, devotion, companionship, and memories. And, I suspect that if we really consider their behavior and actions toward us, it seems apparent that perhaps they were really sent here to teach us important lessons about living. So, Captain Brad Wear ('71), my hunting buddy and fellow Bomber/Marine, it looks like, for bird hunting this fall and winter, I will have to occasionally request permission to come aboard and tag along with you, Maggie, and Chesty. But, come late winter or early spring, perhaps there will be another yellow lab pup somewhere out there with an interest in becoming a best buddy for an aging old Marine. Semper Fi Marines and fellow dog lovers. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA and Semper Fi Darby (RIP) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Snowbird ideas I've been thinking of different ways of getting out of rainy, windy, overcast Puget Sound during the winter. I have a son living in the Phoenix area. A couple of ideas I've considered are purchasing a motor home, buying a small condo or renting for 6-8 weeks. Renting may be my best option for several reasons. But, how many rental condos are available in the Phoenix area at that time of the year? I would appreciate some brainstorming from my fellow Bombers. Thanking you in advance... -Mike Brady ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Joe Ford (Gold Medal Class of '63) Fellow GMC class members, Club 40 members, and interested parties; Anyone interested in a bicycle ride on Saturday morning, September 6? Everyone is invited. Let's meet at 9:30 in front of the reunion hotel. Let me know if you have questions. Regards, -Joe Ford (Gold Medal Class of '63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mick Hemphill ('66) Re: Passing of a Bomber Dad I wanted to announce the passing of a Bomber Dad on 8-15; Mr. John L. Green. He is the father of Judy ('68), Lonny ('71), Daniel ('73), Nancy ('75), Peggy ('77), and Randy ('80wb). He is the Grandfather of John ('88) and Scott ('91) Gregory, and Jimmy ('02), Matt ('05), and Ashley ('08) Duvall. He is also the big brother (in-law) of Tom ('62) and Mick ('66) Hemphill, and father-in-law of Dan Gregory ('66). John will also be remembered by many Bomber Boy Scouts who belonged to Troop 130 at South Side U P Church. Rest in Peace "Big John". -Mick Hemphill ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Charlie Bigelow ('54) ~ 2/18/36 - 8/14/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/18/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Mike Clowes ('54), Bill Berlin ('56) Suzie Gunderson ('60) Bob Chiles ('58) Dave Sowden ('62 & '63wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary Carlson ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jacki Shipman ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: The "Gist for the Monday Morning Coffee Call" Dept. Here are the latest round of numbers: Class of '44 - 1 Class of '45 - 1 Class of '46 - 1 Class of '47 - 2 Class of '48 - 5 Class of '49 - 9 Class of '50 Class of '51 - 9 Class of '52 - 11 Class of '53 - 22 Class of '54 - 16 Class of '55 - 12 Class of '56 - 10 Class of '57 - 8 Class of '58 - 95 Class of '59 - 10 Class of '60 - 14 Class of '61 - 7 Class of '62 - 1 Class of '63 - 4 Class of '64 - 5 Class of '65 Class of '66 - 1 Class of '67 Class of '68 And 2 who wish to remain anonymous and surprise all their friends just by showing up. For all you procrastinators out there, only 12 more mailing days to the deadline, after which the price increase goes into effect with or without OPEC's permission. Registration forms, a schedule of activities and a list of the known suspects can be found at: -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ Back in muggy Mount Angel, OR after a delightful picnic in North Vancouver on a warm Saturday. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: This past week in Pappy's life I read with interest of Pappy getting one of the Grandkids into the Marines and it is always a proud moment for a parent and grandparent to see that transition of a young man or woman into the military service of our country. One of my daughters was kind of drifting around in her life after high school so we took a trip to all of the recruiters and she selected the Army. Off to Basic Training in South Carolina she went and loved every moment of it. She found a latent skill for trajectory and was assigned to a tank unit and whilst she could not go into combat, she got to be a "tanker" anyway. Later she came to Canada to work for me but still had to do her Reserve duty and as it turned out, the British Columbia Division, Queen's Light Horse, was a Canadian tank regiment and a fellow that worked for me got her transferred into the BCD as an instructor. Come to find out that the Canadians were using the German Leopard tanks but were getting A1M Abrams tanks soon and that was where her training took place, so she spent two years being a Queen's Light Horse advisor. Whilst she was in the US Army still, she was allowed to wear Canadian Forces Parade Dress uniforms with a US flag on the shoulder, so the pomp and circumstances that are drilled well within the British Commonwealth troops are well known and presented. She loved it and, as a woman, could indeed fight in a war had she been fully within the Canadian military. She still has her Forces Registration card and can go into any active Forces or Constabulary (Reserve) base for presentations and/or unit libations. "Semper Fi" to Pappy and "To The Queen's Right" to Emily. As to the loss of Darby, I really feel for you. You know a dog is... well... kind of... a dog, if you get my drift. A good dog is with you come the good and bad, fine weather or not and above all... they know. They know well before you make any moves and know the difference between going hunting and going to the vet, or when you are leaving on a trip and they are not going. Our dog Sooty, a Black Lab that lived until she was fourteen, hated to go to the vet, as most dogs do. One time I got in my hunting gear, got out my shotgun and called her out to the car. No good. She just looked at me with those loving eyes as if to say, "You stupid idiot. Hunting season is not for another three months." How do they know? I guess the answer lies with the Thermos Bottle knowing how to cool cold drinks or keep warm the coffee... how does it know? Dogs and Thermos bottles must be smarter than humans... at least me. "Semper Fi" Darby. Re: Politics Up until a few years ago I never had even a millisecond of a notion to go into any political event as a candidate but one time I was asked to run for County Commissioner in the small island county where we lived. I agreed that what was badly needed was some real business sense to running the county government as opposed to spending all of our tax dollars on projects that left the important things like police, firefighting, roads, garbage and schools left with little or no money. Over the years I had stepped up and made several nice donations to things like a new athletic field complex, the County and School library fund, a new computer program for the Middle School and specialized equipment for both the local Police and Fire Departments. I set out my "plank" to address these shortfalls in critical government obligations not knowing that issues are not important to the average voter. My opponent had moved to the island from California two years before and had decided that she knew it all and took me on with a campaign of my "buying" votes because of the contributions and donations that I had made in the pasts. It was her one and only "plank" and she would not debate me nor address the real problems at hand. Long story short... she won by three votes. Not realizing that being a County Commissioner was pretty much a full time and ongoing job, she soon began missing meeting after meeting. As usual, and to get out of the rain and gray weather, she and her hubby had gone to Palm Springs for the winter as usual. She would fly up for one meeting a month, if that, and only because she was shamed into doing it. After two years of missing a ton of meetings, she was "advised" to give up the position, which she did and then promptly moved off the island in disgrace. I was asked to take over in the interim but I too had had enough of politics and had gone back to becoming an advocate of term limits... never to seek, or even think of, a political office again. I know just exactly what Allan Lobdell ('69) was talking about and it is not for me. David Rivers ('65) may find this is really a favor as opposed to a defeat, although being another Judge Judy might be cool. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ Anacortes, WA where the weather has been hot but not as hot as Seattle or Richland and I like it that way. I remember one dog day of summer in Richland when it was like 110, we decided to try to fry an egg on the sidewalk. They say it could not be done but we got it to begin turning white and with time probably would have cooked a bit more until some birds came swooping and reclaimed their kid. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Suzie Gunderson Chiles ('60) & Bob Chiles ('58) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Bob and I certainly have enjoyed the wonderful stories about you and your beloved Darby. Please accept our condolences for your loss. We feel the same way about our little Yorkie, Coco. On a happier note... congratulations to your grandson, Harri. Proud grandparents are the order of the day! Bomber Tears and Cheers, -Suzie Gunderson Chiles ('60) & Bob Chiles ('58) ~ Omak, WA where the temp was 105 yesterday, and expected to be 106 today. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Sowden ('62 & '63wb)\ To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of Corporal Darby (RIP). It sounded like she was one of the troupes. I know a Purple Heart ceremony would not be appropriate but perhaps she is due a Silver Star or some other metal for her outstanding service? Someone once said. "If you really want to know if your wife or your dog loves you the most, lock them both in the trunk of your car for an hour and see who is happiest when you let them out". The dog won every time I tried it. (That was my first wife.) I too have lost a long time canine friend and the best fix I can recommend for the emptiness is yet another dog. Congratulations on the graduation of your grandson from MCRD. I know you are a proud granddad. I appreciate the update on MCRD, San Diego. I haven't been there since early 1962 myself, but thanks to GoogleEarth I was aware the small grinder and the Quonset Huts were gone, but I would have never thought they would do away with the "ice plants" That's just wrong. Do they still know what a "gitywamp" is, or where the "geedunk" and "slopshoots" are? How about the 782 gear? Has everything changed? It must be that new Marine Corps I have read about. When you and I when through there, the "M1" was the rifle and the "M1911A1 U.S. Cal Colt 45" was the pistol we trained with. I know they went through the M14 and M16 but what do they use today? I also appreciated the pictures of the grinder and the admit buildings in the background, not to mention the Huey. They all brought back a flood of memories of what seams like another life time. Thanks. My condolences also to your friends in Montana. I hope they are recovering and dealing with their loss. To keep it in perspective, that's a bigger load to handle than loosing a dog. A special thanks to all who have served or are serving. Semper If "Always Faithful" Fellow dog lover Go Bombers Look out America it is an election year. -Dave Sowden ('62 & '63wb) ~ Rutherford County, NC where the foothills of the Smokies begin. All the Smokies are foothills compared the Rockies and the Cascades but they do contain their own unique beauty. We are hopping the current tropical storm now in Cuba will bring us some much needed rain. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/19/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Anna May Wann ('49), Gus Keeney ('57) Carol Converse ('64), Gary Behymer ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lois Weyerts ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John Ward ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Clark Riccobuono ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda Barott ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) Just received a note from Luana Ivers Portch ('52) that another one of their classmates has passed on: Maria Sandman Clary died 7/2/08 Luana had her hip replaced and is now stuck upstairs for 4 more weeks and her computer is downstairs. So send her cards and wish her well. Re: Club 40 Reunion Another reminder for folks attending Club 40's annual meeting next month. Your reservations have to be in my hands by the 30th. Not mailed by the 30th. I have to have time to make up name tags. Which means you better get them in the mail by this weekend. Otherwise you pay the penalty amount. If any of you would like to know more about Club 40 don't hesitate to email Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54), Connie Dean O'Neil ('60) or myself. We will gladly tell you all about this wonderful organization for "old" alumni from Columbia High/ Richland High. Just received the neat article in the Tri-City Herald featuring Mary Triem Mowery ('47) and Burt Pierard ('59). Hope you all read it. And now to my fellow classmates of class of '49 Richard Roberts wants to know what our plans are for next year (our 60th). Have any of you given it any thought? We can meet in Jean Williamson Dreher's and my room at the annual meeting and maybe lay some tentative plans. Hey, its raining in Seattle that is good news for a change!! See you all in a couple of weeks. -Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Semper Fi and a 21 shot Farewell to Corporal Darby. I'm going to miss the tall tails of Darby's exploits. Although I'm sure Pappy will find other critter tails (I know it's Tales, but a little play on words!!) to regale is with!! Egad, it's 2:00 AM!!!! I had better hit the sack!!! That's what I get for starting to watch the Men's Beach Volley Ball. -Gus Keeney ('57) ~ Sunny West Richland's "Garage Majal" (as Sharon Panther Taff ('57) so aptly Calls it!!!!) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Darby and Harri I read the joy you have of all the grand kids, but of Harri's graduation from Marine boot camp sounded very special. Congrats to him! I'm so sorry of your loss of Darby ~ your "best" friend in the animal world. It did sound as though your cat was really trying hard to be there for you. I'm sure he also feels the loss of Darby. I'll be looking forward to your stories of your new "best" friend in the animal world once you've grieved and perhaps decide to try it once again. -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA Took our granddaughter up to Eugene for a direct flight to Seattle, where her mom picked her up to take her home to Wenatchee. It's sure quiet here today. I'm kind of grieving today knowing that I won't see any of them til next summer. It's always hard. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Father of Pearl Drotts ('64)? -Gary Behymer ('64 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Maria Sandman Clary ('52) ~ Died - 7/2/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/20/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: George Swan ('59), Sandy Carpenter ('61) Gary Behymer ('64), Marjo Vinther ('77) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Loretta Ostboe ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Jean Mattson ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John Choate ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve Jackson ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Barr ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jerie Ehinger ('69wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Margaret Surplus ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: A from the heart thank you I want to express my appreciation to all who offered their condolences for the loss of my very special friend, Darby. A quick count shows that I received at least 50 messages via sandstorm, email, and phone calls. In a situation like this, as the heart struggles to heal, one can step back and marvel at how it is possible for a human to have such a close tie to a unique animal. I use the term "animal" on the surface, but underneath, those of us lucky enough to have deep relationships with these special companions, know that they transcend that line. And, they are indeed members of our families and close personal friends. This is evidenced by the messages that I have received, as virtually everyone of you who contacted me spoke of similar past losses, current relationships, and the concern for the inevitable losses sure to come in the future. As an old Marine, I was especially struck by the responses of my fellow military veterans, former warriors, who unabashedly expressed similar feelings for their special furry friends (past, present, and future). Many of you are dog lovers, many are cat lovers, and a great many, like us, embrace both. The eventual losses of each and everyone of these companions leave a significant mark on our hearts and lasting memories. Each little being (some smaller than others), as with humans, is always special and unique in their own way. But, occasionally one graces our lives in a way that seems to reach further yet ... into our hearts and souls, to form a bond that surpasses all others. In no way is this to say that the loss of canine or feline family members overshadows the loss of our fellow human relatives and friends. In our lifetimes, Jeanne and I have suffered the loss of three of four parents, two sons, three grandchildren, and a number of friends and more distant relatives. All left their lasting impact. But, dogs and cats and sometimes other animal friends are in a separate category without comparison. Dogs accept us without question. Cats are more independent and perhaps more cleaver as they only allow us to think that we are in control. But, once-in- a-while a cat comes along who, exhibits most un-cat-like behavior toward the humans that it owns, and completes the circle for that special bonding. We have two such cats, Puddy and Murphy, as different as night and day in appearance and behavior. Yet, while they warm to each of us, each has pretty much assigned itself to its chosen human, Puddy to Jeanne and Murphy to me. My classmate, Pattie Crigler Cole ('59) sent this e-card that pretty much covers losing any of our animal friends. I would like to share it with any of you who have ever lost yours. Thank you Pattie. I miss her greatly. I miss her not being tucked at my feet as she was whenever I did my writing on the computer. And, I miss her in so many ways. Even though time eventually heals most wounds, I know that she will always be here in my heart. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where I'm very sad now, but I will cherish my time with my "Big Girl." There will never be another Darby! But eventually, I will seek out another fat little yellow fur ball that shows an attraction to me. Because there is always one more pup out there with the need for a chance to grow up to be a "Big Dog" and run the open spaces around a stumbling but seasoned old hunter ... to be my friend ... and step in for Darby. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sandy Carpenter Lee ('61) Greetings from Alaska to you all Hi Everyone, Haven't had a chance to check my emails for most of the summer, so thought since I'm on vacation now that I might take a moment to say "Hi". I'm up here in Anchorage, AK to spend a few days visiting with friends I haven't seen for 4 years; then tomorrow I'm driving down to the Kenai Peninsula to see my son and his family for a week. Son, Scott, works up on the slope, and has this coming week off, so when he flies into Anchorage tomorrow, I will be able to pick him up and he will drive with me to Nikiski (a few miles from Kenai). It's about a 3 hour drive, and I usually do it myself when I visit, but it will be so nice to have my son along for the drive (good one on one time). Looking forward to seeing 7 of my grandkids and 2 great grandsons (3rd great grandson is still in the oven until December). It is also very nice to be up here in the cooler weather, because Spokane and our ranch out of Elk has been so beastly hot lately. My hubby told me that we were on fire watch last night because of thunder and lightning that was expected, but told me this morning that we had "dodged another bullet" and there wasn't any. Our woods are tinder dry right now, and we live in a very remote area an hour north of Spokane on our family ranch. Each year we have to worry about forest fires. My husband, Forrest, has built us a wonderful fire fighting system, however, and we have a 1600 gallon fire tank on the hill above us. In testing it's efficiency, we have found that we can pump water for about 2 hours through big fire hoses. Then the county did us a favor last year, and for the use of our lake, installed a dry hydrant that they can use to pump water for a long time from our lakes. It is a bit more comforting to have all this back up, but still worry... I think we worry more the older we get! Anyway, hope you're all having a fun and sun filled summer; can't believe it's almost coming to an end. Forrest told me that our hummingbirds already flew south for the winter, and the squirrels are dropping cones. Also, our 38 bats have left for the year (they are our mosquito distinguishers). So, maybe winter is coming early... hope it's an easier one than last year. Well, take care, and drop us a line if you have time. Always looking for visitors at the ranch, or in Gold Bar (where we winter over). Take care. -Sandy Carpenter Lee ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Camp Hanford Officers Plate -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marjo Vinther Burt ('77) A friend found this article about Hanford in the LA Times. There's a video clip of one of the river tours included. -Marjo Vinther Burt ('77) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/21/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice Today: Mike Clowes ('54) Lora Homme ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Larry & LaVerne Osterman ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: The "Finally Got 100" Dept. here come the latest: Class of '44 - 1 Class of '45 - 1 Class of '46 - 1 Class of '47 - 2 Class of '48 - 5 Class of '49 - 9 Class of '50 Class of '51 - 9 Class of '52 - 12 Class of '53 - 24 Class of '54 - 16 Class of '55 - 12 Class of '56 - 10 Class of '57 - 7 Class of '58 - 100 Class of '59 - 10 Class of '60 - 14 Class of '61 - 7 Class of '62 - 1 Class of '63 - 4 Class of '64 - 7 Class of '65 Class of '66 - 1 Class of '67 Class of '68 Not seeing any change to the numbers from your class? Could it be that you haven't registered? That's the only way these numbers can change. So, fill out those registration forms and get them in the mail quickly. The Treasurer says they have to be in her hands no later than the 30th of this month (August, right?). Don't have a form? Go to scroll down to the registration form marked, click it on (or maybe even double click it), print it out, fill it and the check in the proper amount and get it in the mail sooner rather than later. And, Phil, if Charlie and his "girl" friend are going to be there, why aren't you? -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ in wet Mount Angel, OR but the weather guessers say mid to upper 80s by the weekend. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lora Homme ('60) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Best Friends I recently lost my father at 101 years of age, so I'm just catching up on my Sandstorms. I'm so sorry that you've lost Darby. Will Rogers said that if dogs didn't go to heaven, he wanted to go where they go. I agree. -Lora Homme ('60) - Kennewick, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Marsha Dallaire Williams ('65) ~ 01/17/48 - 5/23/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/22/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Ralph Myrick ('51), Shirley Rae Drury ('51) Steve Carson ('58), George Swan ('59) Mary Rose ('60), Jim House ('63) Mary Ann Vosse ('63), Gary Behymer ('64) David Rivers ('65), Greg Alley ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathie Moore ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: BJ Davis (Bomber Mom) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ralph Myrick ('51) Maren. Would you send out an email to the Bomber group and let them know that Helen Skogen died this morning at her apartment at Altera. The reason will be forthcoming as the coroner hasn't seen her as yet. Other info will also be forthcoming when family has been informed. Thanks, -Ralph Myrick ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Your posts about Darby, even the cat companions, are so eloquent, they make me well up and run over with fellow-feeling tears. Darby was so blessed to have you as his partner. And we readers of this paper are blessed to have one with your talent and will for expression in our midst. Thank you. It was raining this past evening, the 2nd night of the Benton- Franklin County Fair. I don't expect to take in the Fair entertainment this year. Getting up at 1AM to go bundle dropping is precluding an evening of blanket-sitting with the family youngsters before the grandstand. Last year was too loud and long anyway. Now if it were one of my favorites performing I might have a different opinion. Watching Johnny Cash is a fine memory, for instance. I'd go for Frank Sinatra, or Billy Joel, or Les Paul and Mary Ford or Peggy Lee. I know there are others who'd move me to attend, but can't think of their names right now. Finishing my 75th year a couple of weeks ago has affected me, I'm loath to admit. (Maren, I'm using this stationery just to bring you a smile. I hope it doesn't mess up my post.) {Shirley, It was cute. Next time will send plain text and send the picture in another email... please... -Maren] -Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Carson (Championship Class of '58) Looking for David Shine ('58). His e-mail may be out of date. -Steve Carson (Championship Class of '58) ~ Chicago **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: The Elves Remember Darby Well, life goes on and I'm coming to grips. Messages still continue to come in from fellow dog and cat lovers, for which I am most appreciative. You would not believe (well, maybe you would) how many Bombers love their cats, dogs, and other animal members of their families. I thought that one message might especially be of interest to most Bombers. It came from my Elves, with no text, just a picture (actually sort of a picture puzzle). They sent it by way of my friend Dennis Hammer ('64). But, a picture can equal so many words. Thanks, Dennis ... very much! And, while I am thinking of it, several Bombers again referenced their having read or were currently reading the book, "Marley & Me, life with the world's worst dog" (a modern classic on the subject of living with and losing a beloved dog) by John Grogan. I have a couple of others to recommend. First, "Rescuing Sprite, A Dog Lover's Story of Joy and Anguish" by the well-known talk radio host, Mark R. Levin. It provides an intimate look at the love between a family and a dog, that as Levin says, it shows that "in the end, we humans are the lucky ones." And, I am about half way through "Merle's Door, Lessons from a Freethinking Dog" by Ted Kerasote, a well-known writer in the outdoor field. As one reviewer said, "Could be the best book ever written about dogs." Kerasote laces it with scientific fact-based information about dogs and their ancestors intertwined with the antics of Merle, a yellow lab and "whatever" mix, that he rescued from the Utah desert on a rafting trip. I am not yet finished with this reading, but I can tell that it is most informative and entertaining and that man and dog are learning from each other. And last, at this point anyway, I have picked up, "The Art Of Racing In The Rain" a novel by Garth Stein. It sits waiting for me to read it, but according to its jacket, it should prove to be interesting as it is unwinds through the mind, eyes, and nose of the canine narrator, an old soul dog, named Enzo, that has much to teach us about being human. I cannot offer any further comment on it at this point. However, a book report will follow later. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where the Elves still abide and are doing well, but missing their friend, Darby, who often provided recreation and transportation for them around our yard and the puddle in my driveway. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Rose Tansy ('60) To: Lora Homme '60 I am sorry about the loss of your father. He and your mother were very lucky to have you as their daughter. Re: dogs I agree with Will Rogers! We lost one of our three to cancer in April. She was 14 years old but I still wasn't ready to give her up. We just bought our first motor home to accommodate our remaining two dogs so that we can travel and take them with us. We're old, we can do anything we want!!! Re: Animal Rescue Hi, all you animal lovers. This is pretty simple... The Animal Rescue Site is having trouble getting enough people to click on it daily to meet their quota of getting free food donated every day to abused and neglected animals.. It takes less than a minute (How about 20 seconds) to go to their site and click on the purple box 'fund food for animals' for free. This doesn't cost you a thing. Their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate food to abandoned/neglected animals in exchange for advertising. -Mary Rose Tansy ('60) ~ Centerfield, UT Hoping my tomatoes turn before it freezes - our mornings are VERY crisp and cold. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim House ('63) Congratulations to Hope Solo ('99) for winning a Gold Medal as the goalie for the USA Olympic soccer team. Has any other Bomber won an Olympic Gold Medal? -Jim House ('63) - Mead, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Ann Vosse Hirst ('63) Re: It's Gold for a Bomber I'm surprised no one has commented on the women's soccer team in the Olympics, since goalie Hope Solo ('99) is a Bomber - and they won gold with her as goalie! I believe she has been on the UW team and U.S. Women's soccer team (albeit, there was a controversy about her outspokeness after their defeat by Brazil a year ago or so.) She is an outstanding goalkeeper for women's soccer and we should be proud of her as part of the U.S. team's winning a gold medal! Go Bombers! -Mary Ann Vosse Hirst ('63) ~ at the beach where we finally have some afternoon sun after days of clouds and rain and temperatures not even reaching 60 - Linda, you still won't believe me will you?! You brought the sun from eastern Washington and it left with you! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: More on Marsha Dallaire Williams ('65-RIP) Marsha was a 1969 graduate of Whitman College. This 1999 photo shows both Frank, her husband, and Marsha. -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: special day Oh boy Oh boy it's another special day... See bein' a Bomber means you get to be friends with friends of friends, husbands of friends, wives of friends, kids of friends and on and on... this Special Birthday girl is one I met thru one a my bestest Col-Hi friends... he and I been buds since we wuz 15 and I have treasured every moment... by bein' his friend I got to make friends with his kids which are now growed tho I'm not sure how that growin' process happened so fast... The Birthday Girl is married to this kid which is pretty cool in itself... I won't go in to how they got together as it's kind of an involved story but of course they coulda just met in Hi School since he spent almost as many years there as Uncle Tom or Fran Rish even... so anyway, this special lady has always been there for me to get t-shirts in the mail and look out after me and listen to my silliness... she's one a the good "guys"... she's the best... so HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Kathie Moore Adair ('69) on the 22nd!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Greg Alley ('73) Floyd Gates. There have been a number of editorials in the TC Herald wondering why the old American little league field is not named Floyd Gates field anymore. He was coaching in that league as long as I knew growing up and the article today said he was instrumental in building the field in 1951 and it was one of the first in the northwest built to Little League specifications. His daughter Linea wrote one article and wonders where that sign went that dedicated the field to him. Not sure how many kids he had. I know Tim and Linea. Re: Ridpath The old Ridpath hotel is being closed for 4 months and will be reopened in 2009 under another name. It was a classic old hotel where many good times took place, especially during tournament basketball trips throughout the years. It needs a lot of work as I have stayed there twice in the past year or so for about 50 bucks a night. To say it needs renovation is an understatement. Re: Hope Solo ('99) Looks like Hope gets her moment in the sun, her revenge, her just desserts, or any other sports cliche you can think of. A 1-0 victory over Brazil and a gold medal. -Greg Alley ('73) ~ In somewhat stormy Richland where the weather is nice and cool for attending the Benton Franklin County fair. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/23/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Bell ('51), Mike Clowes ('54) Missy Keeney ('59), Helen Cross ('62) Roy Ballard ('63), Gary Behymer ('64) David Rivers ('65), Betti Avant ('69) Vic Marshall ('71), Jim Bixler ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Spears ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gene Horne ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Donni Clark ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marc Shipman ('83NAB) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51), The 15th Annual All Seniors Picnic will be held in Richland's Howard Amon Park on Thursday, September 18 from 11:00 to 2:00. We are planning on around 1,200 seniors and volunteers being there, and the Richland Seniors Association is helping the City with this. Tickets (Buttons) are $5 at the Richland Community Center and at the Kennewick and Pasco Senior Centers. The Theme is "Atomic Frontier Days" as back in the '50s, and with Richland celebrating its 50th anniversary everything will be geared to this. There will be a carnival atmosphere and the vendors will have carnival-type booths as they hand out their brochures. Marilyn Hodgson, Senior Advocate at the Center, asked if it was possible to find a 1950s cheerleader outfit, as the Richland Bombers Cheerleaders have asked if they could take part in the entertainment. For the "Fashion Through the Ages" fashion show we put on in 2007 some ladies let me borrow a cheerleader (or song leader) outfit to be on display, and (senior moment that I am having) I am not sure who that was. Could I borrow it again? And, if possible, have one of the current cheerleaders wear it? or is it getting fragile enough that it should not be worn? -Betty Bell Norton ('51) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Betty, For your information: Norma Myrick Nunamaker ('54) not only still has her cheerleader uniform, it still fits! Norma did a cheer for the crowd at the All Bomber Reunion Basketball Game in 2000... AND she did the splits, too!!!!! -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: The "Time's a Wasting" Dept. come the latest figures: Class of '44 - 1 Class of '45 - 1 Class of '46 - 1 Class of '47 - 2 Class of '48 - 5 Class of '49 - 9 Class of '50 Class of '51 - 9 Class of '52 - 12 Class of '53 - 25 Class of '54 - 18 Class of '55 - 13 Class of '56 - 10 Class of '57 - 8 Class of '58 - 104 Class of '59 - 11 Class of '60 - 13 Class of '61 - 6 Class of '62 - 1 Class of '63 - 4 Class of '64 - 8 Class of '65 Class of '66 - 1 Class of '67 Class of '68 As of this posting, there are 283 Bombers and others scheduled to be in attendance on Friday night. Saturday will see 233 filling part of the room. There are only seven (7) more days to the price increase. If your registration form (and money) are not in the hands of the Treasurer by the 30th of this month, the price of the meal(s) at the door will be $50.00. And those who are late do not get fruit cups. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ reporting from Mount Angel, OR, where the sun is making a return appearance after 4 days of clouds and rain. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) Re: Four legged friends I have been reading with empathy and compassion about Pappy's ('59) loss of Darby. In April of this year I lost my little Scooter and tho' she was 17, it was very hard. I thought I would try to live without a dog even tho' I have always had a dog, or dogs, since 1969. Well, I have to tell you . . . THAT was a dumb idea! After a few weeks, I was over by the Humane Society off of Gage and I thought I would just "look" since I was pretty sure they wouldn't have a "just right" dog for me. 10 lbs or under (I've learned in the last few years that my canine companions have to be "portable"), short haired (no need for expensive grooming) and an adult dog (no housebreaking or puppy training)! Boy, don't I sound like such an old lady!! Well . . . THERE he was. Little Pico! 4 years old and "Chee-wah-wah" (I know that's not how to spell it but I'm in to phonetics). I had to wait until he was neutered but he is the "perfect" little dog for me. Well, he's not perfect but he's as close to it as I could ever hope. Actually, the addition of Pico to my household is not the point of this post. It's about books. Knowing that my daughter's family would probably lose their very old and wonderful sort of sheepdog, "Honey", I picked up a children's book titled "The Forever Dog." I don't remember the author. About two weeks ago, my daughter called to say they had lost Honey. My youngest grandson, almost 5, was particularly devastated so, along with a note of sympathy, I sent the book. It was quite a hit and helpful for Liam. Therefore, my book recommendation of the year (for those of you who know young children having a difficult time with the loss of a dog) is "THE FOREVER DOG." (I know, my sentences are WAY too long but I don't want to hear from any of you grammar fanatics!) Maren, could you include my signature quote? Its' appropriate, don't you think? Hugs, Missy "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.. the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man" -Gandhi -Missy Keeney ('59) ~ In beautiful, downtown Richland where (would you believe) the temp is 56 now (12:08pm) I'm in heaven! Looking forward to seeing the Club 40 folks! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) That is terrific that a Bomber won an Olympic Gold Medal. I've been watching a lot of the Olympics, but I missed that. Congratulations to Hope Solo (99)!! That is great!!! -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ gearing up for another busy year at 2 small churches with 2 youth groups, 2 buildings that need work nights, but it is a great job. Grandview, IN where my impatients are stopping to bloom... I don't know why... but I 'd hoped to have their cheery color til mil September at least... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roy Ballard ('63) Re: Wall of Fame On Saturday the 23rd of August there will another induction ceremony to bring in another 76 kids and adults on to the Wall. Hope Solo ('99) along with many other deserving people will have their plaques up there. Anyone who wishes to come is sure welcome. -Roy Ballard ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Hope Solo - 1999 Richland Bomber -Gary Behymer ('64), **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Is it soup yet? I was saddened to hear of Marsha Dallaire's ('65 RIP) passing and elated to learn that Hope Solo ('99) is a Bomber. That is just too cool. I haven't really much to say today... as I was driving in listening to Talk Radio and the latest "house" ads (Not Number 32 ('63) ads... the "presidential" ads)... and there was an ad for a couple of groups I enjoyed in the '60s playing here in Vegas... It got me to thinking of "favorite songs"... now I know they are different for each age group... I got an email the other day from someone with a site where you can plug in your birthday and it will tell you the number one song on the hit parade on that date... Mine was "Rumors are Flying" by Frankie Carle... I consider myself moderately hip in the music scene but have NEVER heard of that song tho I have certainly heard of Frankie Carle... I've mentioned before that the first sock hop or mixer or whatever they were called I went to in my sophomore year lead me to the conclusion that I was gonna love Hi School when the first song I heard was "Oh Donna"... During the radio ad they played "When I fall in love" and I got goose bumps... "The way you look tonight" by the Belmonts has the same effect on me... "Theme from A Summers Place" will always be my favorite slow dance song and if my right leg would behave I'd like to dance to that song all night long... In fact... one time Caroline Stanfield ('66) and I actually went into the Chief Jo entry and went back to noon dancing for a brief minute several years back... gawd how I loved noon dancing... it was a whole reason for showing up to school... I was an awful student... just way too many other things to think about and do at that age... Thank Goodness for the Marine Corps or I might never have known what a joy it was to read a book... but back in those days it was Music, Cars and Girls... and the music was so great... "Image of a Girl" and "Over the Rainbow" were two of my very favorites in 1960... korse "the Lion Sleeps tonight" was big then too but they have overplayed it on what's left of the "oldies" stations... One of the '65ers used to sit in Zip's and play "Last Kiss" over and over and over... 6 months before it got popular... we poo pooed it saying it was a dumb cowboy song... then it hit the airwaves and we were all J Frank Wilson's biggest fans... I remember going to WallaWalla to visit Pierre Remillard's (sp '65) grandma and listening to "You've lost that lovin feeling" over and over in between some guy playing "Tiger by the Tail"... Butch Manthei ('65) would sit in Zip's and spend hours listening to "Pretty Woman"... and the Wailers... dang they were just the best... yup... sometimes I think it would be just grand to have a time machine and just visit every once in a while... kind of get a little perspective back... "KJR Seattle, Channel 95"... "KISN Radio 91derful"!... "this is Lynster the Spinster commin atcha with stacks a wax and pounds of sounds"... "It's the real Don Steele live from the tri-cities... " -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Darby and elves To Pappy, I was wondering if the elves said their goodbyes to Darby. It looks like from the picture puzzle they made a nice tribute to dear Darby. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where there's a nip in the air **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic Marshall ('71) Re: Ken Krueger For any folks out there who attended Eastern Washington State College/University in the 1970s, you will remember that many of the buildings around town were named after a prominent Cheney family - the Showalters. And the ones that were not named for the Showalters were managed by them. Some of you may recall that the Washington State Liquor Store in Cheney was run by Tommy Showalter. One of the primary edifices of higher learning in Cheney was the esteemed Showies. I believe the proper name was Showalter's Tavern. Since I did not transfer to EWU until my Senior year and graduate work - I missed out on the underage excursions that I am sure Mike Franco ('70), Bob Jacobs ('70) Jon "Rooster" Anderson ('71), Dan Vach ('71) and others could regale you with, I did spend a fair amount of time in that regal establishment, resting and recovering from the stringent workload that was a hallmark of EWSC during that period. Kenny Krueger was the "head guy" at Showies and later bought the place and appointed our own Steve "Bear" Davis ('72-RIP) as the semi-official night manager. Bear was a tough act - and even would go beyond "normal business hours" to make sure that Showalter's was a safe and happy environment to get away from the stresses and pressures of college life. During these late night sessions. to keep the environment serene, he would even turn off all the lights so it would appear from the outside as if the place was closed. College was tough but Showies helped us to survive. An old EWU friend sent me Ken Krueger's obit today. Ken passed last Sunday in Spokane at the young age of 50. The official memorial was Thursday in Spokane. Since I missed the Thursday memorial, I will need to remember Ken (and Bear) in a special way. In true Eastern spirit, I am hosting two personal memorials- one on Wednesday afternoon for the business school students and the other Friday afternoon for everyone else. Buck pitchers if any of you can make it... Thanks for the memories Ken. -Vic Marshall ('71) ~ Beverly Hills, MI **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Bixler ('72) I share that our sister, Susan Jeanette Bixler Pachniak ('66), passed away on August 11, 2008, in Warren, Michigan at age of 60. Sue was Class of 1966. Her death notice and ability to sign/note in the guest book is at Please share this as appropriate. Thanks. Jim Bixler ('72) Bill Bixler ('60) John Bixler ('64) Nancy Bixler Meinhardt ('74-HHS) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/24/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Missy Keeney ('59), Bill Moyers ('60) Tom Verellen ('60), Linda Reining ('64) Susan Baker ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancie Millius ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vicki Case ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Don Wade ('70) *************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) CORRECTION: When I wrote my entry for yesterday's Sandstorm it was 56 at about 6 or 7 a.m. here in Richland, not 12:08 am or pm or whatever. [Missy -- I "fixed" that -- what your original text said was "56 degrees outside right now." -- and I took that to mean the time it arrived in my inbox... which was 12:08pm. sorry for the confusion. I sure thought that sounded a bit cool for so close to noon. Hmmmm... hey, Lady.... check the time on your computer. -Maren] REQUEST: For those of you who saw the Rolling Hills Chorus mini "LAUGH IN" show that we performed at Club 40 (I think it was 2004), or if you saw the actual whole show . . I have a request. For the last couple of years several of us have been wanting to reprise that show with, pretty much, the same cast, maybe some new '60s songs and new jokes. It had been our most successful show ever. Well ... our wonderful new director, Lucy Heinkel, is now balking at the idea. She's too young to remember the '60s, poor thing. I would like to request that those of you who saw the show/mini-show and would like to see it again, that you e-mail Lucy and tell her that. Her e-mail address is You could copy it to me, also, if you like. That will help us to know if it is something we should pursue . . or not! I love it! Bomber pressure, it works every time . . . . or not. -Missy Keeney ('59) ~ Richland where it is a lovely, sunny and mild sort of a day. Still heaven! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Moyers ('60) Re: Dr. Howard Kirz ('60) To: All ... really sad news.. I just received the news that Howard died yesterday morning [8/22] of a heart attack while riding his bike with his Cascade Cycling Club in the Seattle area. His wife Stephanie has asked that his friends and acquaintances be notified. She has asked that anyone who wishes make a donation to Adventure Cycling in lieu of sending flowers or other remembrance. I'm sure you will join with me in offering our heartfelt sympathy to Stephanie. We have all lost a truly wonderful Bomber and a very good man. More information later as it becomes available... -Bill Moyers ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) Show and tell: Yesterday a grandson and I made a quick trip to Paradise, Mt. Rainier, en route we stopped at a sculpture park between the National Park and the town of Elbe. I highly recommend stopping by and taking a look see. It is right on the road and they ask for a $3 donation to view the sculptures which are constructed with found objects: scrap metal, driftwood mostly. There is a gift shop that I think is open on weekends. I wasn't able to inquire further so if you want more information you'll have to find another source, sorry. On the mountain a pretty good showing of wild flowers. A few animals around and some pretty obnoxious tourists to scare them away. Avoid weekends because the parking is very limited at Paradise but it is worth the trip for the smell of wild flowers and a treat for the eye/brain lobes. \ -Tom Verellen ('60) ~ near Lacey, WA sunny, raining, and cloudy at the same time. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:David Rivers('65) re: songs always love reading your posts---your memory for songs and stuff always brings back wonderful memories. how you remember all that is beyond me, but sure glad you do, as it gets my "memory cells" working. *grin* I got that site for "song on the day you were born" and mine is "Symphony" by Freddie Martin(have never heard that song or that singer), but it is a fun site to go to. this is the site I was sent: if anyone is interested in finding the song that was popular on the day they were born. to: Pappy('59) sorry to hear about Darby's passing. I loved reading about your exploits with Darby and I know the hurt you are feeling. I have only had one dog in my life that "touched" me---she was a Visla/Dobie mix that we rescued from a family that was abusing her---the Visla breed is a hunting breed, but Cheyenne was terrifed of water, would run from the sprinklers, and didn't like the rain or loud noises, either. we had to give her tranquilizers when we'd get thunder and on the 4th of July. always felt so sorry for her, cause it is HOT in Bakersfield and we always felt she would have enjoyed the pool, but she almost drowned my oldest daughter when we got her into the pool! *grin* we changed her name to "Shy-Anne" and had her for over 15 years. she was the BEST dog---she was a "house dog"---I had a cockatiel who shared the house with the dog and rabbits who shared her doghouse, they would get into her food dish and pull on her whiskers, but she never did a thing to any of them--she'd just look at us as if to say, "can you get them out, now, so I can have some peace and quiet"? *grin* I cried like a baby when we had to put her to sleep--she was deaf, going blind, and had cancer--she was the best dog. we did get another one, but the Boston Bull Terrier never quite "measured up" to Shy-Anne. *grin* Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64).........Bakersfield, CA....we had cooler temps last week, but triple digits are returning, will be the end of October before our cooler weather is here to stay. I am soooooo ready for winter. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Susan Baker ('64) Labor Day is fast approaching and we are a year away from the class of '64's 45th class reunion. We have had our first planning meeting around this time in the past. What are we doing about the 45th reunion? I know that a decision has to be made as to whether we join Club 40, hold our own gathering for one night of Club 40, or totally plan our own Reunion. The purpose of starting the planning this early was to allow everyone plenty of time to plan to make the reunion. We have always had a good turnout and probably because of the early planning. We also have needed that time to get everything lined up and reservations for the reunion and activities made. We need to hear if any planning has started. -Susan Baker ('64) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/25/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Mike Clowes ('54), Laura Dean Kirby ('55) Connie Madron ('60), Judy Willox ('61) Gary Behymer ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jerry Swain ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharen Manolopoulos ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Greg Stone ('80) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: The "Poll the Delegation" Dept. come these numbers: Class of '44 - 1 Class of '45 - 2 Class of '46 - 1 Class of '47 - 4 Class of '48 - 6 Class of '49 - 10 Class of '50 Class of '51 - 9 Class of '52 - 14 Class of '53 - 26 Class of '54 - 18 Class of '55 - 15 Class of '56 - 10 Class of '57 - 9 Class of '58 - 108 Class of '59 - 11 Class of '60 - 15 Class of '61 - 6 Class of '62 - 1 Class of '63 - 4 Class of '64 - 8 Class of '65 Class of '66 - 1 Class of '67 Class of '68 Class of '70 - 1 Plus two (2) Anonymous Bombers coming from near or far to suprise friends and/or fellow classmates. Right now the totals for Friday night's gather stands at 300, and that for Saturday night is 238. Most of the usual suspects have checked in, there are still a few missing. And some Bombers must not like us as no-one from their class(es) have registered. Those registration forms MUST be in the hands of the Treasurer by this Saturday (August 30). If not, you might not get seated, you might have to pay a higher price, and you certainly won't get desert. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ beautiful downtown Mount Angel, OR where the warmth of summer still lingers. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) Re: Music of the year To: David Rivers ('65) Are you kidding me? You don't know the "somebody" who sang "Tiger By The Tail"? That would be the late great Buck Owens, who lived for a time in Washington State. I know you probably never heard of this year, but 1937 was my birth year and the top songs at that time have become timeless. Please tell me you have heard of Count Basie's "One O'Clock Jump", Bing Crosby's "Sweet Leilani" and Benny Goodman's "Swing Swing Swing" written by Louis Prima. -Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) ~ Still in beautiful Bomber Land **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Connie Madron Hall ('60) Re: Howard Kirz ('60-RIP) It is a sad, gray, rainy day here in Western Washington where we are spending the summer. Gray and rainy because of the weather, but sad because of the death of Howard Kirz. I have known Howard since Carmichael and we, my husband John Hall ('60) and I, have kept in touch with him off and on over the years. He and Stephanie visited us in Arizona a couple of times. A couple of weeks ago we were at the Bainbridge Ferry Terminal and I looked Howard's phone number up at the pay phone. I was going to call him and invite them to visit us, but got distracted and told myself I would call later when we got home. Today I am saddened and full of guilt. Howard was a very special person and he will be missed, to say the least. -Connie Madron Hall ('60) ~ Port Ludlow, WA/Tempe, AZ **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Judy Willox (Classic Class of '61) To: Barbara Isakson Rau ('58) Re: Helen Skogen (RIP) - RHS Math Teacher 1948 - 1982 The Pastor of the Richland Luthern Church asked Barbara Rau ('58) to post a message to the Bombers that Helen Skogen, former math teacher of Richland High School from the years of 1948 to 1982 passed away on August 21, 2008. For all who may want to attend her service, it will be Wednesday the 27th, at 2:00 P.M. at the Richland Luthern Church, 901 Van Giesen St., Richland. An obituary will follow later; they just wanted to get this message out as quickly as they could. Anyone who knows anyone else who would care to attend this service, but does not receive the Sandstorm, please let them know. Thanks and Bomber Cheers and lately Tears, -Judy Willox (Classic Class of '61) ~ Richland - where we have experienced much cooler weather these days and I love it. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: St.Paul-Tacoma Lumber - Richland WA Almost guessing no one has ever heard of this business? -Gary Behymer ('64) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/26/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: George Swan ('59), Tom Verellen ('60) Maren Smyth ('63 & '64), David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gene Keller ('50) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Richard Twedt ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon Hopkins ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon Sasser ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joyce Soehnlein ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Merle Huesties ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gauin Moore ('82) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: A dog book recommendation and further Elfin Information For my fellow dog lovers: Last night, I finished reading "Merle's Door, Lessons from a Freethinking Dog" by Ted Kerasote. My reading is primarily accomplished when I go to bed and read myself to sleep. Some nights are more productive than others. And, some nights begin with a "Mulligan" or "Do over," as the night before, the book apparently fell out of my hand when I fell asleep, so the next night begins with, "Now where was I?" But, last night was different. As I neared the end of this book, it "grabbed me good!" and became impossible to put down until I finished it ... about 5:00 AM. Admittedly, I was wrapped up in the loss of my dog, so this book may have gotten to me more than if I had read it a few months ago. But, I'll take it either way and accept the overwhelming comfort that it brought. In "Merle's Door," Kerasote presents a wealth of information and references on man's relationships with dogs and their health concerns and their behavior. Yet, it is anything but a drudging study as it is so tenderly wrapped within in his story of the mutual love that he and his dog had for each other. If you wish to find out the reason for the title, a two-meaning term, I will refuse to spoil it for you. You'll just have to read it ... for yourself. You cannot go wrong by reading this one, but I must warn you. When you reach the final four chapters, or so, have a full box of facial tissue handy! Trust me, was I wrong about "Marley and Me?" Re: Elfin Information For those interested in the answers to the Elves picture puzzle of a few days ago: They sent the answers, again through their Medium, Dennis Hammer ('64). See picture puzzle and answers: -George "Pappy" Swan ~ Burbank, WA where it is actually cooling down with that hint of approaching Autumn in the morning air, that I remember so well from my Bomber Days. You know, schools beginning again, football season's about here, and hunting trips are just around the bend. I can smell it all, first breath of outside air each morning. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) While working on Medic I in Seattle (having a not great day) we transported a patient to Group Health Hospital. My co-workers and myself were having a disagreement about some finer point of patient care and we were going get a reading from the contact physician. There to greet us at the door was Dr. Kirz (it was unusual for an MD to meet us at the door). After the medical formalities were performed I introduced myself and we had a mini reunion in the elevator on the way to the CCU. Howard was just as enthusiastic as I remembered him and it caused my co-workers great dismay. They knew I had an inside track with the "Doc". Memories of this incident still brings me great joy even over thirty years old. The look on their faces as Howard told them, "We went to high school together", is a personal treasure. Thank you Howard. Gary Behymer ('64) I do have not so fond memories of St Paul and Tacoma Lumber, but the one here in Olympia. Actually it was some sub division called St Regis Plywood. Set over the mud flats, I got to know the underside of the floor more than I care to think about. The last remnants of the mill were just demolished this summer which was the last of the lumber mills in town. Frogs: the little (dime sized) froglets are scattering away from the pond which has made it impossible to use the lawn mower (any excuse to not mow the lawn). I noticed that on the cooler overcast days they seemed to stay either in the pond or hidden away in the deeper vegetation so I gave it a shot. I just went slowly and stopped to remove a few of the little hoppers (without my glasses some turned out to be grass hoppers). And there are still a few tadpoles in the pond which means delayed incubation or there are some really horny frogs around here. -Tom Verellen ('60) near Lacey, WA in the rain as summer begins to disappear. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) To: Small Bomber world I rode the ferry across the Mississippi to downtown New Orleans yesterday and was waiting to get on the ferry to return. Started chatting with a couple also waiting and she asked me about Algiers (where the ferry would dock on the opposite side). She asked me what I knew about Algiers... where was the best place to eat., etc. I finally told her that I wasn't really from here, I was from Washington state. "REALLY? I'm from Seattle!!" "Richland", I said. She started going a little crazy... talking about Hanford and the atom bomb and said her grandpa worked out there... name was Luther Williams. Said the family came from the midwest to Richland for the project. She couldn't remember the name of the street, but has fond memories of visiting her grandparents in Richland. Her description of the house (2 bedroom single story duplex with a basement that looked like every other house on the block -- with the exception of a couple of two story houses) made me think it was probably a "B" house. Then she asked me if I knew John Meyers ('58-RIP)... I said something like "Well, everybody knows OF John Meyers, but I didn't know him personally. he was part of the Championship Class of '58..." and... and... and... She told me that her dad and John Meyers were best buddies and asked me if I knew about the "pet"? owl they had at one time. She said they'd tie a rope to the owl's foot and let it fly around like that. She said her dad is Jimmy Williams - and I found Jim Williams in class of '57, so that fits... anybody in touch with Jim? If so, please tell him that his pretty daughter is delightful. Bomber cheers, -Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Birthday time! So much to say but I've said it all before there's always the Terry Davis ('65) that lives in the hearts and minds of us all there's the link that I may never have spoken of that sounds very silly today but at one time seemed very real to me. OK so you've all seen the "Omen" type movies... not the Omen movie itself but those types twins separated at birth type a deals where one is very, very good and the other well let's say he marches to the beat of a different drum when we were kids I used to think of the Birthday boy and our own Number 10 ('64) as two peas in a pod so to speak well not really a pod not like those gooshy ones in the Body snatchers... One boy had all the qualities moms want us to have and the other one had the qualities that your mommie warned you about in my own experience I had Davis.. "Why can't you be more like Terry" korse he had me "Why can't you be more like David" so we had an equal curse... tho my mom has at least three pictures of Terry hanging on her walls and one right by the door that she says "bye" to each time she leaves the room (I can't begin to make stuff like this up) and he sends me little phone videos of Blue birds eating out of his hand that I have to save to show her every Sunday (Honest this is real life!!!!) The birthday boy is a hero in more ways than one fantastic artist and just a pretty darned cool guy was married into one of the "Dynasties" which makes him VERY cool in my book so I sure hope his Birthday on the 26th is a good one! HAPPY BIRTHDAY Richard Twedt ('64)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! P.S. I KNOW Buck sang "Tiger by the Tail"... I drive by Buck's ranch several times a year... what I don't know is who that dumb cowboy was that kept interrupting "You've lost that lovin' Feelin'" on the juke box that day! -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/27/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: John Richardson ('58), Sondra Telfer ('60) and Jack McGee ('60) Bob Thorson ('69), BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeffrey Henjum ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mark Saucier ('70) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Ron Holeman ('56) and Leslie Swanson ('59) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Jack Sinderson ('53) and Jan Nussbaum ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Richardson (Championship Class of '58) Re: Small Bomber World To: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Boy, did that piece that you wrote yesterday about the couple you met on the ferry bring back old memories. I honestly was thinking about Jim Williams ('57) and John Meyers ('58-RIP) not more than two or three days ago. John and I used to pal around together and I used to spend as much time at his house as he did at mine. The owl - like everything else in the Meyers family - was no puny barn owl. He was a Great Horn Owl and he stood better than two feet tall. The first time that I saw him he was sitting on a perch in their living room and I thought it was a stuffed owl. Then his eyes blinked and he snapped his beak which he did to anyone he did not know. Anyway, the owls name was Charlie. John's dad was as you would imagine tall and everyone called him by his nickname, "High". Turning to Jim Williams ('57), he was truly one of the strongest men that I knew. Jim was short of stature but built like a fire plug and when he played line in football, no one got by him. As I recall, a short time after Jim and his wife were married they were traveling through the Cascade Mountains. Jim's wife was driving their car (a Corvette) with rho top down while he was taking a short nap. A deer ran in front of them and his wife swerved to avoid hitting the animal and rolled the car. Jim was thrown out of the car and when he came to he was in the grass and gravel on the side of the road and his wife's legs were pinned underneath the car which was upside down. About this time a trucker stopped and said that he would go for help (remember that this was before CB radios and cell phones). Jim told the trucker that he would lift the car up if the man would pull his wife out from under it. The man said, "mister you can't possibly do that" but Jim did. Please remember that this all took place more than 40 years ago and I am repeating it as John Meyers told it to me. I wonder if Jim's daughter knows this story? Best of Bomber Cheers, -John Richardson (Championship Class of '58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sondra Telfer McGee ('60) and Jack McGee ('60) Re: More fond memories of Dr. Howard Kirz ('60-RIP) Howard was my "across the street" neighbor while growing up on Sanford St. We could not have had a nicer family for neighbors. To celebrate his 60th birthday, Howard and Stephanie rode their bikes from the east coast back to Bainbridge Island and we had the privilege of having them stop for a visit and dinner after crossing Lola Pass. Our thoughts are with his family. -Sondra Telfer McGee ('60) and Jack McGee ('60) ~ Kooskia, ID **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Thorson ('69) Re: Ken Krueger [8/23/08] Sandstorm entry from Vic Marshall ('71) I am in Spokane and somehow missed Ken's obit. He was a really good guy. He was also his own best customer... Maybe not good when you own a bar. He worked for the USPS for many years after showies. I would see him around from time to time. He got pretty beat up from/by agent orange while in Vietnam. I do believe he was older than 50, probably closer to 60 or else the Vietnam time line would not wash. Be it noted... He hired very good looking waitresses. I thanked him often for that. -Bob Thorson ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/28/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Phil Belcher ('51), Shirley Rae Drury ('51) David Mansfield ('59), Judy Willox ('61) Bill Scott ('64), Gary Behymer ('64) David Rivers ('65), Cathy Geier ('66) Brad Upton ('74), Teresa Barber ('78) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave Henderson ('60wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary Behymer ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lynn Dodson ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Felder ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave Flaherty ('76) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Phil Belcher ('51) Re: Charlie Bigelow ('54-RIP) The following will take you to the UTube site for clips of Charlie making his speed run. SSC Ultimate Aero - Guinness Fastest Production Car: 256 mph -Phil Belcher ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) Re: At Hanford Reach, nuclear plant preserved nature The Seattle Times has an excellent article on the Hanford Reach with a history of this area. Under "Gallery, Hanford Reach" or the 2nd link immediately below, there are photos and another article about the history of the TriCities plus an update on good inexpensive food in Pasco and a look at the current Tri-City scene. Jim - (Fort Worth Texas Technical High School '46 - I think) and I were given Tour Boat tickets as an anniversary gift 2 years ago. Amazing to have lived here so many years before seeing those magnificent bluffs! (Thanks to Marlene McManus Mulch ('57) in Arizona for forwarding the information.) -Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) ~ from a cool night in Kennewick **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Mansfield ('59) To: John Richardson ('58) Your piece on the Meyer's family Owl reminded my of something. I played on the Dawson & Richards Little League team when I was an eleven-year-old. Hi Meyers was the coach and Mills Meuser was the assistant coach. Gerald Work ('58) and Keith Woods ('58) were our two pitchers. I was a pitcher too, well, the designated "1 out of 100" relief pitcher, i.e. one pitch out of a 100 would cross the plate. Hi Meyers and Mills Meuser were two of the finest coaches I ever had. They made each of us on the team feel that we were special. At the end of that season, I received a Christmas card signed by Hi Meyers and Mills Meuser. Then for the next the next seven or eight years I would get a Christmas card from Hi Meyers and Mills Meuser. I don't remember seeing Hi again in person after that summer of baseball, but I did bump into Mills Meuser from time to time. He always remembered who I was and had time to stop and chat a bit. On another note, John, do you remember Raymond "Butch" Brown? Butch played football our sophomore year when you were a junior. -David Mansfield ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Judy Willox (Classic Class of '61) To: All Bombers Re: The Hanford Reach as written in the Seattle Times ~ Link: Jim and Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) sent this to me and I thought that many of your Bombers out there would love to read this. Enjoy. To: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: St.Paul-Tacoma Lumber - Richland WA The picture you put on the Sandstorm the other day of the old lumberyard here was one I had seen many times. Now tell me that you did not buy that thing off eBay for the price that person selling it wanted. I had put it on watch several times and just could not bring myself to pay that ungodly amount for an old picture. That lumberyard is mentioned in the book by Martha Berry called "Tales of White Bluffs", I believe. At the moment my book is buried behind the store bins and rack so can't get to it. Maybe Maren can get the title right as she has one also. Re: Obituary for Helen Skogen Bomber Cheers, -Judy Willox (Classic Class of '61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Scott ('64) Re: Merle's Door A hearty "amen" to George "Pappy" Swan's ('59) praise of the book, "Merle's Door". I read it last spring and it is fantastic. It details the most amazing relationship between dog and human I've ever encountered. It also shows how dogs can be so much more than they usually are when given an environment where they can fully realize their potential. For anyone who loves dogs, this book is not to be missed! -Bill Scott ('64) ~ from beautiful near-the-sea Nipomo, CA where we anxiously await the arrival of fall, and apple season in the nearby canyons. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Just in case you missed it department... B Reactor named National Historic Landmark... -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: oh my... I've never done this before... (reprint with corrections) With your permission, I'd like to combine a little story with a birthday wish... The birthday boy has become one a my favorite Bombers... he keeps us updated on all kinds of sites and tho his posts are generally rather short and to the point (unlike some kids from the class of '67, Maddy)... he's always here with all the news that's fit to print... he's much the collector, as I am and maybe that's the reason I really like our birthday boy... HAPPY BIRTHDAY Gary Behymer ('64) on the 28th... and Gary... please send me the latest Wheat prices when you have a minute... On another vein, I just finished a car a few months back... it started out as pretty much just the cowl of a '29 Studebaker Sedan that I thought would make a great woody wagon... it's pretty much a total hand fab, and kinda took a back burner for a few years... when it got ready for the wood, people in the hot rod world were turning out woodys like cracker jacks and I lost interest in owning "another" phantom woody... so I immediately decided to turn it into a panel... I love to build these things, take them somewhere and listen to people tell how they remember seeing the car around their home town when they were kids... or tell the history of the car when it has no history... One nite over in Bakersfield, I stood back and listened as some guy told the whole history of the "Shelley-Mobile", which according to the guy telling the story went back many years... korse the car had only been finished about 3 months earlier... so... After the panel was finished we painted it battleship gray and I lettered "Shore Patrol" on the panels... more has been added since and it looks pretty kool... I still had the surf board I'd bought for the woody so now I needed the graphics on it... There is an old Ed Roth t-shirt/decal called "Gung-Ho" It started out to say "USMC" but that was during the early war years and the USMC didn't want him to do it... the Poster boy (an old pin-striper known as McGoo), was a friend of Big Daddy's and had just come home from Navy Seal training... they wanted to put "Navy Seals" on it but at the time Seals were kinda like the CIA and the Navy didn't want it on there either... they ended up calling it "Gung Ho"... fast forward to modern times... Big Daddy is gone and his step-boy, Rusty and his Artillery unit have been called up to Iraq... (last year)... Mrs. Roth and McGoo decided Rusty's Unit needed a T-shirt... so McGoo redid the old Gung Ho with a little sandy Iraq flavor, changing the colors as appropriate... Every kid in the outfit got a t-shirt with the unit number on it before heading overseas... This year Rusty and his Unit came home just before the Rat Fink Reunion at Big Daddy's place in Utah... McGoo did Rusty's Harley and Gun safe to match the t-shirt... I liked the graphic but didn't want to buy an Army t-shirt... I liked it as Gung ho... after hearing the story I was thinking... maybe... Saturday morning, Mrs. R did a little presentation for Rusty who had just returned... the story of the change in the Gung Ho graphic was told and she presented Rusty with a quilt made by a bunch of the local girls and his sweetie... using the new graphic pillow covers all sown together... it was beautiful and the whole thing tear jerking... I immediately walked into the museum store and bought an "Army" sweatshirt and pillow... ... I also had my paralegal and resident pin striper do the graphic in the old Gung ho style on the surfboard... check it out... I may be getting it tattooed on my arm when I come in for the '63 reunion... and yes, Marsha ('65)... instead of "Gung Ho" above it... I'll put: "Da Judge"! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Cathy Geier ('66) Hello from Sunny Seattle, OK well, in my world anyway. The summer is coming to a close but there is still much to do. I will be working for Bumbershoot as a floater/trouble-shooter for ticket sales at the gates. That should be fun. Look for me if you are a Bomber.. might have to leave a message, as floating at Seattle Center is ubiquitous. With the close of summer comes school! ACK! I am hired to substitute teach for 3 districts and a private school, The Meridian School. I ended up working there most of the summer in their Summer Quest program. I chose to not work full time as I still had a few moving tasks which would take undefined time. I really liked working in their school; with the whole-child philosophy which is much easier to enact when the ratio of adults to kids is 1:5!! Updates on personal projects: I am reviewing which volunteer program I will go to Central America with this fall.. whether I fund something myself and go to the school in Quepos where I have been before or if I go to Guatemala with Bridges for Understanding I am unsure. Their program is pricey for me and although they initially offered a small discount for translating its still high. In my dream world of dream worlds I will complete a yoga teacher training program, an intensive one.. get certified in 3 weeks for $3800.00 and then do community service for 50 hours. I never got certified and now am frustrated in many classes when I know more than the instructors. Then work as a substitute teacher for 6 weeks and then go to CA for 3-4 weeks, depending on finances. I know people have clearly explained that because of the economy the numbers of teachers who retired this spring is so much less than usual and I should just hunker and weather it out substitute teaching another year. But I can't afford a year of just substitute teaching.. it's unhealthy mentally. I need to explore, grow, move.. I won't be 48 forever. I have a project representing substitute teachers.. they didn't get any of the passed by the legislator 5% pay increase. Speaking with a few, I am told legislators thought that substitute teachers would be included. Speaking with human resource staffs in public school districts yields information that they can't pay that raise for substitute teachers. Re: The Dalai Lama project It appears to have fizzled. There are few resources for teachers on their website. They finally sent out a questionnaire. I got 2 calls back from probably 15 calls. One of the calls was a person who promised to call the next day and never did. I think they are wavering with the immensity of a project and in that wavering, the school year is beginning with no major thrust into the schools. I am disappointed, but still hold hope for their continued movement. That's about it. Take good care Bombers.The rain has diminished. -Cathy Geier ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) Hope Solo's ('99) gold medal performance in soccer has made us all proud but does not compare to the 11 Golds, 13 Silver and 8 Bronzes that Mike Davis ('74) picked up between 1976 and 1988. If we hadn't boycotted the 1980 games there would have been more. Keep in mind these were won in both summer and winter Olympics. It didn't matter what he chose to compete in: track, archery, pistol, fencing, diving, swimming, boxing, weight lifting, downhill, giant slalom, speed skating, ski jumping... he was a machine. For me the highlight was probably in the winter Olympics when he won the gold in men's figure skating. Who can forget that skin-tight, green and gold glittering, sequined outfit unbottoned all the way to his navel when he spun faster and faster and then dropped to his knee, looked up into the stands with a tear running down his cheek. Pure drama and electricity. That is why he's the greatest Olympian of all time. Anyway, enough about Mike. I'll be at the Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Sept. 5-7th. With Johnny Mathis in Sacramento, CA on Sept. 11th and at Joey's in Livonia, MI Sept. 24-27th. -Brad Upton ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Teresa Barber Wise ('78) Re: Happy Birthday Please put this entry in for 8/28 for Dave Flaherty ('76) Happy 50th Birthday Dave. The older the fiddle, the sweeter the tune. May you live all the days of your life -Teresa Barber Wise ('78) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/29/08 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Bill Witherup ('53), Marguerite Groff ('54) Stephanie Dawson ('60), Helen Cross ('62) Gary Behymer ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judy Crose ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bonnie Webb ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David Gilbert ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Anita Fravala ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Brenda Belcher ('76) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kristi Strege ('00) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Katie Gerken ('01) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Witherup ('53) Re: dragonflies On August 16th Gary Behymer ('64) wondered where all the dragonflies have gone - "long time pa-a-ssing". Had not thought about this - I do miss the Columbia River - as modified by dams as it has been. If the dragonfly community has been dimininshed, say thank you to the pesticide industry, which has also been partly responsible for honey bee colony collapse. The tonnage of pesticide use - sprays, powders, pellets - you name it - in the Columbia Basin is perhaps unknown to many of those still living there, except for the agricultural workers in the fields and orchards who have first hand experience. The overuse of pesticides has helped to destroy natural predators. And overuse of pesticides also weakens the immune systems of our children and grandchildren. -Bill Witherup ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) Many thanks to Phil Belcher ('51) for sharing the UTube video of Charlie Bigelow ('54-RIP). When I first learned of how Charlie broke records, by driving a car, I was not shocked. Charlie loved to push himself. Of course, since Charlie loved his Shirley Strege ('54), he didn't tell her what he was going to do. She was surprised, but not shocked and probably very proud. When a group of us went to dinner one evening, Charlie brought with him the proof of his entry into the Guinness World Records. He was beaming and we were clapping and laughing. I know for all of us, Charlie was one in a million. He will be missed. -Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60) To: David Mansfield '59 Re: Dawson-Richards Little League teams Thanks for the memories! A couple of weeks ago, my brother Gaynor Dawson ('65) and I participated in the video interviews concerning memories of the Uptown Shopping Center. In preparation, we unearthed Mom's scrapbook about Dawson-Richards and, sure enough, there were pictures and articles about the team. My best memories are of sitting in the open bleachers at Jefferson field, drinking green rivers, shelling and eating peanuts, and watching John Meyers ('58-RIP) hit home runs so hard that he regularly broke the bat. I also remember Pat Crook ('58) and Curt and Johnny Jetton on the team. Other guys, like you, I didn't know or didn't know of until years later, so my memories of who else was on the team are sketchy. Mills Meuser was the absolutely best guy in the world at working with kids and inspiring them to persevere and do well. He and Ruth lived in the little house on the corner of GWWay and Van Giesen. I always thought it a shame that they had no children of their own, but maybe that was so he could devote himself to so many dozens of other kids instead. God really does know best. Spent a super three weeks in Poland and Prague last month, and will be in Indiana and North Carolina for three weeks in October. -Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60) ~ Go Bombers, go Huskies, go Seahawks. Guess we'll have to wait until next year for the Mariners. Oh, and go Notre Dame (that's for my husband George). **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) I scanned the article on the Hanford Reach boat trip, and I was surprized that someone was quoted as having shown Eleanor Roosevelt this area in l957. I thought no one could get in to tour the "area" unless you were on official business then. Maybe as a past President's wife, she was able to be considered "official" enough. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ Grandview, IN where it is very hot and humid and we badly need rain. No one has written to explain why my impatients stopped blooming in mid August. I suspect it was not enough water when I was gone, but 3 weeks of steady watering and fertilizing hasn't brought them back, so I'm afraid I've lost them for this year... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: For those of you who have most everything: -Gary Behymer ('64) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/30/2008 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 17 Bombers sent stuff: John Richardson ('58), George Swan ('59) Ernie Trujillo ('59), Walt Bailey ('60) Stephanie Dawson ('60), Nadine Reynolds ('61) Marilyn Stewart ('62), Earl Bennett ('63) Keith Hunter ('63), Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Linda Reining ('64), Linda McKnight ('65) David Rivers ('65), Betti Avant ('69) Robert Avant ('69), Brad Upton ('74) David Flaherty ('76) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy Hoff ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patty O'Neil ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Teresa Barber ('78) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Richardson ('58) To: Sally Sheeran ('58) A big congratulations to you and to your daughter, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. I know that you and your family must be so very proud that Sarah has been selected to run as a Vice Presidential candidate in the 2008 National Election. Please know that there are so very many Bombers out here that wish you, your family and Sarah the very best. To: David Mansfield ('59) David, I do not recall a Butch Brown that you mentioned. I looked in my Bomber annuals but could not come up with that name. Are you sure that you have the name right? -John Richardson, Championship Class of ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Bill Witherup ('53) and Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Where have all the dragonflies gone? Where have all the dragonflies gone? Well, a lot of them are hanging' out at my house. For the last two/three years, during the off season (when no hunting was happening), Sergeant Darby (then Corporal Darby) and I had an evening routine. When the sun settled low behind the trees, the air temperature became much more agreeable to man and dog. So, we would spend an hour or so on our grass-covered, U-shaped driveway, "in front" of our front yard, which is surrounded by trees, shrubs, and bushes. While I sprawled in my folding lawn chair, I would throw Darby's bird- scented tennis balls with our "Chuck-it" ball thrower across the grass and often into the surrounding bushes. She liked it best when she had to search for the ball opposed to just picking it up and returning it for a repeat performance. When the ball went into the bushes, and she had to find it, her big tail would spin in happy circles as she conducted her search. These "ball throwing" sessions were something that both of us looked forward to, each evening. They were "wind-down" times for me and "crank- up" exercise sessions for Darby. Sitting there during this quiet time, our cats Puddy and Private/Lance Corporal Murphy (rank varied with recent behavior), would join me to lounge on the cool grass or take turns on my lap. It was then that the dragonflies would appear, en masse, coming like waves of tiny attack helicopters, hovering, banking, diving, and swooping, apparently to feed on the tiny bugs in the air, hanging out near the vegetation. Most of those dragonflies are of the big variety, resembling Cobra helicopters as viewed from a distance, with some of the smaller ones mixed in to the melee. I am sure that our abundant vegetation and our living nearly next-door to a wildlife refuge with lots of open water has something to do with this happening. Often, when Darby grew tired and needed a break, she would join our happy little group and stretch out on the grass and we would all silently watch the aerial ballet playing out before us. Occasionally a "hummer" would join the air show and be momentarily mistaken for a dragonfly, hovering like a "Jump Jet" Harrier, until it hit the throttle and darted off into the trees. That was always a joy, as we began putting out hummingbird feeders, in the past three years, but their numbers, favoring our yard, are increasing ever so slowly. Darby has moved on to greener fields and I picture angels with big wings "chucking" her tennis balls now. But, Puddy, Murphy, and I still enjoy our quiet time in the evening, because the dragonflies ... apparently come to our house for dinner. Re: Good News! On another happy subject for me, the Sheeran Bomber family, and probably many other Bombers ... how about Sarah Palin getting the nod for the GOP VP? I'm likin' it! -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA, home base for the U. S. Dragonfly Aerobatic Team and Elfin Ground Crew. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ernie Trujillo ('59) Re: Sarah Palin Sarah Palin for VP... alright! McCain couldn't have made a better pick! Talk about energizing the party! -Ernie Trujillo ('59) ~ from Dallas, Texas, the home of the Dallas Cowboys and a few Gold Medals of our own :) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Walt Bailey ('60) Re: 50th Reunion Is there any information available for a 50th reunion for the Class of 1960? -Walt Bailey ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60) Sarah Palin -- WOW! This changes everything! -Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nadine Reynolds Cochran ('61) All Bomberville will be watching as Sarah Palin campaigns. Who would have thought John McCain would be able to pick such a great running mate? I watched her speech and she knocked it out of the park. Her mom and dad and extended family have to be so proud! Keep up the good work! Hey, Katie Sheeran Johnson ('61); who would have thought when we were in high school that you would be related to a VP candidate? -Nadine Reynolds Cochran ('61) ~ From Sahuarita, AZ where the monsoon will not die. Two nights this week I had to wait for an hour for the water in the washes to diminish to be able to get home. All the hills and mountains are green, green, green, I am looking forward to the dry heats return. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn Stewart Stephenson ('62) Hello.I would just like to congratulate Sarah Palin for being picked as the running mate for John McCain.You can be sure that I will be voting for her in November.Congratulations also to the Sheeran family. And a BIG SURPRISE HAPPY BIRTHDAY for my buddy Kathy Hoff Conrad ('64) on Saturday. -Marilyn Stewart Stephenson ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Earl Bennett, Gold Medal Class of '63 Let's hear it for Sarah Palin! My wife said nothing else was on TV all afternoon today. Bomber Mom Sally, does this alter your plans to be at the class reunion? Regards, ecb3 - from unseasonably mild central Virginia, where we've had the coolest mid-August in my memory since moving to this region in 1972, and we just broke a 2- month dry spell with 2+ days of rain dropping 2+ inches. -Earl Bennett, Gold Medal Class of '63 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Keith Hunter ('63) Are you going to evacuate this time? -Keith Hunter ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Re: Hurricane Gustav I'm safe and sound at my sister, Julie's ('69wb) a bit north of Baton Rouge. We can keep an eye on Gustav from here. Richard will be doing the Sandstorm while I'm here, so give him a break ... don't try to sneak anything by him while I'm gone. Re: Gov. Sarah Palin I'm so proud of Sarah. Her grandparents, Clem and Helen Sheeran (both deceased) would be proud of her too. Clem is godfather to two of my younger sisters... Smyth phone lines were hot yesterday. Between watching the most current information on Gustav and all the stuff about Sarah, there wasn't a lot of time to pack. We're all so proud of the "Bomber connection" we have to Sarah -- Mom is Sally Sheeran Heath ('58) ... and there are all Sarah's aunts and uncle: Colleen ('56), Katie ('61), Peggy ('63), and Mike ('66). Bomber cheers, -Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) ~ Zachary, LA - temporarily... and it's about 84 degrees out there right now... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64) Congratulations to Sarah Palin for being selected as John McCain's "running mate"!!!! way to go, Bombers. *grin* -Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64)........Bakersfield, CA, where we are on our 4th heat wave of the summer and temps will be between 104 and 108 throughout the weekend! I am sooooooo ready for winter! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) First off, I would like to thank Tom and Linda Hemphill for their hospitality for our Annual Picnic. Also, personally my big thank you to Tom and Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen for their help in the coordination and planning of these events over the past year. Contrary to what some have written, these gatherings do take some time to organize, coordinate, and follow up. I couldn'tt do it all myself. We three make a pretty good team. On August 16th, the Portland/Vancouver Bombers celebrated their Annual Bomber Picnic. This year it was at the Hemphill Farm, the home of Tom and Linda Hemphill, outside of Vancouver. We had a wonderful time, but boy-oh-boy, it was HOT!! Tom had a fan blowing outside and we were in the shade under a nice white tent, but the weather was brutal ... 98 degrees in the shade. Tom and Linda were great hosts, and served sumptuous/scrumptious smoked pork and beef. Tom had barbecued chicken all ready also. It was all wonderful and everyone brought great salads and fruit dishes to share, and brownies for dessert. A few spirits were sipped but it was even too hot for that. Again, Tom and Linda thank you. Those in attendance were: Bob ('54) and Karyn Carlson who drove all the way up from Mt. Angel. John ('66) and Marilee Zimmer who drove all the way down from Tacoma. Len ('66) and Linda Rediske Ann Engle Schafer ('63) Leslie ('59) and Ron ('56) Holeman Tom ('62) and Linda Hemphill Jan Rucker Meyer ('55) Wendie Walker ('62) Vermillion and hubby (Im so sorry, my senior brain forgot his name!!) Mary Heidlebaugh (Bomber Mom) Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) Linda (McKnight '65) and Denny Hoban We had a great time, and would have stayed for hours longer if it hadn't been so hot. Linda Hemphill has wonderful gardens with little sitting places all around with candles, and fountains, and waterfalls Would love to be there sometime in the evening with all the candles and music We are tossing some ideas around on getting more people interested in our gatherings. Tom is working on a contact to get our own private room somewhere for our lunches ... more opportunity to talk, and stay longer. We also would like feedback regarding having some parties in our neck of the woods: Tigard, Oregon. Tom and Linda said they would drive over this way, so what say you?? To George Pappy Swan and all the others who have recently lost beloved pets: my condolences to you. I love my doggy so much, and all the dogs before her. My heart is sad to hear of the passing of Marsha Dallaire ('65). Marsha was one of the smartest people I ever knew in school. At our 40th Reunion, I got to see Marsha and meet her husband, Frank. What darling people, so full of life!! I know they are happy now together again. Kudos to a couple of famous Bombers. My best friend, Donna Fredette, said she was watching the Olympics when it was announced that the Olympic Gold Medalist, Hope Solo, was a Richland Bomber. How famous are we all? And now Sarah Palin, a Bomber offspring, the Vice Presidential candidate!! WOW!! Well, that is it for now. Happy and Safe Labor Day Weekend everyone!! -Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) ~ Tigard, Oregon ~ where last night I got to see my oldest grandson play freshmen grade football for the Clackamas High School Cavaliers at the Tigard stadium, JV and Freshmen Football Jamboree. He wears No. 8 for his hero, Troy Aikman, and though his receiver was in the wrong place, and the ball was intercepted, he threw that ball well, long, and hard. I am his third biggest fan, that is after Mom and Dad. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Daaaaaaaang...what an exciting time Two really portant things goin on...A Birthday of a true Bomber- Babe....yes yes yes....and....The former Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska being picked as John McCain's running mate....I'll leave all political stuff aside...I just want to make sure I get an invite to the inauguration....I can take Heidlebaugh ('65) with me as he lived in Wasilla almost as long as he lived in Richland....he must be peeing his pants....Did I mention the Sheeran kids are taking me to the inauguration? Well I don't have my formal invite yet but it's just a formality of course...One more thing and then I'll move on....You must know that this choice opens the doors for many new break through's....I mean if the former Mayor of Wasilla can be the VP choice (please don't anyone take me seriously when I have fun with this....I am truly excited about this))....Just think of the new avenues for Johnny Poyner ('63 Former Mayor of Richland and my choice back in the 70s for the best guy to play Milner in American Graffiti)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Anyway....Sarah's family must be VERY proud....(did I mention the inauguration?) Now....For more breaking news....Just as Heidlebaugh is a former Wasilla dude....he has also known the birthday girl since at least (dang...can't remember the exact time any more) second grade...which of course means she has known Heidlebaugh longer than I have....Now that's saying something....She was one of the first girls Ricky Warford ('65) introduced me to the first day Ricky and I entered the hallowed halls of Col-Hi...I knew I loved High School that very minute....I just adore this Bomber-Babe as do we all...the best organizer around...HAPPY BIRTHDAY Kathy Hoff Conrad ('64) on the 30th!!!!!! Wanna go to the inauguration with me? -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: state quarters Maren, I hope you are safe? I saw in the paper a couple of days ago that the Alaska state quarter was supposed to be out in circulation today. Of course all over the news today is Sarah Palin and being John McCain's running mate. I hope everyone has a good Labor Day weekend. School starts here next Wednesday. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where they said we could see some temps. in the 30s this weekend at night. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Avant ('69) Did I know my vote in a mayoral race for someone running against a "shoo-in" incumbent in a small town in Alaska would launch a veep candidate? Of course.. Yeah, yeah, that's right. In my few talks with Sarah Palin I told her one day John McCain would be a candidate for President and he would pick her as a running mate. Yeah, yeah that's it... LOL. Congrats and Bomber best wishes to a very good person raised by very good parents and people. -Robert Avant ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) Uh oh... with John McCain picking Sarah Palin as his running mate, how are we going to keep politics out of the Sandstorm? -Brad Upton ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Flaherty ('76) Sheesh... turning 50 is... well... interesting. It didn't happen quite the way I envisioned it but then I guess life always throws curves at us. Thanks Teresa (Barber ('78))... this fiddle has been dropped a couple of times too many. And Happy Birthday to you... on the 30th. Enjoy the vineyard! I will be at one in TN at the same time. -David Flaherty ('76) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/31/2008 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Dick Pierard ('52), Bill Witherup ('53) Bill Berlin ('56), Steve Carson ('58) David Mansfield ('59), Derrith Persons ('60) Carol Converse ('64), Dennis Hammer ('64) Linda Reining ('64), Rick Maddy ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Lattin ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chris Hanson ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ken Webb ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Donna Kirz ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rick Valentine ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick Pierard ('52) Maren, I thought the rules are that the Sandstorm is to be non- political. Since the published comments today reveal they have changed in the Sarah Palin case, I wish to offer an alternative view. It is, of course, nice that she is the daughter of a Bomber but that is merely coincidental. I would not vote for the McCain-Palin ticket in a million years, even though a Bomber descendant is on it. The former beauty queen and raving anti- abortionist is a disastrous choice. Can you imagine that a person with so few qualifications to be President (only serving 2 years governor of the 48th smallest state in population is hardly one) would be just a heartbeat away from that position? McCain has had a bout with cancer and is not a young man, so her ending up as President is a real possibility. And don't forget where President Bush was when Katrina came ashore -- partying with Senator McCain in Arizona instead of being on the scene to function as our commander-in-chief. -Dick Pierard ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Witherup, Class of '53 Re: Dragonflies, Dogs, Politics I have noticed that politics are OK in the Alumni Sandstorm as long as they are conservative politics? Eh? I am also a dog-person. I had a Corgie-Lab mix for 16 years, he died 3 years ago. Recently I acquired a four-year-old German Shepherd-Husky mix, from an homeless Puerto Rican who was keeping the dog in his rig. I fell in love with Blackie, and bought him from the fellow, and now he is legally mine. Dogs are great diplomats. A person who may be entirely at opposite ends of the political spectrum from me -- which is not at all hard to do or be -- goes all soft and lovey over my dog, whose intelligence far outshines the intelligence of most politicians and fellow hominids. If politicians checked each other out the way dogs check each other out, we would have a more sane and honest Congress. I also love cats and crows. I don't have a feline now, but when I was living in Big Sur back in the Seventies, I had both a spaniel-aussie shepherd mix, and a male Manx cat, named Snowball (Manx are tail-less). Snowball was the size of a bobcat, and a neighbor almost shot him because he mistook him for a bobcat. We left the window open in our cabin for Snowball to come in and out at night. Every now and then he would honor my pillow with a dead and disemblowled mouse. Snowball had great leaping ability. When Bixby Creek was in full flood (great trout and steelhead stream, too) it was about 8 feet across, and Snowball could leap that sucker. I am glad there are still dragonflies about -- they are an older life form. But more sad news in today's Guardian Unlimited. Now the bumblebees are also in decline, and abandoning nests. Of course it is pesticides doing the dirty work. As for crows, Seattle has a large population. In last Tuesday's New York Times Science Section there was an article about a UW biologist who is studying crows, and says they never forget a face, especially an unfriendly one. I talk to crows all the time, and can do a pretty good crow imitation. -Bill Witherup, Class of '53, representing the Left, and proud of it! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Sarah Palin for Veep Good choice ... actually a great choice. A no-mess-around lady that has a greater focus on the problems of her state and now her federal government. Things will now really change for her, her family, and her close relatives as the national spotlight brings national security ... or the "spooks" as they are known in D.C. What supports a good woman is a good man and whilst I don't know husband Todd, he seems like a good guy, a commercial fisherman, worked up on the Slope and likes those wide open spaces of Wasilla ... all of which I can relate to. A bigger load now falls on him so we need to thank him for everything he has done for the Palin family and his support of his super wife. I am sure she knows that too. Re: Remembering a first. I just spent three days up in Vancouver, B.C. getting daughter Emma squared away in her new apartment before her second year at the U of British Columbia. Do you Bombers remember your first apartment event? I do. My roommate and I hit all kinds of Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul stores and rummaged through a bunch of stuff, mostly junk, that our relatives wanted to get rid of. I think the dcor of the day was called "mismatched" but we made it through it just the same. Flash!!! They now have Ikea stores so we shopped for four hours at a huge Ikea out in Coquitlam, east of Vancouver, and bought about $600 worth of furniture and other household items. Added to a lot of stuff from my mother's former house in Seattle that filled up my Lexus RX400h to the rafters and the place was ready to live in. The Canadian Border Agents took a quick look and then realized that all of this stuff was really college-age material and let us through with no duty. It is an Ikea company policy not to sell anything that weighs less than 400 pounds and we had about 4,000 pounds of stuff ... or so it seemed. We spent the next twelve hours putting all the stuff together, using "hammorgaugs", "slogfalters", and "molderborgs", which looked a good deal like a hammer, pliers, and screwdriver in English. Guess we needed Ingmar to help translate but we got the job done, "ya shur, ya betcha." Emma and her roommate are in 7th Heaven in their new place and another momentous event in her moving farther and farther away from home. They wanted to know if I wanted to sleep on the new sofa bed but I deferred to the Four Seasons room I had booked because they had a place to purchase adult beverages ... which I needed along with a massage ... if you get my drift. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ in Anacortes, WA where I am in full recovery mode and enjoying the first day of sun in several very rainy days. Can't come to Club-40 this year because I am undergoing "the knife" on September 8 to fix my bum foot and then it is 4-6 weeks in cast and wheelchair. Bummer. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Carson, Championship Class of '58 Sally, our congratulations also, what a development, the nomination knocked our socks off and it took just 15 min. for us to become fans. -Steve Carson, Championship Class of '58 ~ looking forward to the reunion **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Mansfield ('59) To: Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60) Re: Dawson-Richards My previous commenting on Richland Little League team coaches of merit should have also included your father. I am not sure how many years Grover Dawson sponsored a Little League team but it was a bunch. He was also big in the Bomber Boosters and maybe at one time Chairman of the School Board. But what I remember most about Grover was that he always spoke to me and remembered my name when I entered the store. -David Mansfield ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Derrith Persons Dean ('60) Re: Class of '60 Club 40 is almost here... It's time to say... Enjoy yourself it's later than you think!! It's time for LUNCH with lots of talk... Class of '60, family and/or friends If you're in town or from out of town we invite you to join us for lunch... Come on, we'll have a good time!! When? - Saturday, September 6th Time? - 11:30 am Where? - 3 Margaritas 627 Jadwin, Richland Come on ... lets talk! Classmate, -Derrith Persons Dean ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: Brad Upton You will be in Sacramento September 11, you said. I've looked to see just where in Sacramento you will be so I can see about tickets (cost), but can't find out any information; is it possible that you let me know? My husband and I will be in Sacramento at that time. Re: Sarah Palin This is sooooo neat about Sarah being selected the VP in the 2008 national election. I didn't know about it until the national news was on last night. I don't watch television during the day except for my one soap opera. I told my husband, "Now I know who I'm voting for." We have to vote for our Bomber family in everything, right? Congratulations to Sarah's family as well. They must all be so happy! -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of ('64) ~ Eureka, CA. It feels like winter once again. We really didn't have much of a summer at all -- a day here and there was all -- all this past week was very nice, as September and October are our "nice" months, but today changed everything. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) Maren, Don't know if you have seen this, or if it is too late for the next Sandstorm, but I just found this article in the Tri-City Herald. From the Tri-City Herald: [the "breaking news" from the TCH website (Dennis's entry JUST missed yesterday's SS) -Richard]: CAMPAIGN: McCain VP Choice Has Tri-City Ties <> [and the finished article in Saturday's paper -Richard]: McCain Running Mate Has Tri-City Roots <> -Dennis Hammer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64) re:dragonflies come to Bakersfield--they are all over the place down here. *grin* thre is one that loves to rest on the antenna on my van when I am waiting at the school bus stop for my youngest grandson. "he" will fly off, come back, rest, then fly off, again. we also have them all over our backyard, by the pool and the bushes around the pool. have lots of "hummers", but very few honeybees---lots of flowers and bushes under the front window-- right by the front door, so thought for sure they'd be buzzing all over the place. last year, we had to dart around them just to get in the front door. we do have a "bug-guy" that comes every other month, so maybe that explains their absence. still get the occassional bumblebee and hornets/yellowjackets/wasps always seem to be in abundance. Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64)......HOT in Bakersfield, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) Congratulations to fellow little league baseball opponent, Bomber, and my sister Sheila Maddy Kelly's ('66), classmate Mike Sheeran ('66) and the rest of the Sheeran family on the nomination of Gov. Sarah Palin (R) Alaska. I am never amazed, almost more an expectation than an amazement, with the way Richland keeps coming back to those of us that do not live there through our diverse classmates. Politicians, doctors, lawyers, educators, policemen/women, firemen/women, entrepreneurs, small and large business owners, musicians, actors, novelists, athletes, public servants, those of the 'next generation' that keep Hanford running, the heroes that sacrificed their lives during times of war, all the rest of us and then me. The quality of our education, the preparedness for the outside world for those that made the slightest of effort when we stayed or left and the small-town American's Richland has produced is quite extraordinary. Just for starters, General James Mattis USMC ('68) and now a daughter of alumna Sally Sheeran Heath ('58), the governor of Alaska and now Republican Vice President of the United States nominee, Sara Palin ... wow (for lack of a better word)! I do hope the likes of Alice Paul and Dolly Madison ("Remember the ladies") are looking down on this historical moment. Not since John F. Kennedy have I been so bushy-tailed about politics - and I was only fourteen when he was assassinated and experienced my first great loss of innocence. I know the subject brought on some heat that Maren had to toss water on now and then to keep the flames from spreading into both camps, but I'm wondering if this nomination, which will start the Democrats and media running the governor and family into the ground, will bring back the subject of the mushroom cloud and Day's Pay mascot controversy to a level of National debate on political correctness when America meets mom? To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) I have been reading your eloquent and moving posts on the death of your friend and companion. My deepest sympathy. I have owned one dog in my lifetime. Rusty was a red Doberman and I loved that dog very much. He had hip problems at the age of nine and I had to put him down. I took him to the vet, put him on the table, held his head and as we stared into each other's eyes I felt him relax and the life go out of him. I have never owned another dog. My former wife had dogs, but they were hers, not mine. The grief was too much for me to bear. I have not had another living thing around me; plant, fish, girlfriend, or animal, not necessarily in any order of priority, that relies upon me for life since the divorce -- more than fourteen years now. Thank you for your very moving posts on the life and times of you and your best friend. Semper Fi, Pappy. To: Frank [I'm pretty sure this is Whiteside ('63) -Richard] and Maren and all in the path of Gustav Prayers go out to all in the Louisiana area of operation and neighboring states. May you and your families stay safe and keep the powder dry in case our government doesn't respond in due time. WELCOME BACK, Richard. Thank you!! -Rick Maddy ('67) ~ Living the dream, and sometimes nightmare, in Huntington Beach, CA -- sunny, warm, slight breeze from the West ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` July, 2008 ~ September, 2008