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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 ~ 09/01/2008 ~ LABOR DAY Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 21 Bombers sent stuff: Richard Roberts ('49), Don Lyall ('52) Bill Witherup ('53), Mike Clowes ('54) Michael Ragland ('57), Steve Carson ('58) George Swan ('59), Irene de la Bretonne ('61) Judy Willox ('61), Denis Sullivan ('62) Ed Wood ('62), Mary Lou Watkins ('63) Frank Whiteside ('63), Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Linda Reining ('64), Cathy Geier ('66) Rick Valentine ('68), Betti Avant ('69) Anita Fravala ('73), Maggie Gilstrap ('74) Brad Upton ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cathy Rice ('77) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kelly Lynch ('78) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Eric Lukins ('81) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard Roberts ('49) Re: Sarah Palin We had no idea! What a great Bomber connection. She seems to be a real stand-up lady. It makes Carol (Tyner ('52)) and me smile. Was she born in the Tri Cities area? Pierard's ('52) negative comments are interesting. Maren, take care and God bless. -Richard Roberts ('49) ~ in Grover Beach, California Central Coast, where the weather is mild and cool. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Lyall ('52) Amen to Dick Pierard's entry yesterday! -Don Lyall ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Witherup ('53) Not possible to keep politics out. When correspondents to the A.S. pray that someone will get better, or pray for someone's passing, does that not bring up reminders of our constitution and the separation of church and state? When correspondents vaunt military service (I myself was in Air Force intelligence 1957-1960), does not that emphasize militarism and a conservative idea of patriotism? Both subjects are political. And you can't get any more political than the history of atomic warfare and the sports logo of Richland High School and of the A.S. itself. I need go no further, but just want to underline my point. -Bill Witherup ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) From the "Almost Final Count" Dept., with 98 percent of precincts reporting, here are the numbers: Class of '44 - 1 Class of '45 - 2 Class of '46 - 1 Class of '47 - 8 Class of '49 - 10 Class of '50 - 0 (Guess they don't like us.) Class of '51 - 12 Class of '52 - 16 Class of '53 - 29 (Not too bad for their 55th) Class of '54 - 22 Class of '55 - 19 Class of '56 - 10 Class of '57 - 9 Class of '58 - 109 (Not bad for the 50th, but not a record) Class of '59 - 18 Class of '60 - 14 Class of '61 - 8 Class of '62 - 3 Class of '63 - 3 (all the rest are at a different location) Class of '64 - 9 Class of '65 - 0 (They don't like us either) Class of '66 - 1 Class of '67 - 0 (Still more people who don't like us) Class of '68 - 0 (well, they're still young and burnt out from their 40th) Class of '70 - 1 And the anonymous 2 coming from either near or far to surprise friends, relatives, classmates, and people they don't even know. The total for Friday night stands at 334 and for Saturday the number is 252. Bad new for those of you who have waited until the last minute (which has passed) to decide. The price for admission (with food included) for either night is $50.00 per person. There is a $5.00 surcharge if you just want to drop in and visit (in addition to paying your dues). See you at the party. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ trying to keep dry in Mount Angel, OR, and wondering if the weather guessers are reading the entrails right for hurricanes and temperatures. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Michael Ragland ('57) Let me preface my remarks by noting that I have re-read the prior day Sandstorm relative to Sarah Palin. In those posts, I did not see any partisan comments, merely congratulatory comments and joy that one of our own, or some related to one of our own, had achieved the selection to become the Vice Presidential nominee of a major political party. I share that enthusiasm and congratulation for the Sheeran family. It is few who are so honored by either political party. That said, I was extremely offended by Mr. Pierard's and Mr. Witherup's very partisan comments. I am a little bit amazed that they were allowed in the Sandstorm. I hope that we return to keeping political comment out of the Sandstorm. I hope that we can recognize anyone who achieves high honors and can share the joy in their achievements without resorting to political cheapshotting. Everyone has the right to their own personal views, just keep it out of the Sandstorm if you wish to be petty. Once again, my congratulations to the Sheeran family. -Michael Ragland ('57) ~ from beautiful Edmonds, Washington, where fall is making itself known once again. Football is in the air and so is a little bit of cool air in the mornings and sunny afternoons (sometimes). **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Carson ('58) To: Dick Pierard ('52) You crossed the line Pierard. The comments about Sally's daughter were like recognizing an accomplishment not taking a political stand. Your rant is offensive. -Steve Carson ('58) ~ Chicago [This, devoted Sandstorm readership, is why Maren DOES NOT LIKE anything smacking of politics to appear in our beloved rag. I'll run the stuff I receive today (to ruin your Tuesday), then it is O-V-E-R ... no more mention of Sarah Palin whatsoever (until, perhaps, on November 5th ... after the election). See also: Maren's post, infra. -Richard] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pappy Swan ('59) Re: Politics and Animals Another thing that I like about dogs is that they're pretty much non-political. At least they don't say much about it. Cats on the other hand ... well, you know ... But, I'm wondering. If pesticides are affecting the bees, why are we seeing such an influx of wasps this year? I don't know. Anyone else know? Perhaps wasps are of a unique "fourth" political persuasion and just more "immune" or resistant to all the ... stuff ... or ... could it be something to do with the global warming thing? It's been hot here this summer ... off ... and... on ... Uh, let's see, it's kinda off ... right now ... here anyway. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA, where I'm thinking that Sandstorm is warmin' up, so rather than join in that fracas, I'm takin' a break and goin' to the mountains to look for bees ... and ... big noisy birds. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Irene de la Bretonne Hays ('61) To: Dick Pierard ('52) and Bill Witherup ('53) Thanks, Dick and Bill for your comments on the nomination of Sarah Palin for Vice President of the United States of America. I couldn't agree with you more. I suspect there are many more Richland High School graduates who share your perspective than there are those who don't. I recognize my message and others like it may not get in the Sandstorm before the lid slams down again, but I thought I'd try. -Irene de la Bretonne Hays ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Judy Willox (Classic Class of '61) Re: Sarah Palin I am sorry, but I am offended by the first entry [Dick Pierard] in yesterday's Sandstorm and I do not think that Sarah Palin should be blasted by ANY Bomber! We Bombers should show some pride in our own! On the other hand, I don't agree with another who wrote in who says you vote for her because she is Bomber- related. Sarah will show us whether she is right for the job or not when she is given the chance to do so. You don't think she is right for the job? Then say so, but leave the personal remarks out of it! I, for one think John McCain made an excellent choice and I wouldn't vote for the OTHER duo in a million years, but that is all I am going to say about that. I have no assurance that the John/Sarah duo is going to be the best one in the White House, but I am darn sure going to give her and him every chance. And if the only "dirt" (which did not add up to even a full peanut!) on Sarah that they brought up yesterday on the news is it, what the heck are they going to do for the next few years? I think they will be somewhat bored with what they will find on her. I strongly believe that there are many out there that really underestimate this young lady, including the other party! I hope to see her "WOW" all of those disbelievers out there! You go girl! And congratulations to you and your family for your endeavors, Sarah! And Katie (Sheeran Johnson '61), I knew ye when ... LOL!! Bomber Cheers and Pride, -Judy Willox (Classic Class of '61) ~ Richland ~ beautiful weather, and hoping it lasts for the big shin-dig next weekend **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Denis Sullivan ('62) To Brad Upton's ('74) concern about keeping politics out of the Sandstorm: perhaps we should allow everyone to enjoy their third or fourth degree of separation and let the politics run its course. I, for one, wish the governor of Alaska a long and successful tenure as the governor of Alaska. -Denis Sullivan ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed Wood ('62) Re: Big frogs in little ponds To: Dick Pierard ('52) You're right, Dick. The Sandstorm is a much more pleasant place without rants from either side. You could have made an anti- Sarah point without delving into politics if you had simply noted that she really isn't a Bomber. She was born and raised elsewhere. Regarding the importance of size, sometimes bigger frogs from little ponds can be more impressive than little frogs (no matter how eloquent) from big ponds. You, for example, have made a better and more positive contribution to the relatively tiny world of Bomberville than many politicians with a larger podium. Ted Stevens comes to mind. Size didn't deter Napoleon. And the limited experience of sixteen year old Alexander of Macedonia didn't deter him from making a lasting footprint on the world, either. Those who wish to celebrate Sarah's connection to Richland, no matter how tenuous, have every right to celebrate. Perhaps if we all celebrated more little things, the world would be a happier place. -Ed Wood ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Lou Watkins Rhebeck ~ Gold Medal Class of '63 Dear Maren, Thanks for letting all the wonderful and excited entries about Sarah Palin and her Richland roots be published. She is a woman we can all be proud of, and can be happy for her family. Every letter exhibited pride, joy, happiness, and fair minded writing ... except one today (8/30/08). And, truly, isn't it just like the far left to jab, distort, and exaggerate? (Why no mention of New Orleans's mayor and Louisiana's governor ... just to be fair?) Why not just let the Bombers have this moment of joy ... no matter what political party and whom we will ultimately vote for? I didn't see one of the pro Palin entries say one bad thing about the Obama/Biden ticket. Thanks, once again, for being fair, Maren. I'm looking forward to traveling to Richland from down here in southern California ... to meet up with my Bomber classmates and celebrate our 45th Reunion ... woo hoo! See ya'll soon! -Mary Lou Watkins Rhebeck ~ Gold Medal Class of '63 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Frank Whiteside ('63) Re: Hurricane Gustav Just a note to let you know we are staying in the Holiday Express Inn in Cleveland, MS which is over 300 miles from our home in Bayou Gauche. Gustav is heading in a possible really bad position for our area. We are just hoping it will turn left and the winds will die down considerably. If not, we don't know what the future holds, but it may not be pretty for a lot of people. Our area has never flooded in over a hundred years, but this situation is different. Maren will likely be okay at her sister's house away from Gretna. Frank Jr., wife, and baby will likely be in Marksville, LA. I will have internet as long as we are at the Holiday Inn in the Mississippi Delta area. Don't know how the cell phones will work (or regular phone service). We were messed up with communications and mail for a long time after Katrina. Thanks for the notes and calls of concern. Will let you know more later when possible. We are hoping for the best but preparing for the worst. Frank and Linda Whiteside -Frank Whiteside ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) OK, Bombers, I'm NOT editing right now. Richard Anderson ('60) is editing while I'm at my sister's trying to hide from Hurricane Gustav. I hope y'all get all finished with all this political rhetoric soon because when I get back, it WILL stop. Right now, we're just kinda waiting for the wind/rain to start. We figure we'll get a good bit, but shouldn't have any flooding. Power will probably be out, but my son-in-law brought a generator, so we'll be able to power up to watch TV and keep the frozen food frozen. Heard from Frank Whiteside ('63) earlier today. I think his note will make it into the Sandstorm. He and his wife, Linda (NAB) are at a motel up in Mississippi... and hoping their place in the bayou fares well. Bomber cheers, -Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) ~ Zachary, LA and still keeping an eye on Gustav **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64) to:Bill Berlin('56) re:first apartment first apartment I ever lived in was in downtown Seattle, off Pike Street, and it was my first experience with a "murphy bed". had no idea what that was--I was newly married and pregnant with my first daughter. when my husband(Dale Gray, '57?WB)showed me the apartment, it had a couch, very small kitchen, with a built- in table underneath the window, a small bathroom, and the longest, narrow closet I had ever seen. I thought maybe the couch folded out into a "full-size bed", til he opened the front doors of the closet(it also had a small door right inside the front door)and revealed the "bed". had to pull it down, make sure the legs were level(forgot one time to do that and in the middle of the night, the bed collapsed--am sure the neighbor below didn't appreciate that loud thump), then add the blanket and pillows---left the sheets on it. *grin* for heat, we had a radiator underneath the front window. laundry room was in the basement---4 flights of stairs---going up and down those stairs was not an easy task with a laundry basket and a huge belly in the way, even more difficult after daughter was born and I had to balance her ontop of the laundry basket!!!! *grin* we lived there from November til April when Dale went to Viet Nam; daughter was born in February and the apartment was a "no children" allowed, so we had to make sure that her crying could not be heard in the middle of the night--am sure the gal below us always heard her, though, or at least heard our feet "hitting" the floor in the middle of the night to grab Traci and keep her cries from being heard by others. didn't have a vacuum cleaner, so "cleaned" the carpet, on my hands and knees, with rolls of masking tape, til my mother felt sorry for me and sent me an Electrolux canister vacuum cleaner. *grin* but, the memories of that little apartment are still with me and I wouldn't trade them for anything. *grin* Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64) in Bakersfield, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Cathy Geier ('66) Hi, I too was wondering about politics in the Sandstorm. As I am guilty of sending in poorly proofed material I can't say much else, except, Maren, thank you for helping me. I am working at Bumbershoot -- the big Seattle end-of-the-summer music festival -- this weekend. A one-day pass is $40.00. There is so much to do and see and interesting people to talk to. When I work or go to large crowds like this I am often surprised by whom I see/meet there. When walking around and listening to a favorite African artist (Souleymane N' Daye from Senegal) I ran into a friend I made from Kennewick Bikram's Yoga Studio! She is a nursing student; not a Bomber, but a Tri-Cities representative enjoying our festival. I love these festivals. I usually volunteer in them, but it's time to get paid! I hope to be a supervisor next year for One Reel [the company which produces Bumbershoot -RA]. To get paid being in an arts festival! YAYAY If any of you women who teach/share/write or give workshops in areas of women's growth wants to propose a workshop for the Women of Wisdom's next annual Women's Conference the deadline is upon us!!! It's Sept. 2! I can talk to you about it if you come to Bumbershoot and buy tickets at my gate! NO! Send me an email. Enjoy the weekend, -Cathy Geier ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Valentine ('68) To: Dick Pierard ('52) and Bill Witherup ('53). As an independent I have grown very weary of petty politics, as Bombers we should all be very proud that a Bomber offspring has been chosen as a Vice Presidential candidate, no matter which party she is affiliated with. As an independent voter I could care less about your petty politics, as a Bomber I am "Damned Ashamed" of you both! To: Sally Sheeran Heath ('58) Congratulations Sally, you should be very proud of your daughter; this is quite a feather in your cap and hers. Again, Congratulations! -Rick Valentine ('68) ~Spokane, WA ~ A Bomber first and Damn Proud of it! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Conventions I got thinking about the political conventions. Weren't they always earlier in the summer in the '50s, '60s, perhaps even the '70s? I seem to think to they never announced the VEEP candidate until the night after they decided who the presidential nominee was to be. I'm sure the candidates had people in mind but never "let the cat out of the bag" until after their nomination was sewed up. Am I wrong about this or is it a senior moment? Have a good and safe Labor Day everyone. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Anita Fravala Griffin ('73) Re: Dick Pierard ('52) Hip Hip Hooray for Dick for speaking out against the GOP ticket. I couldn't agree more -- it's time for a change and McCain/Palin are definitely NOT the change this country needs. -Anita Fravala Griffin ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maggie Gilstrap O'Hara ('74) To: Dick Pierard ('52) I went back and reread yesterdays Sandstorm as I thought I had missed something only to find I had not. Everyone who posted was "congratulating" Sarah and her family. No one but you mentioned the specifics of politics and I might add in a nasty way. Your type of entry is probably why we do not talk politics. Without getting into politics and specifics maybe you should read a little history about Truman. I just did the math; if you were paying attention growing up you would remember the history behind Truman. Maren, I for one thought yesterday's postings were fine and it is not because I live in Alaska, nor because like Sarah, I have a son in the military. It was simply because the postings were from Bombers, congratulating another Bomber, for the achievement of one of their children. I likened the postings to fellow Bombers emailing congratulating/thanking me for my son's service in Iraq. -Maggie Gilstrap O'Hara ('74) A very proud (some would call me raving as well) Alaskan who also caught her biggest salmon ever, a king salmon, and to boot with white meat in Valdez (out in the sound), this past week. When it took my line and ran, the line went to singing. I went from sitting and drinking a Heineken to standing in a millisecond as the fight was on (yes there was alcohol abuse as I tossed my beer to the floor) yelling the woohoos and landed the big bad boy about 25 minutes later. Nothing beats a great fight with a big fish! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) To: Carol Converse Maurer RE: Me in Sacramento I'll be in Sacramento on Sept. 11th with Johnny Mathis. If you've googled my name, you won't find it because I'm not mentioned. Let's face it, people are buying tickets to see Johnny Mathis, not Brad Upton. You can find all the ticket information at: <>. RE: Sarah Palin I wondered on the very first day after McCain named Sarah Palin as his running mate how we were going to keep politics out of the Sandstorm. Apparently we're not. Sarah Palin has a wonderful back story and there's no doubt in my mind that she is a very, very nice person and appears to have been a wonderful governor of Alaska. But let's imagine this: It's late January 2009. John McCain has campaigned for the past 18 months on a schedule that is truly inhumane. He has just finished several nights of inauguration celebrations to thank all of those people that helped him win the presidency. This schedule and his 72 years of age lead him, sadly and tragically, to drop dead. Sarah Palin, who was placed on the ticket based only on her views of one issue and applied for her U.S. passport last year, is now the President of the United States. The rest of the world sensing our vulnerability, jumps at the opportunity. Russia immediately rolls tanks into the Ukraine and the Baltic states to take back what they still feel is theirs. And because we've just signed a treaty to place missiles in Poland they again start shipping missiles to Cuba. Militarily we are in no position to respond. China watches what is happening and decides to take back Tibet. We can't respond because China owns us. If we make a noise, they'll demand their money back. Swiftly, a military coup in Pakistan takes place and places a pro-Islam government in power. India, Pakistan's arch enemy and fellow nuclear power, decides once and for all it's time to regain Kashmir and starts a huge military offensive. Venezuela's president Hugo Chavez can't believe his good fortune! He shuts off the flow of oil to the U.S. and sells to India and Pakistan. Don't worry, John McCain, whose first wife was a swim suit model and current wife was a beauty pageant contestant knows what he likes in a woman. After he meets with her just once, he decides that the former first runner-up in the Miss Alaska contest is the best person in the country to replace him if anything were ever to happen to him. Boy do I feel safe! Politically the move appears to be brilliant because John McCain knows there is a large group of people in this country that vote only on one issue. But as a man that touts his service to the country, his decision was dangerous and reckless. -Brad Upton ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/02/2008 ~ Back To Labor Day Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 22 Bombers sent stuff: Buddy Keller ('50), Marilyn "Em" De Vine ('52) Dick Pierard ('52), Marla Lowman ('55) Bill Berlin ('56), Steve Carson ('58) Ellen Foley ('59), Stephanie Dawson ('60) Patti Jones ('60), Roy Ballard ('63) Maren Smyth ('63 & '64), Gary Behymer ('64) Carol Converse ('64), David Rivers ('65) Jo Marie Roberts ('65), Bill Didway ('66) Joanne Boyd ('67), Rick Maddy ('67) Pam Ehinger ('67), Robert Avant ('69) Mike Franco ('70), Paula Mulvey ('79) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda Lester ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gordon Mumford ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Buddy Keller ('50) I went to school with Pat Sheeran ('48-RIP) and I really liked him; as he was a good football and baseball player for the Bombers. He lived on Long street across from Richland High School. His father Clem Sheeran was a good softball player and an avid Bomber supporter in the time I played for the Bombers (1946-50). If this is his daughter's child I would say she would be from a good family. I am a Roosevelt Democrat so I would not vote for a Republican anyway. -Buddy Keller ('50) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn "Em" De Vine ('52) Awww ... sigh ... my last day in Alaska. That sigh is one of relief. It has been a laborious, intense two months, but we did get to take some time off for fun stuff: Houston, Alaska's Founder's Day Fireworks, which Larry Mattingly had a hand in, is one. It was a great show and you can go to a site which includes some photos of mine! < world/26/1218911100> Alas ... I fear I waited too long to enter opinions of the McCain/Palin ticket. I do want to thank Denis Sullivan ('62) for his good wishes for the Governor of AK. To Brad Upton: a hearty amen. Since I am a politically-unsavvy person, I have to admit I didn't realize Dick Pierard's ('52) entry was inflammatory until I read the responses. As for Bill Withrup's comment that we would have a saner and more honest Congress if people checked out people the way dogs check out dogs ... I can only guess at what he meant (and I am surely wrong!) because I've noticed how dogs check out dogs and it is not a pretty picture. Enlighten me, huh? Voting for a ticket only because it has a woman -- who happens to be related to Bombers -- is like voting for a ticket only because it has a Black man. Come on, guys ... do your homework. Then make an informed vote. Before I sign off, I must recommend two DVDs I watched recently. "10 Questions for the Dalai Lama". This is a recent documentary and, I think, a very important one. The other DVD is "Amazing Grace" based on the true story of William Wilberforce's 18th- century fight for the abolition of slavery in England. Very beautifully set in England. It got its title from the song Amazing Grace, not a person. See you at Club-40. (God willing and the plane don't crash.) -Marilyn "Em" De Vine ('52) ~ in overcast but not-too-cold (nor too hot!) Anchorage, Alaska in the good ol' U.S.ofA., where freedom of speech is still relatively unfettered. ~Life is Good~ **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick Pierard ('52) All of the comments below appeared in the August 30, 2008 issue of the Sandstorm. The final one quoted, by Brad Upton, recognized what would happen as a result of this situation. I found it hard to believe that Maren, with her perceptive nose for political comments, which she normally zaps when they come by, let all of this pass. I have now been informed that another person actually edited this issue. But read for yourself, and you will see why I felt I needed to offer an alternative opinion, which I did not anticipate would be published. "Sarah Palin for VP... alright! McCain couldn't have made a better pick! Talk about energizing the party!" "Sarah Palin -- WOW! This changes everything!" "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." "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." "Let's hear it for Sarah Palin! My wife said nothing else was on TV all afternoon today." "Congratulations to Sarah Palin for being selected as John McCain's "running mate"!!!! way to go, Bombers. *grin* " "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..." The most perceptive comment of all: "Uh oh... with John McCain picking Sarah Palin as his running mate, how are we going to keep politics out of the Sandstorm?" I am really surprised and at the same time pleased at how many emails of support I received for taking a stand against this nice but really unqualified person. The reason why McCain chose her -- to shore up his evangelical Christian base -- was simply not acceptable to me, and I wanted these people who are so enamored with her to know that. I do not intend to engage in further discussion of the issue in the Sandstorm, as that will only damage the integrity of what must be the most outstanding online high school alumni newsletter and discussion group in the whole United States of America. For that, we owe Maren Smyth a great big round of electronic applause and a big hug when any of us have a chance to render such an amiable service. -Dick Pierard ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marla Lowman ('55) and Harold ('54) Kenitzer We have been waiting to see one of Brad Upton's performances, as he gets rave reviews by Bombers who have seen him in action. So far we haven't been in the right area at the right time, but you can bet your boots that we will travel some to see him the next time he's close to our area. We read with gusto his entry in today's Sandstorm. It's obvious why he is so well received: he has a wild imagination. If you're reading this and you didn't see yesterday's SS, you missed a good one; Brad's entry, it will blow your mind. This guy would make a fortune writing for Leno or Letterman. He's one smart and funny dude!!! Bomber Cheers, -Marla Lowman ('55) and Harold ('54) Kenitzer ~ from sunny California - headed for Club-40 and rain? **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Gustav Here we go again and I am thinking of our Bomber friends [and all others] that are having to move out of the way of this storm. It would appear that the State of Louisiana and the City of New Orleans now have their roles down when it comes to this kind of an event, something that they did very poorly in Katrina. Re: Politics in the Sandstorm I too am sorry that it has crept into the Sandstorm once again, no matter what party affiliation started it. I would love it if the forum was open to counter comment but it would be filled with all kinds of vitriolic idiotic comments (mine included) and gross hypothetical scenarios, but we can't let the publication deteriorate to that level. I have been lucky and over the course of my working career -- and I am not done yet -- I have traveled, lived, and worked in a good many foreign countries. That is what it takes to really have a firmer grip on how things will shape up internationally, now and in the future, and just because you take a tourist trip to Russia or China or travel on a cruise ship, does not make you an expert on how things are going to shake out over the short and long term. I don't have the answer either, but I think that because I have had considerable exposure, and some risk, overseas and speak a few critical foreign languages, I do have a window that is wider than most and I don't see the kind of scenario that we saw in the Sandstorm yesterday happening. You also have to have a basic understanding of world economics - - living it, not teaching it -- to grasp all of the global economic "domino effect" that will play out if just one major thing happens, and it will not be like the scenario we read about yesterday. The stakes are just too high for things to take place as described. Lastly, no US senator that I know of, unless they were a former governor or mayor, is overly prepared for any kind of administrative or managerial duties. It helps a lot if they had been in business and knew about "risk and exposure", "bottom line", and "red ink"; but, most of them are political dogs and know just two things: politics and self preservation. It is kind of comforting to know that a seasoned manager and budget administrator might be in charge of my taxes. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ in Anacortes, WA watching for the events of Gustav and thinking of our Bomber alums affected by it. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Carson, Championship Class of '58 Richard, Thank you for putting a cap on the nastiness. -Steve Carson, Championship Class of '58 ~ Chicago, IL **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ellen Foley Pope ('59) Oh gosh. I can't believe what I am reading! I fully support Dick Pierard's right to make a comment. Isn't that what our constitution is all about?Just because he doesn't go along with some people's thinking ... does that block his right to voice what he thinks? Shame on narrow-thinking Bombers. I thought we grew up in a city of forward thinking people.This is not what the framers of our constitution were all about! -Ellen Foley Pope ('59) ~ Burbank, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) and: Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) Note: It was decided by all attendees at the August luncheon that we will keep the luncheon for September on the 13th. There will be another announcement next week. Luncheon is always the second Saturday of the month unless announced to be different day. 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, September 13, 2008 WHERE: JD Diner, 3790 Van Giesen, West Richland, WA 99353 Used to be Coney Island (Light green building just past the Yakima River bridge heading west from Richland on the right side) TIME: 1:00 P.M. PRICE: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served all day. Prices range from $4.50 - $13.95 (add drink, tax, and tip) Bomber spouses and friends are welcome! Looking forward to also seeing out-of-town Bomber visitors. Bombers Have Fun, -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA -Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) ~ Richland, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60) To: David Mansfield ('59) RE: Grover Dawson David, thank you for the kind words about my dad. He sponsored a Little League team for years, and later he also sponsored a community basketball team for guys who were out of school. To clarify, he was one of the co-founders of the Bomber Boosters. And he served on the Richland School Board for 13 years. The board members always tried to work it out so that if one of them had a child graduating, that member got to be the board president that year (probably not really that simple), so that he could hand out the diploma to his own child. This worked for me and for brother Gaynor ('65). Unfortunately, brother Jeff ('62) was too close behind me, so he missed that honor. It was a real shock to get a kiss with my diploma! One of my favorite things about Grover was that he loved people in all their sizes, shapes, and persuasions; thus his speaking to you by name whenever you entered the store. When he died in 1980, Mom received condolences from all over the country with stories like yours about things that people remembered him for. I've always patterned myself after him. He was dedicated to the community and the schools. An old newspaper article quoted him as saying that Richland was the absolutely best place to raise his children and, after living all the other places he had, he never was moving away. And he never did. -Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roy ('63) and Nancy Erlandson ('67) Ballard Re: Compliments I sat and read all the things that came out of all the mouths of a lot of Bombers. We (my wife Nancy and I) would like to say that it would be nice to say or congratulate a person for their accomplishments than to beat them over the head, just because they have certain beliefs. My wife and I have a son with 18+ years in the military, has been in the Gulf Region no less that five times in his military time, and we are very proud of his accomplishments in the military. I would be the first one to say that I let my opinion be known quite a bit, but when it come to our so called Bomber family, why does politics have to get into it? Can't we just say we are happy for what you have done and let it be? I have a letter to the editor [TCH I'm guessing - Richard] coming out (I hope) and I will give my opinion on what I believe to be true; that is my given right in this great nation. But we as a nation are going in the wrong direction, because of the way that society itself is headed. All one has to do is just look. I'm sorry for that, but we as a society have gotten way off track and I feel for my kids and grandkids. Anyway, I guess that I've said my piece if this gets in, but I had to vent a little. -Roy ('63) and Nancy Erlandson ('67) Ballard **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >> From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Richard: Maren and I talked on the phone Monday evening. This is her report. "No power. Son-in-law Chris's generator is running the fridge and the TV. No computer. Family is doing just fine, all things considered." More Richard: I told Maren to take her sweet time; she deserves a vacation from Sandstorming, and I'm having a ball with the "political" stuff (even if it is coming to an end, effective today). (For those dying to contribute to the fray: you snoozed and you loozed.) Bomber cheers, -Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) ~ Zachary, LA and still keeping an eye on Gustav **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: The Sandbox... For 'PETTY GRIPES AND CAT FIGHTS' there is The Sandbox . "We still need a coordinator for THE SANDBOX if it is to emailed. -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: Brad Upton ('74) Thank you so much for the Sacramento Center website [<>] to obtain tickets for Sept. 11. Our nephew, who lives in Citrus Heights, next to Sacramento, sent the address already. You're right, it didn't mention your name at all, but guess what?! It's you that I've been wanting to see for a long time. So many Bombers have seen your show and only rave about it. Sure, it will be nice to see Johnny Mathis as well. I mean, I grew up with his songs, but I'm excited to see your show most of all. Not to put pressure on you or anything, haha. Re: Sarah Palin Did we expect anything different when we learned that Sarah had been made VP with John McCain? I'm with all of you who feel that we were just excited about our own and were congratulating her and her family. I'm sure that the Sheeran family is very sad and disappointed in reading the nasty remarks that have been made. -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, Ca **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Stuff n nonsense Read Maddy's ('67) piece from two days ago and wondered if maybe I missed something but ML's ('63 Pant pant swoooooooooon) post seems to suggest all the kudos are getting thru...Thought you might like to hear a little story about Our Boy Heidlebaugh ('65 Not Born in Richland) and Sarah Palin's Mayoral impact on him...Now Jimmy has told this story many times long before the announcement last week so this one could actually be does not start with Harrah's ('65) favorite lead in: "Ya see we wuz all lickered up" and it does not involve getting one's picture taken with the "Sorry 7 ('65)", As I say...there may be a kernel of truth in this one....anyway....According to Jimmy, When Ms Palin was mayor of Wasilla, they had two cop cars...(Neither of the Jockeys was named Lodafink or least not in any version I've heard)...It was determined that at least one of those cars should have radar....the unit was purchased and luck would have it....on day one, Jimmy was driving thru a school zone, according to him he was traveling the posted speed......Zap....nailed him and he received the first radar assisted ticket in Wasilla history!!!!! True story according to a guy with the nickname "Big Fat Liar"...Saturday, While heading to breakfast with the Donut Delinquents I saw something on a block wall that knocked my socks off......Can't tell you what it was but I liberated it and am bringing it home with me this weekend during the '63 bash and Club 40...not to sound stupid, but where is the Club 40 gig? Anyway, if anybody sees Bobby Irwin ('62) between now and the weekend (I get in Thursday afternoon staying at the old DI)...I need to hook up with him....If I miss him I'll either leave this thing with Val or with Jimmie Adair ('65-'67)...I got worried that Henry's was closing but sounds like it was just a rumor....hope to have dinner there either Thursday, Friday or Saturday nite................Friday at 1:00 I have an appointment to get the new surfboard tattoo....the guy said he could do it in one sitting...sure looks like a lot of outlining...........arrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh....One last thing...was making some shims to strengthen the rain gutters on the Shore Patrol Paddy Wagon this morning....I repeated what I've been taught by those who have gone before me..."measure twice...cut once" matter how many twices I measure, how come it always ends in: "not again!"? -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jo Marie Roberts Ford ('65) Shame on you, Brad Upton ('74) for today's (9/1) very political comments. -Jo Marie Roberts Ford ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Didway ('66) I am amazed how quickly the "30 second" political sound bites made it into the Sandstorm. Cheap shots, callous remarks, blind- sided statements and a long-winded humorless fairy tale, because of the congratulations offered by Bombers to fellow Bombers for their personal joy. This will be some Sandstorm history. Yep, made me proud to be a Bomber. -Bill Didway ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Joanne Boyd ('67) After studying Political Science in college, I concluded that it is best to stay away from politics because it is not a logical, thoughtful process. It is amazing to delve into WHY people vote for someone. To vote for someone because they are related to someone who is a Bomber is a sad reason. Please note Ms. Palin's record and beliefs: supports teaching creationism in schools, is anti-abortion even in cases of incest and rape, thinks humans are not a cause of climate change, supported Pat Buchanan for president in 2000, has only been governor of Alaska for a little more than a year a half. We're not voting for ASB President here, it's "a heartbeat away". I hope everyone thinks way beyond the fact that she is related to the Sheerans. That is wonderful and a honor for them all. But not a reason to vote for the ticket. -Joanne Boyd ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) Thank you Maren for telling us matter of fact, and Richard letting us know that the subject of politics has once again ended. A fruitless subject. All of us know we are not supposed to talk about politics, religion, and sex in the Alumni Sandstorm. What's to talk about? Seen boards (non-moderated internet posting sites) go into the tank for far less. I see every day, while drinking my $3 Starbucks latte bought by the American taxpayer for the loss of use of both my hands in Vietnam, how politically correct and religious my beloved America is by how many more people are eating out of the garbage cans around one of the more expensive towns to live in in America. Puts a different face on no and low income jobs. Of course, 10% of nothing is nothing in church too. I'm just thankful for being alive after getting blown up by an American hand grenade in enemy hands and being shot at by communist Chinese and Russian arms instead of being down and out in LA. If you don't make $1000 a week or cannot afford the gas for your Chinese SMART car, don't come here -- just a warning for those writing a screenplay. I'm told if I want to see true poverty and a starved to death person in a ditch, while a Mercedes drives by on a dirt road, go to Ghana. Gee, that makes me feel better about being an American, really. Thank God I only have to see people digging through a garbage can while a Lamborghini drives by. Don't they have oil ... or something we need? And then, how difficult it was for my brother to find an assisted living room for our ailing mother because of my father's (RIP) WW2 VA pension from the government and an insurance policy that they paid on for more than fifty years may not be enough ... besides the fact that there are not enough rooms to go around, particularly for those with nothing. I guess that is my dad's fault for not getting a better job than the one he had at Hanford. This is when I hear from folks telling me it is the ____ (put your favorite political party here) fault. Hang onto your chair folks. We are next and it is a huge bubble. Thank you for your nothing changes no matter who you vote for and not having to get a purple finger for doing so. I vote. I exercise my right. I'm guilty also. Grandma and Grandpa are going to be dying in our children's homes real soon again ... maybe. The only one's in the homes with a room for the elderly in our near future will most likely be reserved for illegal aliens, but only because they are like severely wounded vets and have free everything like me, as I am sometimes reminded. Just be prepared. I mention policy on the elderly and someone tells me a liberal is a person that has never been mugged. How comforting. I hear a "Christian" political leader tell me they speak and hear from God, then televise Shock and Awe in some country half way around the world they ordered when just weeks before the Veterans Administration sends a letter warning me that the movie 'Saving Private Ryan' may cause a PTSD episode in many war vets. I guess that was an example of American Christian (Religion) love being separated from the [State] political hawks we value so highly ... including a heads up on my sanity situation. Not sure. One thing for sure, building that Arab Union is a living hell for America's youth. I'm too debilitated emotionally; saddened, depressed, and distraught to even pray for our youth in that sump hole they are dying in. The guilt of that is tough to live with. Sex at 60 ... HA!! Who wants to hear about hours spent at some fitness center power walking? NOBODY. Nor do I want to hear about people's political, religious (or sexual conquests) built on lies, misinformation, and sensationalism that they actually believe is the truth. I would think one would only have to ponder for a moment how the First Amendment of freedom to express our every thought, to make our world better, and what that freedom of speech has become for Americans. The truth? The ignorance gags me. And if, speaking of the Second, a police officer can carry a machinegun, then I want to carry one. I have before. What seems to be the problem here? I'm an early responder too. I just might need it. Doesn't mean its coming out of the gun safe beforehand. Third ...? All just small chunks of problematic ice on the overloaded tip of an iceberg. Political persuasion aside, I certainly didn't think I would see people in the Alumni Sandstorm start running down the Sheeran family with comments, verbal shots coming from the rear flank no less, on a Bomber's daughter's political choice. Think about those being governed by a one policy government only i.e., Theocratic, Dictatorship. Some of the comments sounded like that would be just fine ... as long as they called it something else ... like their political party. A treasonous thought. Unforgivable comments ... unless you are a Christian, I suppose. Any questions on why Maren does not allow this? On a more serious subject, could somebody FedEx me six spudnuts? Thanks. -Rick Maddy ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger ~ The Blue Ribbon Class of '67 OK, I don't understand any of this ... so WE can't give congrats to a parent or child that is from Col-High/Richland High if it has any smell of politics? I call BS big time! Don't be such chicken-_hits! What are we Bombers doing to each other? We have every right to say "Well Done" to a fellow Bomber without someone thinking it's political. I know this one won't make it in but I'm sorry to say the Sandstorm is bowing too low now. To: Club-40's President Well, sir, you are saying things about the Class of '67 that are not TRUE! I for one resent that! I am unable to come, #1, due to the price! #2, I still work and am unable to get the extra time off! #3, the gas price is better but still makes the cost high for me! I think you owe the Class of '67 an apology! Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger ~ The Blue Ribbon Class of '67 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Avant ('69) Glad to know that the Brad Upton ('74) scenario does not apply when on Jan 19, 2009, Joe Biden suddenly succumbs to terminal hairplug infections leaving Barry to deal with said scenario alone. -Robert Avant ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Franco ('70) I am glad that the "political" entries will soon come to a stop. A year ago I was defeated in my race for a Board Of Directors position here at the Boeing Employees Tennis Club. While the club has only 400 members or so, we are located very close to Japan so I feel my international relations knowledge is significant. Also during my time in Richland as a Bomber I gained great knowledge of clean water issues by jumping into the Yakima River off that railroad bridge. I could go on about MY qualifications but do not want to cross the line. I can tell you that Brad Upton would have been my running mate, not because he is funny ... but because he was one of my best underage drinking customers years ago and ate much less than Boo Boo Davis. Thank you, and I approved this message! -Mike Franco ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Paula Mulvey Noakes ('79) Re: Politics It's a pity that some Bombers can't just congratulate another Bomber on her family's success without turning it into a diatribe. Brad Upton, Pierard, whoever else ... shame on you. Isn't this still a country where we can have opinions and judge for ourselves? I hope we're not all supposed to be an Obama- nation now. Ick. That's all I'll say on that one. -Paula Mulvey Noakes ('79) ~ (and still voting for McCain even if he didn't choose Mitt!) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/03/2008 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers and 1 NAB sent stuff: Mike Clowes ('54), Mike Brady ('61) John Adkins ('62), Pete Beaulieu ('62) Ed Wood ('62), Gary Behymer ('64) David Rivers ('65), Brad Upton ('74) Mark Ingham (NAB): City of Richland Public Information **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) From the "Last Gasp" Dept.: with all precincts reporting, the only change is to add 3 (three) to the total for the Class of '53 and bringing the total on Friday to 341. Saturday seems to remain unchanged. To the member from the Class of '67 who complained about that class being picked on and the high cost of the meals let me say this: yours was not the only class to not be represented at Club 40. The high cost of the meals is due to the high cost of gasoline. The Club hopes to break even with this event, as that money goes to pay for the room and the food and the band on Saturday night. Further, I think most of the members are retired, and, unless they got a truly great "golden parachute" or won the lottery, they are pretty much on what is referred to as a "fixed income" and somehow they manage to come to the event. On the subject of the way political conventions were, that was mainly due to the fact that television hadn't yet arrived. Most of what the public got was reported on radio, in the newspapers and in the newsreels at the movies. When the Democratic Convention in 1968 imploded on national television, the death knell for the "backroom deals" and many counts of the delegates for the top spots. Both parties and the television networks had enough. While not in collusion, they formatted what we get today. I personally feel it could be done in two days (three at the most), and everybody could go home happy in the knowledge that the "system" still works. I miss the suspense of what was cooking in the "smoke-filled room". -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) - in Mount Angel, OR, where one of the local weather guessers is calling for 90 degree weather for the week-end in Portland. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Disneyland Half Marathon On a lighter side: for you runners, check out the Disneyland Half Marathon. My son and I ran the race last Sunday and had a fantastic time. We ran through Disneyland with all the Disney characters cheering us on. Once outside Disneyland, bands, dancers, high school cheerleaders, and youth groups provided entertainment along the route. Kudos to the organizers of the Half Marathon for making it a memorable experience. -Mike Brady ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: I'm so proud of us Just got this message and wanted to share it with you. John; We have been watching the Sandstorm for the past couple of day's - we are so pleased that you bombers have learned to communicate as well as we have. Keep up the good work. Sean Hannity Alan Combs -John Adkins ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pete Beaulieu ('62) Re: Stephanie Dawson, and other stuff I remember well the graduation ceremony of 1962, and that Steph's dad was not chair of the school board that year. In Bomber Bowl for the first time (I think), he gave a memorable graduation speech. Still in the early '60s, he said something about respect, especially self-respect. "Not everyone goes to college," he said. And then, "If you're going to be a ditch digger, then be proud and dig a straight ditch." Too bad the Harvard Business School, later architect of the leveraged buyout and other forms of modern day cannibalism, didn't remember go along with that. In a reminiscing mood, I have also pondered how together, with the objectivity of mathematics, we might approach current politics. What might we learn from Helen Skogen (Math Analysis) and Calvin Gentle (the Calculus)? Two initial thoughts are these: (1) Skogen might notice that the VP nomination process has increased by a whole "standard deviation" (a good term, that) the number of non-regular contributors to the Sandstorm page, and (2) Gentle would demonstrate, chalk in hand, that if ALL of the opposed VP commenters on the Sandstorm page are totally correct, then the election of a certain VP nominee (the VP is, ex officio, President of the Senate) could, in a single elegant maneuver, increase BOTH the average IQ of Alaska politicians and members of the United States Congress. -Pete Beaulieu ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed Wood ('62) Re: Bad news Awwk! The Spudnut Shop in Denver closed! I felt it was my duty to support them while they were in business, but I guess I wasn't up to the task. BTW it's for sale if someone wishes to try it again. -Ed Wood ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: RIP - Alumni Sandstorm "We have met the enemy & he is us." Pogo aka Walt Kelley -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Nobody Out there that you can name...nobody... has a daily newspaper such as the Sandstorm, where kids...yes kids from all classes can write in and share what's going on with their friends....Nobody has a town and school where kids from all classes can come together and become friends with kids way older and way younger...nobody but Richland with the possible exception of Oakridge and Los Alamos....Now we gotta good thing going here gang...ALMOST EVERY town (in the USA) has a local paper where you can send your political comments and perhaps have them printed...if you are totally desperate to get your views can start your own web site or do a U-Tube You Tube...(whatever)...I mean there are a million places where you can argue politics, religion and all sorts of other views....I don't really give a rats big fat behind how you feel about the candidates...if I gave a shi_ about how you feel about the candidates I'd ask you and I ain't asked yet...I read the sandstorm to find out what's goin on with Bombers...and yes, that includes Bomber Families....I don't care if yer left, right or somewhere in between...If I meet you in a bar (not likely but I do go in a few for eats when I'm home with the boyz n girls) and you wanna tell me your brilliant political views I can either move to another table or wait patiently till some guy with a different view comes and kicks the living crap out of you...lemme clue you in...I ain't the smartest guy in the world and neither are (and I) probably have never had an original idea in our collective lives....I also hate to tell you but little Suzie Shmuck who sat across from you in jr Hi, probably doesn't remember you and isn't gonna be impressed by your inability to refrain from turning a friendly meet and greet forum into your own private soap box...You are not going to bring me around to your way of thinking by writing some silly piece in the Sandstorm of all places....Hell, man, anyone can get published in the sandstorm...Even Maddy n me (in my normal illiterate way wuz gonna say "Me n Maddy" but somebody would surely think I was making a political statement)....Come on kids...lighten is way too important to take let's get back to Col-Hi Chile for 2500, Zips tarter sauce for a know...the portant stuff! -David Rivers ('65) P freaking S: "If you can't say anything nice don't say anything at all" Thumper T. Rabbit **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) Boy did I open up a can of ****! I've been reading the Sandstorm from the very beginning 10 years ago and much prefer it when we're talking about softball, Little League, skiing down irrigation canals, climbing Flattop, spudnuts, drive-in movies, the flumes, etc., etc. Let's get back to that please. I would like to clarify myself if I may. Please reread Dick Pierard's entry yesterday. The first day after John McCain's announcement the Sandstorm wasn't just full of congratulations, it was full of right wing chest thumping which I thought was prohibited from the Sandstorm so I chose to respond. I purposely opened my entry by stating that I believe Sarah Palin seems to be a very nice person and a wonderful governor. I believe that. Does anyone really think that the scenario I wrote about would take place? I don't. I was merely trying to illustrate that the world is a very dangerous and unstable place. That's all. When you choose a vice president it should be a choice for what's best for America. The choice of vice president is way too important to be left to a purely political decision. That's all I was trying to say and maybe that's how I should have said it! I can't say I haven't enjoyed the enlivened Sandstorm, however. Twenty two entries yesterday! Okay, so what happened to the Huskies, Cougars, and Screaming Eagles on the opening weekend of football season? Ouch!!! -Brad Upton ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mark Ingham (NAB) I want to let everyone know that my "Uptown Shopping Center" history story is airing inside a program called "30 minutes". The air times for the show are: Monday: 5:00am, 8:30am, 10:00am, 3:00pm, 4:30pm, 8:00pm Tuesday: 5:00am, 3:00pm, 4:30pm Wednesday: 5:00am, 3:00pm, 4:30pm, 8:00pm Thursday: 5:00am, 8:00am, 3:00pm, 4:30pm, 8:00pm Friday: 5:00am, 3:00pm, 4:30pm, 6:30pm, 8:00pm You can watch the program on TV on channel 13; or, we also stream our channel live online on the city's website: <> The program features interviews from Joe Schiessl (City of Richland) as well as Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60), Gaynor Dawson ('65), and Patti Jones Ahrens ('60). Thanks to everyone who emailed me their memories, and those of you whom I met with in person. You all helped me tremendously, and I hope you all enjoy this program as much as I do. Thanks again! -Mark Ingham (NAB) City of Richland Public Information ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/04/2008 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers and 1 NAB sent stuff: Mike Clowes ('54), Nola Davey ('56) Roy Ballard ('63), Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Linda Reining ('64), Ray Stein ('64) David Rivers ('65), Darlene Napora ('69) Mark Ingham (NAB): City of Richland Public Information BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Richard Johnson ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ray Kelly ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shelley Hankins ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rick Southam ('80) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) From the "Wait! There's More!" or "Is My Face Red" Dept. come what are the final pre-registered numbers for the Club-40 event this coming weekend at the Clarion Hotel (formerly the Holiday Inn aka The Towers) on GWW near beautiful Uptown Richland [across from Jeff Elem Sch]. Class of '44 - 1 Class of '45 - 2 Class of '46 - 1 Class of '47 - 10 Class of '48 - 8 Class of '49 - 10 Class of '51 - 12 Class of '52 - 16 Class of '53 - 33 Class of '54 - 22 Class of '55 - 19 Class of '56 - 10 Class of '57 - 9 Class of '58 - 110 Class of '59 - 19 Class of '60 - 17 Class of '61 - 9 Class of '62 - 3 Class of '63 - 3 Class of '64 - 9 Class of '66 - 1 Class of '70 - 1 Anonymous - 2 The totals for Friday night are 342 Bombers, wives, husbands, sweethearts, significant others, and etc. For Saturday night 255 of many of the same people plus some new ones will be in attendance. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) - Ready to leave Mount Angel, OR, for Bomberville and a nice weekend. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nola Davey Meichle, Class of 1956 Does anyone know the whereabouts of Carol Williams Batson? Thank you. -Nola Davey Meichle, Class of 1956 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roy ('63) and Nancy Erlandson ('67) Ballard Man, All I Can Say Is WOW!!!!!! That was something,,,,,,,,,, Roy and Nancy Ballard 63 and 67 [Editor's note: the Sandstorm defenses were on double extra high alert last evening. The patrols were tripled. The night-vision-surveillance personnel were quadrupled. We observed all. Roy (for it turns out it was Roy) went to a great deal of trouble to heave the above over the Sandstorm transom. He approached via the irrigation ditch near Safeway; we saw him submerge and breathe through a hollow reed -- just like in the movies -- when a foot patrol approached; we could have stopped him anytime. But he persevered and got the message through. We pondered, we discussed, and we decided that anyone who would so risk his life to deliver such a short message deserved to have it published. So we did. Verbatim. -Richard] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >> From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Richard: Again, a phone-in report from Maren (10:05pm Wednesday) Clan Maren -- Maren, daughter Stacey, son-in-law Chris, 2 granddaughters, and 3-month-old grandson -- has returned to Gretna. Everything is OK except ... no land-line telephone and no internet. Richard was kind enough to read me a couple of today's SS entries. We left sister Julie's place in Zachery because no power = no AC; some things are simply intolerable in Louisiana in the summer! This too shall pass. Richard mentioned that the weather in Bombeville is drop dead gorgeous; I HATE HIM! I'll be back on-line soonest. Love to everybody. Bomber cheers, -Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) ~ back home in Gretna, LA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64) to:Mike Brady, ('61) re:Disneyland Half-Marathon did you know that we have a Bomber who works at Disneyland? not sure if he was involved in the marathon or not, but "our own" Bob Grout('66WB)is the Disneyland Fire Captain. Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64).....Bakersfield, CA---we have had 4 heat waves and our summer isn't over, yet! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray Stein ('64) Re: 45th Reunion for Class of '64 Just wanted to echo my classmate Susan Baker Hoover ('64) and say I'm willing to help with any planning on our next reunion. Easy for me to say here outside Spokane when I know the bulk of the work always seems to fall on our Richland classmates. We do need to think about a date, especially if we want to book Brad Upton ('74) and his Richland humor routine for our entertainment. Re: Tit-for-Tat Political discourse Rat's den! Mad as I am (a bonafide nut) tat on mail, I am not ... Re: 45th Reunion for Class of '63 I leave the above phrases unfinished in honor of my fellow '63 (Motto: "Not Finished, Just Begun") schoolmates. Enjoy your reunion!!!! -Ray Stein ('64) ~ Present in Mead, WA. Can I say it's cold here? High temps for 6 of our 8 months this year have been below average. Not sure what Mr. Gentle would say about that math fact. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: I'm sorry.............. I've been taken to task by the 65ers' own Linda McKnight and after re-reading back issues of the Sandstorm, find that Linda and Dick Pierard ('52) are entirely right...I added fuel to the fire and deserve just what Ms. Mcknight says she has in store for must be a new game because I don't think I've ever heard of: "Playing Mommy with a switch" or "Ride the Bad boy"...but I can take responsibility for my acts...whip me, beat me....I'm such a naughty boy...I shore hope we can get back to "normal" I mean we are such a totally dysfunctional family of friends but by god we are our dysfunctional family of friends (is disfunctional spelled dysfunctional? Spell check says it is...)...Sounds like Maren's ('63-64) neck of the woods was not hit as bad as it was feared...but that's kind of like saying oh goody, only the front and rear fenders of my car were torn's all easy for us to say...I went looking for my Eddie Aikau T-shirts to wear this weekend (heading home tomorrow...well today when you read this)....will not let the ETA slip out as it would not be good if a bunch of "smokin hot ladies" (I'm sorry....that line comes from a cable commercial that you may not is so stupid it is funny and even writing the line I can hear the guy in the commercial saying it...ya hadda be there) meet me at the airport for a test run of "ride the bad boy"...Oh no no no...that would not be good...and "Mommy with a switch" is just entirely out of the anyway...went looking for the t-shirts...knowing that if I could find a tag sticking out of the pile I'd be on the right track....I have this tendency to HAVE to have a t-shirt and then never take it out of the bag or take the tag off of in my search, I found that the Eddie shirts are not the only ones with the tags still on...I searched and searched...dunno if I've ever mentioned my closet...never knew a walk in could end up like Fibber McGee's...but the far end of mine is just a wall of t-shirts....not a wall of nicely shelved stacked t- shirts...literally a wall...pull one out and "Avalanche!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"...I attempted to clean it last year and only managed to put a bunch of can't throw aways in several trunks with the remainder just moved a few feet closer to the entrance...Well, I have found one Eddie shirt...NO north Shore t-shirts...but I have resolved that upon my return from Richland I shall finish the task....Now there are a few I really just can't throw away...I mean concert T's ya just gotta save right....and I am sure there are others....but I am cleaning....I am Hope all's well with the troops and I'll see y'all this weekend. I do need to run into Bobby Irwin ('62) still tho...................... -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Darlene Napora Shuley ('69) Re: Richland Spudnut Shop Tonight, about 9:30pm Austin time, my husband hollered at me from the family room. On Channel 1655 "The Travel Channel HD" was a program called "Donut Paradise" and they were interviewing Val at the Spudnut Shop in Richland, Washington. I recognized many of the customers from when my dad took me there on some of my infrequent visits to Richland over the years. Wow. I thought that the spudnuts were made exclusively with potato flour, but it turns out that they use wheat flour like in regular donuts too! Val commented on how much her dad had contributed to the community of Richland with his Spudnut business and she has carried it on. Its almost 10pm and I will probably dream about delicious spudnuts tonight! -Darlene Napora Shuley ('69) ~ Austin, Texas where it is hot, still 83 at 10pm **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mark Ingham (NAB) Re: Atomic Frontier Days I'm sure many of you already know Richland's All-Senior picnic is scheduled for Thursday, September 18th from 11am - 2pm. The theme for this year's picnic is "Atomic Frontier Days"! My name is Mark Ingham, and I work for the City of Richland's Public Information Office. I hope to track down a couple of Richland residents, willing to talk with me on-camera, about their experiences regarding the "original" Atomic Frontier Days celebrations. If you have any pictures, video, or memorabilia from that era, please let me know! Everything helps! You can reach me via email at: <> or by phone at 509-942-7707. Thanks for allowing me to post this blog in the Sandstorm, and thanks for your help! Hope everyone is having a great day! -Mark Ingham (NAB) City of Richland Public Information ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/05/2008 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Bell ('51), Tom Tracy ('55) Carol Converse ('64), Linda McKnight ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carolyn Halstead ('61wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeanie Hutchins ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) What is this "Richland High School Alumni Reminder" from Chase Stevens?Free sign-up, etc.A deleteable item, I take it? -Betty Bell Norton ('51) [Betty, you are exactly correct that this scam is a deleteable item. The outfit that sends these out has NOTHING to do with the Alumni Sandstorm or any of the other Bomber sites you will find at <> -the Editors] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy ('55) Interesting to see a young lady publicly provide her rsum and dispel the fact that, "A rumor sometimes goes halfway 'round the world before the truth gets its pants on." -Tom Tracy ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) Re: 45th class reunion for Class of '64 Ray Stein ('64), I'm with you: I always feel bad that I can't do anything to help out planning our reunions, being way down here in northern California. I did help out at the registration table Friday night at our last reunion. Was quite fun seeing those who came up to the table while I was there. My poor husband, not knowing anyone, just walked around and was probably pretty bored and wondering why we were there, haha. It would be great to get Brad Upton for our entertainment. Speaking of Brad... I'll see you in Sacramento on the 11th. As I've never been to one of your shows, I'm really looking forward to seeing you. Seating on the main floor, but looks to be in the back away from the stage. Just hoping that the theater isn't huge! -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA. We're getting our summer now, although it's got that nip of Fall in the air. At least we are getting warm temps and sun during the afternoons. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) To: David Rivers ('65) For the first time, in a longgggg longgggg time, David, I am speechless ... and the only bad boy I will be riding is in the garage, with Harley Davidson painted on it. To the '63 gang having a reunion, and Club-40 partiers: I hope you all have a super-duper great time. Wish I could be there, and originally planned to, but I am literally still chained to my computer. Bomber hugs, -Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) ~ Tigard, Oregon ~ where the sun is blissfully shining and our apples are falling off our trees ... we can't seem to make pies fast enough ... crockpot applesauce is next. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/06/2008 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Jim McKeown ('53), Bill Berlin ('56) Gary Behymer ('64), Mike Davis ('74) Tamara Lyons ('76) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vernon "Bud" Van Dusen ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy Stull ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Thomas Hann ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janell Johns ('71) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: John Heffner ('66) & Melanie Dukes ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim McKeown ('53) A great Bomber mom passed away Friday morning in Walla Walla. Jeanne McKeown, mom of Jim and Tom ('53), and Mike ('60), expired at the IOOF. She will be missed, big time, by her sons, but mostly by Dad who is still very active at 100 years young. They celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary in July. She was very active in Christ the King parish, and was a BIG Bomber rooter while her boys were playing sports, and long afterwards. She was 95 in August. -Jim McKeown ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Emory W. Orcutt ('63) Listed in the 09/04/08 edition of the Skagit Valley Herald was an obit for Emory W. Orcutt who was born in Seattle but raised in the Skagit Valley area and moved to Richland in 1962 and graduated from Columbia High School in 1963. He earned a BS degree from the U of Washington and worked for Boeing for many years. It appears that he never married and died in Seattle on September 1, 2008. <> -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ in Anacortes, WA where summer has come after school has started and the grandkids have gone home. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Small World Category While eating a marionberry funnel cake at the Palouse Empire Fair just a few minutes out of Colfax, I started up a conversation with a lady I have somewhat known for 34 years. Bottom line? You guessed it ... a Richland Bomber! When the subject of our superficial chat moved to Spudnuts, the truth came out ... Nancy Lynch from the Class of 1956 was my new Bomber find in Colfax. Salute! -Gary Behymer ('64) ~ located in downtown Colfax, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Davis ('74) To: Brad Upton Re: Sarah Palin My dear friend Brad, I believe Ms. Palin worked at Denny's at one time. Qualified for the vice presidency? I should say so!! Lighten up. Who do you think you are? Carlin? -M. Davis (74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tamara Lyons Zirians - Class of '76 I heard Pete Nicacio ('76) on NPR radio Friday morning while driving to work in Everett. Congratulations Pete! Good job! <> -Tamara Lyons Zirians - Class of '76 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/07/2008 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Richard Anderson ('60) Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Al Parker ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lisa Peterson ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard Anderson ('60) Well, I predicted a light submission load; I didn't expect NO submissions; so, as we do here at the Sandstorm, when we don't get anything, we make stuff up. Bomber Fuh-Bah: Rather than drop in on the Friday Club-40 Meet-n-Greet I went to the first game of this years's Bomber campaign -- v. Pasco. It was, frankly, a gorgeous evening for a fuh-bah game -- not hot, not cool, no wind to speak of -- the only thing wrong being that the kids lost to the evil Pascos by 7-22. I found the following pix on the TCH website (after much clicking; the TCH website is difficult to navigate): Trevor Hay ('09) makes a catch; T-rev (his MySpace handle -- and it took him NO TIME to snatch this pic for his profile page) plays hoop (which is why this pic is here) had an excellent game: three great catches at important times. <> Parents and grandparents, do you know where your children are tonight? I even know several of the kids in this shameless display of kids being kids: hoopsters Steven Piippo ('09) (son of Steve ('70) and Vikki Dawson ('72), grandson of Toivo (RIP)), the "M" in "BOMBRS" (can't these kids spell?) and Clint Smith ('09), the "B" next to Steven. I'm pretty sure that the kid in the black shirt in the lower left is Jamie Morris ('09), whose promising Bomber athletic career was cut short by a serious shoulder injury. And the kid in the white shirt (upper right) looks like hoopster Mike Dunford ('10), son of Gary Dunford, the Bomber Booster president. <> Note: this picture was on the front page of Saturday's TCH. -Richard Anderson ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >> From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Richard: Again, a phone-in report from Maren (7:40pm Saturday) Still no internet access nor land-line telco. And we are keeping careful watch on hurricane Ike; the storm tracker suggests that this boy ("I DON'T Like Ike!") may be headed directly up the Mississippi River. (Snark by "Rotten Richard": no hurricane warnings up here in Bombeville.) Bomber cheers, -Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/08/2008 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Judi Pearson ('54), Steve Carson ('58) Mary Judd ('60), Barbara von Olnhausen ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shirley Armstrong ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Adele Paulsen ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Judi Pearson Parker ('54) To: Jim, Tom, and Mike McKeown My deepest sympathy to all of you as well as your dad on the passing of your mother. I'm sure you all have wonderful memories to carry with you for years to come. In sympathy, -Judi Pearson Parker ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Carson, Championship Class of '58 On my way home from the most incredible 50th reunion. Extremely well organized and executed. Very well attended and the committee and everyone who worked to set this table for us are to be honored and thanked profusely. The memorial service was very moving and appreciated. -Steve Carson, Championship Class of '58 ~ Chicago **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Judd Hinz ('60) Re: Class of '60 at Club-40, Saturday night We managed to gather up most of the Class of '60 Saturday night for a group picture. A few had already left, but we found 14 1960 Bombers. <> -Mary Judd Hinz ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barbara von Olnhausen ('62) Re: Richland vs. Pasco football game TCH article below was sent by my mother about the game this weekend.Some things don't change.Remember hearing at my 30th class reunion for the first timethat my brother Dick ('62RIP) was involved in similar shenanigans at KHS covering the KHS medallion in their foyer with green paint and Bob Rector ('62) spray painting RHS on the back of a Kennewick police car as the group returned from their adrenaline-filled escapades. Harold Burger ('62) -- did Irememberyour storycorrectly? -Barbara von Olnhausen ('62) Sunday, Sep. 07, 2008 Richland High Vandalized Before Football Game BY THE HERALD STAFF Richland High School apparently was vandalized by Pasco High School supporters before Friday night's Richland-Pasco football game, say police. Richland High's front entrance was decorated with toilet paper and purple paper sometime Thursday night, said Richland Sgt. Brian Ruegsegger. A purple bingo marker also was used to write "PHS" on the front door and nearby columns, as well as "Pasco" on the concrete floor to the west of the entrance. Damage is estimated at $200. Ruegsegger said they believed Pasco students were involved. Anyone with information can call Richland police at 628-0333. This type of vandalism is considered malicious mischief, a misdemeanor. "Looks like Richland got hit twice," Ruegsegger said. "They got hit with this, and they lost the game." Pasco beat Richland 22-7 at Fran Rish Stadium in Richland. <> ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/09/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Colt, 2 Bomber funeral notices today: Mary Triem ('47), Betty Bell ('51) Vera Smith ('58), Stephanie Dawson ('60) Helen Cross ('62), Kathy Rathvon ('63) Ken Carlson ('63), David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Erlynn Belliston ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Ann Vosse ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Bazemore ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Triem Mowery ('47) To: Sally Sheeran Heath ('58) I want to again tell you, via the good old Sandstorm, how pleased I was to meet you at the Club 40 Reunion on Saturday, September 6th. I think I can speak for many Bombers when I say we are proud to have this "claim to fame" for our beloved home town. I have read your Sandstorm entries and knew how proud the Heath and Sheeran clan is. -Mary Triem Mowery, a '47 Bomber and founding mother of Club 40 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) Mark Ingham the City of Richland's Cable Production Assistant (camera man) called me again asking if I knew people that he could interview about the Atomic Frontier Days celebrations back in the '40s and '50s. He had put a request in the Sandstorm but said he hadn't received a single call, and usually he has a great response from the Bombers. He needs to do this right away as parts may be included in the All-Senior Picnic to be held in Howard Amon Park on the 19th of this month. We are preparing food for about 1,200 people, so you can see it is a big production and he could sure use your help. This will also be on TV several times through the rest of the year, as Richland is celebrating it's 50th anniversary. Please call: Mark Ingham at 942-7707. Thanks! Great time at Club 40 Saturday night! -Betty Bell Norton ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vera Smith Robbins ('58) Re: Class of '58 reunion I want to say what a wonderful class reunion we had for our 50th reunion. The organizers did a super job. I think everything went perfectly smooth and a good time was had by everyone. The memorial they had for our classmates that had passed was very moving and there were many eyes that weren't very dry. It's good thing I sat down as quickly as I did as my tears flowed freely. Thanks to the reunion committee: Sue Garrison Pritchett - get well soon Judy Crose Snowhite Dan Noble Jim Smith Dennis Barr Glen & Carol Rose Jim Wendland Jerry Irwin RuthAnn Hutchins Jensen - sorry you couldn't come Jim Castleberry Beverly Burnett Hartley Ann Rector Williams Fred Klute You guys did a great job! Bomber Cheers to all of you for a super reunion! This was the best reunion I've been to and everything was very well organized. Thanks again. -Vera Smith Robbins ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60) To: Mary Judd Hinz ('60) Mary, fabulous photo of our classmates. Thanks so much for taking it and for posting it. I'm sorry that I was unable to attend any of the events. I'm on a tear to finish cleaning out my Mom's house so that the soon-to-be owners can move in. Have you looked up the hill across from your house and noticed that George (Janicek '57 NAB) has cleared away nearly all the sagebrush from our lots in preparation for laying irrigation lines this week? I hated to see all of the sagebrush go, and the wounded plants smelled fabulous, but we had to do it to keep our new irrigation permit. -Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Dear Maren, Can I just congratulate the Sheeran family on the success of one of their own in the Sandstorm a little late... we were at a condo in Branson, MO last week that didn't have internet access!!! The best part of being in Branson was that we got to spend a few days with Carol Rice Forister ('62) and her husband Gary, as we met there, as they are from Kansas City, MO now, and believe me they got the best end of that deal. Branson is a long drive from Grandview and I don't think we will drive back there just to see Christmas lights. Glad you and your family are surviving the hurricane season without bodily harm, and prayers that it continues so. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ Back in Grandview, IN where we've finally had some much needed rain.... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kathy Rathvon ('63) Re: Class of '63 What a wonderful class reunion for the class of '63. A HUGE thanks to the committee for a wonderful time. And, the weather was perfect! -Kathy Rathvon ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ken Carlson ('63) My brother Wally Carlson (61) and I sadly note that our much- loved father, Roy Carlson, passed away on September 3 at the age of 92. His obituary will appear Wednesday in the Tri-City Herald and also be posted on Einan's website. -Ken Carlson ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Weekend at the big kids' table To Paraphrase Roy Ballard ('63): "WOW!"... What a wonderful week end. I went for the Class of '63's reunion and managed to see about a thousand other kids from various classes... thanks Dick BoeHning ('63) for suggesting that I go see the displays at Club 40... I can't even begin to describe the feelings I had looking at all those classes and all the big kids that I'd known or heard of over the years... I immediately went to see the class of '55 to see if I could pick Jerry Reed out... his face leapt off the page and a rush of memories of the Reed kids and Billy Libke ('57) came flooding over me... Rex Davis ('49) looked just as he did in the picture in the display of him singing with his group... I dropped my little memento for Bobby Irwin ('62) off at two bits... and Bromley ('65) and Stump ('66) put it in the window for Irwin to see when he returned from Seattle... The Spuddies were great... every morning... the River was beautiful.. the tattoo shop was painful (3 hours!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!... plus two of prep and smoke breaks)... I would love to name everybody I saw this weekend but I know I'd miss somebody... Katie Sheeran ('61) was in rare form (not that Peggy ('63) and Sally ('58) weren't) and the divine Ms. Hoff ('64) was as busy as a bee flitting from the DI to the Clarion and back... Jimbeaux ('63) did the greatest imitation of Daddy Warbucks... and LaMont ('63) was the ultimate surfer with his arm in a sling... Anne Engel Schafer ('63) was lovely as ever and Rosalie ('63)... oh gaaaaaawd I loved those ruby slippers... I really wanted her to click her heels three times just to see what would happen... Ellen and Mary Lou ('63) were darling on the patio trying to be "popular"... I think it worked because we all buzzed around their patio almost every evening... Pitts ('63) turned me on to a new Kent Morrill album... I can always count on him to keep me up to date on the Wailers... Lyman, Beej, Laura, and Cecelia ('65 all) all got to sit at the Big kid's table... me too... my feet reached the floor and I didn't spill my milk even once... Hey... and I finally met my "pen pal", George Barnett ('63)... and got to see John Dale ('63)... Don't think I've seen him since '63! Oh if only I could sit here all day and relive this weekend... I'm spozed ta be writing a settlement brief but dang it is just too much fun to sit and relive the last few days... It was so cool to see Pete Overdahl ('60) and Ginger Warford ('58) at club 40... Gary Webb ('64) was there but preparing for a cross country trip (lucky dog)... I got to visit with the Adairs ('65-67; '69; '08), Gus, Patty and Missy Keeney ('57; '63; '59) and I told Uncle Burt ('59) in advance I'm gonna swipe the rights to his Bomber tattoo and have mine redone like his... Caroline Roe DeJong did the stroll and just pretty much rocked out the whole time... we learned that Louie Louie was the number one song in '63... but it was the "wrong" version... the one by that garage band across the river... Alas for some... "sugar shack" was not in the top 5... I trust that Dave Hanthorn ('63) and the others with cameras will be sharing soon... I guess I am going to have to sign off... the brief is calling to me and I received a call from "two smokin' hot ladies" yesterday as they were going thru White Pass to tell me I'm not allowed to write anything... hmmmmmmmm how did they put it... well just let me say that they wanted to infringe on my first amendment rights... I know I missed so much in this little ramble and I'll think of a ton more while I'm writing that stupid brief... All I can say... as I've said before... I LOVE BEING A BOMBER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notices >>Emory Orcutt ('63) ~ 7/26/43 - 9/1/08 >>Thelma "Bee" Supplee Rader ('32 Colt) ~ 5/26/14 - 8/30/08 >>Leonard Yearsley ('73) ~ 12/8/54 - 8/20/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/10/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Pat Crook ('58) and Colleen McDermott ('58) Patti Jones ('60), Tom Verellen ('60) Dave Hanthorn ('63), Jim Armstrong ('63) Linda Reining ('64), David Rivers ('65) Linda McKnight ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Doreen Hallenbeck ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Connie Dean ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Donna Fredette ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janet Devine ('69) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Doug Sansom & Betty Conner ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pat Crook ('58) and Colleen McDermott Crook ('58) Re: Thanks for the 50th reunion We would like to thank the reunion committee for a wonderful reunion. We had so much fun and it was great to reconnect with so many members of our class. We would especially like to thank Barb Isakson Rau ('58) for all her extra help and efforts on our behalf. Also we want to thank all of our classmates for their support during the reunion with regard to our house fire. It's great to be a Bomber, -Pat Crook ('58) and Colleen McDermott Crook ('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, September 13, 2008 WHERE: JD Diner, 3790 Van Giesen, West Richland, WA 99353 Used to be Coney Island (Light green building just past the Yakima River bridge heading west from Richland on the right side) TIME: 1:00 P.M. PRICE: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served all day. Prices range from $4.50 - $13.95 (add drink, tax, and tip) Bomber spouses and friends are welcome! Looking forward to also seeing out-of-town Bomber visitors. Bombers Have Fun, -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA -Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) ~ Richland, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) The picture of political action as we go into the new century filled with hope and optimism ... yada yada yada! If I caught this, the spelling police must be having a fit. -Tom Verellen ('60) ~ From sunny near Lacey **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Hanthorn ('63) Re: 1963's 45 year Reunion Pictures -Dave Hanthorn ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim "Pitts" Armstrong ('63) Re: 45th Another great reunion thanks to Linda, Dick, and the others on the organizing committee Hammy long may you wave. I'm always glad to see my buddy Mike Quane. We always take up like we just saw each other yesterday. Hurricanes Frank? Yeah! Right! Great to see Don Winston. Sorry we couldn't make it past Gwen's house! Am looking forward to seeing all of you in at the FIFTIETH!!! Regards Jim Armstrong P.S. To my sunrise date. Enjoyed your company though ever so fleeting! -Jim "Pitts" Armstrong ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) Re: article on Hanford -Linda Reining ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Bomber-babe birthday That time again... another '65er is having a birthday... she hasn't been around much tho we have tried to coax her out... Naturally being the pain in the arse that I am, I'll continue to bug her until she shows her perdy lil face... Maybe she should consider showing up at Jack Keeney's ('65) bash next Saturday in Rainier... maybe... huh huh huh... Wish I could be there... hafta be in court all day Friday and not sure when I'll be finished so trying to schedule a flight got kinda dicey... Well I have to finally admit I can't be at all places at all times... but it doesn't make me any happier... so anyway, I'm hoping that one of these days this "smokin hot lady" (I still love the way that guy in the ad says that) will pop in one day and surprise us all... HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Donna Fredette ('65) on the 10th of September !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) Just want to wish a HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my bestest friend in the whole wide world, DONNA FREDETTE. I know your day is going to be great with your daughter and darling granddaughters. I will see you on Friday afternoon, and we will begin your birthday celebration in great form!! First stop, Frankie's for some great Italian wine!!! Donna and I have been best friends since high school, lost track of each other for about 20 years, and reunited at our 20th Class Reunion... we are so similar, we even carry black pepper in our purses just in case a place may be without. We both have daughters named Jennifer (who are the same age), our mothers have the same birthday, and we married and divorced men with the same first name!! And, of course, we are both proud Bombers!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY DONNA!!! -Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/11/2008 - WE REMEMBER ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Jim Bobo ('56), John Richardson ('58) Barbara Seslar ('60), Dave Hanthorn ('63) Jim Armstrong ('63), Gary Behymer ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patsy Lomon ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jan Wingfield ('68wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John Ingram ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Heidi Davis ('00) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Bobo ('56) Re: Bill Johnson ('57) In the spring of this year Bill Johnson ('57) was diagnosed with prostate cancer and has been undergoing extensive treatment. Bill has been having a tough time lately, and I know that he and his wife, Joyce Green ('57), would appreciate your thoughts and prayers for his speedy recovery. -Jim Bobo ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Richardson ('58) and Katie Riggins Richardson ('60) Re: Class of '58 Reunion To all who attended the class of '58's 50th reunion I believe you will have to admit that this was one of the top weekends of our lives. It was 48 nonstop hours of fun, conversation, laughter, fun, reminiscing, renewal of friendships, eating, drinking.and more fun (and then it was over) way to soon. The main reason that this weekend turned out so fantastic was the incredible job that the reunion organizing committee did for all of us who attended. How do you adequately thank this group of volunteers that provided so much. The wine tour, the boat tour and golf tournament where we were told that Larry Leavitt got closest to the hole. (you had to be there) The two days were so well organized that as far as I could see all of the presentations and functions went off with out a hitch and they were all done so very well. The memorial to all of our classmates that are no longer with us was very special and presented with great dignity. The point is, these people all worked hard to make this a very special time for all of us. I just hope that all that attended took the time, to take in and appreciate these two days because like graduation this 50th only happens once. To the Reunion Committee, I know that all who attended feel the same as I. We Thank You -- each and every one from the bottom of our hearts. In yesterdays Sandstorm, Pat Crook ('58) said it best. He said "It's great to be a Bomber" and that says it all. -John Richardson ('58) and Katie Riggins Richardson ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barbara Seslar Brackenbush ('60) Although we didn't get to meet her, Sally Sheeran Heath ('58) was very patient with my husband Larry ('58) taking her photo at the 50 year reunion. She appears to be a very gracious lady. -Barbara Seslar Brackenbush ('60) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [That's me looking up (adoringly) at Sally in 1953. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Hanthorn (Gold Medal Class of '63) Re: Gold Medal Class of '63 Forty Five Year Reunion I had a million things to do on Monday after I got home on Sunday evening, and then I had to work (part time job) on Tuesday, so here it is Tuesday night and I am just getting' around to writin' about our great '63 reunion. My wife Noi (NAB, but applying for honorary status) and I breezed into Richland Friday afternoon after a pleasant drive over from the wet side of the state and headed straight for the Spudnut Shop before we even went to the hotel. And sure enough, we ran into some other Spudnut starved Gold Medalers just minutes after we got there. After downing a couple of the tasty treats we headed back to the "Dessert Inn" and checked in (and met more Medalers in the lobby). Got all our "stuff" outa the car and into the room, opened the "courtside" door and went out and relaxed in the chairs on our little patio. Of course within minutes there were other Medalers showin' up "courtside" and soon the first of a whole weekend of jawin' about "the good ol' days" and "whatcha doin' now" and all that stuff was underway. After a bit it was time to take a shower and get cleaned up for the official "Meet and Greet" that started at six. Well, 'least that's when the bar opened and everyone settled down to some serious relaxin' and gabbin' with friends. Anyway, it was an excellent evening and many a friendship was renewed and a few new ones made. You may have noticed that up to this point I haven't been mentioning any of my classmates' names, and that was on purpose cause there were so many I saw, that if I started mentioning everyone, it would take too long, and I would be sure to forget someone, and that just wouldn't be right. But for Friday afternoon and evenin', I do want to mention Mike Hughes. I didn't really know Mike in high school, but I got to chattin' with him at the reunion and found out he is a real nice guy with a heck of an interestin' life. We are all gettin' on these days, so the Friday night party was pretty much done by midnight, but that's okay 'cause we all had a big day ahead of us. On Saturday mornin' I opted for the tour of the new RHS (considerable less strain on these old bones than Joe Ford's ('63) bike ride or Dick Boehning's ('63) golf game) and am I ever glad I did. The tour was fantastic (it was led by Rosemary Qualhiem's ('63) younger brother Jim ('70) who works at the school). Jim did a great job of showin' us around this great facility and answered all our questions as though his real job was tour director. All I can say to those of you who didn't go on the tour, you REALLY missed out, but you still have plenty of reason to be proud of RHS! Saturday afternoon Noi and I drove around and visited all the old "neighborhoods" where I used to hang out as a kid, while I bored her with all the "that was here back in the old days" and "that has changed since I was a kid" and all that kind of stuff. But she's a trooper (or maybe a saint) so she put up with it all (and why, I, for one, think she deserves to be voted in as an "honorary" Bomber). Back at the hotel, Mike Quane and I took a walk along the "river walk" lookin' for Pook's ('63) memorial bench, but although we had a nice walk, we never did find it. By the way, Mike, I found out the next day that Pook's bench isn't along the "river walk" at all, it's up by one of the hotels, that's why we missed it. After the walk it was time to take a shower and get ready for the big party. So there we all were, the Gold Medal Class of '63, all decked out and in a party mood. Between the baked salmon and the roast beef, there was hardly time (or room) for all the other great food we had there. All that along with a couple of glasses of good wine, and we were feelin' pretty mellow when it was time to start the evenin's program, which kicked off with a touchin' and sincere tribute to each and every one of our fallen classmates (may they all rest in peace). Then the party started to get cranked up again with a game of Richland (and Bomber) Trivial Pursuit where the favorite answer of the evenin' seemed to be "Sugar Shack" (wasn't it at least in the top ten on the hit parade in 1963?) Then my ol' J.A. [Junior Achievement] buddy Karen Kleinpeter started roundin' up folks to head out for Denny's in what has become quite a tradition at the '63 reunions. So there we were sittin' up all hours at Denny's just a talkin' and a laughin' and havin' a good ol' time while all the Denny's regulars just sorta stared at us in disbelief. Well anyway, it was at Denny's that I got to know another Gold Medaler that I hardly knew at all in high school, and that would be good ol' Bob Cottrill. Now just 'cause Bob was a teacher's kid don't mean that he didn't grow up to be one heck of a big kid and just as funny as anybody you know. We really hit it off when we discovered that we were (and still are) both A.D.D. {Attention Deficit Disorder] kids, and we shared the same experience of being masking-taped to our chairs in elementary school by a teacher and havin' a big gag of that nasty tape stuck over our mouths. And we both still hate the smell and taste of masking tape all these fifty-some years later. Nice to know that I wasn't the only one Wonder what they would do to a teacher that tried that sort a thing nowadays? Well, we all sorta ran outa steam 'bout two in the morning, so headed once more back to the "Dessert Inn" to hit the sack. It took quite a while to wind down from all the fun of seein' and talkin' with so many great folks but I did finally manage to drift off to some much needed sleepy-bye. Next morning we got up in time for the Sunday brunch at eleven, where I downed enough scrambled eggs, bacon, and fried potatoes to make my doctor have a heart attack if he'd a knowed I was eatin' all that stuff. But what the heck, we only have a reunion every five years, and there ain't none of us gonna live forever, and besides, it sure were good! Just time for some last fond farewells and a few last pictures, and then it was time to hit the road for the long trip home. (How come it takes so darn much longer to get home from one of these reunion deals than it takes to get there?) Anyway, a few last comments before I get this off to Richard/Maren (at one in the morning, it's too late for the Wednesday paper, I just got that in the "incoming", so you guys won't be readin' this till Thursday). The weather gods smiled on us, it was a perfect weekend, weatherwise. It was great to see Jimbeaux ('63) recoverin' nicely from his recent illness, and I'm hopin' that Mike Hughes ('63) continues well on his recovery from his stroke. And Rosalie Lansing ('63) was lookin' absolutely smashin' after her long illness and she did a bang-up job of' the Saturday night festivities. It was good to see the Class of '63's honorary junior member David (da Judge) Rivers ('65) at our bash. He came all the way from Vegas just to sit at the big kids' table, pretty cool. Mary Lou ('63) and Ellen ('63) sure looked cute in their homemade Class of '63 RHS jammies. It was great to renew acquaintances with Jim Claypool ('63) and Terry Klute ('63), a couple of my high school buddies that I hadn't seen in 45 years. I really enjoyed having dinner with Jim Claypool ('63) and his wife, Paul Anderson ('63) and his wife, also Kathy Rathvon ('63), and my own beautiful wife Noi (NAB yet, but you all can vote for her honorary status). Thanks to Tammy Bond Trudell ('63) for arrangin' the high school tour, it was great. And thanks to Dick ('63) and Linda ('63) for all they did to make this weekend the terrific smash hit that it truly was. And thanks to all the rest of you (you know who you are) who worked so hard to make this reunion such a wonderful success. To all you Gold Medalers who live in Richland but didn't come down to the Desert Inn, please try to stop by the next one and say hello. Maybe you don't care about seein' us, but damn, we sure would like to see you. To all you Medalers who did come from all over, includin' Richland, a big thank you for carin' and it was so great to see every one of you. And one last thing, I took a ton of pictures and uploaded them to Richard/Maren, so I'm hopin' they got 'em set up on the web page and will have a link to them right about here... And, once again, thanks to Richard and Maren for all their hard work in keepin' all us Bombers together and squared away. None of the Bomber activities we have would ever be as good if we didn't have the Alumni Sandstorm and the web site to make it all work. Bombers rock, -Dave Hanthorn (Gold Medal Class of '63) ~ from sunny Mercer Island, WA where it looks like summer is startin' up again after I had thought it was over for the year. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim "Pitts" Armstrong ('63) Re: yesterday's entry Correction, that's surprise date not sunrise date! Cheers -Jim "Pitts" Armstrong ('63) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Pitts -- Between you, me, and spell check... You typed: "To my suprise date. Enjoyed your company though ever so fleeting!" Spell check found "suprise" and asked me to replace with "sunrise" The text is so small in spell check, I couldn't SEE that it didn't have the right word there... I just clicked OK to change. The right word sure makes a big difference. Bomber apologies. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Comparing Notes By chance is there anyone, besides myself, in the Alumni Sandstorm group, born at Greenwood Maternity Hospital, in Seattle, WA? -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Susan Bixler Pachniak ('66) ~ 5/20/48 - 8/11/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/12/2008 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7:54pm PDT - call from Maren Maren: Houston, we have a problem. Richard: OK, couldn't happen to a nicer town. M: The wind HERE (Gretna) is blowing like hell and ... the power went out. R: heh heh. M: Thanks! R: I'm on it soonest. M: On what? R: Sandstorm, of course. M: PK. Thanks. Cross check Sandstorm entries. 8:08pm PDT - line goes dead. 8:09pm PDT M: My land-line died, I'm on my mobile. R: OK. Finish cross check of Sandstorm issue. 8:19pm R: Bye. M: Bye. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Dick McCoy ('45), Mary Triem ('47) Paul Ratsch ('58), Jim Armstrong ('63) Donna Fredette ('65), David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Baird ('46) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy, from the tin Can Class of 1945 An afterglow to the superb 21st Club-40 reunion: To: Pappy Swan, beardless I hardly knew ye. To the nice captain of the serving line who thought I broke in, I apologize, but I really didn't crash. I was off to the side waiting for the band to go thru. When I go as long as I did without eating, I am embraced by vertigo. I am sure you didn't want a drunken sailor weaving his way thru the swerving serving tables. To the surprise of everyone, the mother of a very famous lady joined her 1958 classmates Saturday night. Dale Gier brought her over to our table and introduced her. Even though she couldn't convert me, she proved to be a lovely and gracious woman. I should have know she would be because she came from a very wonderful family which I have been acquainted with for many years. The only thorn was her sister Katie Sheeran Johnson, ('61) a sometime online chatmate of mine, who stuck her tongue out at me. Tsk, tsk. To: Bill Johnson ('57) I read in the Sandstorm that you are in trouble with prostate cancer. I am a 15 year survivor, and still under treatment. So you can win this thing. I have never met you, but have seen you play ball many times. The very best of luck. From Bronc, Beaver, Bomber Dick McCoy, of the Tin Can Class of 1945 -Dick McCoy ('45) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Triem Mowery, a '47 Bomber To: Pat Crook ('58) Some part of your 50th celebration was with the Club-40 -- right? Wish I could have known, as I would loved to meet you. Your mom and dad lived next door on Abbot St. to my mom and step-dad, Irene Triem and Dick Gardner. I can also remember that you were in a Sunday School class that Patty Doctor Roberts and I taught at CUP in Richland. Ahhhh, a lot has happened since then. Anyway, best wishes to you from, -Mary Triem Mowery, a '47 Bomber **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Paul Ratsch ('58) Re: Class of '58 reunion pictures [From Maren and Richard: Paul has posted two albums of pix from the Class of '58 50th reunion using the absolutely vile MSN Photo E-mail service. Neither of us will attempt to download anything from MSN Photo E-mail. Anyway, here are the (very long (137-character)) links to the two albums.] 16 pix 29 pix -Paul Ratsch ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim "Pitts" Armstrong ('63) Re: Dog Hi. At the reunion we discussed whom we could lend a hand to. How about if we help Mike Hughes get a service dog? His left arm is all but useless. He could use the companionship also. He lives alone in a 10-foot truck camper. Regards -Jim "Pitts" Armstrong ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Fredette ('65) Re: "No More Bomb-Making, but Work Aplenty" - -Donna Fredette ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: WE REMEMBER All day yesterday (the 10th) I mulled over what I might say in the Sandstorm on the 11th. Though usually not at a loss for words, I just couldn't get my brain in gear. Today, I'm sitting here in a "flag" polo shirt which is exactly like the one I wore when the skies were first opened after that terrible day. If you recall, the Last Dance at Hi-Spot was scheduled for that following weekend. Jimbeaux ('63), had produced his original Hi- Spot Card to provide his unobstructed entry...I knew that the Olsons would not be at the door to refuse my entry for being a bit under the influence...besides...I wouldn't be under the influence....It was all to be so festive....As the news and shock filtered across the country and the world it was as though we had been transported back to 1941....this couldn't be happening...but it was...As I came out of my initial period of confusion I wondered if we would still be getting together for the weekend. Would it be appropriate for us to gather and celebrate when so many of our countrymen (sorry...countrypersons is more than I can muster) had be tragically and wrongfully lost. I think a Hank Jr song kind of sums it up in saying "County boys can survive"...we did survive and we told the bad guys that they could not change our way of life with their brutality....Oh yes our lives have changed but that is a subject for the Sandbox not here so I say no more. I waited patiently to see if I'd be able to fly to Richland...Actually I was pretty sure I wouldn't be able to fly to Richland but I hoped I could get to Seattle...The day I was to leave came and went with no air traffic. Then, I believe the next day it looked as though the skies would open again. I got on the ol' computer and booked about a dozen flights...In the morning around 3 or so I headed for the airport with about a million other folks and stood in a huge line as I watched flight after flight cancel....I came dressed in the most patriotic thing I could find in the ol' closet...a "flag" polo shirt (it was too hot for my other flag shirts) I got closer to the front of the line, I saw the next flight to Seattle had not canceled and it looked like I'd be going...sure enough, the flight stayed open and I was headed home....there were only two of us on the huge plane so it was nice and roomy...I got the Seattle and called Janine Rightmire Corrado ('65)...She, it turned out, was having her own problems getting into Sea-Tac....lots of security...we found a little store after she picked me up and each bought flag pins...I still have mine but it finally broke so I have replaced it...but it remains in my "jewelry" box (do guys have jewelry boxes?)...We headed on to Richland where we were joined with many other Bombers who had made the trek...We rejoiced in each others' company and vowed to remain forever Bombers. God Bless America! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Ron Stratton ('60) ~ 10/18/42 - 8/22/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/13/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Richard Anderson ('60), David Rivers ('65) Peggy Adair ('72), Anon Photographer ('60wb-WaHi) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Leon Howard ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cathy Clugston ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Peggy Standefer ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paul Hodson ('05) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steven Adair ('08) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard Anderson ('60) Re: Microsoft software (and "modern" hi-tech in general) Hi everybody, John Richardson ('58) sent us (the Editors) an admonishment for the comment I made (for it was mine alone) in yesterday's Sandstorm concerning Paul Ratch's ('58) using MSN Photo E-mail to post pictures of the Class of '58 reunion. Paul, I am sorry that I singled you out and I apologize. It was meant as a diatribe aimed at Microsoft. Microsoft makes TERRIBLE software. I have been in computer programming since the days of punched cards (and no video screen!) -- say, 1968 or so -- and know the difference between what is good and what is bad. MS uses its monopoly to foist its junk software on the (mostly) naive people who buy consumer (home) computers. These poor people haven't used much software and are just unaware that the stuff that MS pre-installs on the computer you get from Dell, or HP, or Compaq, or Gateway, or whatever vendor is not "best of breed"; it is likely the first time you have seen such a product, it seems to do what you want to do, it may even have a "gee wiz" reaction; but, there is stuff which is even "gee wizier" -- but you have no idea that it exists. The Sandstorm is not a Microsoft shop. We use the Firefox internet browser, Thunderbird e-mail software (I also use Agent), a text editor from Switzerland, a program from Austria to present picture albums, other third-party software to manipulate images, and yet other third-party software to maintain the various Sandstorm and Bomber web sites. All are superior to anything MS has ever written. An example of really good software: any of you who have used the UPS tracking system to see where your package is (and, more important, what day it will show up at your doorstep) know what really good software is like. It was written by real pros who knew what the customer needs. I guarantee that Microsoft DID NOT write that software. Now for my other "modern" hi-tech rant. Digital cameras. How good is your camera? Six megapixels? Eight? Twelve?! Megapixels are no indicator of the quality of the images taken by the camera. The really important number is the size of the sensor. The next time you go to Best Buy (or wherever) to look at camera, ask the dude, "how big is the sensor?" He'll probably blurt out the megapixel count. Ask again, "how big is the sensor?" Maybe he'll find out, probably not. Well, the sensor in most shirt-pocket cameras is about the size of one of your fingernails ... not very big. The really nice size sensor to have is the size of a 35mm slide. Big gets expensive: Canon makes really nice camera with a full-frame sensor, sadly it costs $8,000 (without a lens). So, what you want is the biggest sensor without having to spent the grandkids' inheritance. And then nobody teaches you about the images your camera takes. Or how to send them using e-mail. Or whatever. The vendor is doing you, the consumer, a serious disservice. Well, my whine has gone on too long, so I'll say, Bomber cheers, I remain, Yr Hmbl & Dvtd Srvt, Richard -Richard Anderson ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: 2008... a great year! Here we are in 2008... we gotta grad from this year having a birthday on the 13th... Would love to be there for it but I done give him his present when I was in town last weekend... Besides... He'll be in Yakima on his birthday runnin' thru the quarter mile at speeds I've never gone... at least not in the quarter... there was one time commin' back from Terry Davis' ('65)... Christmas day... had the whole right lane to myself... all the non-christmas celebratin' folks were in the right doin' 55... made it to 170 before some lady pulled into the right lane... thank goodness fer big brakes... so anyway... this boy will be the Big Dog, the Top Gun... King of the Hill on his birthday... I'm soooooooo proud of him... HAPPY BIRTHDAY Steven Adair ('08)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go get 'em Stevie (ooops... that Seveie part just slipped out!) -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Peggy Adair ('72) Re: Steven Adair ('08) Birthday Happy Birthday to my super nephew, Steven D. Adair ('08) from your ole Aunt Peg. They don't come better than him. I think he's scheduled hopefully to race his '72 Nova, "Bad Bowtie", in Yakima (Renegade Raceway) on his birthday. Wish him good luck and Happy 19th Birthday. Love ya bud. -Peggy Adair ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Anonymous Photographer ('60wb-WaHi) Re: Picture to go with David Rivers' ('65) 9/9/08 Sandstorm entry -Anon ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/14/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: John Richardson ('58), Paul Ratsch ('58) Vera Smith ('58), Fran Teeple ('68) Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68), Robert Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sheila Ramerman ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vicki Owens ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Melissa Holmes ('92) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Richardson ('58) To: Richardson Anderson ('60) Richard, you are a stand-up guy and I know that Paul Ratsch ('58) appreciates your yesterdays Sandstorm entry and I thank you for it. The best of Bomber cheers, -John Richardson ('58) ~ Longwood, FL where we are still recuperating from the best reunion ever. "It's great to be a Bomber" **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Paul Ratsch ('58) Re: Thanks, for nothing Hope you get yours, "IKE." -Paul Ratsch ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vera Smith Robbins ('58) Re: Class of '58 reunion Maren. I thought I had included everyone in my praise for our class reunion [9/9/08 Sandstorm]. I just discovered that I forgot Barb Isakson Rau's ('58) name in my list. Please send this in for the Sandstorm and include Barb's name. She was the chairman and she did a excellent job on our reunion. To Barb: I'm so sorry I left your name off the list. It was NOT intentional. Please forgive. You and your committee did a wonderful job and I'm sure everyone that attended enjoyed the reunion. I did send a 'thank you' note to each and every one on the committee including Barb. I don't know how I missed her when I sent that entry in. Shame on me. Thanks for putting it in the Sandstorm. I also sent you a correction and an apology to Barb. Hope that gets in the Sandstorm too. Thanks, -Vera Smith Robbins ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Fran Teeple Wolf ('68) To: Richard Anderson ('60) Thanks, Richard for your diatribe yesterday. I learned a few things! Like, when I get a few bucks and can finally afford the digital SLR camera I've wanted for forever, who I am going to call to help me choose wisely - you! And why, the digital color from my little 10 megapixel Canon takes purple pictures of my blue petunias. This Canon takes away any depth perception. My cell phone takes better pictures. I have a wonderful Canon with 3 lens but it's bulky and not a digital. I have 9 drawing/painting programs (including CorelDraw Suite) on my computer because each one does a particular thing better. I use MS IE but my guru tells me I should use Firefox. I use, and - they all do some things better. And I don't have time to learn any of these programs inside out, to get the most from each. I'm an accountant and IT but wish graphics existed like it does now, when I was in high school. I wouldn't be a number cruncher. Whew! I feel better for the whining myself now. question..What software is out there that's free and worth having? Also, (hint) when I buy computers from Dell or Gateway, I always make them leave off ALL software other than what I expressly allow them to put on it or purchase. Yeah - you can do that. Re: Anonymous Photographer ('60wb-WaHi) How many of you looked at that first photo and spent more time looking at the partial picture of the babes in bikinis carrying the cooler than at the subject of the photo? -Fran Teeple Wolf ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) Re: Friendships - I hope it's never too late I will be 58 next month, having graduated at age 17 in 1968. I missed our 40th reunion in August, which I am deeply regretting. I wish I could have found a way to make it happen. Anyway, the point of this post is that I have had the kind of life (so far) that has never allowed me to establish permanent roots anywhere. I have also never been able to establish permanent friendships. And I am increasingly realizing (to the point of tears, sometimes) how extremely important those friendships are -- and how much I envy people who can actually make a list of current friends. (Not acquaintances, co-workers, family members -- FRIENDS!) I have decided that this is an extremely important issue in my life, and I am going to do something about it. I am awaiting a copy of the Memory Book from the '68 Reunion -- hoping that it will contain contact information for class mates. Then I am going to contact every single one I can remember having had a friendship or kind-of friendship in the past. Marcia Donahue Topping ('68) , Curt Donahue ('53), Fran Teeple Wolf ('68), Irene de la Bretonne Hayes ('61), and others -- I have greatly valued your private e-mails to me in recent months. I need to respond, and haven't. Know that I am thinking of you, and will be in touch. Wasn't our class song "The Impossible Dream"? Well, I am embarking on what some might think of as just that. But I am going to try. I want to reconnect -- and I hope this works! Blessings to all - -Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) PS - If you want to jump start the "let's become friends (for the first time or again)" process, please e-mail me! Thanks! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Avant ('69) To: Richard Anderson ('60) I am glad we have been able to leave political diatribes behind in favor technical and economic rants. So much more refined than mere political warfare. I like the part about monopoly. I guess you have a "new" definition. -Robert Avant ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/15/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers and 1 Bomber Booster sent stuff: Mike Clowes ('54), Gus Keeney ('57) Jeanie Walsh ('63), Dennis Hammer ('64) Fran Teeple ('68), Rick Valentine ('68) Diane Call (Bomber Booster) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Bill & Forrest Goodenow Terry ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Derrith Persons ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: Football scores The Coug's got their tails "whupped" on Friday night (thanks "Ike") and not on Saturday. Does the BYU/UCLA score mean that the Dawgs are a better team than UCLA? If it weren't for an overly officious official, the Huskies might have beaten BYU the previous week. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ recovering from Octoberfest in Mount Angel, OR **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) Re: Excel Problem Hi all, I have been trying to help my friend Dick Stephens ('66) develop an invoice for his new Fire Control Technologies Business. I can't remember how to put a jpg copy of his logo into the upper left hand corner of the form. Any help out there??? Thanks, -Gus Keeney ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeanie Walsh Williamson (Gold Medal Class of '63) Re: College Scores Opps, you forgot USC and the Ohio State... what was that score again? Oh ya 35 3 -Jeanie Walsh Williamson (Gold Medal Class of '63) Simi Valley California, Home of the Ronald Reagan Library ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [No, Jeanie, I didn't forget. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) To: Fran Teeple Wolf ('68) Re: Babes, bikinis, and coolers You said "babes in bikinis." Actually only one is wearing a bikini. Of course, I never paid any attention what they were wearing. I had to look at it closer because at first glance I thought it was a window and they were carrying the cooler out of the building. I also tend to think our "Anonymous Photographer ('60wb- WaHi)" knew what he was doing and cropped the photo like that on purpose. -Dennis Hammer ('64) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Dennis -- I cropped. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Fran Teeple Wolf ('68) Re: Robert Avant ('69) "I am glad we have been able to leave political diatribes behind in favor technical and economic rants. So much more refined." You are welcome Robert. And I felt much better for it. Always did want to be viewed as refined. Truly! Hopefully Richard will respond and let us know the software out there worth spending the $$$ on or what is free. -Fran Teeple Wolf ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Valentine ('68) To: Spokane Area Bombers We have taken a summer break from our lunch gatherings, just wondering if their is any interest in getting the Lunches going again... Sunday the 21st is the 3rd Sunday in September if anyone is interested in getting together contact me and I will try and set it up. I have been unable to contact Gary Persons ('57), has anyone else been in contact with him? (Derrith, are you out there?) The last lunch in March was held at Northern Quest Casino, was that a good choice or did that scare everyone off? I thought the food was very good and the prices were reasonable, service was good and their were no restriction on what we could order off the menu. Anyone interested contact me in the next couple of days and I will try and get this going again... -Rick Valentine ('68) ~ Spokane, WA. Where it is cool and Sunny this morning and summer is trying to hang on a little longer and the nights are getting cool. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Hey, Lynn-Marie!!! Go for it!!! The Spokane group is a GREAT group of folks... I miss those lunches. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Diane Call (Bomber Booster) The RHS Bomber Boosters are creating and will maintain a display in RHS main entry that honors all valedictorians, from Class of 1944 till the end of time - or as close to it as possible! Our first request is that if you are from the Class of 1990 - we could not find any documentation that told us who the valedictorian(s) were. The yearbook didn't list them, and we could not locate copies of commencement program or notes, nor copies of newspaper articles (RHS Sandstorm or TC Herald). If you have any of these, and could get me a copy or lend them to me to copy, it will make completion of the honor board easy. Second, please take a look at the attachment. Although I am fairly confident the listed names are correct, we want to know if a nickname (or formal name - I went with shortened names in a few instances where I found several sources) would be preferred, particularly if you are the valedictorian listed. If your deceased parent or other relative is listed and a name should be listed differently, contact me with explanation. Thanks. -Diane Call (Bomber Booster and Valedictorian Board chairperson) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [request to Bomber parents (and grandparents) of 1990 Bombers to check to see if they have the commencement program for the Class of 1990 -- probably the only source of the valedictorian/ salutatorian info -- to fill Diane's request. -Maren] ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/16/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff and 2 Bomber funeral notices today: Steve Carson ('58), Tom Verellen ('60) Carol Converse ('64), Rick Valentine ('68) Robert Avant ('69), Brad Upton ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Suzie Gunderson ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Karen Kleinpeter ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cathy Moore ('80) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Carson (Championship Class of '58) To: Gus Keeney ('57) Re: Excel Position your cursor where you want the image. Select INSERT, Picture, from file. Select Image. Enter. Hope that helps. -Steve Carson (Championship Class of '58) ~ Chicago **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) It is nice to see that academic achievement being recognized along the same lines as athletic achievement. Might I suggest "The wall of Brains". Has a catchy ring to it don't ya think? Along the same lines I have always felt that the other side of the bell curve deserves some recognition also. How about some title for a person that gets all "Cs", not too low and not too high. "C" level you might say. Then I think there should be some recognition for the student that graduates but with a minimum of effort or preparedness. Probably gets a number of charity "Ds". Instead of a title maybe a symbol would suffice, "?", like that Prince dude. Maybe they could speak at the commencement ceremony, it would probably be short like: "You guys remember the time that Mr. Pringle opened Walter Dupe's locker? That was Awesome! Class of ___ Rules!" (Having been to several graduations in the past several years, it would be refreshing.) Auto shop; The wall of Wrenches The cafeteria: recognition for the person that ate pizza every meal. (I don't think we had pizza the olden days) Myself I might have qualified for having the most "study halls", I shoulda been a Thespian spending so much time in the auditorium. I did get straight "As" but they were all lower case "a". In shop I got a D. In Algebra I got a D. (I have a feeling that is an old joke but I couldn't resist). Now that the ball is rolling on this, one of you implementers should feel free to run with it. Be sure to take all of the credit for the idea and no need to mention my name. -Tom Verellen ('60) ~ in sunny and warm near Lacey. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: Brad Upton ('74) I just wanted to let you know that we were at the concert in Sacramento last Thursday night. It was really good! I only wished that you were on stage a bit longer. Johnny Mathis still has it after all these years hasn't he? Sorry for not staying to see you in person, but it was very crowded when we got out of the auditorium, even though we were sitting way in the back... only a couple rows behind us. -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA Got back home from vacation to the fog again! I think it's autumn here, but still high 90s down south. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Valentine ('68) To: Spokane Area Bombers Enough people have expressed interest in a lunch this coming Sunday 09-21-08 that we should get together. Come join in, we will be gathering at 11:30 AM for Coffee and Lunch around noon. The lunch will be at... Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Road in Airway Heights Woodlands Restaurant, in the family section of the casino. The Casino is about 1 mile north of Wal*Mart... All Bombers friends and family are welcome, the more the merrier. Hope to see the regulars and new faces as well! Email me for more information... -Rick Valentine ('68) ~ Spokane **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Avant ('69) Re: Cheel in Tongue To: Fran Teeple Wolf '68 Actually, my comments were more tngue in cheek than 100% sincere. In the effort to promote full disclosure my on Sean Avant ('99WB) works in Microsoft Finance helping them funnel money to the Illuminati and Tri-Lateral Commission. BTW, he also knows where Microsoft parks their "black helicopters". -Robert Avant ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) Re: Valedictorians I can guarantee that Mike Davis was NOT the valedictorian in 1974. I graduated 212th out of 400. I'm sure mom and dad were very, very proud of their boy and his 2.4 GPA. -Brad Upton ('74) ~ My GPA went up in college when I started to "apply myself." **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notices >>Bob Overstreet ('48) ~ 10/26/29 - 8/24/08 >>Norma Jean Minnick ('70) ~ 8/11/51 - 8/29/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/17/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Marguerite Groff ('54), Bill Wingfield ('67) Rick Valentine ('68), Betti Avant ('69) Mike Franco ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry Belt ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marvin McDonald ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dena Evans ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jody Wheeler ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) Ruth Winchester Shook ('54) called me tonight. She asked me to find out who in the Class of '52 would be a contact for her sister, Mary Winchester Thomas ('52). Mary has some Class of '51 memorabilia that their brother, Gilbert Winchester ('51-RIP) had. They aren't sure if or what might interest the class, but would like to find out. She and Ruth are not interested in keeping it. Hopefully someone from '51 will be willing to talk to Mary. I guess I'm your initial contact person. Please send me an e-mail and I will give Mary a call. Hope to see some of you local Bombers at the Senior Picnic this Friday at the Community Center in Richland. Hope you bought your entry pin. -Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) ~ Still in the best town I've ever lived in. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Wingfield (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Re: 1972 Annual I'm looking for a copy of a 1972 Annual for a friend. If anyone knows how/where to get one, please let me know. -Bill Wingfield (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ~ From sunny Santa Fe, NM, where I just crossed over 22K miles on the 07 Road King Classic. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Valentine ('68) Re: Spokane Bomber Lunch To: Spokane Area Bombers Just a reminder... Spokane area Bomber lunch is this Sunday 9-21-08 WHERE: Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Road in Airway Heights Woodlands Restaurant in the family section of the casino... WHEN: Coffee at 11:30 AM lunch around noon... WHO: All bombers, Spouses and friends are welcome... Lunch and Slot Machines, good food and great company, come and join us!!! -Rick Valentine ('68) ~ Spokane, WA where summer is making a comeback :-) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: pizza We had pizza for school lunches on occasion starting in grade school (early '60s). It was cut into square pieces and they used hamburger for the meat as I recall. I had never had pizza before that and I always made sure I ate a "hot lunch" on those days. I'd buy it at Col-Hi, too. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where it's warm for September but still no rain for the month **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Franco ('70) For Diane Call - request for Valedictorians Mike Davis, Mike Hogan, Brad Upton and I and other valedictorians get together once a year as a gathering of Bomber Brains. We decided to join valedictorians as we could not get into Kiwanis or Rotary. Feel free to ask any of us anything. -Mike Franco ('70) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/18/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Bell ('51), Marguerite Groff ('54) Dave Hanthorn ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jackie Sheard ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) Just a reminder of the Richland Seniors Association's All-Ages Dances coming up this week. On Friday, 9/19 from 1:00 to 4:00 the Easy Swing Band will play for our Third Friday Dance. $4 at the door - pre-packaged finger foods are welcome but not required. Then on Saturday, 9/20 the Easy Swing Band will again play - this time for The Harvest Ball from 6:30 to 9:30. Dress up or dress down! $5 at the door for this one. Hope to see you there! Busy working on the 15th Annual All-Seniors Picnic to be held Thursday, 9/18 from 11:00 to 2:00 in Howard Amon Park. Monday we filled 1,200 sandwich bags with cookies in 45 minutes! On Tuesday we filled 1,200 2-oz containers with minced onions for the hot dogs in 1 1/2 hours, and Wednesday 9/17 we will fill 1,200 containers with coleslaw! Great bunch to work with - and we are getting really good at this! It is not too late to attend - just buy a $5 button at the Richland Community Center. we don't want to turn anyone away. Great 1950's entertainment - The Alley Cats from California - and lots of great door prizes donated by local merchants! To: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) The All-Senior Picnic is THURSDAY 9/18. Hope you don't miss it today! -Betty Bell Norton ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) Oops! I was wrong about the day of the Tri-City Senior Picnic at the Richland Community Center. The picnic is today. A faithful friend called to tell me of my mistake. I decided to plead the excuse that makes sense to lots of my friends. I just have just too much knowledge in my head; there isn't room for more. So, I am excused when my memory fails. Having cleared that up, now I can plead my usual 3rd. Friday plea. Our '54 lunch bunch gals will be meeting at Granny's tomorrow at noon. Hope to see all the regulars and any '54 gals that would like to take a break and join us. We really do have fun. -Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) ~ Right now we are having beautiful summer-like weather. Not looking forward to the cold winds of winter. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Hanthorn (Gold Medal Class of '63) Re: A Time of Remembrance On September 27 and 28, what looks to be a pretty great event is being held in Bomberville. I sure wish I could make it over for this, but since I can't, I want to encourage all of you that will be in Richland on those dates to try to make it out for this. If you go, please take some pictures and send them to the Sandstorm. Thanks, -Dave Hanthorn (Gold Medal Class of '63) ~ from sunny Mercer Island, WA where it seems that summer hasn't abandoned us after all (yet). ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/19/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Dave Rhodes ('52), Ann Bishop ('56) David Rivers ('65), Cyndy Brooks ('68) Robert Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Lonergan ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chris Bolkan ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Rhodes ('52) Re: Jim Jensen ('50) in Katy, TX To; All those of you who know Jim I just talked to him via telephone and he said that he survived "Ike" OK. He had some fencing blown down and some tree limbs down and a lot of debris of varying sizes. Otherwise he is fine and said that one of these days he will get to the library and send an e-mail to the Alumni Sandstorm. Jim lives in a suburb of Houston called Katy which is a small city. Bomber cheers from Richland where we are having beautiful fall weather. -Dave Rhodes ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Bishop Ousley ('56) For those of you who knew him, Richard Wilson ('60) passed away September 8th in Yuma, AZ at his home. -Ann Bishop Ousley ('56) ~ Texarkana, AR ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [If anybody can find online information about Richard's death, please let me know where I can read it. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Big Kid Birthday As usual, I'm running out the door... gotta hit a meeting outside the office then back here for trial prep... the birthday boy understands alla this running all to well as I'm sure his practice keeps him very busy as well... I'm heading out Friday morning to see my boy Maddy and won't be near my computer tomorrow to send this wish out on the right day so I just wanna be sure and say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Dean Heiling ('63) on September 21st before I go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Cyndy Brooks Cowman ('68) ReP: Class of '68 Reunion Bob Petty ('68) made a wonderful video of our 40th reunion! [HINT: click lower right corner (to the right of "9:58" and the audio thingy) for "full screen"... -Maren] -Cyndy Brooks Cowman ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Avant ('69) Re: Interest Just throwing a question out to the field. Is there any interest in a North Sound Bomber get together, lunch? Seems to be quite a few Bombers here in Snohomish, Skagit, North King County, etc. -Robert Avant ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/20/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Bill Berlin ('56) Carol Carson ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bruce Killand ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: A very good day There are good days and then there are very good days and last Thursday was one of those very good days. Larry Bowls ('64) and his lovely Bomber wife Donna Young ('64} were in Anacortes taking what a lot of pleasure boaters should do... taking a boat handling and navigation course. You more or less have to do that now to charter some of these larger yachts, but I digress. Larry and Donna came out to our house for a very nice visit and I got caught up with all of the Bowls clan, especially Thurman ('56) and David ('58). Thurman and I used to hang together over the years so it was good to hear that he is retired in Florida on a beach that has had the most shark attacks in the country... or maybe it is Florida. It was a great two hours or so and it was nice of them to come out to our house as I am confined to a wheelchair after foot surgery a couple of weeks ago. They rode their Harley up from their home east of L.A. and whilst we have had some great weather lately, it has turned to where they will probably have to learn some radar plotting in their course. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ Anacortes, WA where it is good to be a Bomber and maybe Robert Avant ('69) can organize a North Puget Sound Bomber luncheon. I'm in... when I can drive again **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Carson Renaud ('60) To: Robert Avant (69) You asked about interest in a North Sound luncheon. I live in Lynnwood north of Alderwood Mall in Snohomish County and I would love to get together with other Bombers once a month for a luncheon. Let me know if you need any help with arrangements. -Carol Carson Renaud ('60) ~ Lynnwood, WA where the cool, cloudy weather has returned. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/21/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Anna May Wann ('49), Alice Hanthorn ('59) Margo Compton ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ann Clatworthy ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Waggoner ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dean Heiling ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cathy Geier ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) Just received word from Pieter Smith ('53) that Lyle Arden Byse ('53) passed away August 21, 2008 Obit is in Thursday August 28, San Jose Mercury News, California. -Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alice Hanthorn Johnson ('59) To: Robert Avant ('69) I think a "Northern" luncheon is a great idea! I'd sure try to get there. -Alice Hanthorn Johnson ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Margo Compton Lacarde ('60) Re: Hurricane Ike Just got back into San Antonio last night. Went on a four day cruise and ended up ten days. Cruise went out of Galveston. Ship had no place to return to dock. Finally got back into the dock in Houston. We lost our car in Galveston along with over a thousand other people. But some of the people lived in Galveston and lost everything. We were on a Carnival cruise and I will never do another Carnival cruise. They did nothing in helping people to make arrangements to get back home. It was like once they docked, it was get off the ship and we don't care what happens to you. We did get a ride to Houston airport (paid through the nose for it) and then rented a car to drive home. My daughter lives in Houston and had a tree through her roof. Luckily, she was not home at the time. Didn't even get to a beach. Oh well. -Margo Compton Lacarde ('60) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/22/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Earl Bennett ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy Coppinger ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: JoAnne Bucholz ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bert Hammill ('70wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Earl C. Bennett, III ('63) To: Margo Compton Lacarde ('60) Margo: I took your Sandstorm entry to church this morning and summarized it as a reminder to the congregation that the aftermath of storms isn't always just the damaged homes and need for shelters/food/ water, followed by cleanup and rebuilding, in which we participate (our church has folks who go on those aid teams frequently). We have to remember to pray for those who are affected in ways we often can't even imagine. I don't recall knowing you, being 3 years behind you at Col-Hi, but thank you for the object lesson in prayer needs. Regards, ecb3 - from Central Virginia in drop-dead gorgeous early fall weather; in fact, it's much like Richland was the week of the Club 40 / '63 / '58 / '53 reunions, but slightly cooler. -Earl C. Bennett, III ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Lyle Arden Byse ('53) ~ 5/19/35 - 8/21/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/23/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Jim Hamilton ('63), David Rivers ('65) Peggy Adair ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Hamilton ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: George Zielinski ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve Simpson ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Karen Strand ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Robert Posenauer ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) To My Birthday Buddy Steve Simpson (65) I think it was Jerry Lee Lewis who said "Don't worry about your grey hair, think of all the fun you had putting it there". Now I don't have any hair, zip, nada, zero, but if I did it would be grey, or so legend would have it. Happy Birthday Steve, this parallel universe baloney has gone just about far enough, let's do lunch and send Rivers the bill. Jimbeaux p.s. 46 years ago this past Sunday, I took the forever young and always lovely Miss Nancy to the Uptown for our first date, and she still makes my palms sweat and my knees shake. She also still makes me pay for the popcorn. -Jim Hamilton ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Birthdays and more birthdays Seems good things always come in threes... (I just made that up)... so we got three birthdays on the 23rd that we all need to celebrate together... last year we had two of these birthday boyz at the same party... it was just great... in fact... the big kid of the group wore his birthday shirt to the '63 reunion on Friday nite for good Ju Ju... korse as the dapper fellow he always was, he looked just smashing... One of the birthday boyz hasn't been able to travel much lately but he is getting his strength back slowly but surely... the third guy I haven't seen in forever but I realized that he shares the same birthday as the other two so figured the more the merrier! I know we all wish the other two swift recovery from their respective ills and as we always say... no more sickness for Bombers... and I mean it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO Jimbeaux ("Oracle" '63) Hamilton, Steve Simpson '65) and George Zielinski Horne ('65)... I love you, mans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Peggy Adair ('72) Re: The short - but eventful - life of Ike - The Big Picture This might be a good site for people to view on the destruction of Ike. This is just terrible. I can't imagine living through this. Peggy Adair ('72) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/24/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Lenora Hughes ('55). Bonnie Timmerman ('63wb) Roy Ballard ('63), David Rivers ('65) Linda McKnight ('65), Alan Stephens ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Roy Cross ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Alan Lobdell ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ron Frymier ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dan Wade ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) Re: Las Vegas Bomber luncheon I am scheduling a Bomber luncheon in Las Vegas. DATE: Saturday, October 4, 2008 TIME: 12 NOON PLACE: Marie Calendar's located at 8175 West Sahara Hope to see many friendly Bomber faces there! For more information you can contact me at Bomber Cheers!!! -Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bonnie Timmerman Glover ('63wb) To: Jim Hamilton ("63) I do not remember meeting you since I left Richland in the summer of 1960 before I had the opportunity to go to Col-Hi. I would have graduated the same year as you. I went to Chief Joseph Jr. high. I have been reading all of the Sandstorms and the ones that you have written. I have to say your P.S.s. of the Lovely Miss. Nancy are my favorite. I have been married to my groom for 43 three years and I wished he would write about me like you write about Nancy. I wished I knew her secret. Don't get me wrong........... Ralph is the best man and husband and father in the world and I am so fortunate to have him in my life but man oh man woman.......... you Rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -Bonnie Timmerman Glover ('63wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roy Ballard ('63) Re: Message from Kathy Hoff Conrad ('64) Maren, I've been asked to put an e-mail in the Sandstorm about a meeting for the class of '64, for their reunion next year. Kathy Hoff Conrad said that there will be a meeting on Saturday the 27th of September at 10:00 at the Spudnut Shop to gather all the ideas for the upcoming reunion next year (their 45th) and that anyone that can't make the meeting, please e-mail her with any ideas that they may have. There will also be a lot of discussion at the meeting for those who make it. Subbing for Kathy this is Roy Ballard conveying the message. I have now done my duty and I'll be off to Hawaii to meet the Lincoln and my son to cruise home to San Diego and the home to Everett. Happy home coming for the USS Abe Lincoln. -Roy Ballard ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Somebody said that somebody said that... I'm getting mixed info on this Big girl's birthday... tried to get an answer from her sis ('65) but she only checks her email about once a year... then it's just to send a joke or two then off she goes again... so the Oracle ('63) says that he heard from somebody who heard that this Bomber-Babe's birthday is either the 23rd or the 24th but is kinda sure it's not the 25th, unless it is and then we can ignore the other dates... ya know? This girl was on my big love list... along with an older sis ('60)... but not entirely for the reasons you would suspect... I mean, let's face it... the whole girl side of this family was on everybody's wish list... I mean they were ultimate Bomber babes... Dynasty material, man... so before I go off into "Image of a Girl" time... lemme get back to what I was saying... Sister Judy and the Birthday girl always had boyfriends that had the coolest cars I had ever seen in my young life... Yeah I always drooled over Rafferty's '56 Olds and Ziege's '58 Impala... but the birthday girl and her sis had boyfriends with very cool rides as well... From say 6th grade on... my bunch hung out in the basement of these girls' house... oh goodness those were the days... my my my... I guess we got the basement because the birthday girl and her friends got the ground level or the second level of the "F" House... One time my dad wanted to convince me to cut my ducktail... so he called the birthday girl thinking it was sister Laura (what did he know) and offered her a couple of bucks to suggest that I cut my hair... My dad could be so uncool at times... So here we are... maybe it's her birthday and maybe it's not... but we all wish a HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Beth ("Sister Mary Elizabeth") Parker ('63)!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) P.S. Sister Laura says: "It's the 25th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) To: All Portland/Vancouver Bombers It is time to again have a luncheon for the Portland/Vancouver Bombers and anyone else who might want to join us. WHEN: October 11, 2008 TIME: 11:30 a.m. WHERE: Red Lion Inn at the Quay, Vancouver, WA with a beautiful view of the Mighty Columbia River RSVP: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) Tom Hemphill ('62) See you all there. The more the merrier, so please join us. We have a great time. -Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) ~ Tigard, OR where we are still deluged with apples. We have made apple pie, apple crisp, and applesauce. And, we plan to do it all over again this week. Great year for apples. Not so much the pears and plum trees.. ~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Don't forget apple JUICE and/or cider. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Stephens ('66) For all the North Sound Vets that missed the chance to see the last Navy Viet Nam area operational PBR we will be putting it in the water at the Everett Yacht Club just north of the Naval Station Friday at 1100 hr. I will be doing op tests the rest of the afternoon out of the Navy's yacht piers on base. Sunday morning we will go out to escort a ship coming back from deployment. The ship was named for a young lad killed on the PBRs and was awarded the Silver Star. Media has been notified so should be in the papers and on TV. We might be persuaded to give rides if you help with the cost of the fuel Sunday afternoon. Be at the Yacht Club Friday or call me Sunday. 206 234 6643 -Alan Stephens ('66), ENC SW USN Retired GameWardens N.W. of Viet Nam - Kent WA ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/25/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Tony Duran ('55), Jim Hamilton ('63) Rick Valentine ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Beth Parker ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Hector Alvarez ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy Nelson ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Richard McAllister ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tony Duran ('55) I read in the Tri-City Herald obits that an old friend of mine passed away, namely Bill Burke ('55-RIP). His brother Kevin ('55-RIP), Bill and I went to Christ the King church and were involved with the CYO group there. They were really good guys. We send all our prayers and condolences to all his family. -Tony Duran ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) So this is all kinda weird, don't know what I'm gonna do with myself each and every other Wednesday. Had my last chemo therapy this afternoon, 16 sessions over 7-1/2 months and quite frankly I've got a belly full of hospitals, clinics and all things medical related. Don't get me wrong, I like it on this side of the sod, but given the option that's one letter I never wanted to earn. I've got a CT/Pet scan (it's kinda like putting your body into one of those machines they used to see if our shoes fit, with a couple of new wrinkles) scheduled in a month. There is no reason to believe I'll need anything other than routine maintenance, and tire rotation. The forever young and always lovely "Nurse Nancy" is looking forward to retiring as a care giver, and the Doctors will probably all chip in for the keg as she played Perry Mason better than Raymond Burr, complete with poking her finger in their chest. I want to thank everyone for their cards, calls, e-mails and prayers. It's pretty humbling the support we received and we fully realize that this was a trip that couldn't have been made alone. To everyone, stay well, listen to your body and continue to support one other jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Valentine ('68) Re: Spokane Area Lunch Last Sunday September 21st, after a summer break, we kicked off Spokane area lunches again. 9 Bombers and Spouses attended and enjoyed the lunch and the company. Thanks to those who attended, Denney McDaniel ('60) and Cathy McDaniel (Spouse), Gloria Falls Evans ('58) and Jim Evans (Spouse), John Bruntlett ('54), Jean Bruntlett ('62), Fran Teeple Wolf ('68), Jim Breedlove ('68) and Rick Valentine ('68). Also thanks to the 15 other Bombers that showed interest in continuing the Spokane area lunches but could not attend on short notice, we hope to see you all in November. The Spokane Bomber Lunch Page is located at There's a picture from last Sunday's lunch group, pictures from the last 4 years lunches and a map to the casino, are posted there... -Rick Valentine ('68) ~ Spokane, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Bill Burke ('55) ~ 4/19/36 - 8/20/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/26/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Bill Berlin ('56), Carol Converse ('64) David Rivers ('65), Robert Avant ('69) Paul McNeill ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Helen & Carol Evans ('64) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Larry Harrold ('56) & Lois Weyerts ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) I was saddened to hear of the passing of Bill Burke ('55-RIP). The Burkes lived just a block away from us and we would get together for either football in our "compound" or shooting hoops out back of the Burke's house. I am talking hours and hours of basketball that went well into the night and Bill was always there. We called him "Billbo" for some reason, maybe because there were a number of Bills in the neighborhood but I always remember him as being just one of the guys. Bill was only a year ahead of me in school but he was the "big guy" in terms or size in the neighborhood, or maybe it was because I was so skinny (had to carry rocks in my pockets in one of those early Richland wind storms) but he was a gentle giant and great to be with. His brothers Kevin ('55-RIP) and Jimmy ('57-RIP) also got in the mix but Kevin was a big jock at Col-Hi and Jimmy was a bit younger than most of us but Billbo was our cornerstone. Based on all of the sandlot football and backyard basketball, Bill's real passion was baseball and softball. We often went up to the softball park just below the vaunted "hall of sin" bus depot, to watch the local leagues and some of the regional tournaments. I must have gone to a hundred games with him. Two remembrances I have of Bill growing up in the southend: (1) he was the first guy in town to have a personal "globe style" football helmet, just like the new ones that Col-Hi football had. Up to that time they wore those leather and pressboard helmets and then came the "bowl" style with one face bar, not the "bird cage" masks they have now. Billbo somehow got one of these new helmets, white with a blue stripe and very cool chin strap, and let all of us wear it from time to time. (2) There was a very big softball tournament in Richland one weekend that ran both Saturday and Sunday and on one particular time, the Richland Merchants were playing Vancouver (WA) Camarano Brothers and the game was at 10:00 AM on Sunday. Bill, being very Catholic, had to go to church so I lent him my bike so he could bail out of church when Mass was over and then rip on down to the game. Bill was the only guy in the stands in a suit but he didn't care, he was in seventh heaven at the game and at church. My condolences to his family for their loss. It is times like this that if I had know that Bill still lived in Richland, I would have gone over and paid him a visit but the problem is that the further you get from high school, the more you lose contact and that is a shame. He was a good man to grow up with and I am sure he was a great husband, father and grandfather. God bless. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ Anacortes, WA where I am bummed at hearing of Bill Burke's passing but my very fond memories of him growing up help me a lot. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: Jim Hamilton('63) So glad that you are finally finished up with that yucky chemo! I know how it is to poke a few doctors in the chest... we aren't as dumb as they think we are... My husband, Frank, wouldn't be here if it had been left up to the doctors about his heart... It was me that said "listen to me, this is how it's going to happen".... Good thing they acted. You have been in my thoughts and prayers.. keep up the good work! -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA We've had such nice weather of late.... our summer time is here. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Bombers Rule Just a short note on my Bomber pride... I know I never talk about how much I love being lucky enough to have been born in Richland and to have attended 3 grade schools, Chief Jo and Col-Hi... so that I got to know an awful lot of kids in my town... I remember riding my bike one day and thinking "I've been on every street in this town"... Terry Davis ('65) once told me he did the same thing... I've probably never mentioned Hi-Spot or Jr Hi-Spot or noon dancing at Chief Jo or sock hops and mixers or dances at the old C&H and the Roller Rink... Never mentioned the first day at Col-Hi when Ricky Warford introduced me to the '64 girls and I thought I'd died and gone to heaven... Never mentioned watching Mike McKeown ('58) playing football in the Spalding play ground and the way he could flip his head and straighten his hair back to perfect condition (I know that's a weird thing to admire)... Watching all the other neighborhood heroes and wanting to be just like them... all the great cars the older guys had and how we would sit in the swings at the park across from my house and dream race from Richland to Yakima... the great boss jocks we had... Sukiaki being played on the radio the first time in American history from a lady who asked the DJ to play it on the radio and then it became a nationwide hit... the Wailers and the pride we all felt in them (yeah I know they weren't Bombers but they were from Washington, man)... I know I've never mentioned any of this stuff but when Peter Joe Caroll ('65) sent me a copy of the September 21 story of the '58 Bomber B-ball team's 50th reunion, I just hadda break my silence and say how proud I am to be a BOMBER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ya know! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Avant ('69) Give this a shot! FIRST North Sound Bomber Lunch and horse shoeing exhibition will be as follows; WHEN: Saturday Oct. 11, 2008 TIME: 12:30pm WHERE: Maddox Grill & Bar, 18411 Highway 99, Lynnwood, WA 98037 The menu is varied and reasonable and the location should allow easy enough access from Seattle and North. I really do not know how many can make it, but we will have to start somewhere. Disclaimer: No animals were harmed during the typing of this entry. See ya all there! Questions? Call me at (425) 772-8348 -Robert Avant ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Paul McNeill ('74) Attached is short article for the sandstorm. Thanks. [In the future, please do NOT submit a WORD document. It's much easier for us to work with straight text in the body of an email. Thanks. -Maren] Hello Bombers from around the country. Greetings from Motown. Some friends and I went to see Brad Upton ('74) at Joey's Comedy Club last night in Livonia, Michigan just outside of Detroit. He was great. Hey, Brad! My cheeks are still sore ... from laughing so hard. (You'll need to go see him perform to really understand what I meant by that.) He had the crowd in stitches for almost an hour. You need to be an outstanding comedian to keep an audience's attention for that long. And he was. His comedy is mostly PG with a little R-17 thrown in. It was all funny. He picked on Michigan State alums a few times. The UM crowd loved that. Incidentally Brad, both of my parents were Michigan State alums. Glad to see you don't always pick on the Cougars. Do not pass up an opportunity to see this Richland native if you ever get the chance. You won't regret it. He'll be back here in November opening for Johnny Mathis at Caesar's in Windsor, Ontario just across the Detroit River. Go see him, eh? -Paul McNeill ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/27/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Mike Clowes ('54), Janet Tyler ('61) Betti Avant ('69), Brad Upton ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol Crose ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) How about them Beavers!!! -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54), **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Janet Tyler ('61) This is the film that describes the environs of our homeland. Catch it if you can. It was well done and accurate! The fall film festival season is rolling around again, and Arid Lands is still on the scene. There will be screenings coming up soon in New York and Seattle... New York Peace Film Festival (New York, NY) Sunday, 9/28, 5:10 pm Anthology Film Archives 32 Second Ave. (@ 2nd St.) *** Co-director Grant Aaker will be there for Q&A! *** Local Sightings Festival (Seattle, WA) Monday, 10/6, 7:00 pm Northwest Film Forum 1515 12th Ave -Janet Tyler ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Brad and Johnnie Brad opening for Johnnie Mathis got me thinking of him the other day. Every morning the local DJ plays a song from the record library. A couple of days ago he played a big Johnnie Mathis hit and I thought of Brad Upton immediately. He did a short act for my 20th reunion, he just happened to be home to Richland and someone found out about it. I hope everyone has a good weekend. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where it's been raining, what else is new for western Washington? **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) Thank you for Paul McNeill ('74) for your kind words about my show here in Detroit. It's always great to see someone that you've known since you were 10! I did notice in the paper here in Detroit that this Fri/Sat/Sun night you can also go see Larry Coryell at Arturo's Jazz Alley in Southfield. So Bomber entertainment options are available! -Brad Upton ('74) PS. Mike Davis was not our valedictorian. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/28/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Stephanie Dawson ('60), Ray Stein ('64) Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) **************************************************************** SHARING... FROM THE EDITOR: FIRE RAINBOW BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Jensen ('50) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Darlene Napora ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Toni Hausenbuiller ('98) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60) I'm just wondering if any alums live in Northern Indiana (South Bend down to Rochester) or Central North Carolina (Raleigh down to Aberdeen, Southern Pines). We will be visiting those two areas in early October. -Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray Stein ('64) Re: Class of '64 Reunion (45th) Meeting on 9/27 I was asked to communicate some items from our first planning meeting. Our 45th reunion will be held separate from the Club 40 Reunions, but we would like to survey classmates about their preference for reunion dates. Choice 1 - June 19-21, 2009 (these dates coincide with Cool Desert Night activities) Choice 2 - Sept. 11-13, 2009 (these dates coincide with the Club 40 Reunions) Choice 1 is the time of year when all past reunions have been held. Choice 2 is a time that would allow interaction with Bombers from other classes. Again, our '64 Reunion will be held at a different location than Club 40, but some of you might want to go forth and back between reunions. (That's right, it's NOT back and forth, it's forth and back. As Robert Shipp ('64) pointed out, you must first go forth before you can come back. Such is the brilliance from '64ers.) Please indicate your preference (or any other suggestions for that matter) to myself or Kathy Hoff Conrad ('64), our Reunion Chairperson. We'll compile your responses prior to our next meeting - Saturday, Nov. 15th, 10AM at the Spudnut Shop. We welcome any and all classmates to come to our next reunion planning meeting. Ray Stein ('64) - "No WSU 'Oly' ramp. UO's revolt-ism. Sit . . . " **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) Re: South of Charlotte, NC For reasons I won't go into right now ... will explain later ... but for now, here's my question. Any Bombers familiar with the area around Charlotte, North Carolina? More specifically, to the south about 20 miles is Rock Hill, South Carolina ... and to the south of there is good rural land, and small (200-500 population) towns. Could anyone fill me in on the climate (seriously), generally living conditions, real estate, quality of the soil for raising veggies, etc, racial tensions (yes/no?), etc., etc Would appreciate hearing back either here or by e-mail. Thanks, -Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) ~ 1/2 East of Lewiston, Idaho ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/29/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Bill Berlin ('56), Bonnie Timmerman ('63wb) John Campbell ('63), Gary Behymer ('64) Larry Bowls ('64) and Donna Young ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kay Mitchell ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jack Gardiner ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Missing Sandstorm Maren: No Sandstorm this morning on Comcast. Just a heads-up/FYI. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Bill, Looks like we had 187 bounces yesterday. Let's hope comcast has the problem fixed. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bonnie Timmerman Glover ('63wb) To Jim Hamilton ('63) You have really humbled me. I knew you were sick and I am so glad that you are on the road to recovery. I also know how important it is to have your love one by your side during this trying time. I had two strokes and if it wasn't for my husband, well well..... enough said. I thought about you and Nancy this weekend and when I did I ran upon this poem and wanted to share it with you two. Because of your strong faith I kept the track Whose sharp-set stones my strength had well-nigh spent. I could not meet your eyes if I turned back; so on I went. Because you would not yield belief in me, The threatening crags that rose my way to bar. I conquered inch by crumbling inch-to see The goal afar. And though I struggle toward it through hard years, or flinch, or falter blindly, yet within, "You Can!" unwavering my spirit hears And I shall win. You two are what a loving couple is all about. Congratulations on your recovery. -Bonnie Timmerman Glover ('63wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Campbell ('63) Re: WSU fans tested again Well, I accompanied my wife, a WSU alum, to the Cougar/Duck game Saturday. It was not pretty, and there were quite a few ducks. I admit that Oregon has had some good teams, but come on, who picked the names? Ducks and Beavers don't exactly strike fear into the hearts of large mammals in the animal world. However, the Ducks did kick the Cougars buts. But, you know, WSU has great fans. There is always the hope that if they can beat the Dawgs the season is a success. P.S. We had breakfast in Colfax, but didn't see Gary B. anywhere. I asked the young waitress if she knew Gary. She took a look at me, and said no, but my dad might. (I chuckled). -John Campbell ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) This is for those of you who may have been reading the Alumni Sandstorm for some time. Here it is folks, 'the proof is in the pudding'! See photo taken on trip to Rockaway Beach (;-) -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry and Donna Young Bowls ('64) To: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/20/2008 Bill Berlin "A Very Good Day" Thanks Bill for the kind words of our visit. I apologize, however, for this late response. My hotel selections after leaving Anacortes were not very computer friendly, and this is basically the first opportunity to respond. I happen to be stuck in Morgan Hill, CA after stopping here to verify a probable mechanical problem arising from an incident on Hwy 101 traveling from Oceanside, WA to Reedsport, OR. Traveling in rain all day we came upon 3 accidents between Tillamook and Reedsport. Whilst not directly involved in the last accident, an evasive maneuver on the Harley I think caused us a rear wheel problem that we are now held over for repairs here for a couple of days. We were a bit rattled over the incident, but we are both ok. After a long period of time trying to hook up with you, Donna and I were pleased to spend the time with you and Sandy at your home. You have a beautiful home with million dollar views of the San Jaun Islands and Rosario Strait. Anacortes is a pretty well kept secret from Californians. I confess that the '50s generation of Bomber graduates interests me greatly, because (and I am guessing somewhat) you all had lives elsewhere before moving to Richland. Bomber classes of the early '60s and after probably reflected more kids that were born in or near Richland. It fascinates me still, of the migration all of our families made to get to our little corner of the world called Richland. I failed to ask you, but like a lot of southender kids, you may have worked at the bowling alley setting pins (I'm talking about the old bowling alley on GWWay downtown). I know older brothers George ('54), Thurman ('56), and David ('58) did along with some of the King boys. I remember that for a nickel or dime, I would take from home, pie plates of a prepared meal to them. Then, at my sheltered age, it was quite an experience to be hanging out at the bowling alley and pool hall (I say this with some jest). It would be interesting to see who else would confess to setting pins there. I should also mention that Donna and I did in fact pass our yacht training classes. She did very well (to her surprise). In fact, so well that I may just end up being her "first mate". Come to think about it, I have been her first mate - for 43 years this month. I am truly blessed. I really married up! Thank you again Bill for your invite and chat. It was a great pleasure to finally meet you to talk of Richland and boats. Thanks too, to all the other Bombers that share their stories here in the Alumni Sandstorm. This is a special place to share our good times, our sad times, our hopes, prayers and disappointments and occasionally even our disagreements in politics. Even so, that which holds us together, that special bond of being from "Bomberville" is more meaningful and stronger than ever. -Larry and Donna Young Bowls ('64) ~ In Morgan Hill, CA - a prisoner but for one more day, then back to the asphalt jungle of the Los Angeles basin. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/30/2008 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ From Richard: Two things: 1) Maren is sick (pneumonia) [why she doesn't tell me these things before it gets out of hand is beyond me] so I'll be doing the rag for a while. 2) A LOT of our subscribers (about 40%) have not received the Sandstorm via e-mail the past two days. We know what the problem is -- it is not at your end -- and hope that it is resolved soonest. A note to all: if you don't get your Sandstorm via e-mail you can always read it on-line at <>. The only difference is that we strip out e-mail addresses. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff today: Floyd Melton ('57), Gary Behymer ('64) Steve Simpson ('65), Barb Belcher ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy Hudson ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tami Schuchart ('68) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Floyd Melton ('57) Re: Richland Bowling Alley The subject of the old Richland Bowling Alley came up in Larry Bowls's comments yesterday and that brought back old memories. I set pins there for one summer in about 1953; I am not sure of the exact date but I do remember how tired I was as I walked home after a league game night dragging my behind all the way. I also remember helping them refinish the alleys and got so stoned from the fumes I didn't know which way was up. Where was OSHA back then? I set pins one evening along side Chuck Bigelow and watched him take a bowler out with one punch after the bowler rolled the ball down on him the third time. What a sight that was and very funny. I do not believe I ever had a tougher job than that one. -Floyd Melton ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: COLFAX AUTUMN HARVEST HULLABALOO Friday, October 3rd & Saturday, October 4th! Downtown Colfax will be overflowing with antiques, arts and crafts this October when the Chamber of Commerce brings together some of the best dealers and artists from around the region. <> -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Simpson ('65) In a recent post from David Rivers on 9/26, he mentioned listening to boss jocks on the radio. I've been trying to remember the name of one of the boss jocks at KALE. He lived behind me and right next to Patricia de la Bretonne. He invited me over to the studio one day and that was the beginning of my interest in broadcasting. This rock jock later went on to become a big player in the LA market. Does anybody remember his name? Gary Crow or Patty de la Bretonne, are you reading? I later became a night jock at KKNU Fresno while earning a degree in mass communications. After that I was a producer/writer/director for several television stations in California and Nevada. Up to now, I haven't been a frequent Sandstorm reader. But I realize that the Sandstorm is a wonderful way to keep in contact with our classmates and reminisce about early memories in our life. For example, I just sent an email to my third grade PE teacher -- Rex Davis. So here is my first post on the Sandstorm. Thanks Sandstorm, -Steve Simpson, Class of '65 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barb Belcher Valinske ('72) To: Gary Spanner ('72) Congratulations for being chosen as CBC Foundation's Outstanding Alumnus for 2008-2009!! The Tri-City Herald Sunday, Sept. 28, edition had a great picture (a whole half page!). Keep up the good work. See the article (no picture) at this link: <> -Barb Belcher Valinske ('72) ~ West Richland ~ Warm and sunny during the day, chilly at night, and the trees are starting to turn color. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` August, 2008 ~ October, 2008