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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 ~ 10/01/2008 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff today: Patti Jones ('60), Derrith Persons ('60) Irene de la Bretonne ('61), Kathy Rathvon ('63) Patty de la Bretonne ('65), David Rivers ('65) Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Duane Lee ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Phyllis Maffei ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Karen Fulcher ('79) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>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, October 11, 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: Derrith Persons Dean ('60) It's Lunch time!! Class of '60, family and/or friends If you're in town or from out of town Come on, we'll have a good time!! When? - Saturday, October 4th Time? - 11:30 am Where? - 3 Margaritas 627 Jadwin, Richland Come on.... let's talk! Classmate, -Derrith Persons Dean ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Irene de la Bretonne Hays ('61) To Steve Simpson ('65) The super radio jock you are remembering is Lyn Bryson. He lived next door to us on McPherson Street. -Irene de la Bretonne Hays ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kathy Rathvon ('63) For all you wine lovers, this week-end, Sat. Oct. 4 from 1-6pm and Sun. Oct. 5 from 1-4pm there will be wine tasting at Ward Johnson Winery in Seattle. Kurt Johnson ('63), his wife Sherri Ward ('63), Kurt's brother Charles ('70) and his wife Tamara ('70) are involved in the winery. They will be introducing a new facility, personal wine storage lockers, wine club membership, and local art. You can taste their new releases -- a 2007 Counterbalance Chardonnay; and a 2006 Red Mountain Cabernet, Merlot, and Syrah. Address: 1445 Elliott Ave. West, Seattle, 206.284.2635. I'm going Saturday. Hope to see some Bombers there! -Kathy Rathvon ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patty de la Bretonne ('65) To Steve Simpson ('65) Lynn Bryson, my old neighbor! -Patty de la Bretonne ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Our Boy Simpson Only Our Boy Steve Simpson ('65) could have been oblivious to the years we have been communicating, Bomber to Bomber by way of the sandstorm...But we forgive him because....he's Simpson...nuff without spending a whole bunch of time on this lemme correct Steve's foggy memory...hey anybody who has been thru as much chemo and radiation as Simpson is allowed to have a foggy memory...the guy that lived behind Steve was our favorite Jock...Lynn Bryson ('57)...he called himself "Lynner the Spinner" and "Lynster the Spinster"...his theme song was Straight Flush by the Frantics....the other Jock...the one that went on to be the syndicated star of Live from the 60s was the Real Don Steele (RIP)...he was produced by MG ("Machine Gun") Kelley...MG may still do the show...last I heard it was live from the 60s and 70s...Our "post office" in vietnam got raided because of Don....he sent a tape to a guy in our area...the dumb jerks in the post office stole it (along with everything else not nailed down including the reel to reel I sent home)...and played it full blast from the post office....a friend of the guy heard it and told his buddy...BUSTED! So there ya are Simpson...stayed tuned to the Sandstorm for more stacks a wax and pounds a sounds. PS Get well Maren! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Maren, I hope you're feeling better real soon. Take care of yourself, OK? -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/02/2008 Dateline: Richland (where the weather is really really nice!) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Richard's Maren Report: I talked to Maren Wednesday evening about 7:45pm. The fever has gone away for the most part; however, she is still feeling none too chipper ... general fatigue. And ... it seems that almost every doctor in the Greater New Orleans area wants a piece of her. Nice to know that they care; but, ... WHY do they care? Anyway, I'm sure that all will work out well over the next few days -- Maren is ONE TOUGH BIRD -- and everything will return to normal for Sandstorm Nation. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff today: Mike Clowes ('54), Cathy Geier ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kay Conrad ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) It has always puzzled me as to how someone could follow instructions on how to get information, if the primary notification means was not functioning. As in the following: "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." So, Richard, tell us again how this works in High Tech terms. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ Awaiting the rain in Mount Angel, OR [Richard: uh, Bobby, it looks to me that the intent of my note worked just fine; i.e., when our Sandstorm subscribers finally received their beloved e-mail issues - - the 40% rejection rate lasted two days -- they were able to see that there was a link to the on-line archive where they could read what they had missed (Did David finally catch that pesky ambulance? Whose birthday did I miss? What's going on?). Now, as far as "High Tech" is concerned, are you ready for "dotted quads"? RFC's? Are you into reading (and analyzing) e-mail headers? UTF-8 is near and dear to your heart? Hmmmm, I didn't think so. I think we (the imperial 'we') shall let this bear hibernate for the next few years.] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Cathy Geier ('66) Is anyone going to drive from Seattle to Richland and back in one day in the near future who would like a friendly passenger ... me? I wish to visit my family and pick up some -- just 3 -- boxes. It's about sharing fun and gas expense. Life is fine here in Seattle. The weather is gorgeous. I am not working much as a substitute yet ... very different than in Richland last year. Of course, here I will not go to the low income middle schools due to some bad experiences last spring -- nothing which ever would happen in Richland -- and the higher income district hasn't had work there yet. It's a matter of time though, because I will do special ed and can do Spanish and Math in middle school. Two districts have requested more paperwork to be in a file for next year for Spanish. I am now taking a Math Coach training which is very inspiring. I am still attending my dance and yoga workshops here. I am working on the plans to go volunteer-teach near Quepos, Costa Rica for January. If anyone is there or has been maybe we can talk? I have been there twice and know the school. Regards to all, -Cathy Geier ('66) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/03/2008 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers and 1 Bomber Booster sent stuff: John Adkins ('62), Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Diane Call (Bomber Booster) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: George Brinkman ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Katie Riggins ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: AKA - in "High Tech Terms" Ya put yer left leg in - ya put yer left leg out - ya do the Hokey Pokey and ya turn yerself about . . . . that's what it's all about. -John Adkins ('62) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Re: Class of 1990 Valedictorian Way back on September 15, Diane Call from the Bomber Boosters asked us to see if some Bomber could help her find the valedictorian for the Class of 1990. So far not one single person could help. Surely SOMEBODY in Bomber Nation has the Commencement Program from 1990 and can help the Bomber Boosters complete their project. [I have reposted Diane's submission from 09/15 below; please read it. -Richard] -Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Here is Diane's contact info. Please help! Diane Call RHS Bomber Booster and Valedictorian Board chairperson **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>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 RHS 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 ~ 10/04/2008 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Jim Jensen ('50), Mike Clowes ('54) Larry Mattingly ('60), Sue Nussbaum ('63) Gary Behymer ('64), David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gloria Davis ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) Hi Bombers, Still computing from one of our libraries. I truly miss reading the "'storm" on a daily basis and exchanging views and comments with fellow participants. As Bomber-Buddy Dave Rhodes indicated, our home and human and canine occupants were sincerely blessed. We and nearly everyone else lost fencing, large branches, gutters, etc., but escaped serious damage. A few day after "Ike" I drove to essential places and saw tree debris in front of every habitation -- sometimes stacked over six feet high -- for the width of roadside property. We lost power for only 36 hours, water for less time than that. MANY were without power for 10-21 days. Our neighbors to the south, especially in and around Galveston, suffered the worst locally. Those poor folks dealt with circumstances similar to those crushed by Katrina and Rita east from here a few years back ... Maren and others know about that firsthand. "Ike" traveled north into the Chicago area and then turned eastward. The destruction was widespread and many perished. Once again -- we were blessed. Here's wishing all the best to all Bombers. -Jim Jensen ('50) ~ Katy, TX **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) For John Adkins ('62) Your explanation was far too technical for anyone to understand. And just what is a "hokey-pokey"? Anything like the "lindy"? Or even the "twist"? -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) I am in Ontario, CA for the weekend. Part business, and part personal. Ended up with Saturday (10/4) late afternoon and evening free. Any local Bombers want to meet for dinner? Sorry about the short notice but we finished business earlier then expected. I will check my e-mail before noon and get back to any inquiries. -J Larry Mattingly ('60) ~ From a motel room near the airport. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Susan Nussbaum Reeb ('63) Re: Boise Bomber Luncheon We are planning a Bomber luncheon in a few days and hope that many Bombers in the Boise area will join us! DATE: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11 TIME: 12 noon PLACE: Goodwood Barbecue 7849 W. Spectrum (near Edwards Theatres) 658-7173 So far, eight Bombers have indicated that they will be attending. We would be delighted to increase that number. Just contact me to make your reservation! -Susan Nussbaum Reeb ('63) ~ Boise, Idaho, where the mild fall weather has been incredible. I played golf three out of the last four days. Isn't retirement wonderful?! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Class of 1990 Valedictorians? Easy to find ... just go to the Class of 1990's Richland Bomber web page! MMMM wait a minute, no one from that class has ever bothered to take charge and build a page ... how sad. Are we sure that they are really Richland Bombers? I did go to and emailed the first 5 or so people listed. We'll see if I get any replies. Signed ... ValedictorianAngst -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Silly me Valedictorian. The word was virtually foreign to me back in '65 when I grageated. All through school I had been paired with Janine Rightmire ('65) because Rivers followed Rightmire. Simple enough. Grageashun nite, I just assumed that I would walk down the isle and pick up my diploma next to Janine. Now I was smart enough to know that there was a group of guys that were not sure of their status and that they were somehow located in the back of the gym. One of our gang was married and had a job lined up and had to report for work before grageashun nite. His Dad had gone to battle with the powers that be, and though he was otherwise eligible to grageate, the ruling was that if he didn't appear at the grageashun ceremony...he would not grageate. I believe he had to get a GED as a result. I was grateful to grageate tho not ready to enter the real world. Ricky Warford ('65) and I had sat on the curb in front of Mac Hall a few days before all but sobbing our eyes out at our failure to recognize the full impact of leaving school before we racked up enough credits to be grageates. In all the festivities on the big night, I looked around for Janine and she was no where to be least no where near me. Alas, I learned that the Honor students including the Valedictorian were in front and that the few guys hanging in the rear were also out of place...What had been a perfectly suitable arrangement all through school was not to be carried thru to the final ceremony. The cruel reality of life was brought home to me that night. Anyway, I think it is pretty darned cool that the Honor kids will be recognized in the new school! -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/05/2008 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Dick Wight ('52), Tom Hughes ('56) Michael Waggoner ('60), Robert Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sandi Ward ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janis Cook ('68) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Morris Massey ('54) & Carol Horstman ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick Wight ('52) Re: Graduation stuff David Rivers ('65) commented on a classmate not officially graduating because he didn't attend the graduation ceremony, being otherwise eligible. My, my! that seems heavy-handed!!! I left Columbia High on Jan. 2, 1952, two or three weeks before the end our the semester, and joined the Coast Guard. But vice principal Edgar "Dutch" Haag had made arrangements for me to take semester final exams on that day, plus turn in extra homework assignments etc. on that day as well. I had enough credits to graduate. And Dutch mailed me my diploma later on. That seemed a much more enlightened and understanding situation than that described by Dave! The only "fallout" for me was that I lost touch with my classmates for many years, as I just kinda vanished from the scene and didn't appear in our '52 yearbook. -Dick Wight ('52) ~ here in the Ozarks where Fall has fell. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Hughes ('56) What if the Hokey Pokey really is what it's all about? -Tom Hughes ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Michael Waggoner ('60) Re: Class of 1990 Valedictorian I am surprised that the school system does not have a record of valedictorians. On the other hand, 1990 is getting to be a fair time ago, and files do get cleaned out. Might someone employed by the school system look at the confidential grade records for the class of 1990, and report who was highest? If this name is not found, perhaps list for 1990 the "Unknown Student", like the "Unknown Soldier" buried at Arlington, each of whom stands for all? Maren, best wishes for your good health. Each day I am grateful for your work on the Alumni Sandstorm. -Michael Waggoner ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Avant ('69) Re: Bomber Lunch The 1st North Sound Bomber Lunch and Mule Skinning Lessons will be on October 11, 2008. Ever wanted to handle a team of 20-30 mules like on "Death Valley Days" or understand what trying to hold a conversation at "The View" is like? Come on then and join all the North Sound Bombers for lunch. Where: Maddox Grill & Bar 18411 Highway 99 Lynnwood, WA 98037 Time: 12:30pm -Robert Avant ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/06/2008 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Mike Clowes ('54) John Adkins ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Collins ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Harvey Irby ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Willie Mitchell ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pam Pyle ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) To: Tom Hughes ('56) Where have we gone wrong? -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: Tom Huges ('56) -- Maybe that is what it's all about. A little "Speed Research" led me to this bit of Jimmy Buffett wisdom. Jimmy Buffett, Mac MacAnally, C. Macak, T. Baker, L. Laprise The universe is runnin' away I heard it on the news just the other day There's this new stuff called dark energy We can't measure and we can't see It's some elemental mystery Train that we can't catch But our heads are in the oven And somebody's 'bout to strike a match Meanwhile back on our big round ball Things are getting serious as cholesterol Permutations, calculations, Greedy piggies at the trough Arrogance and ignorance Just to top it off I just can't keep up with the Nasdaq Who got sold and bought I've got to take my lunch break But I'll leave you with a little for thought Maybe it's all too simple For our brains to figure it out What if the hokey pokey Is all it really is about What if life is just a cosmic joke [Jimmy Buffett Lyrics are found on] Like spiders in your underwear or olives in your coke My life can get as messy as a day old sticky bun So I arm myself with punch lines and a big ol' water gun They say it's not that simple but just maybe it should be It's time to change the subject, would you join me in a cup of herbal tea? Maybe it's all too simple For our brains to figure it out What if the hokey pokey Is all it really is about I still believe in rock 'n' roll It pays my bills and soothes my soul There really really isn't A whole lot more around Except for Frank Sinatra and the Big band sound I want music in the music I want chicken in the soup I want caffeine in my system let's revive the hula hoop Maybe it's all too simple For our brains to figure it out What if the hokey pokey Is all it really is about -John Adkins ('62) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/07/2008 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bronc funeral notice today: Phil Belcher ('51), Pam Ehinger ('67) Alan Lobdell ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jessie Willoughby ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jon Boisoneau ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cristy Cone ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Phil Belcher ('51) Monday, October 6, 2008 "Richland School's Discipline Program Draws Fire From Parents" This article in the Tri-City Herald caught my eye yesterday morning during my normal breakfast reading and it made the hair on my neck stand up. People complaining about teachers trying to have discipline in their classes. Good lord people. That's what schools are supposed to do! It's a program in Kennewick and Pasco so why not in Richland? And a mother that is so unhappy that she designed a button with a picture of Hitler on it! Come on now. If we would teach our children to behave in public and respect people in authority we wouldn't have the problems that we have now. And it all boils down to the parents not teaching their children to behave. If I got into trouble in school or anywhere else my father would come down on me in nothing flat. I dreaded his wrath more than the punishment that I received from the principal. I remember (sometimes I can do that) a time when some students got drunk at a game in Yakima and they had to go on stage in a special assembly and apologize for their actions. (No names even tho I can remember most of them. Two of them were band members and Gordon Pappas gave them heck for it in addition to the principal.) And the parents didn't complain about it either. I got into two fights on the school bus, cracked one window on the bus, and Bill Hartley reported us for it. The principal had us in the office and after a stiff dressing down gave us two weeks after school sweeping the parking lots and picking up broken glass plus helping the maintenance workers for two Saturdays. We accepted the punishment (maybe whined about it) and went on our way. However, Dad strapped me and I was grounded for a month. I would guess that parents now would probably sue the school. Another example, I believe that it happened in the '70's, that a group of students trashed a motel in Seattle, breaking windows, ripping the phones out, and destroying the TV's. I doubt that the parents did anything about that either. Some time back I remember one of the students bragging about being involved it the trashing. Does that say anything about how society has evolved? When our children were small we had ironclad rules: only one hour of TV, home work came first, and every one had chores to do and then they could play outside. We never worried about letting them go to the park or walk to school. And they grew up into responsible adults. And our grandchildren are the same. I read recently that the school-age children are getting obese as a result of too much time spent with games and TV and that they should play outside for at least an hour! I shudder to think about the world 50 years in the future. I feel better after ranting about this. And they may not let it go into the paper. Oh well. That's life. And who ever said that life was fair? -Phil Belcher ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger ~ The Blue Ribbon Class of '67 To: Willie Mitchell ('66) Hey Lady, Happy Birthday a day late! Hope you're doing well! Would love to hear from you! Take Care, Little Bumps! Love Ya Big Bumps! Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger ~ The Blue Ribbon Class of '67 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Lobdell ('69) Graduation night 1969, a friend and I were standing in line to enter the gym when approached by Art Dawald. He looked at us both and asked why we were there. We explained that we had to go through the graduation ceramony. Without even a small smile he told us, "No you're not. You two skipped my final exam and went to Idaho, so I flunked you both and took you out of graduation." He then walked away without another word. We both sat there that night sweating wondering if our names were going to be skipped. I decided that since my friends name was before mine I was heading for the door if his name was skipped. I think the exam would have been better then sitting there worring about that. However, the Coors we got was great after our names were called. -Alan Lobdell ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Jack Williams ('44) ~ 10/25/26 - 9/29/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/08/2008 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ From Richard: I am trying a little experiment today. I am putting Mark Ingham's entry first in hopes that everybody will read it. In almost every case, when we run 'NAB' entries, they are of general interest to ALL Bombers; often they are requests for information (as Mark's is). Maren may think it a bad idea and put the kibosh on it; but, hey, it's worth a try. Anyway, please read it. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Mark Ingham (NAB) and 8 Bombers sent stuff today: Marilyn De Vine ('52), Marguerite Groff ('54), Marian "Martie" Wade ('57), Larry Mattingly ('60), Frank Whiteside ('63), Linda Reining ('64), Cathy Geier ('66), Alan Lobdell ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan Sherwood ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gene Burrill ('67wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mark Ingham (NAB) Re: 1958 Bombers Basketball Team Good day Bombers!! This is Mark Ingham with the City of Richland's Public Information Office and I am trying to track down members from the STATE CHAMPION 1958 Richland Bombers Basketball team for a historic documentary detailing this team. I have looked at the roster of the team, and have contacted Jim Castleberry and CW Brown, but was only able to leave voicemails. If you were on that team, or know the whereabouts of members of that team, could you please let me know? Also, if you have pictures, newspaper articles, or video of the team, that would be of great help too. Thanks for your help everyone!! -Mark Ingham (NAB) City of Richland Public Information (509) 942-7707 mailto:mingham@CI.RICHLAND.WA.US **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Note: Today's entries about school discipline refer to this article in the Tri-City Herald. Monday, October 6, 2008 "Richland School's Discipline Program Draws Fire From Parents" **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: M. De Vine ('52) To: Phil Belcher I'll say a loud "AMEN" to your "ranting" comments!! (Some times ya' gotta' RANT to get attention and make a point!) Thanks for your contribution yesterday morning. I don't get the paper so wouldn't have known about this situation at the school. Where are parents' heads????? Does anyone know what happened with the girl, last year, who insisted on being a Bomber, to carry on a family tradition? I never did hear the end of that story. -M. De Vine ('52) ~ in beautiful Tri-Cities, where the weather is cooling, but not cold. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) Maren. Not sure if you accept this type of posting. [Sometimes we do; this time, yes; it follows the 'normal' Sandstorm post. - Richard] However, here it is. I hope no one has been attacked by this computer virus. It seems to be especially nasty. Did you have any damage from the tornado? Ever wish you were back here? Probably not, given that you have your daughter and grandchildren there. We just have to pray hard for no more hurricanes. Marguerite ----------------------------------- On a more fun subject, I am asking any and all Class of '54 classmates to e-mail me your current address. That will also help me gather your cell phone numbers. We will be having our 55th Reunion next September. Haven't started the planning. However, we realize that many of our classmates have moved and we can no longer find them. It would be a big help to have all the information you can give us. Also, any suggestions you might have. It will be much simpler than our 50th. That's why your ideas are so important. -Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) ~ Nice weather here in the Tri-Cities. Rain in the forecast, but right now the sun is out. Not looking forward to cold weather. ---------------------------------------------------------------- Received an e-mail a few minutes ago that warned me of a new nasty computer virus. I checked Snopes and it is scary. Check for yourself. HUGE VIRUS COMING!!! PLEASE READ & FORWARD!!! PLEASE FORWARD THIS WARNING AMONG FRIENDS, FAMILY AND CONTACTS! You should be alert during the next few days. Do not open any message with an attachment entitled 'POSTCARD FROM HALLMARK', regardless of who sent it to you. It is a virus which opens A POSTCARD IMAGE, which 'burns' the whole hard disc C of your computer. This virus will be received from someone who has your e-mail address in his/her contact list. This is the reason why you need to send this e-mail to all your contacts It is better to receive this message 25 times than to receive the virus and open it. If you receive a mail called 'POSTCARD', even though sent to you by a friend, do not open it! Shut down your computer immediately. This is the worst virus, announced by CNN. It has been classified by Microsoft as the most destructive virus ever. This virus was discovered by McAfee yesterday, and there is no repair yet for this kind of virus. This virus simply destroys the Zero Sector of the Hard Disc, where the vital information is kept. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marian "Martie" Wade Jenkins ('57) Re: Discipline - School and home To Phil Belcher ('51) and everyone else I ditto what you said. I've been preaching this for years. No discipline = no respect. No chores = no responsibility. Too many kids and young adults don't know the meaning of respect or responsibility. So many of them don't know the meaning of work either. They want the paycheck but don't think they have to work for it. When discipline went out the door, so did the world as we knew it. You've heard "spare the rod and spoil the child." Well???? Look what happened. -Marian "Martie" Wade Jenkins ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: J Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Dinner in Ontario, CA I was in the Ontario CA area for a few days last week and had Saturday PM free. So I put a note on the Sandstorm to see if anyone would like to meet for dinner. It was a pleasure to meet with Wynell Williams ('55) Fishbourne and her husband Keith (NAB) at PF Chang's for some excellent Chinese food and great conversation. They drove in from Victorville about an hour away. A big "Thank You" to them for a fun evening. I can add them to my list of new Bomber friends scattered across this land. Being a Bomber really is something special. A note about the 50th Anniversary celebration for the City of Richland: They have enough contributions for a large display. So the show is on for Saturday the 13th of December. Any additional funds will make it bigger and better. Contributions will be accepted by Candace Andrews, the City Public Information person at City Hall. We would like to have the final amount by November 15th but can still accept donations through December 1. Even though the display will be designed by then we can use any extra funds to double up effects and make it even better. Volunteers to help with set-up and clean-up will be welcomed. There will be lots of Glitz, Glitter, Noise, and traditional effects and colors as well. We will fire to music that will be broadcast over a local radio station. It will be fired over the river at Amon Park. Volunteers need only to have a willing attitude and be able to follow directions. No alcohol or controlled substances before or during the display. Since we are firing at about 7pm the crew will be looking to slake hunger and thirst after we pack things away and clean up a bit. Please e-mail me if you would like to take part in the fun. Good fireworks are a lot of work, but we have fun doing it. This will also be a true 50th celebration for me personally. The first display I fired as "pyro in charge" was the 4th of July, 1958 at Bomber Bowl. -J Larry Mattingly ('60) ~ From my office where the sun is shining bright and the rain is pouring, a little ways south of Olympia. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Frank Whiteside ('63) Re: new discipline plan for Chief Joseph I read Phil Belcher's entry (as well as the Tri-City Herald article) with great interest and amusement. The amusement part had to do with the "Five-Step Discipline Plan" at Chief Joseph. I completed 7th, 8th, and 9th grade at Chief Jo. My family lived nearly across the street from the school. This was from 1956- 1959. I still have two of my yearbooks. I retired in 2000 after 30 years of teaching at the junior high level. After reading the TCH article, I felt as if the teachers and parents must live on another planet. A "Five-Step Discipline Plan"? Why not a Twelve-Step Plan like AA? Parents and teachers at the school must be totally detached from reality. I taught a short time in Florida and spent the other 29 years in New Orleans city and suburban schools. Their Five-Step Plan is something that might be used for grades K-3 here. They must be teaching in a country club. If they don't have any more problems than they describe, then the parents need to get a life! The punishments are laughable. The parents and kids wouldn't survive one day in New Orleans area schools. I taught mostly the lowest elements of society. I had many kids who ended up in prison for murder or were killed in shootings. Our teachers were cursed out in the worst manner. A number were punched out and severely injured. Parents cursed us out and sometimes threatened us. The kids fought, lit fires, smoked, and every other thing you can imagine. I moved from school to school in my first city school assignment. I could smell urine and pot in the stairwells daily. We had what they called "the spring riots" at my first longtime assignment. Groups of kids fought and had the entire school in chaos. Some kids ended up in the hospital. One nearly died during brain surgery. Our schools were like something out of a crazy movie. At Chief Jo we were PADDLED and our parents sided with the school no matter what. We had respect for our teachers and really liked most of them. Any parent who complains about five little baby steps in a discipline plan needs to be sentenced to enroll their kids in a real-life city school! What a total joke of a plan! Our teachers would laugh their heads off! -Frank Whiteside ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64) to:Phil Belcher('51) re: discipline in schools this article points out what is wrong with our public school systems! I have grandchildren who attend public schools and a daughter who teaches in the public school system and it's a joke! I have one granddaughter, who has learning problems, so she attends a very, small Christian school(they were more willing to work with her dyslexia and other learning problems)and each parent and child has to read the handbook and agree to the discipline. if students misbehave, they are given "Saturday school", they clean up the grounds and the classrooms. major infractions result in suspension or expulsion, but they haven't had much of that---most kids want to be there and accept the rules before attending. IF my daughter has a problem with a student, she is NOT allowed to touch that child, she is to call the office, tell the principal that she has a problem, then the principal comes to the class to deal with that student. she can make the student sit in the corner, or out in the hall, but that is the extent of her discipline and she teaches FIRST GRADE!!!!! absolutely ridiculous! when I was in school, my mom knew, BEFORE I got home, IF I had been in trouble at school----I got punished at school and worse when I got home! didn't hurt me one bit and it won't hurt these kids, either, but it's the parents that are to blame for the lack of discipline in the schools! "can't discipline little Johnny, it might hurt his psyche". BS!!!!! I don't agree with "capital punishment" in schools and I don't think swats need to be repeated, but I do think public school teachers should be allowed to discipline the way private school teachers are. IF kids knew there were consequences for their actions, they might not be so out of control by the time they got to middle school or high school! Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64).....Bakersfield, CA where temps are down in the 80's and I am a "happy camper" now that the triple digits have gone "bye bye" for this year. *grin* **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Cathy Geier ('66) Good Morning Everyone, I read with alarm and interest the entry about the discipline issue in Richland. I NEED to get copies of that article. Please, if anyone has their Tri-City Heralds sitting in a pile for recycle, please contact me and send me originals and follow up letters. I substitute taught in Richland, particularly the middle schools, so I had a bird's eye view. I completed hiring procedures for Kennewick. I know there is a discipline system in Kennewick standard for several of their schools which seemed rather strict to me. You may remember I spoke so much about the Seeds of Compassion event and how I felt that this approach and the curriculum available was so valuable for preventive discipline. On a happier note, the rain stopped overnight in Seattle! Another day of not substitute teaching, and the weather is great. I just got hired by another school to substitute, so the work is beginning to roll in. Today I shall drink in the lovely clean Seattle air and bike ride. Then work on some paperwork for some professional committees. If anyone has time to work on a political issue, my latest is the pay and benefits for substitute teachers. I am getting eloquent enough to be asked to speak to the governor or her analyst. We get from $110.00 per day to 145.00 per day. We don't work 180 days; but rather, if really flexible and also competitive, probably 120-130 days. Do the math! Then we pay our own medical insurance. The 55 pay increase voted for teachers does not in any way extend to substitute teachers. I have to miss this first west side Bomber luncheon; I am at a workshop. Major congrats to Bob for organizing it. I will look forward to the next dates. Cathy ~ under wind/swept/sunny Seattle skies -Cathy Geier ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Lobdell ('69) Re: School Discipline Program Hooray for Phil Belcher ('51) for telling it like it was and should still be. When I got hacks in Chief Joseph in the seventh grade I knew I would go home to worse. My parents had no room in their lives for me to act up at school. By the way it didn't hurt my self esteem nor was I emotionally impacted. Nor were any of my friends when they got hacks or whatever their punishment was. I often wonder where this idea of school punishment hurting a kid's self esteem came from. I had friends who got hacks, stayed after school to work, had to do community service work, etc. and it never seem to bother them. It did however teach them a lesson that most did not forget. I know I never forgot mine. At Chief Jo I believe his name was Barnard or something like that. He had a very large paddle with a lot of holes in it and it hurt. You did not want that twice. I knew some kids who bragged about getting it and surviving. Kids need the line drawn in the sand and need punishment for crossing it; teachers need the ability to punish. -Alan Lobdell ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/09/2008 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers and 1 Bomber Booster sent stuff today: Diane Call (Bomber Booster) Dick McCoy ('45), Pat Brimhall ('51) Shirley Rae Drury ('51), Bill Berlin ('56) Judy Willox ('61), David Rivers ('65) Kim Carter ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Doug Martin ('80) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Diane Call (Bomber Booster) Found: 1990 Valedictorian, Lezlee Partridge Spread the word, and thanks to you all. Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) gave me a great lead in Trevor Larson, DDS, RHS class of 1990, and he recalled Lezlee as valedictorian. I talked with her mom, who requested Lezlee call me. I'll get my documentation, and can put the name boards together neatly. Yee-ha! I'll send word when all is in place. I don't know if we'll have some sort of formal reception, but it would be a good idea. -Diane Call (Bomber Booster) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Note: Today's entries about school discipline refer to this article in the Tri-City Herald. Monday, October 6, 2008 "Richland School's Discipline Program Draws Fire From Parents" <> **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) I regret hearing that Jack Williams ('44) has passed. He was one of my first friends in Richland. He lived up on Thayer, and would come down and play tag football with the neighbors and me. He actually went to high school in White Bluffs before Richland. Not many of those around. He and his lovely wife Marty ('46) were regular attendees in the early years of Club-40. My condolences to his family. Later, Jack. -Dick McCoy ('45) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pat Brimhall Madaia ('51) Re: Chief Jo Discipline Just wanted to tell Phil Belcher I enjoyed his input and agree. It sure is a different world than we grew up in! It makes me afraid for the grandkids and great-grandkids! -Pat Brimhall Madaia ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) Re: The Postcard Virus Warning of 10-07 Everyone needs to read the snopes article about the postcard virus clear through to the end. <> The exact email warning that was in yesterday's paper is shown near the end of the article and cited as a confusion of the real virus and a hoax warning. Snopes says about it: "Although the Postcard virus is real, it isn't a 'BIG VIRUS COMING' (it's already been around in multiple for a long time now), it will not 'burn the whole hard disc' of your computer, CNN didn't classify it as the 'worst virus' ever, and it doesn't arrive in messages bearing a subject line of 'invitation'." There is also in the snopes piece a method to avoid being shunted into a hoax site, while still getting to open any card you may have been sent. My thought is that whenever we receive something that claims to have consulted snopes that we carefully read the whole cited article ourselves. For some reason, people who compose these excited warnings frequently are in error. Now whenever I get one, I check it out carefully. Maren, I hope your pneumonia is healing. I've had pleurisy for 2 weeks. I think it's not as bad as pneumonia. -Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: School discipline ... weighing in. I have read with interest, including the Chief Jo controversy, and I come back to where I have always been: discipline is another part of responsibility. My dad was old line Army and whilst he loved my brother and me to death, he had rules and regulations that were not to be questioned or disobeyed. Doing so, and we both did, was not pretty. I think that what he gave me was not to have any fear of anything I wanted to do as long as it was responsible and didn't hurt anyone else or their property. I left for Alaska the day after graduation and had I not been fortified with this kind of responsibility, it would have been much worse and far more difficult. John Cowan ('56) and I left for college together without our parents as we wanted to cut the umbilical right from the start. It also helped me the most joining the military because I already knew terms like "sir, yes sir" and "right away, sir." I did not have to stop and think of what to say or how to say it, just do it. I am a huge advocate of our schools but not a great fan of higher administrations or the unions. Until this past voting season, I have never voted against a school proposition or levy but had to do that this past spring when our local school district got stupid with their spending wish list. I have always wanted to get more money to the classroom floor and less for all of the administration positions that are questionable but probably mandated by law. Furthermore, I have never considered school or teachers as a "baby sitting service" for my kids and therefore advocate heavy penalties for student indiscretions and outright bad behavior, paddling not excluded. Schools and teachers do have an obligation to educate their students to be as well prepared as they can be for the trials and tribulations that come with moving into the adult world, but they are not prison guards in any way, shape, or form. From a personal perspective, I find that if just one kid is disrupting a class, that is one too many. I remember when one of my daughter's classes was being torn up by an unruly kid and the school seemed unable to control him so a couple of other dads and I went to the kid's house and confronted his parents. They were offended, naturally, and thought we were not telling them the straight story so did little or nothing to control their kid. Plan B was that when he was caught shoplifting at one of the local merchants and we found a stash of stolen goods at his parents' house, we pushed to have him sent to Juvie and have his parents watched. The problem was pretty well solved but it took a lot of outside intervention by citizens. The school apparently did not have the teeth to do a job on this punk and I was damned if I was going to pay all those taxes to have my kid's class continually interrupted by this jerk. That said, this all comes down to responsibility, or the lack of it. Who the hell cares if a kid is embarrassed in front of his or her peers, because that is the best penalty there is. If they end up in the U.S. Marines I can guarantee they will be embarrassed more than once so why not get ready. Getting embarrassed in school is a lot better than being embarrassed in a Marine brig (you ex-Jar Heads, am I correct?) The current financial mess we are in as a country has a lot of blame to go around but most of it can be boiled down to the lack of responsibility and discipline by a lot of folks. The banks, mortgage companies, and real estate agents were given a license to kill with those no/low downs, ARM's, super balloons, etc. because for some reason we tried to legislate that owning a home was a "right" and not "privilege". The government oversight was nonexistent and the trading greed was unbelievable but a lot of it was based on the ability, and responsibility, of people not to buy far more home than they could afford, thus blame top to bottom. Unfortunately, those of us who did not get in the mix, and some of us who could see it coming back in 2005 and 2006, are paying the price with our 401K's and other personal retirement income and we didn't do a damn thing to deserve it. Responsibility, responsibility, responsibility needs to be the mantra of our schools and it needs to start NOW!!! To Phil Belcher ... good on ya, mate. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ in Anacortes, WA where a lot of my retirement funds are in Canada and have been since 1995. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Judy Willox (Classic Class of '61) To: Alan Lobdell ('69) Re: Mr. Eugene Bernard, Teacher I think the teacher whom you spoke of in your entry yesterday is the one and the same teacher I had for sixth grade at Lewis and Clark. His name was Eugene Bernard and he had that very same paddle while at Lewis and Clark. He was not afraid to wield it if one had it coming and I think he was one of the most respected teachers at Lewis and Clark. He was fair, right when it came to discipline, and cared a lot for the kids, showing it in many ways. Like when he took his whole class to the skating rink one time. He was a wonderful man and the only thing wrong with him was ..... he defected to Chief Jo instead of going to Carmichael where we all wanted him to be. ;o) Bomber Cheers, -Judy Willox (Classic Class of '61) ~ Richland ~ the weather is beginning to show signs of Fall, and all too soon will become Winter. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Bomber-babe Birthday and Bombers OK....It's birthday time again....I haven't known this Bomber- babe very long (only since last month) but because she's a big kid, I was able to meet her at the Big Kids' ('63) Reunion last month in our own Richland...Now not knowing a lot about people has never been an obstacle in point, my romantic story about Freddie and Ann ('63) on their anniversary...quite romantic I thought, but absolutely incorrect....but hey...So tho I have not known this Bomber-Babe for years and years, I am happy to wish HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Vicki Smith ('63) on October 9, 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! In response to Mark Ingham's (NAB) inquiry about the '58 B-Ball Bombers, 10 of them were in town in September during Club 40 and the '58 50 year reunion...they were pictured in the Tri-City Herald on the front of Section C on September 21, 2008. The story was written by Mark McKenna of the Herald and I would think he might have some leads..........maybe? -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook From: Kim Carter ('74) Entered: Wednesday 10/08/2008 4:32:05pm COMMENTS: Thank You for website. I seldom get to go to the Tri Cities but, am looking forward to the 35th reunion in the summer of 2009. I had many wonderful times growing up in Eastern Washington. I'd like to find Patty Smith, Helen DeConick, Mary Underwood, and so many more of my former class mates. Anybody interested please send me an email. -Kim Carter ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/10/2008 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff today: Dick Wight ('52), Bill Witherup ('53) Shirley Sherwood ('62), Susan Nussbaum ('63) Frank Whiteside ('63), Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeanette Haberman ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Note: Today's entries about school discipline refer to this article in the Tri-City Herald. Monday, October 6, 2008 "Richland School's Discipline Program Draws Fire From Parents" <> **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick Wight ('52) Re: Discipline in Schools Phil Belcher ('51) and Bill Berlin ('56) have both pontificated about lack of discipline in our school systems (and elsewhere). Boy, how I do agree! That said, the reasons it got that way are pretty complicated, and we owe part of the problem to the changes in our society over the past 30-40 years (or more). An indication: In the late '80s, the State of Washington mandated that schools start teaching a curriculum of HIV/AIDS instruction aimed at providing our kids with the tools to avoid the disease. A draft curriculum was sent to all school districts (I think), and then the schools had some "minor tuning" to do to include it in the teaching scenario. I was a good friend of the school superintendent in Port Angeles and was asked to participate in a panel to "tune up" the curriculum for adoption in the curriculum. On the committee with me were several others -- a professional educator and a Methodist minister among them. We were appalled. The curriculum was pretty explicit sexually speaking, and started with teaching kids anatomical details in about 5th grade, as I remember. The professional educator defended the content saying most kids were "dumb as stumps" about the realities of human sexuality, learning little at home, their slanted knowledge the result of the movies and the television they were allowed to view, and other media influences. This experience led me to an ongoing series of discussions with this school supe and others, among them our old mentor Edgar "Dutch" Haag, a teacher and vice principal at Col Hi in the late '40s and early '50s. Dutch retired in Port Angeles as assistant school superintendent. Anyhow, the gist of the discussions led me to understand that our public school systems were being asked -- even directed -- to "take control" of our kids and take up the slack for stuff not learned at home: deportment, moral values, sex education, interpersonal relationships, and so on, and so on! All the stuff that used to be taught by parents in MOST homes was being delegated to the schools. That eroded classroom time on the "3 R's" for instance. Then equal rights stuff and other national moral issues got inserted as well. For instance, schools had to institute and offer the same sports programs for girls as they did for boys. I don't argue the fairness of that, maybe it was (and is) a good thing, but it took education money and people -- not always present in great abundance. These and similar programs took resources and time that detracted from the traditional academic teachings in our schools. Then as time went by, the folks who became teachers and school administrators were the product of this system, for better or for worse. Self perpetuating. This is an oversimplification, but may kinda describe what happened over the years. Why? I'm not sure I know. I, like Phil and Bill, was brought up by my parents with a pretty good understanding of issues like personal responsibility, honesty, the need to treat my peers with respect, work ethics (you gotta' mow the lawn and help keep the house in order to get an allowance), and other day-to-day tools of living in our society. I was "ready to go" before I was 18, joined the service, and was by most standards a successful person in life -- not a world beater, but successful. Retired as an O-6 [military rank O-6 is a Colonel in the Army, Marine Corps, or Air Force; or a Captain in the seasick services -Richard], later was a civic leader and city councilman and so on. Most of us back in those years were raised that way, those principles learned in the household, to large extent. I suspect economics had a lot to do with the shifting of these responsibilities to our school systems ... two working parents, changing of attitudes fomented in large part by the media and entertainment industry, ongoing international strife, uncertainty and turmoil that led to some cynicism in our society, a concurrent reduction in participation in organized religion. When it came to teaching kids the basic values of life, the definitions changed and the parents began to fail to do it. Our society started shifting the burden to the schools. In large part the schools failed. How could they not? I think we asked too much of them! I find myself, in my declining years, somewhat out of touch with how we are progressing with raising our kids today. I have a successful son, a daughter and husband who never really "got it together" even today in their mid '50s, grandkids from age 30 to age 5 who mostly seem to be doing OK. But I must say watching them being raised, and trying to influence their futures, has been at times a truly painful experience. But then again, was it really a whole lot different for our parents and grandparents? I don't know. Should firmer discipline be adopted in the schools? Not likely to happen unless there is a resurgence of training and discipline in the home, as I see it. And that's perhaps a whole different subject. -Dick Wight ('52) ~ In the Ozarks **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Witherup ('53) Re: School discipline I was not able to access the Tri-City Herald story, but read with dismay some of the comments about how disciplining children and students is good for them. Schools are not meant to be factories, basic training bases, or juvenile facilities. The original purpose of public education was to teach literacy and the numbers, to teach children how to reason. Teachers are underpaid, classes are too large, and the US spends more on building prisons than it does on public education. I also take offense at one of the commentators saying he has no respect for either management or the unions. Pardon me, but without the trade union movement we would not have the 8 hour day, the five day week, and we would still have child labor. I originally intended to do an entry about a professor in California who is doing a book on one of the great educators, James McGrath, art teacher and year book advisor at Col High 52-57, but now I am so hot after reading the comments about discipline -- and, hey, I have taught at every grade level from kindergarten through junior college and even at Soledad Prison in California -- that I am going to sign off. -Bill Witherup ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Sherwood Milani ('62) Re: Discipline in the Schools I too learned about discipline at Chief Jo in my 9th grade year. I smarted off to a teacher and he got so angry he chased me out into the hall. Absolutely scared the sass out of my mouth for life. I was given a good swat from the girl's counselor (Mrs Anderson, I think). It could have been worse; she didn't really swat me that hard but she saved me from being killed by the teacher I think. My dad always had a way of dealing with me at home. He never said a word, but I knew he knew what happened, and because I had such respect for him, I was crushed. From then on I tried to be respectful, and it was hard at times, because some teachers and principals were not always respectful to us. I'm a firm believer in discipline in the schools. If kids are allowed to disrupt the rest of the students, they should be booted out. A swat on the butt never hurt anyone. -Shirley Sherwood Milani ('62) ~ visiting in Red Bluff, CA for my husband's 50th high school reunion. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Susan Nussbaum Reeb ('63) Re: Boise Bomber Luncheon Date: Saturday, October 11 Time: 12 noon Place: Goodwood Barbecue (off the connector near Edwards Theatres) We are expecting at least a dozen people to attend. Tom Tracy ('55) has made name tags and has a special door prize to award. Please let me know if you would like to join us. -Susan Nussbaum Reeb ('63) ~ from Boise, where we had our first freeze last night and are expecting snow flurries tomorrow. Brrr .... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Frank Whiteside ('63) Re: Chief Jo teacher Alan Lobdell was probably referring to math teacher Robert Barnard at Chief Jo. He was about the only math teacher I liked. He really knew how to get through to me. I still have his signature on his picture in one of my yearbooks. He was good- natured, but when someone disrupted the class, he stepped out in the hall with them and POW -- he had a really powerful swing with the paddle. When he came back into class afterwards, you could hear a pin drop. He didn't have to correct anyone very often. There was also Gene Bernard, a science teacher, who could also swing a mean paddle. Seems I remember the girls swooning over him since he was a really nice-looking young guy. I remember Pitts (Jim Armstrong ('63)) meeting Mr. Bernard's board of education. I'm sure he still remembers that as he was smarting for a good while after that. Oh, how I still long for those days when teachers were really teachers and kids were really students -- or else!! -Frank Whiteside ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Chief Joseph teachers Chief Joseph had two teachers with similar names. Gene Bernard taught 8th grade science and Robert Barnard taught 8th grade math. I happen to know this as I had both; Mr. Bernard 1st period and Mr. Barnard 6th period and both classes just happened to be in the same classroom. I think Mr. Bernard later became a counselor perhaps in the next year or two after I had him. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where it's been rather cool lately ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/11/2008 Dateline: Gretna, LA - 73 right now I'm back. Special thank you to Richard for keeping the Sandstorm going while I rested. Still have a cough but I'm resting. Thank everyone for the get well wishes. -Maren ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Phil Belcher ('51), Ken Heminger ('56wb) Steve Carson ('58), Helen Cross ('62) Ron Richards ('63), Gary Behymer ('64) Alan Lobdell ('69), Robert Avant ('69) Unknown Bomber BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jefferson Saunders ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Phil Belcher ('51) Re: School Problems With the many entries concerning the discipline in the Richland schools I am somewhat surprised that none of the entries came from parents in the later years, only from the old timers. Could it be that we are the only ones that read the paper? That have been some very well written entries this past week, some that I wish I had been able to write. Well done everyone. We moved here from Arkansas in June of '47, stayed in Prosser at the motel by the bridge for six weeks until Mom and Dad found some land to buy in West Richland. (I was impressed by the fact that Dad was able to get a loan of $4,000 just by a hand shake with the banker. Later discovered that they were both Masons.) They bought directly across from the 500 acre ranch (now the golf course), 20 acres that was pie shaped. Dad sold off little by little until the only land left is a little over one acre where my step son, Greg Stone ('81) still lives. I had no problem walking home from school functions late at night. (For those with poor memories that was a four mile walk, up hill both ways.) Dad was a fireman and when he was on swing I would meet him at the station and we'd go have a bite to eat at The Mart. As the first Bush would say, it was a kinder, more gentle time of our lives, one where the church doors were never locked, people left their car keys in the car, the only times the doors in the house were locked were when we went on vacation. It was unheard of to hire a lawyer unless you were buying land. A man's word was good and you never worried about getting your money. Our folks taught us to respect our elders and anyone in authority We seldom talked back to our teachers and no one had 'potty mouth.'. The younger people have terrible language and they use in public, regardless of who can hear them. If my children tried to use that kind of language I was in their face instantly and they would eat standing up for a couple of meals. I shudder to think of where the world will be in 50 years from now. Our neighbor sends his two children to private school which is really expensive, but they do very well there. The boy is 16, has had yard mowing jobs for two years, bought his own truck this year and is making a name for himself instead of spending hours in front of the TV playing video games. And they are respectful of older people. -Phil Belcher ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ken Heminger ('56wb) Re: Awesome Submarine Races The subject of submarine races comes up now and then, but its never mentioned how it came out... now ya know.... -Ken Heminger ('56wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Carson (Championship Class of '58) To: Dick Wight ('52) AMEN, it is interesting that the same problems don't exist in most private schools. Good summary, thanks. -Steve Carson (Championship Class of '58) ~ Chicago **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) After a very busy few weeks back here in the trenches at these small Methodist churches, I am coming up for a breather. I will have youth services at both of the churches this week, and have done all I can do to get the kids ready... they seem to love to be in the limelight and the adults love seeing the kids in church... after Warren adjusted to the looser schedule, as you never know what will really happen with kids some 5 to age 11, he's O.K. with it too. As I said we've been really busy, but we did take time out to attend a social event a few weeks ago that was really fun, especially to me, a history buff. In honor of our Lincoln heritage here in Spencer County, as this is where ole Abe grew up, we are having a year of Lincoln related events, and as I said, we had a Lincoln era Civil War Ball. All of us ladies wore hoops under our long dresses, and many of the men were dressed as confederates or union soldiers, and we even had Abe and Mary Todd Lincoln (impersonators) with us that night. We danced some old fashion dances like the Virginia Reel, which I learned in square dance and folk dance classes at our community center there in Richland back in the '50s. And I even got to dance with Mr. Lincoln. It was really a fun event to get to go back in history like that. We had it in our Spencer County Courthouse which is much smaller, but has a rotunda, sort of like the Capitol in Washington D. C. All the storm damage from the strong winds of Ike's aftermath are almost gone, and the fall colors are starting to come out with these cooler nights. We are not expecting snow or frost yet, hope it holds off til November.... Interesting times we're living in now. If our parents made it, we can too... have faith.... -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ Oh, I just called Carol Rice Forister ('62) my dear friend and neighbor, as she used to live right down the street from me on Elm Street and wished her Happy Birthday yesterday. These birthdays seem to be coming faster now... we both marveled at how old we are... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ron Richards ('63) Could we all agree that some of the discipline carried out in the Richland School District was a bit too harsh? One day my sister came home from a class at Jefferson Grade School with welts all over her arms and legs. She had been made to walk the aisles for talking too much, or some equally heinous infraction, and had been whipped by the boys with their belts - all at the teacher's direction. Any recollections? -Ron Richards ('63) ~ Port Angeles, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Sign of 'our' times (;-) WSU CUB... -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Lobdell ('69) Re: School Discipline First I'd like to make sure anyone in the teaching profession does not take what I say as a slam against them. Dealing with kids is not something I would ever be able to do. Also, its not their fault, I don't think anyway, that all the methods of discipline that work have been taken away from them. I believe the state and our courts have done that. I believe both have interfered to a point that kids now days can say and do anything they want without fear of discipline in any way. A lady at my church recently had her three daughters taken from her by CPS over a quarter size bruise on her 11 year old's arm. All three daughters (age 11, 12 and 17) told the CPS woman who investigated it that the bruise was from the 11 and 12 year olds fighting with each other. CPS did not believe the girls and had the police take them from their home. The woman has now spent close to $20,000 fighting the state over this. This all started when a counselor at school saw the bruise and reported it to CPS without knowing why it was there. With this kind of action by our state how can anyone dare discipline their kids. I guess we are suppose to raise nothing but spoiled rotten little brats who want everything but will work for nothing. -Alan Lobdell ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Avant ('69) Math teacher Bob Barnard as I remember was a water skier back in the days that the sport built strong forearms and shoulders. Hence, the birth of the "Barnard Butt Busters". As feared as they were there was no finer teacher of 8th grade math than Bob Barnard who if you came up to him and said, "Gee, Mr. Barnard this grade seems a little low." Would look at you square in the eye and say, "If you actually applied yourself, you would be correct." Lesson learned. To this day, Bob Barnard has a prominent place in my Pantheon of Heroes. BTW [by the way] looking forward to seeing all the Bomber boys and girls tomorrow at Maddox Grill and Bar for a first in a long time meeting. Photos I hope next week, exposese in the Inquirer soon :) -Robert Avant ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: phycom phycom Re: Sandstorm Obituary Maren, Hope you are on the mend. Here's another entry from your secret Bomber. Just curious how many Sandstorm readers went thru her class...? -From I have no idea who this is -Maren ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/12/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Buddy Gene Keller ('50) Clarence Fulcher ('51) and Gloria Adams ('54) Dick Wight ('52), Kay Mitchell ('52) Grover Shegrud ('56), Tom Hunt ('60) Audrey Eberhardt ('61wb), Ray Stein ('64) Vicki Schrecengost ('67), Brad Wear ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Clancy ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Roma Harrold ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shirley Sherwood ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Eric Schmidheiser ('81) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy (The Tin Can Class of '45) Re: schools Poor babies. In my day they used paddles. Designed with holes in them and edges curled with a coping saw. My rear still hurts when I think of it. Hey Maren, glad to see you back and thanx Richard, good job. -Dick McCoy from the tin Can Class of 1945 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Buddy Gene Keller ('50) My daughter Vicki Keller went to Marcus Whitman in Kindergarten and Mrs. Berreth was her teacher. I think it was in 1958-59. She was a good teacher. -Buddy Gene Keller ('50) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Clarence Fulcher ('51) and Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) We're so sorry to hear of Mrs. Berreth's passing. She was one of the most wonderful teachers our children ever had. They loved her and we loved her. Our 2 oldest children were in her kindergarten class at Marcus Whitman. Deanna was in the graduating class of '72 and Jeff was in the class of '76. They could not have had a better start in school. We send our sincere condolences to her family. Please know how much she was loved and appreciated. -Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) and Clarence Fulcher ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick Wight ('52) Re: schools, discipline et al First, the discipline Ron Richards ('63) described is appalling. I never ran into ANYTHING like that. I did my grade, jr. high and high school years in Walla Walla, Pendleton, Ellensburg and Richland. I recall one of my favorite teachers - 4th grade maybe - in Walla Walla - caught me slipping a math problem answer to my buddy. He was having a tough time with math. (Incidentally, he became a successful attorney in the Seattle area). She gave me a VERBAL tongue lashing about cheating, saying that HELPING SOMEONE ELSE cheat was at least as bad as doing it yourself! I was appalled and embarrassed, but it was a great lesson! My entry the other day was pretty pessimistic, I guess, and there ARE "rays of light" out there. I live a few miles from a remarkable institution - College of the Ozarks - a Christian-based private college, no public funding accepted, thank you - where resident students attend and pay no tuition, and if financial need is great, pay nothing for lodging, meals, school supplies and books. No cost. Period. The students are assigned "work stations" throughout the college, ranging from maintenance and administration to farm work to restaurant work and so on. The truly financially distressed students work part of the summer as well. Religious participation is a requirement, though nonsectarian. I'm not sure, but that requirement does not - I think - require specifically Christian activity, though I could be wrong there. Nonetheless, it is a remarkable school, well endowed - mainly by its alumni. There are a few colleges like this in the U.S. Whitman College in Walla Walla may have been in this kind of category at one time. My father graduated there in the late '20s. Anyhow, I guess I still believe it is the responsibility of adult Americans - particularly us "seasoned citizens" - to support quality education in our country to the extent possible. While I have much angst about a lot that goes on (or DOESN'T go on) in public education, maybe more so in the colleges than the lower schools, I still believe educational opportunities - for as many kids as we can - is the ongoing responsibility of all of us, and the backbone of our nation. Th... th... th... that's all, folks! At least from me! -Dick Wight ('52) ~ in northern Arkansas where public school education has, I think, been trying to boot strap its way up for some years now! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kay Mitchell Coates ('52) Re: Passing of Another Bomber - MaryLee Coates Batterton (59-RIP) My sister-in-law, Bev Coates Karns ('52), has asked me to let classmates and friends know of MaryLee's passing. She lost her short battle with cancer in Albuquerque, NM where she was receiving treatment. She is survived by Ann Marie Coates Crow (NAB) of Longmont CO, Bomber siblings Richard ('52), Beverly ('52), and James ('65), husband Robert Batterton (NAB) and 5 children. Brother Bill Coates ('63-RIP) passed in February of this year. Funeral services are pending and an obituary will be appearing in the Tri-City Herald. -Kay Mitchell Coates ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Grover Shegrud ('56) To: Ken Heminger ('56wb) Re: Awesome Submarine Races That's how I remember the submarine races: 'cept it seemed a bit darker out. -Grover Shegrud ('56) ~ from sun shiny bright Mill Creek, Bothell, Lynnwood, Martha Lake, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Hunt ('60) To: Ron Richards ('63) As has been noted, the paddle was pretty widely used on boys in the Richland School system during the '50s. The incident you cite, however, remains vivid in my and many of our classmates' memory as an aberration, a sadistic form of discipline at the hand of an apparently sick teacher by the name of [deleted]. A large man, former Baptist minister, he was happy to launch the males in his classroom with a whistling swing of his paddle for whatever infraction. The young ladies offered him a problem, however, and the gauntlet you described was his answer. Boys and girls were asked to stand by their desks, boys instructed to take off their belts while the girls were invited to use a ruler. The unhappy female miscreant was sent up and down the rows of desks and forced to withstand the blows of her mates. Should anyone fall during their journey, why, extra blows, of course! I never could understand why no one ever ratted him out because that particular spectator activity would have been regarded as extreme even in those more permissive days of corporal punishment. I have never heard of its use beyond that classroom in Jefferson Elementary. -Tom Hunt ('60) ~ Vancouver, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Audrey Eberhardt ('61wb) To: Ron Richards ('63) I found your remembrance of the incident with your sister interesting. My brother, Ray Eberhardt, once came home from Chief Jo with bruises on his buttocks and thighs from a "spat paddle" that had holes bored in it. Mother was not at all happy, she informed the teacher that she felt that was a little extreme. Of course, we carried a few switch marks from our parents. There is a happy medium somewhere. Kids today get away with entirely too much without having to accept responsibility for their actions. -Audrey Eberhardt ('61wb) ~ Cooling off in Central Georgia **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray Stein ('64) Re: School Discipline I just retired from my 2nd career as a HS Teacher at Central Valley HS. True there's no more spanking, but I thought some of you might be interested in the discipline options that are available to teachers in our high school: Saturday School - Kids hate this and avoid it like the plague. We actually only hold it about once a month, but the threat makes lesser disciplines more effective. The time honored after-school detention is still held every night. ZAP (zeros aren't permitted) - If a student chooses not to turn in an assignment, a teacher can "zap" him or her. That means they take their sack lunch or hot meal to a study hall during lunch break. This continues till the assignment is turned in. Think they just skip ZAP? Did I mention Saturday School? Becca Bill - The school deals with unexcused absences till they number 14 (I think). Then the student and their parents go to court and face a Judge. We "Becca" a few students each year. Alternative High Schools - Here's where the trouble makers go. One fight and you are gone from regular school. You might be able to stay if you didn't throw a punch, but if you threatened another student or teacher, you're gone. If you "sucker punch" someone, our school will see that you are charged with criminal assault as well as kicking you out of school. Sometimes if the admin. is just tired of dealing with you, you're outta here. OK I know some students choose to go to alternative school and those schools also deal with troubled students, pregnant students, etc., but in my frame of reference it's sort of a halfway house between HS and prison. On site police officer - After Columbine, most schools have a uniformed officer (gun and all) available at all times. He or she investigates thefts, drugs, etc. I have seen them put the cuffs on kids, but it's usually for something the student did outside of school. In reality they usually deal mostly with parking problems. Most of the officers at CV have looked like NFL Linemen, and sometimes it's good to have that presence of authority in school. Activities - Lets face it, this is why a lot of kids go to school and it keeps them out of trouble. Not only do we have boy's and girl's sports teams, but every sport now has a state tournament. Also Debate, Dance Team, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), etc. they all have regional and state competitions, likewise for music programs. If kids cause trouble for a teacher, one call to the activity coach and the problem is usually fixed. If students are not into the rah-rah of HS, they can participate in the Running Start Program and take courses at a local Jr. College or learn a trade at the Skill Center (individual schools no longer have classes like Auto Shop, but pool their resources into one Center so students have access to the very best technology). To be honest, the last few years the biggest discipline problems I dealt with were cell phones going off in class. I think there's one truism that seems to apply to discipline, "You get what you put up with". Unless a teacher wants to put up with a disrespectful trouble maker, I don't know why they wouldn't use one of the options above. When I think of my own Richland HS experience, I remember someone once put a dead fish in Mr. Gentle's drawer. It seemed humorous and harmless at the time, but I guess all those in on the caper were disrupting the educational process. The threat of a paddle wouldn't have deterred me, but if I had thought we would have gotten Saturday school, I would have told Bill Compton ('64) and Tom Alkire ('64) to find someone else to go along with their prank. Ron Richards ('63) brought up an interesting point about whipping kids in school. I imagine that back in the day, when whipping gave way to paddling there must have been an outcry. I can just imagine someone saying, "By God when I got in trouble at school, I got whipped. Nowadays they just paddle them with a flat board, and only one time on the behind, no blood or nothing. Whatever happened to 50 lashes?". -Ray Stein ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vicki Schrecengost Carney ('67) Re: School discipline I agree totally with Dick Wight's ('52) comments and some of the other comments that have been made regarding discipline in the schools today. Steve Carson ('58) made the comment that private schools don't seem to have the same problems. Well, my children attended private schools and I can tell you they do face some of the same problems. The difference is that the school has the option of booting those students out the door, something the public school has much less leverage to do. I have never believed that paddling was a good form of punishment in the schools. Nor is detention. But there has to be some form of punishment available to teachers or chaos reigns. We all know that children of any age will push the limits and go over them if allowed to get away it. This just perpetuates itself for bigger stakes down the road... cheating on the SAT, bleeding financial management firms dry etc. When there is absolutely no downside to bad behavior it will escalate. Children need (and according to what psychologists and counselors tell us, want) limits. Since physical contact is verboten and no one wants to destroy self-esteem, what options are left? My greatest wish for any grandchildren I may be blessed to have, is that they have parents who enforce the rules, guide them with love, teach them respect for teachers and others who are in a position of power over them and that they develop the self-esteem to stand on their own two feet. My ideas about teaching children have changed somewhat over the years. I do truly believe that we need to focus on the basics... not just reading, writing, 'rithmetic, and science/technology, but ethics, self-respect, money management and those "home" skills like cooking, sewing, home repair etc. Somehow I just can't see how being able to text message at the speed of light, hold conference calls ad nauseum with your BFFs and download movies on a Blackberry will be that much of a boon to you as a adult. Maybe the country wouldn't be in the pickle it's in if we hadn't lost our grounding in simply living life and living life simply. -Vicki Schrecengost Carney ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Wear ('71) Re: Math teachers OK, Mr. Barnard was "good", but George Michael Mathews was a "great" teacher. I think about him often, as he was a significant influence on my life. A great teacher and a great man. -Brad Wear ('71) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/13/2008 ~ FEDERAL HOLIDAY ~ COLUMBUS DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Bill Berlin ('56), Ron Richards ('63) Gary Behymer ('64), Steve Simpson ('65) Robert Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Wanda Wittebort ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David Edgar ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Julie Alexander ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jerry Gilstrap ('83) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Maren Glad you are feeling better but take your time getting well. How about that? The Sandstorm gets a virus and Maren gets pneumonia. [The Sandstorm did NOT get a virus. -Maren] Re: Responsibility How many of you Bomber guys and gals remember the School Passbook Savings Accounts when you were in elementary school (L&C for me)? I think that you had to put in 50 cents a month, more if you liked but .50 was the minimum as I recall. The idea was a lesson in savings followed closely by a dose of responsibility for saving part of your earnings, as meager as they might have been. The lesson was not lost on me and I had that account all through high school and out of it came (1) a new Columbia bike, (2) a horse, (3) feed for the horse (my Old Man used to say, "Bud (he called me "bud" and not Bill because he was the "Bill" of the family) it isn't the cost of buying a horse so much as it is feeding the critter.") and that was another lesson learned and (4) a couple of old junk cars when I came into driving age. To this very day, man and boy, I still save some of my earnings and then distribute it around in various accounts to give me better interest leverage and still remain liquid, if you get my financial drift. I watch a lot of Fox Business and CNBC financial reporting and lately I have heard any number of financial folks who have not been caught up in the mortgage greed factor and resulting financial institution collapse, talk about investor responsibility in both their financial matters and in things they can or cannot afford to buy. Another guy noted that one of the buffers we might have had in this deal is if we as a country had more money in savings that are FDIC protected. He noted that despite the problems the Japanese economy has been having lately, the fact that the citizen savings accounts account for more than US$31,000 each for every man, woman and child in the country. Re: School discipline Now what does responsibility have to do with school discipline, you ask? A lot. Responsible parents should at least do the basic responsibility thing by having their kids go to school regularly and do as well as they can whilst in class. Checking on their progress would be good and I don't know any teacher that opposes inquiries about their child. Then there is the responsibility of the student to be both a good student and a good citizen and those that are not should not be allowed to disrupt those that are there to learn. Does this sound a little old fashioned to you? It doesn't to the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard or the police in the "real" world so it seems to me the sooner and faster a disruptive student is disciplined fairly, the better the real life lesson will be. I like Ray Stein's ('64) comments about Saturday School. What a great idea, especially if it is ruled to the point that it just isn't a day to screw around and continue to be disruptive. The noon Study Hall is another good idea and all of the suggestions seem to be reasonable and responsible (there is that word again folks) to me. I mention this because I am not convinced our schools are turning out any where close to quality students on average. Sure the cream rises to the top but the mediocrity seems to be more the case than not. This is mentioned because all you have to do is to try to hire a lot of high school graduates for entry level jobs and I can tell you from experience how scary that task can be. Poor English, bad dress and manners, hardly articulate and not terribly punctual. I once interviewed 78 applicants for an entry level job that paid $16.00 per hour to start with and some pretty good medical and we finally hired a guy from El Salvador (legal) who really wanted to work. Most showed up with rings in every orifice of their body, tattoos that were at least X rated and more interested in time off, vacation and not having to work overtime than what the job entailed. Before any of my daughters graduated high school, we had a two night course at home on (a) keeping and balancing a cheque book and (b) understanding the limits of a credit card and the general use of same. All of them, including my student daughter at the University of British Columbia, all manage their own money and/or that of their family accounts. How many kids today know either of those responsibilities coming out of high school? I bet not many. Lastly, one of my roommates at Linfield College was a little guy from Eastern Oregon who wanted to be a teacher. Come to find out that his family had the largest wheat and cattle ranch in Oregon and were worth a ton of money. He was first and foremost a frugal farmer and drove an old 1947 Plymouth in 1958 when he probably could have had a new Caddie. I saw Paul at a Linfield Homecoming a couple of years ago and he was driving a mid-range Chevy. He had taken over the ranch after twenty years of teaching and his kids were helping him. He had just given $1.0 million to Linfield so I asked him why he was driving a four year old Chevy and he said "it was this or a new tractor and the tractor makes us money." Down home economics and responsibility. By the way, neither of us required any discipline at Linfield, the US Coast Guard or for the rest of our lives. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ we will get out of this mess but I am concerned we are not going to put the right controls on financial institutions to keep from having it happen again. Stay tuned, Bomber friends. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ron Richards ('63) To: Ray Stein ('64) You offer some constructive alternatives to corporal punishment. And it's interesting to note that the Calvin Gentle incident happened at the high school level. One would think that would not have happened if all the paddling (and torture as more vividly described by Tom Hunt ('60)) administered in Richland's grade schools and junior high schools were as effective as many have claimed. -Ron Richards ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Corporal punishment Haven't we 'beat' the corporal punishment issue enough? I suggest that it be banished to the 'Soapbox' if and when someone will take charge of handling that site. Local area sign regarding Palouse area football. (Idaho & WSU) -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Simpson ('65) Re: Trip to Richland We went to Richland yesterday to see friends and family and attend a party that Carl and Jane Beyer had in the new room that they created in their daylight basement overlooking the Columbia river. It was a beautiful evening. The sun was setting over the Indian burial grounds on the other side of the river. I spent a good part of the day with Carl doing tasks Jane had written on a list for Carl to get ready for the party. We drove around town doing chores in his Porsche Cayan - a Porsche SUV. The first time we did the S curves near his house it reminded me of a scene from the movie Pretty Woman. "This baby corners like its on rails" Then we got on the freeway. By the time Carl snapped my neck twice going thru first and second, we were doing 90 miles an hour. Not bad for an SUV. Then we went to Costco and bought a Blue Ray DVD/CD player. Carl hooked it up while I rested on the couch. Then I pulled out my CD case and programmed the soundtrack for the party from CD mixes I made on my computer. This was a birthday party for four different people including my lovely wife Ruth. Everybody sang happy birthday to her. There were some other Bombers there including Steve Shockley ('67) and Jim Schildknecht ('66). Jim and I had a spirited dialog about politics. But we remain friends, . I hadn't seen Jim in over 10 years. He is coming up to our place next weekend in Kirkland with Carl, Randy Mucynski and Lyman Powell ('65) to go to the LeyMay auto museum in Tacoma; which is the largest collection of domestic automobiles in the country. Rick Warford ('65) is going to join us too. David I will send you pictures of this car show too. Then Lyman is going to drive my classic 1975 Mercedes 450SL to Richland so I can store it in Ruth's mother's garage over the winter. So yesterday was a fun day in the Tri-Cities with trademark sunny weather! I'm sitting in my brother-law's office right now that overlooks the Columbia River in North Richland. The sun is rising and its beautiful. What a great place to live. I think I will live here again. -Steve Simpson ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Avant ('69) Re: North Sound Lunch Had a great time meeting some of the Seattle and North Sound Bombers. Exchanging stories, "Do you remember?"s, and where did you grow up was great. Many sent regrets and it was decided we should do this again. Look for a mid January date. Sending along a pic and the names of those attending. P.S. It has been a long time since I was the "baby" of the group :) Also a special thanks to Bill Didway ('66) for the Bomber shirt. -Robert Avant ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/14/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Mike Clowes ('54), Tom Tracy ('55) David Cloud ('60), Richard Anderson ('60) Keith Hunter ('63), Carol Converse ('64) Linda Reining ('64), Nancy Mallory ('64) Fran Teeple ('68), Anita Fravala ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) To: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: In viewing your photograph in yesterday's Sandstorm, I hadn't realized that Vandal Football had also stumbled to the lower depths. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy ('55) Re: Discipline for kids...Parents It appears that some parents in Richland believe in the commandment: Parents Obey Your Children. Kids often punish themselves with errant behavior. Sometimes the students are rewarded with unwarranted attention and wind up punishing the victims-teachers, parents, classmates and administrators. Some of us remember a few swats... like when we were acting a bit like railroad trains our P.E. teachers might remark... "kids sometimes just needed a little switching to help them get back on track." We usually didn't tell our parents... unless word got to them through someone else. I remember getting a few... but as Will Rogers and Mark Twain might have said... "I never got a swat I didn't deserve". Some parents are an easy mark for their kids. I witnessed one at a H.S. basketball game last winter. Two teenage girls were sitting in front of me with their Moms sitting together next to them. One was named Betty. Her friend started whining to her own Mom when the game started. "Gee Mom, Betty's Mom gives her a $2,500 monthly allowance." "I need $2500 too." Her Mom politely told her $2,000 a month was quite enough. By the end of the first half the girl had an "Okay" from her Mom for the $2.5K allowance. I quietly turned and whispered to the guy next to me, "If I'd have asked for a even a 25 dollar monthly allowance, my folks would have thought I was keeping a woman". I can't say anything like, "Things aren't what they used to be" because when I say that I always forget to include myself. We wish our educators everywhere the best disciplined students for the rest of the school year. Bomber Cheers, -Tom Tracy ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook From: David Cloud ('60) Entered: Monday 10/13/2008 12:12:14am COMMENTS: checking in after 8 years. I attended our 40th reunion and enjoyed meeting friends again. -David Cloud ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard Anderson ('60) To: Keith Hunter ('63) [see below] "Never apologize. It's a sign of weakness." -Captain Nathan Brittles G Gordon Liddy did not apologize. E Howard Hunt did not apologize. And ... Richard VT Anderson did not apologize. -Richard Anderson ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Keith Hunter ('63) Re: Shocked Well I sure learned a good lesson yesterday. And maybe some of you have learned it, too. I forwarded a political letter and mistakenly copied the Sandstorm. I never put things like this in the paper. I had about 15 people copied, including my children, mom and dad, the editor of the newspaper, my ex boss, etc. I got a email back from the Sandstorm (Richard) rejecting my entry. It was so vulgar and nasty that I would not even think of repeating those words in here. The kindest word was that I was an Idiot. The rest were words I can not repeat. The best part was [Richard] copied [clicked REPLY ALL] all the people on my list. I received numerous calls and emails and they wanted to know what is the Sandstorm? I explained. They couldn't believe I would get a response from someone I went to school with. So I told them that was not typical of the Sandstorm. It was Just Richard!! I doubt this will make the paper. But well see, Any apology's welcomed Richard. -Keith Hunter ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64), To: those who live in and around Vancouver, WA My husband and I are planning a trip up to Vancouver to look around the area as a possible place to retire in 4 or so years, Saturday, October 18th and will leave that Tuesday to come back home. Would like your opinion (I'm sure there will be different opinions) on good places to look at ie. in Vancouver proper and also the surrounding places. I'm just familiar at seeing the sign for Battle Ground, as we pass by on HY 205 going up to Wenatchee. Is Battle Ground a town? Are there any tea shops, to buy tea and also to have tea? Michaels Craft Store?,Lowes, Home Depot, etc etc. Also, where is the Visitor's Center so that we can pick up some pamphlets? Good places to eat? I will most likely make motel reservations at a Best Western, unless someone has a better idea? Looking for a mid price place to stay. Thanks, -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA where we are waking up to frost these mornings and cold winds in the afternoons. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to: Bill Berlin re:school savings accounts I remember those savings accounts---I think I joined when I was in 5th grade at Spalding(I don't remember doing it at Marcus Whitman, so am wondering if you had to be in a certain grade---I went to Marcus Whitman from Kindergarden through 3rd grade, then we moved to Elm Street and I went to Spalding from 4th through 6th grade). I kept that account til I went into high school, but have absolutely NO memory of what I spent the money on. *grin* I remember going to the bank, with my mom, once a month and depositing a certain amount in that account, but I don't remember how much I deposited, either. "senior moments". *grin* do you remember the "Christmas Club" accounts that were offered at the banks? my grandmother would put money into those accounts, all year long, then withdraw it out right before Christmas, so that my brother, my cousins, and me(there were 7 of us), could go shopping for our families---we each ended up with over $13 to spend. we'd shop at Newberry's, Thrifty Drugs, and Penney's and then make sure we saved enough to sit at Newberry's lunch counter, have a sandwich, a soda or milkshake, and a banana split! *grin* Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64)........Bakersfield, CA, where the temps have been in the 60's and 70's, but they are going back up into the middle 80's. love this weather. *grin* **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nancy Mallory Johnson ('64) Re: passbook savings I remember the passbook savings accounts. We'd bring our coins in a little envelope. Now I have found if my savings account goes under a certain amount (easy to do) there is a service charge. In other words I'm losing money to keep it there. Maybe if it is going to go under the designated amount I should just withdraw it and put it under my mattress! -Nancy Mallory Johnson ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Fran Teeple Wolf ('68) Re: Sick of political ads? My Fellow Bombers; Lend me an ear. Well, at least let me pull your leg... -Fran Teeple Wolf ('68 - From great class of The Year That Made Us Who We Are see the cover of Newsweek 11/17/07) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Anita Fravala Griffin ('73) Re: Trip to Richland I read Steve Simpson's ('65) entry about his trip to Richland and one of his final comments being that he thought he would live there again. I'm going to be more definite about it when I say: I will live there again! I may not live in Richland, but it will be in the Tri-Cities. I can even pinpoint when - 2012 - I'd like it to be 2010 when we retire but I haven't figured out a way to sell two houses without having to pay capital gains on one of them so I have to sell one then live in the other for two years before I can sell it. Oh well, I see the light at the end of the tunnel and getting back "home"! -Anita Fravala Griffin ('73) ~ I work in Two Union Square in downtown Seattle; it's a cloudy, dreary day outside - which is why I didn't even step foot outside during lunch) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/15/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today:: Mary Triem ('47), Phil Belcher ('51) Larry Mattingly ('60), Tom Verellen ('60) John Adkins ('62), Jill Butler ('63) Kathy Rathvon ('63), Gary Behymer ('64) Larry Bowls ('64), Peg Wellman ('66) Maggie Gilstrap ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cheryl Evans ('66wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sherrill Wiater ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Karla Bierlein ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today or tomorrow?: Rob French ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Triem Mowery (a '47 Bomber) To: Bill Berlin ('56) Boy so I remember school savings (School Thrifty, it was called), but on the receiving side of the weekly deposits, as I worked at Seattle-First National Bank. School banking day was a great amount of work for the "bankers" and I am glad to hear that at least one saver made it a life time habit. Hope there are more! -Mary Triem Mowery (a '47 Bomber) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Phil Belcher ('51) Re: Something unusual This started as a joke in a chat room that I sometimes go to and its really mushroomed. Its really kinda scary, but stranger things have happened. I thought I might ask for any Bomber help. [OK, Yesterday's Sandstorm had a link from Fran Teeple Wolf ('68) so similar to Phil's that I decided Bombers would appreciate Fran's link just as much: I got 4 05 5 different links that are "the same" .Maren]] -Phil Belcher ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Living near Vancouver, WA To: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) For living in the Vancouver area you might try LaCenter. It is about 16 miles north of Vancouver 3-4 miles off the east side of I-5. It is a pure bedroom community with very little commercial property. Because of the surrounding geography there is little or no room for growth beyond it's small size. I believe it is less then 5000 population. I have been there a couple of times and it is a close knit town. We do the Christmas lighting fireworks display there every year in early December. I don't know anything about property values or availability, but you should be able to look up a realtor in the area and get the info from them. -J Larry Mattingly ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) Re: Message for Richard Hey Richard, How is the view from the eye of the storm? No retreat, no surrender. The boss. TV -Tom Verellen ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: No apology from Richard VT Anderson This is the second flaming of a member of the class of '63 by Richard VT Anderson, at least now I can understand why he can't see himself apologizing. A quick look and his list of other non-apologizers gives us a clue. Captain Nathan Brittles, A fictional character from the 1949 movie "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon", played by John Wayne. G. Gordon Liddy was convicted for his role in the Watergate break-in, for conspiracy in the Daniel Ellsberg case and for contempt of court, spending about four and a half years in prison. E. Howard Hunt also part of the Watergate conspiracy, and in addition a spy and an author of some pretty terrible spy novels. So Far as I know Richard VT Anderson has yet to leave his mark. So, Keith, I would prefer to be placed in the company that you were placed by Richard VT Anderson, than the company he placed himself in. -John Adkins ('62) ~ Richland - and a fine fall day it is **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jill Butler Hill ('63) To: Richard Anderson ('60) Who are you? I have read one after another of your obnoxious statements to people in the Sandstorm. You are a snob and I am sorry if you are going through some personal crisis in your life, but you need not take it out in the Sandstorm. This probably won't get published either, but you should be ashamed of yourself. -Jill Butler Hill ('63) ~ in beautiful Montana where the environment is beautiful and we are surrounded by the beauty of nature and not the negativity that only humans can spew out. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kathy Rathvon ('63) To: Anita Fravala Griffin ('73) Anita, Sell your rental house now. Then do a 1031 Tax Exchange to buy a house in the Tri-Cities that you will eventually want to live in, but use it as a rental for a couple of years. That way you can avoid capital gains and get to Richland by 2010. -Kathy Rathvon ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) This weekend will be dedicated to a final cut of the lawn and a watering of the trees to settle them in for a long winter's nap. With that said, I have (4) four tickets to the WSU-USC football game in Pullman this coming Saturday. Free for the asking... first come etc. P.S. Requesting 'no more Sandboxing' (;-) -Gary Behymer ('64), **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Bowls ('64) To: Keith Hunter ('63) As hard as it is believe that one of our Bombers would respond in such a way, your response from Richard only indicates his failure to learn from past mistakes. Except perhaps rather than publish his vial remarks in the Sandstorm as he once did, he now does it behind the scene. True to his stated quote from Capt. Brittles, he didn't apologize for that either that I ever read. I think it is unfortunate that Richard has to live his make believe life in movie characters. Richard needs to get a grip at this time of his life and realize it was just a movie. In real life, a sincere apology does not show weakness, instead it shows the real courage and character of a man. Anything less is makes that person insignificant. -Larry Bowls ('64) ~ Redlands, CA where the fires are back. It must be fall. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Peg Wellman Johnson ('66) We had another great Vancouver-Portland area Bomber lunch this past Saturday at Inn of the Quay in Vancouver. The sunny day and gorgeous river views were a perfect backdrop for our lively conversation. Thanks to Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) & Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) for their organizing efforts. I appreciate you! -Peg Wellman Johnson ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maggie Gilstrap O'Hara ('74) To: Keith Hunter ('63) You know... being older does not mean one has the right to be mean spirited. We have seen this on other occasions from Richard and some do not send entries when Maren is away due to this. Telling your friends and family it was "just Richard" is saying it is "OK" for someone to behave like he did when it was not. Hopefully when you were trying to explain it was "just Richard" you added another saying... one bad apple... Hopefully your friends and family will log on to read other entries to know most of us are well mannered and certainly not mean spirited. I for one would like to see what you accidently sent to the Sandstorm. -Maggie Gilstrap O'Hara ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>MaryLee Coates Batterton ('59) ~ 4/30/41 - 10/9/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/16/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Rex Hunt ('53wb), Gloria Adams ('54) George Swan ('59), Patti Jones ('60) Jeanie Walsh ('63), Gary Behymer ('64) David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judith Porter ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave Hanthorn ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Carol & Claire Rediske ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chuck Felder ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Brian Belliston ('81) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rex Hunt ('53wb) Re: Poor Richard Well Richard I am on your side. It is a sorry spectacle when grown men can not recognize sarcastic humor yet see enormous fun in Fran Teeple Wolf's ('68) presidential run. Your ability to stir a hornet's nest with just a few well chosen words costs nothing. I can not even imagine the cost to the American people as Fran's campaign winds its way thru to November 4th... not only in REAL MONEY COST but also those that are DUMB enough to change their vote to a NON-ENTITY with no chance to being elected. LIKE CASTING A VOTE FOR DONALD DUCK. It may sound cute but is like a GILBERT AND SULLIVAN musical. A whole lot of noise signifying nothing. Ah well I can see you don't mind the heat so stay in the Kitchen. -Rex Hunt ('53wb) ~ from beautiful downtown Hanford, CA where the weather is cooling, the cotton is high and my allergies are going wild. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) To: Richard Anderson ('60) It was my understanding the Sandstorm is supposed to be used to make us smile and feel good about our time together thru the years. Maybe not all at the same time but all going to the same high school. When we read the "memories" of others it reminds us of some of our times and we smile and feel connected. I don't understand your need to alienate the rest of us and leave yourself alone in your unhappiness. Please consider our desire to smile, feel good and be happy in our memories. I won't say anything derogatory about you as I think it would simply feed this desire you have to be persecuted and tell yourself, "See nobody really likes me so I have every right to be mean and make them feel as miserable as I am". You are to be pitied. Please stay as far in the background as you possibly can until Maren can find someone else who enjoys the daily conversations and wants to join in the fun of memories. -Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: MaryLee Coates Batterton ('59-RIP) ~ 4/30/41 - 10/9/08 To: Bombers everywhere, but especially my fellow '59ers And yet another Bomber has left our presence, but not our memories. I don't recall ever seeing MaryLee Coates Batterton ('59) since the day that I graduated from Col-Hi, but I remember well ... the pretty, smiling face, with the laughing eyes. In viewing her pictures that accompanied her obituary, it was easy for me to see in her recent picture the MaryLee that I remember from all of those years ago. No wonder her family and friends loved her so much. Perhaps, for we Bombers, because our school years had (and still have) such a significant impact upon our lives, growing up in a most unique town, we carry special memories with us, and tend to stay in contact more so than others. And, if you are somewhat like me, well, ok, maybe not just like me, but stay with me for a minute and consider this... In our "mind's eyes," at the passing memory of or the mere mention of the name of a fellow Bomber, we tend to remember them as they appeared, all those many years ago. I find today that even when I see in person, a fellow Bomber of my own school era, I still see them, in my head, as they looked back then. Of course, I'm also the same guy who, just a few years ago, used to look in the mirror and see his dad. More recently, I see my gramps. Yet, in my head, I still seem to think ... "young" ... until I pass another mirror. And, "Oh Lordy," my "Temple" is slowly deteriorating. You know, that "The body is a temple" thing. Well, nowadays, mine seems to be more like a second hand store, in the cheap rent district of town and sadly in need of a thorough renovation. I have always been "outdoorsy." This past weekend, I sat on a mountainside, that was not nearly as easy to climb, as it was last hunting season. Sitting there, I resembled a chubby pumpkin in my blaze orange hunting vest, but I was cleverly concealed with the Marine Corps utility cover (hat to civilians) on my head (that my grandson gave to me upon his graduation from boot camp). My own originals had long ago worn out or shrunk as clothing tends to do as we age, especially garments worn about the waistline. I played sniper and took what is the best white-tailed deer of my lifetime. The buck was a four point (western count -- counting the points on one antler) or what hunters back east or down south would call an 8-pointer. If I am never able to take another deer, I am content. But, hunting and the outdoors runs in my veins, and I will be out there each year ... until I can no longer crawl up that mountain. Then, the work began, getting the deer out through the brush, over the rocks and logs, and back to camp (even though it was all downhill and mostly in the shade). I keep telling myself not to let my mind write checks that my body has difficulty cashing nowadays. But then, I always was a slow learner. I got the deer out and the tasty chops and a deep feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment were my rewards. But folks, today is Wednesday and I still have aches and pains in places that I didn't even know existed! But, I'm happy! Obviously, many of us "ain't spring chickens no more" and those of us somewhere in the general vicinity of my age group are becoming well-done and most of us realize that the possibility of our vacating the premises could come at anytime. A psychic once told me that "they" would have to shoot me to get rid of me, so I never sought a second opinion. In the meantime, I plan to keep enjoying life, no matter what it may throw at me along the way. Upon reflection, if it was possible to live this life over, there are many things that I would do differently, but mostly I would live life as I have. So, I figure that if the "Creator" sees fit to keep me around a while longer, I owe it to him, mine, myself, and those who weren't able to stay as long, to "keep on keepin' on." I used to subscribe to that old line about, When my time comes, I plan to arrive at the "Pearlies" (assuming my last trip is upwards) by skidding in to a sliding stop, yelling, "What a ride!" But anymore, I'm thinking that most likely, I will probably be a bit slower than that and I doubt that those "Rascal" or "Hov-a-round" scooter things will build up enough momentum to make the grade, let alone do a "Brodie" or pop a wheelie. My point is that even now, in our more seasoned years of life, our days as Bombers are still "fresh" in our minds, thanks in part to our several avenues of keeping in touch with each other. I think all of this serves to emphasize the value and benefits of attending Bomber Lunches, class reunions, Club 40 gatherings, and reading the Alumni Sandstorm. After high school, we all went our separate ways in life, whether we remained in the area or went around the world. We had things to do, places to go, and people to meet. Many stayed here, many of us moved back, many write into Sandstorm of intentions for moving back, and many choose to remain elsewhere but still cannot let go of their ties that bind. "Go Bombers" ... as long as we're able! -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where now "the frost is on the punkins" early in the mornings, so I remain indoors longer ... applying Ben Gay and popping Ibuprofen. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: All Bomber Luncheon - Richland Some lunches come faster than others each month. This one couldn't come fast enough for the fun and laughter. Even more fun was seeing four Bomber luncheons being held on the same day. Not all over the United States or the world but put a lot of Bombers together at each one. A couple of new names and faces were in attendance as well as some that have come once in a while. Dave Rhodes ('52) winged Alice (spouse - '57 Colville, WA Hi) off to Yakima for her doings for the day. Dave says they are finally settled in their new home in Richland now, not Kennewick. Nadine R. Grending Fowler ('70) and Liz Trujillo Cooper ('70) talked about their friendship that has been since childhood. Liz also named all the children of the Trujillo family and does know where they are living. I think she said there are 12 of them. They only had one bathroom. That would take team work. Only one family in Richland that I know had more and they had 13 children. Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) showed up after thinking she was going to have company for the weekend which canceled. Husband Lance Hartman ('60) was off taking their grandchildren for a hunting trip. The young still learning about hunting thanks to grandpas. Whoops I think dads are still there. Dona McCleary Belt ('54) is always full of smiles and what's new in the travels of her and hubby (Larry Belt ('57). One of the most active couples I know of in the Richland area. If not riding the Harley, traveling to some city in Utah they are exercising at a fitness gym. Dona is now learning line dancing. Betty McElhaney Hudspeth ('57) and Jon Hudspeth ('52) attended for the first time. Neither wanted to leave as they ended up staying and talking to the last were leaving. Betty told one of the funniest aging stories I think I or others have ever heard. Betty was getting something out of the closet when she got scared and could not figure out who the old woman was in there. When she figured it out (mirror in the closet) she laughed, laughed some more until she almost wet her pants. Then called a friend a friend and laughed some more. Of course we all laughed, laughed some more. I commended her for being willing to even tell the story to others. Now everyone be sure and look in the mirror once in a while so you know your aging process. Life can catch up. Fred Klute ('58) talked about the '58 class reunion. What an outstanding event the class committee did. Darlene Huesties Bern ('64) always bring fun to the luncheon. Wish she could attend more often but running a Care Giver home keeps her hopping all the time. Always glad to have her there when she can come. Leona Eckert ('65) had to leave right at after lunch so did not get to talk to her much. Glen Rose ('58) and wife Carol Rose ('62, Sunnyvale, high school, CA). Not sure what started it but Burt said something and then Glen answered back with "She's the best wife." So true. If you ever want something done and need an engineer to help you figure it out to get it finished Glen is the one to ask. Carol assists him in all they do. The best thing I can say about Glen is when my son was going to pour a cement deck for me I told him I had gotten Glen and others to help. Knowing Glen's age my son said, "Mom I need someone younger". Afterward he told me very apologetically that he could not have done it without Glen. Missy Keeney Baker ('59) opted out of singing Happy Birthday so we all sang to Betty McElhaney Hudspeth ('57). Missy has a new doggie which warms her heart. Surprised she doesn't sneak him into the luncheon. Missy missed last time so we were glad to see her back. Burt Pierard ('59) has been away a lot doing work for the company he worked for before. He seems to get back most of the time for the luncheons. Mary Judd Hinz ('60) directed a comment to Glen Rose ('58) that seemed to stem from something I didn't hear from introductions. She stated that Glen would not even look at her to go out during high school. I laughed and chimed in he wouldn't look at me either. Seems we were friends with his little sister Mary Rose Tansy ('60). Oh how we little sisters got the shaft. Truth is Glen had a lovely lady on his arm all the time. Thankfully for me and some times not so thankful the month of September is over. The month was packed with a visit from my daughter and grand kids from Australia. Club 40, dental work and being with family in Vancouver for four days. Could not find the time to do a Sandstorm entry. Back on track now. The not so thankful time was the time was to short with my daughter and the grandkids. To: Richard Anderson ('60) I know you can be short and sharp at what you say at times in the Sandstorm. Not to be forgotten is all the good things that you do for the Bombers, Sandstorm and helping Maren. To: Club 40 representatives I would like to see a write up in the Sandstorm about who the officers are as well as the representatives. What is in the plans for the year to come? There seems to be a lot of talk at the luncheons about what is happening. Here are some of the questions: When are the meetings? Who is invited for the meetings? Is there a yearly calendar? All Bombers are interested so give us an update. -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA The fall colors are making for beautiful days. All the trees are finally turning into hues of yellow, red and more. The sky puts in other colors during the day. The chill at night definitely says fall is here so get ready for winter. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeanie Walsh (Gold Metal Class of '63) Richard Anderson? I say we fire the snotty little bast***! -Jeanie Walsh (Gold Metal Class of '63) ~ Simi Valley, CA Home of the Ronald Reagan Library **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Sandstorm or Sandbox? "For What Its Worth" There's something happening here What it is ain't exactly clear ................................................ Telling me I got to beware I think it's time we stop, children, what's that sound Everybody look what's going down There's battle lines being drawn Nobody's right if everybody's wrong -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Big Kid Birthday It's that time again. Time for me to wish one of the Big Kids in the Gold Medal Class of '63 a VERY Happy Birthday. As one of my adopted brothers of that class, this guy has taken me under his wing and we have become great "E-Pals". He is an avid photo guy and always manages to get great shots of the various class and other events going on. He's a pal and so I say: HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Dave Hanthorn ('63) on October 16th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! P.S. I missed Julie Alexander's ('65) birthday on the 13th because I was driving in from Bakersfield when I shoulda been wishing her a Happy Birthday! -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/17/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Richard Roberts ('49), Marguerite Groff ('54) Carol Converse ('64), Patty de la Bretonne ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard Roberts ('49) Re: Richard Anderson- Editor? Carol Tyner Roberts ('52) and are disgusted with Richard and his snotty comments; but having met him, not too surprised with his unprofessional behavior. We hope Maren will soon be able to get involved and find a new substitute for when she is unable to manage the site. Anyone out there willing to step up and help her out? -Richard Roberts ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) Attention - Any and all '54 Tri-City ladies!!! Lunch at Granny's restaurant today (12:00 noon). We would love to see some new faces, and of course all the old faces (did I really say old?). Sorry!! Anyway - we hope to see YOU!!. We had new a classmate join us last month. She brought a friend who had graduated in '53. By golly, we welcomed her too, and maybe both will join us again this week. Because of the loss of all my e-mails a few weeks ago, I submitted a request asking you '54 folks to send me their e-mail addresses. This is in anticipation of our '55th reunion. Thanks so much for the 7 of you that responded. It just takes a couple of minutes to send yours. Or put an item in the Sandstorm. That will give me your e-mail address. But you can write me anyway. -Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) ~ Richland where currently the weather is beautiful. Not looking forward to winter. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) Bombers came through once again! Thank you all who wrote to us about living in and around Vancouver, WA. We are really looking forward to our trip up there. I have printed out your letters and we are planning on seeing all you've written. I'm sorry that we won't be able to see you, Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60), but you have fun on your trip. Thanks once again... what would we do without our Bomber friendship? -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patty de la Bretonne ('65) Thank you Gary Behymer ('64)... love that song. -Patty de la Bretonne ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/18/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers and 1 spouse sent stuff: Spouse of Walt Morgan ('60), John Browne ('61), Denis Sullivan ('62) Jean Armstrong ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jack Lowrey ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bob Chiles ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Keith Hunter ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Robert Hinkle ('75) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Spouse of Walt Morgan ('60) Richland Bombers: When my husband, Walt Morgan ('60) and myself first discovered the Alumni Sandstorm it was through Richard Anderson ('60). As I began to read the Sandstorm I realized that you had something special, and that was the need to relive old memories as well as feelings of the past, a special something not readily found everywhere. I admired and envied your common causes and reliving of old dreams and memories; what a web site! You were friends, confidants, classmates, neighbors reaching out to neighbors for the family you left behind, in other states. These were and are the things I admire about your website. Walt and I invited Richard, as well as other people with no particular place to enjoy a holiday, to our home for special occasions. Did I always agree with Richard? NO! But I chose to do things the Bomber way and ignore what I didn't agree with. I don't read Doone's Bury Cartoons (can't bear them), my eyes scan the page and when I come to that particular cartoon I skip it. Is there a need for you to read Richard's thoughts on a particular subject? Walt and I are extreme conservatives whereas Richard tends to be Liberal, sometimes to the extreme, but we still admire Richard for his zeal and love for anything Richland. Please reach out to Richard now as the Bombers I thought you were, reach out as a Bomber family. It has been my experience that most single people who have been in that status for some time tend to express unhappy views. I don't exactly know why but it has been my experience that they do. I express views sometimes, I am sure, that people have to bite their tongues for or get in my face; perhaps you do too, just not in so public a place as the Sandstorm. He was always correcting my speech, it never made me angry I realized he was trying to help me, maybe not in the most diplomatic way but at least he tried. Thank you Bombers for hearing me out. -Alice Morgan Yes, Richard, you may edit my grammar. ps. I don't know if there is any monetary gain for Richard as assistant editor of the Sandstorm [NO gain for Richard especially since he pays for -Maren], but I do know Richard worked tirelessly on the Sandstorm in it's infancy when there was nothing to be gained but satisfaction in a project that was dear to him. We enjoy the Sandstorm due to Marien [I think Alice means Maren, right? -Maren] as well as Richard's efforts. Please let us think on these things when we have the desire to write something derogatory about Richard, Let us be the bigger person and offer some support for a wounded Bomber. Walt and I live some distance from Tri-Cities now but read the Sandstorm almost daily. Thank you Marien and Richard! And as the Candidates for office (almost) say. I write this with Walt's approval **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Re: flap flap flap... As one who has both pulled a trigger too soon- & "exploded" a perfectly good pheasant- as well as having occasionally weighed the situation in pragmatic terms most familiar to the "impoverished" (but well-fed) hunter... who knows that he brought 5 shells out, and already threw one at a passing green-wing with a 40-knot tailwind, and that there's plenty of ground to cover... and that, maybe, this receding, jinking snipe isn't really worth a high-base load of sixes, I'm thinking that, in the 'Big Picture' of Life, it's a huge relief that I don't have to diagram this sentence (although I could, Ora... really- I could). Recalling the days when I was the bird- and not the Hunter- one of my lasting images is facing up to the wrath & ridicule of Fran Rish... a man whom I continued to admire, beyond any tongue- lashing. He had no qualms about making any alleged idiocy- mine or anyone else's- a matter for the Public Record, as he possessed a powerful internal PA system... which always seemed to be in "stand-by" mode. It finally did sink in that his style was "instructional"... and that the person being addressed was not, perhaps, the primary audience, in every case... & possibly not in Any case (because, when admonished &/or instructed when not in the company of others, Mr. Rish could express his concerns in far milder, even comforting, tones). This is merely my way of weighing in on a minor brouhaha (accent on the last 2 syllables-thanks) in which an erring party feels that the "punishment" for an alleged minor infraction- a mere oversight- became a crime in itself. Well, perhaps it was... but it may also have been a "teaching moment", as well. Having seen nothing of the correspondence from either side, I'm in no position to judge, obviously. What I Do know is that our backup editor is a man of expertise in many areas of endeavor; and that he has (in my own opinion) been more than willing to "suffer fools" in the past (as, hopefully, all of us have done... whether we occupy positions of hierarchical authority, or have authored children, or have 'owned' a pet). We have seen in the past that what may appear to be 'harmless' political diatribe (eg the 'swift-boating', 'feminazi', nyah- nyah-nyah sort) can also lead to results as profound as the ethnic cleansing in Bosnia, and the genocidal activities in Rwanda. To some of those (such as editors) whose business it is to promote communications and the dispersal of ideas & opinions, the consequences of their actions- & the actions of others who act in similar capacities- may become part of their persona... & they may be "wearing their conscience on their sleeves". When something that seems harmless, like poking fun at a politician, or a celebrity, or an ayatollah ultimately results in, say, property damage (or getting somebody killed), the fingers will point at those who transmit messages, as well as those who created them. It will continue to be my pleasure to resume a place on the electronic wallpaper of the Sandstorm... and to thank those who bring it forth regularly, and predictably, into a fairly homogenous milieu. (And, if there should be an occasional curdling, well, that's why God gave us a recipe for buttermilk pancakes...) chow ^..^ -John Browne, Jr. ('61) ~ on a quiet Autumn day, between rain showers, in WRIA 9, where the native silvers will show up any day, now... any day, by golly. ^..^ **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Denis Sullivan ('62) Re: "From: Richard Anderson ('60) To: Keith Hunter ('63) [see below] "Never apologize. It's a sign of weakness." -Captain Nathan Brittles G Gordon Liddy did not apologize. E Howard Hunt did not apologize. And ... Richard VT Anderson did not apologize. -Richard Anderson ('60)" Brings to mind that old ditty about the company one chooses that ends: "...and the pig got up and slowly walked away." -Denis Sullivan ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jean Armstrong Reynolds ('64) Re: West Valley (AZ) View - Nelli & Me I love doing the pet therapy. Here's a link to a slide show about Nelli's work. It turned out great... I loved the slide show. I was so nervous... -Jean Armstrong Reynolds ('64) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/19/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Keith Hunter ('63), Linda Reining ('64) Cathy Geier ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeanie Turner ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ray Richardson ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry Davis ('80) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Keith Hunter ('63) Re: Richard's response Letter!! I'm writing this for my mother who was the owner of the A&W in Richland for many years. She is now 88 years old. She received Richard's e-mail reply to my e-mail that was sent by mistake to the Sandstorm. [We're guessing that this was a telephone conversation. -Richard & Maren] Quote!! "Richard, if you were my child I would SPANK YOUR BARE ----!" Nasty!! -Keith Hunter (Proud Class of 1963) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:Jean Armstrong Reynolds('64) re: pet therapy slide show loved your slide show! you did a great job! kudos for what you and your pet therapy team does. I have seen therapy dogs in nursing homes and they really do make a big difference in the wellness of the patients. too many of them are lonely and forgotten by their families for whatever reason and those dogs make a big difference in their recovery and their well-being. am enjoying peace and quiet for the weekend--my oldest daughter, her husband, and two kids are in Las Vegas for the weekend---- son-in-law watches the car auction on TV and has seen cars "go" for over a million dollars, and since this time it's in 'Vegas, he wanted to see them "up close and personal". I opted to stay home--will go to 'Vegas in February with my bowling league. still having temps in the high 90's, but supposed to be back down into the 80's next week. and, my brand new, Dodge Grand Caravan minivan is in the shop, AGAIN, and has been all week---the a/c doesn't work---this is the third time I have had it back in there for the same problem! I bought it in May and the blasted a/c quit working in July---service tech claimed it was low on freon---that lasted about three weeks, then it started blowing hot air, again! so back it went, got a rental and it's been a "run-around" ever since! finally got mad and threatened the "lemon law" and wouldn't you know, they found TWO leaks and it should be ready by the middle of next week!!!!!! *grin* -Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64).....Bakersfield, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Cathy Geier ('66) Good Morning Everyone from Seattle, another warm morning begins... it's 5:30 am.. I wanted to comment on a few recent discussion items: 1.) I don't know what Richard said. Certainly he has heard a lot about his actions. I have however, reflected on how much work it takes to keep the Sandstorm going on a daily basis. I am not a good typist. My friends know this. In places where I regularly contribute (aol boards and tribe) I get bashed from time to time for typos. Maren regularly edited my work. One day she sent me back an entry with a comment, "look at all that I had to fix for you". Then I really thought about the work and time it must take to review everyone's entries. I review my submissions more carefully now. 2.) I wonder if it's time to increase or adjust the cost of getting the Sandstorm. Maybe add a couple dollars so that Maren and her editors can have a few pizza dinners on us for their dedication and work. I also am requesting that people contribute a bit more to cover the fees which some may not afford (it's called sliding scale.) I know Maren has included some on the list when their income has been low. 3.) Personally, I get confused with long entries which have no paragraph breaks. I get lost in them. 4.) I still need a one day car pool to go and return in one day. Thank you everyone and a special thank you to Maren and Richard for maintaining this site for a medium of idea exchange for us all these years. -Cathy Geier ('66) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/20/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Jeanie Walsh ('63) Anne Mitzlaff ('77) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carolynn Hamilton ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marilyn Baird ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Leo Webb ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sue Oberg ('79) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeanie Walsh (Gold Medal Class of '63) Re: Address I have an idea. Why not publish at the bottom of every Sandstorm the address where we can send our $$$. That way it will also serve as a reminder to send it in. I keep forgetting and I am sure some of the other Bombers do, too. Just at thought. -Jeanie Walsh (Gold Medal Class of '63) ~ Simi Valley, CA Home of the Ronald Reagan Library where it's been in the 90s **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Anne Mitzlaff Gerken ('77) Re: Bomber Football 5-0 (6-1) Congratulations to the Bomber football program. Mike Neidhold ('77) is in his first year as head coach, and the team seems to get better by the week. Marc Olson ('78), Greg Sevigny ('74), Dave Filipy ('91), and Kevin Norris also assist Mike. Sorry for names I'm leaving out. The sidelines are loaded with Bombers. They are an enthusiastic and high energy team. If you have not watched a game for a while, you'll enjoy watching these guys play and having fun! By the way, the one loss was their first game when they were missing a slug of players due to lack of practice time due to a successful summer baseball (a rule that needs changing - only my opinion) season. The league is different, as well. There's a split division thing now. Play-offs will be starting soon. Watch the paper and come enjoy a Bomber football game! Re: A&W Keith Hunter, please tell your mom there are many of us who miss the old, original, classic A&W. The A&Ws now are just not the same. Baby, Teen, Mama, Papa burgers out of the foil were GOOD! Kellie Walsh Patterson ('77) could stuff a baby burger in one bite in under 3 seconds, no pickles. Ah, those were fun times. Wish the A&W had never left it's spot on Lee. Still enjoying the root beer! -Anne Mitzlaff Gerken ('77) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/21/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: James Johnson ('60), Richard Anderson ('60) Dave Hanthorn ('63), Gary Behymer ('64) Jim Coyne ('64), David Rivers ('65) Kellie Walsh ('77) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sandra Witherup ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Connie Foster ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lucy Foster ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marsha Jepsen ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jenny Anguiano ('98) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: James Johnson ('60) Re: Random musings about my friend Richard VT Anderson ('60) Richard Anderson, or "Van Tass" as I and several others call him, has been my friend for, oh, ~ 50 years. Others may know him better, but I doubt few have known him as long; which gives me a unique perspective on this complex Bomber, a proud graduate of the Class of 1960 and former candidate for the Richland School Board. We met on the playing fields of Eton ... sorry, I mean the Stevens/Van Giesen playfield. Later on, UW's intramural football field, which was actually a graveled-over landfill, helped solidify our friendship because VT was always willing to fall on his sword (and in the yukky mud!) for the glory of Lander House. "VT" taught me how to play chess and how to drive his 4-speed Volvo. Thanks to his knowledge of sports cars I acquired my life- long obsession with and lust for, Porsches. By the way, did I mention he speaks at least three languages?; and could probably get by in several others. I'm only semi- literate in two, but we're still friends! I tease him about being an intellectual elitist and a Scotch- drinking Europhile. I admire him, though, and hope that we will always remain true friends. I would never let his confused, twisted love of soccer interfere with our friendship. Like all of us, VT is wrong is some areas, even though he's reluctant to admit it. To name one, I'm confident he now agrees as to the error of his ways when it comes to the superiority of Southern writers, such as Flannery O'Connor, Katherine Ann Porter, William Faulkner, or Carson McCullers, to name a few, as compared to his favorite genre, the English. But we're still friends! Plus, he now knows he's wrong about his aversion to "baseballists". But we're still friends! When the occasion necessitates it, he lets me know with his inimitable irascibility how wrong he thinks I am. He has excoriated me on my minor language indiscretions, but to him all errors of syntax and grammar are major. But I just smile and tell him he's a snob and full of #$%(!. But we're still friends! In that respect he conjures up images of Mark Twain, but I know VT would be apoplectic with Twain's comment about spelling: "I don't give a damn for a man who can only spell a word one way." If you've never had a relationship with a friend like the one I have had with Van Tass for the past 50 years this post is just so much crap, but you don't know what you're missing! -James Johnson ('60) ~ Marietta, Georgia **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From: Richard Anderson ('60) Re: James Johnson's ('60) Post (supra) James (for that is how he self-monikers these days; he was "Jimmy" when we were together every day way back then, went to "Jim" for a while, and finally to "James" -- it must be an old guy thing) in his piece, while wondrously accurate for the most part, introduced a couple (or more) inaccuracies: 1) if I taught him how to play chess; well, I'm sorry. For he will then be the third worst chess player in the world (I am the second worst ... the worst? well, no matter how bad you are at something there is somebody, somewhere, who is worse than you are). 2) he suggests that I speak three languages. Er, no. Way back when, during my serious drinking days in the Army, I was an Italian linguist. But I haven't done any day-to-day Italian in many years. I will admit to being a 3/4 decent linguist in several: I can cope easily with German, French, and Swedish (reading, that is; speaking ... no chance); I have decent skills with Greek and Latin stems; and I can pretty much spot most Anglo-Saxon roots. 3) he has gone off and made a list of Southern writers ... and left off Terry Southern and, more important, Joseph Mitchell. 4) he has suggested that my "favorite genre (he who uses "genre" is suspect in his own right)" is "the English". It is not: I am a "Continental-Europhile (England is not a part of Europe)"; I read German and French and Czech and Russian and Spanish and Italian writers -- OK, I have read pretty much everything by Graham Greene, a couple of Dickens, and maybe something else by English writers; but "favorite genere" ... nope. 5) Twain's problem was with the placement of "only": he did not mean "... can only spell a word one way."; he meant "... can spell a word only one way." I'll let y'all go with this observation: Whoever in the world came up with "to have sex"? This makes no sense (at least in the sense that 99.44% of readers know it). Then again, one of the "words of the moment" is "incredible"; "incredible" means "not believable"; i.e., a "lie" if stated by a politician; someone please explain to me how it became to mean "extra super duper wondrous". Ciao [sorry Browne, it ain't "chow", 'course, nobody knows how to pronounce "ciao" and everybody knows how to pronounce "aloha"], Yr Hmbl & Dvd Srvt, -Richard Anderson ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Hanthorn (Gold Medal Class of '63) To: Anne Mitzlaff Gerken ('77) Re: A&W root beer I know of two places in the world (I'm sure there must be others) where they still have the "original" style A&W restaurants. One is Vancouver, British Columbia, and the other is (surprisingly) Bangkok, Thailand!! Whenever we travel to Thailand to visit my wife's family, I always try to get into one of those A&Ws to sample some "real" root beer in the big frosty mugs. It always takes my memory back to the fun days we had in Richland. The hamburgers there are pretty good too! It's a small world -Dave Hanthorn (Gold Medal Class of '63) ~ from sunny but cool Mercer Island, where the weather has definitely turned to fall, and the leaves are changing colors. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Ice... The icemaker in our 14 year old refrigerator recently 'bit the dust' which prompted me to write this remembrance of Richland 'ice'. I do recall a large 'ice machine' located near the Tastee Freeze. For 50 cents or so you received an unwrapped 'block of ice' out of this large storage con tainer or perhaps it was the ice-maker itself? Would wonders never cease? Before a trip to the river my Dad would invest in several blocks of ice to keeps beverages cold for the weekend. Re: Eugene (Gene) Voiland ('65) The following is from the Weekend Edition of the Moscow-Pullman Daily News WSU RECEIVES $17.5 MILLION CONTRIBUTION Posted on: Saturday, October 18, 2008 Washington State University on Friday announced a $17.5 million financial commitment from Gene and Linda Voiland, which is the largest single commitment from an individual donor in university history. The university will name its school of chemical engineering and bioengineering in the Voiland's honor. Gene Voiland received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from WSU in 1969. He worked for Shell Oil Company for nearly 30 years in a variety of positions. There, he met his wife, Linda, a graduate of the University of Houston. He later became president and CEO of CalResources LLC and Aera Energy LLC, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell and ExxonMobil. He retired in 2007. The Voilands have been active supporters of WSU for many years. Gene led the Investment Committee for the WSU Foundation and is a member of the foundation's board of governors. He also serves on advisory boards for both the College of Engineering and Architecture and the school of chemical engineering and bioengineering. He received the Chemical Engineering Alumni Achievement Award in 1991, the WSU Alumni Achievement Award in 1999, and the WSU Foundation Outstanding Service Award in 2000. -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Coyne ('64) If anyone is in Florence, OR stop by their A&W. Its pretty much like the old days. Gail and I took our granddaughter on vacation with us this last summer and we stopped. She started getting out to go eat and I told her to stay in the truck. You order like always, they bring out your order and come and get it. same burgers and drinks. She thought it was pretty cool -Jim Coyne ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: '65er Birthday on the 21st We just keep cankin' them out... (I think that's what they said back in the mid to late '40s about our parents) I'm sitting here looking at Dr. Corrado's Scale in my office and thinkin' of all the parents and kids that got weighed on that thing... it started out at his office at the Hanford Plant and then moved with him to his private office where it continued in use till his passing. I'm sure the birthday girl got weighed on this thing... I sit here and imagine her... well I mean I don't really see her in my mind's eye or anything I mean it's not like I'm having a vision but I'll bet she was cute in her little birthday suit... I mean birthday dress... yeah that's what I meant... gee... gonna get me in trouble with her Class in Laws (the Gold Medal Class of '63)... I think I'd better quit while I'm ahead on this thing... HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Lucy Foster Smith ('65)!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kellie Walsh Patterson ('77) Re: Fun times according to Anne Mitzlaff Gerken '77 Annie is right. We had a lot of laughs in High School. I remember them well... -- Like when Anne would race to the back of the bus on Volleyball/BBall team trips so she could get her favorite seat -- the best seat, in her opinion, from which to "moon" the passing traffic. It became her trademark. -- Or, when after a hot slaving afternoon of tennis, we'd walk up from the courts from Howard Amon to get a Coke from the old Gaslight. We used the bottom entrance where minors were allowed. One particular day, the smell of pizza became too much to handle. And with no extra money, Anne spied someone's LEFTOVER pizza on a nearby table. And while the staff wasn't looking, she snarfed the half eaten pizza slice in one bite under three seconds. Yup, good times. Can't imagine them without you, Annie. Re: Mike Neidhold ('77) Congrats, Mike to you and your Bombers! Remember, there is a seat for you at the Pub if you ever make it out this way to Jersey. -Kellie Walsh Patterson ('77) ~ Flanders, NJ where it is 34 this morning. Brrrrrr. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/22/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Anne Mitzlaff ('77) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Leoma Coles ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Trisha Saucier ('77) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Anne Mitzlaff Gerken ('77) Kellie Walsh Patterson ('77), thank you for sharing OUR feast of pizza leftovers at Gaslight... Geez, that was good pizza. However, I must correct the "bus" version. Sorry Darcy Doyle ('77),but I must credit where credit is due. Darcy did not gain one of her nicknames "B.A." for watching others flash passing cars. If I did it, I claim "no memory" of such classy actions, but wish I could take credit for providing others with fun memories. So, thank you, Darcy! Another acknowledgement-There was a teacher we had who did about a dozen of us a HUGE favor that positively influenced us throughout high school and beyond for some. He encouraged us to play tennis beyond the 8th grade season and enter tournaments in the summer. He provided us the entry sources, explained the process, provided directions, and congratulated our efforts. He provided transportation for the guys to many out of town tournaments. Our moms took turns driving the girls. In the summer, many of us would spend HOURS playing tennis all day taking turns on the courts with playing cards at a table. This man would be there playing along side and offering tips to help us improve. This started after our junior high eighth grade year, and it continued after 10th grade, slowing a bit after that due to jobs. We were a club without a club playing others from true court clubs. He got accused by the city parks department as "organizing" us and hogging the courts. Wrong! We went to play because we wanted to be there and play. But, thanks to him we did make sure one court was always left for others and got off of another if others wanted to play. He did teach us court manners. (Maybe playing in shorts and a swimsuit top wasn't real mannerly, but it did help with the tan and the heat.) Kellie and I were talking about him this past summer. I owe him a hug and a thank you for her. Now days, who knows what might be said about a teacher doing what he did. I know Holland St. John helped us create wonderful memories, improve our tennis skills, learn pinochle and spades, and keep us making good decisions in how we spent our summers. He was our English teacher at Chief Joseph Junior High, but I know we took away better lessons from the tennis courts at Howard Amon Park. Richland really has had some FANTASTIC teachers who have given uncountable hours to kids, and in turn, the community. We grew up in a special place. -Anne Mitzlaff Gerken ('77) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Howard Kirz ('60) ~ 8/31/42 - 8/22/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/23/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers & Don Sorenson sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Susan Nussbaum ('63), Cathy Geier ('66) Salba Malba ('81), Don Sorenson (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jackie Richmond ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jean Eckert ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mark O'Toole ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tim O'Neil ('76) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Susan Nussbaum Reeb ('63) Re: Boise Lunch On Saturday, October 11, 10 Boise-area Bombers gathered for lunch and good conversation. Those attending were Tom ('55) and Neola Tracy, Noah ('61) and Peggy Johnson ('63) Tadlock, Hoyt ('55) and Lois Roberts, Lolly Phillips Schultz ('57), Darrell (former principal of RHS, Chief Jo, and Hanford) and Elizabeth Reish, and Susan Nussbaum Reeb ('63). Photos courtesy of Peggy Johnson Tadlock ('63). Note the welcome sign and name tags designed and printed by Tom Tracy. Tom also put together the B-17 model airplane that he gave as a door prize. Thank you, Peggy and Tom! We plan to get together again in the spring and hope that more Boise-area Bombers will be available to join us! -Susan Nussbaum Reeb ('63) ~ Boise, Idaho, where the sun is shining, and it is raining yellow, orange, and red leaves today. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Cathy Geier ('66) Hello Everybody from warm fall in Seattle, To Anne M., As I read your entry I went back in time to my own tennis experience. That of playing in junior high and then entering the big team of high school. Our Coach, Rex Davis ('49), said he wanted the girls from his tennis team to stay in shape over the winter so he offered to begin a Girl's Gymnastics Team to let us begin our team alongside his Boy's Team. I said it before and here it is again... from that gymnastics for me came a LOVE for dance and I am still immersed in expressions of dance to this day. Your entry brought back so many happy summer afternoons biking or walking to the tennis courts by the river, it was called Riverside Park then, and playing tennis it seemed all day. Roberta Grout, Rik Williams, Don Fuqua, Marc Franco, Paul Kirz, my sister, Susan( who was always a bit better than I in singles), Diane Russell, Ken Knox, Janice Turner and so many more. What healthy lovely days! I am still not substituting much yet. The flu season has not hit. I began with another district last week. It was one of those come and go schools; no one interested in saying hello to a substitute. Yesterday in the same district I was welcomed, helped and genuinely thanked for some actions. The Aide who came with a seriously affected child took time away and told other teachers that I know what I am doing! YAY! 20 years and grey hair from teaching so long.. I hope I know a little .. It turned out that this class of 28 2nd grade kids was to them, a VERY needy class. Thank you to Seattle School District and my many varied experiences with large needy classes and professional development. With little work comes free time. I am going to volunteer for political canvassing today. I can't sit at home anymore. I encourage everyone to vote. Also, here, in Seattle, the Polls run by King County need election workers. The pay is minimum wage. It is an enlightening experience. As we face another election in which there are already many instances of fraud, a personal time spent at the polls as a worker or as a party volunteer will help us keep our election fairly run. And help one to understand the reports in the newspapers about such things which apparently are already happening. If anyone is working on teacher workshops and could use a collaborator, please think of me. Sincerely, -Cathy Geier ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. From: Salba Malba ('81) Entered: Wednesday 10/22/2008 2:27:45pm COMMENTS: Wow,what a great site! The late '70s - early '80s was the best time to be a Bomber. The last of the hippies in '78 and the first of the punk rockers by '81. After Namm but before MTV was the best era for everything-right? -Salba Malba ('81) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB) Re: Who Are They? It's been awhile since I've sent pictures, so I thought these might be of interest. -Don Sorenson (NAB) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Larry Dawes ('54) ~ 12/19/35 - 10/17/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/24/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Janet Wilgus ('59), David Rivers ('65) Gregor Hanson ('65), Kathie Moore ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim "Pitts" Armstrong ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve Rector ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Janet Wilgus Beaulieu ('59) Re: Back-packing accident in Emigrant Wilderness of Yosemite Hello, Just want to relate to my Bomber friends what our family has experienced the last few weeks. Our son-in-law, Christopher Andrews, perished in a fall while back-packing in the rugged granite area of the high Sierras near Yosemite (Emigrant Wilderness) on October 3rd. The Toulumne Search and Rescue Team could not have made a more thorough effort in a challenging search for Christopher and they were fortunate to locate his body after 3 days of effort working on horseback, with dogs, and ground crews and with helicopters. It was a dangerous recovery following the signal he was able to transmit from a GPS unit before he passed away. He fell nearly 100 feet from a very high elevation during a descent from a granite strewn area becoming caught in a crevice that could not be seen from the air or ground. Even though he had suffered serious injuries, he managed to shred and drop bits of a thermal blanket (a shiny metallic material) and a glint of that was seen from a ground team when they were nearly ready to leave the area on the third day of the search. This all occurred during an early, fast-moving storm that came in late in the afternoon of October 3rd; he ultimately died of hypothermia. He leaves our daughter, Amy Beaulieu Andrews and Jane (age 5) and Calvin (age 3) all of Hillsborough, CA, in the San Francisco Bay Area. Christopher was a Senior Technical Director at Oracle in Redwood Shores (Amy is an executive at the same company) and an Elder at the First Presbyterian Church of Burlingame. Memorial services were held at the church on Monday and today a memorial service was held at Oracle and was broadcast by satellite to Ireland, England and India. We just returned to Richland this evening. The outpouring of care, kindness and support from the countless friends and neighbors and Oracle associates has been phenomenal. Our daughter is resilient and strong and has been the picture of graciousness through these past few weeks. We are in awe of her capable presence. Jane and Calvin are so young and so adorable and we have been there to help in any way we could. Papa (Tom) and Nanny were sooooo busy; the last night in Hillsborough we served as host in Amy's absence for 13 friends and family at her home... all unexpected!! But thanks to generous friends and the wonderful meals (the friends have scheduled meal deliveries into January organized through a website!) we were able to manage the dinner and then enjoy some company with new friends. So, with all the above being said.. love your families and try to stay healthy and strong, you never know what just one day will bring and how it can dramatically change your lives and all the energy you have will be called upon to be put into action! Now, Tom and Janet are off to rest...I slept 11 hours in a comfortable bed in Klamath Falls last night!! I knew we had put in long days under stress and had smiled through the tears on many a day, kept up with a 3 and 5 year old, were employed as chief dish-washers, receptionists, bedtime readers, chauffeurs and travel coordinators and general errand folks.. and Tom was invaluable working with the dispatchers from the search and rescue and handling the very difficult tasks that follow such unexpected tragedy... We really did (and do) need the rest. We will try to get back to some sort of normalcy in the days ahead... G'night (rather, g'day when you read this) -Janet Wilgus Beaulieu ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Big Kid Birthday and a late Big Sis HB Long before there was Rolling Stone, before Norm N. Nite wrote his Various "Rock On" and other Rock 'n' Roll books, in fact, even before Lillian Roxon wrote her "Rock Encyclopedia" back in 1969 (I still have my copy... I thought it was an amazing bit of work for somebody to take on... especially before there was an Internet)... even tho there were a few errors (I penciled in the right info back in the days when I could still remember the right info) I really loved the work... yes even before Rock 'n' Roll was played in Wally World, elevators and TV Commercials, the Birthday boy was a wealth of Music information from our era... he still amazes me with little finds now and then and I have picked up some pretty darned good stuff at his suggestion... He is was of my adopted Class (Gold Medal) of '63 and I'm always glad to see him at get togethers. So now I wanna wish Jim "Pitts" Armstrong a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY on October 24, 2008!!!!!!!!!! I would also like to wish Connie Foster ('63) a belated Happy birthday on the 21st. I never knew she and Lucy ('65) were twins!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gregor Hanson ('65) Re: Great news regarding classmate Gene Voiland ('65) Re: Another '65er item of interest Greg Markel ('65) has opened a new restaurant in the brand new Student Union Building (the CUB) at WSU in Pullman - name of it is Dupus Boomer (after the cartoon character from the old Hanford project news paper). -Gregor Hanson ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kathie Moore Adair ('69) Re: My best friend (RIP) I am so sad to report that my brother, Kevin Alan Moore ('77wb) passed away in Buckeye, AZ from heart disease on October 18, 2008. He was a machinist and owned Moore's Precision Machine and Fabrication in Richland. The last couple of years he had also been working the nuclear plant outages in AZ. Kevin was in the Richland schools until our parents moved to Missouri in 1975. He graduated in 1977 from Cuba, MO High School. He is survived by his mother Gale Mezger Moore Crawford, his son, Jacob Moore (a 2010 Bomber); his sisters Janet Moore ('65), Kathie Moore ('69)(James Adair), and Karen Moore ('75)(Randy Buchanan). He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Moore. -Kathie Moore Adair ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/25/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Jim Jensen ('50), Ruth Miles ('59) Stephanie Dawson ('60), Don Sorenson (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barbara Franco ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) Re: Don Sorenson's (NAB) 10/23/08 Pictures Thanks Don for sharing those pix from yesteryear in your 10/23/08 posting. It seems incongruous in terms of a time line, but in Picture No. 9 I think I recognize old friend and neighbor Jean Glendenning ('50). Bomber cheers, -Jim Jensen ('50) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ruth Miles Bruns ('59) Re: Pictures from Don Sorenson (NAB) on 10/23/08 Don's picture number contains my father, Fred Miles, teaching/calling square dancing to a group of probably about 6th grade kids. Fred did that for quite a few years, pretty much the 1950s or so. I checked with my brother, Jo Miles ('64), and neither he nor I recognize any of the kids. Jo thinks they may be a year or so younger than he (I sort of thought the same thing, but relative to me ... hmmmm ...). I'm sure Jo joins me in hoping that others will recognize the dancers. -Ruth Miles Bruns ('59) ~ from beautiful downtown Goldendale, WA where we're getting bright sunny autumn days and nippy frosty nights. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60) To: Janet Wilgus and Tom Beaulieu ('59) Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies on the loss of your son-in-law, Christopher Andrews. Such sudden unexpected loss is truly devastating. I know, because my brother Jeff Dawson ('62) lost his oldest son on July 4, 1996, in a somewhat similar accident near Mount Rainier. I pray that Christopher's faith sustained him mentally and emotionally to the end. I am with you in spirit as you deal with the consequences of your loss. Not only have you all lost a dynamic person from your lives, but you also have lost all those millions of precious words, actions, gestures, and moments that you all would have had with him and from him for many years to come. He'll just have to watch over and guide you all from a better place until you all are reunited many years from now. -Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB) Re: Who Are These Guys?? To All Bombers, I have found some more photos of your parents and classmates. From the emails I've received it has been a positive experience. I don't believe there is a more complete photo documented town in the U.S.! As you know I'm a firm believer of remembering the past and have thoroughly enjoyed the remembrances you shared with me. This truly is a unique website! A question: Does anyone remember the book "Atomic Town" (picture #20)?? It came out in the late '40s and was written by a local. -Don Sorenson (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/26/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: David Tillson ('50), Gus Keeney ('57) Ray Kelly ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sally Sheeran ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Tillson ('50) Re: Who are these guys? To: Don Sorenson (NAB) Don, Sitting alone in the back of image 14 is Don Latta ('47). Image 15 is also Don Latta. -David Tillson ('50) ~ Salt Lake City, UT **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) To: Don Sorenson (NAB) Re: Photo #15 reminds me of Fran Rish looking over a Football Play chart. Not sure,but it could be. -Gus Keeney ('57) ~ sunny Yuma, AZ where it's going to be in the low 90s today and 50s tonight!!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray Kelly (Gold Medal Class of '63) To: Don Sorenson (NAB) Re: I do remember the book "Atomic Town" (picture #20), written by Nelson W. Hope, a close friend of my parents and the father of our classmate Larry Hope. I happened to look it up on eBay about 6 months ago just out of curiosity and a few copies were available there for around $25 as I recall. Wish I'd kept our copy, but if I did I can't find it. -Ray Kelly (Gold Medal Class of '63) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/27/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: George Swan ('59), Steve Simpson ('65) Mike Davis ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shawn Schuchart ('78) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: More On Aging I now have irrefutable, living proof that I am older than dirt! My 90 year-old mother was in the hospital for two days, getting over a rash caused by a reaction to antibiotics that she received, for a squirrel bite (Its a long story). I spent most of that time with her. At least three times, I was asked by the staff if I was her ... husband? I'm too old to care anymore. After reaching 60, the years all seem to run together ... anyway. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where the weather is cool and the time passes way faster than ... it used to... PS Can anyone top that one? **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Simpson ('65) Come to the first ever Bombers event in Seattle Re: First ever Seattle Bombers Dinner Event DATE: Saturday, December 6th TIME: 5:30pm WHERE: "Thirteen Room" in the 13 Coins restaurant (downtown), 125 Boren Ave North ~ PHONE: 206-682-2513 (restaurant #) RSVP: Steve Simpson ('65) and Gary Crow ('65) COST: $40/head Pay after dinner. $40 is added to youre separate bill for drinks. Gratuity included; which gives you a choice of four Coins Classics: Chicken Parmashan; 1/2 & 1/2 pasta, or Joes Special, or Classic Club House Sandwich. To: Steve Upson ('65): Come join us Thanks! -Steve Simpson ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Davis ('74) It just occurred to me that my dear old friend, Brad Upton will be celebrating his birthday tomorrow (Oct28). I think the date is misrepresented in the Sandstorm archives. Anyway, let's all send our very own famous funnyman birthday greetings over the Sandstorm. He has brought us a lot of laughs. Happy Birthday, Brad, -Mike Davis ('74) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [I asked Brad about his birthday and here's what Brad said: "That is false. I thought he loved me. My birthday is March 4th!" Take it all for what it's worth. -Maren] ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/28/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Neil Goff ('50) Marilyn De Vine ('52), Norma Loescher ('53) Ray Wells ('54), Karen Cole ('55) Derrith Persons ('60), Kaylene Henjum ('60) Mary Judd ('60), Roy Ballard ('63) Peter Turping ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Anna May Wann ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paul Phillips ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paula Bergam ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy (the Tin Can Class of '45) Re: Aging To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Hey pappy, you're in trouble!! I still get carded. -Dick McCoy from the Tin Can Class of 1945 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Neil Goff ('50) To: Don Sorenson (NAB) Re: #20-Who Mary Sargent ('50) is on the left. Behind Mary is Frank Schermer ('50) and behind Frank it looks like Hugh Pickett ('50). Others in picture are unknown. -Neil Goff ('50) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn "Em" De Vine ('52) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Awww... cum'awwwn, Pappy, tell us about the squirrel bite. I am glad your Mom is doing okay, now. See... I'm avoiding the "are you her husband?" remark. Some days you just can't win, can you! "What do nurses know!?!?!" (As a retired nurse, I can say that.) Doctors, interns and receptionists, too, for that matter. *grin* Missed you at the Executive (!) meeting Saturday. Good meeting, actually, although I embarrassed myself by talking too much. What ever happened to that sweet, shy girl I used to be? Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49), Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) and I went to Isle Bonita for a delightful visit and good meal after the meeting. Very nice to get to visit in a small group. Bomber best to each and all, -Marilyn "Em" De Vine ('52) ~ in beautiful Richland. Warm days (relatively speaking) and cold nights, great for sleeping. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Norma Loescher Boswell ('53) Re: Do you have a book published? As a member of the literary arts subcommittee of the Richland Arts Commission, I'm making a list of local authors who have books published. The Commission intends to provide public exposure in Richland for our local literary artists through publicity and new events we are brainstorming. There's actually a modest amount of money available to promote local literary arts. I'm contacting local book stores, but I know some authors self- publish or publish on demand. If you have a book published, let me know and I'll include you. Give me your name, book name, publisher, date of publication, ISBN number, and cover price, along with contact information (phone, e-mail, cell). If any Bombers want to promote other local authors besides yourself, I'll appreciate receiving your information. Bomber cheers, -Norma Loescher Boswell ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray Wells ('54) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: More On Aging Your story about your mother and the hospital staff is a classic. I'm going to share it with all my email buddies. Thanks! -Ray Wells ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Karen Cole Correll ('55) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) I accept your challenge Pappy. In 1966 I went with my sister Judie ('63) while she was being fitted for her wedding gown. I was 29 and had four little boys at the time. (Come to think of it, maybe that's why the sales lady wanted to know if I was her mother.) That evening the wedding party went to the tavern for pizza and beer. I forgot my ID, and I was the only one asked. I had to sit in the car and eat my pizza! Take heart, all the professionals look like kids to me, so I'm sure anyone with gray hair or a wrinkle, is really old to them. -Karen Cole Correll ('55) ~ Nine Mile Falls, WA Beautiful sunny skies on a crisp, autumn day. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Derrith Persons Dean ('60) NEW LOCATION!!!! Class of 60 meets again!! It's Lunch time!! class of '60, family and/or friends If your in town or from out of town Come on, we'll have a good time!! When? - Saturday, November 1st Time? - 11:30 am Where? - NEW LOCATION... Sterling's, 890 GWWay Come on. . . . lets talk! -=Derrith Persons Dean ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kaylene Henjum Livingston ('60) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: more on aging I don't know if I can top your aging story Pappy, but I was visiting with my Sister (6 years younger) at her lake cabin this summer and her and her husband took us to their local friendly bar for a "beverage" and sandwich. The bartender remarked that we looked a lot alike and asked me if I was her MOTHER!!!!! Now, there is only three reasons that I can come up with on how she arrived at that lovely comment. Either my Sis got to her first and paid her off, or the gal had a little too much of what she was serving, or I just looked that old!!!! I went home, dyed my hair, started a "I need a face lift" account, and went into a deep funk!!! I have finally decided that, for my own sanity, the story will be... the bartender was paid a great amount of money to say that and just go on with my graceful aging! The old saying, "we will all get old if we live long enough", is true... Some day someone will call my sweet sister... my Mother... I don't think so... but that thought keeps me going. -Kaylene Henjum Livingston ('60) ~ Finley... the colors on the river are just gorgeous. Winter can't be far behind. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Judd Hinz ('60) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: More On Aging To heck with how old we look. I'd like to hear the story about your mom's squirrel bite! -Mary Judd Hinz ('60) ~ (And yes, unfortunately, I was once told that someone thought my friend was my son, when actually we were the same age. You must have a very young looking mother.) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roy Ballard ('63) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: More On Aging Pappy, Go for it, it will feel the same tomorrow!!!!!!! By the way, we missed your smiling face at the Club 40 meeting... -Roy Ballard ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Peter Turping ('70) Re: #19-Who from David Tillson ('50) At the chalk board is Jean Turping, father to Paul, Rob ('65) and Peter ('70) Turping. -Peter Turping ('70) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/29/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers and Don Sorenson sent stuff: David Tillson ('50), Jim Jensen ('50) George Swan ('59), Carol Carson ('60) Patti Jones ('60), Stephanie Dawson ('60) Tom Verellen ('60), Deedee Willox ('64) Don Andrews ('67), Betti Avant ('69) Don Sorenson (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: James Daugherty ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Tillson ('50) Re: Picture #20 - Who To: Neil Goff ('50) Neil, You need new glasses. Picture #20 was taken in 1954 at some secure location on the Hanford project. Although the woman in the foreground left has a slight resemblance to Mary Sargent ('50) it's unlikely Mary would've been out of college by that time. The man behind her is definitely not Frank Schermer ('50). Frank Schermer didn't wear glasses and had curly hair parted on the other side. Besides Frank was attending the U of W in 1954, along with myself, Fred Barker ('50), Whitey Schell (51), Jerry Cawdrey ('48), Dick Sears ('47-RIP), Dick Morton ('47), and Dick McCoy ('45,'46,'02). After graduating he worked for Boeing. Not sure about the other picture being Hugh Pickett ('50) but think it's unlikely since he also wouldn't have been out of college by that time. Who - #22 is a D.E. Crouter and the year is 1957 according to the calendar on the wall. I have no idea who he was or what he did. Who - #15 is definitely Don Latta ('47-RIP). There is no possibility that it's Fran Rish as suggested by Gus Keeney ('57). Fran Rish never worked on the Hanford project and he definitely wasn't a draftsman - on or off of the Hanford Project. -David Tillson ('50) ~ Salt Lake City - somewhere north of Happy Valley. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) Re: Don Sorenson's (NAB) Pictures Hey Don, You've done it again. Picture number 14 in your 10/24/08 posting includes, I believe, Bomber Don Latta ('47-RIP). He's the one in back row center, glasses, tie and white shirt. Don Played football for Coach Fran Rish (RIP). Regards, -Jim Jensen ('50) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: And More, On Aging And Squirrel Bites In addition to the responses in Alumni Sandstorm, I received several personal emails inquiring about the "squirrel bite." So, I will spin that story, but, before going into that, allow me "attempt" to be serious ... for a bit. Dick McCoy of the Tin Can Class of '45 will forever be young and I think that the reason that he and I are somewhat akin in some of our thinking is that our minds both try to look for the lighter side of things. Marilyn "Em" De Vine ('52) knows that sometimes we just "can't win for losing" and she knows that I would have been there (Club 40 Meeting), if not hangin' out at hospitals. Ray Wells ('54), we are still long overdue for that cup of coffee. Karen Cole Correll ('55), you met my challenge superbly, but I think that I may still be able to top or equal that one with yet another episode (to follow shortly), and besides, eating pizza, burgers, etc. in my car always makes me feel ... younger! Kaylene Henjum Livingston ('60), I like that old saying, "we will all get old if we live long enough", and I have another one that I somewhat conjured up ... "At my age, if a young lady smiles at me, does she find me attractive ... or merely amusing?" Mary Judd Hinz ('60) said "To heck with how old we look ..." and I agree, I don't have to look at me, "they" do. And, Roy Ballard ('63), you're right, I will go for it, but "It" seems to always be out there a ways and a bit more elusive as time passes by. By the way, I envy you for your cruise on the aircraft carrier with your ... son? And now for the rest of the (or another) "Mom" story: Back when I was in my mid-forties, my mother's boyfriend had purchased senior citizen tickets for them to attend the "Happy Canyon" extravaganza at the Pendleton Round Up. He got sick and could not go, so my mother insisted that I take her to it and use his ticket. I was sure that I would have to pay extra ... being so young. Going through the gate, the young lady taking the tickets, looked at us and never batted an eye as she took both tickets and asked if we required any special senior aides or considerations. With my mouth hanging open ... I was speechless, amazed, and stupefied. But, that is only part of the story. My mother had insisted that we dress alike in matching western clothes, hats, and cowboy boots (just as she and her boyfriend always did). I drew the line there. I was not excited about looking like matching bookends with my mother. For one thing, even though I had horses in those days, walking about in "cowboy boots" did not appeal to my aching feet, as I had been in the boonies for the previous week, walking miles of streams on salmon spawning surveys. So, my Nikes won out. However, my mother was highly disappointed at my lack of enthusiasm, but she still got the best of me, as I had to trade the taking of numerous pictures of each of us posing at the various attractions ... including the parking lot ... where we parked her car. Okay, and now, the squirrel bite story: Almost two weeks ago, my 90 year-old mother was feeding peanuts to her "squirrel buddies," on the lawn, at her Assisted Care Living Facility in Pasco. She claims that she can tell all of them apart, yet she calls each and every one of them, "Squirrely." That has been one of her favorite warm weather pastimes. We have cautioned her about letting them get on her lap as she might be bitten, so she should just toss them a nut. But, she has a stubborn streak (which she passed on to her kids). So, on a day when she had four squirrels surrounding her, she let two get on her lap where she would feed them peanuts ... hand to mouth. Cute but not without its potential hazards. One in particular, was more assertive and would poke its nose into the plastic bag containing the peanuts, and help itself. Well, the peanuts ran out, but the squirrels were still hungry and began searching. The two on her lap, still competing for her attention ... and more peanuts, got into a fight over the empty bag. In the resulting melee, one got its head briefly stuck in the bag and went slightly berserk. This apparently incited the other one to further aggressive action. During the resultant whirling, frantic fur ball on Mom's lap, one scratched her hand with its toenails and bit her on the finger (which, to the squirrel, may have momentarily resembled a peanut -- At least that's mom's story). Mom still does not realize how fortunate she is. If squirrels were larger and stronger, she might have been dragged from her powered wheelchair, buried in a pile of leaves, and saved for later winter consumption. After a call from the assisted care facility nurse, I drove in and took Mom to the ER where they cleansed and treated her hand and ruled out Rabies Treatment, as according to the Public Health Doctors, there is no history of Rabies in rodents, within this region. If you were like me when growing up in Richland, I was bitten by more ground squirrels than my dust storm-choked memory can count. Anyway, they gave her a penicillin shot and put her on a five-day antibiotic treatment (Augmentin -- which, according to them, also included penicillin), and released her. I also took her to her regular doctor on the next day. Strangely, on the sixth day, at the end of that treatment, she suddenly developed an itchy, beet-red rash, from head to toe, and her doctor requested that I purchase Benedryl over the counter and have her take it along with applying hydrocortisone cream to her itchy skin. The next day, the rash was worse and very early that morning, I received another call from the facility nurse. That was last Saturday, the day of the Club 40 Meeting. It sounded potentially more serious, and since I'm a hick living out in the sticks, I said, "Transport and I'll meet her at the ER." So, back to the ER, I went. The hospital kept her for two days of medication, respiratory treatment, treatment of self- inflicted minor wounds from her scratching her itchy skin, and observation. I spent most of the two days with her. The doctors have now decided that she has developed an allergy to penicillin. Prior to this, she had no allergies to medication of any kind, but apparently we can develop new allergies over the years. Oh, and on Sunday morning, they had lost her. It only took me one hour to finally track her down. Upon arising (about 7:00 AM, I called the Observation Unit, where she was resting and was being kept for monitoring, when I left for home, the night before. But, I could get no answer, so, back to the hospital! It seems that the Observation Unit had closed down. When I went in that morning, I was confronted with an empty room, a made-up bed, and no one on duty at that station or the front desk. "This is not a good sign!" I inquired of several people who reminded me of "the scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz," you know, "if I only had a brain?" Well, I hate to sound disrespectful, but they had only lost or misplaced my 90 year-old mother ... so, no big deal, right? I finally found a nurse, with a personality more like the "Tin Man," who suggested that I try the Medical/surgical Recovery Floor. After an episode with a stubborn and wayward elevator that took me everywhere but up, where I needed to go, I arrived at the Med/Surg Desk. Ah ha, I had found it. A brief interrogation of the nurse at that desk, revealed intel that mom was being held hostage, for her own protection, awaiting a visit from a hospital doctor to determine if she would be released that day. About, 2:00 PM, the doctor finally revealed himself and decided that Mom would be released and could go home ... as soon as a "little" paperwork was completed. Somewhere, around 4:00 PM, we were set free and I returned Mom to her care facility and got her settled in, once again. But, I still had to get new and special prescriptions filled (on a Sunday). Well, the doctor had recommended that Wal Mart was open and had low priced Rx's. So, I drove there and turned in the prescriptions, where I was informed that it would be ... about a half hour's wait. An hour and a half later, with the new meds, I drove back to the retirement facility where ... the doors were locked. Following a long door bell ringing session, like a persistent "trick or treater," the night nurse finally let me in. I woke Mom up ... to give her a sleeping pill and her new pills. Then, about 7:00 PM ... I finally turned toward home. Mom now, but somewhat stubbornly so, agrees that she should no longer allow squirrels on her lap, but will toss the peanuts to them. However, I think that she has actually enjoyed all of this because she is basking in a new found glory, as she is now somewhat of a celebrity, being referred to as the "Squirrel Lady" by her fellow residents at the retirement home. On the other hand, for me, it has been a long session that began with a squirrel bite and it "ain't over" yet. Coming on top of the usual chores of doing things for my mother, it is leaving little time for much else. The "usual things" and more of the follow up Doctor visits for the famous "Squirrel bite" are scheduled. Each time I see Mom, she thoughtfully asks, "Are you going pheasant hunting today?" With perhaps a bit of a forced smile, I reply, "No, got things to do...," as I look at her new "Things For George To Do" list. Yes, it comes with the territory when we are the ones looking after the affairs of our aging parents. We have had many discussions of these matters in Alumni Sandstorm. "In home" care, for our elder relatives, is one thing in itself ... been there - done that with another elder relative. But, only those of you who are the "responsible primary family contact" for elder relatives in "Assisted Living Care Facilities" will understand when I point out that the basics of "room and board daily living assistance" is indeed provided by the facility, at a rather costly fee. However, beyond those "basics," most of the "assisting" must still come from the responsible family contact. Has anyone else experienced this particular area of "assisting" elder relatives? -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where the weather is still cool and I actually got to sleep in this morning. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Carson Renaud ('60) Re: On Aging I've been enjoying the aging and mis-identification stories. My Mom lived with me for a couple of years before she passed (at 85) and we traveled around a lot together. I used to tell people we were sisters - always made her grin. Seriously, I attended the Richland Marching Band competition in Everett last Saturday to watch my niece, Caroline Carson ('09), who is the Lead for the trumpet section. When purchasing my ticket I asked for the senior price and believe it or not, the guy asked for ID to prove it! I told him he deserved a tip! *LOL* I sort of figure age is a number and don't pay much attention to it except for when my arthritic knees inform me that I cannot bend my leg underneath me when I sit anymore. Maybe not nimble but still quick (of mind I hope). -Carol Carson Renaud ('60) ~ Lynnwood, WA where the morning is foggy but should burn off by noon. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>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, November 8, 2008 WHERE: JD Diner, 3790 Van Giesen, West Richland, WA 99353 Used to be Coney Island Gray building with red trim just past the Yakima Bridge on the right 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) Re: Aging Recently we took our granddaughter to dinner for her 18th birthday. She ordered a soft drink. Her father (Jeff Janicek '88) ordered a beer and was carded. He's 38. It was a laugh and a real treat for both father and daughter. I decided some years ago that a little fat would fill in the wrinkles (it did) and that smiles and laughter reduce your apparent age considerably. It works well for me. I guess that good genes don't hurt either: Mom looked about 70 when we lost her at 92+. -Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) A squirrel story: Years ago while living in a lake front house with lots of trees and one resident red belly squirrel that had grown accustomed to getting free shelled walnuts on the porch. One day I walked outside barefooted to enjoy the summer sun not realizing that "the squirrel" was planning an ambush. It was concealed on the back side of a monkey puzzle tree. Just as I made a second step onto the porch it jumped out onto the porch, and with several quick hops reached my left foot and promptly bit the captain of my left toes. I howled and it jumped back to the tree: (A) Because it thought it had just tasted a walnut gone bad or (2) the daily supply of shelled walnuts wasn't sufficient or it was drive by territorial thing. Cute and furry no longer the saber toothed squirrel was given a wide berth from that day forward. The ungrateful little ..... evidently they don't live by: Don't bite the toe of the generous person that gives you free nuts that might be getting a little rancid but are perfectly good. Maybe it was getting up there in years and just needed glasses. The End. George you are welcome to use this squirrel story FOB. -Tom Verellen ('60) ~ some perfect autumn days sunny cool colorful leaves in near Lacey, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) To: Pappy Swan ('59) Re: Age Okay, I have a couple of 'age' stories. Years ago, I was married to a much older man. The age difference bothered him a lot, but I didn't care and still don't about age. One night we met an old (no pun intended) acquaintance of my husband's and he asked my husband to introduce him to his daughter. My husband was NOT pleased. I thought it was hilarious. Probably why I've been married so many times, eh?! I also forgot my third husband's name when I was trying to introduce him to someone. I said, 'this is my husband, um. um .." He finally told the person his name, but he also was NOT pleased. Again, I thought it was hilarious. My granddaughter, Alanna, now 14 (omg, can she be 14?!) was having her 7th birthday party. A friend wanted to know if it was okay for her to come to the party, since she was older than the rest of her friends. Alanna's answer: 'my Nanna comes, and she's REALLY old!' Again, I thought it was hilarious. Alanna is always good for a laugh or two. lol -Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) ~ Burbank, WA, where we OLD people live! *LOL* **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Andrews ('67) Re: Home Sweet Home Well, it is official, Jane & I are citizens of Richland. I know that because we got our first utility bill which means we can go to the garbage dump for free. Our home in Horn Rapids was completed Sept. 18th and with a lot of help from a lot of long time Tri-Cities friends we moved in Sept. 20th & 21st. Even though it has been a month since we moved in we now have received the coveted utility bill. We travel back and forth from our other home in Vancouver, so far, every other weekend but that may change come winter time in the "GORGE". Our view from our living room and back patio is an unobstructed range from Badger Mtn. to Rattlesnake. We are right on the senior tee of the 14th hole at Horn Rapids which will come in handy when I'm playing there, it will be a great watering hole if you know what I mean. We still have 5 1/2 or 6 years before it is a full time home but we will be there a lot. Our little 401K in the desert *grin*. We are planning for our first Christmas in Richland this year. As Dorothy said, "There's no place like Home, There's no place like Home, There's no place like Home". Bomber Cheers, -Don Andrews ('67) ~ from sunny Vancouver, at least today **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: SPAM, etc. Comcast is always returning a classmate's emails to me especially when they contain pictures of her granddaughter. When I contacted Comcast they told me they don't block mail from that address but I know they do. As to aging Pappy; last summer Gov. Chris Gregoire got carded in downtown Olympia. She, her husband, and some friends went to a place for a drink after some function. She didn't have her ID with her and the bouncer wouldn't let her in even though she is the governor of the state. She went home and the rest of the party had their drinks and food. The owner said it was a new bouncer and he was doing his job as they are taught to card everyone even if they do look old enough to be allowed in. Last week the owner invited her back to his establishment for a drink and a meal to show there were no hard feelings (he hoped). After all it is an election year isn't it? -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where we're fogged in this morning **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB) Re:Who Are These Guys? -- AGAIN To All Bombers, The response has been great! I have a few more to share. Hope you continue to enjoy them. -Don Sorenson (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/30/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers and Don Sorenson sent stuff: Gloria Adams ('54), Bonnie Steeber ('57) George Swan ('59), Larry Mattingly ('60) David Rivers ('65), Don Sorenson (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Karen Cole ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betty Pyle ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ray Stein ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) Re: Nursing Homes I have an interesting story about parents in nursing homes. My step dad got alzheimers. He declined slowly, as most patients do. They had been wintering in Arizona for a number of years and the last 3 years, before we had to place him in a home, Clarence and I drove them back and forth, from Yakima to Mesa, AZ in Oct. and then back to Yakima in April. We finally had to move him into a home as my Mother could no longer care for him and it had affected her health. Unfortunately, during the years he had the disease but lived at home, he was pretty difficult to live with. My Mother grew angry about the way he treated her and never got over it. Four years after we moved him, we had to move her into a home as she had alzheimers also and could no longer live alone. As it turns out, she probably had the beginning of it when she was caring for him and thats why she had such a hard time with him. Well, the irony of all this was, he was in a home in Yakima and she refused to go into the same home as him so we had to move her into one in Richland. To complicate things even more, Clarence and I lived in Seattle. We spent total of 9 years traveling back and forth every other week-end between Seattle and Yakima and Richland trying to give both the attention they needed and deserved. He passed away after 4 years in the home and she agreed to move to Yakima after Clarence and I retired so that simplified things considerably. It's all part of the process of caring for family as they deserve to be taken care of. Our oldest son gave us a plaque for Christmas a couple of years ago that says, "Be kind to your children, they pick your nursing home". We took it seriously!!! -Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bonnie Steeber Frasca ('57) To: Don Sorenson (NAB) Re: Picture #30 What a surprise when I clicked on picture #30! This is a picture of my father, George Steeber (RIP), and my brother, Monty ('55-RIP). (Also, our dog, "Skipper.") It was taken in the basement of our "B" house where Dad enjoyed several "hobbies" over the years. This was during the period of his radio repairing hobby/business. Although he worked for G. E., he spent most of his evenings first doing auto repairs, then lawnmower sharpening, radio repairs, and then took up locksmithing. His locksmith "hobby" became Steeber's Locksmith business which Monty eventually took over, and is run today by Monty's widow, Janice Ludlow Steeber ('57) and their son, Gary. To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Growing old and elderly relatives I always enjoy your delightful stories. Growing old "is not for the faint of heart." (That's a quote from someone, I think, but perhaps not relating to growing old. However, it fits.) I am waiting to hear all the responses to your request of others who have experienced "assisting" elder relatives. We are presently "caring" for my 95 year-old father-in-law in his assisted care facility with his side-trips to the local hospital, and can really relate to what you're going through. Also, enjoyed meeting you and your wife at Club 40 this year. (In case age has affected your memory, I was the one who gave you the cat book at the Friday night doings.) :-) -Bonnie Steeber Frasca ('57) ~ In sunny and warm Arizona, where we've finally turned the A/C off at night! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: And Yet Just A Little More, On Aging And Squirrels Well, I must apologize. My "Squirrel Bite Story" got a bit lengthy, but several of you insisted on hearing it. So, that installment of verbiage to Sandstorm should put me well ahead of the game now, and I can hide out now. But, I must mention something that gives me great pleasure, as I am sure it does for many of you. And, that is to be lucky enough to write in with a comment that kicks off a lively new discussion on Alumni Sandstorm. I especially enjoy it when someone sparks a whole new discussion, so that I can sit back and read things that make me laugh and things that may trigger a memory or thought that can send me off on a new tangent of (allowable serious) or humorous creations. Then, when the time is right and I can find the time for some "writing therapy," I crank it out. But, I much prefer funny! One example is the writing of Tom Verellen ('60). This guy is funny! Tom, if we have crossed paths at any Club 40 functions, I have missed you, and that was indeed my loss. Someday, we need to meet in person. I am still chuckling at your entire description of the squirrel assault, on your left foot, but especially your use of the phrase, "the captain of my left toes." I accept your generous offer to use your story ideas in the future. However, I must point out that I was an enlisted Marine, so I will probably refer to my big toe as "The First Sergeant." One last item, I just recalled being carded at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, about three months back. My friend was treating me by paying for our admission, so to save him some money, I mentioned to the young Asian lady, selling the tickets, that I was a senior (over 62). She stopped and looked at me and said, "Nooo!" I said, "Yesss!" and showed her my driver's license, saying, "Actually ... 67," to which she responded, "You no look!" I was so elated that she thought that I looked younger, I blurted out, "I love you!" And then she burst my bubble by declaring, "Noooo, you too old!" Your absolutely right, "Em" De Vine ('52), "... can't win for losing." -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where the weather is cool but nice and is supposed to remain partly sunny for two days. And then, the wet and cloudy stuff is supposed to arrive from the Westside, about election day. I hope that is not indicative of anything, but its bound to rain on somebody's parade. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Roses Well the first frost hit a couple of nights ago and I am glad that in a short moment of sunshine I got a picture of the last rose of summer. I sent it to the picture site and it should be attached. If memory serves me I think it is a Mr. Lincoln and was beautiful in full bloom. I keep wanting to move it to the rose garden but it always does so well early and late in the year that I just end up leaving it in the weed patch sheltered next to the house. Re: squirrels Like many boys growing up in Richland I pursued the wily ground squirrels living in the old concrete irrigation pipes left over from the farms. A prime ground squirrel area was less then 10 minutes from my house on Benham. My fingers still carry the faded scars of a good number of bites acquired from reaching in the pipe and grabbing them. Why none got infected we'll never know. Even with leather gloves their sharp teeth would draw blood. We did manage to capture a fair number, but they refused to be domesticated and most made their escape within a few days. About 24 years ago I had better luck with a large gray squirrel living in a gnarled old maple tree on the property where I built a rather large house. Working the better part of 10 months I made friends with Fred, (I call all wild animals Fred), (no reason). I bought peanuts in the 25 lb bag and kept them in an old metal tool box. Within a couple of weeks Fred would sit in my lap and beg for them. In a couple more weeks she would sit on my shoulder and dig in my shirt pocket for a nut. After being peed on a couple of times I stopped doing that cute trick when inspectors would come to check my work. Fred's antics would distract them and I always passed inspection easily. If I knew they were coming I would not feed Fred and she would sit on the open balcony and loudly scold me. At that point I could get her to turn flips in the air for a nut. She was still there few years later when I moved to another area. We can still use a couple more volunteers Friday and Saturday, December 12th and 13th for the Richland 50th anniversary fireworks. The work will not be hard or difficult. Drop me a line if you would like to help. We are working on an after show dinner for the crew. Sorry I will have no control over the weather. Dress for it. I am off to WA DC early tomorrow for meetings with some friends of mine who work for a couple of Federal agencies. We have a new remote surveillance device that is an outgrowth of the remote firing system we invented. Preliminary conversations show heavy interest. I will contain my excitement until receiving the first order. It is small, relatively inexpensive, and highly versatile. What started out to be a simple project to remotely fire fireworks has ballooned into a whole series of high tech projects in wireless remote systems. It all revolves around the state of the art radio we designed. Along with the firing system, digital BINGO card/games are on the way and they are using our radio. There are 4 installations under way as I write. The military is using the system to turn machine guns on a off in training exercises. Now we have the Linxcam system and law enforcement and three other industries are salivating. And we have three more major projects on the drawing boards. I spend a lot of free time writing specifications and the engineers waste no time saying ok we can do that, what's next? Not making a lot of money yet but having more fun then ever in our lives. -J Larry Mattingly ('60) ~ From my office south of sunny Olympia **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Birthdays and stuff OK... two VERY upbeat messages for the gang today. A Birthday and some good news about Simpson ('65)... There are those among us which are magic. They don't start out trying to be magic... if they did it wouldn't be magic... the magic comes from the way they live their lives and the way they influence others with their very being... the Birthday boy was and is and always will be one of those people... So is our own Steve Simpson... The birthday boy has always brought joy in to a room just by being there... I know that's a lot for one guy to carry on his shoulders, but in this case in is not a weight to carry... it just is... nothing to live up to... just do what he's always done... inspire without any attempt at inspiring... so don't sweat it my friend... we don't expect anything from you... we are just glad we know you... that's enough... You are not alone... many have gone before and many will follow... the same holds true for Simpson... a few years ago Terry Davis ('65) and I were driving from LA to Riverside during a terrible storm... we stopped to eat and we marveled at our friend Simpson's outlook on life... my comment was that no matter how old we get, Steve still sees all the colors of the rainbow... that's the best way I can explain it... Well on the 30th, the Birthday boy will have another birthday... in the morning, Simpson will go in to have that darned lingering tumor removed from his brain... celebrate and thank goodness for both these kids. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Ray (#10) Stein ('64) and God Bless you Steve... Oh... and you kids in Bomberland... Pray Early and Often for Steve's speedy recovery. -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB) Re: Who Are These Guys? - Yet Again To All Bombers, For your viewing pleasure there are 6 more pictures. thanks for all your input. -Don Sorenson (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/31/2008 - HAPPY HALLOWEEN! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 13 Bombers and Don Sorenson sent stuff: Betty Conner ('52), Karen Cole ('55) Annette Verellen ('56), George Swan ('59) Tom Verellen ('60), Helen Cross ('62) Gary Behymer ('64), Robert Shipp ('64) David Rivers ('65), Susan Hurst ('65) Alan Lobdell ('69), Betti Avant ('69) Darcy Doyle ('77), Don Sorenson (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rex Davis ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bob Mattson ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Conner Sansom ('52) Re: Spudnuts and moving vans, and cabbages and kings! Tell me it isn't so! Yesterday, I heard that our loved Spudnut Shop is closing!!! Is that true? We're (Doug and I) are moving! Due to health reasons, we are moving (back) to Vancouver, WA. Paradise isn't portable! We are renting a house for the winter, and in the spring, when the snow season has passed, we'll come back (unsure if we'll continue the rental) - and fix up our home, and put it on the market. A tri-level home just isn't good for people with aging knees and other infirmities. We have a house rented, and a few things moved in already. Big move is the 7th of November. We're going to miss beautiful Goldendale!! And our quiet life and the animal life. It's a busy time. I have missed a few days of the Sandstorm - so maybe the Spudnut Shop news is old stuff. Thanks, Maren, for all you do! -Betty Conner Sansom ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Karen Cole Correll ('55) Re: Squirrels Our son has a cabin on Priest Lake and kept an old dresser in a small storage shed out back. He was calking the holes in the shed for the winter, and to keep out chipmunks and squirrels, when he frightened one of them coming out of the dresser. Upon opening the drawers he found each drawer neatly contained various items put there by the squirrels. One drawer contained only neatly stacked small green pine cones. One drawer had a nut like fungus of some sort very neatly placed in rows. One drawer contained animal crackers that the people in the next cabin had been feeding them all summer. One drawer contained an unidentifiable substance neatly stacked, and the last drawer had nuts. He was astonished at the quantity of items held in these drawers, as well as the organization and intelligence of these little creatures. I too have enjoyed all the stories that your story spawned Pappy. Thanks. -Karen Cole Correll ('55) ~ Nine Mile Falls, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Annette Verellen Parnell ('56) Re: Photo #20 The lady in the picture #20 was my sister-in-law's sister, Dorothy Larson. She worked in the area for a few years, moved to Seattle in the late '50s or early '60s. -Annette Verellen Parnell ('56) ~ Richland, where we are having sunny fall days. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Bonnie Steeber Frasca ('57) Re: Caring Age has affected my memory. So, I keep a marker pen and a "Post 'Em pad in my medicine cabinet. Each night, before I lay me down to sleep, I write a note to myself (in big, bold, easy to read letters) and post the sticky tab on the mirror ... just in case I should forget who that is the next morning. But, I can't forget you because we too, enjoyed meeting you at Club 40 this year. :-) And, thanks again, very much! We both enjoyed the book that you gave to us, "THE DOG WHO RESCUES CATS --The True Story of Ginny" by Philip Gonzalez and Leonore Fleischer. In the book, both Ginny and Philip are amazing and exceptionally caring individuals! The book was published in 1995. I wonder what their situation is today? If still living, Ginny would be pretty old now ... like me... -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where the weather is balmy, but supposed to rain tomorrow ... well today when you read this ... uh, ... oh yeah, the sticky tab fell off of the mirror and into the "turlet" and got flushed away ... does anyone know ... who am I? **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) To: George Swan ('59) Thanks for the kind thoughts, but I had better give credit to those I steal from. (Is 'from' a preposition?) "The captain of the toes" is a quote from a Seinfield episode. Normally I would go ahead and take credit for being so clever but after watching recent political programing I thought it best come clean. -Tom Verellen ('60) ~ Near Lacey is cool and foggy. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Re: Aging I can relate to feeling low when someone assumes you are older... when I was first dating my husband back in '66, his mother who was about 43 then,used to really get dolled up when we went out to eat or whatever, and she did look nice. Well, I was mortified when a waitress asked if we were sisters, and highly insulted. Of course, my future mother-in-law thought it was really funny... She did keep herself up well, and could really look nice until she was up into her 70s, and her hair had little gray in it. Also she has never gained much weight, which I sadly can't say... anyhow, I remember how I felt with that unfair comparison... who knows why, as I was in my early 20s,and hadn't gained any weight, yet, and that was the best I ever looked... Back to getting ready for the Indiana Bishop's visit to one of our little churches here in Grandview, where the weather is still sunny and wonderful at almost 70 in the afternoon, winter is still in the distance, but we know it will soon be here, so we're trying to enjoy this sunshine and warmth while we have it. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Boo! This is a great shot of Sacajawea class members from the Class of 1964 headed by a sweetheart of a clown - none other than Jamie Worley... Re: B-17 Over Tri-Cities For the fun of it... B-17 Over Tri-Cities... Perhaps this is further proof? (;-) I couldn't find Atomic Bomb detonated over Tri-Cities! -Gary Behymer ('64) ~ alone at the Top Notch in downtown Colfax, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Shipp ('64) Re: Don Sorenson's (NAB) Pictures The bowler on the far right of picture #28 is my aunt, Jackie Shipp. She worked at Hanford for a few years in the mid-fifties. I remember watching the 1955 World Series at her house because she had a TV and we didn't have one yet. Re: An "Aging" story If you can stand another "Aging" story... When my sister, Deborah ('68), had a -- totally unexpected -- baby at age 43, her oldest daughter, Alyssa, was 19 and home from college for the summer. A lady at church who had recently moved into the area and didn't know Debbie's family well remarked, "It's so nice that Debbie's sister could come and help her with the baby." Needless to say, Debbie was amused. Alyssa not so much! -Robert Shipp ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Wow... another birthday Ok... I KNOW you all know that October 31st is a VERY special day... naturally you are all aware that it is Nevada Day... I always like to say that we were the first (only?) state admitted to the Union by Fax... course now days I should probably say by e-mail... Actually it was considered so urgent to get Nevada's silver into the Union coffers that it was accomplished by telegraph... Of course it is also the day kids get to dress up and trick or treat... things aren't quite the same as they once were... it can be a little frightening to send kids out into the streets today... Even when I was a kid I once got a plug of tobacco... I used to love to go to the Hurt's on Haines (not sure what year Jimmy Hurt graduated... went all the way back to '54 looking)... they had full sized Hershey bars... the only other place we got full sized bars was at the fire station... so anyway I know you are all aware of these two reasons for celebration... but one of our illustrious Bombers was born on the 31st as well! He ain't no chicken of the sea, this birthday boy... no siree... But he was kissed by the stars the day he was born and ever since has been known as "Tuna"! Don't laugh but I realized about a week ago that we called him that because his horn rimmed glasses looked just like those that Charlie wore in the commercials... yes... I am a little slow... so HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Bobby "Tuna" Mattson ('64)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Simpson's out of surgery and the Doc says it went just as expected! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Susan Hurst ('65) Re: Squirrel Story I've been enjoying the squirrel stories because I heard one recently when I was substituting at an elementary school in Redmond. This happened at a nearby elementary school where the sister of the teacher who told the story teaches. One day this fall two boys decided it would be fun to capture a squirrel in a backpack and let the squirrel out on the bus during their ride home. Their plan was to put down chips to entice the squirrel into a backpack. The plan worked, but once they zipped up the backpack the squirrel starting going nuts to the extent that the boys felt they'd better let it go. When they let the squirrel out, it chased down both boys and bit both boys. I don't know the other consequences these boys faced, but I'm sure there were more than just being bit. I can just imagine what would have happened on that bus if the boys had let the squirrel out on the bus. -Susan Hurst ('65) ~ Woodinville where the trees are showing off their beautiful fall colors. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Lobdell ('69) To: Norma Loescher Boswell ('53) I published a book a while back "A Man's Torn Heart, The Loss of an Angel to Breast Cancer" You can see it at my web site To: all hunters Take a look at the pictures of what I was very lucky to get, 6X8. Non-hunters may not want to see this. -Alan Lobdell ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: squirrels and other critters I'm not sure who said they have a name for all squirrels- Squirrely but it got me thinking about a baby name. I always look at the paper for new babies and their names as some are quite different especially in this day and age. When I first moved here 3 years ago a couple's new born daughter was named Squirrely Jellybean. I thought boy that youngster is going to get a lot of ribbing as she ages. When I was working in Montana the CEO's secretary gave the nursing home residents one of her kid's 4-H rabbits. One of the residents took care of him and they had a contest to name him. The winning name was Herschel. He was kept in a coop in the courtyard and would occasionally be let out to move around some and eat other things. The resident even showed him at the local fair and won a purple ribbon. One of the doctors always brought his 2 young sons with him when he made rounds or saw on ER patient. I was sitting at the nurses' station one Saturday checking a chart for an order when one the boys came running in saying the rabbit had bitten him. They had the habit of teasing poor Herschel and stuck their fingers through the openings in the mesh of his cage. Needless to say Herschel went back to the farm and it really wasn't his fault, he was just defending his turf. I hope everyone has a good Halloween and remember Sunday at 2:00am you need to set your clocks back an hour-oh boy an extra hour of sleep. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where they're calling for rain on Halloween night **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Darcy Doyle Hupf ('77) Re: response to Anne Mitzlaff ('77) 10/22/2008 Dad, (James Doyle ('49) I swear, I have no idea what those girls, Anne Mitzlaff and Kellie Walsh ('77) are talking about. You know I was always a dedicated, possibly even geeky high school student! Ok, so I didn't wear glasses and I rarely did my homework and even more rarely brought my books home from school... but I like to think I was a "student of the world". Just think of all the paper products I saved by not using them back then for something as silly as homework! There are trees thanking me today. And as for those "bus stories". Again, all I know is that I did, in fact, go to the games, played my little heart out and rode back on that bus. Heck, I'm sure I even buckled up for safety and, if I remember correctly, I always sat by the coach! And that "nickname" they are referring to?... Ha, that's easy. You know I've always been goal oriented... that was just my vision of what I was striving for in the years to come.... Bachelor of Arts... in Special Ed. Don't believe anything those girls say. As for the extra money I would return with after those long bus trips, I found it... seriously... every single time! -Darcy Doyle Hupf ('77) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB) Re: AGAIN - Who Are These Guys? To All Bombers, More pictures for your enjoyment. -Don Sorenson (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` September, 2008 ~ November, 2008