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16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Richland Bombers Calendar website Funeral Notices website *********************************************** *********************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/01/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Karen Cole ('55), Bill Berlin ('56) Bonnie Steeber ('57), Steve Carson ('58) George Swan ('59), Richard Anderson ('60) Gary Behymer ('64), Linda McKnight ('65) Patty de la Bretonne ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judy Willox ('61wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Micki Lund ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Karen Cole Correll ('55) Re: Priest Lake Squirrel .... "The rest of the story." Hi Pappy and Richard and Patty, The dresser went to the recycle part of the dump, where usable stuff is available to anyone that needs things. Actually they call this dump the "mall dump". The squirrel was part of the relocation program that my son does with his kids. They trapped him and let him go several miles away in the woods. And that's the rest of the story! -Karen Cole Correll ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Age I have a 19 year old daughter who is in her second year at the University of British Columbia this year and at the same time I turn 70 this month. You are getting the picture, right? Whenever we go some place they always say, "...your Granddaughter is so nice looking.." and I reply, "..she is my Great Granddaughter.." You would be surprised at how quickly young I look after that. Age and stealth will overcome youth and stupidity every time. Re: Squirrels I used to fly in Alaska for an outfit that I owned 25% of and we were based in King Salmon, AK. I'll bet that some Bombers actually rode with Peninsula Airways to one of our exotic destinations, but the trip I liked the most was taking a Cessna on floats up to the Katmai National Park and to one of several fishing lodges there. Often we would stay over night so that we could bring a load of fishermen out the next day to catch the flight to Anchorage and home. Grovesnor Camp was the smallest and tightest of them all, I think no more than ten people plus a crew of three or four. It was the most remote but still had good amenities, like a shower, lodge with a mess hall and a bar, etc. Every night, and I mean EVERY night, a huge Alaska brown bear nicknamed Buddy would come and sit about 30 feet outside of the kitchen's back door. Not long after Buddy's arrival six or seven very fat Giant Alaska Saber Tooth Ground Squirrels (I joke) would show up and sit down to his right and left, thus a line-up of very "wild" Alaska animals right in your face. The cook would bake an extra dozen or so biscuits, cut them in half and spread peanut butter on one side. He would then cut some of them up into squirrel-sized bites and then toss a large half to buddy and the smaller pieces to the squirrels. After the third biscuit, or biscuit pieces, the peanut butter would stick to the roof of their mouths and then you would have this giant Kodiak bear and his six or seven squirrel buddies all sitting there using their tongues to pry the peanut butter from the roof of their mouth. Lots of slapping noises with their tongues and turning of heads to get a better tongue angle on the peanut butter and you just could not help from laughing at it. I have several pictures of this event and I would have shared them with you, but age seems to prevent me from finding them or even which storage locker they might be in... if you get my drift. This went on for several years, night after night, and when there were no more goodies, Buddy turned around and walked out of camp and the squirrels headed for their dens as well. One year I flew up there and to my surprise, no Buddy. When I asked what had happened, they told me that some $&%@# from the "south 48" shot him on the way into camp for a trophy. Out of season, in a National Park and a protected (then) species and a beloved Alaska story went away with one moron thinking he was going to have a nice bear rug. I think he gets out of jail in Seward in 2020. The squirrels you ask? After Buddy's wake, they still showed up at night for their special treat but it was not as impressive as when Buddy was the "Leader of the Band". -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ three more days of election charges, lies, anger and all of the other things that make American politics so great. Get out and vote on Tuesday because a lot of us, and our Dads and Grand Dads, fought for that right. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bonnie Steeber Frasca ('57) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: "The Dog who Rescues Cats" Sorry to say, but Ginny passed away in 2005. You can read more about her and Philip Gonzales on the following: Re: Aging Unfortunately, my memory is not the only thing that has been affected by aging. However, I did have a bright spot a few years back (actually quite a few years back). I was "carded" when I ordered from the Senior Menu from a restaurant. That was a compliment. As to writing myself notes... been there, done that ... BUT not to identify myself in the bathroom mirror (some mornings I'd prefer not knowing that person looking back at me). I write notes or lists for groceries, errands, etc. and then proceed to "forget" and leave them at home. Anyway, the next time you see that "stranger" in your mirror, just smile and hope he is as good-humored the next time you encounter him. As for caring for an aging relative, several of us could write a book. My husband has answered phone calls from his father for help for such things as "my t.v. doesn't work" --- he found the wall switch had been turned off, and "my telephone doesn't work" --- the base phone was not plugged in. These calls have always resulted in making trips to his facility and also, have resulted in interruptions to my husband's golf game (which of course never goes over well) And, yes, we've even made runs to the ER room or hospital over the past several months. But, my father-in-law has not made friends with any squirrels. Is that next? I'm looking forward to the next topic you bring up in the Sandstorm that will spark a memory or two for some of us. -Bonnie Steeber Frasca ('57) ~ from warm and sunny Arizona. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Carson (Championship Class of '58) Helen Cross Kirk ('62) What you experienced with your mother-in-law was a working waitress giving a tip-building compliment. I have stopped trying to represent as my son's older brother as it is just no longer credible, but it was for a few years. When I order a cocktail I will usually ask the waitress if she is old enough to serve alcohol. Worth a smile. -Steve Carson (Championship Class of '58) ~ Indian Summer in Chicago and we always get snow before Thanksgiving **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Don Sorenson (NAB) Re: AGAIN - Who Are These Guys? Picture No 45-WHO Good guesses could be, my neighbor while growing up, Larry Azure ('57) or my classmate, Rick Johnson ('59), both "fishermen extraordinaire." To: Karen Cole Correll ('55) Your own story of the squirrel's neatly stocked storehouse in the old dresser also spawns the desire for another "The rest of the story?" Did the squirrels get to make use of their neatly stored winter supplies? I think that I have mentioned in the past that Mrs. Pappy (Jeanne) and I probably have the best fed squirrel population in the Greater Inland Empire. Our lot is virtually tree-covered, so the squirrels have their virtual "Squirrel Highway" and can travel our entire yard without ever having to go to ground. We regularly hear the "thump, thump, thump" across our roof signaling their approach. And, then they scurry down the Lilac tree and arrive with a plunk in the window shelf. Clank, goes the lid on the peanut box. Some sit and dine, others take a nut and go eat it elsewhere and return repeatedly until full, I guess. Some bury the nuts in the yard and I'm surprised that we do not have more nut trees, and peanut vines taking over. Jeanne feeds them both peanuts and walnuts, in the shell. They even become somewhat lazy and spoiled, as she provides them with the additional luxury of a special little dish of "shelled walnuts." I guess that is ok, as long as the food is always there for them. I installed the wide shelf on her window sill to hold squirrel feeders, so that we can get "up close and personal views" of them and the birds. When the contents of the squirrel feeders get low, the little buggers come to the window and put both front feet up on the glass and peer in as if to be saying, "Where's the food?" And we have bird baths and feeders in close proximity, on stands or hanging in the lilac tree, next to the house. Many people complain about squirrels raiding the bird feeders. It does not bother us. Our birds and squirrels seem to coexist just fine. Our only problems arise when a wandering gang of crows make their guerrilla raids. And to: Alan Lobdell ('69) Alan, I tip my blaze orange hat to you. Great Mulie buck! And, I salute you, your hunting skill, and shooting ability. They don't get that big by being dumb and easy to outfox. And, the challenge increases each year that we older kids, again, go afield in pursuit of a piece of the experiences of what our forefathers had and did out, of necessity. My 4X4 Whitetail pails by comparison and size, but the eating is superb, lean venison. When it is published, I will send a copy of the TCSA (Tri-Cities Shooting Association's) Newsletter to you. Or, you or anyone interested can go to to pull up our web site. I tell my own story in my "Pappy's Parting Shots" article in the November '08 issue, which should be posted in a few days. My friend Jim Coyne ('64) and I just had an email discussion about getting older and hunting. But, we still have the desire to get out there, whether we, as the old mountain men said, "Make meat" or not, and be able to take in first hand, what relatively few ever really experience. In the Autumn of the year and of our lives, filling the tag or putting something in the game bag is now a bit more challenging, not that it was ever easy. However, if you are like us now, the most important part of hunting (for us) is still being able to go forth and do it, as it is not quite as easy to do as in yesteryears. And, when we do score, it just puts the whipped cream and a cheery on top of the just desserts, right next to the tasty steaks. And, when hunting with family and friends, it makes memories. Semper Fi! -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where election day is approaching and so are the rains, in fact, they're here. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Uptown District at Night -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) Our Bomber Luncheon on October 11, 2008 happened all of 20 days ago, and I am just getting this in the Sandstorm. A big thank you to Peg Wellman Johnson ('66) for her kind words regarding our luncheons. We do have lots of fun... and plan some more fun in the month of December. Anyway, our Luncheon was attended by: Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) who just got back not long ago from a trip to Montana to see grand and great grandkids, (she has a very beautiful family), Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) (who drives all the way from Mt. Angel, OR to be with us, and is promptly always the first one to arrive), Len Rediske ('66) and wife Linda (NAB), who shared stories of ghosts, goblins, and haunted this and thats, Ron Holeman ('56) and Leslie Swanson Holeman ('59), who were sitting on the other side of Lola, Tom ('62) and Linda (NAB) Hemphill, Peg Wellman Johnson, and Denny Hoban (NAB - my hubby) and yours truly, Linda McKnight Hoban. Really wished we could have lunched for hours, but everyone had someplace else to be, so we all reluctantly said our goodbyes, but not before we made plans for our next get together which will be a little bit different... WHAT: Portland/Vancouver Bomber Christmas Party DATE: Saturday, December 6, 2008 [12/6 is Linda's birthday! -Maren] WHERE: The home of Linda McKnight Hoban and Denny Hoban Tigard, Oregon (Address and Mapquest Directions to Follow) TIME: Afternoon (exact time to follow) Please bring a dish to share, and spirits if you would like, and everything else will be provided. Chef Hoban has a few surprises in store for us. We are also going to have a White Elephant Gift Exchange ------ so be thinking of those one of a kind items (ahem try to keep it somewhat tasteful) and no more than $10 value... Please RSVP as soon as you can. We know that it is a busy time of year!! So mark you calendars today for the CHRISTMAS PARTY OF THE YEAR!!!! RSVP: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) Tom Hemphill ('62) EVERYONE IS INVITED!!!!!! -Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patty de la Bretonne ('65) To: Karen Cole Correll ('55) Re: Yesterday's Squirrel Story What a delightful find, all those neatly stacked stashes. I find that quite amazing and wonderful. -Patty de la Bretonne ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/02/2008 - FALL BACK @ 2am ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers and Don Sorenson sent stuff: George Swan ('59), Richard Anderson ('60) Mike Brady ('61), Harvey Irby ('64) Mike Franco ('70), Don Sorenson (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Norma Loescher ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tom Beaulieu ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Richard Jacobs ('75) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) No Sandstorm in my "New Mail" box this morning (November 1). Undaunted, I cleverly went to the Alumni Sandstorm Site and got my "Fix" to accompany my "strong coffee" for the day's jump start. Keep those squirrel stories coming, folks. I'm going to print them out and put a cover on them titled "THE BUSHY TAIL CHRONICLES -- Stories that will gnaw at your heart" or "Bushy Tales That Will Sneak Up and Bite the Captain of Your Toes." Then I will give it to my mother for light bedtime reading, which is anytime. She always falls asleep reading the Tri-City Herald and it takes her several days to make it through one day's paper. So, there is always a backlog of newspapers lying around her room. And, she gets furious if anyone tries to throw them away, before she has assimilated that information, which puzzles me, as it is most difficult to discuss politics, world affairs, or even local news, as she never knows what I am talking about. But, if it makes her happy... To: Bonnie Steeber Frasca ('57) Thanks for the link to the Ginny Fan Club. Isn't it amazing that this dog focused on saving "cats?" And, the story of your father-in-law's phone calls to your husband have an all too familiar "ring" to them. I receive a steady stream of calls from my mother (over the years, and beginning back in 1985, when my dad passed away). Mom has always been a bit of a hypochondriac, so the calls were usually about her aches and pains, irregular bodily functions, requests for some over the counter medicine due to a new self-diagnosis, or a strong desire to see the doctor in hopes of some new cure all "magic pill" which the doctor always responded to as, "I can find nothing wrong with you except old age." And, she regularly expressed loneliness (despite the fact that I probably just saw her or took her out to dinner a couple of days before). She does not care to go out to dine anymore due to mobility problems, yet according to her the food in the facility is not fit for a dog! Making her happy can be a challenge. On one hand, the claim of loneliness from a more elder senior is understandable. Yet, it is most puzzling when that person is surrounded by many other residents in a dormitory type of living facility, with family style dining and abundant social activities. Over the years, I regularly received one type of phone call that went something like, "Geoooorge, I got a letter that I want you to read for me, because I can't understand it." Come to think of it, it just happened again, two days ago. When I asked her what it said, she usually responded, "Well, I can't understand it!" So, I would drive in to the Retirement Inn (to her home in Richland until November of 2002), and find that she had not even opened the letter. Usually it was an advertisement or something unimportant. I suspect it is more of an attention getting thing. Of course that is also puzzling, as I have seen her in person or spoken to her on the phone an average of two-three times per week. The staff at the care facility tells me that they see me more than any other relative of any resident there. But, mom seldom remembers most recent events. Yet, she can remember precisely what took place all around her in Kansas ... in the early 1900s. I guess we're not home no more, Todo. Once (about 1999), mom did read her mail. She called and it was all very whisperingly hush, hush! She wanted me to be present with her on a certain day. I asked her why, but it took a long time for her to finally reveal that on a particular day, she would receive one million dollars from the Reader's Digest Sweepstakes, so she wanted me there with her when they arrived to present it to her, but I was not to tell anyone else. Well, I appreciated her thinking of me, but then I asked her to read the fine print to me. It said, "...If your number is drawn, you will win..." Yes, looking out for our elder parents can be an endeavor, but it does have its moments. And, then there was the social worker who told me that it was all my fault, because I had "trained" my mother to depend on my doing everything for her. With my jaw hanging open, I was speechless, wondering where that social worker was during all of my mother's temper tantrums, when dad was still alive, and later toward me, if I did not comply with her wishes. Those of us who take on the care of or the looking after of our parents, do so out of love, family responsibility, or necessity or a combination of all. But, eventually, if our parents live long enough, we begin to realize that we have also become seniors and sometimes we may no longer be so healthy, ourselves. Yet, we now find ourselves looking after the interests of more elder seniors, whether "in home" or in a facility, on top of our own problems. Each situation comes with its inherent demands and responsibilities. To "deal with it," we find ourselves faced with two possibilities, avoid it by ducking the issue and letting someone else worry about it, or take it on ourselves, and keep our own problems to ourselves. Circumstances sometimes dictate that we have little or no choice in the matter, as to whether we become the "responsible party" or not. I have also learned (again from a social worker) that legally, once we begin assisting and handling the affairs of a family member, by that very action, we have shown intent to assume that responsibility. And furthermore, unless another family member willingly steps in and assumes that responsibility, and takes over, it remains with us (to the end). And, perhaps late in the game, I have learned that when looking after someone who cannot or will not conduct their own affairs, having "Power of Attorney" is one thing, but having "Legal Guardianship" is also something that should be considered. Are there any Bombers out there who have first-hand knowledge of these matters? After nearly 25 years of this scenario, I have learned that a sense of humor, along with a thick skin, and ample amounts of will power to "keep on keepin' on," in order to avoid letting it all get to you, are not only necessary but requisite, otherwise, it can become overwhelming. So, to any older Bombers out there, faced with a similar situation, it can be done ... but "it ain't easy!" My friend, Jim Coyne ('64) and I have decided that our preference is to avoid living in a "facility" and we hope that when our time comes, we just fall over out of the fishing boat, keel over on a mountainside (if we can still hobble up there), or take the never ending nap in a duck blind. As the kids of today say, "Peace out." But, I'm not sure that I understand what it means... -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where I see that Sandstorm just arrived in my in box about 10:00 AM... but I have already read it and I'm already on my third cup of strong coffee. I guess I'll blame it on AOL. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** [NOTE: This was supposed to be in yesterday's Sandstorm. -Maren] ********** >>From: Richard Anderson ('60) To: Karen Cole Correll ('55) Re: Priest Lake Squirrel (a very tidy squirrel) Karen, Karen, Karen .... As Paul Harvey would say, "And now, for the rest of the story ...." What did your son do? Did he pitch the rodent family and its carefully sorted cache, or, or, or, ......? -Richard Anderson ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Regarding Bonnie Steeber Frasca's ('57) comment about memory in yesterday's Sandstorm, I recently read that most of us don't lose our memory as we age. Because of normal, everyday distractions, we lose our ability to focus. Sounds reasonable to me... -Mike Brady (I think '61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Harvey Irby ('64) To: Don Sorenson (NAB) Re: AGAIN - Who Are These Guys? Picture No 42-WHO The man appears to be Milt Szulinski who was our neighbor on Hains for several years and who got me interested in Ham radio. -Harvey Irby ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Franco ('70) A late but very sincere happy birthday wish [on 10/31] to coach Rex Davis ('49). Rex gave me and hundreds of others our tennis starts down at Riverside Park. 50 years... and 50 pounds later I still play two nights a week... and coach, I still remind myself of your reminder to bend my knees. They don't seem to bend like they used to but it is still a great game and I thank you for it for all these years. -Mike Franco ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB) Re: A few more. - Who are they? To All Bombers, A question: would anyone like to see more images of buildings inside or out from the Area? -Don Sorenson (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/03/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Anna May Wann ('49), Jim McKeown ('53) David Mansfield ('59), Roy Ballard ('63) Kathie Moore ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jesse Mallory ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) Re: Class of 1949's 60th There are several people wanting to get actively involved in getting plans set up for our 60th reunion. My first request is, if you are on the Sandstorm mailing list, will you please send me your current e-mail address so we can contact you regarding various ideas that are being suggested for the weekend during Club 40's annual meeting in September. So far we have Richard Roberts, Phil Raekes, Glenn and Bonese Turner working on people and plans, so get involved early and let us hear from you. Just talked to Jean Williamson Dreher and she said she would travel to Richland for any planning meetings. She does not have e-mail. And then my note to all of you youngsters taking care of ageing parents. You are scaring the H--- out of me. Wondering what my kids' reaction will be when I get old!! Granted I just had another birthday, but darn I feel and act as young as my grandkids. (They are young adults, not toddlers didn't want you to think I had slid that far!!) In fact my granddaughter and I were golfing at Willows Run in Redmond this summer, walking the course, when a young fellow came up to me and said, "You are an inspiration to me" Dumb me, thinking he was talking about my golf game told him he should set his goals higher. He said "you look like you are having a blast!". I told him I was. Then when he walked away I looked at my granddaughter and said "OMG, he was talking about my age!!" We both had a good laugh! A birthday card from my other granddaughter had the message, "Grandma we have a lot in common, neither of us acts our age". So hopefully my family won't have to go through what you are having to bear. At least I hope not. My prayers are with you. -Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) ~ In lovely Bothell. WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim McKeown ('53) Happy Birthday, a day late, to my favorite Salutatorian of the class of '53... Norma Loescher Boswell!! You haven't changed one bit since those wonderful days in the early '50s, and you are an inspiration to all of us. How you have changed the ways of Charlie Gant ('53), is also beyond comprehension, but for that you get a Bomber Medal of Honor!! Edna and I will be in Walla Walla next week for about a week, and we hope to see the two of you... we'll also see Brother Mike ('60) in Richland... so plan on something. On another subject, the discussion that has been going on about aging and parents really hits home to me. Our Mother, Jeanne McKeown, died on the Club 40 Friday, and the three of us, including Brothers Mike ('60) and Tom ('53), decided to spend that day with friends, by attending the function. We felt concerned, but decided that we would rather be with old friends that moping around the house... and we are glad we did. Mom was a great Mother and had a great spirit, but as Alzheimers settled in the past few years she became a different woman. Especially to our Dad, who will be 101 on a few months. She made his life difficult and her house keeping went downhill very fast. Tom made the decision to move them to a facility in Walla Walla where he could keep close contact with them, and from that point on she was not anything like the lady we grew up with. We tried to explain to Dad that she was ill, and not aware of what was going on, but it was still tough on him, and also Brother Tom, who took the brunt of it every day. Finally, she just closed into her own little world and never came out. Through it all, our Dad still called her "sweetheart", and his special name for her "Champ", and loved her to the end... a very BIG lesson to the three of us. Age is the Sh***, and we hope that we have the fortitude to handle it like Dad. And Tom, who had Mom every day, and continues to care for Dad every day, is my hero. I can't wait to see all of them next week. -Jim McKeown ('53) ~ from very rainy (hooray!!) Sacramento... there's snow in them thar hills!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Mansfield ('59) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) I am not up on all of the fine points of the law but I don't think you need "Legal Guardianship" for aging parents. Just having Power of Attorney with the "Durable" cause in it allows one to cover all legal, financial and health issues for our elders. My mother and father are both gone now. They lived at the Walla Walla Odd Fellows Home their last few years. I took care of all of their legal, financial and health decisions with a POA that included the "Durable" statement. Both Mother and Dad had also signed a "Living Will." When Dad passed away this summer, I made the final decision over the phone when the Odd Fellows staff person called. I have been using "Family Lawyer" for years, a software product, to generate POAs and other needed legal documents. Each time I have prepared a document I have always had the signing "Notarized". The software is easy to use and does take into account the individual state laws where it is to be used. I am sure there are some of our attorney Bomber friends who will disagree me, but that is what attorneys do, n'est pas? I even looked into setting up a Trust Fund using Family Lawyer for Nonie and my estate. But then after looking over my baseball card collection I decided it wasn't worth the effort. -David Mansfield ('59) ~ Eugene, OR where the sun is shinning brightly on the twenty-seven wheel barrow loads of horse manure strategically placed on the garden. Nonie and I have been busy shoveling, wheeling and dumping on the garden plot over the past few days. Fortunately our H.M. generator puts out plenty. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roy Ballard ('63) To anyone out there that is a hunter: I just heard about a guy who won at an auction a tag called "the Governors Tag" he paid 60,000 dollars for the tag at an auction. I guess it gave him the right to get any elk this season. He and friends watch a very large, from what I understand a 7 point. They kept track of him until the season opened and then shot him, they retrieved him with a helicopter out of the rugged area near Walla Walla. Thats all I heard, just wondering. -Roy Ballard ('63) P.S. I've never seen anything in the game laws about this "Tag" **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kathie Moore Adair ('69) Re: Kevin Alan Moore ('77wb) obituary Kevin was the only son of Gale Marie Mezger and Robert Earl Moore. He was born January 30, 1959 at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Granite City, IL. Kevin passed away on October 18, 2008 from a heart attack in Buckeye, AZ. The family moved to Richland in 1963, where Kevin attended Richland Schools until 1975. He moved with his parents to Cuba, MO to graduate from Cuba High School and Rolla Machinist Trade School. Kevin was proud when he won 1st Place at the District Leadership Conference while representing Rolla Vocational Machine Shop, Rolla, MO. After graduating in 1977, Kevin returned to Richland to work as a machinist. Kevin worked 13 years in the Hanford area but eventually opened his own machine shops, Moore's Machine and Kart Shop and Moores Precision Machine and Fabrication Shop. Over the last few years, Kevin additionally worked at the nuclear plant outages in Arizona, coming home in between outages. He met and enjoyed many new wonderful friends in Arizona. Kevin married Yvette McColgin and they had one child, Jacob Robert Moore. Kevin and Yvette later divorced. His father, Robert Earl Moore; his sister, Linda Jean Moore; and his nephew, Craig Elmer Kelly, preceded him in death. Kevin leaves behind his dearly loved son, Jacob R. Moore of Richland, WA; his mother, Mrs. Gale Mezger Moore Crawford (James) of Pasco, WA; his sisters, Janet Moore of Redmond, WA, Kathie Adair (James) of West Richland, WA and Karen Buchanan (Randy) of Richland, WA. In addition, Kevin's nephews, Brian R. Kelly (Kelly) and boys, Nikolas, Alexander, Zakary and Elias of Bellingham, WA, Joshua J. Higgenbottom of Redmond, WA and Steven D. Adair of West Richland, WA and nieces, Gillian M. Kelly of Federal Way, WA, Jessica A. Moore of Las Vegas, NV and Savina Kelly (Craig ) and daughter, Olivia, of Nelson, BC, Canada. Kevin will also be missed by his very dear friends Muriel Smith, Guy Deeterr, very special cousins in Illinois, Nancy Brooks Reinard (Dennis) and children, Jennifer and Jeremy and special uncle, Newman Stafford and cousins Gregory and Tim Stafford, and many other aunts, uncles, and cousins. Kevin was a proud member of American Legion Post #34, Pasco, Washington. Kevin had a big heart and good soul, he was always willing to help. He was our Bubby from the time he was born, but he was also lovingly known as the King of Denial. Kevin loved the mountains, the ocean & the beach, traveling through Canada, camping and spending great times with his son and family. Kevin had many talents and could always be depended upon to cook a batch of Vegetable Soup, BBQ Ribs or the Christmas Day Prime Rib. Kevin, you are gone much too soon, we love you and will miss you. Kevin's viewing will be held at Einan's Funeral Home, 915 Bypass Highway, Richland, Saturday, November 1, 2008 from 2pm 5pm. Kevin's family invites you to a celebration of his life Saturday, November 1, 2008, 5pm 8pm at the American Legion Post 34, 1029 West Sylvester, Pasco, WA. Please join us for food & fellowship. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests contributions to a trust fund account set up in Kevins sons name, Jacob Robert Moore, at Washington Mutual, 723 Gage Blvd., Richland, WA 99352. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/04/2008 ~ VOTE Yesterday's Sandstorm was "Blocked for spam" by ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers and Don Sorensen sent stuff: Bill Hightower ('49), Gloria Adams ('54) Karen Cole ('55), Bonnie Steeber ('57) Tony Tellier ('57), Helen Cross ('62) Paula Beardsley ('62), Jim Hamilton ('63) Linda McKnight ('65) Valerie Ghirardo ('72) [Spudnut Shop Update] Matt Crowley ('75), Don Sorensen (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Karyn Grob ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Betti & Robert Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Darren McIntyre ('82) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Hightower ('49) To: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) Shannon Craig Gross ('50) and I will attend the class of '49's 60th reunion. I still live in Austin, TX but will have moved to Kennewick by then. Ten years ago, there also was a reunion of the civil Air Patrol Cadets from that era. I wonder if we could get enough together for another? -Bill Hightower ('49) ~ Austin, TX where it was 85 today **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) Re: Powers of Attorney We found when caring for my parents and now in preparing to make things easier for our children, there were 3 separate POA necessary to cover all situations. 1. Durable 2. One to cover health care and health care decisions 3. One to cover real estate transactions if the property is in both names and one party cannot sign and know clearly what they're signing. I had always thought just a Durable was enough so we were very surprised to find we needed all 3 of these POAs plus our document with each of us leaving everything to the other mate in the event of one mate's death AND a living will. We were also told it was preferable to put our home in a "trust" since it's paid for. In the doubtful scenario of a lawsuit if someone falls on our property and sues us, we do not own the home, the trust owns it. This is certainly not intended to be legal advise of any kind. Just letting you know what we were advised as we went thru the lengthy process of covering all the bases. It's hard to believe we're having these conversations when I still think of us roaming the halls of good old "Columbia High". Re: Check out my Facebook profile Hi sandstorm, I set up a Facebook profile where I can post my pictures, videos and events and I want to add you as a friend so you can see it. First, you need to join Facebook! Once you join, you can also create your own profile. Thanks, Gloria [Gloria, "Sandstorm" isn't going to do this. Sorry. -Maren] -Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Karen Cole Correll ('55) Re: Animal story for Pappy Swan ('59) Ok, one more story. We have a wooden duck wind chime outside our bedroom window. For the last two weeks we've been dive bombed by a Kingfisher. He keeps hitting our window and squaks before flying up on the roof. He then repeats the process several times a day. After climbing on the roof to see if there is something up there that disturbs him, we've come to the conclusion that it's the duck chime. The duck is painted green, with touches of gold, orange and yellow. I don't know if he's enamored, enraged or drunk on leftover berries. Whatever, he's entertaining as long as he doesn't hurt himself. To: McKeown family: I was touched by your entry. Our family has had it's share of Alzheimers. A horrible disease. -Karen Cole Correll ('55) ~ Nine Mile Falls, WA Beautiful days with the tree colors reflected in the lake. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bonnie Steeber Frasca ('57) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) After being a silent member of the Sandstorm for some years, you have been the main reason for my recent entries. I was very satisfied just reading everyone's comments and keeping my thoughts to myself. Now that you've drawn me out... watch out! I have a tendency to talk too much. I enjoyed the "Ginny" book because I'm a little partial to cats. We've been very fortunate to have owned "the world's best dog" (we had Dusty, a golden retriever for almost 13 years) and hesitated to take on another. So we changed to a cat, Smokey, who we've had for 15 years and who has us trained as well as we had Dusty trained! Sorry, I don't have an exciting entry for your "Squirrel Book" since our only contact with them goes back a few years to when we decided to put up some bird feeders. We lived in a small town in Massachusetts with woods surrounding our house. We went through every kind of bird feeder on the market trying to find one that was not squirrel-friendly. In the process, we were entertained for weeks watching one or two squirrels always showing up in, on, or hanging from our feeders. Finally found one that was made out of a wrought iron pipe that had a plastic globe or dome about 6 feet from the ground and had feeding tubes hanging from the arms. While waiting to see how the squirrels were going to figure that out, we were surprised to find raccoons loved to sit on the dome and shovel bird seed into their mouths. And the seeds that dropped on the ground, the squirrels made short work of. They didn't have to out-fox us... they had to just wait for the raccoons to visit. All went well for squirrels, birds, and raccoons until Dusty discovered a skunk one night! And no, ketchup really doesn't work too well as a shampoo when your dog tries to make friends with a skunk. And as for the raccoons... they're not too friendly. You can't shush them out of your yard. They prefer to hiss at YOU! Sounds like your mother and my father-in-law were made out of the same mold. During our Sunday visit today, we heard about his facility running out of food. Turns out that he had to have apple juice instead of orange juice and English muffins instead of cereal because "they ran out" of them. Of course, he turned down eggs and toast. He also told us that they had served egg rolls the day before but "they ran out" of them and he didn't get one. He wishes they would serve shrimp instead of chicken all the time, Since my husband takes care of all his mail and sorts it before giving it to him, we don't have the same problem you have with your mother's. I loved the story about the Reader's Digest Sweepstakes. And I agree with all you said, and didn't say, about being the one responsible for an aged relative's care. So, we too, will "keep on keepin' on!" To: Mike Brady ('61?) Re: Memory loss or lack of focus? I loved your definition for senior lack of recall. "The loss of ability to focus"... sounds reasonable to me, too! To: Harvey Irby ('64) Saw your entry and was reminded that you were the one responsible for me signing up for the Sandstorm. Some time back, people wrote in about sharing coincidences in coming in contact with fellow Bombers. So here is mine... Harvey Irby and my youngest daughter were involved in a business project when, during a conversation, she found that Harvey and I both went to high school in Richland, although we did not know each other (he is MUCH younger than I!). He told my daughter about the Sandstorm and eventually emailed me the info and that's how I was introduced to this website. So thanks again, Harvey! To: Roy Ballard ('63) Re: Governor's Tag I just went to Google and typed in "governor's tag" and also "Governor's tag WA" and found all sorts of info (and even more than I wanted to know..I am not a hunter). Amazing what you can find on the internet. -Bonnie Steeber Frasca ('57) still sunny and warm in our part of Arizona. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tony Tellier ('57) Re: Washington Football Once upon a time, they played good football in the Evergreen State. The Washington Huskies possessed, arguably, the second- best tradition in the Pac-10 behind USC. And Mike Price had turned Washington State into a Rose Bowl team at the beginning of this decade. Today, these programs are laughingstocks. Consider the latest affront to football sensibilities. Saturday, Washington was a 46-point underdog at USC. The Trojans won 56-0. Washington State was a 30-point underdog at Stanford. Stanford! The Cardinal covered that spread by halftime and went on to win 58-0, their most lopsided victory in 59 years. Washington is now 0-8, the last remaining winless team in Division I-A. The Huskies hold the nation's longest losing streak at 10 games. And they were so fired up by last week's firing of Coach Tyrone Willingham that they allowed USC to lead 42-0 at halftime. Washington State actually might be worse at 1-8. The Cougars' only victory is over a I-AA team. They have been outscored 350- 33 in their six Pac-10 losses. If you are counting, that's an average of 58-5. Not only do these teams lose, but they lose badly. They are a combined 1-15 this season in covering the Las Vegas point spread. But at least they have each other. The Apple Cup is November 22nd. -Tony Tellier ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) As this is election eve, I hope everyone gets out and votes, and that as winter comes we're still here to tell "the rest of the story." I've been out gleaning corn in a friend's corn field to have a stash to feed the cute squirrels that reside in our little town of Grandview, where is was warm enough on Halloween to walk around in short sleeves. But we do believe that winter is still coming, so that's why I have my stash of corn to feed the squirrels. We're hoping it will attract one of the white ones to come here... as our white squirrels here have black eyes, so they aren't albinos. I'd send in lots of cute photos, but I haven't learned how to do that yet... more to look forward to in my spare time. Only two more weeks and the visit from the Bishop will be history... so many details to attend to... we'd appreciate your prayers for sanity in this wild attempt to "get ready"... we now have a freshly painted basement and new tile floor, new carpet inside and outside the front door, unfortunately, the steeple is ready, and waiting for some engineer to figure out if our church building can handle it... but as usual, there remains "much to do". -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Paula Beardsley Glenn ('62) Re: Aging parents Just thought I would add my two cents worth. As our Dad, Paul Beardsley (RIP), began to suffer from all those fun aging issues, Nancy ('65) and I teamed up and worked together with him. I was on his checking account and eventually ended up taking care of all his bills. Nancy was his health care power of attorney and oversaw all the medicare and insurance stuff and we both took him to Doctor appointments. When he had his knees replaced and later a hip, we alternated staying with him until he was up and around, hauled him to physical therapy or were at home for sessions when that became necessary. We were blessed with a large network of caring friends and family who called regularly and stopped by for visits which helped keep his mind active and engaged. Sometimes he knew who they were, sometimes he didn't but he always was happy to see others. Janice ('64) came home from South Carolina every summer for a couple of weeks to give Nancy and I a break, which we were always ready for. As Dad began to struggle more with memory and physical limitations, Nancy and I stayed with him in his home alternating weeks. We were lucky with really understanding husbands who loved him too. Was it an imposition... sometimes. Would we trade that time we spent one on one with Dad... never! After he passed, Nancy, Janice and knew we had done everything we could and we were blessed because of it. We realize not all families are able to do what we did but I would encourage those of you trying to figure out how best to help Mom and Dad as they begin these struggles, just spend as much time with them as you can. You'll never regret that opportunity to help them. If you can't move in with them, at least visit them regularly, take them out to church or dinner, arrange for friends to stop by for visits... it will make a big difference for your folks and you'll feel better too. Dad has been gone two years now and not a day goes by I don't miss him. -Paula Beardsley Glenn ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton (Gold Medal Class of '63) It's almost that time of year again for the Gold Medal Class of '63 Marching, Caroling and Chowder Society's Christmas Party in Olympia. We're gonna call this the 21st annual (it might be the 22nd). Mark your calendars for Saturday the 13th of December. Brother Leo has got us a Hall, It's a new place named Cicada. Not the same as the last couple of years. It's located at 700 4th Avenue East, a block off of Plumb, which is very appropriate. We will commence with the Hugging and Kissing at 10:00am, with Ellen leading the flag salute whenever a majority have one arm free to put over theirs or someone else's heart. In keeping with tradition, there will be no gift exchange, or Amway power point presentations. As always there will be 100 square grid to guess Frank Whiteside's excuse for not attending If you are planning on attending or have any questions, just let me know. If you are not planning on attending, please contact the Sunshine Committee for the appropriate address to send your donation. Jimbeaux p.s. Off to Chattanooga tomorrow to rattle some ice cubes with my sister. Prez per moi. -Jim Hamilton (Gold Medal Class of '63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) It is Election Eve and hopefully all of us will be exercising our Right to Vote. But I have even greater news... Our Steve Simpson ('65) is home from his latest bout with illness... knocking his way out of the hospital in fine form... Steve is home safe and sound and emailing from his desk with his sweet wife Ruth right by his side. I remember at our 40th Class Reunion, Steve and Ruth won the Newlywed Prize right away from Denny and Me because they got married after we did, and we are looking at five whole years on Valentine's Day... We won't be able to go to the doings in Seattle for the First Ever Bomber Dinner on December 6th, because (drum roll please)... we are having a Christmas Party here at the Hoban House (with Chef Hoban barking his orders to the minnions (sp), errr me... and preparing a delightful concoction), but not to outdo the 13 Coins in Seattle, with our wonderful Gary Crow ('65) at the helm. So, if you don't want to travel all the way to Seattle, and you are closer to Portland/Vancouver, you may want to take in the Portland/Vancouver Christmas Party... south of Portland, in Tigard-land... December 6th, 2008!!!!! I promise to have the house all decked out for Christmas... and lots of goodies all around... Address and Mapquest to follow... but if Maren would publish, I could leave our address at our next post... Bomber Kisses and Hugs xoxoxoxoxoxoxo -Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Valerie Ghirardo Driver ('72) Here's a news flash! The Spudnut Shop is NOT closing down as recently implied in a 10/31/2008 Sandstorm entry. In fact, all I can say is: call ahead for large orders when possible; prepare to wait a little for seating especially on Fridays and Saturdays; don't be discouraged when we temporarily run out after another one of those Travel Channel "Donut Paradise" specials run; be patient with my staff and I as we're all getting a little old and crotchety, especially when it's so busy we don't have time breathe! Every few years one of these rumors gets started and I have to quash it. The last one was started by a local deranged insurance agent and I think this one may have been started by a deranged relative. Thanks for letting me set the record straight. -Valerie Ghirardo Driver ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Matt Crowley ('75) Happy Birthday (a day or two late) to former Christ the King classmate Richard Jacobs [11/2]. Still doctoring in Walla Walla, or have things changed a lot since we last ran into one another at the CK Sausage Fest in 1992? Take care and God bless. -Matt Crowley ('75) ~ Grants Pass, OR **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Another Installment To All Bombers, Another installment of 6 pictures for your enjoyment. -Don Sorensen (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/05/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Tom Hoffman ('47/'48), Em De Vine ('52) Gloria Adams ('54), Patti Jones ('60) Bob Rector ('62), John Adkins ('62) Alan Lobdell ('69), Darlene Napora ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Charles Cox ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judy Cameron ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Curtis Gunter ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gerald Stein ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Hoffman ('47/'48) Re: Great Picture History Of White Bluffs Check it out... some of the old timers might enjoy the pictures. -Tom Hoffman ('47/'48) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Em De Vine ('52) I'm not sure "ads" are allowed in the Sandstorm but my traveling-friend, Victoria, is looking for a small, older station wagon for us to pull behind my RV on our trip South. It has to run good but body and paint aren't important. Her limit is about $1,000. Please, please, please let us know if you have such an animal! My cell phone is (509) 521-9858. [Maren: please do not delete.) Re: squirrel stories I have one but will send it later when I have more time. Bomber best to each and all, -Em De Vine ('52) ~ in beautiful, rainy Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) Re: Facebook Whoa!!! I did NOT put in that part about Facebook. How in the world could that happen?? I did join Facebook yesterday, as a friend of mine sent it to me and asked me to. How in the world could this have gotten into my entry? This really worries me. -Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Gloria wondered how a Facebook invitation made it into her Sandstorm submission without her knowledge. Simple reason: Maren and I routinely combine multiple submissions so, when Gloria submitted two, we combined them. The problem was that Gloria did not know that she had sent a Facebook invitation to us and, understandably, wants to know "How come?!" It is quite simple actually. Social networking sites -- Myspace and Facebook are the two biggies -- are individual- centric; that is, the world revolves around the individual member: you set up your account, enter whatever info you care to, and sit back to see who cares. Nobody! Well, nobody knows you are there. So you frantically send out emails to everybody you know saying "Dudes/dudettes, I'm now on Facebook/Myspace; please come visit [this is the invitation] and be my friend." This is really inefficient so the bright people (trust me, the Facebook/Myspace developers are REALLY bright people) decided to help the new member let everybody know ... they would ask the new member to let them access their address book and send out invitations automatically. So they would ask, say, for his password and get his address book and send invitations to the addresses there. To make it easy they pre-selected EVERY ADDRESS and provided a convenient 'Invite' button. Well, maybe Fred had non-people (like Sandstorm, eBay, Amazon, whatever) in his book; sure enough, they got invitations along with the real 'friends of Fred'. Sigh. What they ought to have done, of course, was to make Fred select those people whom he wished to 'friend' (now a verb and unlikely to go away) and then send out the invitations. Final note: You ask "Is it safe to give Facebook/Myspace my password so they can access my address book?" Simple answer is "Yes." The social networking services are interested in attracting lots of satisfied customers; if they were to violate that trust by using the address book for any other purpose they would go from tens of millions of customers to tens of customers really (really!) fast. And they would go out of business. (Not all people are evil, despite what you may have heard or think.) -Richard] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>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: Bob Rector (Balding Class of '62) Re: Apple Cup with the Huskies and Cougars With both state schools in such miserable football condition it might be best to cancel the Apple Cup. I'm suggesting this only because I'm not sure if either can actually win the game. But wait, I forgot. There will be cold beer. -Bob Rector (Balding Class of '62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: The Spuddie Place To: Valerie Ghirardo Driver ('72) Thank God, Val... I was afraid you would become a fixture on the rim of the 14th green and not even have a Spudnut for me. -John Adkins ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Lobdell ('69) Re: Hunting To: George Swan ('59) Thanks for making me sound like I knew what I was doing in the woods when I got that deer. However the only skill it took was what I learned in the corps and that was to how to shoot and hit what I want. As for finding the deer it was all luck. I was with a partner in a truck and told them to drive down out of the woods so I could get a cup of coffee and a donut. They refused and insisted we turn down a side road. About two hundred yards in the road the deer jumped in front of me and was running down a hill. As I got out of the truck my partner turned up the radio full blast with some country western music on it. The deer stopped in his tracks and turned to listen. Full broadside shot at about 80 yards, who could miss? Saw eight bucks in the last three weeks, each time we turned up country western music and they stopped in their tracks. They seem to like it! By the way, I spend a lot of money for black sunflower seeds to feed the squirrels in my back yard to keep them out of my bird feeders and house. Last summer as I was relaxing and watching a movie and having some peanuts I had in a bowl I was surprised to notice one of my furry friends helping himself to my peanuts. He had chewed a hole in my screen door. If I forget to put out the seeds they will get up on the window screens and shake them to remind me. Lately two large owls and a coyote have made the squirrels a little scarce. -Alan Lobdell ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Darlene Napora Shuley ('69) To: Betti Avant ('69) Wishing a very "Happy Birthday" to Betti! Also, thank you for all your many contributions to the Sandstorm... -Darlene Napora Shuley ('69) ~ Austin, TX where it was 83 today and we're hoping for some real fall weather soon! ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/06/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Betty Bell ('51) Gloria Adams ('54), Steve Carson ('58) Connie Madron ('60), Gary Behymer ('64) David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Becky Rulon ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Schildknecht ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy (The Tin Can Class of '45) Being that I am probably the oldest Bomber contributor to this Sandstorm, I am getting into this age discussion. The bad first;, my Dad died of Alzheimers and, nearing the end, thought I was his father. He pleaded from his hospice bed, "take me out of here, Papa." Not a good ending. Happier items; don't mess with aging parents. I am one. I have no signs of the above dementia, except I am often a little squirrley. I also am given to many whoops of joy, such as the election last nite, and curses of dispair, ie., the Huskies, Seahawks, Mariners and the departed Sonics. I lose my keys and slippers a lot, but I still know what they are for. I don't have a mother to be confused as my wife, but some believe Ida to be my daughter. And her with white hair. It is beautiful here at Big Lake WA, with a great view of Mt Cultus across the lake, topped with white snow overnite. The temp was 33 this AM, but is warming fast. A nice relief from the last few days of rain. -Dick McCoy (The Tin Can Class of '45) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) The Richland Seniors Association is holding their Annual Holiday Bazaar at the Richland Community Center on Saturday, November 8th from 10:00 to 3:00. We have 35 vendors including Karmel Corn out on the lawn. Yoke's delicious hoagie sandwiches will be available for lunch, along with chips and drinks. Come and do some shopping! -Betty Bell Norton ('51) ~ Richland, for more than 64 years! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) Re: Facebook To: Richard Anderson ('60) Thanks, Richard. That helps a lot. I'll stop worrying. -Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Carson (Championship Class of '58) I would be concerned about doing a personal FaceBook or MySpace listing. My Brother, David Carson ('70), did send me a really interesting site for compiling your family tree that is private and only available to those invited to participate. It is easy and worth a look. -Steve Carson (Championship Class of '58) ~ Chicago **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Connie Madron Hall ('60) Re: Grocery Store business Is there someone out there in Bomberville affiliated with Trader Joe's, or a small grocery store similar to Trader Joe's? If so, I would like to hear from you regarding the possibility of opening a store in a growing community on the Olympia Peninsula. -Connie Madron Hall ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) To: Bob Rector (Balding Class of '62) Re: Apple Cup One of the prizes at our annual meeting this year was (4) tickets to the Apple Cup game in Pullman. As manager I had to add $20.00 'boot' so that someone would accept them. As a former Husky all I can say is Go Cougars! (Is that too political these days?) -Gary Behymer ('64) ~ lost somewhere in the mid-sixties **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: What? A typo? Oh my goodness... I have Gerald Stein's ('66) birthday on my list as being on the 6th of November... Did I goof up? Could I have made a mistake? I have had the same date for years... If I was wrong I am so Sorry, man, I was going to write a an Ode to Younger Brothers... So many younger brothers who are every bit as cool and hip as their older siblings sometimes get overshadowed ... We forget that younger brothers gave us somebody to fight with and blame stuff on so that we could get the glory... Younger brothers are the guys you borrow a dime from Keith Peterson ('65) to pay off when you light the Densow's orchard on fire. I think I still owe Keith the dime... So if I blew it I'm sorry and I will correct my list for next year. But in any event I still wish Gerald Stein a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!! May I also wish Sally Sheeran Heath ('58) and her clan a safe trip home and some well deserved rest... it was great to see you Monday... sorry we didn't have more time to visit! -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/07/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Ann Bishop ('56), George Swan ('59) Carol Carson ('60), Larry Mattingly ('60) Patti Jones ('60), Earl Bennett ('63) David Rivers ('65), Robert Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marilyn "Em" DeVine ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dan Haggard ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Weaver ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Julie Smyth ('69wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Bishop Ousley ('56) I see a lot about parents with alzheimers/dementia and how it was handled... BUT, how do you cope when it is your spouse????? Mine is in the early stages at this point, but it is still difficult for me to handle. He was a VERY intelligent man with many skills and now he can't find a coffee mug (sometimes) when the rack is right in front of him and no way would I let him near a power saw or other equipment. May the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob Bless you -Ann Bishop Ousley ('56) ~ in warm Texarkana, AR **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Tom Hoffman ('47/'48) Re: Great Picture History Of White Bluffs Tom, Great Site! I especially liked the "Settlers Gallery." The picture "Title/Description: 79231-14 Girls Softball Team & Coach, 1925" is especially interesting in a "Trivia" sort of way. Interesting uniforms the girls are wearing with swastikas on them. I'm sure that was way too early for any association with the later use of the swastika in Europe, and the girls must have sewn them on themselves (in Home Ec.) as about half of them seem to be sewn on "wrong side up." I know that symbol was used by Native Americans in some of their decorative designs. And, those ball games must have been difficult to follow, as all the girls are ... Number 9. To: Alan Lobdell ('69) Re: Hunting Alan, you need to give yourself more credit. I think that you are really on to something, here. I have had some success by whistling to get deer and other game to stop for a shot, rather than take a risky running shot. But, sometimes in the heat of excitement, I just cannot ... pucker up! Now, I may have to start wearing a small player of some type with an attached speaker. Do you have any suggestions for a particular artist of the only two types of real music? I am partial to both kinds ... country & western. Well, ok, classic rock works for me too. Somehow, acid rock, heavy metal, or Beethoven's Fifth Symphony just don't seem appropriate. But, I was thinking of walking through the woods blaring Hank William's Junior's "A Country Boy Can Survive!" Just kidding, I still think you are being too modest. Luck or not, that was a great buck! -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where the rain on the plains ... coming again. But, I'm feeling better! I have seen six Mule Deer feeding in the "can't shoot" section of the nearby refuge, not far from Mrs. Pappy's Squirrel Sanctuary. And, the ducks and geese are showing up. Its nice to see wildlife nearby. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Carson Renaud ('60) To: Connie (Madron) Hall ('60) Re: Trader Joe's Connie, my grandson, Joshua Southam, works for Trader Joe's in Lynnwood, WA. I love that store and shop there often (can't beat the "Three Buck Chuck" wines). If you go to this link, you can get information about their franchises: I know my daughter-in-law in the Tri-Cities has asked them for years to open a Trader Joe's there but no luck. -Carol Carson Renaud ('60) ~ from wet and windy Lynnwood, WA where the Weather-Guessers ae predicting 6-8 inches of rain today. Guess I better dust off the galoshes. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Act of Charity Several weeks ago I purchased a microwave for a former daughter- in-law only to find she had gotten a job and bought one of her own. Then a friend of mine reminded me of a family we both knew of who had need of one. It was not very expensive or fancy, but life would be better for the struggling family of 3 with a microwave. Several of us had been pitching in to help them. So this evening I drove over to the little house on the back of another friends property to give it to them. He was letting them stay there for a few months free until they got settled in and found work and so on. He ran across them living in a car. The woman and 2 small children were down on their luck and getting worse by the day. The father/husband had been killed in an accident last spring in another state and to make a long story short, things just went from bad to worse. Several of us kept them supplied with food and essentials of living. Yes there are agencies for this kind of thing, but they would have left town before accepting any "official" help. One of the guys fixed up the wood stove and there was lots of firewood and the place was dry and weather tight. I had donated and hooked up a small water heater that I was going to install in my yet unfinished shop building on the back of my property. Up until this morning all of us thought things were looking up. However, tonight the little house was empty. They decided to move on to "a place where it is warm". They left sometime last night, likely too embarrassed to say goodbye or thank you, except in the note they left on the counter. We have no idea where they got the money for any kind of a trip. They had plenty of warm clothes, blankets, and food. The 2 children seemed plenty healthy and happy. Not much anybody can do about this kind of thing as it is a free country and they can move about as they wish. Several of us stood around a talked a bit wondering if we did too much, came on too strong, made them feel guilty?? But we dont think so and certainly hope not. We concluded that you do what you can. Some times it works and sometimes not. We all pray that all will turn out OK. So... I have a new in the box, name brand microwave oven sitting in my foyer. If any Bomber Alum knows of someone who could use it, drop me an e-mail. I get around a bit and can meet someone from the Portland area halfway, or from Seattle or further North halfway. Or I will be going across I-90 to Spokane and CDA 11-21/22. And I could even get it to the Tri-Cities the following week. I dont need details but will accept your word that it will go to someone who needs a bit of help in life. -J Larry Mattingly ('60) ~ From home South of Tacoma where the hard rain is rattling against the kitchen skylight. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) & Darlene Huesties Bern ('64) Re: RHS watercolor drawing of our Crest designed by Gaynor Dawson ('65) and a group from 1965 Recently with some work of Club 40 with Richland High School it was discovered that the watercolor of the Crest which was developed by a group in 1965 was missing. Club 40 decided to support the high school to find it. Darlene Huesties Bern ('64) and I volunteered to put in a Sandstorm entry to help get it returned. Whatever any Bomber, their families and friends can do to help get the watercolor returned would be appreciated. The following is the link if you want to view the Crest and the written words about our Richland High School area. -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) -Darlene Huesties Bern ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Earl Bennett (Gold Medal Class of '63) Re: Steve Carson (Championship Class of '68) I can give a hearty AMEN to your recommendation of A niece set our family there and I've been impressed at the range of capabilities they provide for free. There are opportunities to pay for more, but I've not investigated those. If they survive long-term, it will be a valuable resource for those of us who cannot devote significant amounts of time to genealogical research and documentation at a single sitting, but adding bits and pieces from time to time works great. And until that got going, I knew virtually nothing about my niece's husband's family (I opted to receive email whenever anyone adds something to our site). -ecb3 Regards, -Earl Bennett (Gold Medal Class of '63) ~ from unseasonably warm central Virginia where we hope to finish painting the exterior of the house, at least the main color, before it becomes too cold (a professional painter - brother-in-law to my son-in-law - said they make paint now that works at 35, but it's hard to find painters who work at 35). **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) It's birthday time again... I have two wishes to send out today... One to a girl who must be a real Bomber-babe from all I've heard about her... I'm not sure whether we've even met tho I am pretty sure we have... but everyone who knows her seems to love her like crazy... the other birthday is a kid I've known since grade school... he is the older brother of a Bomber-babe ('65) I was gaa gaa over off and on over the years... He was a pitcher in Little League and I used to spend a lot of time at their house... He's always been a pal and I miss him... haven't seen him in years tho I've seen his Sis a couple of times at reunions... she still has the most disarming, flashing eyes in the world and I still melt when she sends them my way... So before I get lost in memory land I need to wish a HAPPY BIRTHDAY on the 7th to Marilyn "Em" DeVine Dow ('52) and Jimmy Weaver ('64)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Avant ('69) To: Connie Madron Hall ('60) Re: Trader Joe's Unfortunately, Trader Joe's is a private company, because you would really like to be able to tear apart their FCF, IBITD inventory turn, labor cost statement, demographics and population numbers before embarking on the CASH intensive investment that is the grocery business. You also want to find your product suppliers and "market niche" viability if you wish to emulate Trader Joe's Metropolitan Markets and any other local mid to high end firms. In short, there is a lot to find out and I would start by doing an on-line subscription to "Gourmet Retailer". Best of luck. -Robert Avant ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Mike Varley ('69) ~ 4/29/51 - 10/28/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/08/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers and Don Sorensen sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Dick McCoy ('02, '46, '45), Betty Bell ('51) Bill Berlin ('56), Larry Mattingly ('60) Tom Verellen ('60), Gary Behymer ('64) Ray Stein ('64), Alan Lobdell ('69) Brad Wear ('71), Don Sorensen (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dona McCleary ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Spencer Houck ('71) Bombers 20 - Central Valley 35 Bombers finish season 8-2 (probably a bit better than expected) First hoops practice: a week from Monday **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy ('02, '46, '45) To: Tom Hoffman ('47/'48) - How ya doin' I loved those Hanford pics. I actually rode the Ferry to the bluffs, (not the one shown, but a government one) where Bob Snapp and I got some great fossils. The train station, was that on the Hanford side? I thought the only tracks were on the North side of the river, Milwaukee Road. In plate 74 155-17 there is "student" in the back ho looks as tho he could clear out any bar. Thanks -Dick McCoy ('02, '46, '45) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) This is just a quick reminder of the Richland Seniors Association Annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, November 8th from 10:00 to 3:00 at the Richland Community Center. Hope to see you there! -Betty Bell Norton ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Way back when Bomber Bill was out of Col-Hi a couple of years, he was the Regional Sales Manager for Alaska Packers Association (APA) the Alaska salmon and crab operation of California Packing Corporation, or better known at the time as Del Monte Foods. The top sales office was in San Francisco, the APA sales office was in Seattle, the APA divisional sales office was in Anchorage and the regional (flunky) sales office for Western Alaska was in Kodiak. This particular year we were up to our eyeballs in canned salmon and a ton of it was all first grade, Del Monte Brand stuff. Through the various chains of command, and seeing that the big guys in San Francisco, Seattle and Anchorage all wanted to play golf more than sell canned salmon, they had given me the job of selling all of the product that we did that was not needed internally for Del Monte. You kind of had to know how Kodiak was in those days, a rough fishing port with lots of canneries and fish packing operations and a dozen bars, some rated as high as "sleazy"... believe it or not. Since we were on an island and had just one flight a day in from ANCAK (Anchorage, AK) we never expected to have any visitors and very few salesmen. On this one lazy day a guy walked in and introduced himself as Joe Colombe of Long Beach, CA and he wanted to know if I had any good quality canned salmon I could sell him "for a price." Now remember my orders from the big shot golfers "... sell this stuff Berlin or you will be looking for a job soon... " so I took him out to the warehouse and showed him our excess #1 grade stuff and gave him a price. He made a counter offer and I told him he could have all of the #1 grade but had to take 7,000 cases of #2 and 2,500 cases of #3 (cat food) at an average price of $XXXX and he took it. We did the paperwork, got the shipping orders cut for six loads and in an hour or so we had the wire in our local bank for the whole sale. Warehouse empty and Joe bought a steak lunch at one the local joints. That was Trader Joe and this was his first canned salmon purchase for his new store in Long Beach. At first he would buy "off prime" product in large quantities and put his own label on it and sell it at very favourable prices at the first Trader Joe's. Since then they go right out and compete for top grade products and buy in such quantities that they can keep their prices down. Later I paid him a visit at his Long Beach store and it was a series of six or seven rooms on the lower level of an older building not far from what is now the Convention Centre there, nothing like what the stores are like now. He bought me lunch again at Trianni's in San Pedro for a huge bowl of steamed clams in garlic broth and about eight feet of Italian hard crusted bread. Two high end stogies for desert. What did Whole Foods learn from Trader Joe's? They hired Joe to do a location matrix based on how he places stores and thus neither TJ's or Whole Foods are all over the place. Ironically, the costumer profile for both are about the same but TJ's can put in ten locations for one Whole Foods but the study and ground work that goes in to getting one in your location is not an easy deal. You don't see many of either going out of business do you? It must work. When I reported to my various bosses of the sale that I had made that wiped out all of the excess Western Alaska pack, the largest single sale in Alaska Packer's history, I suspected that not only would I not get fired, but I would get a nice bonus. Wrong. The big guy in San Fran got a bonus, the Sales Manager in Seattle got a bonus, the guy in Anchorage got a bonus and I got squat. Two months later I quit and went back to longshoring, where I made more money for less work than anything I have ever done in my life. Two Buck Chuck? It's okay as a table wine but not very consistent. We had a bottle the other night and it would have been better in the spaghetti sauce than with it. By the way, the German's now own Trader Joe's. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ Anacortes, WA where we have a Trader Joe's in Bellingham that is 65% Canadian shoppers. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Grocery Info To: Connie Madron Hall ('60) For a wealth of information you may also want to contact Wally Erickson ('53). He spent most of his life in the grocery business. On more then one occasion we have discussed our backgrounds over dinner during my week-long stays in Coeur d'Alene for the big display we do the Friday after Thanksgiving. I was very impressed with his depth of knowledge and innovative ideas on keeping customers happy. Speaking of the big Cd'A display, I am pleased to announce that once again Entertainment Fireworks will present the annual Cd'A Christmas Lighting Festival, large format fireworks display on the Friday after Thanksgiving. This 4 barge display is fired at around 6 PM sometimes a bit sooner or later. This year we have again changed the "look" a bit from the previous years. We will feature 24 of the large special 12-inch shells. All are great but some are hand-made in Sicily and are simply wonderful. We will also fire 1200 roman candles at once that I will set up along 1000 feet of boardwalk. The sponsor has directed us to fire over 1000 shells in 6 minutes instead of the usual 12. Even well-seasoned pyros give us a wide eyed WOW when they hear that. As usual any Bombers attending should contact me early for directions to our excellent viewing area. Regarding the City of Richland 50th anniversary display. Contracts are signed. Permits are applied for. And the display is in the midst of design. I have the product picked and just need to match it to the music. We have several volunteers, except all but one are ladies. Nothing wrong with that, but we could use a couple more men. Set-up of the equipment will take a few hours on Friday, and the loading will take several hours on Saturday. It is not terribly hard work and we try to keep it fun. -J Larry Mattingly ('60) ~ From my office near Olympia on a damp, grey day **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) To: G. Pappy Swan ('59) You may want to take a copy of Slim Whitman's "Native American Love Call" with you into the wild places. I have heard that many species will choose death with dignity rather than listen to a second chorus. No offense Slim and fans. -Tom Verellen ('60) ~ It was a dark and stormy day in near Lacey **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Richland Girls Basketball 'Swastikas'... A lesson to be learned or a pocketbook 'ouch'... My wife Janis, a Kennewick Lion from 1965, produced a batch of T-shirts with that symbol on it. Needless to say it was NOT a best seller. Here is a nice site that will give you a much better background on 'the swastika'. -Gary Behymer ('64) ~ 16 miles from Cougar Country (A burger joint located in Pullman... where you won't go away hungry) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray Stein ('64) Re: Reunion Meeting for Class of '64 Our next meeting will be held Sat. 11/15 at 10AM at the Spudnut Shop. Kathy Hoff Conrad ('64) has asked that those planning to attend please contact her. If we have too big a crowd we may switch locations. We will settle on a date and discuss other aspects of the reunion. We are considering the following dates for the reunion, so if you haven't already done so, please contact myself or Kathy if you have a preference. Choice 1 - June 19-21 (coincides with Cool Desert Nights) Choice 2 - Sept. 11-13 (coincides with Club 40 reunions) Re: Spudnut Shop Thanks Val Ghirardo Driver ('72) for telling us that the Spudnut Shop is still open, that familiar Uptown site, the Father of all Bomber game talk and a few pranks. I smile as I recall when Roger Fishback ('62) and his band of locals pulled a fast one on me. It seemed that someone wrote a number between 0 and 1000 on a napkin. He turned over the napkin and people guessed numbers. Based on previous guesses, the number man gave you a new range. Anyway, someone hollered, "Stein you in". After a few people guessed, I was told to guess a number between about 200-500 (I think). So I guessed a number, the number man turned over the napkin, and amazingly I had picked the very number he wrote on the napkin! Now you would think I won, maybe a buck or two from all participants, but no, I was told that my spectacular feat meant I had to pay for everyone's coffee and Spudnuts! Whenever I'm in Richland I'm still drawn to that slow-paced Uptown site to get an "out of this world" Spudnut. I hope everyone patronizes Val's place. "Do often game tale caper. Is a SETI spud donut a eat? Unodd Upsite's a sire, pace-late, magnet food". Re: Alzheimer's There's been lots of talk about Alzheimer's. My father suffered from the disease the last few years of his life. His physical fitness was great, but his mental state was very diminished. When a parent comes down with Alzheimer's, it's not hard to imagine that you could very well face those same circumstances. So what do we do? Here is a website that provides a 'Brief Alzheimer Screen'. I suggest we all practice for that test. -Ray Stein ('64) ~ Mead, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Lobdell ('69) Re: Hunting music To: George Swan ('59) I can't say for sure that it was the music that made these animals stop however it did seem to work. If my memory is correct and most likely not anymore the song playing was an old twangy one about a tear in my beer. I carry so much junk for survival (candy, pop, trail mix, pad to sit on, other misc. very needed survival items) with me when I'm in the woods I don't think I would have room for a radio or disc player. I do however have a disc (twangy country western) in my truck ready to go if something jumps in front of me from now on. My 27 year old son told me it worked with grunge music whatever in gods name that's suppose to be. I seem to remember that when his older brother was a teenager. Yuck! I now have two kids over 30 and the last two pushing it. -Alan Lobdell ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Wear ('71) Re: Ron Richey ('72-RIP) Sad to hear that Ron "MO" Richey passed away. Condolences to Mike and Kim, and the rest of the family. A lot of good memories with him. Seems like the class of '71 and '72 have lost a lot of good people. -Brad Wear ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Who are they? - More - Again Don Sorensen (NAB) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Ron Richey ('72) ~ 10/2/52 - 10/28/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/09/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Dick Wight ('52), Curt Donahue ('53) Mike Clowes ('54), Burt Pierard ('59) Larry Mattingly ('60), Stephanie Dawson ('60) Harvey Irby ('64), David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Lou DeMeyer ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dick Boehning ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kandy Smith ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dick Pierce ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tom Schildknecht ('70) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Bill Scott & Cherrie Tempero ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick Wight ('52) Re: Two Buck Chuck wines The Charles Shaw wines sold by Trader Joe's are, so I'm told, produced almost exclusively for Trader Joe retail - the winery is now owned by Bronco Wineries, a "cheap wine" conglomerate run by one of the Franzia brothers. The winery was indeed started by a fellow named Charles Shaw, and is located in the Napa Valley, hence the Napa Valley label is "legal". They used to produce just a chardonnay and a merlot, but have in recent years broadened to a cabernet, shiraz (syrah), a sauvignon blanc and others. I would therefor doubt they really grow much (if any) of their own grapes, and am almost certain the grapes do not really come from the Napa Valley, but are likely bought from growers all over the place for the lowest prices they can find. Hence the quality of the wines will likely vary from batch to batch. The merlot, chard and shiraz have rated well in various wine tasting competitions. The wine DID sell for $1.99 in California to begin with, $2.99 in AZ and elsewhere, and most certainly was worth the price! The reasons it can sell for such a low price is they have just about no wholesale distribution expenses nor any advertising - and with a worldwide wine glut these days, prices are driven down. Huge U.S. market share of inexpensive wine sales has gone to wines from Australia, Chile, South Africa for instance. Some decent modestly-priced wines are produced in Washington, for sure! While I am nowhere near a wine expert, I know it is a great time to be a wine drinker! Lots of decent wines out there for under $10 a bottle. And certainly the Charles Shaw label rates among the best for the buck! We buy a case or two every time we find a Trader Joe store. If it sometimes doesn't taste as good as other batches, I simmer ribs and brats in the stuff! -Dick Wight ('52) ~ in the Ozarks where some folks still think "likker" is the juice off of cooked greens. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Curt Donahue ('53) To: Don Sorenson (NAB) Re: Who are they? Photo #59 is Kadlec Hospital, I'm sure and in #63, I think the gentleman in the guard uniform 2nd from the left is John Clark. -Curt Donahue ('53) ~ Federal Way, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) To: Don Sorenson (NAB) Surprised you asked Who? in picture 59. It is the first incarnation of the hospital. The streets are Stevens Drive and Swift Blvd. Col-Hi is on the hill in the background. I believe picture 63 are members of the Patrol hierarchy discussing the infamous "No Powdered Doughnuts" rule. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ the sun was shining in Mount Angel, OR when I wrote this. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) To: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Who are they? - More - Again Pic #59: Thanks for a pic of "Whats" instead of "Whos" (which drive me crazy trying to come up with old GE Management names, like in Pic #63). In this easily recognizable and roughly easily datable Pic we see Kadlec Hospital, the Medical-Dental Clinic on the left and good ol' Col-Hi in the background. I also see what I believe is Christ the King School, under construction?, in the upper right corner. The key for dating purposes is what we simply called the "New Building" (in the late '50s, named sometime in the '60s as MacIntosh Hall) which appears to be completed (or nearly so) which would date the Pic as Spring (or early Summer) of 1955. You CK people should be able to tie this down closer. Pic #62: This Pic contains the only person I can name (of all the Pics you've submitted). The guy at the Microphone is named Whit Haldeman, a GE Public Relations dude who was the consummate "Town Ham" in the '40s & '50s and always the first choice for any Master of Ceremonies or announcing duties. He was always showing up for Co-Ordinate Club shows, Atomic Frontier Days Shows, new Car Dealership Grand Openings, Beauty Pageants, etc., and a myriad of GE and Richland Presentation Programs. He also had numerous parts in Richland Players Productions. Thanks for the Memories. Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) To: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Who are they pictures I enjoy the "who?" pictures. Seeing them a couple of times a week is a high point. I have several times thought I recognized someone but could not put a name on them. However #59 is easy and most of the Bomber alums know it was Kadlec hospital. And in picture #63 I see a familiar face. The man on the right is Joe Mattingly my father. The cop on the left may be Chief at the time, Harry Strock and 3rd from the left may be Grover Dawson? The others look familiar, but I just cannot pull them out of the fog in my cranium. Ahhh, the sun is out and all the leaves are off trees. Time to wash out the gutters and rake the yard. -J Larry Mattingly ('60) ~ At home South of Tacoma. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60) Re: Who are they? #59, #62, #63 I knew that if I looked at enough of these great old photos, I'd find at least one of my Dad. #63, the guy in the middle is Grover Dawson. #62, I never could remember the call letters of the "other" station that we listened to in the good old days. It was KWIE. Thanks for the memory! #59 is the old Kadlec Hospital, with Col-Hi in the back left and Christ the King School under construction in the back right. Keep 'em comin' -Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60) ~ where it's a bright gray day in Richland and I'm still holding out hope for Husky, Cougar, Seahawk, and Fighting Irish (Notre Dame) victories this weekend! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Harvey Irby ('64) To: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Who are they? - More - Again Photo 59 is old Kadlec Hospital looking west. You can see Christ the King School and Convent under construction in the upper right and Mac Hall under construction in the upper left at Col-Hi. Must have been taken around 1954. -Harvey Irby ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: 'Nuther Big Kid's Birthday The Gold Medal Class of '63 is winding up its '08 birthdays... now, think about it... many of us were born in the '40s as was the birthday boy... now we got a kick out of people saying things like back in "ought 4" and stuff like that and thought the teens, twenties and thirties were the dark ages... but now we are actually living in the "ought" years and we are fast approaching the teens... what do kids think of us????? Today I was given the honor of presenting Medals from the National Intertribal Native American Counsel to Vets (whether Native or not) at the Las Vegas Intertribal Veteran's Pow Wow... (a few photos included) An "older" Marine approached me and asked me what he needed to do and I walked him over to the sign in table... He explained he had been in the Pacific Theater between 1942 and 1946... another fellow came up and talked to me and he was a younger Marine... the "older" fellow had just turned 87 and the younger one 52... neither looked as old as they were to me... they were surprised that I'll be 62 this month... well... this all leads up to the fact that birthday boy certainly does not look as tho he is his age either... in fact... I think we all seem younger every year... the birthday boy and his lady are two of the friendliest and my favoritest Bombers there are... So let's all wish Dick Boehning a HAPPY BIRTHDAY on November 9th, the day before the Marine Corps Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/10/2008 ~ HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARINES ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers and Don Sorensen sent stuff: Gus Keeney ('57), George Swan ('59) Jay Siegel ('61), David Rivers ('65) Steve Huntington ('73), Don Sorensen (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Johnson ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carl Dvorak ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dee Shipman ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Fred Meeks ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) Happy Birthday USMC. To All you MARINES, Semper FI!! From an old Navy Bird Farmer, -Gus Keeney ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: 233rd Birthday of The United States Marine Corps -- November 10, 2008 To: All Marines and our beloved Navy Corpsmen. Happy Birthday and Semper Fi Sgt Pappy -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jay Siegel ('61) Re: Happy Birthday Marines! Once again may we hold our glasses high and toast Our God, Our Country, Our Corps! May we endeavor to stand for the best represented by all. Semper Fidelis -Jay Siegel ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARINES! To all my Marine Brothers and Sisters: HAPPY BIRTHDAY and Welcome Home! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Huntington ('73) Val, You made my day today. Caught your update about staying open. We all expect there to be a Spudnut Shop and that name on the back of a Little League uniform forever. I had to laugh when you said to be patient with your crotchety self. That hasn't changed since we worked together at your dad's place in 1970. Barlow made me get two haircuts in a row before he let me sign my tax slip and sign on, and you whipped me into useable shape pretty quickly before allowing me to open and stand in that window flipping Spuddies at 0500. You still make the best Spudnuts in this universe, and we all love you for it. It's 78 and sunny here in lovely Crystal River, FL but not a Spudnut in sight. -Steve Huntington ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Another installment. To: Burt Pierard ('59) Thanks for telling me about Whit Haldeman. He also was involved with making movies of Hanford Workers in action Two come to mind "Operation Sample" an over view of the old REDOX process building. And "No Comedy in Errors" a funny story about a mouse that visits several parts of the lab witnessing safety errors and delivering a some what furry description of what not to do. He also did another called "Radiation Zone" but I have never found it. To: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) I'm surprised too. I was not paying enough attention to what I was submitting. That photo was an easy call. The powdered doughnut comment will be forwarded to the appropriate authorities. To: Larry Mattingly ('60) Thanks for the info on your father's picture. Chief Strock I recognized. To: Curt Donahue ('53) Your right on the Kadlec photo. Far cry from what it is today. Thanks for the name on #63. To: Harvey Irby ('64) I believe you're correct. 1954 Thanks To: Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60) Glad you found your dad. You mentioned KWIE those folks did a lot of radio work for G.E. I wonder if they taped some of those shows?? G.E. would have a presentation on say lab work with plutonium and display some of the equipment used to analyze plutonium. Some of those photos will be coming to the Sandstorm soon. Any old 231 W lab workers out there?? Thanks to all those who have submitted names. -Don Sorensen (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/11/2008 ~ VETERANS' DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers and Don Sorensen sent stuff: Carole Clark ('54), Bill Berlin ('56) Jack Gardiner ('61), Gary Behymer ('64) David Rivers ('65), Rick Valentine ('68) Don Sorensen (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bev Coates ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jack Sinderson ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ted Neth ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Don Brackenbush ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Don Eckert ('64) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Jerry Boyd ('52) & Patsy McGregor ('54wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carole Clark Oien ('54) To: Don Sorenson (NAB) Re: the name of the man second from left in picture #63. That is not John Clark. Someone else also sent in names for that picture and I have no idea if they are correct or not. But it definitely is not my father. -Carole Clark Oien ('54) ~ from beautiful Maui, for two more days and then back to Phoenix which had hail today. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Wine I am not a wine expert either but I like the stuff and have a couple of small investments in two wineries, one in Oregon and one in British Columbia, so you have to know a little about the process and the product. What makes wine so unique, and in my thinking very cool, is what I call "the game of the year of harvest." You have an idea of what the crop will be like ranging from in the 90s rating in the Wine Spectator kind of year to wine vinegar and everything in-between. The differences between our Oregon location and the BC winery is like the difference between Germany and Walla Walla. Different wines, different tastes, different times for holding or drinking and both have some very good buys. I was asked to write an article in a BC wine magazine on matching wines with food and I left it with "...if it tastes good, drink it..." and the wine snobs in Vancouver had to have the batteries in their pacemaker's changed. White with red meat? I'd rather die. Stuff like that but the fact is that matching a great meal with a poor tasting wine is not very smart. I will agree that some foods go better with some wines but it is not written in stone that you have to do it that way. I wrote another article in the same publication later, probably because the last controversy doubled their sales, about Eating Out For The Average Guy, especially a guy who has limited resources ("cash" for those of you Two Buck Chuck guys) and is taking a young lady out to a nice dinner. I suggested that he look over the wine menu and see what was in the mid to lower price range and select something in that section. The Sommelier will not downplay a wine on "his" list just because it is lower priced and if he gets the drift that they guy has some economic (and romantic) concerns (low cash flow for you Two Buck Chuck folks), he will build up one of his less expensive wines. The guy looks good, the lady is usually impressed, especially if this young man has a clean pair of jeans with holes on, his baseball cap on forward and shaved a week ago last Wednesday (only joking people). The Vancouver guys took me on again but out of fifteen Sommeliers' who replied, twelve agreed with me. Leave the art part of wine to the wine maker and just learn what kind of wines you like, what you can afford (including Two Buck Chuck) and then lean back and ENJOY. Re: White Bluffs I am loving these pictures of White Bluffs, Hanford and Richland before "The Project" moved in. I have to admit that I don't know exactly where all three were located on the river in relation to each other, nor for that matter which side of the river they were situated. Maybe someone could give me a geography lesson on our childhood area and set my inquiring mind at ease. Keep up the great pictures. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ in Anacortes, WA where I am up and walking around a little after my foot operation in September. The next step, so to speak, is to get back to driving. Now if I can only get the Sandstorm on a daily basis from the idiots at Comcast, I would be a happy man. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jack Gardiner ('61) Re: Pix #67 I did not recognize anyone in picture #67, but looks to me like it was taken on April 1950. Looking at date on the GE calendar behind the gentlemen. -Jack Gardiner ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Zip's moves to Colfax! Yep, you read that one right. Zip's has opened a new restaurant in the 'old' A & W at the North end of town. Life continues to improve each & every day here in 'small town America.' Re: Veterans Day salute 1964 classmates who served in the military -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) A huge THANK YOU and Welcome Home to all the Bomber Veterans... in fact... to all Vets, Bombers or not!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Valentine ('68) Re: The final Spokane Bomber Lunch of 2008 will be next Sunday November, 16th. Lunch will be held at the The Northern Quest Casino at the Woodlands Restaurant in the family section of the Casino. Coffee at 11:30 AM Lunch around 12:00 Noon. The casino is located in Airway Heights, about one mile north of Wal*Mart at 100 N. Hayford Road. Woodlands Restaurant serves Breakfast and Lunch anytime, good food and great service. Come and join us for lunch, All Bombers Their families and friends are welcome, the more the merrier. Lunch and Slot Machines... Out Of Towners welcome... See You There... Any Questions or need directions contact Me... -Rick Valentine ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Veterans' Day To: All Bombers In 1783 George Washington wrote a prayer in a letter to the 13 Governors of the United States," ...our nation has sent its most precious treasures, its sons and daughters, to human conflicts beyond our shores, not to seize, not to subjugate, not to occupy, but to preserve the inalienable right of all mankind to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Our Nations Treasures deserve our respect and remembrances. We have parades, news articles and television specials to remind us, educate us about our veterans. The sacrifices made for our benefit we will not fully appreciate unless we served with them. The moms will feel it more keenly, dads and children a very close second. To truly honor our veterans we must always be thankful for what we have and remember who keeps and protects our blessings. To: All Veterans My deepest appreciation and gratitude for your service. -Don Sorensen (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/12/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Shirley Rae Drury ('51), Laura Dean Kirby ('55) Gus Keeney ('57), Gary Behymer ('64) Rick Valentine ('68) Don Sorenson's (NAB) "Who" list of links BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Duane Cross ('79) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) When you speak of #63, etc., of Don Sorenson's (NAB) great photos, if you would add the link to that particular group, it would save me (and perhaps others of like diminishing capacity) the trouble of checking back through the newsletters to attempt to find it. Love those photos although so far I know hardly anyone in them. To: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: the location of White Bluffs, Hanford and Richland The bluffs are on the east side of the Columbia nearly to the Vernita Bridge, Hanford areas and Richland to the west. Year before last we were given for an anniversary gift, a river tour. It was spectacular to see those bluffs, the area buildings, the islands in the middle of the river, the scenery on each side of the river. Imagine living here for 60 years and being ignorant of all that exists in that area so close at hand. -Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) Re Wine I am certainly no expert, but my favorite goes with whatever I eat or even without food. Few would agree with my choice because it is very sweet (9% residual sugar) and white. The late harvest white Riesling is produced by the Kiona Winery just down the road and owned by a Bomber friend, John Williams ('56) and family. The Red Mountain appellation produces many very wonderful varieties and helps Washington to become the number two state after California. Any of you Bombers who have not been here for a while and are planning a visit, please put a wine tour on your schedule. I think you will be very pleasantly surprised. -Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) ~ Still in Richland after all these years. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) To: Don Sorensen (NAB) Thank You for the Veterans Day Note, Don. -Gus Keeney ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Dupus Boomer's will open soon ... -Gary Behymer ('64) ~ 16 miles from Dupus Boomer **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Valentine ('68) Re: Spokane Lunch Reminder The final Spokane Bomber Lunch of 2008 will be next Sunday November, 16th. Lunch will be held at the The Northern Quest Casino at the Woodlands Restaurant in the family section of the Casino. Coffee at 11:30 AM Lunch around 12:00 Noon. The casino is located in Airway Heights, about one mile north of Wal*Mart at 100 N. Hayford Road. Woodlands Restaurant serves Breakfast and Lunch anytime, good food and great service. Come and join us for lunch, All Bombers Their families and friends are welcome, the more the merrier. Lunch and Slot Machines... Out Of Towners welcome... See You There... Any Questions or need directions contact Me... -Rick Valentine ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>Don Sorenson's (NAB) "Who" list of links #01 thru #09 ~ #12 thru #24 ~ #25 thru #32 ~ #33 thru #38 ~ #39 thru #45 ~ #46 thru #50 ~ #52 thru #57 ~ #59 thru #64 ~ #65 thru #69 ~ ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/13/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers and Don Sorensen sent stuff: Wally Erickson ('53), Bill Berlin ('56) Sharon Panther ('57), Rick Valentine ('68) Robert Avant ('69), Mary Anne Lauby ('73) Don Sorensen (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol Carson ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marc Franco ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sue Dix ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) To: Jack Sinderson ('53) Belated "Happy Birthday" to you Jack (on 11/11). At our last class reunion (55th) you asked me how old I was on our graduation year. Does that mean you're close to the same age as me?? Were you born 1935?? If so, you're 5 days older than me. Norma Loescher ('53) was also one of the younger classmates in our class. I asked why you don't send in emails to the Sandstorm.... you said look at my hand.... *grin* Nothing wrong with your hand Jack... *grin* again. To: Jim McKeown ('53) I agree with you about Norma Loescher ('53), and Charlie Gant ('53). She is a very special person to most of us. You, Tom ('53) and Mike ('60) made a good decision coming to the reunion after the terrible loss of your mother. Our hearts went out to each of you. The McKeowns are true Bombers!!! To: Larry Mattingly ('60) Hi Larry, I'll be getting back to you sometime next week for our "get together" time in CD'A. I've been gone for a couple of weeks and getting caught up with my chores here this week. To: Connie Madron Hall ('60) If you would like some input on grocery business in Olympia; I'm sure I can help. I know Olympia very well. Spokane tried to get a Trader Joe's and they were turned down. I'm sure it had something to do with the demographics. Spokane used to be the "biggest" town in the USA; but they've come a long way in the last five years. I'm sure I'll hear something from the Spokane Bombers on this one. To: Dick Wight ('52) I was impressed with your knowledge about Trader Joe's wines... you're right on! To: Robert Avant ('69) Robert, you must live in the Seattle area. The store we owned in West Seattle use to be Admiral Thriftway; now Metropolitan Market. They have been very successful... so far. As far as I know there are five stores. Queen Anne Thriftway and Admiral Thriftway were the first stores to sell "Copper River" salmon at a retail supermarket. Now most of the stores have Copper River salmon during the season. My friends asked me why we wanted to go against Safeway across the street in West Seattle; I said because we're going to be better!! We had the best seafood selection in West Seattle then. I also told my friends that Alki would be the "Sausalito" of Seattle in 20 years... in (1986). If you've been there, I think you would agree. Bomber Cheers, -Wally Erickson ('53) ~ it's been raining in the Coeur D'Alene area ever since we've been back. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Pictures 081030-34-who.jpg Looks like my dad, William C. Berlin, Jr. at the head of the table behind the mike. 081031-45-who.jpg Definitely my brother Bruce Berlin ('61 Lion) with the big one that he caught on opening day of kids fishing. Looks like he was real happy with the catch, doesn't he? Me? I caught a cold. I have been loving these pictures and look at them all but some came in when Comcast determined that the Sandstorm is a virus or some of cyber bad boy and they will not let it through their spam filter. This happens regularly, like every third or forth day. It is kind of reading the Sandstorm through a piece of Swiss cheese, information with lots of gaps and wholes in it. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ Anacortes, WA where we have not had a much rain as some parts of Western Washington but my home generator set is on high alert if and when the winds come. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sharon Panther Taff ('57) To: Don Sorensen (NAB) In pic #62, standing 3rd from right is W.K. MacCreadie - I worked for him in the 1960s. -Sharon Panther Taff ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Valentine ('68) Re: Spokane Bomber Lunch Reminder The final Spokane Bomber Lunch of 2008 will be next Sunday, November 16th. Lunch will be held at the The Northern Quest Casino at the Woodlands Restaurant in the family section of the Casino. Coffee at 11:30 AM Lunch around 12:00 Noon. The casino is located in Airway Heights, about one mile north of Wall Mart at 100 N. Hayford Road. Woodlands Restaurant serves Breakfast and Lunch anytime, good food and great service. Come and join us for lunch, All Bombers Their families and friends are welcome, the more the merrier. Lunch and Slot Machines... Out Of Towners welcome... See You There... Any Questions or need directions contact Me... -Rick Valentine ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Avant ('69) Re: Wine My wife, the wonderful Maggie (Margaret (NAB) is from Stranraer, Scotland on Loch Ryan and attended St. Andrews, the non golfing school. In the course of dating it turned out she enjoys wine and liked talking about which, where, when, etc. of the wines. One night, in a fit of frustration I finally gave her my views. They can be distilled as follows; The worst Scotch makes the best wine taste like gutter wash. She personally does not care for Scotch. What is this world coming to! I know now that my Glen Morangie and her 14 Hands are equally safe from premature emptying and each enjoyed in their own way. If asked, my favorite wine in keeping with my views is Chateau Thunderbird. The Wednesday vintage is usually quite smooth. -Robert Avant ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Anne Lauby ('73) Re: Home Movies to DVD My family has miles and miles of 8mm and Super8 home movies we'd like to get transferred to DVD. Has anyone had any experience having home movies transferred to DVD? I've read horror stories of the service being "outsourced" overseas and the original film not being returned. I'd like to make sure that wherever we have it done is at least "local" to the U.S. Last time I was at a Costco, I noticed they are now offering the service (at least in the Kennewick Costco). Anyone had any experience using Costco for movies-to-DVD? Thanks in advance! -Mary Anne Lauby ('73) ~ in rainy, windy Sequim, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorensen (NAB) To All Bombers, Another installment. -Don Sorensen (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/14/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 13 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Clarence Fulcher ('51) and Gloria Adams ('54) Dick Pierard ('52), Ray Wells ('54) Michael Ragland ('57), Connie Madron ('60) Tom Verellen ('60), Roy Ballard ('63) Carol Converse ('64), David Rivers ('65) Ann Coffman ('66), Pam Ehinger ('67) Jerry Lewis ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ken Neal ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shirley Collings ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Michael West Rivers ('68wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Jo Garrison ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Clarence Fulcher ('51) and Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) We received an e-mail from Dave Brusie's ('51-RIP) son. We are heartbroken as Dave and his wife, Carol, were very good friends of ours. He always had a smile and something good to say. He helped so many people in so many ways. We have truly lost one of the best. -Clarence Fulcher ('51) and Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [The end of today's Sandstorm has Dave's memorial. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick Pierard ('52) To: Mary Ann Laube ('73) Brother Burt ('59) and I had our dad's 16 mm films, which ranged from 1934 to 1964, transferred to DVD at a photo specialty place in Asheville, North Carolina, and my kids did likewise with a bunch of 8 mm films from the 1960s and 1970s. They turned out reasonably well, but of course that is 2,000+ miles away from where you live. I think you should shop around in Tacoma or Seattle and I believe you will find an adequate place to do the job. It is a good way of preserving very perishable memorabilia. -Dick Pierard ('52) ~ Hendersonville, NC **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray Wells ('54) Re: Scotch Vs. Wine To: Robert Avant ('69) My wife Marjie (Marjorie (NAB) is from Fargo, ND), and soon after we were married (43 years ago this month) she introduced me to the joys of drinking the good Scotch, Gin, and Wine (matches my Scots, Irish, English ancestry). To this day her favorite is Wine, and mine is Scotch. A few months ago we toured Ireland and Scotland, and both places are very familiar with Glen Morangie and tout it as the best single malt Scotch, and they drink it warm. I do like it very much, but prefer it with ice so I guess I am not quite a purest Scotch drinker. According to the Scots, the most popular Blended Scotch in the U.S. is Dewar's White label and that is the blended Scotch that Marjie and I prefer. However, when it comes to cheap Scotch, can't stand the stuff so I guess I am a purest. As for drinking warm whiskey, I'll have to give the honors to "Gentleman Jack" a product of Jack Daniels. I wouldn't drink it anyway but warm. It's real sipping whiskey, twice filtered, expensive, limited production and worth the price. I guess my attitude toward booze is like Will Roger's attitude toward men. I've yet to meet a booze I didn't like, well, except for cheap Scotch. Don't touch Vodka anymore, as I have a healthy respect for it after overdoing it with Vodka when I was 15 years old -- too many screwdrivers, I couldn't look at an orange for six months afterwards without getting nauseated. Marjie and I just returned from Branson, MO where we visited the Stone Hill Winery for wine tasting. With all due respect to the West Coast Wineries, the Stone Hill Winery has some of the best wines (and definitely the best wine tour) I have ever tasted. Their Cabernet Sauvignon is among the best (if not the best) I have ever tasted -- it's called "Norton." Unfortunately WA won't allow other states to ship wine to it, but we are looking into having a case of Norton shipped to our Oregon Friends, and we will pick it up the next time we are in Portland. Back to Branson. This was our first time there, and we had a great time. The shows there are equal with Las Vegas and not nearly the price (no gambling though), and the restaurants are gourmet, varied, and inexpensive -- and it's not just about country music. We had a fish dinner at the Whitefish River Fish House that ranked with a seacoast fish restaurant. Branson is located in the very beautiful Ozark Mountains. To get there, we only had to change planes once. Departed Pasco via United Express and changed planes once (same airline) at Denver, landed at Springfield, MO rented a car and we were in Branson 45 minutes later. Leave your GPS at home if you go there, for whatever reason most of Branson and Springfield never made it into the Magellan data base. A word to the wise, get your reservations early. -Ray Wells ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Michael Ragland ('57) Re: Salmon There was mention of Copper River Salmon in Thursday's Sandstorm. If you ever get the chance, try Yukon River salmon. It is the ultimate in salmon taste, texture and healthy stuff. Since the Yukon is the longest river and the fish come in cold, they have the highest oil content in their bodies to supply the necessary energy to make the long run upriver for spawning. Unfortunately, the Japanese consider this salmon a delicacy and purchase the bulk of the harvest before any of it goes to the US, and then it is the rejects from the Japanese buyers. It is hard to get in the US unless you live in Alaska. Top Foods will get a few fish some years, but often they are the only market to have it. Very few restaurants are able to get it either. I have to find some new friends in Alaska that will air freight a fish to me. -Michael Ragland ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Connie Madron Hall ('60) Re: Grocery Store Info Thanks to all of you who responded to my request for information on grocery stores. I received a dozen emails both personally and through the Sandstorm. Bombers are terrific! Bill Berlin ('56), your story about selling all the canned salmon to Trader Joe was priceless. Larry Mattingly ('60), thank you; I contacted Wally. -Connie Madron Hall ('60) ~ Tempe, AZ - 80+ degrees today. I had to turn the AC back on. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) Having been in the fire service for a few years I can say with some certainty that in photo no. 73 there is a fire truck. RFD: Richland Fire Department not rural free deliver came to Lewis and Clark Elementary School parking lot during Fire Prevention Week. Made memorable because a class mate Jim Hawkins ('60-RIP) got to see his own father give the presentation. He was a Fire Lieutenant. That particular time they had a demonstration of a Gamewell Fire Alarm system with a pull box, ticker tape readout, and fire bell. It was all authentic equipment and the volume from the ringing bell would make your teeth rattle. Usually on those systems the box has its own four digit number and when activated it sends in four rounds of that four digit number, which punches out corresponding holes in the ticker tape gadget and the bell rings every time a hole gets punched. Which means for every demonstration pull everyone is going to stand there hands over their ears until this thing is done which seems like it takes forever. Lots of noise in the fire service back in the olden days. Also hidden behind the row of parked cars behind the truck was the pride of Lewis and Clark Elementary: a dug out canoe that we believed to be a personal possession of one of the legendary explorers. I remember looking at it and thinking how brave these intrepid adventurers were to take an old telephone pole, carve a groove in it, cover the holes in the bottom with rusted out sheet metal an still be brave enough to take it anywhere near the Columbia River. Since it was wood I did believe it would float as would any log but other than that all bets were off. (Does anybody know the real story of the dugout canoe?) In the back ground the abandoned church which was therefore haunted by what ever your imagination could render. During the daylight hours it was safe but who knows what happened to any children careless enough to venture to close after dark. Thanks Don for getting those rusty cobwebs out of the corners of my mind. I enjoy looking at all of the photographs. -Tom Verellen ('60) ~ a little rain a little sun in near Lacey, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roy Ballard ('63) To: Don Sorenson ('NAB) I'm thinking that the picture of the fire truck, church, kids and flag pole, if the flag pole in front of Lewis and Clark. I believe the church used to sit across the street from Kippy Brinkman's ('62) house on Goethals. There was Southside UP just north of this church. That is a long time back, I went to L&C with the likes of Kenny Wright ('63), Kurt Johnson ('63), Brock Erickson ('63-RIP), Dick Boehning ('63) Chuck Lowell and many other kids, also the Hyatt twins ('63-RIP). That church use to be a pretty scary place when we walked by in the dark at night, as was the old high school. -Roy Ballard ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: Mary Anne Lauby ('73) I, too, have a few reels of home movies taken by my parents way back when. The trouble is, I don't know what is on some of them. I do know that they took lots and lots of scenery movies, but I don't really want to save those. Some of them are of my son when he was around 18 months to 2 years. Wish that they would have marked the reels. I started watching some of them on a movie projector, but it broke before I got very far. I'm going to check with our Costco to see if they do that sort of thing here. Seems to me that I checked with our Rite Aid about getting movies moved to VHS?. It was very costly to do that. I'm with you, I want it done locally, or at least in the US. -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA It's raining really good today. I think winter is here, although this weekend is suppose to be nice and warm. Our one last chance before the rains hit permanently. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: lil brothers Birthday time again... the other day I admitted... yes I did that I might have goofed up on Gerald Stein's birthday ('66)... well I'm not makin' that mistake again... I KNOW I have this date right... a date which will live in infamy... well maybe not that strong... but a date I know pretty darned well... this kid was born on November 14, 1949... I have it on very good authority... as the birthday kid used to say: "I know cuz I'm me"... he also used to say: "it hurts... feel it"... .. ..but my favorite was one time I was driving home on new years eve and I could see the kid hanging out of MY bedroom window banging on pots and pans screaming: "Let's hear it from the crowd!!"... I still say that every new year! HAPPY BIRTHDAY Michael West Rivers ('68wb)... I'll call Davis ('65) and see if he'll fly in to play "army men" with you in the basement like he used to do... wait... you don't have a basement and Davis isn't speaking to me... again! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Coffman ('66) Photo #40 may be Doris Roberts, who was the Richland Public Library's children's librarian for many years, then head librarian, I think. -Ann Coffman (the quiet, mannerly, mature, well-behaved class of '66, who never did anything wrong or unseemly) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Re: Don's Sorensen's (NAB) Pictures Well I don't know anyone. But did anyone notice the funny thing on the desk of the first picture? Hmmmmm I think they call it an ashtray! Now how many of these do you see on anyone's desk now? Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jerry Lewis ('73) I sent this to Don Sorensen, but might as well share with the list (with a couple of added notes). Re: My first thought was 'Kadlec' and then I spent some time looking at maps and studying the picture. My checking suggests that I'm correct. The part that was confusing in the picture is the entrance is off of Goethals, not Swift. I also don't remember the hospital being that big. You can see Swift running up the hill and splitting. To the left of Swift, you can see the pool under construction and behind that, presumably Richland/Col High. You can even see the ditch for the canal on the right. I remember my mom, or maybe a nurse, holding my sister up so I could see her from the window after she was born. Probably not an accurate memory, as I would have been 3-1/2 - maybe manufactured from the story about what I said when I saw her for the first time - something to the effect of 'she's so small.' I was also there when they were getting ready to tear down the old hospital. I went to the auction they had to sell off equipment and bought a vacuum pump. (Never know when you're going to need a vacuum pump.) -Jerry Lewis ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Dave Brusie ('51) ~ 4/14/33 - 11/13/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/15/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Doreen Hallenbeck ('51), Dick Wight ('52) Don Lyall ('52), Jim Russell ('58) Larry Mattingly ('60), Tom Hemphill ('62) Gary Roberts ('63wb), Ron Richards ('63) David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janet Tyler ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John Campbell ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chris Stade ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mick Hemphill ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barbara Maffei ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Greg Alley ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter ('51) It was sadness that I read the note from the Fulcher's regarding Dave Brusie's ('51-RIP) passing. Darn, it doesn't seem that we are that old, although those reading this who were not of the class of '51 won't agree with that statement. We're all past 70+ years of age, and departing more frequently. Dave was part of the "south end gang" of Richland that went through Lewis & Clark grade school and then on to Columbia High. Seems like we were a close-knit group from the beginning. Dave was on the city champ basketball championship team in 1947. It was a pleasure to know him and to be counted as a friend of his. At last count, about a dozen of the L&C gang have passed on. My sincerest sympathies to his family. -Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter ('51) ~ Green Valley, AZ **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick Wight ('52) Re: Branson, MO Ray Wells ('54) made comments about Branson. My wife and I have been in the area for about 2 years, and live just 17 miles south of the "Branson Strip". It does remain an interesting place to visit for entertainment, decent scenery, relatively modest prices. It is also "veteran friendly", and in the week or so leading up to Veterans' Day there are many activities for veterans, discounts, even some free shows. Tony Orlando did a free one along with the Lennon Sisters, I think. There is a lot of Christmas-oriented entertainment as well, starting in November. And we are beginning to see a resurgence of some pretty "big name" entertainers booking shows here. A new airport is due to open here in May, just a few miles south of Branson. It is an interesting project - totally funded by private enterprise, and gearing itself to be a visitor-friendly portal with scheduled air service. They claim to have scheduled air carriers already "signed up" to provide service, and this will sure make getting here a lot easier. If any of you Bombers need info about the area, just let me know. But don't plan to visit here after mid December or before April 1st! They roll up the sidewalks and put them away for the winter... -Dick Wight ('52) ~ parked on an Ozark ridge **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Lyall ('52) Re: Dave Brusie ('51-RIP) So sorry to hear of losing an old team mate, Dave Brusie, a great Bomber. It had been a long time since we had made the state tourney so when we did in '51, it meant a lot to all of us. Dave certainly was a major player to our successful year. It had special meaning to me because during our final playoff game, think it was in Wapato against Ellensburg, my father went down with a heart attack early in the game. I remember Dawald left me in playing through it all, as they carried him out, till the game was well in hand. Then Rish was standing behind the bench when I came out and he and Dawald told me. Rish grabbed me by the arm, we went directly to his car and off we flew (lucky to not get a ticket) to the hospital in Richland where they had taken Dad. He recovered fully and lived another 20 plus years. I will never forget the telegram Dad sent and Dawald read to us in the huddle before tip off at State wishing us well. I can still feel the pat on the shoulder Dave gave to me as we left the bench for the tip off. A special prayer to Dave and his family. -Don Lyall ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Russell ('58) Re: Don Sorensen's (NAB) photos #75 shows three I recognize: 2nd from left is Ruthann Hutchins ('58), 6th is myself, and 7th is my brother Jack Russell ('60). I don't remember the occasion, but I certainly recognize the faces. Thanks Don, for the photos. (Where are you digging these up?) Cheers -Jim Russell ('58) ~ Mountlake Terrace, WA just far enough north of Seattle to keep my sanity and still enjoy its benefits. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Fire truck picture and scotch To: Tom Verellen ('60) Judging by the model year of the various autos in the parking lot in the fire truck picture, you and I and numerous others may have witnessed that demo. I remember a couple of those kinds of demos during Fire Prevention week at L and C. One time they walked us to a vacant lot where they had a pool of oil that they set on fire and put out. We didn't get neat little plastic fire hats and plastic badges like they do now. All we got was a pamphlet telling us how to inspect our houses for fire hazards. Don't anybody send me a little red fire hat... I have a real one I can wear during fireworks displays. I too played explorer in that old canoe. I remember it as one of the longest canoes I have seen preserved anywhere. It has been discussed here in the past a couple of times. Nobody seemed to know the story behind it. There is one very much like it in a shelter at Stanley Park in Vancouver BC. I also remember the many times a few years after that picture that we were chased out of the old church by the cops. Seemed that as fast as they boarded it up we would find another way in. They finally boarded up the windows and removed the stairs to the choir loft to keep somebody from getting hurt. However no one I knew would go near it at night. Lots of rumors of ghosts and "boogymen". To: Ray Wells ('54) I too spent a few days driving around Scotland and visiting several tourist places. I was there to see the Edinbourough Tattoo at the castle. To this day I love listening to the pipes. I have a nice stack of CDs of pipe music. I once nearly bought a bagpipe thinking to learn to play it. In those younger days I was rather fond of Walker Black Label Scotch. But Glen Morangie was like nectar of the Gods. I know it seems a shame to Scotch purests, but I liked a "couple of fingers" over a single ice cube. The year after that trip I almost quit drinking entirely. No problem with me, but after seeing a couple of people I knew die from alcohol-caused accidents I just decided I was probably better off. I do enjoy a good Chardonnay or a cold beer, but only occasionally and with self imposed limits. I had two great pieces of news this PM. I left Salem after a meeting to re-write the pyro test in Oregon, I was driving North through Portland at rush hour when my cell vibrated. It was David, my Firelinx partner. He told me to go out and buy myself a bottle of expensive champaign and send the company the bill. After 4 years the US Patent Office awarded us a patent for our new firing system. Specifically: "Distributive Processing and Time Synchronization". It is the heart of our system. Speaking non-technically it means we put the program in the receivers instead of the transmitter and then synchronize the clocks for instantaneous, 100th of a second accuracy in time with music. We are elated to say the least. Fifteen minutes later the phone rang again. It was my daughter saying she had just received a certificate of "8 Years Cancer Free" and could buy life insurance. I had to pull over and stop for a minute on that one. Her sister's husband has just gone into the insurance business and she will buy the first life insurance policy sold by him as an agent. It has its ups and downs, but life just seems to get better as I get older. Nice thing about being 66 is the freedom from birthdays... I just don't have them anymore. (it is a mind thing). Off to the Tri-Cities Friday. (You will be reading this on Saturday) I will deliver the micro-wave to a Bomber Alum who knows a person in need of it. -J Larry Mattingly ('60) ~ from home at 12:30 AM and too excited to sleep. Raining again. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Hemphill ('62) Re: Happy Birthday Mick I would like to wish a very happy birthday (11/15/47) to my little brother Mick Hemphill ('66) -Tom Hemphill ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Roberts ('63wb) My wife, Valerie (Ki-Be '64), and I are very pleased and proud to announce that our Daughter, Megan ('92) has just passed the New York Bar Exam. The bar exam was taken this past July and the results were released Friday. Megan graduated from The Vermont Law School in the Spring of '08 in the top ten percent of her class. She is employed as a staff lawyer for the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit in New York City. -Gary Roberts ('63wb) ~ Currently wintering in El Centro, CA where it is going hit 90 today. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ron Richards ('63) To: Michael Ragland ('57) Just purchase your salmon from and it will be as fine as any Yukon or Copper RIver salmon you have ever had. -Ron Richards ('63) Member SPC and Captain F/V Ocean Dancer **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: A fine time for a birthday it is 'Nuther onea my favorite people is having his birthday on November 15, 2008! One of those guys I always can't wait to see when I get to town... this boy comes from fine Bomber stock... he's always there to greet me with a smile which really brightens my day... I shore do hope his birthday is a good one... HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my friend and pal Mickey... er I mean) Mick Hemphill ('66)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/16/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers and Don Sorensen sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Elva McGhan ('50) Dorothy Cameron ('55), Fred Suckow ('55) Colleen McDermott ('58), Marilyn Baird ('60) Rick Maddy ('67), Robert Avant ('69) Don Sorensen (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Wally Erickson ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patti McLaughlin ('65) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Duane Lee ('67) and Valerie Nielsen ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) Ida and I send our deepest condolences to the friends and relatives of Dave Brusie ('51-RIP). Dave and his wonderful sister, Bonnie Brusie O'Donnell ('45-RIP) were good friends. -Dick McCoy ('45) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Elva McGhan Wallace ('50) To: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Pic 02 - 3rd man is Ray (?) worked for Lee Speer in AEC. Last.. tall man is T. B. Mitchell. Pic 03 - T. B. Mitchell ... maybe Audrey (?) also working for Lee Speer. Pic 04 - Could this be Catherine Mae (?) and Ray Pic 07 - Dr. Norwood and could this be Harry Kadlec. I've always seen him in uniform with billed cap and front face view. Looks like him. Pic 09 - Mary Sargent ('50) in front with plaid skirt. Next to her in dark blouse is Jean Glendinning ('50). I enjoy these old pictures. A lot of them look familiar but can't put a name to them. -Elva McGhan Wallace ('50) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dorothy Cameron Powell ('55) To: Jim Russell ('58) Re: Interesting pictures from Don Sorensen (NAB) today. #70 is my Dad, Doug Cameron... also dad to Jock ('58) and Judy Cameron Ayers ('60). When and where were those pictures taken?? -Dorothy Cameron Powell ('55) Walnut Creek, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Fred Suckow ('55) Re: #70 in the latest Sandstorm picture entries, dated November 15, has to be Douglas Cameron. He was an attorney for GE in the 'old days'. He was a nice man that had three children- Dorothy ('55), Judy ('60) and Jock ('58). I dated Dorothy for a while in the '50s. -Fred Suckow ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Colleen McDermott Crook ('58) To: Larry Mattingly ('60) Congratulations on your new patent. Way to go! -Colleen McDermott Crook ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn Baird Singletary ('60) Here is a picture I found that was taken one year during the Atomic Frontier Days. It was a time when the 'Days' were really celebrated and a lot of fun. Does anyone recognize any of these handsome cowboys and cowgirls. -Marilyn Baird Singletary ('60) ~ Vallejo, CA where we are having 90 weather **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) Fire in SoCal is one of those facts of life that is about as scary as it can get for anyone remotely close enough to witness them. This fire is a nasty one. Only the 2003 fire was as visible from my safe haven in Huntington Beach. Couple photos I took for those interested. The intersection of Beach Blvd. and the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) looking north-northeast towards the Yorba Linda/Anaheim/Brea fire. And looking westerly up the beach you can see the HB Pier and the land jutting out in the distance would be the Portuguese Pass/San Pedro area with L.A. being to the far right. Smoke so dark and thick covering Los Angeles and Orange counties I don't think a WWI gas mask from the old Army supply store at the Y would help. Terrible sight. I was in Phoenix last week, Nov. 11 through 14 looking around and came into a sandstorm about fifty miles east of Indio, CA. Same wind involved in fanning the first fire up north around the I-5 and Getty Museum area. I had not been in a sandstorm for quite a few years. I really haven't missed anything by my estimation. I figured my little truck would be down to the sheet metal by the time I reached safety, but came through without a scratch, I think. I don't see quite as well as I used to and have not yet gone out for a close examination of my paint job. By the way, Phoenix area... Sedona, Apache Pass, Tortilla Flats, the dirt road complete with washboards, Roosevelt Dam, Tonto National Forest, Montezuma Castle, Tuzigoot and airliners coming across the I-10 for a landing was incredibly impressive in November. Great places to visit. I need to go back. Lots to see. I had a very good time, particularly surviving the heart-attack trail up to the cliff dwelling in the Tonto area. Not real sure who stayed home up there, but the commute home every night must have been a nightmare for those working the fields below. The abundant cacti of all sorts made me nervous with clothes on. I cannot imagine the Native Americans wearing little to nothing in the blazing sun and heat tracking their way through these plants. Mind-boggling actually. And the saguaro... beautiful plant and sight when thickly surrounded by same species across a hillside. Came home from Phoenix to a huge fire. Remember that music from the Twilight Zone TV show and Rod standing by a tree or next to pile of brush... or whatever... to give us the rest of the story? Uncanny. -Rick Maddy ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Avant ('69) Re: Scotch and ice It has been in interesting discussion of Scotland visits and Scotch from the far flung Bomber family. Thought I would add just a couple of other things to this discussion. Maggie's brother lives still in Edinburgh. The "new" part of the city, circa 1700. Her mother lives in Harbury, Warwickshire and we visited the old windmill that served as the mill for the surrounding areas. Dated to Indigo Jones in around 1636 and still standing though no longer a mill. One of Maggie's treasures is an album from the 1983 North American tour of the Regimental Band of the Scots Guards and the pipes and drums of the Black Watch. The album cover is signed by all the members of the two groups. To hear the Black Watch play "Scdotland the Brave" is quite a moment and lends credence to the old arguement if it would have taken a whole regiment of Scots Guards to defeat the Red Army. The good ole days. As to the shocking confessions of a single malt with ice? All I can say it goes to show we are still a long way from true civilization! -Robert Avant ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Who Are These Guys? Another installment To: All Bombers -Don Sorensen (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/17/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers and Don Sorensen sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Mike Clowes ('54) Dwain Mefford ('56), JoAnne Bucholz ('65) Don Sorensen (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kim Moore ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barb Hogan ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Brian Hogan ('74) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Ron Hoglen & Pam Buckner ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) Re: Dave Brusie ('51-RIP) I talked with Whitey Schell ('51) yesterday, and he said to add his condolences re his old teammate, Dave Brusie. Whitey is not online. Later, Dave. -Dick McCoy ('45) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) To: Mr. "NAB" Don Sorensen Don't know who the participants in picture 76 are, but it can be said with a degree of certainty that he is not very popular with the secretarial pool. Would he be able to maintain his employment in this day and age? The world wonders. Love the pics, Don, so keep mining the archives for more. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ it is foggy this Sunday morning in Mount Angel, OR **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dwain Mefford ('56) Here is my Scotland and Scotch story. A few years ago my wife and I were the guests of a Scottish couple we had met on a previous trip. One day while out seeing the sights my friend Jim and I were standing on the Brigadoon (the bridge over the river Doon) while our wives were out doing whatever wives do. We were approached by an elderly Scot who engaged us in conversation. After a few minutes it was as though we were old friends. We began discussing the merits of living in the USA versus Scotland. After a while I good naturedly pointed out that the Scots were a "backward People". "Aye laddie" he said "but we did invent golf and whiskey". He had me. -Dwain Mefford ('56) ~ Portland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: JoAnne Bucholz McLaughlin ('65) Do any Bombers in the Tri-Cities have a recommendation about how (or a business that does this) to turn old audio cassette tapes into CDs? These are not music cassettes but rather voice recordings from back in the early 1970s when the process was to send them back and forth in the mail. My husband and I were living in Hawaii at the time and it was pricey to make long distance calls to the mainland so we used recorded cassettes to communicate with our parents. It sounds like we were living in the dark ages compared to today's technology. Any recommendations would be appreciated. Cheers and Go Cougs! -JoAnne Bucholz McLaughlin ('65) ~ Partly sunny and very little wind here in Kennewick. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorensen (NAB) To: Dorothy Cameron Powell ('55) #70 could have been the 700 area ~ mid fifties. #71 I would bet in Desert Inn. #72 in the old library. All in the mid '50s. Unfortunately the source of the images does not provide clues as to where they were taken. If they are in the operational areas I can be pretty accurate, in town well... not so much. To: Jim Russell ('58) The occasion would have been Fire Safety week in October. As far as the photos, I am finding these on my computer at work. It's much faster than the public access site. All of the photos have been publicly cleared. When I find a moment during lunch I'll look around a bit to see what's there and send them to the Sandstorm. I really like doing it and I hope others enjoy them as well. Re: Who Are These Guys?? Apparently I sent in some Where Is This? photo (#81) in the last bunch. Anyway here is another installment. -Don Sorensen (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/18/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Annette Verellen ('56), Larry Mattingly ('60) Gary Behymer ('64), Cindy Payton ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy Riggs ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Peggy Hartnett ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lynn Schildknecht ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Annette Verellen Parnell ('56) I want to share that my sister-in-law, Judy Ingalls Verellen ('64), passed away Friday, November 14th, in Tumwater WA. She and my brother, Bob ('62) have lived in Tumwater for 27 years. Judy was a Teacher's Aid at Littlerock Elementary school. -Annette Verellen Parnell ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Branson, MO Thanks to those who wrote about Branson, MO. This was timely for me. I just got a bulletin a couple of weeks ago from the American Pyrotechnic Association (APA) e next year's convention is in Branson. As much as I get around, I had not even heard of the place until then. Fellow APA members say the only drawback is airport access. I refuse to fly in the smaller computer planes so I have a 4 hour drive from a larger airport. But I would want to have a car anyway. If the APA goes there it must be ok as they are a class association. But it is good to hear someone I know of has been there and had positive things to say about it. The Alumni Sandstorm is a prime example of the best of the internet. Thanks to Maren and all who contribute. To those who are just readers please don't be shy... we all have common bond here, please feel free to participate in useful information and fun conversations. Re: Trip to Richland, etc. I was in the Tri-Cities for several reasons this weekend. After a phone call Saturday afternoon I ended up in the aftermath of a memorial service for a woman I knew as "Tiny" McDonald. She was the mother of my childhood best friend Marvin McDonald ('60) as well as a friend of my mother and a long time close friend of my aunt Minnie Moberg. She was an active woman, good mother, and nice lady. But it was good to see Marvin and his sisters and brothers. Marvin was my first assistant on my first display at Bomber Bowl 4 July 1958. Hopefully he will make it down for the 50th, on 13 Dec. I delivered the microwave to a Bomber who will get it to the person in need. Also ran up to the lunch in Spokane on Sunday with Bomber alumni ladies Derrith Persons Dean ('60) and Judy Willox ('61). There were a dozen or more of us so it was a nice lunch. It was at the casino near the airport. I am not much of a gambler but did leave with a few dollars more then I invested. It was a long day as I went back to Kennewick dropped off the ladies and drove on home to Tacoma. Traffic was light and fast. I ran on the cruise control 3-4 MPH over the speed limit and was passed by 80% of the vehicles on the road. Some blew by me at 90 or more in light to medium fog. But I was home safe in close to 4 hours. Richland Anniversary display is in the thick of it for both EFI and the City. We have a good dozen volunteers on the list and several more said they will be there part of the time. The nice thing about plenty of help is that it goes quickly and reduces the amount of work per person. Thanks to all who have responded. -J Larry Mattingly ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Camp Hanford via Interesting Hanford Construction Camp Statistics -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Cindy Payton Hoffman ('65) A big belated happy birthday wish to Patti McLaughlin ('65). I have fond memories of being in Pep Club together and visits with her in her living room on Cottonwood. We only get better the older we get Patti. From an "old" friend, -Cindy Payton Hoffman ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/19/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Ray Wells ('54), Peg Sheeran ('63) Maren Smyth ('63 & '64), Rick Maddy ('67) Rick Valentine ('68), Peggy Adair ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Don Ehinger ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Rose ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Richard Trujillo ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Wilson ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Lahrman ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray Wells ('54) To: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Branson, MO The current United Express flight from Pasco and Denver is a Canada Air twin engine jet, and I'm guessing it holds about 60 passengers, and I'd say it is too large to call it a small commuter plane -- very comfortable with beverage service and a full-size bathroom. You didn't say when your convention was, and Branson's new airport is supposed to be completed in May. I don't have the connection details for this new airport; not sure if they even exist yet. -Ray Wells ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Peg Sheeran Finch ('63) Re: Saturday at RHS Just letting the Tri-Cities people know that this Saturday night, (the 22nd) - at Richland High School, there will be a concert, and the "opening act" is my son's group, "The Akafellas", - a quartet - who have sung for years at various venues in the Olympia area, where most of them live. The RHS choral teacher is Greg Fryhling, who'd sung with my son, Jon Morgan, while in high school here in Omak, (in the '80s) and later - on the Coast. Anyway, they're pretty-darn entertaining, if I do say so myself... they sing some songs from OUR era ('60's), so if you're bored on Saturday, go listen to them. (My son's the tall one - 6'5"). -Peg Sheeran Finch ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Re: Services I use from My Computer Works 1) If/when I have ANY kind of problem with my computer, I call My Computer Works and one of their technicians calls me back, helps me get them signed on to my computer so they can help me with WHATEVER the problem. If I refer anyone to My Computer Works during the month of November and they provide my name when signing up, I will receive one month of FREE service. 2) I use My Computer Works for unlimited remote support backup all information on my computer DAILY -- just in case.... From Monday the 17th until the end of November, if I refer two (2) separate people to My Computer Works, I will receive our unlimited remote data backup FREE for a YEAR! Just be sure to give them my name when you sign up for an Unlimited Support subscription! Go to to learn more and then please call 1-800-990-4629 to take advantage of either promotional opportunity. Bomber cheers, -Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA - 46 at around midnight **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) Re: Rambling on To: Gary Behymer ('64) Thanks for the photos of the Hanford Camp. I have talked about this before, but can't help but say it again. I cannot look at these photos without thinking about Dick Choate ('63) teaching Mike DeMers ('67) and I how to drive in Dick's dad's Jeep Willys on those vacant north Richland roads. Mike and I were eleven years old in 1960. Dick was sixteen. Neighbors. And during high school and again after in the early '70s going out there with Ron Hansen ('67) to test one of his hot rods two cars come clearly to mind, a '55 Chevy Hanford government auto, two door with sealed rear windows (rare) which Ron had put extra stuff in the engine. He was forever changing forms of carburetion from two- barrel to blowers through the years, and a new transaxle gear, 5:88s I believe they were called. Ron was having trouble keeping the car under control coming into the third gear. That was fun because it wasn't about how fast we were going but how quickly we were going from one gear to another jumping all over the road. The other, a 1700 pound '23 T Bucket with a 350 Chevy that had been messed with. The '23, which Ron put together piece by piece, ground up, in his mother's garage was the hotrod that cured me of needing a hotrod. Fred Morse ('63) and I sat there night after night drinking beers and whatnot watching him weld, wire, etc. etc. for almost a year waiting for him to finish so Ron and I could head to Berkeley in 1974. Ron is genius. The WA State Patrol in Kennewick examined and licensed the hotrod as a 1973 or '74 Ford. A frightening automobile. We left for CA in Feb. 1974. To: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Branson, MO I don't want to get you too excited about this, Larry, because I was in Branson for a week in 2006 looking for my g-grandfather, who was born in Branson in 1839. So, it has been a while since 2006, but right next to the KOA Kampground in Branson is a little buffet style BBQ restaurant that opened at 4:30 for dinner and not before. Since my middle name is Buffet on certain days, what was interesting about the joint is they had this large tub of frog legs to muck-muck on. I sat in there and made myself ill loading up on the little guys... and girls too, I suppose. I'm heading that way in 2009 again and can't wait to do it again. I do hope they are still in business. I went to one show while there Andy Williams with guest, Petula Clark ("Downtown"). Re: Hanford 1947: The photos are Ernest and Ona Nance taken from a book my uncle wrote; "Burke Family History: An All American Family." The Nance's two daughters are my aunts; married my mother's two brothers. I am not sure what was going on in late 1947 at Hanford because if I did know I'm sure I would be dead now, but Ernest and Ona were living in one of the large barracks. I am assuming married couples' quarters? They owned a home in Yakima, so they stayed in the barracks. Ernest was a truck driver, hauling drinking water for the work crews from the White Bluffs area. Ona was a cook in the large cafeteria where everyone ate was there more than one cafeteria for the workers to eat at by 1947/48? There were six or seven in 1943. My Uncle Howard started working Hanford in Dec. 1948 as a union laborer for $1.50 an hour. Uncle Howard lived in Yakima and had to drive sixty-five miles to work. Finally worked out a car pool and each had to drive only one day a week for the eight hour day, five days a week. The government compensated for travel time if you lived more than twenty-five miles away. My Uncle Howard is 83 and he and my Aunt live in Yakima. My uncle quickly went from laborer to learning the sheet metal trade at Hanford and for many years he owned and operated the Brad-Burke Sheet Metal Company in Ellensburg, WA. My Uncle Howard is a very special person to me. During WWII he was the aft gunner on the aircraft carrier USS Sangamon when on May 4, 1945 off the coast of Okinawa they were attacked by thirteen kamikaze aircraft that he says remembers every single one of them. The thirteenth one hit them and he was blown into the water along with a bunch of other sailors in all manner of despair. When I was in the Bremerton Navy Hospital in 1968 with casts on both my arms, he sent me an ashtray he built at work that clipped onto a table, held the cigarette and had a built in ashtray to catch the ashes. Oh, the good ole days when we could smoke in the hospital. When I left the hospital, I left the ashtray there in case there were other Marines and sailors in the same situation... but I really wish I had that today. Oh well. I always thought the TV show "Adventure with Tod and Buz" was filmed on Route 66, but 89A? I had actually forgotten the name of the TV show and thought it was just "Route 66." Loved this show as a kid. I drove by this sign in Cottonwood, AZ last week and had to turn around for a photo. -Rick Maddy ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Valentine ('68) Re: Last Sunday's Spokane Bomber Lunch No Photo Available Most of the folks disappeared into the casino after lunch, before a photo could be taken. The 12 Present at the November 16th lunch were, Gloria Falls Evans ('58), Jim Evans (Spouse), Derrith Persons Dean ('60), Larry Mattingly ('60), Denny McDaniel ('60), Kathy McDaniel (Spouse), Judy Willox ('61), John Bruntlett ('54), Ralph Bean ('58), Barbara Bean (Spouse), Dwight Carey ('68), and Rick Valentine ('68). We were happy to see Derrith Dean, Judy Willox, Larry Mattingly and Dwight Carey, who traveled to Spokane from the Tri-Cities for the Spokane Bomber Lunch! -Rick Valentine ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Peggy Adair ('72) Re: Trying to find a couple old friends Does anyone out there know where Roxanne Snyder ('72) and Nancy Dalos ('72) are? I know Roxanne had a few sisters in her family and Nancy had two brothers (I think Mark and Steve)? Rock and Nancy were my really good buds at Chief Jo. If anyone can help me locate them it would be sincerely appreciated. Bombers, can you help me out here? -Peggy Adair ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Judy Ingalls Verellen ('64) ~ 12/22/45 - 11/14/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/20/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers and Don Sorensen sent stuff: Shirley Sherwood ('62), David Rivers ('65) Don Sorensen (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike McKeown ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vernona Chappelle ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Laurie Fraser ('79) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Sherwood Milani ('62) To: Don Sorenson (NAB) I believe the fireman in picture #80 is my dad, Joe Sherwood. -Shirley Sherwood Milani ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Heroes and Villains Don't get me wrong by the title of this thing... It's a "Beach boy thing"... ya know there are "guy things", "girl things", "Marine things", "nam things" etc., etc., etc... this is really only about heroes... One of my all time heroes is having a birthday on November 20th and I just gotta take a little time to thank him for his influence in my life... I'm sure he doesn't know me from Adam, but during my tenure at Spalding (2nd-5th grades) I watched him on the Spalding playground playing football with his gang and thought he was about the coolest guy that ever walked the playground... he is 5 years older than I so I probably never went to the same school at the same time with him... He was one of those guys from the neighborhood like Chuck ('63-RIP) and Jack Gardiner ('61)... a guy you wanted to emulate and a great roll model... I am sure he was not as boring as this description sounds... he made a difference in my life and I just gotta wish a HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Mike McKeown ('60)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Lost Doris Doris Palmer Overla ('49), I seem to have lost your e:mail address. Are you still out there? Re: Who Are These Guys? To: All Bombers Sometime in the next few installments I will include some "Where Is This" photos. By the way (and Burt Pierard ('59) knows where I'm going with this) how does Hanford Construction Camp and Camp Hanford become so intertwined? I enjoyed Gary Behymer's ('64) link to the City of Richland's web page and the films of old Hanford. But how can they get the two places so mixed up? AAHHGG. Okay enough ranting. Hope you enjoy these next few. -Don Sorensen (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/21/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Dick McCoy ('45), Anna May Wann ('49) Marguerite Groff ('54), Mike Clowes ('54) Missy Keeney ('59), Judy Willox ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rosemary Qualhiem ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John Crigler ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Deanna Fulcher ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) I learned today that George Mulligan ('57-RIP) passed away. My condolences to his beautiful family. We had a lot of laughs, George, you wild Irish. later -Dick McCoy ('45) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) Finally I recognize someone. Picture #89 in Sandstorm posting 11/20/08 is Paula Doctor Roberts ('48). To: Don Sorenson (NAB) Doris Palmer Overla ('49) is on oxygen 24/7 and does not use her e-mail any more. She does talk on the phone though. -Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) ~ where the weather has been beautiful in the little city of Bothell. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) I almost forgot to send a reminder for today. This is to remind you gals from '54 to join a group of us ladies at Granny's today for lunch. I am hoping that we have all the regulars, and some gals that have never joined us. For me it is a special time to bond with folks I have known most of my life. I can tell my family about the past and what life was like. But, sitting with friends who shared those days, is very special. I always go home just smiling and thinking how lucky I am to have all these great friends. We would love to have YOU join us. -Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) To: Don Sorensen (NAB) You've finally done it, maybe. The fellow on the left in picture #92 looks an awful lot like fellow classmate Bruce Shoenrock ('54). I do recall going to the museum sometime early in this century and looking through the photo albums they have downstairs. Those were very people oriented. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ the rains have returned to Mount Angel, OR, if only briefly. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) To: Don Sorensen (NAB) I don't know any of those people in #88 but who had a dog with a boy's head?? Don't remember that from my life in Richland. -Missy Keeney ('59) ~ West Richland where I am enjoying staying at my brother's (Gus '57) place while he is in Yuma for the winter. LOVE IT out here!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Judy Willox (Classic Class of '61) To All Bombers Everywhere Re: Happy Thanksgiving to Each of You This is the most awesome Thanksgiving video I have seen. It will only take about 2 minutes of your time. It is so great! We should be thankful the year round, not just on Thanksgiving Day. And you will agree, after watching this video. Please be in prayer for our loved ones in the military that will not be able to share this holiday with us at home. [There is SOUND on the video. -Maren} And Class of '51 Re: 1951 Columbian up for grabs on eBay There has been a 1951 Columbian up on eBay for a couple of go- arounds now and I thought I would bring it to your attention in case anyone needs one or knows of someone who does from that class. Click to see item Bomber Cheers to All, -Judy Willox (Classic Class of '61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>George Mulligan ('57) ~ 11/26/38 - 11/18/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/22/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers and Candace Andrews sent stuff: Jim Jensen ('50), Gus Keeney ('57) Larry Mattingly ('60), Gary Behymer ('64) David Rivers ('65), Candace Andrews (NaB?) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ellen Spitaleri ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sandi Cherrington ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dawn Bell ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jo Clark ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Brad Wear ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Brent Christi ('71) 11/22/63 JFK Assassination - WHERE WERE YOU? **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) Re: Don Sorenson's (NAB) Photo #89 The lovely lady with beautiful hair in this picture looks remarkably like Pat Doctor Roberts (at that time) ('48-RIP). Thanks for the memories. -Jim Jensen ('50) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) I was saddened reading about George Mulligan ('57-RIP). Even though I wasn't part of the "IN Crowd", he always made me feel as if I were. I had some great conversations with George at the reunions when we were both there. RIP George. You were always a "Winner" in my book. -Gus Keeney ('57) ~ sunny Yuma, AZ where it's reminding me of Richland with the wind blowing with gusts of 30 to 40 MPH today. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Who pictures and stuff To: Don Sorenson (NAB) In picture #77 - I think the fellow on the right is Bob Anderson. If memory serves me I think he worked in what they called "Tenant Relations" and later in Recreation. This picture would probably have been in the early '50s. He and his wife Mary were close friends of my parents. Bob, Dad, and I hunted and fished together for many years. They had 2 children Holly and Robbie. I last saw them in the late '80s when they lived in Edmonds WA. They have since passed on. Nice folks. This Sunday I will start the extensive layout and prep work for the annual Holiday Lights Fireworks in Coeur d'Alene, ID the Friday after Thanksgiving. This large, complex display takes the crew about 5 days to set up. More if the weather is bad. One year we had almost a foot of snow on the barges that had to be cleaned off before we could load and wire it. So we always leave a day of cushion in the middle just in case. The barges are towed in position just after noon on Friday, and the display is about 6 PM more or less. The crowd is huge and parking is pretty well gone by 3:30... the parade is about 5. So if you want to see this really nice event, arrive EARLY. If you want to join us at our viewing spot contact me off this net for directions. Each year we try to make the fireworks different from the last, by changing the "look". This year we will feature 24 large 12-inch shells some of which are hand made Italian. And on cue we will launch the 1200 Roman candles at one time that I will set-up spread over 1000 feet of boardwalk. It will be worth seeing if you can be there. There are lots of great places to eat and many arrive early and have an early dinner while waiting. I just finished a long 1 day session in a wild, remote spot in Central Washington. We were creating and recording sounds of explosions and gunfire for a computer game company. It is tough to find a spot with little to no ambient noise level without any close residences to disturb. I made some serious noise for them. They set up a dozen microphones, some costing as much as $1000. They had 6 high-tech solid state recording devices at about $3000 a piece. They spent nearly 2 hours setting up and calibrating to my pistol shots. So this was a serious session. We finished after dark last night and they left happy with their ears still ringing. But I was tired from climbing around on the rocks. I did preserve what little hearing I have left with my shooters ear muffs. -J Larry Mattingly ('60) ~ from the Tri Cities where I will search for my Dad's medical records for the "Occupational Illness" claim. He did work in a radiation zone and later died of cancer. So we will see what the DOL decision is after I get all the paper work into them. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Rambling Roads... and thoughts past While all of your Husky - Cougar fans are on your way to Pullman for today's 'Apple Cup', I'll be headed to Richland to meet up with three 'possible' sisters who have contacted me. There IS a chance that 14 of us may share the same Mother DNA. I'm struggling with why or what 'good' may come from a positive discovery we are siblings. Neither parent is still alive... Where o' where are you JoAnne Powers ('64)? There are a number of friends from the past that would like to know. I did find another non-participating class of '64 Bomber through her daughter who lives in California. I MUST learn that not everyone wants to 'come out and play'!... and that statement leads me into a realization but NOT an understanding of why local area Bombers don't bother to show up at reunions. Rambling brought to an end... you hope (;-)... Somehow a family's search for a lost sibling is or may be directly related to those who care not to be found or care not to participate in reunions. With that I WILL take time and make effort to find out who I might be related to. Besides, it give me good reason to stop at the Spudnut Shop and partake... This is the back side of 'Dupus Boomers' menu. The restaurant is located in the CUB on the WSU in Pullman, WA. -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: What are the chances!!!!!!!!!!! Ok... so last night at the MGM I was commenting that I used to be able to walk into any establishment in Las Vegas and know half the people there... Now I know absolutely no one... When my daughter was little she used to say: "Dad, you must know everyone in town"... I remember the day I got my name sign at Papa Gar's... the little greasy spoon where most of the deals in Vegas were cut... I knew I had made it... I hadn't had time to get over and casually scope out the place to see where my name was placed... LeRoy Jackson ('65) called and wanted to have breakfast one day while he was in town... I suggested Papa's... As I entered LeRoy was already there so I didn't have any time to scope out all the booths (casually of course)... We were seated and I looked at the wall of our booth and there I was "David Rivers" for all the world to see... So today, I'm at lunch over at the Golden Nugget with Kenny Dame ('68), brother of the most recognizable rear end and hair fame, Connie ('65) and his lovely Jennifer... there is some kind of Muscle contest going on and we were people watching all the overly tanned bods... As we got up to leave I looked at the table next to us and immediately recognized one of the people at the table as a '65er... I just kind of sputtered... "he's from Richland" and Kenny asked "Are you from Richland?"... Naturally Ron Sledge (I called him Ronny... sorry, man) answered "Yes"... what are the chances!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Candace Andrews (NaB?) Inviting all Bombers! The City of Richland invites you, your families and friends to attend its "50th Anniversary Fireworks Finale" on Saturday, December 13, 2008, at 6:30pm in Howard Amon Park. This will be a fabulous fireworks display, by Larry Mattingly ('60) and his Entertainment Fireworks, Inc. These fireworks are choreographed to music -- be sure to bring a portable FM radio, tuned to Mix 105.3 to hear the music! Beginning at 6pm, Richland Parks & Recreation and Tri-City Industry Kiwanis will host "Christmas by the River" with cocoa, caroling and a visit from Santa. After the fireworks, stick around for the annual Lighted Boat Parade. It will be a fun, fabulous evening  and it's all free!! Candace Andrews, Public Info. Mgr, City of Richland, P.O. Box 190 MS 39, Richland, WA 99352 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/23/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers and Don Sorensen sent stuff: Phil Belcher ('51), Marguerite Groff ('54) Bill Berlin ('56), Ray Hall ('57) Gary Behymer ('64), Susan Hurst ('65) Don Sorensen (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gayle Dawson ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Phil Belcher ('51) My daughter, Barb Belcher Valinske ('72), sent this site to me. It may be a repeat, but its very good. Parts of this reminds me that we did not have the problems that the current schools are having with discipline. I hate to think what our country will be like in 50 years. We did live in a kinder, more gentle time as the older Bush said. We were blessed in so many ways. We have many things to give thanks for in this holiday season. -Phil Belcher ('51) ~ sunny Pasco where its currently 50 and the sun is shining **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) Re: Dewitt "Sonny" Riggins ('54-RIP) I read in Saturday's Tri-City Herald, that Dewitt "Sonny" passed away November 20th at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital. This was just a death notice. The obit will probably be in the paper today or Monday. He was one of my crushes in high school. What I remember most is what a great polka dancer he was. It felt like you were flying around the floor. Ahh.. The good old days. Hey, these days are pretty good also. Point of fact, we '54 folks have another opportunity to get together, September 2009, to celebrate our 55th reunion. Just thought I'd throw in a commercial. Don't forget e-mail me current addresses/e-mail/phone #s. Thanks to you who have already done that. Very much appreciated. -Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Dave Brusie ('51-RIP) Dave, along with Jack "Sindy" Sinderson ('53) were "big guy" heroes of mine growing up in Richland. I can remember listening to Bomber Basketball road games on the radio with the announcer noting how many times he would say "...Brusie to ______ and back to Brusie at the top of the key..." He was so active on the court and a good guy to us little kids, a great role model too and that goes for both Dave and Jack. Re: George Mulligan (RIP '57) George was a good guy too and had great hair, which was really something for a hair challenged kid like me. I remember that we took George hunting with us once and borrowed an old horse for him to ride. I think that we used this horse as a pack horse but we found an old saddle, an old blanket and an old bridle and saddled him up. I can't recall but I think that I loaned him one of my .22 rifles too but at any rate, four of us, went horseback hunting and camping out. I am sure it was George's first event like this but he was a trooper and I think that he took to hunting a lot more than horseback riding. We used to ride up in what is now the Red Mountain area behind Ki-Be and camp at the only spring in 50 miles (along with some pretty big rattlers). Now that property is going for twenty grand an acre for grapes. Re: Scotch I have spent a lot of time in Scotland on various marine projects, including a four month stint for oil field support in Aberdeen. After football (soccer) season there is not a lot to do in the winter, which seems to be ten months long in Scotland, so we paid a number of visits to the various areas of the country that distilled scotch. My two favorite are The Balvanie at 21 years and Loch Claremore, also 21 years. Balvanie is up close to the River Spaye and has a very mellow, a bit more sweet (for scotch) taste with a very nice and a lasting after taste. The Loch Claremore, which is very hard to find in North America, is from the lowlands and thus is fuller and darker with a slight taste of the local bogs so it has more or less a little "dirty" taste. Both are great and should be drunk neat and at room temp. Once, just once, I tasted "Scotch" as it had just come out of the distilling process and it was the worst thing I have ever tasted, ranked right up there with Chinese wine liquor {Wan Fu) mixed with Turtle blood. I think what I like about single malt scotch is that is so very different from brand to brand based on distilling location, water, etc. Blended Scotch is just that, a mix of a number of different scotch based whiskies and is thus pretty much uniform brand-to-brand. Alcohol is also added so that the taste of (say) Johnny Walker Black, Cutty Sark, etc. are just the same and not so bottle-to-bottle and, in my opinion, not as full or defined in their taste. Mind you, that whilst I have never passed up a drink of blended scotch, I still prefer single malt. Okay kiddies, our next subject in this class will be... BEER. Please do your homework and bring a sample or two to class. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ Anacortes, WA where I am now walking again after my foot operation and driving too after two months. Now I can have dinner with our good friends and Bomber alum Dr. David Priebe, DDS ('57) and his lovely wife Norma, both living in Anacortes. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray Hall ('57) Re: George Mulligan ('57-RIP) Thanks George for being my friend when I moved to Richland in 1948. Thanks George for being my friend in elementary school. Thanks George for being my friend in junior high school. Thanks George for being my friend in high school. Special thanks for your friendship when you were refereeing basketball games; I knew your would call an honest game to the best of your ability. You accepted me as a friend; I wasn't the star athlete. Your life and friendship were of great importance to me and others whom you came into contact with. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. -Ray Hall ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Found in & on the following members of the Class of 1964...Connie Hanson Lincoln, Allen Moulthrop, Ben Reppond, Fred Breedlove, Gary Behymer, Jean Armstrong Reynolds, Margie Brandt Gilchrist, Gary Setbacken + grown children and grandchildren of others from the class of 1964 & YOUR class. -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Susan Hurst ('65) Re: Hypnotist friend playing at Joker's Casino If you're looking for some entertainment over Thanksgiving in the Richland area, I'd like to suggest a friend of ours Ron Stubbs, a hypnotist, who will be playing at the Joker's Casino in Richland. He has four shows all at 8pm, Wednesday, November 26th through Saturday, November 29th. We have enjoyed seeing his show several times over the past few years. The more people that volunteer to be put under, the funnier the shows. Ron performs regularly at several casinos outside of Seattle, Tulalip, Quil Ceda Creek and Red Wind. You can check him out and his upcoming shows at his web site I hope some of you can enjoy his shows while he is in Richland. -Susan Hurst ('65) ~ from cool, crisp Woodinville, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorensen (NAB) To All Bombers, Here are a few more. Thanks for all the responses. -Don Sorensen (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/24/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers and Don Sorensen sent stuff: Mary Triem ('47), Floyd Melton ('57) Dennis Hammer ('64), Don Sorensen (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nola Davey ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary Christian ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Terry & Linda Hutson ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Triem Mowery (a '47 Bomber) To: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) #89 I believe the lady in Don Sorenson's (NAB) picture #89 is Paula's sister, Patty Doctor Roberts ('49-RIP). Patty was my matron of honor - oh so many years ago, and Paula sang at our wedding. Sorry to hear about Doris Palmer Overla ('49). Happy Holidays to all Bombers and their loved ones. -Mary Triem Mowery (a '47 Bomber) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Floyd Melton ('57) Re: George Mulligan ('57-RIP) When I think of George I think of all the years he reffed basketball in the Yakima Valley I also think he reffed football but I can be corrected on that one. He was a good ref and more than a bit on the wild side. I also remember the car pool we had together to CBC with Lee Arnold ('57) and Doyle Lambert ('57-RIP) in the fall of '58. One cool fall morning I picked them up and either George or Lee showed with a shotgun and wanted to hunt pheasants in the tree belt on our way out of town. No pheasants there but when we arrived at CBC there was a big rooster on the grass between the Administration building and the highway. Needless to say the pheasant's life was short lived and it was a funny sight to see them go after the bird; but that was George and Lee. George was a unique person and a good guy, and will be missed by a lot of the members of the class of '57. -Floyd Melton ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) To: Phil Belcher ('51) Re: Take me back to the Sixties Yes, it does seem like we have more problems now than we did then, and I too am afraid of what the country will be like in 50 years. Myself, I don't want to go back to the sixties, I want to go back to the fifties. Not that things were perfect then, but we seemed to have an attitude that we were building a better world: interstate highway systems, television, polio vaccines, heck, we were even reaching for the moon. To me it seems like the fifties ended not at New Year's January 1, 1960, but on November 22, 1963. However, and maybe just to keep things in perspective, A year so more ago I was doing some research in a month of newspapers and would like to share some information I found. Here goes: We hate the President (even the Republicans hate him), and we hate they guy that is running against him too. There are people in this foreign country that hate Americans and will kill them anytime they can. An American ship has run aground, (they didn't say it, but that can't be good for the environment). There are murders, murder-suicide, and accidental shootings. Someone died living in a filthy room in a boarding house and it was found he actually owned the boarding house, plus other properties and had money stashed all over the place. I do wish I could remember more of the things I read. The reason I was doing this research was to see if I could find information on the brother of an ancestor of mine. A had an aunt who thought he may have fought for the Confederacy and I know my ancestor was in the Union Army. So I wanted to see if there was a brother-against-brother in my family. Unfortunately, the issue most likely to have contained his obituary was missing. That's right; this was all in the Owingsville, Kentucky newspaper for the month of July 1900. Over 108 years ago! The hated Republican President was William McKinley and the guy running against him was William Jennings Bryan. The people that hated and were trying to kill Americans were the Boxers in China and the ship that ran aground was the battleship USS Oregon. It started me to wonder why I should buy a newspaper anymore. I could just keep reading the same one over-and-over and just change the names, dates, and places. -Dennis Hammer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Another Installment To All Bombers, Another installment of 6. Nancy Riggs Lawrence ('51) tells me #97 is her father Lawrence "Larry" Riggs. Larry's roots go back to the Manhattan Project Hanford Construction Camp as a Safety Officer for duPont. He continued in the community safety program with G E. I believe one of his co workers, whose name is not coming to me just now (lives on Smith St. worked in the fire dept beginning in mid '43, his daughter lives in Prosser and is involved in the wine industry. All that info and I still can't remember his name) came up with a program to install seat belts in cars. I also believe the installation took place next to a service station on Lee Blvd. That was one of the first community safety activities of Richland's Safety Council. It just came to me... well now it's gone. Now its back! Larry Forby is who I'm thinking of. My brain's a little slooww but it does work. -Don Sorensen (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/25/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Mike Clowes ('54), Wally Carlson ('61) Donna Nelson ('63), Carol Converse ('64) Gary Behymer ('64), Linda Reining ('64) Alan Lobdell ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Charles Solomon ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Fran Teeple ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Cantrell ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary Turner ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Debbie Nelson ('77) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Leon Rice ('82) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shelly Strege ('98) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) To: Don Sorensen (NAB) #101 Don't know who the players are, but that sure looks like the Vista golf course in Kennewick shortly after completion. The course is in a valley and the club house perches atop Vista Ridge. Remember watching die-hard golfers chasing bright orange balls during the winter of '49-'50. I, along with many other kids, was using the hill to sled down. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ it's a foggy morning, with some frost on the ground, in Mount Angel, OR **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Wally Carlson ('61) Re: Don Sorensen (NAB) #96 This is at the Richland Public Library's summer reading program from about 1954 or 1955: Joyce Radow ('61) back left Wally Carlson ('61) back right Nancy Fellman ('62) front right -Wally Carlson ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Nelson ('63) Re: 50th Birthday......... Her other sisters (Jan ('60) and Suz ('67)) and I just want to wish our baby sister, Debbie ('77), a Happy 50th. She came along and added a little life to the dinner table!!!!!!!! -Donna Nelson ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: Don Sorensen (NAB) Picture #103 was the pool down in Riverside Park. I remember many times going to that. The first picture, I think was #99 - the little girl is wearing a plaid dress. I can't believe just how many pictures there have been with at least one little girl wearing a dress like that. I also had one and it was a favorite of mine. Ah, memories! -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA Had some decent days with the sun shining, but not too warm. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Don Sorenson's (NAB) Photo #101 Fore! IF you were in this photo you would be teeing off on the 1st hole at Tri-City Country Club in Kennewick, WA. Re: ...another entry or add to the last one (;-) ..stopped by the Spudnut Shop on Saturday. (2 PM) There were no Spudnuts so settled on a cake donut. (No fun there...) Bottom Line...stopped at a rather large 'antique store' on the East side of the Uptown District. Found out right away that they must not be from Richland...they had no knowledge of Dupus Boomer nor were they interested...Sadly I left... -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) re:Take me back to the Sixties I agree with Dennis Hammer('64), I want to go back to the fifties, too. Life was much simpler and we had a much better childhood than anything that our kids and grandkids are having. Have always wished I could take my kids back to the way I grew up and the town I grew up in---safe, carefree, and we didn't have to worry about anything but being home before the street lights came on. *grin* to:Don Sorenson(NAB) Enjoying all the pictures you send in--unfortunately, I never know any of them, but I like seeing them, just the same. Keep them coming, maybe one of these times, I will recognize someone. *grin* Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64)......Bakersfield, CA....we woke up to dense fog this(Monday)morning, not as dense as the tule fog that we have gotten in the past, but dense enough that we couldn't see the end of our street at 7:30 AM. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Lobdell ('69) When I was reading Dennis Hammer's ('64) comments about the civil war I also wondered if I had relatives fighting each other in the Civil war. My Great Grandpa Mo was on the north. Our family has an old picture of a check for $326 that he received from the federal government for being one of the men who captured Jefferson Davis (President of the Confederacy). That was a huge check back then. He was on my Mom's side of the family, however my last name is very prevalent in the south (I found this out when my son went to college in Georgia). They may not have been brothers fighting but I would bet the two families would not have gotten along back then. -Alan Lobdell ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/26/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers and Don Sorensen sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Luana Ivers ('52), Marilyn Baird ('60) Jack Gardiner ('61), Gary Behymer ([64) Don Sorensen (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Roberta Adkins ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Berlin ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Eleanor Attwood ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: CB Lih ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jill Walser ('81) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Luana Ivers Portch ('52) Re: Don Sorenson's (NAB)pics on 11/24 I think #l00 is Zonabeth Bumgarner ('52-RIP). If it isn't, it's a twin!! -Luana Ivers Portch ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn Baird Singletary ('60) Re: Medical Records In reference to Larry Mattingly's ('60) 11/25/08 mention of his Dad's medical records for his cancer, has anyone ran into the instance of having no records available prior to 1956? My Dad had colon cancer in the late '40s and was operated on by Dr. Denacola. My Dad passed away from a different cause, so his death certificate does not mention the cancer. Of course, the good Dr. has since passed away and I imagine all his records have since been destroyed. Was wondering how the 'Occupational Illness' claims are resolved then. -Marilyn Baird Singletary ('60) ~ Weather has finally turned cooler and rainy. Winter is here. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jack Gardiner ('61) Yesterday the 25th AOL announced the top 21 doughnut shops in the US. Number 16 was the Spudnut Shop in Charlottesville VA. Richland's must be right there too!! Number 8 was Voodoo Doughnuts in Portland, OR. Number 1 was Top Pot Doughnuts in Seattle, WA. David Rivers ('65): Why don't you ever return my E-mails? -Jack Gardiner ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: 1953 Richland Bombers from 29th State Annual H.S. Program March 11-14, 1953 -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Another Installment -Don Sorensen (NAB) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>DeWitt Riggins ('54) ~ 4/28/35 - 11/20/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/27/2008 ~ HAPPY THANKSGIVING Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff today: Jim Heidlebaugh ('65), Linda McKnight ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Andrew Eckert, Jr. ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Heidlebaugh ('65) Re: David's Birthday Today is his birthday. For over 50 years, we've been sharing crayons. Happy Birthday David Rivers ('65)! Save room for pie! I love you Dood. -Jim Heidlebaugh ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I know I am thankful for so many things, just too many to mention right now, so will say: don't overdo today, try to get some exercise before you sit down to eat all that wonderful food, and remember to ask each at your table to share what they are thankful for. And, in a very short period of time, there is to be the First Ever Portland Area Bomber Christmas Party at Our House. Please email me for directions, and please if you haven't already let us know, please email or smoke signal or whatever, so we will know when to expect you, and if you get lost, when to fire up the snowmobile to come get you ... oh, wait ... I'm not in Canada, Toto!!!! When: December 6, 2008 Time: 1:00 Where: Hoban Residence We will have lots and lots of fun. So don't miss out. Happy Thanksgiving!!! Bomber hugs, -Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/28/2008 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff today: Marilyn De Vine ('52), Ray Loescher ('57) Carol Converse ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: M. De Vine ('52) Wishing Everyone Happy Holidays. I'm writing this on Thanksgiving Day and, no doubt, you have recovered from your Thanksgiving dinner and enjoyed good company as well as Macy's parade and football! Terry De Vine's ('52) kids are putting on a big celebration party in honor of his 75th birthday and they asked me to put this in the Sandstorm: "Please join us to help him celebrate this milestone birthday at an Open House on Saturday, Dec. 6th, from 1:30 to 3:30 at the Richland Community Center (500 Amon Dr.)." They have stipulated "No gifts please. Your presence will be gift enough." Blessings to each and all. Warmest Bomber greetings, -M. De Vine ('52) ~ in Richland. Looks like the long-awaited trip South will be delayed until Dec 10th. I have a "brain appointment" at the UofW Memory Clinic on the 8th. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray Loescher ('57) Re: Buying Richland The government originally built, owned, and rented almost all the homes built in Richland after 1944. It's my understanding that renters of Richland homes, starting in 1957, were given the opportunity to buy those homes from "the government" (not sure if it was AEC, GE, or ?). This was made possible by passage of the 1955 Disposal Act. Does anyone know if it is possible to determine what date and for what amount a specific home was purchased at that time? [Ray, I know that the offer price for every single house was published in an issue of the Columbia Basin News (I have seen it). Perhaps Burt Pierard or one of our other diligent historians will be able to dig up this information. Bombers, if any of you has that issue or knows someone who does, please let us know so we can arrange to make an archival quality scan of the pages. There are lots of people who would kill to see the list. -Richard] I know my parents were very grateful to purchase their first home even if it was a 3 bedroom prefab. That's still something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Richland gave our family a stake in life that would have been very difficult to achieve elsewhere. -Ray Loescher ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) To: David Rivers ('65) You always take the time to wish so many people a 'happy birthday' on their birthdays, I just thought it was very fitting to say 'HAPPY BIRTHDAY' to you on your special day!! Enjoy your day with friends and family. To all of you: I hope you had a very happy Thanksgiving and I hope that you have plenty to be thankful for! -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ in overcast Eureka, CA ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/29/2008 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff today: Phil Belcher ('51), Marian Wade ('57) Carol Converse ('64), Bill Scott ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janis Ervin ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Denny Duncan ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joe Campbell ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Howell ('68wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rick Polk ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Roger Meader ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Phil Belcher ('51) In search of: My daughter's boyfriend has expressed interest in the old days at Hanford and, try as hard as I can, I have failed to find any reference to the site where the City of Richland (I believe) has stored the videos that they have made concerning the old town and life at that point in time. Could someone enlighten me as to the location of the site where I could find them? I've gone back through several months of the Sandstorm and have failed to find any mention of them. (I know that I saw something recently concerning them in the SS.) And since I'm asking for help, does anyone know of the whereabouts of the Hunt children that lived in West Richland just off of the ditch road? His name was Dutch and hers was Virgina. She was in the Class of '51 also. Thanks, Bombers are great. -Phil Belcher ('51) ~ in cloudy Pasco **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marian "Martie" Wade Jenkins ('57) To: Ray Loescher ('57) My stepmother, Bettye Wade Ostboe, bought the house we lived in at 1117 Winslow for $3,000.00 in '58 or '59. What a deal! She too was grateful to be able to buy a home. -Marian "Martie" Wade Jenkins ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) To: Ray Loescher ('57) I don't remember seeing the list published in the Columbia Basin News, but I remember going to the 'billboard' to see the houses that were for sale. Can't remember exactly where it was located. Anybody remember where it was? Seems to me that it was facing the library or on the green across from the Post Office. -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA ~ Had a quiet, but very nice Thanksgiving yesterday. Also got out most of the Christmas decorations and took them out of the boxes. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Scott ('64) To: Ray Loescher ('57) If memory serves me correctly, my parents bought their E house for $12,000 when it became available for purchase in 1957. I will always have a fondness for that house. It was one of the better government designs, even if the bathroom was tiny. It had hardwood floors and 3/4 basement. Spent several summers living in the cool of downstairs after setting up a makeshift bedroom there during the hot weather. Built on the site of an old barn that served the farmhouse next door, it had what few Richland houses had in those days: shade, in the form of 3 huge locust trees that had flanked the entrance to the barn. Alas, those trees are gone now, victims of disease. -Bill Scott ('64) ~ from beautiful Nipomo, California, where the vineyards are turning color with the season, along with what few trees turn color here, and we are having fun scooting over the Pismo Dunes in our inherited ATV. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/30/2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers and Don Sorensen sent stuff: Betty Bell ('51), Phil Belcher ('51) Gloria Adams ('54), Tom Tracy ('55) Ken Heminger ('56wb), Mary Judd ('60) Ann Engel ('63), Mike Franco ('70) Don Sorensen (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeanne Turner ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jan Klusman ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sandy Clark ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) My parents, Cecil and Geneva Bell, bought the "E" house on the corner of Kimball and Symons for $5,400 in about 1958. After my parents died (1988 & 1989) the house was on the tax records for $54,000. Bill and I are still living there and the value is now $130,000. -Betty Bell Norton ('51) ~ In Richland for more than 64 years **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Phil Belcher ('51) I received Three replies concerning my request for videos on the old Hanford town site. Carol Converse Maurer ('64), Mary Judd Hinz ('60) and Ray Loescher ('57). I was able to get exactly the information that I had been looking for. Bombers are great. Thanks so much. -Phil Belcher ('51) ~ in dreary Pasco, cloudy all day with a high of 44 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) Re: Richland Homes I have the original papers from the purchase of our 2 bedroom prefab, dated October 13, 1958. The price was $2212.50. I thought it would be interesting to our children one day to look at them and be amazed. Our rent had been $30.00 per month with everything included: repairs, painting inside and out, light bulbs, etc. etc. What a deal we had then and I'm sure we didn't realize it or appreciate it, probably. It just was what it was and we took it without question. -Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy ('55) Re: Dave Brusie ('51-RIP) & Don Lyall's ('52) remembrance To: Don Lyall ('52) Many of us still recall Dave and your team from '51. It was one of the first teams to make it to the State Tournament in Seattle. Dave was an outstanding guard and all of you on the team were heroes to many of us in Richland. You were a respected player and your Dad was a fine gentleman. My Dad and I were sitting next to him during the Wapato game when he had his heart attack. Everyone quickly helped him and we were all relieved to find out later that he was okay. Glad he had many more years and got see you play college ball at Central Washington. Your teams at Central built a winning legacy. Coach Nicholson developed a dynasty and took his teams to the nationals several times. I thank you for recommending me to him. I still have the letter he sent to me. It was very generous of you to make the kind remarks and offer he relayed to me. As a Jr. High student, you, my brother, Bill Tracy ('51) (my biggest hero), Whitey Schell ('51), Dave Brusie ('51-RIP) and others on the team were the biggest thing in town during the State Tournament. I remember our principals at Carmichael and later at Chief Joseph played a few minutes of the state tournament games on the P.A. system and kept us informed of the scores from time to time. It was a dream come true to wear the RHS uniform and follow some of our heroes. You were certainly one of them. I'm sure you have lots of good recollections of the many games, trips and experiences we got to enjoy at RHS. Dave Brusie was always a gentleman and represented our team well. Our best thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Best to you too, Don, and the '50, '51-'52 teams... and Whitey Schell, Bill Tracy, Buddy Breard, Jack Dawson, Ron Snow, Jack Morrow, George Brunstad, Jerry Cravens ...those with us and those who still live in our memories. -Tom Tracy ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ken Heminger ('56wb) To: Phil Belcher ('51) I remember the Hunts well. Dutch, Virginia and there was also a Raymond who was close to my age. I remember helping Old Man Hunt (as we referred to him) bring in the hay and then sleeping on the hay mound at night. Too many stories to relate here. I have no idea what became of them but know they would have to be in their 80s if still around. I too have often wondered what became of the kids I grew up with there in what's now called West Richland... -Ken Heminger ('56wb) ~ Great Falls, MT current temp 48 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Judd Hinz ('60) Re: Debbie Hunt To: Phil Belcher ('51) My husband believes that Debbie Hunt is living in her parent's house on Riverside Drive in West Richland. We don't know if she's the D.A. Hunt in the phone book, but you could give it a try. My husband is a folk dancer, and Debbie and her mother used to go folk dancing. We also live on Riverside Drive, and Debbie rented the house next door years ago. -Mary Judd Hinz ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Engel Schafer (Gold Metal class of '63) Re: Richland Houses The questions about the houses in Richland. I know my father-in- law Ralph bought a one bedroom prefab for $1,000, two bedroom for $2,000 and a three bedroom for, you guessed it $3,000. Don't know what year it was but somewhere in the late '50s. I believe he bought their ranch house for either $5,000 or $6,000. -Ann Engel Schafer (Gold Metal class of '63) ~ from rainy Vancouver, WA where they predicted it would be sunny today. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Franco ('70) Happy B-day to Rick Polk ('70)... nobody buried those moon shots from the corner like Rick! -Mike Franco ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Another Installment -Don Sorensen (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` October, 2008 ~ December, 2008