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16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Richland Bombers Calendar website Funeral Notices website *********************************************** *********************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/01/2009 ~ HAPPY NEW YEAR ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Patti Jones ('60), Ed Quigley ('62) David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mark Perkins ('75) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike FitzPatrick ('80) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>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, January 10, 2009 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: Ed Quigley ('62) To: Dick Wight ('52) Hey Dick, having gone through 11 dogs in my life, the first one acquired as a birthday present when I was 5, I know how much they can add to your life. I understand the reluctance to pick up/out another one, but if kids and grandkids aren't enough to make you strive to live a lot longer, the love and responsibility of a new puppy certainly will. Go for it! You can always make arrangements for it in case it outlives you. I had the same internal arguments with myself a couple of years ago, but I have a neighbor lady who loves my dog almost as much as I do, and will gladly take her and love her, should anything happen to me, although I have set my goal to live another 36 years (or until I fall apart)! So, I figure that I'm set for at least 1 more dog after this! And a safe and Happy New Year to everybody; may 2009 be much better than 2008, and that shouldn't be too much of a challenge! -Ed Quigley ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: If yer gonna blow it...blow it big Come and listen to my story 'bout a man named Paul... was famous in our town and his kids are loved by all... and then one day (12/29/08) one a them had her day and the dufus birthday greater went and blew it right away... I know... not perdy but I ain't no Robert Zimmerman... So it's like this... You gotta know I got a birthday cheat sheet... I check it and put yellow stickies on my computer to remind me of special days... yeah I miss a ton... but I try... it's like when I kept wishing John Crigler ('64) HB 6 months before or after his birthday till his sis called me on it... If ya put the date down wrong... it comes out wrong... now I've already admitted I blew it on the 29th so you ain't gonna believe any story about being kid napped by pirates so I'll just skip the excuses... I blew it and I admit it... the Birthday Girl I missed is from that wonderful Magic Class of '64... I somehow managed to put her birthday down as 1/29... Wrong!... during my Spalding years her house was a gathering place for kids... so naturally we got to know the whole famblie... nuther dynasty of Bombers and Bomber-babes... I almost... almost I say (gawd I've never told anyone about this)... made a HUGE mistake at one of our reunions... Sister Nancy ('65) was sitting at a table... prolly some kind of sign up table... anyway... there was an absolutely gorgeous girl either sitting with Nancy or standing by the table... I almost fainted but managed to stay on my feet long enough to make the connection... Bomber-babe Nancy plus darling (young) redhead... daughter!!!!!... do not stick foot in mouth... "hey, Nancy... How ya bin?"... good recovery... so like I like I said (yes I know... it should be "as I said")... I owe a birthday greeting big time so HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Janice Beardlsey ('64) belated as it may be!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And a Happy New Year to all! -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/02/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Rex Hunt ('53wb), David Rivers ('65) Mike Franco ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve Piippo ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rex Hunt ('53wb) Re: Marley & Me If I had a dog like Marley in the Movie Marley and Me I would become a serial Killer starting with that dog. I found the move lacking in personality with ZERO relationship between owners and dog. It was just a dog destroying everything. I would not allow my kids to eat a couch or ruin a phone. I damn sure would never allow a dog to do so. I did enjoy the BOOK but it had personality and character. The movie was just one wrecking ball of fur after another DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY! -Rex Hunt ('53wb) ~ have a nice day from over cast when it isn't foggy Hanford, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Of course I coulda said................ From where the sun now stands I will write no more in the Sandstorm... naaaaaaaaaah... changed my mind... I make it a point not to be intentionally offensive... at work I try and resolve matters before peoples' money is wasted in a fight that will virtually never end in any parties' total satisfaction... in short... confrontation is not my normal style. I recall writing an editorial for the State Bar Magazine many years ago... it was satirical in nature in the original, but was of no real moment when it was finished, though it did result in my being the Secretary of the "Nevada Indian Bar Association". I had read a survey in the Magazine listing the various "ethnic" or "geographical" or "identifiable" groups making up the State Bar. The list was full of hyphens. There were "Native-Americans", "Asian-Americans" "African- Americans" as well as others who were not noted as "Americans", such as "Hispanics". There were no "Middle Eastern-Americans", no "Israeli-Americans", "Irish- Americans", "German-Americans", "Swedish-Americans", but you get the picture. The original began by explaining that I was a "native American, Native-American". In the end I just said that I was the first Indian admitted to the Nevada Bar. All the fun went out of the piece as I did not care to begin a "PC" war. In fact I should have said I was the: "First of a people who may or may not have been indigenous to the continent, but were here when later people began to explore an already quite well explored continent admitted to the Nevada Bar". Quite a mouth full! I am a native American, meaning I was born here. I am, in one of the currently acceptable monikers a "Native-American", meaning, not only was I born here, I have the heritage of those guys who were here early on, noted above. I am not, as I have met (boy have I met them) one who has a "Cherokee Princess" as a great, great ancestor. I honestly didn't realize there was so much royal blood in this country. Before you get your hackles up, I am quite sure that people from certain parts of the country truly do have "native" ancestors in their past and I respect that. My Dad was Apache/ Comanche. He identified himself as an Indian till the day he died. He never identified himself as an indigenous person or a Native American. He was an Indian. He wished to present himself as an educated man and particularly, an educated Indian. Now his formal schooling was minimal, but you would never know that to speak to him. When he came to the Hanford Project, he was not allowed to drink at the saloon or whatever they called it. Simply put, the law did not allow for Indians to drink alcohol. I grew up in a dual world, as did my younger brother ('68 WB). At home we were indoctrinated with the importance of being "White", as our mother is Scotch/Irish and English from Iowa. In the next breath we were told we couldn't trust "them". If we walked with our feet pointed any direction but straight ahead, we were walking like a "white man". Things could get very complicated at our house. I may well have decided to have nothing to do with book-learning as a result of my Father constantly telling me I was going to end up being just another Illiterate Indian dragging down some poor white woman with a bunch of brown babies. (Hey Dad, I thought we were the "red-men".) In the Marine Corps I was "Chief" to some and a "Blanket-Ass" to an Indian PMI. I must admit, I was a bit shocked when the Col-Hi Boys' Counselor suggested that I concentrate on the arts (particularly ceramics) as that stuff was a money-maker on the Rez (he didn't say Rez)... (Not sure those Yakima's would take kindly to me sellin' my wares on their reservation tho). So what's the point, Rivers? Remember the article in the Bar Mag? Well the point of that was it seemed a bit comical to me to try and categorize the "groups" making up the Bar... bottom line is we were and are all Americans. Not just those of us lucky enough to get the word "American" in our "title". I ended up watering my piece down to the point that it was pointless. I didn't want to offend the un-hyphenated groups by stating the obvious. I never chose the name "Native-American" nor the previous title of "American-Indian"... I'm an Indian... nuff said. I know what I mean and every guy and girl on the Rez knows too. I am a member of and a Director of the "Las Vegas Indian Center" I also sit on the board of some "Indigenous Peoples" organization, the name of which escapes me, mainly because I find the name to be a silly attempt to describe the indescribable. I am not offended if someone refers to me as an Indian... I know what that term means... it is familiar and many of us are much more comfortable with it than some name non-Indians have chosen for us. I was never... repeat never ashamed to be a Chief Joseph Warrior... my goodness, the alternative would have been to be ... ah never mind... as my Hero/Bud, Jack Gardiner ('61) explained several years ago in the Sandstorm, it was a horrific (an horrific) shock when Salem [Does he mean Williams? -Maren] became the Mason/Dixon line after 6th grade for those of us in that neighborhood and we hadda be identified by a rival school to our best friends... I tell my friends in Vegas that my precious Warriors are now the Chief Joseph Frew Frews or something... because a group of un- hyphenateds decided "Warriors" carried a bad connotation... (tell that to a Marine and he'll show you a bad connotation). Also, the guy I paraphrased at the beginning of this little ditty was a pretty darned good Warrior in his day. I am not insensitive to the fact that some people have very thin skin. However, I don't couch my words. Nothing creates miscommunication as quickly as trying to speak in such a way as to not offend the easily offended. I try not to prejudge prior to investigation. I try not to speak in stereotypes. A kleenex isn't always a Kleenex but you know what I mean when I use the word. I try to learn from experience. For example, I do not carry a gun because I am a gun-totin' fanatic... I carry a gun because I have been the target/subject of violent crime on American soil... Note... I did not say a victim of violent crime... I was a target because I was unprepared to have a shot gun stuck in my face and my wife raped. I am now prepared. I have never been a victim save of my own un preparedness. I hope you all had a wonderful new year and that the new year brings us all closer together in heart and mind and it wouldn't hurt if we get to see each other a little more too! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Franco ('70) I am sitting here in Puerto Vallarta, eating, drinking, sun soaking and football watching. It is truly Hell! Everything is going fine and then I learn that it is Fitz' birhtday! Mike Fitzpatrick ('80) is about 57 years old [on 1/1]! Well I want to wish him a happy B-Day. I have always been very proud of helping Loren Sharpe and Mike gain the confidence to be outstanding wrestlers by allowing them to beat the ____ out of me in PE. Just remember, I let you win. Richland just wasn't ready for a Jewish wrestler! (in those days I am not sure Richland was ready for a Jewish anything!) Happy Birthday Fitz! -Mike Franco ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Alvin Nall ('58) ~ 2/4/39 12/26/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/03/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: "Em" De Vine ('52), Larry Moss ('59) Patti Jones ('60), Linda Reining ('64) David Rivers ('65), Alan Lobdell ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dick Lohdefinck ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tobe Roberts ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Scott ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn "Em" De Vine ('52) To: David Rivers ('65) WAY TA GO, RIVERS!!!!!!!! Loved your entry today (yesterday by the time you see this). I'd make a smiley face if I knew how! One of my favorite tees is one I bought after seeing Mt. Rushmore... then driving to see the Crazy Horse Monument... it shows Presidents in the background with 4 of the main Indian Chiefs in the foreground with the caption: THE ORIGINAL FOUNDING FATHERS. I wear it often as My Political Statement of the Day. In my opinion, ya' can't get much better than that. Last year when I went to the Yakama Nation Museum and Cultural Center, I noticed they use a different spelling. Nice to have them recognized as separate from the city of Yakima. I still have the Wanapum Historical Museum on my "Bucket List. (Want to see the movie, too.) Vitoria and I are still in Yuma with Gus Keeney ('57) but plan to leave in the morning. First stops will be sights along the way, then on to Phoenix, then up to a Baha'i School near Eloy. I understand it is right near part of the Grand Canyon and I hope to see that great geological wonder of the world, again. Victoria is hoping to do some volunteer work, there. My goal is to fly home as soon as possible. Phoenix has good service in and out. Would like to sell my RV there and be done with it for this trip. I want to thank those of you who have written with concern about my middle daughter. We are totally bummed about her having to start chemo again and we still don't know exactly what is going on. Stressfull! Also, my 1st husband and fellow Bomber, Ray Hubbard ('52) is in Kennewick Life Care and not doing well after a 2nd stroke hit sometime last month. I saw him twice when he was at Kadlec and he was doing quite well for the circumstances. However, our children report he is not doing well, now. Hoping "2009 is might fine" for all you Bombers and spouses and NABs! -Marilyn "Em" De Vine ('52) ~ n warming-up Yuma, AZ where it has been way too cold to use the neighbor's swimming pool-- -but great for the Jeep Runs. I got a great shot of Gus and his Jeep after we drove through a puddle, one day and I hope he'll take the time to put it in the Sandstorm. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. From: Larry Moss ('59) Entered: Friday 01/02/2009 5:00:59pm COMMENTS: Looking for information on 50th class reunion. -Larry Moss ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: Christmas in Downtown Seattle 2008 -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:David Rivers('65) when I read the first line of your post in this morning's Sandstorm, I started to get upset---thought someone had hurt your feelings or sent you a nasty e mail---this little paper wouldn't be the same without your writings, just like we'd all miss Pappy's(George Swan, '59)writings about the elves adventures and his memories of Darby. you keep us in laughter and tears talking about your friends and the things you have done with your life. don't you dare think about not writing into this paper! Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64).....cold and misty in Bakersfield, CA. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: all's well that ends well A huge thank you for all the mail I received today (yesterday)... regarding my heritage. It was a simple misunderstanding about a phrase I used the other day. I was confused by the subject of the misunderstanding but a dear friend ('65er) was able to get to the root of it and I am sure that there are no hard feelings... I can tell you I have none and I am able to better understand the other person's position. I honestly do avoid confrontation when I am able... but once we're in court... "duck and cover". The editor of the local paper took a huge disliking to me when I sued another paper for defamation and won in approximately 2 weeks time... he thought I was some kinda smooth operator and all I did was use the tools the law gives me to best advantage... you see... lawyers do not learn everything in school... age, experience and treachery count for a heck of a lot... We are in the new year kids so that means the birthdays start all over again... I know I have a little fun at others' expense but you see I remember all that stuff because I left Richland when I was 18 or 19 so I have a finite number of memories in the old noggin to recall... for the kids that stayed in the area, they have a lifetime of memories crowding some of the old ones out... besides I learn best from listening... if I hear it, the image remains... that's how I got thru school without reading a book... I can't wait for June (tho I try not to wish my life away) to be in Richland and see many of you! Take care, -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Lobdell ('69) Re: W. R. Golf Club My son called me the other day to inform me that the West Richland Golf Club no longer existed. Then I saw pictures on the Sandstorm or its burning. I don't know about anyone else but I have a lot of memories about that place. Back in about 1964, or something like that, the gas station at the west end of West Richland was owned by Colin Blyier (I'm sure I spelled his name wrong) along with about four small rental houses next to it and the West Richland Golf Course and Club. At 12 I had the job of mowing his rentals yards once a week and picking up golf balls on the driving range of the golf course. Doing the golf balls gave me the benefit of getting to use the new pool for free in which when I was 14 it was the first time I ever ended up in a girls locker room. My then girl friend was my age but a year behind me in school and she pulled me into one of the little rooms within that had a sliding curtain. While in there a couple girls in my class who had been swimming came in to shower and go home. I was scared to death I'd get caught but could not stop myself from looking as they walked around in their birthday suits. My girl friend thought that was so funny. Because I mowed his yards when I turned 16 between my junior and Senior years I got a job as a greens keeper at the course. I was allowed to play golf free all summer. Since I worked 9 hours a day Monday thru Friday and then about four hours very early Sunday morning mowing greens I found myself down there most of that summer. I learned that watching golfers while sitting on a fairway mower could be fun. I saw clubs thrown into the Yakima river many times on the forth fairway. One guy who played golf with Colin (his group played 18 holes every day) would toss a bag of clubs into the river about once a month. He would then be back the next day with new clubs. Not being a golfer myself I of course thought golf clubs must be rather cheap. The same year I was working as a greens keeper a friend of mine got a job cleaning the club house. Not the right guy for that work. He kept my other friends and I in a good supply of hard booze he claimed he paid someone for. None of us believed him but we sure were not going to complain. I was in the Club last summer with my Nephew for a drink after his daughter's graduation party and looking out over what was once the first fairway it was like I have never left. Except back then I could not go into the good part of the club. I know it was an old building but I sure have good memories of it. -Alan Lobdell ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/04/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Tom Verellen ('60), Shirley Sherwood ('62) Gary Behymer ('64), Mike Franco ('70) Tamara Lyons ('76) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry Holloway ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paula Jill Lyons ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nina Berland ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) To: Rex Hunt ('53wb) Don't be shy and tell us how you feel about Marley. ) Now what is your position on "apple pie"? I can only assume that you, like myself have abandon all political aspirations. Party on, dude. -Tom Verellen ('60) from a frosty near Lacey **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Sherwood Milani ('62) To: Don Sorensen (NAB) Im running behind looking at the pictures, but in the 12/29/08 Sandstorm, picture #161 is my mom, Roberta Sherwood DeVine. -Shirley Sherwood Milani ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) My wife (Janis Cook - Kennewick Class of 1965) attended Jason Lee 3rd thru 6th grade. Anyone have class photos from that period? I know she had Mrs. Duncan for 3rd grade. Re: This received from Larry Amos ('64wb) thru "Not exactly. I was with that class through June '62, then we moved to Longview where I graduated in '64. So I'm a '64 Col-Hi nongraduate. Sort of in limbo, I'd say. There are no '64 Richland grads, only '64 Columbia High graduates. When did the name of the school change to Richland, anyway? This is a question to which I have yet to receive an answer. Any clues???" -- Larry -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Franco ('70) Please assure me, someone that Dick Lohdefinck ('52) is in some way related to Officer Lohdefinck of ZIP's Drive In fame in the late '60s. Said officer walked the beat (actually stood, or leaned the beat) every Friday and Saturday night at ZIP's. I must admit there was such a distinct lack of police brutality that I considered that one of the primo jobs in the world, next to comedian at Sun Valley of course! I always envisioned spending my days with unlimited complimentary Cherry 7-UP and fries with tartar forever. Oh yeah, and an occasional salad burger. Boog, please keep us posed on the progress and future for a new "club house" for the goat ranch in West Richland. I just hope nobody gets carried away and makes it at all fancy. Happy days, -Mike Franco ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tamara Lyons Zirians ('76) I want to wish my big sister Paula, "Happy Birthday" today. Love you PJ! -Tamara Lyons Zirians ('76) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/05/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers Don Sorensen sent stuff: Dale Ennor ('59), Donni Clark ('63) Jim Hamilton ('63), David Rivers ('65) Don Sorensen (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pam Ehinger ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dale Ennor ('59) I believe everyone over time develops a set of axioms that, while perhaps not able to be tested scientifically, nonetheless stand the test of time when it comes to our daily routines. One such axiomfor those of us who still "winter" rather than seek a second summer further southis that the human brain slows down in winter. I offer the attached photograph as proof having just realized, after twenty years, I could have saved myself a ton of work each winter by placing the damn bird feeders closer to the door at the other end of the deck! -Dale Ennor ('59) ~ From wintry Whitefish, MT where the sub-zero temperatures have moderated to the balmy teens. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) Hi Bomber family! It has been awhile since I have been on Sandstorm and I have a lot of catching up to do. We spent a lot of time last year working on our cabin and with grandchildren. Can't complain about that but it left me little time to be on the computer. It seems only yesterday I was asking you to pray for our dear little "Emmy" that we lost and had to give back to her birth mother. I can't believe that it has been 5 years this February. God was good and blessed us with two little ones, a brother and a sister that were adoptable. We hardly think of them as adopted as they have brought so much love and pure joy to our family. Now, for those of you who believe in prayer, I would like to ask you to pray once again for a little 3 year old boy called JR at the present. Our daughter and son-in-law hope to adopt him but the mom has not given up her rights and there is a court date Jan. 7th. So please pray that this precious little darling boy will be able to be adopted. He has been sobbing and clinging to our daughter this last week whenever she gets up to leave the room or answer the door or is out of his sight. We want God's will concerning this. Re: Marley and Me I have only read a couple Sandstorms and see that Rex Hunt ('53wb) told everyone to forget "Marley and Me." Here is my opinion. I loved that movie and I am not as crazy a dog lover as some of you. But I felt that that movie was the best I had seen in a long time and it made me cry which I haven't in a movie for quite awhile either. It was about a lot more than just the dog, life and the value of marriage versus being alone for one thing. My husband and I both agreed we would never put up with a dog like that (although we did put up with an unruly little cocker for quite a few years). But Marley strikes at the heart for things that matter in life, your job, your marriage, relationships and unconditional love. A jewel of a movie, I think! Well, we have had quite a bit of nippy winter so far for Southern California. We had a couple of feet of snow at our cabin and lots of rain below. I didn't get to wish you all "Happy Holidays" but I hope each and everyone of you have a wonderful new year to look forward to with friends and family. -Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) ~ from La Mirada, CA where the sun is trying to come out and we are preparing for a King's party for the grandkids, Tuesday for Epiphany! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) The forever young and always lovely Miss Nancy ('65) and I have just returned from a week in the woods, shoveling snow and pouring red vine thru our Vinturi [Wine Aerator] (might just be the greatest invention since the juke box). In response to everyone's friend David Rivers' ('65) entry of last week, I too used to refer to everything North of Williams as Indian Country, just like years later we referred to the A Shau and Ia Drang Valleys. Thank you to everyone who gave me their prayers and support these past last eleven months. It was the best and worst year of my life, more best than worst. I now know what's important, who's important and what is best left to take care of itself. It was too long of a trip to take by myself and without the guidance and direction of my long time Amigo LaMont DeJong ('63), I might have wandered and stumbled more than I did. The best gift we all can give someone is a solid shoulder and a caring ear, and it don't (I know, I know) cost a thing. -jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: How can the year start like this??????????????????? I'm very excited because I am running up to Carson City in the morning to see one of my best Vegas friends be sworn in as a Supreme... My cheat sheet is on the table behind my desk and I checked it carefully to make sure I wouldn't miss PJ's ('64) birthday or anyone else's while I was gone... I was sure PJ's was later in the month... I am NOT getting old... I'm sure of it... Darling Paula Jill, can you forgive me? If I promise not to embarrass you with that question again for a whole... uhhhh... a whole... .uhhhh... 48 hours???????? HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANYWAY!!!!!!!! Pam Ehinger ('67) has her special day today and I remember that.. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, sweets! The woman who is being sworn in is a former partner of mine... she and her husband have remained close all these years (that sounded weird... I mean I have stayed close with them)... She will be the single working mind on our court... crappy job but someone has to do it... we had a ball on the campaign trail and the ungodly amount it cost her to run for a "state job" for which she is the most qualified person I know is criminal... I spent about a third of what she ended up spending and it was really an eye opener for me... Had hoped to sell a couple of cars and replace the money but with the economy those sales will have to wait... I won't give them away to make a quick buck so I'll just have to enjoy them for a while longer... darn darn darn... I know I have another birthday Bomber-babe on Thursday and I shall not forget so if a girl living in Bakersfield holds on a little longer I'll sing her a birthday song that would make the top billing at the Crystal Palace look sick... I had hoped to have Buck do a singing telegram but he couldn't hold on long enough... The Hag is living up at Shasta and Dwight was busy doin' somethin'... wonder if the Smoking Armadillos are still together... More later... I had to pull a brand new 15 year old overcoat that has never been worn outa moth balls (still in the bag it was in when I bought it) for my little trip up North but can't find my gloves anywhere... see ya when I get back. -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Who Are They? To All Bombers, Glad to hear Shirley Sherwood Milani ('62) found her mom in picture 161. Here are another 8 for your perusal. Also my thanks to those who responded to my Bob Hope question. Someone said in a post a few days ago Bob Hope came to Pasco in the late '60s or early 7'0s. It had to have been in that time frame because the photo I saw was in color and the clothes folks were wearing seemed to fit that time frame. To: Burt Pierard ('59) Great pics from the old G.E. publication. I also see that Mina Miller (I sure liked her and Blake) wrote the article. If I'm not mistaken she also wrote the column "Today's G. E. Woman" filled with great recipes I'd like to try. I also noticed Bernie Pigg signed your photo. Never met the guy but I have some of his work files I should scan and send in. Good reading. Now the story concerning salvage work in the Pasco Naval Air Base reminds me about a salvage story from Big Pasco. It was shortly after the war and someone was told to dig a hole to burn railroad ties. It was discovered under a pile of dirt several wooden boxes filled with silver wire. It was reported to management who then called his boss. That afternoon the FBI showed up surrounded the area put it all in an Army truck and left without a word. No one could answer the question why was it there in the first place and why was it buried?? Hmm. Great Story perhaps Wally Greagor ('45) could shed some light?? And wasn't Tony Prince at Hanford Camp?? To: Jim McKeown ('53) Thanks for the response to my query and just to pass this on we have a connection through Joe Jordan, an old Manhattan Project veteran. He spoke at length about you and your family. Joe has a lot of respect for your dad and mom. It was a pleasure to hear about them. -Don Sorensen (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/06/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Jim McKeown ('53), Patti Jones ('60) Tom Verellen ('60), Carol Converse ('64) Kathie Roe ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry Mattingly ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lora Homme ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patricia Rediske ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim McKeown ('53) To: Don Sorensen (NAB) Thanks for the note and the memories... You mentioned Joe Jordan and the Manhattan Project... Joe was one of the original scientists to work on that famous project... a graduate of Georgia Tech, I believe. He and Ella Mae, (I know, really from the South), came here from the beginning and lived next door to us on Sanford. The four of them would go to the Coney Island in West Richland every weekend, for the drinks and great food that Myrt and Ira would serve. What fond memories!! All are gone now, xcept for Joe, who can still be seen walking the dike in Richland, every AM. He has a wealth of knowledge on the Project, from very early on... -Jim McKeown ('53) ~ from colder-than-normal Sacramento, CA but will be golfing Wednesday with buddy Pete Hollick (55)! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>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, January 10, 2009 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: Tom Verellen ('60) Who Photos: Number 164 I can't say "who" but I have a pretty good idea about "what" they are doing. I think it is one of the demonstrations that the Fire Department staged in the weed patch on the river side of the Village theater probably during Fire Prevention Week. I went to work at the Olympia Fire Department (OFD) at the end of an era just prior to many remarkable changes. I think that OFD held onto the past longer than most fire departments. The thinking seemed to be: "if it ain't broke..." and "this might come in handy sometime." The apparatus they are using appears to be an Emerson Inhalator/resuscitator. I recognize the baffled expressions on the faces of the two firefighters, "What the heck are we doing?" (Because they never used salty language.) These were the days before L&I began teaching CPR (Red Cross eventually caught on) and the days before any kind of life support systems were in place. Back then this was supposed to be an advancement over "artificial respiration" the process of pushing on the chest wall to remove the bad air and raising the arms upward to fill the lungs with good air. Actually the pressurized Oxygen from the machine may have done more good if only they had taught some kind of airway management. A few years ago I went to the "fire museum" in Virginia City, NV and the items they had as relics of the past I had actually used. I felt a little more experienced when I left the museum. But talking with a few of the guys I had worked with about harnesses and horses. Cleaning oil lamps and spittoons I knew thankfully they were more experienced than myself. Difficult to believe anyone would look on those as the good old days. -Tom Verellen ('60) ~ in near Lacey after a light dusting of snow all that is left are piles of shoveled snow here and there **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) I would like prayer for a complete recovery for my husband, who had a couple of very mild heart attacks this weekend... one Friday morning and another one Saturday morning (that one got his attention enough for me to take him to the hospital). They ended up putting 3 stints and 1 balloon in the grafts that he had done 10 years ago. He is home now and will be off work all this week. Thank you in advance. To: David Rivers ('65) I have to agree with Linda Reining ('64) about not wanting you to quit writing in to the Sandstorm. I, for one, am always looking forward to reading what you have to say, in general and also about the birthday person. Quite intertaining! To: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) I loved the picture of Seattle in the snow that you sent in. In fact, I've saved it so that I can use it as wallpaper. -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA It's back to the rain once again. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kathie Roe Truax ('64) It's been many months since I last checked out the Alumni Sandstorm. I read the last several days entries today and saw my good friend Janice Beardsley ('64) recently had a birthday. Happy Birthday, Janice!! Thinking of you and all the good times we had together in high school will always bring a smile to my face. Also Happy Birthday to Paula Jill Lyons ('64). I'm not exactly sure when her birthday is, but know it is around this time of year. [PJ's day is 1/4. -Maren] Also, here's a Happy New Year shout-out to a couple other friends who recently wrote into the Sandstorm ... David Rivers ('65), Mike Franco ('70), and Jimbeaux ('63). -Kathie Roe Truax ('64) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/07/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff: Linda Reining ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:Carol Converse Maurer(Magic Class of '64) re: prayers prayers are on the way for your husband. feel like I can "toot my own horn" just a bit---went to my doctor this morning(1-5-09)and was given great news---my heart is pumping 35%(up from 30% a year ago), I don't have any blockages, carotid arteries are good, cholesterol is good, blood pressure is lower than it has been in ages, so she gave me a "clean bill of health" and said she doesn't need to see me for at least 6 months. since my brother (Tim Reining, 71WB)has had 3 heart attacks and has, I think 5 stents, I am feeling damn good/proud of myself for having such a good prognosis. I had a mild heart attack in 2000 and never felt it--which, I found out, is very common for women--we don't have the same symptoms as men--have since been diagnosed with congestive heart failure, so to get the news I did today, was wonderful. and, I know the heart medication is part of the reason I am doing so well, along with God keeping His hands around me--- He isn't done with me, yet, I am guessing. *grin* Carol, will be keeping your husband in prayers. Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64)......nice and cold in Bakersfield, Ca, but no more rain predicted. we are supposed to be in the 40s and 50s all this week--MY kind of weather. *grin* ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/08/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Larry Mattingly ('60), John Adkins ('62) Carol Converse ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kath Carlson ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patti Sinclair ('77) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: New Federal law re: Children's used clothes The consumer Product Safety Commission has passed a law forbidding selling used clothing or toys for children. I am not trying to stir up trouble here, but I am disappointed for the many who cannot afford new. -J Larry Mattingly ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: Fond Memories We have had snow on the ground here since December 23rd, yesterday "the pineapple express" scoured it out and this morning the 1st Tee at Horn Rapids was open. During that time, however, and between a couple books, I found myself pondering random subjects, and what should pop into my mind, but... "Good ol' Smilin' Sylvin - West 227 Riverside". I recall some of these "come on's" have been previously discussed, maybe now is a good time to revisit our juvenile Television education. -John Adkins ('62) ~ Richland ... it's 60 and the snow is gone. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: Linda Reining ('64) Thank you for your prayers for my husband. They are working!!! He is bored and can't wait to get back to being able to work out n his shop! I don't blame you for being so excited about the news that you received from your doctor... keep up the good work, whatever you are doing to make this possible. -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA The rain is letting up somewhat today so far. I can see this yellow looking ball in the sky... I think it's called the 'sun', haha **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Bonnie Goff Carlson ('46) ~ 10/6/28 - 12/30/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/09/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Ken Gardner ('54) Karen Cole ('55), Tom Verellen ('60) Helen Cross ('62), Tom Hemphill ('62) Linda Reining ('64), David Rivers ('65) Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68), Rick Valentine ('68) Brad Upton ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joan Eckert ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John Taylor ('63wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda Reining ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pearl Drotts ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Funderburg ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Stefan Scherperel ('97) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) Goodbye to Bonnie Goff Carlson ('46-RIP). She was a lovely lady in and out. She and her husband Ernie (nab RIP) were good friends. later Bonnie -Dick McCoy ('45) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ken Gardner ('54) YEP, GATORS DID IT FROM SOMEONE THAT CARES.. -Ken Gardner ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Karen Cole Correll ('55) Re: 4 yr old singer at White House Xmas tree lighting -Karen Cole Correll ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) Little Orphan Annie was right "The sun will come out tomorrow..." so it must be tomorrow. Seems oddly quiet and still after a lot of rain for a long time. Almost to quiet, makes me wonder what is lurking around the bend. -Tom Verellen ('60) ~ soggy but unflooded in near Lacey, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) We flew into Seattle on this Tuesday, got our rental car and rushed over the pass to visit a few friends, and to see our mothers here on the east side... now we are in Leavenworth hoping that Stevens Pass will be reopened today so we can visit some good friends in Seattle tonite and fly onto California to our oldest son for a few days in the snow, are we nuts or what.... But I do love being in Washington -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Hemphill ('62) Re: Hang in There To: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) Tell Frank to hang in there. We have more work to do in the shop. -Tom Hemphill ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:Larry Mattingly('60) re:law forbidding selling used clothing and toys for children I understand some of this law, as I have heard and been told that buying a car seat that has been used by another child is NOT a good idea, as that seat has "molded" to the previous baby/toddler and won't be as safe as a brand, new one. but, I don't see the harm in selling used clothing at all. babies/toddlers rarely wear out their clothing, they out-grow them, but they are basically brand new when they can no longer wear them. I can also "see" the worry about toys----especially, stuffed toys---there is no good way to clean/sanitize them(used to wash kids' in pillowcases in the washer, but they didn't always come clean), and the other toys might not be good to pass along, as they always end up in babies/toddlers mouths, so not sure they can be cleaned/sanitized, but I don't see any harm in the clothing---all those places wash the items, before they put them out for sale. what will this mean for Goodwill, Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul's, and the other hand-me-down places? this is just wrong. these places can be "heaven-sent" for those that can't afford to shop in the "normal" stores. I took advantage of Goodwill many times when my girls were little and there wasn't a thing wrong with any of that clothing---I always took them home and re-washed them, but that was just "my thing". *grin* this is just wrong---noticed it is happening in Austin, Texas, but I spose it will "grow like wild-fire" and go all over!!!! grrrrrr to:Carol Converse Maurer('64) re:prayers You are welcome---glad your husband is feeling better. being bored is a "good sign". *grin* thanks also for the good words on my health. Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64).......Bakersfield, CA---no more rain predicted, but we are still in the 40's and 50's. woohoo *grin* **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Birthday time for a real Bomber-babe! The Birthday girl mentioned the other day that she was having a ew health problems, issues or challenges as we call them today... however they are described, she has my prayers... She is one a my biggest fans so I gotta keep her healthy and in good spirits... ya know... all I ever wanted outa life was to be like Buddy, Don or Phil, the Hag, Waylon, Roy, Carl or any one of those guys singin' their hearts out... I was way too stuborn or lazy to learn an instrument tho... just one a them pipe dreams... The Birthday girl resides in one a my favorite towns and I think she fits my image of the town to a T... oh don't get me wrong... she's Bomber thru and thru... she even comes to Vegas for the Bomber luncheons... I live right here and have only made one (previous standing commitments... that's my excuse)... so just to let her know I Love her madly... here's a little Merle to cheer her up... couldn't put the whole song in or it would turn into a Maddy ('67) post (See you on the 24th Rick?) Well, I learned how to talk & I learned how to run in Bakersfield Shoulda done time over things I done in Bakersfield. I tasted my first taste of romance in Bakersfield. I learned how to fight and I learned how to dance in Bakersfield. Dancin' on Beer Can Hill Overlookin' Bakersfield Rememberin' my first thrill Dancin' on Beer Can Hill *** And I'm a duckin' and dodgin' and dancin' out here in Bakersfield! Keep dancin' and bowlin', girl! HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Linda Reining ('64) on the 9th of January!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) Any Bombers have any experience living in Alaska? I have a great job opportunity in Fairbanks that would allow me possibility to transfer to Anchorage, Juneau or (no kidding!) Wasilla in about a year. I can accept the position for 20 weeks minimum, 52 weeks maximum -- or jump right in as a full employee from the get go, with some tremendous benefits associated with going that route. (100% relocation costs, plus 1/2 of annual salary as a sign on bonus.) The downside to taking the position short term is that, when I was done, I would have to go elsewhere for the next position, having given up my contract here in Idaho. The work and work situation would be great up there -- including 23% stipend for cost of living in addition to the salary -- but I'm a little iffy about moving to Alaska, since I don't know much about it. Still, contracting to the State of Idaho is also getting iffy, with budget cuts right and left. (Some shortsightedness on the planners' part, it would seem.) And I am tired of contracting ... would like the security and benefits of being an employee again. The woman up there (who wants me to come) says "people either love Alaska, or they hate it." Yeah, well, isn't that true of everywhere????? Anyway, can anyone tell me anything "real" about life in Fairbanks, or thereabouts? Thanks -Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) ~ With Cottonwood Creek rapidly rising to flood proportions across the west side of the property here on Haven Farm - 18 miles east of Lewiston ID. The sound of that rushing water sure gave me a great night's sleep. But after being in near white out conditions on Monday, and having about 2 feet of snow on the ground, it's going to be 46 today, with wind! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Valentine ('68) To: John Adkins ('62) Re: Sylvan Furniture Sylvan Furniture Moved several years ago to 116 W Pacific... Somehow 'Good Ol' Smilin' Sylvan W 116 Pacific' just doesn't quite have the same ring to it! Ah yes, Just another childhood memory abolished, Tisc.. Tisc.. What's next, No More 'Starlight Stairway' Say it ain't so! -Rick Valentine ('68) ~ Spokane, WA Where the big melt down has changed 'Snowbound Spokane' to 'Soggy Spokane' **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) Hey Bombers, we've been a little slow the last couple of days so I don't feel so bad plugging dates. This weekend I'll be at Jester's Comedy Club in Beaverton, OR and on January 23-24th I'll be in Palm Desert, CA at the McCallum Center with Johnny Mathis. Hope to see some Bombers. Anyone seen Mike Davis ('74)? -Brad Upton ('74) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/10/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers and Don Sorensen sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Marilyn De Vine ('52) Dorothy Cameron ('55), Steve Carson ('58) Suzie Gunderson ('60), John Adkins ('62) David Rivers ('65), Robert Avant ('69) Don Sorensen (NAB) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) To: Ken Gardner ('54) Yes the gators did it, but they wouldn't beat SC. -Dick McCoy ('45) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn "Em" De Vine ('52) To: Karen Cole Correll ('55) Thank you so much for submitting that precious video of Kaitlyn singing at the White House. I hadn't seen it before. She was on American Idol (starting when she was 3 years old) and was wonderful. Her Dad taught her all the words because she couldn't read, yet. What a darling little girl with a lot of stage presence. I am back in Yuma, trying to get home after a lovely but much too short visit with Bonnie Steeber Frasca ('57) and her husband, Bill, in Oro Valley, right next door to Tucson. Today, Gus Keeney ('57) and I will look again at an automobile which MIGHT get me home! It is old and looks very roughed-up. At least I would never have to worry about anyone wanting to steal it *grin*. I missed my "window"---should have left yesterday but we can only do what we can do, huh? My problem is that there is no public transportation out of Yuma that will take my dog. (Actually, should have gone straight from Tucson, but kind of didn't want to make the trip in my 33' RV in that bad weather. Prayers and good thoughts to the people all over the Pacific Northwest (and the world!) who are experiencing tough times. And thank you to the people who have kept a good thought for my Sandra (nab) as she goes through another bout of chemo. She is having less pain and believes the tumors are shrinking. She will be 49 years old on the 13th---had hoped to be home for that. Also, daughter Keri (nab) will fly down from Alaska the 16th to 20th and I hope to be there to see her, too. Best regards, -Marilyn "Em" De Vine ('52) ~ in sunny and pleasant Yuma, AZ where the Jeep/Desert Runs keep going and going! I keep finding rocks to take home...Gus is one of the most patient guys I know and he will bring many of them for me when he moves back up to his place in West Richland for the summer. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dorothy Cameron Powell ('55) A Bomber Mom went to be with the Lord yesterday in Phoenix, AZ Marge Cameron... Mom of Dorothy Cameron Powell ('55), Doug (aka Jock) Cameron ('58) and Judy Cameron Ayers('60). Mom was 94 years young and had just moved to AZ to be closer to family. Judy and Mom had some special times together these last 3 months. Marge and Doug Cameron (Doug died in '95) were very active in Richland community activities... particularly the Richland Players and the Allied Art Association and CUP Church. They had traveled the world extensively during their retirement years and then settled in Goleta, CA. She was a true Bomber Mom... full of energy, loved life and was loved by many whose lives she had touched. -Dorothy Cameron Powell ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Carson (Championship Class of '58) The BCS "Championship" Game was about as good as it gets. I had a premonition that OU would loose when their captains skipped out to the coin toss holding hands. -Steve Carson (Championship Class of '58) ~ Chicago **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Suzie Gunderson Chiles ('60) Re: I remember, do you? -Suzie Gunderson Chiles ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: Sylvan Furniture Oh Lordy . . . Next you'll be tellin' me "Fairfax 81521" won't get me Coal or oil. -John Adkins ('62) ~ Richland - where we can still play golf - though "Shamy" is gone and the goat ranch is without a clubhouse. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: stuff and more stuff Not sure this is anything new... I thought I did this a "while" back... but it may have been 5 years ago... I'm told that cell phones will go "public" this month and that we will be charged for the phone calls we receive from telemarketers etc... we can call 888-382-1222 (the National do not call list) to avoid this imposition... please do not throw your phone on the ground when you have to press "1"... if you break your phone... you will be saved from the calls but will not be able to make or receive the calls you want... registering your phone will not save you from getting dumb calls from me if I happen to have your number... so be ready for: "Is your refrigerator running" and prince Albert in a can... I have been driving my little red Henry J gasser again... with the Sirius radio in it... at first I was upset because my "golden oldies" station wasn't there any more... they now have the '30s, '40s, '50s... stations... at first it seemed if I turned on the '50s station I was gonna be saddled with '50-'54, which I'm sure some of you more mature folks enjoy... for me, I wanna hear '55-'59... I tried the '60s station but it seemed a little like the commercial stations which believe the Supremes were the only girl group and the Beatles the only band... Now I fully realize that times have changed since the night Gene Pitney broke the TV Rock 'n' Roll barrier by singing "Town Without Pity" on the Academy Awards... and yes... I also recognized that people like the Stones and others are singing for everything from automobiles to stool softeners... elevators no longer just play elevator music (at least not in this town)... but I can only hear "Stop in the name of love" a couple of times a year without barfing... I wanna hear Ronnie and her Ronnettes... I want to hear all the great one hit wonders people made... I wanna hear Conway when he was a Rocker... Smokey before he married wealth... I wanna hear 'Where or when" where I can hear the Belmonts and not just Dion singing about that girl run around Sue... I wanna hear all the great stuff that Roy and Del sang... all of it not just "Pretty Woman" (Sorry Butch ('65) I do remember you wore that record out at Zip's)... so anyway... the good news is that the '50s station plays mostly rock 'n' roll from '55-'59... not much Perry Como and very little Pat Boone... just teeth shattering rock... they do have a do-op show but it is on at a time I'm not listening... I just never got into that ('cept the Belmonts)... tho the delinquents at the donut shop who are a few years older than I am love it... so there's something for everyone... and they don't play the same songs every day at the same time... Well, that's the way I see it... besides... I forgot what I was gonna say. -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Avant ('69) To: Brad Upton ('74) Re: "Anyone seen Mike Davis ('74)?" Last I saw him he was at Spagos at a table for two kanoodling with Madonna about opening for her on tour. -Robert Avant ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorensen (NAB) To All Bombers, Another installment of 6. Anyone planning to attend CHREST's recreation of the Hanford Camp Mess Halls February 14th?? Picture #174 is from the 222-S Labs 2 West Area - 1955. -Don Sorensen (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/11/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Kenny Gardner ('54), Diane Davenport ('62) John Adkins ('62), Pam Ehinger ('67) Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Russell ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bob Lysher ('81) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mark Gerken ('02) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kenny Gardner ('54) Re: Gators Did It To: Dick McCoy ('45) First USC needs to earn the right to play the Gators!!!!!!!!!!. -Kenny Gardner ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Diane Davenport ('62) In the Sorenson photos #173 the guy in the middle is John Bernhard, father of Turman Bernhard ('61) and Jeb Bernhard ('62) and my Dad's best friend. -Diane Davenport ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Adkins ('62) From the January 10th Sandstorm - Don Sorenson's Pictures #175. That fine young man running the reproduction equipment is Jimmie Shipman ('51). The young lady (seated) is Betty Leavitt ('51-RIP). This information "gleaned" from my sister, Roberta Adkins Shipman ('52), and wife of Jimmie (she didn't know the young lady standing). -John Adkins ('62) ~ Richland - The Yakima is now to run above it's banks. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) To: Suzie Gunderson Chiles ('60) Re: Do You Remember? Yes, Suzie. I do remember ALL of IT!! Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) To: Suzie Gunderson Chiles ('60) Re: Do You Remember? What a great link to that poem with one of my favorite songs as background music. I'll be sharing that one with friends/family. Thanks! To: David Rivers ('65) I drive all over rural Idaho with my psychiatric practice, so I thought Sirius satellite radio was going to be much used -- lots of places without good radio reception otherwise. But I hardly ever turn it on, and I am going to stop the service. I agree, their channel selection is going down hill. I am sure you know their company is tanking ... a couple of days ago I heard their stocks are down to $0.09/share. Anyway I have an IPod jack built into my '08 Ranger. So I listen to what I like when I want to. Either that or a book on CD, or some medical Podcast I've downloaded. But mostly I just listen to the quiet. I like that the best. Re: Cell Phones & telemarketing The thing about cell phone numbers being given out to telemarketers is a hoax. Check it out on Re: Alaska And now a HUGE thanks to all you Alaskans, former Alaskans, and people who know people in Alaska. I have had lots of e-mails, and haven't been able to respond to everyone yet. But the general consensus so far is "yeah, it's cold in winter in Fairbanks, but what a great place to live!" -Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) ~ Haven Farm, Idaho -- Cottonwood Creek seems to be receding VERY SLOWLY. Fingers crossed that this won't be a big flood year -- like 1996, when the bridge across the property here was wiped out, I'm told by the locals. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/12/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers and Don Sorensen sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Anna May Wann ('49) Mike Clowes ('54), David Rivers ('65) Brent Van Reenen ('67), Anonymous Don Sorensen (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Earl Bennett ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) To: Kenny Gardner ('54) Re: Gators How did the Gators "earn" the right to the championship game? BY losing a game at home while SC, with the same record, lost a game on the road? Or is the real truth, the Gators earned the "right" by being located on the East Coast. How about Utah? Let's have a playoff in the future. -Dick McCoy ('45) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) Comcast is at it again. No Sandstorm 1/10 and 1/11. Sure glad we have access through the internet and our Bomber webpage. Thanks for making it available for us, Maren. You are greatly appreciated. [Good to know that all you comcast people know to go read the Sandstorm online... -Maren] -Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) To: Dick McCoy ('45) and Kenny Gardner ('54) Wouldn't either team have to go through Utah? -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR, where things are beginning to dry out **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: big kids have birthdays too He's the man... and it's his birthday on the 12th... hadn't seen him in a while but was nice to visit a bit during the '63 reunion... corse most of the time I was just catching him as he zoomed past on his bike... no... not a Harley... a... hmmmmmmmm not sure what type... don't think it was a Schwinn or a Huffy tho... but it looked pretty darned racy... he has started a nasty rumor which I must dispel... I did not give his sister, Cecilia ('65) the ellipses... ellipses just happen... ya know you're talking along and there is a pause... not right for a coma and certainly not right for a period, question mark, an exclamation point or even a semicolon... they just happen... now if I was a Presidential or Senatorial candidate... I might say "uhhh" or "ya know" but they just don't fit my style... maybe uuuuuuuuummm... no... not that either... also the older I get the more lost for the correct word I get so I think a little... helps me regroup... In any event... I do want to wish Earl C. Bennett, III ('63) a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brent Van Reenen (Blue Ribbon Class of 1967) My sister Doris Van Reenen Dollarhide ('61) lost her youngest son Terry to a heart attack last week. His funeral is scheduled for Thursday at 10am. He had suffered from Crohns disease since he was a teenager. If any of you know about this terrible disease and want to make a donation to research I and my family would be appreciative. -Brent Van Reenen (Blue Ribbon Class of 1967) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Anonymous Re: New Federal law re: Children's used toys and clothes Basically it says that thrift shops, garage sales, etc. Are exempt. Due to the 1/8 entry from Larry Mattingly ('60), people might be interested and they can click the link and read it for them selves. -Anon **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorensen (NAB) To: Diane Davenport ('62) Always nice to find an old friend. Feels like a warm hug. To: John Adkins ('62) That's Jimmy!! Never would have recognized him in that photo. Those old machines were work savers in the day, archaic by our standards however unlike today's stuff they were bullet proof! To: All Bombers Another installment of 5 photos. -Don Sorensen (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/13/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers and Don Sorensen sent stuff: Jim McKeown ('53), Kenny Gardner ('54) Mike Clowes ('54), Tom Verellen ('60) David Rivers ('65), Ted Smith ('66) Don Sorensen (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Luda Stambaugh ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins Sharon and Karen Polk ('76) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pat Ruane ('75) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim McKeown ('53) To: Don Sorensen (NAB) I believe the latest picture #177, shows Barbara Culverhouse from that great class of '53, in the lower right front. This must have been taken in '54 or '55... at the 50th reunion she didn't look much different than this picture. To: The Cameron kids...Dorothy ('55), Judy ('60) and Jock ('58) So sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. It's always tough to lose a parent....I know since I lost both of mine this year, but she will forever be there in your thoughts. I know Judy talked about her to me the last time we saw her at a Club 40 function. It sounds like she had a great life and that Judy was able to spend some quality time with her in her visits to Santa Barbara. -Jim McKeown ('53) ~ very sunny and warm Sacramento, CA we could hit a record high today... 70 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kenny Gardner ('54) To: Dick McCoy ('45) East coast --- west coast Tebow is coming back --- so watch out next year!!!!!!!!!! -Kenny Gardner ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) To: Dick McCoy ('45, '46 & '02) and Kenny Gardner ('54) Of course USC and the 'Gators would have to go through the Detroit Lions before they could take on the Utah "Utes". And in BCS thinking a loss is a loss no matter where. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where it is (was) a foggy Monday **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) Re: Picture #176 I am thinking it is the Sunday school class at the South Side church on the former Goethals... guessing from the street number. I think I recognize a few of the faces in the middle portion of the crowd. I could be way off on this due to COMA, constraints of memory affliction (which is only one "m" away from comma). Almost dead center looking I believe there is a young Tom Smith ('60)(fifth row up seventh from the left) some of the others nearby I can think of names but they are really just wild guesses. Re: Pre Flood Enclosed a pre flood photograph... this guy looks familiar. -Tom Verellen ('60) ~ near Lacey like a soggy sponge just drizzle today. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: hate it when I'm wrong... But I am the first to admit it when I am...ok...maybe the 12th or 14th... but eventually... so here's the latest... When the Four Seasons became Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and later just Frankie Valli, I was the first (but I'm sure not the only) guy to say: "Oh sure... too good for the group"... "Big Star!".. people have been trying to get me to see Jersey Boys since it opened... I had no desire... So one of my partner's Christmas gift to the rest of us was Dinner and Jersey Boys... I was less than excited... The Stones, sure... the Eagles, ok... ZZ, fer sher fer sher... the Stray Kats, I'm game... but Jersey Boys... gimme a break... I WAS WRONG! Dang... what a story... what a wonderful story... I'm sorry Frankie... I was wrong about you... I will try and withhold judgment from now on until I have a few more facts... (but if he gives me tickets to Cher or Barry Manilow... I ain't goin'... right wrong or indifferent)... I remember years ago when my daughter used to do a lot of backup work on the Strip... one year she was backing up BM... I mean Barry Manilow... he was just nasty to the back up singers... (her favorite was always Larry Gatlin)... well on her last night she found himself in an elevator with the big BM... he was his nasty self... when she got off the elevator she turned and said "ya know... before I got this gig, I didn't know who you were..." That's my little girl!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ted Smith ('66) Re: Picture #176 Finally some people I recognize in the old photos. My brothers Bill ('59) and Tom ('60) are near the center of the group. The photo was taken on the front steps of the old SSUP Church building on what is now Jadwin. Probably the Sunday School classes. Must have been about 1951 or 1952. I'm sad to say that brother Bill, died on November 21, 2008 after struggling with Alzheimer's for several years. A memorial service was held on December 7 in Tumwater, where he and his family had lived for many years. I'll post a link to his obituary soon. Peace, -Ted Smith ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorensen (NAB) To All Bombers, Another installment of 6. Because of Maren's eagle eye she found that 180 and 181 were identical. So there will be no 181... we'll start at 182 and go from there. I love #187 it is so '50s. -Don Sorensen (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/14/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers sent stuff: Rex Davis ('49), Betty Bell ('51) Jim McKeown ('53), Rex Hunt ('53wb) Tom Matthews ('57), Jim Russell ('58) Roger Young ('59), Tom Verellen ('60) Helen Cross ('62), Carol Converse ('64) David Rivers ('65), Rick Valentine ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan Baker ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rex Davis ('49) To: Don Sorensen (NAB) I think the person in picture #178 from your endless supply is Wayne Killand ('48). I looked at the Senior Class pictures in the l948 Columbian and I'm sure that is him. -Rex Davis ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) Another reminder that the EASY SWING BAND will play Friday, January 16, at the Richland Community Center from 1:00 to 4:00, sponsored by the Richland Seniors Association. Cost is $4.00 at the door, and pre-packaged finger foods are welcome but not required. Come and enjoy the music we listened to so long ago! You will be glad you did! -Betty Bell Norton ('51) ~ Richland where the snow disappeared overnight and our green grass is showing again! Unfortunately so is lots of water in West Richland! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim McKeown ('53) To: Don Sorensen (NAB) My old class buddy, Jack Sinderson ('53), identified the young man in photo #187 as our classmate Russ Armstrong ('53). He's the one on the left, and I'm guessing this was taken a year or so before 1953. Not quite sure what they are doing, but I believe Russ was into models and stuff. -Jim McKeown ('53) ~ from very warm and sunny Sacramento, CA another record high today... mid 70s. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rex Hunt ('53wb) Re: Dogs OK -- Listen up. If you want to see a great dog picture... go see "Gran Torino". It's a great Movie. Not so maudlin a thing like Marley & Me. Loved the Dog... not sure about the owner. -Rex Hunt ('53wb) ~ Hanford, CA where its so foggy today I had to chunk a rock over to my neighbors house so we could holler at each other thru the hole the rock made. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Matthews ('57) Re: Oldest Richland Grad? William Kurth (RIP) I don't know him or any family but this interesting obituary notes he graduated from Richland High School, perhaps in 1918. Oldest Richland Grad?? [Interesting, Tom... I don't find him listed among the 3 grads from 1918 (Lorin St. John ('55) reported this info. came from the Richland Advocate). Perhaps because of WWI, he went in the service and graduated when he came home? Anybody know?? -Maren] -Tom Matthews ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Russell ('58) Re: Picture #176 I think I recognize 2-3 in the picture. I agree that it must be taken in front of Southside United Protestant Church. I'm thinking that Mary Margaret Kramer ('58) and Ruthann Hutchins ('58) are standing 2nd & 3rd from the right in the next to top row. Moving three over toward the left must be Mrs. Brinkman, my 5th grade teacher at Lewis & Clark Elementary. Standing 3 over from the right on the third row looks like it is Bruce Berlin (Kennewick grad), and if that's so, then I'm guessing that his mother Vi Berlin (turning 100 years old end of this month) is standing on the top row 3 from the right. A few of the other faces are familiar, but I can't place names to them with any confidence. Is that Judy Crose ('58) standing just below and to Mrs. Brinkman's right? Cheers -Jim Russell ('58)~ Mountlake Terrace, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roger Young ('59) Looking at this great website for the first time, I just finished several hours of reminiscing my childhood of growing up in Richland from 1943 - 1959 when I graduated from Columbia High. We actually lived in Prosser for a while as there were not even the first prefabs. I do not recall but my mom told the story of how my dad loaded us in the car one Sunday and drove us to Richland where the foundations were installed for the very first prefabs. Mom said he drove around until he came to a certain foundation and told us (I was 2) "that is where your house is going to be next week" and sure enough, the prefabs started arriving on barges in 2 half sections, then trucked to and plopped on the foundations. I am not sure of the exact details but this is as my mom recalled the events. My dad had been recruited from a refinery DuPont was building in Utah to come to Richland and his first job was to help install the utilities for these first prefabs. We lived in that prefab where I started school at Marcus Whitman until the 2nd (?) grade when I transferred to the new Spalding school when we moved into 1/2 of a "B" house on Perkins. Just before the start of 7th at Carmichael, we moved to our "H" house on GWWAy right across the street from the bus depot. After my dad died in the early '70s my mom lived there until 1983 when she sold it to move closer to me in the Seattle area. Life was so much different in those days. We thought nothing of putting our .22s over our shoulder on Saturday and walking thru town past where the Desert Lawn cemetery is today and shooting down by the Yakima River; people thought nothing about it. My folks had no concerns about me and my buddies wandering around town, even as young boys, as they knew that 'all eyes were on you' at all times. Most people knew at least 1/2 the town and the 1/2 that did not know you watched out for you anyway. Well, that is enough rambling for now. I tried to find a link or mention of a 50 year reunion for us '59 Bombers? I would love to hear from any of my classmates. I have lived in Vancouver WA for the past 5 years while my 18 year old son (yes, 18) graduates from HS in June and then I am out of this rain; not sure to where yet. I have a vacation house in southern France on the Med and go there 2-3 times a year but will not live there full time. -Roger Young ('59) ~ Vancouver, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) To: Ted Smith ('66) Sorry to hear about your brother, Bill ('59-RIP). I had run into him here in Olympia a few times over the years and it was like seeing a member of an extended family. He was a very nice person like all of your family. Re: Picture #176 I thought that was Bill peeking from around (guessing now) Sally Hatcher ('60). Give my condolences to your brothers. -Tom Verellen ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) I am sad to report that my mother, Myrtle Cross died yesterday following a brief illness involving her heart. Of course, this is also my brother, Roy Cross ('65)'s mother. Her grave side services will be this coming Monday at Einan's memorial home at Swift and the Bypass Highway at 2 pm.... My husband will conduct the brief services. Fortunately my husband and I were in Kennewick just last week to have lunch with her and my brother at her care facility, the Royal Columbian Inn. They have been good to my mother these past l0 years she has made this place her home, and were as attentive to her needs as they have always been. We are spending this week at June Lakes, CA with my oldest son, Chip, who is now 31, so he and my husband can try out Mammoth Mountain Ski area... They love it... and I love the sunshine and blue skies which are expected all week... Chip's girlfriend is in the process of learning to snowboard, and I took her son (age 4) to a little hill, where he is learning to snow board. As I don't have any grandchildren I enjoy spending time with him... me, I gave up skiing almost 20 years ago, so I enjoy walking with my feet difficulties... and reading novels when I have time. So we'll be back in Washington again next week; we narrowly made it back over the pass on last Thursday nite, we waited all afternoon for Stevens to open up, and as soon as it did we jumped on it, and except for about l,000 feet right at the summit, it wasn't bad... at least we made our flight on Friday to come down here, and even got to go out to dinner with our good friends, Ray and Mary Eldridge in West Seattle. (Ray taught or did his student teaching in Richland years ago.) And being a sports nut, he's well aware of Bomber basketball history. I tried to call Carole Johnston Berg ('62) in Renton with no reply when I was in Seattle, as I hadn't heard from her at Christmas for the first time in ages, and I also called Reverend Mel Finkbeiner who moved over to DuPont, WA to a Methodist Retirment Home last February. They are doing well at the ripe ages of 91 and 89, I believe. I wish I had more time to go and visit them, (always be careful what you pray for as I may get more time... this coming week, after I clean out my mother's room at the Royal Columbian.) But I do love being back on the west coast, -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) Re: Picture #176 My mom is in this picture! I didn't even pay attention when I first saw it. Glad a couple people mentioned it today in the Sandstorm. She is on the top row, last person on the right. Cool! She taught SS [Sunday School] for many many years. -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA where we have been having GREAT weather! Sunshine and very warm. I bet, Linda Reining ('64), you are having very warm temps these days down in Bakersfield. I love it!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Love those memories I got a great email forward from Jack Gardiner ('61) with "Do you remember these" by the Statler Bros. or something to that effect with so many pictures of our past... just too cool... I mean how many of us went to David's Shoes most of our young lives... Buster Browns... I think Galencamps was one of the first "other" shoe store I remember (Simpson ('65) worked there)... tho BB&M was the place for Converse... I got my first Converse black low cuts for our 25th reunion... couldn't afford them when they were all the rage back home... But Richard Twedt ('64) saved the day by showing up at school with a pair of black Converse indoor track shoes with black stripes which were a tad cheaper than the Chuck Taylor's and I got a pair of those... Heidlebaugh ('65) has been buying those up on eBay and he even got me a pair... what a guy... I remember standing in the shoe store just before the 25th reunion... I stood there forever debating whether to buy them or not... 25 bucks now... (or then)... sounded like big money to me... (the car I was driving cost more than my house and I was sweating bullets trying to decide whether to spring for the black low cut Chucks) The email Jack sent showed some VERY cool penny loafers... two tone jobs... I'd love to find some of them... back in '85 or so I was in a hearing during the MGM fire litigation... I was part of MGM's team... I crossed my legs and happened to look down the row of my other partners there with me... we were all wearing the exact same pair of black capped toed shoes... I was appalled... this was the largest firm in the state and there were 8 of us there wearing the same danged shoes... it was true what others said about us... we were clones... oh the shame of it... I went out the next weekend and bought a bunch of brown and a bunch of black Wejun penny loafers and have worn either the Wejuns or Dexters (whichever I can find in quantity) ever since that day... and of course they have pennies in them... the only time I have ever worn those cap toes (still have the same pair) is when I have to wear a tux... During my ill-fated campaign I spent a lot of time with my former partner who just became a Supreme and her husband (both were at the MGM hearing where I made the discovery)... and I showed them the offensive cap toes (musta been a black tie affair)... we got a good laugh Anyway here is the site if you want a good laugh and a lot of memories: Also, speaking of Gardiners and fond memories... How many of you kids (boys) who were younger than and went to school (grade school... Jr. hi... etc.) with Chuck Gardiner ('63 RIP) NEVER tried to walk like Chuck (even in your own bed room)... I'll bet there aren't 10 out there who can honestly say they didn't. I just got a phone call from John Foster ('65)... He was very concerned because he had heard some rumblings about what an eye- sore the old Richland Theater was... I am sure you all recall the Uncle Burt ('59) and others are working hard to refurbish the theater... now come on... we saw a ton of movies there... I think the Village ran the serials but the Richland theater holds many memories for all of us... It is also the sole surviving WWII commercial building in town... In Vegas we have almost no old buildings left... an old courthouse that is being used for something else now (was the post office) is just about all we have left... they even tore down Bugsy's Cabanas a few years back... talk about history... no wait... we still have the old Mormon Fort... but that's it! I hope the Richland Theater never goes the way of the Sands Hotel... Finally, if anybody has any insight into the dates for 2009 Cool Desert Nights, please lemme know. The '65ers are planning their yearly gathering. [June 19 - 21 -Maren] -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Valentine ('68) Re: Spokane Area Lunch For all of you Spokane area folks with a touch of 'Cabin Fever', it's time to get together for the first Spokane area lunch of 2009. WHAT: 'Lunch And Slot Machines' WHEN: Next Sunday 01-18-09 WHERE: Norther Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Road In Airway Heights, about 1 mile north of WAL*MART. WHO: All Bombers, Spouses and friends are welcome Let's meet in the Woodlands Restaurant, Coffee at 11:30 AM Lunch around noon. See you all There... -Rick Valentine ('68) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/15/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice: Elva McGhan ('50), Karen Cole ('55) George Barnett ('63), Carol Converse ('64) David Rivers ('65), Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) Rick Valentine ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ron Richards ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol Cross ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ronna Jo Lynch ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Freeman ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY REMEMBERED: Wendy Carlberg ('64-RIP) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Elva McGhan Wallace ('50) Re: Picture #175 The girl standing in front is Betty Leavitt ('51-RIP). I don't know the girl sitting at the end of the machine. Looks like the picture was taken in the Printing building in 700 Area. -Elva McGhan Wallace ('50) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Karen Cole Correll ('55) To: Tom Verellen ('60) Thanks Tom for including the obituary on Mr. Kurth. When we lived in Grand Coulee (Prior to Richland,) we knew the Kurth family. His daughter Eileen was in my class. Don Cole (55) was also in our class at the time, and I'm sure he remembers the family. What an exciting life Mr. Kurth led. It's interesting to discover that he may be the oldest Richland graduate. Thanks again, -Karen Cole Correll ('55) ~ Nine Mile Falls, WA Where the deer are enjoying the deer repellent we've applied to our trees! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George Barnett ('63) Re: Chuck Gardner's ('63) "stroll" To: David Rivers ('65 and others who remember The Chuck Gardner lean and lurch "Cock walk"!!! You won't believe this but every now and then I still do it just to amuse myself and recall the days when I would do it to harass the "Chuckster". Of course there isn't anyone around anymore to appreciate my imitation, but it is a remembrance of Chuck and the "old days" out on the AG farm. Yes, Chuck was an "aggie" too. I think I've mastered the "lean and lurch" pretty well in my humble opinion. Now if I can gain the approval of Pitts ('63), Frankie boy Whiteside ('63), and the rest of the old FFA gang, then I'll do a demo for the rest of the class of '63. I've always wondered what kind of grief the Army D.I.s in boot camp gave Chuck when teaching him to march in ranks? I'll bet it just gave them fits to see one person (and you know he was near the front in "taller tap") march doing the lean and lurch Cock walk while all others were straight and trim. Bye Geo. -George Barnett ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) Re: Picture #176 I forgot to mention yesterday my mom's name. Top row, first person on right is Doris Converse. After really looking at the picture again in this morning's Sandstorm, I found a couple people that I know. First row, first girl, far right is Di'Ova Wallace (NAB). Next to her is Linda Merril ('64). Can't be sure, but isn't the 3rd girl next to Linda Merril Sharon Sasser ('64)? The girl in the 2nd row, 3rd from right is me peeking through the people to be seen I guess. Also, the 8th girl, bottom row from the right is Cathy Bean ('64). -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA Still have the sun shining!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Poor Jenny Gotta birthday on the 15th... fine '65er Bomber-Babe... known her forever... probably thru Parker ('65)... which is a story in itself... Re: Cool Desert Nights, 2009 thanks for the help from all who notified me of CDN's being held June 19-21... unfortunately that is last year's schedule... I'm sure eventually they will post this year's dates... Lotsa fun comments on Chuck Gardiner's ('63-RIP) walk... I knew I was not alone... a kid that cool just generates a lot of attention and admiration... not to mention emulation... Now back to the birthday girl... I've loved her from afar as long as I can remember and a better friend... well there isn't one... now there was a time... as the title of this post indicates there was a little trouble in River City... back in her Christ the King days, the birthday girl was spending a little time with the lovely Ms. Parker... it seems that notwithstanding the fact that she was also surrounded by the likes of Harrah ('65) and Lyman ('65)... the birthday girl's mother decided that Laura was a bad influence on her little girl... that always reminds me of the Everly's song, "Poor Jenny"... a song about a girl who was taken to a party on the first date only to wind up in jail... "Well Jenny had her picture in the paper this morning, she made a big bang... according to the story in the paper this morning, Jenny is the leader of a teen age gang... "... if I had a nickel for every night that turned out that way back in school... ah but this isn't about me and those hoodlums I ran with... this is about my dear friend... HAPPY BIRTHDAY Ronna Jo Lynch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yer the best, RJ! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) Re: Picture #176 No, Tom Verellen ('60), I don't see my sister Sally Hatcher Biggerstaff ('60) in that photo. I keep hoping someone from my family will show up one of these days in the photos, though. They are GREAT! Thanks to our own (even though NAB) Don Sorenson for keeping these going for us.\ What a joy :-) -Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Valentine ('68) Re: Spokane Area Lunch Reminder For all of you Spokane area folks with a touch of 'Cabin Fever', it's time to get together for the first Spokane area lunch of 2009. WHAT: 'Lunch And Slot Machines' WHEN: Next Sunday 1/18/09 WHERE: Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Road In Airway Heights, about 1 mile north of Wal*Mart. WHO: All Bombers, Spouses and friends are welcome Let's meet in the Woodlands Restaurant, Coffee at 11:30 AM Lunch around noon. See you all There... -Rick Valentine ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Bill Smith ('59) ~ 4/19/41 - 11/21/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/16/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Norma Loescher ('53), Marguerite Groff ('54) Wynell Williams ('55), Patti Jones ('60) Mike Brady ('61), Jim Hamilton ('63) Jim Coyne ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Stephanie Dawson ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barry Byron ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary Telfer ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lucinda Barr ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Norma Loescher Boswell ('53) Re: Public Art at Lee Landing I'm quoting Chairman Krista Hopkins below for the purpose of receiving your comments about a proposed art piece envisioned for Lee Landing before the art goes to City Council for approval or rejection: "The Richland Arts Commission is commissioning a piece of art for the Lee Landing Plaza (at the very end of Lee in the plaza connected to the dock at Howard Amon Park). This piece is one part of our ongoing plan to add artwork along the Columbia river trail in Richland. Our first commission was the tree carvings, which have received a tremendously positive response. "We have worked hard over the past several months soliciting resumes from artists, deciding on an artist and working with that artist in his preparation of a model designed for the site. The artist's name is Tom Lindsey. He has extensive experience designing public art for parks and also is a licensed architect. "The piece we have selected is an abstract work of art in a "Gateway" or "Arch" design. The Arts Commission feels it is a fantastic design for the site and are looking forward to making our presentation to City Council for their approval. The piece was recently presented to the Parks and Recreation Commission and received their approval regarding safety issues and site location, since it's in a city park. "The piece stands 18' high and serves as a passageway from the river to Richland and as an archway as you walk along the trail. Because it is abstract in design, there is no "back" to it, which means it is viewable as a piece of art from all sides. It will be made of mild steel with a painted finish. We received funding for the piece through a hotel/motel lodging tax grant. Maintenance costs associated with the piece have been considered and are a part of our budget." Here is your chance to review the piece in its model stage. We would like to gather some public comment before we make a presentation to City Council next month. Please note, we have not selected a color for the piece, yet. Therefore, what you are viewing is the piece in its model form. Here's the link: or go to click on "living," then "city view tv," then "watch cityview programs," then "archived meetings," then it's the 1/8/09 parks and rec meeting. Thanks for taking your time to look and comment. Bomber Cheers, -Norma Loescher Boswell ('53) Member Richland Arts Commission **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) Just a short reminder to local '54 gals. Today is our time to gather together at Granny's restaurant for lunch. I'm looking forward to see that you have all survived the snow and ice we've had. Now's the time I envy all those bright folks that head south. My sister, Marilyn Groff Taylor ('63) and hubby are in southern Mexico. They are really enjoying the weather. It's a long way to get warm, but they love it. I noticed that she is listed in '63 as missing. She lives in Yakima. I will have her give you all necessary information when she returns from her trip. I can find her house but don't know her address, only phone number and e-mail. A happy, safe and healthy 2009 to everyone. And, a reminder to '54 folks - 55th reunion in September.. More information coming. Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) ~ Richland - Snow is gone (for now); fog is here and it is COLD!! I want more sunshine. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Wynell Williams Fishburne ('55) Re: Don Sorenson's (NAB)picture #176 The second row down from the top of the picture, far left is Orrheta Brooks ('55) and right next to her is her Mother. Orrheta was a dear friend of mine. She died of lung cancer 14 or 15 years ago and has been missed by many of us. -Wynell Williams Fishburne ('55) ~ Victorville, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: True! Aluminum Foil - Saran Wrap Information I sure feel ridiculous after losing half a roll of aluminum foil during the holidays. I have checked every roll and the wax paper is the only one that doesn't have it. {I punched in 4 ends (two boxes). I'm blown away!! -Maren] -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Chuck Gardner ('63-RIP) I thought I was the only one who thought Chuck's walk was cool. I tried it many times when I wanted to show my "coolness." I wish I could remember how he did it. I would like to do the "walk" again. I'm "SURE" my family and friends would be impressed. Chuck was a fun guy. I spent many enjoyable times with him and his brother Jack ('61). -Mike Brady ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) Re: Picture #176 Probably from a Vacation Bible School at Southside Church. One person I do recognize is in the front row all the way to the left in the picture. That would be Judy "Front Row" Shibly ('63), a south end alum who kept Dick Plows ('63) and myself in line for many years. That might be Linda Mitchell ('63) standing next to her. Judy, Linda and Joanne Funderburg ('63) were always front row dwellers, each being only a tad over 30" tall at that time in their life. That is Bruce Berlin ('63wb) with his hair combed, just to the right of the escapee from Woodland Park who is checking someone for head lice. Mrs. Puderbaugh's hat looks like something one might wear to the Kentucky Derby, although I'm sure in her case it was to pass out tracts rather than imbibe in Mint Julips. Is the kid in the stripped shirt in the front Muggsy Goodrich? -jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Coyne ('64) Re: Chuck Gardner ('63-RIP) I to remember the big guy (Chuck). Always thought he was pretty cool as well as George Barnett ('63) All the bus rides out to the FFA farm. it looked like we were all riding the short bus. Remember the trip to Yellowstone with the gang. Mr. Evans driving all the way back there. Its the wonder he didn't kill him by the time we got back. As I remember he was a great guy. I did see him get his feathers up once in awhile but he was one of the good guys. George remember you took me up the side of that hill in West Richland in your jeep. The hill with the white cross, can't remember its name. Anyway that trip just about scared the stuff out of me. All the guys that took FFA were great guys from '63. Its funny I can remember the guys from '63 but not the guys from '64. Hope you all have a great year -Jim Coyne ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Chaz Freeman ('79) ~ 10/20/59 - 1/11/09 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/17/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Marguerite Groff ('54) Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betty Ely ('47) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Teresa Holmes ('93) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) Something terrible happened to my e-mail today (Friday). I didn't get the Sandstorm. Is it just me or did anyone else with Charter Communications get missed too? That's not acceptable. My day just isn't complete. HELP!! -Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Marguerite, Read the Sandstorm at until we get things fixed. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: 45th Reunion for 1964? What are the official dates for the Class of 1964's 45th reunion? -Gary Behymer ('64) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Gary, Dunno yet... committee is working on it. -Maren] ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/18/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Larry Mattingly ('60), Patti Jones ('60) Ed Wood ('62), David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Missy Keeney ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeannie Shanks ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy O'Neil ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sheila Davis ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Eric Holmes ('90) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: All in a Sunday's work Sometimes life can get exciting. Like when I get an invitation to blow up a car for a TV series. The new series is called "The P hone" written as you see it. It will be on M TV in the not to distant future. I was not able to find out if there is a firm start date. The production company "bought the day" at Alki Fish and Chips. (This is across the bay and in plain sight of downtown Seattle). So we had the place to ourselves. That is about 90 people from production, the talent, and 40 extras. And of course a squad of police, and 2 fire dept. engine companies. They had at least a dozen cameras and even a throwaway cam in the car. This kind of series is shot in digital, not film. Most scenes are shot once. I was working with a SPFX (special effects) pyro from the L.A. area. We got 8 junk cars parked in the parking lot on Sat. with the BMW in the middle. No motor, transmission, or gas tank. We also had removed the gas tanks from the cars parked next to it. We installed a pneumatic "lifter" to bounce it up a bit on one side. Then we spread propane "poppers" under the car. These are an explosive device that instantly crush a 1 pound propane cylinder and provide about a 12-15 foot diameter ball of flame each. We make these up on site. We broke out the side windows on what would be the up side to reduce the inside pressure wave, and allow better flame propagation. Then we set the charges inside the car. The mixture we use for that is nasty stuff. Similar to napalm in effect. We mix this on site. We also set a charge under a gallon of gasoline next to it to be sure to consume all of the nasty stuff. And we set a couple of small petards (explosive charge) to break the back window so it did not go flying and create a hazard. We had lots of clearance for the front window to fly a bit. I always get an ugly feeling in my stomach when I see the charges go and realize I was in the car setting it up. But we had several cops enforcing our safety zone and no radios or cell phones within 50 feet. Explosive techs get good respect and cooperation from production staff. Still in all, you have to know what you are doing, and have excellent safety habits. The mixture is "need to know" formulae, but uses fairly common chemicals. I have sent a couple of pictures to Maren and they are at: Notice the guys on the park bench. They are extras and are supposed to be surprised when it blows. The time difference in the two pictures is about 1 second or a bit less. If you can enlarge the picture #102 in your computer (roller mouse) you can see the car is tilted up a bit in the explosion, and also note in the upper right side of the flames is the square top of the moon roof of the car. It is a real art to pull this off in the space we had. No injuries, no fires other then the one car. Only blistered paint and one dent on the other cars. The production staff was totally delighted with the explosion. It photographed well, even in digital. It is a sobering experience to watch the explosion and burning of a car. Several spectators across the street were screaming. We had a water truck on standby with fire pump and hose and after they recorded the burning car for a minute we called in the truck and put it our ourselves. Seattle Fire Dept. would not do it. The tow trucks had the cars out of there in 30 minutes. We had stopped-up the storm drain. So after putting the car out we filtered the water and released it. They brought in a street sweeper and left the lot cleaner then we found it. I don't watch MTV and will not likely see the actual production. But that is Ok as I was close to it and saw it actually go off. To me that is better anyway. I was on my feet on asphalt for 13 hours, but still considered it a fun day. We did it last Sunday the 11th. I waited until now so I would have some pictures. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: All Bomber Luncheon - January Our great Maren who does not make mistakes made a boo boo in the Saturday morning Sandstorm. She entered the luncheon time as 11:30 p.m. I saw it and called the restaurant in case some one else read it and was early. Also emailed Maren to let her know what happened in the Sandstorm. Right after I arrived Dona McCleary Belt ('54) and husband Larry Belt ('57) came in for the luncheon. Dona always reads the Sandstorm but not always every day. She read the luncheon time, even though she and Larry have been before, thought the time had changed. She and Larry rushed up to be on time. When the restaurant told them that it wasn't until 1:00 P.M. they decided to go drive to see the flooding. They both told me about all the areas that were flooded. Suggested after the luncheon that I take a drive and see it. I did after the luncheon. Within a half mile decided because of traffic and all the areas flooded I didn't belong there. Turned around and drove home. As usual the news didn't begin to cover how much was flooded. Flooding couldn't keep the Bombers away. As many arrived they talked about the alternate route to get there. Nothing was going to get in the way of the luncheon. A memorial service for a Bomber mom did take some away early. Also kept some from coming. The following were in attendance: Larry Belt ('57) and wife Dona McCleary Belt ('54), Jon Hudspeth ('52) and wife Betty McElhaney Hudspeth ('57). Fred Klute ('58) & his brother Terry Klute ('63) Darlene Huesties ('64), Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63), Barbara Isakson Rau ('58), Glen Rose ('58) and wife Carol (spouse - '62 Sunnyvale, CA). Not sure every one signed up so I could put their names in. The conversations ranged from talking about the crocuses at Larry and Dona's coming up to ghosts that the Bombers have encountered. Plus chat about the Yakima flooding in 1996 which made even a bigger mess. A special thank you to Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) who is always there to back me up if I cannot attend. I am so grateful to know she can step into help at any time. Next luncheon is Valentine's Day. 1:00 P.M. The luncheon announcement are always in the Sandstorm the week before and the week of the luncheon. -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA living high on a hill does have it's advantages. I'm off Bombing Range Road. Watching for signs of springs. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed Wood ('62) Re: Sandstorms Class of '60 and '61 You gotta clean things out now and then. While rummaging through old files, I found a complete set of Sandstorms from the class of 1960 and 1961. Not my class, mind you, just two years before. Go figure. The attached file shows one of the articles describing the return of our favorite mascot that had been purloined for blushingly good purposes. I'd like to put these treasures in the hands of someone where the benefits can be shared more broadly. Any ideas? -Ed Wood ('62) ~ Morrison, CO **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Birthday girl This Bomber-babe may have more Bomber sprit than five of the rest of us put together, at least I've always felt that way... comes from a long line of Bombers from '57, '63 and '65 at least... first met her little brother when his dad and mine took us fishin' at Wellsian Pond... I could tell my pop and his were buds... the little brother and I have been pals ever since... think we were barely in school yet... in high school... after the little skinny belts, some with two buckles, many with gold or silver that stripped of and became rather unsightly, went out of style, big wide belts came into fashion... her brother Jackson made me a really cool one from a piece of leather my dad gave me with a big brass buckle... I've still got it in my closet after all these years... All of the kids from this family are too cool for school and I am proud to be friends with all of them... this member of the family graduated in '59 and I always love to see her and that huge smile her whole family shares... (I mean they each have their own... not like only one of them can smile at a time...) So it's time to wish Missy Keeney a HAPPY BIRTHDAY on the 18th!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/19/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber and Don Sorensen sent stuff: Jeanie Hutchins Simon ('62) Don Sorensen (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon Brooks ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Donna Bowers ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jean Armstrong ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeanie Hutchins Simon ('62) My sister, Ruthann Hutchins Jensen ('58), received word from Pastor Martens, from Richland Lutheran Church, that Roxanne Knutson Short ('62), had a massive stroke yesterday. She is hospitalized in Richland. It appears that it is primarily her left side that has been affected. Roxanne's mother, Lucille Knutson is still living in Richland. Prayers are most appreciated at this time. -Jeanie Hutchins Simon ('62) ~ Bellingham, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Who are they? To All Bombers, Another instalment of 6. -Don Sorensen (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/20/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Mike Clowes ('54) George Barnett ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marlene Maness ('57wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jack Evans ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Audrey Chambers ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) To: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re; Picture #192 The young lady in the plaid blouse looks suspiciously like Bev Brown ('52), but don't quote me on that. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George Barnett ('63) Re: The photo line-up - Picture #191 I'm pretty sure that photo #191 is my father-in-law, Leo Warren. He was the dispatcher out at Hanford for a good many years. He later became the supervisor of transportation. He went to work out in the area right after returning from WWII and three major landings in the South Pacific as a Marine. Tarawa, Iwo Jima, and Saipan. Dad was a "local" boy, born and raised in Benton City, his old farm was right across the Ki-Be bridge and to the west along the Yakima River. A trailer/R.V. park is there now. "Dad" passed away almost two years ago come June. I'm sure that there would be many Bombers that will recognize Leo as he was well liked by all bus drivers, train workers, and anyone who had anything to do with transportation at Hanford. -Bye Geo -George Barnett ('63) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/21/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Sylvia Plumb ('56), David Rivers ('65) Betti Avant ('69), Peggy Adair ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Claris Van Dusen ('48) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tony Duran ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Leona Mari Eckert ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sylvia Plumb Duran ('56) Re: Happy Birthday Tony I would like to wish my wonderful husband and best friend, Tony Duran ('55), a very happy birthday today. Here's to a fantastic day and another cancer free year. May there be many, many more. I love you, Babe!! -Sylvia Plumb Duran ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: The bucket list One of my best buds has prepared and is undertaking the events of his "bucket list". As I sit here today I realize how very blessed I am. Yesterday I spent the day at the hospital with my lil girl. She has had "Ladies" problems all her post pubescent life. I believe this is her 4th surgery. She was supposed to be in and noon... naturally that didn't happen... I had a nice chat with her mother... we haven't spoken for many years and it was nice to have something in common... At the last minute, Sarah signed authorization for a hysterectomy... the doc explained that had she come in and asked for it in the first place, he would have obliged... but since she made the decision under stress and pain he felt it best to be less drastic... she is resting and I hope she is able to obtain some relief... before surgery she asked for pain medicine and the nurse asked her the level of her pain... she said it was a "6". I felt badly for her because I know that she has spent several years at that level... back before my head fell off my shoulders I had a constant 4-5, but by the time the paralysis set in it was hard for me to quantify any more... over the 40 or so years a 5 had become normal and it was now the base line... I remember them asking me about pain and I couldn't quantify it... Sarah's mother asked me if the surgery was successful... I was surprised at the question but realized that she didn't realize that the choice was to walk and use my arms or not... I said it was VERY successful as I had regained about 70% of the use of my limbs back... I didn't go in to the burning in my arms, lack of feeling in my hands or the now constant 6 or so level of pain... I have just been so grateful for what I do have... I know my bucket list friend feels the same in his own right... Most of us my age and older experience the similar pain and I guess it is a part of growing older... can't be part of growing up cuz we ain't there yet kids... Think about it... for me, I've had a good life and am very lucky to be alive... I've survived 24 years of very hard drinking... car wrecks from which I should never have been able to survive... Many of us survived Vietnam and the younger guys the various wars that have erupted since... I've not left the US except for Canada and Mexico (yeah, I know that 13 months in Vietnam and the wonderful week in Australia)... but I've never wanted to go to Europe... never wanted to travel much at all... I have a nice home... not a mansion... just enough for my needs... all of the Native artifacts I can fit into the house and all the antiques I've drooled over... I've owned every car I've ever wanted, including a '34 Ford 5-window that I wanted ever since I was 12 or so and saw Jack Moorman's ('54 RIP) in his Mom's back yard while he was in the Air Force... The '50 Merc I thought was so cool when I didn't have the extra $25 smackers to buy Big John Meyers' ('58)... A '49 Ford coupe like the one one of the Parker girls' boy friends had... mine is registered as a coupe but even tho chopped about 5 inches you can still see that the rear, side windows appear larger than a coupe... I even built a Milner Car (I will never, ever forgive Steven Spielberg for using that man-a-fre 4X2 intake on that car... I've never had mine running right for more that two days in a row without having to re-set the carbs... a nice, simple 3X2 set up would have been more realistic and far easier to deal with!!!!!!!!!!!!) I just feel pretty relaxed about life... naturally I'd like to be busier, but many things are on hold right now in Las Vegas... there is a real wait and see atmosphere here... I do feel badly about missing Donna Bowers' ('63) birthday on the 19th... she was another one of those Bomber-babes, big sisters. Her brother Dale ('65) and I were buds all thru school... I remember listening to the 100 greatest hits of '59 on New Years' Eve on the radio at Dale's... those really were the days, weren't they! I guess I started thinking about this stuff because I was wondering about my own bucket list... I really have been very lucky... At this point I am thinking of down sizing more than anything... Keep a couple of cars and sell the rest to pay off the money I spent in my ill-fated campaign... but again, it is a buyers' market right now so I'll just enjoy them a little longer... Yup... I'm not ready to go... but I do feel pretty comfortable about myself... If we come back do we hafta be teen- agers again... I'm fine with the fun stuff, but that feeling like an outcast for no good reason is really the pits... maybe we won't hafta do that part again... ya think? -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Larry Coryell ('61) I just heard on ad on the radio about a concert Friday evening here in Olympia. It's 3 guitarists including our own Larry Coryell ('61). -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where today the sun is shining brightly but it's not very warm **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Peggy Adair ('72) Re: Bomber web page for 1971 What happened to it? Did it get lost in space? Is anyone from 1971 going to pick it back up? -Peggy Adair ('72) ~ Is the sun ever going to shine anytime soon? It is gloomy here in the Tri-Cities. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/22/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Gus Keeney ('57), "Pappy" Swan ('59) Patti Jones ('60), Carol Converse ('64) Linda Reining ('64), Steve Simpson ('65) Gary Turner ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marie Ruppert ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Deedee Willox ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Schodt ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paul Boehning ('85) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sarah Avant ('94) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) Re: Outcasts To: David Rivers ('65) Thank goodness we wouldn't be outcasts this time if we had to go back to the teen years. We could make a lot better decisions about who we were and what we did!!!! I know I would recognize how stupid some of the things I did were that I did and not do them. Although, I still seem to make dumb decisions, they aren't as life threatening or socially unacceptable as the ones I made in my teen years!!! "Keep the faith", my good man, and keep those great notes coming!! -Gus Keeney ('57) ~ From Sunny Yuma, AZ where it is starting to cloud up a little for a few days. The four desert runs I went on this last week have been beautiful green desert ones. The saguaros are getting so fat they might start splitting if we get much more precipitation. Some have already, but not that many at this point. The ocotillos are all green and don't look like dead sticks like they do most of the time. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: David Rivers ('65) Re: The bucket list As his Indian friend said to the cavalry lieutenant in the movie, "Dancing With Wolves," "We have come far, you and me." David, I'm a bit older than you (not by much ... but a little), which "don't mean nothin'!" But, through the magic of "Alumni Sandstorm" I have gathered that you and I have led somewhat similar lives, yet different, in our own ways. Your mention of the "Bucket List," and my having viewed that movie, of that same title, again most recently, brought back some memories from my own "Marine days (and since)." In about 1962, sitting in the "EM Slop Chute," full of way too much beer, for one evening, my buddies and I broke out our little green "government issued" notebooks, and in between rounds, each of us began making his own "bucket list." Now, in those days, none of us were smart enough, experienced enough, or even clever enough to even think of, let alone consider, the concept of "experiences we wished to have prior to kicking the bucket" or a "Life List." So, practicing the KISS Principle, learned from old Marine sergeants, we just labeled our lists as, "Things To Do!" I have often wondered what ever happened to my original list? I'm sure that I forgot many of my entries that I scribed within it. But, I'm reasonably sure that I was able to remember several, to which I added more, to eventually do or at least take a shot at accomplishing some of them, ranging from "Mediocre to Minor Macho Madness." For example, early on, I learned the basics of bowling, but gave it up soon after becoming highly proficient at consistently rolling gutter balls. And soon, I became a skydiver (not official military stuff, but jumping on our own time with a special services club at Stead Air Force Base, then located north of Reno, Nevada). But, eventually, I moved on to other "things to do" after damn near killing myself twice. You see, on my first jump, an overly enthusiastic jumpmaster kneeled in the door of the plane, with his knee resting upon on the static line for my parachute. This caused excessive resistance on the 4 lb tinsel strength cordage "ties," causing them to break when I moved out to the jump position. These were the same ties that connected the static line to my backpack for the main chute and "kept it closed" until I jumped. Consequently and most unbeknownst to me, the main pack began to open prematurely and the spring-loaded pilot chute popped out into the slipstream, as I stepped out onto the locked wheel of the jump plane, a De Havilland Beaver. Everything happened pretty fast after that! Fortunately, the quick reaction of the jumpmaster probably saved all of us in the plane (pilot, jumpmaster and two other jumpers), when he violently pushed me off the wheel and into space before the pilot chute grabbed enough air to pull the folded sleeve, containing the main chute, out of the pack. Had it done so, it would have opened, probably enveloping and tangling on the tail section of the aircraft, and most likely smacking me into the horizontal stabilizer (that level part of the tail). Since he was Air Force and I was a Marine on my first, and suddenly very confusing jump, all I could think of on the ride down, in that "beautiful, lovely, gorgeous, and thankfully open, orange and white, candy-striped canopy" was, "What the hell, did he think I was ... chicken?" However, once on the ground, I learned of what had been happening behind me, up there in all of the noise and wind, as I waited, unaware, for his signal and the command, "Go!" After hearing his apology and explanation, I thought about wetting my pants (or worse), but managed to find a nice soft place to just sit down ... for a long, long time. To this day, I sometimes picture, in my mind, a De Havilland Beaver heading straight down toward that dry lake bed, with me (lifeless or worse, alive, but ... unashamedly kicking and screaming) as I trailed along behind in a poor imitation of a fluttering kite tail. Yes, I wore a reserve chute, but don't even ask me if I would have had the presence of mind, in such a situation to, and if even able, to cut loose and redeploy. And later, on one of my more advanced "free fall" jumps, I "tumbled" through the air, out of control, becoming entangled in my riser straps, as the chute opened. But, hanging there, somewhat in "suspended animation," I managed to crawl up the risers and unwind the knotty puzzle from around my arm. It was about then that I decided, "Third times may not necessarily be charmed!" and that it was once again, time to review my list ... and move on to the next of "Things To Do." Life moved along and my bucket list should have grown shorter, but new challenges came along, things like riding horses, flying (and riding in) airplanes and helicopters, driving boats "hell bent for leather," diving, mountain climbing, going to college, staying sober, etc. And, the list goes on ... most items with an accompanying little story, but I keep most of those details for myself. Having experienced a number of close calls, some from my own personal temptations of fate and some just from the breaks of the game or that "stuff happens" thing, I now marvel that either I have been exceptionally lucky or ... somebody up there really does look out for me. Nowadays, when life gets really crappy for me, I take a moment and think back, always concluding that apparently, I have been kept around ... for a reason. I'm not really sure what that reason it is, yet. But, a pretty good string of years in my more seasoned adult life, despite some setbacks here and there, have been most pleasing! So, I believe that after trying out some simply informative or experience building things, all the way to surviving some fairly exciting, but hair-brained ideas stowed in my personal bucket, I still believe that a bucket list is a good thing. After all, "life really lived," no matter how intense or calm, means so much more, after one has sifted through the bucket and tried out some of those things on the list, rather than simply toting around an empty bucket. But, I like to think that our personal buckets do come in all shapes and sizes, and as we get older, our buckets tend to get smaller and the items on the list may become a bit more docile, when compared to the lists of our younger years. But, at our ages, challenges are what we make of them, and I wouldn't dream of living the rest of my life without taking a look in my bucket, now and then, to see what's left on the list, or what I could reasonably add, and ponder, "Ok, what's left and what's next?" -George "Pappy" Swan ~ Burbank, WA where I'm now thinking that I gotta get a new bucket; this one's got a hole it! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: David Rivers ('65) entry yesterday. David's entry yesterday seemed to strike so many things about my own life. Not the same but put me into some good thoughts. I emailed him a thank-you, then came a response. During this time I happen to pass by a wall hanging that I have with a poem that was given to me in the late '70s. There are times I will sit and read, and re-read the poem. Has been a while since I have done so. After reading the poem which I have not done for quite a while I decided to check the internet to see if I could find it. Thank you internet it came right up. Immediately sent it to David. His response was so overwhelming decided to send it to the Sandstorm for everyone to read. At the bottom of my wall hanging it says: "Found in Old Saint Paul's Church"; Baltimore, Dated 1692. In reflecting on the Inauguration yesterday, then seeing the Poem today I remembered the two people who the poem came from, to me. Both people I worked with for a short time in California. The man who found it is black from Nigeria. The other is Native American. What a trail of joy they have left by finding and giving this poem to others. -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA - The temperatures are supposed to go up this week. First they were supposed to go down. Thankfully they are heading upwards instead. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: David Rivers ('65) I sure hope the surgery for your daughter went well. We do want the best for our kids and we don't want to see them hurting in anyway, shape or form. Also, sounds as though you've come along ways in your life. I'm glad. We are also thinking of down sizing, but will have to wait til retirement in 4 years and hope that the housing market has gone up somewhat by then. In our area, we don't have many car shows. The ones that we do have, basically are the Model As and Ts. -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA We have enjoyed the sun and warmth for the past week or so. The clouds have come in today and we're expecting rain tomorrow. I almost forgot it was still winter. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:David Rivers('65) re: "li'l girl" sorry to hear about your daughter, but hopefully, this will help with her "female problems". I know all too well about that---not fun, sometimes, being female. *grin* re: bucket list I am very thankful for what I have---everyday that I wake up, I consider it a "good day". *grin* the blasted arthritis in my entire right leg gives me "fits" at times, but I keep rubbing in horse liniment(don't laugh, it does work)and that seems to make a big difference. course, am sure, IF I quit bowling, that might also help, but am not ready to "say uncle" on that, just yet. my heart is doing good, for which I am very thankful, and, if they could just figure out what the spot on my left lung is, I'd be "dancing in the aisles". they keep saying it isn't "the C word", so that's a good thing, although, not knowing what the blasted thing is, scares me, at times. have had 3 CT scans(I am claustrophobic, so being in that "tube" gives me "the willies") and the spot hasn't grown or changed, so they keep telling me that's "good". I quit smoking over 34 years ago, so it can't be anything from that, they claim! it's just the "not knowing" that bothers me. BUT, overall, I am very thankful for the life I have----have two wonderful daughters, two great sons-in-law(one of them even has had me living with him, twice, and we still like each other..*grin), and I have all my grandchildren right here, "up close and personal", so I can see them all the time and they are "my reason for getting out of bed, each and everyday", even on the days when I'd just as soon stay in bed and not deal with the blasted pain from "arthur". *grin* as "for coming back", I agree with David, IF we do, I am not at all sure I want to repeat teen years, but I wouldn't mind childhood and ONLY IF I can come back to Richland and Col-Hi! *grin* Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64).......Bakersfield, CA....we are back into the 50's and it's even trying to rain. supposed to have 70% chance of rain, Wednesday night. hope, hope, hope. *grin* **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Simpson ('65) To: David Rivers ('65) David, I'm so sorry to hear about your constant pain. -Steve Simpson ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Turner ('71) To whoever recommended the book "The Art Of Racing In The Rain", thank you! The book is one of the best novels I have ever read... Cuckoo's Nest, Mockingbird territory! Yeah, I know that first chapter is pretty tough for anyone who has, or has ever had a dog, but power through it and you'll find a wonderful, uplifting story about embracing life and a guide to dealing with all the hardships along the way. You'll never look at your dog again without wondering... -Gary Turner ('71) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/23/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Mike Clowes ('54), Richard Johnson ('55) Annette Hall ('62), Ray Stein ('64) David Rivers ('65), Rick Valentine ('68) Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Billie Lawell ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ann McCue ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cherrie Tempero ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Frank Stratton ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Debra Harding ('77wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Matt Haskins ('81) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Trusting all is well with the world. There was no Alumni Sandstorm in my inbox nor on the Alumni Sandstorm web page for Thursday, January 22, 2009. Could this be part of the new administration's cut-backs? -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ curious in Mount Angel, OR **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard Johnson ('55) To: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Picture #193 I believe the Boy Scout second from the left is Bob Booth ('55-RIP), -Richard Johnson ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Annette Hall Bundrant ('62) To: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Re: Death of your Mother I am sending my deepest regards to you and your family. Now is the time for healing and remembered for the best of the days in her lifetime. I pray and know that our God will watch over all in your family. -Annette Hall Bundrant ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray Stein ('64) To: Dave Rivers ('65) "Motto: Be esoteric (I nap). Emit no evil. Do go to God. Live on time. Panic, ire to see bottom." -Ray Stein ('64) ~ Mead, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Holy Mackerel For some reason, I didn't get my sandstorm on the 22nd. I was sincerely hoping that I didn't sound like I was complaining the other day in my post. I went to the web site and pulled up the 22nd and read the posts... Clearly my words were not taken that way by the kids who have written me and those who posted in the Sandstorm on the 22nd. As I explained in an email to Simpson ('65), I never speak of pain to those around me... but I was able to share with my Bomber friends... simply because I know from speaking to many of you (mostly on line... many in person) that you share many of my feelings and experiences... I know that many of you have lived through some pretty incredible times and that many of you have lived in great pain for much of your lives... We share these experiences, not for sympathy (I mean how far can that go?) but in a sense of oneness that comes from having grown up together tho perhaps not in the same time but in the same space... Last night at the Intertribal Veteran's Pow Wow meeting, one of the guys I have come to admire was coming up with some very well thought out ideas to raise money and awareness for the next (and future) Pow Wows... He will not allow us to begin any meeting without a prayer to the Creator... He is a grizzled Apache and his demeanor belies his looks... One of his ideas was to include the Patriots, who worked on the Manhattan Project as well as those who continued such work during the cold war... in speaking of what that particular medal should look like I suggested the Manhattan Project pin most of our folks and maybe some of you received... I also suggested the logo on the back of our Bombers coin... The guy handed me a news letter which featured... you guessed it... Hanford... When I got to work this morning, I found that Hal Smith ('57) had sent me Chief Seattle's Lament... it was wonderful... as were the words of the poem Patti Jones ('60) sent me yesterday and posted on the Sandstorm on the 22nd. It is impossible for us to explain to others the kinship we Bombers have for one another... I was very happy to read "bucket" experiences in the Sandstorm and to read that many of you feel as fulfilled in the lives you have lived as I do... One foot in front of the other and a day at a time we live our lives and we damned well better make the best of it for who knows what tomorrow may bring (yeah I know... the Shadow knows) Well, thanks for listening... stay tuned for more stacks a wax and pounds a sounds on Radio S A N D S T O R M! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rick Valentine ('68) Re: Spokane 'Bomber Lunch Last Sunday 01/18/09 we kicked off the 2009 'Bomber Lunch Season. 9 Bombers and spouses braved the cold weather and gathered at the Woodlands Restaurant located in the Northern Quest Casino in Airway Heights. The main topic of conversation was the record Spokane Snowfall (6 feet + in 20 days) and how everyone coped with it all. Attending were Kay Mitchell Coates ('52) and Richard "Dick" Coates ('52), Ralph Bean ('58) and Barbara Bean (spouse), John Bruntlett ('54), Jean Bruntlett ('62), Gloria Falls Evans ('58) and Jim Evans (spouse) and Rick Valentine ('68). The next Spokane Bomber Lunch is scheduled for March 15th, 2009. If you live in the Spokane area or are planning to visit, come and join the lunch group for "Lunch and Slot Machines" see you then. Spokane 'Bomber Lunch pictures can be viewed at the homepage for Spokane Bomber Lunches. -Rick Valentine ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) The poem "Desiderata" has always been a favorite of mine. When I was a first year nursing student the upper classmen hosted a banquet for us and the song from the poem was playing almost constantly. While in the Army I got a hamster from another soldier and named him Desiderata, Desi for short. He traveled with me all the way from Ft. Campbell, KY home to Richland on the front seat of my Datsun pickup. He slept all day but of course was up messing around at night while I tried to sleep. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where we're still under the "bad air" ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/24/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Dick McCoy ('45, '46, '02), Jim McKeown ('53) Mike Clowes ('54), Tony Duran ('55) Bill Berlin ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Edith McLenegan ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judy Ley ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy ('45, '46, '02) Re: Carol Hughes (NAB) I have just received news that Carol, wife of John Hughes ('47) had a stroke just before Christmas. John didn't have my new phone so he didn't call (also being very busy and upset) I talked with him today, and she is paralyzed on left side, but is otherwise OK. That is a very big otherwise. I don't have an address for him but I will be happy to relay for anyone with a message. I haven't received the Sandstorm since 12/11, and all my attempts to restart have come up empty. So I have to go to the to get it. Maybe this missile will jump start it. Love to all. -Dick McCoy ('45, '46, '02) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim McKeown ('53) Re: Dog books There has been a lot of talk in the Sandstorm lately about dog books... and movies for that matter. I have just finished "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle"... it's on the New York Times best seller list and an Oprah selection so naturally my wife purchased it. I had just finished reading Vince Flynn's new book, "Extreme Measures", which is my kind of book... lots of action, and his hero, Mitch, saving the world... when she suggested that I read it before she does and tell her if it's any good. I read the fly sheet with it and said "I don't want to read an animal book, especially one that has as it's hero a 12 year old boy that is a mute." I grumbled but did start it earlier this week. Guess what!! I can't put the damn thing down, and will finish it today. The author, (his first novel), has tremendous insight into the boy's mind, but also the action of the dogs. I highly recommend the book. -Jim McKeown ('53) ~ from very rainy Sacramento **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: Yesterday. The gremlins must have been at work on my computer. I was able to read the edition of the 22nd on the web page sometime AFTER I sent my enquiry. And I did find my "own personal" copy in my in- box after 4 PM. How can I explain all this? I can't really, but it all worked out. And thank you, Marla Jo Lowman Kenitzer ('55), for sending me a copy of yours. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ holding forth in Mount Angel, OR, where the weather guessers have said there is the vague, remote, possibility of snow on the valley floor late Saturday or early Sunday. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tony Duran ('55) Re: Sorenson's picture #193 The boy Scout second from left is Bob Booth ('55-RIP). He, Bob Harris ('55-RIP), and I were the trumpet trio for Richland High for three years. -Tony Duran ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Bomber Mom turns 100 yesterday [1.23.09] Violet Berlin turned 100 years of age here in Anacortes, WA yesterday. We are having a big Birthday party for her today that will include brother Bruce (Kennewick '61), Jim Hamilton ('63) and Jim Russell ('58) to represent our old GWWay neighborhood, Cub and Boy scouts and other things my Mom was involved in. All the grandkids will be there and some of the Great Grandkids too. Should be fun and she is looking forward to it. She is in fair health having declined quite a bit this past month after falling out of her wheelchair and elevating her heart rate but she is ready for the big event. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ Anacortes, WA where it is cold and foggy but when it burns off the mountains are spectacular. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Ruth Clifford Paslay ('60) ~ 3/21/41 - 1/13/09 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/25/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers and Don Sorensen sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Mary Triem ('47) Norma Loescher ('53), Terri Royce ('56) Bill Scott ('64), Don Sorensen (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jack Armstrong ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Scott Fulcher ('81) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy (the Tin Can Class of '45) Re: Sandstorm Guess what? I received my first Sandstorm in 13 days today. Yesterday I said that maybe if I sent a message, maybe... It is probably just a coincidence, but, who knows? -Dick McCoy (the Tin Can Class of '45) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Triem Mowery (a '47 Bomber) To: Dick McCoy ('45), who is much older than I! Sorry to hear about Carol Hughes. I would like you to contact him to offer the condolences of the class of '47 (John's class). I have an email address for him which didn't work when I was contacting '47ers for our 60th reunion. Would also like to take this opportunity to ask for prayers for Ray Hultman ('47). On a cheerier note, a lady from the class of '48 contacted me this week seeking info about her classmates. Said she was only with us for about a year and a half, but wanted to contact some of her fellow Bombers. Her name is Joanne Jones Berg and she currently lives in Ocean Park, WA. I printed out the roster from the '48 website and am sending it to her. If any of you want to chat with her, I have her phone number and mailing address. Bomber Cheers and let's all hope that President Obama can make our economy and our nation well again. -Mary Triem Mowery (a '47 Bomber) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Norma Loescher Boswell ('53) Re: Al Says Hello from Hospital Al Parker ('53), gave permission to send you the following health info. "God's up to something all right. There must be more for me to do before I go. "I am now recovering nicely, with rehab, from a combination of two heart 'arrests,' that would have been considered to offer less than a 1.5% chance of recovery. "Repair procedures, over several days, included inserting a stent in a blocked artery and repair of a hole in the heart wall between the two lower heart chambers, which doctors are still wondering, may have existed since my birth. "All this excitement occurred within the last 10 days or so, and I am now able to walk without assistance or a walker, and am experiencing no pain. Rehab will continue, of course. Feeling great! I'm enjoying beautiful winterscapes through the windows of my temporary rehab 'spa.'" I have Al's email for anyone who doesn't have it. -Norma Loescher Boswell ('53) ~ Richland, where we're planning to go out in the falling snow Saturday night and cheer the struggling Bombers on to victory against Eisenhower. They need all the support they can get after losing to Hanford Friday night. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Terri Royce Weiner ('56) Re: Dog Books I must agree hardily with Jim McKeown ('53) about "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle." It is a wonderful, beautifully written story with an ending that I couldn't believe! I loved it! Even when the tension became so high, that I peeked just a bit at some late pages to make sure that some one or another still existed, the ending blew me away. I don't watch Oprah much (although my son developed and oversaw construction of her set); so I didn't see the book there - just read a review in the NY Times. I found it at Costco. Wow! -Terri Royce Weiner ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Scott ('64) Re: Bomber Mom Send some kind thoughts up to 1502 Cottonwood in Richland if you will. Wanda Tempero, mother of Cherrie Tempero Scott ('64) is very ill. Upon returning to the Tri-Cities after spending the winter with us in California, she had a massive heart attack on the drive home from the airport. She arrived at Kadlec with no pulse and no blood pressure, and was thought to be lost. But she has recovered and may go home next Monday. Still, she is very weak, and she also has terminal cancer. Cherrie is with her now, at least for the next week. -Bill Scott (Boomer Bomber Class of '64) ~ from beautiful rural Nipomo, in the bankrupt state of Calfornia. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Who Are They? To All Bombers, Thanks to those who provide the names of past and present Richland residents. Its a reminder of lives lived in your community and an illumination of dim memories of those who remain. As I have stated before no community to my knowledge has been photo cataloged quite so uniquely. Community, recreation and work activities were all covered by radio, newspaper (local & work) and in some rare cases T V. Pride in the secretive work behind fences, concrete and shepherded by men in blue with snub nose .38s and tommy guns. This pool of history is fun to swim and dive into. Written & filmed about by those who try to convey what it is like to live and work in an Atomic Town, but I've seen and read them... I am found wanting. Until you've done it you'll never know it. Yes your place is unique indeed. Another 6 coming your way. -Don Sorensen (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/26/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Mike Clowes ('54), Tom Tracy ('55) Diane Avedovech ('56), Gary Roberts ('63wb) Lynn Johnson (63), Nancy Mallory ('64) David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Doris Van Reenen ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ron Hoglen ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Treva Bolin ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ben Jacobs ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Robert Miller ('96) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: Don Sorensen's (NAB)latest: In photo 199 sure looks like Tom Graham ('55) and Kevin Burke ('55) sitting in the lower middle section. Not sure if this is in the Carmichael or Chief Joseph auditorium. And just may be one of those GE science shows. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR, where it is currently a rain/snow mix (but too warm for the snow to stick). ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Bob, You mean #198 -- see entry below from Tom Tracy. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy ('55) To: Don Sorensen (NAB) THANKS FOR THE PICTURE 090125-198... Some are easy to identify America's Unsurpassed Classic Class of '55 RHS -- Pic Sophomore or Junior Year RHS Auditorium Assembly National School Assembly - Demonstration of a small Jet Engine... Scientist was entertaining. He kept our attention. Remember?.. when he started he asked: "Silence, please. You may have a hard time hearing this small jet model". It made a deafening roar... notice those who got their ears covered just as the picture was taken. He kept our attention. I'll bet those attending recall that session. A GREAT CLASS PICTURE... Hope others can make corrections or fill in the blanks. Center Section Row 1 - Monte Steeber, ? , Jimmy Young,??, ??, Pete Hollick, Ron Snowden, Chuck Curtis, Gordon Anderson, Don Dawson?, ??, Row 2 4th from left (Sonja Hankins,??,??,??, Ruth Peddicord?, Georgia Ann Peed?, Mary Ann Nielsen) Row 3 4th from left (Walter Griffin, Kevin Burke, Tom Graham, Hoyt Roberts, Ed Charette?, ??, Ron Miller Row 4 (sixth or 7th from left behind Tom Graham is Jim McNeely, Lee Stratton, Bob Kaiser?, Dallas Goldsmith, Don Young Row 5 (FROM Right)??, Ken Webster?, George McDonald, Dave Forrest Row 6 from right... Bill Burke in the left section : Row 3 on the aisle, Sharon Templeman, Row 5 on aisle, Dick Roach... Great memories of superb students, in a magnificent school, during some wonderful years... Thanks to you all, -Tom Tracy ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Diane Avedovech ('56) Comments about dog stories brought back in a flash stories that I fell in love with as a teenager and pre-teen youngster. I read everything I could get my hands on written by Albert Payson Terhune about collie dogs, and I remember the first one I read, I think, was called "Lad, A dog". I wonder how many remember those stories. By the way, we ended up owning two of those dogs that I loved and adored. Our first dog was Laddie and he always knew when mom was making chocolate chip cookies and she was a sucker for the forlorn looks he gave her. Laddie always got the first cookie. -Diane Avedovech ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Roberts ('63wb) Re: Picture #198 I believe that is my brother, Hoyt Roberts ('55), 3rd row back, 5th kid from right. That looks like Hoyt's buddy, Tom Graham ('55) sitting next to him. This looks like Carmichael's auditorium, if it is then they are ninth graders. Ninth graders always got to set up front and that would make this the 1951-52 school year. -Gary Roberts ('63wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lynn Johnson (63) Re: Photo #194 on Jan 25 I am probably completely wrong, but the two women in the middle of photo #194 remind me of Marion Lee and Margaret Priebe. -Lynn Johnson (63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nancy Mallory Johnson ('64) To:Al Parker ('53) Best wishes & prayers for your speedy recovery. I believe my husband, Larry Johnson (NAB-RIP) was a friend of yours. -Nancy Mallory Johnson ('64) ~ in presently cold west TN **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Birthday time Been a long day and I'm tired... just got back from the Grand National Roadster Show but can't hit the rack till I send a birthday greeting to a Bomber-babe... she was very close to my girlfriend in 9th grade and the first part of my sophomore year... I won't mention the girl's name because as Dylan once said: "when she hears my name she pretends to barf... " tho no pretense here... my own fault... one of those juvenile, hurtful things I've done in my life that was stupid and thoughtless... but it was many, many years ago and I can only hope I do not act that way today and have not for a long time... 'nuff said... I had the opportunity to spend several days in Richland during the time of our ('65ers) 25th reunion... during that time I had the chance to visit the birthday girl at her home on the Yakima... I've always admired her and hope she will come around to our gatherings... this year it is the weekend of June 27th but more about that later (not today)... by the way... 2010 will be our 45th and I hope everyone will make it a point to be in Richland... but back to the Birthday girl... I want to wish a huge HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Treva Bolin ('65) on Monday, January 26, 2009!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/27/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Bill Johnston ('55), Wally Erickson ('53) Laura Dean Kirby ('55), Richard Johnson ('55) Alice Hanthorn ('59), Leslie Swanson ('59) Stephanie Dawson ('60), Jim Hamilton ('63) David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betty Conner ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary Wilgus ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Lou Watkins ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kay Schafer ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Darwin Perkins ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Johnston ('55) To: Don Sorenson (NAB) Re: Picture #196 I believe that the pretty young lady in photo #196 of Don Sorenson's latest set of pics is a younger version of my lovely wife, Sweet Susan Bridges Olson Johnston ('55). I have no memory of the RHS assembly event and cannot believe the incredible memory that Tom Tracy ('55) has. -Bill Johnston ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) To: Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Picture #196 I'm sure that's Walter Pilkey ('54-RIP) in the Boy Scout uniform. Notice all the merit badges he has... Walter Pilkey was very dedicated to the Boy Scouts. I remember him as someone who really cared about people and what was going on in our area. The Pilkeys lived on Perkins Avenue [1100 block] 'round the corner of Putnam St. where I grew up. Sometimes Walter would join us in a game of "flag football" on the large vacant lot nearby, now filled in with homes. I was in Boy Scouts with Walter, he was always willing to learn something new. What was it that he ended up doing?? It was some high ranking job back east. To: Al Parker ('53) Our prayers go out to you and your family. What happened to Parker's Hardware store in "old" downtown? Are there any pictures available? It was the only hardware store in town. -Wally Erickson ('53) ~ Where we still have snow in the CD'A area. Some of the snow berms are higher than the cars. We had a record snow fall the month of December. Spring can't come here soon enough!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) Re: Sorenson Photo #198 Tom Tracy ('55) did a good job of recognizing several of our 1955 class. I too am sure it is Carmichael. As far as the year, I decided it must be school year 1951/'52 since I didn't see any of the Chief Jo kids. That was the first year it was open, so most "north-siders" went there.Here is my take on who is who. Front row from right side: Jim Young, Russ Ivers, ? ? Jerry Purkhiser ?? Tom Gilmour ? Second row behind Jim, Loretta Ostboe, Ginny Anderson, Margery Hurst, Sonya Hankins, Elise Derricot, Janet Oats, Kathryn Peddicord, Georgia Ann Peed, Third row from left I recognize Ken Hall, Jack Alexander, Doug Berger, Walter Griffin, Kevin Burke, Tom Graham, Hoyt Roberts, Ron Kulick ? Others I see in the picture are Dick Roach, Roger Meyers, Sam Nagley, Merrie Donaldson, Ann King, Mary Jo Woodhead, Lee Stratton, Ross Ragsdale, Dallas Goldsmith, Keith Jones, Kenney Webster, Carol Hughes, George McDonald, Dave Forrest and Roger Koontz I wonder where the fabulous south end girls (Wynell WIlliams, Kaye Wheeler, Orrheta Brooks and Billie Lawell) were hiding that day? Love looking at these old pictures. -Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) ~ In sunny but cold Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard Johnson ('55) To: Tom Tracy ('55), Don Sorensen (NAB) Re: Picture #198 I would never challenge Tom's memory when it comes to identifying our I am just going to add a couple of names... and hope that some of our other classmates can further fill in the blanks. Row 1 - 4th from left (next to Jimmy Young) is, I believe, Russell Ivers. 2nd from right (next to Gordon Anderson) is Tom Gilmore and not Don Dawson I think). Row 4 - on right aisle (next to Don Young) Keith Jones Row 5 - Just behind Dallas Goldsmith and Don Young, is Roger Koontz. Next to George McDonald may be Spencer Bigelow and not Dave Forrest. I agree with Tom - this is a great picture of a great class. -Richard Johnson ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alice Hanthorn Johnson ('59) Re: Picture #196 Hi All, This is on Don's great pictures... In #196 showing the three kids on Mrs. Cox's porch (1105 Perkins, next door to the Hanthorn's) The girl dropping the packet in the mail box was ME! I took off my glasses and I look weird but it's me all right I remember having to get all cleaned up and putting on my Scout uniform, I seem to recall mom even dab a little lipstick on me too. Sorry I don't recall the other two ... ... ... I went to Spalding and they could have been from other schools. Hay Roger Young ('59): I hear from David ('63) that you wrote in ... looked for it and still haven't found it, so do it again!!! Thanks! -Alice Hanthorn Johnson ('59) ~ n Marysville WA after all the snow flooding and FOG. It sunny, a two mountain day(!) but COLD. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Leslie Swanson Holeman ('59) Re: photo #198 I usually just read the Sandstorm but I need to have some backup from other '59 Bombers. The photo is definitely people in the class of '59 at Chief Jo. The class of '60 and '61 would have been in the auditorium also. Since 9th graders got to sit in the front rows (probably so the teachers could see the troublemakers better) it would have been in the 1955-56 school year. In the second row first person is Judy Rees, fourth person in that row is Sandy Witherup. I haven't studied the photo much but I also saw Chuck Miller, Mark Krepske, Mary Lou DeMeyers, Jim Warren. -Leslie Swanson Holeman ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60) Re: Dog books by Albert Payson Terhune How great to be reminded of Albert Payson Terhune and his books about collies! I haven't thought about him and his books in years. The Jefferson School library had the entire collection, I believe, and I read them all. I was an avid reader and often read a book a day in my years there (3rd-6th grade) after I transferred from Lewis and Clark. The librarian was Mrs. Hahn. Interesting side note: When my father, Grover Dawson, was the manager of the Montgomery Ward store in Vancouver, WA, in the 1940s, she worked for him there -- in the office, I think. It was a happy coincidence, several years later, to meet her again at Jefferson! I never had a collie, but I remember that someone in the area between McMurray Street and Jefferson School did in those days. Maybe Kriders? We always had a springer spaniel, because Dad was a bird hunter. When I was married but before children, we had Afghan hounds. We smuggled an all-white puppy, my wedding gift to George, out of Afghanistan (the King nominally owned them all to keep their value up for state gifts) into Pakistan. From Peshawar, we were able to fly the dog home, along with our Siamese cat. Later we bred her and kept two of the pups. To exercise them, George ran them around the local high school track. They were magnificent creatures but took a lot of grooming. After the children were born, we had a beloved springer spaniel for years. They are great family members! -Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) At a time when we as a country are encouraged to look forward, I at times find comfort in looking back. What I feel this country needs at this time in our history is the return of the Fuzzy Sweater. There were fuzzy sweaters and then there were Fuzzy Sweaters. But what I want to talk about are FUZZY SWEATERS and one would be remiss to critique FUZZY SWEATERS with out recognizing the girl who put the "Fizz" in FUZZY SWEATERS. She just so happens to have a birthday today, so Happy Birthday Mary Lou Watkins ('63), she's just plain good folk regardless of what people think after her appearances on Bomber Housewives of Orange County. Sitting in traffic and getting a lung full of some Metro bus' diesel exhaust takes me back to 1959 and the ski bus, but I'll save that memory for Ellen's Birthday in April. The forever young and always lovely Miss Nancy (who approved of this message) and Jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Oh those Bomber-babes! Birthday time again in the ol' Sandstorm... this time we have two Bomber-babes who have caused more sleepless nights for Bomber Guys than any of us can count... I'm sure they knew they were driving us all crazy back in school... fun to have the two of them having birthdays on the 27th... Korse it may just be me... I may be the only kid in all of Bomberville who would lie awake listening to the Lynster and dream of the "Image of a girl"... and our Bomber-babes gave us so much with which to fill our dreams... These particular Bomber-Babes happen to touch \me every now and then and keep all of those memories green... One is a tiny bit older than I, but then I understand that several of her classmates did go out with guys from my class... unfortunately for me whenever I saw her I tripped or ran into a wall or something... the other is a girl I met during a rock fight... well not so much of a rock fight as me throwing a rock at her dog when he came across the street and causing a little stir with my dog... her dog was "Whitey" and mine was "Pepper"... as the rock left my hand I came into the vision of the birthday girl and her entire family eating outside on the picnic table... she let me know we weren't gonna be friends if my behavior didn't improve... So let's all take a minute from our day to sing: HAPPY BIRTHDAY! to Laura Parker ('65) and Mary Lou Watkins ('63)... or is it Mary Lou and Laura... which came first... the chicken or the egg... oh never mind Happy Birthday you two!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/28/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Dick McCoy ('45), Luana Ivers ('52) Dave Hanthorn ('63), Gary Behymer ('64) Linda McKnight ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betty Neal ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Terry Durbin ('62wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Craddock ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Beth Meyer ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy Staley ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy Goble ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy (the Tin Can Class of 1945) Re: Carmichael The pic of Carmichael kids is great. Is that really Gordon andersen ('54)? He took such good care of Ray Conley ('46-RIP) during his final days, running errands, shopping etc. Gordon, if you read this I consider you one of the great guys. -Dick McCoy (the Tin Can Class of 1945) ~ Big lake, WA where it is snowing again this AM. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Luana Ivers Portch ('52) Re: Don Sorensen's (NAB) Picture #198 The boy 4th from the left in the front row is my brother, Russell Ivers ('55). -Luana Ivers Portch ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Hanthorn (Gold Medal Class of '63) Re: Don Sorensen's (NAB) picture #196 Well darn, I have been waitin' and waitin' to see someone in Don Sorenson's "fabulous fotos" that I recognized, and then when I finally had the chance, I went and blew it! And to think that it was MY OWN SISTER that I missed. But heck, how was any one s'possed to know it was her when she went and took her glasses off? After all these years, and she is STILL playin' tricks on her poor lil' brother. SHEESH! -Dave Hanthorn (GMC '63) ~ from sunny and warm Bangkok, Thailand where Noi and I are getting ready to head home on the 30th. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Mary Lou Watkins ('63) It's a small world, I came across Mary Lou Watkins on Monday. Here it is... Re: The Royals from Richland, WA... -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) The first Portland/Vancouver Bomber Luncheon for 2009 will be: WHEN: Saturday, February 21, 2009 WHERE: The Red Lion Inn at the Quay on The Beautiful Columbia River, Vancouver, WA TIME: 11:30 a.m. I hope we have a great turnout, and that the weather will finally be heading towards Spring. So come on out one and all. I just talked with the manager at The Quay and he says they are just debuting a new menu this next week and will have some new and yummy additions. Please let us know if you are coming, so we can make sure there is a nice seat reserved for you. RSVP Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) OR Tom Hemphill ('62) OR Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) -Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) ~ Tigard, OR We woke up to snow falling, and then it finally warmed up and went away... Whew!!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Jack Krema ('53) ~ 9/2/35 - 5/18/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/29/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Tom Tracy ('55), Floyd Melton ('57) Barbara Sharp ('61 & '62), Jean Albaugh ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda Stewart ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Virginia Eckert ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Robin Frister ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy ('55) Now that the email gurus have cured some hiccups maybe we can catch up. To: Dorothy Cameron ('55) Our Best thoughts and prayers for you in the loss of your Mom, one of Richland's finest. I'm sure she had a treasury of memories from those grand years. To: Dick McCoy ('45, '46, '02) Bronc, Beaver, Bomber The USC coach is one of the best ever. I especially admire him for his humanitarian efforts off the field. He takes time to go down into the Watts and Compton gang areas to talk with the young boys and invite them to his practice sessions, helping to minimize violence in the tough L.A. region. He's a true champion all the time. Win or lose. The UW always coveted a rare win over USC and the terrible Trojan fans. I recall the husky football win in '55. I think my fraternity brother Lonnie Whitner ('55) and RHS team member (one of our greatest basketball players ever) was there and we helped tear down one of the wooden goal posts and carried it back up to our Theta Chi Frat House. It was the year USC had the famous QB Jon Arnett. But that day he was just "another John" as one cheerleader reminded us. I was grateful for one USC fan before that game. One of my jobs was selling programs before game and helping clean out the stadium, dust the press box or help spread the tarp over the field after the game... I was selling programs at one entrance (35 cents each/keeping 15 cents)... big time pay!? when a Hollywood celeb, with his entourage' approached and said, "Here sonny, give me one of those programs... and keep the change-because we're gonna kick your team's posterior (he didn't say posterior). I took the bill and found it to be a $100 denomination. I quickly put the rest of my programs in the ticket office and attended the full game with friends. I didn't notice the celeb after the game looking for any change or celebrating. We have to celebrate such victories because it's hard to beat teams from warm climates... at least that's what the latest pundits believe. The Gordon Anderson (or Andersen) was the Other Gordon who would have been class of '55, but his family moved to Walla Walla in his freshman or sophomore year. He was in our class from as far back as Grade 4 or 5. He was a tough football player in our sand lot games and a good softball player... but no one hit the softball as hard or far as J.D. (Jim) Boyd ('55) who moved into our class from Yakima. The Gordon Anderson ('54) you mention, was one of RHS' best basketball players and had the best sense of humor ever. He even played 'drill sergeant' for our State Tournament Team to and from the chow hall, chewing us out... making us stand straight... during our isolation in the '54 state tournament. Dawald isolated us from the hotels by putting us up at the Navy Base just out of town. Somewhere Gordon found a whistle and did the basic training drill. At first it surprised some of the real troops, but they got a kick out of it too. Gordon could have played the lead part in M*A*S*H*. He was a good friend to all and it's no surprise that he took good care of his friends. He was our second "Whitey Schell" on the basketball court and had tough inside moves. His ability to get position for rebounds was unmatched. He entertained us all the way to Seattle with funny stories and entertained people driving behind by writing signs on notebook paper and holding them up in the back window... "You're following to close! You have a low tire!... etc. What a guy. What a player. You had to appreciate Gordon Anderson ('54). We were riding with Dawald and Gordon even got the coach to tell us a few good stories. Juricich drove another group... and always mumbled jokingly about Dawald's driving... "Dawald drives 45 mph on the highway and 55 through the towns". It was always great to be in a carload or a gym-full of Bomber classmates. To: Kenny Gardner ('54) Kenny: Florida will probably be back near the top of the heap. Reason: They must have the Encyclopedic-sized Menu at their Training Table. Their lineup sports more than a dozen 300 pounders. I remember some coaches who used to give their players $1.25 for a meal and remind them... "A lean dog runs a long race"... It doesn't happen in Florida. The big line gives a good QB like Tebow lots of time to throw the pass and shields him from linebackers like you. I still remember how intently you focused on the ball carrier and often nailed QBs like a Cheetah after a Gazelle, even while taking blocks from big linemen. Wish we had all of the stats or film from some of those games. (I also admired the excellent performances from one of your team mates, another hero, Lloyd Kent, who was our next door neighbor on Barth St... and own great '55 classmates Pete Hollick, Kevin Burke, Dave Forrest one of the few 3-sport lettermen and so many others. Regarding your predictions vs Dick McCoy. I concede that Florida and other teams in the Southeast are much better fed. It shows. Their Moms are probably using the same Martha Stewart menus our RHS Mothers brought with them from all over the country... with extra helpings for everyone. Did you see Tebow's Biblical below- the-eye painted sign? "John 3:16." After his successful game, we'll probably see tattoos on arms and legs scripted with everything from the Sermon On The Mount to the 23rd Psalm. Some players salute their "Extra Coach" after every good play by point skyward, while opposing coaches would rather that he play without any extra help. Tattoos seem to be everywhere. But kids should beware. It's rumored that Dennis Rodman carried so much "ink" weight in his body he became unable to dunk the basketball anymore. So much for graffitti. Bomber cheers to all Broncs, Beavers, Bombers -Tom Tracy ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Floyd Melton ('57) Re: Picture #198, Looking at the far left isle. the boy in the fourth row back on the isle is Lewis Sybertz ('57) and directly behind him is Roger Anderson ('57) and behind him is Norman Edwards ('57) a few others I think I recognize but the picture is not clear enough to be sure. -Floyd Melton ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barbara Sharp Lysher Porter ('61 & '62) Please hold in your thoughts Bonnie Beardsley Sandhal ('56). Her husband, Glen, is in critical condition in a Seattle hospital. We're thinking of you, Bonnie! -Barbara Sharp Lysher Porter ('61 & '62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jean Albaugh McKnight ('72) Hello Maren - Would you please put something in about the passing of Bomber Mom, Edrey Albaugh, mother of Jeff ('66), Jim ('68), and Jean ('72(. She died on 1/25/2009. There is an obit on Einan's website. -Jean Albaugh McKnight ('72) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/30/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Gary Behymer ('64) Fran Teeple ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave Rhodes ('52wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vikki Lytle ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: April Miller ('92) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy (the Tin Can Class of '45) Re: Lonnie, Gordon, Whitey To: Tom Tracy ('55) What did you call your Class? Supreme or something like? Not with my brother in it. Anyway, I have always liked your inputs, and have said before that you should be writing an annual article for the DustStorm as i did for so many years. I did not know that you attended to the UW. I thought you went to NW Nazarene. Yes, Lonnie Whitner ('54) was a great player at Col-Hi and the Dub, but I didn't know he was skilled at goal post destruction. Yes, the USC coach is admirable and he will beat Florida if given the chance next year. The UW has it's own Tebow, if he can stay healthy for a year. And yes, the Dub wins over USC are rare but not very during the Don James years. Whitey Schell and Gordon Anderson are two of my favorite people. I have mentioned Gordon lately. As for Whitey, another Husky, he and I cut a wide swath thru Seattle in the early fifties while you '55 guys were still matriculating at dear ol' Bomber Hi. Fellow Husky and Bomber and ten years your elder -Dick McCoy from the Tin Can Class of 1945 Bronc, Beaver, Bomber **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Odds & Ends... Mt.St. Helens - The Victims of the Eruption Beverly C. Wetherald ('63-RIP)(Last entry at bottom of page) John ??? Class of '92 [Gary, this is Jack white ('62). -Maren] This for you, David Rivers ('65)... from Clear Lake, Iowa! -Gary Behymer ('64), **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Fran Teeple Wolf ('68) Re: Picture #91 Boy. I'd swear that pic # 92 of the lady at bat is Harriet Hosack, wife of George and mother of Steve ('65) and Dale ('69). They moved before our graduation in '68. My folks, Bruce and Delia Teeple and my brother Tom, went to picnics and did a lot of water skiing with them. Wonderful times. Harriet was athletic and I think my mother has some photos of baseball games and others. Sure does look like her. -Fran Teeple Wolf ('68) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 01/31/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Bill Witherup ('53), Tom Tracy ('55) Nancy Stull ('59), Lynn Johnson ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dennis Hammer ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tina Fraser ('89) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Witherup ('53) Re: The literary life Jonah Raskin, Professor of Communications at Sonoma State, Rohnert Park, California, is at work on a book about art teacher and yearbook advisor,James McGrath (Col Hi 1952-1955) and many of his students. Raskin is author of books on Abbie Hoffman, Allen Ginsberg, and, his most recent: The Radical Jack London. You may look at the mug of this writer, Bill Witherup, on YouTube, as he appeared on a Seattle radio station KEXP, last December. Just google Bill Witherup and you will see his aging mugand hear him read great works of literature - he looks something like Walt Whitman or the late U. Utah Phillips. -Bill Witherup ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy ('55) Looks like picture #87 might be Bill Leach ('55) "using his left-handed follow through" after tossing a horseshoe. Bill was a classmate in Mrs. Thompkins 4th Grade Class at Marcus Whitman. He was and remained one of the brightest students ever to attend RHS. Looks like team mate or opponent could be John Todd, one of Carmichael Jr. High's 7th Graders who was an accomplished cartoonist and carried with him a repertoire of funny stories. John's family moved from Richland when he was a 7th or 8th grade. -Tom Tracy ('55) ~ Boise, ID where the sunshine is welcomed **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nancy Stull Jewell ('59) Saturday my husband, Paul Knutson ('59), and I went to George Mulligan's ('57-RIP) memorial at Westside Church in Richland. He certainly was loved and remembered. It was like "old home week" - many, many Bombers - and their children. It was fun in spite of the occasion. -Nancy Stull Jewell ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lynn Johnson Andrews ('63) Re: History of the Sandstorm Hi Maren, At work, I was telling a friend about this marvelous Alumni Sandstorm that I receive every day with emails from friends and classmates. She was utterly amazed, as her high school never even had reunions. From her questions, I was wondering how long has this been going on? I think its beginnings had something to do with Wendy Carlberg's ('64-RIP) death? And how many people actually subscribe??? Thanks very much, -Lynn Johnson Andrews ('63) ~ in foggy and cold Sherwood, OR ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Lynn, Actually began (formally) in August of 1998. MUST give credit to Gary Behymer ('64) for getting things started. He came home from a funeral (his mother-in-law's if memory serves) and found notice of Wendy's death in his mailbox. Life's too short and he started looking for '64 classmates who were online. I was one of the first he found. Follow things from there at: -Maren] ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` December, 2008 ~ February, 2009