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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 ~ 03/01/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff: Tom Tracy ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Elwin "Gene" Boyle ('64wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Anna Durbin ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patricia Inghram ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sheri Lukins ('75) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Deana Shipman ('77) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy ('55) Everyone who travels by air will be interested in the latest coin-op lavatory recommendation from a European airline CEO. Charging a fee to use the lavatory has stirred-up long standing controversies about the strategies companies and governments employ to raise revenue. If airlines put a coin slot in the aircraft lavatory door for access and also serve bad enough food and drink, they can create their own cash-cow in the cabin- generating extraordinary revenue as well as an aisle-way demolition derby between. Every airline passenger thinks about it. It costs a lot to service the lavatories, pay airport dumping fees, purchase little motorized trailers or large Roto Rooter-sized trucks to take the planes tank-full of stuff nobody wants out of the plane and over to the airport "grinder", where a growling "muffin-monster" converts waste and wastewater, knives, forks, cans, and any solid objects into tiny particles, measures the amount of volume and automatically bills the airline electronically. The fees really add up. If an aircraft toilet overflows, each onboard overflow cleanup costs $30,000. Maybe the Europeans have had too many of those incidents. The Ryanair CEO says, "Every traveler who gets on an airplane always has an extra ? (pound) in their pocket. I'm sure every Irish passenger's a thinkin' "It's not the pound in their pocket he should be worryin' about. Early questions include: "what if one doesn't have correct change? Will people be begging their seat neighbors for a dollar, euro, pound, yen, rupee or ruble? Who would refuse them? Someone once said they overheard two dogs at a curb-side Fire Department dog lavatory commenting on the value of their fireplug deposits. "This stuff must be valuable, because airlines carry it all the way across the country and all over the world". Whenever I see our neighborhood doctor walking his dog in his a 3-piece suit, carrying a steaming baggie of his dog's leavings back down the street, I realize the fireplug conversation may be correct... and I understand which end-of-the-leash is really in charge. Maybe we should have coin-operated fire plugs? We remember, in Boise, Idaho, when our town counsel ended long- standing policies of airport coin-operated toilet stalls. City Councilwoman, Marge Ewing, demanded women's equal right to urinate without paying by elaborating on how easy it would be to put coin-op stalls around the men's urinals. Equality prevailed. Chicago Mayor, Richard J. Daley loved O'Hare Intl Airport. It was Daley's pet project! He did not allow the hiring of any blacks at the terminal. He did allow O'Hare International Airport to charge people a nickel to use the bathroom stall. He forgot to limit the time inside and it became a negotiating tool for Sal Alinsky, the famous community organizer and the NAACP to use against Daley. They negotiated with Daley for jobs. Alinsky merely mentioned to Mayor Daley that on Friday, the black community was being given several thousand nickels to line up and occupy every O'Hare airport lavatory stall around 5pm, when heavy flights of passengers landed and usually headed for the lavatories even before picking up bags. Daley visualized the scenario and immediately began hiring blacks. Alinsky always used lawful action. It would not be illegal to use the bathroom if one paid the nickel. There were no time limits on the nickel deposit. No laws would have been broken. However, the only action required was an articulate explanation. It worked. Instead of charging men to address the urinals, they dropped the "one-armed-bandit", lavatory coin-ops altogether. Alinsky became feared by simpering, ineffectual, paper-clip counting, dictatorial bureaucrats -- just as Eugene Debs, Walt Whitman or Martin Luther King had been feared, because each embraced the most radical of political faiths -- democracy. Some aircraft passenger rights may continue to be inalienable, unalienable or at least semi-inalienable... instead of becoming "alienatingly" unavailable. If the dubious European coin-op lavatory idea flies, those owning stock in Depends will be the only ones well served. Everything else in the aircraft is redundantly safe and so automatically operated they are considering removing one more pilot from the cockpit and flying the plane with one pilot and a dog. The pilot's only job is to feed the dog and the dog's job is to bite the pilot if he or she touches anything. ============== How about those WSU Cougars? Just watched them win a classic game against ASU. An overtime thriller. Congrats to all cougar fans, and thanks to Ray Stein ('64)..for setting an example for them from RHS. Bomber Cheers, -Tom Tracy ('55) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/02/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Richard Mumper ('62), Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Fran Teeple Wolf ('68), Alan Lobdell ('69) Greg Alley ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pat McCoy ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John Adkins ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Monica Thornton ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard Mumper ('62) Just wanted to let everyone know I'm still on the green side of the sod and actually face up so the sun, if it ever comes out again, feels good. Go green (kelly) and gold. Y'all be good and hope to see you soon. -Richard Mumper ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) To: Ice House According to George Caruthers ('45-NAB): George finally got hold of Jerry Guinn (Bomber Dad) who said that the Richland ice house was at the corner of Lee and Stevens by a Texaco Station. Jerry managed the ice house and also one in North Richland at 6th and GWWay. Ice came from Rainier Ice and Fuel in Yakima. Art Trimble was the primary owner of the Richland & North Richland ice houses and possibly others and he lived in Toppenish. Bomber cheers, -Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Fran Teeple Wolf ('68) To: Tom Tracy ('55) Thanks for your entry on the "pay for potty" story. I loved the article, too, and with little but bad economic news today, inundating us 24/7 on all the media, I was only able to find that one laughable piece in our newspaper. You gotta read what's going on for self protection, but lordy, the news is a downer. Actually, I'll take that back - sports news has been a tickle, too! -Fran Teeple Wolf ('68) ~ Spokane, WA. I still have 8" of snow packed in the yard and the plows have left berms taller than you can see over. Melting has packed it down so that my Westies now walk on top of the snow. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Lobdell ('69) Re: Puppies Twelve Gladators three weeks old. -Alan Lobdell ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Greg Alley ('73) Re: Bomber hoops Just one game short of another state basketball tournament for the Bombers. They beat G-Prep on the road, lost to Ike, beat Pasco, then lost in their second game of the day to G-Prep. Almost every game I saw they seemed outmanned a bit but battled and beat some teams I thought were better than them all year. I would have gone on Saturday but standing in line for 40 minutes for an 8 dollar ticket didn't seem like a real good time for the Friday games. Thought I'd catch the Lady Bombers about 6 Friday but the line stretched about 2 or 3 city blocks back and I got in just in time to catch the Bomber-Ike game. The Toyota Center isn't a bad facility for the Tri-Cities but after attending many events and knowing they priced themselves out of many more, I just have the strong opinion that its poorly run and overpriced for the events held there. Modern day cutting in line moves involve cell phones. You call your friends and tell them where you are in line or say buy me some tickets. I have been to many events in my life but that line was bad. Just think about the out of towners and rooter buses that showed up and got behind me. Our own Richard Anderson ('60) was in front of me and was probably more patient than me. I would say the best fans in the area belong to the Pasco teams. They packed the house. Maybe that will change when they get there new high school and don't have 3 or 4 thousand kids in one school. -Greg Alley ('73) ~ Its raining in Richland and spring is in the air. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/03/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Dick Pierard ('52), Derrith Persons ('60) Richard Anderson ('60), Pam Ehinger ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Monique Mangold ('80) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steven Piippo ('09) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Trevor Hay ('09) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Jon Boisoneau ('67) & Vicki Gill ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick Pierard ('52) My thanks to Tom Tracy ('55) for that great piece on "pay for potty." I have experienced those cheapo airlines and they are grim. I always stogger up on water and get a bite to eat before boarding. It horrifies me to think that I might have to hit the john as well. Since I do a lot of international travel as well, I can imagine what a mess things would be there. I sent it to my son who used to work in the airline business and he got a kick out of it, because he says these bozos could easily come up with such an idiocy to save money. Where they are not interested in saving money is in obscene executive salaries. Thanks, Maren, for passing this along to us. -Dick Pierard ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Derrith Persons Dean ('60) It's Lunch time!! class of '60, family and/or friends If your in town or from out of town Come on, we'll have a good time!! When? - Saturday, March 7th Time? - 11:30 am Where? - Sterling's, 890 GWWay Come on. . . . lets talk! -Derrith Persons Dean ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard Anderson ('60) It's March third, b'day to two of my favorite Bombers of the Class of 2009: Trevor Hay and Steven Piippo. Both were turned into Bomber hoops jetsam detritus midway through this year's campaign -- I'm sure they will get over it long before I will. Dunno what Trev's plans for the future are; Steven is going to Boise State on a track scholarship -- so he's reverting to an original Richland "Bronc" -- at Saturday's need-to-win-two regional games he was clad in BRIGHT orange shorts (Mom was in a BRIGHT orange Boise State shirt). Good luck to both! To: Greg Alley ('73) Actually Greg, I was in full whining mode -- for the ENTIRE 45-50 minutes it took me to get my ticket -- the ONLY thing that made it tolerable was that I was with "my people"; in this case the Heitzmann clan (senior guard Derik Heitzmann (#12) is Wa-Hi's sixth man in their rotation), so I was able to keep occupied (and sane) talking Walla Walla during the wait. Pasco fans are great; but, we Walla Walla fans are even greater. Did you notice how many of us there were standing and clapping when the band played the Wa-Hi fight song? -Richard Anderson ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Maren, I tried to open the web site to the puppies that Allen Lobdell ('69) sent yesterday but was unable to open it. Any hints? Bombers Rule, -Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Oops. My goof. I had forgotten to upload the pictures. Try now: ] ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/04/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Dee Wallace ('60), Patti Jones ('60) David Douglas ('62), Gary Behymer ('64) Jean Armstrong ('64), Vic Marshall ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ruth Patty ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vicki Gill ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy Bishop ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Wingfield ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Brad Upton ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dee Wallace ('60) Hello: Just a snow-bound day in Sierra City, CA and I was just sitting here feeling old and thought I would see who was still out there. -Dee Wallace ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>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, March 14, 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: David Douglas ('62) Re: Class Prophecy Does anyone remember the "class prophecy" tradition - near graduation time printing in the Sandstorm what the writer thought each graduate would be doing in five years? More to the point, does anyone happen to know who wrote the prophecy for the '62 graduates? I need a name to put on a doll before I stick pins in it... The issue came up when I was preparing a Toastmasters speech. My prophecy, much as I hate to repeat it, was that in five years I would be cleaning up Hollywood in the entertainment industry. I was going to be a custodian at Universal Studios. Now I have to admit I did help pay my graduate school expenses by working as a custodian, but that was the limit of that career. I did get my revenge on the false Sandstorm prophet, however, although it did take almost 40 years to do it. I didn't clean up after a movie. I got to play a role in one. And I wasn't a custodian either. I was the president! (Of an American computer company.) I wasn't just an extra, I had a speaking part in two 10-minute scenes, in a movie that was shown in theaters. I should add that if you want to see it, it would help if you speak Chinese, because you'd have to go to China to see it. I didn't get to see it myself - it was still in post-production when I had to return to the US. But later three of my students e-mailed me that they had seen me in the theater. But I'd still like to know who wrote that prophecy. I stewed over it for 40 years until I finally got my revenge. -David Douglas ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Mulberry Trees along the Columbia Can anyone provide photos of the Mulberry Trees that are/were located several hundred yards up the Columbia River from the Manolopoulos home on Hains. There were 4 or 5 very large trees.. -Gary Behymer ('64), **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jean Armstrong Reynolds ('64) Re: 3/2 entry from Alan Lobdell ('69) This still didn't work, but if you take off the "]" at the end and make it: It will work.. The puppies are adorable.. But who doesn't love a puppy?? -Jean Armstrong Reynolds ('64) ~ Still busy training teams for Therapy Paws. When it slows down, I will get caught up. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic Marshall ('71) Re: Greatest Fans To: Greg Alley ('73) and Richard Anderson ('60) It distresses me to no end when I see a couple of Bombers extolling the merits of Pasco and Walla Walla fans. What about the Bomber fans? Have they slipped so much?? Boog, I checked with the rules committee of the BBA (Bleacher Bums of America)- YOU ARE ON THIN ICE for treasonous statements. They say unless you can pick up an endorsement from Mike Davis ('74) as a "true fan" - you are in danger of getting thrown out of this esteemed organization. I do remember two of the most popular cheers used during hotly contested games- 1) Elevator, Elevator - we got the shaft... 2) Nuts and Bolts, Nuts and Bolts, we got screwed We MUST have had a more extensive repertoire than this but that's all I can come up with. These were frowned on by the holy trinity (Al Vandenberg, John Allen and John Nash) but we managed to slide by - I guess PC was a bit different then. I doubt the reception today would be the same. It seemed during our tenure that nearly all the students attended games - regardless of political or social leanings - the gym was always crowded and if it were Pasco or Wa-Hi - you needed to get there early to get in before the fire marshals closed the doors. I have not been to a game in years - have things changed that much? Sad state if things have changed that much -Vic Marshall ('71) ~ From balmy Beverly Hills, MI where we are in the single digits - but it's a DRY cold (whatever that is supposed to mean...) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/05/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: "Em" De Vine ('52), "Pappy" Swan ('59) Nancy Mallory ('64), John Adkins ('62) Greg Alley ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn "Em" De Vine ('52) To: Allen Lobdell ('69) Re: Pups ADORABLE!!! Those puppies are so cute. It looks like some have already been chosen... the "necklaces". Good luck to their owners getting all of them sold to good homes with big fenced yards. Thank you for sharing the photos. To: Vic Marshall ('71) Re: Bomber fans... Seems to me, the days of great attendance to the games are long gone. And the boisterous involvement of the "teens" looks and sounds to have been quieted down considerably. Too bad there is such a lack of enthusiasm. Probably, maybe years ago, some of the kids got w-a-a-a-y out of line so dampers had to be put on them. I don't know when the change came about. It may have been a gradual thing. Hey... were you and your compadres some of those "way out of line" kids??? Ha. -Marilyn "Em" De Vine ('52) ~ in sunny Richland, where they predicted 20s last night and snow in some places. (THIS is what spring is supposed to look like!) Paco and I have been going to the River in the rain for 3 days... today will be a nice change. I'm so glad not to be back East in their horrible blizzards or in Arizona with their 96 weather. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Pappy's Puppy(ies) update or, Chapter 4 in the renamed, "The Book of Bella/Me'a, according to Pappy" Our puppies are home! We brought them home last Saturday. You have already met "Me'a" (I know, the spelling has only changed three times), but my dog enthusiast friend and fellow Bomber, Peggy Adair ('72) pointed out that Mea might be pronounced like "Tea." So, we changed it again, and now the pup has an official name, Me'a" ... and two aliases. And, I would introduce you to Bella, "Ma Belle Amie," "my nice friend," but you have already met her, formerly referred to as "Little Lunch Face." And now, I feel twice the love. No, make that three times, counting Jeanne, aka Mrs. Pappy. But, I have to ask myself how some guys could possibly survive having more than one female on the string at a time (although we are even at our house now with Jeanne and two girl dogs and me and two boy (well they were originally) cats? Its keeping me hopping, but I have high hopes. I just fed them and their little tails looked like two metronomes gone wild! Yes indeedy, I wish that I could tap into some of that energy! At first, two little yellow furry things running around on four legs seemed as though it could get "real confusing" to tell them apart. But, being experienced with some age, I quickly deduced that one is bigger and darker (Me'a), who tips the scales at 12.7 lbs now vs Bella who weighs in at 10.6 lb. However, to hedge our bet, and enhance positive identification at a distance (more that 10 feet for a seasoned citizen), we put a red collar on Me'a and a blue one on Bella. I hope they never have them off at the same time. Actually, I am now able to tell subtle physical characteristics and differences in their behavior. We thought that Me'a would be the shy, laid back one and Bella would be the most active. So much for all those theories ... they are both hell on four legs! And they love their Daddy! As the little entertainers, formerly known as "the puppies," they are now collectively referred to as the "girls" or "The Wrecking Crew!" I borrowed that term from another dog enthusiast friend and fellow Bomber, Deb Bosher Neuroth ('67). When we picked up the puppies, the breeder's 10 year-old granddaughter, Katey, who partnered with her grandmother in this venture to produce the litter of puppies, provided Jeanne and I with a picture, her own hand-painted rendition of Bella and Me'a. She also donated "Moosey," a stuffed toy moose, and an old sock, both of which the pups have a particular fondness. One of my old tee shirts, along with Moosey and the sock, have become like security blankets for the pups and are helping in the introduction to their crate training. So, now the play time puppy training is under way, and I can profoundly suggest that if any Bombers are having thoughts of taking up weight loss and exercise programs; save yourself some money in the long run, and get two puppies! You will be on the run ... constantly. In the accompanying pictures, they certainly look innocent enough, don't they? If you look very closely at my right ear and use your imagination a bit, you can make out the 1/2" long wound from Bella's puppy teeth, when she did her impersonation of an earring hanging from my right earlobe. And yep, its double the feed bill! I can tell already that its gonna be like feeding teenagers! And, they act just like teenagers! Lots of roughhousing. Puppies are amazing ... they go 90 mph for a stretch, suddenly crash, sleep a stretch, and then go some more, with a lot of poopin' and peein' thrown in, rest, go like hell, sleep some more, and ... Whewieee! Yippee ki yi yaaay! But, I'm lovin' it and already thinking about September 1 and grouse season, to get them started in their hunting careers. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where "I'm ah so happy" that I feel like Andre' Bocelli or Josh Groban and if I knew any of the words to their songs (with the minor caveat ... "if I could sing"), I would sing along. But, I don't (and can't), so, I will just hum with happiness and anticipate the day ... when I can take these pups to the "boonies" after declaring, "ah hunting we will go!" I am once more whole and complete, as a dog man. In the meantime, I'm very busy and a bit short on sleep, but quite content. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nancy Mallory Johnson ('64) Well, we are recovering from our weekend snow. Saturday afternoon it started to snow and before it quit during the night we had between 8 and 12 inches of snow. Down here that's a lot! Huge numbers of churches were closed on Sunday. Saturday night my son couldn't get up the driveway (he had to work till nearly 10pm). Some schools in this part of TN (west) are still closed today. In a couple of days it will be in the 70s! I remember having chinooks when we had snow growing up. Tell that to people and they don't know what you are talking about. It is also fun to tell folks that you are from the DESERT part of Washington. Of course, that is after you explain that you mean the state, not the large city! I think nearly all the roads are clear finally. They don't have a lot to take care of them here. Plus they NEVER come down my street. -Nancy Mallory Johnson ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: Verna Ruth Moulster Brinson ('30 Hanford Hi - RIP) -John Adkins ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Greg Alley ('73) To: Vic Marshall ('71) Re: Bomber Fans Since I live here in Richland I still go to games and you live in Beverly Hills, MI apparently not the warm one. There seems to be a lot more to do these days for kids than go to Bomber basketball games on a cold night. It was always Friday or Saturday way back and now sometimes its on a Tuesday. The Pasco games are always crowded as they hold the varsity boys and girls games in the same place and on the same night and then flip flop the games in the next go round. Usually the gym is about one third full for a typical game. If the school is from far away, as in farther than the Tri-Cities, those teams don`t send too many fans. The band shows up at about half the games. The cheerleaders (about 14 of them), don`t go on road trips. It used to be about 5 of them cheering and doing flips and things, but not much now. There were many Bomber fans at the regional games, just not as many as there used to be at these post season games. Davis ('74) won`t have any comments. He is a River View/Finley Panther. He can do it all, teacher, coach, and public address announcer at the football and basketball games. -Greg Alley ('73) ~ I can see some kind of light outside right now, I think they call it sunshine. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/06/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Phil Belcher ('51), Kathy Rathvon ('63) Carol Converse ('64), David Rivers ('65) Linda King ('79) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ray Wells ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jan Nussbaum ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John Browne, Jr. ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Deirdre Johnson ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pat Doriss ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paul Tunnell ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bobbie Gilstrap ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Phil Belcher ('51) I don't know if this has been through the sandstorm yet, (senior moments come more often now-a-days) but if not it might give Pappy some thing to sing about! -Phil Belcher ('51) ~ in windy Pasco with a temp of 45 and a wind speed of 25. Now to go to work repairing the fence that blew down. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kathy Rathvon ('63) Re: Wine Tasting Once again, Kurt Johnson ('63) and his wife Sherri Ward Johnson ('63) and Kurt's brother Charlie ('70) and his wife Tammara Ward Johnson ('70) will be the featured winery at Georges's Wine Shop on Saturday, March 7th from 2 - 5. For those of you who missed them last time they were there, don't miss them this time. George's Wine Shop is in the Lake Hills Shopping Center in Bellevue on 156th Ave. SE, just south of Main Street & north of Lake Hill Blvd. on the west side of the street. Hope to see some of you there. -Kathy Rathvon ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: George "Pappy" Swan('59) The pictures of Bella and Me'a are just adorable!! Looks as though they have done quite a bit of growing since you sent in the last pictures of, what?, a week ago? Looks as though they are fitting right in and that's a good thing. -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA We are having some sun today, but expecting rain by tonight. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Are we there yet? It's kinda been one of those days... ya know? Trying to keep my honest billable hours at a point where I can eat and pay my bills and still helpin' friends out now and then... One of the Donut Gang's house is sinking in the sand and I've been trying to help him out on a pro bono basis... but traffic is murder... left for his place over by where the Big Fat Liar used to live with a half hour travel time allotted... Fat chance... left at 1:30... finally got back here at 4:00... now there's a bit of a point to this story... This guy, Vince Lombardi (honest), has built some really fun cars... One of the last ones he built from two or three different cars and a wheel borrow has got to be one of the coolest around... well naturally, Vinnie wasn't standing still and the Big Fat Liar ('65)... wanted something different from the nice little '40 Ford two door he'd been toolin around in... naturally a swap was in the works... so after dickerin in the fashion of my soon to be birthday boy Adair ('65-'67) and me back when we wuz 15... the swap was made... now for those of you who don't know... the Big Fat Liar is one heck of a pin striper (almost as good as his harp blowin)... so you can only imagine what Vinnie's Tub looked like after Jimmy painted it black and got to work on it... what a great car... Jimmy immortalized the Spudnut Shop with his car and turned it into a real hot ride... well the other day onea the local racin rags came out and guess who made the cover (he probably told them it turned the quarter in the low sixes... big fat liar)... anyway... here's a shot of the boy on the cover and another picture of him with Mills ('64) and me and one of my sleepers... -David Rivers ('65) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [here's the same car (and some others) in 2006: ] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda King Goetz ('79) Re: Class of 79 Reunion The class of 1979 will be holding it's 30 year reunion on 8/14- 8/15 at the Hanford House. Please go to the 1979 website for more information or contact me. -Linda King Goetz ('79) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/07/2009 - IDITAROD STARTS Today Spring Forward at 2am tomorrow, Sunday, 3/8/09 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: "Pappy" Swan ('59), Gary Behymer ('64), Dwight Carey ('68) Vic Marshall ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Melanie Lawson ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ray Fisher ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rod Jochen ('80) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Phil Belcher ('51) Phil, I tried singing the pups to sleep for their nap, today. But, I think it gave them night (or day) mares, because the two of them sounded like a pack of coyotes, yipping and howling, with little snouts raised in vociferous protest! I was serious about not being able to sing. And, the pups have proven it! Any other ideas? To: Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) The puppies are indeed growing like weeds ... on steroids. So, I am keeping a journal and we are taking a "Trizillion" (somewhat reminiscent of a "stimulus package" number) pictures to maintain a steady record of their transformation. They're an accelerated likeness of raising kids. One day they are a toddler/puppy and before I know it ... they'll be ready to graduate, and will be asking for the keys to "Ranger Ricky," my little Ford pickup! Well, that's ok. I can catch up on my sleep then, as they fight over whom gets to drive to the hunting area. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where the sun also shines (for now, anyway) and I really am having a good time. The puppies make sure of that! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Two great shots of 'Too Tall' House ('63) These photos are from the Richland Bomber Booster web site... The Get Floored! Page... -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dwight Carey ('68) Re: David Rivers ('65) and the "Bomb" mascot Loved the pictures of your cars, and couldn't help but see the famous mascot. We had possession of one that looked real close to yours, and somehow lost it. We have real close evidence that it was absconded by those dirty rotten scoundrels from RHS '70. Now we have conflicting evidence that the Sorry Seven from 1965 may be the culprits. You being a lawyer, would you take our case?? Since you have the picture proof, that would make it easier. We need to push the prosecution unless we get a guilty plea beforehand. Anyone else have a version of the RHS Bomb?? -Dwight Carey ('68) ~ Sunny in Richland - headed to Special Olympics State Tournament in Wenatchee. Would like to take my Bomber mascot, but ........ I Lost It!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vic Marshall ('71) Re: Class of '71 Pictures Wanted To all class of 71 classmates- As many of you may know, our old website got shut down without warning by the service provider. Dennis Strege ('71) did a great job with this site and I want to thank him for all his years of maintainING this for us. To prevent this from happening again, I have registered a domain name for our class ... THE new website will be working with Dennis and others to get this site back up and KEEP it up!! Doug Crawford ('71) has already sent me some good stuff for the website - Pictures from our 35th reunion, a bunch of school pictures (Marcus Whitman & Carmichael) and a group photo from our 30th. He is going to continue to look for stuff to contribute. I have our high school annuals and will work on getting them scanned. I am soliciting any and all "stuff" you may have saved for the website - old class pictures. Carmichael or Chief Jo annuals, photos you may have of stuff we did as kids (Little league, the river, whatever) or of you with school chums. If you can send me scanned images, that would be nice, but if you trust me to scan them and return them to you-send stuff to me and I will scan and return. Any and all thoughts or ideas for the website are welcome. Call or write me at the address below. I am hoping to have a section where people can post "profiles"- kind of a what have you been doing the last 40 years? Sort of thing- kids, grand kids, hobbies, that type of thing, Let me know if you would be willing to help. I hope to have the initial site up within a week or so. Thanks for any help you can provide. -Vic Marshall ('71) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/08/2009 ~ SPRING FORWAWRD at 2am ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers and Andy Perdue sent stuff: "Em" De Vine ('52), Mike Brady ('61), John Campbell ('63) David Rivers ('65), Jim Heidlebaugh ('65), Andy Perdue (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan Anderson ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Adair ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn "Em" De Vine ('52) Pappy... those puppies weren't complaining... they were singing along!! But the video of the fellow singing his puppies to sleep was really cute, wasn't it! Paco and I just got back from a cold walk along the river and we flushed out a beautiful Chinese Pheasant. First one I've seen this year. This afternoon I went to Kennewick Life Care and they've got a serious "bug"... so, anyone thinking of going there soon: don't. It is a gastro-intestinal thing and every employee had on a mask and most of us visitors did, too. I didn't stay and as soon as I got home, I put my jeans, shirt and jacket in the washing machine. Prior to that, I went to Kamiakin High school to watch WIAA Dance and Drill Regions 5 and 6 Competitions. All the groups were VERY good, Richland was great, Moses Lake was outstanding! My last grandchild to graduate from RHS is a senior and in the group. My younger 2 grandkids will go to Hanford High. Take care, Bombers, -Marilyn "Em" De Vine ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Richland Bomb...ers To: Gary Behymer ('64) Every time I tell someone we place a bomb at mid court at Richland basketball games their response ranges from, "I can't believe it" to "You gotta be kidding." If you think about it, it's pretty unusual. When I was a Bomber, I thought it was pretty cool. I guess you have to be a Bomber to ... -Mike Brady ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Campbell ('63) Re: Mustangs in Las Vegas in April Even though I'm essentially a Chevy guy, Marilyn and I enjoy our Mustang and have decided to join about 600 Mustangs traveling across country from Las Vegas to Birmingham Alabama next month. We come into Vegas on Thursday night (April 9th) and leave on Saturday (April 11th). The Aliante Station Casino is the host hotel. Looking forward to seeing some of the Vegas Bombers. Look for a newer bright red Mustang Convertible. After Birmingham, we'll be traveling north to Washington D.C. area to see our new Grandson, Colin James Campbell, born last Monday. You can open the link for other stops. -John Campbell ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: My good friend I know... to hear me talk my friends can do no wrong... Of all people, I am one who should know from first hand experience that we all have feet of clay and are bound to stumble now and again... but I must say, that even when my friends do things I would prefer they didn't I try and pick myself up and keep going... the birthday boy has always been there for me and I will always be grateful for his friendship... the Big Fat Liar ('65) and I called him Saturday morning just in case we missed him on Sunday March 8th, his birthday... he is now as old as we are... I've told the story many times of how we met at 15 swappin' cars... he and I went all over Orange county one week sampling every type of strawberry pie we could find... he is beginning the joy of sharing his racing engine building experience with his son ('08) and I expect we will be seeing his name in lights one of these days... and they are both bright stars to me... His son even got Terry Davis ('65) on a roller coaster for the first time... Had a blast at the Vegas Bomber lunch on Saturday... surrounded by Bomber-babes (didja hear that Mary Lou ('63)!!!!... Bomber-babes!!!!!!)... I kinda saved the birthday boy from a huge reenactment of Tet once on Hollywood Blvd... but probably hafta wait and tell that story one at a time... not entirely politically correct but shore was fun and I agreed with the birthday boy 100%... he's my Pal and he'll always be dear to me... so take a moment and wish Jimmie Adair ('65-'67) a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (I just re-read this and boy do I sound like I got adult whatever it is that means you can't concentrate on a single thought for more than 20 seconds... dang... but I ain't gonna re-write it Jimmie... sorry!) -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Heidlebaugh ('65) Happy Birthday to my brother Jim Adair ('66). Glad you are feeling up to snuff! Eat cake, and bust those balloons! I love ya, Dood! -Jim Heidlebaugh ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Andy Perdue (NAB) Greetings, Bombers. There has been tremendous interest in our historical photo galleries since we first posted them Jan. 30 on We are feverishly working on scanning in more photos so we can post new galleries from Richland, Kennewick and Pasco. If you have old photos you would like to share with fellow Tri- Citians, we would be happy to include them in future galleries. In fact, if you live in town, we would be more than happy to digitize your photos (we can scan photos and 35mm negatives). Feel free to contact me if you have questions or comments. Sincerely, Andy Perdue, director Tri-City Herald Interactive ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/09/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45Beaver/'46Bomber), Richard Roberts ('49) Barbara von Olnhausen ('62), Donna Nelson ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: George Hammons ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pam Panther ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janet Olson ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Petra Giangrande ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rob Peutz ('73) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Leonard Peters & MaryMike Hartnett ('61) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy ('45Beaver/'46Bomber) To: John Campbell ('63) Whenever I see Mustang and las Vegas in the same header, I stop browsing and start reading. -Dick McCoy ('45Beaver/'46Bomber) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard Roberts ('49) Re: Mike Brady ('61) Bomb on the Basketball Court In 1947, two years after the war, we were not so bold and fresh as you youngsters in 1961, who put a bomb in the middle of the court during half time; but, we did have a Bomber fan who made a drink/towel cart that Alan Neidhold ('48-RIP) and I, as team managers, wheeled out onto the court during time outs and half time. It had a bomb, with fins, made out of wood on the top of the cart. Emblazoned along the side of the bomb was "Bombers". There's a picture of Alan, the cart and me somewhere in the Sandstorm archives. Maybe Maren can find it. [Of course I can find it..... -Maren] Cheers, -Richard Roberts ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barbara von Olnhausen ('62) For Pappy in honor of Bella and Me'a. -Barbara von Olnhausen ('62) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Barbara sent this HUGE file: Why_everyone_should_have_a_dog.wmv I went to YouTube and searched for: Why everyone should have a dog... that search netted the YouTube URL where you can go watch the video... -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Nelson ('63) Maren, Your Iditarod entry made me want to share about two friends of mine who went to Alaska last Monday and went to a training the race people must offer for people who want to volunteer to help in the race. They said they'd be assigned eventually somewhere along the race course at aide stations to help racers and their dogs. It sounded fun but too cold for me. My one friend has a "bucket list" and one of the things on it is to drive a sled of dogs and she's getting close by doing this. I'm sure I'll hear lots of stories when they get back. -Donna Nelson ('63) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/10/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: David Rivers ('65) John Allen ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Diane Davenport ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barb O'Malley ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Sometimes I don't know where my head is No comments solicited about where you think my head might be... you're right though about yesterday! I admit it... it was right there on my yellow sticky... but when I went home Friday nite I only wrote "Adair 3/8" on the one I took home and put on my bathroom mirror... If I had been paying attention I would have also written "Pam 3/9")... but alas and alac... alak... alack... allack... anyway... It is obvious now that I failed to mention the birthday of a Bomber-Babe who made my face turn red every time I saw her all thru school... I could barely talk to her for fear I would say something really stupid... especially after a science field trip in Jr Hi... I was sitting between Johnny Crowder ('65-RIP) and Pam Panther ('65) in that wide seat in the back of the bus... Pam was wearing a fuzzy (angora?) pink sweater... like the one Jimbeaux ('63) relates that Mary Lou ('63) wore at some time or another... Johnny said something about Pam... I have no clue what he said and I'm not even sure he was talking about Pam... but I turned to look at Pam and she went off on me like there was no tomorrow... to this day I have no clue what the incident was all about but the teacher who was on the bus really gave Johnny and me what for... I was mortified... I couldn't face Pam again till years later... ahhhhhh... my loss... so now I need to make up for whatever I did then and for missing her birthday on the 9th... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Pam Panther!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Allen ('66) Re: BOMBER JERSEYS I confess that I don't read the Sandstorm every day and, when I do read it, I often read only those posts from people I know, so I apologize if the following question has already been addressed. I noticed in some TC Herald photos of this year's Bomber basketball squad that the "away" jerseys say "RICHLAND" instead of "BOMBERS." Is this true of the "home" jerseys as well, or do they still say "BOMBERS?" If they both say "RICHLAND," I suppose we can all draw the correct conclusion as to just why this has happened. -John Allen ('66) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/11/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: "Mickey" Arledge ('58), "Pappy" Swan ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jay McCue ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mandy Holmes ('97) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Austen ('99) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. From: Jess M. "Mickey" Arledge ('58) Entered: Tuesday 03/10/2009 12:16:15am COMMENTS: time goes by so's good to be a Bomber. -Jess M. "Mickey" Arledge ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Weeds, kids, and Puppies Weeds, kids, and puppies all have at least one thing in common. They grow too fast! Weeds ... well, we all know about weeds and that most undesirable trait of how fast they grow. However, the growth rates of both kids and puppies, bring with them some of life's most bittersweet experiences. The wee ones are just so cute, when tiny! And, we want the best for them and we want to prepare them for what we know is coming. But, to be sure, both bring to us a lot of work, responsibility, and time consuming effort. We often find ourselves torn between two desires. The first is looking forward to when the little ones grow out of particular stages, such as diaper changing and puppy house training. The second is to absorb and enjoy all that we can of their child- and "puppyhoods," because those periods of time are so ... fleeting. With both, we were so immersed in their early life, one day. And the next, they seem to have grown ... so much! In watching our puppies grow, day to day ... like weeds, as they learn things, have new experiences, and increase in size, offers reflections of the development of our own children, grandchildren, and "pet kids" of years gone by. Bella and Me'a were but three weeks old when I first saw them, five weeks old in the first of the accompanying pictures, and now they are in their ninth week. Yep, just like fuzzy little weeds! But, that also means that I'm growing older, too. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA a pretty good place for kids and puppies to come of age! "Kinda reminds me of where I grew up." ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/12/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Bill Witherup ('53), Jack Gardiner ('61), Helen Cross ('62) Gary Behymer ('64), Ray Stein ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ray Loescher ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John Richardson ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ralph Keppeon ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeanie Walsh ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Witherup ('53) Re: A recommended book On February 27th Tom Matthews ('57) was asking about books about Hanford. I recommend to him The Atomic West, edited by Bruce Hevly and John M. Findlay, University of Washington Press 1998. Should be available in your local or state library. -Bill Witherup ('53) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Tom said "...change from 1943 to 1944. I wonder if there are any books with more on the transition period?" -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jack Gardiner ('61) Today March 12th is the 10th anniversary since I last smoked a cigarette. I smoked my last one at 6:00 AM, March 12th 1999. I smoked for 38 years and enjoyed every last one I lit. Besides the health issues, at 2 packs a day I'm saving about $3,650 a year at today's costs. -Jack Gardiner ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Spring is really coming to the midwest; we've been seeing robin red breasts birds hopping all over the place, along with the cardinals and other birds who come to our bird feeders we finally got hung up in our tree, or what is left of it after our ice storm in late January of this year. (I estimate we lost 50 percent of our tree branches in that ice storm and the earlier strong wind storm back in September, 2008, but we were lucky, as we know people who lost their homes to these storms, and we were only inconvinced with a loss of power for a few days. Anyway, I've also been enjoying seeing the squirrels eat from our squirrel feeders a friend here built for me and I finally got painted and up. We even had a white squirrel one day... they also like eating the pecan nuts we put out for them. Grandview has a lot of pecan trees and this year we are having a bumper crop of them, and I can pick them up in the park, or at friend's when I try to get my daily exercise in. Now to get to cracking them... (I understand that we get a good heavy crop about every 3 years or so.) The Churches continue to keep us busy. We had a Shrove Tuesday pancake supper for the community on Fat Tuesday, or the evening before Lent starts, and our little church of about 35 had over a hundred come to share in the fun... and good pancakes... now we are preparing for our Easter services. We will be having an Easter hat contest, and several of the members at one church have decided they will have a choir and sing on Easter Sunday!! We are wondering where our sunrise service will be, as last year, the park by the river where we like to meet was several feet under water. But this year Easter will be about 3 weeks later, so it's anyone's guess... And we've been wondering at the 70 weather we've had for at least a week. but it is so nice, that several are getting their ground ready for their gardens. I'm even thinking of putting in a few tomatoes, a small start at a "victory garden" I guess. My son says his snow boarding is almost ending at South Lake Tahoe, and my other son, Ryan, is telling us that he really will be graduating from Purdue this year, wonders never cease... we pray he keeps his nose to the grindstone and really finishes up, so he can get onto something else besides restaurant cooking but with the poor job market who knows what he will find... I've been cleaning out my emails, something I've long neglected to do... as msn just keeps increasing their storage, but it is something I need to do... so happy spring to all, as the official start of spring is just around the corner. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ Grandview, IN but I will be visiting the house by the little lake for about a day at the end of this week. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Men Only! Johnny Pierce came to Richland in 1955 to work at the Uptown Barber Shop. My Mom made the decision to take me there because I could walk from Mahan down to the Uptown & she didn't have to go. Dad had his hair cut at Ganzel's. It was located near the Desert Inn. I went with him but once. You took a number there. Thinking I didn't want to be a number...I didn't go back. Johnny bought out or started up his own shop in the same 'parkway' as the Uptown Barber Shop. I do remember that my last hair cut there was August 1st 1968 just a couple of days before Janis & I got married. Johnny served at the Battle of the Bulge in the 87th Infantry during World War II. Salute! John Pierce... Born 01/161923... Died 03/06/2009 -Gary Behymer ('64), **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray Stein ('64) Re: Sneaking into the Bomber Bowl I want to come clean about something that happened when I was a Jr. Higher and the Alumni Sandstorm gives me that opportunity. I remember waiting with Gary Adrian ('64-RIP) at the upper NW entrance to the Bomber Bowl. We came to see the mighty Bomber football team play, but we never wanted to pay. Our dilemma was always solved when the entrance gate was opened to allow the herd of football players (all wearing huge parkas) to enter. The caper was easy, just slip under the parka of a player and ease into the Bomber Bowl with the team. Gary usually ducked under his brother Jim's parka and I think I probably got under Jack Glover's ('60) garment. For whatever reason, the gate keeper/ticket taker never noticed that there were 4 legs protruding out of some of those parkas. On this night though, we did something different. After successfully gaining admission, Gary and I emerged from under our cover and took off down the hill with the team. I remember my heart was pounding when we reached the field. Now if some of you remember, the team would fling their parkas towards the bench and then make a circle on the field to do warm-ups. Well, Gary and I began to pick up parkas and place them on the benches. We thought our ruse might allow us to watch the game from the sidelines. But alas, after warm-ups, Coach Rish (RIP) got eye of us and yelled, Where'd we get all these managers! At that, Gary and I high-tailed it up to the stands. But oh what a thrill to run down that hill with the football team!!!! -Ray Stein ('64) Mead, WA where we are setting record lows (5 F on Tuesday and 2 F this AM). At least with the ground frozen, you can't track dirt into the house. On a cold, clear, crisp day like today I feel like telling my wife, Dame, no Gym mud, aero-glad..... ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/13/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Rich Baker ('58), Jim Hamilton ('63), John Campbell ('63) Linda Reining ('64), Fran Teeple ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary Hinkle ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Rich Baker ('58) Re: Gary Behymer's ('64) Entry on Johnny Pierce (RIP) Gary, thanks for sharing the information on Johnny Pierce. When I was growing up on Cullum, I also went to Ganzel's. In the ninth grade, near Christmas, I got a job at Newberry's putting tricycles and bicycles together. After Christmas, Les Glather, the manager at that time, gave me a job in the stockroom. I met Johnny Pierce during that first Christmas and from that time on, he was my barber. What a great guy! He used to eat his lunch at the counter in Newberry's and I would join him on occasion. I worked at Newberry's until I went in the Navy in November of 1958. When I got out, I went back to work at Newberry's and Johnny again became my barber of choice. When I graduated from WSU in 1969 and headed east, I never had the opportunity to see Johnny again. I agree, Salute! Thanks again. -Rich Baker ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) Ray Stein's ('64) mention of Gary Adrian's ('64-RIP) penchant for getting something for free, reminded me of the many times we drove around the block looking for an open parking space. Missed a lot of opening credits at movies when we were in college, while we circled the block. Thank you for the memories of the world's oldest little kid, -Jim Hamilton ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Campbell ('63) Re: John Pierce's passing Sorry to hear of Mr. Pierce's passing. I assume that he was the owner of Johnny's barber shop around the corner from the Tahitian and NBof C. Being a "John" myself, I always found it interesting the number of men called "Johnny" from earlier generations. Anyway, I used to have my hair cut by Johnny and being a young Bomber, we talked about cars. Later in years, he was proud of his Hurst Olds, but I remember when he had a '55 black Mercury Montclair. He said he was going to sell it after he went back east to visit a relative who sold cars wholesale. I really liked his car. He kept it like new. Anyway, the weeks until he left and came back from his trip went like months. Unfortunately, he couldn't find anything he liked, so I didn't get to buy his Mercury. Oh well, that put me on the path of getting my first '57 Chevy. Speaking of barbers and cars, one of the barbers in the corner of Densow Drugs had a black and white '56 ford. I remember it also was kept like new. Must be something between clipping hair and waxing cars? -John Campbell ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:Jack Gardiner('61) re:smoking congrats on your quitting smoking! I quit when I turned 30(33 years ago)and had been smoking since I was 18, between 2 and 3 packs a day! loved every smoke I lit up, but when they went from 35 cents to 50 cents a pack, I decided I could better spend that money on my daughters(they were little)so, I quit. I still missed "taking a drag", especially when I was still drinking (which I gave up 20+ years ago)but I do feel 100% bette---being able to take a deep breath without coughing is a good thing. I will admit that there are times when I still want a cigarette (especially when I am sitting next to someone who is smoking a menthol cigarette--those were my favorties---loved that aroma-- *grin*), but that impulse is fleeting and I am proud to say I have not given into the temptation. am also glad I quit when cingarettes were still "reasonable"---it not mistaken, a pack is more than a gallon of gas! Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of '64)........we are still having cooler temps in Bakersfield, CA, but they are predicting 70's by the weekend and warmer temps are coming, so they tell me. we are below our rainfall, so they are already talking water rationing for this summer---"water police" will be out, turning in neighbors for excessive use of water---just can't convince Californians that "planting" rock gardens is a good thing! keep trying to convince my son-in-law to do that, told him he could paint them green, but he didn't like that idea, either! *grin* **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Fran Teeple Wolf ('68) To: Ray Stein ('64) Thanks for the "comin' clean" story Ray. Lordy! I do love those kind of stories. -Fran Teeple Wolf ('68) I hate cold worse than I hate wnow, and the weathermen are having a field day at reporting record breaking cold every day, and how close we are to breaking the record of the most snow in a winter season since records were kept - 1950. BFD - I need SPRING! I need WARM! I need SUNSHINE! We aren't even bothering to shovel the snow off the driveway anymore. 17 right now. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/14/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff: Helen Cross ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Diane Dvorak ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marcia Wade ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Horton ('75) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Millbauer ('77) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Re: John Campbell's ('63) entry on 3/l3 I wonder if that was Mr. Sheard's car? I still don't look at cars much, and I don't remember it then, despite my many hours to and from Densow's walking all of 2 blocks to and from work. Can't remember if you drove or not, but then you were not a Spalding graduate, so didn't live in the area... Maybe Jackie Sheard ('61) will write in and let us know, as he owned that barber shop there for quite a few years, I think.. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ we were just at the "house by the little lake near Bright, IN. and it's about 2 weeks colder there, our daffodils there haven't opened yet, here they are pretty much in full bloom, even dogwoods are starting to bloom, lawn mowing can't be far behind, down here near the Ohio River. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/15/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers and Don Sorensen sent stuff: "Em" De Vine ('52), David Rivers ('65), Don Sorensen (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ron Holeman ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Roy Ballard ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Theartis Wallace ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barbara Smith ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Terry Ganz ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jessica Avant ('95) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn "Em" De Vine ('52) To: Tom Matthews ('57) Re: Books about the transition Tom, I have a book titled "Tales of Richland, White Bluffs & Hanford 1805 1943", by Martha Berry Parker. Printed by YE GALLEON PRESS, Fairfield, WA. As you can tell by the title, it is not strictly a book about the transition, but it has lots of information---406 pages, including an index of family names, lots maps and photos. Mine is autographed by the author. -Marilyn "Em" De Vine ('52) ~ Richland, where the tulips are coming up and I've noticed, when Paco and I take our walk down to the river, that lots of yards have blooming crocuses (?). **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: More big kids I just love sitting at the big kids' table even if my feet don't always touch the ground... the 15th brings two more big kids a year older and a year better... Almost St. Paddy's day babies these guys are both guys to look up to... One I know pretty much only by reputation... (No I don't mean he has a "Rep"... at least not that kind)... the other is a good buddy tho not a Budda Buddy as he is to my pal Adair ('65-'67)... One was such a wonderful guy to watch on the floor with Pook ('63 RIP), Webb ('64), Number 10 ('64) and Number 32 ('63)... it was poetry in motion... I owe tons of thanks to the other guy nearly every time I hit town, as he is always there to help when help is needed... when some other guys may vanish just as the hard stuff comes around this guy is always right there... So here we go again folks as the March Birthdays roll in... HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Thea Wallace ('63) and Roy Ballard ('63)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorensen (NAB) To All Bombers, Re: Another installment of 6 I do recognize Paul Beardsley in the photo. I hope his daughters (Paula ('62), Janice ('64), & Nancy ('65)) can use this for their family album. -Don Sorensen (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/16/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers and Don Sorensen sent stuff: Phil Belcher ('51), Mike Brady ('61), Don Sorensen (NAB) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Hazel Morgan ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Debra Anne Crane ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tami Lyons ('76) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rhonda Miller ('78) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Phil Belcher ('51) Re: Lost Phases like "fender skirts" -Phil Belcher ('51) ~ 44 and windy, gusts to 45 today. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: RVers For the past couple of years I've been thinking of purchasing an RV. My wife and I would like to spend 3 or 4 months each winter in a warmer climate. I know there are many Bombers who have Recreation Vehicles. I would appreciate information about purchasing an RV, living in an RV over a period of time, costs of space to park the RV plus other pertinent information. Re: Another subject... I got my first tattoo last month when we were in Hawaii. It is a turtle located a couple of inches above my right ankle. When I was young my Dad told me never get a tattoo because I would live to regret it. I figure at 65, I don't have too many years left to regret it. Besides... I really like it. Thanking you in advance for information about Recreation Vehicles... -Mike Brady ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorensen (NAB) To All Bombers, Another installment of 6. -Don Sorensen (NAB) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/17/2009 ~ HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Jim Jensen ('50), Phil Belcher ('51), Luana Ivers ('52) Ed Wood ('62), Bill Scott ('64), David Rivers ('65) Pam Ehinger ('67), Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Richard Roberts ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon Templman ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lisa Lysher ('79) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) Re: Wearin' of the Green A happy St. Patrick's day to all Bombers!!! A happy birthday anniversary to one of the lovliest of all Bomber ladies - Sharon Templeman Watts ('55). -Jim Jensen ('50) ~ Katy, TX where greenery was rescued with three days of rain **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Phil Belcher ('51) Re: This site will give you days, weeks or maybe even months of enjoyment. I'm only less than 1/2 way through and I've spent over 15 hours!! (Maybe I should get a life.) But its fun and doesn't take much energy -Phil Belcher ('51) ~ Pasco where the wind is only 22 mph, but the temp is 57. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From Luana Ivers Portch ('52) Re: Don Sorenson's (NAB) Picture #258 I think the blonde lady reaching up for the ball is Helen Brunstad, mother of George Brunstad ('52). Don't recognize any of the others. -Luana Ivers Portch ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed Wood ('62) Re: RVs To: Mike Brady ('61) You should consider renting a variety of RVs to see what the pros and cons of each mean to you. We rented a trailer, a Class C and a Class A diesel before ending up with a 5th Wheel and a diesel pickup. For us the choice was right, but unless you test them out the way you want to travel, you'll never know. -Ed Wood ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Scott (Boomer Bomber Class of '64) Re: Spring in California Just checking in for no other reason than to celebrate the arrival of spring on the Central Coast of California. We all need something to feel good about these days. Spring starts in February here, and is in full swing now. The fruit trees and ornamental trees are in bloom; pink and white blossoms dot the countryside. Golden California poppies line the roads. Sweeps of yellow wild mustard and purple lupine spread across the pastures. To the east, as far as the eye can see, the unspoiled slopes and hills are emerald green from spring rains. And for one brief shining moment (a few weeks actually) it is... well, not Camelot, but it sure looks like Ireland. Wish you all could see it. -Bill Scott (Boomer Bomber Class of '64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: You go Girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sorry for such a short note but I'm doin' this for a friend... First, however, if anybody else emails or regular mails me any more information on the Wailers/Ventures concert I will just scream... I can't go so quit being mean to me... I did order two car garage tho and can't wait till it gets here... I have been told by informed sources that a '65er (he's even a Sorry 7) (and his initials are "SS") is taking very high tech recording equipment in the concert with him and will be selling boot leg copies of the concert at the Exit right after the show... I don't want him to get into trouble so I can't tell you Simpson's name... I mean he could get in real trouble and I would never want that... so the purpose of this little note is to let you know that "Polly" Davis, mother to that famous star of stage screen and television, Terence Paul Angel Davis Knox (and only known to me as Mrs. Davis... I almost never learned parents' "real" names) will be on Seattle area Channel "King 5" (that's what he said) on the news at either 5 or 6 (or when ever they actually show the news on that station) as she marches on Washington... no that's not right... as she and her fellow elders wheel against the closing of the Elder Care Center some where in the Seattle area... she will not be carrying the "hell no we won't go" sign but I believe she does have a speaking part (in the parlance)... so watch for her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) For Terry Davis ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) To: Mike Brady ('61) I know what ya mean when you talked about your dad telling you that you would regret getting a tatt! My folks said the same thing only my dad said "I was in the Navy and never got on of those things!" Well I was 37 years old when I got my first one and it is "No Code" (that means do not do CPR on me or anything to save my life). I still live by that rule today at the age of 60! But now I have 11 of tattoos BUT they only show when I Want them to! All tastefully done Too!! Tattoo's can be addicting but be smart as to what you are putting on your body! Body Art can be very beautiful. Well any Congrats Mike! Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) Re: Tattoos To: Mike Brady ('61) Thanks for the photo of the tattoo - impressive! (Although at age 65 I would hardly say that you have only a few years left to regret it ... if, indeed, you DO end up regretting it.) Both of my (biological) sons have tattoos -- and both regret them (now) -- and both have put up a great fuss every time I have talked about getting one. (And I started talking about it long before they ever regretted getting theirs! They just don't think Mom should have one ... and they don't want anyone to think I am gang affiliated. Oh, please! I am not talking about getting teardrops tattooed on my face!) Anyway, you re-inspired me, Mike. I am coming down to the wire on that job for the V.A. for a couple of years in Alaska. If I go, I think I might get a tattoo while I am there. Something small and tasteful and mid-night-sunnish, maybe. Anyone know a good tattoo person in Fairbanks? With several military installations there, I am sure there must be a number of "tattoo parlors" (as they were called, before tattoos became known as "body art".) -Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) ~ Haven Farm, ID -- where yesterday's rain felt closer to spring-like. But there is still ice on the surface of the ponds this morning. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/18/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Mary Rose ('60), Tom Hemphill ('62), Carol Converse ('64) Alan Lobdell ('69), Anita Fravala ('73), Anne Mitzlaff ('77) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol Brady ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Rose Tansy ('60) Re: Tattoos I tried to talk myself out of writing this email but just had to do it. I worked at a prison towards the end of my career. One of the jobs in the housing area was to enter all of the inmates tattoos in the computer from disks that the correctional officers had made of the inmates upon entry into the facility. The only warning that I have about tattoos is be careful of the areas in which you have them done because with age they tend to wrinkle and sag and can be rather hilarious looking!! -Mary Rose Tansy ('60) ~ Centerfield, UT where the sun is out and spring is on its way!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Hemphill ('62) To: Mike Brady ('61) Re: RV Life Hello old friend. It's a great time now to buy an RV. Lots of good deals out there. My wife and I have a small travel trailer and it's great for short getaways. But it's way too small for any extended living. If you are considering a Coach (motor home), you should consider renting one for a week and see if it meets your needs. There are lots of pros and cons to coaches. For the money and living space and travel, I would choose a 5th wheel and a diesel truck. We have a Dodge Ram 2500, 3/4 ton, four wheel drive and we love it. We have friends who bought a 32 foot 5th wheel with two slide outs and there is plenty of room for extended living. For information on costs and RV sites, the internet has a lot of web pages available. Check out Good luck. -Tom Hemphill ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) To: Bill Scott ('64) Sounds as though spring has really sprung down where you are. Please send a little up my way! We've been having lots of rain, wind and cold! Coldest winter since we've been here. Signs of spring are here as well, the trees are getting their leaves, flowering trees have their flowers on them, daffodils and tulips are coming out. But, you guys get warm temps, whereas, we don't get above 67 in the dead of summer. More fog than anything as well. Enjoy your 'Spring'. See ya guys this June in the 'heat'! -Carol Converse Maurer (Magic Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA We are taking a day from rain. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Lobdell ('69) Re: Tattoos I was the only Marine in my artillery battery who did not get a tattoo. I never wanted any type of identifying marks on me. To this day I still don't. Each of my three sons are the same way - no tattoos, however my step daughter has two. She now regrets them. Of the people I know who have them I would say that 90% wish they never did it. My 27 year old son will not date any woman with a tattoo and if he finds out she has one at a latter date that's the end of it. Think long and hard before getting one, its not like they wash off. -Alan Lobdell ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Anita Fravala Griffin ('73) Re: Tattoos To: Mike Brady ('61) To: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) I swore I would never get a tattoo. When my daughter got one in college I was pretty mad. Then my son got one. Several years later he decided to become a tattoo artist and it all went downhill from there - yep, I now have three! My daughter has three; my daughter-in-law has 3 large ones; and my husband will be getting a fairly large one when we get back from our 35th wedding anniversary celebration in Australia! As for mine, I completely forget I have them until somebody comments about them. Anyway, if anyone in the Tri-Cities is looking to get a tattoo, my son's name is Kevin Griffin, he tattoos at Asylum Tattoo on Court Street in Pasco, and he's the tall kid with the long red hair in a ponytail! He's pretty darm good (if I do say so myself)!!! He also tattooed in Florence, Italy for almost 2 years. Tell him his mom sent you! -Anita Fravala Griffin ('73) ~ currently in Phoenix where it's supposed to be 90 today. Jim & I had to fly down yesterday to attend to my mother (Ivamarie Edens Douglas ('54) Sunday night. They figured out yesterday that she has viral meningitis - YIKES - apparently it's going around according to one of the nurses on duty last night. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Anne Mitzlaff Gerken ('77) Re: assisted living information Hey Bombers, I need some information. My mom is nearing entering an assisted living facility. It needs to be in Richland. This is what I have heard, if anyone can add to this, I would greatly appreciate it. Alterra or Wynnwood or whatever it is now called: She has many friends there. She attends some of their activities. Friends who have had parents there say they were not always satisfied with their "doing the minimum" it seemed. They also said they were "charged" for everything under the sun and dealing with the paperwork behind the scenes was not easy nor pleasant. Guardian Angel: Have not heard much. Nothing negative, either. Eagle something: same as Guardian Angel. Mom heard Guardian and Eagle have good rehab help. She has greatly weakened over the last couple years making balance and rising challenging. Thanks for any input on this. -Anne Mitzlaff Gerken ('77) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/19/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Dick Wight ('52), Marilynn Working ('54), Diane Avedovech ("56) Steve Carson ('58), Larry Mattingly ('60), Patti Jones ('60), David Rivers ('65), Gary Turner ('71), Greg Alley ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Don Panther ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cheryl Raekes ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick Wight ('52) To: Mike Brady ('61) et al Re: RVing My wife Ruth and I have been RVers since we were pretty young! Ha! We started RVing in 1980, and still are. A couple folks have advised you to "start cautiously" and I heartily endorse that strategy. The RV life is not for everyone! We bought a small used drag-along trailer, tried that for a year - then another used "drag-along that was larger and with more creature comforts. Got our first large trailer (new 36' 5th wheel) in 1986 - too big! At least for us. But we used it for several years, went down to a 30' in '89. Have owned several since, and now have a 34' 5th wheel (Nu-Wa Hitchhiker II LS) with 3 slide outs. Ample room for extended living, not too cumbersome to tow with our diesel truck ('06 Chev Duramax w/Allison 5-speed auto trans). Diesels in general have better towing power and get better mileage - but cost more. The BIG decision for you will be to work out the issue of whether to go trailer or motor home. If money is no issue, motor home and a "toad" (a car towed behind) is likely the best option if your RVing plan is to be "on the road" a lot. Large motor homes, diesel pusher, cost upwards of $125K and can go to 4-5 times that figure. Then a $30k tow vehicle adds that much more. Ruth and I have about $40k in the truck and $60k in the trailer (new costs). If you intend to tow south in the winter and settle in one place till the "spring thaw", a motor home seems the wrong choice. A huge hunk of running machinery sitting in one place most of the time is, to me, a waste of bucks. However, if you plan to do extended TRAVEL - i.e. see America (as we have done) the motor home option offers the most convenience. Easier to fix lunch on the road, use the "facilities et al. Another factor to consider is the tax implication. So far, an RV (or live-aboard boat) can be considered a "second vacation home" for tax purposes, and loan mortgage interest is a tax deduction. Just the motor home or trailer - not the tow vehicles. But we stuck with the trailer/truck option, and have done just fine that way - and the truck has been useful "at home" in many ways. Still is. 5th wheel vs. "drag along" trailer??? 5th wheels are easier to tow, maneuver, hook and unhook and offer a shorter overall tow length since 6' or so of the trailer sits above the truck. 5th wheels fare better in windy conditions as well. I tow mine down freeways at up to 70MPH (if legal). If you DO plan to travel a lot, you may want to consider going to national parks, Forest Service facilities et al - and underway stops in WalMart parking lots etc. In that case, select an RV that is so equipped - perhaps a generator for electrical power, large water and holding tanks. Solar charging panels for your batteries are an option to consider. TWO good batteries in a trailer are really needed unless you are going to be "on hookups" all the time. We have spent a LOT of time over the years doing non-hookup camping in national parks and other out- of-the-way sites. We often existed for a week without hookups, by careful use of electricity and water. Never have owned a generator. I hate the noise. In more recent years, our adventuresome spirit has waned a little, and we usually go where we can get at least water and electric hookups. Got so we want the TV and DVD player to work, "hotel" showers et al and spend a lot less time sitting around a campfire, wandering in the woods etc. Still, RVing remains fun. Good luck and happy RVing! -Dick Wight ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) Re: Ladies of '54 lunch A big reminder that we want all of you ladies from the class of 1954 to join us Friday, March 20th at Grannies in Kennewick for lunch. We get together at 11:30 am and share a lot of tidbits! Re: Missing Classmate One of our classmates '54 called me last week and wants to come to our 55th year class reunion and Club 40. He has never been to any of them nor Club 40, so it will be exciting to greet Jim Butler in September. Re: Ivamarie Edens Douglas ('54) Please keep Iva in your prayers as she is really ill in Phoenix, AZ with viral spinal meningitis. She is in the hospital and her daughter, Anita Fravala Griffin ('73), is with her - according to her Sandstorm entry a few days ago. Dorothy Stamper McGhan ('54) wrote to one of our classmates to let her know and she is in touch with Iva's daughter. We miss Iva as she was a regular at our lunches when she was in town. She just lost her husband, Bill, last year. Re: Class Reunion - 55 Years Some of you might be wondering why you haven't heard of a meeting being set up to discuss our reunion, but with the "vertigo" illness I have suffered (not just a dizzy blonde!) and Marguerite Groff Tompkins' ('54) computer losing everything, we are trying to organize things. We will be announcing a date real soon for April. We do discuss things at our lunch, but we want everyone possible who wants to be a part of planning to come help us plan a fun afternoon. Re: Master Of Sandstorm Website Who is the "master"? I am in need of a form to send in for Club 40 and the only one on the website is for 2008 unless I am missing something (a blonde thing?). I wrote to the e-mail address of the Master about a week ago but have heard nothing. Can someone please send me a form? Jim wants one too. Thanks. [Marilynn, Sounds like you're looking for the Club40 webmaster. I'm the Alumni Sandstorm webmaster... Burt Pierard ('59) is the Club40 webmaster. I'm not sure if Club40 still include the forms with your DustStorm newspaper. -Maren] -Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) ~ Pasco, WA can't wait for spring or summer and warmer weather! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Diane Avedovech ("56) Re: Tattoos I was a strong advocate of no tattoos in my family for most of my life. My youngest daughter finally talked me into allowing her to get a tattoo for her 21st birthday, and so I lost that battle. After I had a chance to see how well the artist did the work and the use of single use needles and little throw away cupules with the dyes and the cleanliness of the process and the people who did the work, I caved in and got a beautiful blue tattoo on my right shoulder for my 70th birthday. Never too old, I guess or maybe too old to think straight - Who knows. -Diane Avedovech ("56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Carson (Championship class of '58) Maren, I enjoy your Iditarod recaps. Each entry gives the number of dogs. What is the significance of that? -Steve Carson (Championship class of '58) ~ Chicago ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Steve, Each team starts out with a maximum of 16 dogs and must have 6 to finish. Lance sent one dog home earlier in the race because it was "tired", but the rest of his team remained strong all the way to Nome. I wonder how well the Smyth brothers will do on the 22 miles between Safety and Nome. They both like to win the "Fastest Safety to Nome" award, but Cim only has 9 dogs while Ramey has 10. Last year Cim won with 9 dogs and Ramey had only 8 in harness. Lance finished last year with only 11 dogs in harness... just interesting (to me) stuff. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: St. Paddy's Day and RVs Being part Irish (Me grandmother was an O'Ryan from Cork) I had my usual CBC dinner last night. Opened a cold bottle of a nice Chardonnay, dug into the pot for the brisket, potato, carrots, and cabbage and watched some just received fireworks videos from WinterBlast. The last couple of years I have been a bit disappointed in the quality of the corned beef. I must have tossed at least half of it away in large chunks of fat. But the meat I salvaged was good and I will have sandwich material for lunch the rest of the week. To: Mike Brady ('61) I have owned 2 motor homes and a small trailer. Here are some opinions for what they are worth. ANY RV trailer requires a good, well equipped towing vehicle. 5th wheels are probably best but a regular trailer should be towed with load-lever/stabilizer type hitch. And of course the larger the 5th wheel, the more it needs a strong stable towing platform. In a conventional style trailer the Airstream is still in a class of it's own, but pricey in comparison. I had an 17' trailer and would never use something like it for longer then about 6-8 days MAX. I was mostly alone in it and it was big enough, but just not what I would want for extended periods or a "tour of the west". Good for weekends and hunting/ fishing trips in the NW. My first motor home was a 21' Jamboree, class C on a Dodge frame. I bought it from a estate sale for $5K under "low book" with 2200 miles on it. It had been sitting for 3 years and never had water or propane in the systems. It was way under-powered and the tank capacities were way too small. But we put 80K miles on it. I would not buy another inexpensive class C no matter how good the deal. My next adventure was a used 31' Pace Arrow. Again I got a good buy with 45K miles. But It was 10 years old. I installed a new furnace, larger refrigerator, and water heater ($1900.) The tanks were large and it was not too bad on extended trips and cruised at 65MPH well with 7 MPG. But when the sides started to delaminate from an old roof leak I sold it. There are good buys in used motor homes. There has to be at least 500 new and used motor homes for sale at Quartzite AZ, (I- 10 & 95) But be fussy and picky, don't buy for price alone. Have at least $1500 in reserve. First thing after purchase, take it to a competent shop and have them do a complete tear-down brake inspection and a propane leak check. The reasons should be obvious. Another item to test and inspect are the charging system and RV storage batteries. Poor performance there can be a real pain. I would also install one of the new ultra high energy ignition systems. More power and better mileage and overall performance. They make a big difference. At least one rooftop A/C unit is a must for cruising. And, there should be a 5 to 7KW generator. If your budget can afford a diesel, talk to diesel unit owners and be sure that is what you want. Not discouraging you from them, just go into it with good understanding of what you are getting. Go to one or more RV shows and look at lots of models. Take notes on the features you like. Prioritize your want list and get as many as you can in what you buy, new or used. Get a model with full size made up bed that you can walk on both sides of. Watch your tankage capacity. If you are not going to always stay in RV parks, 40 to 50 gal of fresh water and both a grey and a blackwater tanks are a must. A "basement" model is best. They have large storage areas under the coach similar to tour busses. Some of the newer Class C units (built on stock Ford or Chevy frames) are nice and some are long enough to be useful in longer trips. Class A units are roomier, generally larger inside and more stable on the highway (my opinion) and generally there are more and a bit higher quality amenities. As was suggested, rent one for a week, drive it at least 500 miles, and over some mountains and through desert areas. And lastly... If you like to wander about the US and Canada they are great. I had mine in Mexico a couple of times but not sure how safe some areas may be right now. But the freedom to come and go or stay a while is all I wanted it to be. I stayed in a park and plugged in every 3-4 nights at most. I liked to tow a small car I had, and park in an area for 2-3 days and explore to the 4 winds coming back each night, then move a days travel and do it again. In the parks you can meet generally nice folks from all over the US. And of course they love to talk about their RV and adventures. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly ('60) ~ sunny Olympia right now, but the weather has been really crummy the last 3 days. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: All Bomber Luncheon - Richland Pictures were done by me. New experience with my new camera. First time with a digital. Maren is tweaking them to make them good for the Sandstorm. Anxious to see how they come out! Thank you Maren. I did mess up and lost a good one of Burt Pierard ('59) and Donna McCleary Belt ('54). The only one I had of Burt. The discussion at my end of the table ended up about bed sheets. What can I say? Good discussion! Hearing how some Bombers have great sheets from their parents. Much better than the ones sold today. Many other things lead to the discussion. Everyone is so anxious for spring. Lots of talk about the crocuses, daffodils and spring flowers coming up. Since I don't have a lot of flowers until summer my delight in the spring is all three of my huge Koi fish in my pond survived the winter. Have had the pond running some and anxious for the temperatures to get better to have it running all of the time. We were all disappointed that the surprise that was supposed happen didn't. Burt Pierard announced that it was to happen but has been put off until next month. We are all anxious for next month now... It is a Bomber who is doing the surprise... can't say any more. Larry Mattingly ('60) joined us. He was in town for a few days from Western Washington on business. Always good to have him visit. In addition to those mentioned earlier, also present were: Fred Klute ('58), Derrith Dean Persons ('60), Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63), Glen Rose ('58), Carol Rose (spouse - '62 Sunnyvale, CA), Dave Rhodes ('52), Alice Rhodes (spouse - '57 Colville, WA Hi), Mary Judd Hinz ('60), Marilyn "Em" Devine ('52), Larry Belt ('57), Barbara Isakson Rau ('58), and Missy Keeny ('59). This may seem a little rushed, it is. Wanted to make sure the entry got to the Sandstorm before I am off for a few days for a much needed time out. -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA - The wind is finally not as strong as it has been and the temperatures are rising. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: I couldn't resist Anita Fravala Griffin ('73), you have entered my hall of fame... I got my first tattoo in Tacoma, in 1966... I was staying in Puyallup with Jean Demiter Middleton ('62) for a few days while on leave... Stan Middleton ('63 RIP), George Kelly ('64) and I decided to get tattoos... As Harrah ('65) would say: "we wuz all lickered up" and found what I recall to be the dingiest little hole of a tattoo parlor and began to select our tattoos... I had planned on getting the Eagle Globe and Anchor... However, Jimmy Heidlebaugh's ('65) DI bulldog was also on my list... I have no clue how I chose it... but I got a bulldog with a WWI helmet and "USMC" under it... it hurt and bled like crazy... I couldn't sit still (probably passed out a few times)... the guy was pretty tired of me and you can hardly tell that the "USMC" says "USMC"... .. It seems to have taken a very long time to get it and Kelly and Middleton got real bored and left to find a party... Now I'm a Richland boy and to the best of my knowledge that was my first (and only except to SEATAC) trip to Tacoma... I walked out on the street and was bright enough to realize I was (1) lost; and (2) in a very bad parta town... just then Art Middleton's car (Stan's dad) pulled up to the curb... the door opened and about a hundred empty beer bottles rolled out... It was Stanley... Now I had planned since I stood on the yellow foot prints that I would get a USMC tattoo... and I got it... but by then the other two had lost interest... The old Bod stayed clear of tattoo shops for many years until our 40th reunion... I had arrived in Richland on Thursday afternoon, as usual, on Friday we always went up the Reach with Werner ('65)... since Davis ('65) had never gone up the reach and Heidlebaugh hates boats, Jimmy and I stayed behind and I gave my seat to Terry... We headed for the Sputnut shop and then figured we'd hang out at the car show... when we left the Spudnut, we realized there were no cars... naturally, I called Adair ('65-'67) and asked why the cars weren't at CDN's... He told me the show didn't start till Saturday... I made the mistake of asking him what everybody did on Friday... "We wait for you to have dinner after you get off the d-mned river"... oh... So... I looked at Jimmy and said "Whatcha wanna do?" "I dunno... whadayou wanna do?"... "I dunno"... "Let's go get tattooed... "... "OK!" so off we went to Pasco... I called a friend and asked for her son's number as he does great work too... he basically told me to take a number... so we went to the shop next to his and got the cloud and the R... fun stuff... that night Davis told Keeney ('65) to slap my leg (that's where the cloud is)... not funny... Jack has been telling me he's sorry ever since... Well, now that the spell was broken... last year, I got two more... an Ed Roth Rat Fink the next June on the other calf (with the R and the cloud on his t-shirt of course) and in September during the '63 45th reunion, another Roth design... the one he did in the '60s that was supposed to say "Marines" but ended up saying "Gung Ho"... turns out the Marines didn't want to be associated with Big Daddy back then... He also tried to use "Navy Seals" (The young man he used as a poster boy for the t-shirt design had just finished Seal Training)... unfortunately the Seals didn't even want anybody to know they existed back then... So I have Frank "McGoo" Reynolds (the model and long since famous pinstriper) who has since become a good and dear friend on my arm... but it doesn't say: Gung Ho or Marines... instead, at the urging of Marsha Goslin ('65) it says: "Da Judge"... it is darned large and pretty darned graphic (four long hours to do)... and I can hardly wait till the first week in June when I head up to Big Daddy's house for the Rat Fink Reunion and show off these new Roth tattoos! That's my story and I'm sticken' to it! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Turner ('71) To: Ann Mitzlaff Gerken ('77) My Mom lived at Alterra for a couple of years before we moved her to Yelm so that she would be closer to my sister and me. I have nothing but good things to say about Alterra and wish that we could find a place that good over here. After seeing the options here, and experiencing the two places she has lived in Yelm, we really appreciate just how good Alterra really was. In our experience, the staff there generally went way beyond "the minimum," and many of the additional charges can be avoided by doing a lot of small things for your Mom instead of paying them to do it. I have to agree on the paperwork, but that isn't exclusive to Alterra. Also, do not underestimate the importance of living in a place with a lot of long time friends... moving into an unfamiliar surroundings can quickly become "the old neighborhood" with a few familiar faces. -Gary Turner ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Greg Alley ('73) Re: Bomber basketball all time scorers I received a listing of career scoring leaders in basketball from some local sportscaster type person who did some pretty good homework but left off a number of names. It had a kid from Sunnyside Christian that scored 2800 points and he played 4 years of high school. Mike Neill ('75) had 2,011, Norris Brown ('57) 1385, and down to Travis Buck with a little over a 1,000 points. It was a good list of names in our Richland area but is obviously missing a lot of names too. Does any Bomber historian out there have a list of the all time Bomber basketball scorers? Re: Seattle PI The Seattle Post Intelligencer shut down yesterday after 145 years in business. I have been picking it up for over 30 years to get my morning Seattle sports and entertainment fix. The final edition had lots of pictures, articles, and quotes from many years of news. One quote was from a guy who moved there in 1968 and got his PI every morning since then. It was signed John from Richland. Anyone know who that guy might be? -Greg Alley ('73) ~ In cool Richland where we may have graduated from the 20 weather and headed towards spring. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/20/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff and 2 Bomber funeral notices today: Barb Belcher ('72) Anne Mitzlaff ('77) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Leah Collins ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joanna Faulkner ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sherri Daugherty ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barb Belcher Valinske ('72) Re: RVing All the info coming in about RVs is great. We bought a Class C '92 Four Winds 28' motor home in 1999. Great shape, low miles. Our kids were 5 and 7 (they have since outgrown the beds and we sold it in 2007). It was great for feeding kids, keeping them entertained, and bathroom breaks without stopping. We camped mostly at national parks and KOAs (usually have nice grounds, showers, and playgrounds). We were able to "dry-camp", cooking on a campfire and "dumping/filling up" every 3-4 days most parks have this capability. The MH pulled the boat, and even launched it. We are currently on the lookout for another Class C to use after the kids have left home. Now, the important part: my husband was a volunteer fireman in West Richland for 7-8 years. He has personally seen several Class A (gasoline) burn to the ground, but never a Class A (diesel) or a Class C (gasoline) on fire. Hope this helps you make a decision. -Barb Belcher Valinske ('72) ~ West Richland where the wind has finally stopped blowing and the temps are getting warmer. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Anne Mitzlaff Gerken ('77) Re: Such A Helpful Site I wanted to thank all the people for their input/advise/words of wisdom regarding assisted living. I have asked for help/advice on other topics before, and this source is incredible. I've been reading the RV suggestions. We are so fortunate to have this site. Thank you, Maren. -Anne Mitzlaff Gerken ('77) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notices >>Cheryl Ford Rogers ('70) ~ 12/7/51 - 3/16/09 >>Donna Norwood Gleason ('63) ~ 2/13/45 - 3/14/09 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/21/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: "Dick" Roberts ('49), Phil Belcher ('51) Norma Loescher ('53), Ray Loescher ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gini Miller ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Donna McGregor ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marji Brewder ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard "Dick" Roberts ('49) To: Whomever Re: RVs In the Trading Post section of the recent (April 2009) Good Sam magazine, Highways, there are two great opportunities to purchase used RV. Check it out. Cheers, -Richard "Dick" Roberts ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Phil Belcher ('51) To: Mike Brady ('61) Re: RV Units We purchased a 19' class A after we retired, my wife found she liked the experience and after a month we upgraded to a 32' class C. When she did any cooking she would make double batches and freeze half of them. We had a full set of bedding and dishes for the MH and many times we would get up at 7am, one of us would say, "how about going to ....." and we would be on the road within a hour. (All we had to do was move the frozen items from the house to the MH, get our personal gear and we were ready.) Stayed at many WalMarts, road side parks, rest areas and turn outs on the coast. We loved the idea of being able to pull over, have a snack with maybe an hour nap and be on the road again. I had a .410 sawed off shot gun (legal by the way) for protection since there is no other sound like hearing a round racked in at 3 in the morning if someone is knocking at your door. Never had any problems of any kind. I would strongly recommend purchasing 'Good Sam's insurance.' We lost a water pump and had the MH towed to a shop that was nearly 100 miles away at no cost to us. In addition we got discounts in many RV parks. You learn to take 'Navy' baths where you get wet, turn the water off, soap up, rinse and only use maybe 10 gallons of water. Extended showers were taken in RV parks. You also learn to brush your teeth in a cup of water! We also had a generator so we could stay out in the middle of nowhere for several days. We used the unit for several years and sold it just before the price of fuel went sky high. I'd love to get a 27' but my wife says no!! We had friends who lived full time in a 40' for over five years. Only problem they experienced was having to get rid of something old if they bought something new due to lack of space. As far as fuel, we had a gas unit. The diesels are nice but many require an extended warm up period and that is tough on your neighbors if you want to leave early in the morning while staying in a RV park. With the economy being what it is you will be able to just about write your own ticket for a while. It can be a fun time in your life and I know you'll enjoy it. -Phil Belcher ('51) ~ Pasco where the temp is 46 at 6:35am on the first day of spring where we are repairing wind damage to our fences with the help of my step son, Greg Stone, ('81) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Norma Loescher Boswell ('53) To: Anne Mitzlaff Gerken ('77) I visited my dear 95 year old friend Leona Ayres Mattison in Eagle Assisted Living near Safeway off McMurray St. in Richland and found it a very good place for a person needing rehab help. It smells good there, is quite beautiful, and the caregivers are personable and caring. When Leona described what she had been eating every day, I concluded that the food was nourishing and well-planned. For a person with a broken tibia and cellulitis who could put no weight on one leg, Eagle has a hoist and sling which are used to raise and lower someone into twice-weekly bath water. Sponge baths and waterless shampoos are available when needed. Rehab is given in a special room for an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening. There is always something extra going on, so no one has to be bored. Every bed has its own television which can be swung to within a few feet of the individual viewer. I hope I don't need their services too soon, but if I did, I'd go there myself. Bomber Cheers, -Norma Loescher Boswell ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray Loescher ('57) Re: Warm and sunny My wife and I are nearing the end of a two month stay in Sky Valley, CA. This is our fourth year of doing this. A friend told us it doesn't take a lot of intelligence to go south for the winter and no wonder. We hear the weather on the west side has been awful this winter! So what's new? We rent a park model trailer for our stay. Although it is called an RV resort, there are quite a few permanent manufactured homes and 30% of the residents stay year round. I can't imagine. It's been 90' the past several days and I've wilted. I wore my green and gold Richland Bomber hat several times down here but no one asked me about it. -Ray Loescher ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Janet Walsh McGowan ('68) ~ 2/13/50 - 3/7/09 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/22/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers and Andy Perdue sent stuff: Neil Goff ('50), Missy Keeney ('59), Mike Brady ('61) Helen Cross ('62), Donna Nelson ('63), David Rivers ('65) Steve Huntington ('73), Andy Perdue (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Luana Ivers ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Rice ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeanie Crigler ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nina Jones ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gordie McMaster ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janet Ell ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Neil Goff ('50) Re: Richland Transition Period To: Tom Matthews ('57) and interested Bombers Here is another source covering change in the '40s you may find of interest. In 1955 in my senior year at Whitman College, I had the opportunity to examine the new role thrust on the Pre-WWII Richland Community. I helped co-author a book with several other students to satisfy the requirements for credit in an upper division class in economics. This book was entitled "Richland Washington - A Study of Economic Impact". It was published with funding from GE and was subsequently used by them for marketing and publicity purposes. This book may have found it's way into the Richland Library. Following are some early history excerpts from this source ~~~ The year 1940 has been selected to show the size and economy of Richland, since that year represents the last year of natural or unaffected growth for the community. In 1940, Richland had a dial telephone system operated by the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Co. and covering the entire community area from it's eastern boundary, the Columbia River, to it's western boundary, the Yakima River. The city had paved streets and roads; had been electrically supplied since 1906; had very little public indebtedness; and was the main trading center for the area. Richland, with a population of about 250, was mainly supported by it's 10,000 acres of farmland. The city boasted a consolidated school system of one 12-room grade school and a high school. Five school buses were in operation to transport the students to and from the schools, and 27 utilities paid taxes into the school district. On Sundays, the population had their choice of four churches to attend. On other days, they carried on their work in sixteen business houses and a post office. The outstanding feature of the City of Richland in 1940 was it's housing. Out of 174 dwelling units, only eight of them were vacant and for sale or rent, and of those eight, none were abandoned. It is interesting to note that the average rent charged was $10.14 per month. In February, 1943, the Real Estate Division of the Office of the Chief of Engineers took possession of 193,833 acres, formerly farm and ranchland by condemnation in federal court. At later dates, further acquisitions of land brought the total of government controlled property to approximately 440,000 acres or 631 square miles in Benton, Franklin, Grant and Yakima Counties. Approximately 2000 owners of property, most of them long time residents, were affected by purchases of the government in the area, and they bitterly protested the action. The duPont connection with the project leaked out, which brought rumors of connivance between duPont and the army. Since no one could be told what the land would be used for, little could be done to change the feeling of bitterness held by most property owners concerned. Much of this feeling is still felt today. The issuance of eviction notices began on March 5, 1943; however most residents were not removed until later, after they had put in crops. Agents of the Federal Land Bank made the appraisals of the land for the Hanford Project. When these were made, up to 90% of the appraised values of the lands, $2,370,000 were deposited by the government in the federal district court, and approximately 750 persons accepted the government appraisals. About 1,300 rejected the appraisals and went to the courts demanding more money. In most cases, the juries awarded higher prices than the government appraisal values, principally because crop values were higher than they were when the appraisals were originally made. Some cases were being settled ten years later. Of the 631 square miles acquired by the government for the Hanford Project, 230 square miles were obtained by purchase. The manufacturing reservation is 195 square miles. The purchase of power and irrigation properties and rights and the acquisitions of Richland Village as a site for the housing development and the administration center account for the remaining area brought under government control. Leased property was obtained either on a basis basis of no occupancy or controlled occupancy as warranted by considerations of safety and security.~~~ So there we have some of the background of how Richland, the farming community, became Richland, the product of a race against time to produce the atomic bomb. While it is now known why the original Richland residents were forced into losing their homes and lands, we all owe them a debt of thanks for enduring that upheaval which occurred in 1943. Bomber cheers to all! -Neil Goff ('50) ~ Reno, NV **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) Re: Fencing Speaking of "fixing fencing" mentioned by Phil Belcher ('51), does anyone know of a reputable, reliable, reasonable fencing company/person in the Tri-Cities. The snow and wind did major damage to my fence in Richland. It WAS really old so I'm not surprised. -Missy Keeney ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Brady ('61) I just returned from a week of skiing in Colorado and just caught up on my e-mail. The weather was fantastic in Colorado all week. When I left today, the skies were blue and the temperature was in the mid 70s. Quite a contrast from the chilly weather in the Northwest. Thanks to everyone who responded to my request for information regarding Recreation Vehicles, and I really enjoyed the comments about tattoos. -Mike Brady ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Thanks for the Iditarod updates, Maren. I hope to make it some year to see it for myself, but I'm not sure when that might be. At the moment, spring is starting to peak through as the trees, or what is left of them after the ice storm in late January, are starting to turn green. I took a walk around the parsonage today to try to decide what I will plant this year, as our yard will have about 50% more sun than it did last year, due to several large limbs being gone now, or much being much shorter. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ Grandview, IN where I still have my winter view of the Ohio River, and we are gearing up for Holy week and Easter... for the 3rd time already... God bless **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Nelson ('63) Re: Iditarod Maren, My two retired teacher friends were in the hot tub with Lance Mackey and his wife before the race. They were quite impressed and interested to talk with him. I guess he is very nice and said the dogs they run are not what we see in the pictures. They're not pure bred Huskies like the pictures show and I think of but they are short legged mixture of breeds anywhere from 2 to 7 years old. They felt very official answering phones and getting the racers whatever they needed. They would have gone out on the race trail but they said there was a big storm and were advised to stay near the starting point. It was fun to hear them tell their tales and they're ready to go back. They went to the Iditarod website to get information about being a race helper if anyone if interested. They felt teachers got high priority treatment because using the Iditarod in classrooms as a math and science base helped expand interest in the race too. -Donna Nelson ('63) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Donna, I think there are a lot of pure bred Alaskan Huskies that run the Iditarod, but some other breeds run, too. Like Siberian Huskies. I remember a team of dagone standard POODLES raced one year. Don't know about Lance's dogs, but I'm sure the website would tell us more. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: I hope I made it!!!!!!!!!!!! Been cleaning the garage all day and Heidlebaugh ('65) told me this morning at breakfast that there were a whole buncha things he would be glad to help me do... but cleaning my garage was not one of those things... perfect... and I was counting on him too... So anyway been dozing and then I remembered the yellow stickie on my bathroom mirror... it's birthday time for one of the ol' Spalding gang... so I hope I didn't miss press time in wishing Nina Jones ('65) a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY on March 22nd!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Huntington ('73) To: Boog Alley ('73) A gift a hoop stats follows :(Maren if this is too much stuff, maybe a link? [YEP! -Maren] Colts through 2000 Bombers. My favorites probably '79 win against Pasco for the state title after beating Foss and Burns to get there. '72 title run with all the '73 members - Emmons, Nestor, Dicky Cartmell, and the '63 loss at the buzzer to Renton with Ray Stein ('64), Webb ('64), and Phil Neil ('66) team. -Steve Huntington ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Andy Perdue (NAB) ~ Greetings, Bombers. We have posted more than 200 new historical photos on Most of the photos come from our archives, as well as contributed images from individuals and local historical societies. Please feel free to send me additional or corrected information for any of the captions to Sincerely, -Andy Perdue [NAB] Tri-City Herald ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/23/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Bill Berlin ('56), Larry Mattingly ('60), Bruce Strand ('69) Vicki Owens ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Wade ('76) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Bomber Mom Violet Berlin, age 100, mother of Bill ('56) and Bruce (Kennewick '61) died in Anacortes, WA on February 25th of natural causes. She was one of the "Mother cornerstones" of the 200 block of GWWay for ten years before moving to Kennewick in the summer of 1956. She the Den Mother of a number of Cub Scout Dens in south Richland and was heavily involved in the Lewis & Clark Elementary, under Lee Clarkston, and Carmichael Junior High PTA and a member of Southside United Protestant Church. She is survived by sons Bill (Anacortes, WA) and Bruce (Lynnwood, WA) as well as seven grandchildren in CA, TX, WA and British Columbia and seven great grandchildren. "Home" was always Richland for her. Re: RV I have owned two Class A rigs, a 36' Holiday Rambler and a 40' Monaco Knight, both diesel pushers. Both were great machines but the Knight had a bit more horse power and could climb Snoqualmie Pass (WA) at the speed limit pulling a car. Mileage ran between 7 and 10 mpg. The Holiday Rambler had two slides (slide outs) and the Knight four so there was always a lot of room. We even had a King size bed in the Knight. If you buy one of these rigs, or a top end Class C, expect a fairly hefty license fee, especially in WA. Hot tip. Form an LLC in Montana ($100) and then license your rig there for about a fourth of what I would pay in WA, OR or CA. I even got a Montana Drivers License, all of which saved me a ton of money. It also eliminated WA sales tax or WA excise tax when it was purchased in OR and brought back to WA. The only two letters you need to know are "MT". Oh yes, rent and use the various rigs to see which one is right for you. Great advice. Right now is a great time to buy any of the various sizes of Motor Homes, 5th Wheel or towing trailers. Two of the big guns in the Class A business, Monaco and Country Coach, are in Chapter 11 Bankruptcy and the Knight that I bought in 2006 at $268,000 can be bought for $165,000 now... or less... for an '08 or '09 model. One last thing. Buy them for your enjoyment and not for investment growth. An RV, especially a Class A, are the worst possible investments as the depreciate (market value) at least 35-50% in the first year. Using them and traveling in comfort in them... priceless. Re: Iditarod Thanks Maren for the coverage. We have been in typically un- Iditarod like Palm Springs for a couple of weeks so keeping up day-to-day on the results was great. I think that I told all you Bombers that I have flown support aircraft all along the I-route a couple of times and what you can't fathom... unless you are there... in the face of a dog... so to speak... are the brutal weather conditions, the erratic condition of the trail, the dangers of the trail and the ultimate exhaustion that accompanies this effort, musher and beast. First place or last, all of these factors are indeed serious issues that some deal with better that others. In the Iditarod, the cream really does rise to the top and it takes a lot of races and a huge number of problems and other issues to get you to the cream. Mushers are an odd lot in this day of the prissy professional athlete. The actually talk to each other civilly, have a beer with each other, trade equipment, stop and help those who need it and all kinds of things that don't go on in the NBA, NFL or MLB. They are neat people to be around and have great stories but you have to experience what they go through to fully understand what the Iditarod really is. The start alone is worth the price of admission. Again, great job Maren. NBC, ABC, CBS or ESPN could not have done a better job. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ Anacortes, WA finalizing my Mother's affairs and going through the sad job of sorting out her personal belongings. Fortunately she has Grandkids who loved her to death and want any number of their "Ama's" things. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Prayers request We have all seen the request on this net to remember some Bomber or relative in our prayers. Oftentimes it is somebody we don't know, but because of our background, the association on this net, and human kindness we try to remember these requests. For me it is usually after I turn out the light at night, I give thanks for any number of things, say a few words for the future, and then honor requests I have heard or seen. Suddenly, it is my turn to make a request. My oldest daughter Debbie went to the ER a few days ago and has been diagnosed with cancer. It is in several places and as such the prognoses is not good. I am still in shock and devastated after speaking with Debbie a few hours ago. Any prayers will be appreciated. -J Larry Mattingly ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bruce Strand ('69) Re: Tri-City Herald Historic Photos Thank you Andy Perdue (NAB) of the Tri-City Herald for the reminder of the Tri-Cities historical photos. They are great. I encourage all to check them out. They bring back memories of simpler times... -Bruce Strand ('69) ~ Tempe, AZ where we are starting to warm up; saw 90 on the thermometer yesterday. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vicki Owens ('72) Dear Maren. Please explain to non-savvy folks like me how the bib (starting?) numbers for the Iditarod are assigned. [By Random Drawing. -Maren] It seems like all of the previous champs are higher numbers, yet not the highest. So do they send out the rookies first to get the trail in shape, then let the speedier guys go late? Who goes last? My equatorial blood is far too thin to ever visit the Iditarod, so clue me in... Many thanks, -Vicki Owens ('72) ~ Kampala, Uganda ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/24/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff: Paula Beardsley ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Witherup ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tom McKeown ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cindy Lust ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rick Dahlin ('72wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lynn Dunton (former Richland teacher) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Paula Beardsley Glenn ('62) Re: Tri-City Herald Historic Photos Thanks Andy Perdue (NAB) for giving access to those great photos... Many memories came back... a lot that I had forgotten about and I loved seeing several pictures of my Dad especially. Lots of familiar faces and places... ahhh the good old days. Between these pictures and the great photos sent out by Don Sorenson (NAB), I feel like a time traveler. Re: Larry Mattingly ('60) Larry, your daughter will be in our prayers... She is in His care... Trust Him. -Paula Beardsley Glenn ('62) ~ The sun is shining, rain expected later and daffodils ready to pop! ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/25/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber obit today: Pat Crook ('58) and Colleen McDermott ('58) Steve Carson ('58), Burt Pierard ('59), David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Virginia Brinkerhoff ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Frank DeVincentis ('56wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan Gunter ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Karen Davis ('76) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pat Crook ('58) and Colleen McDermott Crook ('58) To: Larry Mattingly ('60) Larry you have our prayers for your daughter. So many new things can be done to slow or defeat cancer these days. We are praying for one of those. -Pat Crook ('58) and Colleen McDermott Crook ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Carson (Championship Class of '58) To: Larry Mattingly ('60) Larry, our prayers are with you and your daughter. -Steve Carson (Championship Class of '58) ~ Chicago **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) To: Don Sorensen (still an Honorary Bomber, to me) & Rex Davis ('49) Re: Pix in 3/15 Sandstorm You probably think I'm losing it by commenting on the pix from a week or so ago, but Rex just emailed me on another bit of historical stuff and mentioned that he saw a pic of my Dad in Don's stuff for that date. I had saved the issue in my In-Box due to Don's note about Paul Beardsley's pic and I figured to look at them later, which never happened. Anyhow, pic # 249, is indeed, Dear Ol' Dad. You might be interested in the telephones on the desk. They were the original Dial Phones that GE installed, manufactured by the Kellogg T&T Co., and were called "Ash Tray" phones for the dug-out recesses below the handset. You real old-timers possibly remember the non-dial, "Operator Assisted," models which were used as Residential Phones until about 1948. Last year, I was on Ebay to successfully acquire at least a shell of the non-dial model to put the old "Olive" Exchange number on and place on the Operator's Desk at B Reactor. When I was there, I discovered that a mostly functioning dial type was also going up for bid so I picked it up, restored it (just cleaning & hooking up broken wires), put my number on it (in Whitehall Format) and Bingo!, it's sitting (and working) on my bar (the one my Dad & I built) downstairs. Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Woooooooo hoooooooo a birthday! Back in second grade, I moved from Jefferson to Spalding. One of the very first kids I met after the move was the Birthday girl. She and her sisters were everywhere all the time... now that we've gained in years it seems the birthday girl is still always there with a big smile and a hearty greeting. There's just something about kids you've known all your life that seems to make the world an OK place to be no matter what else may be going on... Funny how all thru grade school it seems like I was always doing something with the birthday girl, Gretchen Griffin ('65 RIP) and Cheryl Weaver ('65)... I mean not like I was playin' dolls n stuff... I did manly stuff with my buddies like Craig Davis ('65), Larry Greer ('65), Terry Werner ('65), Butch Manthei ('65), Kenny Peterson ('64) and Keith Peterson ('65)... I mean ya know like I was a cool Kat and all... but I do have very fond memories of the Birthday Girl and I'm sure glad she's a Bomber and a wonderful friend... so HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Nancy Beardsley ('65) on March 25th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Obituary >>Orin Schnell ('59) ~ 1939 - 12/14/08 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/26/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Chuck Holtz ('55), Mike Brady ('61), Steve Panther ('67) Alan Lobdell ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jon McDougal ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Dale and Gale Gunter ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeffrey Suchland ('90) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Chuck Holtz ('55) Re: Dana's National Anthem contest Dana is my brother-in-law's deice. She has an exceptionally mature voice for an eleven year old. The link to see her video is below. She's been selected to sing the anthem for the past 2 years at Everett AquaSox Baseball Games (AA team for the Seattle Mariners) game in. She is 11 years old and loves to sing, dance and perform. We just went to her play in February called Willy Wonka Jr. Hope you enjoy the video and cast your vote. Contest rules about Voting: There are a couple of ways to vote for the video entries you like. One is by simply viewing the videoyour view counts. The other two require you to be signed in to your YouTube account. You can "rate" videos by selecting up to 5 stars (directly below the video). Finally, you can leave a positive comment on the video. On the page where you are viewing the video, you will see a box at the bottom that says Comment on this Video. -Chuck Holtz ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Jerry Fehrenbacker ('62-RIP) As I was checking recent funeral notices, I noticed that Jerry Fehrenbacker passed away. As many Richlanders remember, Jerry was a wonderful guy. Although I am not a Mormon, I had the good fortune to play on LDS basketball and softball teams with him and "hang out." Jerry was a friend of everyone he came in contact with and had a great sense of humor. He was also a great sport... most of the time. After a "bad call" in a basketball game, he walked over to a cement wall and kicked it resulting in a broken toe! That was an exception, not his regular behavior. We teased him. According to his obituary, he continued serving humanity for the rest of his life. Even though I haven't seen him in over 40 years, I miss him. Life is short... -Mike Brady ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the new ALL Bomber Alumni Guest Book. From: Steve Panther (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Entered: Wednesday 03/25/2009 9:59:06am COMMENTS: It's still great to be a Bomber but kids in medical school mean I can't retire just yet. -Steve Panther (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Lobdell ('69) To Larry Mattingly ('60) My prayers are with you and your daughter. Never give up in the fight to find a cure. I lost my wife to breast cancer in 2003 and my step daughter only 8 months ago had to have a heart transplant. I know from experience that there are no words to express the feeling of total helplessness you are feeling. I've gone through it. Us guys are always taught that we are to fix things. However when a wife or child has cancer, etc., it leaves a man feeling useless. I will be praying that your daughter wins the battle but also that you are able to cope and maintain your sanity. -Alan Lobdell ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/27/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Larry Mattingly ('60), Kathy Hoff ('64) Ray Stein ('64), David Rivers ('65) Sandi Ward ('66), Barb Gore ('67) Peg Adair ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Char Dossett ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lenora Hughes ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: George Barnett ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Georgia Rushworth ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gayla Armstrong ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Prayers for my daughter Debbie I am overwhelmed with the response to my request. When the first 3-4 responses came in to my mailbox I thought about how gracious they were and that I needed to answer them all personally. Now 3 days later we have received so many that I cannot possibly answer all of you personally at this time. My normally very busy spring schedule is nothing less then brutal this year. I WILL eventually get back to each of you with a personal note. I feel that is the least I can do for your caring responses. But for all of us in the family and Debbie, THANK YOU! We are deeply moved. I am MVP at Alaska Air. Last night a few minutes before midnight I was able to buy a round trip, Seattle to Phoenix and back really cheap. So I will spend Easter with Debbie and husband Michael. Some business associates stepped up and said they will fund a couple of trips for me. I would go anyway, but it was a very nice gesture. Debbie is home and I have spoken with her a couple of times. She is upbeat and has instructed the Oncologist to "go for it" any and every way possible. She has a strong Christian faith and says that will get her through it. I am going to forward all of your responses to her. She is getting radiation for 10 days and starts chemo Monday. The prognoses is not very good but she feels it is worth the effort. We will support her decisions as they are hers to make. Her daughter Adena brought her 3 grandchildren from Buffalo, NY yesterday so they would remember her the way she is. They are a great joy to Debbie. Debbie and her sister Sandra are very close. Sandra is a cancer survivor and lives near by. Her apartment lease happens to be up this month. She is moving in to the lower floor of Debbie's home and will help with caring for Debbie and will pay enough rent to help keep up the mortgage. I have finally gotten my emotions mostly under control, but it still hits me once in a while. Keeping very busy helps. Now we know the true meaning of "one day at a time". Thanks again to all of you. Bombers are truly very special people. -J Larry Mattingly ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kathy Hoff Conrad ('64) To: Class of '64 There will be a 45th Reunion planning meeting at the Red Lion Hanford House on Saturday, March 28th at 11:00 - all classmates are encouraged to attend. Please let us know if you or other classmates have new mailing addresses or e-mail addresses. -Kathy Hoff Conrad ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ray Stein ('64) Re: Tri-City Herald Historic Photos Under Historical Richland 2, Photo #78 is a great picture of our own John Adkins ('62) pedaling a 3-wheeled contraption that must have saved him a ton on gas! So John, do you still have that vehicle? There must be a great story behind that photo. -Ray Stein ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: She's so cute Bomber-babe birthday time... this time complete with photo... film at 11. So now it's time to take you back a little way... back to one of my first loves... yes... I was one of them guys who just couldn't help chasing after older women... I hadn't yet learned the fine art of trolling and in fact didn't even know Jimbeaux ('63) yet so I hadda go it alone on my instincts... I wormed my way into the Birthday girl's heart by saying really profound things like: "goo goo" and "gaa gaa"... naturally it was evident from the start that I was a prodigy and that a Star was born... The Birthday girl couldn't resist my charms and she could not escape my grasp... or maybe I couldn't escape hers... in any event we were inseparable. I am enclosing a photo so that there can be no question of my veracity in this little note... Eatcher hearts out boys... I had it and I flaunted it... So with that said I will ask you to join me in wishing Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY on March 27th!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sandi Ward Donahue ('66) My sisters and I: Sherri Ward Johnson ('63), Susan Ward Gonzales ('65), Sandi Ward Donahue ('66) - lost our Father, Chuck Ward, on Monday morning, when he lost a brief battle with cancer. We were all here in Richland from Seattle, Nevada, and New York to be with our Father and to be here for our Mother. They were married for 65 years. We will have a Memorial Service provided by Einan's Funeral Home this Saturday with Military Honors. Our Father was very proud of his military service, serving during World War II as a Tail Gunner in a B-17. He was an incredible man, deeply loved by all of his extended family and friends, and will be missed very much. -Sandi Ward Donahue ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barb Gore McCleary ('67) I was wondering if any Bomber in Richland might know of an in- home care service for my elderly mother, maybe once a week to help her get groceries, etc. If so, please email me. Also,I have a 1973 Columbian if there's anyone out there needing that year. -Barb Gore McCleary ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Peg Adair ('72) Re: Happy Birthday wish for Mark McClanahan ('72) Here is wishing a very special friend of mine a Happy 55th Birthday. We got re-united last spring (thanks to Bill Johns ('72) and have kept in touch through the months. Today he called and told me he is turning 55 Friday the 27th and told me to call him tomorrow to wish him a happy birthday... so any of you Bombers that would like to call him, I do have his number. Let him know he's not forgotten. Mark lives in Vancouver, WA and would love to hook up with his old friends that live in that area. Here's your chance folks. Happy Birthday, Mark!!!! -Peg Adair ('72) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/28/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Jay Siegel ('61), Helen Cross ('62), John Adkins ('62) Roy Ballard ('63) and Nancy Erlandson ('67) Peg Adair ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jay Siegel ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jay Siegel ('61) Re: Tri-City Herald Historic Photos In the historical photos of Richland, picture #8 are six ladies from the "Classic Class of 1961". I can recognize 4 of them, but I am not able to recognize the second lady from each end. Not living in Richland, it is good to see faces from "back then". I have seen Gloria Dacis, Gloria Hanke, Tobi Roberts and Gerry Latting at class reunions and they have not changes that much, I am just unable to put names with the other two ladies. Any help would be appreciated. Clear blue skies and warm, gentle breezes -Jay Siegel (Classic Class of 1961) ~ from Poulsbo where it promises to be a nice day. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) I must add my birthday greetings to my former neighbor, Lenora Hughes ('55) for yesterday I also want to tell you Larry Mattingly ('60) that you and your daughter, Debbie, have been in my prayers, Cancer is so shocking a diagnosis, I too was impressed with how many Bombers immediately included you in their prayers,. And we add a thank you to our God for the Blessings of Easter with Jesus Christ. Love and prayers, -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: This Pedal Car Thing So heres the deal on "the Pedal Car". During the gas crunch of '73 '74 I came across an article about the "PPV" (Pedal Power Vehicle), it turned out to be a startup Company that was looking for dealers. I became a dealer and sold at least enough that the profit paid for mine. Then the promoter absconded with the company funds and took an extended cruise out of the country. The company ceased to exist. I, fortunately never lost a dime on the deal. It had two seats and two sets of pedals, enough room behind the seats that our two young children could ride along with us. It had three speeds with a lever shift, very much like a derailleur on a 10 speed bike. We had it, and used it for about two years. I sold it to a couple that wanted their grandchildren to have something unique to play around with when they came to visit. True to the picture and information in The Herald History, we didn't use much fuel in our family car during that fuel crunch. I took it to work (the picture was taken by a Tri City Herald reporter at the Federal building, where I worked), and to the store, pretty much wherever I went. It wasn't to fast, my wife and I could keep a pretty good pace at about 15 miles per hour, by myself, I couldn't make much over about 10 (except going down Lee hill, but coming back up Lee hill was an entirely different matter). -John Adkins ('62) ~ I think spring is coming, but I wish it would be a little quicker about it. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roy Ballard ('63) and Nancy Erlandson Ballard ('67) Re: Chuck Ward (RIP) To the Ward Girls, It is with a heavy heart that I wish you all the deepest sympathy on the passing of such a wonderful guy, husband, father , grandfather and friend. I have many great memories of both Chuck and Eileen. I can count them as great friends. Our best to all of the Ward family. He will be deeply missed. -Roy Ballard ('63) and Nancy Erlandson Ballard ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Peg Adair ('72) Re: Pappy, Jeanne, Bella and Me'a I was honored by a visit from "Pappy" Swan ('59), Jeanne (NAB), and pups in tow. The first time meeting went great, and boy, does he ever have a couple of super pups. Meeting all of them in person (and in fur) certainly made my day! Bella and Me'a were a little intimidated with my rottweiler, Kita, but no one was harmed. We did get some pictures, but I'm leaving it up to Pappy as to what he wants posted. Two puppies are a huge task to take on but he and his wife love them dearly and that's what matters the most. -Peg Adair ('72) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/29/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Jim McKeown ('53), Mary Lee Lester ('58) "Pappy" Swan ('59), Nadine Reynolds ('61) Helen Lambdin ('63), David Rivers ('65) Linda McKnight ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pattie Crigler ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Anne Jochen ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary Carpenter ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bonnie Bristol ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Brian Johnson ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary Crow ('65 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim McKeown ('53) Re: Jerry Reis ('53) It is with great sorrow, that I let all Bombers know, especially the early to mid '50s Bombers, that Jerry Reis ('53), died today [this was written 3/28/09] from lung cancer. Jeannie, Jerry's wife, called me today to give me the sad news. He had surgery a few weeks ago for the cancer in the lung area, and it was much more extensive than they thought. He had a lung removed and seemed to be recuperating, but he became non-responsive while in his easy chair, and died. Jerry had kept all of his friends aware, via E-Mail, during the process, and had been very positive about the outcome. Our thoughts and prayers go to Jeannie and the family. Jerry was one hell of a football player, and made holes in the line that even I was able to run through. He will be missed, big time. -Jim McKeown ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Lee Lester Yarborough ('58) My husband and I are heading out May 1 for our first extended RV trip. I need some advice from you experienced RVers about places to stay near Grand Canyon and Branson, MO. Oak Ridge Boys are in Branson over Memorial weekend so need to reserve now. Thanks in advance for your help. -Mary Lee Lester Yarborough ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Floyd Leroy Minard ('59) or anyone who can provide contact information to get in touch with him. Leroy, I am serving on the committee for the 50th Class Reunion of The Class of '59. Your name is on my list of "Find these people!" I know that you are out there, as I have found your name and related info that indicates that it is you, on various "People Finder" sites. However, I have not been able to pull up a phone number, email address, or snail mail address, for you ... yet. If you or any of your friends or relatives read this, please contact me via my email so that we can get you on our updated contact list for the "Class of '59" and we can send the upcoming information for the reunion and the request for input for the "Memory Book" compilation. Like that beverage company, "We thank you for your support!" -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where the weather makes no difference when surrounded by two little, highly active, yellow, wiggly, and rapidly growing puppies ... and two cautious cats. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nadine Reynolds Cochran ('61) Re: C diff - An Awful Condition Have any of you Bombers out there had personal experience with Clostridium difficile more commonly known as C diff? If not and you take antibiotics please be aware of this potential horrible condition. My husband, Dave ('61), had an accident with his table saw on New Year's Eve where he cut off the tips of his middle and index fingers on his left hand. So that he would not get infection in his fingers while they were healing, he was given IV antibiotics in the emergency room and an antibiotic prescription to take after leaving the ER. They were adamant that he must take all of the antibiotics that were prescribed to prevent infection. A few days into taking the antibiotics, he began to have diarrhea but continued to take the antibiotics as directed. With each day the diarrhea got worse and he developed a temperature. When we left the ER we were instructed to return if he developed a temperature. Upon returning to the ER it was decided that he may have contracted C diff, a condition that sometimes occurs after taking antibiotics. They obtained a stool sample to test for C diff and said if we were not notified the next day it would mean that the test results were negative. They gave us no indication of how serious this condition can be. The antibiotics kill off the good bacteria that live in your intestine but do not harm the bad bacteria living in your intestine. Therefore, the bad bacteria run rampant giving you humongous diarrhea with possible damage to the intestine. We were not notified of a positive result of the test but Dave went to our family doctor because his symptoms continued. Our doctor concurred that he believed he had C diff and began treatment with another antibiotic called Flagyl. Dave took this for 10 days but his symptoms did not significantly improve. A second stool sample came back negative for C diff so no further treatment was prescribed. Apparently the bad bacteria implants spores in the tissue of the intestine and the spores bloom in cycles of 3 to 14 days producing new bad bacteria. Within 3 days of stopping the medication, Dave was having violent diarrhea and running a fever and returned to the doctor. Sure enough another stool sample confirmed C diff was present. This time Dave was much, much sicker than before and totally exhausted with the simplest activity. Another 10 days of Flagyl was prescribed. Same scenario occurred again with Dave having explosive diarrhea multiple times a hour within 3 days after completing the medication. This time the doctor prescribed a very expensive medicine called Vancomycine. Now even while taking the Vancomycine he is experiencing stomach and back pain even though the diarrhea has slowed down. Dave is still struggling with this debilitating condition after almost 3 months and has no energy. My reason for sharing this experience with all of you, even though it is disgusting, is to let you know if you experience diarrhea while taking antibiotics or shortly thereafter, see a doctor immediately. Apparently C diff has become as common as MRSA and can be life threatening if not promptly treated. We had never heard of it before and had no idea how serious it could be. If we had known, I am sure we would have been more forceful with the doctor to be more aggressive with treatment. Please keep Dave in your prayers that he may get well soon and have no further complications and we truly hope none of you will go through this experience. The good news is that Dave's fingers have healed nicely and his finger doctor says he is at least a month ahead of where he should be with recovery. -Nadine Reynolds Cochran ('61) ~ sunny, warm Sahuarita, AZ where we are loving every minute of it. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Lambdin Rancitelli ('63) Re: Tri-City Herald Historic Photos Photo #51 is a photo of my husband, Lou Rancitelli (nab) and his lab technician, Jim Reeves at Battelle/PNNL. Finally, we are so old we're "historical"! Bomber cheers and thank you for all the hard work you do on Sandstorm website, -Helen Lambdin Rancitelli ('63) ~ Columbus, oh **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: A Rose Between Two Thorns That's right sports fans we got a triple header in Bomberville on the 29th... two of my favorite guys and one hot Bomber-babe '65er turn... uh... uh... well they ain't yet growed... lemme put it that way... well on of them growed like heck in the 7th grade and made the rest of us look mighty small... specially those of us who reached our height in 6th grade... the other one is one of my mom and Dad's favorite guys in the world... between this guy and Davis ('65) I'm not sure which one did the best at winning their hearts... I've told all the stories there are to tell about the two guys over the years and as far as the Bomber- babe in concerned... I don't kiss and tell so I'll just cut this a little short and wish Gary Crow, Bonnie Bristol and Brian Johnson a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) To: The Ward Family I am so sorry for the loss of your Father. I remember being neighbors in grade school and junior high, and coming over to your house on Sunday evenings for games, popcorn, and your wonderful player piano. Popcorn is still my favorite food. Your parents were always so nice to me, and I admired and kinda envied your family unit - there was such love between all of you for each other. May your father rest in peace. God bless and may His grace care for your Mom and all of your family. -Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/30/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Bell ('51), Curt Donahue ('53), "Pappy" Swan ('59) John Browne ('61), David Rivers ('65), Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) Alan Lobdell ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Wayne Killand ('48) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patsy McGregor ('54wb) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda Belliston ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John Bixler ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Craig Perkins ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) Richland will celebrate it's 100th anniversary of the incorporation of the original town in 1910, in 2010. There is a group that wants to work on displays and events celebrating this event. The 50th anniversary was organized by the city staff with emphasis on the recent 50 years. Probably the 100th anniversary would emphasize the 33 years of the original town, from 1910 to 1943. Groups so far that are showing interest are CREHST, Friends of the Library and the Richland Seniors Association. John would like suggestions from other people or groups that might be interested, and would like to set up a first meeting some time in April. If you know of people who lived here before 1943 or their descendants that would be helpful. We would love to have your help! Please e-mail me with your name, e-mail address and phone and I will give the information to John. I am sure many of you will find this of great interest! Thanks for helping! -Betty Bell Norton ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Curt Donahue ('53) Re: Jerry Reis ('53-RIP) I was deeply saddened to hear of Jerry's passing. He not only was a talented football player, but he enjoyed singing also. He sang in the School choir, had a leading role in the first musical production ever at Col-Hi "Good News", and was one of the basses in the Quartet that performed in several places around the Tri-Cities, including the NCO Club at Camp Hanford. He will be truly missed! -Curt Donahue ('53) ~ Federal Way **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: The Pups Go Visiting Yep! To those who have asked and wondered, our pups are coming along fine, and growing like weeds ... on steroids. Both are now over 20 lb each, with Me'a, of course, leading in that category. The house training is progressing well, with still some room for improvement, but I am encouraged. Puppies are like little toddlers, who will play and play, with potty time thrown in whenever the urge strikes them, unless dad or mom can attend to that need by running them out the door regularly. However, signs of asking to go outdoors, by the pups, are becoming more prevalent. But, I am sorely reminded to never let myself begin feeling too smug about my puppy training accomplishments. For about the time I do, one of the pups sets me back on my humbled old keester, by leaving me a surprise to clean up, without warning. Patience is indeed a virtue! But, progress is our most important and (sought after) product. Socializing, a fancy word for introducing puppies to new experiences, people and other animals, at an early age, so that they will merge nicely with the rest of the world and become well-behaved "Big Dogs," is on a nice roll with our girls. They have learned to respect our cats and the cats surprise the heck out of them by occasionally rubbing heads with them, but being cats, still maintain the upper hand. And being girls, at mom's insistence, the puppies are having a bath and their nails done as a regular thing. But, their short hair dos are quite easy to manage (another reason for dad's preference for Labs) with simply a brief brushing and adding the little hair pieces that Mary Rose Tansy ('60) provided, and they're makeover is done. But, snap the picture quick ... before they have them off again and go roll in the dirt! They have met the neighbor's barking dogs, through the fence, visited the veterinarian for puppy shots and checkups, and toured about the area in my little "Ranger Ricky" pickup and mom's car. They are good little riders. And, they have been learning to visit other people and animals. The pups were a great hit when they visited grandma, my mother, and her friend, Tom, at their retirement home in Pasco. Tom, a fellow resident, has been a good friend to my mother, and to me. About a year ago, I gave a "Marine" baseball-type hat to him and I never see him without it. He is a fellow Marine and a veteran of the action at the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War. Every time, I see Tom, he renders me a snappy salute and a hearty, "Semper Fi, Marine!" And, he was quite taken with the pups. And, the girls gained some more experience when we paid a visit to Peggy Adair's ('72) home, where they got to meet Peggy, her Rottweiler, "Kita," and see horses for the first time. The pups were a bit intimidated at first, as Kita is a big, black dog, but gentle. Soon, all three were joining in the fun of each others company. Peggy also provided me with a video by Dr. Ian Dunbar on "Puppy Training." I have viewed it twice now and find it well worthwhile. I am always open to input on dog training. Thank you Peg. The more of these "new experiences" that dogs can have as puppies, mean less traumatic, sudden surprises, or frightening first time happenings, later on as adolescent or adult dogs, making for a more well-rounded doggie personality ... kinda like people. And, the basic obedience training is coming along too. The pups are beginning to grasp, a little better each day, the concepts of "Sit," "Stay," "Down," "Come," "Off," "No," etc. And, pleasing little signs of their natural retrieving instincts are showing up, which hopefully will make those "Big Dog" training tasks go a whole lot smoother. Of course, I would be lying if I said that this has been easy, dealing with the "Delinquent Duo," aka, my wrecking and demolition derby crew (thank you, my friend, Deb Bosher Neuroth ('67) for letting me borrow that "wrecking crew" phrase), especially now that I am older. Er, excuse me Bonnie Allen ('59), classmate and friend of mine ... not older, but now that I am "more seasoned" and a bit slower in my reaction times, dealing with puppies is not as easy as it once was, especially with two. And yes, I am a little short on sleep, at times. But, I figure that some day, this "puppy period" will, all too soon, fade into the adolescent and adult dog stages, and I can catch up on my naps ... and longer nights of sleep ... then. But, is this not a quandary, enjoying the bonding with two little souls, while at the same time, looking forward to this fall and going afield with my "Big Girls." Its sort of like looking back on joining the Marines as a "wet behind the ears" Bomber, fresh out of school, and what I came home with, from that experience. I wouldn't trade it for anything, and I would do it all over again. And, the same goes for my time with these new little puppies. I'm loving it! I am once more whole. I am once more ... a dog man! This time, its twice the work, but I'm double dipping in the enjoyment and satisfaction gained. And again, all too soon, these cute little puppies will transform into my good lookin' big hunting buddies. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where the puppy "sighs" are getting bigger! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Browne ('61) Re: civics, & the Class of '61 Gallery: Historic Richland photos Images: 1 My thanks- & verry merry unbirthday- to Jay Siegel ('61). The "thanks" is for pushing me into the historic Richland photos... and the fun of matching memories to the 'facts' on film. The "Spudnut/Fission Chips" shop fronts was a treat. The surprise was #59, where Sue Gifford is declaiming to a city council meeting(?), and a lot of classmates are nearby: Karen Anderson, Liz Fouts, (maybe) Buzz O'Connor & Richard Anderson down the row next to her empty chair; it could be Ray Baalman behind her; Blythe Nichols in front of Sue, next to David Waggoner; and the face above the text in Sue's hand appears to be Ed Haag, notable administrator in a number of different capacities. Ah, memories! They make me feel young, again... until I hear my knees creak as I begin to stand. ^..^ -John Browne, Jr ('61) ~ on a chilly evening near the end of a chilly March... & contemplating that first flush of morels, around Easter, most likely. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: 'Nuther Bomber-babe birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wow...the class of '63 has another birthday on the 30th... She's one of those great girls who lets me sit at the Big Kid's table and doesn't laugh if I spill my milk or my feet don't touch the ground... I always try and hide the fact that I'm sitting on an L.A. phone book when we are there so my head is above the table and she's only giggled once... not being mean ya know... it was one of those involuntary actions... she is always one of those people I look for as soon as I get to town... along with her other half of course... I'm no dummy... well maybe that's not entirely true... I've done a couple... a few... alright... a bunch of dumb things in my life... the birthday girl is one of those that digs right in when stuff needs to get done and events always seem as tho they were planned like a professional event planner had done all the work... I remember when we did Kenny Johnsons's ('65 RIP) farewell party... we boyz planned and carried it out... I know the girls were a bit surprised that we pulled it off... we were as surprised as the girls were... we were so proud of ourselves... not that we did as well as the birthday girl and her buds... but we made it look as tho somebody other that we had done it! Yeah yeah... I'm rambling... been cleaning my garage for two weekends straight and I'm beat as heck... finished (not even close) today, jumped in the shower and ran my Mom her weekly supplies only to lay down on the couch and fall asleep... just woke up and hope I make print time!!!!!! So HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO Linda Belliston Boehning ('63)!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) Re: Time line for claims for Hanford Cancer Deaths? I know several of you have had experience with this process, mainly because of having lost a parent, I think. So at the risk of sounding crass (which I'm not), I am going to ask this question. All the preliminary paperwork is in place -- and the last papers to be signed go out in the mail tomorrow. So about how long does it take for the processing and payment on a one of the claims for a death related to cancer that is related to exposure at Hanford? Thanks for the info. And especial thanks to those who have previously provided info on how to file one of these claims. -Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Lobdell ('69) Re: King county Executive I said I would not get talked into it again, but I did. This week I submitted to the PDC to run for the office of King County Executive. I started running in 2001 however had to give it up about six to eight weeks later due to my wife's breast cancer coming back. If its anything like 2001 I'll have to be ready to read things in the paper that are simply not true, but thats how it works. Be glad to hear from any Bombers living in King County. -Alan Lobdell, P.E. ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/31/2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Margo Compton ('60), Donna Fredette ('65), Robert Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tonya Day ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Anita Kolb ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Byrne Haskins ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Haskins ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kellie Walsh ('77) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Margo Compton Lacarde ('60) Re: Hanford Cancer Death Claims I filed on this claim in 2004 when I first heard about it. Spent about two years gathering info and sending it in. Kept getting letters back wanting something more. Would find more and send it in. I have a file about four inches thick. In 2006, the claim was denied. I did not have enough info regarding Daddy's cancer. He died in 1969 and it was really hard to find medical records after all this time. Last fall, I got a call that the case had been reopened under new guidelines. My sister and I had to write what we could recall about daddy being sick. We both sent letters in and lo and behold, we got the money in January this year. Had pretty much given up on it so it was a nice surprise. -Margo Compton Lacarde ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Fredette ('65) To: Nadine Reynolds Cochran ('61) I am so sorry to hear of this debilitating condition. Doctors can be so clueless. I imagine they did not tell you to be sure and take at least one container of yogurt a day and more if you like it. I usually take two or three while on antibiotics. Yogurt can prevent many problems especially while taking antibiotics. [Suggest yogurt WITH ACIDOPHILUS. -Maren] My prayers for your continued healing. Bomber Cheers, -Donna Fredette ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Avant ('69) Re: King County To: Alan Lobdell ()'69) I might even move back to King County should you win. -Robert Avant ('69) ~ From my manse over looking the lake here in Snoho County ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` February, 2009 ~ April, 2009